Showing posts with label Western. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Western. Show all posts

Monday, February 12, 2018

"Before the Leap" by Liz Isaacson

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Before the Leap
(Gold Valley Romance Book 1)
by Liz Isaacson

Before the Leap (Gold Valley Romance Book 1) by Liz Isaacson

Before the Leap is the first book in the Gold Valley Romance series by Liz Isaacson. Also available and ON SALE for only $0.99 each to 18 February: After the Fall, Through the Mist, Between the Reins, Over the Moon, and Under the Bridge.


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Description
The ranch foreman, a fiery new designer, and an old flame that could burn them both …
Jace Lovell only has one thing left after his fiancé abandons him at the altar: his job at Horseshoe Home Ranch. He throws himself into becoming the best foreman the ranch has ever had - and that includes hiring an interior designer to make the ranch owner’s wife happy.
Belle Edmunds is back in Gold Valley after she lost her job at a prestigious design firm in California. She’s working for a conglomerate, but she’s desperate to build a portfolio that she can use to start her own firm in Montana. She applies for the job at Horseshoe Home, and though Jace and Belle grew up together, they’ve never seen eye to eye on much more than the sky is blue.
The spark between them now that they’re adults can’t be denied, and as Jace and Belle attempt to work together, they also fight their growing attraction to each other. But Jace isn’t anywhere near forgiving his fiancé, and he’s not sure he’s ready for a new relationship with someone as fiery and beautiful as Belle. Can she employ her patience while he figures out how to forgive so they can find their own brand of happily-ever-after?

Excerpt
Three more interviews, and still Jace didn’t see something in the folders—or the applicants—he thought might fit at Horseshoe Home Ranch. Finally, only one folder remained on his desk. He didn’t bother to open it. All the designers had brought a copy of their designs for the different spaces on the ranch.
Landon opened the door and said, “Miss Belle.”
Jace snapped his head up, ice sinking through his chest, coating his lungs and internal organs in stiff blocks he’d never escape. Why hadn’t—?
“Well, look at you.” Belle strode forward, her luxurious auburn hair flowing behind her like a curtain. She’d pinned back only the very front, leaving the rest to frame her high cheekbones, her bright green eyes, and her very glossed lips.
Jace yanked his attention away from those lips, which had always intrigued him. “Look at me?” he asked, making a conscious effort not to reach up and smooth down his beard like he did when he wanted to look his best. “Look at you. What happened? Did Sacramento run out of red lipstick? You had to come all the way to Gold Valley to get stocked up?”
“Ha ha.” She swept him from head to toe. “I see you’re still wearing that ridiculous hat.”
“Everyone wears these hats,” he shot back. “We’re cowboys.”
“Yes, well, most decent men buy a replacement every few years.” She sniffed as she perched on the edge of the chair across from his desk and pulled a folder from her purse. No briefcase bag. No pretentious heels—Belle didn’t need them. She stood almost as tall as her brother, Landon.
The snake, Jace thought as he rounded the desk and took his seat. Landon should’ve told him his sister had applied. Growing up, Jace had never seen eye-to-eye with the redhead, though he did enjoy trading jabs with her when she visited from her hoity-toity job at a design firm in Sacramento.
Instead of focusing on her tight black jeans and flowing top of cobalt blue—which he thought made her hair look positively decadent—he flipped open the folder to check her address. “You moved back?”
She shrugged one shoulder, the silky blouse she wore slipping a little. “My parents are on a six-month service mission in Africa. I’m taking care of the house.”
He returned his gaze to the folder, which was safer than drinking in Belle’s curves. “Mm hm.” He’d heard that before. Pretty princess left home, and instead of admitting that the world had chewed her up, she came home “to take care of the house.”
“You must be tired.” Her tone, which someone less experienced than Jace could’ve misinterpreted to be sympathetic, caused him to abandon the folder.
“Why do you say that?” Jace knew Belle’s body didn’t actually house sympathetic bones, even though she dressed it up nice and sprayed intoxicating, lilac-scented perfume across her collarbone. His gaze dropped to that spot, and her golden skin made his blood run a little faster.
“You didn’t even make a joke about me taking care of the house.”
Jace opened his mouth to say something, but closed it when nothing came to mind. “It’s been a long day. Let’s get this over with.” With effort, he closed her folder and shoved his traitorous thoughts about Belle’s attractiveness to the back of his mind. “Did you bring your portfolio?”
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Praise for the Book
Before the Leap is a well written contemporary western romance with very believable characters that the reader easily relates to.” ~ pat imbimbo
“There are moments of humor, heartbreak, romance, frustration and so much more! This is a sweet story that doesn't develop too quickly.” ~ CarterandConnersMom
“Really enjoyed this story and the characters. It was filled with real struggles and many ups and downs that actually happen in the real world.” ~ Kindle Customer
“Anyone who enjoys reading clean romance will enjoy this book.” ~ Karen Semones
“An excellent story that I definitely recommend.” ~ Kimberly Dawn

