Friday, May 4, 2012

Lacy Williams's The Homesteader's Sweetheart

This year Lacy Williams will celebrate both her thirtieth birthday and a decade of marriage to the love of her life. She traded in her childhood dream of being a veterinarian for a job as a bean-counting auditor at a public accounting firm, but her love of animals, especially dogs, continues (she has three). Growing up on her grandfather’s farm, Lacy was bucked off a horse, tried to milk a feral cow, and once attempted to mine for gold in a red dirt field (with no luck). These childhood adventures provide a good amount of material for the western romances she writes. More recent escapades include getting stuck in an elevator on the way to an awards banquet (where she won), having two children, becoming a multi-published author. Next up on her bucket list: writing a screenplay and taking a research trip to Australia.

You can find her: special promo during month of May at:
Twitter: @lacy_williams

Back Cover Blurb:
To escape a dreaded arranged marriage, Penny Castlerock will face anything—even life on her grandfather's farm. But it isn't the rustic lifestyle that's got the Philadelphia socialite tied in knots. It's the handsome homesteader and his eight adopted children next door….

With seven boys and a girl to raise, transplanted farmer Jonas White could sure use some help. He just didn't expect it to come from the high-spirited, copper-haired beauty he's always admired from afar. But surely working the land is no life for a woman like Penny. Yet a threat to Jonas's farm just might show him how perfect Penny is for him after all.

Book Exerpt:

Wyoming Territory, summer 1890

   Hadn't he promised himself not to get into a situation like this again?
   Jonas White stood on the dusty street in his Sunday suit, letter clutched in his hand, gazing up at the fine house. It seemed too much of a coincidence that his neighbor and closest friend--although they were two generations apart in age--was related to a wealthy banker when Jonas desperately needed a loan. And the letter Jonas had promised to deliver for his friend would grant him access to the banker he'd been trying to see all day.
   But Jonas had stopped questioning the Lord's hand in things once he'd met his neighbors, the Nelsons, just over five years ago.
   Staring at the light spilling from the glass-paned windows onto the large, well-kept yard reminded Jonas of another place and time, and how as a child he'd often looked in on some of Philadelphia's wealthy families. Like those stately town houses, this house was ostentatious. Two-story and much larger than the other homes on the street. Or in the whole town of Calvin, Wyoming, for that matter.
   Jonas resolutely pushed the painful memories to the back of his mind. His daughter needed him to do this, and he couldn't fail her.
   Sounds of voices and tinkling china trickled out from the wide-open front door. Was the banker hosting a party? If so, this might not be the best time to call, but Jonas needed to take care of business before the woman who was watching Breanna for him left town on the next Eastbound train.
   He brushed at some dust on his jacket sleeve and took a deep breath, reminding himself that his loan was a reasonable request. If only he felt more comfortable interacting with high-society people like the banker, but his upbringing didn't exactly lend itself to that.
   Trudging up the steps before he could change his mind, Jonas entered the elegant home. The entry hall was empty, but voices drew him to a parlor packed with people. One or two of them shook his hand, welcoming him as he moved through the crowded room. Most ignored him. Jonas scanned each face, looking for the portly man with salt-and-pepper hair that he'd glimpsed briefly on the boardwalk this morning. No sign of the banker.
   Conversations ebbed and flowed around him as he moved through the parlor and into another lamp-lit room in search of Mr. Castlerock. He knew he was out of place, and the disdainful looks he received from some of the partygoers only confirmed it, made him feel as awkward and unwelcome as he'd felt at eighteen in the Broadhursts' Philadelphia home.
   "Can I help ya, son?"
   Jonas turned at the voice and caught sight of a plump woman with an apron covering most of her ample figure. Here was someone from his class, someone who could help him. Relief flooded him.
   "Yes, I'm looking for Mr. Castlerock. I'm to deliver this letter, and I need to speak with him on another matter--"
   The woman took the letter from Jonas. "I'll put it aside for the boss. If he sets it down during the party, he'll never remember where he put it in the morning. Last I saw him, he was in his study, down there..." She nodded toward a door down the hall and her voice trailed off as she bustled away in the opposite direction.
   "Thanks," Jonas murmured to her departing back.
   He couldn't be sure which room she'd meant to indicate--there were two doorways on the left and one on the right, so he peeked into each as he passed. Finally, he had no choice but to enter the room at the end of the hall.
   So intent was he on locating the banker, Jonas didn't notice her at first. But as he tried to slip through the...crowd without bumping into any of the fine furnishings or well-dressed guests, he caught a glimpse of upswept copper curls, burnished to fire by the lamplight.
   He'd only ever seen one person with that color hair in his entire life.
   Jonas stopped moving, dumbstruck, as a tall man in a black jacket moved away and his view became unhindered. It was her, with the laughing blue eyes he remembered and wearing the frilliest, fanciest peach colored dress he'd ever seen. The girl he'd admired from afar, back in Philadelphia. Penny Castlerock. He'd guessed from the unusual surname that she might be a relation to the wealthy banker, but never imagined he would see her here. He'd thought she would be married to a Philadelphia businessman by now.
   What was she doing in Wyoming?

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Lacy Williams is giving away a copy of THE HOMESTEADER’S SWEETHEART.The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address.You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Until next time. . . Sharon A Lavy


Jo said...

Great interview. I also have a love of dogs. Right now we just have one since we had to put our almost 13 year old Border Collie to sleep last May due to throat cancer. We are now in the process of looking for another Border Collie.

This book sounds good and would love to read it.Thank you for the opportunity!


Emma said...

Great interview.THE HOMESTEADER’S SWEETHEART sounds like a great book. Please enter me in this contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

Wendy Newcomb said...

Thank you for doing this interview, would love to win this book.


Amy R.S. said...

I have been looking forward to this book since I first saw the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Mary B said...

Would love to win this.
Mary B.
atouchofheaven2010 (at) gmail (dot) com

Great Lakes Romances said...

Sounds like a very interesting story. I'd love to read and share it with others. Had to hop over here when I read that you love dogs. We have a couple of shelter mixed-breeds that stole our hearts. :)

Donna Winters
bigwaterpub at gmail dot com

Nancee said...

I enjoyed the synopsis of this new book. I'd love to win a copy. Thank you for offering this giveaway!
Nancee in Michigan

Anonymous said...

I would sure love to win Lacey's book. Wow, poor man with no helpmate and 8 kids. Love the story so far. Maxie ( )

Anonymous said...

I would very much like to enter this contest for Lacey's book. Maxie ( )

Teela said...

oh, please enter me in the drawing for Lacy's book!

Merry said...

Thanks for the peek at The Homesteader's Sweetheart. I'd love to be entered.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

love these books thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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