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Blood Trails
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Blood Trails
Searchers Series, Book 3
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Her "father's" deathbed confession reveals that Holly's real father was almost certainly the notorious serial killer known as "The Hunter," and that her mother gave Holly up to save her life. But The Hunter was never caught--and Holly's mother simply vanished.

In search of her past, Holly leaves both her home and Bud Tate, the handsome ranch foreman she's afraid to love, horrified by the knowledge that the blood of a depraved killer might run through her veins. Haunted, driven, she searches for The Hunter and hopes her mother was wrong.

But her search leads to a terrible truth no one could have imagined, and even Bud's determination to follow and protect the woman he loves may not be enough to save Holly from the terrors of a past become present.


Her "father's" deathbed confession reveals that Holly's real father was almost certainly the notorious serial killer known as "The Hunter," and that her mother gave Holly up to save her life. But The Hunter was never caught--and Holly's mother simply vanished.

In search of her past, Holly leaves both her home and Bud Tate, the handsome ranch foreman she's afraid to love, horrified by the knowledge that the blood of a depraved killer might run through her veins. Haunted, driven, she searches for The Hunter and hopes her mother was wrong.

But her search leads to a terrible truth no one could have imagined, and even Bud's determination to follow and protect the woman he loves may not be enough to save Holly from the terrors of a past become present.
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    Missoula, Montana

    The ranch house was quiet—too quiet. It should have been filled with energy and activity—voices, snippets of conversation and laughter, the scent of something good baking in the oven.

    But Andrew Slade's death had been the beginning of the end of what had been. There was nothing to be done now but look toward what was—or, in the case of his three daughters, what could be. The revelation he'd dropped on them at the reading of his will had torn the family apart.

    His oldest daughter, Holly, was the only one of them left at the ranch now, along with Robert Tate, Andrew's best friend and ranch foreman—and the love of Holly's life.

    But Robert—Bud to his friends—didn't know about Holly's feelings, and she was so used to keeping them a secret that revealing them now in the midst of so much turmoil didn't seem possible.

    Her sisters, Maria and Savannah, were already gone. They'd jumped into the search for answers to their pasts without hesitation, while Holly had lingered. She couldn't wrap her head around what she'd learned without getting sick to her stomach. Even now, when she should have been making travel plans, she was still at the Triple S—still wavering as to what she should do and replaying the video that had ripped their world apart when they'd gathered in the office of their lawyer, Cole-man Rice, and seen it for the first time.

    She sat now within the quiet of the family den while a log burned and popped in the fireplace behind her, her gaze fixed on the television, and re-watched the video. As soon as it ended, she played it again. Andrew's image and voice were a source of comfort, but at the same time they fed her grief.

    "Hello, my daughters. Obviously, if you 're seeing this, I have passed on. Know that, while I am sorry to be leaving you behind, my faith in God and the knowledge that I will be with my beloved Hannah again is, for me, a cause to rejoice. However, what I have to say to you is something I've dreaded your entire lives, and I'm ashamed to say I chose the easy way out and left it for you to hear after my passing."

    Holly held her breath. This time she knew what was coming, but the words were still impossible to absorb.

    "My darling daughters...you need to know that I am not really your father, Hannah was not really your mother, nor were any of you ever legally adopted."

    Holly jumped when she felt a hand slide across her shoulder, then swallowed past the lump in her throat to keep from crying when she realized it was Bud. Somehow he'd come in and she hadn't even heard him.

    "There is more. You are not sisters."

    Holly hit Pause, then clasped Bud's hand as she turned around. "Did you need me?"

    A dozen thoughts of what he might say slid through Bud's mind, but the one that mattered most was one he'd never said. Yes, he needed her: in his heart, in his life, in his bed...forever. "Not really, honey. I just came in to see if you were okay."

    Holly's shoulders slumped. "Obviously I'm not, or I wouldn't still be wallowing in this."

    Bud slid onto the couch beside her and took her hand.

    "Let it play out and then we'll talk." Holly hit Play. Andrew's voice filled the silence between them.

    "By now, I suspect your grief at my passing has turned to shock...even anger. I understand. But what you three need to understand is...I believed with every fiber of my being that, as I was following my calling as an evangelical preacher, God led me to each of you at a time when you needed me most. There are journals that I've left with Coleman, one...
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  • Sharon Sala is a member of RWA and OKRWA with 115 books in Young Adult, Western, Fiction, Women's Fiction, and non-fiction. RITA finalist 8 times, won Janet Dailey Award, Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine 5 times, Winner of the National Reader's Choice Award 5 times, winner of the Colorado Romance Writer's Award 5 times, Heart of Excellence award, Booksellers Best Award. Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Centennial Award for 100th published novel.
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  • Library Journal on Torn Apart "Vivid, gripping...this thriller keeps the pages turning."
  • Publishers Weekly on Cut Throat "Sala's characters are vivid and engaging."
  • John St. Augustine, host, Power!Talk Radio WDBC-AM, Michigan "Sharon Sala is not only a top romance novelist, she is an inspiration for people everywhere who wish to live their dreams."
  • Publishers Weekly on Remember Me "Veteran romance writer Sala lives up to her reputation with this well-crafted thriller."
  • Publishers Weekly on Nine Lives "[A] well-written, fast-paced ride."
  • Publishers Weekly on Out of the Dark "Perfect entertainment for those looking for a suspense novel with emotional intensity."
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