Wylder Bachelor by @Virgini35142126 is a Christmas Holiday Festival pick #westernromance #giveaway
Title: Wylder Bachelor
Author: Virginia Barlow
Genre: Historical Western Romance
When Maryanne Wagner's father runs into money trouble at his bank, he trades Maryanne's hand in marriage for a loan. Her intended is a mean man who likes to hurt women. Maryanne refuses the marriage and robs her father's bank to get his attention. Wounded during her getaway, Maryanne stops at the livery in Wylder, Wyoming and hides in one of the stalls.
Chet Jackson Daniels runs the livery in Wylder and is looking for a new beginning. He discovers Maryanne in his livery and helps her against his better judgement. Fresh from a tangle with the law in Boston, Jackson has black and white ideas on what is right and wrong, until Maryanne comes into his life and shows him different.
“There’s nothing to worry about. A stranger came in asking questions. He’s gone now. No one knows you’re here.”
“Who is he? What did he want?” Miss Jones licked her lips. She must be thirsty again.
He poured her another glass of water. She lifted herself up to take the glass. Jackson slid behind her and helped her until she pushed it away. Strangers must frighten her. Miss Jones trembled like an autumn leaf in the breeze.
He laid her back against the pillow. “Mr. Smythe asked about a gunshot cowboy. I sent him to Doc Sullivan.”
Miss Jones stiffened and paled a bit more. “Mr. Smythe?”
“I won’t let anyone hurt you,” he said. “Do you want to tell me what happened?”
Miss Jones lifted tortured eyes to his. “I did. My father wants me to marry a horrible man. I…ran away…and got involved in something I shouldn’t. I got shot in the process.” Her big blue eyes looked up at him. She swallowed a sob. “I can’t go back. Please don’t make me.”
“I might run a livery, but I am a gentleman.” One wouldn’t know it by the thoughts going through his head every time he looked at her. Jackson kept his gaze on her face. He didn’t want her to notice he knew the front of her nightgown came unbuttoned while she slept. He didn’t want her to know how sexy he thought she was with her hair messed up and a blush on her cheeks. Jackson stared at her mouth. He shouldn’t think about kissing her soft lips, either. He cleared his throat.“I brought you some dinner.”
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I love being an author. It's all about where your characters lead you. I start with a general idea. As the story unfolds I type as fast as I can in hopes I keep up with my characters. They have had me jotting on napkins, making notes while I'm waiting in a line, and waking me up in the middle of the night. The hard part is always the ending. My characters live with me and when I reach the end of the story, it is hard to say goodbye. Sometimes I let the story sit for a few days to make sure I'm okay with them leaving home to get published. Kind of like when you kids move out. LOL.
I enjoy my grandchildren, and the time I share with them. They make me smile with their antics. I like to quilt, crochet, knit and sew. Cooking and baking are occasional itches I scratch. The rest of the time, they are necessary evils. LOL.
My greatest support comes from my husband. He has been my sounding board for all my stories. My daughters are also a great support to me. I couldn't do it without my family.
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