His name and his money are the only things war hero, Tye Jamieson, can offer Jenny McKenzie and their unborn child.
Tye is an expert at making babies, but not of the human variety. His babies are sophisticated fighter planes. Now that he has made a real baby, he is desperate to protect it if his secret mission into war-torn Iraq goes bad.
When tragedy strikes, will Jenny be able to forgive him for the way he has deceived her?
EXCERPT 1 – PG 13
Tye Jamieson stared down at the detective novel he was holding. Maybe it hadn’t been such a good idea asking to share a hospital ward with another patient. He didn’t want to get involved with other people’s problems, he had too many of his own.
Mack seemed a nice old guy, a thorough gentleman, that dying breed of modest hero and God-fearing family man. Salt of the Earth, his Granny O’Leary would have said.
If only he wouldn’t keep harping about his beautiful granddaughter.
“I brought her up with old fashion values,” Mack kept saying.
Tye knew such a paragon didn’t exist. Twenty-one years old, hardly went out with men. Yeah, probably a frigid mouse of a woman. Not that I care what she looks like. He always selected his female companions with care now. Glamorous beauties, willing to indulge in commitment free sex for a diamond or two. Not the twinkling gems you put on the ring finger of a woman’s left hand. He had been down that road before and it had cost him emotion as well as cash.
I’m a cynical bastard. An emotional cripple. I’ll never put myself through such trauma again. It would destroy him. No, better to stick with his silicone enhanced babes, and leave permanent relationships and happy families to other men.
The soft, melodious tones intruded on his brooding. He glanced up, and a bolt of electricity shot through him.
So, this was Mack’s granddaughter. A halo of tousled golden curls framed a heart-shaped face. Gray eyes, shadowed with worry, stood stark against her alabaster skin. Small and dainty, she looked about sixteen, and wore an air of such fragility he wanted to protect her.
He opened his book and scanned the opening sentence. Delicate porcelain figurines were not for him, and he should never forget it.
Margaret Tanner is an award winning, multi-published Australian author, who writes Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance and Western Romance. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia. She once spent a couple of hours in an old goal cell so she could feel the chilling cold and fear.
Her favorite historical period is the 1st World War, and she has visited the battlefields in France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience.
With the encouragement of friend and Western Romance author, Susan Horsnell, she has fallen in love with writing Western Historical Romance. Frontier Australia and frontier America, have many similarities, isolated communities, a large single male population and a lack of eligible women.
Margaret has a short story published in the Western Romance Anthology, Rawhide ‘N Roses which was a 2015 Rone Finalist.
Margaret was also thrilled and excited to be invited to contribute a novella in the ground breaking series American Mail Order Brides. 50 brides from 50 different States in America, from 45 different authors. Her contribution is Edwina – Bride of Connecticut, Book No. 5 in the series.
Margaret is married and has three grown up sons, and a gorgeous little granddaughter.
Outside of her family and friends, writing is her passion.
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