Sneak Peek Sunday – The Proposal

Welcome back to Sneak Peek Sunday where the rules are simple. Post a six paragraph excerpt.Sneak Peek Sunday

Last week, we met the hero and heroine from Broken Vows, a Western historical romance set in 1878 Fort Worth, Texas.  This week’s installment? The Proposal.

Cal Delaney is an ex-bounty hunter who’s hung up his guns. All he wants now is to earn enough stake money to buy land of his own and live in peace. Rachel Girard has received an ultimatum from her father. Find a husband, fast, or risk losing her birthright, the sprawling Elena Rose cattle ranch Rachel loves more than life itself.

Rachel will obey, but on her own terms…

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“My father is setting his affairs in order and has insisted that I marry. Otherwise, he’s threatened to leave the Elena Rose to my cousin.” There. It was out. Rachel fought an urge to squeeze her eyes shut and pray. Or run.

There was a hesitation. Two. Very slow. Beats. “Are you saying… you’re looking for a… husband?”

“Yes.”

Again, silence, and then, without warning, Cal Delaney began to laugh—uproariously. Too uproariously, and Rachel felt her ire rise. So, he was taking her proposal as some sort of joke, was he? Well, she would throw in the bait and see just how funny he thought it was.

She had to raise her voice to be sure he could hear her over all that guffawing. “I’m talking about a business arrangement, Mr. Delaney! A six-month business arrangement, after which time I would expect the man in question to disappear in exchange for the sum of twenty thousand dollars.”

It worked. He stopped laughing.

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Next week . . . the wedding night.

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Sneak Peek Sunday!

I’m happy to be back for Sara Walter Ellwood’s Sneak Peek Sunday where the rules are simple. Post a six paragraph excerpt. Last week, we met Cal Delaney, the bounty hunter hero from Broken Vows, a marriage of convenience Western romance set in 1878 Fort Worth, Texas.

This week, Cal meets his match, Rachel Girard.

Rachel is a strong-willed young lady who has received an ultimatum from her equally strong-willed father. Find a husband, fast, or risk losing her birthright, the sprawling Elena Rose cattle ranch she loves more than life itself.

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All at once, a hush fell over the saloon. Heads turned and men gaped at an attractive, obviously respectable young woman as she stepped inside the bar room. When Big Bart’s fingers stilled on the piano keys, the room fell dead silent.

She stood like a princess, tall, aloof, and unsmiling. Even from where he sat, Cal could see the ethereal color of her eyes as her pale green gaze swept the room. For a jarring moment, those eyes connected with his, and something like recognition flickered between them. But that was impossible. Cal had never met her before. He would have remembered her.

She blinked, then abruptly looked away, and that slip was the only sign of self-doubt he could detect. He read in those eyes that she was young, not in her teens, but young; much younger than her assured manner indicated. What was a girl like that doing in a place like this?

A huge Mexican entered behind her. Beneath his ragged cowpuncher’s garb, Cal figured he packed about 230 pounds of pure muscle. The Mexican glared at the crowd and most of the men wisely returned to their former distractions. The murmur of conversation resumed, and Big Bart started tapping out the first notes of “Yellow Rose of Texas.”

Ezra’s voice intruded on Cal’s thoughts. “You want to put your eyes back in your head? Are you going to call or throw in?”

Cal ignored the question. “Who is she?”

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Next week . . . the Proposal.  Sneak Peek Sunday

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Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday!

I’m excited to be a part of Sara Walter Ellwood’s Sneak Peek Sunday where the rules are simple. Post a six paragraph excerpt. So, with no further ado, this is from Broken Vows, a marriage of convenience Western set in 1878 Fort Worth, Texas.

Broken Vows

There was more to that handsome gun than she wanted there to be…

Meet our hero, Caleb Delaney, an ex-bounty hunter who’s hung up his guns. All he wants now is to earn enough stake money to buy some land and live in peace. Easier said than done. Cal’s got the kind of past that’s hard to leave behind.

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Lacey Holloway, saloon waitress and fallen angel, pulled a rumpled bed sheet over her plump breasts and rolled onto her side. She propped up her blond head with one hand and sighed the sleepy, languid sigh of a sated woman as she watched Cal Delaney, naked and splendid, sit up next to her and reach for a cheroot from the battered night table.

He struck a match and lit his smoke with what Lacey considered very fine grace. This was no surprise. As far as Lacey was concerned, Cal did most everything with thoroughly practiced skill—everything—and now, as he climbed out of bed to retrieve his clothing from the floor, Lacey couldn’t suppress a grin as she admired the square line of his jaw and the tousled, sandy blond hair that brushed the nape of his neck. He needed a shave, but that didn’t take away from his appeal. In fact, Lacey thought it added to it. She was tickled that for the last two nights—ever since he’d blown into town—he had chosen her to keep his bed warm.

As he climbed into his denims, Lacey allowed her gaze to meander one last time over long legs and lean muscle. Why, if it weren’t for the scars—half a dozen or more—the man would be downright perfect. When he turned his back to cross the room to a dresser, her attention settled curiously on two in particular, a pair of nasty-looking slashes that gleamed angry pink against sun-bronzed skin. Though the wounds themselves had healed, those scars were still tender and new. She suspected they had one humdinger of a story to tell.

“What’s your hurry, honey?” she asked. “The sun’s barely up.”

“It’s nine o’clock, Lacey.”

“Ain’t that what I said?”

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Next week . . . Cal Delaney meets his match.

For more sneak peeks, hop on over to Sara Walter Ellwood’s  SNEAK PEEK SUNDAY here!

Broken Vows is available now for Kindle at AMAZON.