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Barefoot Heroine: A Mayne Attraction Short Story

I’m excited to announce the release of a new 6,000 word short story called Barefoot Heroine.  This two part narrative provides a glimpse into the secret life of Ellery Mayne from the perspective of Ash Ryan, a member of the security team assigned to monitor and protect and her.  The first part of the story takes place in the early days of Ash’s assignment before Ellery realizes that she’s under surveillance.  Here Ash relates the details of what at first looks like bizarre behavior on her part, but turns out to be Ellery’s version of a good deed.

This part of the short is designed to give readers an idea of the sort of extra information they’ll get from Ash’s perspective in the book “In The Shadow.”  Though part three of the series will take up the Mayne Attraction story from Ash’s perspective, readers will find that his viewpoint includes scenes, conversations and action that Ellery’s account did not—which is only logical since he spends almost a year assigned to her case not realizing that she’s on to him and his team.

The second half of the story provides Ash’s take on that pivotal evening when he meets Ellery ‘officially’ on the night of her dinner party with Ray and Lidia Torrence.  This scene gives readers a feel for Ash’s true feelings about Ellery, his job, his boss Ray, and his colleague Lidia.  If you enjoyed that scene in “In The Spotlight,” I’m willing to bet you’ll enjoy it even more in Barefoot Heroine!

Did you know you may be entitled to a free copy of Barefoot Heroine?  There are two simple steps:

  1. Join the Mayne Attraction Updates mailing list. (The sign-up form is on the top right of the home page of this website)
  2. Send me a link to your review of In The Spotlight on Amazon US, Amazon UK, Apple, B & N or Smashwords.  A rating and comment about your reaction to the book is all that is needed. Then email me at with a link to your review and I will send you the coupon code for a free download of Barefoot Heroine with all my thanks!  If you have trouble creating a link then just email me a note that includes the location, title and date of your review (i.e. Amazon, “Funny & Romantic”, 01/12/12) and that will work as well.


Here’s where you can find the new Barefoot Heroine:

Kindle: Amazon US & Amazon UK
Nook:  B & N
Apple: iStore
Sony & Others:  Smashwords


Thanks for your support and happy reading!



15 Comments (Leave a comment »)

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this book & look forward to reading the other books in series.

    Comment by Irene Thompson — November 16, 2013 at 8:03 am

  2. I was drawn into the story the minute I started reading. It only took a couple of days because I had a hard time putting the book down. I am looking forward to reading the remaining books on my kindle fire. One thing I truly liked was the mystery and just a little bit of romance.

    Comment by Nikii Whitehead — June 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

  3. I really enjoyed this book kept you waiting for the next chapter.Great writing.

    Comment by kate sherrow — May 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  4. i really enjoyed in the spotlight!! read it 3 rimes already cant wait to read the next books!!

    Comment by kelly — April 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  5. enjoyed the book.

    Comment by heidi — April 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm

  6. I very much enjoyed reading “In The Spotlight” and can’t wait to read the other books in this series. Well written and keeps you on your toes wondering what will happen next.

    Comment by Barb P — February 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

  7. Thoroughly enjoyed In the Spotlight. Loved the wonderful use of obscure words.

    Comment by Billie — January 30, 2013 at 11:56 am

  8. Ms Mauren

    What a gorgeous book! I love it tremendously and I am desperately awaiting the other books in the series

    Comment by Mona-Lisa Plaza — January 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  9. Loved it!!! Captivating, unpredictable, and leaves you on the edge of your seat. Would highly recommend it.

    Comment by Book addict — November 22, 2012 at 10:23 am

  10. I have just finished reading “In The Spotlight”, and I couldn’t put it down until I had to recharge the battery on my tablet! I look forward to continuing the series.

    Comment by Eunice Misbe — April 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

  11. This has to be the best mystery I have ever read! ! I do not enjoy mysteries but this one I could not put down from the get go!

    Comment by Pam Huffer — April 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  12. I could not put it down!! I can’t wait to continue the series! Thankyou.

    Comment by Christine Page — March 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

  13. Loved this..cant wait too read more

    Comment by Bren Kirksey — February 19, 2012 at 9:02 am

  14. I enjoyed in the spotlight and look forward to reading other mayne attraction books on my kindle fire. Thank you.

    Comment by Brandy Hulgan — February 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  15. I am in the process of reading “In the Spotlight” I can’t put it down. I just purchased and downloaded “Barefoot Heroine” and I can’t wait for the other installments of this series. Great work.

    Comment by Teresa Rowan — January 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm

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