Rafe Gordon, the hero of Not Fade Away, Interstellar Rescue Series Book 4. is a soldier. As a field agent for the Interstellar Council for Abolition and Rescue, fighting is all he’s ever known. He joined his parents in the field as a teenager, and his life has been a constant series of extraction missions, sabotage runs and skirmishes with deadly aliens ever since.
But now Rafe faces a battle he’s ill-prepared to fight. His father Del, once Chief of Field Operations for Rescue and a fierce alien fighter in his own right, is confined to a wheelchair and losing his mental faculties to dementia. Rafe has only just taken on his new role as Del’s caregiver when the old man becomes the target of alien assassins, forcing Rafe to make a bold move: he must hide his father in the small mountain town of his birth on Earth
Rafe is a man of action—gruff, impulsive, not given to social graces. Not surprisingly, he chafes under the restrictions of his new circumstances, unable to do anything but wait for an attack that may or may not come at any time. He feels worse than useless in his new role and overcompensates by being more than protective of Del in the small community of Masey.
Then, of course, there’s Charlie McIntyre, the home care nurse hired to help Del and the heroine of our story. If Rafe has little experience taking care of an old man with dementia in a wheelchair, he has even less with women and none with love. This excerpt describes his state of mind as he anticipates a first date with Charlie.
Charlie wouldn’t arrive for another 15 minutes, and Rafe debated cracking open a beer in the interim. He decided against it and spent the time pacing instead. Borazt! He felt like a raw recruit on his first mission. Why should this be so difficult? Charlie had said it wasn’t really even a “date,” which he’d looked up and meant “a romantic appointment.” Though, when you think about it, why would she be afraid to call it what it so obviously was? Unless she didn’t feel about him like he felt about her.
And how was that exactly? Damn if he knew! He was a soldier. He knew about lust—the physical reactions a male body had to a beautiful female. The need. The hunger. The obsessive behavior of a predator on the hunt. All of that kicked him in the gut every time Charlie walked in the room, so hard he could barely breathe sometimes.
But it was what happened when she wasn’t around that he had never felt before and didn’t understand. He didn’t just fantasize about her body or her face; when he was away from her he longed for her voice, or her laughter, or her calm presence. He wanted to spend time with her just talking. What did that mean? He didn’t spend time with anyone just talking.
And the worst part? He had no one to ask about any of it—no friend, no sister, no brother-in-arms. Just a crazy old man who used to be his father.
Maybe he was just as crazy for agreeing to this night out with Charlie. It was so risky, in so many ways. He might say the wrong thing and give himself away. He might give Charlie too wide a glimpse at his true self and risk scaring off their one anchor to this place. And, worst of all, he might fan the spark of emotion he was feeling for her into a flame he couldn’t control.
Rafe is right, of course; that date is risky. Because Charlie does have feelings for him, and things take their natural course. But the quiet little town of Masey is about to get a lot livelier—and Rafe will have plenty of explaining to do in the light of a new day.
Earth shielded his secrets--
Until her love unlocked his heart.
Rescue agent Rafe Gordon is human, though Earth has never been his home. But when his legendary father Del becomes the target of alien assassins, Rafe must hide the dementia-debilitated hero in the small mountain town where the old man was born—Masey, North Carolina, USA, Earth.
Home care nurse Charlie McIntyre and her therapy dog, Happy, have never had such challenging clients before. Del’s otherworldly “episodes” are not explained by his diagnosis, making Charlie question everything about her mysterious charge and his dangerously attractive son. Rafe has the answers she needs, but Charlie will have to break through his wall of secrets to get them.
As the heat rises between Charlie and Rafe, the deadly alien hunters circle closer. The light they seek to extinguish flickers in the gloom of Del’s fading mind—the memory of a planet-killer that threatens to enslave the galaxy.
Not Fade Away, Interstellar Rescue Book 4 launches June 12. It’s available on pre-order NOW on Amazon.
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Check out my guest post on Pauline Baird Jones’ blog, Life Happens. A Lot. I talk about how “cozy” SFR and my own “contemporary” SFR both turn the world upside down for unwary heroines (and readers!).
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