Happy Pre-Order Release Day to me!
Hunter's Fortune is now available for pre-order on the Secret Cravings Publishing Site.
Hunter Golde, President of Golde Trucking, has always lived an extravagant lifestyle. But when someone on the inside robs her of every dime and turns the stockholders against her, Hunter has a short amount of time to find that money and bring the thief to justice before she loses everything.
With her life in shambles, a boyfriend who is more like a roommate and no one to comfort her, Hunter leaves town. Exhausted and lost, she finds the River Jewel Resort where she meets the elusive Scarlet Noir. Hunter is givena chance to go back in time and interact with one of her disgruntled employees, a man who stirs a longing for the things Hunter long ago gave up on. Can Hunter change her life path by making the one decision that will fulfill her true destiny? Or will money prevent her from having everything she's ever needed?
“Are you alright, ma’am?”
Hunter opened her eyes and found herself staring into the deep blue eyes of a mountain man. “Get back!”
She jumped to her feet, grabbing the closest object on her way up and brandishing it, ready to beat the stranger into a bloody mess. She’d be damned if her photo would be on the front page of the local paper as the latest victim of some deranged weirdo.
“Whoa. Easy there, little lady.”
“Keep your hands where I can see them. Who are you? What do you want? And why are you staring at me like that?”
“Well, you’re just full of questions, aren’t you?”
As the stranger stood there with his hands in the air, Hunter measured him with her eyes. “I asked who you are.”
“I know what you asked. But you never answered me. I asked if you’re okay. You seem to be having some car trouble.”
“That’s none of your damn business. But for your information, I’m fine.”
“Yeah, I can see that. Do you always tell squirrels to go ‘suck a nut’ when you’re fine?”
“You’ve been watching me? Listen here creep, you need to back up and walk away. I’m not going to be your next meal. So take your psycho ass on outta here before I kick it for you.”
The man laughed so hard that tears ran down his cheeks, making a trail through his beard and onto his blue flannel shirt. He actually had the nerve to bend over, in a full-blown belly laugh.
“I don’t see what’s so funny. I said to keep your hands up!”
He continued to laugh and glanced at her occasionally before erupting into another fit. “You?”
“You really are fucking crazy.” Hunter slowly began to back up and inched closer to the safety of her car.
“Listen, buddy. I don’t want any trouble. Just go back to whatever rock you crawled out from under and I’ll be leaving.”
“No, you listen. Sweetheart, you’re not goin’ anywhere.”
A shiver of terror ran through her and the man’s cold gaze stared back at her, freezing her in her tracks. “You’re on my land. You’re not going anywhere. You can’t leave.”
He inched closer to her and Hunter tightened her grip on the weapon in her hands.
“No!” She screamed as the guy reached for her. “Don’t touch me, you bastard!”
He yanked her only means of defense from her and held it up. “This is what you were going to beat me up with? Impressive.”
Hunter only then realized she’d been holding a stick.
“Sticks and stones. That’s the best you could come up with?” He erupted into another fit of laughter and tossed the stick aside. “A damn twig! You don’t get out much, do you?”
He pressed even closer to her body and Hunter felt herself recoil. “I said, don’t touch me.” She backed away and found her backside pressed up against the car.
“Gladly. I was merely disarming you. Though I’m pretty sure you’d have poked your own eye out before you’d have done any damage to me. Let’s just say it was for your own good.”
What a jerk!
“Now, are you going to allow me to help you with this flat tire or are you still hell bent on, what did you say? Oh yeah, kicking my ass.”
“Just get away from me. I’ll figure it out myself. Kindly point me in the direction of the closest person’s home and I’ll be on my way.”
“Not a great listener, are ya?”
“Why must you answer questions with questions? Have you lived in the woods all your life? No human interaction?”
The man was incorrigible! “Never mind. I don’t want to confuse you with words of more than one syllable.”
Hunter pulled her hair to one side of her neck and crossed her arms in front of her.
“You’re quite the piece of work, aren’t you?”
“Okay, look, Mr. Woodsman, just leave me alone. Clearly, we aren’t going to be able to have a civilized conversation. Obviously I’m not surprised, considering…”
“Considering what? Oh, you mean considering how I look? How I talk?”
Hunter smirked and shrugged. “If the shoe fits.”
“Alright, have it your way. Where’s your spare?”
“If I had a spare or anything to help me change a tire, do you think I’d have grabbed a stick to defend myself with? Do you think I’d still be here if I had a spare?”
“Shucks, ma’am. I have no idea. I’m just a dumb ol’ mountain man.” He spit out the side of his mouth and tucked his hands in his pockets.
“Look, I’ve had the worst week of my life. I’m trying to get to my family’s cabin and I really don’t need attitude and condescension from some hilltop hillbilly. So, if you have an idea on how to help me, great. If not, kindly take yourself back to wherever you came from.”
“You have quite a way with words. I have no idea why you’d be all alone.”
Picking up on his sarcasm, Hunter continued, “Whether I’m all alone or not is of no consequence to you.”
“I beg to differ. Ya see, if you weren’t all alone, I wouldn’t have to be here listening to you whine and cuss out squirrels. If you weren’t alone, you wouldn’t be stuck out here in the middle of nowhere on my land. And I wouldn’t have to be stuck with a woman who clearly has issues. I’ll go get the necessary equipment and be right back so you can be on your way.”
Taken aback at his brusqueness, Hunter stood there with her mouth wide open as the man disappeared into the woods, leaving her standing on the side of the road.
As you can see, Hunter Golde is prone to assumption. I wonder what it'll take to change her? Maybe she won't change. But there's only one way to find out what happens in this story. Full of holiday magic, humor and a unique ending, Hunter's Fortune is about a lot more than money.
Official release day is January 7, 2014. But you can pre-order now and be one of the first to get your hands on this second installment of the River Jewel Resort Series. Even if you haven't read Anything You Want, River Jewel Resort, Book 1...you can still buy this 'stand-alone' story. Of course, I recommend you read Book 1 anyways...for the pure enjoyment and magic of the River Jewel Resort.