I’m so excited. The re-release of my third single title western romance in Kindle format is almost as thrilling as it was when it first hit the bookstores in 2005. I tell you it’s been a while coming.
REDEMPTION is set in 1869 in the East Texas fictional town of Redemption. It’s a small town on the banks of Caddo Lake and Big Cypress Bayou, not far from the real town of Jefferson.
This story is one of secrets and what happens when they start unraveling. Laurel James and Brodie Yates, who is also known as Shenandoah, have to come to terms with their past mistakes.
Two brothers…one woman…and a secret that can destroy them all.
Laurel James thinks she’s found the respectability she craves when she agrees to marry the town mayor. While she doesn’t love him, she hopes to build a comfortable life with him. And everything goes according to plan…until Shenandoah rides into town.
Shenandoah just wants to see family and find a place to rest his weary body. The swamps of East Texas offer a respite from the men who hunt him. Temporary or not he’ll take the peace he finds. But then he runs into Laurel and his dreams of a wife and family that he’d counted lost give him reason to hope. He’ll do anything to have Laurel in his arms…and in his bed.
But they wonder if redemption will ever be possible for people like them.
I had to do a lot of research when I wrote this story, specifically about Jefferson, Texas. Looking at the town today, it’s hard to imagine that The Queen of the Bayou as it was called was an important and thriving port city from 1845 to 1872. It was the sixth largest town in Texas and boasted a population of almost 30,000 at one time.
A 100 mile long logjam on the Red River made it possible for paddleboats and steamships to travel from New Orleans and even St. Louis to dock at Jefferson. Tons of goods arrived and departed from Jefferson making it Texas’s chief inland port that was second only to Galveston. To say it was a bustling city put it mildly.
But all good things must come to end. When nitroglycerin came along in 1873, the Army Corps of Engineers blasted through the logjam and cleared it away. This lowered the water level of Caddo Lake and Big Cypress Bayou and made it impossible for steamships to get to Jefferson.
Today the population is a little over 3,000. But the citizens have done a great job preserving the history. Almost every commercial building and house on the main thoroughfare has a historical marker in front of it.
And it’s become one of the most haunted towns in Texas. Tourists flock there, staying in the many Bed and Breakfast businesses and taking part in their annual events.
REDEMPTION is available in the Amazon Kindle Store for $2.99. Just click HERE and it’ll take you there. Very easy.
I’m giving away one copy of the book in Kindle format to one commenter. Plus, as a special Valentine gift I’m also giving away one copy of BE MY TEXAS VALENTINE to another commenter.