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Desert Winds Book One: Down & Out -- EPUB

  • Odessa, Texas, tow truck, stalker, singer, summer, security, stalker, obsession
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Release Date:
January 1, 2013
Cover Artist:
Gwen Phifer

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Going home again can be deadly.

Suddenly jobless, enterprising Candace Downs returns to the parched and dusty oil-town of Odessa, Texas as a trainee for her cousin's towing company.

Rejecting the romantic obsessions of a maniacal stranger intent on capturing her heart throws her life into a terrifying spiral downward.

As the clock ticks, and her hunter ups the ante, the charismatic, handsome security consultant, Josiah Bradley, is determined to keep her alive – at any cost.

Will they win this harrowing cat-and-mouse game? Or will the unrelenting stalker bury them both deep in the desert?


Candace hunkered down in the floorboard of the truck. Why had she taken this job? She really didn't need to eat. Maybe if she had to do without food for a while she could fit into smaller jeans, like the munchkin at the western store wore.

A gunshot rang out, and Candace vomited.

"Great. Barbie just tossed her cookies." Beth Anne sighed.

Enough was enough. She wouldn't put up with the leprechaun's taunts any longer.

"I'm sorry if I don't live up to your standards, Dumpling," she snapped. "I've never had anyone shoot at me."

"Dumpling? You little--"

"Enough, you two. Quit acting like spoiled junior-high girls. If you haven't realized it, we're in a little bit of a mess here."

And if she ever got out of it, Candace would tell Carl he could shove his job. Everyone told her how dangerous New York would be. Right. She never got shot at there.

More shots rang out, and her hands shook. "Thank goodness we're in the truck. If they don't shoot the windows, we should be okay. Right?"

Josiah barked out a short laugh. "Don't know much ‘bout guns, do ya, doll?"

"Not really. I know gun safety, and I'm a good shot, but that's it."

"A bullet can go through the metal of the door." Beth Ann's tone grew snarkier with each word. "It may or may not have enough force to come all the way inside depending upon the caliber. There's your education for today, Barbie."

"Thanks for nothing, Dumpling."

Sirens sounded in the distance, and Candace prayed the police would arrive in time to save them. She couldn't die like this, hunkered down in the floor of a flatbed truck with a puke-covered seat. At least she hadn't peed her pants. Yet.

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  1. ... Lifetime meets Repo Man... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th May 2013

    "Down and Out is a novel that has it all! Adventure, humor, suspense, clean Christian romance and a lot of crazy stalker action mixed all together. At times I thought I was reading a script for a Lifetime movie while watching an episode of Repo Man...

    The author did a fabulous job with the plot, keeping it interesting and the surprises with what would come next. The characters were likable and the humor from Bertie and Gertie, you couldn’t help but love them. The slow romance that built between Candace and Josiah Bradley was oohh so the teaser. I have to give two thumbs up for the author’s development of the crazy mind of Lucien. She took it there and didn’t lack any on making him believable crazy. I enjoyed the fact this was a Christian read, but as with life we have bad seeds so Lucien’s character and actions fit the novel. Dyer was not too soft in the approach."

    ~Ginger, Long and Short Reviews

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