Hello All! It’s me again, Debra. I want to share with you a little about book one in the Alabama Brides series, A Marriage of Convenience. It was my self-published, debut novel. This is the book that started it all! :) I’m giving away an ebook copy of this one, too!
Now, the reason I’m wanting to tell you about this book today is because book two in this series will be releasing very soon. Also, here is where I’m doing my title reveal. As a news reporter would say, “You heard it here first on InspyRomance.com”
The title for book two is, A Marriage Worth Waiting For. I’m having to slap my hand to keep from sharing the cover, too, but I guess I need to wait until it’s available for purchase.
Anyway, here’s the back cover Blurb for, A Marriage of Convenience:
In Martin Chapman’s will, his final request is a peculiar one. Upon the day of their marriage, his caregiver Lily Meyers and his grandson Bryce Fowler will become joint beneficiaries of his entire estate, which includes the Chapman Quarter Horse Ranch.There’s only one problem, Lily and Bryce have never met. For the past three years, Lily and her five-year-old son Joey have lived on the ranch with Martin, never knowing they might inherit anything. Will Lily uproot her son from the only stable home he’s ever known, or will she marry a man she doesn’t know to secure her son’s future?Bryce’s decision isn’t an easy one either. Will he leave the fast pace and bright city lights of New York City to move to the sleepy little town in Trinity, Alabama, or will the cowboy life and Lily prove challenging enough to chase him back to his comfort zone?
Now, here’s an excerpt:
The sound of the timber’s rattler made the hair on the back of her neck stand on its ends as beads of sweat scattered across her forehead.
She wanted to kick herself for not being more vigilant as she stared at the rattler curled on top of a sack of feed. Her mind had been on other things, and not on things it should have been on. Now the snake was only inches from her thigh, and she knew if he struck her, the consequences could be deadly.
Champ whimpered but laid down beside Lily’s foot. “Good, boy.”
Suddenly the barn door swung open. “Lily, are you in here? What’s wrong?”
Pulling on all of her training, Lily did not jump nor turn. Even a flinch could invite a reaction she knew she would not enjoy. For his part, Bryce froze in his steps when he saw her, and then his eyes traveled to the vibrating maraca sound. His eyes widened, and the color drained from his face.
“Stop.” She spoke slowly, quietly, and through clenched teeth, trying not to move. “Don’t come any closer. If you move too quickly, he’ll strike, and I don’t think I can move fast enough to get out of the way. I can’t let him escape because it wouldn’t be safe for any of us with this thing loose in the barn. We have to kill it.” Her jaws ached from trying to speak without moving her lips.
“Kill it?” Bryce asked, and he swallowed. Fear etched his face as he looked from Lily to the snake and back to Lily. “What do you want me to do?”
“I need you to fetch my rifle.”
“Your rifle?” He had to breathe that word down. “Where is it?”
Not moving was getting more and more difficult. Her muscles begged to be let out of their chains. “It’s in the gun cabinet in my bedroom at the guesthouse. The key to the cabinet is hanging on a hook above the door.”
“Okay, I’ll be right back.”
“Be careful with the rifle. It’s loaded.”
With Bryce gone, she returned her attention to the intruder. The rattler moved his head back and forth in a slow rhythm as if it was daring Lily to move. She wondered why this evil creature hadn’t already struck, and even the thought made her heart thump so hard in her chest it sounded like thunder in her ears. Breathe, Lily. Just breathe. God, please help Bryce. Help him hurry. She had never considered herself a crier, but tears were beginning to pool in her eyes, either from the fear or not being able to move. She wasn’t sure which.
Moments later, Bryce eased back into the barn, this time with the rifle in hand.
Lily slowly lifted her hand for the rifle, but when Bryce tried to move closer, the rattler jerked its head up and to one side.
All of Bryce’s movement stopped too. “He’s not going to let me get close enough to hand the gun off to you. I’ll have to do it.”
More fear kicked up in Lily’s soul. “Do you even know how to shoot a gun?”
“I know a little.”
“That’s comforting.” She beat the sarcasm down and instead focused on coaching him through the coming moments. “You can’t miss. You have to get him on the first try.”
She squeezed her eyes tight. Lord, guide his aim. Please don’t let him shoot me in the leg—or worse.
Her breath bucked and jerked, giving her no oxygen as Bryce lifted the rifle and pulled back the hammer. The sound of the gunshot echoed against the walls, moving her without her help. She didn’t feel any pain from a snakebite or a gunshot.
I love to read and write about Cowboys. What do you like to read about the most?
Comment before Saturday May 7 for a chance to win an ebook copy of, A Marriage of Convenience.