Charlene Raddon is a masterful storyteller, weaving imagery, unforgettable characters and a gripping plot into a story that will hold you breathless until the last page.
Maisy Macoubrie's poor choice as a girl cost her dearly. Now that mistake is back and wants her dead. Maisy can deal with that. What she can’t—won’t—wager on is her son’s life.
The Preacher, a bounty hunter known for bringing men in alive, finds his own face on a wanted poster—dead or alive—for a crime he didn't commit. He knows who the real killer is, but trying to prove it could be the last thing he ever does.
United in battle against a common enemy, can Maisy and The Preacher find love and solace in each other? Can they win the biggest gamble of their lives?
*Please note that this book does contain some sensuality.
Linda Weaver Clarke was raised among the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho and now lives among the red mountains of southern Utah. Linda is the mother of six daughters and the author of 23 books. She has written in several different genres, which include: historical romances, romantic cozy mysteries, a mystery suspense series, children’s book, and non-fiction. All her books are family friendly. She has also taught people how to write their family’s stories throughout the U.S., giving more than 500 workshops. To learn more, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
About the books:
Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause. In the small country of Cordovia, small groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king.
The Rebels of Cordovia: Set in the late 1700s, Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be.
The Highwayman of Cordovia: The people enjoy their new-found liberty, but all is not well. A group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king. With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?
The Fox of Cordovia: In this swashbuckling romance, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins.
Here's my interview with Linda:
M.B.: When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
Linda: After writing the biographies of my ancestors and parents, I couldn’t stop writing. So I turned to historical romance. Since my ancestors’ stories were so vivid in my mind, I actually gave some of their exciting experiences to the main characters. So my ancestors were the inspiration for getting me started. My first historical romance I wrote, Melinda and the Wild West, actually won an award. I have written in several different genres since then. The Rebel Series is something completely different, which I haven’t done before. Even though it’s historical, I decided to tell a story about a small country that I created.
M.B.: What makes you passionate about writing?
Linda: I get to live in a new world for a while, having experiences that a person can only see in the movies. But it’s a movie in my head that I’m sharing with others.
M.B.: What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?
Linda: It took me one year to find a publisher who was interested in my first book. After publishing 8 books with my publisher, my husband encouraged me to become independent, saying that we had two daughters who had gotten their education in writing and were super editors, plus my husband and one of my daughters were graph designers and could create my covers. So I took the plunge and I’m so glad that I did. After securing the rights to my 8 books, my daughter created new covers for them. Now my husband and I help authors who want to be independent. We have even helped those who have written their biography and autobiography. For those interested, my husband put up a website at https://redmountainshadowspublishing.wordpress.com.
M.B.: When did the idea for this book first come to you?
Linda: This new series was inspired by the stories of the many patriots who fought to be free from the dictatorship and tyranny of a king. Liberty is something that I cherish and am passionate about, so I decided to write about a small country that struggles to be free. The idea of a country that has to fight for its liberty stayed in my mind for a long time until I created The Rebel Series, giving the story a sort of Robin Hood theme but set in the 1700s.
M.B.: What do you hope readers will get from this book?
Linda: I hope they realize the importance of freedom and to never take it for granted.
M.B.: What’s your secret to making the characters in your books come to life?
Linda: As I develop my characters such as their thoughts and emotions and what they look like, they gradually come to life. When they correspond with others and express their joys and fears, that’s when I realize how real they really are.
M.B.: Which of your books is your favorite, and why?
Linda: I believe The Rebel Series is my absolute favorite out of all 23 books. I have always loved the Robin Hood theme, ever since I was a kid. I think it’s because he and his men are fighting against the tyranny of a wicked king and helps those in need.
M.B.: Do you have a favorite character in this series?
Linda: To choose a favorite character is difficult. All my heroes in this series are rogues with a sense of justice. They are chivalrous and will defend a woman’s honor. As for the ladies, they are strong independent women who don’t sit back and watch. They have an opinion and aren’t afraid to express it. The attraction between the hero and heroine is real and they realize it, but they also know they must save their country before they can do anything about their relationship.
M.B.: How would you describe your writing?
Linda: I love writing stories about romance, mystery, and adventure. I love a romance where the man and woman know they are meant for one another, even though there are trials along the way. Since I don’t care for drama between a couple who is in love, I need to have enough drama in the main plot of the story.
My favorite time period is during the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s during a time when men defended a lady’s honor and treated women with respect. The women, on the other hand, were not pansies. I love the fact that many of the women fought for what they believed.
M.B.: Any final words you would like to share?
Linda: Author Charissa Stastny reviewed my first book in this series and wrote: “This creative take on a Robin Hood-like story is charming and touching, and teaches some great morals about agency and choice. It reminded me of childhood fairytales of good versus evil, with a nice romance weaved into it.”
M.B.: Where can our readers go to find your books and order them?
Linda: To read a sample chapter from each of my books in The Rebel Series, go to http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/historicalromance.html and click on the title. To purchase a book, click on the book cover and it will take you directly to Amazon. My books are also available at Barnes and Noble.
I really like book trailers because they can help readers feel the mood of a book and whether they’re interested in reading it. Here is a trailer for each of my books.
BOOK GIVEAWAY: Linda will give away the first book of The Rebel Series to anyone who makes a comment by telling us why you love Robin Hood or Robin Hood themes, then email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her that you made a comment. She will then respond by sending a Kindle ebook to you, unless you prefer a pdf or ebook for a Nook.
