Literary Gold 7/19/16

Today's Literary Gold Book Deals:
Please keep in mind that prices are subject to change at any time, and may vary depending upon your location.






Julia
by Ashley Merrick
PRICE: FREE
Historical Romance
When Julia unexpectedly loses the accounting job she loves, and is unable to find another position doing anything in Boston, she decides to take her best friend Emma up on her offer to come to Montana. Emma’s husband Ethan has eight brothers and one of them, Liam, has his sights set on Julia. Liam seems almost too perfect, but then Julia discovers the secret that he struggles with. Will she stick with him?



Wrestlin' Christmas
by Shanna Hatfield
PRICE: $0.99
Western Romance
He's wrestling against the future
She's trying to forget her past...

Sidelined with a major injury, steer wrestler Cort McGraw struggles to come to terms with the end of his career. Shanghaied by his sister and best friend, he finds himself on a run-down ranch with a worrisome, albeit gorgeous widow, and her silent, solemn son.

Five minutes after Cort McGraw lands on her doorstep, K.C. Peters fights to keep a promise she made to herself to stay away from single, eligible men. When her neighbor said he knew just the person to help work her ranch for the winter, she never expected the handsome, brawny former rodeo star to fill the position.

Ready to send him packing, her little boy has other plans.



The Shopkeeper
by James D Best
PRICE: FREE
Westerns
Steve Dancy tales. Honest Westerns. Filled with dishonest characters.

In 1879, Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to explore and write a journal about his adventures. Though he's not looking for trouble, Dancy's infatuation with another man's wife soon embroils him in a deadly feud with Sean Washburn, a Nevada silver baron. Infuriated by the outrages of two hired thugs, the shopkeeper kills both men in an impulsive street fight. Dancy believes this barbarian act has closed the episode. He is wrong. He has interfered with Washburn's ambitions, and this is something the mining tycoon will not allow. Pinkertons, hired assassins, and aggrieved bystanders escalate the feud until it pulls in all the moneyed interests and power brokers in Nevada.

Is a New York City shopkeeper tough enough to survive the Wild West?









More Than a Duke
by Christi Caldwell
PRICE: $0.99
Historical Romance
Polite Society doesn’t take Lady Anne Adamson seriously. However, Anne isn’t just another pretty young miss. When she discovers her father betrayed her mother’s love and her family descended into poverty, Anne comes up with a plan to marry a respectable, powerful, and honorable gentleman— a man nothing like her philandering father.

Armed with the heart of a duke pendant, fabled to land the wearer a duke’s heart, she decides to enlist the aid of the notorious Harry, 6th Earl of Stanhope. A scoundrel with a scandalous past, he is the last gentleman she'd ever wed...however, his reputation marks him the perfect man to school her in the art of seduction so she might ensnare the illustrious Duke of Crawford.

Harry, the Earl of Stanhope is a jaded, cynical rogue who lives for his own pleasures. Having been thrown over by the only woman he ever loved so she could wed a duke, he’s not at all surprised when Lady Anne approaches him with her scheme to capture another duke’s affection. He’s come to appreciate that all women are in fact greedy, title-grasping, self-indulgent creatures. And with Anne’s history of grating on his every last nerve, she is the last woman he’d ever agree to school in the art of seduction. Only his friendship with the lady’s sister compels him to help.

What begins as a pretend courtship, born of lessons on seduction, becomes something more, leaving Anne to decide if she can give her heart to a reckless rogue, and Harry must decide if he’s willing to again trust in a lady’s love.



A Willing Spirit: A Ghostly Romance
by Cynthia Sterling
PRICE: FREE
Historical Romance
A young widow haunted by the past

Tessa Bright risks more than her reputation when she hires handsome drifter Micah Fox to help out on her ranch. The half-breed cowboy draws attention not only from the townspeople, but from Tessa’s late husband, Will, who insists on remaining on the ranch as a ghost, trying to care for Tessa from beyond. Will doesn’t approve of Micah and tries to arrange a different match for Tessa, but fate – and Tessa and Micah’s lonely hearts – have another match in mind.



