About the Novel:
Texas in the 1880s was no place for a tenderfoot. Thornton Steele is a gentleman from the East, but he came to run a ranch, and he has the strength and determination to do so. He dreams of starting a new life, free of the strictures of his traditional Maryland family, and he is ready and willing to take on whatever barriers are put in his way. The lawless West of the time provides those barriers in plenty.
Cassidy Hart, a Texas native, shares that dream of starting her life over in another place, but she, by her own account, is no lady. Daughter of an unwed mother, she takes care of herself the best she can in the same little town where she was born, even though the wide-open sky is the only roof she can call her own. She is tough, because she has to be, but sensitive, because that’s the way her mother raised her before dying young.
The gentleman and the not-quite lady are thrown together by circumstance, and the attraction is instantaneous. Still, Cassidy cannot help but doubt the Easterner’s sincerity, and pushes back, even as she is drawn to his strength, charm, and good looks.
Thornton, being a man who knows what he wants, wastes no time attempting to prove his love and concern for Cassidy’s well being. Oftentimes, however, to Cassidy’s chagrin, he demonstrates that concern with his strict hand on her bare bottom.
That, of course, is not the end of the lesson, and Cassidy soon learns to look forward to the soft caresses and kisses that follow a session over the big man’s lap.
Cassidy’s Gentleman is a story of love and fun, intrigue and violence in the scarcely tamed West. It also is a true romance, with plenty of loving domestic discipline in the form of spanking.
Publisher’s Note: Cassidy’s Gentleman is a romance novel that contains descriptions of sex and of domestic discipline in the form of bare-bottom spanking and paddling. If such subject matter offends you, please do not read this book.
Excerpt (rated PG-13)
“Cassidy, you are something special and here in this moonlight, I can hardly resist—”
Thorne reached for her. The feel of his strong arms wrapping around her waist overwhelmed Cassidy. As he drew her body closer to his, she felt the pounding of her heart and the rush of his breath on her face. He leaned down to meet her lips. She wanted to run, but felt frozen in the moment. Delicately his lips touched hers, she quivered, he drew back and their eyes
locked. Cassidy read the hungry passion in his eyes, she felt the tenderness of his touch as he cupped her face with his hands. Gently he drew her face toward his and she felt his lips firmly on hers.
Thorne deepened his kiss and Cassidy tried to pull away, but he grasped the back of her head, again claiming her with his lips. Cassidy’s inhibitions fled as she was consumed by his kiss. Weaving her fingers through his thick, black hair, she welcomed his lips. Passion sparked through every part of her body. Cassidy experienced sensations she had never known before, tingling, burning shocks like lightning surged urging her on, but to what? Passion muddled thoughts and her feelings frightened her. Breaking away, she lightly touched Thorne’s lips with her tender fingertips.
“Wait, Thorne, please wait.”
About the Author:
After raising her children and retiring from a career in education, Tess Matthews is following her passion – writing romance. Her stories are full of adventure, intrigue and above all romance, but not your ordinary vanilla romance, Tess writes about strong alpha men who love their feisty women and take them in hand when needed. Although she enjoys all types of romance stories, her favorites take place in the old west – after all, who can resist those cowboys!
Tess lives on the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northern Alabama with her husband and a variety of dogs, cats, and chickens.
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The Royal Pyschic is book two in the Spirits of River Oaks series.
About the Series:
Her Chance Encounters introduced Adrienne and Chance. Elementary school principal Adrienne Claireborne is used to giving orders, not taking them. She is ready for a relaxing summer, but first she has to deal with the overbearing Chance Breaux. He is obsessed with gaining control of River Oaks, a house she recently inherited. Not used to people telling him no, Chance sets out to make Adrienne change her mind about not only selling him the property, but allowing him to be a bigger part of her life. He figures she needs someone like him to take care of her, since she doesn't always do so, in his estimation.
Things only get more complicated when Cherice, the ghost of a little girl, encourages Adrienne to put herself in danger and help the child track down her long lost mother. The ghost of Stanislaus Hymel, the former owner of River Oaks, is sure Adrienne is hiding his daughter from him. Chance soon has his hands full trying to protect a stubborn Adrienne, fight off more than one ghost and gain control of River Oaks. He is determined to succeed.
Can Chance protect Adrienne when the past reaches out to steal her away?
Book two of the series, The Royal Psychic, comes out in late November.
Lenore is the psychic who helps Chance protect Adrienne from the restless spirits of River Oaks. Her life has changed since she met Adrienne. She used to dress in all black and keep to herself. Now she wears an updated wardrobe and has new boyfriend, Gene Zeringue, editor of the local newspaper. But Gene lives in the world of facts and finds Lenore's talents with communicating with spirits difficult to understand. Soon a killer is hunting down elderly residents in the River Parishes area and their spirits reach out to Lenore for help. The editor knows he can protect her from a serial killer, but how does one go about saving a psychic from the ghost contacting her.
About the Author:
Ruby Caine is a writer who learned to overcome her struggles with dyslexia by reading countless romance novels. As a mother of four, her life is full of its own drama. She loves incorporating her crazy experiences in stories. Fortunately, like her children, her characters have minds of their own and entertain her with their unexpected adventures. Caine and her family live in southern Louisiana, thirty minutes from New Orleans.
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