Cover Release and Sneek Peek

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I was fortunate enough to meet Cory online and I now have the pleasure and privilege of showing you the cover of her brand new book. A little about Cory first:

I began writing music and poetry at an early age.
My love of music became my sole focus and I spent quite a few years as the lead singer for many local rock bands.
In high school I was fascinated with the macabre and started writing science fiction and horror stories so dark they earned me the nickname “Gory Cory.”
After years of writing dark tales, I never thought in a million years my first two finished manuscripts would be Adult Romance.
Bite & Release will be the first book published sometime in late May/early June and Reviving Haven; my second book will be released at the end of July. The themes of both books are older women/younger men and are for 18+ due to language, sexual situations and subject matter.
Both are stand alone with no cliffhanger.

You can find me:
Facebook: Cory Cyr
Twitter:@coryauthor
Pinterest & Goodreads

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AND NOW…….

BiteandRelease_ecover_RevealRyan Chase left Fairbanks, Alaska, when she was 21 years old to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Somewhere along the way her dreams of stardom crashed and burned, along with her life.

Thirteen years later she is forced to return to Fairbanks because her unforgiving and emotionally-distant father has suddenly died. Ryan seizes the opportunity to not only escape her abusive husband but to be able to attend her best friend’s wedding. What could go wrong? It’s only Fairbanks, Alaska…
While wishing she was anywhere but her father’s funeral and wake, Ryan is struck senseless by a stunning, drop-dead gorgeous man. Her thoughts turn carnal and she desperately wants to know him in every way—and position—possible. There’s only one problem…

 

He’s the devil’s spawn.
He’s the one who marked her for life.
He’s the kid she used to baby-sit.
And he’s hotter than hell!

Shea Michaels has loved Ryan Chase for most of his life. After surviving an unspeakable childhood, he became a man of whom she could be proud of…if she ever came back.
Now that she’s returned, Shea pursues her with a vengeance, undaunted by the thirteen year age difference that Ryan uses as the shield between them.

Confusion, guilt and lust bombard Ryan as she battles the memories of the little boy she used to know while still being drawn to the heart-stopping man he has become.

Sounds Good huh? and what a hunk. Keep an eye out for the release date by following Cory’s links:

Facebook: Cory Cyr
Twitter:@coryauthor
Pinterest & Goodreads

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Two Terrific Reads

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For those of you who are into books with a bit more spice, I highly recommend these two. They are strictly for 18+ as they contain explicit language and sexual description.

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Moses Jordan is a part African American, Billionaire Computer Geek. He is also in charge, her Dom.

Imogen Walters is a tall, leggy blonde who practices law. She is his property, his Sub.

They share a fifth floor luxury apartment overlooking Sydney Harbour. She drives a Mercedes, he drives a Ferrari.

She practices law with confidence and is in command, until she steps through the door of their home.

He has vowed to never release her. Does she want to be freed?

 

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00JF95I5O

Paperback: http://amzn.com/1497526019

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940149226597

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/Search/Query?fcmedia=Book&query=9781497762831

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id853755989

 

In a cloistered, 17th century English village, a young woman’s virginity is prized above all else. Virgins of St. Clits Kindle

Fraternisation with Outsiders is forbidden.

Emma’s cruel guardian, Gideon Batlow, rules the maidens of his kingdom with zealous piety, the sting of his cane on their bare buttocks, and the enforced wearing of crotch straps.

Can Emma escape Gideon’s shackles, and find passion with the man she loves? An Outsider. 

 

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00JHMWLEU

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940149458493

 

**Fabulous New Release**

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Don’t miss this fabulous release from a very accomplished author and a lady I am very proud to call a friend – Cheri Kay Clifton.Bio photo #1

I’m excited to announce the recent release of Destiny’s Journey, Book 2 of the Wheels of Destiny Trilogy!

