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Lily and the Gambler coverThis week’s hook is from my Western romance, Lily and the Gambler, currently free today and tomorrow! Also available on Kindle Unlimited.

He held the door for her. Lily led the way inside. She should offer him a glass of lemonade, but hesitated to encourage him to call.

“Which room is yours?” He walked past her headed toward the stairs.

She hurried after him. “What do you think you’re doing?”

He turned his head to grin at her. “Delivering your package.”

“Then bring it in here,” Lily said. She entered the dining room. “I need a large table to cut the material.”

He entered and laid the package on the table, then turned to stare at her.

Lily stood beside the doorway, hoping he would leave immediately. “Thank you, Mr. Callaway. Now if you’ll excuse me…”

“Are you really going to marry my uncle?”

She gasped. “Your uncle?” Oh, good Lord, no. “Hugh Ogilvie is your uncle?”

“Yep. If I’d had any idea…”

She closed her eyes. What a mess she’d gotten herself into. “I should have mentioned I was promised to someone.”

“But you didn’t.”

Lily opened her eyes and glared at him. “Had I known you actually lived in Grass Valley, I might have told you about Mr. Ogilvie. You weren’t entirely honest either.”

He sighed. “No, I wasn’t, but you flirted with me, led me to think… Uncle Hugh deserves to know what kind of woman he intends to marry.”

His words stung, but she knew they were not entirely undeserved. “What do you mean? I may have flirted with you, but…”

“Mrs. Albright, a woman like you should be careful who you flirt with.”

She ground her teeth. Being respectable was harder than she’d imagined. “Nigel never objected when I flirted with his friends.”

“Perhaps, but this isn’t England. So you never cheated on your husband?”

She stiffened in outrage. “Certainly not. And please keep your voice down.”

He advanced toward her, his intentions clear. “But are you going to be true to Uncle Hugh?” he murmured.

“Yes,” she said, backing away from him. She could be faithful. If only this man would stay away from her.


A mail order bride sets out for a new life only to be tempted by a charming gambler. Can he convince her to pass up a sober businessman for a foot-loose card sharp?

After the death of her lover, Lily Penhallow has learned the cost of flaunting convention. Reinventing herself as a widow, she travels to California as the mail order bride of a prosperous mine owner. But on the riverboat from San Francisco, she meets an irresistible gambler. Against her better judgment, she finds herself drawn to the handsome charmer.

King Callaway believes that since life is a gamble, there’s no point in planning for the future. After meeting Lily, he knows he has found his Queen of Hearts. But she’s engaged to his uncle, a man King respects.

Lily finds herself torn between two men and two ways of life. Will she choose respectability or love?

Lily and the Gambler is a Second Chance at Love western historical romance. If you like mail order brides, charming scoundrels and sensual romance, why not take a chance on Lily and the Gambler?

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“You Are My Captive” Rogue’s Hostage #MFRWHooks #MFRWAuthor #99cents

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Today’s Book Hook comes from Rogue’s Hostage, my historical romance set during the French and Indian War.

Rogues Hostage coverBlurb:

Fate delivered them into each other’s arms. Will love set them free?

The Pennsylvania frontier, 1758. Mara Dupré never got used to living in fear. As danger lurks in every shadow, supporting her husband’s farming efforts while France and Britain battle in the New World has worn her down. But her life shatters when an invading war party kills her spouse, and she is taken captive by a dashing French officer.

Lieutenant Jacques Corbeau thought he’d lost his honor years ago. But something about the spirited woman whose scalp he saved from his Indian partners tugs deeply on his desire to redeem his past. And now as they undertake a dangerous trek to return to the fort, he swears a silent oath to protect her with his life.

In desperation, Mara attempts to bargain her virtue in exchange for her freedom. Though Jacques would gladly bed the fetching widow, he’s torn between passion and reclaiming his lost honor.

Will their tragic union fall to a murderous musket, or can they find everlasting love?

Rogue’s Hostage is a riveting standalone historical romance. If you like strong characters, enemies-to-lovers stories, and richly detailed histories, then you’ll adore this sensual adventure.

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Here’s a short snippet from Jacques’s point of view:

Holding the towel to his shoulder, he walked over and stood by the bed to check on the woman, who was still in a faint. Despite her pallor, he noted that her skin was fine, her nose straight and thin. She had a lower lip just full enough to entice a man to taste it, and a stubborn chin that dared him to try.

She was perhaps not as lovely as he’d thought when he first saw her standing in the clearing—her hair, the color of corn silk, shining in the sunlight. Still, she was tall and fair, with slender curves and shapely ankles visible beneath the short skirts of a farm wife.

And now she was a widow. He stared down at the woman and silently vowed to see that no more innocents died today.

The woman gave a soft moan and opened her eyes. When she spotted him, she shrank back against the wall, arms folded defensively across her breast. His gut tightened. He didn’t enjoy terrifying women, but fear should make her easier to control. She had already proven unpredictable.

Terror, stark and vivid, glittered in her eyes. “Who are you?”

“My name is Jacques Corbeau, lieutenant in the army of France. And you are my captive.”

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