Find Heartskeep. Trust no one. Run! With her dying father’s words ringing in her ears and a gunman at her heels, Alexis Ryder fled to the deserted mansion called Heartskeep and learned the shocking truthshe wasn’t Alexis Ryder, but an identical-triplet heiress, a secret someone would kill to keep. Desperate to learn more, she assumed the identity of a sister she’d never met and landed in the strong arms of the law.
Officer Wyatt Crossley’s warm brown eyes and sexy smile promised safetyand tempted Alexis to forget that Wyatt thought she was someone else. Avoiding the rugged lawman would be prudent, but in a world gone mad, prudence was no match for a swirling maelstrom of forbidden desire .
About the Author
The Easter Bunny is supposed to bring candy. One year he brought a bouncing baby to Dani's parents instead. She'll let you make your own association here.
Dani's parents claim they were elated, but she thinks it just took time for the shock to wear off. As the oldest of what turned out to be six brothers and one sister, Dani grew up amid noise and chaos. Mom thrived on it, Dad thought about immigrating to Australia.
She would like to say she takes after her dad, preferring order and quiet in her life, but since she seems to find herself constantly surrounded by chaos that she's either created or somehow become embroiled in, she figures you could say she got the best of both of them.
In high school, Dani met a man at the drugstore where she was working the soda fountain. Yes, they really did exist outside old movies. Dani went home and told her sister she'd met the man she was going to marry.
Almost two years later, she did. Two sons came along eventually, and thirty-some years later she's kept her promise. She told her husband their lives would never be dull. There are times she's sure he'd like to consider immigrating to Australia as well.
Reading and writing have always been part of her life. As a child she wrote plays and talked neighborhood children into performing for parents and anyone else she could coerce into sitting through them. The rest of the time she spent reading — walking every Saturday to the library to replenish her stack of fiction.
In high school Dani finally began writing her own novel. The murder mystery featured a private investigator and a mysterious, beautiful woman. (Her first romance though she didn't know it back then.) Written in pen and pencil — no crayon she's happy to report — on all sorts of notebook paper — her study hall teachers thought her very studious — she finished the story after months of labor. Proudly, she gave it to her sister and best friend to read.
Her sister was furious that Dani had killed off the female lead at the end. Her best friend pointed out the entire story took place in an impossible 24-hour period. Other than that, they both swore they liked it.
Over the years, Dani continued to dabble in writing, particularly after she discovered science fiction. Unfortunately, good science fiction requires a solid scientific background. Not her strong suit.
But the most inhibiting factor was that in the old days writing involved typewriters and carbon paper. For those of you too young to remember, typewriters didn't all plug into the wall, and none had anything resembling a "memory." They had messy ribbons and sticking keys and bells that went ding when you came to the end of the line. That's literal, not figurative.
Carbon paper is a vile substance that requires patience, discipline, and strong spelling and accurate typing skills. Dani guarantees you, if man had not invented home computers, she'd still be living the stories in her head. Block and move, and spell check, now done with the click of a mouse button, was an incredible boon to writers the world over, she declares. So when her sister asked her to write her a romance novel while Dani was between jobs, it sounded like a snap.
Ignorance is bliss. Dani says she wrote her first romance novel in something like one week. She was so pleased by the results, she followed it up with two more. Then she discovered a group of writers who met once a week to critique and offer support to one another. Shortly thereafter she discovered a local chapter of Romance Writers of America. Of the five writers who formed the initial critique group, the three who were able to persevere are now all published authors. Moreover, Dani is proud to add that all three have been nominated for RITA Awards.
Dani concludes with: "Thanks to the loving support of my very own hero and the two sons we raised, I sold 13 books in five years. I'm proud to call myself a writer. And hopefully, I've given to others some of the pleasure I've derived from a lifetime of reading."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well. That's interesting. As I said in the review of The Second Sister, I've had this book for years and have read it several times. I had a vague idea how the story went and a firm idea that it was a good one. Well, it is good, and all the elements I remembered were in it - but it's not at all the story I thought it was. Now I need to hunt up that one. There is a big old house, with some suggestion of turning it into a hotel (but it's mostly a joke). There are hidden emeralds (but they've already been found in Second Sister). There is running while being shot at (sort of) - but in a maze, not on the edge of a cliff. Verrry interesting. I wonder if I understood what was going on in this book when I read it first? It seems to me now that in order to understand a lot of the references, I have to have read Second Sister. On the other hand, there were references to strange events in Second Sister that I would have understood (I presume) if I'd read Firstborn, and they didn't obstruct my understanding or enjoyment of the story. Anyway. Interesting story - poor girl has her worldview jerked out from under her several times in the course of events. It's amusing the way the cop is fighting what he thinks is her view of him, when she has no view of him at all (her sisters regard him with caution and his uncle with distaste - but she wasn't around for that). There are a few too many enigmatic characters - Jacob is confusing even when everything's explained. And he's emotionally a lot younger than I thought he was, given the explanation he gives. Kathy is pretty thoroughly confusing as well, though her reasons come up more sensible than Jacob's in the end. Interlink and weave and hey wait a minute - that can't be the end of the series. What about Kathy? And RJ? And Jacob, for that matter? And... The great revelation about their father kind of falls flat, to me. Especially for the girl who's been raised by loving parents who weren't related to her. I don't know - it just doesn't give him as much of an excuse as she allows. But if it gives them closure, it's good enough (he's been a pain for long enough, let him go and get on with your lives!). Interesting and a pretty good story. Good characterization - the main characters are strong and stay true to character - but the minor ones, as noted above, seem to vary in their attitudes a little too much to be convincing.
Alexis Ryder's world crashes around her when she finds her father bleeding to death in her apartment and things get ever harder to deal with when she discovers that she was in fact adopted and that she is a triplet and a heiress.She gets to Heartskeep and finds herself mistaken for one of her sisters and attracted to Officer Wyatt Crossley (though she doesn't know that he's an officer at first)It's okay, nothing spectacular and the mystery definitely takes a serious back seat to the romance between the two characters. I only read it yesterday and I find myself trying to remember salient points of the plot and not really caring if I do or don't remember them.