Sexy Cowboys and the Women Who Love Them
Western Romance Books, novels, by Kathleen Ball
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"Kathleen has done it again in this beautiful tale of a sexy and confident cowboy who had me liking him from page one to loving him every page thereafter"
Texas Haven Is now Free
Everything in Annie Douglas' life has taught her that men can't be trusted. Although Burke is big, strong and not seemingly gentle, Annie feels drawn to the handsome, Texas cowboy. Upon discovering Burke's advertisement for a wife, Annie shyly asks if he might consider her.
Burke Dawson wants children; unfortunately, that also includes a wife. His first wife was a citified hellcat who stole half of his ranch. Now Burke is determined to find an honest, country girl with no expectations of love.
Misunderstandings, accidents, and treachery leads to Annie leaving shattered and alone. Can their shaking start lead to the possible loving relationship they both desire but neither is sure of?
ALSO FREE-- ALICE'S STORY- a short prequel to Texas Haven about Burke's
|Posted on July 15, 2014 at 12:10 AM||comments (8)|
This is from my “New Book”- still no title- but it will come to me hopefully soon.
Later, after all the men finished eating and the dishes done, Cinders wandered out to the front steps and sat. The sky glowed, well lit with a full moon and there were an incredible number of stars. He loved this land, he could feel it in his blood. From one horizon to the next he could see expanse of Texas. They were probably in for a hot summer this year since spring was warmer than usual.
It was more important than ever, he teach Shannon to shoot and ride. They got lucky today though he didn’t want her to know how lucky. All the men were taking turns at guard duty tonight and hopefully they wouldn’t lose any more cattle.
Crickets chirped loudly and the horses moved around in the corral. They usually quieted down at night but something made them nervous. Dread filled him as he quickly unlatched the door and rolled his body into the house without standing. He didn’t want to make himself a target.
“Shannon, get down on the floor.” He didn’t wait for her to comply he crawled to the oil lamp and blew it out. He grabbed his shotgun, shells and extra bullets for his gun and quickly shuttered the windows. Flipping the table, he had Shannon crawl between the stove and table, hoping it would add extra protection if bullets started to fly.
The house had been made with holes burrowed through the logs, which were usually plugged. He unplugged them as he went around the room, and looked out at each. Fairly certain it was the horses they were after, he watched out the front for any type of movement.
“Cinders?” she whispered.
He had to give her credit for doing as told without question, Charlotte would have wanted reasons and they’d probably still be debating the likelihood that Indians were roaming around outside.
My inspiration for Cinders
|Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (19)|
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|Posted on July 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM||comments (2)|
Book one of the Dawson Ranch Series is now FREE
Rancher Burke Dawson wants children; unfortunately, that also includes a wife. His first wife was a citified hellcat who stole half of his ranch. Now, Burke is determined to find an honest, country girl with no expectations of love.
|Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:55 AM||comments (6)|
The reason I LOVE Tuesday Tales is- we are given a word prompt every week and we fit it into our writing- it makes for special twists and turns and that's fun writing!! This weeks word is SEA
The police station was crowded and chaotic as Maverick tried to shield Anora from the lurkers. Fighting the crowd, they finally made their way into the building.
“Are you all right?” he asked quietly as he pulled her closer to his side.
“Yes, I just can’t see. All those flashes going off blinded me. How did everyone find out so quickly?”
“Honey, I don’t know.”
She clung to his arm as though he was her life preserver and he hoped he was up to the task.
Sheriff Woods seemed to enjoy the cameras and attention. He smiled at all the by standers and he was still smiling as he led them down the hall and into a small room with an old rickety table and wooden chairs. “Have a seat.”
Maverick helped Anora into her chair then he sat in his. He hoped they wouldn’t have to sit in the uncomfortable chairs long. The room reeked of urine. What goes on in this room?
“Your parents have been told and are on their way here. We’re flying them in. Why don’t we start from the beginning?”
“You mean when I first met him or when he took me?” Her voice wobbled.
“Where you first met him.”
Maverick took a deep breath hoping he’d be able to hear the story without wanting to kill someone. Reaching over he gave her hand a quick squeeze.
“We lived in Georgia at the time. We moved around a lot and I liked the places by the sea best but we went where jobs were. My daddy works in construction. Andy was one of the workers in Georgia. He’s a bit older than me but he was cute.”
“You flirted with him?” the sheriff asked.
