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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beyond the Book: Flood

Welcome to Beyond the Book. Before I share an excerpt from Flood I'd like to tell you about my RomCon review. They gave me 5 stars and said in part,

This story was fantastic, with plenty of plot surprises that I didn't expect! A It's the kind of story that stays with you because of the intensity of the circumstances and you remember the characters. 
I really enjoyed reading this story and hope to read more from this author. 

You can read the entire review at

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Now for a blurb and excerpt:

Drawn together by their love of animals, Aria De Luca and Caleb Hawkins burn for each other. They never suspected that malignant forces around them were successfully plotting Caleb’s ruin from the moment he entered her life. When the flood of a century strikes Aria’s hometown, an alienated Caleb is all that stands between her and catastrophic loss.

Last Week:

Caleb Hawkins fingered the dog-eared card in his pocket as the bus ate up the miles between Pine City and Fairfield. He should have bought a ticket to Greenville, the little town about twenty miles outside of Pine City where his grandmother lived. She might or might not have been glad to see him, but it was the logical place to go.

Instead, he had spent his prison traveling money going to Fairfield, the place where Peaches lived with a lady vet. It had somehow seemed important to know that things had gone well for the dog who had been as broken and injured as he had. He also wanted to thank the woman who had saved his good friend.

Beyond that, he didn’t have any specific plans other than finding a job. Maybe he’d go back to Pine City and work at the animal shelter there. He’d rather not unless he had to, though. In that place, he would still feel like a prisoner instead of a free man. It would be better to start over in a new place with no ties to his past. 

This week

In the distance he saw a group of buildings. “Approaching Fairfield,” the driver called.

The bus came to a halt outside the terminal. Caleb hefted his bag and waited his turn to get off. Then he went inside to an information desk near the front counter. “Hey, I’m looking for the Saint Francis Animal Hospital. Could you tell me how to get there?”

The woman, a young blonde who smiled prettily at him, pulled a map from a drawer and showed him where the hospital was. “That’s Dr. De Luca’s place. It’s about five miles away, so you’ll need a ride."

“Thanks for the help.”

The woman gestured to an old man dozing in a plastic chair positioned to catch the sunshine. “That’s Bob Roach. He has a taxi if you’d like to wake him.”

Caleb smiled at the sight of the relaxed old man. In prison you learned not to sleep too deeply. 

“Thank you.”

He touched the man’s shoulder, hoping not to startle him. “Mr. Roach?”


“Mr. Roach, I’m looking for a ride to the animal hospital. Are you interested?”.

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