By: Cheryl Harper
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A Minute on the Lips, a sweet romance now available from Harlequin Heartwarming, is about very serious Sheriff Andrea Jackson and the handsome newspaper editor who manages to show up when she least expects it. Someone has broken into one of the restaurants in town and now Andi has to solve the case, run for re-election, and very definitely not fall for charming Mark Taylor. After she manages to track down the guilty party and draft a very creative sentence of service, Mark writes up the story for the front page of the Tall Pines Times. This is what I imagine it might have said (if he was avoiding story spoilers like I am):
Beautiful Sheriff Solves the Case
By Mark Taylor
After this year’s successful Fall Fest chili cook-off, prickly but pretty Sheriff Andrea Jackson tracked down the man behind the recent break-in at the Country Kitchen. Jackie, thirteen-time chili cook-off champion and owner of the diner, has been anxiously awaiting answers and the return of his prized recipes, trophies, and cash and other undisclosed items from the restaurant’s safe.
“I was ready to lawyer up and make a trip across to the courthouse if the sheriff didn’t come through,” Jackie said with his normal suspicious squint. “But she did a pretty good job.”
That sentiment, half-hearted and not nearly as gracious as it should be, is shared by many of the town’s most prominent citizens. Edna, who obviously knows everything there is to know except when it comes to solving real cases, said, “About time.” And Ray Evans, the former sheriff and Jackson’s main political opponent, gave a grunt and nod when asked for his opinion.
Solving the case quickly and with a truly inspired sentence of service for the offender should boost Sheriff Jackson’s re-election chances. The hometown girl's experience with the FBI makes her uniquely qualified to fill the office. Of course, that assumes she doesn’t kill me for calling her “beautiful sheriff.”
She didn’t turn to face him, but he stood close enough that she could smell clean clothes and warm man. It was a good smell. Andi licked her lips and said, “I am busy here, Mr. Taylor. We can chat momentarily.”
When she braved a glance his direction, his lips twitched and he gave her a small salute. “I live to serve, Sheriff. Although I am going to enjoy having the shoe on the other foot.”
“What do you mean?” Andi asked.
“I mean you’ll be the one asking questions this time. Maybe I’ll be easier to work with than you are.” He crossed his arms over his chest and waited for her answer.
She forced her shoulders back down to their normal spot and fought the urge to fidget with her shirt. “Of course, the fact that I wear a badge and gun will help you make a decision.” He whistled and went to sit at the counter.
Cheryl Harper, author of "Love Me Tender" in the Kiss Me anthology, Stuck on You, Can't Help Falling in Love, and Santa, Bring My Baby Back for Avon Impulse and A Minute on the Lips for Harlequin Heartwarming, discovered her love for books and words as a little girl, thanks to a mother who made countless library trips and an introduction to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House stories. Now she spends her days searching for the right words while she stares out the window and her dog snoozes beside her. For more information (and giveaways!), please visit http://cherylharperbooks.com.
About the Book:
There are no secrets in Tall Pines…
Sheriff Andrea Jackson can't afford to become the subject of small-town gossip. With an election coming up and her job on the line, public opinion is crucial. That means keeping her distance from newspaper editor Mark Taylor.
Effortlessly handsome and dangerously charming, Mark is hard to resist, but his sudden interest makes Andi wonder if his dinner invitations are for business or pleasure. Andi has to admit she could use his help in solving a local theft, but working with Mark would make her the talk of the town, or worse…it could land her on the front page.
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I’ve enjoyed spending my time with Mark, Andi, and the colorful characters of Tall Pines and I’d love to give away a signed print copy of the book (US only) so you can visit too. Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorite part of small-town romance.
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