Get Ready… Get Set… It’s time for a new Red Petticoat Saloon release!
Are you ready for a sneak peek at my latest story and the next addition to the Red Petticoat Saloon series? Of course you are! That’s why you’re here. Since Warming Emerald is due to be released on the 18th, every day from now until then, I’ll be posting a tiny little sneak peek thriller just to help introduce you to my latest characters. I had a ton of fun with this story. I hope you will too!
Set up: Lydia is in one jail cell, Millicent Crankshaw is in the other, and Garrett has arrived to pay Lydia’s fine.
Sneak Peek #1:
Her body shuddered.
“It’s all right,” he murmured again, combing his fingers through her hair to follow the silken chestnut waves down her small back. The ends almost reached her waist. A man could lose himself in hair like that, tie himself up in it and never want to break free. A man could lose himself in the smell of her, the faint femininity of her perfume and the underlying musk of her. Her shoulders hitched as her breath caught; Garrett held her tighter. His heart beat faster. His breaths betrayed him, turning just as shallow as her own but for very different reasons. Shallow breaths meant more breaths, all of them tainted with the heady scent of her.
Go slow, he told himself as his hands returned to her shoulders and she twitched, for just a second, seeming about to tuck her face into his neck before she abruptly looked away. “Shh,” he whispered, and his hands followed the waves of her hair all the way down to her waist again. Go real slow.
Her shaking intensified, though she didn’t pull away. She didn’t even try.
“I c-can’t,” she whispered.
“What can’t you do?” He bowed his head, touching his cheek to hers. She still did not pull away, and he was scruffy too. He hadn’t shaved that morning. He’d have to remember to do that tomorrow, before his whiskers abraded her soft, delicate skin.
Lydia caught a hard breath, and that was his first indication that all her shaking had suddenly turned into breaking. She was crying. It was so quiet, like a secret shame that had to be hidden at all costs. His arms tightened when her body bent. She was hiding her “shame” against his chest, letting her tears soak into his shirt and her now keening cries be muffled. “I… c-can’t…”
“Then don’t.” Garrett pulled her closer, held her tighter. “Let me do it for you.”
She is the ‘savage’ of the Red Petticoat Saloon, a white woman raised by Indians only to be ripped from her adopted family by enemy soldiers and—with her half-breed son in tow—forced back into a life she does not remember or want. She does not smile; she does not trust, but she will, for a few extra dollars, put her buckskins on before taking a man to bed. Called Emerald, she has bitten more customers than she has forgiven. It never once occurred to her that anyone would find that treatment enamoring… until the day of the Great Brawl when the eldest Drake brother stormed the Red Petticoat in his vengeful hunt for Gabe and the youngest, Garrett, tackled her to the floor. She’d lived up to her reputation that day, grinding her teeth into the palm of his hand until she tasted blood, and forever won herself the erstwhile affections of a man who refused to understand the concept of ‘get lost’.
No one knew how to hide behind a smile like Garrett Drake. Haunted by a past he would never honor with words, he knew the soul-biting pain of incorporeal scars when he saw it. And from the moment he clapped eyes on Emerald—and she clamped her sharp little teeth on him, painting her lips with his blood—Garrett recognized his suffering soul’s long absent mate. She was prickly, temperamental, tense… afraid… what about that could draw him as intensely as it did, he had no idea, but the more she insisted he go away, the more impossible he found it to leave.
And then soldiers came to Culpepper Cove with orders to remove Emerald’s very young son to a reservation in which she could not go. After that, leaving ceased to be an option. Armed with an off-kilter joke and a smile, Garrett allied himself to the woman he loved…whether she wanted him to or not. Because she was warming to him, by God, and that right there made everything he was about to do worth it.
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Like all the Red Petticoat Saloon books, Warming Emerald is a standalone story. That means you don’t have to read them all to understand what’s going on in this book. However, you might want to read them all simply because, like Pringles potato chips, it’s hard to stop at just one!
