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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Comanchero's Bride by Kaye Spencer - a novel in the boxed set Under a Western Sky #westernromance #PrairieRosePub 

I am so pleased that my novel, The Comanchero's Bride, is included in the fine company of five other outstanding western romance novels in the boxed set, Under a Western Sky, which releases tomorrow, January 11th.

Six great novels in one tidy package to take us into the heart of the winter reading season. How wonderful is that?

A little about The Comanchero's Bride...

The country music artist, Marty Robbins, has been an influence in my writing since...well, since forever, it seems. Themes and snippets from his gunfighter ballads and songs of the Old West show up in my stories as my little way to pay homage to a man I greatly admire. His ballad, Meet Me Tonight in Laredo, is the inspiration for The Comanchero's Bride. I expanded upon the forbidden love between the high-society woman (Elizabeth Bradford White) and the former outlaw and Comanchero (Mingo Valderas), and I added the woman's spurned and revenge-seeking suitor (a well-connected politician) to spice-up the plot.

This is Marty Robbins singing Meet Me Tonight in Laredo.

Here is an excerpt from The Comanchero's Bride.

At the livery, Mingo remained in the shadows where he could see both ways along the street. Opening the wagon doors just wide enough to allow him to pass through, he eased his way inside. Speaking in a low soothing tone to his horses, he packed and saddled them under the moonlight coming in from two windows. Opening half the double doors, he led the two riding horses out the back, tied them to a corral rail, and returned for the packhorse.

He no more than reached the packhorse when a cold voice in the shadows stopped him in his tracks.

“Don’t turn around, Valderas.”

Mingo froze. A few more steps and he would have been on the off side of the packhorse, but where he was, he had no protection.

"I’ve got a good bead right between your shoulders. I know about your fast draw and the price on your head. I’ve also heard stories about your throwing knives, so keep your hands where I can see them.”

“You know me. But who are you? What do you want?” Mingo didn’t care. He knew the challenge from the shadows was a bounty hunter. He needed the man to talk so he could pinpoint his location.

“I came out of El Paso. A man named Jack added to the price on your head—dead or alive—and some politician is offering a pretty penny on top of that to bring in the woman you have with you. He wants her alive.”

From the sound of the man’s voice, he hadn’t moved and was off to his right. Mingo fought the urge to whirl and fire, but shooting blindly was not his way. He wouldn’t risk wild shot that could injure a horse, and gunfire would bring others into the fray. Shadows were both his enemy and ally, depending upon how he used it.

“The way’s clear behind you, so back towards the open wagon door, and keep your hands away from your body. When I heard the talk of a Mexican man traveling with a white woman, and they were staying at the hotel, I figured I’d hit pay dirt. I was just supposed to worry you into making a wrong move. Never thought I’d be the one to catch you.

“I’m taking the woman to El Paso. You, I’m locking up in the back room of the saloon for safe keeping…unless you give me an excuse to kill you right now, which I’ve a yearning to do. I can’t miss at this range. It wouldn’t do my reputation any damage to be the man who took down Mingo Valderas.”

Now, he knew who he was up against. Earl Johns was vicious and a killer, a back-shooting coward. Mingo inched backward, buying thinking time.

“Where’s the woman, Valderas?”

“There is no wom—”

“She’s too close for your comfort.” Elizabeth’s voice cut through the night.

The sound of a shotgun hammer pulling back was an angry, lethal sound that made the hairs on Mingo’s arms prickle.

Under a Western Sky is available on Amazon.
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Until next time,

Kaye Spencer

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  1. Kaye, oh, oh! I wanted to read more. What a thrilling excerpt and I so look forward to reading The Commanchero's Bride. I'm eager to see how you included the song/s by Marty Robbins. Wishing you and this boxed set much success--sure it wil be. You've got a winner here. And what a line up of talented authors in this one. Wish I'd joined in, but that's my loss.

    1. Beverly,
      I sprinkled snippet of Marty's songs throughout this story. In fact, there are three references in this excerpt from the song 'Running Gun'. *wink*

      Thanks for stopping by to comment. *hugs*

    2. Found 'em, Kaye! LOL I love Marty Robbins--and I recognized another Marty lover when I read this story for the first time. I truly did love this story--so, so good!

    3. Yes, we're sisters at heart when it comes to Marty.

  2. Kaye,
    I LOVED Comanchero's Bride!! What a great book. And this is a fabulous collection.

    1. Ah, shucks, Kristy. Thank you for the compliment. Yes, this collection has a great variety of stories.

  3. Hearing that song play in the background while I read your excellent excerpt gave me the goosebumps! I'm looking forward to reading your stories and all the others--starting tomorrow when they appear on my kindle!Many happy launchings.

    1. Patti,

      Many happy launchings to you as well. Thanks for stopping in.

  4. What a wonderful collection this is. We at PRP are soooo blessed and lucky to have each other to work with! Can't say enough good about The Comanchero's Bride AND Under a Western Sky. I'm so looking forward to tomorrow's launch!

    1. It's certainly an opportunity I'm proud to be a part of.