Hard Rain
by BJ Daniels
PRICE: $0.99
Westerns
Sooner or later, every family secret comes to light…

When Brody McTavish sees Harper Hamilton's runaway horse galloping across the pastures, he does what any good cowboy would do—gives chase and rescues her. Unfortunately for him, the woman he's secretly loved for years didn't need saving, and she's just reached her limit with people treating her as hopeless. But they soon have bigger problems when they make a gruesome discovery—human remains revealed by a recent rainstorm. Remains that will dredge up old Hamilton family mysteries…and bring about a scandal that could threaten all Harper's loved ones.

With her father running for president, every move Harper makes is under scrutiny. But despite the risks, she's determined to uncover the truth about her family's role in a long-ago murder. If she can trust him enough, Brody will be more than an ally. He could be the only thing standing between Harper and an enemy intent on keeping the past buried forever.










Broken Trails
by Bonnie R Paulson
PRICE: FREE
Western Romance
A lonely cowboy … a woman searching for hope. Can love bring enough healing to carry them through?

Nathan Rourke lost almost everything he holds dear. What he still has, he’ll do anything to keep. His Montana ranch is not just a place, it’s his home and what’s left of his family. He’s holding his own, making it work.
But then high-school sweetheart Emma reappears … and suddenly this cowboy’s life is as rough as a ride on an untamed bronc.
Emma Benson left high school without a word to Nate, rather than admit she was too ill to go on. Now she’s desperate to prove that she’s more than the disease that keeps her dependent on her family and friends. And she craves just one more chance at love.
Nate embodies the promise of a life free from the confines of her small world. But will loving her mean he must give up his own freedom?

No matter which path they choose, this young couple will be battling the odds



Texas Roots
by Jean Brashear
PRICE: FREE
Western Romance
When scandal and an ambitious prosecutor wreck talented chef Scarlett Ross's life and she learns of a grandmother she never knew she had, she flees the notoriety to pay an anonymous visit to Sweetgrass Springs, Texas, a small town kept alive only by her grandmother's determination and carried on the strong shoulders of sexy Texas cowboy Ian McLaren.
There she is surprised to discover a yearning to sink roots deep in the Texas Hill Country—but she is terrified that the secrets she's hiding will endanger everyone she's come to love.



Strong Suspicions
by GP Hutchinson
PRICE: FREE
Westerns
Strong Suspicions, the second Western by award-winning author GP Hutchinson, is a masterfully crafted barn burner of a story, certain to draw you in and leave you thirsting for more.

After pursuing a cold-blooded murderer all the way to Nevada, Texas Ranger Emmett Strong is returning home to San Antonio—but not alone. He’s found a girl he longs to marry. Finding someone to tie the knot for them is proving to be a challenge, however, owing to the fact that she's the daughter of Chinese immigrants.

Along the way, there's a ruckus in El Paso's Wild Hog Saloon, and by noon the next day, folks are convinced it was Emmett and his compadres who robbed the saloon owner and beat him unconscious. They want Emmett on the end of a rope.

Meanwhile, a bested enemy, set on revenge, hires the notorious fast gun "Three-Finger" Ned Cage to dispatch Strong, his amigos, and even his girl.

When the only way out of trouble is to head smack-dab back into the middle of it—beautiful young woman in tow—a cool-headed pistolero like Emmett Strong becomes a force to be reckoned with. But will the vicious array of enemies prove to be too much this time, even for Strong?







Ella Wood
by Michelle Isenhoff
PRICE: FREE
Historical Fiction
Love. War. Equally destructive to Emily's ambitions.

Though she left Charleston a spoiled daughter of the South, Emily returns from her stay in the North a changed young woman. Her assumptions about slavery have been shattered, and her secret dream of attending university has blossomed into fierce ambition. As the passions sweeping North and South toward war threaten to envelop the city she loves, Emily must battle her father's traditional expectations in her own bid for freedom. Meanwhile, the real fight may lie within her heart, which stubbornly refuses to accept that a choice for independence must be a choice against love.

