On November 18, my newest addition to my Heroes of Chance Creek series will release as part of the SEALs of Winter box set. The Navy SEAL’s Christmas Bride is a holiday novella sure to please any fan of the series.
My Heroes of Chance Creek books feature the four Hall brothers, who are all in the process of leaving the military and coming home to bring their family’s ranch–Crescent Hall–back to life. The series started with Mason Hall in The Navy SEAL’s E-Mail Order Bride, and book 2, The Soldier’s E-Mail Order Bride, is also out. Book 3, The Marine’s E-Mail Order Bride, is due to release in December, with Book 4, The Airman’s E-Mail Order Bride coming out early in 2015.
The Navy SEAL’s Christmas Bride features a friend of Mason’s–Dan Hemmins–who is also leaving the military.
Here’s a short blurb:
Navy SEAL Dan Hemmins goes head to head with soldier Sarah Metlin to prove once and for all that woman can’t possibly qualify for an elite branch of the military, but when Sarah proves she’s not just one of the most qualified warriors he’s ever met, she’s also one of the smartest and sexiest, too, he’ll do whatever it takes to get closer to her, even if he has to challenge her to another contest…or three…or five!
And here is an excerpt:
“It’s been a while since we raced, Austin. What do you say?” Zane said.
“What about you, Sarah?” Everyone looked at him when Dan spoke up. “Are you going to run the course?”
Sarah shook her head. “I don’t think so. I’m going to help Regan.”
“Too chicken to try it out? I should have guessed.” Why did the hazel-eyed, dark haired woman grab his attention so effectively? She didn’t have the long, thick tresses he usually was drawn to. Her curls were short enough for active duty. Her eyes were expressive, her lips full enough to be sensuous, but he knew damn well that under her cable-knit sweater would be muscles, not the full curves he liked so much.
Although she was pretty curvy.
“I’m not chicken.”
The clipped tone of her voice brought his gaze up to meet hers. Damn, had she caught him speculating about her body?
“It wouldn’t be fair,” Ella spoke up. “Her racing against you.”
“Why—because she’s just a girl?” He couldn’t have asked for a better setup. Sarah wouldn’t be able to ignore him now. He could see the flare of resentment in her eyes, coupled with a tightening of her mouth that told him she didn’t want to hurt Ella’s feelings by snapping at her.
“I’m not just a girl. I’m a soldier and I’m every bit as fast as you.”
Dan smiled. Gotcha. “Then we’ll race. I’m looking forward to kicking your ass.”
“Good luck.” She picked up her sandwich and took a bite, as cool as a cucumber.
She wouldn’t be cool for long. She’d be huffing and puffing as she tried to keep up with him. No woman could beat him in a race.
And then what? Winning a contest wasn’t really what he was after, was it? He wanted to get close to Sarah in an altogether different kind of way.
“How about we make the race more interesting?” he said loudly, cutting across the conversations that had sprung up around the table again.
Sarah sighed. Turned to him. “What do you have in mind?”
“No bets,” Regan said sternly. “I don’t want this to get out of hand.”
“It won’t get out of hand, will it, Sarah?” Dan kept his gaze squarely on her face. Was it his imagination or were her cheeks turning pink?
Just his imagination.
“What kind of bet?” She took another bite of her sandwich, still unperturbed.
“I said, no bets!” Regan looked exasperated. “Mason—”
“A kiss under the mistletoe if I win.”
Sarah chewed slowly. Swallowed. “And if you lose?”
“Name your penalty.” He was enjoying this all too much. He hoped she’d ask for a kiss, too, but doubted it.
“You run a loop around the Hall naked.”
A chorus of whoops filled the dining room. “Now we’re talking!” Zane guffawed. “Mothers, cover your daughters’ eyes!”
“Don’t worry—there won’t be any nudity,” Dan said. “I’m not the one who’s going to lose. Sorry to disappoint you, sweetheart.”
“We’ll see about that, pretty boy.” Sarah looked unconvinced.
Pretty boy? He narrowed his eyes. She’d pay for that.
With a kiss.
Available in the SEALs of Winter box set on November 18!
Available as a stand-alone novella in December.