An Unescorted Lady

An Unescorted Lady

Rita Hestand

Romance

Trudy O'Toole had barely stepped off the train when a handsome man in a dark suit and big stetson whirled her around and kissed her squrely on the lips. Totally unexpected, she was about to slap his face when he practically ran out of the train station dragging her by the elbow."I"m sorry honey, but we are late for our wedding. We've got to get moving. That dress is beautiful. And your picture didn't do you justice. I thought you'd never get here."He kept babbling and she was so stunned she couldn't stop him. Before she knew what hit her, she was standing before a preacher and this man, this total stranger was saying "I do". But there had been a big msitake! How was she going to explain to him that she was his cook, not his bride?
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The Lady Train (Brides of the West Book 16)

The Lady Train (Brides of the West Book 16)

Rita Hestand

Romance

Abigail Ashford, better known as Abby to her friends, was in a pickle. She had to find someone to guide her train to California. Butch Cully was the only man available that could do the job. She didn't think much of him at first. After all, he'd been nursing a hang-over. But she couldn't be choosey as she had to get a wagon train of mail order brides to the California gold fields.Butch Cully knew he was in for a ride with twenty five women and two children going to California to marry. Still, it was a job and he'd do his best to stay out of their way and get them through. Butch knew it would be rough going, and he knew he'd have to teach them everything he could abou survival, and maybe, just maybe they'd be worth their salt by the time they reached the gold fields. He'd worry about what he was turning them over to, when he got them there!
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Runaway Bride

Runaway Bride

Rita Hestand

Romance

A short contemporary romance.Steamy but sweet. Savannah Kingsley wanted to marry Chad until she found him in the rose garden with the best man. Devastated, she didn't know what to do except run.Chad couldn't tell his folks he was gay and she couldn't tell anyone either. So rather than try to face them all, she ran, smack dab into the law!Running away can lead you in a circle until you realize you are running toward…After catching her husband-to-be in the arms of the best man, Savannah can't face it, and runs from the churchyard in Dallas, to a recluse aunt in West Texas.For years, Savannah has only wanted one thing, to be happily married like her sisters are.When Savannah flees the church she runs straight into the arms of the law. Ben Hogg to be exact. Ben's a handsome devil, but he is not interested in marriage, he's been there and done that. Still, looking into Savannah's innocent face, he decides quickly that she's going to be trouble, his trouble.Ben has to arrest Savannah for causing a disturbance in a bar, by flirting with two cowboys who aren't interested in her talents at the pool table, but rather the lady behind the cue. Actually she's in protective custody, but he didn't tell her that. Ben doesn't begin to understand Savannah and when she brings his ex-wife up, he's through with her.Judging from his kisses, Savannah is sure he has some feelings for her, but if he doesn't believe in marriage she might as well go back home with her parents and live her life without love.Ever since she ran from the church, she's been lying, except to her aunt, the one person she can confide in. What's a girl to do when she finds out the boy she grew up with and had planned to marry was gay and she had no idea? Run! It's all she could do, because he couldn't tell anyone his secret. Savannah risked everything to keep that secret, even loving Ben. Ben lacks the faith it takes to believe a woman would stay home, take care of his children, and be there for him, and he doesn't think Savannah can give up her rich life for him. Can they learn to trust each other and admit their feelings, or is Savannah destined to go home….Sometimes giving up and giving in can lead to a happily ever after….
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A Warrior's Survival (A Short Story for kids)

A Warrior's Survival (A Short Story for kids)

Rita Hestand

Romance

Joe Daniel Baker was a computer geek. Despite the fact that his father tried to train him about living in the wilds of British Columbia. When Joe's house burns down while his mother and sister are gone, and his father on a business trip, Joe must figure out how to survive.Joe Daniel's father had given him a computer when he was eight. Now at eleven he was a gaming expert. It was his life, since his father began traveling in his business and his mother and sister always hung out together. When the house catches fire, while everyone is gone but Joe Daniel, he awakes for find himself in great peril. His leg is injured and he has to figure out how to survive until his parents arrive.Joe Daniel quickly puts his computer experts to work for him.
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And Here I'll Stay

And Here I'll Stay

Rita Hestand

Romance

This is Book Nineteen of The Brides of the West series. Anna Lee Murray had been jilted, and this was the third time. Unfortunately for her, everyone in town knew it and teased her endlessly about it. But this time, it was too much. How could she face the crowd of 'I told you so' friends and family? What could she do? Running away seemed her best bet, but as she stood there, holding on to her best friends shirt, and crying ineffectively, it dawned on her."Marry me Joe," she blurted.Joe Callahan had known Anna Lee all his life. They grew up together in the town of Wayward. He'd always been there to bail her out of trouble, and Anna Lee seemed to have an abundance of trouble. But this? Marrying her? And yet he found himself saying yes.Trouble was, Anna Lee loved Joe, he was her best friend, but was that a real basis for a marriage? And did she really know him all that well? Still, he married her and spending the night in an exciting city like San...
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The Filly & the Gambler (Book Fifteen of Brides of the West Series)

The Filly & the Gambler (Book Fifteen of Brides of the West Series)

Rita Hestand

Romance

When Cole Martin won a filly from old Harmon Gibson, he never in his wildest dreams expected to win Harmon's daughter. Hell, he didn't even know Harmon had a daughter. No one did! But Harmon was dying and it was his last wish that Cole take Gabby as his wife. Gabby was no more willing than Cole, but to appease her father she agreed to a sham of a wedding.When Cole first met Gabby she was wearing men's clothes, was as dirty as a wet mop and he wanted no part of her, but when her flop hat flew off and the long red tresses of hair fell down her back, he had to take a second look. How could he have not seen her beauty?Still, it was no marriage made in heaven, that was certain, and the two of them had to reconcile their difference or get an annulment. Cole hadn't counted on feeling anything about the girl, and Gabby was just as reluctant as he to settle down to marriage. Still, Cole had promised her father to take care of her, and he aimed to keep that promise, come hell or high water!
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Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Rita Hestand

Romance

Emma Smith hadn't been straight with her new boss, but he hadn't given her much of a chance to explain. Trapped in her own lies and uncertainties Emma was running in fear of losing her baby. Deke Travers, oldest son on the 4 Bar None Ranch, needed one thing to make his life more peaceful, his brothers to settle down and get with the business of ranching. There was only one solution, marry them of
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