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(Shores of Indian Lake #6)
Adult Contemporary RomancePaperback & ebook, 384 pages
Her choice. His consequences.
Nurse Sophie Mattuchi has seen a lot of angry patients in the ER, but no one's ever rattled her like Jack Carter. He has no right to blame her for his friend's death. Sophie did everything she could. Didn't she? Yet his accusations sting, and that sets off all kinds of internal alarms. She's never cared this much about any man's opinion of her. But Jack is different. He stirs up feelings. Strong feelings. Guilt. Anger. Attraction. Curiosity. Sympathy. Sophie's definitely not interested in Jack, but even if she was, he'd never forgive her for the decision she made that night in the hospital. Would he?
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HUMANS CAN BE SO SILLY
As a dog, I hear a lot of gossip and advice-giving. I heard every word of Sophie’s concern for me when she and Mrs. Beabots were making tarts for the Recovery Alliance.
Jack’s office is a hot-bed of confidential material. Of course, this is due to his clients who are buying insurance to protect their children and families. But sometimes, they don’t want insurance for errant children or grandchildren. Sometimes they have lost their jobs and have to stop their premiums. Or some have medical issues. It’s really sad what humans have to deal with sometimes. No wonder they need us dogs so desperately to love them.
Also, I’ve noticed that a great deal of information is exchanged in kitchens. I heard all about Rafe intending to propose to Olivia before anyone in town knew of it, because Mrs. Beabots was making lemonade for Gina Barzonni who was gushing about the ring Rafe bought.
Beau and Bebe
Yeah, kitchens are great. Being a dog, I’m always perusing corners, under tables and especially under cooking islands for scraps, bits of food that fall off plates and trays. Being a little dog, hardly anyone notices I’m around. I’ve noticed this is not the case for my friend, Beau, the Golden Retriever. He has to smile at his master, Sarah or Luke. Their kids sneak him treats. Big ones, actually. Me? I’m satisfied with a cracker or piece of cookie. Although, I have to mention that I’m very partial to Mrs. Beabots’s smoked Scottish Salmon. She serves this sometimes in her front parlor along with her special mint tea. The tea has bourbon in it, but I’ve never had any. Sophie said it wasn’t good for me. I’ll take her word for it.
I’ve also noticed that male masters not only talk to dogs, but expect answers. Take Jack, for example. One day while he was drinking a beer on his deck, he saw Sophie, Mrs. Beabots, Rafe and Olivia and the whole Indian Lake gang down at the beach. He hadn’t talked to Sophie in days and he was pretty depressed. Moping around. Listening to really bad music.
He got out his binoculars and scoped it out before the idea hit him that maybe he should join the party. He actually asked me what he should do. See? Obstinate. I’d say clueless, but he’s the hero of the story, so I don’t want to cast aspersions. I had to bark three times answering his question before he got the hint to put on his bathing trunks and go to the party.
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Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.
Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort.
Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel.
Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.
Currently, she has published six novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise and Fear of Falling. Sophie’s Path pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for three more in the series: Danger Zone, Wedding for Isabelle and A Bride for Mica.
As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.
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