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Christmas Stalking (Guardians, Inc.) [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Daley
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Bodyguard Ellie St. James has one objective: protect her client…without letting her know. Pretending to be Rachel "Winnie" Winfield's assistant lets Ellie stay close, but there's an unexpected complication—Colt Winfield. Winnie's grandson wasn't in on the plans, and the suspicious marine biologist isn't easy to fool. When the truth comes out, so do more threats to Winnie's life. Trapped on a Colorado mountain, Ellie and Colt must trust each other to guard Winnie and find the stalker. Before this Christmas becomes their last.



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Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-three books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread, and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com.

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In the dark, Ellie St. James scanned the mountainous terrain out her bedroom window at her new client's home in Colorado, checking the shadows for any sign of trouble before she went to sleep. The large two-story house of redwood and glass blended in well with the rugged landscape seven thousand feet above sea level. Any other time she would appreciate the beauty, but she was here to protect Mrs. Rachel Winfield.

A faint sound punched through her musing. She whirled away from the window and snatched her gun off the bedside table a few feet from her. Fitting the weapon into her right palm and finding its weight comforting, she crept toward her door and eased it open to listen. None of the guard dogs were barking. Maybe she'd imagined the noise.

A creak, like a floorboard being stepped on, drifted up the stairs. Someone was ascending to the second floor. She and her employer were the only ones in the main house. She glanced at Mrs. Winfield's door two down from hers and noticed it was closed. Her client kept it that way only when she was in her bedroom.

So who was on the stairs? Had someone gotten past the dogs outside and the security system? And did that someone not care that he was being heard coming up the steps? Because he didn't intend to leave any witnesses?

The latest threat against Mrs. Winfield urged her into action. She slipped out of her room and into the shadows of the long hallway that led to the staircase. Having memorized all the floorboards that squeaked, Ellie avoided the left side of the corridor as she snuck forward—past Mrs. Winfield's door.

Another sound echoed through the hall. Whoever was on the steps was at the top. She increased her speed, probing every dark recess around her for any other persons. Near the wooden railing of the balcony that overlooked the front entrance, she found the light switch, planted her bare feet a foot apart, preparing herself to confront the intruder, and then flipped on the hall light.

Even though she expected the bright illumination, her eyes needed a few seconds to adjust to it. The large man before her lifted his hand to shield his eyes from the glare. Which gave Ellie the advantage.

"Don't move," she said in her toughest voice, a husky resonance she often used to her advantage.

The stranger dropped his hand to his side, his gray-blue eyes drilling into her then fixing on her Wilson combat aimed at his chest. Anger washed all surprise from his expression. "Who are you?" The question came out in a deep, booming voice, all the fury in his features reflected in it.

"You don't get to ask the questions. Who are—"

The click of the door opening to Mrs. Winfield's bedroom slightly behind and to the left of Ellie halted her words as she shifted her attention for an instant to make sure the man didn't have an accomplice already with her client.

"Winnie, get back," the intruder yelled.

By the time Ellie's gaze reconnected with the man, he was charging toward her. She had less than a second to decide what to do. The use of her client's nickname caused Ellie to hesitate. In that moment the stranger barreled into her, slamming her into the hardwood floor. The impact jolted her, knocking the Wilson Combat from her hand. The thud of her weapon hitting the floor behind her barely registered as she lay pinned beneath two hundred pounds of solid muscle. Pressed into her, the man robbed her of a decent breath.

Her training flooded her with extra adrenaline. Before he could capture her arms, she brought them up and struck him on the sides of his head. His light-colored gaze widened at the blow. She latched onto his face, going for his eyes with her thumbs.

"Miss St. James, stop!" Mrs. Winfield's high-pitched voice cut into the battle between Ellie and her attacker.

The man shifted and clasped her wrists in a bone-crushing grip.

Ellie swung her attention from the brute on top of her to her employer standing over them with Ellie's gun in her quivering hand. Pointed at her!

"He's my grandson," Mrs. Winfield said. "Colt, get up. She can hardly breathe."

The man rolled off her, shaking his head as though his ears rang. After her attack they probably did.

Sitting up, he stared at his grandmother who still held the weapon. "Please give me the gun, Winnie." His soft, calm words, interspersed with heavy pants, contradicted his earlier authoritative tone.

Ellie gulped in oxygen-rich breaths while he pushed to his feet and gently removed the weapon from Mrs. Winfield's hand. He dwarfed his petite grandmother by over a foot.

With her gun in his grasp, he stood next to her client and glared down at Ellie. "Now I would like an answer. Who are you?" Anger still coated each word.

She slowly rose from the floor. "Ellie St. James."

He put his arm around his grandmother, who stood there trembling, staring at Ellie as though she was trying to understand what had just happened. "What are you doing here, Miss St. James?" he asked.

With a shake of her head, Mrs. Winfield blinked then peered up at her grandson. "She's my new assistant."

"What in the world are you doing carrying a gun?"

