I’m happy to host a snippet today from western historical romance “The Scent of Roses”. This book sounds like an awesome read. Enjoy the snippet!
Her eyes resembled liquid emeralds, Whip thought, peering through the tiny peephole from the hidden passageway. Fine cheekbones, a firm chin, and a mouth he found disturbingly inviting. He couldn’t be sure of the color of her hair due to her bonnet. She’d skinned the hair back from her face so tightly, it had to hurt. He didn’t know her name, but he recognized her scent. Roses and talcum.
Damn. It infuriated him to have to hide out in his own house, especially in a musty, cobwebbed rathole of a passageway. He ached with the need to get at the woman on the other side of the wall. She knew how and why his partner died last night, may even have pulled the trigger. She’d had Josiah’s blood on her, after all; had gotten it on Whip.
His mind filled with the memory of how small and fragile she’d felt in his arms, how oddly right, almost familiar, holding her had felt. He couldn’t account for the notion, and disliked it intensely, but could not banish it.
What had those innocent-seeming, shockingly green eyes seen last night? What had those tiny hands done? The rider he’d seen galloping from the house may have been the actual shooter, but the woman had taken some part in the killing. Why else would she have been hiding on the porch?
If he could just get her alone a few minutes. That’s all he’d need. He shifted, seeking a more comfortable position, and thick dust wafted around him. He twitched his nose to ward off a sneeze, then pinched his nostrils shut until the urge went away.
In the sitting room, Lucinda’s brother watched the Delaney woman as if he wanted to pour warm sorghum all over her and lick it off. Whip itched to strangle him.
The Scent of Roses
Author: Charlene Raddon
Genre: Western historical romance
A woman’s smile . . .
Rosalyn Delaney’s husband, Josiah, vanished six years ago. Following a private detective’s lead, Rosalyn leaves Salt Lake City and boards a train heading to the mining town of Whiskey Ridge, Arizona. She arrives at Rose House, an old mansion reputed to be haunted, only to discover that her missing husband has been killed, and his business partner, Whip Kincaid, is wanted for his murder. Determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Josiah and his death, Rosalyn decides to stay–even though she begins to receive nightly visits from a charming “ghost” . . .
A ghost’s siss . . .
Escaping a troubled past, Whip Kincaid had hoped he could make a fresh start in Whiskey Ridge and open a saloon with his friend Josiah. Now, as a murder suspect hiding in his own house, Whip’s future looks bleak indeed . . . unless he can find the real culprit. But the unexpected intrusion of Rosalyn ruins his plan to sneak out at night to investigate. Scaring her away is his first step in clearing his name, but Rosalyn doesn’t rattle easily. And Whip isn’t sure he wants the lovely widow to walk out of his life — especially when she’ll take his heart with her.
Charlene Raddon began her fiction career in the third grade when she announced in Show & Tell that a baby sister she never had was killed by a black widow spider. She often penned stories featuring mistreated young girls whose mother accused of crimes her sister had actually committed. Her first serious attempt at writing fiction came in 1980 when she woke up from a vivid dream that compelled her to drag out a portable typewriter and begin writing. She’s been at it ever since. An early love for romance novels and the Wild West led her to choose the historical romance genre but she also writes contemporary romance. At present, she has five books published in paperback by Kensington Books (one under the pseudonym Rachel Summers), and four eBooks published by Tirgearr Publishing.
Charlene’s awards include: RWA Golden Heart Finalist, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Nomination, Affair de Coeur Magazine Reader/Writer Poll for Best Historical of the Year. Her books have won or place in several contests.
Currently, Charlene is working on her next release.
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