– Roundup Magazine
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Camel Press
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
– Roses Are Blue Blog
– Patti, Goodreads Reviewer
“Goodness, Marco, come to bed,” Paloma said.
“I will,” he told her. “That story haunts me, too, and do you know what else haunts me?”
“Better tell me, but I think I know,” she said in a small voice. “It’s what happens now and then, isn’t it? Maybe La Llorona reminded you. Or me.”
He watched her, wondering if he was intruding on some female ritual he had never noticed when Soledad was an infant. Maybe it just happened with sons. How did she know what he was thinking?
“Paloma, sometimes you wake me up at night, patting around at the end of our bed. Why do you do that?”
“I wish I didn’t, but I can’t help myself.” She lay back against her pillow. “The dream is so real, Marco. I dream I have lost my baby and cannot find him. I pat around the bed, certain he is there somewhere. I start to panic.”
“I know. You pat and then you stop and draw yourself into a little ball and go back to sleep. I wondered if I was dreaming, the first time you did that.”
“No. It’s my nightmare,” she said. “Why didn’t you say anything when Claudio was born and I did that?”
“Because I am a lump-headed husband who just goes back to sleep, happy to let his wife do the nursing and changing and everything else that smacks of midnight work,” he said frankly. “I heard a joke once about a first-time father who woke up with a black eye. When he asked what happened, his wife said it was because she hit him with a candlestick, since he was lying there so peacefully with a smile on his face while she nursed their baby.”
“Fulano! I would never beat you. Haven’t even been tempted.” She laughed softly. “Well, it did cross my mind once.”
He took off his other stocking and threw it at her. She threw it back.
“You’re looking for a missing child? Why didn’t that happen with Soledad?” he asked, curious.
“I wondered about that at first, but remember, she had a wet nurse and did not sleep in here, as our sons do, because I nurse them,” Paloma said. “It’s as though I have fed them, but they have vanished from our bed.” She managed another laugh, but he heard no humor this time. “It stops after a few months.” A sigh. “I suppose that is why La Llorona is so frightening to me—that poor ghost, crying and looking everywhere for her children. I feel sorry for her.”
Other Books by the Author
THE DOUBLE CROSS
Series: The Spanish Brand, Book 1
In the royal colony of New Mexico, 1780, Marco Mondragón is a brand inspector living next to the fierce Comanche. On a trip to Santa Fe, he meets Paloma Vega and rescues her from cruel relatives. He vows to find out if they stole the brand belonging to her parents.
“Carla Kelly’s vivid storytelling plunges the reader into a tense, hypnotic tale of love and courage in The Double Cross.”
– Diane Farr, bestselling author, Regency Romance and Young Adult fiction
MARCO AND THE DEVIL’S BARGAIN
Series: The Spanish Brand, Book 2
Marco and his wife Paloma fight the scourge of smallpox by bravely venturing onto the Staked Plains, stronghold of the Comanche. As part of a devil’s bargain, they must put themselves at the mercy of these dangerous enemies and try to inoculate them.
“Though I didn’t read The Double Cross first, I still managed to fall head over heels for Marco and Paloma. That is a good testament to Ms. Kelly’s amazing writing.”
– Alexandra Anderson, All About Romance
PALOMA AND THE HORSE TRADERS
Series: The Spanish Brand, Book 3
At the end of the 18th century in the Spanish Colony of New Mexico, Marco and Paloma face a new threat to their ranch. To defeat Great Owl, a renegade Comanche, they form a ragtag army that includes a ghost from Paloma’s past.
“This book will take one’s breath away with the deep, emotional romance and highly likable characters.”
– RT Reviews
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