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Cynthia Woolf and NELLIE, The Brides of San Franciso, Book 1

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Excerpt:

PROLOGUE

April 28, 1865

RAP! RAP! RAP!

If only she could fix her problems with a needle and thread she’d be set. Nellie looked up from the socks she was darning toward the knocking on the front door.

Who could that be? She set aside the socks, straightened her dress, checked her reflection in the mirror on the wall in the hall, patted her blond hair back into place and then answered the door.

“Mrs. Robert Wallace?” asked the soldier in dress uniform who stood at attention on her front porch.

Oh, God. No. Please. No. “Yes,” she said, trying to keep the tremor from her voice. “I…I’m Mrs. Wallace.”

The young soldier handed her an envelope. “I regret to have to inform you that Lieutenant Robert Wallace was killed at the Battle of Appomattox on April 8, 1865. I’m sorry for your loss, Mrs. Wallace.”

Nellie didn’t know what to say over the lump in her throat. She always knew this could happen—from the first moment Robert joined, to his last farewell eight months before Violet was born.

“I, uh, thank you, Officer…”

“Black, ma’am. Sergeant Black.”

“Thank you for letting me know, Sergeant.” Her grip tightened on the door knob. “I…I have to sit down now.”

“Of course, ma’am. Do you need help?”

Nellie shook her head. “No. Thank you. I’ll be alright.”

The man saluted her, turned and walked down the sidewalk to the waiting carriage.

How many of these calls did he have to make today? Was I the only one? I doubt it. Not in a city the size of New York.

She closed the door and leaned against the wall next to it, her legs no longer able to support her, she slid to the floor. Tears left salty trails on her face, but for the life of her she couldn’t remember crying. Screaming, cursing God, yes, but crying, no. Even though our marriage wasn’t what I’d dreamed it could have been when I was a child, I shall miss him. He had his good side, he was funny and could make her laugh. He was gentle every where except…no I will not think about that now. I endured and have two beautiful children.

How am I to tell Henry his father is dead? Violet was just a baby and didn’t know her daddy but Henry… Her son missed his father something fierce. Robert had doted on Henry. They spent so much time together that Henry cried for days when his father left the last time. And now I have to tell him his father is never coming home. How do I do that?

She wiped her cheeks with the backs of her hands, took the hanky from her apron pocket and blew her nose.  No need to put it off. The task would be difficult enough, without waiting and making it harder. Perhaps she and Henry could grieve together. In any case, she needed to be strong for her son and daughter. She was all they had now.

Taking a deep breath, she mounted the stairs to the play room and her children.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon:  http://amzn.com/B00PFR7D9E

Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/nellie/id939609735?mt=11

Barnes & Noble:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nellie-cynthia-woolf/1120722424?ean=2940150444119

Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/nellie-2

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BIO

Cynthia Woolf’s first historical western romance Tame A Wild Heart, book one of the Tame series, was inspired by her parents first meeting on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Her second western series, Matchmaker & Co, is about mail order brides traveling to Golden, Colorado in the 1870’s. The most current series, The Brides of San Francisco, takes place in San Francisco in 1868. It’s the stories of women who become mail order brides and the men who are their match.

Books from her Tame series and the Matchmaker and Co. series have been finalists in the Romcon Readers Crown competition. She expects the Destiny in Deadwood series and The Brides of San Francisco series of books to be finalists as well.

Her Matchmaker & Co series was also the winner of the Paranormal Romance Guilds Best Reviewed Romance series for 2013. She is well on her way to having the same honor for her new Destiny in Deadwood series.

 

TITLES AVAILABLE

NELLIE (Book 1, The Brides of San Francisco series)

 

SEDUCED BY A SINNER (Book 3, Destiny in Deadwood series)    

HEALED BY A HEART (Book 2, Destiny in Deadwood series)

REDEEMED BY A REBEL (Book 1, Destiny in Deadwood series)

 

CAPITAL BRIDE (Book 1, Matchmaker & Co. series)

HEIRESS BRIDE (Book 2, Matchmaker & Co. series)

FIERY BRIDE (Book 3, Matchmaker & Co. series)

 

TAME A WILD HEART (Book 1, Tame series)

TAME A WILD WIND (Book 2, Tame series)

TAME A WILD BRIDE (Book 3, Tame series)

TAME A SUMMER HEART (short story, Tame series)

 

WEBSITEwww.cynthiawoolf.com

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Visiting with Cynthia Woolf

Today I would like to welcome author, Cynthia Woolf, as my guest. Cynthia is talking about her latest release, Redeemed by a Rebel. AND…she will give a FREE book to one luck commenter. (U.S. Residents will receive a print copy, while out of the country residents will receive an ebook)

Where did you get the idea for Redeemed by a Rebel?

