Saturday, February 5, 2011

Show & Tell Saturday with Rita Hestand!



In the editing process right now, my second book coming out with Decadent Publishing is a civil war story. Maggie is the "Black Widow" spy for the north. She lives in northern Arkansas during the brunt of the war and plays a vital key to the victories there by the Union Army.  But Maggie has a story of her own, and it has little to do with the war. She's half mullato and half white, a runaway slave from Louisiana that seeks shelter in the mountains of Arkansas.  At sixteen she escaped the horrid plantation owner and fled for higher ground. But there is a price to pay for that freedom, and Maggie becomes one of the most famous in the Union Army. Everyone knows about the venom of the "Black Widow". At eighteen she meets Jesse Coleman, a confederate spy who has been ordered to bring her in.

Neither of these two unsuspecting people planned on falling in love so quickly, or so hard. But it happened. Jesse found Maggie irresistible and despite his orders, he couldn't stop the flames of desire. Even after making love to her thoroughly, he knew he had to bring her in, especially when she escaped to warn the Union Army. When she returned, Jesse took her captive. He knew she'd never forgive him, and it broke his heart to turn her in, because he was sure he loved her.

When the war was over, Maggie's troubles weren't. The prison guards had sworn to find her and kill her.  Making good on  their promise, Maggie left the fort, her daughter with her, and headed for Jesse's place in Texas.  Jesse helped get her in this mess, he would help get her out. He owed her. And she was collecting. Even though her heart melted from his touches, she had a new set of rules for Jesse and he would respect them. 

But could Maggie live with her own Love Rules?

This magnificent couple comes together to fight for survival, with a burning desire and a love that cannot be denied. 
 
I hope you will stop by and check this one out. It's coming soon from Decadent Publishing.
What's next, a spring off of Beyond the Dream Catcher, Lee's story, which is still in the works. A new contemporary series and many more books.  I hope you'll stop off at Decadent often and check my books out as I'll be writing up a storm.

Rita Hestand

18 comments:

Redameter said...

Sorry to get to such a late start this morning. Been a little sick, but I think I'm better. This cold weather is catching up to me.

I hope you check out this civil war story as it isn't what you might think.

Love and blessings
Rita

Miriam Newman said...

Sounds good, Rita, and I wish you the best of luck with it!

Kathleen said...

Hi Rita,

Love Rules sounds intriguing. When I visit Fredericksburg, I browse the many shops with Civil War memorabilia. This era is a terrific backdrop for a romance.

All the best,

Redameter said...

Hi ladies,
Miriam and Kathleen, I was in Fredericksburg once, I was young then. I wish I could go again. I'd be constantly inpsired. Yes, it was a hard time but also a colorful time in the past to write about too.

Thank you both for stopping by. I so appreciate it. I have been sick and trying to feel better today.

Love and blessings
Rita

JM said...

Sounds very interesting! They have a lot to overcome.
I love reading about tough women, and she definitely sounds tough!

The Sweater Curse said...

Congratulations, Rita. I love the title.

Redameter said...

Thanks guys, yes, they do. But the beauty of this romance, I do mean beauty is Jesse Coleman doesn't see it as a struggle. He loves her plain and simple and he's willing to do anything to make it right for them, anything. This is a love story that shows the true power of love itself. Maggie is a strong, sweet lady that faces her desitny with courage. Jesse, well, he melts my heart. He is to die for in this book, and the cover, is absolutely as I pictured it would be. Dara England did a bang up job as usual.

Thanks for stopping by, I so appreciate it.

Love and blessings to you
Rita

Delaney Diamond said...

Interesting premise for a story, Rita. I enjoy historicals, and there aren't many written about interracial romance during this time period. I can't wait to see how you handled it. Thanks for sharing!

Hales said...

What a gorgeous cover!!!!! and the premise is fantastic! I can't wait to read :)

Samantha Gail said...

Thought I'd stop by and let you know that we're looking forward to the sequel to Beyond the Dream Catcher. Hope you're having a great Saturday!

Redameter said...

Some back story here, Jimmy says the girl's name in the cover is Coco, and when I saw her, I knew she was completely right for the story. She has beauty and that innocent look about her that I wanted. And of course JImmy is a doll too.

Dara England picked up completely on this cover. She knew what i wanted and got it. Put it together and it couldn't be more perfect.

Although this starts out as a very erotic like story, it changes a little and you will see and understand why, and i hope root for Maggie and her convictions.

I wanted clothes on them I thought Maggie would. I thought Maggie would insist on it.

God, I hope you like this story, as much as I did writing it.

Love and blessings
Rita

Redameter said...

Some back story here, Jimmy says the girl's name in the cover is Coco, and when I saw her, I knew she was completely right for the story. She has beauty and that innocent look about her that I wanted. And of course JImmy is a doll too.

Dara England picked up completely on this cover. She knew what i wanted and got it. Put it together and it couldn't be more perfect.

Although this starts out as a very erotic like story, it changes a little and you will see and understand why, and i hope root for Maggie and her convictions.

I wanted clothes on them I thought Maggie would. I thought Maggie would insist on it.

God, I hope you like this story, as much as I did writing it.

Love and blessings
Rita

She said...

Love Rules sounds good. I enjoy reading stories set during the Civil War. I am fascinated how people survived during that time and how they lived with the aftermath of the war and rebuilding their lives.

Maureen said...

Fascinating premise, sounds really interesting!

Harlie Reader said...

That sounds really good. I've never read a Civil War story before and this one sounds great. I love the intrigue surrounding them. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to it.

Laurean Brooks said...

What a story! Rita, this sounds like one of those fantastic plots that won't allow you to put the book down. So many twists and turns with major conflicts.

Congratulations! It will do well.

May God continue to bless the works of your own hands. Psalms 138:8

Diane Craver said...

LOVE RULES definitely sounds like a terrific book! You're on a roll, Rita. Congratulations on another release. I hope you sell lots of books!

StephB said...

Rita the book sounds really interesting. Good luck with it!

Smiles
Steph