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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DO YOU LOVE CATS?


Do you love cats? If so, what is it about the furry critters that attracts you? 
If not, why not?

The Nine Lives of Thomas Cash Riley
Book I
On Sale at Amazon for 99 Cents through 9-30-15!


Thomas Cash (TC) Riley never thought about cats much when he was alive. But now he's mad, bad and –dead. Killed in a one car wreck the twenty-nine-year old playboy is given one last chance to redeem himself for living a selfish, unfulfilled life and to determine his soul’s final destination.

To help his young daughter recover from the loss of her mother, Daniel Bishop, a widower who dislikes the country and is allergic to anything with fur, has moved back to his wife’s rural hometown to be close to her large family.

Katherine Sinclair, the local veterinarian and the single mother of an adventurous ten-year old son, is wary of the handsome newcomer. Once before she’d given her heart to a wealthy, charming man and she’d ended up pregnant and alone.

With the help of a lonely little girl and a brash young boy, can TC find a way to bring these two damaged people together? Can he remember his past and save his soul in the allotted time?

And can he do it all as a cat?

Excerpt:


Daniel crept down the stairs, wincing as the ancient wood creaked under his weight. He paused at the front door and peered outside. A dog barked. Something thumped on the porch. Kat cried out in pain.

Concerned, Daniel flipped on the exterior porch light.
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Kat blinked at the sudden light and tried to untangle her legs from Dobbie's leash. Tongue lolling from his mouth, the dog flopped down and regarded her with obvious canine amusement. Biting back the groan of pain the movement caused her twisted ankle, she gave up.

"Go ahead and laugh, you silly mutt," Kat grumbled and looked helplessly at the man standing silhouetted in the doorway.

"Dr. Clark? Are you hurt?" Concern colored his tone as he hurried down the wide porch steps and kneeled next to her. With sure, gentle hands he ran his hands over her bare legs.

Like heat lightning his touch sent a shiver of feminine awareness flashing through her. She flinched in pain as his fingers probed her tender ankle.

Ducking her head to avoid his questioning gaze and the sight of his broad, naked chest, she jerked her legs away from the warmth of his fingers against her chilled flesh. "I'm fine," she lied. "Just my pride is bruised."

She scrambled to her feet and tried to back away. Instead her weakened ankle buckled and she stumbled over something furry. The animal - TC - yowled and jumped aside. Arms pin-wheeling, Kat fought to regain her balance before she landed on her already sore backside yet again.

Daniel's strong hands latched on to her upper arms, and pulled her forward. Her chest collided with his. Because of the mild summer night air and her haste to find his cat she hadn't bothered to change out of the knee-length t-shirt she normally wore to bed. She'd slipped into a pair of sneakers and pulled on Pop's bathrobe. Wearing the ratty old flannel he'd loved made her feel closer to him.

In her tumble the knot in the robe's sash had come loose and fallen away. Now, the robe gaped open, leaving nothing between her and Daniel's bare chest but the paper-thin material of her worn t-shirt.

She gasped and heat flooded through her, both from embarrassment over her ragged attire and the feel of him pressed against her from breast to knee. Her nose was buried in the hollow of his throat. Unable to prevent herself from doing so, she inhaled. His scent of pine soap and sleep-warmed male filled her lungs.

Against her will the tenseness inside her relaxed. As wrong as she knew it was - she couldn't risk her heart again - being in his arms felt right. She sagged against him. His hands slid off her arms and closed around her back to pull her closer. She titled her head back and started to apologize. Her eyes met his bemused gaze and the words died on her parted lips.

The light from the porch cast his face in stark shadows, but didn't hide the question in his eyes. Her heart thundered in anticipation. Her lips tingled. Her nipples grew hard. Her legs went weak. In the ten years since JT's birth she'd dated a few times, even kissed a couple of her dates, but none of them had affected her this way. None had made her forget she was an unwed mother. None tempted her to repeat the mistake she'd made with JT's father. None enticed her to lose control.

Something in her return gaze must have answered Daniel's unspoken question because his head dipped to hers. In a rush of long denied need she pushed aside caution, restraint and common sense. Her eyelids drooped and she met his mouth with her own.

Like a heady wine heat flowed from his mouth to hers. His hands flattened against the base of her spine to press her close. Her thin t-shirt was little barrier to the feel of his chest muscles against her sensitized breasts or the bulge beneath his jeans probing her belly.

Unexpected and unwanted passion flared between them. Self-restraint melted as she gave herself over to long-suppressed desires.

"Daddy, why are you hugging TC's doctor?"

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