First off, Happy New Year!
Now, how about some white horses!
Just like the school room, I can’t really have favorites, but these three glorious horses from the rescue where I volunteer totally captivate me. That’s Bridge, above, and Hart, below. They are both Arabians. And Hart absolutely glows in the sun. (Happy news: he’s getting adopted.)
The pretty lady, below, is Pearl, a cremello perlino. She has the most beautiful blue eyes! And I get to walk her sometimes–like me, she has a few pounds to lose. She actually “became” my hero’s horse in my story Covenant, for the Wishing for a Cowboy anthology, and I’d adopt her in a heartbeat if I didn’t live on a suburban cul-de-sac.
I am showing off these three beauties today because all my covers for the Lawmen and Outlaws series feature white horses, too. Since I just got the cover for Book Three, I had to share it. (Outlaw in Love will be out later this year.)
Although Book Two, Outlaw Bride, was released last summer in an early-release program (sounds like a prisoner!), the “official” release date was just a couple of weeks ago.
So to celebrate, today I’m giving away an e-copy of Outlaw Bride…AND an e-copy of Book One as well! So don’t forget to toss your name into the hat by leaving a comment. Your choice, PDF or Kindle version.
Book One, Christmas for Ransom, came out Christmas 2012, a real cuddle-up snowbound romance.
All three books deal with members of the Ahab Perkins gang…outlaws who really aren’t bad to the bone. Each one will steal a piece of your heart as he/she gets redeemed. (Yes, one’s a girl.) And while doing edits for Outlaw in Love, my editor now wants a fourth baddie to find his soul. Yay. Let’s see how we save “Rattler” Rawtelle!)
Hmmmm…so let me hear some ideas on how to fix up an outlaw!
BLURB for Outlaw Bride, available now:
She survived her own hanging.
Left to die by her outlaw brother and his gang, Jessy Belle Perkins gets a second chance at life..and runs. She doesn’t count on being rescued by handsome Cleeland Redd, a former cavalry scout who is nothing like the rank, filthy outlaws she’s accustomed to. But can she trust him with the truth about who she is?
When Redd leaves her at a rundown convent, she realizes that if her outlaw brother returns for the pearls hidden in the hem of her dress, the man she loves and the nuns who have given her shelter will be in grave danger.
He stole her heart.
Still mourning his late wife, Cleeland Redd guards his heart against the suspicious but lovely woman he finds lost and unable to speak. When he learns her secret, he decides a fake marriage will be just the thing to draw Jessy Belle’s brother into a trap. But if he puts her brother behind bars, he might lose Jessy Belle for good–and forever destroy the hope of their pretend marriage turning into the real thing.
BLURB for Christmas for Ransom, available now:
Meet a good-hearted outlaw and the woman who gives him her heart…before she realizes it’s HER horses he stole! Member of the notorious Ahab Perkins gang, “Canyon” Jack Ransom promised his beloved gram-maw on her death bed long ago that he’d learn to read. After growing a conscience and leaving his past behind, he hires Texas schoolmarm Eliza Willows to do the deed while she, unbeknownst he’s the crook, hires him in return to “track” the thief of her granny’s prized Morgans. Falling in love with each other is fast and furious but real…and the two getting snowbound at Christmas while gun-battling Ahab and the gang only adds to the fun!
BLURB for Outlaw in Love, coming mid-2014:
On the run from his gang, having robbed his own sister, outlaw Ahab Perkins has no place to go but good. He’d give his heart to Teresa in a single beat…if the beautiful woman in gray weren’t a…nun.
Unbeknownst, Teresa Avila is as wanted as Ahab, hiding out in disguise at a rundown mission. After her crimes and her evil stepfather’s abuse, she’s convinced she’s not good enough for any man, not even the outlaw she’s falling for.
Enter a burned-out homestead, an abandoned little girl and a kindly sheriff…and both find love as they guide their souls out of darkness.