Friday, February 28, 2014

#firstkiss A kiss to mend a broken heart.. The Widow's Heart by @LBroday @KMNbooks #giveaway

KAREN: Will Cade's kiss sway Skye to give them a second chance at love? You be the judge! Enjoy a snippet from The Widow's Heart by Linda Broday!

***Giveaway: Linda is giving away two eBook copies of Hearts and Spurs to two lucky winners! Read on and find out how you can win this wonderful prize!

First Kiss from the Hearts and Spurs Anthology
“The Widow’s Heart”
By Linda Broday

He’d lost it. His most cherished possession.  Maybe it fell out.  Hurrying into the house, Cade stooped down to look under the table and around the room. Movement drew him up short.

Skye stood with arms folded. “Looking for something?”

“You might say that I am. Something I greatly treasure. Must’ve fallen out of my pocket.”

“Would this be it, by chance?” A gold locket dangled from her hand.

Cade Coltrain swallowed hard, waiting for what was to come. “You found it.”

The lines of her face softened. “Why did you keep it?”

“It reminded me of the price I paid for my own stupidity.” He covered the space between them and took it. “And I never get tired of looking at your picture. Remembering. Dreaming.”

“I didn’t know you cared; that you gave me another thought after that day.”

He forced out the words he’d locked in a far corner of his heart. “I cared. Always.”

Slowly, Cade moved closer until only a whisper of distance remained between them. He caressed her cheek with the back of his fingers. “You don’t know what you do to a man. You’re impossible to forget.”

Skye leaned into him. “What did we do, Cade? I loved you, you know.”

“But Matthew—”
“Matthew wasn’t you. He was a good husband, but I never loved him. I only gave my heart away once…and you gave it back.”
“I was a fool.” His ragged breath was loud in his ears. Heat pooled low in his belly. Without stopping to think, he bent his head and kissed her.
Skye closed her eyes. Like the brush of fine silk, the sweep of his mouth across hers stole her breath, her thoughts, any desire to resist.

An overpowering need rose up.

But what would happen when he rode off again without looking back? Could she keep it from destroying her?
Pushing away from his broad chest, she stumbled outside. The old dugout, the place she always sought when life pressed around crushing her, drew her. She sank down into the chair she’d put there long ago and buried her face in her hands.

The lines had blurred and she didn’t know how that happened. Cade Coltrain was no longer her husband’s brother. He was her love. And God knew if he kissed her again, she’d lose all ability to resist.

Even if he made no promise to stay.

Hearts and Spurs anthology:

How do you capture a cowboy's heart? Love never comes easy, but these women raise the stakes, get out the lassos, and set to work to get their man to the altar. Second chances and rekindled passions prove nothing is impossible where Cupid is concerned.

Hearts and Spurs is a collection of nine stories by some of western romance's best—just in time for Valentine's Day!


About Linda Broday's tale, THE WIDOW'S HEART

Desperate and alone, Skye O’Rourke finds courage and a love she thought she’d lost when a man from her past emerges from the shimmering desert heat.
Skye O’Rourke thinks her imagination is playing tricks on her when a man emerges from the shimmering desert heat. No one would willingly take a stroll under the scorching sun with a saddle slung on his back. She’s shocked to discover it’s Cade Coltrain, a man she once gave her heart to only to have him give it back.

Can she trust him not to abandon her this time? Yet, trusting each other is the only way they can survive. And love might just save them if they believe….

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***Giveaway: Tanya is giving away two eBook copies of Hearts and Spurs to two lucky winners! All you have to do is answer this question or leave a comment.

Question: Do you think Skye should give Cade another chance? 


Linda Broday is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of three full-length western romance novels and seven short stories. She feels a deep obligation to preserve the history and spirits of the men and women who followed their dreams and came to settle the west. Through her characters, she shows their courage and deep determination to survive despite the odds.

She lives in the Texas Panhandle on the Llano Estacado, land the American Indians and comancheros once roamed. She’s a grandmother, avid rock collector, and member of the Panhandle Professional Writers’ Association, Romance Writers of America and Women Writing the West. When she’s not writing, she’s scouring the Internet for little-known tidbits about the frontier to add to her stories. Writing and research are her passions.