His question thundered through the air, none of the gentle tone he'd used with his grandmother evident. He glared at her, his sharp gaze intent on Ellie's face. Although he'd lowered the gun, Ellie didn't think it would take much for him to aim it again. Fury was etched into his hard-planed face.

"My dear, why do you have a gun?"

Mrs. Winfield's light, musical voice finally pulled Ellie's attention from the man. Her employer had regained her regal bearing, her hands clasped together in front of her to control their trembling.

"I've lived alone for so long in a big city I've always had a gun for protection," Ellie finally answered.

Although Mrs. Winfield was her client—the person she'd been assigned to guard—the older woman didn't know it. Her lawyer and second-in-charge at Glamour Sensations, Harold Jefferson, had hired Guardians, Inc., to protect her. Ellie was undercover, posing as her new assistant. Her cover had her growing up in Chicago—the south side—and still living there. But in reality, at the first opportunity she'd had she'd hightailed it out of Chicago and enlisted in the army. When she'd left the military, she hadn't gone back home but instead she'd gone to Dallas to work for Guardians, Inc., and Kyra Morgan—now Kyra Hunt.

"You don't need a weapon now. This isn't a big city. I have security around the estate. You're safe. I prefer you do something with that gun. I don't like weapons." A gentle smile on her face, Mrs. Winfield moved toward her as though she were placating a gun-toting woman gone crazy.

Ellie didn't trust anyone's security enough to give up her gun, but she bit the inside of her cheeks to keep from voicing that thought. She would need to call Mr. Jefferson and see how he wanted to proceed. Ellie had wanted to tell Mrs. Winfield that her life was in danger, but he'd refused. Now something would have to give here.

"I'll take care of it, Winnie. I'll lock it in the safe until she can remove it from here." The grandson checked the Wilson Combat, slipped out the ammo clip and ejected the bullet in the chamber, then began to turn away.

"Wait. You can't—"

He peered over his shoulder, one brow arching. "I'm sure my grandmother will agree that this will have to be a condition of your continual employment. If I had any say in it, I'd send you packing tonight." He rubbed his ears. "They're still ringing. You have a mean punch. Where did you learn to take care of yourself?"

"A matter of survival in a tough neighborhood."

That was true, but she'd also had additional training in the army.

"As my grandmother said, that isn't an issue here. We're on a side of a mountain miles away from the nearest town. No one bothers us up here."

If you only knew. "I'm licensed to carry—"

But Mrs. Winfield's grandson ignored her protest and descended the staircase.

Ellie rushed to the railing overlooking the downstairs entrance. Clutching the wood, she leaned over and said, "That's my weapon. I'll take care of it."

"That's okay. I'm taking care of it." Then he disappeared into the hallway that led to the office where the safe was.

"I certainly understand why you got scared." Mrs. Winfield approached her at the railing and patted her back. "I did when I heard the noise from you two in the hallway. I didn't know what was happening. I appreciate you being willing to protect me, but thank goodness, it wasn't necessary."

This time. Ellie swung around to face the older woman. "Yeah, but you never know."

"The Lord watches out for His children. I'm in the best care."

"I agree, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be proactive, Mrs. Winfield," Ellie said, hoping to convince Mr. Jefferson to tell her about the threats tomorrow.

"Please call me Winnie. Christy, my previous assistant, did. I don't like standing on formality since you'll be helping me." She smiled. "Colt gave me that name years ago, and everyone calls me that now."

"Was he supposed to visit?"

"The last I heard he wasn't going to come back this

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13 year for Christmas. He probably heard my disappointment when we talked on the phone a few days ago. If I had known Colt was coming, I would have said something to you."

She'd read the dossier Kyra Hunt had given her on Colt Winfield, the only grandson Mrs. Winfield had. She should have recognized him, but with a beard and scruffy hair and disheveled clothes he'd looked like a bum who had wandered into the house intent on ill gains.

"He was supposed...


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  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373445121
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense (November 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008X47GTI
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Holiday Mystery December 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Holly, mistletoe, and death threats galore.
There is nothing like the holiday season to bring out the best in us all -- or maybe it's the launch of Winnie's new line of anti-aging products. Whatever it is, no one can know. Especially Winnie or her over-protective grandson who's visiting for the holidays.

Ellie really has her work cut out her her. It was hard enough hiding the truth of her bodyguard status behind the facade of assistance when it was just Winnie but now she has the overly dreamy grandson to deceive, as well.

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What I liked: I enjoyed the plot. It was very interesting and fun, kind of a younger version of a cozy.
What I didn't like: For me, this was one of those books that I kept putting down and wondering why on earth I was reading it. Then I got to the end and thought wow that was good. So, if you're willing to be patient, it's worth it.

