Friday 2 November 2018

Nissa Blitz!

My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. I’m a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”

I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.

I am a blogger. In addition to my own blog, I blog for several group blogs including the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog, which I started and administer.

A widow with two small children, Nissa Stillwell was forced out of the mining supervisor's house after her husband died in the mine disaster in Wildcat Ridge, Utah. She quickly learns before his death, he went heavily into debt. She leaves what few possessions remain behind and contracts with the Ridge Hotel to do their laundry and live in the laundry shed and drying yard next to the hotel. She is able to make ends meet—barely.

          Being left with only the furnishings and personal items that make up James Stillwell’s estate, Mortimer Crane goes after Nissa to pay the balance owed. She refuses, but he insists she work off the debt in his Gentlemen Only Salon.

          Rancher Dallin Walsh has been too busy building up his spread in the isolated mountains of western Colorado to look for a wife. He comes to Wildcat Ridge for a big horse auction. Between Crane and three drifters, he comes to Nissa’s defense more than once. Desperate to leave Wildcat Ridge, Nissa asks him to hire her as a housekeeper. Does Dallin want a housekeeper—or does he have something else in mind?

          Hal and Buck, two wranglers who work for Dallin, soon find most women in town are as eager to find husbands to move to Wildcat Ridge so they can keep their homes as they are to sell horses. A woman in difficulty captures Hal’s attention. Another woman finds Buck, but he definitely is not interested in a wife.

          Who will go to Colorado, and who will stay in Wildcat Ridge?


Curious, Buck turned to his partner. “So, where you end up eating supper last night? Felt a little strange, me sitting there at a table all by myself with Boss and that laundress woman and her youngsters. Felt like I was butting in where I wasn’t wanted.”
          Hal looked forward as they walked. When he finally answered, he refused to look at Buck. “Nowhere special. There’s other places in town offering meals for sale—widows looking to make a little extra money while we all are in town for the auction. I’m sure Boss didn’t mind you being there, or he would have told you to eat somewhere else or at a different time.” Hal turned to Buck and shrugged. “Maybe he wanted you there so folks don’t get the wrong idea about him and that laundress.”
          Buck did not know about other folks, but he figured he understood the right idea about Boss and the laundress. Boss was sweet on the woman. He even liked both her children. But, if Hal refused to share information, so would he.

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  1. Beautiful! cover, looking forward to reading her.

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    2. Okay, now I am replying under my pen name. Thank you for your comment, Dorothy. The book covers were done by Charlene of Silver Sage Book Covers. I also loved it. I hope you enjoy reading the book. I had fun with it, especially coordinating the two romances.

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my book, Nissa, on this blog!