I am very excited to be a part of a Historical Romance Blog Hop this weekend, hosted by the lovely girls at BOOKS 'N PEARLS. OVER THE WEEKEND THERE WILL BE DOZENS OF FABULOUS HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHORS TO MEET AND PRIZES TO BE WON. To hop over to the next blog click the Link at the end of this blog. I grew up on 'Westerns' so I am delighted to be hosting MARGARET MADIGAN, whose latest book GAMBLING ON THE OUTLAW came out in June this year.ABOUT GAMBLING ON THE OUTLAW
Beth Caldwell is no man's property. A gambler's widow with a willful, independent streak, she's already courting trouble after rejecting an offer of marriage from a foul-tempered and land-hungry cattle baron. But when Beth discovers a handsome outlaw hiding in her barn, she lands in a whole new heap of trouble... Isaac Collins survived the Civil War only to find himself scapegoated for stagecoach robbery and murder. With nothing left to lose, he gambled everything on revenge and barely escaped with his life. Now he's relying on the kindness of a fierce, strong-willed woman...and God help him if there isn't something both sweet and forbidden simmering between them. But Beth's rejected suitor is no gentleman. He'll do whatever it takes to get her land. And in Nevada, sometimes everything can ride on one a high-stakes game of chance.
Read an Excerpt from GAMBLING ON THE OUTLAW
I squared my shoulders and entered the room, determined to behave myself properly.
He was sat up in bed with several pillows piled behind him for support, looking every bit as if he belonged there, enough so that last night came to mind and I was tempted to crawl in and snuggle up next to him. But I gave myself a mental shake. He was quickly turning me into a silly schoolgirl. I am a strong, independent woman.
I had other women depending on me and I couldnât let some male drifter, a wanted man no less, distract me from my responsibilities.
I placed the tray on his lap and backed away as quickly as possible, taking a seat in the rocker Iâd spent so much time in the last few days.
âIt seems your presence is causing quite a stir around here. My friends donât quite know how to react to you.
âWhat about you?â
âWhat about me?â
âYou said none of your lady friends knows how to react to me. What about you? Do you know how to react to me?â
The taste of his lips on mine leaped to mind unbidden, along with the feel of his hands on me, and thatâs all it took for my double-crossing heart, and my equally rebellious body, to react with lusty desire. Iâd assumed Iâd never again be lucky enough to find a man who made me feel that way, and yet here he was, already in my bed.
Although I wanted very much to shift from the rocker to the edge of the bed and assist him with his breakfast, perhaps feeding him bits of bread with creamy butter that heâd have to lick from my fingertips, I opted for maintaining at least a modicum of decency and kept my rear end rooted to the chair. I suspected where Mr. Isaac Collins was concerned, me and my good sense were in a heap of trouble, because my body had clearly declared war against us.
âJust how would you expect me to react?â
Heâd been watching me, waiting for my answer, those warm brown eyes regarding me from under a fringe of dark lashes, making my belly flutter like a flock of hummingbirds had nested inside.
âA smart woman would be on her guard. Sheâd be concerned and maybe even afraid, and sheâd send me on my way, happy to see the back of me. And I took you for a smart woman.â
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ABOUT MARGARET MADIGAN
Margaret is an author of romance and science fiction with Entangled Publishing and Evernight Publishing. She is a hard core Oregon Ducks fan. and a donut and pastry addict. Best of all... she likes cats! When she's not writing youâll find her in a college classroom teaching English, or working as a literary agent for an amazing agencyâ¦and of course, wrangling her family.
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