Thursday, September 15, 2016

COMING SOON: Western Historial Romance Boxset


Prisoners of Love: Cinnamon, by USA Today best-selling author, Callie Hutton
In 1877 saloon girl, Cinnamon O’Brien, sits in Dodge City jail with three other women charged with various crimes. Her charges, of course, are totally unfair since she only hit the mayor over the head with the pitcher of beer because he grabbed her lady parts. Now the marshal gives the four women a choice: join up with the wagon train in Fort Dodge and head to Santa Fe as a mail order bride, or when the judge sobers up, he’ll be so ornery he’ll probably sent them to the state prison.
Before they even leave, childhood friend, Jedediah Nelson, newly ordained preacher headed to Santa Fe, and in need of a wife, proposes to Cinnamon. A preacher and a saloon girl? She’s about to give him a wild ride. 

The Reluctant Bride, by award winning author, Maxine Douglas
Roseanne “Rose” Duncan, witnesses her employer push his sickly wife down the staircase. Fearing she’ll have to testify against a prominent man in town, she’s given an ad for a mail order bride in Dodge City. Believing this is a way for her to escape the possible danger of her employer, she travels to Dodge City and marries under the name of Abigail Johnson.
Logan Granger, is a Pinkerton Detective assigned to Dodge City area as an undercover bartender. When his mail order bride, “Abby,” steps off the train she doesn’t fit the description of a matronly woman who has agreed to his marriage contract of no emotional attachments. There’s no time to reconsider the preacher is waiting to marry them.
Rose hadn’t expected the handsome man waiting for her to be an undercover bartender with a six shooter on his hip and a badge on his lapel. Logan hadn’t expected his soon to be wife to be young, beautiful, and a runaway murder witness.  

Miss Fortune and the Major, by Peggy McKenzie
Calamity Fortune was born under a bad luck star. And now, It’s time to find a new place to call home after she burns down the church during her best friend’s wedding. A place she can be herself without fear of judgment. An advertisement catches her eye. “Widower seeks a wife. Salary included. Platonic relationship guaranteed. Pagosa Springs, Colorado.” Calamity hopes a change in scenery can bring a change in luck and a place she can live by her own rules.
Major Lucas Quinn, widower, decorated officer, used to giving orders and getting respect, can’t control his own children. His sister, Sarah, insists it’s his unyielding, arrogant, absolute control over everyone and everything preventing anyone who knows him from agreeing to be his wife. Lucas places an advertisement for a mail order bride and he makes it clear--his new wife must be organized, run a disciplined household and well-suited with children. There is no room for insubordination.  

The Bride’s Deception, by Heidi Vanlandingham
Escaping the outlaw who controlled her old life, Alayna Kimbal is determined to forge a new one. She answers a mail-order advertisement and shoulders the job of wife and mother, each day hoping her lies and the identity of the man hunting her aren’t discovered.
Marshal Jerome Riddick's life-long goal is to never get married. Then the only woman he ever trusted is killed. Struggling to care for her children, he realizes he can no longer dodge his duty so he takes a bride--only to find out she’s keeping a huge secret from him. A secret that could get them all killed.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

The Roses of Prose: Playing the Literary Piano by Alicia Dean

The Roses of Prose: Playing the Literary Piano by Alicia Dean: I have absolutely no musical skills. None at all. Or so I thought. Until I discovered I’d been playing the literary piano for more than f...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Maxine's Musings ~~ August 1, 2016

August here in our town marks the end of summer vacation and the beginning of a new school year. It is also when our county fair happens each year! The FFA students get their livestock ready for showing, the future bakers of our community showcase their pies, and we all get to ride the rides. I hope you have had a great summer vacation this year!

Quote of the Month: Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” ~~ John F. Kennedy, President United States of America (1917-1963)

Check This Out:  In 33 days I have written over 20,000 words on my first western historical set in Dodge City, Kansas, The Reluctant Bride, which is a major accomplishment for me in so many ways. I’ve never written this fast before, but thanks to Callie Hutton, my writing conscience J, I’ve gotten into a grove. While we are waiting for cover, here’s a glance at The Reluctant Bride, available late September 2016, in the boxset Wanted: One Bride:

Southcentral Wisconsin
Late April, 1877

“Have you lost your senses?” Miss Roseanne Duncan looked over the advertisement for a mail order bride, the paper rattling in her hand. “I can’t become a mail order bride. Besides, he’s expecting you.”
“Doesn’t matter.” Abigail Johnson replied, continuing to sort through the tub of fresh vegetables. “This is your best chance to survive and you know it.”
A sick feeling went through her at Abby’s blunt words, memories of the mistress falling to her death, the master at the top of the stairs. She shuddered. The memorial was set for today. It was only a matter of time until… No, she couldn’t think it. A chance to get away…could she really take it? Rose read over the advertisement flier again. “Abby, this looks more like a wanted poster than a man in search of a wife.”

Featured Author:  S.S. Hampton, Sr.

First of all, my thanks to Maxine for this opportunity of appearing in her newsletter.
Regarding the inspiration for Better Than A Rabbit’s Foot, and the characters—all of this originates in my deployment to Iraq, July 2006-July 2007 (my battalion was actually a mile south of .... (click here to continue reading

Friday, July 1, 2016

Maxine's Musings -- July 2016

July 1, 2016

Happy Independence Day America! Summer arrived here in Oklahoma with a full head of steam. I’ve given up going to my local park to write as it is just too hot, so I’ve been going to the local McD’s in the morning and then either the library or the local Arby’s after lunch to write. Sometimes a change of scenery works wonders.

Quote of the Month:  We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~~ Thomas Jefferson, President United States of America (1743-1826)

Check This Out:  I have finished my first suspense novel—Simply to Die For! And I’m so excited to announce that I’ve starting writing my first western historical! I still haven’t a name for it just yet, but it’s part of the box set Wanted: One Bride with our featured author this month, Callie Hutton, as well as with Peggy McKenzie and Heidi Vanlandingham. If you have Kindle KU, be sure to check out my Amazon author page downloads.

Featured Author:  Callie Hutton

I asked my street team if they would prefer a new series about either a wagon train or a mail order bride.  So many of them said 'both' that I came up with the idea of four women in jail who .... continue reading here