A Wedding in Ruby Lake finds Sydney Myers and Zeke Greyson planning the perfect wedding, only to receive several unexpected, but not unwanted, houseguests. Illana Garet, Sydney’s city-savvy best friend, decides to come rather unexpectedly as does Zeke’s friend Tyler Shepard. They both arrive just in time to be embroiled into a new threat which proves to be far more dangerous than anyone at first had believed.
Here is an excerpt from A Wedding in Ruby Lake:
“I need a note pad so we can make a list of everything you need. Invitations, but first you have to figure out where you’re having it. We’ll need flowers, food, dresses, tuxes, and music. Do you have any idea how much preparation we need to do this?”
Sydney went to a drawer in the kitchen and opening it, pulled out a book. “Yes I do, which is why I got this wedding planner. I figured we could use this as a guideline. It’ll be fine Illana, don’t get so stressed out.”
Raising an eyebrow at Sydney, Illana said, “One of us should be and it shouldn’t be you.” Drinking the rest of her coffee, she rinsed out her cup and left it in the sink. “Give me a minute to grab my stuff. I’ll be right back, and then we can go.”
Illana walked quickly into her room and grabbed her black clutch purse, opening it to drop her cell phone in it. She checked her hair, red tipped today, and makeup one last time in the mirror above the dresser and then walked out the door, pulling it shut quietly so as not to wake the other houseguest. Turning around, she ran smack into his chest.
“Ow, hi, I didn’t hear you get up. Did we wake you?” she asked, her face turning pink as she looked at Tyler.
“No, I’ve been up for hours actually,” Tyler said, crossing his arms and leaning against the wall. “Just so you know, my heart has already been spoken for. But if it wasn’t, you’d be very fun to chase…and catch.”
Illana felt a pang of disappointment, and a wave of relief. “Ha, like you’d catch me to begin with. I never date men who are prettier than me.”
Tyler’s small grin told her he didn’t believe her for a minute. “Is that so? Well, I guess we’ll never know now will we, little mshike?”
“What does that mean?” Illana asked, the word sounding strange and beautiful at the same time.
“It means ‘turtle’ and I’ll leave it to you to puzzle it out,” Tyler said, stepping into the bathroom and closing the door.
Illana stared at the door, not sure whether to be insulted or amused. She shrugged and walked back out into the living room.
Sydney looked at Illana’s furrowed brow and asked, “What’s the matter?”
Illana looked up, “I ran into Tyler in the hall and he called me a turtle. I have no idea what to make of it.”
Sydney laughed a little. “I can take a guess. He’s pretty quick if he picked up on that.”