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Friday FreebitsThis week’s six-paragraph Friday Freebit is again from The Partisan’s Wife, the final book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy. Anne and Peter have just been wed. They are in his tent at the American encampment on the heights at Stillwater, as two armies entrench for battle.

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5 Stars “In The Partisan’s Wife, the last book in the trilogy, the author picks up where the second book left off. I have to admit that I am totally impressed with the author’s research into the time period her books are written in, everything was just perfect. With more twists and turns, the author finishes off the trilogy with an unexpected ending. I would Highly recommend the trilogy for all suspenseful historical romance fans…” — My Cozy Corner Reviews

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He barely made sense. Why would General Schuyler have a friend in New York when all patriots in that British-occupied town were either in hiding or in prison? Everyone knew this. “What do you know of the shipping trade?” A hint of suspicion crept into her voice. His so-called ‘scouting’ expeditions had taught her to be wary of half-truths.

“Not much, I’m afraid,” he smiled the bright, honest smile that never failed to make her heart flutter, “but I’m willing to learn. It could prove to be an opportunity for us.”

Anne studied the earnestness in his expression and grazed his cheek with the backs of her fingers. “What happened to your plans for the Ohio Territory?”

“I haven’t forgotten.” He took her hand in his two. “But wouldn’t you prefer city life, in a civilized town like New York? I’ve been thinking about this for some time. Imagine…you’ll wear fine clothes and live in a brick house with a parlor and upstairs bedrooms. We’ll have it painted yellow with green shutters, and you’ll have someone to cook and clean and mend for you…and hot water for a bath whenever you want.”

A part of her melted at the suggestion. The mere thought of a solid roof over her head and real floors under foot was far too tempting. The Ohio Territory was said to be a wild and hostile place, where even the rustic comforts she had enjoyed on the McKenna farm would seem extravagant in comparison.

“It matters to me not where we go. Wherever you are, that is my home.”

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Friday FreeBits is a regular feature on Ginger Simpson’s blog. To read more excerpts from some great authors, click here.

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Friday FreebitsToday I’m joining author Ginger Simpson’s Friday FreeBits, six paragraphs from one of my published books.

Below is my entry from Winter Fire, an historical romance set during the American Revolution in upstate New York. One reviewer described Winter Fire  as “a beautifully written, well-researched novel of passion and honor” about two lost souls who find love and acceptance despite their differences and the violence that threatens to tear them apart. Winter Fire was a 1998 Golden Heart Finalist.

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In the next instant, a crack—like a musket shot—echoed through the ravine. She reeled as the ice heaved up beneath her amid an angry surge of black water. And then, her face frozen in a look of surprise, her mouth open in a semblance of a silent scream, she disappeared through the widening breach.

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To find out more about Winter Fire, please click on the cover.

His gaze fixed on the roiling chasm, Ethan hurled himself down the slope. She surfaced—flailing arms and legs, and gasping desperately for air—churning up the black water into an icy froth. She grasped at the splinters of ice.

“Keep your head up!”

Racing along the bank, he ripped off his deerskin jacket and hurled it, along with his rifle and belt into the snow. If she went under again, she’d be trapped. Already the current had taken her, sweeping her like a bobbing cork toward the opposite bank where the ice was thicker.

“Keep your head up!”

But the frenzied movement of her arms had slowed. She gasped at the water along with the air. She could barely keep herself afloat. As if she had made a conscious choice to surrender herself to a stronger power, he saw the spirit drain out of her. An eerie calm settled over her eyes as her gaze met his, then she slipped under again without a struggle.

 

Friday FreeBits is a regular feature on Ginger Simpson’s blog. To read more excerpts from some great authors, click here: http://mizging.blogspot.com

 

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Toombs-TheOutlaws2-200x300One decent man, an attractive young woman, and a teen-aged boy obsessed with a legendary bad man–all caught in the crossfire of the West’s bloodiest range war.

After Billy the Kid and Mark Halloran rescue what’s left of the Nesbitt family from an Apache attack in the New Mexico Territory, the fate of the young daughter and the teen-age boy are sealed. Tessa’s attracted to Mark and Ezra suffers a severe cause of hero-worship over Billy, wanting to be just like him. Soon all of them are involved in the cruelest range war in the history of the West–the bloody Lincoln County war. How can Tessa protect her brother from trailing after Billy? And how can she be drawn to a man who is on the opposite side of this range war?

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B7QX6M0/

Find Jane’s other books here: http://bookswelove.net/janetoombs.php

And do come back on Feb. 10 to read BWL author Pat Dale’s newest blurb!

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