Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary-Short: Christine Wenger


“The Rancher’s Surprise Son” by Christine Wenger (Harlequin Special Edition)

The pickup was still making its way toward the front of the ranch house, and Laura found herself holding her breath.

Why on earth would Cody Masters be riding in a Duke truck?

More important, how did he get out of prison? 

“Is it really him?” Cindy asked, straining her neck. “Three years. I haven’t seen my brother in three years.” Three years and four days, to be exact.

Georgianna took Cindy’s hand. “It sure is Cody, sweetie. He’s home.”

Laura’s heart beat wildly in her chest. She felt warm, then chilled, then as if she was frying under the desert sun in spite of the shady roof overhead.

She knew that this day would come sooner or later and dreaded it—yet she couldn’t wait to see Cody again.

So many secrets. So many lies. So much heartbreak.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Christine and all our Golden Leaf finalists! Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 14, 2016.

It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit for more information and to register. Registration is open until October 4th.


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