Meet the Cates brothers of Climax, NC
Quinn, Sijan, Tynan, and identical twins, Kaz and Paxton
Bringing Delaney Home(Quinn's story.)
2014 Golden Heart Finalist ®
2013 Golden Pen Finalist
When an Army nurse’s life is shattered by war, it takes the love of an old flame to help her put all the pieces back together.
Delaney Lyons returns from Afghanistan with a Purple Heart, a prosthetic foot and survivor’s guilt. She’d rather have just bought the T-shirt. After months of physical therapy and pain, she withdraws to her apartment. She wants to be left alone. Her worried sister talks small town cop Quinn Cates, who once carried a torch for Delaney, into bringing Delaney home. Delaney figures she’ll go through the motions of rehab again, and after a few weeks, when her sister stops worrying, she can escape back to her solitary life.
What she doesn’t figure on? Quinn getting in her space and under her skin on a regular basis. The darn man practically dares her to commit to rehab. Can she find the strength to try again, or will she miss her last chance to grasp her life back? Quinn is determined to resist the woman he got over years ago, except her cranky still cranks his tractor. Sparks fly as Quinn’s brothers get involved while the town grapevine calls the play-by-play.
Could This Be Love? (Sijan's story.)2013 Unpublished Beacon Contest- First Place Single Title
Desperate to help her ill sister, a woman poses as a movie star’s number one fan to get her photo in the paper and find her long-lost family.
Lights: Avery Danford photobombs the action hero’s life, and, as she predicted, the paparazzi splashes the tabloids with her photo. What she didn’t predict? Falling hard and fast…and into bed with last year’s World’s Sexiest Man.
Camera: Sijan Cates, ordered to stay out of the headlines and another scandal by his movie studio, escapes to his hometown, Climax, NC. What he didn’t see coming? An ambitious starlet’s photobomb destroying his need to lie low…and his need to give her a starring role in his personal life.
Action: The chemistry between them sparks and sizzles…until it blows up in their faces. The tabloid photo stirs up a feeding frenzy in search of the reclusive former actress: the paparazzi, an ex-costar and lover, and the film studio she still owes one last film. Forced to work together, Sijan accuses Avery of using him to jump-start her dead acting career. She wants to jump something all right, but it’s not her career.
Crazy Love (Tynan's Story)
Tynan Cates is one of the lucky ones. He served his country, escaped injury and came home alive and relatively unscathed. Except for the guilt. Apparently, being one of the lucky ones and guilt are a package deal, but he’s managing the guilt by keeping tight control of both his life and emotions.
Three years after her fiancé’s death in the war, Lulubell Swan still can’t figure out how to move past the pain. When she sees a photo of her fiancé’s former squad leader, laughing and happy in the local paper, she decides to track him down to see how he managed to move on.
With a little finagling and deception, Lu gets hired onto Tynan’s construction crew, and it doesn’t take long for Tynan to realize Lu is a human buzz saw to his carefully controlled life. He managed fine with guilt in the driver’s seat, but love? Love might just drive him crazy.
Kaz & Paxton Cates' story- novella in the brainstorming stage.
My Texas Series:
It's a Love Thing (Dante's story)