21 July 2020

Healing Their Hearts | Excerpt + Giveaway


After spring's many trials, Knox County Sheriff Liam McKay is ready for a season of restoration. He needs time to grieve the loss of his grandmother and work on becoming a better husband and father. Liam learned the hard way that life is fragile, and he doesn't want to miss out on any precious moments.

Emma McKay loves her role as a wife and mother. After she lost her parents, the McKay family became her saving grace. Being married to a police officer brings both challenges and adventures into her life, though, and when something hits on a more personal level, will her past be brought into the light?

Officer Mark MacLaughlin is motivated by two things: his family and his job. Add a beautiful stranger to the mix, and Mark can't help but want to get to know her better. But when he takes on fatherhood for a three-year-old girl, he has to learn how to blur the lines between his personal and professional life too.

Evangeline Taylor was on the way to confront her past, until her plans came to a grinding halt. Now injured and stranded in a tiny Nebraska town, Eva's heart opens up. The town, the people, and maybe one handsome police officer in particular help her to heal...but will they be enough to make her stay?

Publisher: Faith to Love Publishing
Release Date: June 21, 2020



Noah led a strawberry roan out of her stall. “Dandy is going to be an excellent addition to this ranch. She just needs some time to mature.”

“I’ll keep my mouth shut,” Luke mumbled.

“Be nice,” Dad said. “These are nice looking horses, boys. How many are you planning to have?”

“We have four,” Noah replied. “Filly, Sport, Beau, and Dandy. We plan to stay with these guys for now, and if we need to purchase more whenever we hire a hand on, we will.”

Liam scratched Navy behind his ears. “At least your dog likes the horses. By that I mean he doesn’t really bat an eye.”

“Cross is more hands on with them,” Luke said. “She likes to go out to ride the fence line or move cattle. Navy prefers to stay closer to home. He’s a mama’s boy, I think. Just like Noah. I mean, he came out here after his lunch on a gray and windy Sunday to make our mother happy, so…”

Dad rubbed Beau’s nose as thunder cracked outside. “Nothing wrong with that. I think some weather is blowing in. They’ve got tornado watches issued. I doubt we’ll get anything heavier than rain and thunder. Maybe a little hail, but probably not.”

“Remember when that tornado touched down out at the airport?” Noah asked. “And they didn’t blow the whistle.”

“That was strange,” Liam said. “I still don’t know why they didn’t. Well, I should—”

“Before you go, I’d like to talk to the three of you for a minute,” Dad cut in. “Noah, Luke. Put the horses away and sit down…somewhere.”

Liam felt like they were little kids as his brothers found their own buckets and sat down beside him. Despite twelve and ten years age difference between Noah and Luke, he had always been close to each of his siblings.

“I’d like to be able to talk to all five of you, but this will do for now. First of all, as your father, I’m proud of all of you. Liam, you impress me every single day with your bravery and loyalty to both your family and your job. You work hard to support your wife and children, and I’m proud of you for it. To my youngest sons, I’m impressed by your drive and devotion to this ranch. It’s not a small undertaking. Luke, I’ve seen you come a long way in the past year, and I have no doubt that you’ll be a wonderful father come September. I can see how happy you make your wife, and that’s all the indication I need to know how loved your daughter will be. Noah, you’ve had a lot thrown at you these past months—a little bad with a lot of good. You’re a hardworking young man, and you’re going to be a fine husband. All I’m saying is that I’m proud of you. All of you.”

“Aw, Dad.” Noah offered a goofy grin. “Who knew Allen McKay was such a softie?”

“Your mother,” Dad teased. “Why do you think she married me?”

“McKays? Softies?” Luke snorted. “Never.”

Another clap of thunder rattled the windows, and rain started pounding the roof.

“So… The options are either to run back to the house or wait here,” Luke said. “Since this is good ole Nebraskie, it could last five minutes—”

“Or it could last all night,” Noah finished dryly.

Liam wrinkled his nose. “Couldn’t you have better options?”

“Race you!”

Before Liam’s question could be answered, his father shot out of the barn. Laughing, Liam and his brothers followed suit.


Cleopatra Margot resides with her family and their golden retriever in small town, rural Nebraska. Inspiration for her novels comes from both real life + fictional characters and storylines in her brain. The town of Believe is based on her own hometown, but with embellishments. She and her two younger siblings are homeschooled, and enjoy traveling with their parents and the dog. When she’s not writing, Cleopatra enjoys Bible journaling, time with family and friends, playing cards, being outside (when it’s not subfreezing temps), laughing, singing, and enjoying life.


1 winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Healing Their Hearts by Cleoptatra Margot, a vinyl sticker, bookmark, and free shipping coupon (for a future purchase through the author)

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