Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fifteen Authors Romp Across the Wild West

Welcome to the Rawhide ʼn Roses campfire, ladies and gents.

We are the authors of a collection of short stories created for your busy lifestyle. Perfect for a lunch or bedtime read, these tales of the west, both old-time and modern, will give you a taste of each author’s writing style and, we hope, tempt you to try our full-length novels.
Cover Design by Charlene Raddon

This anthology sprouted from a group discussion titled Western Romance Authors Please Post Here #2 on Amazon’s Meet Our Authors forum. Hosted by Maggie O', a fan we all love, it’s a virtual home away from home. With gratitude, we dedicate Rawhide ʼn Roses to Maggie.

After we introduce ourselves, please mosey over to the bar -- uh, sidebar that is -- and click on the pictures. Each one except those two hotties at the top will lead you to an author's post where you can sample her or his story. (Woohoo! There's a man among us.) If the excerpts tickle your fancy, purchase the anthology here:
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Alison Bruce ~ Gold Mountain
Alison Bruce has had many careers and writing has always been one of them. Copywriter, editor and graphic designer since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher, webmaster and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. She is the author of mystery, suspense and historical romance novels.

Celia Yeary ~ A Gentle Touch
Celia Yeary, a native Texan, former science teacher in a military boarding school, graduate of Texas Tech University and Texas State University, is mother of two, grandmother of three boys, and wife of a wonderful, supportive Texan. She has published ten novels, seven novellas, and articles for a Texas Magazine, Texas Co-op Power. Celia and her husband enjoy traveling, and both are involved in their church, community, and the university. Central Texas has been her home for forty years.
Simone Beaudelaire ~ A Midnight Clear
Simone Beaudelaire is the pseudonym for a mild-mannered French teacher from Texas. Mme Beaudelaire lives with her husband, three children, and one fat tabby cat in Texas. When she isn't demonstrating verb conjugation and adjective agreement, she's reading and writing steamy romance novels.


Caroline Clemmons ~ Houston McClintock
Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling author of historical and contemporary western romances whose books have garnered numerous awards. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel. Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country.
Charlene Raddon ~ Marrying Jenna
Charlene first serious attempt at writing fiction came in 1980 when a vivid dream drove her to drag out a typewriter and begin writing. She’s been writing ever since. Because of a love for romance novels and the Wild West, her primary genre is historical romance. At present, she has five out of print books published in paperback by Kensington Books, and more recently published as e-Books by Tirgearr Publishing.

Rain Trueax ~ Connie's Gift
All my romances explore human nature and how men and women deal with outside challenges -- which can be of a spiritual nature. Married with grown children and grandchildren, I work from our Oregon sheep and cattle ranch or on the road in the inter-mountain west via satellite link. Connie’s Gift carries on characters from two earlier historicals, Arizona Sunset and Tucson Moon.

Chad Strong ~ Stable Hands, Stable Hearts
Canadian writer Chad Strong has been around horses most of his life, riding western on rugged trails and in small amateur horse shows.   His first novel, High Stakes, is a western historical romance set in Victoria, BC on Canada’s west coast, where he lived for many years.  Currently he lives in southern Ontario with his wife and their three dogs and four cats.

Margaret Tanner ~ Gunslinger's Angel
Margaret Tanner is a multi-published Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically accurate. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty, or cemetery too overgrown. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia.
Susan Horsnell ~ Petticoat Patrol
Five years ago my husband and I retired and moved to a small village in the hinterland in Queensland, Australia. After 35 years of Nursing, I finally had the time to look at scripts I had penned years before and get the rest of the stories out of my head. The anthology - Rawhide 'n Roses, working with so many brilliant authors, is a dream come true.

Carol A. Spradling ~ When Love Arrives
Carol may have grown up on Florida beaches, but her heart has always belonged to the mountains. Last December, she and her husband finally fulfilled her lifelong fantasy. They moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains. YAY!!!! If she can curb her endless mountain gazing from her front door, she might get some work done on her next book. She still can't believe she lives in an area she loves so much.

Paty Jager ~ Bluffing the Marshal
An award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay. Paty and her husband currently ranch 350 acres in central and eastern Oregon when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

Lyn Horner ~ The Lawman's Lady
A Yankee who got to Texas as quick as she could, Lyn Horner resides in Fort Worth -- "Where the West Begins" -- with her husband and several beloved cats. This former fashion illustrator and art instructor loves reading, writing and gardening. She is the author of the award-winning Texas Devlins trilogy, starring three siblings who bring a glimmer of psychic magic to the Old West.

Peggy L. Henderson ~ Yellowstone Proposal
Peggy L Henderson is a laboratory technologist by night, and writes during the day, with ten published books to her name. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for twenty years. Along with her husband and two sons, she makes her home in Southern California. They dream of moving to Montana some day.

Jacquie Rogers ~ Much Ado About Misfires
Jacquie Rogers is a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but always a bookworm. Reading is her passion--westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, all with a dash of romance. If an author can make her laugh, she'll buy every book he/she ever wrote. Jacquie now lives in suburbia with her husband and one pampered cat, but her stories often take place in rural Idaho, where she grew up.

Cheri Kay Clifton ~ Destiny's Kiss
I'm married to my high school sweetheart, have one grown son and divide my time between  North Carolina and Florida. I previously served as president of a chapter of Romance Writers of America. If I'm not riding on the back of my husband's motorcycle, I'm writing Book 3 of my Wheels of Destiny Trilogy.

