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Talk about irreconcilable differences! Juliet believes her brother has been kidnapped. Mac believes he’s running guns in Jamaica. Mac is tough-and-tumble. Juliet is every inch a lady. If they don’t kill each other first, they may make a surprising discovery.
Juliet and Mac are forced to work together to avoid the curse of a native medicine man, hack their way through steamy jungles, cope with the mysteries of a groaning stone statue found deeply underground in a cave grotto, and come to grips with a mutual growing attraction. The problem is that they aren’t right for each other. Mac has Rastafari friends, for heaven’s sake, and Juliet wouldn’t trust him with the weather forecast. When they find Juliet’s brother, the plot only thickens. In a life or death struggle, the stone statue points to the answer.
Neither of them moved. Juliet thought she might have stopped breathing. She was lying spread-eagled atop Mac with her nose buried in his ear. The dark pressed in from all sides and the silence seemed to grow with each passing second. Even the gentle breath of wind that occasionally wafted through the cave had stopped.
Finally she moved ever so slightly. "Mac?"
"Yeah. You okay?" They were whispering.
"Ye-es." Her voice threatened to dry up entirely. "What… What was that?"
"How the hell should I know? Where’s your light?"
"I dropped it. Where’s yours?"
"Digging into my stomach. Roll to your left. Gently, gently! We don’t want to lose it, too. Ah, blessed illumination." And there was indeed light.
Her flash lay three feet away, but she was loath to move far enough to get it. Her eyes went first to the statue. She wondered later what she expected to see. Blazing eyes, maybe? A darkened face? Death and destruction? But there was nothing. The lady stood as before, unseeing and unmoving, facing the passageway to the mouth of the cave.
Still on his back Mac slowly rotated his light around the statue. She stood as before, solid and unmoving. The light wavered and swung up toward the ceiling. Juliet drew in her breath sharply and froze. After a moment of stunned, ear-splitting silence Mac said, "I’ll be damned. Shields."
The entire roof of the room was covered with dozens of hanging flat slabs, multicolored and radiant after the darkness, all appearing to be suspended in midair.
"What are they? Will they fall?" Juliet breathed.
"Not unless there’s a loud noise, or an earthquake, or it’s simply time for one of the stems to give way."
My byline has appeared on everything from children’s literature to senior citizen fiction; from news writing to poetry, fiction and non-fiction. I have taught a successful creative writing course and been involved in a program teaching adults to read. Credits include Wings ePress, Inc. as well as a multitude of newspapers and magazines. I have placed in the top three in national contests and treasure a Writing Excellence Award from my college.
I have a loving and supportive husband and two grown daughters, who have given me a total of eight perfect, handsome and intelligent grandchildren--so says this prejudiced grandmother.
Since my first memory, music and books have been my passion. Music continues to feed my soul. I have sung in choral groups all across the eastern half of the U.S., done solo and ensemble work and am currently a member of a large chorale.
Today I have books in every room in my house, and never go out the door without reading material under my arm. With equal passion, I avoid cooking and cleaning house.
Marilyn Gardiner has done well in capturing the essence of the times, and the courage of people to find a new place to start new lives. As depicted by the title, the plot, suspense and romance, flow, not always steadily, but sometimes with a fierceness that dares readers to leave the story. Like A River, My Love, the tale's depth will hold you fast until you reach the end of the journey. -- Brenda, The Rite Lifestyle
There are good writers and there are great writers. Wings author Marilyn Gardiner definitely leads the pack in the second category. I've just finished WHEN THE WIND BLOWS and was "blown away" by this author's talent! You won't find tired clichés and hackneyed metaphors in this suspenseful, child-in-jeopardy tale about a frantic mother's heart-stopping search for her young son.
The romance is subtle and the focus is on Molly's internal struggle to unravel what is and what only seems to be, all the while trying not to fall in love with her fellow sleuth. The scenes are vivid and visual, and this reader found herself racing toward the end along with the heroine. That search being done, the next one will be for Marilyn Gardiner's next book. WHEN THE WIND BLOWS is a fabulous work! A must read for all romantic suspense fans. -- Highly recommended, Anne Carter, Beacon Street Books
Dancing Ladies: “Marilyn Gardiner has written a spellbinding story, guaranteed to keep you turning pages to see what happens next. Prepare to stay up late with this one. And don’t read it during an intense rainstorm or in a house that creaks at night.” -- J D Webb, Author of Shepherd’s Pie
"Dancing ladies is a great tale that grabs hold of the reader. I couldn't stop (reading) until the ending which left me with spine-tingling sensations. The romantic suspense in this story is stunning. Gardiner weaves a great paranormal with just the right touch of mystery. Her style of writing really kept me spellbound." - Linda L., The Romance Studio, 5 hearts.
Banjo Eyes by Marilyn Gardiner is a suspenseful tale of true love, betrayal, rejection and deception. When Lily goes back home to settle her late father’s affairs, weird things begin happening, and she doesn’t know who she can trust. This is a real page turner, right up to the shocking conclusion. -- JoEllen Conger, Conger Books Reviews
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 222
Paper Weight (lb): 9.6
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