Saturday, October 19, 2013

Romance On The Edge

**Enjoy Cait's special Halloween short story!

Goosebumps rise, adrenaline rushes through your body, and your heart jolts alive in anticipation for the first kiss. These are the reasons I love to read and write romantic suspense.

Kidnapped Hearts, the first in the Band of Friends series, will always remain special. Not only is it my debut novel, the setting takes place near my hometown. Names and settings of good friends and family add to my sentiment.

I hope you enjoy reading Pamela and Jake's story as much as I liked writing it.

Band of Friends series, Book 1, KIDNAPPED HEARTS
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Small town girl and owner of The Memory Café, Pamela Young, regales in her life with her friends, aptly named the Band of Friends until her life is turned upside down with stolen bearer bonds mysteriously coming into her possession.

After a five-year disappearing act, Jake Gibson returns home retired from the FBI and ready to make amends with his estranged family. A freelance case falls into his lap, involving the woman he’d resisted years ago. Jake will do anything to protect Pamela, even put his life in jeopardy along with his heart.

Here’s what others say:

If you like fast paced, full of action and plenty of romance, then this is the book for you. I absolutely loved it! The first thing to catch my eye is the setting, Fredericksburg, VA. That's really close to where I live and I go there often, so it was neat to read about places I've been to or heard of.

Now to the book: It was very well written, and it keeps you guessing all the way to the very last page, and no, you won't be able to figure most of it out. I like that kind of read, keeps me engaged throughout the entire thing. I instantly liked Pamela, what was nice and different about her was how strong she was, not the typical damsel in distress. And fiery at that. She may have had her weak moments within the story, but they were few and far between.

Then there is FBI Agent Jake Gibson, retired...*sigh*, yet another fictional boyfriend to add to my ever-growing list. The poor man has been through hell and back, then it happens all over again. You will also meet a bunch of Pamela's friends, known as the Band of Friends, or BOF for short. They are all likeable and strong. I'm hoping that each and every one gets their own books!

The overall plot of the story (without giving away any spoilers) is that someone thinks Pamela has stolen bearer bonds, and will do anything and hurt anyone to get them. Then the attacks start and Jake is put on the case to protect her and try to solve the case. To make things more complicated for them, there are people who want Jake dead from a previous undercover case he was on. Now the bad guys know Jakes real identity due to a possible leak inside the FBI.

The times, trials and crazy adventures they go through bring Jake and Pamela closer, but can she live and love a man that constantly puts his life on the line, a man that works one of the most dangerous jobs there is? Will he ever escape the people who are after him and will use anything, especially Pamela, against him to make him weak? I won't tell. You'll have to read to find out. But trust me, this book will not disappoint.
There were times I laughed, cried got mad but those are the best books right?! The ones that actually bring you to their world and evoke your emotions? And fear not my friends, the romance & love scenes are so very tastefully written, yet so believable. All in all, yes I would re-read this book, recommend it to friends, and I will most certainly read more books (especially if they are a series extended from this book) by this Author.
    ~Crystal Taylor, Reviewer

Cait Jarrod creates characters that will tug at your heart strings and her scenarios will have you on the edge of your seat and glancing out of your own windows when you hear something unusual.  This was one of those stories I had trouble putting down once I started.  Pamela is a sweet young woman that has no clue why she is under attack from someone unknown, but she sure is glad Jake suddenly shows up back in town and is there to protect her when the going gets tough. 

I really can't say enough about Kidnapped Hearts and the master story teller that is Cait Jarrod.  Her tales will entrance you and before you know it several hours will probably have passed while you were lost in Pamela & Jakes lives. . . Pick this one up if you are looking for a story with a little bit of everything, mystery, thriller, passion, and romance!
     ~Star, Illustrious Illusions

The story starts with lightening, and the sizzle never stops. Cafe owner Pamela just
wants to make her business successful, but gets swept up into a plot not of her making. A mysterious FBI agent initially rescues her from the dark only to lose her to the danger he stirred up. He thought he was beyond finding love again, but in his fight to find Pamela he realizes he has more to lose than just another case.

Kidnapped Hearts is a fast pace page turner that will keep you reading and when you close the book at the end, it will be with a smile.
     ~Lucien Knight 

Catch up with Cait:

**We have a rare treat. Cait is sharing a special Halloween short story with us!

Nothing is as it Seems
A Band of Friends’ short story.

