Of Yesterday

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A feisty young con artist pretends to be a witch, so she can sell healing herbs. A hard-working, protective male relocates his sister and a small group of others to a ranch where they try to create a Utopian society. These two clash as they embark on their romantic journey of self-discovery.

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Trying to bring back the morals of yesterday, Jason Winters is determined to build a new society. Everything is going as planned until he meets the fiery Taylor McKnight. Now, he questions if he is trying to build happiness, when what he really needs to do is find happiness.

Taylor McKnight’s entire life is about to change with one single proposition. She is willing to take on the adventure, but is she willing to take on the man? The bigger question: could she fall in love with a man while bent over his knee?
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Sample Chapter

Chapter One

Taylor McKnight made her living, as small and pathetic as it may be, convincing people she was a modern-day witch. She had grown a pretty decent reputation and had a fairly large client base. It was not that she truly knew any real witchcraft, she had just mastered the illusion. It was all image, staging, make believe. But for the sake of her pocketbook?she created the atmosphere of magic.

She took a match and lit several candles to help set the mood. A puff of smoky aroma danced its way upward in small spirals. A fusion of vanilla, cinnamon, and rose mixed with the already heavily-scented room. She had learned that smell helped sales. If people liked the aroma, they would seek to purchase the same scent for their homes.

Taylor looked around the store at all the people browsing and decided it was time to work her so-called magic and try to make her commission in sales. She ran her hand through the haphazard brown curls that she allowed to cascade down her back, adjusted her cleavage in the tight-fitting, leather bustier, and smoothed her ankle-length skirt. She definitely dressed the part.

She took a deep breath and released it slowly. "If there is anything I can help with, let me know." She knew it would only be moments before she was surrounded by people who wanted to be "cured."

Taylor offered her clients her diagnosis, her witchy insight and her advice as to what would fix all their problems. Whatever reason brought them to her, Taylor tried her best to give them their money’s worth. She did not see it as a con. She saw it as a way to give them hope and positive thought. If it eased their fear, anxiety, and pain, then Taylor more than fulfilled her job.

A frail woman was the first to approach. She quickly began to spew her entire medical history before Taylor could even open her mouth. Clients like these made her job easy. She would not have to be as vague or open with her so-called supernatural powers. Getting this woman to buy any tea, potion, or crystal of Taylor’s choosing would be a walk in the park. If she was really good, she would manage the sale of all of the above.

As the woman continued to talk, Taylor could not help but notice a man wearing a cowboy hat in the corner of the store. A quick glance showed the curve of his lip lifted in amusement. Could he see through her guise? She could have ignored him, but it was people like him that were bad for business. He needed to be addressed.

She quickly guided the frail woman in the direction of the most expensive herbs in her store and snapped her fingers, with her bracelets jingling, to get her shop assistant’s attention to help close the deal. Her assistant could handle this one blindfolded. Taylor had a skeptical cowboy to deal with.

Gliding her way as seductively as she could, she made her way to the man in the corner. He was fingering one of the glass balls with laughter in his eyes. Without a word, Taylor lifted his rough-callused hand with hers. The size and strength of his made her own seem elfish in comparison.

He seemed startled for a mere moment, his eyebrows questioning. She had dealt with men and women like him before. She had found that facing them head on usually caused them to back away and ultimately leave the store. Her confidence was always too much to bear.

Releasing the cowboy’s hand, she acted as if she had been burnt. "Oh?ahhhh?there is a fire within you." Keeping the drama was crucial.

She swayed her hips and softly closed her eyes. "I can feel the burn. I can almost taste the liquid heat that is melting your soul." She almost giggled as the sentence left her mouth. Taylor knew she was laying it on thick, but she needed to make this skeptical cowboy uncomfortable so he would leave her store. She had clients anxiously waiting for her attention, and money to be made. The last thing she needed was to have this man mess with the mystical vibe she worked so hard to keep.

The cowboy snickered brashly enough to be heard by all. Taylor opened her eyes and swallowed down the anger building inside. Damn, this was not going to be as easy as she thought. She could see in the corner of her eyes that customers were watching her every move. She could not let this arrogant ass win.

She let out a soft moan. "The pain?the pain is in your back." It was a good guess on her part, considering it was obvious he was a working cowboy. The mud on his boots and the dust on his jeans were a real giveaway.

"No. The pain is in my ass," his husky, abrupt voice cut in.

Taylor tried not to let the hint of intimidation win over. Six feet of rugged, tightly muscled man with dark wavy hair set against sun-kissed skin was not going to do her in. Although his piercing blue eyes that looked more dangerous than welcoming may just do so.

