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New Release–Chasing Adventure

 

 

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I’m thrilled to announce my next story in the “Entertainers of the West” series is now available. Set in the Montana Sky world established by Debra Holland’s award-winning books, Chasing Adventure takes place in the fall of 1887 in Sweetwater Springs and Morgan’s Crossing.

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Dime novelist, Thora Alviss, seeks out an ex-US Marshal, Harte Renwyck, for an interview, but he wants no more publicity about his past life. Determined to make her stories better, city-bred Thora rushes into exploring the frontier life. Thora’s thirst for a good story is stronger than her ability to get herself out of danger and Harte comes to the rescue time and again. Will she give up and return east, or will she learn the survival skills she’s been writing about?

Ex-US Marshal, Harte Renwyck, has left his past behind and looks for no more acclaim, but a pesky author wants to interview him about his former profession. While Harte can’t deny a growing respect for her efforts to make her stories stronger, he’s been wronged by the press in the past and fights to keep his distance. Can he look past his prior grudge and see the adventurous woman close at hand?

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EXCERPT

“No hotel?” Wide-eyed, she stumbled and grabbed for the rail. “How will I ever find him?”

At her words, Harte narrowed his gaze. She sought a man but hadn’t made arrangements for said man to meet her? Strange. The woman’s face paled, and Harte edged close, fearing she might faint. If ever a woman was out of her element, that person was Miss Alviss.

“I’ll help the lady, Jack.” Before thinking through the situation and realizing what he obliged himself to, he’d opened his mouth and made the offer. Why not? He had to walk in the same direction to return to the office and could carry a bag or two. A stroll through town with a pretty lady on his arm could prove a pleasant diversion. He thought back to the last time he’d walked out with a woman. A casual activity he hadn’t enjoyed in too many months to count. Or could even be years.

Miss Alviss flashed a smile, creasing a dimple at the left corner of her mouth. “What a truly chivalrous and gentlemanly offer, deputy. I do admit to being a bit travel weary and the assistance is much appreciated. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Giving a nod in his direction, she continued up the steps.

Lofty praise for lending a neighborly hand. When was the last time he’d had such pretty words aimed in his direction? Moving with the speed of Mercury, Harte vaulted the steps to the platform and rounded the corner of the depot office. A small mountain of luggage comprised of a portmanteau, two valises, two carpetbags, and a satchel squatted beside a wooden bench. His boots skidded to a stop. Looked like he’d be the one making multiple trips.

“Oh, dear.” She let out a sigh. “In New York City, the porter used a push cart, and the quantity of my bags didn’t pose such a problem.” She dashed forward and grabbed the satchel, lifting the long strap over her head so it rested on her opposite hip. Then she leaned over and reached for a carpetbag.

Knew she was from a really big city. Not wanting her to strain anything, Harte moved to her side. “I offered, although I didn’t know you had so many pieces. But I’ll manage. Somehow.” For a man accustomed to traveling light, he couldn’t imagine what she packed inside all these cases.

Cheeks blushing, she straightened and turned her head, her neck stiff. “Deputy, I am a healthy woman perfectly capable of assisting with the transport of my own belongings.”

“Duly noted, miss.” His words came out more clipped than he intended. Years of dealing with criminals had stolen his ability for idle talk. Setting his jaw, Harte hoisted the portmanteau to balance on his left shoulder then stooped to grab the handles of the matching carpetbags. “If you lift the valise, I can stretch my fingers around the handle.” Barely, but for his pride’s sake, he needed to make the offer.

Bending over, she lifted both valises. “I’ve got them. Now, if you’ll indicate the direction, we’ll be on our way.”

The corner of the leather case dug into his shoulder, and his right hand already ached from the weight. “Head toward the brick building down a ways on the opposite side of the street. The boardinghouse is past the mercantile.” He trudged down the steps, each move jolting his shoulder muscles. The lady’s rigid posture and swishing bustle informed him she still resented his thoughtless remark. Not exactly how he envisioned his morning walk through Sweetwater Springs. Chivalry, my backside.

