First Love Forever Blitz Tour

4 Apr

 

Title: First Love Forever Romance Collection
Authors: Suzanne Dietze, Cynthia Hickey, Marcia Gruver, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Martha Rogers, Lorna Seilstad, Connie Stevens and Jennifer Uhlarik
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Release Date: April 1, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance Fic

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A first love is never easily forgotten…

and coming face to face with that person again can be awkward when the heartstrings are still holding on to the what ifs.

In settings from 1865 to 1910, nine couples are thrown back on the same path by life’s changes and challenges. A neighbor returns from law school. An heiress seeks a quick marriage. A soldier’s homecoming is painful. A family needs help. A prodigal son returns. A rogue aeronaut drops from the sky. A runaway bridegroom comes home. A letter for aid is sent. A doctor needs a nurse. Can love rekindle despite the separation of time and space?

A Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia Hickey
1880 – Ozark foothill ranch: Maggie Spoonmore marries her father’s former foreman, Zach Colton in order to salvage her reputation, yet struggles to believe he married her for love and not her inheritance.

Excerpt

A Most Reluctant Bride

Cynthia Hickey

Ozark Mountains, Arkansas, 1880

“Oh, Cricket.” Margaret Spoonmore, or Maggie as she insisted everyone call her, leaned her forehead against the white patch on her horse’s head.“ Mama has yet another pompous, stuffed shirt coming to supper tonight. What do you say we run away together, you and I?” She’d much rather live alone with her horse then marry a man she didn’t love.

Cricket nickered and turned to her feed. Obviously, Maggie’s only true friend in theworld had other things to do than listen to her whining. Sighing, Maggie pushed away from the stall and headed for the house nestled among the cottonwoods.

She remembered the day Pa moved her and Mama in. He’d been so proud. Ten years of building up his ranch of quarter horses in a rich Ozark mountain valley, then like a whiff of wind, heaven called him home and Mama wanted Maggie married off. Life wasn’t fair.

“Margaret!” Mama stood on the front porch, hands cupped around her mouth, and yelled.

“I’m here. No reason to holler.”

“Mr. Mason will be here soon and you’re still in your riding clothes.” Mama scowled then pointed inside. “Go get dressed. You know I’m dying. I’ve got to get you married before theGood Lord has me join your Pa.”

Maggie rolled her eyes. A bit of indigestion last month and Mama had thought herself on death’s door ever since. The doctor plainly said she was as healthy as a horse. She giggled. As a woman who constantly had to watch her weight, Mama had taken offense at the comparison and pouted for days.

“Unchaperoned? Mercy, Mama.” Maggie grinned. “How scandalous.”

“Hush. The man was clear when he stated he had no notions regarding you.”

“That was five years ago, Mama. I was a child.” Still, her face heated every time she remembered the humiliation of her trying to steal a kiss from the mountain’s most handsome young man. Since then, she’d avoided Zach like the black plague. Now, her mother wanted her alone with him? Could the day get any worse?

Yep. Mama laid out her pink ruffled dress. “It makes me look like a child.”

“Men like women in frilly things, dear. Stuff the bodice if you want more curves.” With those embarrassing words, she strolled out of the room. Well, Maggie refused to wear such an atrocity. She marched to her wardrobe and pulled out a dress of deepest green. One with a simple bodice and full skirt. A dress complimenting her dark hair and fair skin, one that made her feel pretty. Yes, she was petite, more thin than not, but she wasn’t going to put on false airs for anyone.

She donned the dress and put her hair up in a fashion her mother would approve of and headed downstairs as a knock sounded on the door. Squaring her shoulders, she greeted their guest for the evening.

The banker’s nephew. She hadn’t known his name, only his face, as someone pointed him out at church last Sunday. The man was barely taller than Maggie’s five foot two and almost as round. Shifty eyes like a weasel’s ran over her.

“Miss Spoonmore. You do look a vision.” He removed his felt hat and bowed.

