History Lovers Grand Tour and Scavenger Hunt–Courting Rituals and Ghirardelli Chocolate

 First things first: HOW TO WIN ~ For a chance to win a Ghirardelli chocolate gift card read the post then answer the following question in the comments section. Everyone who comments will be entered into a drawing for the gift card. The winner will be announced here on July 29, 2013. Make sure you complete the entry form on the Grand Tour home page so you can move to the next post, just  click here or on the Grand Tour Logo at the right.

NOW ABOUT COURTINGCover Art for One Moment's Pleasure
Dating and courting rituals in the American west during 1870 varied greatly depending on the particular community involved. San Francisco, despite its wild growth during the gold rush years had developed a core of decent citizens with strong family units. Among those citizens courting was a formal, highly chaperoned process. Parents had a great deal of say in where their daughters went and who could escort them. Rides both in carriages and on horseback in the countryside were possible. Night time forays into the Barbary Coast were not.

Yet that’s what happens to Dutch and Edith of One Moment’s pleasure. Edith is a stranger to San Francisco and without friends or family in the city. Dutch, whose protective instincts are roused, tries to convince her that going out on her own at night is a bad idea, so he takes her on horseback to the worst sections of the Barbary Coast. Lucky for them both they are able to return home without being assaulted (although Dutch does have to rescue some kittens before Edith is convinced he’s right).

Between the settled communities in the mid-west and San Francisco lay vast tracts of ‘unsettled’ territory. The coming of the railroad would change all of that, but in 1870 the transcontinental railway was just beginning to exert its influence. A woman alone in the wilderness had to set her own courtship rules. In One Night’s Desire, Kiera Alden is the one who seduces upright preacher’s kid Marshal Evrett Quinn. She uses a small injury and a healing hot spring to get the job done. Of course, Ev was already half in love with her, or he never would have yielded to temptation. Good thing he did or their story might have ended very differently.Cover Art for One Night's Desire

SCAVENGER HUNT QUESTION:Which couple had a date in the Barbary Coast district of San Francisco and which couple courted in a hotspring?

If you’d like to know more about One Moment’s Pleasure ~ Wildfire Love # 1 and One Night’s Desire ~ Wildfire Love # 2 here are blurbs for each followed by excerpt links.

One Moment’s Pleasure Blurb:

One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster, Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister. Pretending to be a rich bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss.

Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive. That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want.

One Night’s Desire Blurb:

A WOMAN ON THE RUN: Rustlers, claim jumpers and fire, nothing will stop Kiera Alden from reuniting her family. But an accusation of murder threatens her dreams and sets Marshall Evrett Quinn on her trail. She may be able to escape prison bars and eventually prove her innocence, but she can’t escape Quinn’s love.

A LAWMAN IN HOT PURSUIT: Marshall Evrett Quinn is relentless in pursuit of law-breakers, and pretty Kiera Alden is no exception. Clever and courageous, she evades him until a chance encounter turns the tables. Finally he has this elusive desperado under arrest, but success is bittersweet when she captures his heart.

One Moment’s Pleasure EXCERPT LINK: http://rueallyn.com/2c1OMPexcerpt.html

One Night’s Desire EXCERPT LINK: http://rueallyn.com/2c2ONDexcerpt.html

One Night’s Desire and its sister book One Moment’s Pleasure are heavily discounted at Amazon for the entire month of July

One Moment’s Pleasure BUY LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Moments-Pleasure-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00BFCUTSA/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373044493&sr=1-4

One Night’s Desire BUY LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Nights-Desire-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00DL3ALFC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373029464&sr=1-1

ABOUT RUE: Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures. Learn more about Rue and her books at http://RueAllyn.com.

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25 thoughts on “History Lovers Grand Tour and Scavenger Hunt–Courting Rituals and Ghirardelli Chocolate

  1. Dutch and Edith were in San Francisco and Marshal Evert Quinn and Kiera Alden were in Hot Springs. Great job Rue looking forward to reading these two books. Hugs and good luck with all the rest of these books.

    • Jessica, thank you so much for your comment. Be sure to enter your answer in the form on the Grand Tour home page. The link is at the top of this post.

  2. Dutch and Edith courted in San Francisco and Evrett and Kiera at a hot spring.
    Both books sound just like what I’m in the mood to read right now (bought the first one. I’ll be reading it this weekend, LOL.)
    Best of luck on sales.

  3. Dutch and Edith had a date in the Barbary Coast
    Kiera Alden and Marshal Evrett Quinn courted at the Hotsprings

  4. Dutch and Edith at the Barbary coast Keira and Marshall met in a hot springs. The books look delightful. I run a FB page for those who like series so I hope to post them there for readers.

    • Thank you for the kind words Jody. I love series, please let me know your FB page so I may like/friend it. Also, be sure to complete the entry form on the Grand Tour home page. The link is at the top of this post.

  5. Thanks for sharing the wonderful post and hunt. The couple that ended at the Barbary Coast is Dutch and Edith and Kiera Alden and Marshal Everett Quinn ended up at the Hot Springs.

  6. Both of these books sounds great. Edith Alden/Dutch Trahern had a date in the Barbary Coast district of San Francisco & Kiera Alden/Evrett Quinn courted in a hotspring.

  7. I love participating in these blog hops since i get introduced to a lot of new authors I have yet to read. Your book sounds like the kind I enjoy.
    Edith and Dutch met on the Barbary Coast and Kiera Alden and Marshal Evrett Quinn met in a hot springs.

    • Joye, thank you for the kind words and your drawing entry. Please be certain to enter through the Grand Tour home page. The link is at the top of this post.

  8. Thank you for participating in this contest I am having a great time and learning about authors I never would have heard of otherwise. Dutch and Edith courted at the Barbary coast and Kiera Alden and Marshal Evrett Quinn at the HotSprings.

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