Thursday, October 9, 2014
Book blurb and cover
Title: Redemption’s Edge
Author: Shirleen Davies
Genre: Historical Western Romance
“A heartwarming, passionate story of loss, forgiveness, and redemption set in the untamed frontier during the tumultuous years following the Civil War. Ms. Davies’ engaging and complex characters draw you in from the start, creating an exciting introduction to this new historical western romance series.”
“Redemption’s Edge is a strong and engaging introduction to her new historical western romance series.”
Dax Pelletier is ready for a new life, far away from the one he left behind in Savannah following the South’s devastating defeat in the Civil War. The ex-Confederate general wants nothing more to do with commanding men and confronting the tough truths of leadership.
Rachel Davenport possesses skills unlike those of her Boston socialite peers—skills honed as a nurse in field hospitals during the Civil War. Eschewing her northeastern suitors and changed by the carnage she’s seen, Rachel decides to accept her uncle’s invitation to assist him at his clinic in the dangerous and wild frontier of Montana.
Now a Texas Ranger, a promise to a friend takes Dax and his brother, Luke, to the untamed territory of Montana. He’ll fulfill his oath and return to Austin, at least that’s what he believes.
The small town of Splendor is what Rachel needs after life in a large city. In a few short months, she’s grown to love the people as well as the majestic beauty of the untamed frontier. She’s settled into a life unlike any she has ever thought possible.
Thinking his battle days are over, he now faces dangers of a different kind—one by those from his past who seek vengeance, and another from Rachel, the woman who’s captured his heart.
I have been writing most of my life, but only recently began the transition into fiction. Historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and short stories are what keep me reading, so that is the focus of my writing. I was born in California, grew up between a growing beach town and a small town at the base of the San Bernardino mountains. My mother originally planned to name me Katherine, but she read an article in the paper about a woman named Shirleen shortly before my birth, so instead of having a cool nickname, like Kate, I am simply Shirleen. My mainstays growing up were all the Nancy Drew mystery books; I loved them. Eventually I moved on to mysteries, suspense stories, crime novels, and romance. Pride and Prejudice will always be one of my favorites. Besides California, life changes have allowed me to live in Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona. Everywhere I have lived has been inspirational in one way or another, giving me the opportunity to meet remarkable people with their own stories to tell. I've sailed, skied, owned horses plus lots of other animals, and ridden various off-road vehicles. I enjoy dancing, fishing, hunting, being the back-seater on my husband's Harley, traveling and, of course, reading and writing. Prior to transitioning to writing fiction, I worked for Fortune 500 and many smaller, start-up companies. Fortunately, I regained my sanity long enough to start my own consulting firm, which I still maintain today. My husband and I spend most of our time at our main home in the mountains of Arizona and our second home in Southern California. Between us we have five boys with growing careers and families of their own. So, from my perspective, my life is a success and always an adventure. I wouldn't change a thing; well, except finding more time to write. I love hearing from readers, so please feel email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best regards to all of you,
Links Author Website: http://www.shirleendavies.com/ Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MQA5X1I iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/redemptions-edge/id903902381?mt=11 Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/redemptions-edge-shirleen-davies/1120022671?ean=2940045664790 Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/redemption-s-edge Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/462150 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22839369-redemption-s-edge?from_search=true
His deep voice washed over her, sending a slight shiver through her body. She took a step backward, creating distance, before answering. “The fever is down a little more since you left. He’s stopped grabbing his head and his color is better, but he still won’t take much broth. Overall, it’s encouraging.” She walked to a basin and soaked the cloth once more, before placing it on Luke’s forehead.
“Were you a general in the war?”
He didn’t like to talk of his rank or war experience, yet believed it discourteous to ignore her question. “The last several months, yes.”
“And Luke? Did he serve also?”
“He was a major.”
Dax watched her work, her concise movements full of compassion, yet he could sense a rod of steel at her core. He bet she’d be a formidable force if someone challenged her.
Rachel didn’t know if exhaustion or the elevated warmth in the room had her on edge. She ran her fingers under the collar of her dress to loosen it, hoping no one else would detect the slight shake in her hands. She hadn’t noticed it herself until Dax appeared. It was an unwelcome realization.