Friday, June 22, 2018
New Release ★ Free Content ★ Upcoming Release
Celebrate with me! THE RANCHER’S PERFECT BRIDE is up for pre-order and will release on Monday, June 25, from Amazon. This is book 7 of the Loving a Rancher Series, a sweet western historical romance. In this story, Zenobia Stanton wants to be the perfect mail-order bride for Callum McFadden—if only she knew how to cook and clean! She’s a fast learner, but has what I hope you’ll find are interesting encounters along the way. The purchase link is http://a.co/5ORxMym.
The previous titles in this series were part of Debra Holland’s Montana Sky Series for Kindle World. Because Amazon is dropping the Kindle World program, the rights to these books (with Debra’s permission) return to me on July 16. I will be republishing them as soon as possible after that date. Of course, the names of Debra’s characters have been changed because they belong to her. Now I'll be able to offer the books in print as well as e-books.
THE RANCHER'S PERFECT BRIDE Excerpt: (Zenobia is alone at the ranch on the fifth day of her marriage. The day before, Callum gave her shooting lessons.)
She saw the stocky man’s muscles bunch and recognized he was going to jump up and lunge at her.
“Mister, you try to stand up and I’ll shoot you.”
He raised his head and sent her a lethal glare. “I’ll bet you don’t even know how to shoot. You look like that there gun is getting too heavy for you.”
“If it does, I have a revolver in my apron pocket. Would you prefer I shoot you with a revolver?”
The skinny man’s voice was an unpleasant whine, “Don’t shoot us at all. You let us ride away and we won’t bother you none.”
“As if I’d believe that. Thieves like you two aren’t going to change your ways.” Where was Callum? He should have come by now.
She took a step back and fired three more into the air. When she did, the stocky man leaped to his feet. Her fourth shot was at his feet.
He kept coming at her so she shot at him, this time plugging his shoulder. His eyes widened in surprise and he stopped momentarily.
“I’ll teach you to fire at me.” He called her horrid names.
The man recovered his momentum and rushed at her. She shot him again, this time hitting his knee. He dropped to the ground cursing and repeating what he would like to do to her.
His talk caused her knees to shake but she couldn’t let him know. She scowled and pretended to regard him as expendable. “If you’re of a mind to continue, I still have ammunition. When I said ‘on the ground’, that’s what I meant.”
He continued calling her names and cursing. “You shattered my knee. I’ll have the devil of a time walking after this.”
“I didn’t ask you to come at me and I have no sympathy for you.”
The sound of hoofbeats reassured her. Callum and his hands rode into the yard at a gallop. When he stopped, he was off his horse and running toward her.
The three ranch hands converged on the two thieves.
Callum grabbed her shoulders and searched her face. “Are you all right? What’s happened here?”
She set the rifle on the porch and clung to his arms. “I’m okay but have never been so grateful to see anyone. These two men didn’t know I was here. They waited until you and your men were gone then rode in to steal hens and meat. They’re living in your old soddie.”
He pulled her into his arms. “Zenobia, I’m sorry you had to confront them, but you held your own.”
She rested her head against his strong chest. His accelerated heartbeat reflected his anxiety. “I thought I would have to kill that stocky man. He was determined to reach me. The leering way he looked at me scared me witless.”
She leaned close and spoke quietly, “Callum… um, I have to tell you the truth. The first time I fired at him, I intended to hit his boots and got his shoulder. The second time, I aimed at his other shoulder and hit his knee. Frankly, I’m surprised I didn’t miss entirely.”
He hugged her to him again. “Don’t tell anyone. You’ll have a reputation now as a woman who can defend herself. Let’s keep it our secret that you aren’t as good a shot as you’d like.”
“I don’t want to be tested again by the likes of those two but I think I should practice more. If I’d missed him he would have overpowered me.”
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