Her reputation was on the line. Taylor had no choice but to continue on, "An old injury made worse by your daily living." She could feel his gaze burning right through her. She had no choice to avoid eye contact as a shiver worked its way through her. He was winning. "Being a cowboy?" she paused to sneak a peek at his rigid jaw line.

He crossed his arms against his chest and took two steps toward her. Closing any distance they had between them. "Lady, how much of a fool do you take me for?" He looked around the store and laughed. "You’re full of crap."

"What?" she gasped, throwing daggers with her eyes.

A wave of fury coursed through Taylor’s body as she stared into the most unyielding pair of blue eyes she’d ever seen. He was winning, and she had no choice but to turn her back on him and offer her assistance to her other clients.

"Sweetheart, if you’re a witch, then I’m Jesus himself." He followed her as she tried to escape his hostility. "What you are is a liar. You manipulate your way into their wallets and cheat good people out of their money." His voice was stern, but never once was he yelling.

Taylor fiddled with the ruby pendant around her neck. Her hand shook as she tried to regain some composure. "Sir, I’m sure there is a?saloon down the street that may be more your style." She smirked. "If you don’t believe in witches, spells, and magic, why are you here?"

"Because I’m here to give you a warning." His voice lowered. "You picked the wrong person to try to con, and I won’t let you fool an innocent girl."

"What? Who is this girl I supposedly tried to con?" she asked.

"My sister, Mandy Winters. She’s?na?ve. You stay away, ya hear?"

Stepping closer to him, she stood within inches of this sexy yet infuriating man. Masculinity overpowered her senses, a crisp smell of pure testosterone. "If I can remember correctly, your sister is a grown woman. I will do, and say, whatever I choose. Ya hear?" She could not help but give a contemptuous sneer.

"My sister is easily taken advantage of and I’ll not allow someone like you to do it. This is the only time I’m going to tell you. Leave my sister alone, or I’ll make sure your little fairytale shop is closed down."

Taylor no longer noticed or cared about the patrons that were staring in awkward silence. Any hope of rebounding from this day was futile, but she was not going to let this man bully her.

"And how do you plan on doing that? I’ve committed no crime. I have done nothing wrong. The only thing I’ve done is wasted my time talking with you. So if you don’t mind, I would like you to leave my store. Now," she demanded.

For the first time since meeting, his face softened. There was a twinkle in his eye as he took a step closer. He reached his hand out and slowly ran it down the length of her arm. His touch caused her long-denied body to shudder. What was it about this man?

"Darlin’, I don’t take demands from a phony, a cheat, and a?witch." He leaned in and softly whispered in her ear, "You don’t want to mess with me. You may think you’re strong. But I’ll always be stronger."

With one last glance of the store, he strolled out the door. Leaving nothing behind other than the desire that lingered in Taylor’s body.

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  1. Rhonda

    Rhonda

    People gave been trying to buikd utopian communities for over a 100 years. In this story Jason is trying to organize a settlement with the rules and mores of the 1800si He believes in the man as the head of the house and is also looking for a safe environment fir his sister who has been hurt by life. Enter Taylor a wood be witch. Sparks fly when the two meet. Their growing attraction ignites when she agrees to mive to the settlement. A fun romantic read with an interesting story.

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  2. Laurel Lasky

    Laurel Lasky

    I have read many of Alta Hensley books and have enjoyed them all. Jason wants a ideal community where men are in charge and the women are safe and submissive. Mandy clashed with Jason and after they banged their heads together, Many agrees to move to the new community. What follows is romance and spanking.

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  3. DRose

    DRose

    I wish I could live in a town like the one Ms. Hensley writes of. This novella was short but jammed with HOT spanking scenes. Figging!

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  4. Becca

    Becca

    “This was a fun, lighthearted fantasy, which, for the most part, I enjoyed – as long as I was able to keep my rational mind from engaging. The characters all grew and developed throughout the story, making the ending one I could get behind. I do wish there had been a bit more about the community in general.

    I suppose my only real objection was the, for lack of a better word, “”sappiness”” level. It is interesting that I can read hot and heavy erotic content without batting an eye but, when the loving couple started billing and cooing at each other, I started eye rolling, and I’m pretty sure I got a cavity from the excessive sweetness. Yes, like a kid in elementary school, I find all that “”kissy kissy”” stuff rather revolting when it is overdone – and IMO it was overdone in this story.

