Dora Hiers' "Journey's Embrace"

Meet Sage Michaelson

Sage Michaelson here, a Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Witness Protection Program. Although lately it feels more like a Criminal Protection Program, especially after losing my spleen on the job.

When my best friend Steven texted, “Delaney in trouble. Can you keep an eye on her while I’m on my honeymoon?” I chucked the hospital gown and split for Journey Creek. We grew up in the same orphanage—Steven, his sister, and I—so that makes us practically brother and sister. How could I say no?

Besides, I needed time to recover and reevaluate. And a little distance from my ex-fiancĂ© couldn’t hurt. Jennifer always said I was married to my job. Guess she found a man who wasn’t because she wears a ring on her finger again. I’m OK with it. Sure, I gave her a ring and a commitment. But not my heart. How could I? The people I love always end up dead. I’m on my own. Best just to keep it that way.

What trouble was Dane in this time? That’s what we used to call Delaney. Growing up, she’d had long muscular legs. Cute, but in an awkward, gangly Great Dane sort of way. And always in trouble or causing trouble. I gather from Steven’s text that hadn’t changed.

I hadn’t seen the Dane in a few years, so it kinda threw me to see her waltzing away from the wedding reception in a silky turquoise gown, the kind of dress that forces a man to take a second look. Steven sure wouldn’t appreciate the thoughts that flitted through my head about his sister. To be truthful, I’d feel much better if she changed into her customary basketball shorts or work scrubs. Then I wouldn’t notice how she’d grown from the Dane into beautiful, vivacious Delaney. A woman who embraces passion and life with enthusiasm. A woman who puts others first, on the job and with the orphanage kids.

Maybe I shouldn’t have been so quick to ditch the doctor. All this ibuprofen seems to be messing with my head.

Steven only said that someone ransacked Delaney’s house. He didn’t warn me that a man had it out for her. Delaney insists God will protect her, but I’m not buying it. He didn’t protect my parents and sister from the car accident that killed them, or keep my granny from suffering a fatal heart attack on an airplane.

No, I can’t leave her to fend for herself. I promised Steven I would look out for her. But, somewhere along the way, protecting Delaney became less about my promise to Steven and more about my love for her…and God.

Meet Delaney Hunt

Just wait until my brother gets back from his honeymoon!

What was Steven thinking texting Sage Michaelson to keep an eye on me? Sure, I get that Steven’s worried about me after my home invasion, but now I need a Deputy U.S. Marshal looking over my shoulder? Sage just lost his spleen. He should be recovering in the hospital, not trailing after me or chasing innocent trick-or-treaters off my doorstep.

It’s not that I mind Sage being around. I’ve loved him since he showed up at Quiver Full Orphanage, always the protector, even at thirteen. But, he turned eighteen and left for the big city without a backward glance. Not at me, anyway. He kept in touch with Steven, but I haven’t heard from him since his engagement.

It’s not like he would ever love me in a non-sisterly way. When the doctor mentioned we sounded like we were married, Sage shuddered. I’m not beautiful, but sheesh! Did the man have to shudder?

And Sage could never accept my job, or even tolerate it. He suffers from a powerful fear of flying and heights. I guess I would, too, if I saw my granny suffer a heart attack and die on a plane like he did. But, I’m a flight medic. My dream job, flying all over the world helping people. It would take more than his declaration of love for me to give it up.

Besides, Sage may be scared of flying, but I’m more than a little afraid of love. Of what love means to a person, or what it doesn’t. Take my mother, for example. She didn’t have enough love to go around, not enough to give up the drugs and one-night stands. But that doesn’t stop me from praying that Sage would love…ah well, it’s best not go there.

It’s not as if I don’t have a full and satisfying life. I do. Between mentoring the kids at Quiver Full, raising money to build another orphanage cottage, working on a recycling committee, and my job, I couldn’t ask for more. Well, I suppose I could. Like figuring out who this prankster is and why he’s targeting me…


  1. This book sounds so good and have added it to my wish list.


  2. Sounds like an exciting book.


  3. Oh... this sounds like a fun read! Thanks for entering me, but if it's an e-book, please choose someone else. I don't have an e-reader.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  4. Love the cover and the excerpt! I'd love to win and thank you for this opportunity.

  5. Sounds like a good book - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  6. This is a great review of what sounds to be a very exciting and intereseting book! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  7. I got hooked on the heroine right away. Interesting premise for a story.
    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

  8. Thanks, everybody! I appreciate your interest in JOURNEY'S EMBRACE and Delaney and Sage's journey to romance!

    Pegg, JOURNEY'S EMBRACE is available in both print and e-book formats. The giveaway will be a print version.

    K. Dawn, thanks so much for introducing Sage and Delaney and for your gracious hospitality.

  9. Dora, I like your characters and would love to win a copy of your book. Thank you for offering the opportunity.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  10. This book sounds like one I would enjoy reading...thanks for the info.

  11. Please enter me - I'd like to review it
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

  12. I imagine you would be close growing up in an orphanage. A wonderful way for the characters to form a bond early on. JOURNEY'S EMBRACE is going to be a fantastic read thank you.


  13. KayM, thank you! I'm so glad you like Sage and Delaney. Hope you enjoy their story!

    JackieW, you're so welcome! Glad to introduce you to JOURNEY'S EMBRACE.

    Squiresj, I love reviews! On my author page, I introduce upcoming releases and put a call out for influencers. If you "like" my page, you'll snag some early copies. Appreciate all "likes!"

    Mary, so good to see you here! Appreciate your kind words about JOURNEY'S EMBRACE!

    Emily, that's so sweet! Thank you.

    Thanks, everybody, for your excitement and interest in JOURNEY'S EMBRACE! I appreciate each of you and your sweet comments.

  14. I would love to win a copy of your book to give to my church library.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.

    1. How sweet, Library Lady! Our church doesn't have a library, so I donate all my "read" books to our public library. Thank you for sharing!


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