Western Historical Romance Books by Debra Parmley:
Dangerous Ties available in print and eBook
now in audiobook!:
Lillian Hayes’ fiance, Thomas Shelton, convinced the townsfolk to exchange their gold for his worthless bank notes. After he disappears with the gold, every eye turns to Lillian for answers. Even her cousin Carl insists she knows where the gold is. He is desperate to find it because he is deeply indebted to Kingston, small town criminal and owner of the local saloon.
Carl will do anything to clear his debt; even torture Lillian for answers.
Nick Brace is driving a herd of horses to town when he stumbles across Lillian, branded, strung up over a mineshaft, and left to die. He saves her, tends to her wounds, and teaches her to shoot to protect herself. But the danger isn’t past. When Nick’s horse-trading deal with Kingston goes bad, Lillian races to be the one to save him this time.
Dangerous Ties RONE award finalist 2012
Chapter One Excerpt from Dangerous Ties:
Pain erased all sense of time. Lillian didn’t know how long she’d hung, her muscles exhausted from the strain, her mind full of warnings she was helpless to do anything about.
Her throat was raw from screaming before Grady had gagged her. Now the cloth gag stuck to her dry tongue. She squinted through tired eyes at the pail of water sitting by the edge of the mineshaft. She could look right down into it, the water taunting her with how good it looked, how it would taste cool and refreshing as it slid over her tongue, down her throat. It would soothe her throat if she could just reach it.
But there was no hope of that.
They’d tied her up and left her to die of thirst. Lillian closed her eyes.
No, don’t look at it. Don’t think of it. Think of something else.
Pain shot from her broken right toe up her ankle and leg. The scent of burnt flesh still filled her nostrils. He’d seared the brand across the top of her breast. Memory lodged in her body where pain radiated along with heat, echoes of his laughter still ringing in her ears.
A single tear slipped out and ran down her cheek.
It hadn’t mattered what he did to her or how relentless they were. She still couldn’t tell them where the money was. She couldn’t tell because she didn’t know. And no amount of torture could change that one fact.
Lillian squeezed her eyes tight and prayed her lie had bought enough time to get away. Though how she’d ever get out of this she didn’t know.
PRAISE FOR DANGEROUS TIES:
“A good story with lots of action and chemistry… If you like a traditional historical romance, you will love this book.” – Gennie – Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“Ms. Parmley writes wonderful characters who run the gamut from kind and sweet to seriously evil! She portrays what the Wild West must have been like in the late 1800’s – from the way women were treated, to the gunslinging found in the dirt streets of small western towns…. this story is so enticing, it immediately sucks one in, and won’t let go until the very last word!” – Tonya Smalley, InD’Tale Magazine
A Desperate Journey available in print and ebook:
A Desperate Journey : Sometimes a journey of the heart is the most dangerous journey of all.
Sally Wheeler learned the hard way that men aren’t always what they seem. Now she will stop at nothing to track down the bigamist husband who stole her child and abandoned her on their failing Kansas farm. Even if it means traveling with a handsome maverick who could change her mind about men.
Free after spending seven years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Rob Truman aims to balance the scales of justice on the man who sent him there—Luke Wheeler. His quest doesn’t include falling for the one woman who will lead him to his quarry, but Sally’s courage in the face of her fear touches his soul.
Through dangerous days and nights on the trail, neither Sally nor Rob can ignore their growing feelings for each other. Yet both are haunted by the poor judgment that, in the past, led them down the wrong road. Love—and trust—are luxuries neither of them can afford.
PRAISE FOR A DESPERATE JOURNEY:
“A stunning debut! A Desperate Journey is an enchanting tale of love, forgiveness, redemption and passion. Don’t miss this one.” – Gerri Russell, author of Warrior’s Bride
“An outstanding read that pricks the heart.” – Cherokee – Coffee Time Romance
“Debra Parmley is a promising new writer.” – Bobbi Smith, NYT bestselling author
“Sally Wheeler was married just weeks before her seventeenth birthday to a charming man she believed was everything she could ever want. Things change – suddenly. Luke quickly turned out to be her worst nightmare. Now everything she has is gone: her house, her money, her husband… and he has taken their son with him. With only the note to go by, Sally is frantic but determined to get her son back no matter what the cost.
Rob Truman has spent five long years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and now he is going to get vengeance. He will find Luke Wheeler if it takes him the rest of his life. His search takes him to the small town but discovers Luke has run-off again. Rob decides the quickest way to track him is to follow Luke’s woman. Unfortunately that woman turns out to be everything he has ever dreamed of. Too bad she is married to the man he will kill.
What an interesting twist to the average Western theme! Ms. Parmley creates circumstances that are believable yet drives them in new and creative ways… the story is just unique enough and the climax and resolution exciting enough that it is well worth the read!” – Ruth Lynn Ritter – InD’Tale Magazine
Isabella, Bride of Ohio
now available in print and in ebook
Isabella: Bride of Ohio is book 17 in the 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. However it can be read as a stand alone.
Isabella, newly arrived in America from Sweden, first loses her parents and then her job at the factory after it burns down. Nothing in American seems to last but she hopes her mail order bride marriage to the handsome and wealthy Donald Jenks will. But as her grandmother always said, trouble comes in threes and there is danger standing between her and her happy ever after with her true love.
Tom, a Pinkerton agent, is on the case of disappearing women is traveling on the same train as Isabella when she is selected as the next victim. Will he save her in time for her to marry Donald? And will she have the happy ever after she has dreamed of?
“Isabella Britta Stolt is an immigrant from Sweden who has found herself without her parents and without a job. She and a group of friends make the decision to become mail-order brides. Trying her best to make a rational decision, she decides to try and take it slow, getting to know the man she picked as a potential husband. She is thrilled that they both seem to want the same things in life. Donald Jenks is an accountant. Sending her money. He invites Isabella to visit him so they could get to know each other better and help decide if they would fit. On the way to Ohio, Isabella was robbed and almost abducted. Pinkerton man Tom Allenby has been assigned to the train to try and find the abductors. When he realizes Isabella may have been a target, he follows, rescuing her just in the nick of time. When Tom travels to Ohio to return her stolen money, there is a clash between Donald and Tom. Tom feelsthere is something off about the man, and he is going to find out what it is. It’s been quite a while since this reviewer had to re-read a book because she was so involved with the story that she forgot to take notes! Isabella takes you on a wonderful, exciting ride full of intrigue, adventure, and ending with an HEA.” – Kitty Lane – Affaire de Coeur magazine
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