    Other than that, it was a good story and a solid 3 stars, because I liked it. 🙂 “

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  5. Becca

    Becca

    This was a fun, lighthearted fantasy, which, for the most part, I enjoyed – as long as I was able to keep my rational mind from engaging. The characters all grew and developed throughout the story, making the ending one I could get behind. I do wish there had been a bit more about the community in general.

    I suppose my only real objection was the, for lack of a better word, \”sappiness\” level. It is interesting that I can read hot and heavy erotic content without batting an eye but, when the loving couple started billing and cooing at each other, I started eye rolling, and I\’m pretty sure I got a cavity from the excessive sweetness. Yes, like a kid in elementary school, I find all that \”kissy kissy\” stuff rather revolting when it is overdone – and IMO it was overdone in this story.

    Other than that, it was a good story and a solid 3 stars, because I liked it. 🙂

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  6. TaylorT

    TaylorT (verified owner)

    Oh so good! This book made me slip away into a reading bliss. I loved the concept and have never read a book like this before. Alta Hensley did it again!
    Very worth the price, not a full length, but very well written.

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  7. TaylorT

    TaylorT (verified owner)

    Oh so good! This book made me slip away into a reading bliss. I loved the concept and have never read a book like this before. Alta Hensley did it again!
    Very worth the price, not a full length, but very well written.

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  8. Laurel Lasky

    Laurel Lasky

    I have read many of Alta Hensley books and have enjoyed them all. Jason wants a ideal community where men are in charge and the women are safe and submissive. Mandy clashed with Jason and after they banged their heads together, Many agrees to move to the new community. What follows is romance and spanking.

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  9. Artsy1

    Artsy1

    This is the 3rd book I have read from this author and though I love her Alpha men I was disappointed that there wasn’t more time spent on the new town Jason was building. He wanted life to go back to the days when men were men and women were glad of it. Where men went to work and women stayed home and took care of the farm and family. I like period stories so I was looking forward to what this new settlement would be like, but there wasn’t much explanation. Lots of sex in this one. Also would I wanted to read more about Jason’s sister Mandy and her budding relationship with Josh. Jason was dead set against Mandy having any kind of relationship with a man as he believed she was to child-like to know what she was doing.

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  10. Rhonda

    Rhonda

    People gave been trying to buikd utopian communities for over a 100 years. In this story Jason is trying to organize a settlement with the rules and mores of the 1800si He believes in the man as the head of the house and is also looking for a safe environment fir his sister who has been hurt by life. Enter Taylor a wood be witch. Sparks fly when the two meet. Their growing attraction ignites when she agrees to mive to the settlement. A fun romantic read with an interesting story.

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  11. Artsy1

    Artsy1

    This is the 3rd book I have read from this author and though I love her Alpha men I was disappointed that there wasn\\\’t more time spent on the new town Jason was building. He wanted life to go back to the days when men were men and women were glad of it. Where men went to work and women stayed home and took care of the farm and family. I like period stories so I was looking forward to what this new settlement would be like, but there wasn\\\’t much explanation. Lots of sex in this one. Also would I wanted to read more about Jason\\\’s sister Mandy and her budding relationship with Josh. Jason was dead set against Mandy having any kind of relationship with a man as he believed she was to child-like to know what she was doing.

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  12. Adele

    Adele (verified owner)

    This book was ok. I liked the idea of a town going back to a simpeler lufe. There really was very little about the town. The relationship between Jason and Tylor jyst didn’t connect for me. This was the first book I have read by this author, and as I have many authers I love it may be last too.

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  13. Adele

    Adele (verified owner)

    This book was ok. I liked the idea of a town going back to a simpeler lufe. There really was very little about the town. The relationship between Jason and Tylor jyst didn\\\’t connect for me. This was the first book I have read by this author, and as I have many authers I love it may be last too.

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  14. Kamil Tyler

    Kamil Tyler

    This story was o.k. but not the best from this author. It’s worth the read as it is entertaining but I’m not sure believable.

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  15. Kamil Tyler

    Kamil Tyler

    This story was o.k. but not the best from this author. It\\\’s worth the read as it is entertaining but I\\\’m not sure believable.

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  16. KatD

    KatD (verified owner)

    was ok – needed to go into more about Mandy…maybe a little more defiance

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  17. KatD

    KatD (verified owner)

    was ok – needed to go into more about Mandy…maybe a little more defiance

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  18. DRose

    DRose

    I wish I could live in a town like the one Ms. Hensley writes of. This novella was short but jammed with HOT spanking scenes. Figging!

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