Western Romance by Keta Diablo
Once Upon A Savage Moon is a 5-part serial. The novellas in the serial are approximately 90+ pages each.
Brothers Creed and Brand Gatlin love the same woman. One is the father to her child; the other her husband. One left to fight in the Civil War; one stayed home to pick up the tumultuous pieces of their lives.
Sage and Lauren McCain, twins separated at birth, have no idea the other exists…until Fate steps in to reunite them twenty years later.
Once Upon A Savage Moon is a sweeping saga of two families, the McCains and the Gatlins, caught in the crossfire of the Civil War and the Sioux uprising. Journey with them as they struggle through heartache, betrayal, forgiveness and ultimately love.
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(Creed finds Lauren in the woods injured)
Creed dismounted near the body, scanned the woods and wondered if he’d walked into an ambush. He’d heard of hostiles propping a body on the ground and lying in wait for a man to take a closer look. The noisy chatter of the forest told him everything seemed normal. He kept the rifle ready and walked forward.
His heartbeat picked up speed. A familiar wave of knowing washed over him. The hair, the slender body and graceful curves could only be…. “Lauren!” He dropped to a knee beside her and placed his fingers against her neck. Thank God, a faint pulse. A ribbon of crimson streaked her forehead and ran down her cheek. The blood, thickened by the cold, had ceased running long ago. Creed pulled her to his chest and rubbed her arms, hoping to bring warmth to her cold body.
Her eyes fluttered open and nonsensical words fell from her blue lips. “Come back, Adobe, don’t leave me.”
“Lauren, hush. It’s all right. I’m here.”
Her eyes tried to focus on his face. “I knew you’d come. Forgive me, please. I never meant to hurt you.”
Good God, who does she think she’s talking to? Brand? Me? “I have to get you home or you’ll freeze to death.”
“I deserve to die. He hates me, hates everything I stand for.”
“You’re not making any sense so stop talking, using up valuable strength.”
Creed slung Lauren over his shoulder and walked to the mount. Grabbing hold of the horn, he flung himself into the saddle, dragging her lightweight body with him.
Facing him, her teeth rattling, she snuggled into his chest. “Don’t let anyone take my son. Promise me you’ll take care of him.”
“You stupid little fool, what are you doing out here alone…no horse, no one around?”
“The Indians tried to-to get me again.” She stammered through the words. “Came-came out from a tree and spooked the horse.”
“What horse, where’s the horse now?”
“Ran away.” She burrowed deep against him. “Like Brand and Uncle Mason. Poof, gone!”
Jesus, he hurt, all the way down to his toes. She’d lost so much and yet she continued to worry about everyone else—two dead men and their son.
A limp arm slid up his chest and clung to his neck. His body warmth poured into her. Pressed into the crotch of her riding skirt, his hard shaft had its own way of responding to the blasted woman. God, he wanted her, wanted her so bad he’d die from it one day. What kind of a sick son of a bitch would think about sleeping with a woman when she was almost frozen to death?
Another arm snaked up his torso and wrapped around his neck. “I knew you’d come, Creed; knew you’d save me again. Don’t leave me, don’t ever leave me.”
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