Monday, May 12, 2014

IT"S TIME TO HOP INTO THAT OLD COVERED WAGON AND HEAD WEST....

Happy Monday, Everyone!

I hope you all had an awesome weekend... Today is a special day because one of my favorite blogger buddies novel debuts today!

SO in her honor I'd like to repeat the intro for her book. You may have missed it during the challenge, so here it is. If you had, well please bear with me today. 

This is for your Melissa. ON your very special DAY!

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Images of the perfect marriage and home in the new west dance through Rebecca’s mind.

Imagine. California. No more harsh winters. No more struggling. A dream come true.

She finishes packing her meager belongings and races to the covered wagon, placing them inside, excited and scared all at the same time. She pulls back an escaped lock of golden hair and sighs.

I’m ready.


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Days turn into weeks as she and her family caravan through the vast, unsettled lands of America. With only dreams of wedlock sustaining her through this perilous journey, Rebecca longs for the day when she meets her betrothed.

As they enter New Mexico a fight breaks out. 

In all the commotion, Rebecca is left behind. 

Alone. Stripped of all civilization, she frantically searches for food, shelter, and water in a barren, sandy wasteland.

With the sun beating down upon her, she wanders helplessly, her mind unfocused and delirious, playing tricks on her. For two days and nights she manages to survive. 

At daybreak her mind plays another cruel trick and she imagines a dusty figure on horseback fading in and out on the horizon. Blinking her eyes, Rebecca forces them to focus.

She shakes her head and whispers, “It can’t be.”

A tear escapes, trailing down a crease in her cheek. 

It can’t be real.

I’m alone. My life is over.

Dropping onto a rock, salty tears flow into her chapped hands, stinging them. She raises her head and watches the mysterious image move closer. 

Life is so cruel and unjust.

A dizziness whirls through Rebecca’s head. She hears a deep, raspy voice call out, “Maam. Are you alright?” 

As she fades into darkness, her last thought drifts through her semiconscious mind…

Now I’m hearing things.


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Cool water soaks her parched lips. Rebecca’s crusted eyes blink open and locks them on the stranger. Tiny lines crinkle the corners of his golden eyes as he smiles.

“Ma’am. I thought I lost you there for a minute.” He smiles again. “What are you doing out here in this God forsaken place all alone?”

Rebecca gulps down water from his leather canteen, licks her lips, and stares at the stranger. 

“I wish I knew. But here I am and here I’ll stay.”

His smile fades and his heavy brows furrow. “Ma’am. You can’t mean that. If you don’t die of dehydration or starvation, a rattler will get you for sure.”

“I can take care of myself.”

He laughs. “I can see that.”

“Don’t mock me, Sir.”

“Sir? I’m no Sir…I’m Seth. And your name, Ma’am?”

“What difference does it make now? But, if you must know, it’s Rebecca.”

He beams. “Well it does if we’ll be traveling together.”

Rebecca glares at him. “What on earth makes you think that?”

Seth brushes the sweat off his brow. “Because i’m not leaving you here for vulture food.”


What will happen to Seth and Rebecca on their risky journey westward?

Will they give into their growing attraction, each healing the other’s love-starved soul along the way? 

Or will Rebecca honor her commitment to her betrothed in California?


Come Back

by

Melissa Maygrove











Hmmmm. This certainly sounds like an intriguing romance, the old west, a rugged stranger and a stubborn woman. Nothing like turbulent chemistry. LOL.

Congrats Melissa and all the best with your novel!

Come Back
New Adult / Adult
Western Historical Romance
Available  Now!

Amazon: Link





Thanks for dropping by everyone and have a great day!





57 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Melissa! She's going to be all over the blogging world today.

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    1. Only because of all you wonderful, generous blogging buddies, :)

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  2. I like that Seth guy already!

    Hope all is well your way, and that spring has sprung. (It's a little slow around here.)

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  3. Congrats to Melissa. I know the book will do really well--she has a huge support system!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie.
      The writing community is amazing. :)

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  4. Romance in the wild west - congrats, Melissa.