"Poetic" and "Nuanced", Ella Wood is the story of a young woman standing at the edge of war and struggling with questions of morality, purpose, and love.



Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
by M Louisa Locke
PRICE: FREE
Historical Fiction
It’s the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie’s husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt.

Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco’s most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl’s clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.

Nate Dawson has a problem. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to believe that Matthew Voss didn't leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior.

Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted, cozy historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco.

Maids of Misfortune is the first book in M. Louisa Locke’s historical mystery series, see also, Uneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons, as well as the two short stories based on the characters from the novels, Dandy Detects, and The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage.


Loving Lieutenant Douglas
by Barbara Devlin
PRICE: FREE
Historical Fiction
Take a trip back in time, to 1785, when Horatio Nelson was a new captain. It is the Age of Sail, England is on the brink of war with France, and Royal Navy First Lieutenant Mark Douglas is not looking for a wife. As is so often the case, fate has other plans, and Mark sets his sights on a fiery society miss with a spirit to match his own.  But can he redeem himself after inadvertently insulting his prospective bride?
Lady Amanda Gascoigne-Lake is at first smitten with and then disappointed by the impeccable naval man. After all, is it not a woman's prerogative to change her mind?  When a soldier disparages her reputation, Mark defends her honor and wins his lady. What happens when her father rejects Mark's suit, and an ancient brooch with mystical powers portends doom?







A Bad Day to Die
by J Lee Butts
PRICE: $0.99
Westerns
A gripping historical Western from the author of the Spur Award nominee Brotherhood of Blood.

When a greedy rancher and his hired killers murdered Lucius Dodge’s father and brother, he swore an oath of vengeance and rode out to settle the score. Then a chance meeting with Boz Tatum brought Lucius into the ranks of the Texas Rangers—and gave him a badge to back up his quest for justice.

Now, with the legal means to right the ultimate wrong and bring down the men who killed his family, Lucius won’t be stopped. Because a loss like his will sear a man’s soul and leave him hell-bent on revenge . . .



A New Dawn
by Morris Fenris
PRICE: FREE
Historical Romance
As a young girl Elisabeth dreamed of belonging to the hustle and bustle of the city of London. Now her passion for design and fashion grows daily. With the aid of her grandmother’s finances she is able to purchase her own dress shop: the House of Camille, and begins creating wonderful detailed gowns and dresses for the elite of the city.

Her first assignment is for a young lady's coming out ball. The dress she creates is exquisite and Elisabeth soon finds that she is a well sought-after seamstress with enough money to keep her shop and hire a staff.

Adelaide is learning how to be an adult in society. Her family is well-off and she is presented to those in their social circle as a lady finally ready to mix with the likes of Earls and Countesses. It is here that she meets Robert, Earl of Lovelace, who sweeps her off her feet and makes her forget all her previous desires in life. He draws her into a world of the physical where she is head over heels devoured by it, and him.

Little do the three know that soon their worlds will be so intertwined that none will know up from down as they delve deeper into desires, control, romance & deceit.

Elisabeth is welcomed into the beautiful Lovelace chateau by that very woman who has become her dearest friend and lover: the Countess Adelaide. While they are attending balls, tea parties and soirĂ©es, Lady Lovelace’s husband is drinking himself into a stupor every night and being led home by his close companion, Thomas. Thomas has, by this time, also taken up residence at the chateau, leaving the foursome to be seen as a solid group out and among the socialites of the metropolis.

Little do any of them realize that their innermost secrets are not so secret after all and word begins to spread that the Lovelace marriage is not as solid as it may seem.
   
As things unfold, Elisabeth and Countess Adelaide Lovelace make a decision – they can no longer be anything more than friends. The sexual nature of their relationship has run its course and, for now, they are happy to remain platonic associates and business partners in Elisabeth’s wildly successful dress shop.

