A LOVE SO STRONG is a story I wrote from my heart way back when. I guess you could say I, as well as most romance authors, write from the heart each and every time we compile our thoughts and come up with our next story. But an author’s first book, and believe me this one was more than heartfelt, is always near and dear to us. It’s our first child we dared to share with the world. Back in 2012 this story was published by another publishing company under a different title and cover.
Today, I’m pleased as punch to have PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS reissue this story. I’ve revised the ending a bit to be more sensually sweet rather than quite as spicy as the first time around. And to my delight, my editor, Cheryl Pierson, suggested I add a few more details to a very emotional scene. Why so delighted? I had written the scene before to include exactly what she proposed and it had been deleted in order to shorten the story. So yes, I’m totally thrilled I was able to reinstate that scene—oh my goodness it’s so much stronger, more poignant and emotionally meaningful to and for the characters as well as the readers. At least I feel that way, and I certainly hope everyone enjoys the changes.
After working various medical fields as a Registered Nurse I turned to Public Health nursing doing homecare and clinics, and also became a member of the Medical Reserve Corps for Homeland Security. During that time I managed numerous ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) patients in the home. Their plights, especially one specific lady became my inspiration to write A LOVE SO STRONG. Since then I haven’t stopped writing. Many of the simple communication techniques used years ago to care for such homebound patients I used in this story. Today of course we have advanced technology that makes their care so much easier and more efficient.
Before you continue to read below, please take a look at the beautiful cover Livia Washburn did—she even included two loons gliding across the pond—the loons play a very big part in this love story. Thank you Livia, the cover is perfect. So come along and enjoy the blurb and excerpt to see if you might want to see what all my excitement is about.
Blurb:Searching for true happiness, as well as escape from a controlling family, Morgan Prescott answers a Brides Wanted ad, and leaves New York City's High society life for the wilds of Washington Territory. Her spirit and intelligence carries her through the rude awakening—streets of ankle deep mud, life in a one-room cabin, the hazards of cooking—but they lend no help when she loses her heart to the one man she can't have.
Private investigator Luke Kincaid, a major stockholder in the Union Pacific Railroad, goes undercover as a logging camp foreman to apprehend the saboteurs. All he needs is a mock wife to strengthen his act, but once he agrees to Morgan filling the role, he finds himself longing for much more—a love he's forbidden to accept or give.
A Heartwarming Romance filled with humor, suspense, a poignant sisterly bond with the other woman, and a love between Luke and Morgan that cannot be denied. Written in memory of one special lady and to raise awareness of ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Damn. Trouble always erupted when women were around a camp.
It came to him in a flash. Missy remained. Yet that couldn't be. She didn't fit the description of the woman Hans had chosen on paper two months ago. Hell, he lacked too much sleep to play guessing games. “So, spit it out. What happened?”
Luke watched Missy lean against the wagon. Lean? It looked as if she wanted to burrow into the wood.
Hans pulled his hands out of his pockets, gestured with them in front of him. “I chose my bride, and Albert claimed Lila.” Lila. Ah yes, Hans had raved about her. “Tom chose Sarah instead of Roberta, and Peter wanted Roberta.”
Was anything ever simple? After an exhausting day of catastrophes, and this hopscotch of brides, a headache threatened.
“And now the last two don't match, is that it?”
Hans studied his boots, drove his hands back into his pockets then glanced at Missy. “We don't know if they'll match. They've. . . just met.”
It took a split second for Hans' words to register, to become crystal clear. No. Hans knew why Luke had picked Rosie. He wouldn't intentionally turn the tables on him. But lust and love would, by damn. It made men commit worse crimes.
He swallowed the lump in his throat. “You chose Rosie.” His words almost gagged him. He dreaded to hear Hans' confirmation. Hans nodded.
Acid churned in his stomach, and a sour taste spiraled up to his mouth. He'd purposely picked a voluptuous dance hall woman who'd have no problem finding another man after he'd finished here. One who most likely would go along with his scheme and the proposition he offered.
Jaysus! He was in a world of shit.
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