Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Writing Immersion?

Post (C) Doris McCraw\

aka Angela Raines

How many of you immerse yourself in your story, your characters, and your setting?  Sometimes I do and sometimes not so much.

I do write about the physical area I live in with my historical westerns. I also will write about areas of research I am involved in.

Yes, I do write non-fiction but there are times when the story I'm telling was inspired by a piece of research. My first story "Josie's Dream" with this group was inspired by the research I was and am still doing on early women doctors in Colorado.

Photo (C) Doris McCraw

My first novella "Home for His Heart" was inspired by my many trips up into Colorado's high country and the history of the people who built towns, ranches, and so much more against the backdrop of storms, fights over land, and finding the place you were meant to be in.

Sometimes music plays a part. If I have to write a fight scene I will almost always play Saint-Saens. Here is a link if you want to hear it.Danse Macbre

Additionally, photographs and paintings also help give a sense of place. Many times I will take photos to remind me of where I have been. When describing an area, the photo helps fill in the details I want to include.

When you read, do you see what the author is describing? Do you hear the music that inspired them? Let me know.

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Until Next Time: Stay safe, Stay happy, and Stay healthy. 


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Hiding Behind the Veil and other Bridal Traditions

By Kimberly Grist

I suppose we’ve all heard that it’s bad luck to see your fiancĂ© on the wedding day before your ceremony, but the reason dates back to a time when marriages were often arranged, and the bride and groom frequently did not meet until the ceremony.

Fear that the groom would not find his bride attractive and call off the match was real. As a precaution, the bride was covered in a veil to prevent the groom from seeing what she looked like until it was too late to call the marriage off.

Other Wedding Traditions of the 19th Century
During the 19th century, most weddings took place on weekdays. There was even a rhyme to help the happy couple pick a date.

"Mondays were for wealth, Tuesdays for health, and Wednesday's the best day of all. Thursdays for crosses, Fridays for losses, and Saturdays for no luck at all."

Why Marry in June

The name June is derived from the Roman goddess of marriage. Perhaps that is where the old wives' tale originated, saying that if you marry in June, you will be blessed with a lifetime of happiness and prosperity.

The 1954 musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," features a song declaring the same special promise for June Brides. (Photos are from the 1954 musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.")

JUNE BRIDE From "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." (Music: Gene DePaul / Lyrics: Johnny Mercer)


Oh, they say when you marry in June,
You're a bride all your life.
And the bridegroom who marries in June
Gets a sweetheart for a wife.

Winter weddings can be gay
Like a Christmas holiday.
But the June bride hears the song
Of the spring that lasts all summer long.

By the light of the silvery moon
Home you ride, side by side
With the echo of Mendelssohn's tune
In your hearts as you ride

For they say when you marry in June,
You will always be a bride.

So Much for Romance

A more practical reason is that in Western culture, if a bride married in June, she could likely give birth to her first child in early spring, giving her time to recover before the fall harvest.

In my new release, Annabelle's Wedding Dilemma: The Matchmaker and the Mother-in-law, our heroine's Mother-in-law is a stickler for etiquette. She insists on following the guidelines written in the American Etiquette and Rules of Politeness.

"A full bridal costume should be white from head to foot. The dress may be of silk, heavily corded satin, or plain silk, merino, alpaca, crape, lawn or muslin. The veil may be of lace, tulle or illusion, but it must be long and full. It may or may not cover the face. Orange blossoms or other white flowers and maiden-blush roses should form the bridal wreaths and bouquets. The dress is high, and the arms covered. Slippers of white satin and white kid gloves complete the dress.”

Houghton, Walter R. American Etiquette Rules of Politeness, New York: Standard Publishing House, 1883.

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An overworked rancher weighed down by the responsibilities of his family, A teacher of Cherokee descent longing for acceptance and love. Could her sunny disposition be the spark of hope that melts his stubborn resolve, ignites their love, and brings the acceptance Annabelle longs for? Or will their budding relationship be sabotaged by his meddling mother and her snobbish ways?

