I plotted this book while attending a HWG critique group. Thank you Ladies for all your help.
by: Anita Philmar
After a long cattle drive to Abilene, Trent McCall just wants to unwind. But in his absence, his father's been making wedding plans...for Trent. The last thing he needs is a spoiled and pampered socialite for a wife. What he needs is a hard drink and a willing woman. An uncomplicated woman who understands a man’s need for release after a hard ride. Good thing he’s got one waiting for him.
Four years back East haven’t changed Catherine Turnberry’s mind. Her heart is set on neighboring rancher, Trent McCall. When an end-of-the-trail party threatens to put him in the arms of another woman, Catherine grabs the bull by the horns. Taking the place of the whore hired to pleasure Trent, she intends to give him a welcome he'll never forget and show him what Texas passion is all about.
“Well, now, did you think I’d ever arrive?” He shut the door and tossed his hat onto the table by the door. Dark curly hair circled his head, and his dark brown eyes met hers.
“I had no doubt you’d get here eventually.” Her hands shaking, Catherine laid her book on the rocker and tried for a more seductive tone. “But I’d like to know what delayed you.”
One corner of his mouth turned up in a crooked grin, he stepped forward, and then paused. “Wait a second, don’t I know you?”
Catherine nodded and toyed with the knot holding her robe together. Should she shed her robe and try to seduce him first? Or just tell him her name?
He tilted his head slightly, and a frown formed on his lips. The subdued lighting of the lantern didn’t mask the lines marring his brow.
Apprehension slithered over her skin, and a lump the size of Texas grew in her throat. “I…uh…”
More of an accusation than a question, her name echoed in her head. “Yes, I…” She edged closer.
He shuffled backward until his back hit the door. “What the hell are you doing here?” His gaze dropped to swell of her breasts, and the cattywhumped expression on his face registered. Clarity filled her head. The man might deny it, but the heat in his eyes proved he found her appealing. Energy pulsed through her, and she untied the knot at her waist. “I decided, since we’re practically engaged, I didn’t want you sleeping with another woman.”
“Whoa, don’t even think about removing that robe.” He held out his hands to stop her, but his tongue slid over his parched lips and the blaze in his eyes sparked higher. Catherine’s confidence grew, and the doubt that had plagued her for the last few hours faded. He might resist, but she’d show him this was what they both wanted.
Review for "Texas Passion" From Vicky at Sizzling Hot Books.
"Texas Passion is a hot quick read. There are several sexy scenes that scorch the pages they are written on. The chemistry between Trent and Catherine works so well that one wonders why Trent is surprised by her pursuit of him. The little touches Anita Philmar includes to place the setting, like the heat or the dust storm later in Texas Passion, reminds me enough of the Texas to make me home sick for my childhood. (I haven’t lived there for decades, but one never forgets Texas weather!) And the heat of the story matches the heat of Texas, so make sure you are near a cooling device (sweet ice tea is always a classic for a southern setting) when reading this one!"
The local newspaper took some beautiful photos of my charm bracelet (Sherri Shackelford) for an article in the Sunday paper. In our group, we give charms for achievements such as contest wins, editor requests, agent requests, etc. We also give charms to celebrate events including our annual writers retreat and Christmas party.