I'm super pumped about this new book by author Amelia C. Adams. Her stories have become fan favorites and she is branching out with contemporary stories based on her uber-successful historical Kansas Crossroads series.
Generations: Brody Hotel Book One by Amelia C. Adams
Andrew Brody, investment banker and self-made millionaire, has just lost his father, but gained an estate. Along with inheriting stocks, bonds, racehorses, and undeveloped land, he learns that he is now the owner of a hotel that has been in the family since 1875 and should probably just be torn down.
Marissa Clark needs a new challenge - staging homes to sell and rearranging pictures on walls isn't what she dreamed of doing when she became an interior designer. When she gets a call asking her to help renovate a historical building, she leaps at the change - what a great way to use both her love of texture and fabric and her love of history.
They believe they're just taking an old building and giving it a second chance at life . . . but they have no idea that they're getting a second chance too.
Amelia C. Adams, author of the bestselling historical Kansas Crossroads series, brings us this romantic spin-off featuring the same location, but 140 years later. You can learn more about Amelia at www.ameliacadams.com
Within the pages of the book The Buckskin Trail readers will embark on a journey of fascination and excitement, of amazement and suspense.
As a young girl, Kelzi Tsali hid while men shot her parents then started their house on fire. Miraculously Kelzi survived, then went to live with her Cherokee grandparents. As she grows, she is taught about her heritage, the ways and teachings of her father's people and the role she is to play in preserving the sacred land that belongs to them. She knows that she was spared the day her parents died for this great purpose.
Kelzi learns the great lessons of the Cherokee people and works hard to fulfill her destiny and to understand the great gifts she's been given. Her knowledge and her gifts instill in her the strength she needs to face the men who will stop at nothing to kill her and take the land her parents died to protect. Her path is treacherous, her mission dangerous and deadly, yet Kelzi is determined to avenge those who gave their lives to protect her people's land and legacy.
Filled with high-octane action, nail-biting suspense, a touch of the paranormal and the perfect amount of romance, The Buckskin Trail delivers a fast-paced read that you won't put down until the last page.
Arnold's writing is fresh and beautifully descriptive. She paints lovely landscapes with her words and delivers unforgettable characters. Complex and engaging the story weaves history and tradition into a modern day tail of heroism and honor. Readers will be cheering and praising Kelzi as she goes against the odds and risks everything to take her place within the history of her people.
High praise for JoAnn Arnold and The Buckskin Trail
This book... powerful, tender, profound, sweet, moving and life-changing.
Author Christine T. Hall has a wonderfully warm and poetic way of writing, her words painting pictures, creating connections and stirring emotions. In The Song of My Father the reader is easily drawn into this incredible book from the very first page. Even though I didn't intend to, I ended up reading it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down.
"Things will work out. Good will come from this."
These words that were repeated over and over in the book have now been woven into my own life "song". Sure, they are words I've heard before, words I've believed to some degree in different stages in my life, but Hall presents this mantra in a way that creates a desire in the reader to believe a little harder and hope a little stronger.
From the back of the book: As a child, Chris Hall heard her father repeat these words so often they became the song of his life. Even through difficult circumstances, his optimism and faith kept her family going.
But as an adult, Christ faced something so horrific she couldn't imagine any good every coming from her experience, and she questioned if her father's song was always true. This is the inspiring story of finding hope in the midst of trials and suffering.
As Chris says, "Each of us, at some time in our lives, will experience loss, heartache, and a grief that seems to test us to our limits. If we choose to live and walk by faith . . . we eventually will come to a place of acceptance and finally, after much work, to a place of believing."
The book begins with the author sharing an experience at the hospital where where she is visiting her father who suffered a heart attack followed by a stroke. As the doors of the elevator open on his floor she hears an urgent message over the loudspeaker, "Code blue--ICU!" Within minutes she learns that the code blue alert is for her father. Over the next few days Hall sits by her father's side, holding his hand, talking to him, sharing her thoughts and feelings, reminiscing, and thanking him for the lessons he taught her. These lessons he taught, were the theme of his life, the basis for everything he did. In turn, these lessons became and still are a "guide and blessing" to the author in her life.
In Part I: Music Lessons, Hall shares experiences and events that reinforce her father's song and we learn that not only did her father live the words he taught, his constant, unwavering beliefs touched the lives of everyone around him.
In Part Two, “Learning to Sing” the author shares a personal experience that plunges her into a state of such despair she believes there is no possible way good could come from it. Hall's honest, heartfelt and hopeful delivery, as she heals and learns about the power of forgiveness, love and understanding, not only will touch the reader's heart, but allow for personal introspection and evaluation. Through her own agony and physical pain Hall experiences small but miraculous moments, proving that her father's song holds fast and true.
In Part Three, “The Song of Believing,” Hall teaches that “Each of us, at some time in our lives, will experience loss, heartache, and a grief that seems to test us to our limits. If we choose to live and walk by faith . . . we eventually come to a place of acceptance and finally, after much work, to a place of believing.”
Within these pages the reader will find passages that will resonate and ring true and inspire.
Christine T. Hall's The Song of My Father is published by Cedar Fort. It is an important addition for any home library and a perfect gift to give, especially this Father's Day.
My greatest claim to fame is my family. I am married to my prince charming and have four awesome children. This year I experienced the joy of becoming a grandmother to my sweet baby girl Halle. I love to travel and I love to write books.