“I stared out at the majestic vista before me and thought, if God lived anywhere, it’d be here. And then I looked down at the dead body at my feet.”
There’s something strange about Twizel. Maggie Blackmore didn’t come to this sleepy hollow for a mystery, but she sure as heck found one. Being an Aucklander in the South Island doesn’t help either. If they’re not calling her a JAFA (Just Another F**king Aucklander) then they’re telling her to slow down. Twizel Time is real and Maggie has to learn to roll with it.
As if that’s not enough, then there’s the farmers.
Got a thing for pony tails?
Just what the hell Luke Drake is up to is anyone’s guess. But when the station manager of Red Tussock takes an interest in the new girl in town, there’s no stopping him. And Maggie’s not sure that she wants to. But rules are rules and murder complicates matters. Being the only cop in town who can investigate the growing number of crimes puts Maggie in an even deeper quagmire.
And that’s not even considering the past that comes back to haunt her.
This sleepy hollow has just woken up and Twizel doesn’t care if you were born here or born to live here. Sooner or later your secrets will come out.
***This is the first book in the 44 South Series: 44° South of the Equator where things can get a little strange.***
Targeted Age Group:: adult audience
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 4 – R Rated
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Mackenzie Country, the high plains of Canterbury, New Zealand inspired me to write this book. Whilst travelling through this picturesque part of my homeland, I fell in love with the people, the land and the many, many merino sheep dotting the landscape. Passing a sign on the side of the road that read "44° South of the Equator" and it seemed like serendipity. I'd been thinking of a spin-off series to Sweet Seduction and knew immediately that the next part of the story needed to be centred there. The Drake brothers & the 44 South series were created and the rest, as they say, is history.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I'd just finished writing the final Sweet Seduction book and had fallen in love with the hero, Finn Drake. His background story included four older brothers, all of whom seemed as much, if not more, alpha male as their younger sibling Finn. It only seemed natural to find out more about them and write a series around their lives too. And creating strong, kick-butt female counterparts is just what I do. So, 44 South & its cast of alpha males and capable females, and quirky townspeople, just kind of burst into existence. Making me fall in love with Maggie & Luke.
“I don’t share what is mine, Maggie,” I told her.
“And yet you let me scream your name when the house was full of guests.”
Ah, and there was the feisty police officer beneath the submissive woman. I’m not sure Maggie realised she was submissive in bed. If I pointed it out, she’d undoubtedly baulk. Maggie was a competent, highly capable, accomplished woman in a male dominated industry. But when given the chance to privately switch that all off, her body spoke for her.
“I never said I wasn’t above letting everyone know you are mine,” I growled. “But they will never see you,” I promised. “When you’re with me, you are safe. Always.”
She licked her lips, her eyes widening slightly, and then the shirt fell off her arms and landed on top of the vest.
“The bra,” I said. She complied. I was already aching.
“What now?” she asked, breathless.
“What do you think, Maggie? What do you want?”
She looked lost for a second, as if she wanted me to set the pace. To lead the way. Oh, I was more than ready to do that. But Maggie had been the one to storm in here, her emotions all over the place. She needed a firm hand, but also a soft touch.
“Make everything go away,” she finally admitted.
I tipped her head back, lifting her lips up to my face, and whispered above them, “That’s why I’m here, Maggie.”
Then I kissed her.
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