About the Author
Liz Isaacson is the pen name for USA Today bestselling author Elana Johnson as she writes inspirational romances. Her Three Rivers Ranch Romance series has multiple #1 bestsellers in half a dozen categories. She loves all things cowboys, and will write romance in Texas, Montana, and anywhere else she can find horses and mountains.






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Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Arizona Forever" by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

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Arizona Forever
by Jaclyn M. Hawkes


This book blast and giveaway for Arizona Forever by Jaclyn M. Hawkes is brought to you by I Am A Reader.


Description
Dr. Jessie Benn has everything - except Mr. Right. There’s only one problem.The one guy who intrigues her is completely wrong.
She’s a veterinarian specializing in horses with a thriving practice nestled between her family’s Arizona ranches, looking for a nice, dependable guy who can take her to the eternities.
He’s a visiting Australian business tycoon who’s just a touch bitter, a touch wild, and way more than a touch fascinating.
What’s a girl to do?

Excerpt
Prologue
Six year old Jessie Benjamin did what she always did when she was afraid—she ran to her big brothers. Hurrying, she went two doors down the hall to Josh’s room where her other brothers, Brennan and McCade, would most likely be as well. It was where the four of them usually met whenever there was something wrong. Only this time, she knew something was really wrong because her brothers didn’t smile and tease her before they gathered around her like they usually did. They swallowed her into their jostling group hug, but this time there was the same scary feeling here in Josh’s room that she could hear in her parents’ raised voices coming from their room further down the hall.
She couldn’t tell what they were fighting about. She only heard a word here or there, her mother’s voice loud and angry, while her dad’s had calmed down to sad and almost pleading. This bickering had been going on for a couple of days now, but nothing like tonight’s fighting. It was so strange. Her mother got fussy pretty often, but her dad never got like this. Ever. He was typically calm and soft spoken. Even when someone did something big, like when Brennan broke the garage window, he never got too riled. Whatever this bortion thing was her mother was hollering about had made him truly upset.
Jessie looked up into the serious faces of her brothers and hid her own face against Josh’s chest. She wished her mother would calm down. That shouting couldn’t be good for the baby in her mom’s tummy. They’d just found out she was expecting. Jessie was praying it was a girl and couldn’t have been more excited for anything! Ever since she was little, she’d imagined she had this little blonde sister named Jennifer who did everything with her. She’d even dreamed about her and it felt like she’d waited forever. Even a baby brother would be wonderful!
The fighting spilled out of their parents’ room into the hallway and her father almost seemed to be begging as he said, “Please, Clara, don’t do this. Just hang in there four more months. Even three and a half. Then you can leave and won’t ever even have to see it. I know it’s your body, but please . . . It’s my baby too.”
Storming past Josh’s bedroom door, her mother shouted something they all clearly heard, “I’ll do what I want! It’s my body! In four months I’ll have missed the two biggest shows of the season. I missed shows for years to get the four we have. They’re plenty. It’s too much to ask that I do it again. This was your mistake, Ken—not mine! I shouldn’t have to pay for it and you can’t make me!”
The front door slammed and a moment later Jessie heard a car squeal away and then there was only silence. For some reason, that scared her more than the arguing. Finally, her dad went into his office and stayed on the phone with someone for a long time and when he came out, he actually looked like he’d been crying. Of course, that couldn’t have been true. Dads didn’t cry. But he looked like it.
That night, after everyone else was gone to bed, Jessie snuck into Josh’s room and sat on his bed and whispered, “Josh, what are they fighting about? What does bortion mean?” He was almost ten. He would know.
At her question, Josh began to cry. He pulled Jessie into a gentle hug. When he could finally speak, he said so softly and so sadly that Jessie could hardly hear the words that shattered her world into pieces, “Dad says it means Mom’s going to have the baby taken out of her tummy and then it will die, Jessie.”

