Be My Guest: Charlene Raddon


The Birth of a Story

You learn the darnedest facts while researching a book. Sometimes, what you find can throw your story completely off-kilter and send you searching for a new storyline. Other times, it can change a story from good to fantastic.

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This is what happened to me with my newest book, Ride for a Bride in Wyoming, from the series Rocky Mountain Romances.

I already had the story—New York society spinster whose passion is protecting animals from cruelty meets a Wyoming rancher who raises bulls for the budding rodeo business and rides a buffalo in horse races.

And I had the characters—Annora Lee Bostwick, a member of the new American  Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who moves to Sheridan, Wyoming to open a new branch; and Birch Struthers, also known as Buffalo Birch Struthers, a rancher involved in the beginnings of the rodeo. Burke has recently taken over the family ranch after his father’s death, but if he wants to hang onto the property, he must marry and soon, or lose it to a man he hates.

My problem was how to get them together. Neither wants to marry, and they seem like total opposites. That’s when I read about the Ride for a Bride race that took place in Sheridan, Wyoming as part of their first official rodeo in 1909. Harry Lewis, the groom, won the hand of Hazel Foster, and they were married that very day.

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What a grand solution to my dilemma!

Of course, Annora and Birch don’t fall in love at first sight. Far from it. Annora accuses Birch of mistreating his buffalo and the bulls he uses in the ranch competition. Birch sees her as a spoiled, stuck-up New York Society spinster unfit for life on a Wyoming ranch.

Birch agrees to be the groom for the Ride for a Bride race to follow the competition because of his father’s will demanding that he marry within a year. Annora, however, is blackmailed into participating.

And, so the fun began.

I loved writing this novella, and hope readers like it as well as I do.

EXCERPT

Her hair was a light red. Not strawberry blond, nor the usual carrot red. Birch never would’ve thought of a color like red being mellow or calm, but that’s how he saw it.

She had freckles to go with the hair, and intense, green eyes with a hint of stubbornness as if she wouldn’t give an inch even if you set her skirts on fire. That glimpse of obstinacy matched the tilt of her chin and the stiff way she held herself. An uppity New York spinster no doubt hoping to snag what she’d failed to catch back home—a husband.

“She’s my cousin,” Lissette told the mayor, an arm around Miss Bostwick’s waist.

“And my bride-to-be,” Jenks asserted.

“That is impossible,” Miss Bostwick stated with emphasis.

Great thunder! Even her voice sounded pretty, like a meadowlark at dusk.

“I’m afraid this is my fault,” Lissette said. “You see, Annora’s mother wrote, asking me to help Annora find a husband. She gave me to understand that is why Annora decided to relocate here. When I saw the notice about the race, it seemed the perfect answer.”

“Why didn’t you ask me if I considered it perfect?” Miss Bostwick pulled the cat from her shoulder. “I’ve no need for a husband. I like being a spinster.”

Birch swallowed a laugh at that.

“Oh, but, Annora, I… I only want to see you happy.” Looking stricken, Lissette glanced around at their audience. “Please, can we discuss this later?”

“Good idea,” Mayor Sythes said. “I think we’ve strayed from the topic, folks.”

“Yes. Remove my name as the Ride for a Bride bride,” Miss Bostwick told him.

Lissette’s face paled. “Annora, you can’t.”

“I’d like to know why not.”

“Ladies. Ladies.” Sythes tried to get the situation under control.

Birch felt he ought to be rooting for one of the women, but didn’t know which. Miss Bostwick had a right to be angry at her cousin for putting her in such an awkward situation.

“But, Mayor,” Jenks whined, “I have a right to take my bride over to the church and get hitched. I won the race.”

Lissette’s skirts rustled as she whirled to face him. “No one expected that to happen. Birch and Hezzie always win.”

“That doesn’t change the fact that I won this time,” he retorted.

“Which means nothing to me,” Miss Bostwick said.

Birch raised his hands. “Hold on. Can I get a word in here?”

“Go ahead,” Mayor Sythes gestured him forward. “Speak up, Birch.”

“First, I had no knowledge about Miss Westbrook coming here—”

“Bostwick,” the redhead corrected, preventing the calico kitten from climbing to her shoulder again.

“—or being the designated bride for the race. In fact, I didn’t think any bride had volunteered yet.”

“I can verify when the race is to take place.” Mayor Sythes pulled a paper out of his vest pocket. “I have the competition rules and schedule with me.” Putting on his spectacles, he read, “The Ride for a Bride Race shall commence on the day following the conclusion of the ranch competition. That means the race is to be held July 30.”

“Let me see that.” Jenks snatched the paper away.

