Rosemary is Book 11 in the Widows of Wildcat Ridge Series.
A devastating mine accident has claimed the life of Rosemary Brennan’s husband, Jack, along with nearly all the men of Wildcat Ridge. The mine owner, Mortimer Crane, has given the widows an ultimatum—find husbands or he will evict them from their homes and businesses. Desperate to keep the assay office that Jack had managed, Rosemary heads into the hills in search of an old Spanish mine called The Floriana in the hope she can lay claim to a bonanza of gold.
Ex-U.S. Deputy Marshal Miles McGinty arrives in Wildcat Ridge to pay his respects to Brennan’s widow. He and Jack had a history, and Miles is heartsick over the loss of the young man he had come to think of as a brother. When he learns of Rosemary’s problems with the piggish Crane, he will do anything to help her—even offering marriage. But when it becomes clear that Crane knew of Jack’s criminal past and was blackmailing him over it, Miles must decide whether to tell Rosemary the truth, because doing so may drive her away. And to his surprise, Miles has fallen in love with his new wife.
A sweet romance set in 1884 Utah Territory.
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Rosemary has gone into the hills in search of an old Spanish mine called The Floriana but has become lost. She stumbles across the path of two unsavory prospectors, Hector and Alvin. It’s here that she meets our hero, McGinty.
Two men rolled in the dirt, locked together like battling bull elk. Another horse stood vigil, minus its rider, who must be the man currently fighting Hector on her behalf. For a split second, she thought it might have been Priscilla’s husband, Braxton, but the man grunting and, unfortunately, losing ground to the likes of Hector, was a stranger to her.
Friend or foe, she couldn’t let Hector win.
“Freeze or I’ll shoot,” she said loudly.
Both men stopped and looked at her.
“Who are you?” she demanded of the stranger.
“McGinty,” he wheezed past the chokehold Hector had on him.
McGinty? That sounded familiar.
“Let him go, Hector,” she demanded, “before I drag you to the marshal and have you locked up.”
A wicked grin spread across Hector’s face. “How you gonna do that? You’re as lost as a whore in church.”
Rosemary inhaled sharply. “You’re a despicable human being, and if you don’t release Mr. McGinty right now, I’ll shoot your foot off.”
Hector chuckled and gripped his arm tighter around McGinty’s neck. The stranger’s face was starting to turn purple.
Rosemary cocked the gun and closed her right eye to line up the sight with her left the way she had practiced with Jack. Without hesitation she fired, the kick from the weapon knocking her backwards with a scream. As she scrambled to her feet, Hector was howling, but Mr. McGinty had managed to free himself.
Alvin ran toward them with a lopsided gait, huffing and sweating. He might be young, but he acted like an old man.
Mr. McGinty grabbed a shotgun from his horse and aimed the firearm at the two prospectors.
“She shot me!” Hector wailed.
Rosemary remained where she was, a terrible trembling overcoming her. Good Lord, I did shoot him.
Alvin bent down to examine his friend’s leg, wheezing as he spoke. “Now, Hector, she barely grazed you.”
“She shot my foot off!”
Alvin shook his head, his mouth buried in the mop of whiskers that hung from his chin. “Nope. The bullet’s in the ground, not yer foot. She made a hole in your trousers, that’s all. I see a tiny speck of blood, but I’m not sure since you’re a mite filthy.”
“Grab her!” Hector insisted. “We’ll take her to Wildcat Ridge and have her arrested.”
“I don’t think so,” Mr. McGinty finally chimed in. “You were chasing her. What did you plan to do when you caught her?”
Hector’s expression turned incredulous. “Who the blazes are you? And how do you know she’s not my wife? Or somethin’?”
Mr. McGinty looked at her and the full brunt of his attention stilled her breath. Before she turned purple herself, she gulped air into her lungs. He was tall and strong and … how on earth did the likes of Hector best this man?
“Are you his wife?” he asked. “Or somethin’?”
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Kristy writes historical and contemporary western romances, and has recently begun a contemporary adventure romance series with the release of a book about a marine biologist who swims with great white sharks. While her contribution to the Widows of Wildcat Ridge series is a sweet romance, she generally pens stories filled with grit, suspense, and the steamy bits. Regardless of heat level, she loves to create compelling heroes and determined heroines, and always injects a bit of her trademark mysticism into her tales. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering but has written since she was a child. Her mother was a voracious reader and instilled a love of books, alchemy, symbolism, and the power of archetypes into her at a young age. She loves “grand” themes, which is why she began her publishing career with western romances. Nothing beats the grandiose scale of the Old West. She and her husband live in the desert north of Phoenix, AZ, and their two sons and two daughters are all (mostly) out of the house. She adores her dogs and indulges that love by frequently posting photos of them on her Instagram page.
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