Praise for the Book
"I've waited a LONG time for a new book by Jaclyn!!! It did NOT disappoint!!! Read this book in six hours because I couldn't put it down!!! [...] Thanks for a WONDERFUL good, clean romance!!! Can't wait for the next book!!! :)" ~ Amazon Customer
"I'm becoming a really big fan of Jaclyn Hawkes, I love the way she writes! I enjoyed this book a lot. She touches on real things that we face and how we can overcome with the help of others who are put here to help us on our journey through life! I highly recommend this book and all her books!"
"This book was great. It is a fun read that warms your heart and makes you feel just as awesome as the characters."
"A love story with depth and characters you want to meet This new book from Jaclyn Hawkes was delightful!"
"Amazing! I have never read a book before that had me captive from the beginning. I cried, have laughed and felt her deep grief and confusion. What a wonderful book and a wonderfully exceptional writer. I can't wait to read more of Jaclyn Hawkes books!"

About the Author
Bestselling author Jaclyn M. Hawkes grew up in Utah with six sisters, four brothers and any number of pets. (It was never boring!) She got a bachelor's degree, had a career, and traveled extensively before settling down to her life's work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children. She loves shellfish, the out of doors, the youth, and hearing her children laugh. She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Day of Reckoning" by Raylan McCrae

EXCERPT
Day of Reckoning
(A Lucas Wade Western Book 3)
by Raylan McCrae


Day of Reckoning is the third book in the Lucas Wade Western series by Raylan McCrae. The author stops by today to share an excerpt. Also available: Just Compensation (read my blog post) and Gunfighter's Justice.



Description
Day of Reckoning is the third Book in the highly acclaimed Lucas Wade Western series.
As the legendary Wyoming Range Wars are building steam, Marshal Lucas Wade finds himself caught between the Big Cattle corporate barons of the Stock Growers Association and the old time ranchers, big and small, that have settled in the open ranges of Wyoming. When the corporate cattlemen hang Judy Ruth Walder with an "I Rustled Cows" sign around her neck, Marshal Wade realizes there are no limits to what they will do. More than one gunfight will be required as Spencer, Wyoming fills up with gunmen hired by the Association, but eventually the conflict explodes into a war with hundreds on each side.
The previous two books in the series, Just Compensation and Gunfighter's Justice, spent months on the Amazon Top 10 List of Classic Westerns. Raylan McCrae has been favorably compared by readers and critics to Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour. If you’ve not yet read the Lucas Wade Western series, Day of Reckoning is the perfect place to begin. Raylan McCrae continues to write about a wide open West, where freedom is personified by men willing to take a life and death stance for what they want or what they believe in. As always, in Day of Reckoning McCrae blends an action packed drama with humor and spice that will keep you turning pages.

