With: Maggie Toussaint
Rough Waters began with a character and stolen treasure. For this third book in my Mossy Bog series, I started with a character that had appeared briefly in earlier books, Jeanie Munro.
After her husband ran off with another woman, leaving her with two kids and a crapload of debt, Jeanie painfully reinvented herself as a florist with pink hair. That was my backstory. To craft Jeanie’s story and happily ever after, I knew she had to be pushed to the near breaking point again.
Her family’s safety, their home, and her business are breached. Her choices are to crack under pressure again and let her friends and family make decisions for her, to retreat into the pre-divorce world she’d once known with the man who abandoned her before, or to go on the offense and neutralize the threat.
Former SEAL Rock Mackenzie believed his luck changed when he and his business partner found gold sovereigns after reading the journal he inherited upon his mother’s recent death. But his boat exploded, his buddy died, and Rock nearly lost his life. When he healed up enough to leave the hospital, his coins were long gone.
His only lead is the guy who used to work at the marina and who also temped for Rock’s lawn service. Rock came home once to find this guy’s nose pressed against his window. The guy’s in the wind, but his ex-wife is Rock’s best hope for recovering his stolen property and paying off his investor. Without the coins, he must relinquish the journal, written by the only survivor of an off-the-books shipwreck, and forfeit all rights of salvage from the wreck.
The story opens with Rock in Mossy Bog, receiving a flower delivery from Jeanie. Rough Waters is my 12th published novel, my 6th romantic suspense.
Excerpt from Rough Waters:
Rock could tell her everything, but the less Jeanie knew about the stolen gold sovereigns and the wooden chest, the better off she’d be. “Your burglary might not be related to my accident, but I’m cautious now. I didn’t think my boat would blow up either. The accident changed my perspective. I came here to regroup. If what happened to you is because of me, I’m sorry about that.”
“Why would someone try to kill you?”
“I keep asking myself that question.”
“How is Avery involved in this?”
He held her gaze. “I have no proof he is involved.”
“So then why did you come to Mossy Bog?”
He shrugged. “From Avery’s description, Mossy Bog sounded like the perfect place to regroup. I’d never heard of the place before, so I thought I’d be anonymous here.”
“Why would someone who’s after you trash my shop? We barely know each other.”
He prayed she wouldn’t put it together. He needed more time to search for the stolen treasure. Time for a diversion.
“My accident doesn’t make any sense,” he said, catching her hand and drawing her close. “But you have my word, if your break-in is on me, I’ll make this right.”
“You don’t need to do that,” she said, pulling away. “I can take care of myself.”
He gave her a moment to feel comfortable again, then leaned in, giving her room to escape, but she didn’t. She didn’t move a muscle as her warm coffee-laced breath feathered his face. The urge to kiss her fogged his brain.
“I just bet you can,” he whispered, then closed the distance between them and nuzzled her neck. Her startled gasp of delight added fuel to his fire. He edged the rest of his body closer until they stood toe to toe, hip to hip. Her fingers gripped his, and her head dropped back. Oh, yeah. Her scent pulsed though him like a freighter bound for the coast.
“Damn,” she breathed. “Is this going to be about sex?”
His lips brushed hers. Liquid gold sluiced through his veins. “I sure hope so.”
How to find Maggie Toussaint
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