The Making of “Love, Lies and Redemption” (Part 1) By Kelli A. Wilkins

Hi everyone,

One day, I was thinking about nothing in particular when this popped into my mind:

A man limping along the prairie. He’s been shot and left for dead. He’s bleeding and hurt bad. And thirsty. So thirsty. It’s hot and he wants to rest, but he knows he has to push on. If he collapses again, he’s not going to get up and he’ll die here. But maybe he’s already dead and this is hell. Or maybe not…

That was my introduction to Sam, the hero from my new historical western, coverLove, Lies and Redemption. That was also how I introduced readers to Sam—lost and hurt and wandering along the prairie.

Here’s the book summary that came from that initial idea:

Love, Lies and Redemption

Shot and left for dead, Sam Hixton stumbles into a general store on the Nebraska prairie and collapses into the arms of Cassie Wilcox.

Cassie’s world is turned upside down when the handsome stranger drops into her life. Sam is another complication she doesn’t need: her business is dying and her trouble with the townspeople is escalating. Yet she’s determined to keep the store open — no matter what the cost.

As Sam recovers from his injuries, he hides the truth about his identity and convinces Cassie to let him work in the store. He’s attracted to her and admires her independent nature, but quickly realizes Cassie’s in way over her head. They fight their growing attraction, and Cassie questions whether she can trust her fragile heart to a mysterious stranger. Will he accept her once he knows about her troubled past?

Cassie resists Sam’s advances and represses her feelings until one fateful night when they give in to their fiery passion. Together, they work out a plan to save the store, but find their efforts are thwarted — and their lives endangered — by the locals.

Sam’s secret returns to haunt him and pulls him away just when Cassie needs him the most. Will he regain her trust when she learns the truth?

Cassie has everything invested in the store — can she save it and find true love with Sam before it’s too late?

* * *

Believe it or not, that first scene came to me many years ago. When I got the idea for the book, I did all the initial research and wrote a very rough draft. Then the manuscript just sat around. I’m not exactly sure why so many other book projects came ahead of it, but they did. I wrote other romances while this one was waiting in the wings, so to speak.

When I started working on the book, I found that although the basic premise still resonated with me, I wanted (and needed) to make a lot of changes. I always had the opening scene of Sam walking across the prairie in my mind. I knew where he was going (to Cassie’s store), and I had the general idea of how the story would play out and who the characters were, but I didn’t have the specifics of each scene.

As I got further into revising the book, the details became more solidified. I added new scenes, deleted others, and generally gave it a complete makeover. Now it’s a much stronger (and better) book than it was originally.

But before I started writing, I did a lot of research. First, I had to decide when and where the book would take place. I knew it would be on the prairie somewhere (Kansas? Nebraska? Iowa?) and set after the Civil War. Once I picked a time period and a place I researched everything I could about it: what was going on in the country at that time, how people traveled, what their occupations were, what they ate, how a general store was set up…

I enjoy reading about history and exploring what life was like in different time periods, so doing the research part of a historical romance is interesting—but time consuming. I’m always scribbling notes about details I could use in the book. I never use them all, but adding realistic details helps draw readers into the world of the characters, even though it might be very different from how we live now.

Although I have written a lot of historical romances, the time periods are always different. I’ve used Medieval (A Most Unusual Princess), Scottish (The Viking’s Witch) and Colonial (Dangerous Indenture) settings. When I’m writing a historical romance, I never know when (or where) the characters will take me. Love, Lies and Redemption is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877 and blends a sensual love story with mystery and danger.

Here’s a mini excerpt:

 

Cassie removed the sling and uncovered Sam’s shoulder. She bent forward, resting her hand on the center of Sam’s chest. His skin was warm, and she felt his muscles ripple beneath his skin. Her heart beat faster, and she closed her eyes. She shouldn’t be in here. It wasn’t proper, and yet… It took all her willpower not to peek at his lower half again.

“How is it?”

She opened her eyes and checked the wound. “It looks fine to me.” A lock of hair came loose from her bun and brushed across Sam’s chest. He reached up with his good hand and tucked it behind her ear.