Watch for an upcoming western romance series that will release with Sourcebooks Publishing in 2015.

She blogs once a month at Petticoats and Pistols a website devoted to promoting everything related to western romance. And at Prairie Rose Publications Blogspot .

You can find her on the web at: 


Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Enjoyed you excerpt! Is this going to be a series or a stand alone book?

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Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

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Thanks so much for participating in the First Kiss event! Hasn't the month been full of wonderful excerpts? I've enjoyed them all!

Answer to the question: I think they should have a second chance. :)

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Cathy, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad my excerpt enticed you. This is one of the most favorite stories I've written. The characters really grabbed me.

It's a short story in the Hearts and Spurs anthology that also includes stories by eight other authors. I'll put your name in the drawing.

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for having me, Karen! This has been a great event. Nothing better than a whole month of kisses. Everyone, young and old, likes kisses.

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I was so impressed with the way you started this story, how dismal and lonely life had become for Skye. That deep PIC of her struggle to carry on in her isolation made the entrance of her true love all the more sweet. Great excerpt; great story.

Kristy McCaffrey said... Best Blogger Tips

Great excerpt and great story, Linda! Enjoyed it along with all the shorts in the anthology.

Kathleen Rice Adams said... Best Blogger Tips

Linda, if you don't stop throwing Cade in my face every time I turn around, I'm going to dissolve into a puddle of drool. You write THE HOTTEST bad-boy heroes! This story is full of those little "awwww" moments when Cade lets his softer side peek through that barbed-wire exterior he's got going on.

BIG HUGS from the other side of Texas, dear one! :-)

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

What an excerpt, Linda. This story really grabbed me and held on all the way through. I just couldn't imagine how it would resolve itself...but those characters of yours are both so strong-willed that anything can happen. Fantastic tale. I really enjoyed it.

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Yowzers, I love that caress, Linda, great excerpt. Xoxox

Jan Sikes said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all of your stories, but this one really was superb! The way you wrote the characters made you really SEE them and then the story captures you and carries you right along with them as they feel their way back to some sort of sanity. Great writing, Sister!

TracyG said... Best Blogger Tips

Linda, I loved this story. But then I love all your stories. :D And of course Skye should give Cade another chance! That's what people in love do--even when the rat has broken your heart. lol

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah thank you for the compliment. I'm so glad you enjoyed my story. It means a lot coming from someone as accomplished as you. Skye was such a strong character. I saw her face each time I closed my eyes. I was happy to give her a happy ending. >

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you Kristy! I'm so glad you liked it. It's one of my favorite stories.

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen...I'm so sorry that you're in a big puddle of drool! Sounds like a personal problem to me friend. LoL! I'd love for Cade to be here for me to droop all over him. Man..why do these hunks have to only be in my imagination?

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Cheryl...I'm so glad you found my story entertaining and have a satisfying ending too. Thank you so much for talking me into writing it for you.

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Tanya...I'm glad you liked my excerpt. I had such fun writing it.

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Jan....I'm so glad you thought it was a special story. Sometimes a reader doesn't always see what the author sees. It's always a surprise when that happens. You do some great writing yourself.

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bn100candg at hotmail dot com said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a good book. I'm enjoying the excerpts. I think she should give him another chance.

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Bn100...thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed my kissing scene. I've entered you in the drawing. Good luck!

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi imabrssy 1......Thanks for the comment. I'm sure Skye will give him another chance. She might need just a tad more convincing though. But when you love someone you just follow your heart and trust. I've entered you in the drawing.

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Tracy.... yeah when your heart is involved you have little choice. It wants what it wants. Glad you enjoyed my excerpt.

Linda Broday said... Best Blogger Tips

WINNERS of the ebook copy of Hearts and Spurs are:


Congratulations! I'll contact each of you.

Deepest thanks to everyone who turned out and let comments. It was a bit of a juggle for me because I had to make a quick trip out of town.But I did my best to keep up with the comments.