Lissette clapped her hands in delight. “This means you still have a chance to win Annora’s hand, Birch. Isn’t that marvelous?”

He wanted to puke.

Horshoe, cactus, stetson & horse divider

Ride for a Bride in Wyoming is currently available for pre-order, and will be released July 22. Find it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071XDTV9G

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The Rocky Mountain Romances series is made up of seven books by seven great authors to be released one each week, beginning with Utah Sunrise by Amelia C Adams, released this week and available NOW.

Check out all the books at https://www.facebook.com/RockyMountainRomances/.

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Charlene is multi-published, award-winning author of American historical romance noels. Originally published by Kensington Books, she is now self-published. She loves traveling, writing, reading, spoiling her grandchildren, and hearing from readers. She is also a graphics artist and has her own business creating book covers for authors at http://silversagebookcovers.com

 

 

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Reviews & Special Guest


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It’s my pleasure to tell you western romance author and book cover designer, Charlene Raddon will join me here in Lyn Horner’s Corner this coming Monday, July 17th. I hope you will mark it on your calendar and stop by to greet this lovely lady.

Now, I’m thrilled to share with you the first reviews for Beguiling Delilah. First, here is Charlene’s wonderful recommendation on Facebook:

“If you’re looking for a new book, here is one I highly recommend. Leon is Navajo and is sent to France to protect and bring back Delilah Moreau. Delilah guards an ancient and precious document. Leon must get her back to his own land where other guardians like Delilah wait for them. But their path is fraught with danger.

I loved this story. The characters are real, the story exciting. I especially liked that the hero and heroine were older than usual.”

And the first 3 reviews on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently good storytelling

By Craig A. Hart on July 14, 2017

“Lyn Horner is one of those writers you can count on to deliver consistently good storytelling. Often I pick up a book and it’s a bit of a gamble–not so here, because this author always hits the mark. Great read!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Totally Engrossing

By Amazon Customer on July 14, 2017  Kay Hamilton 7-14-2017

“This book kept me completely engrossed from beginning to end with intrigue, romance, and history. Great Read as are all the books in this series ” THE GUARDIANS”. Keep up the good work, Lyn. Cant wait for the next book in this series.”

5.0 out of 5 stars They just keep getting better!

By Patti Buchanan on July 14, 2017

“One of my favorites of the series so far! Kept me totally engrossed first in Paris then back in the USA. I just couldn’t put it down, so I read it in one sitting. Highly enjoyable and I can’t wait for the next one to be released.”

Bastille Day Release & Remembrance


Finally, Beguiling Delilah is live! Nice gift for my birthday. I chose to release on July 14 in honor of  Bastille Day and the people who died a year ago in Nice, France, where part of Delilah is set. May they rest in peace, and may we see no more such tragedies.

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Author Interview – T. Jackson King


One of my favorite sci-fi authors, T. Jackson King, shares a little about himself and his writing.

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T Jackson KingQuestion 1: Who are you and what have you written?

I’m T. Jackson King, a writer of science fiction novels since 1988 when my first novel came out. I now live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, tho I’ve lived in 12 US states and visited 49 of them. My most recent novel is Star Glory (Empire Series Book 1).

Question 2: If you had to paint a portrait of any author who would it be?

I’d paint an image of Rudyard Kipling as his YA novel KIM was a favorite of mine when I was in sixth grade and had been reading his works, and scifi novels, for two years already.

Wuestion 3: Why did you start Star Glorywriting?

I began writing scifi novels because I ran out of First Contact style novels in my local neighborhood library. But I began late at age 38. I got published in reverse…

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Scouring the Horse by Paul Handover


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Reblogged from Learning From Dogs:

Uffington has a very special place in our adventures. In many ways, it was ‘where it all began‘… though it had begun, in fact, long before…we just hadn’t become aware of the path we had started to walk until we visited the White Horse and Wayland’s Smithy…


Fascinating almost beyond words.

In the days when I lived in South Devon in England and had cause to travel, as in drive, to London one of the route options was to take the M5 motorway (Freeway in American speak) up to Bristol and then follow the M4 motorway that ran from Bristol all the way into the outskirts of London.

One of the benefits of this was that half-way, give or take, was at the Swindon exit and a further ten-minute drive took one to the delightful car-park at the White Horse at Uffington. No…

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Be My Guest: Susan Horsnell


I’m delighted to welcome Aussie author Susan Horsnell to my corner of the world today. She’s here to tell us about her new book WHEN EAGLES SOAR.

When Eagles Soar

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My name is Kyan Miller and I have the ability to change into an Eagle and soar above the Earth.

