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Monday, March 21, 2016

Available for Preorder: HER INDEPENDENT SPIRIT

I am extremely pleased to announce that Her Independent Spirit, the third book in my Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series, is now available for preorder. It is scheduled to be released on March 24th.

Here is the book description:

Beth Dodd has made a promise to help “Lulu”, a young prostitute at the Blue Feather, keep her baby if she decides to leave the whorehouse and become a respectable woman. But Beth hadn’t counted on the obstacles she and the new mother will face from society in the mining town of Lundy. From the obstinate landlady, Mrs. Ford, to her intractable German boss, Gus Herschel, Beth must fight for the woman she’s promised to help. But Beth Dodd never gives in, and she keeps her word with a stubbornness that Lundy folks are not accustomed to seeing from a woman.

Once Lulu, now known as the more respectable Louisa Parmley, starts working for Gus in his kitchen, she proves that Beth was right to take a chance on her. She has every intention of making a good life for her new daughter. But can she also hope to find happiness with Gus? And will Gus be able to accept her and baby Sophie Ann as his? Love was never in the cards for Gus, but Louisa dreams of happiness with the stoic man, and Beth is determined to bring them together through HER INDEPENDENT SPIRIT.


     Lulu pulled her two week-old daughter away from her breast and straightened her nightgown. her eyes never strayed from the face of the little cherub in her arms until she gently placed the baby on her shoulder to pat her back. Yet, instead of the joy that should have filled her heart as she gazed at the child’s sweet face framed by a fine down of golden brown hair, all she felt was a sense of loss.
     After losing everyone important to her, she was threatened once again with the loss of the most important person in her life, her baby, Sophie Ann.
     As she gazed down at the child now sleeping peacefully in her arms, her mouth occasionally moving in sucking motions as if she continued to nurse, Lulu realized she needed to decide what to do about Sophie Ann. Did the baby’s future belong with her? Or, was it best for her daughter if she heeded Miss Flora’s directive to find a home for the baby so she could resume working by the end of the month?
     In spite of the money she would earn, Lulu cringed at the thought of once again subjecting herself to being pawed by men—and more.
     Flora had offered to let Albert drive her into Bridgeport during the next week so she could leave the baby on the doorstep of one of the local churches. Flora insisted that someone would find the baby, fall in love with her, and the child would be well taken care of as she grew in her adopted family.
     But, Lulu worried, what if no one came for a long time and Sophie Ann grew hungry? What if a pack of feral dogs roaming the streets in search of food found her first? What if she was not found right away and had to spend the night outside and the temperature dropped and she became seriously ill?
     Lulu clutched her baby to her chest with enough force that Sophie Ann squeaked out a protest in her sleep. In response, Lulu loosened her grip, but would not let the child out of her arms. No, never. She could not turn her out and let her take her chances. That is what had happened to her, but at least she had been almost fifteen, not a helpless babe slightly over two weeks old.
     Lulu’s body involuntary jerked in response to the loud rap on her bedroom door. After checking to be sure the front of her nightgown was securely buttoned, Lulu pulled the edge of her wrapper over the side of her chest that was not covered by her sleeping daughter. Prostitute or not, she maintained her modesty when she was not working.
     It was morning, almost time for the girls to wake and stumble down to eat breakfast. Surely it wasn’t an old customer trying to get in to see her.
     “Who’s there?”
     “It’s Albert, Miss Lulu.”
     “Come in.”
     Albert, the muscle Miss Flora hired to enforce order in the brothel entered the room holding what appeared to be a small folded bundle of flannel. “Miss Lulu, this is for your baby.”
     “Who would bring the baby a gift? Not that many people know me let alone know I have a baby.”
     Bewildered, Lulu reached for one edge of the fabric and shook it free of its folds. One side was solid white flannel. The other side had a checkerboard patchwork design of striped blue blocks and red flannel blocks alternating with white flannel blocks. It was a quilt with a thin fabric center instead of heavier cotton filling. It was not the most artfully designed quilt Lulu had ever seen, but the corners of the squares matched up and the stitches that held all the layers together were neat and even.
     “It was the midwife. She said no matter what, baby Sophie Ann needs a blanket.”
     “The midwife! She brought the baby a blanket?”
     Lulu recalled the woman, Jim Dodd’s widow, not much older than she was, who had come to help with the birth of Sophie Ann. That day she had offered to help Lulu get work as a cook so she could keep Sophie Ann but only if Lulu gave up being a prostitute and be the one to walk away from the Blue Feather. Had she said that just to be nice, or had she meant what she said?
     “Oh, Albert! Where is she? I need to talk to her.”

I will be giving away one digital copy Her Independent Spirit to one person who leaves a comment and contact information on this blog post before midnight PDT, March 21st.

Available preorder purchase links for Her Independent Heart:

Amazon  |  Smashwords 

Her Independent Spirit will also be available on Barnes & Noble, iTunes  &  Kobo at the end of the week.

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  1. Wow, this sounds exceptional. Looking forward to this one. Doris

  2. Looks really good I re=Tweeted also Thanks for sharing with us iamabho (at)

  3. *lip quivering* You reeled me right in. Now I'm worried about little Sophie Ann... Great excerpt! :-)

  4. Prostitution is not the lark some make it out to be. As you are pointing out, it is economic necessity for some women, and babies are the fallout. From the moment I read of Sophie Ann's little mouth continuing to suck after nursing, I was hooked. Never thought about the dangers of leaving a baby on a doorstep. Thanks for writing an important and well-crafted book!

  5. P.S. You have a typo in your first paragraph, which says it is NOT available for pre-order.

    1. Oh, great! You are right. Fingers got away from me. I hope my readers figured it out.

  6. Linda Moffatt, you are the winner of one digital copy of HER INDEPENDENT SPIRIT. I will send it to you tomorrow once the link is active. Thank you for commenting and tweeting.