Historical Heartbeats welcomes award-winning author, Tracey J. Lyons, in a spotlight of her new release, A Changed Agent, Book One The Adirondack Pinkertons, published by Waterfall Press Amazon Publishing. Will two orphaned children be the catalyst that brings schoolteacher, Elsie Mitchell, and Pinkerton detective, William Benton, together?
Tracey will giveaway a Kindle ebook of A Changed Agent to a commenter.
When schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell meets rugged William Benton on a train platform in Albany, it appears they have nothing in common. He isn’t the sort of fellow a proper young woman of the 1890s would ever speak to, much less become involved with. But when she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver for this mysterious out-of-towner’s niece and nephew, who’ve been tragically orphaned. Heartbroken for them, she accepts.
Unknown to her, William is an undercover Pinkerton agent posing as a lumber-company foreman. He’s never wanted family—his work is too dangerous. Yet as Elsie transforms his house into a home and he spends time with the children, he feels drawn to family life—and to Elsie.
As a good Christian, Elsie is troubled by William’s secrets…though she does find him intriguing. And when a sinister figure from her past arrives, Elsie and William will have to trust in faith and newfound love to protect their unlikely family from danger.
Excerpt from A Changed Agent:
Adirondack Mountain, New York State
“My trunk!” Elsie Mitchell watched in horror as her trunk fell off the over-packed porter’s wagon, spilling its contents onto the platform at the Albany train station. Grasping at her skirts, she ran along the damp cobblestones to rescue her garments. The porter rushed to right the trunk while she knelt in the cold drizzle of rain and began stuffing her skirts and blouses back inside.
“Thank you for your help.”
Steadying the trunk, he said, “I’m afraid I got caught up wanting to get everyone to the train on time and I overloaded the cart.” The rotund man looked at her in dismay. “There won’t be another train heading up to the Adirondacks until next week.”
Elsie cast a furtive glance at an older well-dressed couple who scurried by her. A plume of dark black smoke belched from the great engine. She had to be home by tomorrow. After a two-week break, she needed time to prepare for the upcoming school session. She gathered up another blouse and a lace petticoat, cramming them inside the trunk. “I must be on this train.” Needing the porter’s help, she reached into her reticule, retrieving a coin from the last of her travel allotment. She gave the money to him.
An older woman stopped by and whispered some words to the porter who shook his head. Then she opened her hand to show off not one but two coins. Giving Elsie a brief, “Sorry, Miss,” he hurried off to earn the tip.
If she were to make this train, there wasn’t a moment left to give the porter’s desertion another thought. She knelt among her things, praying she’d able to leave today.
The answer to her prayer came in the form of a Good Samaritan who bent down next to her, handing her a pair of white pantaloons. Ever so grateful for the extra help, Elsie took them and gasped in shock when she realized the hand helping her belonged to a man, ruggedly dressed like a lumberjack heading up the mountain. A thick reddish-brown beard covered most of his face, making it hard for her discern what really looked like.
“Thank you, but I don’t need any help.” Embarrassed that this stranger had full view of her underthings, she avoided meeting his gaze, quickly putting the undergarment in the trunk.
“The train will be pulling out in a few minutes. I’m thinking you mean to get on board before then,” he said.
Deciding it would be better to accept this benevolent stranger’s help than miss the train, Elsie gave him a brisk nod. Past his shoulder she spotted two young children standing a short distance behind him. A boy and girl, similar in height, Elsie guessed them to be about seven or eight years old. Safely under the cover of the platform canopy the boy held the girl’s hand snugly inside his while she had her free arm wrapped securely around a rag doll with golden colored hair that was a near match to the child’s. Straightening for a better look at them, Elsie’s heart thudded against her rib cage.
The Heart of An Agent, Book 2 The Adirondack Pinkertons Nov. 2017 Pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Agent-Adirondack-Pinkertons-ebook/dp/B072JB9V9C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1501684877&sr=1-1&keywords=the+heart+of+an+agent
Tracey J. Lyons writes historical romance novels, including the Women of Surprise series and The Adirondack Pinkertons series. A 2017 National Excellence in Romance Fiction finalist, and an Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author, she is a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers and Novelist Inc. Her books have been translated into several languages, and she has appeared on the award-winning Cox cable television show Page One. Tracey lives with her family in Orange County, New York. When not busy writing, she enjoys making her husband crazy with renovation projects at their 1860s home.
Website link: http://www.traceylyons.com/