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Chicago Wagons by Zina Abbott












In my second chapter of the first wagon train book I wrote for the Prairie Roses Collection,  I introduced my hero as a trader who had purchased three Chicago wagons for transporting freight to California. He chose them over the larger, heavier Murphy wagons often used for hauling cargo. However, at the time, I did not do a lot of research into exactly what constituted a Chicago wagon.

Last month, I came across information about Chicago wagons in a Daughters of Utah Pioneers lesson I taught titled “Down and Back Church Trains.”

Mormon Trail ctsy U.S. National Park Service

To set the stage, between 1847 and 1860, thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled the Mormon Trail to the Great Salt Lake Valley. As time passed, fewer of these immigrants came from other regions of North America and more (like many of my ancestors) came from Europe. With no means to purchase fully-outfitted wagons to make the overland journey, increasingly the church began to send wagons and supplies from Utah Territory to the departure point which, for many years, was Florence (now part of Omaha), Nebraska Territory.

By 1860, on the cusp of the American Civil War, a concerted effort on the part of the church to send wagons and supplies back to Florence to collect the immigrants was put into place. During the years of 1861 through 1865, the American Civil War years when there was such a great demand of wagons (and replacement wagons) for the war effort, the church found it necessary to provide greater aid for those immigrants of their faith to reach their destination.

The following are excerpts from the circular sent from the church president, Brigham Young, to the bishops throughout Utah Territory to introduce this program:

…There were only twenty-nine wagons sent to Florence last season; this year we wish to send two hundred wagons with four yoke of oxen to each wagon. In addition to said teams we also wish to forward as many loose oxen to Florence as our this year’s immigration may wish to purchase, as that will give us the use of their money before it goes into the hands of strangers [translation: many of them enemies, who overcharged the Mormons], thus saving for our use from about $10 to 30,000 which are yearly paid out in cash for cattle and wagons….

“The wagons sent should be the best Chicago make, 2 inch iron axletree, and be in such condition…Wooden axle Chicago wagons can be sent if there are not enough iron axle wagons of that make. Other good wagons, of similar make, can also be sent, if there are not enough Chicago wagons…. 

Overall, Chicago wagons is not a brand name. Rather, it is a type, and the designation indicates where the wagons were made. The reason Chicago wagons became a generic term was because some of the most legendary wagon makers were originally based in Chicago, Illinois. 

 By the mid 1850’s, the city of Chicago was a little less than twenty years old. The population was almost 80,000. Wagon makers numbered less than one hundred, most of them being Germans who did not speak much English. However, they produced quality wagons. In areas not served by a railroad, wagons were the primary means of transporting goods and people. As buyers saw the craftsmanship, attention to detail, and dependability of certain makes of wagons that came from Chicago, those became the wagons of choice—for farm use, travel, and hauling freight (particularly where the long-distance hauling did not require the heavier Murphy freight wagons). They were given the generic name of Chicago wagons. 

Eventually, Chicago claimed more than two hundred wagon and carriage makers during the heyday of horse-drawn vehicle making. Among the more notable brands besides Peter Schuttler were Weber, Louis Palm, and Columbus. Henry Mitchell, who eventually moved his home to Racine, Wisconsin his home, started his wagon construction business in Chicago.

An example: Weber Wagon Company, after a decade in business, employed eighteen people and produced two hundred wagons a year. (They eventually became the International Harvester Company.) In comparison, by about 1850, after approximately a decade in business, Peter Schuttler employed about one hundred men and produced about one thousand, eight hundred wagons a year. Keep in mind, at this time, wagons were largely hand-built.

In a different article, I learned in the case of Brigham Young’s statement, he referred to Peter Schuttler Company wagons, based in Chicago. Many wagons were sold to Mormons moving west. Because it was such a large company, for many, “Chicago” wagons also became synonymous with Peter Schuttler Company wagons.

