From the Author
Driving home from work one day, I had a wild idea spring into my head. I had the crazy thought that I, like so many other authors, could write a book. Not long into the process I thought I'd lost my mind, wondering if I could really corral my ideas enough for a story. It was hard; the journey was long. But I did it! Taking Chances would not have made it into your hands today without the love and support of several people.
From day one, Laura Kentowski, has been my biggest fan. When I came up with this shiny new idea, she was my constant motivator. Without her constant encouragement and prodding every day to fill my page with words, I would have surely quit. Thank you, Laura for editing countless pages, reading a zillion drafts (maybe not quite that many, but a lot), and listening to me ramble endlessly about it, whining included. Most of all, thank you for your friendship and the "sisters" we've become though this process. I look forward to writing many more books and having you in my corner to help me along the way. You always know when to push me, cheer me up, or to give me a good slap when I need it. Thank you for everything!
To my husband, Michael, thank you for understanding my late nights, one-sided conversations, and meaningless rambling about people and places irrelevant to you. You let me try this new dream and didn't laugh at me when I said this is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. I love you.
To Veronica Smith, thank you for listening and your daily encouragement. Just having you listen and give me feedback has meant the world to me. J.D. Stroube, thank you for creating a beautiful cover. Your time and attention to detail has been unbelievable. Teri Gibson, you have made the editing process easier than I could have imagined and I thank you for you honesty and hard work. Thank you all. I couldn't have done this without you.
From the Back Cover
Alexander Frazier knew what it felt like to live on the streets, up until he received a helping hand from a stranger. After saving Clair from a vicious attack, it's not long before he realizes she's a lot like he used to be--lost. Alex soon learns he will risk everything to keep her safe and get her life back on track... even if it means his heart.
But fresh starts are new to Clair and not something she's certain she's ready for. Clair's had her share of people walking out of her life and she doesn't trust her heart in Alex's hands. Can his love give her the second chance she never saw coming?