Excerpt
The Union Pacific from Cheyenne was scheduled to arrive in Spencer at 8 PM every night of the week. It was as predictable as snow in December; the train showed up each evening at exactly 9:30 PM. I asked Virgil, the station master, why they didn’t change its arrive time to 9:30, and he said, “I ain’t waitin’ at the railway station till 11:00 PM for no damn train to show up.”
“No, that would be too late,” I said, grinning at the old man who was as serious as a Baptist preacher.
I looked down the track and could see the one-eyed cyclops coming. It was still too far away to hear the roar of the engine or smell the coal that was burning in the boiler and rolling out the chimney. But, it was on its way and would show up in 10 minutes or so. I pulled out my pocket watch to check the time; it was 9:20.
“Virg,” I said, “you best stay inside until I get done out here.”
“Yes, sir, Marshal,” he said. “Somebody gonna get kilt?”
“It’s likely,” I said.
I now heard the steam coming out of the whistle making the train’s first auditory announcement of its arrival. With the moonlight, I could now see clouds rolling out of the smokestack. I pulled out my Colt Peacemaker, opened the loading gate, and rolled the cylinder a full circle to ensure that it was fully loaded. I put the .45 back in its worn leather holster.
Four years ago, in Austin, Texas, Harvey Wabash had pulled a gun on me in a public street. It was a foolish idea and, instead of being known as the man who killed Lucas Wade, he was just another kid in a pauper’s grave, lucky he was put in a wooden box beforehand. Harvey wasn’t tired of living, but he was tired of living in the shadow of his outlaw big brother Ham Wabash. Ham was a man beyond redemption, who’d spent his life stealing, rustling, raping, and killing. He’d brought Harvey along for the ride, but ridiculed and browbeat him most of the journey. When Harvey was put in the ground, Ham Wabash was doing a dime at Yuma for beating an old man unconscious because the old man had spilled a beer on him. I knew Ham, but I’d had nothing to do with his arrest; if I had, there’d likely have been a second beating that day.
I received word a few days ago that Ham had broken out of Yuma; that didn’t happen often. Right before dark, I got a telegram from the Marshal in Cheyenne, Tom Bonnet, that Ham Wabash was seen getting on a train heading my way; he was traveling with two men that Bonnet said must be gunmen or criminals or both. Funny thing was, Tom Bonnet didn’t know I was the reason Ham was coming to Spencer.
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Praise for the Book
"Things are building to a crescendo that will keep you on the edge of your seat frantically turning the last pages to see how it ends." ~ Mary Jane Kail
"A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written historical fiction western book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great western movie, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars." ~ Tony Parsons
"So great to see successful authors writing westerns. There are a lot of new titles out there in this Genre, but many of the authors are painfully inexperienced and it shows in their novels. Raylan McCrae is a great author who decided to write some western novels. Characters and plot are well developed, the story is most interesting, easy to read and you'll love the protagonist and those he holds dear. This is the third in the series and the other two should be read before this one." ~ Amazon Customer
"Raylan McCrae has done it again with another adventure of Lucas Wade and the beautiful Nellie! Again, the narrative flows with the author's hard-boiled style of the Old West with a touch of the East creeping in. Lucas Wade is Jack Reacher with Spurs! Can't wait for #4, he might even get 'lucky'. I hope so ..." ~ Peter P LePorin
"Hellacious read. This is good a western book as any I have ever read. Zane Grey, Louis LaMour, nor any other western writer, could do any better. Now I'm going to have to buy more of this author's writings. If his other books are as good as this one, it will be money well spent." ~ Kindle Customer

About the Author
Raylan McCrae practiced law in the upper echelons of the U.S. government and in the private sector; he now spends most his time writing but devotes some of his time to non-paying things he likes to do, including smoking good cigars, drinking old scotch, and reading books. Raylan loves to read books almost as much as he loves to write them. One of his favorite quotes, from George Martin’s Game of Thrones, says: "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies; the man who never reads lives only one."
Raylan grew up riding horses and herding cattle before heading to the city. He knows his way around trails and halls alike. Raylan currently lives in Southern California with his wife and children.
The Lucas Wade Western series includes three published books: Just Compensation, Gunfighter's Justice, and Day of Reckoning. A fourth book is underway. Raylan is also working on a crime series that will soon be released.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

"Rachel" by Caroline Clemmons

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Rachel
(Bride Brigade Book 5)
by Caroline Clemmons


Rachel is the fifth book in the Bride Brigade series by Caroline Clemmons. Also available: Josephine, Angeline, Cassandra, and Ophelia.


