Please welcome today’s guest author Morgan K. Wyatt to the blog. If you’re a fan of western historicals, you’ll want to check out Morgan’s latest novel Rebel Bride. Please do your part to make Morgan’s visit here a pleasant one by leaving your questions and comments for her in the comments section following this post. Morgan will be giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to someone who posts a comment at THIS stop…as well as at each of her other stops. Comment here, then follow the rest of the tour and comment there for your chance to win one or more of the $5 gift cards. You can find the rest of the stops here:
by Morgan K. Wyatt
Eileen Sewell sparks plenty of gossip by spiteful matrons and their horse-faced daughters that she’d find herself alone due to her picky ways. Of course, she didn’t believe them. Then again, she also didn’t expect to be a mail order bride either. It wasn’t easy snagging a husband who hadn’t heard about her willful nature. Eileen finally gave up hope of finding love, and decided to settle for whatever she’d find out west. If that wasn’t lowering enough, she’d just witnessed the first train robbery. Unfortunately, the outlaws saw her too. Enter Marshal Colt Sheppard, who excels at extracting information from reticent witnesses. His crooked smile and broad shoulders shouldn’t charm her. She’d played this game before, only she never had a worthy adversary. Talk about bad timing.
An Excerpt From Rebel Bride
“Most of the other folks are sleeping. You and me are going for a little walk so we can have some privacy.” He stood and yanked her up by her elbow.
Eileen thought to protest the rough treatment, but decided once more to hold her opinion, even to follow his directions. Prospects didn’t look good, but there had to be some way she could outthink this man. She managed to snag her reticule when he pulled her out of the seat, not knowing what use it might be, it was better than nothing. Her parents did not have any ignorant children. Maybe birthed a few impulsive ones, but not any stupid. Everything seemed to slow down and get small as if she was looking at the wrong end of a telescope. Was this it? She inhaled deeply, trying to savor her last few breaths, but ended up gagging. Talk about animals stinking to high heavens. The railroad car folks would give a wagonload of pigs and wet dogs a run for their money. She wheezed, and John jerked on her arm to get her moving, probably believing her gasping for air was a stalling technique.
They walked slowly down the aisle, gaining an occasional curious look since they hadn’t boarded the train together, but not one man inquired if he could help. Why would people think they were together? She cut her eyes as much as she could toward John Train Robber. She decided to call him such, at least in her mind. He’d failed to introduce himself. His clothes were dusty, sweat-stained, and tattered. One perfectly round tear near his knee resembled a bullet hole. Did these people even think someone of her breeding would accompany a disheveled man?
Oh no, it couldn’t be. Her heart crashed into her chest, her feet stopped. Robber John cursed in her ear and poked her with the cold steel barrel, but she couldn’t move another inch. He knew about Colt and that she talked to him, and he happened to have a bullet hole in his trouser leg, indicating a shootout. The fact he stood beside her instead of Colt didn’t bear thinking about.
About Morgan K. Wyatt
Morgan as a child had to suffer through movies with clueless heroines rescued by smart men. Her mother dutifully read her stories where princesses waited for princes to jumpstart their lives. There were no proactive female role models in the media at that time, with the exception of Wonder Woman. It is for this reason, and that it is fun, Morgan writes about strong women going after what they want.
She has a blog about dating after forty on www.datingafterfortyeight.blogspot.com
Morgan pinches pennies on her blog; www. http://thefrugaldivatellsall.blogspot.com/
She also reviews book for Novelspot and blogs about writing at: www.novelspot.net
You can find Morgan at www.morgankwyatt.com
On Twitter and FaceBook at: morgankwyatt
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