Hi! My name is Tina Bass and I’m in the process of writing The Safe Series. The first in the series, His Safe Keeping, (available now) is where you met Kade. Who is Kade? Well Kade’s not your typical cowboy, although he has the boots, the hat, the cows, and even the horses. See Kade lives in the beautiful state of Virginia. I know, I know, the last thing you think when you think Virginia is “cowboy,” But here’s the thing, in Virginia we have farms, lots and lots of farms, but we also have ranches. What’s the difference? Farms are basically used to produce food, either grown or raised, like beef or dairy cows. A ranch however is more for animals that are bred and raised for profit, there are lots of different types, such as sheep, American bison and alpacas, but most common are cattle and horses. Which brings us back to Kade and his ranch. As I said, Kade’s not your typical cowboy, (but he does have all the requirements) Kade has spent years in the Air Force then even more years as a state police. Wanting to give up the uniforms, he was able to purchase the ranch he spent so much time on growing up. Now retiring early from the force with only one thing in mind…becoming the full time “cowboy” his fellow officers like to refer to him as, and running his ranch, raising his cattle and just being on his land. His land…the one place he could always find the kind of peace that he could never manage to find anywhere else. And after years of having first-hand knowledge of the worst in human beings, all he wants is that escape from a world he was so used to, to the peaceful quiet beauty of his land…until his sense of responsibility throws her into his path…and his life changes forever.
Start the Safe Series with book 1 – His Safe Keeping
Krista Avery moved to the sleepy town of Mt. Eve, Virginia, away from big city life, enticed there by a research doctor that is fascinated with her blood. Trying to build a life for herself after a horrific event in her past sent her into a spiral, she is a woman battling a rare blood disorder and the memories she has never dealt with. Returning home from the hospital after the Doctors experimental treatment, a dizzy spell forces her to pull over to the side of the road.
Lawson “Kade” McKaden is a State Trooper, ready to retire, returning home after a transport to a Federal Prison that wasn’t supposed to be his. After a stint in the Air Force and a satisfying career, he is ready to leave the uniforms behind for the life of a rancher. But a broken down car on the side of the road calls to his sense of responsibility and the sick woman inside calls to his heart. They have more in common than they know.
An escaped rapist turned serial killer is hunting her. She was his first and he has plans to be her last. Together can they beat back the demons from her childhood? Will Krista have to face the demon from her past alone, or is she Kade’s for… His Safe Keeping?
Stepping out of the official cruiser, hand resting lightly on his weapon which was holstered at his hip, Kade walked to the open driver’s side window. Looking into the car, he saw her. She was bent over the steering wheel, her long chestnut colored hair pulled back with a clip.
“Ma’am, is everything all right?” She turned her head and his breath caught in his throat. A beautiful face, streaked with tears squeezed his heart. Without thinking, he abandoned all of his years of training. Without concern for his own safety, he yanked open the door. Squatting down beside the car and balancing on the balls of his feet, Kade spoke to her. “Sweetheart, what’s wrong? Are you hurt? Did you have an accident?”
Turning her head instead of raising it, Krista looked into the greenest eyes she’d ever seen. They were filled with concern. For her? No, she thought, they can’t be. He didn’t even know her. “What did you say? What accident?” Sitting up, she tried to answer and the whole ordeal came back into her mind full force. The nausea hit and this time it wasn’t going to pass. She was going to be sick.
“Oh, no!” she exclaimed, just before she covered her mouth with one hand and scrambled to get out of the car, knocking him out of her way. As she ran around the car, Krista made it to the grassy right-of-way just as she began heaving. Her whole body was shaking. The weakness brought her to her knees. When she finally finished, she scooted back against the back car tire, drew up her knees which were now throbbing with pain, and laid her head down on them.
“It never affected me this fast before,” Krista murmured to the big man as he knelt down beside her. Her eyes swept over him. Oh, crap! He was a cop! She was so not up for this. With a sigh of resignation, she held out her wrists, waiting for him to put the handcuffs on and arrest her.
Kade looked at her outreached arms and then at her pale face. Too pale. “What are you doing?” “Aren’t you going to arrest me?”
“Why would I do that?” he questioned, confused.
“Well, because I kinda’ knocked you on your booty and you’re a cop. Isn’t that like assaulton a police officer or something?” Her voice was weak and she sounded resigned. “Booty?” He smirked. “No, I’m not going to arrest you.”
I’m a light erotic romance writer, who loves a happily ever after. I lives in a small town in Virginia with my three children. I am your normal everyday mom of one grown and two almost grown teenagers who has recently discovered the joys of writing. When not busy writing, I enjoys reading and shopping for vintage items. I came into writing later in life, after my characters decided to take over and I was able to hear the stories in my head.