Saturday, December 27, 2014

AP Christmas Stories: Heather Gray "Queen"

You can't hide from the past.

Queen's world was shattered, and she was banished to a foreign land. Years pass before she dares to return, but what she finds is of little comfort. Greed and dishonesty have festered and grown in her absence. Disillusioned, Queen trusts few people.

Owen pursues a clandestine investigation and finds himself working side-by-side with a veritable ghost, an agent few have seen, a master of disguise known simply as Queen.  He craves her trust…but then uncovers a secret from his family's past that could destroy her.

Queen once sought refuge in America and now seeks it in disguise. Owen has always found his refuge in God, but will his faith be strong enough for the challenges ahead? Can he convince Queen to stop hiding, or is he doomed to become her most hated enemy?


"I need a favor, Peter."

The older man regarded Despiadado with affection. "Of course you do. No one rides a horse this fine into such a humble hamlet without either arrogance or need, and since you're not the arrogant type…"

The old man's words trailed off, and Owen grinned. "Sometimes horses like to visit old friends."

Peter clapped Owen on the shoulder. "Only one person's ever stopped by to visit without asking for something."

"And who's that?"


Owen's step faltered. Queen hadn't been mentioned in a long time. "She's active?"

Peter shrugged. "I didn't ask, and she didn't say. We went fishing and talked about nothing."

"Did she say where she was heading?"

A grunt. "Ye ain't listenin' to me, are you? I didn't ask, and she didn't tell me. It's safer that way, always has been."

Author Bio:

Heather Gray authors the Ladies of Larkspur inspirational western romance series, including Mail Order Man, Just Dessert, and Redemption.  She also writes the Regency Refuge series: His Saving Grace, Jackal, and Queen - plus contemporary titles Ten Million Reasons and Nowhere for Christmas.  Aside from a long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather’s greatest joys are her relationships with her Savior and family.  Heather loves to laugh, and this theme is prevalent in her writing where, through the highs and lows of life, her characters find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her.


You can find Heather online at,, and  She can also be found most days at The Inspired Inkpot, a street team, prayer group, and all around awesome place to hang out -


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