Now that we've all said howdy, you can click on those sidebar pictures or just slide on down the page to read our story excerpts. If you follow that trail you'll find the posts divided into four pages, making for faster loading. When you reach the bottom of this first page just click "Older Posts" to get to the next page and so on. The posts are in reverse order from our bios.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Destiny's Kiss by Cheri Kay Clifton

She gave up life in the present to find her destiny in the past.

What in the hell just happened!
Kenzi’s heart pounded inside her chest.  Unable to focus, she felt an aura of numbness sweep through her body.  Frightened and dizzy, she staggered away from the cheval mirror and collapsed into an armchair.
  She shook her head, desperately trying to gather her thoughts as she glanced around the room that wasn’t the attic.  Across from her stood a dressmaker’s form, beside it a treadle sewing machine.  On the tabletop next to her was a kerosene lamp, a magazine laid beside it.  Kenzi read the heading: Godey’s Lady’s Book, New Fashions for Spring, 1884. 
 She turned and faced the upright mirror again.  Her reflection stared back at her just as it had a minute ago … the hair rose on the back of Kenzi’s neck … before she had stepped through the glass.  Damn!  This has to be a dream.
The loud clopping of horse’s hooves drew Kenzi’s attention to a large front window.  Outside a carriage passed by followed by two men on horseback.  A couple walked by, their steps resounding on what must have been a wooden boardwalk. 
Maybe she was hallucinating.  Damn sure not a hangover this time.  She’d given up drinking and partying when she’d given up dating.
Been watching too many westerns on TV, gal!  Either that or getting too involved in American history research with her students.  She laughed, certain she’d awaken and once again be sifting through the antiques she’d discovered in the attic of the house she’d rented.
She closed her eyes and eased back in the chair, waiting for the dream to fade and reality to take hold. 

Much Ado About Misfires by Jacquie Rogers

Much Ado About Misfires is a bonus to Jacquie’s popular Hearts of Owyhee series. The story is set in 1874 in a rollerskating rink.  Yes, skating was wildly popular then, even though their skates were crude by today’s standards—no stopping block, for one thing.

Reuben Wallace couldn’t ask his sweetheart to marry him when he had no means to support her.  Now, four years later, he’s built a horse ranch and he needs a wife.  He heard that the new rollerskating rink was all the rage, and the ladies congregated there.  With luck, he’ll find his Lucy.

Lucy Gwinn expects her beau to propose but he’s just another second-best man.  Her heart has always belonged to Reuben, the big hard-headed lug.  But her beau is content with circling around the rink—until Reuben knocks them all head over teakettle.  Can Reuben score a perfect ten on his first try?

           “Are you married?” Reuben asked Lucy.
“Good.  I came here to marry you and take you back to the ranch.  I just built a house with two bedrooms and we can easily build on.  There’s no furniture but I have enough money with me for you to buy all we need for now.”
“How did you know I was here?”
“I didn’t—heard tell your folks had moved to town so I reckoned we could get married.  Seems like a danged good idea to me.”
“You’re direct, but then you always have been.  What if I don’t want to marry you?”
“In that case, I guess you wouldn’t, but I’m hoping you will.  We get on good and always have, and there ain’t no prettier girl in the county.”
“If I’m the prettiest girl, then don’t you think I should marry the handsomest man?”
That stopped him short.  She had a point—why should she marry him?  “Is that a ‘no’?”
She pulled him to his feet, but he was none too steady.  “That’s a ‘we haven’t seen each other for four years so we should get reacquainted with each other.’  Let’s skate.”

Yellowstone Proposal by Peggy L. Henderson

Evan Connelly has been in love with Kara Russell since he first arrived in St. Louis. But how could he possibly tell her? He was from Boston, and she grew up in the wilderness of a place he’d only heard of. She couldn’t possibly see anything in him. When Kara returns home to her beloved mountains, can Evan find the courage to follow her and make his feelings known?

“Mr. Osborne? I would like to request a leave of absence.”
Zach Osborne had glanced up from the papers he’d been studying at his desk.
“Do you need to return to Boston?”
“No, sir. I . . . ah . . . I made a mistake when Miss Russell left.”
“Mistake?” The corners of Zach’s mouth twitched. “What sort of mistake?”
“I let her get away, sir.” Evan glanced at the ground. “I should have told her that I love her.”
“You want to go after her?” Zach’s eyebrows rose.
“I’ve lived in Boston all my life, Mr. Osborne. All I’ve known is how to keep my nose in a book. My family was in disbelief when I told them I was moving to St. Louis. Here, I met a girl I would like to make my wife, and I should have made my feelings known. If she rejects me, then so be it, but at least I won’t have any regrets that I didn’t try to win her over.”
“I wish I could go with you, Evan, but you know I can’t leave the practice on such short notice.”
“I’m not asking you to go with me.”
“All right, Evan, but you’ll need a guide to take you up the Yellowstone.”
Three days later, Zach Osborne had introduced him to Lucas Walker, an army scout who was heading back home to the Tetons for the winter.
“You’re in love with little Kara?” Lucas had given him the skeptical once-over. “I warn you right now. That girl is a handful. I’ve known her since we were little kids. Her claws are sharper than those of a mountain lion.”
“The Kara Russell I’ve met was nothing less than a lady,” Evan said, standing taller.
“Suit yourself.” Lucas shrugged, grinning broadly. “But don’t say I didn’t warn you. Just understand that heading to the Yellowstone will be harsher than anything you’ll ever experience.”
“It’ll be worth it, if I can win Miss Russell’s hand.”
Lucas laughed. “You sound like my brother. He suffered from a sickness of the heart, too. I sure as hell hope I’m never afflicted. I don’t need my brain addled that way.”
“When do we leave?”
“Before first light in the morning.”