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When anger and tenacity collide, sparks are inevitable.

Devils on Horseback, Book 4

The Civil War took more than Lee Blackwood’s arm. It took his confidence, his pride…and hope that any woman will see him as more than half a man. His friendships helped keep the demons at bay—until now. As each Devil has found happiness, Lee is left alone to cope with the darkness that claws at his soul.

Genevieve Blanchard has only one thing going for her: her no-good late husband’s run-down farm. That, and a fancy name no one can spell might get her a cup full of dirt in Tanger. Room, board and seamstress skills aren’t much, but it’s all she can offer any man willing to help her bring in her wheat crop.

Reluctantly Lee takes on the job, the widow’s smart-mouthed daughter and his growing attraction to a woman who stubbornly refuses to see him as anything less than whole. Slowly, his bitterness begins to fade under the light of their blooming love.

Warning: Y’all will fall in love with this stubborn cowboy, cheer for his strong woman, and get caught up in plenty of fightin’, lots of makin’ up, bone-meltin’ sex and forever kinda romance.

 

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Today marks the release of Devils on Horseback: Lee in ebook from Samhain. *confetti* Not only is it the fourth in a five book series, but it is unusual because my hero has one arm.

Writing unusual heroes and heroines is not unusual for me. 🙂 I tend to feature those you might not otherwise see, such as a homeless heroine, a hero suffering from PTSD, a disabled heroine with a misshapen leg or even a hero afflicted with OCD. Lee surpassed all of those amazing, strong people and became my first hero to struggle with a lost limb.

I struggled right along with him, both emotionally and as a writer. I cried for him when he couldn’t and with him when he could. Of all the devils, he’s the most damaged and I held onto him tight, letting him know it would be okay.

To be honest, it’s also challenging to remember to say “arm” and not “arms” or “hand” and not “hands”. Then there’s the physical description of action – he can only fight, farm, eat, make love, etc. with one arm or hand. Lee hung in there and waiting (im)patiently for me to figure it all out.

Lee is angry, not only because he lost his arm but because he struggles with what it means to be a man. He’s tough, strong, and well built (of course), yet he cannot reconcile who he is with who he wants to be. Men tend to want to be the best at everything, but that isn’t a fairy tale and it sure as hell isn’t easy.

Genny, as his heroine and a survivor in her own right, sees beyond all the crap he throws up to block everyone’s view of him. She finds the man beneath the fury and realizes he is who she’s been looking for. She’s by no means perfect and has her own self-esteem issues, but her love for Lee bypasses it all.

I think what sets this romance apart, aside from the fact my hero has one arm, is that the reader gets to experience what it means to be him. The frustration, the anger, the fear – it’s all there along with the happily ever after. I still tear up when I read the last two pages – when I know it’s all going to be all right, when it doesn’t matter if the hero has one arm or seven, when there is love, everything is possible.

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Many thanks to Beth for being our guest today! For more information on Beth and what she has coming up next, visit her website here. Also, don’t forget to leave a comment because the winner of Beth’s post will get all four books in Beth’s Devils on Horseback series. That’s right, you have the chance to win downloads of NATE, JAKE, ZEKE & LEE. Good Luck!

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