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Bridget, A Father’s Daughter by Diana Nicholas

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Bridget, A Father’s Daughter is the first book of The Blood Sisters historical romance series by Diana Nicholas.

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Five sisters, a single tragic act and a secret baby.

Three years ago, the worst happened and a baby was sired, destroying the future of five sisters. The blood sisters made a vow to keep the maternity of baby Sophie a secret. The repercussions of that vow would haunt them forever.

With their father dead, they must plan their future and the only option is to become mail order brides. They cast lots to decide on who will go first.

Bridget picks the determining card and she is set off to leave for Butte Montana. She dreams of a world where she can ride horses to her heart’s content and there are plenty of horses in Montana. The only person who comes between her and her dreams of a peaceful life is Charlotte Turner. Who is the pretty blond with a knowing grin and what hold does she have on Bridget’s intended?

Alexander Baron’s only interest in taking a mail order bride is to appease his controlling but loving mother. He’s a workaholic completely dedicated to continuing with his father’s legacy of making Windy Willows the largest ranch in Montana.

Still, his new bride intrigues him. Beautiful, with mysterious, green almond shaped eyes that hide deep secrets, Alexander is determined to find out what demons ail his beautiful wife. Can he convince her that what matters is their future and not her past?

Can Bridget keep the secret of Sophie’s mother from her determined husband? Will the mysterious Charlotte Turner give her and Alexander the space they need to become a proper husband and wife?

This is the first book in the Blood sisters’ series. If you like clean, historical fiction about women with a past who risk everything to find love on the Western frontier, you will love Bridget, a Father’s Daughter.




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Bridget is the first of the five sisters to head west as a mail order bride. She leaves behind a secret child and a painful past which she hopes distance and a new beginning will erase. Will Montana be the open beautiful land she envisioned and will it be enough to erase her painful past?

Alexander Baron needs a wife to help him achieve his dream of a family. Except, his new bride is more than he bargained. Beautiful with dark shadows that haunt her, can they move past her demons to a happy life together?
(Diana Nicholas, February 2017)

 

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Chasing Demons by John Hansen

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 Chasing Demons is a Western by John Hansen.

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The Army had been Gus O’Grady’s home for thirteen years. Fighting and killing, it was all that he’d ever known as an adult. Day after day, living – if you could call it that, with the threat of kill or be killed. Long hours for little pay under the arbitrary rule of often uncaring officers had come to be the norm. Whiskey had become a way of coping but now it had betrayed him. His once good name and sergeant’s stripes were gone. There wasn’t much reason to stay but, deserting? Others had done it. Still, would it be any better in the civilian world? Gus was about to find out.




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author-john-hansen-picture2I have, since I was a little kid, had a strong interest in the history of the West, particularly the Army. Life for an enlisted man during the nineteenth century was often harsh. Poor food, low pay, loneliness, danger, and strict rule were about all that he had to look forward to. The disparity in living conditions between officers and enlisted men was dramatic. Compared to the Spartan accommodations for enlisted men, officers lived a life of luxury on post. As a consequence, desertion was common and rates as high as twenty to thirty percent were reported. It was from these ranks of deserters that I chose to create my main protagonist in CHASING DEMONS, Gus O’Grady. The accounts of how hard some of these men were pushed, especially by officers like George Custer, compelled me to believe that Gus O’Grady could be a character that the reader would empathize with. In turn, my objective in writing has always been to make my characters believable, with real problems and plausible solutions. I want my reader to say: “Heck, a hundred and forty years ago that could’ve been me.” I believe it makes the events in CHASING DEMONS come to life for the reader if he can visualize himself as Gus. So, I’m hoping the reader of, CHASING DEMONS, will find a quiet place and let his mind go to the mountains along the Arizona-New Mexico border. I think you’ll like it there.

(John Hansen, November 2016)

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A Bad Place to Be by John Hansen

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A Bad Place to Be is a Western novel by John Hansen.

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Josh jumped to his feet. “Let her go,” he commanded.
And with that the big guy, who had grabbed the girl with his left hand, suddenly released her and then swung across his body with a big left hook intended for Josh’s chin. Unfortunately for the big guy he’d telegraphed his intentions and Josh stepped back slightly, allowing the punch to miss. At the same time Josh snapped a left jab out that caused the big man’s nose to explode. Blood immediately began to stream down over the big man’s lips. The taste of his own blood seemed to enrage him even more. “You sonovabitch, I’m gonna kill you,” he seethed. And with that he lunged at Josh, only to be met by a left-right combination that dropped him to the floor. The big man lay prostrate, face down. Blood began to pool around his face.

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Josh Morrow is a young Texan, recently discharged from the Army after having spent the last five years fighting Comanches. He’s not a gunfighter, just a no nonsense guy who has a dream of owning a ranch but now all that is being jeopardized by the murder of his friend (Seth Jacobs) who was to have been his partner. Josh is not one to run from a fight but the odds are against him when he rides into the Idaho gold rush town of Bear Creek. Finding Seth’s killer immediately becomes complicated when he befriends a woman (Sarah) that has been forced to turn to prostitution in order to survive. Things get even more difficult for Josh when he and his new friend butt heads with the town’s corrupt sheriff.

Avenging his friend’s death is a struggle for Josh not only because of the evil men opposing him, but his feelings for Sarah who has deceived him. Josh must reconcile this as well as just what does he owe Seth?




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Author John Hansen pictureWhen I set out to write this book, I wanted it to have a realism, an authenticity to it. It is set in 1870 in the Idaho Territory during a gold rush that actually occurred in the Boise Basin. The town of Bear Creek is fictional but Boise and Idaho City are not and I have attempted to depict them as they were then. I did considerable research for this book. The weapons, clothing, food, etc. depicted have all been referenced to that period in history. But even more I purposely wanted my main protagonist, Josh Morrow, to be believable. He is not invincible nor is he a brooding character with a dark past that must ride off alone into the sunset after he has cleaned up the town. He doesn’t wear a tie down gun rig and he makes no claim to being a gunfighter – but he is solid in a gunfight. I try also to write as if my words are a movie in the reader’s mind’s eye – if that makes sense. In other words when you read that Josh stepped into a saloon I want you to smell the cigar smoke, body odor and stench from a spittoon overdue to be emptied. My goal is to take the reader from the comfort of their home in suburbia back in time to where they’re riding along with Josh in the mountains of Idaho.
At some point in the future I may write further about Josh but for now A BAD PLACE TO BE stands alone. It has won two awards, most recently as a finalist for the 2016 Independent Author’s Network Book of the Year competition in the Action/Adventure category. And it also won the 2015 Indie Excellence Award for the Western genre. I have a new novel CHASING DEMONS that will be out in late September, 2016.

(John Hansen, August 2016)

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