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Won’t you be my Valentine?
By Maggie Toussaint

Remember when your whole elementary school class exchanged Valentines? I savored each brightly colored card. I loved the red hearts, cartoon characters, and the sentiment of caring.

I also remember the agony of selecting which cards went to which people. It was important to give the ones you liked the best to the people you liked the best, and you had to be careful not to give a mushy card to a boy, unless you wanted to convey mushiness…Anything seemed possible on Valentine’s Day.

My Dreamwalker mystery sleuth isn’t lucky in love. In Dadgummit, Baxley Powell takes a much-needed vacation to the mountains. Her best friend falls in love on the trip, and Baxley attracts the interest of a powerful man.

Sam Mayes makes it clear he wants more than a friendship. He wants to be Baxley’s Valentine, only she has no closure on her missing husband’s alleged death. Her husband wouldn’t purposefully abandon his family, though it’s been two years since he disappeared and the Army declared him dead. Baxley searched the land of the dead, but he’s not there. Her conclusion? If he’s not dead, he must be alive. There’s nothing else.

Or is there? In Dadgummit, the Nunnéhi, a race of people from Cherokee folklore, take Baxley and her friends to their realm. Baxley has one of those awful you’re-not-in-Kansas-anymore moments when she realizes the universe of possibilities is staggering.

Will Baxley get a new Valentine … or will her new world-view change everything?

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