SEAL’s Code by Sharon Hamilton
Danny Begay has tried to drive out the voices of his ancestors for most of his young life, but the life springing from his Navajo roots will not die. Summoned back to visit his dying grandfather, one of the original Navajo Code Talkers. Ashamed he has disappointed his hero grandfather he buries himself one more time in the arms of a stranger before he goes back to his home in Northern California.
Luci Tohe teaches at the reservation school, safeguarding the health of her ailing mother and little sister’s future, at the temporary expense of her own. She doesn’t expect the young Dine warrior she meets to be anything but a distraction from her loneliness. She knows she will dream about their hot encounter for years.
Danny cleans his life up, joins the Navy and becomes a SEAL, where he becomes the man he knew he was destined to become. Between deployments, he goes back visit the girl he cannot get out of his mind. The reservation has become a dangerous place for Luci’s family and soon Danny is embroiled in not only saving Luci, but her whole family as well.
Excerpt from SEAL’s Code by Sharon Hamilton
It was still early when his cell phone rang, displaying a 928 area code and a number he didn’t recognize. He extricated himself from her arms and sat up. Picking up the device, he connected to the land he’d been dreaming about, the red earth of his people.
His mother’s voice surprised him, since she lived not more than ten miles away from him in California. “Danny, sweetheart, I’m in Phoenix and have just seen with my own eyes Grandfather is taking his last walk amongst us.”
His grandfather, the keeper of the stories, which had been drowned out by the alcohol and weed Danny had consumed over the past several years, with Danny’s pot and alcohol use, was dying. His mother wanted him to come say his good-byes. Grandfather had been more than a father-in-law to his mother. He’d been her ardent supporter when the rest of Danny’s family refused to fully accept the strange woman from another clan far away.
“We have sent for the singers, though he insists there’s still time and he might pull through.”
This had happened twice before, and both times, before Danny could arrange to drive to Arizona, his grandfather recovered in what the family called a true miracle. He halfway expected the same would happen again.
“He is barely conscious, and he’s asking for you,” his mother said, as if she heard his internal musing. This had not been the case on the two prior occasions.
“So should I come?” he asked her. He recalled the image of her proud face and the jet-black hair, usually held with a turquoise clip at the nape of her neck. He always saw her that way in his visions, along with the squash blossom necklace and bracelets adorning her smooth, brown skin. Even with her lines and obvious signs of stress and aging, she was still statuesque, impressive, tall, even for a Miwok, not like his father’s people. He couldn’t see her as beautiful, with her crooked nose from a teenage injury. She’d been left slightly disfigured. She was his mother and a force of nature, not a beautiful woman, even though everyone else thought of her as such. She still had the power to make him weak at the knees, just as when he was a child.
“You should come, Danny. I think it’s time.”
He inhaled sharply as if she’d hit him. He wasn’t ready to step back into the world and the source of the whispers. He was hit with the vision of the costumed gods of his people waiting in the wings, hovering all around him like a warm woven blanket, their leather adorned with beads and feathers blowing gently in the wind. He imagined their chalky faces painted in the wild colors he saw when he was tripping on mushrooms. They waited to be asked to show him the way. He’d make them wait a little longer.
His mother cleared her throat over the phone and Danny was sucked back into the here and now. He assured her he’d leave for Arizona that day.
Q: Romance readers have a lot of choices these days. What makes SEAL’s Code stand out in the crowd?
A: I think readers will enjoy this book because:*
Like in my other Bad Boys of SEAL Team 3 series, Danny Begay is running away from something, in this case, a rich Navajo heritage. What he doesn’t realize is that this heritage is what makes him the strong SEAL he is. This hero’s journey takes him to the other side of the world, to the battlefield of Iraq, in order for him to feel comfortable with his roots established at home in Arizona. He goes from being a “screw up” to becoming a hero. He also learns in the process that he is a man worthy of a good woman’s love.
Romance readers have a lot of choices these days. What makes your book stand out in the crowd?
I don’t believe there are any other SEAL stories where the hero is from the diverse community of the Native American culture. I don’t just write about hunky heroes, but try to give the reader a true picture of what the community is like.
Q: We like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from SEAL’s Code?
A: My favorite quote from SEAL’s Code is:
“I’m up for anything right now. You’re not in the driver seat, but you’re sitting on the driver. I kind of like you there.”
About Sharon Hamilton
About Sharon Hamilton:
NYT and USA/Today and Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton’s SEAL Brotherhood series have earned her Amazon author rankings of #1 in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Contemporary Romance. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love. Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany earned her a #1 Amazon author ranking in Gothic Romance.
A lifelong organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, you will find her in the garden, getting verra verra dirty.
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