Good Morning All,
I am currently on the Rebel Bride tour with Goddess Fish, and thought I shared new excerpt from the book. I hope you like it.
Set up: Eileen has been pushed off the train by the robber who came back to find her after he realizes she saw him. As expected, they don't get along that well. Eileen is not the cringing female, instead she is worried about the Marshal Colt Shepard.
“I thought you were educated, but you are plumb ignorant.” Eileen snorted at his remark and puffed up like a guinea hen, but that didn’t stop him from talking. “We are way north of Mexico. Train doesn’t even run that far south. You have no clue where you are, do you?” he asked with a superior grin.
“Yes.” She sniffed, raising her nose a bit. She had no clue where she was. Who’d have thought a robber would be better educated than she? It didn’t seem right. She didn’t pay great attention to books and maps, but she and her sister had a better education than most genteel females, too good if anyone queried her mother on the matter. Agatha Sewell declared too much knowledge was what kept her oldest daughter from marrying. Obviously, it was untrue, since she could not locate even Mexico. Her not being married had to do with having high standards and dreams, not education.
She had her chance to marry into some of the best families of the south, but she stubbornly held onto a dream. A vague image of a man who challenged her, met her toe-to-toe, face-to-face, lip-to-lip. Her dream man image shimmered and vanished. Colt’s smug countenance replaced it. Never had a thought occurred to her that she would look at a Yankee with desire, but she never felt anything close to what she felt for Colt with anyone else. She squeezed her eyes shut and balled up her fists, trying to force Colt out of her brain. There was no reason to dwell on a man who left her. If he had stayed with her, his robber would have found him.