“Thank you. Please come in.”

“Excuse me?” Maggie froze. “Why, didn’t your mother tell you?” His eyes widened. “My uncle will remove the loan on this house …

paid in full … on the day we say our vows.”

Mama was selling Maggie like a prize colt? She wouldn’t get away it. Maggie was taking Cricket and making good on her promise to run away. “I, uh, fear I have a terrible headache. Please accept my apologies.” She hiked her skirt above her ankles and thundered to her room.

She’d just thrown herself across her bed when her mother barged in. “You are embarrassing me.”

“Don’t you think you should have let me in on your little secret? ”Maggie rolled over and glared. “I wasn’t aware we had a loan on the ranch, much less that I was a bargaining chip!”

“Don’t be so melodramatic. We all have to do things we don’t want to do to make it in a man’s world.”

“I won’t.” She kicked her legs, very aware she was behaving like a child. “You’re selling Pa’s legacy.”

“Seriously. Get up. Zacharius arrived early. I’ll pacify Mr. Mason in the meantime. But …” She tapped Maggie on the head.“ You will go through with this marriage. I’m tired of your silly games, and I want off this mountain.”

Tears rolled down Maggie’s cheeks. Pa hadn’t been dead a full year and Mama wasalready giving up. Sure, it was tough running the ranch themselves, but they had good help and had placed an advertisement in the paper for a new foreman. It was only a matter of time before things got easier. Mr. Mason didn’t look the ranching type. He’d most likely sell off the stock and the land to pad his bank account.

Maggie sighed and pushed off the bed, quickly redressing in her riding clothes. A barn was not the place for a nice dress. Especially, since Maggie intended to leave at the first opportunity. She tossed a few things into a small fabric bag and rushed outside before Mama could ask questions.

She tried to skid to a halt to avoid a collision with the man on the porch. Instead, her feet slipped. She slammed into his broad back. They both fell to the packed clay ground, her on top of him as they rolled.

Zach Colton grinned up at her. “Well, hello to you, too. It’s been a long time, Maggie. I can’t imagine a better greeting.”

Mercy. She scrambled to her feet, trying unsuccessfully to pat

her hair into place. “My apologies.” Nose in the air, face flaming, she headed for the barn.

Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.

Giveaway

 

One print copy of First Love Forever Romance Collection

One print copy of My Heart Belongs in Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels (or any other one of her released titles)

A pair of handmade earrings (*style subject to change from what is pictured)

Additional book swag and a $20 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

(Only Gift card open internationally. All items open to US mailing addresses.) To Enter, click HERE. Be sure to stop at every stop on the tour for additional entries.

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9 Responses to “First Love Forever Blitz Tour”

  1. Lori Smanski April 4, 2018 at 9:16 am #

    congrats for being on the tour. this sounds like a great book. when i was growing up on the farm in CA we had a shorthorn bull named Bullet. He was a sweet bull. He loved to have his forehead scratched. It was like watching a cat purr with happiness. Course we never told mom we were doing this. LOL God was truly watching out for the five us kids

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  2. susannedietze April 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing First Love Forever today! I appreciate you being part of the blitz tour. Have a great day.

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  3. JustRead Tours April 4, 2018 at 9:06 pm #

    Thank you for being a part of the tour!

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  4. kaisquared4 April 5, 2018 at 1:04 am #

    Thanks for being on the tour, the excerpt was good.

    Mary McCoy

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  5. Lori Smanski April 6, 2018 at 8:34 am #

    congrats on being on the tour. oh my this sounds like a truly fun and exciting story. i dont blame her for wanting to run away, LOL Zach may just be that way out

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  6. Lori Smanski April 8, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

    she needs to run away with Zach and rekindle that love. you sound like a busy woman. you must have fun running the press with your husband. cool.

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  7. carylkane April 29, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    These Barbour Romance Collections are a must read! Thank you for participating in the tour.

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