"If you are looking for a series that keeps you on the edge, wondering what will happen next, wondering how an author created a jaw-dropping, heart-stopping book. Then look no further. Genie has created that with this series." --Bunnies Review

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


After being trapped in an arson fire that destroyed her clinic and her memory, a doctor struggles to regain her courage as well as solve the mystery of why someone would want to kill her. A different kind of heat fills her life when she falls in love with the firefighter who rescued her, but can he protect her from the man determined to snuff out her life?

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


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Tallie genuinely grieved Ruby's passing. In the few months Ruby had been at her house, Tallie had moved from resenting the woman and fearing she would take away Marly to admiring her courage and her sense of honor, however late in coming. 

Unfortunately, Portia Stratford seemed to have conveniently forgotten she had disowned Pierce, and wasted no time in expressing her relief Ruby had passed. Portia swept down on Tallie's house shortly after Ruby's funeral, showing up at the traditional O'Shea Sunday dinner. 

"Well, I assume there will be some positive changes around here now that woman is gone, and perhaps Marly will have more time to take on her rightful duties as the Stratford heir." 

Tallie stared at Portia for a moment before she spoke. "I believe there should be some positive changes in a way that would make Ruby proud." 

She stood at the head of the table and cleared her throat to gain the attention of her children and all those in attendance. "I have a confession to make, and apologies to make as well." 
Tallie had to admire Pierce for his handling of her confession and for staying in Halo after his mother's latest display of snobbery. He truly was separating himself from Portia and making his own decisions. 

When her household grew quiet for the night, Tallie took the opportunity to sit by the fireplace with cup of tea. She was tired. A relieved tired that perhaps the secrets of her past would no longer haunt her. 

"May I join you?" At her nod, Pierce sat down beside Tallie. 

"I am truly sorry--" 

Pierce held up his hand. "Apology accepted. I forgive you--except for a small dent in my pride. And I hope this clears the way for us to build a relationship." 

Tallie turned back toward the fire and smiled. "All that in one day?" 

"I've learned the O'Sheas do things big. I figure if I want to stick around, I'll have to do things big too." 
"A chance, Tallie. Will you give us a chance?" 

Tallie looked into Pierce's eyes, shining with sincerity and hope. This was a side of him she had never seen. Could she love again? After Bernie died, Tallie thought her heart would never want another man. Especially not this man. And yet...hope fluttered with soft butterfly wings in her chest. Could they build a relationship? Was Ruby right it was never too late? 

She would never know if she didn't step into that possibility.

(Excerpt from Challenging the Legacy copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel.)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


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"We have tourists and townspeople getting restless. We need a wedding." Audrey looked at those crowded into the basement. "Who wants to get married?" 

As Audrey looked at each person in the group, an idea formed in Tallie's mind. "Ruby, how about you?" 

Ruby snorted as her mouth twisted wistfully ."No man wanted to marry me when I was young. Who would want a dying old woman?" 

"Maybe Pierce," Tallie said. As Pierce's confused gaze bored into Tallie's, she continued. "Why wait until we're dying to make amends? I haven't always treated you with the respect I should have given the woman who entrusted me with one of the greatest treasures in my life." 

A flash of understanding registered in Pierce's eyes. "Nor did I. I used you, then made it impossible for you to tell me I had a daughter. I'd also like a chance to make amends." 

"Humphf. You're both acting like martyrs." 

"Goes right along with being a saint," Tallie said. 

"You and Pierce are supposed to get a second chance...I'm trying to fix things, not make them worse." 

"Give us a chance to fix things too," Pierce said. 

"It would make Portia livid." Tallie almost smirked at the thought.

(Excerpt from Challenging the Legacy copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel.)

Sunday, August 23, 2015


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October 31 dawned clear and crisp. The thermometer had dipped below freezing the night before, so a shimmer of sparkling white-jeweled frost covered everything in Halo. 

