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Protecting the Single Mom
Shores of Indian Lake #7 Catherine Lanigan
Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 pages April 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Getting involved shouldn't be this dangerous…
Cate Sullivan is no damsel in distress. She's kept herself and her son safe for six long years. Built a good life in Indian Lake. But now that her drug-dealing ex-husband is moving his operation here, that life is about to explode.
Her instincts tell her to trust Detective Trent Davis. That he's more than just a handsome cop doing his duty. The former Green Beret has even formed a fast bond with her son. But there's something he's not telling her. Some darkness that keeps him from giving in to the feelings she knows are growing between them. Cate trusts Trent to keep her safe, but the real question is whether he'll trust himself with her heart.
Advanced Review for Protecting the Single Mom
This is an exceptional romantic fiction novel that inspires women to achieve their dreams and warms the hearts of the romantics. It is a beautifully well-written story with a clean context. It is suitable for anybody who loves a good romance and yearns to be inspired to make a change in their circumstances. - Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
In PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, Trent makes reference to some of the reasons that Indian Lake has such a drug problem. These reasons are not fiction. They are fact.
One of the most notable is that residents of small towns have a tendency to believe that drug-lords would not be interested in their “little town.” After all, there aren’t that many people who would buy the drugs, right? A city offers more of that “kind” of person/addict—they think.
In my research, I was astounded to discover that the Mexican cartels had targeted our “Middle America” as a real soft spot for their “sales”. There is no moralizing going on. These cartels are here to make money. From Iowa to Tennessee to Alabama and across to Texas and every state in between, this “grass roots land of the United States,” is a money maker.
When I went to a self-defense class recently, the entire class was about “Awareness of our surroundings.” We didn’t learn handholds or how to clean our pistols. The most important defense was to keep your car doors locked. Lock your house up. Day and night. Shut the garage door. Addicts don’t want your jewels or money. They want those garden tools or hammers and saws they can steal from your garage each time you don’t shut the door, then they pawn the tools for ten or twenty dollars. Heroin only costs ten bucks to get high. It’s no big deal, right?
All those country roads, byways and highways are used by drug runners to transport their “product”. And that’s all it is. Drugs are the biggest cash cow in our country. Getting children hooked before they go through puberty when their brains are not yet formed well enough to understand “consequences” to any actions, is their prey.
Years ago, I wrote a non-fiction book for the NotMYkid foundation in Phoenix, Arizona. I interviewed 53 teen addicts and their parents. I talked with food addicts, heroin addicts, alcoholics, cutters, prescription pill addicts, you name it. Only one kid got straight and clean without a 12 Step Program and a belief in a Higher Power. That kid had gone to an outdoors Outreach program/survival expedition. The rest admitted they had no power over the drugs that ruled their lives.
If you have a family member you so much as “suspect” is on drugs, don’t turn a blind eye. Confront them. Get them help. Be aware. And go to counseling yourself so that you are prepared for the road ahead. Yes, they need love, but much of it is “tough love” we’ve all heard about. There isn’t enough prayer in your life for these children; or for adult addicts.
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About the Author
Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.
Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.
Currently, she has published seven novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path. Protecting the Single Mom pubs April, 2016. She has recently contracted for two more in the series: Wedding for Isabelle and A Bride for Mica.
As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.
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