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THE MARSHAL’S LADY
Liberty Valley, Yesterday and Today Book 3
BY JOSIE MONROE
While trailing a serial killer on horseback, homicide detective Beth Chambers finds she has somehow ridden back in time—to 1888! When she comes across injured Marshal Rad Morgan, she has no choice but to try to save his life. Though the handsome marshal believes a lady should stand behind her man, Beth is determined to catch the killer she’s chased through time, and prove she’s a capable law enforcement officer in any century.
A former Union soldier, Rad has survived the Confederate hellhole of Andersonville Prison—but his toughest challenge is beautiful Beth Chambers. As the headstrong female detective from the future lets him in on why she’s there, Rad becomes convinced that her stubbornness may get her killed. But when he is shot and left for dead, the marshal has no other choice but to put himself in Beth’s hands—and hope they can both survive!
Two officers of the law from different centuries chasing the same killer could be a recipe for disaster—especially with the distraction of love!
Suddenly, Beth heard a short yip from Luke. The dog had found something of interest. A low, menacing growl came next. It meant the discovery was male, a human male, which the large German shepherd considered fair game. His refusal to work with men had almost ended the canine’s career with the department before it started.
“Luke, hold.” She called the order in a low voice. Had she found Smith already? Why wasn’t he shooting at Luke or her? She pulled her carbine from the scabbard.
Tigger snorted as they came around a bend. He leaped sideways as he caught a glimpse of the shadowy figure huddled near a boulder. Luke stood in front of the man. The dog continued to growl, hackles raised.
Beth cursed the dusk. The moonlight didn’t help her see much. She couldn’t get a clear view of the man, but he appeared bigger than her suspect. “Smith?”
“No.” The stranger groaned. “I’m hurt. Bad.”
Beth shoved her rifle back into its holder as she thought of the reporters who hung around the precinct. This would make a great human interest story. It’d go national, and people all over the United States would have the news on their televisions and computers with their morning mochas.
Her voice deepened with frustration and impatience. She had more important things to do than help this man. “What the hell are you doing here, then?”
Josie Malone lives and works at her family business, Horse Country Farm, just outside of Granite Falls in Washington State. Teaching kids to ride and know about horses since 1967, she finds in many cases, she’s taught three generations of families. Her life experiences span adventures from dealing cards in a casino, attending graduate school to get her Master in Teaching degree, being a substitute teacher, and serving in the Army Reserve – all leading to her second career as a published author. Visit her at her website, www.josiemalone.com to learn about her books.
1. What genre(s) do you write in and why? I write mainstream western (cowboy) romance as Josie Malone and two young adult series as Shannon Kennedy because I love both genres.
2. What’s your favorite beverage? Coffee, Coffee, and more Coffee especially the mochas from my favorite stand across the street from my home on the family farm. Of course, in the evening I occasionally enjoy a glass of white Zinfandel – it’s actually closer to pink and every once in a while I spoil myself with a Coke – but it has to be made in Mexico because I’d rather have the one with “real cane sugar,” not high-fructose corn syrup.
3. If you had to listen to one song over and over again for a whole day, what would it be? Hmm, that’s a toss-up between Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler and Neon Moon by Brooks and Dunn, both of which are appropriate for my new books.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing? I love writing – I even love editing and polishing my prose – it’s my escape from real life because I’m the caretaker for my senior mother, her disabled brother and I manage the family farm with its 25 horses too. At times, that ‘real life’ takes over and there’s no time for me to work on my books. That’s when I want to run screaming into the night, but only if I can take my fully-charged laptop along so I can work on my next book.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Ireland because I love the coffee-table book someone gave me – it has such beautiful photography. Someday, I want to see the ‘real’ country, but unfortunately, I have too many responsibilities to visit since I have to be in the barn every morning to do horsy breakfast.
For the rest of Josie’s interview, please see tomorrow’s blog for HERO SPELL…
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