Family deception kept Jennifer O’Malley from marrying her first love ten years ago, West Point officer, Glen Herrington. Now a Civil War widow, she leaves war-torn Richmond, determined to find her destiny. She makes the long journey west in search of Glen, only to discover he is a notorious outlaw with a price on his head.

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At the end of the war, Glen Herrington musters out of the U.S. Cavalry and hires on to Wells, Fargo & Company as an undercover agent. When Jennifer confronts him locked in a jail cell, the embers of a love too long denied burn deep inside them both, yet Glen is honor bound not to reveal his true identity.

As life-long secrets and life-threatening dangers abound, Glen and Jennifer fight to reclaim their destiny in each other’s arms.

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and other ebook distributors. Soon to be in paperback.

http://www.amazon.com/Destiny’s-Journey-Wheels-Destiny-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00J7426H0

 

Trail To Destiny, Book 1, is the exciting story that begins the Wheels of Destiny Trilogy.Cheri 2

Laura Westbrook expected to face her share of challenges crossing the continent on a wagon train. But when she saves the life of the courageous white warrior, Grey Wolf, she finds the pathways between pride and prejudice, love and loyalty far more difficult to travel.

Having buried deep within him the horrific memory of his family’s massacre at the hands of a rogue band of Pawnee, young David thrives under the care and tutelage of his rescuer, Cheyenne Chief Black Arrow. Trained to become the proud warrior named Grey Wolf, he finds his life changed again by the beautiful and strong-willed Laura, who encourages him to reclaim his forsaken heritage and face the secrets of his haunted past.

From the rugged Nebraska plains to a Cheyenne village, from an army fort to a small town in California, destiny leads Laura and Grey Wolf on a trail of passion and danger that culminates in an astounding revelation.

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and other ebook distributors. Soon to be in paperback.

http://www.amazon.com/Trail-To-Destiny-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0052O4N8E

Hope you’ll visit my web site and become more familiar with me and my books.

http://www.cherikayclifton.com

 

 

 

 

 

Fannie Porter – A Western Legend

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220px-FanniePorterPorter was born in England, and traveled to America around the age of one with her family.

By fifteen she was working as a prostitute in San Antonio, Texas. By the age of 20, she had started her own brothel, and became extremely popular for her cordial and sincere attitude, her choosing only the most attractive young women as her “girls”, her requirement that her “girls” practice good hygiene, and for her always immaculate personal appearance. Her brothel was located at the corner of Durango and San Saba streets.

By 1895, her brothel in San Antonio was one of the most popular of the Old West. It had by that time become known as a frequent stop off for outlaws on the run from the law. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, Kid Curry, and other members of the Wild Bunch gang frequented her business. One of her “girls”, Della Moore, became the girlfriend to Kid Curry, remaining with him until her arrest for passing money from one of his robberies. She was arrested, but acquitted, eventually returning to work for Porter once again.

Another of her “girls”, Lillie Davis, became involved with outlaw and Wild Bunch member Will “news” Carver. She later claimed she had married Carver in  Fort Worth prior to his death in 1901, but there are no records to verify the alleged marriage. It is possible that the Sundance Kid and his girlfriend Etta Place, whose true identity and eventual disappearance from history has long been a mystery, first met while she worked for Porter, but that has never been confirmed. Wild Bunch gang member Laura Bullion is also believed to have at times worked for Porter between the years of 1898 and 1901.

Porter was well respected for her discretion, always refusing to turn in a wanted outlaw to the authorities. She also was known for being extremely defensive of her “girls”, insisting that any who mistreated them never return to her brothel. She generally employed anywhere from five to eight girls, all ranging in age from 18 to 25, and all of whom lived and worked inside her brothel. Her business was not only popular with outlaws of the day, but also with lawmen, and she made sure that any lawmen who entered received the best treatment. William Pinkerton, of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, was said to have frequented her brothel.

