No, I don't believe I would, either. <smile> If it was a book I wanted to read all the way through, maybe...but maybe not even then. <smile> Take care. -- Julie Morales Email & Windows/MSN Messenger: mercy421@xxxxxxxxxxx Skype: mercy0421 Please contact me if I may not recognize your contact info before adding me or I may not add you! Currently in Winchester Regional, Virginia Clear, 89F°(32C°) Wind:NNW (340°) at 8mph (7KT) (direction variable) Beta testers who lie! Next time on Geraldo! Created by WeatherSig v1.10 . http://www.weathersig.com ----- Original Message ----- From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 1:59 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: caught in the crossfire Wow! I wonder how that happened. I don't see any option other than rejection - unless you want to go through every word of it. It doesn't sound like something I would do. I do read through whatever I submit or validate, but I wouldn't fix something like that up. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Robert Riddle" <captinlogic@xxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:38 AM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: caught in the crossfire > Sure. Here is a sampling. From the beginning of the book. > > and Series Romantic Fantasy.PrologueAt was mid-October. The Crenshaws of > Texas were having a party, and everyone for miles around had been > invited.Joe and Gail Crenshaw's oldest son, Jake, and Ashley the only > child of Joe's foreman, Kenneth Sullivanhad been married in a private > ceremony earlier in the day and now all their friends and neighbors were > celebrating at one of Joe's famous barbecues.Strings of lights decorated > the large live oaks surrounding the hacienda-style homestead, and dozens > of tiki torches offered light to the crowd and discouraged any lingering > mosquitoes that might have survived the first cold front that had moved > through the Hill Country of Texas the week before.The patio had been > cleared for dancing to the music of a local country-western band, and > people of all ages were either dancing or watching those who were.8 CAUGHT > IN THE CROSSFIREHeatherJake's four-year-old daughter from his first > marriageraced in and around the visitors with Blackie, her three-month-old > Border collie puppy, nipping at her heels. A half-dozen children followed > them, sounding like a noisy uprising from the kindergarten set.Joe and > Gail watched the festivities from a picnic table near the patio. Gail > chuckled at the children's antics. Life had certainly changed for them > during the past few months since Jake discovered he had a daughter. At > long last, Gail was a grandmother. She couldn't have been happier."I'm so > glad to see Heather playing with the other children. It's quite a change > from her birthday party three weeks ago. She wouldn't leave Jake's arms > all evening.""I think having the puppy has helped her overcome her > shyness." Joe looked at the people milling around. "Looks like everyone's > enjoying tonight. I'm glad the weather cooperated."Gail laughed. "We've > never had bad weather on the day of one of our parties. Have you noticed > that?""I just figured that's what you wanted, so I did what I could to > please you."She snickered. "You are so full of it." She leaned over and > gave him a quick kiss. "I sometimes wonder why I've put up with you all > these years."He pulled her close and nuzzled her ear. "You want me to > remind you?" he > > asked silkily, causing her to blush.She immediately changed the subject > before his comments continued."I'm glad Jake and Ashley agreed to have a > short engagement. Heather wanted Ashley living with them as soon as they > told her they were to marry." She searched for theANNETTE BROADRICK > 9couple until she spotted them dancing. "It's been wonderful to see Jake > happy again after all those years alone."The band was playing a slow tune > and they watched as Jake and Ashley swayed together, their arms firmly > wrapped around each other.Joe looked around, wondering where his three > younger sons were hiding. "I hope the others decide to follow Jake's lead > and settle down one of these days."He spotted them in the shadows of one > of the large trees, watching the festivities from a safe distance.Joe > loved his sons, although they'd been a handful to bring up. What one > didn't think of to do, another one would. High-spirited, Gail called them. > Joe thought of them as rambunctious and rowdy.He had to admit that they > hadn't turned out half-bad. In fact, he was downright proud of them.He and > Gail had been stunned when Jason, their youngest son, showed up > unexpectedly at the ranch yesterday. He'd made the Army his career and now > had a highly classified, and dangerous, position in Special Ops.Jude, > their third son, had been part of the National Security Agency for the > past three years. At present, he was working out of San Antonio on some > kind of classified assignment. Joe had long ago learned not to inquire > into his two younger sons' work. He was pleased that Jude had been close > enough to come to the wedding.Jared was the one he tended to worry about. > He'd always had a strong independent streak. He had a degree in petroleum > engineering and was hired by one of the largest oil companies in the world > as soon as he graduated. He seemed to enjoy his job as troubleshooter for > the company, traveling from one hot spot to another around the world. He > had just returned from Saudi Arabia.10CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIREJoe knew that > Jared was good at what he did. He should knowJared had found oil on the > ranch the summer before his senior year at the University of Texas. But > Joe worried that Jared courted danger wherever he went. Almost a > daredevil. Either that or he was convinced he was immortal. He'd always > taken too many chances, ever since he was a child.He couldn't see Jared > settling down anytime soon.Gail smiled as she saw her three younger sons > catching up on each other's lives. It had been a long while since all four > of the boys had been anywhere at the same time.The Crenshaw males were > tall and blond with a rangy build > > that made them look good in whatever they chose to wear. They had broad, > muscular shoulders and chests, narrow waists, long legs and what Gail > thought of as snake hips. Shopping for them when they were kids had been a > chore, trying to find pants that would fit their narrow waists and hips > and long legs.All of them had Joe's looks and charisma, the same kind of > looks and charisma that had caught her attention so many years ago. She'd > fallen hard for the man and had never once regretted jumping into marriage > soon after they met."It's good to have all four of them home at the same > time," Joe said, echoing Gail's thoughts."I consider it a miracle," Gail > softly replied."Great party.. .as usual," one of their neighbors said, > sitting down across from them. "1 swear, you two don't look old enough to > have four strapping sons. Life certainly agrees with you."Joe looked at > Gail with a lifted brow and a provocative smile, causing her to blush > before they both laughed."1 have to agree with you there, Stu," Joe > replied.ANNETTE BROADRICK11* * *"Hey, Jared," Jason said. With a nod > toward two new arrivals, he asked, "Do you know the couple who just > arrived? She's quite a looker."Jared glanced over his shoulder, saw the > couple Jason was talking about and did a double take."Well, I'll > be.""What?" Jude asked."That's Senator Russell.""Really," > > > > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "E." <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:29 AM > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: caught in the crossfire > > >> Would you be able to cut and paste a page for us to read. What you say >> sounds pretty strange, I admit. >> >> E. >> >> >> At 01:14 PM 8/24/2006, you wrote: >> >>>There are no line breaks at all and no spaces between sentences. That's >>>what I mean by linear spacing. >> >> To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to >> bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >> put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list >> of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. >> > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list > of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. 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