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Full Moon Lullaby
Cheryl Norman
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Debbie and Noel Carpenter’s new marriage is tested when Noel’s estranged son, Rob, arrives. Debbie empathizes with the young man, but Noel suspects his motives. Their daughter Bethany, who’s about to give birth to their first grandchild, bonds with her new brother.

Meanwhile, the FBI stakes out Debbie’s bakery to catch a potential kidnaper. A baby’s life is at stake and time’s running out. Debbie intends to solve the case…even if it kills her!

BOOK EXCERPTS
Rob Carpenter stabbed numbers into his cell phone, muttering curses to the el cheapo rental car agency. A lot of help they were. Stuck out here on a rural stretch of busy highway, he’d called the toll-free number for help. They’d referred him to their closest authorized mechanic, Pete and Tony’s, here in Godforsaken Petticoat Junction.

"You have reached..." The recording droned on, finally ending with a beep.

"Yeah, I’m on A1A heading east into Fernandina Beach in a tan Toyota Camry in urgent need of mechanical assistance." He left his authorization code and cell phone number, doubtful anyone would call back the long distance number. Should he turn off the Camry’s motor? The engine purred normally. The damn car just wouldn’t go. Well, why forfeit air conditioning? It wasn’t his car and it wasn’t his fault he was stuck here.

For hours, most likely.

Good thing Dad wasn’t with him. He’d lecture Rob about renting only from one of the large nationwide rental car companies. A Toyota? Rent an American-made car, son! Dad hadn’t kept up or he’d know there was hardly a vehicle on the road anymore manufactured and assembled in only one country. This Camry, for example, although made mostly of imported parts, was assembled in Kentucky, for pity’s sake.

Since last year, his father had kept up with very little, especially about the real estate business, even though real estate had made him millions and enabled him to retire at fifty-four years old. Now it was Rob’s to run, and soon would be totally his, if he measured up. Ha. Since when had he ever measured up? But if he could pull off this deal, he’d have plenty of money to show for the past year. Rob was willing to take risks, big risks, to make the big bucks, something his conservative father would never do. And Rob’s gamble had nearly paid off, would’ve paid off, if not for that stubborn county commissioner, Mendoza. Now Rob had flown into buggy, muggy Florida to salvage the mess... and, with any luck, make up the money he’d lost.

Fifteen minutes later a mostly green tow truck slowed, then whipped off the road in front of the Camry. Rob checked his watch and groaned. Nearly 5:00, the courthouse would be closed now. He’d have to wait to do his research tomorrow. The door pushed open from the flatbed wrecker and two bare, shapely legs poked out. His gaze slid up the legs to the cut-off edges of denim shorts, followed by a greasy T-shirt clinging to pointy breasts and exposing a long, creamy neck. In spite of the air conditioner, sweat broke out over Rob’s upper lip and forehead.

The diminutive driver dropped to the ground, her dark brown pony tail swinging from the back of a baseball cap. She slammed the door, then brushed off her hands, heading toward the Camry. Her face hidden by the cap’s bill and dark glasses, her only visible feature was a rosy heart-shaped mouth. Rob doubted she was either Pete or Tony, or that she knew a spark plug from a dipstick. Resigning himself to being towed, he switched off the ignition and climbed out of the car, into the blistering afternoon heat, all the while unable to pull his gaze from that adorable mouth.

She halted at the Camry’s front fender. "You the guy who left the message?"

"Yes, Robert Carpenter." He jerked a thumb toward the rental car. "It runs, but it won’t move."

"Pop the hood and let me take a look."

"Why? Aren’t you going to tow me somewhere?" Anywhere you want, doll!

"If I can’t fix it here."

"You?"

She straightened to her full height--all of five feet--and peered up into his face. A cute little thing, she crossed her arms over the front of her shirt, drawing his gaze to her chest. From this angle, he could read the embroidered name on the T-shirt: TONI. "Yeah, me."

"You’re Toni, of Pete and Toni?"

"Right."

"And Pete’s your husband?" Please, God, let her be single. Rob wasn’t looking to settle down, but married women were definitely off-limits.

"Pete’s my big brother."

AUTHOR BIO
Since starting her career with Wings ePress in 2001, Cheryl Norman has enjoyed the status of best-selling author, when her debut mystery Full Moon Honeymoon was the top selling launch title for Wings, and award-winning author, with her 2003 EPPIE win for her contemporary romance, Last Resort. She also self-published a healthy-eating cookbook, Hasty Tasty Meals, which is now available from her website. Some of her recipes also appear in Winging It in the Kitchen, also available at www.wingsepress.com .

Cheryl and her husband divide their time between their pine tree farm in northern Florida and their motorhome, in which they travel throughout the United States. In addition to her writing, Cheryl enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and sewing. She serves as a newsletter editor for her local RWA® chapter, volunteers for Good Sams of Florida, and is active in her local Women’s Club. At the end of a busy day, she loves to relax with a good book to read.

Visit her website at www.cherylnorman.com for grammar tips, recipes, and the latest on her writing career, which includes another mystery in her Full Moon series.

BOOK REVIEWS
…a book of the heart, one that stays with you.” --Jessica Holmes, Romance At Its Best

"Full Moon Honeymoon... a great read--wacky characters, fun set-up, but with a serious side, too--and a clever plot. Fantastic job, lady!!” --Joanne Pence / Avon author of To Catch A Cook, An Angie Amalfi mystery, and Bell, Cook, and Candle (01/'02)

Praise for author Cheryl Norman’s previous novels: STORMS OF THE HEART -- ...totally engrossing tale of murder and suspense.” --Faith V. Smith, Romantic Times Magazine

FULL MOON HONEYMOON“…a wonderful few hours of suspenseful reading pleasure…enjoy every word of this suspenseful, entertaining tale.” --Faith V. Smith, Romantic Times Magazine

"The humor of Full Moon Honeymoon, romance, mouth-watering pastries, blended family relationships, and a mystery full of surprise twists add up to an enjoyable read that is anything but lulling. This is a don't miss read by a talented author." ~Fran Keighley, author, Burnout and its award-winning sequel, Trick or Treat, Wings.

“Cheryl Norman has penned another great mystery novel in Full Moon Lullaby. It's filled with wonderful characters that keep you turning the pages and wanting to read more. ” --- Judy Leigh Peters, author, A Father’s Hope, Wings 10/03.


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1590887514
ISBN(13-digit): 9781590887516
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 248
Paper Weight (lb): 10.5



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