Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Straight Browsing from the Library - Shattered Vows

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Linda will be awarding three individual prizes to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour:
1st prize—sterling charm bracelet with baby theme and a handmade wooden jewelry box
2nd prize—a handmade wooden shawl pin and an ecopy of Shattered Vows
3rd prize—an ecopy of Shattered Vows

A mother, confronted with her husband’s infidelity, must decide whether to help raise his child or end her marriage.

Annie and Stuart Rayburn have loved each other since high school. Their life is idyllic until their baby dies of SIDS, and Annie falls into a deep depression. Months of therapy help her recover, and they look forward to another child sometime in their future.

Despite his own grief Stuart tries to comfort Annie, yet when he reaches for her in the night, his advances are rebuffed. In a moment of weakness, he turns to another woman. Stu learns his night of infidelity produced a baby girl. The mother died in a car crash, and her will gives Stu custody.

Stu can’t deny the child is his, and he’s determined to raise her. He begs Annie’s forgiveness. Hurt and angry, Annie must face her demons, decide if she can forgive Stu, and love the innocent child, or divorce him and move on without the only man she’s likely to love.


“Of course not. I just found out today.”

Annie breathed a sigh of relief. If he’d been visiting his child, and the woman, there was no way she’d even consider forgiving him. Was forgiveness an option? She didn't know.

"Annie, the baby's mother is dead. She died in a car crash. Her will named me as the father, and gives me full custody. I'm taking the baby." His gaze, the stance of his body implored her. "She needs me, Annie . . . she needs both of us. Please forgive me and be her mother. I know doing so won't be easy, but—"

She held her arm up and shook her head. "Stop. No, I can't do it. I won't do it. That woman carried your child in her body." She slapped her chest. "It should have been my baby, my body, damn you . . . mine!"

"Annie, I made a mistake, a terrible one, and I understand I don’t deserve your pardon, but I'm asking you again to forgive me. I’m so sorry for hurting you."

"I may eventually forgive you, but I will never forget . . . and . . . and I'll not love and raise that woman's child."


Linda LaRoque is a Texas girl, but the first time she got on a horse, it tossed her in the road
dislocating her right shoulder. Forty years passed before she got on another, but it was older, slower, and she was wiser. Plus, her students looked on and it was important to save face.

A retired teacher who loves West Texas, its flora and fauna, and its people, Linda’s stories paint pictures of life, love, and learning set against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas and the Midwest. She is a member of RWA, her local chapter of HOTRWA, NTRWA and Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

Linda writes contemporary western romances, time travel romances and futuristic romances. Shattered Vows is her first Inspiration Women's fiction.

Visit Linda at these locations.
Buy Links for Shattered Vows:
Amazon Kindle B00P9UPWO0
Amazon Trade
Barnes and Noble 1120690782?ean=9781503113756
Other Books by Linda LaRoque
Contemporary Westerns
Forever Faithful
Investment of the Heart
When the Ocotillo Bloom
Born in Ice
Time Travel
The Turquoise Legacy
My Heart Will Find Yours
Flames on the Sky
A Way Back
Desires of the Heart
A Law of Her Own
A Marshal of Her Own
A Love of Her Own
Birdie’s Nest
A Time of Their Own (A collection of three time travels
set in Prairie Texas—A Law of Her Own, A Marshal of Her Own, and A Love of His Own.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Judith!

  2. Loved the excerpt, sounds really good. Would love to read this book. Entering under the name of Virginia

    1. Hi Quilt Lady. It's been awhile since we've chatted. So enjoyed writing this book. Need another idea like this one to pop into my mind.

      Hope you'll win a copy!

  3. Replies
    1. Hey, bn100. Good to see you back on the loops.