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Thursday, April 21, 2016

#NewRelease -- Margarita and the Hired Gun by Patti Sherry-Crews -- #Giveaway

Pampered Margarita McIntosh is not used to being forced to do things she doesn’t want to do—but when her father, Jock, sends her away for her own safety, she has no choice. The long journey from Flagstaff to Durango tests her personal strength of will as never before, and the secret she carries in her saddlebag could be the death of her.

A rough Irish gunman, known to her only as “Rafferty”, is entrusted with getting her to her destination “safe and intact”—something he fully intends to do to claim the reward he’s been promised by Jock McIntosh. With a price on his head, the promised money is Rafferty’s ticket to a new life, and he’s not going to jeopardize that for anything—not even love.


But there are steamy nights and dangers all along the arduous trail for MARGARITA AND THE HIRED GUN, with deadly secrets between them that passion cannot erase. With her father’s enemies after her and the secret she conceals, will Rafferty’s protection be enough to save their lives? And will the heat of their passionate love be enough to seal their future together—if they do survive?

EXCERPT

     It was the pounding in his head waking him. Not daring to open his eyes yet, he pressed the heel of his hand to the spot between his eyes where the pain was most intense. He was perspiring a cold sweat, emitting the odor of alcohol.
     Sometimes, the pillar of ice in his chest began to melt, and the jagged edges it left hurt. At those times, he’d go on a bender and lose the memories tormenting him somewhere between a whore’s legs, holing up in a saloon for days.
     Now sober, the pain was coming back—and not only the pain in his head.
For a confusing moment, the pounding in his head was making an awful racket. Then, he sourced the noise to the door. Someone was rapping away. Without having to look, he reached for his gun, which was always kept within reach. He opened his eyes—or rather, he cracked open one eye tentatively to gauge the damage. The whore next to him wasn’t even stirring. He leveled the barrel of the gun toward the center of the door.
     “Rafferty?” someone called from out in the hall.
     “I hear ya. For the love of God, stop making such a racket. Christ,” he called back.
     “Rafferty. It’s Homer Jenkins. I have a job for you, if you want it.”
     He set the gun back in its holster on the bedside table. “Give me a moment, here,” he said, swinging his legs out of bed, testing his stability, which wasn’t as good as he hoped. Homer Jenkins. Jock MacIntosh’s man. He didn’t like MacIntosh, but he paid better than most. He had to pay better, because his jobs were dirtier. That Scots devil was a cold-hearted, conniving sonofabitch.

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28 comments:

  1. It sounds like a very exciting book. I would love to read it.
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    1. Hi, Debby. There are plenty of thrills and adventure in store for Margarita. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!

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  2. Now these sound like some colorful and exciting characters. Wishing you the very best with Margarita and Rafferty's story. Doris

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    1. Hi, Doris! thanks for your good wishes. Michael aka., Rafferty, aka., Jack is one of my favorite characters I've created. And Margarita leaves the trail a changed woman ;-) Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Oh, how I LOVED Rafferty! He really was quite a character, and of course, Margarita was, too! Yes, she was quite the changed woman by the time it was all overwith, wasn't she? This was an AWESOME story!

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  4. Thank you, Cheryl and thank you for putting their story between the covers of a book! Yes, I wish I could breathe life into Rafferty and make him a real person. I had fun rereading the book myself this week, and I have to confess to getting a little choked up in parts.

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  5. I must read this one. The excerpt was intriguing and chilling. You have a special talent of writing that I bet will carry you a long way. Congratulations on this book, and also landing a contract with PRP.

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  6. Thank you, Celia. Now you got me choked up again. PRP is a good place to be. Have a great day and thanks for visiting.

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  7. Congratulations Patti! How exciting. Is this your first publication? It sounds fantastic. Here's to wishing you a long and successful career. Welcome to the PRP.

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  8. Thank you, Connie! I am excited and this is my first publication. Another western author suggested I go to PRP because they are good people who treat authors well. Glad to be here with you all. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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  9. Congrats Patti! It looks wonderful.

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    1. Ugh. I'm having trouble with my Blogger ID. This is Kristy McCaffrey. :-)

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    2. Sometimes that happens. What's up with that? Thanks for stopping by Unknown. I actually forgot the book starts out in Flagstaff, your lovely part of the country.

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  10. Looks like a great story can't wait to read Rafferty and Margarita adventure.

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  11. Hi, Lynda. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, those two do get into some situations...

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  12. Oh Patti, it's so great seeing your book up and out there. And what a terrific cover Livia did for you. I'm tickled pink for you and wish you all the success in the world. You're right,PRP is a fantastic place to be for all us Roses and it just keeps getting better. Your story sounds so intriguing and I look forward to reading it shortly. And I don't care what Kathleen threatens, we can discuss Boullabaisse anytime. Enjoy your moment in the limelight--it's awesome isn't it? I'm doing a Happy dance for you... Cha, cha, cha. Best wishes.

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  13. I'm making black bean soup tonight. I was thinking about you! Yes, the cover is great! I love it more every time I look at it. I had an image on my Pinterest board with a girl I imagine Margarita looks like. When you see Pinterest girl and Livia's cover side by side they are twins!!! Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes.

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  14. Congratulations, Patti! Who wouldn't love a gunman with a name like Rafferty and a dark past? I'm drooling already.

    AND STOP DISCUSSING BOULLABAISSE, YOU TWO! Sheesh. Can't take my eyes off the riffraff for a second around here.

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  15. In my defense Bev started it and I have to be polite because I'm the guest. Of course, Rafferty is not his real name, but because of his "checkered" past he's had a few name changes.

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  16. Patti--where and how did you get those two images for your book on Amazon..at the bottom of your post. They're live and go right to your book. I haven't seen anyone use these and I want to...but cannot find out how. Can you clue me in? Thanks!

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  17. You'd have to ask Livia that. She posted this. If I do anything fancy it's a happy accident. Believe me, I'm not technical.

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  18. Congrats Patti!! This looks wonderful. I love how you used the name Margerita and is in Arizona--reminds me of Margerita and Gold Dollar, of Tombstone fame! I can't wait to check this one out!!

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  19. thanks, Sara. Midwestern that I am, I love the southwest. I've had some wonderful times in AZ: love the mix of people and the history. About the fourth time I had to type Margarita I was wishing I'd named her Ivy or some other name less than 9 letters long!

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  20. Looks like a good read. On the road, hard to write a good comment on this phone.

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    1. Hello Gordo, you won the drawing for a free book! I hope you enjoy it. You can contact me at pattisherrycrews16@gmail.com and I will send you the link to your free copy.

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  21. Thanks for stopping by. On the road, huh?

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  23. Thanks to all of you for stopping by! Gordo won the drawing. Have a good weekend.

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