I can think of nothing more shameful or heartbreaking than violence against women. Until the late 1800s a wife had few rights, especially in Texas. The law didn’t see wife-beating as a crime. Husbands could pretty well do as they wanted without fear of arrest. My source said that Maryland was the first state to pass a law making this an actual crime. That was in 1882.
In my book that is coming out in January, the first of my Bachelors of Battle Creek series entitled TEXAS MAIL ORDER BRIDE, a secondary character, Jenny Barclay, suffers a horrendous beating by her husband and she subsequently loses the baby she was carrying. Although it’s not viewed as a crime in Texas, the sheriff arrests him and puts him in jail even though he knows he can hold him longer for being drunk than he can for beating his wife.
My hero, Cooper Thorne, isn’t about to the man get away with it. When Cooper catches the sheriff out, he goes in and drags Jenny’s husband kicking and screaming from his cell. I won’t go into what Cooper does when he gets him outside of town, but he does get justice for Jenny.
The book will release on January 6, 2015. It’s available for preorder now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million plus a few other places. Reserve your copy today.
THE BLURB FROM THE BACK COVER:
“So beautiful. You make it impossible to think.” He pulled her against him and found her mouth. “You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to do this.”
When he let her up for air, she whispered as though she couldn’t trust her voice, “Is this another Texas custom?”
“Absolutely,” he growled. “Welcome to Texas.”
Rancher Cooper Thorne thinks his life is finally on an even keel—until Delta Dandridge steps off the stagecoach claiming to be his mail order bride. Brash and quick-witted, the meddling Southern Belle is everything Cooper thought he never wanted…and everything his heart is telling him he needs.
But Cooper swore long ago that he’d never marry, and he aims to keep his word…especially now that the demons from his past have returned to threaten everything—and everyone—he holds dear.
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