Desa Kincaid has spent the last ten years in pursuit of a man whose experiments have killed over a dozen people.
Blessed with the power to transform ordinary objects into devastating weapons, she journeys through trading ports, backwater towns, forests, deserts and the haunted remains of a dead city.
But can she stop her enemy before he unleashes something terrible on the world?
"Revenge is very good eaten cold"
For most people food serves a purpose and the purpose isn't complicated. You eat it. But for Etta Capstone it's not that simple. An excellent cook and the owner of a successful restaurant on the Texas frontier, she's had years to perfect other uses for food besides the obvious. Food as shield. As wall. As love letter. As peace offering. Food as life -- well, half a life, anyway.
Etta's not like other women. She's been frozen in the past, frozen heart and soul for a long time, captive to memories of unbearable violence. Until suddenly, with the sighting of the man she holds responsible for her painful history, Etta begins to consider the possibility of a more satisfying future. She knows that with a good cooking fire and the steady heat of a patient man's love, a lot of things are possible -- even change, even happiness -- and to her way of thinking, all that stands in the way of a bright future is one wicked man, one necessary execution, and lessons in good penmanship. So as a woman used to creating dishes from diverse and rare ingredients, Etta concocts a deadly recipe using just those elements. She knows better than most that life offers few guarantees, and if all it takes to free her from the past is one wicked man, one necessary execution, and lessons in good penmanship, she'll take the risk and make the effort, no matter who gets burned. Because after years of keeping the fires of love and the warmth of hope at a distance, Etta Capstone is finally ready to thaw.
Georgie Ittner always had the freedom to keep men at bay and spend her time and love on the horses of her father's ranch, but when her father dies, she discovers that she must marry if she wants to keep the land. Unwilling to wed herself to a man with dark secrets, she shuns Leo, her longtime suitor, and places an ad in the newspaper for a mail order husband. Will her mail order husband help her to get rid of Leo?
Jeremy Mayhew is a man looking to put his past behind him. Recently released from prison, he's content to rebuild his life from the ground up, but when the past won't leave him alone, he has no choice but to face it head on. Traveling to Texas to see the man who'd helped him once before, he's stunned to learn that Douglas Ittner is dead. Needing to buy some time, he weds Georgie under the identity of her mail order husband, but he never counted on falling in love or finding a family. How are his plans going to change and will he be able to escape his past?
His past is catching up, and his new identity isn't as secret as Jeremy would like. When the truth comes to light, Georgie will have to decide whether to trust her head or her heart as she gambles everything to protect the ones she loves. Will Jeremy and Georgie be able to overcome the difficulties and stay together? Are their feelings strong enough to rebuild their relationship and trust?
"A Secret Buried in the Ranch" is a historical western romance novel of approximately 80,000 words. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.
Based on a the life of John Neely Bryan, the founder of Dallas, Texas.
Born in 1810 and educated in Fayetteville, Tennessee, John Neely Bryan became a successful lawyer in Van Buren, Arkansas. After a financial panic devastated the town and his real estate holdings, Bryan settled west in the new Texas Republic.
In the late 1830s, Bryan went to work at Holland Coffee's Trading Post on the Red River, and from there he moved to the land that would become Dallas. He was the first non-Native American to permanently live in Dallas County, and for many months, he was the only white person living there. His homestead would later be called Dealey Plaza, where President Kennedy was killed. In his travels and business dealings, he met and befriended many Native Americans, learned their languages, and was instrumental in bringing the railroad to Dallas.
Bryan married and had children, but during his last years he succumbed to mental illness. He died in 1877 at the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin, Texas.
For every woman who's had to choose between the secrets that protect her and the people she loves the most...
1892 -- Des Moines
Katherine Arthur and her family are back and it's time to collect the money Mrs. Mellet left them in her will. The tidy sum will allow the family peace of mind and a future that's stable and fulfilling. But when things don't go exactly as planned, Katherine steps up to do more than her share. Hired as a kitchen mistress, her intuition (with the help of a mysterious recipe book), cooking prowess, and work ethic make her the perfect partner for the enigmatic, wealthy woman next door. Then Aleksey Zurchenko arrives.
Violet Pendergrass is a well-heeled, progressive woman with half a fortune in one hand and a plan for enduring prosperity in the other. Resourceful, shrewd, and tough, Violet doesn't realize her one and only weakness leaves her vulnerable as she attempts to solidify her independence. She sees unparalleled value in Katherine's gifts and does her best to keep the girl close, to keep her true work secret from her mother and the world.
