Friday, February 10, 2012

RTW Cupid Party: Linda LaRoque

The Most Romantic Valentine Gift
by Linda LaRoque
Copyright © 2012 Linda LaRoque

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. With the anticipation comes the question, “What shall I give him/her.” We want to give the perfect gift, one to inspire and leave a lasting impression. To do so requires thought and planning. Or, it might happen by pure luck. I love the Big Bang Theory. Sheldon admits he’s afraid he’s not good boyfriend material, but Penny takes him shopping to buy a “make-up” gift for his girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler, who is mad at Sheldon because of his self-centered attitude. We despair during his shopping spree and fear he’s going to make things worse, but Amy is ecstatic with the tiara he gives her. What girl wouldn’t want to be considered a princess, especially by her boyfriend?

Giving the perfect gift can often be pure luck on our part. Other times it comes from knowing the desires of your love’s heart, what would make them happy. It may not be appear to be a romantic gift at all, but a practical one, but it says, “I know you and want to give you something that shows it.” What could be more romantic than that? An example can be found in my western time travel, A Marshal of Her Own, a western time travel set in 1890 Prairie, Texas. Cole Jeffers gives Dessa Wade a typewriter. You’ll have to read the story to learn its significance.

So, give loads of thought to the gift you give this Valentine’s Day. Make it one from the heart, one to be remembered and cherished a long time.

Blurb for A Marshal of Her Own:
Despite rumors of “strange doings” at a cabin in Fredericksburg, investigative reporter Dessa Wade books the cottage from which lawyer, Charity Dawson, disappeared in 2008. Dessa is intent on solving the mystery. Instead, she is caught in the mystery that surrounds the cabin and finds herself in 1890 in a shootout between the Faraday Gang and a US Marshal.

Marshal Cole Jeffers doesn’t believe Miss Wade is a time traveler. He admits she’s innocent of being an outlaw, but thinks she knows more about the gang than she’s telling. When she’s kidnapped by Zeke Faraday, Cole is determined to rescue her. He’s longed for a woman of his own, and Dessa Wade just might be the one—if she’ll commit to the past.

Excerpt:

Dessa resisted the urge to scream again. She bit her bottom lip as a reminder to stay silent and not draw attention to herself. Her heart thundered in her chest, threatening to jump from her body. This couldn’t be happening. God, please tell me I’m dreaming. Wake me up. Please...please... Just in case God wasn’t listening, she was getting out of Dodge.

On her hands and knees she crawled toward the safety of the trees and the shadows. Afraid to look up, she continued forward as fast as her limbs would take her. Rocks and debris scratched her hands and gouged into her kneecaps, but she didn’t care.

She bumped into something and shifted to the left but whatever was in her way moved with her. Uh, oh. Dread inched up her spine. She stiffened. She might be caught, but she darn well wouldn’t go peacefully. After all, she was a victim here. Tilting her head up slightly, she eyed a pair of well-worn boots. As her eyes moved upward she noted faded denims, sculpted muscled thighs and...oh my...just below his gun belt. She blushed and pushed herself up to sit on her haunches, putting a little distance between them.

Buy links for A Marshal of Her Own: The Wild Rose Press ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
Also available: A Law of Her Own and coming May, 2012: A Love of His Own, the third story in the Prairie, Texas series.

Contact Linda:


It's RTW Cupid Party Time!
One commenter on Linda's post will win a free copy of
and all this week's commenters will be entered in the
Cupid Party Grand Prize Drawing!
You could win Six Free Books
and a
New Kindle!


Comment each day for six chances to win the Kindle and all Six Books!
Yes, you can still comment on previous Cupid Day posts!
Daily winners and Grand Prize winner will all be announced February 12, 2012

Small print:
  • USA mailing only for the Kindle. 
  • Email address must be included in comment to qualify for the drawing.
We have a great line-up for you this week!
Monday: Heather Hiestand
Tuesday: Jacquie Rogers
Wednesday: Beth Trissel
Thursday: Ginger Simpson
Friday: Karen M. Nutt
Saturday: Linda LaRoque
Sunday: Chicken Dinner, all winners announced!
Good Luck!

29 comments:

  1. A Marshal for Her Own sounds great! Thanks for the teaser! Happy Valentines!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hello, Shadow, and thank you. Glad you stopped by!

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  2. Great lineup of authors and books! Thanks for contest and much good luck on all releases.

    Kat Bryan
    kcelestebryan@aol.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kat. Will check out your blog.

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  3. I love your site, Linda! My grandmother has read 2 of your books and she said she enjoyed them! Wish I was there at the meeting today! Hope you have fun!

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    1. Hi, Wendy. Tell your granny thanks. I'm glad she did.

      We missed but but glad you are taking good care of that food. Hope to see you next month.

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  4. HI LINDA. LOVE TO READ YOUR FANTABOLOUS BOOK! THANKS FOR SHARING~~~~

    linda_bass@sbcglobal.net

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  5. Western Time Travel- I'm in. :)

    I love the Big Bang Theory! It's a favorite in our house. :)

    I agree, the best gifts are ones from the heart.

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    1. Isn't it a hoot! It's one of my favorites too. Love all the characters.

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  6. I would love to have a marshal of my own. He would definitely keep me protected.

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

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    1. LOL! That would be nice! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I wish I could have my own marshal.....Maby next year:) Good luck with you book.
    moriahhh at yahoo . com

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    1. Don't give up hope, Moriah! Thanks for you good wishes.

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  8. A Marshal of Her Own sounds very tempting! Great post, Linda!

    Terrific lineup for Cupid's Day Party! Happy Valentine's Day, Jacquie and all!

    lindalynetterodriguez (at)gmail (dot) com
    www.LindaRodriguezWrites.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Linda, and Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours.

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  9. Good to know there are still romantics in the world! carol5g43@aim.com Carol G

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    1. Oh yes, Carol, there are loads! Thanks for your post!

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  10. I love thoughtful gifts esp. ones that someone really wants. I love time travel novels and this sounds like a great one. christina_92 at yahoo.com

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    1. I agree, Christy. It means someone paid attention to your interests. Thank you! I love to write time travels. Have another perking in my head.

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  11. I love give aways, it is the best way to find new authors.
    Aprilfunshowers@gmail.com

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    1. You're right, it is, US Military Wife! Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. Linda, I'd forgotten the title, but as soon as I saw your description I remembered the great book. Thanks for the reminder of a pleasant read.

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    1. Thank you, Caroline! I'm thrilled you read A Marshal of Her Own!!!

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  13. Linda, we've all received (and even given) practical gifts. It's the thought behind it that counts. I've read your book, and Cole's intentions were great in that he did know exactly that Dessa would be thrilled with a typewriter. The perfect gift for her.

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    1. Forgot to leave the important stuff: dyson074@gmail.com
      Anna

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    2. So true, Anna, and sometimes the desires of a person's heart are very practical. Thanks for your comment.

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  14. Every book by Linda is a winner! Loved every one I've read. slandon9903 @ gmail . com

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    1. Ah, Sarah L, you're a sweetheart! Thank you for you kind words!

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