EXPECTING—AND IN DANGER
Attacked in her classroom, widowed teacher Ariel Martin's only thought is for her unborn child. When her student's brother, rookie K-9 officer Tristan McKeller, and his faithful dog save her life, she can't thank him enough. She knows Tristan won't rest until she's safe, but she doesn't want him or his police colleagues digging into her dangerous past. After all, the only person who would want to hurt her is dead…or is he? With her and her child's life on the line, she'll have to trust Tristan with her secrets if she wants to finally get the fresh start she's been desperately seeking.
Song Playlist: A prepared playlist of songs that embodies the book’s characters and their love story.
Count on Me, Bruno Mars
Breathe, Jonny Diaz
Tell Your Heart to Beat Again, Danny Gokey
Through All of It, Colton Dixon
Oceans, Hillsong United
More than You Think I Am, Danny Gokey
Worn, Tenth Avenue North
I Need a Hero, Bonnie Tyler
The Lost Get Found, Britt Nicole
How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers: Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.
It’s important to write your book before you pitch it. I’ve met many aspiring authors who have written a few chapters, pitched the idea to an editor or agent, received a request for the complete manuscript, and then not been able to finish the project. My advice: don’t open a door you won’t be able to walk through. It becomes a missed opportunity and makes a poor first impression. When the request comes – and it will – the manuscript should be ready to send.
Love Lessons Learned: Real life romance lessons learned from the book.
In Secrets & Lies, Ariel learns that she must let go of old heartache to embrace new opportunities. This is a valuable lesson in love and in life. Sometimes, we cling to old hurts and let them color our view of the world and the people around us. Ariel is like that. She’s been hurt many times. Her marriage was not what she’d hoped for or wanted. When she meets Tristan, she isn’t planning on falling in love. She’s determined to raise her daughter on her own. Because of her past, she’s unwilling to see Tristan for who he really is. Or, maybe, she is just unwilling to believe that he is the man he seems to be. As they struggle to solve the mysteries that surround Ariel, she sees again and again that Tristan can be trusted with her emotions and with her heart. Eventually, she begins to understand that her past is coloring her view of the present. To love again and to love completely, she must choose to release the pain she is clinging to. I think that sometimes we wear our heartaches and disappointments like badges of honor. To live our fullest and most fulfilling lives, we must do exactly what Ariel did – look hard at the past, learn from it, and then let it go.
Movie Star Cast: The author picks movie stars to play the characters in a movie.
It would probably be helpful if I was a big movie gal, but I’m not.
Ariel: Hayden Panettiere.
Tristan: Chris Pine
Ex-husband (who is supposed to be dead): Sean Bean
Romantic Revenge: The author picks an action-packed movie which pairs perfectly with their book.
The closest I can come on this is SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY.
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