Win A Copy of MARRYING THE MAJOR!

I got my author copies last week and can’t wait to start giving them away.  Just leave a comment and I’ll toss your name in the Stetson. Late tonight I’ll draw three names . . . Most of you know that Marrying the Major is Book #4 in the “Women of Swan’s Nest” series.  It’s about Caroline and Bessie, so it’s a two-for-one romance.  Here’s the back cover blurb:

 A Very Practical Proposal . . .

He hired a governess, but what retired officer Tristan Willoughby Smith needs is a wife. Not on his behalf, but to protect little Dora and Freddie. When Caroline Bradley arrives at his Wyoming ranch, she seems perfectly suited–capable, efficient, intelligent . . . if a trifle too appealing.

Caroline knows what a real union of hearts should be, and the major’s polite, no-nonsense offer hardly qualifies. Still, she accepts for the children’s sake, little knowing the complications the marriage will bring to test her confidence and her faith. Yet in this unusual match, Caroline starts to see a glimmer of something strong and true–the makings of the family she never thought she’d find . . .

Here’s an excerpt . . .

This is from the middle of Chapter Two, and it’s one of my favorite scenes. Tristan is ferrying Caroline across a river on the back of Cairo, his prize Arabian stallion. Caroline is terrified of horses. To reassure her, he’s just bragged that Cairo would never disobey him. But that’s exactly Cairo does. He balks in the middle of the river, and Caroline takes a fall…

The water went over Caroline’s head with whoosh. She couldn’t see or breathe. She could only feel the sudden cold and the current grabbing at her skirt. The stallion was bucking and stomping. If she didn’t get out of the river, she’d be pulled downstream or trampled. She tried to stand but stumbled because of the weight of her clothing.

“Get back!” the Major shouted.

He had his hands full with the unruly horse. She didn’t know why it had bucked, but the medical case was slapping against its side. She had a horrible vision of it coming loose. Major Smith would lose the quinine, and she’d lose her only picture of Charles. Bracing against the sandy bottom, she pushed to her feet. She wanted to run for the shore, but if the case tore lose she’d go after it.

Cairo reared back and whinnied. She half expected Major Smith to land in the river with her, but he moved gracefully with the horse, aligning his body with the stallion’s neck and back. Behind her she heard Jon sloshing toward them on Grandma. Being caught between two horses terrified her more than drowning, so she hoisted her skirts and ran downriver.

She stumbled a dozen steps, tripped on her hem and went down. Rocks pressed into her knees and she cried out. She kept her head above water, but her skirt was tangled around her legs. Seemingly out of nowhere, male hands gripped her arms and lifted her from the current.

“Caroline.” She heard the major’s voice, the accent thick as he set her on her feet. “It’s all right. I’ve got you.”

She felt the strength of his arms and the sureness of his stance. As he steadied her, she wiped her eyes with her sleeve and became aware of his body shielding her from the current. She had no business noticing him in a personal way. She was merely an employee, a woman who was afraid of horses and had fallen in the river.

She pulled back from his grasp and staggered away. “I’m all right.”

He splashed closer, reaching for her. “Let me walk you to the shore.”

“No!” She didn’t want to feel his arm around her waist. “Go take care of your horse.”

“Jon has Cairo.”

She looked past him to the shore where Jon and Grandma were leading Cairo up the sandy bank. The black horse had calmed, but he still looked on edge . . . much like the major. He stepped closer to her, his hand extended as if he were giving her a peppermint. “Come now,” he said with authority. “There’s nothing to be afraid of.”

“Oh yes, there is!” She was afraid of him, afraid of her feelings because she couldn’t help but like this man. With malaria symptoms, he had no business jumping into the river to help her. He should have taken his horse to shore and let Jon come to her rescue. Instead he’d risked getting a chill. Even more revealing was the compassion in his eyes. He looked both sincere and commanding, a man of courage who understood fear. She could imagine soldiers following him into battle, trusting him to lead them to victory.

