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A Game of Chance
a western historical romance


Gambler Jed Stone is arrested for a murder his twin brother committed, a man he never knew existed. When Jed wins the deed to Lucky Lil's, San Francisco's most famous whorehouse, he falls in love with the madam's daughter Lily, who's always been shielded from house life. Will Jed be able to start a new life with Lily and bring his outlaw brother to justice?


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COMING 2014: A Change of Plans, a western historical romance set in 1875 Kansas.

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An Excerpt From A Game of Chance:

"Might I recommend a certain girl to you, or are you here for a game of chance?"

The low voice came from his left. Jed turned to see a raven-haired woman with hard eyes staring up at him. She was pretty in a garish way. Heavy make-up made it impossible to discern her age. Her eyes, rimmed with thick, black eyeliner, glittered like amber. Bright red lipstick and rouge made her pale skin even paler.

"I'm Lil. What can I do for you?"

"A friend recommended the place. I'd like a woman and a room for the night."

The madam frowned at him. "I can provide the first easily, but you'll have to be out by three. House policy."

He shook his head in amazement. "You're joking."

Lil glared daggers in return. "I never joke about business, ma cherie."

She gestured to the Indian who'd received him. He stepped immediately to her side.

"Find Gertie."

The man nodded and headed up the staircase.

"You'll like Gertie. Actually, she'll like you. She has a thing for men with intense blue eyes." Lil sized him up. "She also likes them tall. A little cleaner than you, but I'll send up hot water. I'm sure you'd like to freshen up after a long ride. You have just arrived in town?"

Jed fought the chill that raced through him. Lil was one wise cookie. "Hot water would be much appreciated."

A petite blonde flew down the stairs, holding her red skirts high to show off trim ankles and more than a little of her calves. She stopped directly in front of him. "Ooh, Lil, he's a looker, even with the grime." She slipped her arm possessively through his. "Come on, sugar. We can think of all kinds of things to do between now and three."

Gertie guided him up the steps. As they moved higher, Jed surveyed the open room off to the right, seeing gaming tables. Suddenly he froze.

Simon Morgan was here, in San Francisco, right at Lucky Lil's.

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