Schuttler wagon

Chicago wagons were used for travel across the Great Plains and the western mountain ranges. Although many of the Chicago wagons built for hauling freight had about the same dimensions (3-1/2 to 4 feet wide by 10 feet long) as pioneer travel/prairie schooner wagons, the wooden parts needed to be built sturdier, with metal axles, and more metal reinforcements on the moving parts.


Murphy freight wagon. Note where driver sits

All three of the books I have written for the Prairie Roses Collection include freight haulers—private traders rather than regularly employed freighters—along with pioneers traveling the established trails of the day. I first mentioned the distinction between the larger Murphy freight wagons (12 feet in length) and the smaller Chicago freight wagons in the first book I wrote for the Prairie Roses Collection, Pearl. In it, my hero chose Chicago wagons over Murphy wagons. However, after giving the lesson, mentioned above, I decided it was time learn more about Chicago wagons.

In my third book, Lucy, set in 1863, this same trader sent his employees, including my hero in the second book, Clara, as trail boss—back to the Missouri River region of Kansas. The purpose was not only to purchase goods difficult to be found in the West, but to buy four new Chicago wagons to transport them west. The wagons would then to be used to haul trade goods to the gold and silver towns of Virginia City and Gold Hill in Nevada Territory.

To find the book description and purchase options for Lucy, Book 46 in the Prairie Roses Collection, please CLICK HERE








Jeppson, Ellen Taylor, “’Down and Back’ Church Trains”; Tales of Triumph, Volume 6 (Salt Lake City, Utah: International Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 2023), Pages 288-289.


Thursday, May 9, 2024

Fashions from 1918


I've been existing the past month down a rabbit hole of research into World War I.
One of the things I've particularly enjoyed was studying the fashions from 1918.

Gone are the restrictive corsets. (I bet those ladies were thrilled!)

The skirts, unlike the hobble skirts so popular earlier in the decade are much fuller and practical for moving around.

The skirts are also shorter, above the ankle. I love all three of these outfits and would excitedly wear any of them.

While the clothes are still lovely, they seem much more sensible and wearable than some of the past fashions. 

Yet, they are still feminine and so pretty.

I would totally wear this outfit, if I could get my hands on that pattern!

As for the men, they were as stylish as ever, even if they weren't in uniform.

What is your favorite era for fashions?

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Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

When this award-winning author isn’t writing or testing out new recipes (she loves to bake!), Shanna hangs out at home in the Pacific Northwest with her beloved husband, better known as Captain Cavedweller.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

HAIR UP AND SKIRTS DOWN. by Marisa Masterson

Imagine with me a country miss. She is living in the very modern time of the 1870s with its wonderful new inventions like the telephone, phonograph, the typewriter, and the lightbulb.

This young lady has finished eighth grade and is graduating. She is done with school since no high school is close enough to attend and there is no reason for her to continue on. She knows plenty, as her pa told her.

Oh that exciting day. The girl can finally put her hair in a bun. No more hair to her shoulders, though she still has the bangs that became popular for girls to wear in the 1870s. 

Yes, now she is a grown up. School days are done. Her short hems are a thing of the past as well.

A girl in the nineteenth century would wear skirts that eneded at mid-calf or slightly shorter. When she was considered an adult, those hems dropped to cover tempting ankles.

Of course, a farm woman or someone expected to work wore slightly shorter hems. Those would brush the tops of her shoes, still long enough to show her as an adult. But these were for around home. When she went to town or to church our miss puts on a shirtwaist and a skirt that brushes the top of her shiny boots.

Women on the Prairie and especially those traveling with a wagon train were known also to wore their skirts shorter. Often these were almost as high as a child's. This was done to avoid tangling them in the grass or setting the hem on fire when cooking over an open fire.

