Saturday, October 21, 2017

Finding Peace (Baytown Boys #4) by Maryann Jordan - Excerpt

Finding Peace
Baytown Boys #4
Maryann Jordan
Release Date October 27, 2017

The Baytown Boys Mysteries

Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.

Brogan MacFarlane, a former Marine, filled his days with hard work at the family bar and his nights running along the shore to rid himself of the war memories he would rather forget. But there was one thing in town that provided a distraction…the pretty cop with the haunted eyes.

Ginny Spencer loved the small, shore town and her job, as long as she could keep people at arm’s length. Former Army Military Police, she carried her own battle scars deep inside and that was just where she planned on keeping them. If only the surly bartender with the Irish blue eyes did not make her long for more.

When reports of a Peeping Tom in town escalate to a man accosting women, Ginny and the Baytown police work to find the culprit, but for her, it opens wounds she would rather forget. Brogan, seeing her pain, steps in, no longer willing to sit on the sidelines. And in doing so, allows her to soothe his nightmares as well.

When two scarred souls come together, their love allows them to find the peace they’ve been seeking.

****Due to scenes of an explicit sexual nature and language that some consider crude, please be warned - for 18+ only! If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues...again be warned!!*****

Ginny stepped into the hot summer sun, crossing through Helen’s yard into the Masterson’s. She focused on the ground, but with the grass recently cut and the summer heat burning the green to brown, there was no evidence of footprints. As she approached the wooden back porch, she stood, staring at the back of the house. The porch ran three-quarters of the length, from the sliding glass door os the family room to the end of what Helen indicated was the master bedroom. Studying the porch, she saw no dusty footprints either.
Sighing, she carefully walked over to the sliding glass door, looking for clues that someone might have tried to break in. Leaning down, she studied the wooden doorframe, but noticed nothing. No marks in the wood. No attempted entry.
Stepping back, with her hands on her hips, she slid her gaze over the entire back of the house. Walking along the deck, she moved to the window Helen indicated the man had peered into. No footprints on the porch below. No evidence of attempted entry. Pulling out the fingerprint kit, she dusted the window. Nothing.
Helen had not been able to see clearly enough to say whether the man wore gloves, but with no other evidence, Ginny assumed he probably did.
Peeking through the window, she viewed the master bedroom, noting there were blinds on the window, but they were angled so that light shone through—and eyes would be able to see in. Ten feet further, at the end of the porch, was a higher window. Unable to see into it, she stood on her tiptoes enough to tell that it was probably the bathroom. Stepping back again, she shook her head, trying to see anything out of the ordinary.
“Officer, is something wrong?”
Startled, Ginny whirled around, seeing a middle-aged man standing in the next-door backyard, a hoe in his hand. “Hello,” she called out, walking toward him. Stopping a few feet from the fence border, she smiled at him. “I’m Officer Spencer and I’m checking out the Masterson’s home since they are out of town. Have you seen anyone back here that made you suspicious?”
“No, ma’am. I’m Jeffrey Teestor and if I saw someone back here besides the Mastersons, I’d have called the police.”
Chuckling, she nodded, and said, “That would be the right response. But one of your neighbors reported seeing a man on the back porch here last night, looking into the window. So, I’m just checking the house to see if I can find any evidence of a problem.”
His eyes jumped to his neighbor’s house before returning to Ginny’s face. “Did you find anything? Was there someone there?”
“No, sir, but I want to make sure. Have you seen anyone at the rental property behind your house…next to Mrs. Collins’ house?”
His eyes narrowed as he nodded slowly. “Mrs. Collins. Is she the one who reported seeing someone? Let me tell you, she’s a nice lady but, Officer, she lives alone with all those cats and I gotta tell you, I think she’d be the type who might need some attention, if you know what I mean.”


Maryann Jordan

As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma's Home was created.

My first novel, Emma's Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love's Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader's Choice Awards.

Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader's Choice Awards.

Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader's Choice Awards.

Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader's Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers, so please email me!

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