Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Her Abundant Joy
by Lyn Cote
Final book in the Texas Star of Destiny series
Avon Inspire

Can a beautiful young widow find peace in the arms of a Texas Ranger?

In 1846, young widow Mariel Wolfe survived the grueling voyage from Germany to start a new life in the "promised" land of Texas. Forced by circumstances to become a servant, Mariel is now determined to quit a ,harsh master. But how can a single woman face the frontier on her own?

Texas Ranger Carson Quinn is responsible for leading her party of German immigrants safely through dangerous Comanche-held territory. As he watches Mariel hold her head high in spite of everything, he will stop at nothing to protect her.

But war is brewing: Mexico will not accept the U.S. annexation of the young Texas Republic without a fight. Honor bound to fight for Texas, Carson's deepest longing is to lay down his rifle. As Mariel and Carson fall deeply in love, could her painful past or this new war destroy all their hopes? Will the tide of history sweep them far from peace, far from a life together?


A PERSONAL NOTE FROM LYN COTE’S website: www.booksbylyncote.com
Escape to Wisconsin! 

I did.  My husband and I and our three cats live on a lake in a pine forest. Within fifty miles of our home, there are 2500 lakes. No wonder, it’s called the Lakeland Area. Two national forests, the Nicolet and Chequamegon are also nearby. Also, Sylvania Wilderness north of us is one of the few old-growth forest preserves in the Midwest.

Most Americans live in many different places in a lifetime.  And I don’t think anyone can argue that where one lives makes a difference. Whenever I plan a story, I always start with a place. What a person does for a living and a big part of a person’s life is place. 

I have never lived in a small town before, so this has been a new experience for me. I also had never lived in a tourist area. That has proved even more interesting. In summer on a holiday weekend, the Lakeland area might host twenty to thirty thousand extra people. The idea is staggering. I avoid town during the busy, crowded summers, taking the back roads to avoid traffic. Summer is so busy here and noisy. 

We live on a chain of several lakes. In the summers, I always say I sit and watch what I call the boat parade go by, especially on those busy weekends. I hear snatches of the music from the boats, giving me a wide variety—hiphop, C&W, hard rock. No opera though. Perhaps boating and opera don’t go together. And have seen a lot of people having a good time. It’s hard to be grouchy when practically everyone that goes by is laughing.

The winters are the opposite, quiet and almost silent. Last January my husband and I stepped out onto our porch at night. The temperatures had risen near freezing and it was snowing. The sky was black velvet; the large fluffy snowflakes drifted down among the evergreens; not a sound was heard. It was one of those special “Ahhhh” moments. Beautiful. Breathtaking. 

So that’s a window into our life.

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