Before she could protest, he leaned in close and kissed her.

 Oh, Lord.

Sam’s lips moved against hers, slow and tender, as if he expected her to pull away or slap him. She didn’t. Instead, she closed her eyes and gave in.

Sam clutched her tighter, pulling her down to him. Her fingertips splayed against his bare chest, and she moaned. God, it felt good to be kissed and held by a strong man again.

A warm pulsing sensation flooded between her legs as Sam slipped his tongue into her mouth. She lost herself in his embrace and everything faded away. After what seemed like forever, Sam broke the kiss.

“Stay with me,” he whispered.

She gazed into his blue eyes. “I can’t. I should—”

“Yes, you can. I’ll treat you right. We’ll only do as much as you want. Kissing and cuddling, that’s all,” he said, then kissed her again.

That’s all? That wouldn’t be enough for her. Once they got down to serious kissing and touching, she wouldn’t want to stop. And she wouldn’t let Sam stop—even if he wanted to. It would be so easy to give in, to say yes, stay here all afternoon and… Lord almighty, what was she thinking? She knew better. After all she’d been through, she knew she should resist him, but…

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Order Love, Lies and Redemption here:

 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0849LN73Z

All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/mdzL6W

 

Want more romance? Visit my site: www.KelliWilkins.com and follow my Facebook pages:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins

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I hope you enjoyed Part One of the making of Love, Lies and Redemption. In Part Two, I’ll focus on how I created these troubled characters and share insight into why I included such a powerful sense of realism in the story.

I welcome comments and questions from readers. Be sure to follow my blog for the latest updates and visit me on social media.

Happy Reading!

Kelli A. Wilkins

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ABOUT THE AUTHORKelli A Wilkins

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 20 romance novels, 6 non-fiction books, and 2 online writing courses. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.

In January 2020, Kelli published Love, Lies & Redemption, a western romance set in 1877 Nebraska. This novel blends a sensual love story with mystery and danger.

She released Romance Every Weekend: 104 Fun Ways to Express Your Love, a non-fiction guide to romance in November 2019. The book features 104 fun and easy ways you can express your love to that special someone in your life. Perfect for men or women, it focuses on tender, everyday gestures that let your partner know how much you love him or her.

Kelli published Extraterrestrial Encounters, a collection of 18 sci-fi stories, in August 2019. If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her disturbing novella, Nightmare in the North.

Earlier in 2019 she released The Viking’s Witch, a paranormal/historical romance, and Dangerous Indenture, a historical mystery romance set in Colonial Pennsylvania.

 Kelli has authored two online writing courses: Fiction Basics: Finding Ideas and Fiction Writing for Beginners. These courses are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/ for more details.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

Visit her website/blog www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings.

#Spotlight “Love, Lies and Redemption: Historical Western Romance” by Kelli A. Wilkins

Spotlight on Love, Lies and Redemption

The latest romance release from Kelli A. Wilkins

Hi everyone,

I’m pleased to announce the release of my western romance, Love, Lies and Redemption. Set in 1877 Nebraska, this novel blends a sensual love story with mystery and danger.

 

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Shot and left for dead, Sam Hixton stumbles into a general store on the Nebraska prairie and collapses into the arms of Cassie Wilcox.

Cassie’s world is turned upside down when the handsome stranger drops into her life. Sam is another complication she doesn’t need: her business is dying and her trouble with the townspeople is escalating. Yet she’s determined to keep the store open — no matter what the cost.

As Sam recovers from his injuries, he hides the truth about his identity and convinces Cassie to let him work in the store. He’s attracted to her and admires her independent nature, but quickly realizes Cassie’s in way over her head. They fight their growing attraction, and Cassie questions whether she can trust her fragile heart to a mysterious stranger. Will he accept her once he knows about her troubled past?

Cassie resists Sam’s advances and represses her feelings until one fateful night when they give in to their fiery passion. Together, they work out a plan to save the store, but find their efforts are thwarted — and their lives endangered — by the locals.

