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Mar 21, 2013

Cover Reveal - Sworn To Secrecy by Tammie Clarke Gibbs

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Sworn To Secrecy by Tammie Clarke Gibbs

Undercover Heroes Book Two

Their arrival was foretold in a journal and protected by one family for generations.

The time has come and one woman will succeed or fail.

She'll have to help to fulfill the past, but they'll have to protect her future.

Dak Bartholomew is a US Secret Service agent. When he wakes up locked in a dark room, it's just another day until he realizes that he's not alone. Protecting the woman covered in dirt comes natural, but the feelings she stirs inside him are anything but ordinary.

Elizabeth Porter would like nothing more than to plunge her knife through the stranger's heart for all the trouble he's caused, but he doesn't seem nearly as bad as they said he was. When he looks at her, she fears her heart is the one in danger. .

Together they'll take an unexpected journey to a time and place they could never have imagined and discover a secret they'll be sworn to protect

An unlikely alliance...a love born from the ashes of adversity....but will it be enough to preserve the past and guarantee their future?

Genre: Time Travel Romance
Release Date: March 13, 2013
PrimmRose Press

Excerpt & More

Dak woke but didn't open his eyes. A soft form lay against him, and the sensation was too sweet to interrupt with the reality of their situation.

He didn't know when she'd curled up against him. No doubt it was the action of a body seeking warmth, but nonetheless, she was there fitted against him as if she belonged, and for the first time in his life, he wasn't thinking about his next adventure or the next case to be solved. He was thinking about the woman beside him and how he could protect her from the elements and the horrible men who pursued them. Nothing else seemed important, and the fact he didn't even know her didn't matter.

Dak felt her stir beside him but kept his eyes clamped shut until he felt the knife point against his side.

Wide awake, he looked up into her angry brown eyes. Fury puddled there like molten chocolate and evoked mixed emotions within him. "Whoa ... wait a minute. What are you doing?"

She looked down at her dress and back up at him. "What have you done?"

Dak lifted his hands up. "I just used some of the fabric to bind your ribs. Don't you remember?"

She ran her free hand down her side and across the makeshift bandages that wound haphazardly around her body from just below her chest to her midsection.

"Elizabeth, let me get you some more water and some berries. I saved you some."

"How do you know my name?" She relaxed her grip on the knife and slumped against the tree.

"You told me. Now, I'm going to get up and get you some water and those berries. I'd prefer not to get that knife poked in my side again." He waited for an answer.

She nodded, and he got up slowly.

When he returned he had another leaf full of water in one hand and berries in the other. Carefully, he knelt down in front of her.

She was watching him closely, and he was glad he'd washed up some while she was sleeping. His mother had always taught him to make a good impression, and since he knew his first impression hadn't been the best. He wanted to make up for it.

He'd spent a lifetime trying to escape his mother's advice yet now, as he looked into the eyes of the woman in front of him; he struggled to remember all those little bits of wisdom his mother had tried to share with him about the fairer sex.

In his line of work, most of the women he'd encountered were only impressed with two things: how much money a man had, and how much of it he was willing to spend on them.

Maybe, it was because he'd just had a birthday, or maybe seeing his friend Jeremy and his new wife together had made him realize his life was missing something that no promotion could ever fill.

Dak watched Elizabeth eat one berry at a time until they were all gone. She looked up at him, realization dawning. "I'm so sorry. I should have shared them with you."

"No, I wanted you to have them. You'll need your strength. We can't stay here much longer. I thought I heard something when I was getting the water for you. Do you think you can walk? If not I'll carry you."

"Carry me?"

"Carry you. How do think you got here?"

"Honestly, I don’t remember much."

"Here, let me help you up, and we'll see if you can walk. Just don't get up too fast, or you'll be dizzy."

"Are you a doctor?"

"Hardly, I've just been around my share of bumps and bruises enough to have learned a thing or two."

Dak watched her try to stand up. It was like watching a new foal standing for the first time. She wobbled, but he was right there to catch her. He encouraged her to lean against him until she felt more able.

"This isn't easy." She looked up at him with big eyes filled with surprise. "I don't know what's wrong with me. You didn't put something in my water did you?"

"Yes. I had something conveniently stashed in my pocket before those thugs abducted me and shoved me into that dark room."

She smiled at him for the first time, and he got a bad feeling. He'd never been smitten before, but she was having a strange effect on him, and pity was he didn't think he was having any effect on her at all.

"Did you hear that?"

"Hear what?" he said, still reeling from the way her lips made an unintentional pout for no obvious reason.

"That! Horses!"

"Follow me."

"I don't think I can." She stumbled.

"We don't have much time. I'm going to pick you up and carry you. I'll try to be as gentle as I can."

She nodded, and he lifted her into his arms and headed toward some bushes nearby. He realized there was something behind them, a cave. "This is perfect. I'm going to set you down here, and you're going to be very quiet and not move."

She nodded.

"I'm going inside this cave to make sure it’s not occupied, but first I've got to go back and put that fire out and see if I can hide it a little."

"How are you going to do that?"

"First I'm going to make a torch, and then I'm going to tamp it out with some wet sand from the stream. But I'm not going to get any of it done if I have to stay here and explain it to you."

"Best be getting busy then."

Other titles by Tammie Clarke Gibbs:
Keeping Secrets
Island of Secrets

Find Tammie Clarke Gibbs at:
Twitter: @tammiegibbs
Tammie Clarke Gibbs Amazon author page

Be on the lookout for Tammie Clarke Gibbs' next book coming Fall 2013

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