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 have 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 that having written two stories for the Corbin’s Bend series, I felt 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 customer’s 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 RPS. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I sure hope you’ll go back and give the whole series a read as each book is awesome and unique.
Cheers and happy reading,
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 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?
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