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Friday, October 2, 2015

Brought together by disaster - When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy #1) by Kate James

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.
In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it's chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands out—San Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.


Published: October 1st, 2015

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.

In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it's chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands out—San Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica's help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal's canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?

"It is such a pleasure reading such a heartwarming story that you can relate to from the first page to the last. [...] The author gives you a very touching heartwarming read that is a page turner. She gives you wonderful characters that you will fall in love with from the first page as she bring humor along with sorrow that will reach deep in your soul as she gives you a heartbreaking story of lost, pain and starting over for so many. " - Goodreads, Cynthia


Just as Cal was strapping himself back in, he felt a strong breeze and spread his legs to brace himself. Even so, when the building beneath him shook, he was nearly knocked off his feet.

“An aftershock,” he heard someone yell, and the building shifted, then tilted perilously.

This time Cal did lose his balance. Landing on his backside, he was catapulted down the inclined rooftop headfirst. The harness he hadn’t fully secured snapped free. He tried to twist around as the edge of the rooftop rushed toward him. He managed to turn enough so that he wasn’t leading with his head when he hit the parapet wall. He lay still for a few moments to catch his breath. His left shoulder screamed but he didn’t think it was broken. He hoped it wasn’t dislocated, either. Nothing else seemed to hurt enough to worry about.

People on the rooftop and at street level were shouting and rushing about. Cal unfolded himself and, bracing against the parapet wall, he rose to stand on the steeply sloping rooftop. He took one quick glance over the edge and knew that if the parapet wall hadn’t been there or hadn’t held, it would have been game over for him.

He pushed that thought aside and turned to search the area for the firefighter and Kayla. They were huddled together against the railing by the rooftop stairwell and looked unharmed. His next thought was of Kayla’s mother and Scout. He had to get back into the building. Massaging his shoulder, he walked at an angle along the steeply sloping roof toward the elevator shaft opening and the hoisting mechanism.

“Let’s get this done,” he said to the firefighter operating the hoist as he strapped himself back into the harness.

“You aren’t going down there.”

“Darn right I am.” He gestured toward Kayla. “Her mother is down there, and so is my dog.”

“I don’t have permission to let anyone back in.”

“Then get it,” Cal snarled, forestalling any further argument.

The firefighter had a hurried conversation on his radio with the incident commander, and shook his head. “No go. The building might be unstable now and they’re worried about another aftershock.”

Cal cursed under his breath and yanked his own radio off his belt and contacted Incident Command. “Yeah, I have to go back in,” he said. “Why? Because there’s a person still in there. The mother of a child I just brought out. Yes, I realize she’s probably deceased. And Scout—my partner—is down there.”

“Your partner is in there?” the incident commander boomed into the radio. “Have you contacted him? Is he okay?”

Clearly Williams had forgotten that Cal was with the K-9 Unit and his partner was a dog. Cal ran a hand over his hair. He didn’t bother to set him straight. “I have to go in.”


“I have to―”

“I said no.”


The voice on the other end became more human, less like the commanding officer at a serious incident. “Look. I understand your position, but we have no idea if anyone still down there is alive. It was a significant aftershock, and the building shifted considerably.”

“Yeah. But I have to make sure.”

There was a long pause. “No. It’s too dangerous. We haven’t ascertained the structural integrity of the building, and the probability of another aftershock is high. I’m sorry, but I can't risk it. I can’t clear you to go in.”

Cal heard the click of the radio disconnecting and was tempted to hurl the device over the edge. Instead, he glanced around. He saw the firefighter who’d been in the building with him preparing to take Kayla down to street level on the articulated boom lift of a fire truck. She was holding on to him, her chin resting on his shoulder. When his eyes met hers, she raised a hand and waved to him, and he was sure her mouth formed the word mommy. That decided it for him. He had to go in. He’d promised her he’d go back to find her mother. The odds might be against it, but he couldn’t ignore the possibility that Kayla’s mother was still alive.

And he wouldn’t leave Scout.

About the author:
Kate James spent eight years of her childhood living in foreign countries as her professional parents travelled on business. She lived in four countries and spoke five languages before settling down in Canada again to attend university. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she held a variety of positions in the field of real estate development and operations, and ran three substantial organizations. While her writing during this period was mostly business related, including presentations and speeches she delivered both nationally and internationally, her passion is and always has been fiction.

Kate's business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate's stories richer and more vivid.

Kate’s goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. “I hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,” notes Kate.

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada.

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Linda Romer said...

When the right one comes along sounds great. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you

Unknown said...

Thank you, Linda. I would love to hear from you, once you've had a chance to read When the Right One Comes Along!

Happy reading!

Unknown said...

Thank you, Mythical Books, for hosting me on your blog!

Best wishes!


Moosehog83 said...

i'm looking forward to reading this book.... and hoping the next book has a cat... or a moose...lol...no really I can't wait to read it!!!! Thanks kate for doing this!!!

Juana said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, and I would love to read this story.

Unknown said...

Thank you, Diana and Juana. I would love to hear from you after you've had a chance to read the book. Diana, to satisfy your need for other furry, four-legged characters, you might want to read my May release, The Truth About Hope. Hope runs an animal rescue facility. Also, some of the scenes involve horses.

Happy reading!

Joseph Hawkshaw said...

Looks like a very good book would love to read.

Jan Lee said...

I love K-9 rescue dogs :) I really want to read this book!

Ally Swanson said...

I really enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such a fun and interesting read! I have added this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading it!

Unknown said...

I love when my furry friends make an appearance. Thanks for sharing. I've added it to my TBR.

Unknown said...

I love K-9 cops! This looks like a very interesting read!