Closing the door might spook her #mfrwhooks

Today we have another 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.

“Even if the doe fell through the skylight,” he said, “something was strong enough to drag it all the way here. I’ve never had to hunt down a predator that large. You?”

She looked him in the eye. “The only large predator on Addoray is man.”

“Why do I feel like you mean me personally?” He said it with a self-effacing laugh. “Because I’m a big bad Westerner?”

Her eyebrows squished together in a frown. She stroked the bridge of her nose with her thumb and forefinger.

“You keep rubbing your nose,” he said gently. “Did you hurt it when you fell?”

She jerked her hand to her side then shrugged self-consciously. “May we continue this conversation inside, please?”

Once inside, he flicked his flashlight to globe mode and balanced it atop his rucksack beside the door. He left the door wide open. Partly because of the stale, crypt-like smell, and partly because closing it might spook her.

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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. Tyler’s a lot more sensitive than many guys.

    1. Sensitivity is a trait of many of my heroes. I consider it a crucial trait for any kind of long-term or deep relationship.

  2. Enjoyed the excerpt. He’s kind of cool

    1. I’m delighted you think that, Janet.

  3. Ugh – stale crypt smell – another good reason to leave the door open.

    1. Hmm. Maybe that smell is too strong.

  4. Good thought. Given the stale crypt smell, it would spook me!

    1. It’d probably spook you more than closing the door, I bet. That word ‘crypt’ must go, I think!

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