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I'm so excited that Claiming Coral is at long last making its Red Petticoat Saloon debut. As soon as I was asked to participate, I knew the town of Culpepper Cove must have a big, brawny, handsome-as-sin blacksmith. The image that immediately came to mind of my hero, was that of a bulked up Alexander Skarsgård. J Yes, even more cut than Tarzan. J J I don't often have a cover before writing my story, so I was thrilled when the covers came out first and doubly so that I could find a sexy couple that brought the image of my hero and heroine to life.
I also wanted to veer from the norm and make my heroine a bit older and full of life experiences so that she knew what she wanted. In Coral's case, she knew what she didn't want... more of the same. So at twenty-nine, after three disastrous marriages she determines never to do that again. That was until she met Bo, a persistent man who is as charming as he is persuasive. Lucky her!
You'll find some plot twists and turns in my story, spanking, of course, and a taste of BDSM that might surprise you. You'll also find a few villains that you'll love to hate, some with redeeming values and others who get exactly as they deserve. It was fun incorporating the other characters in town into my story and collaborating with the other authors to help those characters remain true in Claiming Coral as well.
All in all, I enjoyed the experience and am certain you will see it in the results. Oh, and if Bo Magnusson doesn't become your newest, bestest, book boyfriend, I'll take a trip over Bo's knee as punishment. LOL!
Claiming Coral by Maddie Taylor
Balking at pre-arranged marriage number four to a man older than her father, Carissa Fulwiler leaves New York City humiliated and alone, but determined to take her future into her own hands. She travels to California to begin a quiet life on the western frontier as a mail-order-bride to a young man of her own choosing. But fate has never been kind to her and she arrives in Culpepper Cove to find her would-be husband dead from a freak accident, leaving her with little money, no job, and no place to live. With few options, Carissa ends up as Coral, the newest gem at the Red Petticoat Saloon.
Bo Magnusson left his troubled past behind long ago and traveled west. Now that he's established as a blacksmith who is also the owner of the town's busy livery stable, he's ready to settle down and begin a family. The down on her luck lovely redhead who arrives on the stage one day catches his eye and soon his heart. He can tell she is a lady and needs a man to protect her, especially when her dire straits force her to take a job dancing with lonely prospectors at the local saloon. This doesn't sit well with him and he pursues her only to be politely rejected. But Bo won't give up trying until she is wearing his ring, even if convincing her means that she's sporting a bright red bottom while he rekindles her wounded heart and keeps her safe.
Their pasts come calling one day when her father's man arrives in town ready to drag Coral back to New York by whatever means possible. Tempers rise and secrets are revealed, but when the dust settles, will Bo at last claim the stubborn young woman's hand, or will the treachery and vindictiveness of those who are dead set against their love tear them apart?
About The Red Petticoat series:
The Red Petticoat Saloon series is a collection of books written by #1 and USA Today bestselling authors. Each book tells the unique story of a different woman, 'a gem', who comes to the saloon to find a safe haven and discovers they become part of a family. Recurring characters appear in each book to allow readers a continuity as they learn about the women who have learned to bend but have not broken under the harshness that life has to offer. It is a series where strong, loving men find not only entertainment at the saloon but the special women who reside under its roof.
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