Kate’s privileged and peaceful existence is shattered when she unknowingly becomes the center of a master plan that includes murder, greed and dirty politics. Pregnant with Chase’s baby, Kate is forced to flee for her life and vanishes deep into the country of southwest Colorado. There, she meets Deputy Gabe Esposito, who takes her under his wing and befriends her, protects her and falls in love with her. He becomes a father figure to the baby that is Chase’s son. 


Saving Chase

Book 1


Passionately in love with his fiancée, memories of Kate Knox are the only thing that get Army Ranger  McCloud through months of captivity & torture by the Taliban. Wounded and barely alive, he is rescued and brought home, where he learns that Kate has disappeared. Barely recovered from his wounds, he begins a search for her that eventually convinces him that she’s dead. 

Fate finally brings Chase to her, but he’s being shadowed, and the nightmare that Kate escaped quickly finds her again. To stay together, they must confront the forces that tore them apart.




The display on his phone said Boone. It was about time! He hadn’t heard from him since giving him the retainer. Hopefully he was calling with news.

“I may have something,” Boone said.

“Good something or bad something?” Chase asked. Of course, it was bad.

“I’m at the coroner’s office in Pueblo. They have a Jane Doe that fits the profile. I think you should take a look.”

“What?” Chase stumbled back into a kitchen chair. His guts turned to slush.

Boone must be confused, because this wasn’t right. He was supposed to find Kate alive, not on a coroner’s table. Chase was sure Boone was wrong. It wasn’t Kate.

“I’m at the coroner’s office,” Boone repeated. “In Pueblo.”

“Kate was found west of Ft. Emmett?” he asked. He let out a whoosh of air and his world righted itself again. “Well, then it can’t be Kate. Her body would have had to wash upstream.”

“No, this body was found in the Arkansas near Lamar. Prowers County has a coroner, but not the facility that Pueblo does, so they transported the body.”

“When?” Chase closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose. 

“When was the body found?” Boone paused. “It’s the right timing Chase or I wouldn’t suggest that you take a look.”

“It’s not her.” He needed some liquid courage and took the bottle from the cupboard, and poured a shot of tequila. He tossed it back and poured another.

There was a long silence from Boone’s end. “Okay,” he finally said. “I’ll tell them you refuse to ID her.”

Jesus, it couldn’t be Kate, could it? Deep down he’d always taken Tom’s belief she was alive at face value. He’d accepted the fact that no one had found her body to mean she was alive. He hung on to that thread of hope, never thinking about what else it could mean.

“It’s been over six months,” Chase said. “How does this work? Would I actually see her body?”

“They buried the deceased shortly after the autopsy. They have photographs and a video. You’ll view her from those.” 

“Christ, I wasn’t expecting this,” Chase said, upset that his search might end this way. “It will take me a couple of hours to get there. Give me the address.”

Chase took a quick shower before driving to Pueblo. He met Boone in the lobby of the Medical Examiner’s office. Deputy Medical Examiner Dave Torres ushered them into his office.

“Victim is a Caucasian female, estimated to be between the ages of twenty and twenty-five; five foot six, natural blond hair and blue eyes. Does that sound like it could be your missing fiancée?” Torres asked.

“Yeah, maybe,” Chase said.

The world started to spin again and he grabbed onto the chair in front of the desk. Then he and Boone sat in the two chairs in front of Torres desk. It was stacked high with file folders and Chase could only imagine there had to have been a lot of deaths for him to be that backed up.

“I’m sorry,” Torres continued. “I know this has to be hard. I’d like you to look at a picture first that the Prowers County M.E. sent.”

Dave Torres pushed a photograph toward him. With a dread so strong his cold fingers trembled, Chase put his hand on the picture and slowly turned it around. He picked it up and braced himself to look.

“Oh Christ!” he inhaled sharply. He looked at the pale and swollen face and found himself nodding. Nausea rose in him and he tried not to get sick. His ears hummed and his head started to ache with a familiar dull pain.

“Is it her?” Boone asked quietly.

“Maybe. It could be. God.”

“Are there any scars or moles on her body that would positively identify her?” Torres asked.

Chase could only nod. Even if his brain could have formed any words, they would have stayed lodged in his parched throat. 

“There’s a tape you can view. It will make it easier for a positive identification.” He pointed to a flat screen TV anchored on the wall and handed Chase the remote.

“Use this to start the video. There’s a head shot first, then a full body shot. You can pause or turn off the video at any time. Give me a moment and I’ll load the tape,” he said walking out of the office.

Boone turned to Chase. “Do you want me to stay?”

“No thanks, I need to do this alone.”

“I’ll be outside.”

The wall-mounted flat screen TV was behind him. Chase stood and turned toward it.

He felt as if he were at the mercy of something violent and malevolent headed right at him. His life would be over if it was Kate on that video. Never again would he hold her or kiss her, or tell her how much he loved her.

After a few minutes, the screen blinked to life and changed to blue. God, he didn’t want to do this. He didn’t want Kate to be dead, but if she were, he sure as hell didn’t want to see her underneath a sterile white sheet on a coroner’s table. He stood, frozen in place, fighting back the bile gathering in his throat, unable to press the play button on the remote.

Unexpectedly, he felt a presence next to him. Boone had come back into the room.

“You want I should do it? We’ve been standing outside for a while now, waiting for confirmation.” Boone took the remote and hit play.

The camera showed a close-up of a sheet-covered body. Gloved hands appeared at the head of the table and slowly drew the sheet down, exposing her face.

Chase took a deep breath and looked at her face again. Her blond hair, fanned out around her face, still held bits of debris from the water. The camera remained on her face, but changed angles showing her profile from each side. It was possible this was Kate.

The sheet moved lower and he saw the gruesome post-mortem incisions. A large Y-shape incision started at the top of each shoulder, meeting between her breasts to run down the middle of her torso. Ugly black twine pierced her body, stitching it together like the skin of a baseball.

He refused to remember her this way and he made his mind go blank. Slowly, it filled with his memory of Kate. Her long blond hair, her amazing eyes, her captivating smile. Even her scent washed over him.

His eyes went to her hip and his body jolted.

Oh God, oh God! It wasn’t Kate! The relief sent him to his knees.  He started to shake, his stomach tasting sour as it forced his breakfast upward toward his throat.

“Are you okay?” Boone asked.

“It’s not her,” Chase whispered.


“Are you sure it’s not? How do you know?”

“We were intimate. I knew every dimple and freckle on her. Get me something, I’m gonna be sick.”

Boone shoved a wastebasket in front of him and waited until Chase vomited and then offered him a bottle of water.  He sat back on his knees and took several deep breaths.

“How do you know for sure that’s not her?” Boone asked again.

“She had a scar on her hip from a rodeo accident. It happened when we were kids. There is definitely no sign of it on this woman. That’s not Kate.”

Book One


Kate’s privileged and peaceful existence is shattered when she unknowingly becomes the center of a master plan that includes murder, greed and dirty politics. Pregnant with Chase’s baby, Kate is forced to flee for her life and vanishes deep into the country of southwest Colorado. There, she meets Deputy Gabe Esposito, who takes her under his wing and befriends her, protects her and falls in love with her. He becomes a father figure to the baby that is Chase’s son. 


Eventhough Kate has deep feelings for Gabe, Chase still holds her heart. She is not prepared to say yes to Gabe’s marriage proposal and isn’t sure she can ever file Chase away as “over with and forgotten”. 

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