Five years ago, a single bullet forever changed three lives. June Montana gained a son when she agreed to foster the boy orphaned by that fatal shot, but lost touch with the man who pulled the trigger--her best friend, Sheriff's Deputy Ben Conner. Appalled, Ben sank into a quagmire of self-loathing. Now, he has come home to Northstar in a last-ditch effort to escape his guilt and nightmares, and to reconnect with June, hoping she can help him find peace. Instead, he is reunited with the boy he orphaned. With June's help, and her son's, Ben might finally find a way to forgive himself, but they have other worries. Someone wants revenge for a broken heart... and he's willing to kill to get it.
Suzie O'Connell grew up in a small town on the Kitsap Peninsula in Western Washington, but has called the mountains and valleys of Western Montana home for well over a decade. She has been writing stories since she was old enough to know how (the first she can recall was penciled in the second grade, about the mouse who went to the sea) and completed her first novel, Summer Angel, before she graduated from high school. After high school, tired of the endless rain, she attended college at the University of Montana-Western and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing. She is currently working on a Masters of Education and teaches high school English.
When she isn't writing, teaching or studying, Suzie enjoys playing in the mountains with her husband Mark, their daughter Maddie and their energetic golden retriever Reilly. She is also a hobby photographer, specializing in landscapes.
Suzie considers herself to be a rather quirky individual with ecclectic tastes in music, movies and books. She listens to just about anything, including pop, rock, country and techno and her favorite movies range from Grumpy Old Men to Lord of the Rings to Moulin Rouge to Pirates of the Caribbean. When it comes to reading, she prefers fantasy, science fiction, romance and literary fiction.
She firmly believes it's healthy to laugh at yourself, that best friends are worth far more than their weight in gold, and that home truly is where the heart is.