|Posted by Mandy Baggot on March 17, 2015 at 3:00 AM||comments (0)|
I'm so excited! It's my turn on Written Fireside this week and my first attempt at writing a proper historical western!
If you want to catch up on the story from the very beginning, here are all the links you need to the previous parts:-
Part One - Lori Connelly
Part Two - Paty Jager
Part Three - Julie Lence
Part Four - Susan Horsnell
Part Five - Aileen Harkwood
Part Six - AJ Nuest
And here is my part, Part Seven...
‘Don’t you move another damn inch, Montgomery Anderson.’
Fannie’s tone was threatening but Daniel picked up on the slight tremble of fear. He watched her settle her feet down into the dirt, her arms raising the shotgun, her eye trained down the barrel.
‘You ain’t gonna shoot me,’ Montgomery stated. He waved his weapon in challenge.
The man swaggered forward, his boots kicking up dust, his tan pants already licked with dirt. He looked weathered, his long hair underneath his Stetson, greying and limp. But he was still pointing a handgun at them.
‘Please… we’re sorry,’ Will said, big frightened eyes directed at Montgomery.
Marigold was still in Daniel’s arms, her eyes flickering shut, her wound still bleeding, he shifted his eyes to Fannie and set his voice low. ‘You know this man?’
‘Yes, I know him. The whole town knows him. For all the wrong reasons.’ Fannie made no move to lower the weapon.
‘It isn’t like you think, Miss, not really,’ Will spluttered.
Montgomery continued to slowly pace toward them. If he got any closer Daniel suspected Fannie wouldn’t hold off from firing. He had to do something.
‘You, boy, get over here,’ Montgomery barked at Will.
‘You stay right here,’ Fannie responded.
The boy looked flustered, not knowing which way to turn.
‘Give me the girl,’ Montgomery snarled.
‘She’s hurt.’ Fannie held fast to her aim. ‘And she’s not your property.’
The man laughed then, throwing his head back and dropping his gun a little. Fannie seized her opportunity and fired. BANG!
The shot hit the dirt just half an inch from Montgomery Anderson’s right foot. He creased his face into a snarl and took aim with his pistol.
‘Drop your weapon, sir, I’m from the marshal’s office,’ Daniel tensed every muscle he possessed, layering his words with conviction.
Montgomery noisily hocked back a mouthful of saliva and spat it to the ground. ‘I don’t care if you’re God himself.’ He thinned out his lips. ‘Give me the girl.’
The whimper came from Marigold and Daniel straightaway looked down into those emerald eyes. ‘It’s going to be just fine, sweetheart.’
‘Is she gonna be alright?’ Will asked, fear in his voice.
‘Take her inside,’ Fannie ordered, not moving her eyes from Montgomery.
‘You don’t move an inch,’ Montgomery warned, his gun poised. ‘I’ve looked after that girl and those boys since their parents passed and I don’t intend on stopping now.’
Daniel saw what that statement had done to Fannie’s composure. The shotgun was wavering now as she stared at the man, trying to take in what he’d just said.
‘You took them in?’ Fannie asked. She momentarily looked to Will before turning back.
Montgomery didn’t reply but held her gaze. Daniel couldn’t move. He didn’t want to leave Fannie with this unsavoury character. He feared for her, despite Doc’s assurances about her crack shot capabilities.
‘Why would you do that?’
‘They had no one else.’ The reply was short and sweet.
Daniel watched something like understanding cross over Fannie’s features and she nodded.
‘You didn’t do it for them, did you? You did it for yourself.’ She took a firm grip on the gun again. ‘Just what have you been getting them to do for you?’
‘Please, Miss, don’t hurt him,’ Will begged.
‘It’s none of your business,’ Montgomery said, his teeth bared. ‘That’s the trouble with you teacher types. You just can’t help yourself from sticking your nose into things that don’t concern you.’
There was malice laced around his words and Daniel mentally put Montgomery Anderson at the top of his list of suspects for every single bit of trouble in Cold Spring.
‘Please…’ Marigold gasped again. ‘I’m so cold.’
Daniel looked down at the girl in his arms. Her dress was now fully coated in thick, red blood.
Check out Kathleen Rice Adam's website next week for Part 8!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on March 6, 2015 at 12:30 PM||comments (0)|
I am almost hyperventilating with excitement! I can finally reveal the cover of my next book, my first with the lovely Bookouture.
So, without further ado here is the cover for summer read, Truly Madly Greekly!
I LOVE IT! It's perfect for the book and I hope you all love it as much as me!
Publication is Friday 22 May and you can find out more about the book here!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on March 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM||comments (1)|
I'm so excited that my lovely friend, Zara Stoneley has let me share this! Check out the fabulous cover for the follow on to sexy, Stable Mates... Country Affairs!