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Description
A shameful past ...
Rachel Ross’ secret haunts her. She joins other women leaving Virginia for Texas, object matrimony. Vowing never to trust again, she is rebuilding her life. She likes the dusty little town of Tarnation and is attracted to Zane Evans. She accepts a job as his bookkeeper. Her past has made her cautious and she vows never to let down her guard. The attraction is there, and she allows him to court her.
Zane Evans is a former Pinkerton agent who wants to forget all he saw in that profession and in the war and build a good life in Tarnation, Texas. He has carefully planned his future. He’d never believed in love at first sight until he meets Rachel. Now he’s determined to discover and remove the reason her beautiful brown eyes look haunted.
One event reveals her past in a spectacular way. Will Zane forgive her silence?

Excerpt
Mama glanced from Hannah to Rachel. “I’ve fixed you a place in my sewing room. Your clothes and things are already there.”
Not even allowed to return to her former room? Scooping up her valise, she turned and fled to the sewing room. “Fine. At least I’ll have privacy.”
Patrick followed and caught up with her before she closed the door. “Dahlia and I’ve been scouring our brains since I learned of our parents’ plan. I may have a solution.” He handed her a folded newspaper page with one advertisement circled. “What do you think?”
Rachel read the item:
“Young women of good character desiring to go west for the purpose of marriage may apply for an interview between ten and four o’clock in the afternoon from April 5th to 10th at the Grand Hotel, Richmond, care of Mrs. Lydia Harrison.”
“Good character? This Mrs. Lydia Harrison might not agree I qualify.” She reread the item as she mulled over the implications. “Regardless, I’ll go see Mrs. Harrison at ten tomorrow.” She hugged Patrick. “I knew I could count on you, dear brother.”
“You’ll have to thank Dahlia for that advertisement. It wasn’t in the parts of the paper I read.”
All her plans for the future had changed. Instead of welcome from her family, she was ostracized by all but her brother. In her head, she saw the wisdom of her father’s edict. In her heart, she was far too crushed for reason. She wouldn’t stay a second longer than necessary to find a solution.
Patrick leaned a shoulder against the door jamb. “I’ll take off work again to go with you and be certain this woman isn’t a con artist soliciting young women for objectionable purposes.”
Rachel was able to force a smile though her heart had frozen solid. “No, Patrick, thank you for coming for me and for being the same fine man I remember, but I should do this alone. The ad says ‘for the purpose of marriage’ and I’ll be sure of the details before I commit—if she even chooses me.”
“At least let me give you a few dollars to pay cab fare there and back and enough to buy lunch if you’re out then.” He opened his wallet and removed several bills, which he pressed into her hand.
She gazed at the amount. “Ten dollars? Patrick, this is too much.”
He backed away as he held his hands palm facing her. “You don’t know what expenses you’ll have. I’ll worry enough without thinking you have no resources.”
She dropped the cash into her purse. “Thank you. You’re the dearest brother who ever lived.”
His cheeky grin cheered her. “Honesty compels me to modestly agree with you.”
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Praise for the Book
"I have read all of the five Bride Brigade books and can’t pick a favorite. Each story is complete, detailed, and enjoyable. Rachel’s story did not disappoint. I love how Ms. Clemmons intertwines all the bride’s stories, yet each can be read alone. I look forward to the next book in the series." ~ Marianne Spitzer
" ... I enjoyed this book so very much I hated to see it end." ~ Dorothy Henderson
"Intriguing story of a woman framed for someone else’s crime. Trust doesn’t come easy when even her own family turns against her." ~ Beverly G.
"Oh boy, did I ever enjoy this book. Good work!!" ~ Marcia Montoya

About the Author
Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.
Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys family, reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, and getting together with friends.


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