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Author: Margaret Daley
Source: Harlequin via Netgalley
Grade: B
Steam: YA - low violence & just some steamy kissing
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Stalking November 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
About The Book: "What makes you think I'm hiding something?" Ellie busied herself pouring the hot water into a mug. "I get the feeling there's something in your past you don't like to talk about," Colt murmured. "I didn't know full disclosure about all details of my life was necessary for me to get this job. Your grandmother seems satisfied." He dipped his head in a curt nod. "Winnie is a great judge of character." Meaning he had his doubts? One of the reasons she liked being a bodyguard was that she could blend into the background. She kept a lock on her past-a past she didn't want to take out and reexaminie. "If you must know, the short version of my life so far is-" "That's okay-I'm sorry. I didn't mean to bring up something painful." "What do you mean?" "To make sure Winnie was in good hands." She stared into his light blue eyes. "She's in good hands. When I do a job, I do it one hundred percent."

About The Author: Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL's Inspirational Readers' Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold eighty-three books to date. Margaret is currently the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2300 members.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. March 24, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. If you're looking for a sweet, romantic, suspense story you won't be disappointed! Enjoyed the setting as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good strong female characters March 11, 2013
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Ellie, the female lead and Winnie, the lady she is hired to guide are both storng female characters, not something you always find in romance novels. It was nice to see. There is a little bit of conflict between Ellie and Colt, Winnie's grandson as neither he nor Winnie know Ellie has been hired to guard Winnie after some threats have been made against her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book February 11, 2013
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I really haven't read a book I didn't like so far in this series of books. I read them and then pass them on. Thanks for having REAL books. I'm not in the e-reader books. I still like to have the book and them can pass it on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK February 4, 2013
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THIS IS A ACTION PACKED INSPIRATIONAL BOOK. I ENJOY READING A BOOK THAT YOU CAN RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WITHOUT BEING AFRAID THEY MIGHT BE AFFENDED BY THE CONTENTS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Suspenseful Christian Romance January 26, 2013
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It was a great suspenseful Christian romance that definitely left you questioning what would happen next. The Guardians Inc. Series by Margaret Daley is an excellent series to read, and I highly recommend all of them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it very much. January 30, 2013
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Kept me in suspense until almost the end. Will probably read again sometimes. I loved the end of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Stalking
Bodyguard Ellie St. James has one objective: protect her client without letting her know. Pretending Rachel "Winnie" Winfield's assistant lets Ellie stay close, but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by harleygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian novel
I enjoy reading love inspired suspense novels because I am a Christian and desire to read about christian values. There is no cursing or premarital sex.
Published 11 months ago by Queen Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the suspense!
What a great adventure! I enjoyed the story line of a girl being a protector! Sometimes the women in these short romances can come across as helpless. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Irene's Christian Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Stalking - Holy Mistletoe!!
Holly, mistletoe, Christmas gala's, romantic sparks, surprises & death threats galore!! There is nothing like the Christmas season to bring out the best in others - well... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christy C. Asberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas stalking
This is a wonderful book. So much action that I think this would make a great suspense action movie and with Christian contents.
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I have enjoyed reading this book. I really enjoy books by Margaret Daley.
I especially like the Christian suspense books.
Published 17 months ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Stalking
A wonderful suspenseful romance. One of my favorite scenes was when Ellie and Colt meet. I didn't figure out who the villian was until the reveal. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Susan Fryman
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Margaret has been writing for over 35 years. She started writing in the late 1970s because she wanted to see if she could put a whole story down on paper. That book is still in the drawer and will never see the light of day. But she was able to finish a book, which was her goal.

She decided after that to get some help, and joined a writers' roundtable where she met once a week with some fellow writers who went over each other's work. She sold her first book in the early 1980s and has been selling ever since. She loves to tell a story. When she was a little girl she made up stories while playing with her dolls. On long trips with her family she would weave a story about the surrounding countryside. From those early beginnings grew a love of entertaining people with a story. She has sold nearly 5 million books worldwide with over 90 books.

When she went away to college, she met her husband, Mike, to whom she has been married for over 40 years. He is her support and her best friend. She has always felt she was the luckiest woman the day she bumped into him on campus.

When they married, they moved to Tulsa, where she finished her degree in special education and began teaching. She loved teaching and working with students with special needs. They helped her remember what is important in life. She also participated in the Special Olympics as a coach with her students and has attended the State Games in May for years. Recently she retired from teaching to write full-time.

Besides teaching and writing, she is also a mother of one. Her son, Shaun, loves animals and there have been times they could have their own zoo at the house. The most interesting pet Shaun had is a leopard tortoise, which could outlive him. She has joked that his children will be inheriting a tortoise. He is married with four daughters.

When she isn't working, she loves to read, travel, and go to lunch and a movie with a friend. She has been to many countries in the world and loves to meet new people. Her favorite place is Tahiti -- Bora Bora. It is as beautiful as all the pictures portray it.

In her travels she has found herself in some interesting situations. Once, in London, she got caught in the middle of a protest that later turned into a riot over poll taxes. In the rain forest of Costa Rica, she was covered from head to toe in mud and ruined a perfectly good outfit. She should have remembered it was going to be wet since it was called a rain forest. In Rio, she and a friend were left with no means to get back to the hotel on the other side of the city. Neither Margaret nor her companion spoke Portuguese and there wasn't a cab in sight. Thankfully one finally pulled up to the curb at the museum because she couldn't see herself hiking across Rio to get back to the hotel at night.

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