Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Writers Write Lots of Books

by Maggie Sefton

Hi, Everyone!  Today I promised to tell you about my latest E-book which has just been published by Barnes & Noble's NookFirst program.  Some of you may have discovered my first pubbed amateur sleuth mystery, DYING TO SELL, which was E-pubbed in late January.  DYING TO SELL is available on Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, Apple's iPad and other formats. 

This new E-book, however, is not a mystery. ABILENE GAMBLER is a Historical Western Romance.  But----there are mysteries layered throughout the story.  It seems I can't help but put a mystery in everything I write. All of my historicals, in fact, had mysteries woven throughout them---whether they were medievals or 1800's American settings.

ABILENE GAMBLER is an old-fashioned Western.  It's got villains to hiss and heroes to cheer.  The heroine, Samantha Winchester, is a Confederate widow who's literally selling the roof over their heads to protect what's left of her family in Savannah, GA.  She's gambling everything on a new life in the rough and ready cowtown of Abilene, Kansas.  The hero, Jack Barnett, is a former Union officer who is trying to restore his name after being unjustly accused and imprisoned during the War.  Believe me, both these characters have a LOT of baggage---which makes it great fun for the author.  :) 

There's also two bossy maiden aunts, Samantha's cute little son Davy, her sweet younger sister Becky, a cowardly deputy sheriff named Clyde who served with Jack during the War, and a handsome young Texan named Cody Barnes (who takes a shine to Becky).  There are also evil villains to make life difficult for everyone.  An embezzler is robbing the Army blind in Abilene, and Jack Barnett has agreed to find him and bring him to justice.  Little does Jack know, by doing so he'll risk both his life as well as Samantha's. 

Sparks fly between these two, of course.  Did I mention it was a romance?    That means there are, oh my goodness. . .real love scenes.  We cozy mystery authors can't give readers "real" love scenes.  :)  But, romance writers do.  But. . .don't worry.  If love scenes aren't your cup of tea, simply skip over them.  :)  There are only two real love scenes in the entire novel (lots of story going on).  So, it shouldn't be a problem.

If you're interested and want a "change of pace" from the cozy mysteries, go over to http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ and check under Maggie Sefton.  You'll see it listed there.  It will be available only on Barnes and Noble's Nook until the end of May.  Then, ABILENE GAMBLE will also be available on Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iPad, and other formats.  Enjoy!