But not our miss. She will stay on the farm until her beau proposes. Then she will move to his place, probably another farm. 
Typical of the time, our young lady will not move far in her lifetime. She is not one of the adventurers who seek free land. No, she is happy in her community.\

Others are not so fortunate to live out their lives amongst people they have always known. Take Christiana for example. She is forced to travel the Santa Fe Trail--

A grumpy man meets a strong-minded woman. You bet the sparks are flying!

Christiana Mallory has no choice but to become Moody Dutton's cook. Her sister insists they find a way to join a wagon train headed south. Patience is determined to retrieve a map showing where their pa buried gold coins. To do that, they must reach Colorado.

When Patience immediately marries Moody's cousin, Christiana is determined not to become a wife. She holds Moody at a distance, fighting with him so that she will not give in to her growing attraction.

Only, when danger threatens her sister's life does Christiana recognize her growing desire to stay with Moody. He shows her how deeply he desires them to be a couple. Can she commit to living her life in isolation on a ranch?

Friday, May 3, 2024

Look What Our Authors Published in April!

Our authors have worked hard to bring you your next 

favorite stories. 

Here is what we published in April!

Dreams for Courage: A Wholesome Historical Novella (Holiday Dreams Book 3)   

by Shanna Hatfield 

Will two lonely hearts find the courage to love?

A loner for most of his life, Rowan Reed wants nothing more than to be left alone. He buys a run-down farm near Holiday, Oregon, intending to turn it into a successful ranch through hard work and determination. When a nosy, albeit beautiful, woman shows up on his doorstep, the instant attraction he feels to her sets off nearly as many warning bells as her barrage of probing questions.

Private detective Rhetta Wallace always unearths the truth. Involved in a lengthy investigation into a man suspected of killing a politician's son, her pursuit leads her to the town of Holiday. Accompanied by her adopted son, Rhetta finds herself squaring off against the grumpy, growling rancher she believes is the suspect. Whether or not Rowan admits his true identity, Rhetta is sure of two things: his innocence of the crime, and the deep affection he awakens in her heart.

Will their dreams for courage help them release the past and embrace a future together?

Release date: April 4, 2024 


Florence's Good Deed: Rejected Mail-Order Brides Book 6

By Zina Abbott

After being forced by men who accosted her as she walked home from her job, Florence Crowley suspected she might be with child. Her sister recommended Florence seek a husband through correspondence—one who lived far, far away.

Rejected! At the end of a long train ride, her groom informs her he refuses to raise another man’s baby. He buys a return ticket but does not provide additional cash for food. Florence’s funds are limited. By the time she arrives in Columbus, Ohio, in order to eat, she is reduced to begging.

Recently mustered out of the U.S. Army, Asher Henderson stops in Columbus, Ohio, on his way to New York. Always a flirt, he first steers his friend, a German-speaking former soldier, toward a woman who does not speak English. He then pursues a beautiful young woman pleading for food money. For amusement, why not buy her a meal in exchange for a few hours of harmless teasing? When Florence suggests a potentially dangerous scheme to help the German-speaking woman, Ash’s attitude changes. He volunteers to protect her.

Florence is drawn to the former soldier but worries he might try to take advantage like the men who left her carrying a child. However, she cannot resist his offer to escort her to her sister’s home. Will she ever see him after that, or will he end up being nothing more than a fond memory—a man who momentarily helped during a time of crisis?

If you read Elise in the Rescue Me (Mail-order Brides) series, then you met Florence and Asher. However, Florence’s Good Deed is written to be a stand-alone story.

Release date: April 15, 2024


Miss Ellie Mae: Sweet Historical Western Romance (The Brides of Fiddler's Gap Book 4)

By Kit Morgan

A Lonely Farmer
An Indecisive Bride
And one over protective brother...

