Celebrating the new release of Hidden Away with author Jennie Marts
Everybody makes mistakes. We’ve all done it, and we’ve all had someone that made a mistake that may have hurt us. It’s what makes us human. That’s why I love second chance stories. Especially second chance romances. I love a good story where two people who really love each other get another chance at a happy ending.
My new release, Hidden Away, is that kind of story. Cherry Hill runs the local diner in Broken Falls, Montana and the new sexy Sheriff in town is Taylor Johnson, the first man she ever loved. And the one who broke her heart when he left town nine years ago.
But now he’s back. She runs into him when he shows up as one of the fireman to help put out a fire in her diner (and ignites another kind of fire in her! Yeah- this hot hero is a sheriff AND a fireman!). But Cherry’s world is rocked by a phone call telling her that her cousin has been killed in a car accident and has left her the sole guardian of her eight year old nephew, Sam. Believing her unfit, her family is determined to keep her from taking Sam, until Sheriff Taylor steps in and saves the day.
Now these two have a chance to mend their relationship and start something new. But Cherry’s got a secret. And it could tear their new family apart.
Please enjoy this excerpt from Hidden Away—the second book in The Hearts of Montana series:
The siren wails of the fire engine were a welcome sound as Cherry Hill shot another burst of white foam from the extinguisher. Panic welled in her chest as she watched the flames creep up the diner’s wall above the griddle.
What started as a small grease fire was rapidly turning into a desperate situation.
Cherry swore as she battled to save the only thing she had left.
“Make sure everyone’s out of the building,” she yelled at Stan, the diner’s cook. Thankfully the breakfast crowd had thinned, and only a few people had been left in the restaurant when the grease flamed on the griddle and the fire began. “You should get out too. I got this.”
Stan attacked the fire with a dish towel, keeping the flames from spreading across the kitchen counter. “No way, dude! I’m not leaving you.”
The door to the kitchen swung open, and three large firemen filled the small room.
Well, two large firemen and one skinny guy, the best you could hope for on a small-town volunteer fire squad. One of the men dragged a fire hose through the door, and Cherry groaned as she heard glassware hitting the floor, unlucky bystanders in the path of the thick hose.
“I thought you weren’t supposed to use water on a grease fire,” she said, dredging up old advice her granddad had given her when she’d taken over the diner.
One of the firemen stepped toward her. He held a fire extinguisher in his hands. “Don’t worry. You can trust a fireman to always have the right equipment.”
Recognizing the voice, Cherry’s head snapped up, and she looked into the grinning face of Taylor Johnson.
What in the hamhock is he doing here?
Still not used to having him back in town, Cherry’s heart did a flip each time she saw him. She gulped. He had the right equipment for just about anything.
But Taylor was the new Sheriff—since when did he fight fires?
Before she had a chance to ask, another flame shot up, this one catching the side of her arm, and she cried out.
The grin disappeared as Taylor stepped forward, now all business, and put his body between hers and the fire. He yelled at the cook and pointed at Cherry. “Get her out of here before one of you gets hurt even worse!”
The whoosh of the water jetting from the hose drowned out his words, but Stan must have got the idea because he wrapped an arm around Cherry’s middle and pulled her out the front door and onto the street in front of the restaurant.
Gasping, Cherry took in great gulps of clean air and prayed that the fireman could save the diner.
I’m so excited to share Cherry’s story with you. You first meet Cherry in Tucked Away, the first book in The Hearts of Montana series, when she helps out Charlie Ryan, a city girl who inherits a farm in Broken Falls. They meet at Cherry’s Diner, the central place in town to eat and catch up on all the latest gossip in town.
To celebrate the release of Hidden Away, I’m giving away a $5 Amazon Gift card to a random commenter who shares their favorite thing to order in a diner. It can be dessert ( I think mine would be lemon meringue pie-Yum! ) or a meal (nothing like diner french fries!) Whatever you want.
Please be sure to check out Tucked Away, the first book in The Hearts of Montana series, as well.
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