It’s also release day for The Trail Master’s Bride. A day always filled with excitement and yes, a touch of nerves no matter how many books you’ve written. This makes #19 for me with #20 due out later this month. What a milestone!
Today, I’m bringing you the story of Mina and her Trail Master, Weston Carr. Although I fall in love with all of my heroes, there’s something special about a handsome, rugged, chap-wearing cowboy.
The setup for my snippet:
Mina struggles at cooking, made doubly difficult over a camp fire. Weston doesn’t know that her late husband used to taunt her over her bad cooking. She doesn’t react very well to his joshing…
“I was teasing, Mina, sit back down.”
“No, I’m going for a walk.”
“No,” he echoed back, reaching up and grabbing her hand, his tone firm, “you’re not.”
“Yes, I am.” She twisted her arm and broke free of his hold.
Through narrowed eyes, he looked up at her and said in a stern tone, “It’s nearly dark and I don’t want you wandering off. I’ll clean the skillet and show you how to fry up the fish. It won’t take long at all.”
He wasn’t yelling or calling her names as Elliott had, but the sting of her late husband’s abuse was too fresh and this a very near reminder.
“I’ve suddenly lost my appetite, for both the food and the company,” she announced as she turned and stomped away.
“Mina.” The low tone of his voice was a warning, but she ignored it. “Come back here, now.”
The official blurb:
Being cast out of her childhood home by her horrid stepmother and forced into a marriage by her uncaring father were bad enough, but it is only when twenty-year-old city girl Mina Hobart begins the journey west on the Oregon Trail with her detestable new husband that she begins to truly understand life’s cruelty. She hates every minute of each hot, dusty day, and her husband’s constant insults certainly don’t make matters any better.
Mina’s life takes another abrupt turn when tragedy strikes and she is left a widow. The west is no place for a young, newly single woman, and the job of keeping Mina safe—and keeping her in line—falls to Weston Carr, the rugged trail master. Weston quickly proves more than ready to tame the feisty redhead’s careless ways and sassy tongue, even if that means taking her over his knee for a good, hard, bare-bottom spanking.
Unfortunately, even as Mina does her best to learn to cook over a camp fire, make coffee properly, and do the laundry in a creek, jealousy and gossip among the other wives quickly build into significant strife in the wagon train. To quell the gathering storm, Weston is forced to take matters into his own hands and make Mina his bride, whether she likes it or not.
Despite Weston’s rough ways and firm-handed discipline, Mina soon finds pleasure in his arms far beyond anything she has experienced before. But when a series of mishaps befalls the wagon train—incidents in which Mina is the prime suspect—the new couple’s growing bond is badly strained. Can Mina prove she is not at fault before things come to a head, and if she does, will Weston be able to protect her from whichever of their travelling companions is up to no good?
Publisher’s Note: The Trail Master’s Bride is an erotic romance novel that contains sexual scenes and spankings, including domestic discipline in a historical setting. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
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