Brady-Big Sky Lawmen Book Three

Brady

 

My latest release is a revamped title that was previously published by Evernight Publishing in 2013.  It was called Tell Me No Lies, but I’ve changed the title to Brady and made it part of my Big Sky Lawmen series.

It was one of my favorites to write so if you didn’t pick up a copy in 2013 that you’ll check it out now.

 

Brady McDermott returned to Spring Valley to pursue his dream job of being the town’s sheriff. When he’s woken in the middle of the night and told some remains have been unearthed, he knows the only outstanding missing person case is that of Ruby Connolly.

 

Brady has a history with the Connolly family, some good and some bad. One of the bad things included hurting Christina Connolly in the worse possible way. Christina is now an attorney and also back in Spring Valley. Can they put their differences aside and work together to find a killer who’s been walking free for a decade? And while doing so can they rekindle their love and prove that everyone deserves a second chance?

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Christina was the last of the family to leave her dad’s house. She looked at her watch. Almost 8 p.m. She had work to do once she got home, and the cake and sandwiches hadn’t exactly filled her.

She’d stop by a restaurant on the way home and get herself a take out.

She’d eat while she finished her work, which with her current caseload could mean she’d be up till midnight.

Putting the key into the door of her car, she sensed someone was approaching her from behind. Her instinct to be aware of your surroundings at all times, which she’d learned by once living in a big city, kicked in immediately. She slowly put her hand inside her purse and fingered the nozzle of her pepper spray. She then gripped the container, ready for action, but suddenly remembered this was Lone Ridge and some people still left their doors unlocked all day and night.

“Christina.”

She recognized the man’s voice. Although her hand relaxed, her mind, along with her body, didn’t. Bree had told her that Brady was back in town so she’d done her utmost to avoid any place of business, even dinner at Bree’s, so they didn’t risk running into one another. Now he’d obviously found her and there was no place to hide.

Might as well get this over and done with and out of the way.

She turned to see him standing a few feet from her. He’d always been handsome, but since the last time she’d set eyes upon him, he’d grown more gorgeous. He made one fine-looking cowboy. No, most cowboys didn’t look quite this good. There was something about the way his cowboy hat sat on his head, the way his legs filled out his black jeans…and yes, the bulge at the front of them was quite something too. Her heart beat faster, looking at his lips and remembering them on her body, and then…

“Sorry if I startled you. I know I shouldn’t creep up behind anyone, but especially women, like that.”

“Yeah, not a good thing to do when she carries pepper spray in her purse. So what did you want?” That had sounded, snappy, defensive even, and she hadn’t meant it to be. But after all, this was Brady.

“I’ve been trying to track you down for most of the day.”

“Yeah, that’s right you’re the sheriff now. I’m pretty sure I don’t have any unpaid parking tickets. And I haven’t been speeding through town.”

“Nope, you haven’t broken any law—well, as far as I know.”

“So are you here on official business or are you trying to catch up on old times?”

Part of her hoped he’d say old times. The other half didn’t want to be foolish enough to think there was a chance of them having any sort of relationship besides him being the older brother of her best friend.

“I suppose you’d classify it as official,” he said.

Her heart sank and it was stupid, she knew, but disappointment washed over her. However, keeping things strictly business was probably for the best.

“Does it have anything to do with one of my clients?”

He shook his head.

“I’m confused. It’s business, but not about a client,” said Christina. She pushed her purse strap higher on her shoulder. He looked down at his cowboy boots, then across at her father’s house, and then back up at her. Whenever he’d looked at her like that, she’d always gone weak at the knees, and the years hadn’t changed that fact. She gripped the car door so hard her knuckles turned white. If he kissed her right now she wouldn’t protest.

And the chances of that are non-existent, so you don’t have anything to worry about.

“Do you think we could go someplace and talk?” he asked.

His baby blue eyes squinted at her and she was sure her heart missed a beat, making it feel like a humming bird was let loose in her chest.

Just what was this about?

“We can’t talk about whatever it is, right here?” asked Christina.

He looked over at her father’s house again, and then back at her, but didn’t respond.

“Okay, how about you stop by my office tomorrow morning?” she asked.

“How about right now? We could drive out somewhere?”

“Sorry, no, I’ve only eaten a sandwich and some birthday cake since noon, and I’m starving.”

“Then let’s talk over supper? I’ll even pick up the tab,” said Brady.

She smiled because time hadn’t changed Brady. Still a guy who can’t take no for an answer. Am I still the girl who can’t say no to him?

Sure she was, but at least now it was on her terms. And the sooner she got this over with, the quicker he’d leave her in peace. Hopefully it would be weeks or even months before they ran into one another again.

“Okay, but these days I can buy my own meals,” she finally said.

