Friday, August 8, 2014

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway + Review: Between Heaven & Hell by Jacqui Nelson

Title: Between Heaven and Hell
Author: Jacqui Nelson
Genre: Adult, Western Historical Romance
Publish Date: June 18, 2014 
Review Source: eARC

On a trail full of danger, will he guide her to heaven or hell?

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas – 1850

Hannah knows one thing the moment she enters Fort Leavenworth—she's arrived in Hell. But inside is the means to a new life, a position as a scout on a wagon train bound for the Western Territories. All she has to do is convince the wagon master, Paden Callahan, she's the right person for the job.

After his wife was murdered by the Comanche, Paden let his work as a Texas Ranger consume him. Now he wants nothing more than to disappear into the West. Unfortunately, the one man he can't refuse has asked him to guide a wagon train full of tenderfoots across thousands of miles of Indian land. But Paden's greatest challenge turns out to be Hannah, a woman his heart won't allow him to ignore even though she was raised by an enemy he hates.

This was an interesting read for me. Being my first Western Romance book, I started this book off with an open mind, and really surprised myself by really liking Between Heaven and Hell! Being an avid equestrian a few years back, I figured I would relate well to the "western" aspect of this book. I'm glad I gave the book a try, and will be looking forward to more of Jacqui Nelson's books! On with the review!

We begin the book with young Hannah ripped from her family after a rogue band of white settlers killed her family. A local tribe of Indians find her days later, and adopt her into their tribe. She is then raised by them until she sets out on her own to create a name for herself - back into the world of white settlers, and who she once was. Unfortunately, she doesn't remember who she was, or what her family was like. In fact, when she reaches Fort Leavenworth, she gives her Indian name first, and stumbles through introductions.

The book progresses well (not too fast, not too slow) as Hannah is induced into the wagon train that is taking the people of Fort Leavenworth out West. Hannah expects the natural turmoil of nature to take place on their journey. What she doesn't expect is the emotional turmoil that takes place between her, and Paden Callahan. Paden has troubles of his own that he is fighting; including keeping his past a secret from Hannah.

Jacqui Nelson takes Between Heaven and Hell to the next level in Western Romance novels by making the two main characters both have troubled pasts that neither of them want the other to find out about. She created some phenomenal characters that really shone through during the entire book. She creates scenes that you can see, smell, taste, and feel with just a brief blink of your eyes.

If you want to try something new this weekend, I highly recommend Between Heaven and Hell. Be sure to check out the giveaway below, and one-click it on Amazon today! You won't be disappointed, and I think she may just change your mind on Western Romances!

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas—Spring 1850

Lord help her, for she had entered Hell. That Hannah had sought guidance from the God of her past made her loneliness increase tenfold. She should’ve prayed to Grandfather Spider.

“Well, what’a we got here?” someone yelled from behind her. The voice was rough with malicious undertones.

“Don’t reckon I know,” replied another man. “Though she be a purty lil’ yellow-haired thing.”

“Maybe, but we’d hafta get them injun’ clothes off her to tell fer sure.”

Hannah stiffened in her saddle but kept her buckskin-clad knees tight against White Cloud’s sides, urging him forward. She fought the need to tug down the frayed cuffs of her wool coat or touch the beads and feathers in her belt for comfort.

Don’t react, she told herself. Don’t make eye contact. Don’t turn back.

A mountain man, the size of a bear, spat a foul-smelling stream of brown chewing tobacco in front of White Cloud’s path. He sneered at Hannah with lips stretched over rotting teeth.

Behind him on a saloon porch, a trio of dusty cowhands rose from their card game, waved their whiskey bottles at her and hollered, “Ooh-wee, lovey! Come on down from yer horse. Let us show you a good time.”

Strident feminine laughter filled the air. Hannah’s gaze darted heavenward to discover a row of women dressed in corsets and short calico skirts. They leaned over the balcony railing, watching her with black-rimmed eyes full of disdain.

If she ignored them, maybe they’d leave her alone. Or maybe coming to Fort Leavenworth hadn’t been such a good idea. She had no choice. She couldn’t turn back.

Jacqui Nelson writes historical romantic adventures set in the American West and Victorian London. Jacqui's love for the Old West came from watching classic Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm. Her passion for Victorian London wasn't far behind and only increased when she worked in England and explored the nooks and crannies of London on her weekends. She now lives on the west coast of Canada where she works in a bookstore. She is a Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® winner and three-time finalist.


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