By the early 20th century, the tide had begun to turn against active, openly operating brothels. Eventually, she retired, and faded from history. It is not known as to where she went following her retirement. Most agree that she retired semi-wealthy, but it is unknown to where she might have gone. Some stories indicate that she married a man of wealth, some indicate she retired into seclusion, while others indicate she returned to England. None of those are confirmed. Later rumors indicated that she lived until 1940, when she was killed in a car accident in El Paso, Texas. However, that also is not certain.

Perfect Paty

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Head ShotSusan, Thank you for having me on your blog today. I’m excited to be in an anthology with so many talented authors.

When the subject was brought up, by the western romance authors on the Amazon forum started by an avid western reader, that we should make an anthology, I was ready to hop on board. Any time so many talented writers put together a sampling of their work it has to turn out as a win/win. Readers get great reads in one book and authors can cross promote.R&R 2nd revise

The only catch—I couldn’t think of what to write. Then the very same avid reader who brought us together on the forum tossed out one of her monthly challenges to write a paragraph or more using five words. Marshal, Preacher, School Teacher, Undertaker, and Baker.

I was in the middle of two other projects but the more I thought about those words the opening for my short story, Bluffing the Marshal, came to me:

Nellie Preston stood at the top of the family cellar gnawing her bottom lip. What would Pa do when he discovered she had the preacher, school teacher, undertaker, and baker tied up in the cellar? Even more important—she hoped kidnapping the men would not only clear her brother’s name but show the handsome marshal she had the grit to be married to a lawman.

By-the-book Marshal Barkley should be charging down the road any minute. By now word would have spread she’d taken the missing men.

Her sour stomach rivaled the guilt eating away at her good sense. This had been a brash move to get the marshal out of town, but her brother’s life and her future depended on his arrival. She’d made the four men as comfortable as possible in the cellar. She’d even explained why they were here, but they hadn’t taken kindly to being kidnapped by Marcus Preston’s sister.

Dust plumed into the air a mile down the road to town. Nellie squinted, staring at the dust, hoping the marshal came alone. He’d be harder to convince if he brought a posse and his deputy. They’d say she was just like her brother—a no-good-killer.

She picked up the rifle leaning against the cellar door and prayed her parents and the younger kids didn’t come home early from visiting their grandparents two counties over. She wanted Marcus out of jail and things back to normal by the time Pa came home. Marcus was her twin, and she loved him dearly, but he did tend to get in fixes that most young men knew better to stay away from.

Pa always said of the two; she had the brains and Marcus had the muscle.

Some of her agitation fled when she spotted one horse and rider running hell bent up their lane. Marshal Tate Barkley had come by himself.

She smiled. He probably figured he didn’t need a posse to bring in one young woman.

Nellie cocked the gun and waited.

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The Halsey Brothers Box Set (420x390)I have several books that have lawmen in them. The first book of my Halsey Series, Marshal in Petticoats has an accident prone young woman who is made marshal and the second book in the series, Outlaw in Petticoats has the two main characters ending up in law enforcement by the end of the book. All five of the Halsey Series books are available in an ebook box set.

You can read about or purchase the Halsey Brothers Series box set at:

Windtree Press             Kindle                    Nook              Kobo

With sixteen published books, four novellas, and two anthologies, award-winning author, Paty Jager is never at a loss for story ideas and characters in her head. Her rural life in central and eastern Oregon, and interests in local history and the world around her, keeps the mystery and romance ideas flowing. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

You can learn more about Paty at her blog; www.patyjager.blogspot.com  her website; http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager and twitter;  @patyjag.

The Very Talented Jacquie Rogers

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JacquieRogers_150wThanks for swapping blogs with me today, Susan!  I’m so excited to participate in the Rawhide ‘n Roses anthology with you and thirteen other authors, and none of this would ever have happened without you.  I hope everyone reads your excerpt of your story, Petticoat Patrol, at Romancing The West.

The stories in Rawhide ‘n Roses are short-short, only 2,000 words, a sample of what readers can expect when they buy our books.  We all have very different styles and voices, so this collection of stories is a broad stroke for all things western, but contemporary and historical.

