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Friday, April 18, 2014

Pistols and Petticoats anthology: Excerpt & Fun Facts from Adrienne DeWolfe

I have the pleasure of featuring this historical western anthology, Pistols and Petticoats, today. Of a special note is a guest post from author Adrienne DeWolfe.
About The Anthology:
From bestselling authors Barbara Ankrum, Adrienne deWolfe and Sharon Ihle come three fresh novellas, featuring three firebrand ladies, each determined to make her mark while making her match.

ETHAN'S BRIDE - 27,000 word sequel to CHASE THE FIRE (Wild Western Hearts, Book 4)
Violet Bradford desperately wants a child. Believing herself barren, she answers Dr. Ethan Walker's advertisement for a mail-order bride in Colorado, knowing he only wants one thing: a mother for his young daughter. Surely the joys of motherhood can compensate for a loveless marriage. But Ethan's broken heart won't stop tugging at hers. And Ethan soon realizes he must risk his heart again or risk losing it all.

SHADY LADY - 26,000 word prequel to DEVIL IN TEXAS (Velvet Lies, Book 4)
Fiery singing sensation, Sadie Michelson, thinks falling in love is bad for business—until William "Cass" Cassidy, a hotheaded gunslinger, sets his sights on wooing her. But when a Texas Ranger arrives in Dodge City to extradite Cass for a crime of passion, Sadie must use all her wits and wiles to lure the law from her man's trail. And that means risking everything—including Cass's love.

BAREBACK BRIDE - 25,000 word sequel to THE BRIDE WORE SPURS (The Inconvenient Bride Series, Book 1)
Expert horsewoman, Shannon Winterhawke runs away from home to join the Buffalo Bill Wild West extravaganza. Shannon is hired on the spot, but the show's head horseman, Seth Edwards, simply sees another flighty gal looking for a cowboy fling before settling down with some unsuspecting fool. But all bets are off as Shannon slowly sneaks into Seth's heart and lassoes him with his own rope.
Fun Facts About
SHADY LADY, A Novella
By Adrienne deWolfe
from the Anthology
PISTOLS AND PETTICOATS

BAWDY AND FEISTY
·       Cass is back! Wa-hoo! Yes, the bad boy of SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL (Book 3, Velvet Lies) is the hero of SHADY LADY. We meet “The Rebel Rutter” at age 21, when he’s reunited with his long-lost love in (where else?) a brothel.
·       After writing two good-girl heroines in a row for my Velvet Lies series, you just know I was chomping at the bit to create a wild child. If you liked Fancy from TEXAS OUTLAW (Book 1, in my Wild Texas Nights series,) you’ll LOVE Sadie.
·       With a setting like Dodge City in 1879, I just HAD to include some famous historical figures!  Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Luke Short are only a few of the “real characters” who play instrumental roles in SHADY LADY.
·       Most fun EVER:  Writing bawdy lyrics for Sadie to sing to the drunken rowdies at the infamous Long Branch Saloon.  Want a taste? (Of course you do!) Here’s a snippet:  “Little Pansy Primrose, now that she’s full-grown, will jump a randy gambler, like a dog jumps on a bone!”
·       News for Jesse Quaid Fans:  Every hero needs a sidekick, right? Three years before Jesse falls in love with Sera in SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL, he shows up as Cass’s sidekick in SHADY LADY. Or as Cass likes to tell the tale, “Together, Jesse and I branded calves, smuggled moonshine, tracked renegades, robbed stages, and dodged the most persistent wedding-bell chasers in the western territories.”

PISTOLS, PETTICOATS, AND PUBLISHERS
·       About 10 seconds after I agreed to write this novella, I thought, “OMG! What am I thinking?  I can’t write short OR fast!” But Sadie’s story just poured out of me. I finished 200 pages in 3 weeks – a record for me!
·       My publisher invited two other best-selling Western Historical Romance authors to write novellas for the anthology.  Barbara Ankrum wrote about  a mail-order bride.  Sharon Ihle wrote about a heroine who runs away from home to join Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. 
·       Both Barbara and Sharon included the word, “Bride,” in the title of their novellas.  As you might imagine, my novella, SHADY LADY, doesn’t quite fit that trend. So for grins, I started calling my novella (unofficially,) “The Bawdy Bride.”
·       I’m on a roll, folks. This is the second year in a row where my ebook publisher selected my title suggestion for an anthology. (TIN-STARS AND TROUBLEMAKERS was last year’s #1 bestseller.) 

·       Now don’t freak out:  Cass and Sadie are star-crossed lovers in SHADY LADY.  But they return again in DEVIL IN TEXAS, after Sadie gets trained as a Pinkerton Agent and Cass . . . well, Cass is a bodyguard for the corrupt Texas senator whom Sadie must bring to justice. (Oh yeah. The sparks AND the fur fly in DEVIL IN TEXAS!  Be sure to look for the return of Cass and Sadie this summer!)

“Cass, I’m busy. Can’t you see I’m writing a song?”

