Protecting The Dream
by Michelle Sharp
Filled with suspense, steamy romance, and a dash of the paranormal, PROTECTING THE DREAM releases September 15, 2015 and continues the adventures of Jordan Delany and Tyler McGee whom readers fell in love with in Dream Huntress, book #1 in the Dream Seekers series.
About Protecting the Dream:
Detective Jordan Delany is back and contemplating her most challenging mission to date—moving in with Tyler McGee.
After receiving commendations for their last successful drug bust, Jordan and Ty are planning a vacation.
Or are they?
Jordan allows Ty to keep their destination a surprise. But instead of whisking her away to a warm Caribbean beach, as her not-so-subtle hints alluded to, he detours to an old estate that he has loved since childhood and asks her to move in with him.
Sparks fly when Jordan is blindsided by Ty’s proposal. He wants to buy the aging horse ranch, start renovations, and begin a life with Jordan. But can Jordan overcome her deepest insecurities and commit to living with Ty? And if so, will she be able to navigate the one other minor hitch: the spirit inside the house who is determined to show Jordan the home’s deadliest secret?
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The blindfold was purely for Ty’s own self-preservation. If Jordan could see, it’d take her no time at all to draw her weapon and aim it at his head when he pulled in front of the broken-down old ranch house in lieu of a tropical beach. He took a deep breath to slow his thundering heart rate.
Today Ty planned to convince Jordan to move in with him.
Her hints about wanting a beach and some water to play in hadn’t exactly been subtle, and a beach would have been damned easy to deliver. But, no. He’d come up with the bright idea to take her to the middle of nowhere and show her a house with no heat and weedy overgrown pastures. He peeked over at her.
What the fuck was I thinking? She’s going to rip my head off!
Jordan exhaled a giant impatient sigh and crossed her arms. “We’re not heading to the airport, are we?”
“Not exactly.” He swallowed hard. Shit, her instincts were sharp enough to split hairs. What made him think a blindfold would fool her?
“The train station?” she asked.
“Nope.” He sighed, debating whether to keep driving toward the lackluster property or turn around. A couple of weeks ago the plan had seemed like a romantic gesture, a step toward commitment without scaring her off with a marriage proposal. Now his strategy felt foolish.
She sighed again. Heavily. “Hopping on a bus?”
“What the hell, cowboy? I happen to know there are no tropical beaches in Missouri.”
Nerves had eaten away most of his composure. “Could you maybe just be quiet for, like, five more minutes?”
He turned on the gravel road that led to the gated entrance of the old Henderson estate, a onetime horse ranch. His heart was thundering so hard he could feel the wall of his chest vibrate. The woman he loved had been handed double doses of intelligence, bravery, and compassion. But she’d missed the patience line altogether.
He put the truck in park. “I’m hopping out for just a second.”
She reached up to pull the scarf from her eyes, but Ty grabbed her hand.
“Listen, I promise to have you at a beach by tomorrow night if that’s what you want, but I have one surprise that I need you to see first. If you trust me, please keep your eyes covered for another minute or two.”
He brushed a kiss against her lips, and thankfully she nodded.
About Michelle Sharp:
Award-winning author, Michelle Sharp, has been nominated for a 2014 National Readers Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense and Best First Book. In addition, her debut novel Dream Huntress has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Daphne Du Maurier award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense. Although she has a degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University, she finds weaving tales of danger, deception, and love much preferable to reporting the cold, hard facts.
As most authors probably are, she is an avid reader. Growing up in St. Louis has made her a die-hard Cardinals fan, and having a child with Down Syndrome has made her passionate about any issue regarding special needs kiddos. She’s also a fairly big sucker when it comes to anything with fur or feathers. Michelle is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and Missouri Romance Writers. You can learn more about her at michellesharpbooks.com.
I asked Michelle if she had any advice for new writers:
Hi, everyone! I’m Michelle Sharp, author of the new Dream Seeker Series. I always feel so bad saying this to new writers, like I should be able to come up with something better, life changing, more interesting. But I honestly believe the most important qualities for a new writer to have is patience and perseverance. I know, I know—you’ve heard it a thousand times over, but there is a reason for it. The odds of any one person writing their first book, setting it out into the world, and have it be a huge success the first time around is just not realistic for most of us. Yes, there are rock stars who are extraordinarily talented and have great success the first time around, and we hate those people. No, no, no, I’m just kidding. We wish the best to all those super-human oddities as well.
But there is a place for the rest of us. While I have not done actual research, I’m confident that many of the thriving careers enjoyed by the majority of successful writers are not people who decided to write a romance novel on a whim. There is so much more to it, and this is just my personal belief. But from the time you get serious, you must allow yourself a couple of years to not only write the best book you can write, but explore an ever-changing industry and come up with a plan as to how you will navigate it.
Also, as romance writers, we are lucky to have an organization like RWA to support us. If you’re serious about writing romance, and you have a local RWA chapter, do yourself a favor and join. I can honestly say I would never have understood how important critique groups, contests, support from other writers, advice from established writers, and friendship from new writers like myself could be.
Most of all, hang in there. There will be bumps and bruises along the way, but trust me when I tell you, there’s nothing like holding that first finished book in your hands.
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