My story, a bonus to the Hearts of Owyhee series, is Much Ado About Misfires, starring Reuben Wallace and Lucy Gwynn.  It’s set in 1874 in a rollerskating rink.  Yes, skating was wildly popular then, even though their skates were crude by today’s standards—no stopping block, for one thing.R&R 2nd revise

Here’s a little more about it:

Reuben Wallace couldn’t ask his sweetheart to marry him when he had no means to support her.  Now, four years later, he’s built a horse ranch and he needs a wife.  He heard that the new rollerskating rink was all the rage, and the ladies congregated there.  With luck, he’ll find his Lucy.

Lucy Gwinn expects her beau to propose but he’s just another second-best man.  Her heart has always belonged to Reuben, the big hard-headed lug.  But her beau is content with circling around the rink—until Reuben knocks them all head over teakettle.  Can Reuben score a perfect ten on his first try?

Here’s an excerpt:

“Are you married?” Reuben asked Lucy.

“No.”

“Good.  I came here to marry you and take you back to the ranch.  I just built a house with two bedrooms and we can easily build on.  There’s no furniture but I have enough money with me for you to buy all we need for now.”

“How did you know I was here?”

“I didn’t—heard tell your folks had moved to town so I reckoned we could get married.  Seems like a danged good idea to me.”

“You’re direct, but then you always have been.  What if I don’t want to marry you?”

“In that case, I guess you wouldn’t, but I’m hoping you will.  We get on good and always have, and there ain’t no prettier girl in the county.”

“If I’m the prettiest girl, then don’t you think I should marry the handsomest man?”

That stopped him short.  She had a point—why should she marry him?  “Is that a ‘no’?”

She pulled him to his feet, but he was none too steady.  “That’s a ‘we haven’t seen each other for four years so we should get reacquainted with each other.’  Let’s skate.”

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Rawhide ‘n Roses went on sale March 15, 2014, and I also have several other books and short stories out.  The latest novel is the fourth offering in the Hearts of Owyhee series, Much Ado About Miners.  I had a lot of fun with this story and incorporated some of my fondest childhood memories in it, although in vastly altered form.  Plus, Kade and Iris had quite a tussle with biscuits.  MAAMiners_227x350-100dpi

Here’s the blurb:

Cupid’s bullet…

Hired gun Kade McKinnon interrupts a bank holdup and is shot by the teller, Iris Gardner, whose victims have a tendency to be the next groom in town. Will he be the groom this time?

Cupid’s bow…

Iris Gardner, a smart, independent bank clerk, fell in love with Kade when she was too young to know better. So when he walks back into her life and her bank, it’s only fitting that she shoots him … by accident, of course. But she’s a suffragist now, so his charms can’t affect her…right?

Cupid’s blindfold…

Kade doesn’t know Iris’s company is the one who hired him to escort a bullion shipment, and Iris doesn’t know Kade owns the security company, but they both know robbers are on their trail. Which is more likely to be stolen—the silver, or his heart?

And an excerpt of

Much Ado About Miners

by Jacquie Rogers

Iris stood and gazed into Kade’s eyes with a passion that made him want to kiss her right there, on her engagement day.  “You know a whole lot of things I know nothing about,” she whispered.

He took a stride toward her.  “When you hit your head, you asked me if I’d kissed you.”

“I vaguely remember.”

“Why did you ask that?”

“Be-because…”  Her mouth opened a little bit, and she licked her upper lip.  Kade had all he could do to keep from sweeping her up in his arms and making love to her the way a man should—the way she deserved to be loved.

“Do you want to kiss me?”

“No!”  But she nodded, and Kade stepped closer, to within an inch of her, and it took all his willpower to stop there.

“The way you kiss Edward?”

“I, uh, don’t…”  She gazed into Kade’s eyes.  “We never…”  She touched her forefinger to her lips.

