Can solving a mysterious poisoning save her career? Oh, and lead her to a long-lost buried treasure? Wait. And thrust her into the arms of true love? Ice Age paleontologist and poisons expert Myrna P. Lee isn’t a team player. Not because she doesn’t want to be. She’s just terrible at it. At least, that’s what every one in her lab says. Even her dog, the amazing William Tell, gives her attitude.
Maybe she has a hard time trusting because of past betrayals by people she’s loved the most.
So, it’s just fine with her when she’s dispatched to a remote billionaire’s ranch tasked with solving a mysterious environmental poisoning. Besides, there’s a secret mammoth kill site on the ranch she desperately hopes will supply enough data so that her megafauna poisons grant won’t be rescinded for lack of progress. Myrna is determined to complete her commission, gather her mammoth info, and save her faltering career — all by herself.
Maybe she’s used to being alone and doesn’t need anything from anyone, no siree.
Until a handsome cowboy, assigned as her minder, moseys up to her side and sets her heart pounding, and a motley bunch of ranch hands embrace her as part of their found family.
Maybe that “alone” part of her life is in the past.
When she and William Tell stumble onto a decades old unsolved murder, the handsome cowboy tells her it’s linked to a long-lost treasure and the mammoth kill site. And it’s hard to stay focused on solving the poisonings when everything she discovers places her in the sights of villains who don’t care who they hurt in pursuit of the treasure.
Then that betrayal thing hits Myrna from all sides, and her world shatters into teeny, tiny pieces. She has a choice: retreat back to being alone or fight for her happiness.
But questions remain.
• Will Myrna solve the mysterious poisoning?
• Will she figure out who committed the long-ago murder?
• Will she find the treasure before the bad guys do?
• Will she pick up the pieces of her broken heart and forgive?
And just how will she use those hand grenades she found on her quest for the treasure?
If you like stubborn smart heroines afraid to love, rugged cowboys with slow and sexy smiles who get caught in their own web of seduction, and a small dog who surprises the heck out of people when he’s picked up, then you’ll love Sting of Lies.
Sting of Lies: If you like stubborn smart heroines afraid to love, rugged cowboys with slow and sexy smiles who get caught in their own web of seduction, and a small dog who surprises the heck out of people when he’s picked up, then you’ll love Sting of Lies.
Novella Tentative Title: What Lies in the Canyon Shadow: 1947, Roswell, New Mexico. Francis Cortez doesn’t believe aliens crash-landed in Roswell until she finds a mysterious futuristic weapon on her mountain ranch. But she doesn’t trust Mitchell Ward, an investigator sent from the Army. He’s hiding something — and soon discovers something about Francie that changes his mission to one that calls for her “elimination”. But he’s fallen hard for the prickly young woman with stars in her eyes and a very unusual horse. Can their love save them?
Trading in Lies: 1947, New Mexico, USA. A handsome soldier on a mission to find European art looted by the Nazis. A remote trading post off Route 66 whose charming proprietress carries deadly secrets. Elsie Chance of the Second Chance Trading Post and rancher Ronald Page are on a collision course as his investigation peels away Elsie’s lies, even as they fall in love. But Elsie is being hunted by people far more deadly — and now she’s put Ron in their sites.
Lie of the Land: Saving the environment is a good thing, right? But when a small town doctor stumbles onto a conspiracy involving giant windmills, lucrative kickbacks, and murder, can she expose the corruption and save her community? Or will someone closer than she thinks make sure she’s silenced — permanently.