Katherine's loyalties to her mother and Violet grow strained and soon her commitment to both frays even further as her feelings for Aleksey grow. Katherine must decide if pursuing her work with the formidable Violet and protecting her family are more important than following love. Can she do it all? Love, hope, joy, secrets buried in walls and hearts; all are threatened by those who claim to care about the Arthurs. Can Katherine separate what's right and true from what it takes to survive? Are they even different things?
After tragedy blew Sunny Harlowe's world apart, she left her old life behind, strapped on a six-shooter and became the most notorious bounty hunter in California -- a gun-toting, flashing-eyed beauty who could out-shoot and out-ride any man... even a seductive silken-tongued rogue like Price Ramsey. Never mind that he's the handsomest devil this side of the Rockies -- Sunny has been hired to bring him in... dead or alive!
Rugged, rough-and-ready Price Ramsey has always had his way with the fairer sex... until he crossed paths with Sunny Harlowe. As her prisoner on a wild and rollicking run across the west, Price lives for only two things: his freedom, and Sunny hot and eager in his bed. What he gets is a woman of stormy, sizzling desires -- and a love that is bigger than both of them.
Centuries have passed since the world was broken and billions died. Man has slowly rebuilt but not everything and everyone is how it once was.
The Cloud Wars have ravaged the land, scorched the sky and all but annihilated mankind. There are no countries, no borders, only survivors.
Stone, the wasteland soldier, has emerged from the Southern Deserts, leading a rag-tag collection of companions to the peaceful village of Dessan. They are offered food and shelter in return for helping to construct a wall around the settlement.
Growing close to one of the villagers, Stone learns that a dark shadow hangs over Dessan. Determined to put things right he and his companions make a stand against a criminal gang known as the Collectors, a violent group trading humans to a terrible facility called Tamnica.
But when they are captured and encarserated behind Tamnica's brutal walls, Stone and his companions will be pushed to breaking point as they scrape together a plan of escape.
Yet escape is only the beginning...
With memorable characters such as the Map Maker, the Brute and the Thinker, Escape from Tamnica is the thrilling and dramatic sequel to A Fractured World.
What if answering a strange-looking ad in the newspaper made it so you traveled back in time to 1892?
Kimberly loves her work, but hates her job. She is a nurse and enjoys helping people; however, her boss has it out for her, and makes Kimberly's life miserable.
While flipping through the classifieds, an old-fashioned mail-order bride ad catches her eye. She has no way of knowing how much this ad will change her life.
Victoria is a widow, looking for ways to keep herself busy and help other people at the same time. She decided to start a mail-order bride business, but she also has a secret she needs to be careful to hide; she lives in 1892.
Patrick lives on a ranch and loves his life. The only problem is he lives too far from town to properly court a woman and is looking for a woman's love to help brighten his life. He enlists in Victoria's help to find him a woman who will be compatible with his life. Little does he know, Victoria is thinking of sending someone from the future.
Can Kimberly and Patrick soon learn to accept each other's differences, and will it be enough to start a family of their own?
If you enjoy sweet time travel and western romances, this series is for you!
100% Recommended. Enjoyed very much. Fantastic. Kindle Customer
I made the mistake of starting to read this book as I went to bed. Big Mistake!!! I couldn't stop reading. Very hard to put down. Loveswolves
This is a great time travel novel and the beginning of a great series. Normsie
OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES:
Book 1: Touched by Time
Book 2: River of Time
Book 3: Winds of Time
Book 4: Secrets of Time
Book 5: Changed by Time
Book 6: Christmas in Time
From this bestselling page-turner series of stand-alone novels comes a dramatic romance of one woman's search for home and the Texas rancher who teaches her what homegoing really means.
A disillusioned heiress wants nothing more than a place to call home. With lovable-but-quirky town folks, quaint country charm, and loads of business potential, Miller's Creek seems like the perfect place to start over. But Dani's dreams of finding home are crushed when malicious rumors and a devastating secret propel her down a road she never expected to travel.
Though a Texas politician questions the arrival of this city gal in the hometown he's sworn to protect and defend, Steve can't help but admit he's falling for her. But when a mysterious billionaire funds a renovation to downtown Miller's Creek, Dani's suspicious behavior brings his built-in lie detector to alarm-clanging alert.
Can Steve and Dani call a truce for a higher calling? Will romance blossom in Miller's Creek? And will Dani ever find true home?
Written with the feel of Mayberry and the Mitford series, readers have fallen in love with Miller's Creek. Will you? If you enjoy Christian contemporary romance and inspirational women's fiction, don't miss this feel-good novel. Get your copy today.
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"What an excellent inspirational romance book with some mystery and a topic of finding home."
