Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Beginnings on Friday and Friday 56 - FASTER THAN THE REST

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I do love western romances, and this second book in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series is no exception. Outlaws, hunky ranchers, family bonds, a lifelong love - author Shirleen Davies combines all those elements to make FASTER THAN THE REST one heck of a good story.

Book Beginnings on Friday (opening lines from the Prologue):

"Stop right there, Wicklin." The man's voice came out of nowhere, hard and unwavering. It was well past midnight in the deserted wharf area of San Francisco, a time when people could disappear without a trace.

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle): 

It has been almost a week - six days and nights - and no sign of him. She thought they'd started something together. They'd spoken of marriage.

Genre: Historical Western Romance
Number of Pages: 212
Amazon Link: Faster Than The Rest
Only $2.99 for your Kindle. Available in paperback too. The third book in the series -- HARDER THAN THE REST -- is due out in November.

Synopsis on Amazon: 
      Headstrong, brash, confident, and complex, the MacLarens of Fire Mountain will captivate you with strong characters set in the wild and rugged western frontier.
      Handsome, ruthless, young U.S. Marshal Jamie MacLaren had lost everything—his parents, his family connections, and his childhood sweetheart—but now he’s back in Fire Mountain and ready for another chance. Just as he successfully reconnects with his family and starts to rebuild his life, he gets the unexpected and unwanted assignment of rescuing the woman who broke his heart.
      Beautiful, wealthy Victoria Wicklin chose money and power over love, but is now fighting for her life—or is she? Who has she become in the seven years since she left Fire Mountain to take up her life in San Francisco? Is she really as innocent as she says?
      Marshal MacLaren struggles to learn the truth and do his job, but the past and present lead him in different directions as his heart and brain wage battle. Is Victoria a victim or a villain? Is life offering him another chance, or just another heartbreak?
      As Jamie and Victoria struggle to uncover past secrets and come to grips with their shared passion, another danger arises. A life-altering danger that is out of their control and threatens to destroy any chance for a shared future.



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33 comments:

  1. Intriguing opening, definitely has me wondering what's going on and what's going to happen next! :)

    My Friday Book Memes

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    1. My editor loved the opening of this book and thought it was a great start for the story. It just sort of popped out of my head one morning when I got out of bed. Thanks for commenting and enjoy your weekend.

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    2. Hi, Shirleen! Thanks for dropping in.
      I love when things pop into my head! Early in the morning, when nothing has polluted my brain, seems to be a good time for fresh ideas.

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  2. I don't think I've read a western romance. Maybe I should try this one.

    My post

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    1. This would be a good one to try, Vonnie. It's fast-paced with plot twists and more action than some western romances. Thanks for commenting.

      Have a great weekend!

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    2. This is the second book in the series (I've read both), but it stands alone.

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  3. This definitely sounds very dramatic. I only ever read one Western but couldn't stop laughing imagining the guys in those typical Western-style outfits so I had to stop. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a good weekend! I'm following ;)
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. I know what you mean, Juli. I've read a few that I couldn't get through because of all the clichés. Thanks for contributing your comment on my book and have a great weekend.

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  4. I haven't read a good Western in a long time...this one does sound like one I'd enjoy. Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

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    1. This one has most the elements you'd look for in a western plus the romance aspect. It was a journey pulling it all together, but very rewarding. Thanks for our comment Laurel-Rain.

      Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Thanks, Sandy, for featuring my book on your blog today. Faster Than The Rest was a fun book to write as I've been to all the places mentioned and was glad for the opportunity to share them. Hope your readers do try this one - especially if they haven't read much western historical romance. It's definitely not your YeeHaw western. Kind regards to you and your readers.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm looking forward to reading the third book in the MacLaren series soon -- HARDER THAN THE REST.

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  6. Intriguing 56... wonder what happened to him or where he went??

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks for commenting on my book post by Sandy. She did a great job highlighting the story. Have a great weekend.

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  8. Sounds good...thanks for sharing.

    And...thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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  9. This sounds awesome! I like westerns, especially all the character drama, romance and adventure that goes along with it. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I'm with you, LadyD, I truly enjoy a good western with the addition of romance.

      Enjoy the weekend!

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    2. I love western romances and I don't get a chance to read enough of them. I will check this one out.

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    3. I think you will really enjoy Faster if you love western romance. It's set in 1800s Arizona with scenes moving through San Diego and San Francisco with lots of action. Thanks for posting and have a great weekend.

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  10. I love western too. Sound like a good book. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. Thanks, JC, for taking the time to comment. I'm like you--I love a good western with romance. Enjoy your weekend.

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  11. Sounds like a good romance. I'll have to add it to my wishlist. Thanks for visiting my blogs. Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Kathy. My wishlist grows daily but at least I don't have to worry about pulling up my Kindle and finding nothing to read!
      Have a great weekend.

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  12. Haven't read a western romance in a while. Glad you liked this one.

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  13. Great quotes! I know some people I can recommend this to for sure! Thanks for stopping by my Friday 56.

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  14. Interesting that a Western romance starts on the wharf in San Francisco. That makes me want to keep reading.

    Thanks for joining in on Book Beginnings on Fridays!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Gilion. I "Liked" your Facebook page and look forward to participating in many more Book Beginnings on Fridays.

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  15. Wait, I forgot -- you already Liked the Rose City Reader facebook page. Thanks! I didn't recognize your new blog. I just followed on google and on pinterest.

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  16. I rarely read Westerns, romantic or otherwise, but this seems interesting.

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