Here's a smaller teaser this week. I'd love to know your thoughts!

She rose to meet him, her finger poking him in the chest. “And you don’t know that I am!” Almost immediately, she pulled her hand back and he wondered if she felt the same jolt of energy in that tiny touch that he had. “Look,” she continued. “I’m not a novice when it comes to danger.” He couldn’t help but raise his eyebrow at the thought of her anywhere near the things he had seen. “There’s a lot about me now that you don’t know. I’ll keep an eye out. I’ll report anything unusual. But, I want to go home.”

He opened his mouth to insist on an escort but she beat him to it. “Alone, Mark. I want to go home alone. If anything happens, your department will be the first to know.”

Hastily, she grabbed her few belongings. “Mandy, get your stuff.” She stalked to the door and turned, practically challenging him. “I assume we’re free to go.”

Without waiting for an answer, she stormed out of the small room leaving Mark to watch her walk away from him for the second time in his life. 

Here's the second teaser from ALWAYS TRUST - Book 1 of the series, Teaching the Heart. Hope you enjoy!

Mark wanted to reach forward and grab her twisting hands, partially to calm the nervous witness in front of him and partially to comfort the beautiful woman from his past. Reluctantly, he did neither. “You said he called out?” his voice broke the silence.

“Mm hmm,” she nodded. “He said he would find her.”

His fingers moved over the pages in the report looking for the exact wording. “He said specifically that? Called her by name?”

“No.” Melissa’s eyebrows scrunched in a way Mark had seen hundreds of times before and he had to bite back a smile. “He said, ‘I will find you. I promise you that.’”

His chest faltered for a moment, the breath caught deep inside. Mark knew this guy, better than he ever wanted to admit and there was no way Mann was talking about the victim. Without even thinking about it, he dropped the professional tone. “Melissa, did he see you?”

“Of course he did.”

“No,” urgency laced his command. “Did he see you? Did he stare at you long enough to see what you look like?”

“He stared down the alley, but I’m sure he was just looking for the woman, Karen. She’s the one he was talking about.” Mark closed his eyes and forced out a breath as the naivety of her words hit him. “Right?” he barely heard her ask.

There were moments Mark knew he was destined to be a cop, moments like this when his gut was practically screaming at him. They had a problem; every fiber of his being told him Johnny Mann had picked a new target. Stalking to the door, he flung it open calling for the two rookies. “I want any information of surveillance in and around the club.”

“Sure thing, Detective,” Officer Landrum replied. “But we all know there weren’t any cameras in the back. There’s no way he would have been there otherwise.”

“I’m not looking for that,” Mark ground out. “Just get me the information.”

The door was cool against his back but it couldn’t seem to battle the fire raging in his veins.

“Hey! Detective Cheat!” Mandy called out from behind him and he turned just in time to see Melissa softly backhand her friend in the arm as she bit back a smile. “You gonna fill us in or do we not get to know what’s making you pace like a crazy man?”

“Lis,” he practically whispered as he walked back towards both ladies.

“Don’t,” Melissa’s hardened voice ground out.

“Don’t what?”

“You don’t get to call me that anymore. You lost that right a long time ago.”

Mark raised his eyebrows in confusion. He was so caught up in concern for what he was afraid would be a horrific nightmare for her, he hadn’t even realized his old nickname for her slipped out. “I’m sorry, Ms. Smith. I meant no disrespect.”  She nodded her head and the vinyl of the chair crinkled under his weight as he returned to his seat. “I’ll be honest. I think you’re in danger.”

Both women exchanged quick glances “Of what?” they asked at the same time.

“Johnny Mann.”

I'm so excited to start a new monthly feature - Author Spotlight. These are some of my favorite authors, or friends I've made along the way on my journey as an author. 

My first author spotlight is Peggy Henderson. If you have not read any of her books run, don't walk, to start one today! 

Her bio can be found on her website and in each of her books. But, I wanted to get to know her more. So,here's a little interview I did with Peggy to find out a little more about this fantastic author. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

First of all, thank you so much, Marisa, for inviting me to do this interview. What an honor!