Pre-order it on Amazon here!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on March 4, 2015 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
I have a delicious chunk of a hero for you this time. Meet this week's Hump Day Hunk, Kat Black's Aidan Flynn from Playing With Fire.
Playing With Fire - the sequel to Melting Ms Frost.
The steamy story of Annabel Frost and Aidan Flynn continues … Can you handle the heat?
Before Aidan Flynn had swept into her life with the destructive force of a wildfire, Annabel Frost had thought she'd had all she needed from her life. A successful career, financial independence, emotional restraint. Things that were safe, secure, steady. Everything her childhood hadn't been.
Aidan represented none of that. Reckless and risky he'd been the red hot flame that melted the icy layers of her long-frozen heart. Having run from him once, Annabel should have learned to leave trouble well enough alone.
But now Aidan is back, turning up the heat. And regardless of the danger of getting herself badly burned, Annabel can't seem to resist the temptation to play with this particular brand of fire.
What makes Aidan Flynn the perfect hero?
Aside from the triple threat of his Irish charm, his dark good looks and his killer crooked smile? It would have to be the swoon-worthy size of his big, hot, impressively-honed intellect and the way he wields it. Plus his understanding of the fairer sex. Having grown up the only boy among his four sisters, he’s learnt a lot about how women work. Minor flaw: he has no trouble in shamelessly exploiting that knowledge to his advantage.
What would Aidan Flynn plan for the perfect date?
Beneath his sharp-witted, urbane exterior lies the romantic heart and poetic soul of a true Irishman. You could expect nothing less than a flicker of candlelight, a slow dance, a lot of laughter – and maybe a playful gamble that promises to end the date with a sinfully sensual scenario. Fair warning: Aidan Flynn only ever plays to win, even if that means playing dirty.
What is Aidan Flynn’s favourite TV show and music style.
As a motorcycle aficionado, he’ll freely admit to enjoying Sons of Anarchy, while his guilty secret is catching the occasional round of Strictly Come Dancing.
Music wise his tastes are broad, running from the traditional céilí sessions of his homeland through to rock bands such as the Foo Fighters.
Grab Playing with Fire now!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on February 24, 2015 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
This week we are welcoming new members of the family! Meet our two new gorgeous girlies, Truffle and Stripe.
When taking on new responsibilities there have to be changes to routine. Some are easier than others and being someone who thrives on structure I find it challenging to adapt to new situations. Time is limited, priorities are skewed, emotions are frayed (mainly mine!).
It's a tense time in the House of Baggot at the moment but these little cuties are just perfect.
I'm hoping to bring you some book news very soon but in the meantime, my romance, Strings Attached, featuring sexy rock star, Quinn Blake, is 99p! One-click!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on February 4, 2015 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
For quite a while now I've been lucky enough to take part in a serialisation called Written Fireside. Written Fireside is a round robin story where a group of authors each write a continuation to the part written before and a whole story is created!
The group I belong to was started by the fabulous Harper Impulse author, Lori Connelly and this time we have a story entitled Be Mine, Marshal.
I love being part of this as each story has a different theme (this one is a Western) and each writer has their own style. It's fun trying to blend the parts together as seamlessly as possible and I'm a bit of a pain to write alongside as I like a plot twist!
Read the very first part from Lori Connelly here. Then follow each week and see how the plot develops. We would love to hear your comments on each part if you have the time. It's always nice to know when people enjoy the read. And remember it's all completely FREE - an entire story for nothing but five minutes of your time each week.
Go on, you know you want to! There's a marshall waiting!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on January 27, 2015 at 4:15 AM||comments (0)|
I've been busy already this week! As well as writing between 1,000-3,000 words a day I've been getting happy with the clicking finger and updating my Pinterest.
I find it's a great way of getting all the themes and inspiration for my books in the once place. It's colourful, it's slightly random AND you can find really hot men on there! Just for hero potential obviously!
Check out my boards for 'Corfu Romance' and 'Manhattan Romance' for clues about my next books coming with Bookouture! What do the characters look like in my mind? Where are the books set? Food! Music! You name it I've pinned it! And there is still much to add!
So, feet up, cup of tea in hand and check out where I'm going to take my readers next!
Here's the link.
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on January 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM||comments (4)|
I'm thrilled to finally be able to tell you that I have a new publisher!
In a contract agreed with my lovely agent, Kate Nash, I've signed a two book deal with the fabulous Bookouture!
I'm so excited to be working with the team there (including my lovely friend, Kim Nash - there's a lot of Nashes in my world now!) and the amazing other authors (including another gorgeous mate of mine, Sue Watson). Find out more about Bookouture on their website.
And the even better news is both books are scheduled to come out in 2015!
Next month it will be a year since Made in Nashville was released and you have all been so patient waiting for my next story. Well, it's coming soon! And, it's set in Corfu!
