About The Red Petticoat Saloon series:
Author Maddie Taylor joins a long list of other USA Today and international bestselling authors to breath danger, suspense, intrigue, romance and a healthy dose of steam to bring this unique series to life.
Each stand-alone book tells the compelling story of a different woman, ‘a gem’, who comes to the saloon to find a safe haven and discovers they have become part of a family. Recurring characters appear in each book to allow readers continuity as they meet women who have learned to bend but have not broken under the harshness that life has to offer. It is a series where strong, loving men find not only entertainment at the saloon but the special women who reside under its roof.
“I don’t like you working here.”
She stiffened. “It’s honest work, and from what I’ve seen so far, decent money.”
“You’re a lady, sweetheart. That’s obvious to anyone one who’s got eyes. You belong in a drawing room serving tea, not slinging drinks for a bunch of rough prospectors.”
“Even ladies need to eat and have a roof over their heads, Mr. Magnusson.”
“It’s Bo. And being a saloon girl is not what you are cut out for. I know about Nathan Blackstone and your misfortune, coming all this way expecting to be a bride.
“You’ve asked after me?”
He smiled softly. “It’s a small town and a beautiful new arrival, down on her luck, is the talk of it.”
Heat crept into her cheeks at his compliment.
“It is such a shame, because when I met you that first day, fresh off the stage, that was exactly how I saw you. Wife to some lucky man, someone who would take care of you and keep you safe, and well away from the rough sort who would pinch your behind or pay for your time,” he murmured. As he did so, he moved in even closer, his hand sliding down her cheek to her chin, and angling it up. “Someone like me.”
“But you barely know me.”
“Which is something I’m hoping to change.”
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Balking at pre-arranged marriage number four to a man older than her father, Carissa Fulwiler leaves New York City humiliated and alone, but determined to take her future into her own hands. She travels to California to begin a quiet life on the western frontier as a mail-order-bride to a young man of her own choosing. But fate has never been kind to her and she arrives in Culpepper Cove to find her would-be husband dead from a freak accident, leaving her with little money, no job, and no place to live. With few options, Carissa ends up as Coral, the newest Gem at the Red Petticoat Saloon.
Bo Magnusson left his troubled past behind long ago and traveled west. Now that he’s established as the town’s blacksmith and owner of the busy livery stable, he’s ready to settle down and begin a family. One day, a down on her luck lovely redhead arriving by stage catches his eye. She is obviously a lady and needs a man to protect her, especially when her dire straits force her to take a job dancing with lonely prospectors at the local saloon. This doesn’t sit well with him and he pursues her only to be politely, but flatly, rejected. But Bo is stubborn, and he won’t give up trying until his ring is on her finger and she bears his name, even if the convincing means that she’s sporting a bright red bottom while he rekindles her heart and keeps her safe.
Having at last won the stubborn young widow’s hand, Bo and Coral settle into their new life together, but their pasts come calling one day when her father’s man comes to town ready to drag Coral back to New York by whatever means possible. Tempers rise and secrets are revealed, but when the dust settles, will Bo and Coral still be together, or will the treachery and vindictiveness of those dead set against their love tear them apart?
A USA Today bestselling author, Maddie is also a lifelong reader. She became a romance junkie as a teen with her first romance novel, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. From then on, she was hooked, and gobbled up everything she could get her hands on, whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi. If there was romance to be found between a strong alpha male, and a sassy, adventurous and ofttimes defiant yet loving woman Maddie was all over it. As an author, she stays true to those themes writing steamy erotic romance, with a side of kink, and adding elements of intrigue, danger and suspense to her plots.
Maddie started writing as a hobby. Her stories stayed private while she raised a family and worked full time as a registered nurse. It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to take the plunge and submit her first book for publication: Captain My Captain. She found acceptance at Blushing Books and published an impressive twelve novels the first year.
She’s still juggling writing with her day job and you’ll find her working at her laptop into the wee hours of the night, scribbling plot ideas onto the notebook she always keeps handy, and working out the details of a scene while floating around in her pool with a lemon drop in hand. Don’t be surprised if you see her pulling over on the side of the road to capture an idea for a scene on paper, because as Maddie says, her best ideas always come when there isn’t a pen in a five-mile radius.
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