“Just one kiss, then, so you know how to do it.”  He pulled her close, pressing her back so her breasts pressed into him.  “Put your arms around me, princess.”

She brushed her hands over his sides and when she caressed his back, he could barely hold back from ravishing her.  “Tilt your head back and open your lips just a little.”

As she did, she whispered, “Just this once.”

He’d make her remember “just this once” forever.

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Want to win a Kindle copy of Much Ado About Miners?  Let me know what sort of entertainment would most appeal to you if you lived in the Old West, before iPads and X-Boxes.  Rollerskating? Boxing? Quilting?

May your saddle never slip!

Jacquie

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INSPIRATION

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2013-Bruce-BWaFinding Inspiration in Odd Places

By Alison Bruce

A tiny fellow with a scarred cheek and eager eyes, John John the Chinese laundry man was the laughingstock of Weaverville, California. For months during he had been washing the Anglo miners’ clothes and never had charged even a penny for his services.

The Anglos thought he was stupid, and intentionally took advantage of him. But a year later, according to prospector John Hoffman, who followed gold and silver trails through the Sierras for nearly three decades, one of the white miners came across John John wearing fine clothes in Sacramento. The Chinese laundry man had washed enough gold dust out of pants cuffs and shirttails to set himself up for life!

http://www.historynet.com/chinese-immigrants-on-americas-western-frontier.htm

It started with five words.

Maggie, the western romance writer’s best friend, would give us five words to spin a yarn, or at least a thread. Those five-word writing challenges inspired me to start Holiday Shorts, followed by Valentine Shorts and Summer Shorts. Instead of five words, I gave participants a loose holiday theme… but Maggie’s five words inspired the venture. A year later, they also inspired Rawhide ‘n Roses, an anthology of western romance short stories.

I jumped at the chance to participate in the anthology, but the timing was terrible. I was up to my ears in work and my brain was trying to gear up to edit my next book. Naturally, when I couldn’t think of anything to write, I asked Maggie for five words. One of those words was miner.

Since I knew next to nothing about mining in the old west, aside from what I’d seen in movies, research was required. Being the research junkie that I am, one thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I was reading up on Chinese hand laundries. That scenic route led me to John John the Chinese laundry man. John John (and a certain Jackie Chan movie) inspired the birth of Uncle Chon.

Augie, born in August and christened Augustus Ramsey Travers, was sixteen. He looked younger, mind you. He had a roundish face, shaggy brown hair and big brown eyes that made him look like a lost puppy. A look he cultivated, I might add.

I was born in May, two years before him, shared his coloring, but looked older than my years. Augie might not have filled out yet, but I had. That was the reason Mama didn’t like me poking around the backs of saloons. I got away with it because everyone assumed Augie was a bit slow and still needed me looking after him.

Augie learned the trick from Uncle Chon. “Smile lots. Look harmless. No bother.” For Uncle Chon, it was a recipe for being a stranger in a strange land. For Augie, it was a way of slipping in where he didn’t belong.

Papa had his faults, the chief one being he was too trusting, but he was devoted to his family. That’s why he dragged us across the country to be with him when he followed the gold rush west. He said he’d been parted from us long enough during the war.

He would never have agreed to a partnership that cut his family out on his death. Even Mama couldn’t believe that. Augie and I set out to prove it.

“I found the contract and it’s exactly as we thought. Papa’s share is divided between the three of us.”

“How much of the document do we have to copy so it will pass when we make the switch?”

“Not much. It’s folded and tied so all you see is the title and date of the contract. I can do that part. There’s a seal on it. We might need Uncle Chon’s help with that.”

Wang Chon was Mama’s partner in the laundry, though most people thought she worked for him. He was our partner in crime.

For more about Uncle Chon, Augie and especially May Travers, read Gold Mountain in Rawhide ‘n Roses, coming out March 15, 2014.

