THE BALLAD OF EMMA O’TOOLE (EMMA for short) is a Book of My Heart. In the 17 years that passed between its beginning and its publication, the story never left me, and I never gave up on it. Seeing it in print at last, and being able to share it with you, is a very personal pleasure. It will be available for purchase September 1, but since I have my author copies, you’ll have a chance to win one today.
Even the setting of this book is personal. Park City, Utah, is an hour’s drive from where I live. Cradled by the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, its history is as spectacular as its setting. My own pioneer great-great grandfather directed the first settlement of the high valley—then known as Parley’s Park. Its progression from farming community to silver mining boom town, to crumbling backwater, to world-class ski resort and home of the Sundance Film Festival, is a true American saga.
EMMA is set amid the silver boom of the 1880’s that brought wealth-seekers from all over the world. Young Emma O’Toole is determined to make a better life for herself. But her beauty is offset by every possible strike against her. She’s orphaned, impoverished, and pregnant by a nineteen-year-old boy as poor as she is. Fate and tragedy intervene to thrust her into the reluctant arms of gambler Logan Devereaux, a cynical man with a dangerous past. Can such an unlikely pair find happiness together? I hope you’ll be cheering them on, as I was, all the way to the end of their story.
Here’s a blog and a link to the Amazon site, where you can read an excerpt and pre-order a copy if you like. There’s a different excerpt on my web site, which you can get to by clicking on my photo (yes?).
High Stakes Marriage
After shooting a man, the stakes for gambler Logan Devereaux have never been higher. On trial for his life, he’s offered a shocking alternative form of restitution…marriage to his victim’s pregnant sweetheart.
Beautiful Emma O’Toole has sworn vengeance against him and when a newspaperman puts her tragic story to song, the whole nation waits to see what she will do. Their marriage is the riskiest gamble Logan’s ever taken. But he’ll put all he’s got on the line for a chance at winning Emma’s Heart.
Because this is a celebration of a book I love, I’ll be giving one copy away for every ten readers who comment. International winners will receive a PDF file. So you have a one in ten chance of winning today! Good luck and happy reading!
Park city photo by Bobak Ha’eri, 2004