Title: After the Dust Settles (California

Dreaming #3)

Author: Stacey Johnston | @author_stacey 

Release Date: December 28th 2016

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Photographer: Shauna Kruse | Kruse Images & Photography: Models & Boudoir

Cover Model: Jonny James

Cover Designer: Clarise TanCT Cover Creations


I’m not your average seventeen-year-old boy. 

What other teenage boy do you know of, is

working alongside their father in a top-secret government agency, and has been

since they were fifteen? 

Unheard of? Yes probably. 

After spending years searching for my place in

this world, I jumped at the opportunity to help my father. What I didn’t expect

was the possibility that our work could flow over and harm our family. 

Yet that’s exactly what happened …

I thought I’d found, and then lost the girl who

would forever hold my heart – until a sexy ass stranger crossed my path under

the Brooklyn Bridge. 

I want this girl, like I’ve never wanted anyone.

She makes me feel things that I should feel guilty about, that I shouldn’t be

needing as desperately as I do.

Only there’s a catch …………. She has secrets, ones

that could have a devastating impact. 


He was supposed to be a job. 

A target that needed to be eliminated. 

A message that we weren’t a family to mess with. 

When my chance came, I couldn’t do it. There was

a presence about him that drew me in. I went from wanting to kill him, to

wanting him in my arms.

From that moment on he became my obsession …

I’m no good for him, which is why I should stay

away from him. I will only destroy him because I’m broken, a girl with a dark

past – the daughter of an Italian mobster. Our family is one of the largest in


I need to escape my father, and this life. 

I need someone to swoop in and save me, but I’m

scared because bad things happen to me – and the people I love.



What to tell

you about myself??

When I sat down

to set about the challenge of what I could say, I found that I didn’t really

consider myself to be very interesting at all. 

I’ve lived in

Western Australia my whole life, only ever leaving the country once. Right now

though I reside in a southern suburb close to the beach.


everything else I’m a wife and a mother. I’ve been married to a man I believe

to be my soul mate for the past nine years. When he came into my life I already

had two gorgeous kids, a boy and girl, who he took on as his own without any

consideration as to how it would affect his life. During our time together, he

has also blessed me with two more gorgeous little girls. My real life also has

me working full time as an Office Manager for an Audio Visual


 I grew up in a

home with three aunties, two uncles, my younger brother, my father, and my

grandparents!! Wow that was more of mouthful than I expected! As you can

imagine life in a large family like that was never boring J

  As a child, I

loved creating stories in my head, it was my escape, a place I could go and

hide from the world. As I became older, my stories evolved and every time life

challenged me, I slipped back into my imaginary world and hid. This didn’t

change as I entered adulthood. 

I have always

been the kind of person who never made things easy for herself, and I spent

many years drifting from family member to family member looking for direction.

It wasn’t until I was twenty-one when I met a man who would become, what I

thought – my future.  Over the next twelve years he was my life, well him,

and the two children he blessed me with. 

We lost that

loving husband, and father to a heart attack when our children were very young,

and life as you can imagine became a little rough for a while.

Over the years

my stories have given me the sanity to get through many tragic situations. 

They’ve given

me a world to escape into, one where I can be anything I want. 

These stories

I’ve created over the years, have always been a coping mechanism that worked

for me, and I’ve always wanted to share them.

With the

support of my family I have ventured out there, and finally put them down on

paper. I hope you love them as much as I do.

Instagram: @staceyjohnstonauthor



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