Think gorgeous sunsets, a hot hero and two sisters who couldn't be more different! I can't wait for you to meet Ellen and Lacey!
Here's a photo of me signing the contract!
Thank you for all your support!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on January 20, 2015 at 2:00 AM||comments (3)|
I am so excited to be taking part in this Written Fireside. Written Fireside is a round robin way of storytelling set up by the lovely Lori Connelly. This story is entitled I Looked Away and you can find parts 1-9 on the following links.
Part 1 - Lori Connelly
Part 2 - Elsa Winckler
Part 3 - Aileen Harkwood
Part 4 - Elise Forier Edie
Part 5 - Patricia Sands
Part 6 - Eve Devon
Part 7 - Bella Osborne
Part 8 - Kari Lemor
Part 9 - Jennifer Faye
Cover by Aileen Harwood
So without further ado, here is my part, Part Ten.
‘You come back here! You come right back here and listen to me!’ Donnan shrieked.
The absolute venom in his voice hit every nerve ending but Madeline kept on striding away from him, Megan like a baby monkey around her neck, clinging tight. She just had to make it to the Jeep and all this would be over. Garrett was here. Garrett was going to keep her safe and in a few minutes the whole place would be crawling with rangers and police.
She heard the crunch of gravel under hard boots, heavy steps heading her way.
‘Take one more step, Donnan and you’ll find out just how much trouble you’re really in.’ Garrett’s voice sounded out like a warning shot.
‘D’you know why this kid isn’t getting hold of any of my inheritance? Why my father isn’t going to get a happy-ever-after with a granddaughter?’
Madeline was so close to the Jeep now she could almost reach out and touch it. But there was something in the tone of Donnan’s voice now that halted her. A fizz of emotion ran through her insides and she swung Megan down to the ground, altering her position to stand in front of her like a shield.
Facing Donnan she saw the anger in his expression, the jet black pupils dilating, his lips set in a furious scowl.
He parted his lips and spat out the words. ‘Because she isn’t fucking mine.’
Every emotion Madeline felt since Megan had been taken from her drained out of her body in one lightening motion. She staggered, almost losing her footing, dizzy, sick. What he was saying was incomprehensible.
‘That’s right.’ Donnan began to pace. ‘All those years ago when you cried and you begged and you told me how we could be a family. When you told me that you loved me. When you said things would be tough but our love would be enough.’ He shook his head. ‘You never loved me! You were screwing someone else!’
‘No,’ Madeline said, shaking her head. ‘No it can’t be.’ She turned to look at her beautiful daughter, standing there so cold and scared and all she wanted to do was protect her from this, from everything and make it all go away. How could a camping trip they’d both looked forward to so much be ending up this way?
‘I think you’ve said enough.’ It was Garrett’s voice. But it was different. The empathy lost.
‘I wasn’t ready to be a father then, but I am now. I’m married and we want a family. There’s nothing we want more.’
She watched Donnan put his hands to his head, saw the rage revert to devastation.
‘And I can’t have them. The doctor says I’ve never been able to have them.’
To read the conclusion head over to Jane Lark's website on 27 January 2015.
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on January 7, 2015 at 2:00 AM||comments (3)|
My first Hump Day Hunk of 2015 is brought to you by HarperImpulse author, Teresa Morgan.
One Fine Day
Just a boy standing in front of a girl…
Steve Mason returns from Hollywood after 15 years to catch up with his sister, Ruby. He’s miserable because the woman he was planning on marrying has dumped him.
He’s now worried that with his A-list celebrity status he won’t find a woman who genuinely loves him. Ruby devises a plan to disguise Steve, so that he is unrecognisable as the famous Hollywood actor, in a hope to help him find true love. It worked for Clark Kent, right?
As Steve searches for his not-so-perfect woman and has a taste of normality, his relationship develops with his sister. But will he find the right woman before he has to head back to his real life in Hollywood?
‘This book encompasses all the elements of a truly fantastic chick-lit novel.’ Cosmochicklitan
Introducing Steve Mason
What makes Steve Mason the perfect hero?
Although he is handsome, rich and famous, strip that away, and he’s funny and charming. He tries to be considerate and cares about others. Deep down he longs to be a family man.
What would Steve Mason plan for a perfect date?
Steve is easy going, so he’ll do anything to please his lady. He’s got enough money to treat them to whatever they want to do, but he’s learning to appreciate the simpler things in life. He loves the theatre, but in December the only thing you can watch at the Bristol Hippodrome is a pantomime. However, he’s game.
What is Steve Mason’s favourite TV show and music style?
He stumbles across an old CD of his by The Stone Roses and he’d probably be quite happy to watch re-runs of The A Team.
Grab your copy of One Fine Day here!