I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post by author Bobbi Smith. I FINALLY added the pictures of the beautiful buildings that she supplied, thanks for your patience (0;
My blog question today is – What would be your dream place to visit and why?
I love to travel. My family went on a lot of driving vacations when I was a kid, and I fell in love with all of the U.S. From the Arizona desert to the snow-covered mountains to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, it’s all breathtaking and endlessly fascinating to me.
The one thing that stayed with me from my childhood, though, was something I learned in French class during my freshman year of high school. We watched a filmstrip series about a girl named Margot and her uncle, and how they toured the chateaux on the Loire River in France. Wow! What magnificent architecture! I’d grown up living in flats in the city and always loved looking at big houses on lots of land. It was fun to imagine what it would be like to live in one. When I saw these castles, I was awestruck. I certainly would love to visit them, but I wouldn’t want to have to clean them! J
I came close to visiting “castles” when I toured the Southern plantations in Louisiana and Mississippi. I spent the night at Nottoway Plantation on the Mississippi River while I was researching my first book, Rapture’s Rage. What a wonderful experience. I got up early and went to walk the grounds. There was a heavy mist that morning, and that’s how I came up with the title The Mist and The Dream for my book. (Only later, after I’d sold the book, did I discover that the publisher has control of the title, and they changed it to Rapture’s Rage.) If you like beautiful mansions, check out Nottoway, Madewood and Oak Alley.
|Oak Alley Plantation|
|Chambord Castle in the Loire Valley|
by Bobbi Smith
GENRE: Historical Romance
In the midst of the vast, windswept Texas plains stands a ranch wrested from the wilderness with blood, sweat and tears. It is the shining legacy of Thomas McBride to his five living heirs. But along with the fertile acres and herds of cattle, each will inherit a history of scandal, lies and hidden desire that threatens to burn out of control.
Chase knows he has no legitimate claim to the Circle M. After all, his father made it painfully clear he wants nothing to do with his bastard son or the Comanche girl he once took to his bed. But Chase has his own reasons for answering Tom McBride's deathbed summons. He has a job to do as a Texas Ranger, and a woman to protect—a woman whose sweet innocence gives him new faith that love born in the darkest night can face the dawn of all his tomorrows.
When the raiding party passed out from the liquor they’d been drinking, their captive Faith made her escape on foot. Terror drove her on through the darkness. She had been running for hours when she finally saw the faint glow of a campfire in the distance
Faith moved stealthily onward. She hoped it was a company of cavalrymen or ranch hands.
Her hopes were dashed as she surveyed the scene below.
Sitting before the low-burning campfire was a bare-chested warrior. Faith did not recognize him as one of the raiding party, but there was no mistaking the aura of danger about him. As she was watching, he looked up in her direction. She remained still, barely breathing, until he looked away. Her fear turned to fury as she slipped away. She had to save herself.
Chase McBride knew someone was nearby. He hadn’t survived this long by ignoring his instincts, and they were screaming a warning right now. He was puzzled, for if someone was out to kill him, they would have taken a shot by now. Continuing to act naturally, he stretched out on his bedroll, pretending to fall asleep. With his gun in hand, he waited.
Faith believed the warrior hadn’t seen her. She hoped to steal his horse before he could catch her.
She returned to watch the campsite and was relieved to find the warrior asleep. She felt a flicker of hope. Slowly, cautiously, she made her way toward his horse.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi Smith gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982.
Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five million of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times Storyteller of the Year Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists.
When she's not working on her novels, she is frequently a guest speaker for writer's groups. Bobbi is mother of two sons and resides in St. Charles, Missouri with her husband and three dogs.
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Bobbi has been awarded the prestigious “Storyteller of the Year” Award from Romantic Times Magazine (New York) and has attained positions on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List, the Walden’s Best Seller List, B. Dalton’s List, and the Wal-Mart and K-Mart Best Seller Lists.
The foreign rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Russia and Sweden. Smith’s current publisher is Amazon. Bobbi has written two faith-based contemporary novels - Haven and Miracles - using the pseudonym of Julie Marshall.
Copyright © 2018 Bobbi Smith.
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