“No I’m not the flirting type plus my daddy would have killed me if I talked to a male. My sisters and I were very sheltered. I knew Andy enough to nod my head to him. Then one day after school, I was a senior, I was walking home and he drove by in his truck. He stopped and backed up until he was next to me. I gave him a slight nod, and kept waking. He drove so slow and kept pace with me.”
“We’re you scared?”
“No, Sheriff, I wasn’t. I didn’t have any reason to be scared. I was more puzzled and annoyed. The he started to speed up, stop and back up, over and over again as though he was playing a game or something.”
“How’d he grab you?”
“He told me my daddy sent him to pick me up and I got in his truck. Only my daddy never asked him no such thing. Minutes later, we drove toward my house but as soon as we drove by my driveway, I knew something was terribly wrong. I heard the locks click and I just as fast unlocked my door. He locked them again and when I reached to unlock my door again he backhanded me so hard, I was dazed.”
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Maverick wished the police would just arrest Andy instead of questioning Anora first. Sheriff Woods arrived much quicker than he’d thought possible. Maverick held the door open for him, they shook hands and exchanged serious glances.
The sheriff walked to the couch, introduced himself and sat on one of the petite blue chairs. If everything weren’t so serious, it would have been comical. “Why don’t we start with your real name?”
Her hands shook and Maverick took ahold of one as he sat next to her, hoping to give her strength. “I’m Anora Lee Piller.”
“That’s what Maverick said when he called. I pulled all the files on you and a picture. I needed to be sure it was you before we contacted your family.” He looked in the file he held and took out a picture of a younger Anora, but it was definitely her. Fishing his phone out of his shirt pocket, he called the station.
“Yep, it’s her. Pick him up and call the local sheriff. Yeah he’s waiting on our call.”
She leaned back against the couch and sighed. “It’s over?”
“I need you to come down to the station and make a statement.”
“Why can’t she do it here? She’s been through enough.” He gave the sheriff a hard glare.
“Wish I could but too many of these men get off free and I’m going to get everything recorded and done proper.”
Maverick nodded. “You okay?” He squeezed her hand.
Although dazed, she nodded. “I can do this. Maverick can come with me?”
The sheriff hesitated, looked from one to the other and finally nodded. “I don’t see how it could hurt.”
“We’ll follow you,” Maverick said as he pulled Anora to a standing position, making sure she was steady on her feet.
“You ride with me. Miss Piller is under my protection now.”
The nod he gave the sheriff was slight. The sheriff might get his way this time but if anyone would protect Anora, it would be him. “Come on, honey, let’s get this done.”
The breath she took was wobbly as she nodded. “Let’s get it done. I want my family safe.”
Maverick smiled at her, hoping it was an “everything was going to be all right” type of smile. Even now, her first thought was of her family. He led her outside swallowing hard. He felt a jab to his heart, he was going to miss her when she went back home.
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When Maverick came home for dinner, Anora served him the casserole Joleen brought by. She needed to tell him about Andy but didn’t know where to start.
“Something on your mind?” Maverick asked from his spot across the table.
“You look so pensive is all.”
“What do you think of Joleen’s rear end?” She instantly clamped her hand over her mouth. The words just popped out.
“What do I think? It’s nice I suppose. I haven’t given it much thought.” His brows furrowed as he began to laugh.
“I’m trying to figure it out is all.”
“Anora what are you talking about?”
“Well the other day when she was looking for you, her rear end was well rounded and filled her jeans and today her rear was as flat as can be. I don’t know why I noticed but I did and now I can’t stop wondering about it. How can it happen? I’ve had times I wish I could make mine flatter.” Her face heated.
“Yours is nicely rounded and come to think of it, Joleen always was a thin wispy type of gal growing up. Maybe she wears those padded underwear things. That would explain it. Damn, now you have me wondering if she wears a padded bra.”
“Doubt it she has tons of cleavage. You know we shouldn’t be taking this way.”
Maverick nodded and a strand of dark hair fell across his forehead. The urge to reach across the table and brush it back hit her strong.
She took a deep breath and let it out slowly. “Andy kidnapped me three years ago.”
“Excuse me?” His eyes widened.
“I was taken three years ago and I haven’t been allowed to contact my family since. That’s why I needed to go back to him. He always threatens to kill my family if I don’t obey him. I know I should have told you instead of putting you in danger and I’m as sorry as can be.”
Maverick jumped up and grabbed the phone.
“No! What are you doing?”
“Calling the police. If Andy is behind bars he can’t kill anyone.”
Fear raced through her body. Maverick’s words made sense but Andy said he could get to them at any time. She should have thought it all out more before telling the truth. “I don’t know if you should I mean, I’m so scared and I’m so tired of being terrified every minute. Call the police and then I’ll call my mother and father.”
