We're SO excited for the first book in Katie Ruggle's upcoming Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters series, In Her Sights, that we wanted to share an excerpt and some love for the cover! In Her Sights hits shelves March 26, 2019!
“Pax. Pax, wake up.”
She tried burrowing deeper into her pillow, tugging her covers up around her ears in a futile attempt to block the voice invading her dreams. Unfortunately, John didn’t stop. “Pax, get up!”
She groaned into her pillow. It was still dark, for Pete’s sake. Was this her punishment for being a bad person? Was karma going to send him to her every morning to rudely wake her at an ungodly hour until she’d made amends for whatever horrible thing she’d done? What could her sin have been to be bad enough to call for this miserable a penance?
“Someone’s trying to break in,” John whispered. All traces of her lingering sleepy haze immediately evaporated. She was out of bed in an instant, moving so quickly that she almost crashed into John. Turning, she pulled a Taser out of the nightstand. As she bent to grab the weapon, she heard John make an indistinct sound, but his expression was bland by the time she’d straightened and turned to face him.
“Let’s go,” she said, ignoring his weirdness for now. There’d be time enough to try to solve the puzzle that was John Carmondy when they didn’t have a burglar at their door. Without waiting for a response, she charged for the hallway.
John followed her, but when they reached the top of the stairs, he moved in front of her. Making a barely audible sound of protest, she poked him in the back. He ignored it and moved silently down the stairs. Although she could see the readiness in his movements, his hands were by his sides, empty of any kind of weapon, and she frowned, wishing she’d grabbed the second Taser. Tapping his hand lightly, she offered him the one she did have. Giving it a surprised glance, he waved it off with a smile of thanks. She withdrew, determined to do her best to save the crazy, unprepared man from any danger.
When they reached the bottom of the stairs, he slipped through the living room, a silent shadow. She was amazed again how agile and coordinated he was for such a big man. Molly was pretty sure she was klutzier than he was, and she was half his size. As he made his way toward the front door, she realized that she was following behind him like a scared kid, rather than acting like the badass she was—a badass with a Taser, at that. Rolling her eyes at herself, she peeled off, heading for the kitchen.
Before she managed to get a few steps away from John, he caught her wrist, tugging her gently back into place behind him. Knowing that she couldn’t win a tug-of-war between them, she acquiesced…at least until he released her and refocused in front of him. As soon as her wrist was free, she slipped away, moving quickly, expecting and dodging his grab for her. Ignoring his low growl of annoyance, she headed for the kitchen, planning the lecture she was going to give him when they didn’t have to be quiet anymore.
In the kitchen, shadows draped over the familiar room, turning the innocent appliances and counters into menacing shapes. Attempting to ignore the unease creeping into her mind, she briskly moved past the threshold, telling herself she was being ridiculous. There was no reason to be scared of her own kitchen.
As she passed the pantry, the door flew open, hitting the wall with a bang that made her jump into the air like a startled cat. A shadow detached itself from the darkness of the small room and lunged for her. Her arm started to rise so that she could deploy the Taser, but it was too late. The attacker was already on her.
Strong arms wrapped around her as they both toppled to the floor. Molly hit first with a grunt, the Taser flying out of her grip. The weight of the burglar knocked the air out of her lungs, preventing her from calling out to John. She could only hope that he heard them struggling. After a split second of shock, she started to fight.
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Three alpha men + a Baby = Reckless Hearts series
From boot camp to the Iraqi desert, best friends Collin, Max, and Gavin have been through hell and back. But nothing could’ve prepared them for their biggest challenge: taking on the role of ‘dad’ to a one-year-old.
What is Recklessly Ever After about?
Recklessly Ever After is the final book in the Reckless Hearts series. It features fan-favorite Gavin, in all of his broody, broken glory, along with McKenna, and all of her feisty, anti-men glory. Both of these characters were incredibly difficult to write about, as they were faced with a certain obstacle that neither of them were ready for. Their story shows the consequences of a one-night stand while pushing through their demons and comfort zones to find a worthy and long-awaited happily ever after.
What makes your hero and heroine so special?
Gavin is probably the most broken hero I’ve ever written. He’s incredibly thoughtful in this story, though—AKA kitten cuddling and dish replacement... *sigh* Gavin also suffers from a certain amount of PTSD (not necessarily caused by his time in the war) and he’s severely depressed. On a side note, I wrote this book at the darkest point in my personal life (my husband was going through chemotherapy) so in a way, I channeled him better than I did McKenna, my heroine. Overall, I’m excited for readers to get to know him for who he really is though: a kind soul with a dark past.
McKenna was a crazy hard character to write for me. Mainly, because she’s a huge extrovert and loves to be around people. In other words she is nothing like me. She’s pretty focused on her career as a nurse and being independent. But she’s had her fair share of issues growing up and fears it’s ingrained in her system to be like her awful parents.
What I love the most about these two, is that Kenna and Gavin bring out the best in each other.
What were you doing when you saw the final cover?
I was in the drive-thru line at my daughter’s school. I might have squealed when I saw it. I also drew many eyes my way because of the fact that my windows were down. 😊 Gavin is portrayed on the cover perfectly, even if it’s darker than the first two books in the series. It matches his personality to a T. Gavin would hide away for the rest of his life at the beginning of this book, if he was able. Thankfully his two best friends never leave him alone.
If you could spend one day with a character from your book who would it be and what would you want to do?
I would definitely spend the day with McKenna. (Though I wish I could spend the day with Gavin just to look at him. *swoon*) We’d likely go shopping or go get coffee. I’m drawn to people who talk a lot and love to chat, mainly because my introverted self can’t hold a conversation, lol. Really, though, she’s a fun, bubbly lady who—regardless of her craziness—I adore.
And now! The cover... **swoons**