Sam’s secret returns to haunt him and pulls him away just when Cassie needs him the most. Will he regain her trust when she learns the truth?

Cassie has everything invested in the store — can she save it and find true love with Sam before it’s too late?

~~~

Here’s an excerpt:

Cassie removed the sling and uncovered Sam’s shoulder. She bent forward, resting her hand on the center of Sam’s chest. His skin was warm, and she felt his muscles ripple beneath his skin. Her heart beat faster, and she closed her eyes. She shouldn’t be in here. It wasn’t proper, and yet… It took all her willpower not to peek at his lower half again.

“How is it?”

She opened her eyes and checked the wound. “It looks fine to me.” A lock of hair came loose from her bun and brushed across Sam’s chest. He reached up with his good hand and tucked it behind her ear.

Before she could protest, he leaned in close and kissed her.

 Oh, Lord.

Sam’s lips moved against hers, slow and tender, as if he expected her to pull away or slap him. She didn’t. Instead, she closed her eyes and gave in.

Sam clutched her tighter, pulling her down to him. Her fingertips splayed against his bare chest, and she moaned. God, it felt good to be kissed and held by a strong man again.

A warm pulsing sensation flooded between her legs as Sam slipped his tongue into her mouth. She lost herself in his embrace and everything faded away. After what seemed like forever, Sam broke the kiss.

“Stay with me,” he whispered.

She gazed into his blue eyes. “I can’t. I should—”

“Yes, you can. I’ll treat you right. We’ll only do as much as you want. Kissing and cuddling, that’s all,” he said, then kissed her again.

That’s all? That wouldn’t be enough for her. Once they got down to serious kissing and touching, she wouldn’t want to stop. And she wouldn’t let Sam stop—even if he wanted to. Cassie melted in his arms. Their tongues entwined, probing and exploring each other’s mouths. Sam’s kisses stripped her of all reason and left her with a raging desire that needed to be sated.

It would be so easy to give in, to say yes, stay here all afternoon and… Lord almighty, what was she thinking? She knew better. After all she’d been through, she knew she should resist him, but…

“Cassie? You here?” Luke bellowed from downstairs.

She yanked herself from Sam’s arms. “Shit.”

“Don’t answer him.”

“I have to. If I don’t, he’ll come up here.” She stood and adjusted the covers over Sam’s chest. “Be down in a minute,” she hollered.

“Get rid of him and come back. I think I’m on my way to a speedy recovery,” Sam said, grinning.

~~~

Order Love, Lies and Redemption here:

 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0849LN73Z

All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/mdzL6W

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Want more romance? Visit my site: www.KelliWilkins.com and follow my Facebook pages:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins

Facebook Historical Romances: https://www.facebook.com/Historical-Romances-by-Kelli-A-Wilkins-1703805359922371/

Later in March I’ll be sharing blogs about the making of the book and another excerpt. Want more? Follow my blog here: www.KelliWilkins.com/blog

Happy Reading!

Kelli A. Wilkins

 

Kelli A WilkinsABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 20 romance novels, 6 non-fiction books, and 2 online writing courses. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.

In January 2020, Kelli published Love, Lies & Redemption, a western romance set in 1877 Nebraska. This novel blends a sensual love story with mystery and danger.

She released Romance Every Weekend: 104 Fun Ways to Express Your Love, a non-fiction guide to romance in November 2019. The book features 104 fun and easy ways you can express your love to that special someone in your life. Perfect for men or women, it focuses on tender, everyday gestures that let your partner know how much you love him or her.

Kelli published Extraterrestrial Encounters, a collection of 18 sci-fi stories, in August 2019. If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her disturbing novella, Nightmare in the North.

Earlier in 2019 she released The Viking’s Witch, a paranormal/historical romance, and Dangerous Indenture, a historical mystery romance set in Colonial Pennsylvania.

 Kelli has authored two online writing courses: Fiction Basics: Finding Ideas and Fiction Writing for Beginners. These courses are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/ for more details.