I guess I consider myself the “accidental author.” I’ve always loved writing, but it’s not something I ever considered to do for a living. English is my second language, and I used to make up stories in German when I was little.

My background is in veterinary medicine and lab sciences. I’ve always been an animal nut. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we have two boys.

My husband and I have loved going to Yellowstone since we graduated from high school. One summer, I went on a girls-only trip with a good friend, who was also my boss at the time. I came home from that trip with a story in my head. It stayed with me for over a year until I finally started writing it down. That’s how my first book, Yellowstone Heart Song, was born. I found someone to critique the story, and she urged me to pursue publication, which I balked at until I had three more books written. I was writing for my own personal enjoyment, not to publish, but I’m glad I finally took her advice. It’s led me to an entirely new career path.

You have several ongoing series: Yellowstone Romance, Teton Trilogy, Second Chance Time Travel Romance, and Blemished Brides Western Historical Romance. How do you determine which series you plan to work on next?

I guess I let my characters determine who gets their story told next.  My readers are fairly vocal on which series should be next in line for a new book. The Teton Trilogy is done, so I don’t have to worry too much about it (except for a novella or two in the future). It really depends on which characters are loudest in my mind at the moment. Sometime I try and work on two books in different series at one time, and then one of them always tends to take over and I finish it and then go on to the next one.

How much research goes into your books, and how do you tackle that?

For some books, I have to do more research than for others. Sometimes I’ll spend an entire day on something minor that may be brought up in only one scene, but it’s important enough to get right. Names in particular, are very important to me. Names and name origins, and their significance to the story and the characters. This is especially true for the Yellowstone Series. It wasn’t at first, but in the newest books it’s become very important. I spent an insane amount of time researching names.

In general,  I would say I spend equal amounts of time researching things than I do writing.

What works best for you in writing novels? Do you plan and outline first or do you just start writing and let the story unfold?

It depends on the story. I’ve never written an outline and stuck to it. Most of the time, a story starts out as a single idea, usually for a specific event for a character, and from there, it evolves. I’ve been trying to do more outlining, but I’m not a hard-core plotter.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

I get to make stuff up and entertain people! And I don’t have to do it by standing in front of a crowd. I’ve always been a better communicator in writing than by speaking, so that’s what’s so great about this job. I also have the freedom to live exciting adventures through my characters.

What is your least favorite or what do you struggle with the most?

In crafting a story, the things I struggle with the most is writing dialogue and writing action sequences.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of writing your books? What about marketing?

The most challenging aspect of writing is marketing. Writing a book is the easy part. Getting the word out and selling it is complicated, and something I don’t like to do. I think it’s something with which all writers struggle.

If you had to pick a favorite pairing in your novels, who would it be and why?

That’s a difficult question to answer. That’s like asking, who’s your favorite child. I like to think I paired my characters to complement each other. Of course, Aimee and Daniel will always be my favorites since they were my first. Dani and Josh are another great couple, and then there was Lucas and Tori. I think those two rank right up there with my favorites. Lucas was such a fun character to write. Such a daredevil, without a care in the world, and he gets the surprise of his life when he falls for Tori. He wouldn’t have fallen for anyone else but her. She’s just as adventurous as he is, and the two of them are just made for each other.

What else do you have in store for your readers?

I have to finish the Yellowstone Series (2 full-length books to go in the series, and I’m sure there will be some more novellas), another Second Chances book, more Blemished Brides, and I’ve got three potential new series on the backburner that I’m slowly trying to develop in the next year.

And now, a speed round of favorites:

Favorite color: royal blue

Favorite drink: raspberry ice tea

Favorite food: chocolate

Favorite movie: Hallelujah Trail

Favorite music to write by: country, but I don’t usually listen to music while writing. I require silence to write.

Favorite accessory: my cat (my writing assistant), or if you mean outfit accessories, I don’t really have any. Maybe my hair scrunchy to tie my hair in a ponytail.


Thanks so much, Peggy! Here are some links to find her books and follow her in social media. 

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Blog |Facebook |

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And, here are some of her beautiful covers 


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