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Desert Breeze Publishing has reached the Terrific Twos and to celebrate the authors are staging a blog tour from April 15 to the 30th. I hope you made it here from the previous stops. If not you have missed some interesting and dramatic posts. I will list the previous stops at the end of my blog today along with the next blog to visit. Leaving a comment anywhere along the trail can win you a prize. The more comments the better your chance of winning.
My experience with Desert Breeze Publishing began at the beginning-- actually before the beginning. DBP Editor-in-Chief Gail Delaney were both writers at another publisher. She had a number of books published by that publisher and also worked as an editor for them. In that capacity, she edited my first book with them, Cast a Pale Shadow. I enjoyed working with Gail. She got my work and together we carved out a book that would later win an EPIC Award in Romantic Suspense.
Unfortunately, powers were at work which eventually crashed that publishing house, to the surprise of many of its writers. My book was published 2 weeks before the fatal crash, so I had to keep explaining the end was not my fault. To help us through the ensuing legal wrangling to get our book rights back and the feelings of abandonment and betrayal many of us felt, some of the writers began calling us survivors. A loop was started so we could keep in touch over the legal issues and encourage each other to move on.
One by one, the writers announced their successes with other work and other publishers. Eventually, Gail announced her plans to start Desert Breeze Publishing. By that time, I had recontracted Cast A Pale Shadow. I queried her with an historical, Listen With Your Heart. A short time later, Gail gave me the happy news that she would like to include Listen in her initial launch.
Now, two years later I'm happily back with another historical, West of Heaven which is now on sale. Here's a brief excerpt in which our hero, Jean Luc (Lucky) first sees the heroine, Marcella.
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West of Heaven
From: Desert Breeze Publishing
By: Barbara Scott
Reviewed by: Debbie Hull, author of The Men of Her Dreams
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Ms. Scott has penned another winner about a down on his luck hero, a headstrong young lady, and the “fancy ladies” that come as part of her inheritance.
Jean Luc Desloge, Lucky, seems to be anything but. He is linked to both his former boss’s murders, and spends his days loitering in town, trying his best to drown himself in rot-gut whiskey.
Marcella McGovern was raised in the best boarding schools and taught to be the proper young woman, never knowing her generous benefactor. When advised of her benefactress’ death, she travels with her attorney to Onion Creek, Texas to learn the details of her inheritance. She quickly learns she was the daughter of Sophie Castleman, owner of Miss Sophie’s Bath and Gentlemen’s Parlors, and wealthy cattleman, Clint Harte, who were mysteriously murdered. She inherits her father’s cattle, and her mother’s brothel, along with the four “fancy ladies” who reside there.
The Widow Harte, furious her husband left his cattle to his “love child,” offers to buy them back, at a greatly reduced price, or Marcella must move them off the land in five days. She also threatens any cowboy who signs up for the cattle drive, would never work again.
Desperate to hire men to move her cattle, Marcella overhears her “ladies” discuss their ability to “ride,” and decides they will be her cowboys to herd the cattle to Kansas. She convinces Lucky to help “train” them to rope, ride and wrangle, and the fun begins.