Welcome to Book 16 in the Bandit Creek series, a western historical book titled Heart of Mine by Michelle Beattie!
To avoid a forced marriage, Laura Gibbs has little choice but to go along with her controlling father’s plan to deceive the man she’s secretly loved for years. Scared and alone, she lies next to a drugged and sleeping Jake knowing fully well the position she’s putting him in.
Jake Evans has been burned in the past and has learned the hard way that nobody is interested in him, only his money. So when he wakes to find Laura in his bed, he’s convinced that she’s yet another in a long line of women who only wants his share of his recently inherited gold mine. A fact soon confirmed when her father storms in the room and demands Jake make an honest woman out of Laura, lest he be charged with rape and hanged. A bitter Jake agrees, but vows that money-grubbing Hugh will never see a cent of his money.
As Laura gains freedom from her oppressing father, she also gains courage. Determined to make a real marriage with Jake, she refuses her father’s demand that she steal from her husband and instead concentrates her efforts on showing Jake the woman she truly is.
Despite Laura’s deceptions, Jake can’t deny his attraction to her. With the physical attraction sizzling between them, Jake begins to believe he’s finally found the woman for him. But there’s trouble brewing. Hugh, neck-deep in gambling debts with no money in sight, seeks drastic measures that won’t only risk Laura and Jake’s marriage, it’ll risk her very life.
Read Carla Roma’s interview with Michelle Beattie or an excerpt from Heart of Mine or buy the book.
On the first and fifteenth of the month, check back for more new Bandit Creek books. There’s something at Bandit Creek for everybody!
Check out my story BABY FEVER, part of the Bandit Creek Fool’s Gold anthology. And stay tuned for more information on WEDDING FEVER, the follow up story, out on July 15, 2012.
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Every year, Brenda Novak holds the Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes. The 2012 event is currently running and if you aren’t already a participant, you can go here to register and set up an account.
This year, the Bandit Creek Books group of authors put together a basket of books and goodies to be auctioned off. To view the items, click here. The winner of this auction will receive a basket of all the current Bandit Creek books, plus more!
The full list includes:
- Lost by Vivi Anna
- Siren’s Song by D.L. Snow
- Penny Candy and Hard Candy by Jade Buchanan
- Devil Unknown by Steena Holmes
- Death at Bandit Creek by Amy Jo Fleming
- Quinn’s Christmas Wish by Lawna Mackie
- The Gift by C.J. Carmichael
- Skin Deep by Shanna Gecko
- Prohibited Passion by Alyssa Linn Palmer
- Shafted by Kymber Morgan
- A Stranger’s Kiss by Roxy Boroughs
- Spunky by Sherile Reilly
- Always a Lady by Victoria Chatham
- Fool’s Gold Anthology featuring stories by Louise Behiel, Victoria Chatham, Alyssa Linn Palmer, Julie Rowe, Sheila Seabrook, Brenda Sinclair and Trip Williams
- Heart of Mine by Michelle Beattie
- A Witch in the Wind by Brenda Collins
- A Bandit Creek Miracle by Brenda Sinclair
- Montana Wild Huckleberry Pancake Mix and Jelly Beans from Jade Buchanan
- One Japanese screen hard covered notebook from Lauren Hawkeye
- Soups For All Seasons by Anne Ellis and The WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies: Viva La Valentine Edition from Sheila Seabrook (featuring her story The Valentine Grinch!)
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Communicating with Spirits by Rita S. Berkowitz and Deborah S. Romaine from Vivi Anna
The auction started on April 30th and ends on May 31st! To help support finding a cure for diabetes, go forth and register and bid. And while you’re at it, you’ll have fun, too!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love books. They don’t talk back. There’s a never ending supply in the bookstore, online, or at the library. And if I’m lonely, they’re always there to keep me company.
After Florence Fois’s March Bookfest, I decided to share a few of my recent and upcoming reads. To check out my list, pop on over to the Women Unplugged site where I’m blogging today.
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The Authors In Bloom bloghop has completed and I’m happy to announce that Samantha Lane has won the Soups For All Seasons by Anne Ellis cookbook. Yay! Congratulations, Samantha!
To find out who won the Authors In Bloom Grand Prize, visit www.diannevenetta.com!
We all suffer from it, that infliction known as embarrassment. At the moment it occurs, our face turns red and our body flushes with a heat that can only be compared to a hot flash.
Each time I get caught in an embarrassing situation, I believe I’m the only one this has ever happened to, and yet common sense tells me that’s not true. So I did a pole of a few of my blogger friends and they were more than happy to share their most embarrassing moments with me.
Come join me over at the Women Unplugged blog where I’m sharing some wonderful links and telling you about my most embarrassing moment.