Alison Bruce has had many careers and writing has always been one of them. Copywriter, editor and graphic designer since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher, webmaster and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. Single mother of two wonderful children, Alison balances parenting with her freelance and fiction writing career and working as Publication Manager for Crime Writers of Canada. Story writing isn’t just a vocation; it’s a way of keeping her sanity.

http://www.alisonbruce.ca

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A Touch Of Irish

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I am very proud to be associated with talented author, Lyn Horner. She is one of 15 Western Romance authors featured in the newly released Anthology – Rawhide ‘n Roses. I have invited her here today to tell us more about her story.

Lyn in cat shirt Susan, thank you for inviting me back. I’m delighted to be here and to have this chance to talk about our upcoming anthology, Rawhide ’n Roses.

Being a contributor to this collection of short stories has been a real learning experience. I thought it would be fun and wouldn’t take much time. Right. The problem is I don’t often write short stories. How was I going to tell a complete story, a romance no less, in two or three thousand words? Most chapters in my novels are longer than that. What had I gotten myself into?

Well, I quickly learned the key is to cut out all “fluff”. I ended up cutting at least a third of my first draft, a painful process as you know. We authors don’t enjoy dumping sentences, paragraphs, even whole scenes for the sake of brevity, even if it does improve the story. Now I’d like to share a snippet from my short story. 

The Lawman’s Lady

by Lyn Horner

Blurb:

Marshal Trace Balfour doesn’t care for schoolmarm Matilda Schoenbrun’s straight-laced attitude. However, a few moments alone with the spinster lady makes him realize she isn’t quite what he expected. It also makes him curious. Why doesn’t she like to be called Mattie? Most of all, what would she look like without her specs and with her hair down?

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“Move aside,” Marshal Trace Balfour ordered, pushing through the noisy throng gathered in the street outside the Golden Slipper Saloon. Their shouts and laughter had drawn him from his office up the block. Among the crowd, he saw the local Methodist preacher, the undertaker and the owner of the mercantile across the dusty street. Several ranch hands, in town on their day off, made most of the racket.

Trace also noticed the schoolmarm, Matilda Schoenbrun. With her brown hair wound in a tight bun at her nape and wearing a drab calico gown of the same color, she brought to mind a brown jay such as he’d seen as a boy in south Texas. When she spotted him, she threw her shoulders back and narrowed her lips, looking down her bespectacled little nose, setting his teeth on edge.

“Marshal, please put a stop to this!” she demanded in a haughty voice.

“Ma’am, that’s what I aim to do.” Touching his hat to her, he shouldered aside a pair of cowboys whose laughter and catcalls almost drowned out the shrieks coming from a pair of females rolling in the dirt. Trace recognized them as saloon girls form the Golden Slipper. With red and purple skirts bunched around their knees, they fought viciously, scratching, biting and pulling each other’s hair.

He’d rather face a gang of bank robbers than deal with these snarling wildcats, he thought grimly.

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Now what could be more appropriate today – St Patrick’s Day – than to also tell you a little about Lyn’s Book ‘Dearest Irish’

 

Cover for CreateSpace 2Dearest Irish, book three in Lyn Horner’s Texas Devlins trilogy, is the recipient of a 2013 Reviewers Choice Award from the Paranormal Romance Guild (historical category.)

Book blurb:

Set in1876, Dearest Irish stars Rose Devlin, the youngest of three psychic siblings who hide their rare talents for fear of persecution. Gifted with the extraordinary ability to heal with her mind, Rose inadvertently reveals her secret to Choctaw Jack, a half-breed cowboy she finds fascinating. Unfortunately, she harbors another, darker secret that threatens her chances of ever knowing love.

Choctaw Jack straddles two worlds, dividing his loyalties between his mother’s people and the family of a friend who died in the Civil War. Like Rose, he keeps shocking secrets that could cost him his job, even his life. Yet, he will risk everything to save his dying mother, even if it means kidnapping Rose.

