Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CAN SHE FORGIVE THIS BROKEN MAN?

Please welcome bestselling author Kathleen Ball to the blog today. She is one of the authors in the anthology COME LOVE A COWBOY. Kathleen’s story is LUKE’S FATE and the purchase link for the anthology is http://amzn.com/B01D5876UK  Here’s the information for Kathleen’s book.

LUKE’S FATE Blurb:

Meg O’Brien hoped never to lay eyes on the one man who broke her heart. To her dismay, Luke Kelly arrives at her ranch a much different and broken man. Can Meg ever forgive his callous treatment of her and help Luke become the man he used to be?



LUKE’S FATE Excerpt:

“You’ve changed,” he said, his voice soft and low.

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

He hesitated. “You used to be easy to read. You wore your emotions on your sleeve. Now I don’t know what you think except you want me gone. I can understand why. I mean I left you just as we were starting something good, something I had hoped would be permanent.”

“Permanent?”

 “You must have known how I felt about you. I was just waiting for you to grow up so I could start dating you.”

Tears filled her eyes. All this time she had thought he didn’t find her appealing. “You left without a word.”

“I know, and I’ll be forever sorry for hurting you.”

Tears trailed down her face, and she closed her eyes willing them to stop. “Why?” Her voice squeaked.

Luke shook his head. “I wish I could tell you but I can’t.”

Meg wiped away her tears. “Can’t or won’t?” She waved her hand at him. “You know, don’t, just don’t. The whole town thinks I drove you away. I’ve lived the last five years with people whispering behind my back. I don’t even bother going into town unless I have to. Now I’m foreman of this ranch, I’m perfectly content with my life. I do what I love, and people stay out of my way.”

Luke’s stare was intense. “Is that what you want? You want people to stay out of your way? Hell, Margaret Mary, I thought you’d gone on with your life. I expected to find you with a husband and babies. Even I got married.” His face shuttered as he turned away.

Married? No one had told her. Her mouth opened but there were no words. She folded her arms in front of her trying to keep from flying apart and her stomach threatened to rebel. What a fool she’d been, thinking all this time that something tragic had happened to him, thinking he’d be back for her if he could, and the whole time he’d been married.

Of course, he would have dated while he’d been gone, but marriage… Her thoughts had never strayed that far. How stupid, of course he’d be married. If imagining it would have been too much for her, the reality was shattering. Her body began to shake, and she clasped her hands together trying to still herself. After a few large swallows it worked, but the lump in her throat stayed.

Well, where the hell was his wife now? She should be here wiping her husband’s nose instead of leaving it to others. He had the gall to come here when he had a wife? Her stomach dropped. Was he planning to build a house on his land and live there, raising a family?

Everyone had told her to get on with her life but she refused to listen. Damn my stubborn hide! 

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Kathleen Ball, Author


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6 comments:

Patti Sherry-Crews said...

Hi Caroline and Kathleen! Luke's Fate kept me on the edge of my seat. Your story took so many unexpected turns! It was an entertaining read with great characters.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Kathleen, the white background is supposed to be blue but Blogger has outwitted me again. I tried to correct it, but no luck. Perhaps readers will think the white is intentional.

Keta Diablo said...

Hello Caroline and Kathleen,

Luke's Fate heads off our anthology Come Love A Cowboy and what a great starter it is!

Always nice to work with you, Kathleen.

Chat with you soon,

~Keta~

Hebby Roman said...

Loved Kathleen's story. Actually, loved all the stories. Thank you, Caroline, for hosting our anthology and each of us on your awesome blog.

andreadowning.com said...

Thanks for having us all here Caroline! I've ben so happy to be in such a great group.

Kathleen Ball said...

Thank you