Fall Into These Great Reads Bookathon

Today’s my featured spotlight on N.N. Light’s Book Heaven’s Fall into These Great Reads Bookathon. Highlighted is Laced By Love, Book 1 in the Entertainers of the West series. Click over to here and enter for a chance at winning a $150 Amazon gift card. Rafflecopter drawing ends September 30 with the winner being announced on October 1st.

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Last days of sale on Laced by Love

Until the end of the month of May, my first story in the Entertainers of the West series, Laced by Love, is on sale at 50% off.

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Blurb:

A vaudeville troupe arrives in Morgan’s Crossing late in the traveling season. When an event occurs that shakes up the troupe, seamstress Cinnia decides to say no to older sister Nola who has made the sisters’ decisions since being orphaned a decade earlier. Leather worker Nicolai Andrusha is lying low and using an alias until the patent is approved on his family’s leather tanning formula. But he finds the auburn-haired poetess irresistible. Will Nicolai oppose his family obligation to help the stranded beauty who has caught his eye?

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Laced by Love kicked off the series featuring 19th-century entertainers of various types, and I’m currently writing my eighth story titled Chasing Adventure. Here are a couple taglines for this story releasing in late July. I can’t decide which to use.

The ex-marshal’s new life is his own–until a persistent author wants his next chapter.

Writer hounds retired marshal for his life story but he wants no more publicity.

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A Video Interview

Entertainers of the West-7 titlesI had the great fun of being interviewed for the Write Now! podcast hosted by Kitty Bucholtz. The topic was my 7-title series, Entertainers of the West, written within Debra Holland’s Montana Sky Kindle World. I talked about how I first got involved and then a bit about how I picked the plots.

Kitty also did an interview with Debra who shared about the process of how the kindle world came into being.

Both interviews are about 30 minutes in length.

Here is Debra’s, the first one:
And here is mine, the one that came out today:

 

Two more authors, Kristy Phillips and Louella Nelson, are scheduled to be interviewed in subsequent weeks.

The interview can also be found on youtube by looking up Write Now! Workshop.

Sale on Montana Sky Kindle World stories

If you missed an earlier sale on Book 1 in my Entertainers of the West series, you won’t want to miss this one. For the month of January, Laced By Love is marked down 75% to the bargain price of only 99 cents.

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Laced by Love is part of a series of sweet historical westerns written by a variety of authors set in the world established by NY Times bestselling author Debra Holland in her wildly successful Montana Sky series. Laced by Love kicks off a total of six (!) stories I’ve contributed to this kindle World. My other titles in the Entertainers of the West series are (in order by release date): An Unlikely Marriage, Dance Toward the Light, Baling Wire Promises, Hearts in Rhythm and In His Corner.

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A vaudeville troupe arrives in Morgan’s Crossing late in the traveling season. When an event occurs that shakes up the troupe, seamstress Cinnia decides to say no to older sister Nola who has made the sisters’ decisions since being orphaned a decade earlier. Leather worker Nicolai Andrusha is lying low and using an alias until the patent is approved on his family’s leather tanning formula. But he finds the auburn-haired poetess irresistible. Will Nicolai oppose his family obligation to help the stranded beauty who has caught his eye?

All Kindle World titles can now be obtained through Kindle Unlimited.

Laced by Love is (full-length novel)  only 99 cents.

Other January sale titles in Montana Sky Kindle World are:

Loving Matilda by E. Ayers

Amanda’s Rancher by Caroline Clemmons

Hope on the Horizon by Cassie Hayes

Nolan’s Vow by Linda Hubalek

Rye’s Reprieve by Louella Nelson

Slater’s Bride by Patricia Thayer

Thorpe’s Mail-Order Bride by Cynthia Woolf

As always, if you enjoy the story presented by these (or any) authors, please take five minutes and leave a short review on Amazon.  You can’t believe how much those words of acknowledgement mean.