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Gambling Hearts, book 1

In a town ruled by sin, will he earn her love or her lies? 

Dodge City, Kansas - 1877

Sadie Sullivan lost everything when a herd of longhorn cattle bound for Dodge City destroyed her farm. Now she works in Dodge—one of the most wicked and lawless towns in the West—at the Northern Star saloon. But her survival in this new world of sin and violence depends on maintaining a lie so deadly it could end her life before the town of Dodge can.

The one man capable of unraveling Sadie's secrets is Noah Ballantyne, the Texan rancher whose herd destroyed her home. Back in town and taking up the role of deputy alongside legendary lawman Bat Masterson, Noah vows he won't leave until he's made things right. But with the saloon’s madam unwilling to release Sadie and a rich cattle baron wanting her as well, the odds aren’t in favor of finding love…or leaving town alive.

2013 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® - Historical Romance Nominee

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A standalone novella or part of the PASSION'S PRIZE anthology

Can the pursuit of an old enemy lead to a new love? 

The War Between the States ended five years ago, but she still pursues her enemy…     

Rebel spy turned government rabble rouser Adella Willows receives her mission straight from a Washington senator—play havoc with the Katy Railroad and derail its bid to win the race. The senator craves wealth. Adella craves revenge against the man responsible for her brother’s death. But her plans crumble into chaos when she enters a battle of wits with the railroad’s foreman.

An ocean separates him from his failures in Ireland, but he’s still haunted by those who died…

Seasoned railroad foreman Cormac McGrady’s sole desire is keeping his workmen safe and employed, which means keeping the Katy ahead of its rivals. But the beautiful spy bedeviling his railroad needs protecting as well. Cormac must choose between winning the race and winning Adella’s heart, while Adella must choose whether she lives for revenge or dies for love.

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Gambling Hearts, book 2

Who is Eldorado Jane? Long-lost friend or scheming Wild West superstar? 

Texas Hill Country - 1879

Plain Jane Dority vanished while riding in a storm beside her childhood best friend. Eighteen years later, Wild West trick-riding superstar Eldorado Jane returns to claim her birthright: the Dority homestead now owned by the steadfast Texan who never forgot Jane or forgave himself for her disappearance. 

Lewis Adams would give anything to see his friend come home, but he's certain Eldorado Jane isn't his Jane. So why does this mesmerizing woman—with the talent and fame to have anything she desires—want the remote patch of land that he loves? There's only one way to find out: accept a wager with a deceiver who holds the power to bring back his friend or break his heart. The outcome rests in her hands. Or does it?

Friendship. Betrayal. Blackmail. Eldorado Jane holds every card...except the one that matters most.

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An anthology by multi-award winning authors Jacqui Nelson, Jennifer Jakes & E.E. Burke. 

Outlaws, soldiers and spies bedevil the Katy Railroad as construction crews race to reach Indian Territory before their rival. The prize—a fortune in land rights for the winning line. Stakes are just as high for three women whose lives hinge on the outcome.

Adella’s Enemy by Jacqui Nelson

A spy pursuing an old enemy must choose to live for revenge or die for love. 

Eden’s Sin by Jennifer Jakes

A woman with a soiled past  must trust the one man who could ruin her future. 

Kate’s Outlawby E.E. Burke

A railroad heiress abducted by outlaws must escape before her Cherokee captor steals her fortune—and her heart.

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Lonesome Hearts, book 2 / Available only in the JOURNEY OF THE HEART anthology

Can a single day on horseback change your life forever?

Oregon Territory - 1852

Labeled a harlot and expelled from a remote logging camp and her work teaching children, Faith Featherby embarks on a journey to return a stolen spirit horse to the little girl whose photograph was hidden in the horse’s riding blanket. 

Orphaned young and stifled by a lifelong shyness, Faith has only her education as a schoolmistress and her memories of her mother’s stories. She’s not an experienced rider, but a Medicine Hat horse—alleged to have the sacred power to protect its rider—might be her best hope for surviving the wilderness... until an Osage warrior rides out of the mist. 

Scarred by a brutal past, the warrior challenges Faith to follow a new path where belief in yourself and your partner, be they horse or man, can lead to a triumph of the heart.

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Other stories found in the JOURNEY OF THE HEART anthology (all stories rated Sweet):

Winters' Rose by Melissa Lynne Blue
When Love Comes Calling by Anne Carrole
Riverboat Romance by Stacey Coverstone
Saving Susanna by Debora Dennis
Sorry by Tanya Hanson
Fearless by Karen J. Hasley
Quixie on the Draw by Linda LaRoque

CHOOSING BRAVERY - Coming Spring 2017

Lonesome Hearts, book 3 / A free read for my newsletter subscribers 

Brave the wild. Bury the past. Choose your destiny.

Oregon Territory - 1868​

After her parents vanished in the wilderness, Élodie Rousseau found a home with an Osage warrior and a logging camp schoolmistress who joined forces to return Élodie’s beloved spirit horse. With them as her teachers, she became the legendary local guide, Yellow Feather. She knows everything about surviving and thriving in the wild, but something is missing. 
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Award-Winning Author 

Jacqui Nelson

Fall in Love with a NEW Old West

...where the men are steadfast & the women are adventurous


Lonesome Hearts, book 1

On a trail full of danger, will he guide her to heaven or hell?

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas - 1850

Hannah knows one thing the moment she enters Fort Leavenworth—she's arrived in Hell. But inside the fort is the means to a new life, a position as a scout on a wagon train bound for the Western Territories. All Hannah has to do is convince the wagon master, Paden Callahan, she's the right person for the job.

After his wife was murdered by the Comanche, Paden let his work as a Texas Ranger consume him. Now he wants nothing more than to forget his past and disappear into the West. Unfortunately, the one man he can't refuse has asked him to guide a wagon train full of tenderfoots across thousands of miles of Indian land. But Paden's greatest challenge turns out to be Hannah, a woman his heart won't allow him to ignore even though she's been raised by an enemy he hates.

2014 Chanticleer Laramie for Western Romance Drama - Winner
2010 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® - Historical Romance Winner

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