Authors: Dee Davis
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By Dee Davis
Story created by Julie Kenner and Dee Davis
Blue Skies, Episode 8
Rising Storm, Season 2
Copyright 2016 Julie Kenner and Dee Davis Oberwetter
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
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This is a work of fiction. Names, places, characters, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination and are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or establishments is solely coincidental.
By Dee Davis
Rising Storm, Season 2, Episode 8
Secrets, Sex and Scandals …
Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.
As Celeste Salt struggles to pull herself and her family together, Dillon is called to the scene of a domestic dispute where Dakota is forced to face the truth about her father. While the Johnson’s celebrate a big announcement, Ginny is rushed to the hospital where her baby’s father is finally revealed…
Bestselling author Dee Davis has a masters degree in public administration. Prior to writing, she served as the director of two associations, wrote award winning PSAs, did television and radio commercials, starred in the Seven Year Itch, taught college classes, and lobbied both the Texas Legislature and the US Congress.
Her highly acclaimed first novel,
Everything In Its Time
, was published in July 2000. Since then, among others, she’s won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards.
Recently she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Romance Writers and has also been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award for romantic suspense from Romantic Times. In addition, she is a Hall of Fame member of the New Jersey Romance Writers and was awarded an Odyssey Medal from Hendrix College.
To date, she has written over thirty romantic suspense, time travel, and women’s fiction novels and novellas. Among her latest books you’ll find her A-Tac, Liar’s Game, and Last Chance series.
She’s lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now resides in an 1802 farmhouse in Connecticut, she still calls Texas home.
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I’ve always believed in dreaming big. But I’ve learned over my lifetime that dreaming big isn’t the same as making it so. And when Julie and I first started discussing the idea of creating Storm, Texas, while I fell in love with our creation, I wasn’t certain we’d be able to bring it fully to fruition. I was wrong. Taking the reins from our initial imaginings for the series, the wonderful writers who make up the first season episodes have breathed amazing life into every character. And these imaginary people who have become so close to my heart have become real, not just to me but to readers as well.
For that I have to thank the amazing Julie Kenner, the best friend and business partner a girl could ever have! Without her, none of this would exist! And both Liz Berry and MJ Rose for their belief in this project and the tireless hours they have spent making sure everything is just right. And of course the first and second season authors: Lexi Blake, Elisabeth Naughton, Jennifer Probst, Larissa Ione, Rebecca Zanetti, RK Lilley, and Lisa Mondelo.
Dear reader –
We have wanted to do a project together for over a decade, but nothing really jelled until we started to toy with a kernel of an idea that sprouted way back in 2012 … and ultimately grew into Rising Storm.
We are both excited about and proud of this project—not only of the story itself, but also the incredible authors who have helped bring the world and characters we created to life.
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Storm Season: Ginny & Jacob – the Prequel
by Dee Davis
Table of Contents
Celeste Salt sucked in a fortifying breath and looked at herself in the mirror. Her hair was passable, her make-up concealing the worst of the dark circles beneath her eyes. Unfortunately, there was nothing to be done for the gauntness in her cheeks or the deep lines now etched around her mouth and eyes.
Grief was an insidious thing. Digging in and holding you down, even when you knew in your heart that you needed to push forward. Celeste had always been a fighter. It was something her children had admired. And then somewhere along the way she’d lost her path, Jacob’s death seemingly sealing her fate.
But no more. There was still life ahead of her. Maybe it wouldn’t be the stellar ride into the sunset she and Travis had planned all those years ago. But that didn’t mean there wasn’t something left to be salvaged. To be lived.
Her daughter Lacey was right. It was time to move on. Step by cautious step. She forced a smile, the face in the mirror shifting with the motion, looking almost pretty. Almost. Squaring her shoulders, Celeste walked from the bathroom into the bedroom. And after pulling a manila envelope from deep inside her lingerie drawer, she made her way downstairs.
It was early, most of the house’s residents still sleeping. It was comforting somehow to know that her daughter was safe and sound in her room. And that her sister and her children also slept nearby. Payton had always been her rock. And now it was time to return the favor. But first up she needed to clean house. If she was going to survive, she had to get rid of the garbage. No matter how much it hurt.
“I wasn’t expecting you up this morning.” Her husband looked up from the kitchen table where he was reading the paper. Some things at least were predictable. Travis never went anywhere without a cup of coffee. Once, long ago, in what now seemed like another life, she’d been up with the sun, making sure his coffee was hot and waiting when he’d come downstairs fresh from a shower.
But those days were gone.
And finally…finally she understood that nothing was going to bring them back.
“I wanted to talk to you.” She poured herself a cup of coffee and sat across from him at the table, laying the manila envelope on the tabletop.
Travis frowned. “Is something wrong?” He paused, the frown deepening. “I mean, something more than usual.”
“No. Nothing’s changed.” Except me, she wanted to scream. But instead she met his gaze, willing her courage to hold. This wasn’t going to be easy. Travis was part of her. He’d given her a life. A home. Children. But then maybe she had it wrong. Maybe she’d given
those things. Maybe he’d been lucky to have her.