Zander by Maryann Jordan
Heroes at Heart Book 1
Release Date March 06, 2018
The true measure of a man is not in the mistakes he makes…but in how he handles those mistakes.
Zander King. Serious to a fault, he had no time for anything other than focusing on running his bar, Grimm’s. Until he saw her…and pushed her away…right into danger.
Racked with guilt over what happened to her, he could not stay away. Hoping sleeping beauty could hear him and know that he was near.
What started as guilt, became so much more. But, when she awoke, would she remember the night he pushed her away? Or just remember the man who rescued her?
A Heroes at Heart novel based loosely on the fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty.
Themes, language, and adult situations are similar to an R-rated movie. For 18+ years.
“Null and void.”
Once they had gotten home from Miss Ethel’s the previous evening, and Zander had carted Rosalie’s suitcases to his apartment, she was thrilled to pour through each one, discovering her clothes, toiletries, books, files, and her laptop. As though reunited with long lost friends, she sat on the bed in the guest room, going through her belongings. Firing up the laptop, she remembered her password and was soon checking her emails.
Walking into her room, Zander had looked at her crestfallen face. Before he had a chance to ask, she spoke.
“It was Jefferson High School that had hired me and I’ve been getting emails wondering where I was.” Sighing, she said, “The last one states that due to my being a no-show, my contract is null and void.”
“Oh, babe, I’m so sorry,” he said, moving to sit next to her, pulling her into a hug. “What can I do?”
“Nothing…it’s just that now I’m unemployed. I guess I’ll call them tomorrow to see if there is something that I can salvage from this mess.” She shifted on the bed to face him, her mouth pinched into a line. “I feel like I lost so many things and that…that…monster who took them from me is still out there.”
Rosalie voiced his same concerns and Zander slid his hands down her arms to clench her fingers.
“He won’t get near you again. And we’ll figure out something.”
The next day, Zander stood in the kitchen, the refrigerator door open, listening to Rosalie’s phone conversation. They had gone that morning to get a new cell phone for her and he delighted in her joy over her new purchase. She immediately put in his number, Miss Ethel’s and his brothers’, as well as Sidney’s andJeff’s.
He went to the grocery store after that to give her some privacy and check on Grimm’s. Now, as he listened to her voice, it appeared things with the school were not going well.
“Yes, yes…I understand. All right. Well, can you tell me what the next step is?”
He watched her roll her eyes before her lips turned down.
“Okay, thank you very much. I’ll be sure to go online and do that this afternoon.” She disconnected and looked over at him. “I guess you can tell that I don’t have the job. I told them I could provide them with the police and hospital records so they would know I was telling the truth. They were sympathetic, but they had to have a teacher, so they hired someone else. Given my circumstances and excellent application, they did say that I could do substitute teaching this year and reapply for full-time teaching next year.”
“Babe, I’m so sorry, and I’m pissed because it feels like I keep having to say that—”
“Zander, none of this is your fault,” she said, jumping up from the sofa, rushing over to him. “You’ve done nothing but rescue me, take care of me…my God, you’ve been my hero.”
About the Author
As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.
My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.
Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.
I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!
I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.
When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!
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