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Unattainable by Leslie P Garcia

Unreachable. Dell Rosales gained her nickname, “inalcansable,” or “unreachable,’” the old-fashioned way, earning it with every new rip in her heart.

Unwanted. Dell returns home to salvage her father’s ranch by opening the place to a group of girls with problems and pain not unlike her own. With her outlook on love soured – perhaps beyond salvation – she clings to Becky, the tiny little girl whose own mother preferred a life of drugs and men to motherhood.

Unwinnable. Former DEA agent Jovani Treviño has seen that the war isn’t winnable: people keep dying. Drugs keep killing them. But pleas for help from the DEA make him agree to one last battle for the good cause – checking out heiress Dell Rosales, whose ranch on the Rio Grande provides a perfect spot for traffickers to cross if she allows them to.

Unattainable. Suspicions, passion, and their respective pasts draw Dell and Jovi into a tumultuous relationship that both must to avoid. Love seems distant, foolish to seek – unattainable. When an epic flood threatens not only Dell’s ranch but the surrounding area, will anything survive?

Always the Moon by Leslie P. Garcia

Share the words and memories of life in Always the Moon, Selected Poems by Leslie P. García, and find the fears, hopes, loves, and roads we all share:

From “The Children Go”
Given time, the children go.
Their first, unsure flight is only
Out the door, in pursuit, perhaps
Of butterflies,
Or just
To see life’s hidden faces
In the sky. (…)

 

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From “Punctuation”
Remorseless caution.
Stopping
At a train track
You know no longer used,
Pursuing the sane and common course…
Doing
As is done.
But I have a sister
Who said, “Shove it all”
And went off—(…)

From “Respite”
The grandeur of the night sky
Knocks me to my knees. (…)

Parents, siblings, lovers, horses, breakfast cereal and laundromats—intricate, mundane, but always—life. From a baby’s first steps to recognizing that days grow short (The roses haven’t yielded yet/ to cold/ from Seasons), cherish the moments and find memories in the pages of Always the Moon.

Amazon reviewer DOC says “Written over the span of many years—a lifetime, in fact—they wove tales of beauty and loss far into my mind and soul, like whispered legends of old mingled with my own memories.”

What will you find in Always the Moon?

Leslie P. Garcia

Mention writing to most first grade students–or teachers–and everyone runs from the room, screaming or crying, respectively. I, however, love the challenge of convincing the technology kids of today that words create everything they use, everything they enjoy. Yes, even those horrible cartoons and video games that are so foreign to me now. And the songs.

I, myself, was a published writer in first grade, first by the school principal, then by a novel but short-lived magazine written entirely by kids. I still remember the title: Kids. Paid me $1.50 for the last rhyming poem I ever wrote. “Dolphins are nice though they don’t like ice” something something.

Luckily, my poetry no longer rhymes, and my stories strive to portray the mishmash of cultures, events, characters, and times that are our lives–all our lives, even if not everyone had a lion or a roadside amusement park or hid in an arroyo on their wedding day.

There’s a circuitous route through most of our lives, and the publishing company that helped me learn to submit work for publication through their magazines and annual Writers Market, F&W Media, is now publishing my debut novel with Crimson Romance, in imprint of Simon & Schuster.

A lifetime of words away from first grade, but hopefully, you’ll enjoy my words. I love hearing from readers, and hope you’ll visit me one of these days.

Because words still have power, and always will.

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A Love Beyond by Leslie P. Garcia

love beyondA.J. Owens is a woman on a mission. Convinced that her sister’s abusive marriage to Mike Towers drove her to kill herself, A.J. travels to his Texas ranch and concocts a daring plan to get closer to her brother-in-law. She’s also determined to rescue the champion racehorse he stole, Rebel Dorado, even if it means pretending to seduce the man.

Towers’s head of security, Chance Landin, knows there’s something fishy about this gorgeous blonde seductress. But when he discovers her real agenda, the former marine is more than happy to help—he’s got his own plans for revenge against Towers. After the man framed his uncle for the cold-blooded murder of the thoroughbreds he cared for, Chance swore he’d bring him down.

They’re both determined to expose the madman’s deadly secrets, but when romance begins to spark between them, will love triumph over revenge?