Today I am so pleased to welcome Elle Keaton to Joyfully Jay. Elle has come to talk to us about her latest release, Red Flagged. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Friday had finally arrived, and, against Dante’s better judgment, Daniella was spending the night with Romy. Earlier in the week while Dani was at school, Dante had driven by the tiny house Romy lived in just to check it out.

The house itself was fine. Their neighbor appeared to be some sort of sculpture artist as that lawn was full of wooden eagles in midflight, bears in all sorts of poses, some sort of merman, and even what Dante suspected was supposed to be a Sasquatch. Cooper Springs was definitely unique. At least he knew there were makeshift weapons at hand if the girls needed them.

He’d run a cursory background check on Vincent Barone too. Maybe not standard guardian behavior, but a paranoid uncle was all Daniella had standing between her and some Very Bad People. And he’d be damned if something happened to her because he’d been careless about her safety.

Not that he expected them to come after her here in Cooper Springs, almost two hundred miles from Salem, but it never hurt to be prepared. Hypervigilant? Absolutely.

Dante shifted in the driver’s seat as he stared out the windshield at a different house. He was also horny. And the horny part had definitely hijacked Dante’s common sense tonight. He had an evening to himself for the first time in three months and knew exactly what he wanted to do with it.

Or who.

Not only had Dante researched the shop teacher, but he’d given into the need to root out Dear’s new home address. Last night he’d assured himself he was just curious as his fingers flew across the keys and he pressed Enter, waiting for the numbers he wanted to pop up on his screen. He wasn’t going to do anything with the information, of course; he just wanted to have it.

Just curious.

That had been the first lie he’d told himself. The second lie had been that he was just going to drive by and see for himself what kind of place André lived in now. That’s what he was telling himself tonight. The first, second—and third—times he’d passed the practical wood-shingled home André lived in, it had been dark, and no car had been parked on the street out front. Now there was a light on inside. It called to Dante like some sort of beacon.

“I am so fucked,” he muttered to himself.

Seeing André Dear kitted out in a police chief’s togs and standing in front of the crowd at The Steam Donkey had about undone Dante. He’d forced himself to stand at the back of the room, but André had seen him too. Disbelief had flashed across his face before his expression shuttered and he started taking questions about the remains found in the woods.

Dante had a weakness for a man in uniform. Add a crisp shirt and slacks to his already established weakness for André Dear, and he was done for. Of course, his current situation was his own fault since he was the one who’d declined witness protection and moved Daniella to tiny Cooper Springs instead of Minnesota. It had been easy enough for Dante to ferret out André’s new job. And once he had the information, there was no way he was heading anywhere else.

“What do I think I’m doing?” He asked himself as he stopped at the curb in front of a parked minivan. “If Dear wanted me to know where he was going back in February, he would have told me.”

But he hadn’t.

The wind buffeted the car and dots of moisture smacked against his windshield, beaded, and began rolling downward. Dante continued to stare at the tidy bungalow.

Admittedly, being undercover meant only serious emergencies—like his sister being murdered—were communicated to him. And they’d never had that kind of relationship anyway. Dante had showed up when he had an itch to scratch and that was the extent of it.

But was that really true?


red flagged coverReclaimed Hearts, Book 3

Ex-US Marshal turned Cooper Springs Chief of Police, Andre Dear isn’t looking for love. He’s too busy hunting a killer.

The last person Andre expected to see in Cooper Springs was Dante Castone. He left Dante and the rest of his old life behind him when he moved to Washington State and what he thought would be a quiet job in a small town by the ocean.

Dante Brown went into WITSEC for his sister’s kid–sort of.

In reality, Dante’s DIYing it; he isn’t the trusting sort. Daniella was the only witness to her mom’s brutal murder and needs both protection and anonymity–plus as normal a life as possible. It’s just a bonus that Cooper Springs has Andre Dear too.

He and Andre have a history, and Dante wants to see if they might have a future. Someone is gunning for Andre and, like it or not, Dante is going to protect him. And yeah, feed him too. Does the man never eat?

Andre needs Dante’s help even if he doesn’t want to accept it. Dante’s ready to settle down but he’s going to have to prove himself before Andre lets him in again.

Together, they need to catch a killer and maybe find each other in the process.

Red Flagged is book three in the Reclaimed Hearts series. A second-chance, older-lovers redemption story and thrilling romantic suspense set in the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula.


elle keaton bio photoDo you love inclusive, swoony, and often suspenseful small-town romances featuring complex characters and a unique sense of place? I do too! My characters start out broken and, maybe, they’re still a tad banged up by the end, but they find the other half of their hearts and ALWAYS get their happily ever after.

In 2017 I pressed the Publish button for the first time and have never looked back—making this the longest period of time I’ve stuck with a job in my entire life.

Currently, there are over thirty Elle Keaton books available for you to read or listen to. I love cats and dogs. Star Wars and Star Trek. Pineapple on pizza, and have a cribbage habit my husband encourages.

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