Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Spotlight~ A Tarnished Knight by Kathy Otten

A Tarnished Knight by Kathy Otten
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Heat Rating: Spicy
Page Count: 396
Word Count: 100,387
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Fleeing her abusive husband, Victoria Van der Beck is captured by down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, Ryder MacKenzie. As she comes to love this man who hides his face in shadows, she wonders if he could be valiant knight for whom she's been longing. Is he the champion who would save her from the evil prince, or is MacKenzie just a paid lackey determined to return her to her husband?
 Ryder MacKenzie never believed anyone could love him, for he was cursed the day he was born. He only wants to be left alone to live on his ranch in peace. But rustlers have stolen his cattle. He's been ambushed and his horse killed. Now his one chance to get his life back is to return a society princess to her husband. Maybe his luck is about to change. A least she isn't pretty.

The peacefulness of Ryder MacKenzie’s home
settled into her soul with every breath of air she drew, soothing the restless need to run that had consumed her since she’d hit Nicholas with the whiskey bottle.

When she wandered back to the cabin, she expected Ryder to be in bed, but he was still in the tub, his knees drawn up, pale and knobby, his head resting on the rim.

She grabbed Beau by the scruff of his neck and know. there would never again be a man she so ached to way, he’d touched her heart and become her hero, and MacKenzie, and in his own determined, unassuming
 shoved him outside closing the door with a sharp bang.Ryder jerked upright, sloshing water over the sides.
“I’m sorry,” she said. “I’ll come back.”
“No.” He leaned back and closed his eyes. “I’m
done. I just want to wash my hair.”
“I can do it for you.” Before the words were out of
her mouth, she questioned what part of her brain they’d
come from.
Maybe it was because Ryder was safe, and this was
a chance to physically connect with a man on her own
terms, without fear.
Maybe she needed to satisfy the curiosity that had
taunted her all week, urging her to explore the body of
this man she desired.
But maybe it was simply because he was Ryder

About the Author

 Kathy Otten grew up in a small Vermont farm town where her parents owned the general store.  She grew up watching  Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, and John Wayne on TV, and visiting places like Old Sturbridge Village and the Shelburne Museum.  Always a nut for horses, her parents gave her a Quarter Horse mare and she had horses in her life for the next thirty-four years.
She began  writing career in elementary school, creating such work as Lucky the Dog and The Lost Uranium Mine. High school was either spent writing stories in notebooks or with her nose in a book by Max Brand, Zane Grey or Louis L'Amour. 
Not much writing was done during the next few years.  Marriage, kids and a dairy farm came along. It wasn't until the cows were sold and the kids were in school that a neighbor gave her an old computer.  And what could be done with an old computer lacking internet service?  Out came the notebooks.  This time Kathy decided to get serious. She started to read about the craft of writing and joined two area writers groups.  The help from other writers has been invaluable and her writing has been moving forward ever since.

To relax she enjoys taking long walks with her German Shepherd, who usually drags her along behind him while he roots through the tall grass and underbrush of the woods and fields they trek. In the winter she likes to curl up with a good book and one or two of her five cats, while the snow blows outside. In between she is usually found in front of her computer, weaving stories of laughter, heartache and love for the crazy cast of characters swirling around in her head. 

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1 comment:

Kathy Otten said...

Hi Dawn,
Thanks so much for spotlighting my book today. :)

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