“Oh, I’m sure you can.”

“And one more thing,” said Christina. “I get to pick where we eat.”

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Getting Lucky

Here’s my latest release called Getting Lucky. It was first published by Evernight Publishing in 2013.

It was one of my favorite stories to write because Megan and Andy are both broken characters who are down on their luck but things are about to change. It’s actually their sudden change in fortune that brings them into one another’s lives.

It’s a story about finding hope, recovering from past demons, falling in love, and yes, getting lucky too.

If you didn’t check it out in 2013, I’d love for you to do so now because like I said, it really is one of my favorite stories. I know it will tug on your heart strings and you’ll be cheering for these two people throughout the story.

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Do you feel lucky today?

 

Megan Scott changed her name and escaped to Seattle, hoping to put her past and her abusive ex behind her. Her sister told her bad luck couldn’t last forever, and with that in mind she purchased a ticket hoping to be one of the ten people to win a key that would open the door to a dream home.

 

Andy Hill is starting life anew. He lost his family and home but feels deep down that bad luck has to end sometime.

 

When a mix up with the winning keys puts Megan and Andy in a situation they never thought they’d find themselves in, Megan has to put her trust in a man again, and Andy has to accept that there’s no going back and fixing bad mistakes.

 

Learning to move on in life is sometimes a hard lesson but it’s also a chance to get lucky.

 

Here’s an excerpt…

Megan’s legs shook so much that by the time she arrived at the house she didn’t think she’d be able to get out of her car, let alone walk up to the check-in desk. Floodlights had been turned on and a beam of light played against the house’s shiny black front door. She fingered the key. She had a one in ten chance that in less than an hour the house would be hers.

Here goes.

She made her way across the street and up the path to the desk where a young man in his early twenties sat with sheets of paper in front of him.

“Hi, my name’s Megan Scott.”

“Hello Megan, if you could sign here next to your name and then wait over there with the other contestants,” he said, pulling out a sheet of paper for her. She quickly signed before her hand shook again, and then walked over to the lawn where two older men, one on a walker, three women, all older than her, and a girl about twenty, blowing bubble gum, stood in a line. She smiled but no one smiled back. No one was talking either. Instead they eyed one another cautiously which made her legs tremble even more.

She fingered her key again as two more people joined the group, and then a man probably a bit older than herself walked toward them. She’d seen him before but couldn’t think where. Maybe he’d visited the museum, but she knew it was someplace else. He smiled at her, she smiled back. Now she remembered. He’d been the idiot driving the car that had almost hit her. He stood beside her and they glanced at one another and then looked away. The scent of his aftershave drifted her way as the wind picked up. She didn’t think she’d ever like the smell of cologne again, because Ted had almost bathed in the stuff, but this man’s brand was different, and was more subtle and spicy. She shifted her feet, wishing the contest would soon be over and she’d know either way whether she was a homeowner.

Megan glanced at the man again. That had been stupid because he was looking her way. They didn’t say anything but both coughed before quickly looking away. When he’d been driving, she’d focused more on trying not to hit his car, but now that all her attention was solely on him, she realized that he was cute and had gorgeous blue eyes.

She hadn’t checked out a man in so much detail, and for this long, since she’d first laid eyes on Ted. Maybe it was her nerves and she was using it as a way to take her mind off the whole thing.

Maybe.

 

Recent Releases

I’m slowly making by way through all the back titles and now have three more revamped and back on sale…more being revamped soon so stay tuned!

 

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First one is the fourth book in my Perfect Pairings series, Matters of the Heart

Lucy Davis has always loved Bryce but never told him as much. She’s even signed on with matchmaking service Perfect Pairings in hopes they can finally be a couple. However, one day Lucy picks up the newspaper and sees that Bryce is now married. With her heart broken, she goes to see Sadie Sutton, president of Perfect Pairings, to tell her she won’t need their serives after all. However, Sadie’s convinced that the universe has other plans for Lucy, including a man who will sweep her off her feet.

Brad Ryan finds a baby sitting on the doorstep of his sheriff’s office. If that isn’t a big enough surprise, he discovers a note tucked into the baby carrier informing him he’s the daddy. What’s a sheriff to do when he’s suddenly thrown into the role of single father? Sadie might have the answer and it’s in the shape of a nanny called Lucy. Will these two fall in love, and will Sadie have another successful pairing to gloat about?

 

 

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Second one is Letting Go

After Glen Billington returns home from his service in the army, he goes to collect his dog from Ava Dawson, and he’s immediately attracted to her. Problem is there’s a wedding band on the third finger of her left hand.For the first time since she lost her husband, Ava feels smitten by another man. When Glen’s aunt informs him that Ava is a widow, he decides to take a trip back to see her but under the guise of needing help with dog training. Can Glen take away the pain she’s felt since her husband’s death? And can he finally convince her that there’s nothing wrong in letting go?

