20 July 2022

An Unlikely Alliance | Excerpt + Giveaway

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To save her animal shelter,

She’ll have to work with her biggest foe…

With her emotional support dog at her side, Jalissa Tucker will do whatever it takes to ensure the survival of the local animal rescue—even ally herself with her nemesis, firefighter Jeremy Rider. As working together dredges up old hurts, putting the past aside could be the key to their future joy. But can Jalissa resist falling for the man she’s always considered the enemy?

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Release Date: June 28, 2022



“There has to be a better way, Mr. Mayor,” Rider added. “I’m with Jalissa. You can’t leave these programs with no assistance whatsoever. It won’t help the youth who need SAFE or, in her case—” he hooked a finger her way “—help abandoned animals.” A spark glinted in his eye. “Although, I think it would be better to help the teens and let the animals figure out their own way.”

“You would,” she muttered. Animals were more defenseless than people. Sometimes it felt like she was the only one fighting for them.

Rider smirked, as if he could tell how much he’d irked her.

A hand shot up from the front row, and Mrs. Baker, the owner of the local bookstore, stood. “What about some kind of fund-raiser? Would that help?”

“Yes.” Jalissa clapped. “Great idea, Mrs. Baker. There’s your alternative, Mr. Mayor.” She sat down, watching an array of emotions cross the mayor’s face.

“I don’t have time for a fund-raiser,” he muttered.

“Well, neither do I,” said Mrs. Baker. “But it is a solution.”

Mr. Douglas peered over the rims of his eyeglasses and out into the crowd. “How many of you here want to object to a program that’s being defunded or having funds reduced?”

Hands shot up around the room.

“Fine, then. I’ll talk to our accountant and see if we can put a hold on this for a little bit longer. Give y’all time to do a fund-raiser.”

“Who’s y’all?” Rider asked.

“Why, you and Ms. Tucker, of course.” The mayor smirked. “Y’all wanted another way, you’ve got one. You two will be the official fund-raising committee. Keep in mind, we can’t finance your fund-raising efforts. What you raise will go directly to the six programs listed today.”

“Wait a minute, sir,” Rider said. “If Jalissa and I are doing all the work, shouldn’t the majority of the funds go to the animal shelter and SAFE?”

Mayor Douglas pursed his lips. “If your fund-raising efforts are minimal, then yes, I can agree to that arrangement. However, if it’s enough to fund more than your two programs, I believe it should benefit the town as a whole. Meeting adjourned.”

Jalissa felt her mouth drop, stunned by the bizarre turn of events. What had started out as a crusade to keep her job and save the animals had now turned into her worst nightmare: working with a firefighter. And not just any firefighter, but Jeremy Rider.


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novels, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist, Risking Love a 2020 Selah Award finalist, The Truth About Fame a 2021 Holt Medallion finalist, and The Price of Dreams a 2021 Maggie Award finalist. Learn more at http://tonishiloh.com.


(1) winner will receive a print copy of An Unlikely Proposal & An Unlikely Alliance, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a Golden Retriever key chain!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight July 18, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 25, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. I liked the excerpt. Sounds like a good book.

  2. Thanks for being part of the tour!

  3. thanks for sharing an excerpt & being on the tour!

  4. The story sounds very interesting with great tension between the two main characters.