I’m publishing a new Wild West series filled with handsome heroes and sassy damsels in distress. The first in the Bachelors of the Prairie series is The Gambler.
Now available for 99 cents or free with Kindle Unlimited!
After stealing money from a handsome gambler who kindly offered her assistance, Lea Duncan runs from him, although the memory of that night will haunt her forever. The beauty with the emerald green eyes played him for a fool, which is something Nash can never forgive. Gambling with ruthless intensity and skill, he’s amassed a fortune, heading west to secure land. That is, until he stumbles upon an old enemy—the stunning saloon girl who hurt his pride, stole his money, and made off with his heart.
An Unexpected Widow – Audio Book Edition
Hannah Hoffman Clark is the spirited young wife of Denver City’s only preacher, Frank Clark. After arriving by wagon to the howling wilderness of the unexplored west, they settled on land, built a home, and began what they thought would be a long and prosperous life together. After an accident leaves Frank without feeling in his legs, the dream of self-sufficiency suddenly slips away, but even more tragedy is on the horizon for Hannah.
Once widowed, she struggles to cope with her loss, relying on those her husband had hired, especially Nathan Weaver, a no good gambler and drunkard. While the tenuous hold she has on her sanity crumbles, her connection with Nathan becomes something far greater than she could have ever imagined, but her family would be scandalized if she married such a man.
One should never judge a book by its cover, and Nathan, although rough around the edges and crude, has his heart in the right place, and it belongs to Hannah… if only she could see it.
Jessica: Orphans on the Frontier
Available now for a limited time for just 99 cents!
The moment Lachlan Garrett and his men set foot in town, Jessica Hardtock knows there will be trouble. The handsome cowboy, with his easy manner and lazy smile, steals her breath away. However, having escaped from danger as a child, she’s learned men can never be trusted.
Having come west in search of a trio of cold-blooded killers, Lachlan is stunned to find Snowcastle, a town not on any map. There is something peculiar about its sheriff as well. His instincts tell him the boy with the shorn blonde hair isn’t a male at all, but a woman—a beautiful woman.
Fate has brought them together, but the shadows of the past are closing in. Jessica will have to trust the handsome rancher, or else risk the welfare of the town, and the life she’s dreamed of. She is in danger of losing it all—especially her heart, because there is something about Lachlan she cannot resist.
I published Wesley’s Unexpected Bride earlier in the week. It’s a part of Debra Holland’s Kindle Worlds. I can’t offer it at a discount, because Amazon dictates Kindle World prices.
Various authors have written books set in Debra Holland’s 1880’s world of Sweetwater Springs and Morgan’s Crossing, Montana. I wrote Wesley’s Unexpected Bride for this world, and it’s available now on Amazon.
Widower Wesley Briggs is content to raise his son and work his ranch alone, until one of his cowhands, Rory Wise, who has already ordered a mail order bride, breaks his back in a fall. When Wesley fetches Rory’s bride from the station, he encounters a lovely, vulnerable woman.
After her father’s death, Frances Brewbaker and her four sisters must find husbands at once. Agreeing to move to Montana and marry a stranger, she embarks on the adventure. She is met at the depot, not by her intended, but by his employer, who she finds appealing and ruggedly handsome.
Faced with the prospect of losing her intended, Frances must decide if she will stay in the Montana Territory. The widower and his son, Jason, are much in need of a woman’s touch to soften their rough edges. Jason adores her, yet Wesley’s feelings are infinitely more complex, because he has fallen in love with Frances. Can he convince her to stay and marry him?
99 cents for a limited time!
Amidst the lawlessness of 1880’s New Mexico, the mayor’s wife, Mrs. Hershey, is determined to find wives for the towns most notorious and eligible bachelors. But little does she realize the magnitude of the challenges that face her, because matching perfect strangers is far more difficult than it looks.
Fleeing New York and her creditors, Chastity Donovan arrives in Boot Creek to marry an alcoholic miner, with a murderous bent. The promise of a new life quickly evaporates, but outlaw Lucian Ellison presents an interesting dilemma. He is determined to not only find the gold that is owed him, but also steal Chastity for his own.
Lola Parsons is a runaway, determined to escape the clutches of her stepfather. Being a mail order bride will solve all of her problems, as Mrs. Hershey has connected her to one of the wealthiest cattle barons in the territory. But her new husband won’t tolerate lies, and trouble looms from the threat of a business rival. To compound matters, Lola’s worst fears are realized when her stepfather kidnaps her, throwing everything into chaos.