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And finally, I Must Be Dreaming (previously titled Dreaming)

How difficult could it be to take care of your five-year-old niece? Rob Conners thinks it’s going to be a breeze, but when Mollie gets gum in her hair there’s only one thing to do—head to the nearest hair salon. Jenna Hopkins had one crush in high school and that was Rob Conners. She can’t believe he walked into her salon a decade later. The only course of action is to play it cool and pretend she never had fantasies about him. However, despite the passing of ten years, the crush is still there and now it seems the attraction might be mutual. Can these two former classmates find love and happiness or are they both just dreaming?

 

Anything You Want

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I squeezed in some time to revamp the next book…only nine more to go!

This one was first published under the title Maybe Next Time by Evernight Publishing in 2013 for their Romance on the Go line.

It’s a cougar romance so if you like the older woman and hot younger man theme this is for you-

Gina’s feeling old and overweight and all she needs is someone to knock down a wall in her house so she can build an at home gym.

Enter Sean who’s short on cash but full of ambition and twelve years her junior. His dad always told him never mix business with pleasure but where this older woman’s concerned Sean’s willing to make an exception.

Gina might be slowly falling in love with the young hunk but what will happen when he comes to his senses and realizes she can never give him a family?

Can a cougar capture her man?

 

Saturday Night Blues

 

I’m trying my best to play catch up with all the books I’m getting rights back to because I want to give some of them a major overhaul. It’s taking time away from my new stories so I hope you’ll bear with me.

 

Here’s one I re-released last week. It’s Saturday Night Blues (first published by Evernight Publishing in 2013), and it’s now told from a dual first person perspective.

Hope you enjoy the updated version…

What’s a girl to do when she’s single and it’s Valentine’s Day?

If you’re Natasha Hargreaves you babysit your nephew. However, not all is lost when a mishap with a large vase lands her in the ER with an overworked but very sexy, Dr. David Walker.

David’s not usually a doctor to fall for a patient but there’s something about Natasha that makes his heart beat faster and forces him to break the rules about asking her out.

Are they a match made in heaven and will Natasha be able to handle a doctor’s unsociable hours of work?

 

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A Cowboy’s Heart and What I’ve Been Doing

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More than a few people have been asking me about when I’ll be writing and publishing new stories, what’s happening with our beloved Kalispell Shifters…believe me there’s lots planned and coming soon.

Last year I decided to add the name of writing coach and mentor to my list of skills and long story short, setting up the business has taken me longer than I’d planned. Plus, I’ve been trying to play catch up releasing all the stories I got rights back to.  I thought I’d get back to my regular writing schedule after the new year but I then I updated my other web site and finally came down with the cold bug that seems everyone’s got which zapped a lot of my energy.

Well, enough with the excuses…I did re-release A Cowboy’s Heart (formely titled This Cowboy’s Heart), and I have two more stories to re-release this month.

I plan to add a new story in all my series and yes, I’m even thinking about a new one too.

So thank you for being patient with me loyal fans. I promise to post more stuff here too so if you have any writing related questions or anything you’d like to see, just leave a comment or contact me at vanessadevereaux@gmail.com. You know how much I love hearing from you.

Take care-Vanessa D XO

Three Upcoming Revamped Stories for the Holiday Season

The holidays are fast approaching and I’m currently revamping three back titles that should be released in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

I thought I’d share the covers with you here and I’ll let you know when each one is added to the book sites-

 

 

 

 

Naughty or Nice

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Baby it's cold outside

 

 

Just in Time for Halloween-Fly by Night

I am JaneFive years ago I was honored to have a short story included in Just Vamps an anthology published by Evernight Publishing.  As the names suggests, all the stories were about vampires.

I just got rights back to this story and in time for Halloween, I’ve revamped it (yes please excuse the pun), and added another chapter.

I’ve kept the title, Fly by Night and it’s a sexy tale set during the Regency featuring innocent Isabella and the man of the night, James who offers her so much more than a evening of erotic delight.

It’s available at Amazon and costs just 99 cents. Hope you’ll enjoy it.

 

Two Re-Released Titles

confession of loveart innatureI’m getting rights back to many of my stories and slowly revamping and re-releasing them.

Here are two that I released this week. One is book three in the Perfect Pairings series and the other one is a former Romance on the Go title, Confession of Love. Both have  have been re-edited,  given new covers and both are on sale for 99 cents. Both are available through KDP Select at Amazon which means if you have Kindle Unlimited you can read them for free.

Hope you enjoy these two stories.