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Miracle Downs
ISBN: 978-0-9793231-1-9
5x8 Quality Trade Paperback
Publisher: RoseHeart Publishing
Release date: March 2007
Pages: 316
Price: $13.95

Synopsis

One man’s deathbed wish…

A young woman with no place to go…

A man who’s waited a lifetime for the woman he loves.

Annie Mason has lost everything. Upon the death of her father, she knows she has to go on and to do so, she braves one man’s wrath and appeals to him for her survival, not realizing how dangerous it is to her heart until she settles in at Miracle Downs, a saddle-bred ranching operation owned by Lucas Montgomery. As a rancher, Lucas Montgomery has one goal: his horse ranch. He strives to make it number one in the nation and be the best horse breeder he can be. The last thing he expects is to be chosen to fulfill a deathbed wish. Once granted, there’s no turning back.

As Annie and Lucas struggle to find balance, they find their own survival is at stake. A menace descends on the serenity of Miracle Downs, threatening to destroy everything that belongs to Lucas Montgomery to bring him to his knees.

Now he must make the most difficult decision of his life. Who will he save? Annie, the woman he’s waited a lifetime for? Or Miracle Downs?

Excerpt from Miracle Downs

She walked in the shadows of the great oaks that surrounded the house. She pressed against the trunk and listened. Night sounds were the same everywhere, she decided.

Head down, she started to walk again, away from the house. She came to a halt, thinking she heard a sound. Listening intently, she decided it must be her imagination. It sounded like the stable door had just been opened and shut again.

She walked a little farther and stopped. It wasn’t her imagination. There was someone behind her.

She opened her mouth to scream and was grabbed from behind, a hand clamping brutally over her mouth as she was knocked to the ground.

“What the hell are you doing here in the middle of the night?”

She could only stare up at the faceless man whose body pinned her to the ground. His hand still covered her mouth. His words had been angry, as if she had intruded where she shouldn’t have been. She couldn’t have spoken even if she could. Her vocal cords were frozen.

“I asked you a damn question and I want an answer and I want it now,” the voice snarled down at her.

Her mouth was released and Annetta finally found her voice.

“Get the hell off me, you big dumb jerk! What do you think you’re doing?”

“Annie? Is that you?”

“Of course it’s me, you moron. Now, get the hell off me.” She pushed and wiggled with great effort but he was too heavy for her.

“Get up, I said,” she shrieked furiously.

The man slid off her and she could feel his eyes assessing her. She was too angry to be scared.

“How dare you stalk me in the middle of the night then attack me when I’m not looking. You scared the bejesus out of me.”

She thought she heard a snicker and kicked out. “So, you think it’s funny do you? I’ll give you funny.”

Her feet connected with a hard body and she heard the man hit the ground. Whether it was from her flying feet or him laughing so hard, she couldn’t tell. whichever it was she didn’t care. She just wanted to hurt him for scaring her.

She pounced on him with all her one hundred and five pounds, pummeling him in the chest in her fury. He grabbed her wrists in strong hands and forced them down on each side of her. She found herself lying on top of him, her face close to his.

She was staring into those black eyes that reached into her soul. She couldn’t think. He held her so tight against him with so little effort. She could feel the hardness of his muscled body and his heat enveloped her until she wanted to strip the light jacket off her so her body could breath in the cool night air.

She knew who it was then.