– Roundup Magazine
5 stars from Gabrielle Sally!
“This is an incredibly vivid story with characters that are fully brought to life against the backdrop of amazing settings that leave the reader feeling as though we’ve stepped back in time and are flies on the wall watching everything transpire.”
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Camel Press
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
– Roses Are Blue Blog
– Patti, Goodreads Reviewer
Excerpt from Chapter Two – “In which the Mondragóns receive a sweet reward for last summer’s fooling about”
Hearing his children speaking in loud whispers, [Marco] joined them in the hallway in front of the closed door. He knelt beside them, Soledad – the daughter of his heart by actually his wife’s cousin – and Claudito, the child he and Paloma thought they would never have.
“Your mama had a baby early this morning.”
“A sister for me?” Soledad asked hopefully.
“Ah, no. Will another brother do?” he asked, pleased when her arms went around his neck. Por dios, he loved this child.
“Soli gave him a wry look, which turned quite serious, because that was Soledad. ”Next time it must be a sister for me.”
“There is never a guarantee, mija,” he said. “You will come to love this little Juan Luis.”
“He’ll play in the acequia with me and I’ll teach him stuff, Claudito declared.
“We’ll give him a little time to be a bay before he does that,” Marco replied. He stood up and opened the door. “Be very quiet. Your mama is worn out because having babies isn’t easy.”
He took their hands and walked them to the bed, where Paloma was starting to open her eyes. How did she do it? He knew how tired she was, how she had clutched him during the delivery, and here she was, her smile as radiant as any he had ever seen. She patted the bed and Claudito, with Marco’s gentle caution, climbed carefully into her arms.
“Soli, you and Papa go to the cradle and see if your new brother is awake.”
He kept Soli’s hand in his until they reached the cradle. Soledad knelt by the cradle and looked into Juan Luis’s wide-open eyes.
“Hola, hermano,” she said softly as she touched his cheek. “You will like it here.”
Other Books by the Author
THE DOUBLE CROSS
Series: The Spanish Brand, Book 1
In the royal colony of New Mexico, 1780, Marco Mondragón is a brand inspector living next to the fierce Comanche. On a trip to Santa Fe, he meets Paloma Vega and rescues her from cruel relatives. He vows to find out if they stole the brand belonging to her parents.
“Carla Kelly’s vivid storytelling plunges the reader into a tense, hypnotic tale of love and courage in The Double Cross.”
– Diane Farr, bestselling author, Regency Romance and Young Adult fiction
MARCO AND THE DEVIL’S BARGAIN
Series: The Spanish Brand, Book 2
Marco and his wife Paloma fight the scourge of smallpox by bravely venturing onto the Staked Plains, stronghold of the Comanche. As part of a devil’s bargain, they must put themselves at the mercy of these dangerous enemies and try to inoculate them.
“Though I didn’t read The Double Cross first, I still managed to fall head over heels for Marco and Paloma. That is a good testament to Ms. Kelly’s amazing writing.”
– Alexandra Anderson, All About Romance
PALOMA AND THE HORSE TRADERS
Series: The Spanish Brand, Book 3
At the end of the 18th century in the Spanish Colony of New Mexico, Marco and Paloma face a new threat to their ranch. To defeat Great Owl, a renegade Comanche, they form a ragtag army that includes a ghost from Paloma’s past.
“This book will take one’s breath away with the deep, emotional romance and highly likable characters.”
– RT Reviews
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