I’m hosting a guest post today for the tour for “The Scent of Roses”, a western historical romance. Enjoy the guest post by author Charlene Raddon!
Growing up near Los Angeles, I always wanted to live in an old Victorian home in a small town. My chance came when my sister bought a turn of the century home in Utah the locals called the Whitmore Mansion. I used it as my model for “Rose House” in my book. There were no secret passageways, but I kept thinking there ought to be.
Before my sister bought this home, nothing had been done with the third floor so I cleaned out the dust and partially finished four rooms for my own “apartment”, while my sister and her family lived on the first two floors. All I lacked was a kitchen, bathroom, running water and heat.
Living in that slightly run-down mansion proved a fascinating experience for a city girl. In winter I shoveled coal into the old furnace in a spooky half-basement, and reminded myself how good I had it compared to my mother’s early beginnings in dugouts.
Rosalyn Delaney, the heroine of The Scent of Roses, came to Whisky Ridge, Arizona seeking aid from her estranged husband, Josiah Bullock. A fanatical cult leader was determined to make her one of his wives. But Josiah was murdered just hours before her arrival. Josiah’s business partner, Whip Kincaid, is the suspected killer.
Many questions pop up in the first chapter. Where is Whip Kincaid? Is he truly a killer? Is Rosalyn safe in the house? What causes the strange noises she hears in the night?
Well, I’m not going to tell you, so you’ll have to read the book to find out.
The Scent of Roses
Rosalyn Delaney’s husband, Josiah, vanished six years ago. Following a private detective’s lead, Rosalyn leaves Salt Lake City and boards a train heading to the mining town of Whiskey Ridge, Arizona. She arrives at Rose House, an old mansion reputed to be haunted, only to discover that her missing husband has been killed, and his business partner, Whip Kincaid, is wanted for his murder. Determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Josiah and his death, Rosalyn decides to stay–even though she begins to receive nightly visits from a charming “ghost” . . .
A ghost’s siss . . .
Escaping a troubled past, Whip Kincaid had hoped he could make a fresh start in Whiskey Ridge and open a saloon with his friend Josiah. Now, as a murder suspect hiding in his own house, Whip’s future looks bleak indeed . . . unless he can find the real culprit. But the unexpected intrusion of Rosalyn ruins his plan to sneak out at night to investigate. Scaring her away is his first step in clearing his name, but Rosalyn doesn’t rattle easily. And Whip isn’t sure he wants the lovely widow to walk out of his life — especially when she’ll take his heart with her.
Charlene Raddon began her fiction career in the third grade when she announced in Show & Tell that a baby sister she never had was killed by a black widow spider. She often penned stories featuring mistreated young girls whose mother accused of crimes her sister had actually committed. Her first serious attempt at writing fiction came in 1980 when she woke up from a vivid dream that compelled her to drag out a portable typewriter and begin writing. She’s been at it ever since. An early love for romance novels and the Wild West led her to choose the historical romance genre but she also writes contemporary romance. At present, she has five books published in paperback by Kensington Books (one under the pseudonym Rachel Summers), and four eBooks published by Tirgearr Publishing.
Charlene’s awards include: RWA Golden Heart Finalist, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Nomination, Affair de Coeur Magazine Reader/Writer Poll for Best Historical of the Year. Her books have won or place in several contests.
Currently, Charlene is working on her next release.
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