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An Austin Heroes Novel
BY KATHY CLARK
A cold case leads to blazing-hot temptation in this novel of romantic suspense from bestselling author Kathy Clark. For readers of Nora Roberts and Karen Robards, Almost Forever pairs a rugged lawman with a woman who may just be a murderer.
Justin Archer is a Texas Ranger through and through, a loyal man devoted to the dangerous job he loves. But when the grisly discovery of a skeleton in a local vineyard turns an old missing persons case into a possible homicide, Justin finds that the toughest challenge of his professional career will be keeping his hands off his chief suspect: the dead man’s beautiful young trophy wife. Did Lori Roberts kill for vast material gain? The only thing Justin knows for sure is that their chemistry is instantaneous—and overpowering.
Lori worked hard to build a new life for herself and her daughter. She turned her husband’s struggling vineyard into a thriving enterprise, and now she stands to lose it all over something that happened eight years ago. Justin could lock her up and throw away the key, but Lori desperately wants to trust him. More than that, she wants to let him into her wounded heart. Because Lori’s been running from the past for a long time . . . and she’s ready to start living for the future.
Praise for the novels of Kathy Clark
“Fast-paced, riveting . . . Playful dialogue between Nick and Jamie certainly kept me entertained, and I loved every moment they were together as their banter increased the sexual tension between them. . . . [The author] did justice to their instant and intense chemistry.”—Harlequin Junkie, on After Love
“A deeply touching story of a woman’s profound healing, and the amazing man who’s with her every step of the way.”—USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott, on Deep Night
“Throughout the whole story, I got the feeling of realness and empathy for the characters. If you are looking for a well-written romance story, then you have found it!”—Night Owl Reviews, on Cries in the Night
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Kathy Clark is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have sold more than three million copies in eleven languages. Her plot lines have always championed women’s empowerment, placing strong female characters in real-life situations. Her stories will make you laugh and cry, and her characters will live in your heart forever. She lives with her husband and co-author, Bob Wernly.
An Austin Heroes Novel
BY KATHY CLARK
Justin had to walk fast to keep up with her and then paused just inside the door as his eyes adjusted from the bright sunshine to the cool darkness. The fragrance of fresh grapes mixed with oak filled the air. All of the workers were outside, cleaning up, so there was no one else in building. Lori continued through the large processing room to a small area in the back that was furnished with several high-topped tables and comfortable bar stools. Two upholstered couches were in one corner, creating a cozy seating area. The floor and walls were stone, and the ceiling was wooden with heavy, oak beams.
“This is our private tasting room for special customers,” Lori explained and motioned for him to take a seat on one of the couches.
Justin waited for her to sit, then sat across from her. “Very nice,” he said, referring to artwork that had lined their path and decorated the walls.
“They’ve been in the family for years.” She picked up a decanter on the coffee table and poised it over a long-stemmed goblet. “Are you still going to pass on that glass of wine, Ranger Archer?”
“Unfortunately yes, Mrs. Roberts. Maybe another time.”
“You should stop by when you’re off duty. We have live music every weekend and all sorts of events until the end of the summer.” She poured a glass for herself and lifted it to her lips. “And please, call me Lori.”
Justin smiled, then remembered that he wasn’t there on a social call, and the smile quickly disappeared. He looked at her and struggled to keep from getting lost in her clear blue eyes. He wished they could talk about the vineyard, her daughter, where Lori liked to go on vacation, her favorite food…how she felt about dating lawmen…anything but what he really needed to discuss with her. In all his years of police work, he had never been so distracted by a person involved in a case.
“So Ranger Archer, if you don’t mind my cutting to the chase, what exactly can I do for you today?”
Justin forced his thoughts back to the matter at hand. Ignoring her request to use her first name, he said, “Mrs. Roberts, as you are probably aware, a survey team found a body behind your property two months ago.”
She sipped her wine and watched him over the rim. “I heard they’ve been given the all clear to resume construction.”
“Yes, all the evidence has been gathered, and the results of the DNA tests are in.” He paused for effect, then continued solemnly. “I’m very sorry to inform you that the remains we recovered are your husband’s.”
Kathy Clark is the pen name of the writing team of Bob and Kathy Wernly. Kathy had almost two dozen books published by Harlequin, Dell, Crown, and others before her husband offered to do all the marketing and write the first drafts. Who wouldn’t eagerly accept that kind of free labor? Since 2012, Kathy and Bob have self-published nine novels, including the award-winning YA time travel series, Time Shifters, and a New Adult series called Scandals. They also self-published an erotic romance and had another erotic romance novel published by Loose Id.
They currently have a six-book contract with Random House for their Loveswept line. The first three books were in the Denver Heroes series and were published in 2015. In 2016, they launched their Austin Heroes series with the first book, After Love, coming out in January. This series is about three brothers, one a DEA agent, one a Texas Rancher, and one an agent for Homeland Security. Almost Forever will be out in July, and Another Chance comes out in November.
Kathy and Bob love the sand and surf of Florida or the Caribbean when they travel, but they also enjoy their view of Pikes Peak from their home in Colorado.
Links to Kathy’s website, blog, books, etc.
After Love: http://amzn.to/1RTgoJZ
Almost Forever (preorder): http://amzn.to/1XpuQSq
Another Chance (preorder): http://amzn.to/25CeAi9
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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: After Love (the first book of the series) is a story about a man who has deep emotional wounds from his past who is matched up with a K-9 partner against his wishes. Harley, the dog, is a major character in the novel, and he ends up saving his new master’s life and helping Nick find a forever-after love. So, with a nod to Harley and all dog lovers, Kathy Clark is giving away a gold-tone dog ring. It’s open, so it will fit anyone’s finger, and has an adorable puppy dog face on one side and little paws on the other. Comment on this Author Peek or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs for a chance to win.
Thank you, Kathy, for sharing your story with us.
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