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Thursday, December 8, 2016

New Release -- THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS by Angela Raines -- Giveaway!

An Agate Gulch Story

When Nettie Hascall’s husband, Jacob, is killed, she knows she must move away in order to make a new life for herself and her two children, Ila and Albert. But tragedy seems to follow the little family to Agate Gulch, and Nettie feels more and more as if she’s running from Fate. The memories of the evil that had almost befallen now-thirteen-year-old Ila  resurface with cruel pranks…and then, the unthinkable happens—seven-year-old Albert is kidnapped. But why? And at what should be the most joyous time of the year, Christmas, the heartbreak is almost too much for Nettie to bear. She must find her son—no matter what.

John Flemming also is haunted by memories of things he did that he can never forget. Happiness will never be his, but he finds himself caring for Nettie and her children, and wanting to protect them all. When Albert goes missing, John knows he must break a vow to himself he made long ago—to lay down his guns forever. Now, he must take up his guns again to save Nettie’s young son—no matter the cost to himself. Going after Albert’s kidnappers spells the end of any relationship he might have hoped for with Nettie, but there is no other choice. Once he rescues the boy, he will move on…again.

Nettie and John have lost so much in their lives…can a Christmas miracle bring them the love they both hope for? Can THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS spell a new beginning for two lonely people?

EXCERPT

     "Jacob Hascall, I stood by you during the trial. I even went along when you made Ila leave out the real reason for the shooting, but that's no reason to just give up. You still have a family."
     Nettie had been so tired of doing everything while Jacob sat around just staring at the walls. Even to herself, she had sounded shrewish—but she could only take so much. Yes, Jacob was justified in what he'd done. The jury had found him innocent, but the thought of killing the young man, despite what he had tried to do, seemed to take everything out of Jacob.
     "Nettie, just leave me alone," Jacob had growled, slamming the door as he left the kitchen. Later that day, his wagon, with its load going to Leadville, had gone off the edge of the road and down an embankment. Jacob had fallen to his death, his neck broken.
     Months had gone by since that awful day, but tears flowed through her fingers today, just as they had almost two years ago. How many times had the scene played over and over in her head? Was there to be no end to it? Nettie remembered the last time she saw Jacob alive. Six months later, she, Ila, and Albert had moved to Agate Gulch. Slowly, she and the children were putting their lives back on track. Up here, they were far away from the notoriety of the trial, the threats and the stares of those who hadn't understood.
     Time to stop feeling sorry for myself and get something done. Nettie dried her tears.

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37 comments:

  1. This sounds like a perfect book to read for this time of the year.
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    1. Debby, I hope you enjoy it. It was a story that just stayed around waiting for me to tell it. Angela

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  2. Sounds lovely, Doris. Happy Holidays!!

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    1. Kristy, Thank you. I so appreciate all the support and good vibes. Doris

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  3. Looks good, Doris. Got it! Congratulations on the release.

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    1. Robyn, thank you. I hope you will enjoy it when you finally get the chance to slow down a bit. It was a story that was a long time waiting for me to tell it. Doris

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    2. Looking good, Doris! Sounds like a nail-biter. Best of luck with your new release and happy holidays.

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    3. Patti, Thank you so much. I'd always wanted to try a 'mystery'. This the final product. Doris

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    1. Michael, Thank you. I understand you have a new release out also. Best to you on that one. Doris

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  5. Something about Old West Christmas stories, I like them. Best of luck on it.

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    1. Gordo, Thank you. You are right, there is something about Christams and the Old West. I love stories set back then. Doris

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  6. Doris, another exciting tale from the town of Agate Gulch! I'm sure thinking that Nettie and John are certainly going to have their HEA ending and all will turn out great for them...they deserve it!

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    1. CHeryl, I think they deserve a HEA, that's for sure. Thank you for everything. Doris

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    1. Margie, I do hope you enjoy the tale. I enjoyed writing it.Doris

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  8. Definitely want to read. Thanks for the teaser.

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    1. High praise indeed, Alisa. Thank you. Enjoy the tale. Doris

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  9. Something that I would like to read for an old fashioned story

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    1. Linda, it is an old fashioned tale, with some added twist. Hope you get the chance to take it in. Doris

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  10. Doris,

    Happy Release Day!!! Oh how I love these stories set in Colorado. *grin*

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    1. Kaye, me too,*smile*. Thank you, I'm excited about this one. Doris

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  11. This sounds so good. I cannot eait to read it. Congrats on such a fantastic sounding novel.

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    1. Connie, thank you for the very kind words. Let me know what you think. I enjoyed telling the story, for it played around in my mind for a long time. Doris

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  12. Congratulations, Doris! Sounds awesome (as usual!).

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    1. Thank you Jacquie, It was one that had been with me for some time, and finally came together. Doris

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  13. I like this title, Doris. I wish you tremendous sales. All the best to you.

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    1. Sarah, Thank you. Sometimes the greatest gift we can give ourselves and others is forgiveness. Thank you for the well wishes and continued support Doris

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  14. Congratulations on your release, Angela/Doris!!! I look forward to reading it. Love your stories.

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    1. Tracy, those are great words to hear. I'm glad you enjoy my efforts. Best to you and have a wonderful December. Doris

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  15. The random name generator picked "Gordo" as the winner of a copy of this story, but since it's the holidays, I'm also gifting a second copy to one other and that winner is "Debbie". Doris/Angela

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  16. I hope to read and enjoy. Thanks On my tbr list

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  17. Doris, do you know why I love your stories? You always seem to reach down into the heart and the very soul. This story sounds like an absolute winner. Am on my way to get it. Wishing you much success with this one and a very Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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    1. Beverly, Thank you. It is such an honor to hear that, it made my day. I do hope you enjoy it, for it ran around in my head for a long time before it let me tell it. *Smile* Doris

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  18. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! Wishing you success with the story!Merry Christmas!

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    1. Carol, thank you for stopping by. It is a story long in my mind that when the characters became real, they took me where I didn't expect. Doris/Angela

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