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FOREVER AFTER by PAISLEY KIRKPATRICK
Abandoned by her sisters, her father in jail, Marinda Benjamin takes on the care of her ailing mother the best way possible — working for an unscrupulous man with the power to crush her. Forced to spy on a decent man, Marinda’s honesty saves her virtue and revenge restores her self-respect.
When Ethan Braddock discovers his brother’s poker pot cleaning his private office, he jumps to the right conclusion — she’s there to spy for his nemesis. Ethan can’t help but find her irresistible. In spite of what his heart tells him, his brain reserves judgment on her character. Until he unravels the mystery of her connection to Danforth, trust is the one thing he can’t allow himself. For that, she’ll have to prove herself.
Marinda Benjamin won’t marry until she finds the forever after kind of love. Has the man she’s dreamed of loving been beside her all along?
FOREVER AFTER by PAISLEY KIRKPATRICK
“I’ll bet this little lady against whatever you’ve got in your hand.”
A sudden hush filled the Hidey Hole Saloon. Humiliation scorched Marinda Benjamin’s cheeks. She grabbed the back of her employer’s chair to steady her quivering knees. Jonas Danforth had bet her, body and soul, in a card game.
Fancy women dressed in garish attire crowded around the poker table. Some stared at her with pity while a few sneered in obvious enjoyment of seeing another Benjamin sister fall from grace. She wracked her brain for a way of preventing the ridiculous bet, but what could she do? Danforth held the cards, but she was the master of her own fate.
“Stop! You can’t…”
Danforth whipped around. He arrogantly flicked his mustache.
She drew back out of his reach.
His brows knit into a malicious frown. “As long as I hold the loan on your house, you’ll do as I say. Is that clear?”
She wanted to run, but her stomach somersaulted. She held her head high. Jonas Danforth would never see the tears she fought. He’d broken her father’s spirit. He’d not break hers.
The town’s mischief maker sat across from Danforth. Patrick glanced her way. “She looks like she might be worth five twenty-dollar gold eagles and I could use a cleaning lady. I call your bet. Let’s see what ya got.”
The knot in her stomach tightened. Danforth placed three kings on the table — a heart, a diamond, a spade. He leaned back and twirled his waxed mustache around his pinky finger. The smirk he directed at her turned her cold.
Discovering that riding off into the sunset was a lot easier on a computer screen than in real life, not to mention those saddle burns, Paisley Kirkpatrick began her career as an author. Hiding in the Sierra Mountain Range of California with her husband of 44 years, Paisley Kirkpatrick spends her time roping in the cowpoke of her dreams, or can be found wandering the streets of California’s gold rush towns to find inspiration for her books. She might not have found gold in them there hills, but she did find a love for the old west and the prickling of the stories that make up her Paradise Pines series.
Drawing on family history and a healthy imagination, Paisley kicks off her wild ride on a dusty trail with Night Angel. Don’t worry your little heads, though. It’s the first of many adventures in a time when men were men, and women knew how to put them in their place. If you love your cowboys rugged with a sensitive side, and your heroines with enough fire to light up the western sky, you’ve got a home waiting in Paradise Pines. Just be sure to bring a six-shooter because the Lady Paisley aims for the heart, and when she fires, she never misses.
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Paisley Kirkpatrick’s Paradise Pines Series
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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Paisley will give away a copy (email only) of one of her books to one lucky reader who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, September 30, 2013. Thanks, Paisley, for sharing your stories with us!