Not just an author, Kelli is also an amateur photographer. Visit her pages on Shutterstock https://www.shutterstock.com/g/kelli+wilkins and iStock https://www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/kelliwilkins to view her photos.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

Visit her website/blog www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings.

 

#NewRelease “Love, Lies and Redemption: Historical Western Romance” by Kelli A. Wilkins

LLR cover

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Shot and left for dead, Sam Hixton stumbles into a general store on the Nebraska prairie and collapses into the arms of Cassie Wilcox.

Cassie’s world is turned upside down when the handsome stranger drops into her life. Sam is another complication she doesn’t need: her business is dying and her trouble with the townspeople is escalating. Yet she’s determined to keep the store open — no matter what the cost.

As Sam recovers from his injuries, he hides the truth about his identity and convinces Cassie to let him work in the store. He’s attracted to her and admires her independent nature, but quickly realizes Cassie’s in way over her head. They fight their growing attraction, and Cassie questions whether she can trust her fragile heart to a mysterious stranger. Will he accept her once he knows about her troubled past?

Cassie resists Sam’s advances and represses her feelings until one fateful night when they give in to their fiery passion. Together, they work out a plan to save the store, but find their efforts are thwarted — and their lives endangered — by the locals.

Sam’s secret returns to haunt him and pulls him away just when Cassie needs him the most. Will he regain her trust when she learns the truth?

Cassie has everything invested in the store — can she save it and find true love with Sam before it’s too late?

Title: Love, Lies and Redemption
Author: Kelli A. Wilkins
Genre: Historical/Western Romance
Format: Ebook
Release Date: Jan. 28, 2020
Pages: 383
Price: $2.99

Buy links:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0849LN73Z

All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/mdzL6W

Genres: historical romance / western romance / romance novel / sensual romance / suspense romance / prairie romance / 1800s romance / old west romance

#Spotlight “Whispers in Colorado” by Milan Watson

Whispers in Colorado is currently #44 in the Amazon Top 100 Free category!

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Whispers in Colorado 3DWill this ice queen drop her armor of frost long enough to let in the handsome vet?

Will Jasmine find love on the Double T, or will she be returning to her life in New York?

When Jasmine Tate returned to the Double T she didn’t expect to stay for long. But with the demons of her past now firmly in her past, suddenly the Double T and White Horse Creek has it’s own appeal. But Jasmine has a built a life in New York, she’s a fashion designer, not a hillbilly.

But all that changes when she meets Jack Turner. The country vet is nothing like the men she’s used to dating. He’s dark and broody and has shadows that haunts his hazel eyes. Something about him makes Jasmine afraid, afraid that she’ll lose her heart in Colorado.

Jack doesn’t want to fall in love. She’s cold and has a reputation for hating their country way of living. But when Jack looks deep enough he sees the real Jasmine, the Jasmine she hides from the world. Jack’s first wife was city, he promised himself he wouldn’t make the same mistake again, but with Jasmine it’s hard to remember why.

Will Jasmine be able to ignore the broody vet forever? Can Jack allow himself to fall in love again? Whispers in Colorado is a ranch romance guaranteed to tease your senses and make you dream of cowboys again. Hit the one-click button now to get your copy.

Book 3 – Midnights in Colorado went live June 21st!. Will Lisa find love or heartache when she puts herself out there again? Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of updates.

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EXCERPT

Jasmine saw the vehicle slow as it drove through the gates and her heart raced a little faster. She was a woman alone on a ranch, and she had been dumb enough to leave her phone upstairs; she couldn’t even phone for help.

Making a split-second decision she grabbed a broom from the broom closet and headed to the front door. With her hand on the handle the thunder roared again, the cloudburst sending a waterfall of rain streaming towards the Double T. If she had any hope of identifying the driver that was gone now. She stepped out onto the porch, the broom braced over her shoulder as if she was taking aim.

It was a brave move, a foolish one, but it was the only one she had. She felt the cool drops slap against her legs as the rain sneaked in below the porch’s overhang, while she aimed the broom at the truck. Her breath caught in her throat when she noticed the truck was pulling a trailer.

