Title: The Queen of Paradise Valley
Author: Cat Dubie
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Diana Rennie, daughter of a wealthy rancher, attempts to persuade mystery man Del Russell to leave his grievances behind and forgive her father for past mistakes. Her careful plan goes awry and results in a shotgun wedding and a prison sentence for Del.
Four years later, Del is back in her life with a vengeance—back for his rightful share of Diana's ranch, back to prove he isn't the criminal she thought he was, back to finish what the two of them started years ago in a passionate daze. And he isn’t going anywhere, no matter what beautiful, treacherous Diana does or says to try to get rid of him.
In a foyer leading to the banquet rooms, servants waited to receive the guests’ outer clothing. Diana and Del turned away from each other, doffed respective cloak, hat, and jacket. They faced each other again, and his brows lifted, the silvery gaze falling like torchlight onto the area between her chin and the top of her gown.
What a faker he was! He looked very much at ease and distractingly handsome in Owen’s dress attire: black coat and trousers, white vest, starched linen shirt, the wide cuffs adorned with three pearl studs.
As she moved forward, he took her elbow and would not let her draw away. He leaned to her. “Did you say something?”
She muttered, “Looks like someone made a silk purse out of a sow’s ass.”
He leaned down again. “I was wondering if you left it at home.”
Another servant opened a door to a large room filled with people. “Left what at home?”
“The missing part of your gown.”
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Cat Dubie believes she was destined to write. Her love of words began early – she was making rhymes soon after learning to talk. With a crayon in hand she first drew stories, with a pencil she wrote them. As for reading, she was the girl who always had her nose in a book, the one who read with a flashlight under the covers or, when the moon was full, sat by a window for hours laughing, crying, loving characters whose adventurous lives wouldn't let her sleep.
She has traveled the world in books. She has traveled back in time and into the future in books. Her keen interest in history determined the nature of her books, and the first Historical romance novel she read, settled the genre.
After working for various levels of government, she retired and now lives in the beautiful province of British Columbia, where she indulges in her need for creating stories about romance, adventure, passion, mystery, love ...
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