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Daughter of the Dragon

Daughter of the Dragon by Connie Crow
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Gold fever grips Florence, Idaho, in 1867. Another great gold rush and people have come from all over the world; ruthless men, scheming women and people on the run. Against this backdrop, Sun Lee Chaikov fights to save her home and her life, when her Russian-born father disappears and one of those ruthless men claims their property and her. She struggles to protect herself, her Chinese grandmother and an orphaned toddler she's taken in.

Captain Noah Stewart comes to Florence to find his sister and to face down his father and his past. A runaway in his youth, he's roamed the world for the past ten years as a sea captain. He arrives to find his sister dead and her boy being cared for by Sun Lee, a feisty almond-eyed beauty, who is in great danger, but who "doesn't need any help, thank you very much."

He's drawn to her and into a world of intrigue as they struggle to find out who killed his sister and what happened to her father. Their instant attraction ignites into wanton passion, pulling them together when logic threatens to tear them apart. As they search for answers, they discover a secret society, a past war, and an undercover trade more precious than gold. Noah must make his peace with his past and Sun Lee must learn to trust someone other than herself in order to claim this overwhelming love as they move in the Shadow of the Dragon.

Awe-Struck Publishing; October 2002
138 pages; ISBN 9781587493065
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Title: Daughter of the Dragon
Author: Connie Crow
Cold gray streaks of sunlight snaked in across the cabin floor. Noah blinked awake. The rain had stopped. He froze, realizing he still had Sun Lee securely in his arms. The memory of the previous night's passion crashed into his consciousness.

"Good, Lord. What have you started?"

He looked at the beautiful face, serene in repose beside him. The memory of the fireball he'd held the night before seared into his mind. What a woman. He'd never made love like that before. And she evidently never had either. "Now what, mate? What are you going to say when she wakes up? A ship is no place for a woman, not even one this independent."

He eased his arm from beneath her head. He would have to wake her soon. They couldn't stay here. He glanced toward the door. Telltale marks on the floor caught his eye.

"What the...?" He eased out of bed, staring, frowning as he grabbed his clothes. Dressing quietly, he followed the marks. Bending down, he scraped up a flake of the brownish trace. "Sure looks like blood to me."

Two tracks, each one a little wider than his boot, ran from the middle of the room to the door. A glint from a crack in the floor demanded his attention. Reaching down, he dislodged a coin, a fairly shiny coin . "This hasn't been here long."

Straightening up, he shook his head, looking back at the tracks. Bits of conversation linked in his mind . "Poker game -- mine deed -- fight -- table upset."

If these were what he thought they were, Sun Lee needed to sleep a while longer. Easing the door open, he slipped outside and stared at the surrounding forest. "If I were dragging a body, where would I go to hide it?"

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