      Ellie Mae Ruggles was horrified at the thought of an arranged marriage to the likes of Elmer Grant. How could her parents even think she'd be interested in the old codger? So, she took matters into her own hands and made a run for it. Maybe it wasn't the best decision, but it was the only one she could come up with in the heat of the moment. Now here she was, in a nothing of a town called Fiddler's Gap after seeing an advertisement for a mail-order bride. But now that she was here, she wasn't so sure she'd done the right thing.
     Cassius Herber was elated that someone had answered his advertisement for a virtuous woman who was also a virtuoso. He was the third man in town to get himself a mail-order bride. But his wasn't too happy when she first arrived, and was also having second thoughts if his guess was right. How was he to win her? He wanted to court her a little first, but was that giving her too much of chance to change her mind and hightail back to where she came from? And wouldn't you know, just as he's making some progress, the unthinkable happens. Can Cassius win his bride and convince her to stay? Find out in this sweet, wholesome western full of laughter and romance.

Release date: April 15, 2024


A Journey for Christiana: A Reluctant Wagon Train Bride-Book 18

By Marisa Masterson

A grumpy man meets a strong-minded woman. You bet the sparks are flying!

(This book is the sequel to A Journey for Patience. Reading that one first will enhance a reader's enjoyment of this romantic novel.)

Christiana Mallory has no choice but agree to become Moody Dutton's cook. After all, her sister Patience insists that each of them has to find a way to join the wagon train headed south. Patience is determined to retrieve a map showing where their pa hid a jar filled with gold coins.
When Patience immediately marries Moody's cousin, Christiana is determined not to do the same. She holds Moody at a distance, fighting with him so that she won't give in and make calf eyes in his direction.
Only, when danger threatens her sister's life, Christiana truly sees Moody for the protective man he is, and she wants him. The problem is that she was too successful at putting a wall between them.

How will she convince him see that she is no longer a reluctant bride but is a woman eager to marry him? Will they survive the trail to find their happily ever after?

Western adventure from a Christian worldview awaits you in this book. Get cozy and enjoy the romance.

Release date: April 16, 2024

A Marshal for Constance

By P. Creeden

Gerald Tucker leaves the ranch in San Marcos, Texas, to find himself after losing the only woman he'd ever thought he'd loved. Uncertain of his future, he finds an advertisement for a US Marshals training camp in Silverwood California.

Release date: April 20, 2024


His Bride and the Child: A Sweet Romance Anthology (Love in the West)

By Marisa Masterson

An anthology filled with sweet little ones, swoony romance, and a dash of suspsense:

     Frances "Frankie" Elder is brutally frank. It's what led to her firing by the school board. The advertisement for a bride/teacher seems heaven sent. …
     Boswick "Boss" Carter is the first mayor of Scrub Brush, Wyoming. When the town demands a teacher, he agrees to send for a mail-order bride who's a trained teacher. …
     What should be a business arrangement quickly becomes a matter …
     Wynona Thorne lives a hard-scrabble existence with her father. At least their life was peaceful. That all changed when …

     Neither the groom nor the bride are completely transparent in their letters. He travels with a …

     Stranded … Wynona will need to decide quickly as danger follows her from her hometown. How will she keep her new stepdaughter safe?

     Lilah Levitt made a terrible mistake when she answered a job advertisement for a hotel in Idyll Wood, Wisconsin. Kidnapped and carted off to a brothel …

     No matter how often he tried to reason with Lilah, Sheriff Sittig could not get her to realize that she didn't love him. She was only grateful. ….

     Unwilling to leave Idyll Wood, desperate to win the sheriff's love, Lilah Levitt writes a letter to the Lovelorn column for advice. ….

Release Date: April 29, 2024


Jana: Prairie Roses Collection - Book 41

By Linda Carroll-Bradd

Jana Luykan is desperate to move with her sixteen-year-old brother, Marco, to their aunt and uncle’s farm in California. For the past six months since their mother’s death, she has struggled to keep him in school and out of mischief. In Council Bluffs during the final days before joining a westbound company, Jana is shocked to arrive home from her evening job to find Marco bleeding and two ruffians insisting they’re joining the Luykans on the wagon train. If she doesn’t agree, then they’ll tell the sheriff about Marco’s participation in a saloon robbery. She’ll do anything to protect her brother—even pretending these men are her cousins.

