I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful author, Sharon Sala, at the Ancient City Romance Authors' conference last weekend. I got to be a fan and tell her how much I enjoy her work. Her novel, Don't Cry For Me, took first place in the Romantic Suspense Category of the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Awards. In my opinion it was well deserved.
Don't Cry For Me is the story of Mariah Conrad, a veteran released from active duty in Afghanistan. She comes home physically and emotionally wounded. She is surprised when Quinn Walker, who served with her, comes to pick her up on the day of her release. He takes her to his home in the remote forests of Appalachia. There she begins the arduous process of healing both her body and her mind.
Quinn and Mariah grow closer as they both heal from their wartime duty. Their safety and very lives are threatened by outsiders come to use the rural mountains for illegal purposes. Also there is a renegade bear rampaging in the area. As danger comes close to them, they grow closer still, more comfortable with each other. They grow to hope they have a future together.
They are adopted by a foundling hound pup who turns out to be a great friend, indeed.
This one is a real page-turner. Danger beckons while love blossoms. It's got something for everyone.
Don't Cry For Me is a must-read for fans of suspense, contemporary stories about veterans and their families, and wonderful, realistic love stories. It is the next novel in Ms. Sala's successful Rebel Ridge Series.
Pick it up. You'll be very glad you did.
Mariah Conrad has come home. Badly wounded on active duty in Afghanistan and finally released stateside, she has no family to call on and nowhere to go - until Quinn Walker arrives at her bedside.
Quinn - her brother-in-arms, ex-lover, and now maybe her future.
Quinn brings Mariah to his log cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky to rest and recuperate both physically and emotionally. While she's incredibly grateful, Mariah is also confused and frustrated. She's always stood on her own two feet, but now even that can be torture. She's having flashbacks and blackouts, hearing helicopter noises in the night. She wants to push Quinn away and hold him closer than ever.
But will she get the chance? Those helicopters are more than post-traumatic stress, they are real and dangerous. Bad things are happening on the mountain. Suddenly there's a battle to be fought on the home front and no guarantee of survival.
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