Most of the townspeople showed up at Beth's café in the beautifully restored Waring house to enjoy a traditional harvest breakfast that launched a day-long celebration of Marly and Dawson's wedding. 

...Several hours later, the wedding parties met on the outskirts of town to start the procession to the ceremony itself. The women moved from cars to horse-drawn carriages, while the men unloaded horses from trailers to ride into town.

The bride was being assisted into her private carriage when an explosion rocked the nearest horse trailer. 

For a terrified moment, the wedding parties froze. Then pandemonium erupted. Weapons appeared from boots and holsters tucked under jackets as the O'Shea brothers leaped into action. Dawson, CJ, Thomas, and Grady calmed the frightened horses, then rode full gallop to encircle the area where the blast occurred. The rest of the men hustled the women and children into the vans--maybe the least dangerous place to be when little offered safety from explosions. Rocks could be blown into piercing arrowheads. Abandoned buildings could become flying spears with enough momentum to skewer a person. The vehicles could be blasted to shrapnel as they tried to drive away. But they might at least get out of harm's way until whoever set off the explosion was out of commission. 

"I think there's an accomplice. I'm going after him." Pierce's strong grip under Tallie's arm surprised her. 

As their gazes met for a split second, the noise ceased and the chaos disappeared. Tallie felt only the frantic beating of her heart and the velvet over steel smoothness where she clutched Pierce's forearm. 

Then Pierce winked, breaking the moment when time stopped. "I'll meet you at the church." 

(Excerpt from Challenging the Legacy copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel.)

Friday, August 21, 2015


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The ex-police officer who had been stealing babies to sell to wealthy couples desperate to have a child was still lurking about. Still a danger to everyone he thought had disrupted his money-making scheme...Tallie still didn't like it, but she understood why her sons moved forward to eliminate Swaggerty before he could cause more harm. 
Aaron Swaggerty's death brought some semblance of peace to the O'Sheas and those connected with them…However, Swaggerty's death also raised more questions...For years, Tallie had heard rumors the Halo Police Department had been deeply corrupt. Bernie had been instrumental in disbanding that department and shifting law enforcement duties to the county sheriff's office. 

However, he also hinted at deeper connections to crime but stopped short of telling Tallie his suspicions. He simply said the less she knew, the better. As with the secret of Marly's parentage, this was one of the few issues on which they agreed to disagree. 

When Marly and Dawson showed up on her doorstep with the news Collin had been shot, Tallie once again felt the dark evil of the past trying to choke off her life. 

"He was only wounded, Mom." Marly took Tallie's hand. "We've already picked up Beth to go to the hospital in Pendleton." 

Tallie forced herself to swallow. Tried to breathe. This wasn't an accident. Just like Bernie's death. 

(Excerpt from Challenging the Legacy copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


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Burning with curiosity but not wanting to show it, Tallie tried to focus on her daily tasks after Marly left with Pierce.  However, over and over she found excuses to walk by the dining room window that looked out onto the driveway. 

When at last Pierce's car pulled up, Tallie wanted to run outside like an eager child and see what they had bought. Pierce and Marly didn't relieve her curiosity by coming inside. She heard their voices and laughter, though, as they lifted a bag of potting soil out of the trunk and began filling a beautiful blue ceramic pot. From Marly's gestures, she was telling Pierce how to plant a rose bush. 

When Pierce carried the pot onto the broad front porch, Tallie thought she was at last going to have her curiosity satisfied. 

However, Pierce returned to the car, lifted another blue pot out of the trunk and began filling it with soil. When he stopped and looked at Marly, she nodded. He carefully placed another rose bush into the pot, tamped soil around it and carried the finished planter onto the porch, setting it a few feet away from the other pot. 

This continued three more times. Then Pierce picked up the empty bags the soil had been in and gathered up the tools, tucked them into the trunk of his car and closed the lid. He paused, looked directly at her, and mouthed the words, "I'm sorry." 

Puzzled, Tallie frowned. Then her mind started putting together the pieces. 

(Excerpt from Challenging the Legacy copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel.)