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Sun River Ranchers Book 1
She’s running from the past…He’s running to her…
Stunt man Aaron Decker has his hands full raising his daughter, running his ranch and jumping horses for a living. The new job on the set of a western has its perks; it’s close to home and offers him a sizeable paycheck. But what he doesn’t expect is to fall hard for beautiful nurse consultant, Jenna Wilder.
Putting a violent marriage behind her, Jenna Wilder is raising her son, writing scripts, and has sworn off ever falling in love again. So why can’t she keep her mind off the soft-spoken stuntman? With Aaron, she dreams of a life she thought wasn’t possible.
But when Jenna’s past returns, Aaron must gain her trust to free her from the grips of her ex-husband’s vengeance. And no matter the risk, he will stop at nothing to protect the woman who holds his heart.
Page Count: 386
Word Count: 100995
The meeting room was more crowded than expected for the first day on the set. Aaron Decker leaned hard against the folding metal chair, scanning the oversized canvas tent with a cautious eye. It was typical for a western television series, with a number of extras already clad in their eighteen-eighty’s old west style clothing. Adding to the entourage was one of his horses tied near the front, for dramatic effect. The kick-off for the first day of filming would begin after a brief press conference, which was a waste of time and usually all for show.
The press held steady to one corner, popping off flashes as actors, actresses and extras made their way inside, mingling in party fashion. He locked gazes with his brother, Gabe, who appeared less than amused as he stood with their gelded quarter horse, Charger. He chuckled to himself when his brother’s gaze strayed following several women who made their way to one corner of the tent. Some things never changed, like the fact Jeremiah still hadn’t shown, though it wasn’t often his youngest brother was on time for anything.
The director of the series, Horace Leland of Leland Films, entered the tent followed by a number of others, all taking seats behind the tables at the front. The Bounty Hunter logo tablecloths covered the tables inside, sporting crossed western pistols and a silhouette of a cowboy jumping a horse. The lead players in making the television series and some of the top actors found their places. Among them the famous Drake Masters, who would play The Bounty Hunter hero, Shane Walker. The pretty boy from New York grinned, his pearly whites saluting the crowd of cheering women. Typical. He and his brothers had worked a number of television series over the years, providing horses and riding as stuntmen and as extras. He’d been around enough to know how it worked. The actors played their parts, the women swooned and he jumped horses for a paycheck.
The Bounty Hunter was predicted to do well and word had it. That it would be picked up by the networks for several seasons. That meant consistent income and a chance to put a down payment on the one hundred acres that backed his family’s ranch in Sun River. With any luck he’d start the working ranch he’d dreamed of operating for teenage boys trapped in the foster care system. Boys much like he and his brothers before Sarah and Amos had adopted them. He shook his head, recalling them taking in three misfit unrelated boys who gave them nothing but trouble from the start. He ran a hand through his hair. It might be his far-fetched dream was right in his grasp. With what he’d make on this series, which was close to home, he’d be able to start building on the first forty acres by next spring.
“Welcome to the first season of The Bounty Hunter.” Suit-dressed Leland smiled as spectators and actors erupted in cheers. “And we are fortunate to have cast Mr. Drake Masters as our lead, Shane Walker. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Bounty Hunter.”