After Celia’s husband dies in a freak accident, she is forced to answer a mail order bride ad, hoping to wed quickly. After arriving in Boot Creek, her fiancé, Earnest Hobart, is shocked to learn that not only has she been married before, but Celia’s also heavily pregnant. Pastor Nicolas Kinsley must step in to help, offering the mother-to-be a place to stay in the Men’s Emporium, where he lives. He falls hard for Celia, but a secret from his past threatens to destroy any chance of happiness.
A woman of means, Evelyn Warner refuses to marry the man her family insists upon, fleeing with her maid, Tory, to the New Mexico Territory. Believing she has successfully escaped, hiding under the guise of a mail order bride, Evelyn is hesitant to marry Percy Vanguard, although he is from a respectable family and kindhearted. A chance encounter with Boot Creek’s most notorious bachelor, Chuck Brittle, in a stairwell, stuns Evelyn, especially when he takes her in his arms and kisses her. Trouble is never far behind, though, and the past is about to catch up with her.
Happy New Year!
Trinity: Bride of West Virginia is now available. My book is number 35 of a 50 book series of mail-order brides featuring a story from every state by 45 different authors of historical romance. We’ve been working hard to organize this super-secret project. Soon they will all be available, with a new release every day. Buy them or get them for free with Kindle Unlimited.
Here is Trinity’s love story:
After a fire at the Brown Textile Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, twenty-two-year old Trinity Kroger agrees to become a mail order bride, traveling to West Virginia. Her intended, Mr. John Witherspoon, is nearly fifty-eight-years old. Shocked by the age difference, it is far too late to change her mind, the ceremony taking place immediately.
Nathanial Witherspoon tries to stop his father from making a grave mistake, arriving at City Hall too late. The shabbily dressed young woman in his father’s company cannot be his new stepmother. It would be impossible, because, although poor and uneducated, she’s the loveliest thing he has ever seen.
Trinity is drawn to Nathanial, who showers her with gifts and clothing, writing heartfelt letters. She came to West Virginia to find a place of belonging. Never could she have imagined falling in love so deeply—so passionately, yet not with her husband. Nathanial has stolen her heart, but they can never be together.
Read more about the historic 50-book mail-order bride endeavor at http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2015/12/10/becky-lower-american-mail-order-brides-series-kirsten-osbourne/
Find all of the mail-order brides at http://www.newwesternromance.com/
Another Oregon Trail romance is now available on Amazon. Crystabelle: Brides of the Rockies is 99 cents for a limited time.
She’s strictly off limits… but can he resist her?
Not wanting to burden her uncle’s family any longer, Crystabelle Marx agrees to become a mail order bride, traveling with an older couple on the Oregon Trail. Her intended, Orville Davis, is waiting for her in Denver City, but it’s the wagon master, Laurence McKinney, who catches her eye. The handsome guide flirts shamelessly with her, proving to be a capable leader, but, as, the weeks wear on, the affection she feels for him continues to grow.
Laurence McKinney has been wagon master for years, helping folks travel to California. He’s seen his share of disasters and accidents. Temptation abounds, the group having rescued a wagon full of harlots heading to the mining towns in the mountains. This spells trouble in several ways, but it’s nothing compared to the lovely Crystabelle Marx, who is a constant distraction. The winsome brunette is full of sass and good-natured teasing, but Laurence knows he’s in trouble with this one. It’s ill-advised to fall in love with one of the customers… but it may already be too late.
The Carson Brothers of Kansas is bundled as a box set for 99 cents for a limited time!
In the age of gunslingers, train robberies, and frontier towns, the Carson brothers of Kansas are notorious for their rowdy and lawless ways. But, even the most hardened soul can’t resist falling in love when he meets his match, and these cowboys will do that and more.
A Mail Order Bride for Charlie
Desperate for grandbabies, and cursed with four wayward sons, Maggie Carson concocts a scheme to impersonate them in letters sent back east for mail order brides.
Rebecca Hart is the first ensnared, romanced by sweet words, poetry, and the promise of a new life. When she arrives in Topeka, she is eager to marry the man she thought she had come to admire, but the groom, Grant Carson, is nowhere to be found. It is his younger brother, Charlie, who greets her at the train station. Charlie is appalled after discovering his mother’s deception, yet jealous that Rebecca is meant for his older brother, who, in his estimation, does not deserve her.
