Wednesday, April 17, 2013

To Have and To Hold

Charlene's first serious writing attempt came in 1980 when she awoke one morning from an unusually vivid and compelling dream. Deciding that dream needed to be made into a book, she dug out an old portable typewriter and went to work. 

That book never sold, but her second one, Tender Touch, became a Golden Heart finalist and earned her an agent. Soon after, she signed a three book contract with Kensington Books. Five of Charlene's western historical romances were published between 1994 and 1999: Taming Jenna, Tender Touch (1994 Golden Heart Finalist under the title Brianna), Forever Mine (1996 Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee and Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist), To Have and To Hold Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist); and writing as Rachel Summers, The Scent of Roses. Forever Mine and Tender Touch are available as e-books and after January 24, To Have and To Hold will be as well. When not writing, Charlene loves to travel, crochet, needlepoint, research genealogy, scrapbook, and dye Ukrainian eggs.


ABOUT THE BOOK


A woman without a prayer…

A widow with two children, Tempest Whitney had to mortgage everything to repay the money her husband had stolen. But even as she struggles to hold onto her Utah homestead, a scheming rancher buys up her debts, demanding she either get off his land or marry him. Then a dark-haired stranger shows up, claiming to be her dead husband…

A man without a past….

Buck Maddux spent two years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now a death bed promise has brought him to Tempest’s dugout. A man without roots, he doesn’t plan to stay—or to feel so fiercely protective of this feisty beauty he saves from a forced marriage. Suddenly, Buck yearns for a home, a family, a lasting love. But what can he offer Tempest? The surprising answer lies in the forbidden canyons of an ancient Anasazi tribe, where fortune and danger await—along with a passion more precious than gold…



AN EXCERPT


"Think you could put down the gun?" He eyed the rifle with amusement and chagrin. "This might take a while and your arms are like to get tired."

"Don't think for a second, just because I’m a woman, that I can’t shoot this rifle,” she drawled. "I hate when men jump to such conclusions. Makes me so angry I start shaking and that makes my trigger finger jittery, if you know what I mean."

Buck knew. A jittery trigger finger meant he might get shot for no reason. He eyed her speculatively. She wasn’t much bigger than a colt; no problem for a man his size to handle. “I doubt you’d enjoy where they'd put you for shooting a man,” he said, smiling to hide his growing irritation.

"Nobody goes to jail for self-defense. Especially a woman. You going to state your business or not?"

"Are you Tempest Whitney?"

"What's it to you?"

He sighed. "Name's Buck Maddux. I ran onto your husband two years ago. He was gut shot and bleeding bad —"

“Maddux!” Her head snapped up and her finger tightened on the trigger. “You yellow-bellied son of a coyote. How dare you come here? Didn’t you cause enough grief robbing that stage and getting my husband killed? Get off my property before I fill you with lead the way the posse did Skeet."

He threw up his hands as she stepped closer. "Easy, ma'am, I didn't come here to get you all upset."



LEAVE A COMMENT - AND WIN A PRIZE!


Charlene will give away a free copy of one of her other books at each stop and for the grand prize, a $15 Amazon gift card.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 




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27 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Mary Preston said...

Thank you for giving us an excerpt that followed on from the last. It gives me a real sense of the story & I'm loving it.

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Andra Lyn said...

You know...I don't think i've ever read a book set in this kind of time period...wow...well, hopefully this will be the intro i need!!

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Kemberlee said...

This is a fabulous story. One of the things I love most about Charlene's writing is she puts you in the story, back in that time in history, and gives you a taste of what it must have been like. And her sexy heroes don't hurt either! ;-)

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you for visiting us here today, Charlene! I don't usually read books set in that time period, either, but you have certainly piqued my interest with your book. Best of luck with your book tour!

Charlene Raddon said...

Good morning everybody. You're all up earlier than me. But I'll get caught up. First I want to thank my host for having me and Goddess Fish for arranging this tour.

Charlene Raddon said...

Mary, Andra, Kemberlee, p.m terrell, thank you all for stopping by. I'd love to hear a bit about each of you. I love getting to know people.

Kemberlee said...

You already know about me. I'm your biggest fan (ie stalker) ;-)

Ingeborg said...

I love the excerpt, I can't wait to read more.

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Charlene Raddon said...

Thanks Kem. I always love seeing your name in my comments.

Charlene Raddon said...

Ingeborg, nice to see you again too. Thanks for stopping by.

p.m.terrell said...

Charlene, I love the way you interact with folks. :) You asked about each of us... I am a fellow author and the founder of Book 'Em North Carolina. I have a passion for writing and animal welfare. Best of luck with your book tour! The Goddess Gals are great, aren't they?

Charlene Raddon said...

Yes, p. m., Goddess Fish is great. Thanks for your nice comments. I love interacting with other writers. What do you write?

Karen H in NC said...

Hi Charlene,

Since I haven't read your books yet, I have to ask: Are your stories set in real-life or made-up places? If made-up, how extensive is your planning/plotting of a setting? One author I read will sometimes place on her website a map she's made of her fictional town giving locations of homes & businesses mentioned in the story or the estate where the story is set.

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p.m.terrell said...

Hi, Charlene, I've had 15 books released so far with 3 more in the works. 11 are contemporary suspense, 2 are historical action/adventure, and the rest non-fiction. It's an interesting industry to be in - never dull! Thanks again for joining us here today.

Quilt Lady said...

What a great excerpt. I can't wait to read this book. Historical are my favorite read. I will be putting this one on my kindle to night.

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Cathy Mansell said...

Hi Charlene,

Great excerpts here.
Thanks for posting. Good to catch up with you here.

Charlene's books are great reads.

Charlene Raddon said...

Thank you, Cathy. Nice you stopped by.

Charlene Raddon said...

Karen, fancy meeting you here. Most of my locations in my books are real, but details such as houses, stores are likely made up. To Have and To Hold is set in a real canyon here in Utah but I changed the name in my book to allow me more freedom. My book, Forever Mine, is set at a real location. In fact all the places named in the book were real at the time the story was set. I research my locations as much as I can. The sequel to To Have and To Hold is set in an imaginary town. The old house is designed after a house I lived in once.

Charlene Raddon said...

p.m. good luck with all your books. I'd love to learn more about them. Where can I find them?

Charlene Raddon said...

Quilt Lady, you must let me know how you like my book. I love good feedback.

MomJane said...

What a prolific writer. This western romance sounds really great.

Charlene Raddon said...

Thank you, MomJane.I'm very proud of this book. Glad you stopped by.

Chelsea B. said...

Love a leading lady who can stand up for herself!

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bn100 said...

Nice excerpt

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Charlene Raddon said...

Ingeborg, you're our winner today for a free copy of me e-book. I'll be contacting you. Congratulations.

LAWonder said...

This sounds like a wonderful book!
It really could (and does) happen when one gets accused wrongly then have to deal with society afterward.
Many single mothers are left with huge expenses and struggle to survive.
I am anxious to read this story.
Thank you for the giveaway.