Yep, you heard right – an Eagle.

A curse placed on the family in 1626 resulted in all the male members of my family having this unusual ability from the age of sixteen.

I work for the Government in Covert Operations. I can obtain information other operatives cannot. This mission is one of my most dangerous to date. The US is being flooded by Cocaine from South America and the Governments of these two countries are working together to put a stop to it. They have been receiving valuable intel from two US operatives. Until …. one operative is found dead. The other is missing – Analia Rogers has neither been seen nor heard from for three days, we don’t know if she is dead or alive. I have been sent into the Alvarez family’s drug compound to find answers.

I’m on an inflexible deadline, in three days’ time, the compound will be blown to smithereens but there are details the Governments aren’t aware of which could place their forces in danger. Can I get the word out in time to prevent them from being slaughtered?

What I find inside the compound has my anger soaring to nuclear levels.

Am I in time?

Is there anything I can do?

And, who has betrayed us?

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EXCERPT

The small café is located on a side street away from the center of town and prying eyes. A bell tinkles as I step through the door from the bright exterior to the dimly lit interior. I give my eyes a moment to adjust and spot my friend and handler seated at a table tucked away in the back corner.

“Señor?” (Sir) A pretty girl with flowing black hair and piercing blue eyes greets me.

“Do you speak English?” My Spanish is perfect as is my Russian, French, Mandarin and German but I prefer to converse in my native language.

“Yes.”

“Excellent. I have a friend waiting here.” I indicate the back table. “Can you please bring me a black coffee and the menu for lunch?”

“Si, Señor.”

The girl hurried away, and I weaved through the tables toward my handler. He stood, and we shook hands before sitting.

“As prompt as ever, Kyan.”

“Would you accept me any other way, Carson?”

Carson remains quiet while a coffee is placed in front of me and the girl hands us each a menu. It takes only moments for us both to request the Paella and the girl again leaves us alone. I sip at my steaming hot brew.

“Did you look through the folder?” Carson inquires.

“Yes, and I headed up this morning to check the area. I had another look at the information before coming here. I’m guessing you want me inside the compound?”

“Yes, but not for the reasons you think.” Carson hands me a USB which I tuck into the pocket of my jeans. “This one will be tricky but I know you have the ability to pull it off. In fact, you’re the only one who can.”

“You have me intrigued.” I sip at my coffee and lean back as a plate of Paella is placed on the table in front of me. Taking the fork in my hand, I scoop up a generous amount and transfer it into my mouth. The food, as always in these South American countries, is superb. Carson is studying me closely.

“What?”

He places his fork down, wipes his mouth on the snowy white napkin and sits back in his chair. “I’m worried about this one, Kyan.”

Carson Vaughan, my friend and handler for the past six years is a tall, distinguished looking gentleman in his early sixties. He’s been at his job for over thirty years and if he says he’s worried about a job, operatives should be scared shitless, which is what I am now. I have never known the man to show the slightest concern, let alone worry. He was Dad’s handler before he became mine and my father insists Carson is the best and coolest-headed man in the business. I lay down my fork and sit back in the chair, my appetite is now non-existent.

“Fuck.”

“Fuck, indeed.”

“Tell me what is going on, Carson.”

He indicates my pocket. “It’s all on there. You know I can’t force you to accept a job, but if you don’t take this one, we’re up shit creek with no boat – feed for the Caiman’s and I lose two operatives.” Carson stands and I rise with him.

We shake hands and he strides from the café. I sit back down and proceed to play with my food, deep in thought, gut pinching and nauseous.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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My name is Susan Horsnell and I write Sweet Western Historical Romance under my own name and Hot Contemporary Romance, M/M and BDSM under my pen name – A.L. Simpson.

 

I grew up in Sydney and moved to Queensland as an adult. I am married with two sons. Apart from writing, Critters are my passion. We have one Jack Russell Terrier called Caellagh (Kelly) and a very opinionated 26-yr-old Cockatiel.

Travel, walks, and the beach are my three most favorite things to do. My hope is for readers to enjoy what I have written as much as I enjoy writing it.

SOCIAL LINKS

https://alsimpson79.wordpress.com/  Website

https://alandvixen.wordpress.com/  Blog

https://www.facebook.com/alsimpsonauthor/  Facebook Author Page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1709862079031253/  Facebook Street Team

https://www.amazon.com/A.L.-Simpson/e/B01AFF3D44/  Amazon Author Page

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7746982.A_L_Simpson  Goodreads

4th of July Surprise


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Woohoo! I woke up to discover Rescuing Lara is now on NetGalley. I’m thrilled it was accepted for this BIG reading and reviewing site.