Celebrating with Lauren today to announce her latest release “Written In The Cards.”


Publication info:


Published 21 May 2014 by Soul Mate Publishing, my 4th SMP historical romance




Maggie Rutherford jilts her too-perfect society groom at the altar and flees New York for the American West, where she turns her travels into dime novels that she writes and illustrates under the pen name Lud Madison.


After the Civil War, veteran Ben Morgan marries his childhood sweetheart and takes her to homestead on the Great Plains. Losing her and their unborn child in an Indian attack, Ben detaches from emotion and becomes a roaming gambler. When he kills a cheating opponent in self-defense, the man’s gunslinger brother swears revenge upon Ben.


Ben hides on a cattle drive and brings in a herd to Abilene, where a waiting Maggie wants to find a rough and tumble cowboy to interview for her next story idea. Sparks fly as the dangerous drover and popular novelist wind up living in the same household, running a general store east of Abilene. But with Black Tex Lonnegan hot on his trail, will Ben run from his growing attraction to Maggie and the gunfighter’s promise of death–or will he make a stand for his life–and love?



Maggie marched straight to the bar, ignoring the sudden silence her presence drew. Even the piano player stopped mid-note and stared at her. She couldn’t help but sashay a bit, enjoying all the male attention. She earned an appreciative wolf whistle for her efforts. That broke the spell, and the place swung back into life, though Maggie knew she still had the crowd’s attention.

She had no intention of staying in the saloon for any length of time. She preferred to conduct her interviews in clean, well-lighted surroundings. This saloon reeked of alcohol, unwashed men, and old urine. Smoke from oil lamps, cigars, and cigarettes hovered in a low cloud. The floor had been sprinkled liberally with sawdust. It must make it easier to clean the long streams of tobacco juice that had missed the spittoons stationed all around the room.

She sensed Ben Morgan behind her. She’d noticed him immediately when she entered the stockyards. What woman wouldn’t?

He stood a few inches over six feet, with hair as black as midnight and sapphire blue eyes that sparkled in his tanned face. She’d thought him handsome before, in his dusty trail clothes and unkempt hair. After seeing him dressed in decent attire, with his shaggy hair trimmed, she admired what she saw even more. Maggie felt quite petite standing next to him. He radiated strength and energy with his broad shoulders, wide chest, and powerful physique.

She withdrew a few bills from her reticule and placed them on the bar. Smiling daintily at the rail-thin barkeep, she asked, “May I have a bottle of your best whiskey? And two glasses to go, please.”

“You betcha, ma’am.” He placed two fairly clean shot glasses and a bottle filled with amber liquid on the bar.

“Thank you so much, sir. Keep the change.”

Maggie slid the glasses into her reticule and handed the bottle to Ben Morgan.

“Let’s go, Mr. Morgan. We’re drawing too much attention here for us to conduct a proper interview in peace.” She exited the saloon quickly before trouble broke out.



Author bio:Garnier IMG_4199 4x5 web

As a child, Lauren Linwood gathered her neighborhood friends together and made up stories for them to act out, her first venture into creating memorable characters. Following her passion for history and love of learning, she became a teacher who began writing on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones.

Lauren’s novels focus on two of her favorite eras, medieval times and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grows into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.

Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.

The rest of Lauren’s Books


Outlaw Muse (smaller)

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