Excerpt:

Rose regained her senses slowly. Feeling herself rock to and fro, she groggily recognized the loping gait of a horse beneath her. But how could that be?

She forced her eyes open, taking in the starlit sky and the dark landscape passing by. Blinking at the sight, she realized she was seated crosswise on the horse – in a man’s lap. Just like that, the scene in her bedroom with Jack came back to her, and she knew whose chest she leaned upon and whose arm was locked around her.

Panicking, she cried out in fright. Pain lanced through her jaw, reminding her of the blow her teacher-turned-abductor had delivered just before she’d sunk into oblivion.

“Easy now,” the brute murmured. “You’re all right. Nobody’s gonna hurt you.”

She threw her head back to see his shadowed features. “I’m not all right, ye . . . ye kidnapper!” Cupping her painful jaw, she demanded, “Take me back this instant!”

“Can’t do that, Toppah.”

“But ye must! Tye and Lil will be looking for me.” Catching the odd word he’d spoken, she repeated it. “Toppah? What’s that?”

“It’s you. It means yellow-hair.”

“Oh. Well, don’t be calling me that again. Now turn this horse around and take me back,” she again demanded.

“Nope. We’re heading for the Nations. You might as well relax and enjoy the ride.”

“Enjoy the ride, is it? You’re daft!” She pushed at his steely arm and attempted to twist free, but, although his hold caused no pain, it was unbreakable. Feeling smothered and panicky, she shoved at his chest, managing to create a small space between them.

“Be still,” he ordered sharply. “Do you want to fall off and break your neck?”

Before she could reply, another man’s voice sounded nearby, speaking in an unfamiliar tongue. Unaware of his presence until that moment, Rose uttered a frightened cry and instinctively shrank against Jack. His arm tightened around her for a moment. He said something to the other man then spoke softly to her.

“Don’t be afraid, Poe-lah-yee. That’s only Tsoia. He is my friend, my blood brother. He won’t touch you as long as he thinks you’re mine.”

“Yours! I’m not yours!” she shrilled, once more stiffening against him.

“You might not want to let him know that.”

Twisting her upper body and craning her neck, Rose caught a glimpse of the other Indian’s shadowy form. He rode near them and, unless she was mistaken, he led another horse.

“What did he say?” she warily asked.

“He said you screech like an owl,” Jack replied, a grin in his voice.

Rose huffed in annoyance, not liking the comparison. After a moment’s silence, she asked in a softer voice, “And what did ye call me a minute ago?”

“Poe-lah-yee. It means rabbit.”

“Rabbit! I told ye before I’m no scared rabbit.” Although she did feel like one just now, she privately admitted. “Oh, and my hair’s not yellow, ’tis strawberry-blonde. That’s what they’re calling the color back in Chicago these days.”

“That right? Well, I guess I could call you Poe-aye-gaw. That means strawberries.”

“For goodness sake, can’t ye call me by my proper name?”

“I dunno,” he drawled. Poe-aye-gaw is kinda nice, or maybe P’ayn-nah. That means sugar. Yeah, I like that one.”

Sugar? Did he think her sweet? And what if he did? It made no nevermind to her. Snorting in disdain, Rose squirmed uncomfortably in his lap.

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RAWHIDE ‘N ROSES – A Western Romance Anthology.R&R 2nd revise

Saddle up your horses and head out to the heart of the Wild West in this collection of short love stories by authors of Western Romance from all over the United States and around the world.

Whether your passion is historical or contemporary, there’s something inside for everyone.

Grab your favorite drink, sit back and enjoy!

Gold Mountain by Alison Bruce

There’s more than one way to mine for gold, as May Travers well knows, and Marshal Ben Jessup is about to find out.

A Gentle Touch by Celia Yeary

Adam Taylor tames mustangs with a gentle touch, but would the same method calm a frightened abused woman?

A Midnight Clear by Simone Beaudelaire

A lonely widow finds a new opportunity for love during an icy Christmas in modern-day Wyoming.

