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The Queen of Paradise Valley by @CatDubie is a Snuggle Up pick #historicalromance #western #giveaway

Title: The Queen of Paradise Valley

Author: Cat Dubie

Genre: Historical Western Romance

Book Blurb:

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.

Two strong-willed people, two opposing views—their tempestuous battles become as legendary as the land they both love and must fight together to save.


How silent the area had become! Before, the air had been alive with bird sounds, the hum of insects, the rustling of leaves and grasses. Now even the splash of the stream seemed muted. Uneasy, she moved to shore but stopped when low bushes on the bank shook, leaves rattled. Something crept toward the water. A weasel? Something bigger. A cougar?

She stifled a cry when Ebony's black head surged through the leaves. "Damn, you startled me. Go away. He's your master now."

Head down, ears flattened, the hound slunk away. She was not going to feel sorry for him, but after she finished dressing she heard him barking in a wild agitated manner and her heart jumped. She dashed through the trees, now aware of too many sounds: horses whinnying, a mule braying, birds screeching, their rapid wing beats churning the air.

Del, still barefoot and shirtless, his knife in hand, crouched beside the campfire, staring hard into the dark woods surrounding the clearing. Diana paused. "What--"

He lifted a hand to halt her progress. "Get the rifle. Bullets are by the saddles."

She took a cautious sidestep and froze when a mass of shaggy red-brown fur lumbered through the trees, slapping saplings from its path. "Baldface--" The word lodged in her throat. Ebony, teeth bared, stormed into the clearing behind the grizzly.

"The rifle, Diana. Now."

Galvanized, she raced to the saddles. Baldface sniffed the air and gazed about with his one eye. Ebony leapt at the monster. With a swing of his paw, Baldface flipped the dog into a patch of shrubbery. He wheeled, ears back, looking for other prey. The horses and the mule screamed, pulled at their tethers.

Del waved his arms. "You’re here to kill, aren’t you? I’m here."

Diana grabbed Del's Remington rifle and fumbled for the box of ammunition. It fell, spilling the cartridges. Dammit! She blinked sweat from her eyes, dropped the rifle and snatched the loaded shotgun. Del circled the grizzly, jumping to evade snapping jaws and swinging paws. Diana clenched her teeth. She couldn’t shoot with Del in the way.

The grizzly stood. Jaws wide, he lunged for Del’s head. Del dodged to the side but the bear’s teeth nicked his shoulder. With a savage cry, Del thrust his knife into the beast's neck. Roaring, Baldface swiped at Del's chest, knocked him to the ground. Diana fired a shell at the grizzly's rump. He whirled. She fired the second shell. Buckshot sprayed his face. It wasn't enough to fell him, but it took his attention off Del. Focusing his one eye on Diana, he pawed the ground, woofed, and prowled toward her.

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Drama on a sprawling cattle ranch. Passionate characters acting, well, passionately. Enemies to lovers, a hot hero, an icy heroine [except when…] To sum up, blood, sweat, and tears!


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Author Biography:

Cat was born in Austria, immigrated to Canada when she was four, grew up on the prairies, and now lives with her family in the scenic province of British Columbia.

She has written creatively since she could hold a pencil. Poems, short stories, novels, reviews, essays, even the odd letter to the editor. Her day job as a technical writer for various levels of government was the labor she did for a living so that in her free time she could indulge in her labor of love, writing romantic fiction.

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