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The eyes have it… (Puzzle & Contest)
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

UPDATE: The winner is…Debra Guyette!

Book #9 in my Montana Bounty Hunters saga isn’t actually Book #9 in Brian’s story.

Brian first appeared in Big Sky SEAL, which was Book #10 in my Uncharted SEALs series. I made the heroine of that book a bounty hunter and liked writing about her bounty hunter partner, Reaper, and her wounded vet best friend, Brian, so much, I decided to write another series, so Montana Bounty Hunters was born! Brian also appeared in Big Sky Wedding, which lives in the MBH world, but isn’t actually a “numbered” book in the series, so readers have seen quite a lot of Brian over the past couple of years.

I dragged my feet writing his story. His required more research than the other stories. Plus, I had to think of ways to make my wounded guy “heroic”. Yes, he was a veteran who lost his legs in the desert—he’s already a hero—but I wanted to give him a chance to grow and to learn that losing your legs doesn’t make you less. Brian had to get his chance to grow and shine. And I think I accomplished that. As well, I wanted to depict his daily struggles, dealing with his disability, without making the story maudlin, if you know what I mean.

Big Sky WeddingDeeply angsty stories aren’t something I write because that’s not who I am. The thought of going into depression while I read or write a deeply angsty book gives me hives. When I’m “forced” to watch a deeply angsty movie, I tend to yell at the screen—“Get over yourself!” I do know lots of people enjoy that kind of read, but I really do have to wonder why they need to “live” in that misery for however long the story takes to reach THE END. πŸ™‚

Brian (Montana Bounty Hunters)So, back to Brian. I think it’s a moving book. But it’s also action-filled, sexy as hell, and funny. Getting all these things to happen inside a book about a wounded vet who hasn’t resolved all his issues wasn’t easy, but once I had the story in my head, I swear I wrote it in like eight days. It was just all there.

Finding the art to make the right cover, however, took forever. I needed the right guy to portray this description I wrote in the blurb of the book: There’s something more—not just the haunted look in his eyes or the stubborn set of his chin. The way he looks at her when he thinks her attention is elsewhere gives her hope that she’ll reach him, and that he’ll let her help him regain more of what he’s lost.Β 

Brian yearns for more, although he denies it. I needed a guy who could portray that yearning without looking like a wimpy wuss. And I needed a picture that could be adapted so that I didn’t display his legs because, from below the knee, he has none. Not yet, anyway.

Solve the puzzle. Enjoy it!

And if you haven’t already pre-ordered the book, do so now! It drops on Monday!

Solve the puzzle, then tell me whether you’re one of those who loves a deeply depressing, angsty kind of book or are you more like me, impatient with them, for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

17 comments to “The eyes have it… (Puzzle & Contest)”

  1. Delilah
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 9:23 am · Link

    5:38 — should not have taken that long, but all that black…

  2. Kelley
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 9:28 am · Link

    Don’t really like depressing books. I can do some anger but not really sad sad book.

  3. Becca B
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 9:30 am · Link

    No I don’t like a depressing angsty book. LIfe can be depressing enough with everything going on so I prefer happier, action or funny books.

  4. Diana Cosby
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 10:13 am · Link

    I’m like you and impatient with depressing and angsty books.

  5. Diana Cosby
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 10:14 am · Link

    …should have put 8:46 min to solve the puzzle. Thanks, Delilah, love your puzzles!

  6. Debra Guyette
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 10:18 am · Link

    4:54 I do tend to get impatient with them but every once in a while I am in the mood for one.

  7. Colleen C.
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I love books that touch my emotions, but I am not a fan of depressingly sad books.

  8. bn100
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 3:37 pm · Link

    not a fan

  9. Pansy Petal
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 4:43 pm · Link

    3:49 Slow today. Don’t know why. Spent the morning working on a 1500 piece puzzle with lots of white and trees. Been working on it off and on for a couple weeks now and only about a third done. *sigh* Good thing I enjoy doing it. πŸ˜€

    Anyway, in spite of the frustrations of doing puzzles, I do NOT like angsty books. Your description really has me wanting to read this one. Thank you.

  10. flchen1
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 4:58 pm · Link

    Depends on my mood–I tend to prefer lighter hearted fare, but sometimes what tugs on the heartstrings most strongly can really be what I crave. I walked away mid-puzzle without hitting pause, so 52:59 πŸ™‚

  11. Mary Preston
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 5:06 pm · Link

    6:34 – not a big fan, but depends upon my mood.

  12. Reina
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 6:13 pm · Link

    so sexy… love the jeans… OFF..

    not a huge fan of overly angsty.. i like angst though.. there’s got to be a little trouble to overcome… πŸ˜€

  13. Jennifer Beyer
    · February 22nd, 2020 at 8:31 pm · Link

    Jeepers 6:19 to finish the puzzle!! So slow. I like angsty but it has to be going somewhere.

  14. Delaine
    · February 23rd, 2020 at 11:28 am · Link

    I love a book I can get lost in, I want feel the emotions, good and bad but I don’t like depressing angsty books. I love a romance that makes you wish you were one of the people in that book. Bad things happen, sad things are on the menu in live and everything doesn’t always work out the way we want but thats life.

  15. Becky Ward
    · February 23rd, 2020 at 8:05 pm · Link

    No, I don’t like deeply depressing, angsty kind of book. I; too, get impatient with them.

  16. Toni Whitmire
    · March 2nd, 2020 at 1:38 pm · Link

    I can go either way it depends on my mood bibbiesparks@yahoo. com.

  17. Delilah
    · March 3rd, 2020 at 8:59 am · Link

    Thanks so much for answering “the big question”! The random number generator selected commenter #6–Debra Guyette!

    Congrats, Debra! You’ve won the $5 Amazon gift card! Email me at to arrange delivery!

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