Saturday, October 17, 2020

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: NOTHING SHORT OF WONDEROUS by Regina Scott ***EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY***

(American Wonders Collection, Book Two)
Genre: Historical Fiction / Christian Romance 
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: October 20, 2020
Number of Pages: 336

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In 1886, the U.S. government gave control of Yellowstone, the country's first national park, to the cavalry to stop predation by poachers, hunters, and vandals. Mrs. Kate Tremaine is all for the change. The young widow and her late husband held the lease to operate one of the hotels in the park. She has raised her six-year-old son among God's wonders and knows every inch of the mountainous park like the back of her hand. It is her home, and she has vowed to protect it.

Lieutenant William Prescott needs someone of Kate's caliber more than he knows. Congress has appropriated funds for only one guide, who is required elsewhere in the park, and the cavalryman is having some trouble finding his way around much less tracking down the troublemakers. As Kate and her son help him, he doesn't dare give in to the tender feelings she raises in him. A tragic mistake eight years ago nearly derailed his career and made him question his own abilities. Not even Kate's encouragement or God's forgiveness can blot out the stain on his conscience.

When Kate's son disappears, Will and Kate must work together to rescue the boy and protect the park. In doing so, they may just find that two wounded hearts can lead to one powerful love when God is in control.

Excerpt from Chapter 14 of Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott

They followed the western edge of Goose Lake, the murky waters dark and brooding. Danny sped up as they continued south. Will thought Kate might order him back, but she didn’t appear too concerned. Her gaze was bright, smile pleasant. Well, the grasslands did make it easy to keep an eye on the boy.

“This way!” he called, stepping off the path to start up a hill dotted by pines.

Will and Kate followed. The way was steep and slick with fallen needles. Will turned to help Kate. She passed him without comment.

“What, are you part mountain goat?” he asked her back.

Her laughter floated down to him. “Having trouble keeping up, Lieutenant?”

“I’m in the cavalry, not the infantry,” he reminded her, but he managed to reach the top without slipping more than twice.

“Look,” Danny said, pointing, as if Will could have missed the rainbow of colors below.

Will’s first thought was that Danny was right. The formation was huge. Its silver-gray deposits spread out over yards below him. The center of the massive pool was a blue so deep it was nearly purple, melding into rings of lighter blue, green, and yellow. At the edge, plumes of orange streaked out like the rays of the sun. Smaller pools huddled around it, dwarfed by its magnificence. And the entire area gave off a curtain of steam that fluttered on the breeze.

Will shook his head. “How does something like that come to be?”

“Men of science travel through now and again,” Kate said, voice soft. “They talk about hot water and minerals and rocks reacting to each other. Doesn’t make this one whit less amazing.”

“I want to throw a rock in it,” Danny said dreamily. “Right in the middle.”

“Daniel Tobias Tremaine,” Kate scolded. “We do not throw anything in the thermal features.”

He hung his head. “Yes, ma’am.”

Will nudged his shoulder. “Maybe we could see whether the Firehole River needs a few more rocks some evening.”

Danny looked to his mother. “Could we, Ma?”

“The banks are lined with rocks that used to be in the river,” Kate acknowledged. “Putting them back in shouldn’t hurt anything.”

Danny grinned.

They descended the hill, all three of them sliding at times, and set off on the path once more.

“Is that something all men grow up wanting to do?” Kate asked as Danny ranged ahead once more. “Throw rocks and sticks?”

“Into things, over things, onto things,” Will said. “I’ve never known a man or boy who didn’t.”

“No wonder we have to protect Yellowstone,” she muttered.

“Now, you can’t tell me you never had the urge,” Will said, glancing her way. The walk had loosened her hair. The braid had come free of the bun and was hanging down her back, tendrils of black curling against her cheeks.

“Never,” she said, nose in the air.

“And you never stuck your finger in Alberta’s cooking either, I suppose.”

Pink climbed in her cheeks. “Well, maybe once or twice.”

“Thrown a snowball at someone?”

She grinned at him. “Guess you’ll find out this winter.”

All at once, he wished for snow.

Regina Scott, Nothing Short of Wonderous, Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2020. Used by permission.

Regina Scott is the author of fifty works of warm, witty historical romance, including A Distance Too Grand. She was twice awarded the prestigious RT Book Reviews best book of the year in her category. A devotee of history, she has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research. She and her husband of thirty years live south of Tacoma, Washington, on the way to Mt. Rainier.

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THREE WINNERS! FIRST PRIZE: Both books in the American Wonders collection, tote bag, book swag, and $25 B&N gift card; 

SECOND & THIRD PRIZES: Copy of Nothing Short of Wondrous and book swag. 
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  1. Thanks for being part of the tour! Great blog!

  2. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and remembering why I like this book and these characters so much.