High Stakes by Chad Strong
High Stakes is a Western Historical Romance with plenty of action and grit for guys and sweet and sassy romance for gals.
Set in Canada's Old West, a young gambler, a prostitute, and a preacher's daughter endure their own growing pains alongside the burgeoning city of Victoria, BC.
Young gambler Curt Prescott returns home to Victoria, BC after a three-month poker circuit on the mainland. A new “Moral Action Committee” has sprung up in his absence. Headed by the wife of the new preacher, the committee threatens to cast out all soiled doves and gamblers from the city.
He meets the new preacher, “Bud” Andrews, Bud’s shrewish wife, Sarah, and their idealistic daughter, Mary. Bud seeks to convert Curt while Curt plans to destroy the committee, even if it means seducing Mary to shame the family.
Pressures mount for Curt as he tries to help his young constable friend keep the peace with a notorious lowlife, while at the same time trying to ease his jealous girlfriend Del’s insecurities. As Curt falls in love with Mary, the battle for his lifestyle becomes a battle of life and death, and of love lost and found.
About The Author...
Canadian born and bred, Chad Strong has had the privilege of living in different parts of Canada: from the west coast, to the Manitoba prairies, to southern Ontario. He is fascinated by the similarities and the differences between each region, its people and the natural environments, and likes to incorporate these elements into his writing.
He grew up reading fiction and non-fiction of all sorts, from westerns to fantasies, from history to classics. His writing has followed suit across multiple genres, and his work has appeared in U.S. and Canadian periodicals such as The Hamilton Spectator, Death Rattle Magazine, Mysterical-E, Frontier Tales, and Bards & Sages Quarterly.
His fantasy short story “The Camas Fairy” won the Bards & Sages Quarterly Reader’s Choice Award for the January 2012 issue, and was reprinted in the August 2013 edition of Bardic Tales & Sage Advice, Vol V.
His western short story “The Tracker” was the reader’s choice for Best Story of the Month for May 2014 in Frontier Tales. “The Tracker” will be reprinted in The Best of Frontier Tales, Vol V.
“High Stakes”, a western historical romance set in Victoria, BC, is his first novel and was nominated for Best First Western Novel by the Western Fictioneers, and is also a finalist in the RONE Awards in the American Historical category. The novel has received favorable reviews, including one from a noted Victoria historian. This review and more, can be found on the author’s website.
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