Title: Cinders' Pride
Author: Kathleen Ball
Series: Mail Order Brides of Texas #1
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: July 11, 2015
Cover Design: Aria Tan
Shannon McMurphy travels to Asherville, Texas as a mail order bride expecting to marry a rancher. Instead, her intended is a saloonkeeper. Her refusal to marry enrages John Hardy and he slices her cheek with a knife so no other man would want her. She runs into the street and no one helps her until Cinders comes along.
Sexy, Rancher Cinders saves Shannon and offers her a job. To protect her reputation he marries her. They both agree it's a marriage of convenience. He admires her spunk and willingness to learn everything about surviving the Texas frontier. He waits for her to ask to go home but she never does.
They learn a lot about each other through, stolen horses, Indian troubles, a cattle drive and the busybodies of the town. Their attraction for each other grows, but can they learn to trust enough to love?
The world seemed eerily quiet as she pushed herself up from the hard packed dirt, only to fall back down. Her ankle hurt. Tears filled her eyes, as she glanced around. There stood the women from the mercantile, staring, and their eyes full of terror. She’d get no assistance from them.
John Hardy strutted into the street and laughed while he gestured for two of his men to pick her up. “Come on, honey, it’s time for our honeymoon.”
She heard the clomping of hooves and the turn of wagon wheels behind her but the wagon didn’t stop to help her either. By this time, a crowd had gathered and now there were men standing with the group of women. She tried to plead for help with her eyes but they glanced away.
Two men grabbed at her to haul her back into the saloon when a loud cocking of a gun erupted from behind.
“Put her down.” A man's voice threatened.
John stepped forward, thrusting out his chest. “Listen, Cinders, this is none of your business. It’d be in your best interest to leave things be.”
The world began to dim and spin, the smell of blood was the last straw. She fainted.
I’m a sucker for a happy ending. I’ve read a ton of different romance genres but I always came back to reading the westerns.
2. When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
The planning of the two main characters. I love naming them and I love creating their flaws. I usually have an idea of where the book is going but not how it’s going to get there.
3. When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
Right now I’m into Mail Order Bride Romances. The thought of traveling across the country to marry a man you don’t know is fascinating.
4. If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
I would choose Louisa May Alcott. Her book Little Women is my favorite book.
5. Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you ʺlater in lifeʺ?
I liked to read and read. I’ve only been writing almost six years. My son was going off to college and I needed something to do. I tried writing and loved it.
Sexy Cowboys and the women who love them...
Finalist in the 2012 RONE Awards.
Top Pick, Five Star Series from the Romance Review.
Kathleen Ball writes contemporary western romance with great emotion and memorable characters. Her books are award winners and have appeared on best sellers lists including Amazon's Best Sellers List, All Romance Ebooks, Bookstrand, Desert Breeze Publishing and Secret Cravings Publishing Best Sellers list. She is the recipient of eight Editor's Choice Awards, and The Readers' Choice Award for Ryelee's Cowboy.
There's something about a cowboy....
***Order of my Books***
Lasso Spring Series
Lone Star Joy
Dawson Ranch Series
Texas Haven- FREE
*Alice's Story- free prequel on my website
Cowboy Seasons Series
Mail Order Brides of Texas
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