Read Prologue and Chapter One!
When Livy O'Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-Fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she's helping to run an orphanage. Now she'll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.
Sheriff's deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy—literally—while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town—as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off—Jake doesn't have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better...but Livy isn't willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.
05.19.11 ~ It's official! I'm so very excited to announce the sale of my first book to Tyndale House Publishers. Stealing Jake, the story of a former street urchin pickpocket who steals the heart of a local deputy sheriff, will be released in July 2011.
03.25.11 ~ Stealing Jake is a Romance Writers of America® (RWA) Golden Heart Awards finalist! Whoo-hoo! Winners of the awards will be announced July 1, 2011 at the RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony to be held at RWA's 31st Annual National Conference in New York, New York.
10.3.10 ~ Terms of Indenturement won the ACFW Genesis contest a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday won GRW's Maggie contest! The ACFW Conference in Indianapolis was a blast! It was so much fun to see all my friends, and the Awards Banquet was so exciting.