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I haven’t been here for a very long time and am glad to be back. Let’s jump right in because I have a brand new historical western to share.
The Trail Master’s Bride
They were days past Fort Kearney, heading north along the Platte River, which was a murky, muddy shallow river with water too foul too drink and bathe in. The prairie here was arid, the earth dusty and dry, which meant the grasses were shorter and trees scarce. That also meant firewood was scarce. Thus, she was charged with collecting buffalo dung to fuel their cook fires.
The look of disgust on her face when he’d told her was unsurpassed and she’d gone about her task wearing a similar expression. As the memory replayed in his head, he couldn’t keep from laughing now, thoroughly amused by the little soft-horn. Unfortunately, she heard and apparently mistook the source of his humor because Weston was sure she was grumbling to herself; words like bossy, high-handed, arrogant, and one, if he’d been one hundred percent certain that she’d said it, would have earned her a talking to or more. A word not fit for a lady’s lips, one that he’d used in a fit of anger growing up that had earned him a cake of soap in his mouth.
She was a spitfire, all right, and amused him no end.
After being cast out of her childhood home by her horrid stepmother and forced into a marriage by her uncaring father, Mina Hobart reluctantly begins the journey west on the Oregon Trail, hating every minute of each hot, dusty day. Then tragedy strikes and Mina 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 traveling 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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Thanks for stopping in. There are many other awesome blogs and wonderful snippets to savor on www.wewriwa.com, so keep on hopping and I’ll see you next week when I’ll have another new release to share.
Phew! July has been a busy month, but I love it.