Hello. I’m Sunny Marie Baker and I’m thrilled to be a guest blogger today at Petticoats and Pistols. From the time I was a child I loved the old west. Watching Roy Rogers and Gene Autry on T.V. I got lost in the stories. I became one of the characters continuing the adventure outside in my yard long after the T.V. show ended. Every Christmas my special gift from Santa was a new pair of cowboy boots. There’s a pair of red ones sitting in my closet right now. Yep, once a cowgirl, always a cowgirl.
Is it any wonder when I began my writing career that I would write western themed novels? It was a no brainer. I write both Western Historical and Contemporary Western Romance, sometimes with a supernatural twist.
I’m currently completing my Texas Strong Series. In this series each book tells the story of a woman who by dire circumstances is transplanted to rural Texas in the 1800’s. Each enters into a marriage of convenience and must become Texas Strong to survive the consequences of her choice.
Claree May Whitney needs a husband and she needs him now!
Claree’s father pledges her as collateral in a high stakes poker game with Angus MacGregor, a repulsive man with the girth of a bull, and Angus wins.
Claree is determined she’ll not marry a bald, drooling man three times her age. On the pretense of a shopping trip to purchase sleeping garments to please her soon-to-be husband, Claree, with the help of her friend, Marguerite, makes her escape. She buys a ticket aboard a rarely-used mail stage to the farthest place her money will take her — Bryce Canyon, Texas.
Rumor has it men are plentiful in Texas and many looking for a wife. She’ll have her pick. Marrying someone else will make null and void the marriage contract her father forced upon her. Yes, that’s what she’ll do, marry a man of her choosing, and Angus MacGregor be damned.
Claree puts her plan into action. What could go wrong?
Book One in the Texas Strong Series is Cora’s Promise. One lucky winner chosen by Petticoats and Pistols will win a signed print copy of this first book in the series.
Cora Sutton keeps her promises
She makes a treacherous journey to fulfill a vow to her dying friend, and delivers Berta’s most cherished possession to Ramsey Locke in Rabbit Glen, Texas. Now what? Cora doesn’t have a thought. Doesn’t have a plan. Doesn’t have anywhere to be.
Ramsey is caught by surprise. He never anticipated such a gift. The truth is, he spends hours in the saddle running his ranch and doesn’t have the time required to honor and preserve Berta’s Treasure. He strikes a deal with Cora. She’ll stay on to tend the household duties and make sure Berta’s last wish is upheld. He’ll sleep in the barn.
When the town biddies discern that Cora is pregnant, the church demands Ramsey take responsibility for her condition. “I’ve never so much as kissed the woman,” Ramsey protests. “I’m not the father of her baby.” However, the church folks get out their calendars, and it all adds up for them.
Ramsey gives Cora his name to save her reputation, but will he ever give her his heart?
Book Three of the Texas Strong Series, Camille’s Purpose is scheduled for release in late 2019.
Thanks again for the opportunity to share these western themed stories of strong women here on Petticoats and Pistols.
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