Sneak Peek Sunday–GAMBLING ON A HEART is BACK!!!

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This week on Sneak Peek Sunday, I’m highlighting a fun excerpt from the end of Chapter 3 of Gambling On A Heart, book 2 of the contemporary western romance series Colton Gamblers. It is now back on sale with Kensington Publishing, Lyrical Press imprint at a lower price!  It is now offered at $2.99!

Setup:  It’s Sunday morning and the Quinns are in the kitchen having breakfast, when Sheriff Zack Cartwright and the ranch foreman, Tom, shows up to announce they had cattle stolen…..

Tom shrugged and shuffled his feet. “Not a problem. He’s a good help around the barn.”Sara Walter Ellwood, Gambling On A Heart, contemporary western roamnce, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance,

As Tracy passed Zack and headed toward the door, he glued his gaze to the swish of her long brown hair and the sway of her behind until she pushed out the swinging door.

“Cartwright, if you’re done lusting after my daughter, why don’t you tell us exactly how you plan to catch these cattle thieves.”

Tom Miller’s chuckle punctuated Bob Quinn’s amused words.

Damn, he needed a woman.

But that woman couldn’t be Tracy, no matter how much he wanted her.


I really have a feeling no other woman would fill his need… What do you think?



She once lost his heart on a bluff. Will she risk everything to win it back?

Beautician Tracy Quinn spends her days making the women of Colton, Texas beautiful, while living down the nickname of Olive Oyl, given to her by the only man she has ever loved—Zack Cartwright. She spends her nights alone, despite what her ex husband wants their friends and neighbors to think.

Ex-rodeo cowboy. Ex-bad-boy. Ex-Marine. Widower and single dad Sheriff Zack Cartwright can describe his life in exes. One ex in particular reminds him of what’s missing in his workaholic life: Tracy Quinn. For years since she broke his heart, he’s practically made avoiding her a second job. He still wants her, but can never go after her.

When cattle rustlers target her brother’s ranch, Tracy and Zack are stuck working together. Her son could use a positive male role model, and his daughter is wild for a chance at a “substitute” mom. But Tracy’s ex threatens to sue if she lets Zack near her son, and the Colton grapevine is abuzz with rumors about their past relationship. Is it worth the gamble to see if what they have is more than lust?


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  1. 1pinkyzz says:

    Loved your excerpt. No, I don’t think another woman can capture his eye and his heart the way this one has.

    1. I think you might be right, Pinky….. LOL! I love your name…HEHE

  2. gemmabrocato says:

    How embarrassing to be caught staring at the behind of the Bob’s daughter. Love this snippet.

    1. LOL…. Yeah that would have to be the worse, considering Bob is a retired Army General and Zack was a Marine.

  3. Looks like his mind isn’t on catching the cattle thieves. Wonderful snippet

    1. Thanks… I don’t thinks so either….

  4. Carly Carson says:

    Yup. Her and no other. The fun part is seeing how it happens!

    1. You are so right there…

  5. Thanks, everyone for stopping by! Have a great week!!!

  6. Diane Burton says:

    Great excerpt. I think he’s a goner.

  7. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Oh, I think he’ll change his mind. lol Great snippet!

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