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Two teens, one outlaw, alone in the wilderness
Joshua and Ruth Brookings are traveling by stagecoach to finally join their parents in Montana. Attacked by murderous outlaws, the teens barely escape with their lives and must survive in the barren Wyoming and Montana territories and escape the man who's hunting them.
Seven years ago, Jed Stuart ran away from home and joined Tom's gang. Jed is tired of the lawlessness and wants out. The only problem? He is the boss's right-hand man and will never be able to leave. And what's one more stagecoach robbery, anyway?
Can Joshua lean on God's strength to keep himself and his sister alive until they find a town? Will Jed be able to face his anger or will it consume him completely? All three are running -- the hunter and hunted. What will happen when they meet again?
John Everett Sage was a man without a legacy. He'd spent his life wandering, working in cow towns and frontier outposts, usually as a law man. He was hoping to re-connect with his family in Wyoming, when a run away horse led him in a new direction, one that would pull all the disparate elements of his life together. John will find his family only to see them go in search of their own destiny.
As a law man, he will see the high country and track killers in the night. Sage will be reunited with old friends who will help him face times of violence and danger, his personal limitations, political imperatives, and the evil intentions of men whose souls are lost to greed.
Along the way he'll win the trust of a community, the support of a governor and the love of a woman.
Hold on tight, the industrial revolution is moving faster than the newest locomotive, faster than a horse can run, and faster than the fastest gun.
John Everett Sage will handle whatever comes at him, with grace, humor, lightning fast reflexes, and his personal faith in God.
Nellie Wallace is a young widow with two children. In post civil-war New York, the men are scarce and none want the burden of a wife with children. Her dead husband's family is wealthy, and cruel. Desperate to escape their influence, and eager for a home, a husband, and a stable life for her children, Nellie decides to make a new life in San Francisco as a mail order bride.
Saloon owner Blake Malone is a bachelor and likes it that way. He worked hard for everything he has, but the San Francisco City Council won't approve his plans to build a family emporium unless he is a family man himself. The solution? A mail order bride from New York who will bring him a ready-made family, stability, and the council's approval.
Blake expects his future wife to care for his home and, other than helping him impress the city council, to stay out of his business. He expects life as usual. What he gets is an unexpected desire to win Nellie's heart, a dangerous threat to his new bride, and a rich benefactor determined to steal his new family out from under him. Blake believed his battle for success a hard one. But he will discover that the battle to win Nellie's heart and keep his family safe is going to take everything he's got.
Catherine Evans fell in love when she was three years old, head-over-heels, forever kind of love. The very first moment she saw twelve-year-old Duncan McKenzie, she told God and her pony that she was going to marry that boy. He was handsome. He was kind. He was strong and smart and all the good things a boy should be. For thirteen years she loved him with every beat of her heart. And on her sixteenth birthday he walked away from her father's ranch, and from her. He didn't look back over his shoulder. Not even once. And from that day forward, Catherine Evans swore off all men. Her heart turned to stone, her will to iron, and her vow to God changed. She'd run her father's ranch. She'd succeed. She'd survive. And she would never, ever love another man as long as she lived.
Duncan McKenzie left the ranch ten years ago, desperate to escape temptation in the form of a budding young lady too innocent to claim for his own. But Catherine's frightened father summons him home. The ranch is under attack and the old man's stubborn daughter refuses to seek help. Duncan left a sweet young girl behind a decade ago. He returns to a defiant siren, a woman whose heart is as wild as the land she would sacrifice her life to protect. When Catherine's father coerces her into marrying Duncan, the fire in her eyes spells trouble, but it's the kind of trouble Duncan has no desire to resist. Marriage is the only way he can protect her. Especially when Duncan's own past comes calling in the form of one extremely dangerous and vengeful outlaw, Catherine's cowardly enemies want the ranch badly enough to kill for it, and his reluctant bride is very much in their way.
This book has been completely re-edited and updated as of February 22, 2014. This western historical romance is a work of historical fiction.
In this western historical romance, unexpectedly homeless, un-wed mother Sarah Johnson has few options. They could go live with her cousin William, but Sarah believes there's something untoward about his offer and it leaves her feeling uncomfortable. She's qualified to be a governess, but no one will have her because she wasn't married when she had her precious MaryAnn. Matchmaker & Co could be her salvation as mail-order-bride to Mr. John Atwood.
Book 1 in the Matchmaker & Co series of western historical romance.
Single father, John Atwood, is raising his daughter the best he can in the wilds of the Colorado Territory but knows he needs help. No woman he knows wants to take on the raising of his daughter who hasn't spoken since she saw her mother brutally murdered during a bank robbery. Can Sarah, John and their two daughters overcome their pasts and find happiness together?
A historical western mail order bride romance. NEW COVER!!
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