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I’m so excited to be participating in my very first Book Hooks event! Today, in honor of Valentine’s Day I’m sharing from one of my two recently released books in the Corbin’s Bend series, Unexpected Surprises, which is included in the Valentine’s Day collection, Love in the Rockies.  Grant and Lainie have gone through numerous ups and downs during this Valentine’s Day, but they have finally gotten around to having their romantic dinner and are now having dessert.


In a matter of minutes, Grant brought two steaming cups of coffee over. He handed Lainie a cup and then offered her a fork. She took both forks from him, putting one to the side. Grant raised a curious eyebrow but didn’t comment. She cut off a bite of the desert and offered it to him. He reached up to take the fork from her, but she shooed him away, feeding it to him instead.

With an expression that was equal parts amusement and interest, Grant swallowed the bite she had given him and watched as she took the next bite for herself. Knowing he was watching her, Lainie drew the fork out of her mouth with deliberate slowness. Grant’s eyes widened and flared, the green turning nearly black as his arousal heightened.



Unexpected Surprises by Ruth Staunton

For their first Valentine’s Day in Corbin’s Bend, Grant Taylor is determined to do something special for his wife Lainie. Lainie,however, has plans of her own. As a middle school teacher, she has volunteered to help plan and chaperone the Valentine dance that is being held for the middle and high school students.

When Grant hears this, he insists that she is working too hard and needs to cut back on the things she has committed to, the first and foremost being the Valentine’s Day dance. Lainie insists that she can’t do that and finally he reluctantly agrees to let her work part of the dance and then come home.#

Under extreme protest, Lainie agrees, but when the time comes to admit to her supervisor that she can’t chaperone, she changes her mind and decides Grant is being unreasonable. She determines to chaperone the dance anyway and deal with Grant later. Unfortunately, Lainie’s plan doesn’t work out quite like she intended it to and she is in for quite a few unexpected surprises.

                                             Included In:


 Love in the Rockies

6 blazing good stories about 6 of our favorite couples


Thianna D., Kathryn R. Blake, Kate Richards, Etta Stark, Constance Masters, and Ruth Staunton

Available from:

Barnes and Noble
Blushing Boo