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Artie's Courage (The Musician's Promise Series Book 1)
A courageous farm girl's life is changed forever when she falls in love with a charming street musician, opening her eyes to the cruel mistreatment of Mexico's mine workers and compelling her to stand with them against their oppressor — the man she is marrying.
Esperanza lives a charmed life. The daughter of a wealthy landowner, her family is thrilled when she attracts the attention of the handsome and mysterious Don Raúl, opening the door to a glittering life of opulence for them all.
However, a chance encounter with a charming street musician forces Esperanza to open her eyes to the cruel underworld of Mexico’s mistreated working classes, and she begins to doubt everything she ever thought she wanted.
As the people begin to rise up in a bloodthirsty revolution against their oppressors, Esperanza is forced to make choices that she hoped never to face. Esperanza’s decisions threaten to tear apart her family, her heart, and the country she loves.
In this brutal world where a few careless words can cost lives, will the price of freedom prove to be more than what she is willing to pay?
Led by strong female characters, ARTIE’S COURAGE turns the common damsel in distress trope on its head. Based on real historical events, this thrilling page-turner story of love and courage in the face of adversity follows characters on an emotional journey through laughter, tears, passion, and heartbreak.
A Hero's Hope (The Musician's Promise Series Book 2)
Esperanza has it all planned out: She will tell Don Raúl that she can’t marry him, break off their engagement, and persuade her parents to let her marry the man she loves instead. After all, Artie is a hero. How could any parent object to welcoming such a brave man into their family?
However, it soon becomes clear that the jealous Don Raúl will not give her up as easily as she had hoped. When Artie’s heroic sacrifice becomes the talk of the town, Raúl realizes that his bride’s heart lies elsewhere… and he decides to use the information to his advantage.
Forced to choose between her own freedom and Artie’s, Esperanza must take desperate measures to save the man she loves. But as revolution looms and even families begin to turn against each other, danger lurks around every corner—and she soon learns that the greatest threats can come from the places you least expect.
Esperanza will do anything to protect Artie. But with Artie’s attacker still at large, a vengeful Don Raúl determined to hang him for treason, and a bloody revolution brewing all around them, will her efforts be too little, too late?
Led by strong female characters, A HERO’S HOPE turns the common damsel in distress trope on its head. Based on real historical events, this thrilling page-turner story of love and courage in the face of adversity follows characters on an emotional journey through laughter, tears, passion, and heartbreak.
There are fates worse than death. Being forced to watch the woman you love marry the man you hate is one of them.
Artie always knew that Esperanza was out of his league. The beautiful daughter of a wealthy landowner, she sees him beyond his ragged clothes and lack of social status. But unfortunately, Esperanza’s parents are not so open-minded. Blinded by money, they are determined to marry her to the ruthless Don Raúl regardless of her feelings on the matter.
Artie has to find a way to save her, or he will lose her forever. But standing up against the Don will earn him a warrant for his own execution. There is only one way to stop Raúl from using his life as a bargaining chip to force Esperanza’s hand... but will Artie have the strength to go through with it?
Sofia's Freedom (The Musician's Promise Series Book 3)
For seven months, Esperanza and Artie have lived in wedded bliss on their little farm, reveling in the success of Artie’s music career. Married life has been kind to them. Experience has taught them to keep an eye out for danger, but no such threats appear—not even from Don Raúl, Esperanza’s jilted fiancé.
However, their peace is not destined to last. When Artie receives an invitation to perform at a wealthy doña’s social event in a nearby city, he finds the extra money impossible to refuse. Promising to return soon, he leaves his pregnant wife behind—but Esperanza quickly realizes that Artie is walking straight into danger, and there’s nothing she can do to warn him.
As bloody revolution erupts all around her, Esperanza must face her worst nightmares if she is to survive. Alone and terrified, her salvation comes in an unlikely form... but will she be able to accept it, knowing that her beloved musician will never be able to fulfill his promise?
After marrying the love of his life, everything takes a turn for the better for Artie. He has a comfortable home, a baby on the way, and best of all, he has Esperanza. Life is wonderful.
However, Artie’s idyllic world does not last long. The whispers of revolution grow louder every day, turning to roars as the country he loves descends into chaos. Before long, his brothers Ed and Alejandro go missing in action, and Diego is racing headlong into a bloody massacre, oblivious to the horrors that await him.
Artie has one chance to save his brother from certain death, but it means becoming an unwilling soldier in a battle beyond the wildest horrors of his imagination. Armed only with a revolver and his prayers, he throws himself into the fray—with deadly consequences.
He promised Esperanza he would come back. He needs to get home, whatever it takes. If Artie stands any chance of survival, he will need to learn to fight—and fast. But when the moment comes, will he be able to pull the trigger, knowing it will end an innocent man’s life?
What others are saying:
D. Wells, author
“A well-written and well-researched story against the background of early 20th century Mexico."
Jessica Leather, author
“A book that will make you weep, rage, and fall in love with an array of characters so realistic they might step off the page. An excellent debut novel.”
“A riveting peek into a time of Mexico’s history where huge change, excitement and danger are on the horizon. Hugely engaging characters really pulled me in.”
Jennifer Nugée, Oxford University Press
"Class intrigue, dynastic maneuvering, and dangerous politics against growing civil unrest in pre-revolutionary Mexico. Can an unlikely friendship blossom into more? I couldn't put it down, and nor will you!"
Melissa Hoskins, author
“This beautifully written novel will have you gripped right from the start.”
“A rip-roaring, romantic adventure that is impossible to put down.”