I was watching the HBO series Deadwood and became enraptured with the time and the place. I thought it would make a great place to put a western romance. And, of course, I had to make a research trip. Unfortunately it rained, hard, the whole three days we were there, so I didn’t get to see as much of the old town as I would have liked. They do have a couple of really nice museums though.

What book have you read that you wish you would have written?

Any and all by Johanna Lindsey or Julie Garwood or any of my other favorite authors.

What’s the main thing that you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time?

Cleaning house. I hate it and finally have hired Merry Maids to come in twice a month. It’s wonderful.

What do you want readers to come away with after they read Redeemed by a Rebel?

I want them to feel good. Know that the good guy won and the bad guy lost. Know that the hero and heroine are going to be happy together.

Would you rather have a bad review or no review?

In general no review because a bad review will bring down your overall rating. Although I’ve seen some one star reviews that weren’t that bad, but I still wouldn’t want them on my book.

If you could change something about one of your books that’s already released, what would it be?

I am changing them. My first books didn’t have proper editing and I’m redoing them. Although they are my most popular, there are some things I’m changing about them. Clarifying the story line, that kind of thing.

Thank you for joining Cynthia and I. We hope you enjoyed learning more about her. Now, for a little more about her book. (quite frankly, I’d like to get to know the shirtless hottie on the cover a little better ;))

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Blurb:

Jake Anderson killed a man defending his fiancée from a brutal attack, but lost her and his freedom in the process.  Now he’s on the run, tormented by the need for vengeance.

Becky Finnegan will do anything to escape her drunken father’s fists, including slave away at their mine.  Her only hope is to strike gold and make a new life for herself somewhere far, far away from Deadwood.  But then Jake arrives and does the unthinkable…forces her to feel, to hope…and to love.

Jake would give his life to protect Becky, but all he can offer her is a broken heart, a criminal’s life, and a past haunted by failure.  How can he save her when he’s already lost himself?  Will he destroy everything, or can the beautiful rebel redeem Jake’s lost soul?

 Excerpt:

April 1876

St. Louis, Missouri

The iron pressed against Jake Anderson’s back was almost as cold as the rain pouring out of the night sky.

“Knock on the door,” demanded his brother Zach, his voice angry and on edge.

Jake did as he was told and pounded on the front door, hard enough to be heard over the din of the rain.

“What the hell?” said his eldest brother, Liam, when he opened the door. “Jake? Zach? What are you two doing here? It’s the middle of the night.”

Zach growled from behind Jake. “Are you going to let us in or make us stand in this rain all night?”

“Come in. Zach, put that gun away.”

“Can’t until the kid here,” he poked Jake in the back with the gun, “is inside and we’ve talked to you.”

Jake walked into the foyer of the house his oldest brother owned in St. Louis. Steamer trunks and carpet bags lined the hallway down to the parlor.

“Sorry to do this to you, Liam. I know you’re leaving tomorrow,” said Zach, laying his hat on one of the trunks.

Jake threw his hat on the trunk next to Zach’s.

“Yes. At first light. Now, tell me what’s going on and why you brought Jake here at gun point,” said Liam.

“Only way I could get him to come.”

“And?” Liam said, exasperated. “Don’t make me beat the story out of you word by word, little brother. Just tell me the problem.”

Liam pointed at the two chairs in front of the fire, then went to the fireplace and stoked the banked coals to life. He added a piece of wood to the tiny flames before he turned once again to face them. “Jake. You first,” he said in a tone that brooked no argument.

“I killed an army captain,” Jake said, refusing to sit. He couldn’t sit. Couldn’t be still. He wanted to scream at the injustice, shout at God for his betrayal.

“Why’d you do a damn fool thing like that?”

Jake shrugged. “I didn’t have a choice.”

“There’s always a choice,” countered Liam.

Zach put away his gun. “No, there’s not,” said Zach. “There was reason for it, but he did kill the man. I use the word ‘man’ loosely.”

“Damn it, Jake. They’ll hunt you down and hang you for this.”  Liam had been a colonel with seventeen years service, Jake knew he was familiar with military justice.

“The son of a bitch deserved to die. And as soon as I can, I’m going to kill the other bastard, too.”

“He’s mine,” snarled Zach.

“Who?” asked Liam.

“The colonel.”

“Jesus!  You two had better tell me what’s going on. Start at the beginning.”

You can find Redeemed by a Rebel here:

Amazon – http://amzn.com/B00I1GZAU0

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Kobo – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/redeemed-by-a-rebel

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Website – www.cynthiawoolf.com

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