About The Red Petticoat series:
The Red Petticoat Saloon series is a collection of books written by #1 and USA Today bestselling authors. Each book tells the unique story of a different woman, ‘a gem’, who comes to the saloon to find a safe haven and discovers they become part of a family. Recurring characters appear in each book to allow readers a continuity as they learn about the women who have learned to bend but have not broken under the harshness that life has to offer. It is a series where strong, loving men find not only entertainment at the saloon but the special women who reside under its roof.
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If you missed any of these great stories, it’s not too late!
Jewel’s Gems by Maggie Ryan, the book that started it all!
#1 Best-selling Historical Western author Maggie Ryan brings you the first book in The Red Petticoat series.
The Red Petticoat is not just another whorehouse. This is a place for every painted lady to get her happy ending. Madame Jewel and her ‘gems’ welcome hardworking men to come inside for a home-cooked meal or a few hands of cards. They are invited to listen to a pretty girl sing or watch a show. If a bit of intimate comfort is desired, they are welcome to go upstairs and into the arms of one of the beautiful women wearing the red petticoats. However, refer to its gems as whores and you’ll find yourself tossed out into the street.
This story all begins when Lady Juliette Gardner discovers she has been set up and her reputation ruined. She decides to leave England for good and find her way to the goldfields of California with the hopes of creating her dream and possibly striking it rich.
To Gabriel Vasquez, the hard work and isolation of working his claim is the only way to achieve his dream. When he discovers his new partner is a woman, a very beautiful, very stubborn English woman, he has no problem – except for the fact that she refuses to think of her safety. If she is to be his partner, he will have no hesitation teaching her exactly what happens to naughty, cheeky English ladies.
Gabriel and Jewel will discover that life has room for more than one dream and as they settle themselves in Culpepper Cove. This mining town, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, will never be the same once Juliette – Madame Jewel – opens The Red Petticoat.
Join award winning author Maggie Ryan as she begins the tale of The Red Petticoat and all of Madame Jewel’s precious – but slightly flawed – gems.
Disclaimer: This book contains the spanking of adult women and explicit sexual scenes including anal play, and sex with multiple partners. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase this book.
Rescuing Ruby Red by Maggie Ryan
From the moment Rebekah McTavish meets the beautiful, cultured Madame Jewel, she has but one dream. She wanted nothing more than to get a job at The Red Petticoat Saloon and don the coveted red petticoat worn by Jewel’s gems. She discovers that getting hired is the easy part – who knew that Jewel’s partner, has a tendency to frown upon gems who break the rules.
Jebidiah Justice spent much of his youth avoiding the little red-head. Even his constant threats to tan her hide did nothing to sway the little pest to better behavior. Now, as the sheriff of Culpepper Cove, avoidance is no longer possible. On the night he catches her red-handed breaking and entering, he has to make a choice. Can he force himself to arrest the girl he remembers or will he lose his heart in rescuing the woman she’s become?
Rebekah becomes Ruby, the newest gem at the saloon, finding a home and a sense of family she craves. The only thing standing between her and her red petticoat is a man who refuses to call her anything but Red and warns her that if she puts so much as a pinky toe on those stairs, the only red thing under her skirts will be the hue he paints across her backside. And, this time, she had a feeling that he isn’t just threatening.
Will the two leave the past behind and make a future together or will their chance of happiness be taken away?
DISCLAIMER: This book includes the spanking of adult women and explicit sexual scenes including anal play. If these offend you, please do not purchase this book.
His Little Lapis by Renee Rose
Once a respectable young governess, Louise Small tumbled from society’s grace after her employer forced himself on her. She wound up at The Red Petticoat playing Little Lapis Lazuli, a submissive who dresses like a girl and offers her bottom up for frequent spankings.
She enjoys her new identity, so far removed from the prim governess she’d been, but she longs for a real daddy – one who is kind and caring, yet willing to administer real discipline. When she spies Culpepper Cove’s Mayor interacting with his young niece, she knows he’s just the sort of man she wants. But his disdain for her and her profession put them in conflict.
Letting go of her little self, she reverts to the proper, fine-mannered governess to win his attention. But at what cost? With her little side squashed, and no hope of being accepted in polite society, she hardly knows who to be or what kind of life to lead. Is being the Mayor’s wife be enough?