Was it a trailer of bandits?

Grow up, Jasmine! She scolded herself, narrowing her eyes to see through the windscreen. Why would anyone come to the Double T to make trouble?

She glanced towards the bunkhouse in the distance, where the hands were. She heard the faint sound of country music blasting from the radio they always had going. Even if she wanted to shout for help there was no way they would hear her over the thunder and the deafening rain.

Jasmine noticed movement in the truck and made a show of aiming the broom at the driver, when the spotlights suddenly went on.

Her breath got caught in her throat as fear rushed through her veins. This is it, she thought as her heart thrashed against her ribs. She was really going out with nothing but a broom to protect her.

Jack couldn’t stop the smile that tugged at the corners of his mouth. Did she have any idea how cute she looked? Standing in the porch with nothing but her slip, now see-through from the rain, with a broom over her shoulder.

He had to hand it to her, she had courage. He couldn’t stop himself from teasing her just a little more, and hit the spots. Her eyes widened like a deer in the headlights but the broom held steady over her shoulder.

He didn’t expect the rush of need that shot through his system; neither did he expect her to lift her chin defiantly even though she was clearly frightened. He opened the door of his truck, the reason for his being there completely forgotten.

He held up his hands and called to her through the rain. “I come in peace.”

Her eyes narrowed, but the broom held steady. “State your name!” Jasmine called back to him, her back ramrod straight.

He couldn’t, he simply couldn’t hold it another minute. Laughter tumbled from him as he approached the porch. Jack shook his head when he saw her take a step back.

“Stop right there Buster, or I’ll shoot,” Jasmine warned.

“Should I wait here while you fetch the shotgun and put the broom away, or are you going to sweep me off the porch first?”

Whispers in Colorado  is a ranch romance guaranteed to tease your senses and make you dream of cowboys again. Hit the your preferred retail link now to get your #FREE copy today!

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Milan WatsonAbout the Author

Milan Watson is a fresh new voice in contemporary romance. Her stories are fun-loving, imaginative and humorous whilst at the same time touching day to day challenges all women face.

She is the mother of two little boys and wife to a supportive husband, who doesn’t mind doing the dishes when she finds herself lost in a story. She spends most of her days dreaming up new characters and bringing stories to life, surrounded by her family and her two dogs Wendy and Duke. She loves creating characters you can identify with and writing stories that will have you laugh, cry and smile at the same time.

For free giveaways and to join her mailing list you can visit her website at www.milanwatson.com

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#BlogTour “Cowboy Up” by Michelle Beattie

Title: Cowboy Up
Author: Michelle Beattie
Genre:
Contemporary Western Romance
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Cover Designer: The Killion Group
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

When Dallas Granger left his family’s Last Stand, Texas, ranch, he hadn’t planned on returning. But when a medical emergency calls him home and a legal matter affects his business, suddenly his family isn’t the only thing in need of a re-build. Unfortunately his new project involves building a house for a woman who not only awakens his desires, but also his fears. But if he wants to claim her as his own, he’ll have to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart.

Single mom Ashley Anderson knows all about juggling. Between an assortment of part-time jobs and raising her sixteen-year old daughter, she doesn’t need a hunky construction worker with an attitude as a distraction. Even one who steps in to help her when she needs it most. Life has taught Ashley that when the going gets tough, she’s on her own. It’s going to take a man with a Texas-sized heart to show her that this cowboy isn’t going anywhere.

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International Bestselling Author Michelle Beattie first found her love of romance in romantic comedies such as Romancing the Stone and Valley Girl (yes, she realizes that dates her). It wasn’t until after high school when she worked for a car rental company and had too much time on her hands that she started reading romances. Historicals were her go-to and she raided many bookstores looking for historical western romances.
Eventually she started thinking “what if” and “I’d have done that differently” and quietly started writing her own. More than a dozen books later, Michelle has published in both digital and print platforms and her works have been translated in more than 4 languages.
Michelle is a mother of two very strong, independent daughters. She is a certified member of the Master Bowler’s of Alberta and loves coaching and passing on her love for 5 pin bowling. Besides bowling herself in a weekly league, she also likes to golf in the summer, play games, and read.
Michelle lives in a solar-powered house in Central Alberta with her husband of almost 25 years, youngest daughter, and the cutest dog ever.