Houston McClintock by Caroline Clemmons

Houston McClintock is on his way home when an attack by vicious robbers redirects his life onto a surprising path to love and fulfillment.

Marrying Jenna by Charlene Raddon

Branch McCauley and Jenna Leigh-Whittington’s wedding day arrives at last, so why is Jenna riding hell-bent out of town wearing her wedding dress and a gun belt? Something’s up, and it doesn’t look good. Will the wedding ever take place?

Connie’s Gift by Rain Trueax

The gift of second sight, which Connie no longer believes she possesses, becomes a deadly threat to her and the man she loves.

Stable Hands, Stable Hearts by Chad Strong

When 17yr old Scott thinks he spots the girl of his dreams, will his feelings for her distract him from winning?

Gunslinger’s Angel by Margaret Tanner

Gunslinger Cal Devereaux is saved by an angel, but is she a heavenly creature or a warm blooded woman?

Petticoat Patrol by Susan Horsnell

When a man has no son, he calls on his daughters to help protect his ranch.

When Love Arrives by Carol A. Spradling

A stowaway’s past and future collide on the Santa Fe Trail.

Bluffing the Marshal by Paty Jager

Nellie Preston not only wants to keep her brother from hanging, she wants to become the marshal’s wife.

The Lawman’s Lady by Lyn Horner

A prickly schoolmarm sets a handsome lawman’s teeth on edge until the day he starts to wonder what she’d look like without her specs and with her hair down.

Yellowstone Proposal (A Yellowstone Romance Series Short Story) by Peggy L. Henderson

Willing to face dangers only told in legends, Evan risks everything to find the woman who captured his heart.

Much Ado about Misfires (A Hearts of Owyhee short-short story) by Jacquie Rogers A cowboy on rollerskates and an old flame with a new beau—can Reuben lasso the woman he loves?

Destiny’s Kiss by Cheri Kay Clifton

She gave up life in the present to find her destiny in the past.

Whet the appetite? Available now from Amazon  – http://amzn.com/B00IRPWDNM    and soon from other popular outlets.

Phyllis Ketchersid – Photographer Extraordinaire

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SOUTHERN LEGACY PHOTOGRAPHY

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I had the privilege of meeting this lady online and wanted to take the opportunity to promote her new photography business. Phyllis has been a fabulous supporter of many Authors and it was my opportunity to say thank you. I hope you enjoy learning more about this lady and take advantage of the very professional services she offers.

Chalk Southern Legacy about meWelcome, Phyllis.

Sue: How long have you been interested in photography?

Annabel3 pretty matte defined websizePhyllis: It’s really hard to say how long I have been interested in photography because I’ve always loved it for as long as I can remember.

Sue: How long have you been a professional photographer?

Phyllis: I just recently started my business even though I have been shooting seriously for about 5 years now. I love being a photographer so much but I didn’t want to open a business until I felt confident that I understood all of the settings on a camera like shutter speed & aperture & was able to produce consistent, quality results in my images. Annabelsnow4 edit websize

Sue: What brand of camera do you use and why?

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Sue: Are you available for private parties, birthdays etc?

Phyllis: Yes, I am available for private parties, birthdays, bridal showers, graduation parties, & weddings. You get to relax & enjoy the celebration & I capture those precious memories for you!

Bonnie dress5 edit websizeSue: Can you give us a brief overview of the services you offer?

Phyllis: I offer a variety of outdoor portrait sessions for Seniors, 1st Birthday, Engagement sessions, Family sessions, Bridals, & Head shots. I also shoot informal occasions like birthday or engagement parties. I restore old, damaged photographs & provide cover art for authors.Buddy Marjorie restoration before after

Photography is such a passion for me because I believe that pictures are the ONLY material thing that is truly irreplaceable & priceless. Because of that I believe that when you invest in quality photography you are leaving a legacy for your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren & for generations to come.

Thank you Phyllis for joining me.

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