She trusted him, too. But she didn’t trust her feelings. How many times had she felt this spark of interest in a man only to have it dashed?


Don’t forget to leave a comment to be eligible for the drawing!  To order now  from Amazon, click here:  Marrying the Major

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Victoria Bylin is under contract with Bethany House Publishers for two inspirational contemporary romances.Prior to jumping to the present day, she wrote westerns for Harlequin Historical and Love Inspired Historical. Her books have finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards, the Rita Awards and RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She and her husband live in Lexington, Kentucky and have two grown sons. You can learn more about Vicki at www.victoriabylin.com

49 thoughts on “Win A Copy of MARRYING THE MAJOR!”

  1. Hi, Victoria!

    I am a longtime fan, and I am indeed fortunate to own the first three books in “The Women of Swan’s Nest” series! I am very much looking forward to finding how Caroline fares after “Marrying the Major”! How will she “manage the major” and her new life? I can’t wait read her story : )

  2. Good Morning Victoria – This book sounds delightful and I look forward to reading it. My favorite book of yours is West of Heaven and I also enjoy your Love Indpired Historicals. Thank you for your heart touching books.

  3. Hi Lori D, What a pleasure to hear you like WEST OF HEAVEN! It’s a favorite of mine, as well, in part because of how it evolved. Ethan and Jayne were in the first ms I ever wrote. It didn’t sell, largely because it didn’t have a plot. It garnered my first rejections. I wrote OF MEN AND ANGELS next, and when it was time for my next book, I dusted off WEST OF HEAVEN and rewrote it top to bottom with my editor’s help.

    You’re in the drawing! Good luck!

  4. Good morning, Linda A! I’ve tossed your name in the Stetson! What I love about historical romance is the sense of traveling to another time and place. It’s such fun!

  5. I am looking forward to reading this book. I have the other books in The Women of Swan’s Nest series.

  6. Hi Goldie! I’ve got you in the drawing! Enjoy!

    Hello Liz! Your name’s in the hat. This is the fourth and last book in the series, but it’ll stand alone. Good luck!

  7. Hi Victoria,

    I’m so looking forward to this book. I’m sure it will be as wonderful just like everything you write.

    No need to toss my name in the Stetson, I already have it pre-ordered. I just wanted to stop by for support. :o)

    –Kirsten

  8. Congratulations on the new release! It looks great. That excerpt really pulled me into the story. I’m dying to see what happens next and how their love develops and grows. Wishing you wagon loads of success.

  9. Hi Terri! I like the cover too. The hero’s perfect, and I like the landscape. You’re in the drawing!

    Hello Kirsten! I’m glad you enjoy my books (blush!) And it’s great to know that MTM is pre-ordered. It’s officially out Oct. 1st.

  10. Vicki: I’ve been anxiously awaiting another in your series of Swan Nest. If this one is anything like “The Outlaw’s Return” then it is a keeper. You are on my top author’s list for anything you put out. Here’s hoping my name pops out of the hat 🙂

  11. Hi Susan! Thank you so much for the kind words, especially for “The Outlaw’s Return.” That story will always be a personal favorite.

    Your name’s in the hat for MTM!

  12. The wide vistas of the West offer great possibilities for book covers. They have put it to good use for this cover. Very nice. I look forward to another book I can share with my daughter. She currently has my copy of THE OUTLAW’S RETURN. I sent it her way as soon as I finished it, knowing she would enjoy it as much as I did.
    I know the release of MARRYING THE MAJOR will go well. It sounds like a good addition to this series. I look forward to reading it.

  13. This book sounds so heartwarming. I like when the litte ones are involved and often they can teach the adults a thing or two about love. Though they match on a practical level, the best part will be seeing them fall in love. Thank you for the giveaway.

  14. Hi Linda! Hi Elizabeth! It’s always good to see fellow Fillies!

    Hello Na! A large part of the story centers on what it means to be a father. It means a lot to Tristan, but you’re right. He’s got a few things to learn. I’ve got you in the drawing!

