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Years ago, former Marine Captain Cecily Knight fled her dark past and the nightmares forever haunting her nights. Alone in the remote Canadian wilderness, she survives day to day…until Ian Fairchild comes storming into her life and shatters her protective seclusion.
Aloof but intriguing, defensive but undeniable, Ian is everything Cecily shouldn’t want but can’t ignore. He watches her with shrewd blue eyes, as if determined to decipher her secrets…and for the first time in years, she finds herself coming alive beneath the hands of a man with too many scars to count.
1. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
I grew up surrounded by books—the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries, Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, Walter Farley’s Black Stallion, and so on—but I’m pretty sure I read most of those with my dad. The first book I absolutely remember reading on my own was Ira Levin’s The Boys From Brazil, which I read for a book report in fifth grade, because I had no idea how wildly inappropriate it was for a fifth grader to be reading a book about a Nazi hunter tracking down clones of Adolf Hitler.
Yeah, I had a strange childhood.
2. What are you reading right now?
Right this instant, I’m rereading a short story I wrote for my blog. It’s an outtake from The Longest Night called Free Hugs, and it’s not nearly as cheerful as the title implies—though it’s very in character for Ian and Cecily! Later tonight, though, I’ll go back to rereading For the Emperor by Sandy Mitchell.
3. How does your garden grow?
It doesn’t. No, really. I live in Arizona, so my garden is all rocks and cacti. I do occasionally get scorpions, but I hunt them down most nights with a blacklight flashlight and a spatula.
Even if I tried to have a garden, I have three huge dogs and three cats, two of whom hang out in the backyard. I had to wrap my sapling in chicken wire to keep the youngest dog from trying to eat it. I’m pretty sure any lesser plants just wouldn’t survive!
4. What is the last thing you Googled?
Velociraptor claw, because I need a new necklace, and I was thinking about making one from a replica. Dinosaurs are awesome, right? So why not harness that awesome for jewelry?
5. What makes you cringe?
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