High Stakes

High Stakes

by Chad Strong
High Stakes

High Stakes

by Chad Strong



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By award-winning author Chad Strong…

The dusty streets of Victoria are abuzz with whispers of Curt Prescott’s legendary skills with cards, his name known to more than just those who frequent the smoky saloons. But for Curt, poker is more than just a game — it had been his ticket out of the poverty that had consumed his childhood. And with his beautiful girlfriend Del by his side, he feels unstoppable.

Until a new preacher and his zealous wife arrive in town, he determined to redeem lost souls and she to purge Victoria of those who refused to abandon their wickedness. As the townsfolk turn against Curt and his way of life, he finds himself at odds with the law and forced to make an unlikely alliance with a notorious criminal. But things only get more complicated when Del, consumed by her own jealousy, pushes Curt to publicly shame the preacher’s idealistic daughter, Mary, to discredit the whole family.

Caught in a dangerous game with the highest stakes, Curt soon realizes that there’s more to Mary than meets the eye. And as his feelings for her grow, Del’s bitterness threatens to tear them all apart. With everything he holds dear hanging in the balance, Curt must use all his cunning and skill to outplay his opponents and come out on top.

For fans of westerns and historical romance, “High Stakes” is a must-read tale of love, betrayal, and high stakes action.

Don’t miss out, grab your copy now!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153114705
Publisher: Chad Strong
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: eBook
File size: 552 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chad Strong is a Canadian author to whom the "Three R's" means: Readin', Writin', and Ridin'- his greatest passions.

Chad discovered the power of books at a young age and has been enjoying and learning through the written word ever since. His main interests lie in westerns, fantasy, history, mythology, and literary classics. As with his reading preferences, Chad's writing doesn't stick to any one particular genre. He writes the stories that hassle him, demanding to be told, be they western, fantasy, supernatural, suspense, young adult — historical or contemporary — or any combination thereof.

Chad's first novel, High Stakes, made it to the Finals for both a Peacemaker Award by the Western Fictioneers in the category of Best First Western Novel, and for a RONE Award by InD'Tale Magazine in the American Historical category.

High Stakes appeals to both male and female audiences with its Western grit, Historical interest, and Romantic elements. Set in Victoria, BC of 1877, the novel has received favourable reviews, including one from noted Victoria historian, Norman K. Archer.

A dedicated horseman as well, Chad's time and energy have always been divided by his two greatest passions – horses and books. If there wasn’t a pair of reins or a manure fork in his hands, there’d likely be a novel, or a pen and notebook.

Accomplishments to Date:

HIGH STAKES (Western Novel)
1) FINALIST — The Peacemaker Award for Best First Western Novel by the Western Fictioneers
2) FINALIST — The RONE Awards in the American Historical category, by InD'Tale Magazine.
3) 5-STAR REVIEW - Silver Badge - The Reader's Favorite Book Reviews!

Also, a few short stories were chosen as Reader's Favorites:
1) THE CAMAS FAIRY - Voted Best Short Story in the January 2012 issue of Bards & Sages Quarterly
2) THE TRACKER - Voted Best Short Story in the May 2014 issue of Frontier Tales
3) THE CHURCHYARD INCIDENT - Voted Best Short Story in the October 2014 issue of Bards & Sages Quarterly

After several readers asked, Chad was pleased to gather eight of his published short stories into a single volume called Mixed Grazing - A Collection of Short Stories. He plans to release a second volume once he has enough stories to fill it.

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