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MARRIAGE BARGAIN by PAISLEY KIRKPATRICK
The dusty trail of a wagon train leads west, but Darrah Benjamin finds it a pathway to love and forgiveness when an arranged marriage becomes much more than a convenience. Wagon scout Chase challenges her determination with his promise — she’ll give him her heart and invite him to her bed before they arrive at their destination. Darrah will shape her own destiny and claim a woman’s spirit along the way.
Charles Danforth, a scout known as Chase, leads a wagon train of emigrants west through plains plundered by murderers. As an undercover agent of President Polk, he has sworn to stop the massacres. Darrah’s inadvertent comment gives him the clue he needs to achieve his assignment. His Sioux blood brother helps Chase end the killings, but almost ruins Chase’s chance of winning Darrah’s heart when he kidnaps her to demonstrate the depth of love Chase has for his wife.
MARRIAGE BARGAIN by PAISLEY KIRKPATRICK
He tossed his hat near the heat and raked his fingers through dark, tangled curls before he got up and rummaged through his saddlebag. He returned and handed her a pistol. “Here, if it’ll make you feel more secure take this for protection. You could scream, but I doubt anyone would come to your defense out here.”
She held the barrel of the gun between her thumb and index finger. After a fleeting examination, she handed it back. “Umm, no thank you. I don’t feel that threatened.”
He put the weapon in his saddlebag. This time he returned holding a knife. “How about my Bowie knife?” he said, grinning.
She stared at the twelve-inch blade and bit the inside of her lip to keep from smiling. He was being absolutely charming. “You’re a tease. The thing is so large you could gut a buffalo with it.”
He let out a deep, exaggerated sigh. “Well then, this is all I have left.” He hunkered down and pulled a four-inch knife from his boot. “You might keep it for your peace of mind.”
Darrah accepted the weapon. “This one’s more my size, but I don’t have experience using a knife of any length. Would you mind showing me the proper place to stick a blade this short? If I must protect myself, I’d prefer to inflect the most damage possible with the first thrust.”
His right brow quirked. “For my own preservation, I think not.” He slid the Bowie knife inside his saddlebag and stripped off his wet shirt, tossing it next to the campfire.
Frozen in fascination, she couldn’t tear her gaze from the mass of dark curls covering his tanned, brawny chest. He is handsome in a rugged sort of way she had to admit.
He sat next to her and tugged off his boots. “The offer’s still open. You can shed the wet skirt and crawl under my fur with me.” His mouth eased into a dimpled grin. “I can guarantee you’ll not be cold anymore.”
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.
Links to Paisley’s website, blog, books, etc.
Website link http://www.paisleykirkpatrick.com/
Buy Link NIGHT ANGEL (Paradise Pines Book 1): http://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Pines-Book-One-ebook/dp/B00909PON0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363559391&sr=8-1&keywords=paisley+kirkpatrick
Buy link MARRIAGE BARGAIN: Not available at this time
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Paisley will give away a copy of MARRIAGE BARGAIN to one of her lucky readers who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, March 25, 2013. Thanks, Paisley, for sharing your story with us!