There’s one thing we can agree on #mfrwhooks

Today we have a short hook from my WIP, The Seven Foot Cupid.

Ember Dayle and Tyler Estrella are both sent, from rival settlements, to see if any dangerous predators have snuck into a newly drilled skylight in to an important cave. When they discover a pile of bloody bones in the cave, Tyler realizes he and Ember will have to cooperate, despite their politics. She, however, is less sure about that.

She went so motionless and quiet that he turned his light in her direction. Her face was pale. Staring at the pile of bones, she crossed her arms over her stomach and hugged her elbows.

“If we get the chance,” he said as non-judgmentally as possible, “you’ll have to tell me about the fall that shook you up so badly. Sometimes talking helps.”

“Breathe space atmo, Estrella.”

A chuckle was his only answer. He liked her spirit. Her face, too, though her nose seemed a little off. When she noticed his stare, he forced himself to look away. “There’s one thing I’m sure we can agree on. Our job just got a lot more interesting.”

She hesitated, as though not wanting to agree. Or maybe she still needed time to recover from her fall.

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The Seven Foot Cupid

Book One in the Passion Island Trilogy

Ember Dayle prides herself on handling anything her newly colonized planet can throw at her. After an injury, she’s determined to prove herself again. She gets her chance when ordered to explore a mysterious cave on a wilderness mountain. Until that’s done, the last thing she needs is the distraction of a man.

Tyler, an explorer from her town’s fierce rival, is sent to explore the same cave. Like Ember, he’s been in an accident . . . but he was the only survivor. When he meets her, he’s drawn not only to her beauty and toughness, but by her ability to deal openly with her accident.

Booker is a naïve Apprentice Cupid for a secret group that hopes to make the colonists stronger, healthier, and smarter by matching people with compatible genes. His first assignment — Ember and Tyler. His strategy — lock them in an abandoned cabin together.

He doesn’t realize he’s locked them in with the fiercest, most intelligent native beast ever discovered. Can love help them survive?



  1. A pile of bloody bones would make most stop a minute to catch their breath. I’m confident she’ll come around. If they are bloody, they must be fresh? They aren’t alone!

    1. No, they are most definitely not alone.

  2. Bones – not a great thing to find

    1. True — it’s not a very reassuring find.

  3. So calm- hey we should talk about your fall – while the poor lady is staring at a pile of bones!!
    Great scene.

    And what an experience you commented on on my blog.

    1. Well, yes, she’s a poor lady because she’s shaken up by her fall. At the same time, though, she’s a professional at dealing with the toughest situations this planet can throw at her.

  4. A pile of bones would make me speechless, motionless, quiet. Does he think he is helping her with that comment?

    1. She’s been sent on a mission to deal with any predators that might’ve snuck into the cave, so she’s not an ordinary womam.

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