Welcome to Wednesday! Yes, yes, I know, almost over, blahbiddy blah. I’ve been busy. I finished revising the naked beekeeper book today and sent it out to my critique buddies. I also signed contracts and put them in the mail, so I can tell you that this fall and winter, I’ll be publishing another novel with Loveswept — a serialized story called Roman Holiday that features a hot Cuban hero, a road trip, an Airstream trailer, and all manner of other zany fun things. More details on that down the road. For now, it’s time for the weekly recommendation!
Here’s the blurb—
Wild State, Book 1
Infamy weighs heavy on Delaney Crawford’s broad shoulders, first as a supposed Confederate turncoat, then as a relentless hunter of Cheyenne dog soldiers. Summoned to the small mining community of Red Creek, the exhausted, embittered Del is doing what he does best—ridding the town of its savage scourge—when one of his bullets misses the mark.
Ex-nun Moira Tully has been working with John White Horse for months to integrate a band of peaceful Cheyenne with the local townsfolk. Now he’s hurt, and she’s been caught in the crossfire. There’s only one man to blame for her simmering anger and the inexplicable attraction that tilts her heart on its axis. Del.
When Del is forced to acknowledge the truth that the Cheyenne are no threat, his task just gets more complicated: fighting a wild attraction that catches flame at the most inconvenient times, and figuring out the treacherous motives behind his hiring.
But the most heart-wrenching challenge could be overcoming sordid pasts that won’t stay in the past—pasts that threaten to bury all hope of happily ever after.
Product Warnings: Features a trigger-happy Southern gentleman, an ex-nun gone rogue and consistently thwarted desires that frustrate them both.
While Edie has self-published a series of shorter historical novels, this is her first full-length novel with a digital publisher, as well as her first published Western. It’s awesome! She writes beautifully (seriously, Edie has CHOPS), and the story is both funny and emotionally rich. From the first scene, when the Cheyenne hunter inadvertently shoots the heroine in the ear, there’s a zippy plot, sexual tension so thick you could eat it with a spoon, and just all manner of wonderfulness.
If you like historical romance — even if you think you don’t like Westerns — I’d encourage you to check this one out. Edie is going places.