Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Unexpected Wife - by Caroline Warfield

The Unexpected Wife:  Children of Empire Series Book 3

The Duke of Murnane expects work to heal him. He doesn’t expect to face his past and find his future in China

Historical romance

Heat rating
3 out of 5 flames, sensual, brief mostly closed door sexual content
Other Some explicit description of opium withdrawal

To celebrate the launch, Caroline will give a copy of any of her books to one randomly selected person who comments. They can choose from the books found here:

Her traitorous heart yearns for the one man she can’t have.

Charles Wheatly doesn’t expect to find his great love when he accepts an unofficial fact-finding mission to Canton on behalf of the queen. He certainly doesn’t expect to confront his wreck of a marriage in such an exotic locale. Zambak Hayden follows her brother to China to escape pressure to make a suitable marriage. She finds the brother drawn into the world of greed, smuggling, drugs, and corruption and resolves to both sort out the truth and protect her brother from becoming prey to all of it—if only she could stop yearning for the one man she can’t have. 

Children of Empire Series
Three cousins, driven apart by a deceitful woman rebuild their lives in the far corners of the Empire. Love will bring them home, if only they have the courage to embrace it.

Renegade Wife - FREE July 24-26

A desperate woman on the run with her children finds shelter with a reclusive businessman in the Canadian wilderness. Can he save them all?

Author bio
Award winning author Caroline Warfield has been many things: traveler, librarian, poet, raiser of children, bird watcher, Internet and Web services manager, conference speaker, indexer, tech writer, genealogist—even a nun. She reckons she is on at least her third act, happily working in an office surrounded by windows where she lets her characters lead her to adventures in England and the far-flung corners of the British Empire. She nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the human heart.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Under A Mulberry Moon Anthology

Adventure! Mystery! Romance! Nine award-winning and bestselling authors present sweet western historical stories to ignite your imagination and feed your passion for reading. Let us sweep you away from your daily cares and entertain you with our sigh-worthy novellas set between 1865 and 1900. What a line-up we have for you! UNDER A MULBERRY MOON is a bargain! Preorder at only 99 cents before price goes up to $2.99 sometime after release!

Better hurry—this anthology is available for a limited time only. The following books are included:
Millwright's Daughter by Zina Abbott
Worth the Wait by Patricia PacJac Carroll
Ada and the Texas Cavalryman (Brides of Texas Code) by Carra Copelin
A Family For Merry by Caroline Clemmons
A Family For Polly by Jacquie Rogers
Comes A Specter by Keta Diablo
The Widow Buys A Groom by P.A. Estelle
Matthew's Freedom by Cissie Patterson
The Lady Lassoes an Outlaw by Charlene Raddon

The year is eighteen sixty-eight. Like every state in America, the Civil War has taken its toll. Mass casualties leave women to survive on their own, raise children without fathers, and run ranches, homes and businesses without help. Meadow Creek, Kansas is no different.

Reverend Strong strives to find a solution for his town. He contacts clergymen in other states and discovers women aren’t the only ones devastated by war. The men fortunate enough to make it home soon realize they've lost everything and must start new lives. 
Katherine Parnell owns Maggie’s Baked Goods. Ever since her husband was forced to fight for the Confederacy, she and her son, Timmy, have been fighting their own battles. She might need a man, but has no intention of marrying again. She informs the good Reverend of that in no uncertain terms. .
Jim Sutton has demons of his own and comes to Meadow Creek to start over. He has no desire to get married either. On more than one occasion, he comes to Katherine’s aid and finds himself smiling around her and the boy, something he hasn’t done in years. When Jim lands in jail, the woman whose green eyes haunt his dreams at night is the only one who can help him.

Can Katherine and Jim find love again or will ghosts from their pasts keep happiness at bay?

     “Am I gonna get any vittles or are you two just gonna keep exercising your jaws?” 

     “Who are your guests?” Becky asked getting the food out of the basket.

     “Don’t know the one in the far cell.  Says his name is Jim Sutton. Kinda hated to arrest him cause he beat the tar out of my other guest.”  Nathan’s smile faded. “Huck Parnell’s brother, Chester.”  

     Every ounce of playfulness disappeared when Becky slowly turned to look at the cells.  Jim was laying down on the cot with his hat over his face.  Chester stood at the front of the cell with his arms through the bars.  One of his eyes was almost swollen shut and his lip was cut.  Dried blood was on his filthy shirt.  Becky picked up the tin bowl that she used to serve prisoners and slowly walked  to stand a foot away from him.  “Bout time,” he grumbled.

     Becky took that bowl and with as much muscle as she could, threw that bowl at the bars.  Grits covered Chester’s face.  Globs of the mush clung to his greasy hair, dropping onto his shoulders.

     Chester jumped back in surprise, his bloodshot eyes wide.  Snarling he pushed his arms threw the bars again, trying to reach her. She didn’t flinch even though his fingers were inches from her face. He called her every name he could think.  

     “That’s enough, Parnell,” Nathan said. “You shut your mouth, or I’ll shut it for you.”  Chester glared at the marshal, his chest pumping hard. “Hopefully it will take some of the stink off of you.”

     Becky’s eyes were glued on Chester. Hate dripping from her voice, she asked, “Do you think nobody knew what happened to my friend while visiting your place outside of Cottonwood Falls? Did you simple minded men think Katherine wouldn’t tell her closest friends about her little vacation with you?”

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