Maizy the Bear Charmer

By: Heather Rainier

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Maizy the Bear Charmer

Maizy Owen is living her dream, working as a kindergarten teacher. Her profession gives her purpose, but her personal life is another story. Recently rejected by her fiancé, Maizy struggles to hide a part of her nature that she longs to freely express.

Cody Welsh , Heath Lindsey, and Spencer Ketchum, affectionately known to their friends as “the bears,” have been searching for the mysterious belly dancer who laid claim to their hearts nearly a year ago. Their paths cross on a rainy morning when Spencer can’t take his eyes off of a bubbly, dark-haired beauty with an unconscious urge to dance.

Far from overwhelmed by the bear’s immense combined presence, Maizy finds comfort and acceptance in their arms. They set out to discover if their growing bond can thrive, realizing her dream job may be jeopardized. Thanks to the gossip mill in Divine, it quickly becomes clear that Maizy has a choice to make. Keep her job or lose the men she loves.




To the man who charmed me from the moment I laid eyes on him twenty-three years ago. My husband.





ACKNOWLEDGMENTS





Thank you to all the readers who have demanded Cody, Heath, and Spencer’s story. I’m so glad I gave in when they clamored for an introduction in Tiny Dancer. I’m thrilled to finally reveal who their mysterious belly dancer was.

Thank you to the Divine Divas, a lovely group of ladies and gentlemen on Facebook. Your encouragement, laughter, irreverence, and compassion have made a big difference in this writer’s world.

Thanks also to my beta reader, Stormy, for taking on the huge task of critiquing and proofing this story for me. She has a direct hand in helping me to bring readers and my publisher a polished story. Thank you also to Corinne Davies, who helped to inspire the bears.

And special thanks goes to my publisher, Diana, who so patiently puts up with my anal tendencies and continues to inspire and encourage me. I feel blessed to be writing for her. My editors and the staff at Siren-BookStrand also have my sincerest gratitude for their hard work and diligence with this book and all the others that came before it.





CAST OF MAIN CHARACTERS IN BOOK READING ORDER





Divine Grace

Grace (Stuart) Warner is co-owner of Harper Embroidery. She’s also invested in and works at Discretion, a ladies’ adults-only boutique located in Morehead.

Jack Warner, Ethan Grant, and Adam Davis. These three distant cousins are owners of the Divine Creek Ranch, a horse ranch specializing in the breeding of Andalusian horses. Jack is also a building contractor. Adam is an HVAC and electrical contractor. Ethan co-owns The Dancing Pony nightclub, located in Divine.

They have one daughter, Rose Marie.



Her Gentle Giant (Part One & Two)

Rachel (Lopez) Wolf was employed at Thorne Home Theater as a bookkeeper. She now does the books for Discretion and is a stay-at-home mom.

Eli Wolf was one of the bouncers at The Dancing Pony and is now licensed as an EMT.

They have one son, Levi.



Heavenly Angel

Teresa (Palacios) Martinez worked at Stigall’s with Grace and is now invested in Discretion and works there part-time when not caring for her children.

Angel and Joaquin Martinez are brothers and horse breeding specialists who handle the breeding operation on the Divine Creek Ranch.

They have two sons, Michael and Eleazar, and an infant daughter, Isabella.



Rosemary’s Double Delight

Rosemary (Piper) Garner splits her time between the family business, Cheaver’s Western Store, and her husbands’ business, Garner Custom Furniture.

Wes and Evan Garner are brothers and self-employed custom furniture craftsmen who have known Rosemary since kindergarten. They have one son, Thomas Daniel.



Spurs and Heels

Juliana (Meyer) Peterson, an admitted perfectionist, was the manager of Stigall’s Department Store and is now a buyer for Discretion Boutique.

Ash Peterson, a former bareback bronc riding champion, is the foreman of the Divine Creek Ranch and runs all of the day-to-day operations.

They have a son named Will.



Maya’s Triple Dare

Maya (Daire) Warner is a registered nurse specializing in obstetric and pediatric care. She works with Doctor Emma Rivers.

Kendall, Boone, and Richard Warner are brothers, and first cousins of Jack Warner. They are partners in the MWTD Cattle Ranch, which backs up to Divine Creek and borders the Divine Creek Ranch.

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