Monday, May 27, 2013

Guest Post w/ Hildie McQueen + giveaway

Woot! We've got Hildie McQueen on the blog today. I got to meet Hildie down in Florida earlier this month at a book convention and she is awesome. Check out her guest post and leave her some love people!    ~Anna
Adeline Buckley escapes her abusive father only to find herself in a brothel, on a stagecoach to the untamed west and married to a stranger, all in that order. Plotting another escape becomes harder, the more she gets to know her new husband.

Jackson Pruitt didn’t expect a secretive mail order bride to show up the same week cattle wrestlers absconded with a large part of his herd. The bigger surprise was the loveliness of the woman. Why would a beauty like her need to travel so far to marry?

Jackson and Adeline learn that secrets and marriage do not go hand-in-hand when both of their pasts comes knocking and both have to come to grips with the reality, that sometimes trust comes only after you lose it all.

Today I'm sharing with you the hero and heroine of Where The Four Winds Collide, as it travels on this virtual blog tour. I will tell you their physical attributes, personality and lastly some tidbits that did not make it into the book.

Ladies first, her name is Adeline Buckley.  She is twenty-three and has waist length bright red hair, she is curvy and has green eyes.  Adeline is an only child raised by a distant and quite harsh father. Although Adeline was kept under his tyrannical control, and she kept quiet while under his care, this feisty woman was brave enough to escape and end up in the wild western frontier.

A couple tidbits about Adeline; When I first wrote her character, I was going to have her become a prostitute at the brothel where she first stops at, but then I changed it so instead of being on the beds, she's making them.  Her last name 'Buckley' I borrowed from a boy I had a massive crush on when I was in Junior High.  *Hi Andy!!*

The Hero Jackson Pruitt is a blond, tall, muscular, blue-eyed hunk of a man. Jackson is very stoic and not one prone to joking about or talking much. Which made it a challenge sometimes.  Jackson was late to the party, I already had the story plotted and started writing it leaving his name marked by XX. I had the hardest time figuring it out.  Finally I threw a bunch of names out there and one stuck. Jackson Pruitt was born.

In case you have not read the book yet, and let me tell you, you should Jackson and Adeline get married under hurried circumstances and in the end there is talk about another wedding.  After the book was released I wondered if I shouldn't have written that scene.

Thanks for having me Anna; I am a soup burner and egg exploder too!  Unfortunately, my cat ran away, so I fail in the cat-herding department. ~Hildie McQueen

Hildie McQueen loves storytelling and unusual settings, pair that with humor and you’ve got an idea of what her writing is like.

She makes sure action, intrigue, and sizzling romance add up to a story, her readers won’t soon forget.  Her favorite past-times are traveling, shopping and reading. She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt and two unruly Chihuahuas.

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