    Hi Vickie! You’re in the drawing! So glad you’ve enjoyed the Swan’s Nest series!

  15. Vicki,
    I left you a comment earlier this morning and it showed that it “took” but it’s not here. Just wanted to let you know in case this happened to anyone else.

    Love the cover, and I am totally in love with Major Smith already, so I know that Caroline doesn’t stand a chance.
    HUGS,
    Cheryl P.

  16. Your book sounds great! I’ve never read a Love Inspired Historical before but would so love to try one! I love the cover with the pasture in the background. It’s very calming.

  17. This sounds like a wonderful read and I will have to put it on my wish list. Love your books. Also love the cover.

  18. Hi Cheryl! Thanks for letting readers know that the blog had issues earlier . . . I had troubled getting on. Hopefully it’s fixed!

    Hello JOYE! Your name is in the Stetson. This Book #4 in part of a series, but it stands alone. New readers will have no trouble knowing the characters.

  19. Hi Claudia GC! The Harlequin Art Dept. did an awesome job on the landscape, and Tristan is perfect. I also like Caroline posed on the fence. I’ve got you in the drawing!

    Hi Quilt Lady! You’re entered in the drawing! Good luck!

  20. Hi Victoria, Love the cover and your excerpt hooked me. I’m looking forward to reading this and finding out what happens to Caroline next!

  21. Love the cover…I’ll read any book that has a horse on the cover. What can I say, I like horses. Your story sounds like one I would enjoy reading.

  22. I have enjoyed your books in the past and know that this one will be just as enjoyable! Great cover & excerpt! Thanks for sharing!

  23. The book sounds wonderful, Vickie. I can’t wait!!! I scan all the shelves for Petticoats & Pistols fillies’ books every month. I love buying them in a store instead of online, but sometimes I don’t get to the store fast enough and then I go the Amazon route.

  24. This books sounds just what I need for my bookshelf…
    Congrats on your new release.. I love the title.

  25. Hi Vicki,

    Oh my gosh I have all the other books in this so I am dying to get my hands on this one. I love your books and the cover is just breathtaking. I always follow your books I love them

    Walk in harmony,
    Melinda

  26. Hi Vicki, I so loved the Outlaw’s Return…I will soon be loading up the kindle with Marrying the Major. I can’t wait! Here’s to a best seller, filly sister! So happy for you! oxox

  27. Hi All! I took a nap and now I’ve got some catching up to do! All the following are in the drawing: Judy H, Jackie W, Colleen, Kathleen, Connie Lorenz, & Melinda Elmore.

    I’m glad y’all like the cover and excerpt! Good luck in the drawing!

  28. Hi Mary, Hi Tanya! Kindle or hard cover, they both work for me. I love the kindle, but when I read a book in paper, I read it more slowly and remember it better. I also like making notes in the margins. I figure it’s win-win when it comes to the format 🙂

  29. Howdy, Estella! Your name’s in the hat! Good luck.

    And Sherry, You’re in the drawing too. I’m delighted you’ve enjoyed the series. It was wonderful to give Caroline who long awaited romance!

  30. Hi Victoria,
    Love the cover of your book! I have all the books in the series and I really look forward to reading this one too. I love your books, especially Abbie’s Outlaw, Of Men And Angels and A Son Is Given. Please keep giving us great stories!

  31. Hi Sharon! I *do* miss writing for Harlequin Historical…it was a great time for sure. LIH is a different kind of book, but I love them, too! I’ve got you in the drawing 🙂

  32. I love all the books in this servies and I have been counting the days until the next one came out! I can’t wait to read Caroline’s boo and just by the excert, it looks to be another great one! The cover alone whets by appetite!

  33. Howdy, Victoria!
    Thanks so much for sharing that excerpt with us. I can understand why you like it so much. I could feel Tristan’s strength reach out to ME too, and I really look forward to reading his and Caroline’s story.

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