Friday, April 28, 2017

Marshal's Bride


Near Fred, Indian Territory, 1877

Gabe eased slow and steady along the stage road leading to Fred. “We’re almost there, Abby.”
He was in no hurry to hand over his privacy with Abby yet. The first few weeks being married made him realize how much he’d needed a woman in his life. How much he actually needed Abby to keep him honest with himself. No woman had ever been able to do that.
“Thank goodness! I have grown tired of this jostling about. I’m afraid I may have permanent bruising on my—” Abby stopped short, and Gabe laughed out loud.
“Believe me, you do not have permanent damage on any part of your body.” Gabe glanced over, smiling at the rush of color spreading on his wife’s cheeks. After three weeks on the trail, their intimacies, he’d wondered at how she still blushed like a young woman. Abby was a widow, not unaware of the goings on between a man and his wife. Yet she acted like a young bride new to the ways of marriage.
Gabe found he loved that part of her beyond belief.
“You are truly insufferable!” She laughed, adjusting her sweet little bottom on the wooden bench. “These past weeks I have found how much I enjoy that side of you. You keep me on guard, sir. Don’t change. Ever!”
“I will do my best to abide by your wishes.” Gabe winked at Abby and reined in the mules. The need to hold her overwhelmed his senses.
“Is something wrong, Gabe? Why are we stopping?” Abby looked around them, her eyes full of questions.
Gabe jumped from the wagon then extended a hand. “There will be if you don’t get down from there.”
His blood burned like wildfire through his veins as her hand slipped perfectly into his. Her light girlish laughter filled his heart as she fell into his arms. Gabe gazed into her eyes, falling deeper under their spell. He held her against him to ease the pain of needing her next to him. He pushed a stray lock of hair from her face then covered her mouth with his, completely devouring her. He groaned as his body reacted to her melting against him. This may truly be the last uninterrupted private moments they’d have for a while once he took up as marshal in Fred.
“I couldn’t wait for nightfall, Abby.” Gabe kept her close, her heart pounding against him. “Once we get to Fred, we won’t have much time alone with each other. You’ll have the homestead to make feel like home. I’ll have to see Colonel Frank Fred. I’ll need to get word to Deputy US Marshal Reeves and present my official papers to him, although I’m sure Judge Parker has already made him aware of my arrival. There’s much to be done once we arrive.”
Abby gazed up at him, her doe eyes sparkling with the same need he felt. “I will be waiting when you are done, Gabe. The cold, empty house will be warm and inviting by the time you find your way home.”
“I was wrong in not telling you about the move when you arrived in Dodge. There will be many more things that I will do wrong. Promise me that you’ll never let those indiscretions drive you from me.” Gabe held her hand in his, watching his finger trace the lines of her soft palm. 

Follow Gabe and Abby to Fred
as they settle into their marriage and learn to survive
in Indian Territory.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Maxine Douglas Affairs of the Heart Newsletter

Affairs of the Heart Newsletter: March Madness … one month closer to spring and a month full of holidays! Ash Wednesday, Ides of March, National Craft Month, National Women’s History Month, Social Workers Month to name a few. Plus, did you know that March is named after the Roman God “Mars”? AND the second week of March is National Bubble Week! In this month's issue:
FEATURED AUTHOR:  Hywela Lyn
AUTHOR RECIPE OF THE MONTH:  Lynn Crandall~~Quinoa Chili
NEW RELEASES THIS MONTH
QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after” ~~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American Writer)

Friday, February 17, 2017

NEW CONTRACT SIGNED!!!

Simply to Die For has found a home with MuseItUp Publishing.  I don't have a solid publishing date, but it will be sometime this year.  This is the first of a series set in Black Horse Canyon, Oklahoma.

Simply to Die For is the first cozy that I’ve written.

