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I can't believe my release day is finally here! When I was invited to write a story for the Red Petticoat Saloon series, I was honored and thrilled. I jumped at the chance to work with so many of my favorite authors on this fun project. That was last December.
Only as I sat down to finally get started writing Charlie and Emelie's story, did it really hit me that I had signed up to write not only an historical romance, but a western to boot; two new sub-genres I've never written in before. I started out a bit nervous, but I ended up having a blast writing this story. It helped that the authors before me created a rich, full of life world in Culpepper Cove with characters we have come to love. It also helped having written two stories for the Corbin's Bend series, I have comfortable writing in an on-going series like the Red Petticoat Saloon.
I want to thank the authors who wrote before me as everyone was able to include cameo appearances of my hero, piano player extraordinaire, Charlie Walker. The first idea for my story came as I contemplated how hard it would be for a man working in the Red Petticoat to fall in love with a gem and then have to watch his woman taking customers upstairs night after night. Charlie deals with it about as well as you'd expect.
So I hope you enjoy this next installment of the Red Petticoat Saloon. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I hope you go back and give the entire series a read as each book is awesome and unique.
Cheers and happy reading,
Melting Silver by Livia Grant
Emelie Svennson's dream is to sing on stage. When a musical troupe passes through her home in Wisconsin, she believes her dream will be fulfilled when the leader invites her to be the star of his show. By the time she realizes that he is nothing more than an abusive bully and her dream is now her nightmare, she finds herself stranded in San Francisco with no money and on the run from the law. As she tries to make her way home to her family, she stops in Culpepper Cove and is drawn to the amazing melodies coming from the Red Petticoat Saloon. The handsome piano player is almost as remarkable as his music.
Charlie Walker adores all of the gems he works with, but from the minute he meets Emelie, he knows there is something special about her. As much as he wants her to stay in Culpepper Cove, the thought of her putting on red petticoats and entertaining men upstairs as Silver cuts him to the core.
As their pasts clash, Charlie will have to work hard to convince his new gem that he will not only love and honor her, but that he won't hesitate to drag her across his knee for a bare-bottomed spanking that promises to warm more than just her backside. Can he convince the woman with the voice of an angel that dreams can come true?
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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