Awakening VeronicaBy: Heather Rainier
Divine Creek Ranch 17
To the man who knows me better than anyone. My husband. Thank you for continuing to inspire me. You’re a hero in every sense of the word.
Thank you to Kimberly for inspiring the creation of one of the heroes in Awakening Veronica. I appreciate her so much for sharing a moment from her life that added such wonderful depth to the story. As part of the Divine Divas street team on Facebook, she is one of many women who inspire me on a daily basis with their loyalty, enthusiasm, and naughtiness. Thanks is also due to her friend, Mike, for telling me about this real life hero.
Speaking of the Divine Divas, I must add a special thank you to all of them, including their admin, Rana. In the process of writing and researching Awakening Veronica I asked them about their experiences with bullying. Even though it stirred painful memories for many of them, they shared their hearts with me and helped to bring this story to vivid life. I’m truly blessed to know each of them.
I owe Cara Covington, a.k.a. Morgan Ashbury a serious debt of gratitude for allowing me such free use of her Lusty, Texas matriarch, Kate Benedict, as well as a number of her other characters. I appreciate the trust she placed in me more than I can ever adequately voice. Oh, and when I grow up, I want to be just like Grandma Kate.
Without wonderful readers, there wouldn’t be a Divine Creek Ranch Collection. I appreciate every one of you so much. In particular, I wish to thank all those kind people who reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter, and through e-mail. They are rays of sunshine in my day and I love interacting with them.
Thank you to my beta-reader, Stormy, for her part in making this story a worthy addition to the series. Her insights and suggestions show her keen love for Divine and I appreciate her thorough attention to detail.
My editors at Siren, and the rest of the staff, have my heartfelt appreciation for their part in delivering a well-written story to readers. I’m fortunate to live close enough to occasionally visit them in person and they are truly a marvelous, professional bunch.
My publisher, Diana, has my deepest gratitude and admiration for the high standards she sets and for continuing to believe in me.
CAST OF MAIN CHARACTERS IN BOOK READING ORDER
Grace (Stuart) Warner is co-owner of Harper Embroidery. She’s also invested in and works at Discretion, a ladies’ adults-only boutique located in Morehead.
Jack Warner, Ethan Grant, and Adam Davis are distant cousins and owners of the Divine Creek Ranch. Jack is also a building contractor. Adam is an HVAC and electrical contractor. Ethan co-owns The Dancing Pony nightclub, located in Divine.
They have one daughter, Rose Marie.
Her Gentle Giant (Part One & Two)
Rachel (Lopez) Wolf was employed at Thorne Home Theater as a bookkeeper. She now does the books for Discretion and is a stay-at-home mom.
Eli Wolf was one of the bouncers at The Dancing Pony and is now licensed as an EMT.
They have one son, Levi.
Teresa (Palacios) Martinez worked at Stigall’s with Grace and is now invested in Discretion and works there part-time when not caring for her children.
Angel and Joaquin Martinez are brothers and horse breeding specialists who handle the breeding operation on the Divine Creek Ranch.
They have two sons, Michael and Eleazar, and an infant daughter, Isabella.
Rosemary’s Double Delight
Rosemary (Piper) Garner splits her time between the family business, Cheaver’s Western Store, and her husbands’ business, Garner Custom Furniture.
Wes and Evan Garner are brothers and self-employed custom furniture craftsmen who have known Rosemary since kindergarten. They have one son, Thomas Daniel.
Spurs and Heels
Juliana (Meyer) Peterson, an admitted perfectionist, was the manager of Stigall’s Department Store and is now a buyer for Discretion Boutique.
Ash Peterson, a former bareback bronc riding champion, is the foreman of the Divine Creek Ranch and runs all of the day-to-day operations.
They have a son named Will.
Maya’s Triple Dare
Maya (Daire) Warner is a registered nurse specializing in obstetric and pediatric care. She works with Doctor Emma Rivers.
Kendall, Boone, and Richard Warner are brothers, and first cousins of Jack Warner. They are partners in the MWTD Cattle Ranch, which borders the Divine Creek Ranch.