From her perch on the back porch steps of Greenwood Manor, Charlene stared at the one room building in the corner of the yard. The schoolhouse with the chipped paint gave her the creeps ever since she arrived.

 She sipped Pinot and rested her arm on her leg. Why did she tell Paul England she’d stay at the Manor tonight, Halloween of all nights? 

He sounded desperate, that’s why. A group of her closest friends, affectionally named the Band of Friends, jumped whenever one of them needed help. The sun faded, casting a vibrant orangish-yellow glow on the grounds. With its descent, shadows loomed over the two hundred year old building, adding to her jumpiness. 

A white patch, not square nor rectangle, but a shape with no borders flew from the building right in front of her to the schoolhouse. Her arm froze midair with her drink touching her lips and goose bumps rose on her arms. 

“I need Larry.” She jumped up and darted into the house to grab her purse. After she was kidnapped in the mountains, he gave her his number and said to call whenever she needed him. She tugged the card out of the inside zipper pocket and dialed his number on her cell. It went to voice mail. 


She looked out the kitchen window. A light beamed across the yard. She rushed to the counter and looked out. Evening dropped a blanket of darkness, but the moon shined. She rolled her eyes. A full moon. What more could happen on the ghostly night?

Outside, a door slammed, and her heart pounded in her ears. Paul trusted her to look after the plantation, not watch from a far. If her son came along, instead of choosing to be with his grandmother to go trick or treating, he would have rushed to the schoolhouse and checked it out. After all, the man of the family presented a brave front. 

Light danced out the schoolhouse window and onto the boxwoods near the building. The tension between her shoulder blades tightened. Teens must be partying. She downed the rest of the wine and set the glass on the counter. Time to enforce what Paul asked. With feet of clay, she left the kitchen walked through the screened porch to the steps. The cooling air made her wrap her arms under her chest.

 Crickets chirped. A coyote howled. Ghost stories involving the Manor thrashed into her mind. Her friends, Paul and Jake, once mentioned the ghost of a man who’d been murdered. 

Remembering another tale, her hand covered her mouth. A hand appeared briefly in a window before disappearing. When the witness investigated, the search turned up no one. They called it the Madison Hand. She never Googled to learn if the tale held any merit. Now, she wished she had.

An owl hooted and Charlene darted her gaze toward the dark tree limbs hovering above. The moon glowed between the branches, illuminating the side of the schoolhouse. With each step, dread gripped her stomach, twisting it, yet a rose bush near the walkway gave her pause. Petite pinkish blooms covered the shrub. 
Odd for this time of year. 
She focused back on her mission, stepped onto the small piece of concrete in front of the building, and reached for the porcelain knob. 

A cat screeched. 

Her hand flew to her chest. She stumbled backwards and fell to the ground. A solid black cat ran across the yard and disappeared down the cellar steps. Relief washed over her. 

Only a cat. 

Full moon, black cat. If a ghost flew through the air or a witch rode a broom in front of the moon, the night would be a perfect scary movie.

“Are you okay?” A raspy male voice came from in front of the schoolhouse.

The air left her lungs and her heart stopped beating. She waited to observe the owner of the rough, scratchy voice. 

“I didn’t mean to scare you.”

Her throat constricted and a cool breeze touched her face. The need to wipe her mouth grew strong, but her hands wouldn’t move from the ground. She swung her eyes to the right … to the left … up. No one. 

“Can you speak?” 

“Yes.” The words shook. Teenagers pranked her. Nothing else made sense. “Okay kids, come on out. Games over.” She tried to sound authoritative.

“I haven’t seen any.”


This can’t be happening. “Where are you?”

“Sitting in front of you.”

She stared at the stoop. Empty, but the door stood ajar. “I can’t see you.”

A breeze blew the hair off her face. 

“Now can you?”

A man in his late thirties or early forties materialized, a flannel shirt covering his wide broad shoulders. Auburn hair hung over his forehead and blue jeans covered the long legs that stretched out in front of him. Tan and gorgeous. 

“Where’d you come from?”

“I’ve been here the whole time.”

She opened her mouth … closed it. Casper the Friendly Ghost crossed her mind and as dumb as it sounded, she asked, “Are you a ghost?” 

“In the flesh.”

Darkness invaded her vision.

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  1. Great spot,Cait! I've had the privilege of reading on of your romantic suspense novels that is yet to be released. Readers are in for even more of a treat!

  2. What a cool short story, Cait, I can't wait to read the rest of it. I've had the pleasure of reading several of Cait's works and enjoyed everyone of them.