The preacher man versus the Madame ... Let the epic battle begin! Thanks for letting me share my Romance in the Rockies series with you today. Book 3 came out June 22nd 2016, and it continues the epic saga of good versus evil with a preacher man going up against a madame. I've included an excerpt below from my latest book, and as you can see, there are no depths Madame Delilah Goodnight won't sink to. There is also a HUGE SALE going on RIGHT NOW that you won't want to miss out on! ENJOY!!! Connect with me at www.ladiesindefiance.com.
McIntyre peeled off his coat and folded it over his arm. The noonday sun was welcome if a little too warm. He stepped into the shade of the assayer’s building and continued studying the progress on the hotel’s construction. A crew installed cedar shingles on the roof and one man stood on the balcony, painting the windows. The rhythm of hammers from the roofers and saws from carpenters inside barely rose above the clatter of street traffic. Sounds of progress. Another few weeks and the Trinity Inn would be ready for business once again.
Hopefully this time they could keep it safe. The image of the hotel in smoking ruins hit him hard, reminding him of the moment Ian had implied Naomi was dead, lost in the fire. A chill crept over him and he thought to chase it away by smoking a cheroot. He lit the cigar and stared at the match’s flame for a moment, amazed at the changes in his life. In his town.“McIntyre.”He tossed the match and greeted Logan with a nod. “Preacher. What can I do for you?”A deep crease in the man’s brow and taut expression said plenty. “What’s the law like in this town?”McIntyre exhaled a puff of smoke. “Pender Beckwith is a fine, brave marshal. I feel we are fortunate to have him. He has done quite a bit to rein in the town. Does that answer your question?”“I’m not sure. How much policing does he do in Tent Town?”“What are you after?”“Of all the things that went on in the Iron Horse, did you have limits?”Naked limbs entwined like snakes writhed in McIntyre’s brain, and he pushed the image away. “Not many, to be honest.” No sense sugarcoating it. Logan most likely remembered anyhow. “Where is this line of questioning going?”“You know Delilah has a reputation for …”“Debauchery even I wouldn’t sink to.”“Yep. She’s gonna be selling virgins.”“Aye, that’s not all.” Both men turned at Ian’s voice. “Delilah came by the paper wanting to place an ad. Rebecca turned her away. The place this woman is opening is nothin’ short of Nero’s circus.” He handed McIntyre a piece of paper. “Read that.”McIntyre scanned the note in Rebecca’s handwriting. His disgust grew with each word. “Crystal Chandelier . . . live performances . . . audacious acts . . . fulfill any desire.” The final sentence hit him hardest of all. “Fresh, sweet Flowers available Saturday nights only.” He’d been tempted many times, but in the end had stayed away from inexperienced girls. He’d held on to at least a morsel of honor. Delilah’s depravity sliced him to the core. He felt too much of a kinship with the woman, like inbred cousins.Logan inched closer and lowered his voice. “She’s taking bids now. It’s a silent auction. “He removed his hat and ran a hand through his sweaty, ash-blond hair. “We have to stop this.”McIntyre handed the note back to Ian and took a thoughtful puff on the cheroot. He lamented the loss of information that used to stream regularly into the Iron Horse. He had not known about this circus and had to learn of it from Rebecca and Ian, of all people.What kind of live acts? He shuddered to think. Delilah had a reputation for purposely shocking patrons and appealing to their most base, most degenerate lusts. Her saloons had been called Gates to Hell.And men had stormed them eagerly.Auctioning virgins was a new low, however, even for her. She could go lower, he knew. Given the chance, she would, and gladly take Defiance with her. Those live shows were her calling card and they had no boundaries.The old McIntyre wouldn’t have had any qualms about strong-arming Delilah right out of town, or taking The Crystal Chandelier in a crooked poker game. This new McIntyre had to find a different path.“Preacher, let’s you and me go see Beckwith. Ian, do you think you could find Corky? Ask him to wait for me at the town hall."
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A Lady in Defiance
A man who wants to rule in Hell. A woman who wants to find her faith again...
Charles McIntyre owns everything and everyone in the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance. When three good, Christian sisters from his beloved South show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a "nice" hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay...especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest. But Naomi, angry with God for widowing her, wants no part of Defiance or the saloon-owning, prostitute-keeping Mr. McIntyre. It would seem however, that God has gone to elaborate lengths to bring them together. The question is, "Why?" Does God really have a plan for each and every life?
Written with gritty, but not gratuitous, realism uncharacteristic of historical Christian fiction, A Lady in Defiance gives a nod to both Pride and Prejudice and Redeeming Love. Based on true events, it is also an ensemble piece that deftly weaves together the relationships of the three sisters and the rowdy residents of Defiance.
Hearts in Defiance
MEN MAKE MISTAKES. GOD WILL FORGIVE THEM. WILL THEIR WOMEN?
Charles McIntyre built the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance practically with his bare hands … and without any remorse for the lives he destroyed along the way. Then a glimpse of true love, both earthly and heavenly, changed him. The question is, how much? Naomi Miller is a beautiful, decent woman. She says she loves McIntyre, that God does, too, and the past is behind them now. But McIntyre struggles to believe he’s worth saving … worth loving. Unfortunately, the temptations in Defiance only reinforce his doubts.
Billy Page abandoned Hannah Frink when he discovered she was going to have his baby … and now he can’t live with himself. Or without her. Determined to prove his love, he leaves his family and fortune behind and journeys to Defiance. Will Hannah take Billy back or give him what he deserves for the betrayal?
Gritty and realistic, this is the story of real life and real faith in Defiance.
The sequel to the highly acclaimed, best-selling western romance A Lady in Defiance!
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CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES...EVEN FOR THE REDEEMED.
When Charles McIntyre founded Defiance, he was more than happy to rule in hell rather than serve in heaven. But things have changed. Now, he has faith, a new wife...and a ten-year-old half-breed son. Infamous madam Delilah Goodnight wants to take it all away from him. How can he protect his kingdom and his loved ones from her schemes without falling back on his past? How does he fight evil if not with evil?
Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, he has trouble, though, telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when Delilah flings open the doors to the scandalous Crystal Chandelier. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.
For Tillane and McIntyre, finding redemption was a long, hard road. God's grace has washed away their sins, but the consequences remain and God will not be mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap...and the harvest is finally at hand.