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#PreOrderBlitz “Cowboy Up (Tangled Up in Texas Book 1)” By Michelle Beattie

Title: Cowboy Up
Author: Michelle Beattie
Genre:
Contemporary Western Romance
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Cover Designer: The Killion Group
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

When Dallas Granger left his family’s Last Stand, Texas, ranch, he hadn’t planned on returning. But when a medical emergency calls him home and a legal matter affects his business, suddenly his family isn’t the only thing in need of a re-build. Unfortunately his new project involves building a house for a woman who not only awakens his desires, but also his fears. But if he wants to claim her as his own, he’ll have to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart.

Single mom Ashley Anderson knows all about juggling. Between an assortment of part-time jobs and raising her sixteen-year old daughter, she doesn’t need a hunky construction worker with an attitude as a distraction. Even one who steps in to help her when she needs it most. Life has taught Ashley that when the going gets tough, she’s on her own. It’s going to take a man with a Texas-sized heart to show her that this cowboy isn’t going anywhere.

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International Bestselling Author Michelle Beattie first found her love of romance in romantic comedies such as Romancing the Stone and Valley Girl (yes, she realizes that dates her). It wasn’t until after high school when she worked for a car rental company and had too much time on her hands that she started reading romances. Historicals were her go-to and she raided many bookstores looking for historical western romances.
Eventually she started thinking “what if” and “I’d have done that differently” and quietly started writing her own. More than a dozen books later, Michelle has published in both digital and print platforms and her works have been translated in more than 4 languages.
Michelle is a mother of two very strong, independent daughters. She is a certified member of the Master Bowler’s of Alberta and loves coaching and passing on her love for 5 pin bowling. Besides bowling herself in a weekly league, she also likes to golf in the summer, play games, and read.
Michelle lives in a solar-powered house in Central Alberta with her husband of almost 25 years, youngest daughter, and the cutest dog ever.

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#NewRelease “Whispers in Colorado” by Milan Watson

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Whispers in Colorado 3DWill this ice queen drop her armor of frost long enough to let in the handsome vet?

Will Jasmine find love on the Double T, or will she be returning to her life in New York?

When Jasmine Tate returned to the Double T she didn’t expect to stay for long. But with the demons of her past now firmly in her past, suddenly the Double T and White Horse Creek has it’s own appeal. But Jasmine has a built a life in New York, she’s a fashion designer, not a hillbilly.

But all that changes when she meets Jack Turner. The country vet is nothing like the men she’s used to dating. He’s dark and broody and has shadows that haunts his hazel eyes. Something about him makes Jasmine afraid, afraid that she’ll lose her heart in Colorado.

Jack doesn’t want to fall in love. She’s cold and has a reputation for hating their country way of living. But when Jack looks deep enough he sees the real Jasmine, the Jasmine she hides from the world. Jack’s first wife was city, he promised himself he wouldn’t make the same mistake again, but with Jasmine it’s hard to remember why.

Will Jasmine be able to ignore the broody vet forever? Can Jack allow himself to fall in love again? Whispers in Colorado is a ranch romance guaranteed to tease your senses and make you dream of cowboys again. Hit the one-click button now to get your copy.

Book 3 – Midnights in Colorado will be released soon. Will Lisa find love or heartache when she puts herself out there again? Sign up for my newsletter to be notified first.

PURCHASING LINKS 

Amazon US         Amazon CA           Amazon Aus          Amazon UK

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EXCERPT

Jasmine saw the vehicle slow as it drove through the gates and her heart raced a little faster. She was a woman alone on a ranch, and she had been dumb enough to leave her phone upstairs; she couldn’t even phone for help.

