I’m so happy to have one of my fellow Blue Ridge Literary Agency authors, Jannine Gallant, on my blog today. This looks like my kind of book…a character with a bookstore near a family vineyard and some intrigue. Adding this one to my TBR pile! First, a short blurb. Then I’ll pass the torch to Jannine.
No matter where she goes, he knows her every move…
Long ago, Rachel Carpenter was a glamorous soap star. She gave it all up to move to Napa Valley with her daughters to open a bookstore near her family vineyard. Her life is safe and dependable, until she encounters Kane Lafferty at a wilderness camp in the rugged High Sierra. A burned-out police detective struggling with his own demons, Kane is instantly attracted to Rachel. And like Rachel, he isn’t sure if he’s ready to open his heart. But everything is about to change…
Someone is watching from the darkness. A fanatic obsessed with Rachel for years has decided to claim what he believes is his. It will be up to Kane to not only protect his new love and her family, but to uncover the identity of the stalker before it’s too late for all of them…
Janinne’s Three Reason to Read EVERY MOVE SHE MAKES…
Reason #1 If you haven’t spent time in the Sierra Nevada Mountains around Lake Tahoe, you’re missing out. It’s a gorgeous place. Reading about Rachel and Kane’s adventures there will whet your appetite—and give you someplace new to add to your bucket list!
Reason #2 EMSM is romantic suspense based on a who-dun-it format. Rachel has a stalker. Kane is determined to uncover his identity. The suspects are laid out. Do you think you can you figure out who the psycho is before they do? Come on, you know you want to try!
Reason #3 Feeling more than a little frustrated with your teenager? Rachel’s daughter, Lark, would try the patience of a saint. After reading EMSM, you’ll be convinced your child is just about perfect. If that isn’t a good reason, I don’t know what is!
In case you’re thinking no teen could ever make you believe that, read on…
(Excerpt Every Move She Makes)
“Wake up, girls. Last day of school.” Rachel gave a perfunctory knock on Lark’s door before pushing it open to poke her head inside. “Rise and shine.”
Standing with her back to the doorway, hair damp from a recent shower, her daughter wore nothing but a pair of panties and a bra. Soft light from the bedside lamp highlighted the small blue tattoo on the white skin of her left shoulder.
Rachel gasped and closed her eyes. Surely she was seeing things. When she opened them, the tattoo was still there, a delicate bird perched on a leafy branch.
“Oh, my God.” She started to speak again then stopped, struggling for words. “What have you done?”
Lark spun, eyes defiant as she stared at her mother. “It’s just a tattoo. It’s no big deal.”
Stomach churning, Rachel shook her head. “You’re wrong. It’s a very big deal.”
Don’t yell. Stay calm.
She took a breath. “Cutting and dyeing your hair was bad enough. Hair will grow out. That tattoo is permanent.”
“Lark got a tattoo?” Jade peeked around the doorframe wearing a pair of pajamas with Girls Rule emblazoned across the front. Her red hair hung down her back in tangles. “Wow, do you have a death wish or something?”
Ivy floated up in a long white nightgown. “I want to see. Can I see it?”
“Get lost, both of you.” Lark’s voice quavered.
Neither of her sisters moved an inch.
“Turn around, Lark. Let me see what you’ve done to yourself.”
Slowly her daughter turned, presenting her back for inspection. Rachel examined the tattoo. Thankfully the skin around it appeared to be healthy.
“At least it’s not infected. Why did you do it?”
“Don’t be so dramatic, Mom. It’s just a little bird. Rose got a rose, and I got a lark. Get it?”
“Cool.” Jade’s voice held awe.
“Can I get a tattoo of some ivy when I’m older?” Her youngest flipped her long, blond hair over her shoulder with a mischievous smile.
Rachel turned to glare at them. “Shouldn’t you two be getting dressed for school?”
“We have to miss all the good stuff.”
About the Author
Write what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full-time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories. To find out more about this author and her books, visit her website atjanninegallant.com.