Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Giveaway for Lacy Williams' new release, MARRYING MISS MARSHAL

Welcome Lacy! I'm happy to have you on my blog.

About Lacy: Lacy Williams is a wife and mom from Oklahoma. Her debut novel, MARRYING MISS MARSHAL, won ACFW's Genesis award before being published. She promises readers happy endings guaranteed. Lacy combines her love of dogs with her passion for literacy by volunteering with her therapy dog Mr. Bingley in a local Kids Reading to Dogs program.
Lacy loves to hear from readers at lacyjwilliams@gmail.com. She posts short stories and giveaways at her website www.lacywilliams.net and can be found on social media at www.facebook.com/lacywilliamsbooks and www.twitter.com/lacy_williams.

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My book MARRYING MISS MARSHAL releases August 2 from Love Inspired Historical and I’d like to share an excerpt with you today, as well as do a giveaway!

From chapter one…

Wyoming Territory, September 1889

The report of a rifle echoed through the red-walled canyon, ringing in Marshal Danna Carpenter's chest. A second report sounded close after the first.
She reined in her mount and pushed back her Stetson, instantly alert and scanning the area for trouble.
The shots could've been someone hunting game—although there wasn't much of it to be found in these washed-out ravines southwest of town—or it could've been someone discharging their weapon for a more nefarious purpose. As town marshal, she had to be prepared for both possibilities.
Danna's horse shifted beneath her, its movements telling her it sensed something wrong as well. But what?
Then she saw him, in the last rays of sunlight slipping over the canyon's edge. A man staggering along the canyon floor, booted feet dragging in the sandy soil. He carried some kind of luggage over his shoulder. From this distance, she couldn't see a rifle….
Too far away to determine his identity, Danna guessed she didn't know him. His clothes were too fine for these parts—dark pants, vest, jacket, and a bright white shirt. Most folks around here wore woolen trousers or denims, and plain cotton shirts.
What was he doing so far from town? And on foot? Any halfway intelligent person knew you didn't traipse around the unforgiving Wyoming landscape without a horse, or a mule at the very least.
Before she could decide whether to waste the last of the sunlight to check on the stranger, or to head out of the canyon toward home, her horse's ears flicked back and his shoulder quivered beneath her gloved hand. The ground trembled.
From around a natural bend in the canyon, a cloud of dust rose like steam from a kettle and sent fear skittering down Danna's spine.
And the terrible sound she was hearing began to make sense: hundreds of pounding hooves, getting closer every second.
Stampede.
She couldn't leave an injured man to be trampled to death. Danna kicked King's flank and gave a shouted "hiyah!" The horse rocketed toward the figure still too far away.
Peripherally aware of the canyon walls racing by, Danna watched the greenhorn pause and looked up toward the sky. What was he doing?
A few hundred yards behind him, cattle began to round a bend in the canyon. The beasts bellowed, and that must've jarred the tenderfoot from his stupor, for he turned and faced the approaching wall of horns and hooves.
He froze, the item he carried sliding to the ground.
Words rose in Danna's throat but she had no breath to call out, not when all her concentration centered on reaching him in time. He wouldn't be able to hear anyway.
As the cattle closed in, the man's sense of self-preservation seemed to kick in, for he turned to flee, caught sight of Danna, and began to run in her direction.
Danna fisted her mount's mane with both hands, leaning forward until her torso rested against his foam-flecked neck as she pushed the animal even faster.
The man looked up and, for a moment, time seemed to suspend itself.
His eyes—a bright, clear blue—met Danna's, and she saw his fear and surprise.
A solid wall of cattle closed in behind the man. Too close.
Clinging to the saddle horn with her right hand, gripping with her knees, she caught hold of the tenderfoot under one arm, and used her horse's forward momentum to sweep him up behind her.
"Hold on!" she cried.
The man's arm slung tight around her waist, Danna pulled the horse into a tight turn and fought to keep the stallion from unseating them both. She knew the fear of death in that moment, her twenty-four years playing out before her eyes, so many mistakes made…mistakes she desperately wanted a chance to rectify.
They weren't going to make it.

Copyright © 2011 by Lacy Williams. Copyright (c) 2011 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited. Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover Art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited ® and TM are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.

Back cover blurb:
Filling the shoes of her late husband as town marshal hasn't been easy for Danna Carpenter. She's not only fighting criminals, she's also fighting to earn the respect of the townspeople. So crossing paths with tenderfoot detective Chas O'Grady is the last thing she needs. He's hunting a band of cattle rustlers and isn't used to the rugged Wyoming landscape. Teaming up is their only option, but when circumstances place them in a compromising situation, the town forces a more permanent partnership—marriage. If they can let down their guards with each other they might find that love is the greatest catch of all.
Publisher’s Weekly calls MARRYING MISS MARSHAL, "warmly romantic with a hint of adventure and an unconventional heroine" (June 2011)

RT Book Reviews gives it 4 Stars and says, "Williams' debut is a great story with a twist, and it will keep readers riveted." (August 2011)

Readers can find links to purchase, and more info at www.marryingmissmarshal.com


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17 comments:

  1. This book sounds fun--and I always like a story that has a twist! The scene I read caught my interest too. I've read other blog posts about this book and enjoyed them!
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  3. Please enter me! This boks looks really awesome, and the cover is great!

    Btw, love that you've started a giveaway blog! I had one I used to follow, but it hasn't been posted on for ages, so.

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  4. Thanks for the excerpt; I wanted to keep on reading to find out what happens. It's always nice to "discover" new authors. I'd be pleased to win a copy of Marrying Miss Marshal.
    Thanks.
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  5. A lady marshal sounds like a great beginning for a romantic adventure. Please add me, thanks!
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  6. Every time I hear about this I get more excited! I love the state of Wyoming!
    Please enter me
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  7. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to win this. Thanks again.

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  8. Sounds like a great book. Please enter me and I am a follower through feedburner.

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  9. This sounds like a great book! Count me in!

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  10. This book sounds SOOOO GOOD!!! I love the book cover as well!
    I would love the chance to be entered into the giveaway!
    thanks!
    Deborah

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  11. Oh my, talk about suspense. I was sitting on the edge of my seat telling them to move it. lol. I loved the excerpt and can't wait to read "Marrying Miss Marshal". I also love the cover. I have not read any of your books Lacy but am adding you as new author with MMM on my wish list. Thanks for the suspense and hope it is HEA.

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  12. I'd love the opportunity to win this book. Sounds exciting.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
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  13. I would love to add this book to my collection!

    Salena
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  14. Sounds great! I'd like to read this one!

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  15. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story...

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