Monday, November 30, 2015

Rawhide 'n Roses - First Chapter / First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday

When life gets busy, I've found that's a great time to read short stories. Right now, that means the book of choice is Rawhide 'n Roses, a Western romance anthology. This book features historical and contemporary short stories by some of my favorite authors (*listed below). So, when I need to take a break, I do as the Amazon page for this book suggests: grab my favorite drink, sit back and enjoy!

I've taken my First Paragraph from "Marrying Jenna" by Charlene Raddon:
Park City, Utah, 1879
     Marshall Branch McCauley leaped from his horse and looped the reins over the railing of the stairway to the family's second floor living quarters. He took the steps two at a time. No matter what, he could not be late for his wedding; eight months it had taken him, after Jenna had finally accepted his proposal, to get her to name a date.

Teaser (at 32% on my Kindle, about halfway through "Marrying Jenna"):
     "Jimmy John, put your gun to Jenna's head," he ordered. Once the boy obeyed Arch called out, "That you in there, McCauley?"

Genre: Western Romance (Anthology)
Book Length: 146 Pages
Amazon Link: Rawhide 'n Roses

Saddle up your horses and head out to the heart of the Wild West in this collection of short love stories by authors of Western Romance from all over the country and around the world. Whether your passion is historical or contemporary, there's something inside for everyone.

*Contributing authors:
Gold Mountain by Alison Bruce
There's more than one way to mine for gold, as May Travers well knows, and Marshal Ben Jessup is about to find out.
A Gentle Touch by Celia Yeary
Adam Taylor tames mustangs with a gentle touch, but would the same method calm a frightened abused woman?
A Midnight Clear by Simone Beaudelaire
A lonely widow finds a new opportunity for love during an icy Christmas in modern-day Wyoming.
Houston McClintock by Caroline Clemmons
Houston McClintock is on his way home when an attack by vicious robbers redirects his life onto a surprising path to love and fulfillment.
Marrying Jenna by Charlene Raddon
Branch McCauley and Jenna Leigh-Whittington's wedding day arrives at last, so why is Jenna riding hell-bent out of town wearing her wedding dress and a gun belt? Something's up, and it doesn't look good. Will the wedding ever take place?
Connie’s Gift by Rain Trueax
The gift of second sight, which Connie no longer believes she possesses, becomes a deadly threat to her and the man she loves.
Stable Hands, Stable Hearts by Chad Strong
When 17yr old Scott thinks he spots the girl of his dreams, will his feelings for her distract him from winning?
Gunslinger's Angel by Margaret Tanner
Gunslinger Cal Devereaux is saved by an angel, but is she a heavenly creature or a warm blooded woman?
Petticoat Patrol by Susan Horsnell
When a man has no son, he calls on his daughters to help protect his ranch.
When Love Arrives by Carol A. Spradling
A stowaway's past and future collide on the Santa Fe Trail.
Bluffing the Marshal by Paty Jager
Nellie Preston not only wants to keep her brother from hanging, she wants to become the marshal’s wife.
The Lawman’s Lady by Lyn Horner
A prickly schoolmarm sets a handsome lawman’s teeth on edge until the day he starts to wonder what she’d look like without her specs and with her hair down.
Yellowstone Proposal (A Yellowstone Romance Series Short Story) by Peggy L. Henderson
Willing to face dangers only told in legends, Evan risks everything to find the woman who captured his heart.
Much Ado about Misfires (A Hearts of Owyhee short-short story) by Jacquie Rogers
A cowboy on rollerskates and an old flame with a new beau—can Reuben lasso the woman he loves?
Destiny’s Kiss by Cheri Kay Clifton
She gave up life in the present to find her destiny in the past.

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you're reading. No spoilers, please!

First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you're reading or thinking about reading soon.
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  1. I am VERY picky about short stories, so I would probably pass on this one. Hope you enjoy!

    My First Chapter First Paragraph post is here if you're interested:

  2. Hi Sandy, sorry to say that neither the cover nor the intro makes me want to read more:( I hope I'm wrong and you love this one.

  3. Not my kind of book, BUT your teaser and opener promise lots of action. Hope you're enjoying it.

  4. Short stories are perfect when you're short on time! These don't really appeal to me, but I hope you love them.

  5. Aaah short stories are the best when there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day for any other reading! I haven't actually read any Western romance ever, so I'm not quite sure this one is for me! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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  6. Short stories are sometimes fun. This collections is interesting. I might give it a try, westerns are not my usual genre but I am not opposed to them.

  7. I read several novellas this past month, which seemed to be perfect for as busy as I was. I haven't read very many Western Romances, maybe one really, but it's a genre category I want to explore. Doing it via short stories might be a good way to sample authors. I like the opening you shared. Sounds like he has good reason not to be late! And that teaser sure is frightening!

  8. There is something so gritty and real about Westerns...especially the romance genre. This one captured my attention. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE GUEST ROOM”

  9. I love short stories, and my father always had a western nearby, so this may just be a book for me. I need to see what he loved so much about westerns.

  10. None of my local libraries had this so I ordered it from Amazon. I'll be reading it in January. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  11. Sounds great! No link, so I'll have to look it up to buy it. Thanks, Sandy.

  12. I haven't read many western romances and certainly never any short stories. I'll have to take a look at it. Thanks for visiting my Tuesday Teaser

  13. Sounds like some good light reading. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for coming by my teaser.

  14. Oh dear, placing a gun to someone's head? Sounds dangerous! I do hope the outcome turned out opposite to what I'm thinking; great teaser Sandra!

  15. I'm not usually a big fan of short stories. They are nice to introduce me to authors I don't know. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

  16. These sound fun, I don't read short stories as much as I should, always enjoy them! Great teasers :)

  17. Thanks, Sandra. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology go to wild horse rescue.

  18. I am in total agreement with you on short stories. I find them very satisfying - when they are well written, that is. I think you have to be a talented writer to do a good story. I like the sound of this collection. I'll check it out.

  19. I don't read many historicals, but I do love the ones that are western. Sounds like a good book.

  20. I hope that this wasn't how they got Jenna to the wedding ceremony :p

    Thanks for sharing the teaser! :D

  21. Ah, one of the few I may skip this go around. Westerns aren't generally my thing

  22. Hi sandy. thank you for spotlighting Rawhide 'n Roses. This was first venture into anthologies, and I learned a lot about working with other authors. I hope your readers will give it a try!

    If anyone is interested in trying my full length western romances or romantic suspense series, please find me on Amazon.

  23. Hi Sandy,

    I appreciate you featuring Rawhide'n Roses. It was a lot of fun getting involved with all the other authors and pulling this together. Here's hoping some of your readers will find it enticing enough to try.

  24. I love short stories, so I may have to check this book out! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Cheers!

  25. I hope nothing goes wrong for the wedding.

  26. I should really follow your lead and read some short stories right now! I love the suspense in the teaser that you chose. There is so much going on that has me wanting to know more!


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