EXCERPT TOUR: To Have and to Hold by Charlene Raddon

ET To Have and to Hold Banner copy (1)This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.  Charlene will give away a free copy of one of her other books at each stop and for the grand prize, a $15 Amazon gift card. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

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A woman without a prayer… 

A widow with two children, Tempest Whitney had to mortgage everything to repay the money her husband had stolen. But even as she struggles to hold onto her Utah homestead, a scheming rancher buys up her debts, demanding she either get off his land or marry him. Then a dark-haired stranger shows up, claiming to be her dead husband…

A man without a past….

Buck Maddux spent two years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now a death bed promise has brought him to Tempest’s dugout. A man without roots, he doesn’t plan to stay—or to feel so fiercely protective of this feisty beauty he saves from a forced marriage. Suddenly, Buck yearns for a home, a family, a lasting love. But what can he offer Tempest? The surprising answer lies in the forbidden canyons of an ancient Anasazi tribe, where fortune and danger await—along with a passion more precious than gold…


             On a rocky, precipitous sidehill of Deception Canyon, Jonas Creedy lay belly-down on a flat boulder warmed by the sun, and peered through binoculars at the slope on the other side of Carcass Creek. The man and woman searching the ancient Indian ruins were after Skeet Whitney’s stolen money; there was no question in Jonas’s mind about that. He would let them find it, kill Maddux, take the money and the woman.

A large red ant crawled onto Jonas’s dark hand. He flicked it off with a curse. Feeling the gaze of the three men beside him, he brought himself back under tight control. A warrior never allowed minor distractions like insects to break his concentration. Apaches revered the ant people for their strength, patience, and tenacity. A warrior learned from the creatures who shared the earth with him, patterned himself after them, made their virtues his virtues, their strengths his strengths, their wisdom his wisdom. Jonas had learned all that as a child in the Apache village, and proven he was as good a warrior as any of them.

But he was a white man now, with the whites’ superior possessions, wealth and power. Once he had Tempest as his wife, he would also have the respect due to a white man.

The faint sound of a shout and a nudge from Morgan Paine’s elbow recalled his attention to the Indian ruins across the canyon. Tempest waved for Maddux to come. She had found something. Jonas couldn’t see what she was showing him, but it didn’t take much to figure out what it must be. The time had come. At last Jonas could rid himself of Maddux and take what should, by rights, belong to him.



Charlene’s first serious writing attempt came in 1980 when she awoke one morning from an unusually vivid and compelling dream. Deciding that dream needed to be made into a book, she dug out an old portable typewriter and went to work. That book never sold, but her second one, Tender Touch, became a Golden Heart finalist and earned her an agent. Soon after, she signed a three book contract with Kensington Books. Five of Charlene’s western historical romances were published between 1994 and 1999: Taming Jenna, Tender Touch (1994 Golden Heart Finalist under the title Brianna), Forever Mine (1996 Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee and Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist), To Have and To Hold Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist); and writing as Rachel Summers, The Scent of Roses. Forever Mine and Tender Touch are available as e-books and after January 24, To Have and To Hold will be as well. When not writing, Charlene loves to travel, crochet, needlepoint, research genealogy, scrapbook, and dye Ukrainian eggs.







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  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a very good book.


  3. Catherine says:

    I didn’t realize that there were Native American elements in it. How interesting. Did that involve any research into Native American culture or practices of the time period?

    PS…What are Ukranian eggs?
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    • Hi Catherine. The Indians in my book are the Anasazi, an ancient tribe that little is known about except that they farmed and hunted and lived in stone houses built in the cliffs. Think Montezuma’s Castle in Arizona. Although I call the canyon in my book Deception Canyon, it is actually Nine Mile Canyon in Utah. The sandstone cliffs there are dotted with ruins and petroglyphs.

  4. I want to thank my host for having me today, especially last minute as it was, and Goddess Fish for arranging it. It’s the last day of my tour and it’s been great.

  5. This sounds like a unique and fascinating western romance. A bit different than any others I have read, but it sounds really good

    • One thing that makes it different, Momjane, is the heroine living in a dugout. I don’t think I’ve ever read another book with that in it. And it was fun to write about.

  6. Intrigued about Jonas being raised by the Indians, there must be an interesting back story.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  7. Hi again Charlene!

    It’s been fun getting to know you (and your book!) on this tour! i’ve had a great time! Thanks for sharing everything and I hope to see more from you in the future!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    P.s. I’m a reader AND a writer AND a blogger 😛

  8. I enjoyed the excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Chelsea B. says:

    I love a woman who goes after her man! This sounds like a wonderful story that I can’t wait to read.
    I’m wishing you all my best,


    • Chelsea B, It’s been a pleasure. I hope to see you again. Let me know if you’d like me to add you to my mailing list for notices and newsletters. That way, you’ll know when the sequel to To Have and To Hold is released. It should be in June.

  10. Sounds great! I cant wait to read it!

  11. I want to thank all of you who joined me on this tour, as well as my hosts and Goddess Fish.

    Now, it’s time to announce the winner of the grand prize, a $15 gift certificate. I had my husband draw the name.

    Quilt Lady, you are the winner. Please let me know if you want it for Amazon or B&N. Congratulations. I’m excited for you.

  12. Please, any of you who would like to be added to my mailing list for future notices, contact me at charraddon@pobox.com. I’m so going to miss you.

  13. Quilt Lady says:

    Hi Charlene,
    Thanks so much for this great blog tour and sharing your books with us. They are wonderful. Thank you for picking my name during your blog tour. I just sent an email to you.

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