He recalled that Sadie turned into a fire-breathing dragon if someone dared to interrupt her creative frenzies. He cocked his head, plotting his strategy to whisk her off to the river.

His ornery lover was sitting with her spine propped up by pillows against the headboard of her unmade bed. Her glorious red-gold curls tumbled in every conceivable direction over the sagging, ebony lace of her night wrapper. A sea of yellowed papers surrounded her exquisitely long legs, bared up to the thighs. Those papers had lots of black lines, little bitty symbols, and tea-cup stains.

In fact, the whole room smelled like mint and rosehips, Sadie’s favorite brew. The teapot – and a pair of greasy, sunny-side-up eggs – sat forgotten where she’d left them: on a chipped china platter atop the traveling trunk at the foot of her bed.

“The sun is shining!” he cajoled.

“Yes, well, it’s daylight, isn’t it?” she retorted absently, her bare toes wiggling to some inner rhythm as she scribbled a few more symbols on the paper in her lap.

She’d barely glanced his way. He steeled himself against a flare of temper. He was Coyote Cass, after all. He could charm the rattle off of rattlers.

Strolling to the side of the bed, he was careful to keep his expression enthusiastic rather than provocative. There would be plenty of time for romping in the daisies and buttercups, where he planned to spread a blanket, pop a bottle of champagne, and practice all the creative ways that Sadie had taught him how to use whipped cream and berries. Maybe even honey.

“What’s that chubby, black dot with the flagpole rising out of it?” he asked, knowing full well that it was a musical symbol.

“Music.”

“What kind of music?” he persisted, undaunted by her growl.

She blew a curl off her forehead. “The usual kind.”

“A love ballad?”

Her stylus paused as those tawny Tiger eyes glared up at him. He just loved when Sadie glared. He didn’t mind arguing with the hellcat one bit. Not when her make-up sex was so divine.

“When have you ever heard me sing about love?” she snapped.

“Maybe it’s time.”

She muttered something under her breath that sounded like, “Dreamer.”

Smirking, he thought fast. The only person in the world who thrived on competition more than he did was Sadie. Calling upon a credible baritone – one that she had once described as “lyrical” - he belted out an improvised rhyme:

“With looks that drive the gals insane,
He rides them like a hurricane . . .”

His musical lampoon succeeded. Her lips twitched. Her stylus actually lowered.

“Not bad,” she conceded grudgingly. “Where did you hear that? From Wilma’s piano player?”

“Hell, no. I made it up.”

“You did not.”

“I did too!”

She hiked a challenging eyebrow. “Right here? On the spot?”

“Damn straight! Wanna hear another?”

Hooking his thumbs over his gun belt, he swaggered around the room, acting adorable.

“He rides like greased lightning atop his black steed,
The handsome young Ranger, renowned for good deeds,
To rescue the damsel, alone in her bed
From cold eggs and boredom and songs in her head.
Away to the river, he carries the lass
To woo her and feed her and kiss her bare . . . ”

“Cass!” she shrieked, her laughter ringing through the room in merry peals.

He chuckled, enjoying her earthy humor.  “I reckon Cass rhymes, too.”

"You are a pest. And pests should be spanked."

"Never argue with a lady. That's my motto."

"Is it, now?" She tossed aside her stylus and swung her naked feet to the floor. "Since when?"

"Since I was... uh... " He gulped. "Sun-up?"

He'd lost the use of his brain the moment she'd started shrugging off that scanty black waterfall of lace. Nothing but freckles adorned her alabaster flesh now.

"Maybe you've confused me with someone else, lover," she drawled.

She was prowling closer, all sizzle and sin. By the time she halted before him, his loins were hot, and his mouth was watering. Those wicked, feline eyes laughed up at him. 

"Do I look like a damsel in distress to you?"

"Uh... " Trick question, some lucid part of his brain warned. "You look like my heaven," he rallied gamely.

“Aw.  Isn’t that sweet?”  A dimple flirted with her cherry-red lips. "Who taught you how to lie so prettily? That Injun half-breed?"

"Lynx doesn't like to be called -—"


"I'm more interested in what I like," she purred. "And what I like is naked cowboys . . . "
Looking for more Cass?  

Of course you are! Check out SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL (Book 3, Velvet Lies Series) where Cass plays Bad Boy, trying to steal Sera away from his best friend, the outlaw Jesse Quaid. 

About Adrienne DeWolfe
Adrienne deWolfe is a #1 bestselling author and the recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year.
Fascinated by all things mystical, Adrienne writes a blog about dragons, magic, and the paranormal at http://MagicMayhemBlog.com to help her research her upcoming fantasy romance series. She also writes a blog featuring tips about the business of writing at http://WritingNovelsThatSell.com. She enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and offers professional story critiques with her book coaching services.
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I hope you liked this excerpt and consider checking out this neat anthology! :)

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Mary! Thanks for featuring Cass and Sadie from SHADY LADY, and the anthology Pistols and Petticoats, on your blog today! Looking forward to chatting with your readers.

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