Bounty hunter Rik Sanderson trails two bank robbers to Council Bluffs. This pair has proved elusive over the past month, and he’s anxious to capture them and collect the bounty. About to give up, he spots them in a group of pioneers signing up with a wagon train company. He gets a job as a hunter for the company, figuring he’ll wait the week until they reach Fort Kearney to turn them in there. When he realizes they are holding a woman, who he aided in a saloon scuffle, and her brother hostage, Rik vows to watch over the innocents.

By the time the wagon train reaches the fort, Jana is a wreck from keeping up the pretense of the two strangers in her camp. Mister Sanderson seems to always be watching—an action that doesn’t soothe her nerves. She’s afraid he knows of Marco’s involvement with the robbery. Rik confides his suspicions about her “cousins” and that he’ll turn them over to authorities the next day. Jana begs him not to arrest Marco. The fort commander extracts a pledge from Rik to see Jana and Marco get to California safely and performs a marriage—for propriety’s sake. Rik struggles against his long-held vow not to get personally involved but realizes he can be a good influence on the young man…an influence he never had growing up.

The grueling trip tests the strength and endurance of this makeshift family. Will the challenges pull them apart or force them to cleave to one another for survival?

Release date: April 26, 2024


Gianna's Wedding Dilemma: The Matchmaker and The Mother-In-Law

By Linda Carroll-Bradd

Tired of the limited chances to meet eligible men, governess Gianna Rafaello turns to a matchmaker for help. After reviewing the profiles of three men, Gianna starts a correspondence with a businessman, Blake Wymer, in Pueblo, Colorado. Within a few weeks, she recognizes their life goals are aligned and accepts his request to travel to meet in person. Gianna has always wanted to live in a small town, and everything seems rosy…until she meets his disapproving mother.

As the oldest Wymer sibling, Blake inherited the family’s furniture store upon his father’s death three years earlier. Thinking he was letting her work out her grief, he allowed his mother, Elfrida, to continue making the company decisions. But he and his brother, Axton, want to modernize, and Mother resists. She is also dead-set on Blake being married by year’s end and invites single women to supper. Without revealing his plans, Blake is smitten with a woman he’s been corresponding with and has invited her to town.

Gianna arrives, and the two feel destined to be together. As expected, Elfrida is livid. Can Blake stand up to his mother for the first time in his life to save this budding love?

Release date: April 30, 2024


 Not all of our authors make their books available on pre-order. However, for those who do, those advance sales go a long way toward boosting their sales rankings. 

Here are future releases:


May Pre-orders:


Lucy: Prairie Roses Collection - Book 46

By Zina Abbott

     Lucy Baxter lives peacefully in Kansas with her aunt, Caroline Wilcox, her deceased mother’s sister until, by 1863, the War Between the States made life for two lone women insufferable—and dangerous. Her dream of teaching school is shattered. With her fiance, her Uncle Wilcox, and two Wilcox cousins assumed among the missing or dead, Aunt Caroline has decided the best option for getting both her and Lucy to safety is to travel to California and join Lucy’s father. Only, Lucy—never fond of her stepmother—stayed behind when her father left years early. That stepmother died on the trail, but now her father has married again. Will he and his new wife welcome her? Will the two half-brothers who were so young when they left even remember her? Even if she and Aunt Caroline survive the journey to California, what kind of future can she expect?
     Malachi Foster’s dreams of striking it rich in the gold and silver fields in the West left him disillusioned. Tired of living like a rodent in a burrow, he accepts a job with Will Clayton tending pack mules hauling goods between Nevada and California. When not doing that, we works with Will as a teamster driving oxen-pulled wagons loaded with supplies for the mining towns he walked away from. When Will asks him to help drive a small freight train to the Missouri River to bring back goods found only in the East, Malachi hesitates. He left home to escape the Copperhead sympathies of his Northern family. If he travels closer to the fighting, there might be those who question why he is not enlisted in one army or the other. In the end, a gut feeling—or maybe something whispering to his spirit—helps him decide. Perhaps he must help protect his friend. Perhaps there is another reason. Either way, he will go.

