Wild Western Women Boxed Set

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Pre-order your copy of Wild Western Women now on Amazon and iBooks!
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The Wild Western Women Box Set launches tomorrow! To celebrate, I’m bringing you an excerpt from Merry Farmer’s The Indomitable Eve, one of the stories in the collection. Enjoy!

She was stunning in a dark blue velvet dress with silver trim—far too glamorous for Cold Springs—and her smile was bright enough to light the room. But ever since the morning she’d spent with Amelia at the church, she had been quiet and pale. Patrons of the hotel stared at her as she crossed the lobby, but to Mark it was like seeing a photograph of the real thing. Eve’s vivacious confidence was gone.

WildWesternWomenBoxSet_New“How do I look?” she asked with a practiced lilt as she reached him and twirled.

“Like a star of the stage,” he said and arched an eyebrow.

She laughed. Then she sighed and dropped her act and her smile. His heart skipped a beat as the beautiful, complex woman he had spent so much time with over the past week finally showed herself under her costume.

“I like dressing up,” she admitted as he held out his arm to her. “You’re a man, so you wouldn’t understand, but it feels delicious to be pretty.”

“I know all about delicious,” he said with a laugh. “And trust me, I am more than capable of appreciating pretty.”

He leaned close and kissed her cheek.

The gesture sent a shockwave through him. It had come out of nowhere, but few things had felt as satisfying in years. He was honest with himself. He wanted to kiss her again, a lot. He wanted to hold her in his arms and trace the lines of her body with his hands. He wanted to peel away her layers to find that consuming pain underneath and love it out of her.

“Well!” Her exclamation shook him out of his thoughts. “After a kiss like that, I’m sure we’re flitting off to the grandest hotel in Montana for supper.”

His warm, carnal feelings were squelched by the reality of the evening he had in store for her.

“No, we’re not going that far,” he said. “It’s just a short ride from here.”

“I am a-tingle with the mystery of it.” She smiled, a genuine smile.

She wouldn’t be so charmed when they showed up on Eric and Amelia’s front porch.

“Have you talked to Amelia at all since Monday?” he asked to determine just how much hot water he would be in once she found out.

Her smile vanished. “Just a little. She was too fatigued to come into town on Tuesday. She was here for errands yesterday and we spoke a bit, but not for long. I’m not sure I want to speak to her if she’s determined to be so cold.”

Mark paused near the door leading out to the early winter twilight. He held Eve’s gloved hands between them.

“We’re going to Amelia and Eric’s ranch for supper,” he confessed.
Eve’s swirl of tormented emotions gathered to shock, and then a new emotion he hadn’t seen in her yet, anger.

“No. No, that’s not fair.” She pulled her hands out of his and turned away from him.
Mark swallowed and set his shoulders for the battle he’d known he would have to fight.

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From Best Selling Author Merry Farmer:The Indomitable Eve

The one thing Eve deLaurent has wished for in the two years since her sister, Amelia, was whisked away to America was to be a family again. But the tragedy that befell her once Amelia was gone has left her wounded, body and soul. Now, reunited with her sister, all Eve wants to do is run. Amelia’s new, happy life is a betrayal deeper than Eve can stand. She would leave and never look back, were it not for Mark Andrews.

As Cold Springs’s reverend, Mark is used to people confiding their darkest sins and looking to him for help. So when he sees the pain behind Eve’s mask of confidence, all he wants to do is help her. But Eve awakens a desire in him that reminds him that even a man of God is still a man. They seem to be everything the other wants and needs, but can the people of Cold Springs accept an actress in their pastor’s arms? Can they be together if bitter family betrayals keep Eve and Amelia at each other’s throats?

You’re only as strong as the loves that hold you together…

{ Find Merry on her website, Facebook, and Twitter. }

Pre-order your copy of Wild Western Women now on Amazon and iBooks!
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  1. angela parrish says:

    sounds like some great stories.

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