With her elbows on the table, she put her face in her hands wondering what would happen. It was all too much. She heard him on the phone.
Uncovering her face, she looked at him. He stood with his arms open wide and she stood and walked into his embrace. He felt so strong and safe and she wished she could just stay in the comfort of his muscled arms. “I should make my call now.”
Maverick held her tighter. “Your father had a heart attack a few years back. The detectives that worked your case are on their way to your house to tell them.”
Anora nodded as she turned her head into his shoulder and cried.
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|Posted on June 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (7)|
Welcome to Tuesday Tales- today I'm sharing a scene from my work in progress- a Historical Romance- A Mail Order Bride Book. As of now it is untitled- I just call it the new book.
Shannon looked up from her sewing noticing the cabin was darker than usual. She set her new dress down and went to the open door. Her eyes widened at the swirl of dark clouds above. She could see them from horizon to horizon in the big Texas Sky.
Never in her life had she ever seen such weather. They were in for a lot of rain. The air crackled and it grew eerily quiet, too quiet. Suddenly the men rode in on their horses slid out of their saddles and slapped the rumps of the horses to get them going.
They all quickly ran to the house and she backed up making room for them all. She locked gazes with Cinders, her husband of three days. He moved a throw rug and pulled up, opening a hole in the floor. “Shannon get in, a tornado is coming our way!”
She didn’t hesitate and climbed down the steps with the rest of them following close. It wasn’t a big space. Cinders closed and latched the door before walking to her side, taking her hand.
“I didn’t even know this room existed.”
“I should have told you. I built it in case of tornados and Indian attacks. But it’s mostly used as a root cellar.” He sat on the dirt floor and pulled her down into his lap, sending excitement through her whole body. They slept in the same bed but rarely touched. His arms felt powerful around her and she laid her head on his shoulder.
“I should have gone over safety with you. I don’t suppose they have Indians in New York City.”
“Nor tornadoes.” She shifted and whispered, “I’m scared.”
He pulled her closer and stroked her back. “You’re mine and I protect what’s mine.”
Shannon turned her head into his neck and smiled.
My Inspiration for Cinders
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|Posted on June 2, 2014 at 1:55 PM||comments (9)|
Welcome to Tuesday Tales- this week's word prompt is "bottom". Enjoy more of Maverick's Creek
The next morning Anora woke when the sun was high and for a moment, she panicked. She’d missed making breakfast for Maverick but as she stretched her arms over her head, she knew he wouldn’t much care.
She quickly showered and put on some of Belle’s clothes. Somehow, it always made her feel like a fraud, wearing clothes she’d never be able to afford. Hearing a knock on the door, she raced down the grand stairway and opened it.
While thanking her lucky stars it wasn’t Andy, she silently cursed, it was Joleen with yet another casserole. Joleen had long brown hair that draped on her shoulders and sultry brown eyes. She more than filled out the shirt she wore and her jeans were so tight Anora wondered how the woman got her bottom in them. She had a bigger bottom the last time she delivered a casserole. Anora had watched her stalk away swaying her big bottom. Strange, very strange.
“Hi, I’m Joleen, Mavericks neighbor. I was wondering if we could have a little girl talk.”
“Maverick really doesn’t like strangers in the house—”
Joleen push right past her smiling a big old fake smile. “I’m not a stranger. Maverick and I are very close.”
“Really? He never mentioned you to me.” She bit her lip to keep from smiling at Joleen’s expression of dismay.
“Didn’t you give him the casserole I brought?”
“Give? No, I mentioned it was in the fridge and in fact it’s still there.”
Joleen’s eyes narrowed and her plastic smile turned ugly. “Listen, Anora, I’ve been taking care of Maverick for a long time now. You’re honing in where you are not welcome.”
It was a peculiar feeling knowing that no matter how angry Joleen got, Anora wasn’t going to have to pay for making her mad. It felt powerful but she it wasn’t in her nature to be mean, well maybe a little mean.
“Maverick asked me to stay indefinitely and I’d call that being welcome.” She smiled.
“Well Maverick has taken in strays before so don’t get too comfortable.”
“Let me open the door for you. I’m sure you have things to do like make another casserole.”
Joleen pushed the dish into Anora’s hands, sputtering the entire time and marched out of the house.
Anora watched her wondering how her bubble of a bottom was now flat. She sighed. Being locked up for three years didn’t allow for knowing what was going on in the world.