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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Hard Landing by Becky McGraw

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When Maddie Carter comes back from the grave, will Hawk have a fresh start with the one who got away?

Deep Six pilot, former Army Nightstalker, Rhett Hawkins, knew the day would come, but he had hoped it wouldn’t be until after he was gone. Maddie Carter was destined to die young, because that is just how she lived. She flew by the seat of her pants and flying as all she cared about. He’d learned that the hard way, when he asked her to marry him and she shot him down.

But after her memorial service, Hawk just couldn’t get past the feeling that something was wrong with the recounting of the events that led to the crash and her supposed death. Neither the helo or her body had been found. It drove him insane until he decided to do some investigation of his own. After getting conflicting stories from two surviving special operators, he knew he had to go the full distance to settle his mind.

Once in Central America, Hawk realizes there is much more going on than the Army knows. Not only is the now blacked-out military helicopter back in service, Maddie is behind the stick making drug runs for a brutal cartel.

When he has to convince her she needs to be rescued, Hawk sees she is not the same. Captain Maddie Carter is scarred, hardened and has no memory of him or her former life at all.

Back home, when her memory starts to return and secrets are revealed, could it mean he’d only rescued her to lose her again? Would those secrets change his own life forever too?

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Hawk couldn’t breathe. As hard as he tried, his chest just would not expand as he stared down at Maddie Carter, a woman he no longer knew, and one who obviously no longer knew him.

What in the ever loving hell was going on with her? Had they brainwashed her? Changed her this much in only six months? Was she on drugs? And a fucking baby?

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Exclusive Excerpt: SILENT KNIGHT by Becky McGraw

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Thomas Griffin never thought he’d be a homeless vet at forty-six years old. But when he was no longer useful to the government he’d spent his life serving, they turned their back on him when he needed them most, costing him everything he ever loved. After that, he really didn’t care. Living his life on the fringe was safe and he didn’t have to worry about anything except his next meal. That safety remains until a beautiful socialite decides to come slumming for Thanksgiving on the wrong side of town and gets herself into trouble.

Over her fifty-five years of life, Lou Ellen Wells had received many blessings. To pay them forward and honor the men in her life who served her country, both living and dead, she cooked Thanksgiving Dinner at the Dallas Veteran’s Services Center every year. It was located in a bad part of town, but she’d never had a problem, until this year when she’s brutally attacked and can’t get to her gun. A bedraggled man with piercing blue eyes jumps to her rescue and saves her with moves out of an action movie. She gives him her card and offers him help, but he tells her doesn’t need saving and takes off like his tail is on fire.

A couple of weeks later, Lou is surprised when the man calls her asking for help of a different kind. A teenage girl he cares about has gone missing in gang territory. He’s afraid she’ll get killed if he doesn’t find her soon. Lou calls in the team to help him, but her price for that help is finding out why her Silent Knight, who is obviously skilled and educated, chooses to be homeless.

But will satisfying her curiosity about Thomas Griffin put her in the crosshairs of a terrorist group even more dangerous than MS-13?

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Keep your head, Lou, she thought, as she squirmed and clawed at the thick arms around her chest. Her heels wouldn’t allow her to get her feet under her, so she kicked them off. It would be easier to run without them too. Her purse was trapped behind her, between her and her assailant, so Bruno would be of no help until he released her.

But he didn’t release her, he spun her and slammed her into the brick wall and put his forearm under her chin. Her head connected with the bricks and pain sliced through her skull as she fought to bring her knee up to kick him in the balls. This evidently wasn’t his first assault, though, because he stayed just far enough away to prevent it.

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Becky McGraw’s 5 Facts About Italian Women

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Hi, from the She Shed, my 8×10 writing cave in Florida. Thank you to Everafter for inviting me to write a blog post related to my new release Gray Matter: Deep Six Security Book 5, which releases 8/28.  To get my heroine Mickie, an east coast Italian girl, right, I had to research what makes Italian women tick. Here are five things I found to be interesting.

  1. Family is the most important thing to them. Even if they are so angry they can spit (and often do, because you’re dead to me), they still love the deceased until they forgive them.
  1. Italian women expect men to work hard for their affection.  They are some of the most sensual of womankind, but men have to really work hard to impress them and earn a spot in their heart.
  1. Hand gestures are used as punctuation when an Italian woman speaks, especially if she’s angry. There are actually meanings to the hand gestures, so look them up on You Tube if you want to be entertained.  There are many videos, but this one is pretty extensive:

  1. Food is love.  If an Italian woman tries to feed you, don’t insult her by turning her down.
  1. They strongly believe in amore, which is a mystical, magical meeting of two souls that are meant to be together.  It is stronger than love and can happen at first sight. Lasting love comes after amore strikes and it is nurtured with a lot of wooing.

I hope you’ll check out Gray Matter and let me know what you think! You might even learn a few Italian curse words.

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