Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To compensate for this illogical error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a small office her family calls her pink cave.
She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their rescued cats and dogs. The books she creates there have made her an Amazon bestselling author and won several awards.
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When a dot com billionaire crashes his sports car into a tree, he wakes up in heaven facing angels Gabriel and Michael. He’s given a chance to redeem his carefree ways by helping an orphanage avoid foreclosure and regain a sound financial picture by midnight on Christmas Eve—or else. To do so, he is sent back to earth as orphanage janitor, Jacob Porter.
After her father died four months ago, child psychologist Suzi Stephens was shocked to learn Serenity Springs Children’s Home and Elementary School faced foreclosure unless she met a balloon note due January 1. She can’t understand why her late father broke the trust her grandfather had carefully constructed to protect the private home. She is afraid the annual gala won’t raise enough money to pay the note much less the needed year’s operating funds. Trying to do her job plus step into her late father’s shoes has stretched her to her limits.
She’s suspicious of the handsome new janitor, who appears more like he’d be at home as a CEO. Could he be a spy for the developer who covets the children’s home property? Suzi overcomes her distrust enough to allow Jacob’s help raising funds. Working together, their attraction escalates but Jacob has nothing to offer the beautiful redhead. He is scheduled for earthly removal at midnight on December 24.
Over the years, Jacob had forgotten how frightened he and Mike had been as kids. He’d pushed those recollections to the back of his mind in favor of successes. Being around the children here rekindled memories of that time. Their worst fear had been being separated.
Their company—the one he founded—had been a struggle at first but then had taken off. Within three years, they were multi-millionaires then billionaires. No one was more surprised than Jacob. He’d been ultra-cautious for a few years, afraid something would snatch success away from him.
One day, he’d realized he had investments and backups and even if he lost half, he’d still be wealthy. That’s when he’d begun to live the good life. More level-headed, frequently Mike had cautioned him to limit his excesses.
Mike had said they shouldn’t have planes, didn’t need as many cars, and one house each was enough. He’d been right, of course. Here Jacob had none of those things. At least he’d been there, done that, and had experienced the exhilaration success inspired.
Now he had a different challenge. He sure hoped he was up for this one. There was no failing this time without dire repercussions.