Simply to Die For: Clar Turner, (ex-porn star, Kandi Kyses), had quit the business and returns to her hometown to open up a candy store; until her BFF, Levi Andres, is beaten and left for dead during filming. Clar must become Kandi once again to find who is responsible, and why her candy wrappers were at the scene of the crime. She calls upon her mentor, Jackson Wolfe, to help assist in finding the assailant.

Jimmy O'Brien is a reporter who finds out Clar Turner, the woman he’s loved, and protected for years, is on the “porn star” killer’s hit list. When Levi Andres is beaten and left for dead, Jimmy is both surprised and happy to see Clar Turner back in LA, what he’s not thrilled about is Clar becoming Kandi again or the fact that a dirty detective, Reed Cameron,  he had a run-in with years before in Chicago has shown up in LA and is on the case.

Can they save Clar before the killer takes his revenge on her?

Simply to Die For is the first book in a 4 book series yet to be written in 2017/2018:

Simply to Live For: From the courtroom to the rink, Nicole Simon leads a double life as roller derby star until a derby accident puts her at odds with the sport she’d found fulfilling and a man who drives her crazy with desire. The last thing new guy in town Reed Donlin, club franchise owner and one hell of a sexy guy, needs is a lawyer turned derby star on his team…especially after one of his girls gets hurt in a track malfunction.

Simply to Hope For: Dan Adams is left to raise 5 small children and take care of an old mansion after his wife Lisa dies of an illness. For two years he’s gone through housekeeper after housekeeper…until Sarah Jones applies for the position. Sarah Jones knows the reality of death. A childless woman, she finds her way to the Adams household and finds the way to open her heart to more than grief.

Simply to Love For After settling a crime in LA, Jackson Wolfe has returned to her horse ranch, Revolving Roses, in Black Horse Canyon, OK…with former Texas Ranger, Clint Mason, hot on her heels.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Maxine Douglas Affairs of the Heart Newsletter: February1, 2017   It’stime for Valentine’s Day! I...

Maxine Douglas Affairs of the Heart Newsletter:: February 1, 2017    It’s time for Valentine’s Day! I don't know about you, but the above song clip always tugs at my heart ...
This month at Affairs of the Heart:  Suspense author Nicole Fitton, Chocolate Indulgence in a Cup from Anne Fife, February Releases

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Affairs of the Heart -- January 2017


Check out the newest issue of Affairs of the Heart. I've given it a new look and a new feature where I'll announce up to 10 new releases each month from authors of various genres. I've revamped the recipe section to have an author share his/her favorite with you. My featured author section is a staple and you'll still be able to meet someone new.  To read click on the newsletter tab above.

H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R S


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Judge Parker and Dried Apple Pie

Since I mention Judge Isaac Parker aka The Hanging Judge in my next book of the Brides Along the Chisholm Trail series, I thought it might be interesting to share a bit of information about Judge Parker. 

In The Marshal's Bride, US Deputy Marshal Gabe Hawkins has been reassigned to Indian Territory just days before his mail-order bride, Abigail Johnson, arrives in Dodge City and he didn't tell her before they were wed. Naughty boy!

To read about Judge Parker go to Legends of America.

I have ever had the single aim of justice in view... 'Do equal and exact justice,' is my motto, and I have often said to the grand jury, 'Permit no innocent man to be punished, but let no guilty man escape.'"


-Judge Isaac C. Parker, 1896


I may have a few other historical surprises along the way as I write the love story for Abby and Gabe.

Here's a recipe that Abby used along the trail on their way from Dodge City to Fred, Indian Territory.  It's from one of my favorite research books: Time Life Books, The Old West, The Pioneers, page 106, "The expedient art of pioneer cookery."


Dried Apple Pie

Soak 2 cups of dried apples in water overnight.
Drain off the water and mix apples with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon each of allspice and cinnamon.
Line an 8-inch pie pan with a crust, add the apple mixture, dot with 3 tablespoons of butter and cover with a second crust.
Make a few slashes in the top for ventilation and bake (in 350 oven) for about 1 hour, until the crust is golden brown.


Monday, December 19, 2016