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  5. Congrats, Melissa! That's an intriguing intro you wrote, Michael. It really piqued my interest. :)

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    1. Thank you, River.
      He did a great job, didn't he? :)

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  6. oooh, love your new profile picture, Mikey... I shall leave you now to stare at it for about half an hour...... excuse my Imperial Naughtiness.....

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  7. Hi Michael .. sounds like a fascinating story - Rebecca coming to terms with Seth, yet Seth finding out he's got more on his hands than he thought ... and that scenery - very romantic, but rather challenging .. congratulations Melissa and thanks for posting Michael .. cheers Hilary

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  8. Congrats to Melissa. This sounds really good. And loved your blog title. For a minute, I thought you were heading out west.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie.
      I love the title, too. Michael's so talented.

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  9. Wow, Michael. Thank you!!! :)

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    1. You're welcome, Melissa! I really do love getting the word out on such talented writers such as yourself! Not to mention you guys are my extended family!

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  10. I remember when you posted about this one during the A to Z. I love the idea for the story and the cover is fantastic.

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    1. Thanks, Robin.

      I don't know if you follow Carrie Butler's 'So You're a Writer' blog or not, but she's posting about the making of the cover today. She has a really cool GIF that shows how all the images came together. :)

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  11. I'm seeing lots of support for Melissa on the blog circuit today. I think that's great.

    Congratulations again, Melissa.

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    1. Thank you!

      The writing community is a supportive bunch; that's for sure. :)

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  12. I love your intros. Congrats to Melissa. I hope she sells a million books.

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    1. Ha! Me, too, Michael.
      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. :)

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  13. I'm always in awe of those early settlers. I wonder if I could have jumped into a covered wagon with my trunk and headed west. Great to read this one, Michael and Melissa.

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    1. Believe me; I know! I can barely keep up!
      But that's a good problem to have on release day. ;)

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  15. Congrats Melissa!! So exciting to see your book live!

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  16. Congratulations to Melissa! I'm very happy to be part of the cheering squad today. :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you're part of it, too. Wouldn't be the same without you, my loveable dragon. :)

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  17. Highest of sales to Melissa! May this be only the start of a wild success. Great intro, Michael.

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  18. I'm with Lee (well, I'm not *with* Lee, but you know, we're friends....)

    [throws shovel away and steps out of recently dug hole]

    See, I *did* head west in a Mustang with no home, job or friends, but at least my ride had an engine and air-conditioning... those early travelers... wow...

    Just wanted to give a mid-day shout out to Melissa and can someone get her a drink... it looks like the mimosas are wearing off :)

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    1. Yeah. Uh huh....
      :P

      Forget the mimosas. I've moved on to margaritas. LOL

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  19. The thought of having to travel in a covered wagon is not a good one. How lucky we are to have modern conveniences. That doesn't prevent me from reading about others doing it, though. It just makes it that much nicer to snuggle down in my air conditioned house and experience it through a book.

    Congrats again, Melissa!

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    1. Thanks, Sara.
      I'm with you on the air conditioning. LOL

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  20. Congratulations Melissa! Looks like you're off to the races!

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    1. I'm off on something. LOL
      We'll see where it leads...

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  21. Congratulations Melissa. This sounds like a real wild west tale. Great intro Michael.

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  22. another gripping intro! congratulations, Melissa =)

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    1. Thanks, Tara. Michael did a good job, as always. ;)

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  23. Congrats to Melissa! 'No more harsh winters...' I'm seeing it. lol

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  24. CONGRATS MELISSA!
    At the moment, you are Queen Of BloggyVille!
    Enjoy the moment!
    Another sparkling intro Michael! You've done it, again!
    (P.S. I love the new profile pic...)

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    1. It's good to be Queen. LOL

      I'm love Michael's new profile pic, too. Hawt! *fans self*

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  25. Thank you, ladies...

    You're going to make me blush...

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    1. That'd just make you cuter. ;)

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    2. ... blush all you want - we have NO objection! *high-5's Melissa*

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    3. Crimson now...

      I can't get my work done. My face is too hot.

      lol...

      Don't you two have anything better to do with your time?

      Go do some writing... both of you!

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  26. Congrats, Melissa, on your new release! :) I just saw it mentioned on another blog.

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    1. Thanks, Stina. I'm blessed with generous blogging friends. ;)

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