Tuesday, March 12, 2013
New Release: Shattered Heart - Jerri Drennen
Jerri's got a brand new release! Be sure and stop by her website to check out her other books too.
Covert Z operative, JT Malone, is in Oregon on assignment. By taking an engineering job, he’ll investigate accusations of possible threats to national security made by an informant, who has since died under suspicious circumstances. He didn't plan to fall for the dead man's widow.
Two years after her husband's accidental death, Charlotte Delaney will do whatever it takes to save her cafe from foreclosure, even accepting a marriage proposal from her late husband’s boss. That is, until an appealing stranger insinuates that her husband's death was no accident and the person responsible could be the same man who's asked her to marry him. The attraction between Charlotte and JT is instantaneous and explosive, making her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her life.
Together, the two battle against an unquenchable desire while scrambling to thwart a terrorist act that could thrust the country into epic tragedy. The closer they get to the truth, the higher the stakes, with Charlotte at risk of becoming collateral damage. Now, both will be forced to put everything on the line: for life, liberty, and love.
Charlotte sucked in a breath, then raced through the living room to the front door, flipping on the porch light. Through the window, she was shocked to see the very reason she was up, on the stoop.
That cold sweat turned to intense heat.
Why would he be here? How did he find out where she lived?
Without releasing the chain, she unbolted the lock and slowly eased the door open.
“Mrs. Delaney?” he asked, his voice barely above a whisper.
“Yes.” A whirlwind of confusion tugged at her mind. How could he possibly know her last name? Cara had never told him. Unless she did when he was having breakfast that morning.
“I need to talk to you about your husband.”
The statement staggered her back a step. “What?”
He leaned closer and his eyes widened. “Charlotte?”
“What is this about?”
“Can I come in, please. I don’t want anyone seeing me standing here.”
Charlotte’s thoughts spun. Why would he need to talk to her? This late at night? The whole thing seemed fishy. Maybe he wanted in to rape her.
“I’m not going to hurt you, Charlotte. I need to talk to you about what was going on with your husband right before he died.”
Her jaw slacked. What could he possibly have to tell her about Shaun? He couldn’t have even known her husband since he was new to town.
She glanced into his eyes. The seriousness reflected within their depths made Charlotte want to hear what he had to say.
She closed the door, pausing long enough to gather her composure, then released the chain and opened it to him.
JT rushed inside.
Charlotte twisted her hands together, uncomfortable with her state of dress. The mere thought brought goose bumps to her arms.“What is this all about?”
“Two years ago, your husband contacted Homeland Security. He was convinced the man he worked for was bringing illegal contraband into the country. The night before he had his accident, he called them to say he had evidence. Before he could meet with those officials, he was killed.”
“Are you serious? What are you saying? That Shaun’s accident was no accident at all? That my husband was murdered?”