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Chase the Moon
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Chase the Moon
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Elijah Moon, his sons, his beautiful daughter Gracie and their families are trying to dwell simply in this modern world. Living off the land in rural Kentucky, they adhere closely to the words of the Bible. But there is more going on at their compound than either Elijah or Gracie realises. In fact, a man has been killed for knowing too much. When the victim's twin, Jake Baretta, arrives at the compound to search for his twin's killer, he struggles to keep his heart and attraction to Gracie to himself, and his mind on the job. Everyone knows the first rule of undercover work: Never fall in love with enemy.

Elijah Moon, his sons, his beautiful daughter Gracie and their families are trying to dwell simply in this modern world. Living off the land in rural Kentucky, they adhere closely to the words of the Bible. But there is more going on at their compound than either Elijah or Gracie realises. In fact, a man has been killed for knowing too much. When the victim's twin, Jake Baretta, arrives at the compound to search for his twin's killer, he struggles to keep his heart and attraction to Gracie to himself, and his mind on the job. Everyone knows the first rule of undercover work: Never fall in love with enemy.

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  • Chapter 1

    New Zion, Kentucky
    Present Day

    Gracie Moon stood at the edge of the river, her fishing pole float bobbing in the water. Her blue jeans were old, her T-shirt soft and well-worn. Her hair was long and black, and this morning in honor of her fishing expedition, she wore it in a single braid down the middle of her back. She teetered back and forth on the tips of her toes, while her eldest brother, Brady, watched from the shore.

    Suddenly the float went under, and she gave the pole a yank.

    "I caught another one!" The fish came flying out of the water and up on the bank where it promptly unhooked itself and began to flop.

    Brady laughed and ran to catch it before it got back in the water. Holding it firmly by the lip, he threaded the stringer through the fish gill, adding it to the stringer of fish that already caught. He held it up for inspection.

    "Father is going to love breakfast this morning," he said. "Fresh panfried fish is his favorite.

    "I know," Gracie said. "And fishing is my favorite thing. It works well together, don't you think?"

    Droplets from the mist were clinging to Gracie's face and hair. Brady grinned down at her and tweaked her nose. Eleven years separated them in age, and he'd been her champion ever since she could remember.

    "Remember the day you baited your first hook?" he asked.

    Gracie laughed. "Yes, and you made sure I didn't forget it. Mother made spaghetti that night, and every time you took a bite, you held up the spaghetti noodles, dangling them like worms over your mouth before you slurped them down your throat."

    "Didn't you know it's a brother's duty to aggravate younger siblings, especially sisters?" He hugged her, just because he could.

    Gracie spun out of his arms and reached for her fish. "Come on," she said. "Father's probably wondering where I've gone."

    Brady shook his head. "He won't worry. He knows I would never let anyone hurt you." A shadow darkened his eyes as he added, "Ever."

    Gracie rolled her eyes. "Oh, Brady, you treat me as if I'm still a child."

    She picked up her pole and the stringer of fish and started back up the mountain to the compound where her family dwelled.

    Gracie's words were still echoing in Brady's head as he stared into the swiftly moving water. When he glanced up she was already out of sight. He sighed, picked up his rifle, and followed her up the path. She was right. Father would be waiting.

    The sun was little more than a promise on the horizon when John Baretta stepped outside his small one-room cabin to greet the day Due to an early morning fog, visibility was almost nonexistent, and he knew by the time the sun came up and the moisture in the air began to rise, it would get worse before it got better.

    Right now, he could almost appreciate the wisdom of an old man who'd uprooted his family and retreated to the uppermost regions of these Kentucky hills. Elijah Moon was a pacifist. A man who had created a community on these desolate mountains that he called New Zion. Fed Up with the world, and saddened by the loss of his wife of forty-eight years, he'd rejected everything except God and family.

    John closed his eyes, savoring the softness of the mist upon his face. Here in the early morning quiet, it was almost as if the last one hundred years had never been. Far away from what Elijah called the rot of civilization, the peace on the mountains seemed close to holy.

    But John Baretta knew that when the fog burned off, it would be impossible to hide the truth of what New Zion had become. In spite of the old man's dreams, his eldest son, Brady Moon, had turned New Zion into a hotbed of militia-minded people seeking revenge, and blaming everyone except themselves for their troubles.

    Six weeks ago, John Baretta had arrived...

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  • With over fifty books in print, award-winning author SHARON SALA, who also writes as DINAH McCALL, still has to remind herself from time to time that this isn't a dream.

    She learned to read at the age of four and has had her nose in a book ever since. Her introduction into romance came at an early age through the stories of Zane Gray, Grace Livingston Hill and Emily Loring. Her pride in contributing to the genre is echoed by the letters of her fans.

    She's a four-time RITA finalist, Winner of the Janet Dailey Award, three-time Career Achievement winner from Romantic Times magazine, four-time winner of the National Reader's Choice Award and five-time winner of the Colorado Romance Writer's Award of Excellence, as well as numerous other industry awards.

    Her books are regularly on bestseller lists, such as the New York Times extended list, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Waldenbooks mass market, and many others.

    She claims that, for her, learning to read was a matter of evolution, but learning to write and then being published was a revolution. It changed her life, her world and her fate.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 29, 1997
    Near Little Rome, Ky., John Jacob Baretta is shot and mortally wounded. Hundreds of miles away in Tijuana, Mexico, his identical twin, Jacob John Baretta, feels the pain of the bullet slicing through his shoulder. The dying sib whispers to Jacob, who has helicoptered to his side, "Chase the moon." John, an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, was living undercover with a militia group in a Christian community called New Zion. Jacob, who also works for the government, is determined to take his twin's place to "find the back-shooting bastard and make him pay." Instead, at New Zion, he meets his true love, Gracie Moon, a former teacher who has come to the compound to care of her elderly father, Elijah. Perhaps to evoke the frontier mentality of New Zion, Jake holds, protects, comforts and loves Gracie in prose almost as primitive as the Kentucky hill folk on whom he spies. For her part, Gracie learns that "a woman's role in life is to bear the most pain." Who knew?

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    August 1, 1997
    When Jake Baretta's twin brother, John, ends up murdered while undercover, investigating a suspicious "religious" community in rural Kentucky, Jake vows vengeance and heads for Kentucky to take his brother's place. He expects his "return" to precipitate violence and danger--even death; he does not expect it to produce love and eventual healing. While the story has depressingly contemporary relevance, this is a compelling story of treachery, insanity, and retribution that will involve readers emotionally. McCall (Tallchief, Harper, 1997) also writes under her real name, Sharon Sala, and has a knack for creating empathetic, larger-than-life characters. She lives in Oklahoma.

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