Monday, November 23, 2015

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Wyoming Rugged by Diana Palmer + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Wyoming Rugged (Wyoming Men #5)
Diana Palmer

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Diana Palmer is back in Wyoming with a tale of love born in Big Sky Country...

Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—but the irresistible blonde beauty is the daughter of his best friend.

Niki Ashton has seen her father's friend wounded and she's seen him fight. Blair is the strongest—and most stubborn—man she's ever known. That very heart and passion makes him the man of her dreams, but whenever they've been in danger of getting close, Blair has always pushed her away.

It takes a possible tragedy to strip away all of Blair's misgivings. Now it's all or nothing: marriage, baby, family, forever. But will the choice be too much for Niki... or too late?

Blair was barely able to get out of bed the next day. His head hammered, and he was wobbly on his feet.

“Serves me right, I guess,” he said when Niki brought him hash browns and bacon in bed.

“Don’t say that,” she chided softly. “You were entitled. I’m sorry life is so hard for you right now. But it will get better. Really, it will.”

He looked up at her quietly. “You’re an optimist, Niki. I’m not. I see things from a different perspective. So will you, when you’re older,” he added in a faintly bitter tone.

“For heaven’s sake, I’m going on twenty-two,” she burst out. “I just graduated from college!”

“And there’s a big world out there, just waiting for you,” he said. “New people, new places. New men,” he added deliberately.

She wrapped her arms around her chest. “No.”

He scowled, pausing with hash browns on his fork. “What do you mean, no?” he asked.

She bit her lower lip. “How do I know what men are going to be like when I’m alone with them? I know I haven’t dated much, but that was one heck of a wake-up call, you know. If you hadn’t been there…” Her eyes were tormented, and she shook her head.

“Come here.”

She sat down beside him on the bed.

He took her hand in his and held it. “You have to know, very few men ever resort to force. He’d been drinking pretty heavily.”
v “I know. I tried to get him to stop. He said I was backward.” She sighed. “I guess I am. I don’t keep step with people in the modern world. I live in the country, I like wildflowers and little children, I don’t drink or smoke or do drugs...” She made a face. “It’s just a pity I wasn’t born a hundred years ago. I’d have been right at home.”

“There are other people like you in the world,” he said softly. “You’ll find them. You have to take chances, Niki. You have to get out in the world to cope with it. You’re hiding here, honey. You’re running away from life. It’s cowardly. That’s not like you.”

Her face flamed. She got up and moved away from him, like a child burned by contact with fire. How could she tell him that she was in love with him, that she wasn’t hiding from life? She was waiting, hoping, praying that one day...

His heart sank when he saw her face. He’d been too harsh. “Niki, I’m sorry.”

She swallowed, hard. He was like an adult with a small child, and it hurt to be thought of that way. She stood up from the bed. “I have to help Edna clear up in the kitchen.”

About the Author

An icon in western romance, Diana Palmer has been writing with Harlequin since 1980 and has published over 180 titles, with over 61 million books sold!

She has over 115 novels in print. She has written historical novels as well as contemporary romance, and has produced science fiction, with her novel The Morcai Battalion appearing in hardcover in 2007. Two sequels to this book have been released as eBooks. Her latest novel is Wyoming Rugged from HQN, which is currently on tour.

Diana’s hobbies are gardening, knitting, crocheting, astronomy, archaeology, and animals. She has dogs, cats, birds and lizards. She enjoys getting mail from her readers, but is slow to answer it.


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Wyoming Rugged—yay!!

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Sponsored wholly by the tour publicist and publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at TLC Book Tours and HQN Books!
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