Dylan âIce Dragonâ Thompson has suddenly become the hottest thing in MMA. Heâs fought all his life for control and inner peace. He focuses on what he excels atâfighting and his work with the Centre. Itâs what he knows and what keeps him in balance. His latest assignment has him fighting a war with a partner he doesnât believe he can trust.
Vanessa Aldridge has grown up in the gym and has seen it allâsome good, some bad. But when performance-enhancing drugs threaten her life and her personal sense of worthâenough is enough. The very people closest to her now have her questioning their motives and nobody is as they seem. On top of all this, sheâs unwittingly become the number-one pawn in an organised crime game and sheâs risking her heart on a guy who wants to fight for everything but them.
Vanessa quickly discovers that Dylan is far from what he appears to be. But what happens when his latest assignment blows his carefully created world wide open? Can Dylan win the most important fight of allâthe one for her heart and their future? Or will he retreat back into the one-dimensional existence of working and fighting? Can Vanessa remain steadfast to her principles and just maybe take the ultimate prize? The battle lines are drawn.
When the bell rings, who will step up to fight? The prize: A future of freedom.
I recently discovered those school vocational assessments are really interesting and probably correct! Who would have thought, hey? You see, I clearly remember taking one of those in Year 11 (for my US friends, I think that equates to junior year in high school). Anyway, semantics. Well, the results came back indicating that I should pursue a career in writing and something else. What that something else was I canât remember but the writing thing stuck in my mind.
Sure, Iâd always liked English and had already developed a ravenous appetite for romance novels by the age of sixteenâbut who becomes a writer straight out of school? So to cut a long story short, I went to Uni and studied Business and ended up managing large-scale IT projects shortly after.
I canât complain: itâs been a great career. Iâve done some awesome projects and met some incredible people and I wonât be giving it up anytime soon. Anyway, Iâve messed around with a couple of âsecretâ novels over the years and I finally decided to get serious and finish one. Hence âFinding Trustâ came about. And about twenty years later, Iâve finally proved a vocational assessment correct, because I love writing!
As to some other stuff about me: I live on the Gold Coast, Australia. I love spending time with my family and friends. When Iâm not sitting behind a screen playing with IT or writing, you might find me down the beach playing in the waves on a Jet Ski or a bogey board (both are uber cool). When the weather turns a bit cooler (doesnât really happen on the Gold Coast), we like to head for the snow. Iâve discovered I have two kids who are kamikaze skiersâthey must take after their father. Heâs always at me to ârelease the handbrake.â Apparently Iâd ski so much better. I call it a healthy understanding of self-preservation and gravity!
I like to think I can fit in a few workouts and martial arts classes each week. This tends to be a figment of my imagination more than reality, unfortunately. I am trying to remedy this, but those damn characters just keep demanding to have their stories told and, well, thereâs always another good book to read!
I hope you enjoy mine.
Please drop me a line. You can find me at my website, www.nataliegayle.com. Iâm active on Facebook, Twitter, and via email Natalie@nataliegayle.com.au. Iâd love to know what you think of my books and well, letâs be truthfulâI love talking about books, whether theyâre mine or someone elseâs. Fiction is just so much more fun than reality!!!