A Mail Order Bride for Bronson
Fleeing from an abusive marriage, Charlotte Mills and her five-year-old son, Dudley, travel to Kansas in the hope of securing a better future. While on the train to Topeka, the passengers are robbed by a band of outlaws. In the midst of the chaos, one of the bandits, a tall, rugged man in a bandana, shamelessly steals her last ten dollars. Injured after a robbery, Bronson Carson is forced to return to the Carson Ranch to recuperate; where he meets the woman he robbed, as she nurses him back to health.
A Mail Order Bride for Wyatt
While on the Chisholm Trail, Eugenia’s drawn to the handsome trail boss, but Wyatt Carson, oldest of the Carson brothers, has no plans to settle down just yet or anytime soon, preferring his freedom. Eugenia is a raven-haired beauty with big, dark eyes. Her fun and flirty manner begin to wear him down, especially after she dons a pair of men’s denim pants and learns to ride and shoot. The flirtatious vixen tempts him like no other, and his good intentions begin to evaporate. As the cowboys pull into Abilene, Wyatt must let Eugenia go. This could be the biggest challenge of his life.
A Mail Order Bride for Grant
Grant Carson’s stubborn refusal to settle down and marry has exasperated his long-suffering mother, Maggie. He has been involved with a married woman for years now, but being shot at by an angry husband has forced him to rethink his choices. Grant is intrigued by Eva’s innocent vulnerability, wanting more than anything to help her. Yet the plucky blonde is illusive and vexing, having a plan of her own.
She’s the daughter of a lawman. He’s a notorious outlaw, or is he? They can never be together, but this fiery redhead will defy her family to marry the man she loves.
On the verge of an engagement to Samuel Hardy, Madeline Ashton is a carefree young woman with the world at her feet. It’s not until her father arrests the notorious “Gentleman Bandit” that she meets Jared Stott, staring at the handsome outlaw through the bars of a jail cell.
Having come to the Colorado Territory to find a wife and open a shop, Jared Stott is stunned to be arrested, having been implicated in a series of robberies he did not commit. Being the identical brother of a bank robber, no one believes his innocence, except the beautiful redhead, whose father happens to be a lawman.
Surviving the hangman’s noose is only the beginning of Jared Stott’s troubles, because Madeline’s family is firmly against him. To compound matters, he is saddled with his brother’s wife and child, a burden worsened by the woman’s drinking. The only glimmer of light on the horizon is Madeline, who is steadfast in her love for him and her faith in the Lord, hoping that one day they can be together.
Choosing the images I need for my books is always a challenge. I typically scour stock photo sites for hours looking for the perfect picture and I end up with “something” that works. I’m always frustrated by the fact that I need the model to look a certain way to match the sweet romance genre. I often find the images I want, but the model has too much makeup on or she’s dressed in an outfit that is modern. Showing a lot of skin won’t work for an inspirational or a western cover.
Then there is the matter of the expression on the model’s face. My heroines are typically suffering and in some sort of peril or adventure. A smiling woman is a beautiful thing, but I need a girl that looks pensive, even slightly melancholy. The Old West was a harsh and unforgiving place to live, and the cover has to reflect that to some degree.
An author friend generously gave me a few photos from photographer Phil Marley, which I have recently used on the cover of Gillian: The Oregon Trail (The Brides of the Rockies) and the soon to be released Madeline: The Outlaw’s Redemption (The Brides of the Rockies). Not only are these women young and pretty, yet they also convey the mood of my stories perfectly.
I feel really lucky to have the use of these photographs. It’s made publishing recently a lot easier, and saved me hours going over stock photo sites. The end result is exactly what I had hoped for. They are some of my favorite covers, and I look forward to using more of the same photos for soon to be released projects.
Two broken hearts collide on the path to redemption…
After being given to a wealthy man in a faro game, Gillian Netty Stone flees Virginia for the safety of Independence, Missouri. On the edge of civilization, the town borders a vast prairie, and the promise of freedom for so many—including Gillian. But trouble always has a way of intruding, and she is on the run again, sneaking aboard a stranger’s wagon, as he prepares to join a group of settlers heading west on the Oregon Trail.
Cole Clarkson is stunned to find a young woman in his wagon, hiding amongst crates of provisions. Being with Gillian reminds him of the past and all that he’s lost—a family he will never see again. Opening his heart is far too great a risk, but the winsome brunette breaks through each of his defenses, weakening his resolve to never fall in love again.