Release date: May 6, 2024

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Enid's Exit: Westward Home and Hearts Book 43

By Marisa Masterson

She is running to save her child. Will he be the man who rescues them or be the one to send them away?

     Enid Hartwell needs to make a rapid exit once her stepson inherits the home where she lived for twenty years. Mildred Crenshaw stands ready to help her cousin and has the perfect groom waiting for a bride like Enid. Only, the man did not expect a bride with a handicapped child.

      Donald Bailey does not take well to living alone after his wife's sudden passing. When Ruby King suggests writing to the same agency that matched her with her husband, he does so with enthusiasm. He sent off the letter and waited--and waited!
      After a year without a match, he should be ecstatic to meet Enid Hartwell. If only she looked more like his first wife. And how is he supposed to be a father to a child who cannot speak or hear? Can he discover the hidden beauty within the woman who has taken his first wife's place?
      Will this older couple bend their expectations to discover their happily-ever-after as they work to make a home for a deaf and mute little girl?
If you've read Ruby's Risk, Sookie's Silence, or Wren's Wooer, you will enjoy this sweet and failth-filled story. It is a visit with those characters as well as a chance to see what is new in the town of Bailey's Meadow.
       The book can be read as a standalone romance. Reading the other three first will enhance a reader's enjoyment of the story.

Release date: May 21, 2024     


Annabelle's Wedding Dilemma: The Matchmaker and the Mother-in-law

By Kimberly Grist

The Matchmaker and the Mother-in-Law Series:

Love blossoms for 16 beautiful brides and their charming grooms in this frontier romance series. Each bride must navigate the challenges of being matched with a groom-to-be in the Old west, but a formidable adversary is setting hurdles for each of them to overcome—a mother-in-law. Every book in this series is a standalone, sweet, clean, wholesome romance with surprises, difficulties, and a meddling mother who tests their commitment. Will love truly conquer all? Read every story to find out!

Release date: May 28. 2024


A Cowboy for Christmas (Confederate Widows, Spinsters, and Proxy Brides Book 1)

By P. Creeden

A Cowboy for Christmas (Confederate Widows, Spinsters, and Proxy Brides Book 1)

Southern grace meets Western grit, and love becomes the greatest gift of all.

Indiviual description to come…

Release date: May 29, 2024


June Pre-orders:


Martha's Second Chance (Rejected Mail-Order Brides Book 10)

By Marisa Masterson

Forgiveness comes easier than trust and love in this second chance romance.

     Only one thing mattered more than the apple orchard to Martha, and Emory had been it! Too bad he left her standing alone at the altar the prior year .
     A year was not long enough to fall out of love with him. Martha realizes that when she finds him standing on her porch. Worse yet, he hands her proof that her wandering uncle had deeded his share of the orchard to Emory.

     Is there any such thing as a true second chance? Will working day in and day out allow Martha to learn to trust the man she never stopped loving?

Release Date June 3, 2024



Bernard's Christmas Mail-Order Bride Historical Western Holiday Romance

By P. Creeden

This Christmas, love arrives unexpectedly—by stagecoach.

Can unexpected Christmas magic spark love’s flame between a man with no bride and the woman who has traveled so far to win his wary affection? This is a clean, wholesome series of standalone novellas written from a Christian worldview. Each story has a happily ever after and features down-to-earth characters with real world problems who overcome them by grace and love. There will be seven brides in this special holiday series ~ read them all!

(Individual Description to come soon...)

Release date: June 20, 2024