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Authors: Ariel Tachna

Cherish the Land

Readers love the Lang Downs

series by
A
RIEL
T
ACHNA

Inherit the Sky

“…a well-crafted, beautiful book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a love story that takes courage.”

—Guilty Indulgence

“This story is beautifully, realistically handled.”

—Joyfully Jay

Chase the Stars

“I loved the opportunity to revisit Lang Downs… I enjoy the world and the characters enough to be eager to spend more time there.”

—Reviews by Jessewave

“Ms. Tachna has the talent to take everyday life and weave it into something special that leaves the reader sitting back just feeling good and wanting more.”

—Hearts on Fire

Outlast the Night

“Ariel Tachna does it again. Beautiful installment to a beautiful series.”

—multitaskingmommas Book Reviews

Conquer the Flames

“A great book, one of the best in this series.”

—MM Good Book Reviews

“Thanks, Ariel, for a great return visit to Lang Downs. I'm looking forward to the next story in the series.”

—Rainbow Book Reviews

By A
RIEL
T
ACHNA

Best Ideas

Château d’Eternité

With Nessa L. Warin:
Dance Off

Fallout

Her Two Dads

Highland Lover

Home for Chirappu

In Search of Fireworks

The Inventor’s Companion

The Matelot

Music of the Heart

Once in a Lifetime

Out of the Fire

Overdrive

The Path

Rediscovery

Revelations in the Dark

Rose Among the Ruins

Seducing C.C.

Stolen Moments

A Summer Place

With Madeline Urban:
Sutcliffe Cove

Testament to Love

Why Nileas Loved the Sea

G
AMES
L
OVERS
P
LAY

Amorous Liaison • Best Behavior • Ride ’em Cowboy

H
OT
C
ARGO

Healing in His Wings

With Nicki Bennett:
Hot Cargo • Something About Harry

L
ANG
D
OWNS

Inherit the Sky • Chase the Stars • Outlast the Night • Conquer the Flames • Cherish the Land

P
ARTNERSHIP
IN
B
LOOD

Alliance in Blood • Covenant in Blood • Conflict in Blood • Reparation in Blood

Perilous Partnership • Reluctant Partnerships • Lycan Partnership • Partnership Reborn

Partnership Reforged

With Nicki Bennett

All For One • Checkmate • Under the Skin

T
HE
E
XPLORING
L
IMITS
S
ERIES

Exploring Limits • Stretching Limits • Refining Limits

Breaking Limits • Transcending Limits • No Limits

Published by
D
REAMSPINNER
P
RESS

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com

Copyright

Published by

D
REAMSPINNER
P
RESS

5032 Capital Circle SW, Suite 2, PMB# 279, Tallahassee, FL 32305-7886  USA

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of author imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Cherish the Land

© 2015 Ariel Tachna.

Cover Art

© 2015 Anne Cain.

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Cover content is for illustrative purposes only and any person depicted on the cover is a model.

All rights reserved. This book is licensed to the original purchaser only. Duplication or distribution via any means is illegal and a violation of international copyright law, subject to criminal prosecution and upon conviction, fines, and/or imprisonment. Any eBook format cannot be legally loaned or given to others. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the Publisher, except where permitted by law. To request permission and all other inquiries, contact Dreamspinner Press, 5032 Capital Circle SW, Suite 2, PMB# 279, Tallahassee, FL 32305-7886, USA, or http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-087-4

Digital ISBN: 978-1-63476-088-1

Library of Congress Control Number: 2015904661

First Edition June 2015

Printed in the United States of America

This paper meets the requirements of

ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (Permanence of Paper).

To everyone who asked for more.

Character List

 

Caine Neiheisel – owner of Lang Downs (
Inherit the Sky)

Macklin Armstrong – co-owner of Lang Downs, Caine’s partner (
Inherit the Sky)

Seth Simms – Chris’s brother, moved to Sydney to get an engineering degree, Jason’s best friend

Jason Thompson – Seth’s best friend, Patrick and Carley’s son, just finished vet school

Chris Simms – Seth’s brother, year-rounder on Lang Downs (
Chase the Stars
)

Jesse Harris – Chris’s partner, year-rounder, mechanic (
Chase the Stars
)

Sam Emery – business manager for Lang Downs (
Outlast the Night
)

Jeremy Taylor – year-rounder on Lang Downs, Sam’s partner (
Outlast the Night
)

Thorne Lachlan – year-rounder on Lang Downs, former Commando (
Conquer the Flames
)

Ian Duncan – year-rounder on Lang Downs, Thorne’s partner (
Conquer the Flames
)

Patrick and Carley Thompson – year-rounders on Lang Downs, Jason’s parents. Patrick is head mechanic

Neil Emery – foreman on Lang Downs, Sam’s brother, married to Molly, father of Dani and Liam, Ian’s best friend

Kami Lang – station cook

Sarah Lang – Macklin’s mother, now married to Kami

Devlin Taylor – owner of Taylor Peak, the neighboring station, Jeremy’s brother

Nick Walker – former Commando, Thorne’s best friend

Kyle and Linda – year-rounders. Linda has a daughter Laura from a previous marriage.

Charlie White – year-rounder at Taylor Peak

Michael Lang – deceased founder of Lang Downs, Caine’s great-uncle

Prologue

 

S
ETH
S
IMMS
tossed his lunch bag on the counter as he walked into his apartment. Ilene would fuss if he left it there, but he needed a shower to get
the grease off his hands and out of his hair first. He’d deal with his lunch bag after he was clean. She wasn’t due home for another hour anyway.

As he stood under the hot water, Seth wondered, not for the first time, what he was still doing in Sydney now that he’d finished his degree. The job at the local mechanic shop paid the bills and let him root around under the bonnet of as many cars as he wanted, but it was work he could have done when he was sixteen without any of what he’d learned in his mechanical engineering courses. He and Ilene argued about it at least once a month, but looking for anything else would feel too much like making a commitment to stay in Sydney. He didn’t hate Sydney the way he’d hated some of the other places he’d lived growing up, before he and his brother Chris moved to Lang Downs, but it wasn’t home either. Lang Downs was the only place to ever have earned that designation.

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