Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Taming the Sheriff by Cynthia Hickey


Charlotte Nelson arrives in the tiny mountain town of Plumville, Arkansas, with big ideas. She wants to mend the decades-old town feud by throwing a Christmas pageant. But it soon proves to be a challenge, especially when three of her students are determined matchmakers. She's in no hurry to settle down—certainly not with the rugged, handsome sheriff.

Sheriff Asher Thomas can handle most trouble that comes his way, but Charlotte's flashing eyes and black curls are a threat of a different kind. Soon she's taking over his time and his thoughts. Will Asher change his bachelor ways for love?

Book Excerpt

Ozark Mountains 1881
            No turning back now.
Charlotte Nelson glared at the drunken man—Hiram Something—beside her. Squaring her shoulders, she gripped the reins and eyed the white expanse between the trees. While snow blurred lines of the landscape, dotting Charlotte’s eyelashes and numbing her fingers, Hiram snored from the wagon seat. Charlotte shivered so hard she thought her bones would come through her skin. She fought the impulse to plant an elbow squarely in his ribs.
            Were they still on the road? How could she tell with all the snow? They had to be lost. Her heart seized.
What little light they’d had was gone. Clouds covered the sky, blocking out any stars flickering overhead. Spiders crept up her spine. She was lost in unfamiliar territory with an unconscious stranger. Not how she envisioned spending her first night in a new town.
            “Yah!” She snapped the reins to encourage the mules to pick up the pace. She might have been a fly buzzing around them for all the good it did. “Brrr.” She glared at Hiram. He sat with his head tossed back, mouth gaping. Would the fool freeze to death despite the alcohol in his system?
            Charlotte groaned and freed one hand so she could dig behind the seat for a blanket. Her fingers grasped a rough wool one. Pulling it across Hiram, she wrinkled her nose at the strong horse odor. Well, she didn’t have to cover up with the foul-smelling thing. At least she was conscious … for now. The way her blood boiled, she should keep warm even under these circumstances.
            “Come on, you miserable beasts.” She slapped the reins again. The animals plodded forward with all the speed of molasses running uphill in the winter. Charlotte’s breath escaped her in a wispy fog.
            Please, Lord, let us be headed in the right direction. Maybe she should have asked for a map to Plumville when she got off the train. She glared at Hiram again. Since she was supposed to have a driver, she shouldn’t have needed a map.
            Hiram snorted. Charlotte frowned and wished for thicker gloves. She hoped the man wasn’t being paid much to transport her, since she ended up driving herself. She removed one hand from the reins and slid it under her thigh, hoping her body heat would thaw her fingers. What if she were stuck out here all night, driving in circles? She’d be part of the landscape by morning.
            No. She wouldn’t panic. She’d have to tough it out. If her parents knew she drove through a blizzard with a drunkard, they’d say, “I told you so,” and cart her home to North Carolina as fast as a train could carry her.
They didn’t understand their oldest daughter’s drive to be a teacher. In their minds, she should be back home learning to run a house and keeping a husband happy. Even with the end of the War Between the States, and the loss of their fine plantation, Charlotte’s mother still insisted on Southern gentility. After all, her father was now a business man, the owner of a mercantile. Charlotte counted it a blessing that a teaching job became available mid-term, even if it was in a hollow in the Ozark mountains. Waiting until next fall would have meant almost a year of her mother badgering her about her choice of a career over housewife.

            A sliver of light glimmered through the trees. A house? Charlotte leaned forward and peered through the gloom. It was! Thank you, God. She urged the team faster. If she hadn’t been a well-bred lady, she’d call Hiram a few choice words. 

About Cynthia:

Multi-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries published through Barbour Publishing, with a novella releasing in March 2013. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and a novella in Barbour’s large Christmas anthology. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at www.cynthiahickey.com.

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Cynthia is giving away a copy of Taming the Sheriff. 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 may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Wendy Newcomb said...

I would love to win a copy of Tamin the Sheriff, it sounds great!


Sharon A. Lavy said...

Love your apron Cynthia. Representing your books about the Harvey Girls.

Susan P said...

This sounds like a good book! I love men in uniform. :)

Jackie McNutt said...

Love the Title and characters in this book. The story line sounds great. I will definitely add to my to read list! Thanks for interview with Cynthia nice to learn of new author.

Susan Johnson said...

Thank you for the interview. I loved the Fudge Laced Felonies. So cute. This books looks like a good read, also.
susanmsj at msn dot com

Brittany said...

Thank you for the opportunity to learn about this book and the chance to win! Sounds like a great read.
Brittany McEuen
kbmceuen at yahoo dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

Great excerpt. Sounds like a great book. pat at ptbradley dot com

ann said...

Now this sounds like a book I would enjoying read very much. thanks for the chance to win

Anonymous said...

Hi Hope you will put my name in for trying to win this book. Looks like she would freeze her fingers and toes, in that cold and not even with a blanket covering her. I need to read this book. But should be interesting with her and a sheriff. Thanks!
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Merry said...

Thanks for a taste of Taming the Sheriff.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

sm said...

This book looks great about a sheriff, probably a real rough and ready kind of guy, and the lady who gets his heart. Love to win, sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ro said...

If it's not too late to enter for this book I would like to do so. Sounds like a good read.

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