You know how much I love my Stalkees? THIS MUCH!!!!! I am so excited for Ms S (as she is also Ms S in her other name and series, too) because she has some amazing books! I am honored to be her closing spot of the tour! So I have to do something a little special for her! 🙂 But first, I need to show you some of the goodies first!
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat level: mild
Date of Publication: December 18, 2013
Number of pages: 50
Word Count: approx. 15,000
When Faith Garrity’s twin sister died, she lost a part of herself. Unable to move past the pain, the once-driven ornithologist is at risk of losing her career as well. To save her job, she heads to the oil-ravaged wetlands of Louisiana. There, in the bayou community of Chenoire, she encounters the handsome but guarded Zackary Préjean, still suffering from a great loss of his own.
She’s drawn to Zack, but soon finds that the Préjean family isn’t what it seems… They have dangerous secrets—and deadly enemies. Caught up in a feud that threatens the area’s uneasy truce, Faith and Zack must learn to trust each other. Survival will require enormous sacrifice, but it just might also give them both a way to move on.
Zack Préjean wiped the blood from his skinning knife onto the faded blue bottom of the apron he wore, scanning the bayou that backed up to his papa’s back porch. Something had drawn his attention, but he couldn’t figure out what.
He’d been working on the small gator for half an hour, figuring to take off enough fresh meat for dinner and prep the rest to deal with later—it was too small for the skin to be worth much. The calls and caws of the birds and cackles of swamp hens soothed him, and God knew he needed soothing. Spending the whole month of gator season at Chenoire wasn’t what he wanted to be doing. But Papa had asked him outright for help, and he had to honor that.
Finally, he figured out what had caught his attention; the bayou was too quiet. He wedged the knife through his apron ties, covered the gator with a towel, and closed his eyes to focus on what he could hear. Footsteps coming from the path leading down to the house—heavy ones, stirring up a whiff of anger.
Zack tripped on his way through the kitchen, catching his toe on the edge of a chair because he’d been staring out the front window instead of watching where he was going. All this family time must be getting to him, because for a moment he swore he’d seen not a man on the path that angled toward the small circle of houses where the Préjeans had lived for generations.
No, he thought he’d seen an angel.
Except angels didn’t stomp their feet, curse like sailors, and swat at bugs, which is what this one appeared to be doing. What the hell was a woman doing on foot way out here at dusk?
Crossing his arms over his chest, Zack leaned against the frame of the front door, silent and still, waiting to see what trouble she brought. She looked like a city woman, and city women always brought trouble.
He couldn’t keep the grin off his face. Whatever else she was, his citified swamp angel was pissed off and dirty as sin. Bits of mud flaked off what might be a long, lean pair of legs underneath the grime that covered her from her shoes to the bottom of her khaki shorts—or maybe they were mud-covered black shorts. Hard to tell. Her hands flew around her head, batting at what Zack knew were probably the armies of tiny no-see-ums that swarmed near the small stand of trees this time of day. Occasionally, she swatted at her own head, giving her short blond hair a disheveled look he’d mistaken for a halo.
“Damned gnats. I’m gonna—” The angel finally spotted him and stopped in her tracks, dark-blue eyes growing wider as her gaze dropped from Zack’s face to the vicinity of the knife.
He cleared his throat and stifled the laugh that threatened to escape. “You lost, Angel?”
And another wonderful story by Ms Sandlin! Yes I know it’s a short story, but even her short stories have a way of making you love the characters, get caught up in their lives, and root for their HEA!! Before I get really into it, I have two questions… Is Zack’s family related to Rene’s- you know from the “other series”? And if so, I bet they are but, could you find room for one of those HAWT pieces for me? I don’t live too far ya know!! Lol ok now for the big talk. This story got me because it’s sweet and fun but it’s also about living with the death of a loved one and learning to actually live. Damned if I didn’t tear up twice!
So after a tragedy, Faith is literally trying to salvage both her career and her life. She’s using the last little bit of money to try to study some of the birds affected by an oil spill- yes I live here and can attest to it’s aftermath- and she somehow finds herself down in the BFE’s- let’s say that’s Cajun talk for middle of nowhere and it’s unabbreviated term is inappropriate lol! She lands herself in Zack Prejean’s yard begging for a rental boat and a guide. Let’s just say she has no idea how much her life will change because of this. Though Faith is struggling to regain her normalcy, you can tell she is goal oriented, cares about her career and the wildlife it contains, and is sweet and easy going. You will also learn she’s strong, brave, loyal, and can handle a gun lol I like her a lot! I hope we get to see more of her one day!
Zack, well, he may be a HAWT piece but he’s got a chip on his shoulder. He may be back home to help his father but he doesn’t want to be there and he’s making sure everyone knows about it. He’s so rude to Faith partly because of this chip and partly because he’s attracted to her. His rudeness is also halted by Faith who also won’t be bullied. Giggle! Zack is family oriented, he’s definitely a hard worker, and when he believes in something, he’ll go above and beyond to prove it! Maybe he has a HAWT cousin for me 🙂
there’s also some very interesting side characters, a really great little plot twist, and a wonderful lesson that sometimes love really is enough!! Ooooh and there’s a new little twist on the supernatural elements in here and I LOVE THEM!!! I want some more 🙂 gimme gimme! Also, I just happen to obsessively love this author and her mad ninja writing skills! She’ll make you forget you’re reading a short story and transport you to a place not to far from me and my hometown… Yes I can talk to you about eating gator and shrimping lol!! So with that, I won’t spoil the surprise and I’ll keep it simple with a WONDERFULLY ROMANTIC 5 WOLF PAWS, cuz I don’t wanna tell you what is really clawing it’s way around 🙂
So, I told Ms S I’d have a little surprise for her and I do! I couldn’t help but add a little soundtrack because it’s fun and it’ll be funny once you read the story and have listened to my choices 🙂 here we go!
•When Faith meets Zack- Rev Theory Selfish and Cold
•when Zack sees Faith- Breaking Benjamin Breath
•Faith starts to learn a little about Zack and Zack learns a little about Faith Theory of a Deadman Hello Lonley
•The little boat incident 🙂 Deftones Change
•Zack and Faith’s song(s) Theory of a Deadman Heaven (Little By Little) & All or Nothing
I hope you like my little soundtrack! 🙂
About the Author:
Susannah Sandlin writes paranormal romance and romantic thrillers from Auburn, Alabama, on top of a career in educational publishing that has thus far spanned five states and six universities—including both Alabama and Auburn, which makes her bilingual. She grew up in Winfield, Alabama, but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick. She’s the author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, a spinoff novel, Storm Force, and a new romantic thriller beginning this month with Lovely, Dark, and Deep. Writing as Suzanne Johnson, she also is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series.
Tour giveaway details
1 $25 Amazon gift card
2 $10 Amazon gift cards
2 Author swag packs- open to US Shipping (books, swag)
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I hope you guys enjoyed today! I’d love to know if you guys have any comments for those song choices!! GOOD LUCK TOO! Happy reading and later gators!