Title – WILD ROSE PASS
Author – Karen Hulene Bartell
Genre – Historical Western Romance
Publisher – Wild Rose Press
Book Blurb –
Cadence McShane, free-spirited nonconformist, yearns to escape the rigid code, clothes, and sidesaddles of 1880s military society in Fort Davis, Texas. She finds the daring new lieutenant exhilarating, but as the daughter of the commanding officer, she is expected to keep with family tradition and marry West Point graduate James West.
Orphaned, Comanche-raised, and always the outsider looking in, Ben Williams yearns to belong. Cadence embodies everything he craves, but as a battlefield-commissioned officer with the Buffalo Soldiers instead of a West Point graduate, he is neither accepted into military society nor considered marriageable.
Can two people of different worlds, drawn together by conflicting needs, flout society and forge a life together on the frontier?
Cadence gingerly accepted Ben’s hand, but the moment their fingers touched, static electricity bolted up her wrist and along her arm, making the downy hairs stand on end. Bolts of energy raced toward her shoulder, tingling and raising the hairs on the back of her neck. Then she shivered as the shock waves barreled down her spine, and butterflies tickled her stomach. She glanced at her hand in his. As if a part of her that had been lost was reconnected, the two melded into one.
Does he feel the connection, too? She gazed into his eyes and saw the same intensity. As he put his left hand on her waist, she responded with a light shudder. Dreamlike, she rested her hand on his shoulder, and off they danced as if they prepared for this moment all their lives. When the music’s tempo increased, she held on tighter, dancing in perfect unison as her body pressed ever closer, instinctively responding to his subtle dips and sways. After making several rounds on the dancefloor, she turned toward him, breathless. “I didn’t know you could dance.”
“You mean waltz?” He chuckled. “I’ve joined in Comanche dances around campfires most of my life.”
Laughing, she let herself be swept away in yet another dizzying round.
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Author of the Trans-Pecos, Sacred Emblem, Sacred Journey, and Sacred Messenger series, Karen is a best-selling author, motivational keynote speaker, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural, offbeat love stories that lift the spirit. Born to rolling-stone parents who moved annually, Bartell found her earliest playmates as fictional friends in books. Paperbacks became her portable pals. Ghost stories kept her up at night—reading feverishly. The paranormal was her passion. Westerns spurred her to write (pun intended). Wanderlust inherent, Karen enjoyed traveling, although loathed changing schools. Novels offered an imaginative escape. An only child, she began writing her first novel at the age of nine, learning the joy of creating her own happy endings. Professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen resides in the Hill Country with her husband Peter and her “mews”—three rescued cats and a rescued *Cat*ahoula Leopard dog.
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