Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Gallagher's Choice" Has Arrived!








The Book
He finally had a family to call his own.
She now knew what it meant to risk it all.
Together they had a chance to find peace at last.
 
Eliza Gallagher is tough, resilient, and rides a horse like she was born in the saddle. All necessary qualities for someone who runs a cattle ranch.  She had more to avenge than any of them and she was counting on those skills to finally find the justice they all sought -- until she realized it could cost her everything and everyone she loved. 

Ramsey Hunter finally knew what it was to have a family and what it took to keep that family together. He knew coming back wouldn’t be easy, but he never imagined what he would have to risk to keep it. 

Eliza got him home; now Ramsey has to do whatever it takes to save her life and help bring peace to Hawk’s Peak.





Now available!  
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The Giveaways
I'm not doing a full book tour this time around due to an insanely busy schedule, but I will be visiting a few blogs to celebrate the release of Gallagher's Choice. Comment here, or at any one of the stops for a chance at the prizes. You may also enter the giveaways using the form below (recommended). 

A $50 Book Blast, hosted by I am a Reader Not a Writer, will begin on September 17th. Details will be posted here on that date!

Enter for a chance to win any one of the following prizes: 

$10 Amazon Gift Card (international)
or
Gallagher Series "Boxed" Set (e-book for Int. Print available for US)
or
Gift Trio: 2 horse picture frames and etched mountain scene/leaf coasters. (US addresses only)


Enjoy an Excerpt from Gallagher's Choice



Excerpt from Chapter One

Montana Territory—October 1882
I won’t be far behind you. Ramsey’s words echoed through Eliza’s thoughts. When she had asked for time to prepare her family for his return, she didn’t expect this much time. There’s something I have to do, he had told her. They now had more to lose than ever before—a new generation of Gallaghers lived at Hawk’s Peak.
      I won’t be far behind you.
    Eliza had been able to hold off the inevitable tongue-lashing she knew her brothers wanted to deliver, but she’d be unable to forestall them much longer. For now, she could be grateful their ire was directed elsewhere.
     “You remember what we talked about, Eliza?” Ethan glanced briefly at his brother and then looked directly at her.
     Eliza nodded. “I remember, but just this time.”
     “We’ll take what we can get, sis,” Gabriel said.
    “That’s settled then.” Ethan stood to move from behind the desk. “Gabriel will take two men and head north, and I’ll take two more and head south, just in case Jeb misinformed us. If we leave tomorrow, we may be able to catch up with Hunter, or at the very least, discover exactly where he’s going. The rest of the men will stay here—we still have cattle to look after and we’re not leaving any of you alone. Now, I’ll go out and let the men know the—”
    “Rider coming in!” someone shouted from outside. Ethan rushed to the window and Gabriel quickly joined him. The snow had stopped, and now the cold air misted around the mountains. Eliza stood beside them and saw the lines of the horse and man as they raced over frozen earth toward them. Something familiar stood out about the rider, and Eliza moved to the railing in an attempt to see more of him. Broad shoulders filled a dark coat, open to show the heavy woolen shirt beneath. His brown felt hat remained in place despite the speed of his ride. Long limbs fell on either side of the magnificent stallion—a horse familiar to Eliza.
     The rider came to an abrupt stop in front of the hitching post and lifted deep green eyes to the three on the porch. Gabriel heard his sister gasp and turned to her, but her eyes remained on the man sitting atop a thoroughbred similar to his Zeus.
     “What’s going on?” Gabriel faced his sister. “Do you know this man?”
Ethan hit the side of Gabriel’s arm and walked to the edge of the porch. “Take a closer look, brother.”
     Gabriel did and when the man stared back, ten years slipped away. “Ramsey?”
    “Sorry I’m late, Gallagher,” Ramsey said, still on his horse. “I had a devil of a time with the weather through the pass.”
    “What are you talking about?” Ethan’s gaze shifted back and forth between Ramsey and his sister. Both continued to stare at each other. “We heard you’d be coming out this way, but as I live and breathe Ramsey, I didn’t believe it.”
      “I could have used an extra week, but Gabriel’s friend, Jeb, said you needed a marshal fast. He found me on the trail outside of Bozeman.”
     Eliza finally spoke up. “What does that have to do with—oh my.” Ramsey moved the edge of his heavy coat aside to reveal the small, round silver badge pinned to his wool vest. “How is that possible? You didn’t say anything—”
    “There’s a lot I didn’t tell you, Eliza.” Ramsey dismounted and tied his horse to the post. He took a moment to glance around at the men approaching from two sides. “I’m glad to see you have numbers,” he said and moved up to the porch.
Gabriel leaned against the railing. “You’re the marshal?”
     “When?” Eliza took a few steps toward Ramsey.
     “Just after you left.” Ramsey smiled at her. “I figured it would come in handy.”
Once, years ago, they had called Ramsey a friend. Whenever they happened to be on the same trail or in town at the same time, they enjoyed Ramsey’s company. Why Ramsey worked for Hunter was a question asked more than once among the Gallaghers. It wasn’t until later that they discovered the possibility that Ramsey was Nathan Hunter’s grandson.
     Eliza had never imagined that their family would be joined with Nathan Hunter, but when Brenna Cameron had showed up in Briarwood a year ago, looking for her grandfather, no one could have stopped the events which followed. Brenna may have been the granddaughter of their fiercest enemy, but love was determined to win, despite everything. Marrying Brenna was the smartest thing Ethan had ever done, and Eliza happily called her “family.”
     Ethan stepped forward and slapped a hand on Ramsey’s shoulder. “You have some explaining to do.” 
      “I know that, but there’s something else I have to do first.”
The front door slowly eased open, and Brenna poked her head out and looked at her husband. “Will our guest be joining us for breakfast?”
     Ethan took her hand from the edge of the door and pulled her outside.
     “It’s as cold as the Highland hills out here, Ethan.”
   Ethan removed his coat and draped it over his wife’s shoulders and leaned down. “There’s someone you need to meet,” he whispered against her ear.
    “Who might that be?” Brenna stepped back into her husband and gasped. “Faith, but it can’t be!” Brenna stepped forward toward the image of her father as she remembered him from her days as a child. “Are you really here? Is it truly you?”
    Ramsey stepped forward and turned all of his attention to the woman before him. He lifted his hands to her face, one on each side, and raised her tear-filled eyes.
     “It’s really me, Brenna.”
     Brenna looked at Eliza. “This is your doing? You found him.”
     Eliza smiled at her sister-in-law. “He was easier to find than I thought.”
    “I’m just sorry she had to come all the way to Kentucky to find me, but I’m grateful she did.” Ramsey shared a momentary glance with Eliza before turning back to his sister. “I would have come back, but I’ll admit that Eliza was the motivation I needed to see you.”
Brenna stepped back from him. “You would have come here without telling me?”
     Ramsey didn’t hesitate before answering. “I wish I had the answer you’d want to hear.” He looked over at Ethan and Gabriel, who waited patiently while he spoke to Brenna. “I heard about your troubles and planned to do what I could—without telling you,” he admitted.
    Ethan looked fondly at his sister. “Eliza has a way of changing a person’s way of thinking.”
      Ramsey nodded. “Yes, she does.” 

 

5 comments:

  1. I certainly understand--and concur--with your choice of family over a release date! Good for you, M.K.!! jdh2690@gmail.com

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  2. Happy Release Day, MK!!I'm so glad it's here and can't wait to read it.

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  3. What a lovely cover! Congratulations!

    Christi Corbett

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