Special excerpt for historical romance Contract to Wed by Holly Bush

Let’s kick off a new week by being at the start of a virtual book
tour for the historical romance novel, Contract
to Wed,
by Holly Bush.

During her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions, Holly will be
awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a
lucky winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free
to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too.


Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian
England, and recently released her first Women’s Fiction title. Her books are
described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with
her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
A little
bit about Contract to Wed:
1891 . . . Jolene Crawford Crenshaw, heiress and Boston socialite,
went from her family home directly to Landonmore upon her marriage, the mansion
she shared with her handsome and charismatic husband. She’d never in her life
worried in the slightest over anything as crass as the dollars required to
maintain that home or the lifestyle she’d been born to. Her extensive yearly
wardrobe, the stables and the prime horseflesh within it, even the solid silver
forks and knifes that graced her table, were expected and required to maintain
the social standing that she’d cultivated over the years. But suddenly she was
a widow with little money and just her pride and her secrets to keep her
Max Shelby made his fortune in oil wells and cattle, but lost the
love of his life the day his wife died. Now, his happy, carefree daughter needs
instruction and guidance as she grows into a young lady and his dream of
becoming a Senator from his adopted state of Texas seems out of reach with few
political or social connections. The right wife would solve both problems. As
it happens, his sister knows of a woman, a recent widow, charming, beautiful
and socially astute, but in reduced circumstances, who may want to begin again.
Max signed the wedding contract sight unseen.
Will Jolene be able to shed her sorrows, anger and fears to begin
anew away from the censure and hidden tragedy that marred her life? Is her new
husband, confident, strong and capable Max Shelby, the man, the only man, to
see past her masks to find the woman beneath?
Excerpt from Contract to Wed:
Max walked slowly to where a woman,
dressed in black, was directing several porters stacking multiple trunks and
luggage. It was a detail he’d not thought of. He turned to the depot manager
who was watching the porters himself.
“Can you get word to the Shaw
Brothers to get over here with one of their wagons?”
The manager nodded and hurried to
his depot, and Max turned back. Apparently finished, four porters stood behind
rows and stacks of luggage and trunks, staring up at the train. The woman
dressed in black was waiting, and the conductor stood to the side of the metal
steps between the cars. He lifted his hand up and at the top of those three
steps appeared a tall, slender woman. She was dressed from head to toe in the
palest blue, starting with the tilted, wide-brimmed hat, to her jacket trimmed
in black roping to her bustled skirts. She extended a foot shod in a pale blue
satin slipper and accepted the conductor’s outstretched hand.
At first glance, she was stunning
and sophisticated and sure of herself. And he was certain she was his wife. He
walked to her and held out his hand.
“Mrs. Jolene Shelby?”
She turned her head slowly. “Mr.
Maximillian Shelby?”
He bowed his head and touched his hat.
“At your service, ma’am.”
She put a gloved hand in his, and he
was immediately aware of her. He could smell a musky rose scent and felt the
pressure of her hand in his as she came down the last two steps.
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