My guest today is multi-genre author Penny Estelle. Please help me welcome this friendly, versatile lady.
About the author: Penny Estelle was an elementary school secretary for 21 years. She heard every excuse and story in the book when kids would be sent to the principal, and promised herself she would one day write stories about kids. A promise she has kept!
Now retired, Penny and her husband live on a fifty-four acre ranch in Arizona, using solar and wind power. She says, “I am the “greenest” person and I know, even if I don’t want to be!”
Not only does Penny have stories out for kids, she also writes for adults as P. A. Estelle. Today the spotlight is on:
Revenge, The Cowboy Way
Hi everybody! Revenge, The Cowboy Way was written forty years ago. I was in my early twenties and a new mother, also. I read a few steamy romances and figured – “I can do this!” I used my electric Brothers Typewriter and started in. Five years later I was done and sure it was the “Great American Novel”. I sent out a few queries, certain publishing companies would be fighting over my book, but to my surprise I received three, Thanks, but no thanks, responses. I boxed it up and it has lived in my closet until about a year ago. It was such pathetic writing. LOL. I took it out and did LOTS of editing and polishing. I was so excited when R&P offered me a contract.
When Brian Thornton is taken by surprise at gunpoint, while in the bed of a beautiful, wealthy woman, he swears his revenge. But when he learns his humiliation was at the hands of a young woman and a boy, his vengeance knows no bounds.
Joanna Simmons finds herself snatched out of her home and taken to Thornton’s ship. Against her will, she travels to Texas, and then by wagon train to Bastrop, Brian’s hometown. Joanna finds acceptance and genuine friendship with the people of the town, down to Brian’s sister, but the emotional war that wages between Brian and Joanna, keeps any kind of happiness at bay.
Revenge, the Cowboy Way, is the story of hate, love and revenge. The question is whose revenge is it?
Joanna busied herself by cleaning a big black kettle in the corner. She hung it by the handle and swung it over the fire. Then began the arduous task of filling it, one rain-filled bucket at a time. It was getting later in the day, and the rain still hadn’t let up at all. She was feeding the fire when Brian finally returned.
She jumped up and ran to help him take off his slicker. His hands were like ice and his lips were blue. His teeth were chattering so hard, he couldn’t talk. “Get over here by the fire. We need to get these clothes off right now before you freeze to death!” Her energy was zapped just undressing him. She wrapped blankets around him and laid him by the fire. He was asleep instantly.
He had brought in two burlap bags. Inside one were two rabbits and inside the other were vegetables and coffee. How did he come by these? Remembering when Brian had shown her how to clean a rabbit, she set to work doing just that. She cut the meat into chunks, dropping them into the water, and then cut up the vegetables. It would take a long time for the rabbit to be eatable, but at least Pappy would have some broth when he woke next. She also found some tin cups and made herself a cup of coffee.
Joanna sat up long into the night, drinking coffee, leaning against the wall by the fireplace. She watched Brian sleep. She finally admitted it. She loved this man. She also knew he would never return her love. Should she leave? Should she stay with Pappy for as long as he would have her? At least she would be able to see Brian. Could she live that way, seeing him with other women—maybe marrying someone else? No, she couldn’t.
And what about Pappy? Since her grandfather had died, this was the one man she could trust completely, and she had come to love this gentle old soul. It was like a stab in her heart to see the two men she loved, lying on the floor, so still and vulnerable. How infinitely sad she felt! Everything in the world she wanted was right here, in this broken down shack, yet nothing was in reach.
She never hesitated, just went to Brian, hungry for his embrace, weeping quietly against his shoulder.
Rooster and Pig Publishing – http://www.roosterandpigpublishing.com/new-releases
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Cowboy-Way-P-Estelle-ebook/dp/B00JPK70QS
B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/revenge-the-cowboy-way-p-a-estelle/1119235016
Book trailer – http://animoto.com/play/ZBbPWcCUkv9LGle1xtdcVw
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Thanks for sharing with us about your book, Penny. It’s always fun to hear the “story” behind the story. Glad you brought the book out to light after forty years.
Penny, your blurb has a great hook! On my TBR list, for sure. BTW, your cover has the same models as my Destiny’s Journey. Wish we had more images to choose from, but have to admit they are good looking characters.
I see that Cheri……Well, not sure what the graphic artists can do when there soooooo many of use around….BUT, we have awesome covers!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it
Good morning, Lyn. I want to thank you for letting me barge in on your blog today. I surely do appreciate it!
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LOL You can barge in any time, Penny. I’m glad to have you visit. Love your book excerpt!