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Thursday, August 9, 2018

New Release -- CATCH A DREAM by Cynthia Breeding

Beautiful schoolteacher Elizabeth O’Malley travels through time from the 21st century to awaken in a barn in Texas—in 1849! To make matters worse, when she’s discovered by Texas Ranger Miguel de Basque, he believes she’s a prostitute suffering from amnesia—how else can her skimpy attire and wild tales of time-travel be explained?

Elizabeth is determined to find her way back to her own time, but as the months go by, she finds herself attracted to the handsome Texas Ranger. Even though they have different ideas of what their relationship might be, the desire between them is undeniable.

When Elizabeth is kidnapped by the Apache, Miguel will risk everything to rescue her and bring her home. But can he keep her in his time? It seems their lives are not their own anymore. Will their love be enough to CATCH A DREAM—and hold it together—forever?

EXCERPT

     “Oh.” His dark eyes narrowed, and he studied her. He stepped closer and lightly touched the bruise on her forehead. “Is it possible you hit your head on something and can’t remember where you came from? I’ve heard tell that can happen.”
     “I know where I’m from. The twenty-first century—a hundred and sixty years into the future. We have cars and smart phones and computers—“
     “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Miguel interrupted, but for the first time he looked undecided. “I think I should take you to Fort Worth to see the Army doctor there. Maybe he can give you something or help you remember—“
     “No! If you won’t believe me—and you found me in your barn like this—what makes you think another person will? He’ll think I’m crazy.”
     Silence met her remark and she looked up to find Miguel regarding her. “You think I’m crazy, too! That I’ve just invented this whole story!” Fear suddenly struck her. She was truly powerless here, stuck in a time warp.  “I’ve heard what the insane asylums were like in this century.” She fought to control a rising hysteria bubble in her throat. “I don’t have any relatives here. No one to vouch for me.  I’ll be locked away and end up rotting somewhere.” She started shaking uncontrollably.
     Miguel put steadying hands on her shoulders. “All right. Calm down. Working girl or not—and I don’t have anything against them—I won’t send you off to rot, Elizabeth.”
     He’d used her first name. Why did that seem important? Whether it was that or the fact that she suddenly felt safe in his arms, as though she’d known him before. The trembling subsided. She looked up at him with troubled eyes. “What am I going to do?”

     

18 comments:

  1. Cynthia, I loved this story so much--Miguel was "my kind of guy" for sure, and Elizabeth had her hands full trying to just get by in a century that was not her own while she was also managing to fall in love with Miguel. You did a great job with the time-travel aspect too--I know from experience that can be tough! LOL Congratulations on your new release!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl! When two men I my critique group (who are NOT romance readers) wanted to have Miguel for a friend, I knew he was a real Super-hero!

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  2. Ooh, Highlander meets the Old West indeed! Very intriguing.

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    1. Time travel is unique in that I can write with both a contemporary and historical voice. Lots of fun

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  3. Best wishes with your new exciting tale, Cynthia. I love dream catchers, and the spiritual energy behind them. This book is bound to do well.

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  4. Congrats, Cindy. Looks great. Off to buy it!!

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    1. A western is a bit different from what you and I write, but I enjoyed it!

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  5. Congrats on your new release. I bet it feels great to finally get your story out of your system and into a book. Have fun with it.

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  6. Congratulations,Cynthia. Great excerpt. I've enjoyed several time travels over the years, but don't read alot of them, but if I hear or read about a good one and it's a romance and involves a lawman and esp. a Texan---well, yep, gotta read this one for sure. Wishing you much success. This one sounds intriguing and more than delightful.

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    1. I liked adding the Native American element as well!

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  7. Made me giggle. "...Working girl or not—and I don’t have anything against them—I won’t send you off to rot...” That's a priceless line. I'm looking forward to reading this story. Congratulations!!!

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    1. There is a twist to that working girl, but I won’t give that secret away....

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  8. Ohhhh!!! Sounds so good!! Excited to read this one!!

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