Monday, July 28, 2014

Fool for Love is the second full-length novel in Merry Farmer's highly acclaimed, historical Montana Romance series. In Fool for Love, she writes about the tangled web people will weave when they're in love...and lying. "...it is a tale of sacrifice and salvation, of second-chances and overcoming not only the prejudices of society, but of oneself." --Mary at Buried Under Romance
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Eric Quinlan was born a cowboy and a rancher and intends to die a cowboy and a rancher. But when his ranch is in danger of failing, he travels to the wilds of London looking for a business deal to save it. What he finds there are stuffed shirts, odd manners, and a damsel in distress. Amelia Elphick?s life is over. She may have been born a lady, but when she finds herself jilted by a lover who leaves her pregnant and refuses to marry her, she seems destined for a life on the streets. When her employer?s rough but handsome houseguest, Eric, offers to rescue her from ruin, she has no choice but to say yes, even if it means moving halfway around the world. But Amelia finds herself saying yes to more than a ticket west. What starts with a harmless lie tangles Amelia and Eric in a web of desire and deceit that exposes passions and turns their worlds upside-down. Eric believes Amelia holds the key to saving his beloved ranch and giving him the family he always wanted, but can he save her from the demons of her past without losing himself in the process. People do foolish things when they're in love. 
Genre classification:Western Historical Romance 

Excerpt:


An ironic smile twitched at the corners of Amelia’s mouth. “I’m afraid you misunderstand, 
Mr. Quinlan. I...I am a fallen woman now. My disgrace is complete. It was not my place to cause a scene.”

He puffed an annoyed sigh and threw his hands out, narrowly missing a vase of hothouse 
flowers with his hat. “You know, I never understood you English people and your ‘places’. A lady’s a lady as far as I’m concerned.”

“But my family,” she fumbled, no desire to explain the past.

“Your father did something bad, I dunno,” he finished for her, his tone not caring. He paced 
a few steps to a small table and fingered the edge of it, picking at an invisible spot. He flicked 
his hair out of his face and darted a glance out the window at a passing carriage. Amelia bit her lip as she watched his antics.

Finally, he shook his head and turned away from the pouring rain outside the window. 
“Well, this isn’t how I wanted to start things.”

Amelia fidgeted with her skirt. “Start what, Mr. Quinlan?”

He ran a hand through his hair and paced back to where Amelia stood. When he reached 
her, swaying too close for a moment then backing off a step, he screwed up his mouth as if 
something were trying to escape from it and he wasn’t sure if he should let it out or keep it in. His back and shoulders were stiff as he glanced to Amelia, then at the floor, out the window, and back to Amelia again. It struck her that his awkward ways were uncommonly charming.

As soon as the dangerous thought entered her mind, she pushed it away.

Finally Mr. Quinlan sighed and let his tension drop. “It’s like this.”

Amelia raised her wary eyes to meet his.

“I suppose a fine lady like you is mighty attached to a fancy place like this, but I understand 
that you’re in a heap of trouble after last night and got no place to go. Now, I know it’s short 
notice, but I’m leaving London to head back to Montana tomorrow and I was wondering if, well, if you might want to come with me.”

Amelia’s sore eyes widened. Her breath caught in her throat. “Go with you?”

“Yeah.”

“To Montana?”

He shifted. “I’ll pay for your passage and all. I don’t mind doing it at all after what I saw 
last night. It seems to me that you’re pretty much sunk here. But Montana is just lousy with 
opportunity these days, even for women. Cold Springs could use a smart, pretty girl like you, and ... and, well, that’s it.” He ended his speech by blushing and lowering his head, looking up at her through his lashes.

Amelia’s heart fluttered, but it had nothing to do with Mr. Quinlan’s charm.

Montana. It was a world away, a world where no one knew about her father drinking away 
his fortune and leaving his wife and daughters to make their own way. It was a world where no one knew how her mother had positioned herself and two of her daughters in rich men’s beds so that they could continue to afford the luxuries they were dependent on. Most importantly, it was a world where no one knew how she, Amelia Elphick, had foolishly thought going to a man’s bed would solve all of her problems.


Merry FarmerMerry Farmer is an award-winning author of Historical Romance and what she likes to call Sci-Fi for Women. She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats and enough story ideas to keep her writing until she's 132. Her second novel, The Faithful Heart, was a 2102 RONE Award finalist and her unpublished futuristic novel A Man's World won first place in the Novel: Character category at the 2013 Philadelphia Writer's Conference. She is out to prove that you can make a living as a self-published author and to help others to do the same. 
Find Merry Farmer on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon Author Page.






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