Elisabeth and Thomas decide to move out of the Lovelace’s property and charming Thomas sweeps in with an offer of a room that Elisabeth accepts. Elisabeth can't help feeling a delicious shiver of excitement at occupying the same house as Thomas. Moving into that space it's clear Thomas is a man's man, and has no intention of changing. Nor, to Elisabeth’s secret chagrin, will his intentions of marrying well within his class.

Yet, when winter comes, something begins to warm between Thomas and Elizabeth and even they can’t deny their changing feelings. Can Thomas overcome his pride and accept a once poor girl as his wife? Will Elisabeth, for her part, be forced to choose between his love and her reputation?



Before Ever After: A Novel
by Samantha Sotto
PRICE: $0.99
Historical Romance
Three years after her husband Max's death, Shelley feels no more adjusted to being a widow than she did that first terrible day. That is, until the doorbell rings. Standing on her front step is a young man who looks so much like Max–same smile, same eyes, same age, same adorable bump in his nose–he could be Max's long-lost relation. He introduces himself as Paolo, an Italian editor of American coffee table books, and shows Shelley some childhood photos. Paolo tells her that the man in the photos, the bearded man who Paolo says is his grandfather though he never seems to age, is Max. Her Max. And he is alive and well.
As outrageous as Paolo's claims seem–how could her husband be alive? And if he is, why hasn't he looked her up? – Shelley desperately wants to know the truth. She and Paolo jet across the globe to track Max down–if it is really Max– and along the way, Shelley recounts the European package tour where they had met. As she relives Max's stories of bloody Parisian barricades, medieval Austrian kitchens, and buried Roman boathouses, Shelley begins to piece together the story of who her husband was and what these new revelations mean for her "happily ever after." And as she and Paolo get closer to the truth, Shelley discovers that not all stories end where they are supposed to.







BEAR CREEK
by Dan Arnold
PRICE: FREE
Westerns
John Everett Sage was a man without a legacy. He had spent his life wandering, working in cow towns and frontier outposts, usually as a law man. He was hoping to re-connect with his family in Wyoming, when a run away horse led him in a new direction, one that would pull all the disparate elements of his life together. John will find his family, only to see them go in search of their own destiny.

In the process, he will see the high country and track killers in the night. He will be reunited with old friends who will help him face times of violence and danger, his personal limitations, political imperatives, and the evil intentions of men whose souls are lost to greed.

Along the way he’ll win the trust of a community, the support of a governor and the love of a woman.

Hold on tight, the industrial revolution is moving faster than the newest locomotive, faster than a horse can run, and faster than the fastest gun.




The Raven's Moon
by Susan King
PRICE: $0.99
Historical Romance
Desperate to help her wrongly imprisoned brother, Mairi Macrae takes to the Scottish highways to steal the execution warrant, and waylays the wrong man when she takes down Border officer Rowan Scott.

A notorious deputy on a secret mission, Rowan wants nothing to do with the beautiful Highland thief—yet soon they are caught in an intrigue over lost treasure and a mysterious portent.

As passion steals both their hearts, Rowan and Mairi must take every risk—and lay down their lives to save each other.



Deer Run Trail
by David R Lewis
PRICE: FREE
Westerns
The year was 1881, an’ young Ruben Beeler was makin’ his way along near the Missouri River, findin’ work when he could an’ livin’ the only life he knew. When he come on ol’ Arliss Hyatt, beat to hell an’ near shot to death, Rube done what he could for him. He didn’t know that act of kindness was gonna wind up changin’ his whole life, but it did. Green as grass, Rube was a long way from bein’ any kind of pistoleer or shootist, but when Marshal Marion Daniels come on him an’ Arliss, an’needed help with the Duncan bunch, that tussle growed Rube up right quick. Then a town in trouble put him behind a badge of his own, an’ Rube done things he never thought he’d have to do. Life got tough, an’ it come time to root hog or die, on the Deer Run Trail.














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