#ExcerptWeek – Michaela’s Justice by Brenda Scruggs

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Find out what happens when two strong-headed people are thrown together. One a detective, the other a US Marshal, both determined in finding the prisoner.
But, for one it was more than just capturing him, she needed answers.
Detective Michaela Kendall’s abduction at the age of fourteen left her with a burden of becoming a self-appointed protector. The brutalization of her capture left her without any memory of the horrible ordeal except for terrifying dreams of Atelic Horton, her captor. When he escapes from prison, she knows it’s her duty to capture him. Circumstances throw her together with Marshal Ray Steele, an encounter she wanted to forget but it seems he didn’t take too kindly to a gun being pointed in his face. His rough and tuff cowboy ways are known for upholding the law to any measure within the bounds of Justice.
When Michaela and Ray set out to find the prisoner they soon find out they need each other but the journey is full of twists and danger. Ray proves to be her protector on more than one occasion. Somewhere along the way Michaela sees him in a different light, that not all men were the same.
But, lurking in the shadows, Atelic watches from a distance ready to make his move.
Contemporary/Suspense/Romance
EXCERPT:
By the look, she was giving him, Ray felt she wasn’t too fond of seeing him, “Seems you had me at a disadvantage last night since I didn’t know you were on the case.”
She huffed and pulled her gaze to his. “Now, I guess I’m at a disadvantage, since I don’t know your name.”
“Why Miss Kendall that hurts,” he said in his country drawl putting his hand to his chest as if she wounded him. “I went to great lengths finding out who you were and yet you didn’t do me the same courtesy.”
“You weren’t important. The prisoner was,” she smirked.
“I wasn’t important when you put a gun in my face.” He leaned forward slightly alerting his disapproval. “I don’t take too kindly to that,” he gritted.
She swallowed hard. “For that I’m sorry, I just thought you were the prisoner.” She paused at the man in front of her sizing him up. He was a Marshal and she would have to be careful since she wasn’t on the case. His take-charge air last night told her to tread cautiously. “Is there something I can help you with, Mr…”
“Ray Steele, US Marshal on the case,” he said with a firm look.
She looked down releasing a breath, really wishing this conversation was over, “Well, Mr. Steele, what can I help you with?”
“Why were you in the alley last night?” His eyes demanded an answer.
“Mr. Steele, I’ve been reprimanded,” she stated nonchalantly.
“And…
“And that’s it,” she said.
“That’s it? That’s all you have to say after pointing a gun in my face,” he stammered.
Michaela’s jaw fixed. “Yes.”
“Why were you there?” He asked again firmly wanting an answer. But only silence met him as her hazel eyes peered deep into his not wavering an answer. Ray released a held breath.
“So, Miss Kendall, since you were reprimanded that means I won’t see you again on this case.”
She didn’t answer. No way could she make that promise.
“Well, or do I need a moment with your boss.”
She shot a hateful glare at him. “However, you want to play it,” she said holding his glare as she stormed out of the room.
Ray stood in silence. What was it about this woman that made him curious about her?

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#ExcerptWeek The Chocolatier by Brenda Scruggs

I would like to thank Marcia for this excerpt week. I look forward to seeing all the great talent and interesting books that will be posted.

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Chocolate has a reputation of healing a broken-heart. Swirl through the pages of this sweet romance of two unlikely people, one a chocolate heir and the other not fond of chocolate, to see if chocolate holds true to its reputation.

Charles Riviera an heir to a chocolate empire was perfectly content as Director of Marketing over Riviera Chocolate until, he literally bumps into Charlene Callaway. Would she melt his heart like heat melts chocolate?

Charlene Callaway finds herself far from home after finding her fiancé with another woman on their wedding day. The move had its challenges especially when she goes to work for a Chocolate Company and her new handsome boss.

When Charlene is abducted, her only thoughts were of Charles, The Chocolatier.

Excerpt:

   “So, you like chocolate, I assume,” Charles asked.

Charlene’s thoughts twisted in her mind and she tried not to fidget. “Do I lie or tell the truth.” She paused and remembered honesty is the best policy. She looked him in the eye to appear confident. “No, not really. But, it’s the type of job that I feel qualified in doing and I believe I have a lot to offer this company.”

   Charles held his brow as it wanted to rise in surprise.  She wasn’t fond of chocolate. What woman doesn’t like chocolate? He interrupted. “So, you don’t like chocolate, that’s odd.”

   “It’s not that I don’t like chocolate,” she answered, as she slightly shrugged. “I’m just not fond of chocolate. And, I realize this could hamper me getting the job but honestly, I don’t see it being a problem since I meet all the requirements of an assistant. I’m a hard, dedicated worker and feel I can be an asset to this company. I will give it my best and as you can see, I had been an assistant in a big-name oil company in Bartlesville for several years.”

   Charles leaned forward and rested his hands on the desk, now he was very curious about her. She knew how to promote herself for the position, her portfolio was impressive, and she had experience. But, what surprised him the most was her honesty about not liking chocolate. He leaned back in his chair thinking she met all the requirements and had determination or else she would have left with the coffee accident but not a chocolate lover.

    A challenge whisked through his thoughts. This would be good for him personally. If he could convince her to fall in love with chocolate, then he had accomplished being the best Sales Marketer he could be. He closed her portfolio and stood buttoning his suit jacket. “Be here tomorrow. I want to show you something.”

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