Making a split-second decision she grabbed a broom from the broom closet and headed to the front door. With her hand on the handle the thunder roared again, the cloudburst sending a waterfall of rain streaming towards the Double T. If she had any hope of identifying the driver that was gone now. She stepped out onto the porch, the broom braced over her shoulder as if she was taking aim.

It was a brave move, a foolish one, but it was the only one she had. She felt the cool drops slap against her legs as the rain sneaked in below the porch’s overhang, while she aimed the broom at the truck. Her breath caught in her throat when she noticed the truck was pulling a trailer.

Was it a trailer of bandits?

Grow up, Jasmine! She scolded herself, narrowing her eyes to see through the windscreen. Why would anyone come to the Double T to make trouble?

She glanced towards the bunkhouse in the distance, where the hands were. She heard the faint sound of country music blasting from the radio they always had going. Even if she wanted to shout for help there was no way they would hear her over the thunder and the deafening rain.

Jasmine noticed movement in the truck and made a show of aiming the broom at the driver, when the spotlights suddenly went on.

Her breath got caught in her throat as fear rushed through her veins. This is it, she thought as her heart thrashed against her ribs. She was really going out with nothing but a broom to protect her.

Jack couldn’t stop the smile that tugged at the corners of his mouth. Did she have any idea how cute she looked? Standing in the porch with nothing but her slip, now see-through from the rain, with a broom over her shoulder.

He had to hand it to her, she had courage. He couldn’t stop himself from teasing her just a little more, and hit the spots. Her eyes widened like a deer in the headlights but the broom held steady over her shoulder.

He didn’t expect the rush of need that shot through his system; neither did he expect her to lift her chin defiantly even though she was clearly frightened. He opened the door of his truck, the reason for his being there completely forgotten.

He held up his hands and called to her through the rain. “I come in peace.”

Her eyes narrowed, but the broom held steady. “State your name!” Jasmine called back to him, her back ramrod straight.

He couldn’t, he simply couldn’t hold it another minute. Laughter tumbled from him as he approached the porch. Jack shook his head when he saw her take a step back.

“Stop right there Buster, or I’ll shoot,” Jasmine warned.

“Should I wait here while you fetch the shotgun and put the broom away, or are you going to sweep me off the porch first?”

Whispers in Colorado  is a ranch romance guaranteed to tease your senses and make you dream of cowboys again. Hit the your preferred retail link now to get your copy.

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Milan WatsonAbout the Author

Milan Watson is a fresh new voice in contemporary romance. Her stories are fun-loving, imaginative and humorous whilst at the same time touching day to day challenges all women face.

She is the mother of two little boys and wife to a supportive husband, who doesn’t mind doing the dishes when she finds herself lost in a story. She spends most of her days dreaming up new characters and bringing stories to life, surrounded by her family and her two dogs Wendy and Duke. She loves creating characters you can identify with and writing stories that will have you laugh, cry and smile at the same time.

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“Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming Mystery Series, Book 1)” by Patricia McLinn

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Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming Mystery Series, Book 1)

by Patricia McLinn

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Mystery & Suspense/Western

FREE at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

Divorce a husband, lose a career … grapple with a murder.

TV journalist Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher will tell you she committed two sins — she didn’t stay young, and she made an enemy of a powerful news executive — her ex. She used to break national news. Now her top story as the “Helping Out!” reporter at dinky KWMT-TV in Sherman, Wyoming is getting a defective toaster repaired.

Tough, funny and determined, Elizabeth wrestles with isolation, keeping a professional edge, and an evolving self-image. Is Wyoming — the land of cattle, cowboys, tumbleweeds, and fewer than six people per square mile — her new home or a road to permanent obscurity?

Soon she’s in a battle of wills with ex-football player turned journalist Mike Paycik, who might see her as a handy rung on his career ladder or a romantic partner or both. And there’s the matter of a deputy sheriff—missing or murdered? Elizabeth finds herself investigating at the insistence of a girl who’s set on proving her father’s innocence. Not that enigmatic rancher Thomas Burrell makes investigating easy for an amateur sleuth.

But Elizabeth won’t fade to black without a fight, no matter how final some might want to make her SIGN OFF.

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