It is my pleasure to bring to you the latest release by Pelican Book Group author HL Wegley, Moon Over Maalaea Bay.
In this story, we continue the journey of Lee and Jennifer (introduced in On the Pineapple Express) through the horrors of human trafficking. But first a little about Harry.....
H. L. Wegley served in the US Air Force as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. He is a Meteorologist who, while working as a forecaster and a research scientist in Atmospheric Physics, published extensively in the scientific literature. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked more than two decades as a Systems Programmer at Boeing before retiring in the Seattle area, where he and his wife of 47 years enjoy small-group ministry, their grandchildren, hiking beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, snorkeling Maui whenever he gets a chance, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels. Besides his scientific publications, he published one non-fiction work, Colby and Me: Growing up in the '50s, a humorous collection of the childhood adventures of an early baby boomer.
With the clock ticking toward Jennifer's impending sale, Lee, accompanied by foster daughter, Katie, and Jennifer's grandfather, begins his own search. As the search by Lee, the Maui Police, and the federal government intensifies, beautiful Katie ends up in the cross-hairs of the traffickers.
Can Lee save both his bride and his future daughter? What if he has to make a choice?
If Jennifer is sold, could she kill herself to avoid a life filled with degradation and unspeakable horror? If she did, would God forgive her?
In light of recent events, she should be dead. Jennifer Akihara should no longer exist.
And now she doesn't.
The thought brought a smile to her lips.
Nearly nine hours ago, in another world three thousand miles away, Jennifer Akihara became Mrs. Lee Brandt. "Jennifer Brandt," she whispered. It sounded right. It was right. And the dangers that nearly prevented her from taking Lee's name were gone, either locked away in a federal prison or dead.
Spending her wedding night with Lee in a tropical paradise would be the perfect start to their life as man and wife. But the perfect start had been delayed.
In the fading twilight, under a purple sky, Jennifer glanced up at Lee's brilliant, blue eyes as he walked beside her in his cargo shorts and muscle shirt, looking she hated clichés, but there was simply no other word for him but “hot.” Tonight, on this island, extremely hot. And the warm, humid trade winds, which caressed her skin and ruffled Lee's hair, cooled nothing.
Lee seemed unusually quiet. Maybe he was disappointed about their room not being ready.
She moved close to him, gently brushing against his side with each step as they strolled through the menagerie of colorful Kihei shops. The fragrance of pineapple, mango, and coconut mingled with those of cloves and cinnamon near the kiosks selling soaps, candles, and lotions.
She looked up at him, wondering what was on his mind. It was time to probe. "If someone hadn't broken into our room just before we arrived, right now we would be?”
"We'd be watching the moon over Maalaea Bay out that big window. I know."
"If someone hadn't insisted on that room, maybe we could've gotten another room, and we could be."
"I know, sweetheart. But when you see the sunset from our room tomorrow evening, you'll understand. That room is special. We can eat dinner here at the shops, and by 7:30 our room door will be fixed and the electronics that were stolen will all be replaced, just like the manager promised. And we get a free night for our inconvenience."
"Inconvenience? That's hardly the word for what I feel." She met his gaze with love and longing in her eyes.
Thoughts of being alone with him filled her mind. She touched her face. Like Lee, it was hot.
He smiled at her. "You should see your cheeks, Jenn."
Her hand jerked back to her face.
"Didn't you overdo the blush a little?" He looked down at her and grinned.
His grin told her he was back from wherever his mind had wondered, and he knew exactly what she was thinking. Lee was an expert at reading her mind, and he loved to tease her, especially when the teasing turned her permanently tan cheeks a rosy red.
Looks like our former AF Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer has a romantic side J
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Something to think about!
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