Today's Blog Tour Tuesday features Emily Claire and her Gabrielle, Bride of Vermont American Mail-Order Brides Series,
Gabrielle isn’t looking for
love, but circumstances demand she find a husband immediately. Can she agree to
marry the only man who’ll accept her terms, even if it means moving to Texas?
Boone Dillingham believes a
wife will be the solution for his loneliness. Too bad his heart belongs to a
woman other than the one he’s planning to marry!
Boone and Gabrielle are
determined to make their marriage of convenience work, but they’re both toting
a little more luggage than the other one knew about. Could it be that their
union is less about convenience and more about having their hearts renewed?
Bride of Vermont is an inspirational western historical romance
that takes place in 1890. The FREE prequel to the series can be found HERE.
Excerpt from Gabrielle, Bride of Vermont:
As they stepped onto the porch, the door opened and
a handsome man walked out. “You must be Gabrielle. I’m Colby Clayton. Most
folks just call me Doc Colby. Welcome to your home in Texas. Right this way,
is so kind here. It’s so different, already.
led her to a room near the front of the home. The man on the bed had his eyes
closed when she first walked in. She was thankful for the opportunity to look
at him before he looked at her. She could see he had plenty of dark, wavy hair
under a white bandage that was across his forehead and wrapped around his head.
He seemed to take up nearly the entire length of the bed, so he must be tall. His jawline was strong. She took a step
closer and stood near his right side.
Boone’s eyes fluttered open, and he stared up at
her. Gabrielle had never gazed into such dark eyes. The lashes were the longest
she’d ever seen on a man. He had a nice beard. He squinted his eyes and worked
to focus them on her.
“You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.
Hello.” He smiled at her.
The way he looked at her made Gabrielle’s stomach
feel strange. She suddenly felt as though she couldn’t get a full breath. A
feeling of warmth spread from her stomach to the top of her head, turning her
cheeks bright pink as it made its way up.
Gabrielle didn’t know how to respond, and even if
she could, her mouth failed to open even though she willed it to. She wondered
if she was getting sick. The warmth she felt reminded her of the fever she’d
had the day the mill burned to the ground. Was she relapsing? She’d felt fine
all day, just tired from her trip. But still, it could be something coming on
“I don’t believe we’ve met. I’m Boone Dillingham.
Sorry I can’t get up to greet you properly, but the doc here says I have to
rest for a day or two. Folks say he’s pretty good, so I guess I’ll do like he
says.” He grinned, the look in his eyes boyish. He reached out his hand toward
Instinctively, she reached out and accepted it. A
bolt of electricity traveled from her palm to the back of her neck.
Boone smiled when he felt her touch him.
She pulled back her hand a second after she’d felt
the surge and took a small step backward.
“Oh now, don’t go away, pretty one. I like you.
You’re good medicine.”
His grin lit up his face. Gabrielle was lost in it,
briefly. “No, I won’t go away. I just need a little water. I’ll be back
She saw Clyde and Mattie glance at each other as she
left the room. As Mattie followed her out to show her the kitchen, Clyde
chuckled. He was going to enjoy watching how the Lord worked this thing out. He
followed them into the other room.
Boone sighed as she left and closed his eyes slowly.
“I’m better now, Doc. I’m just gonna lie here and rest, though.”
Doc Colby nodded. “I think that’s a good plan.”
Mattie poured some water for Gabrielle. “Well, now.
What do you think of our friend Boone?”
Gabrielle looked from Mattie to Clyde and then back
to Mattie. “Is he always so outspoken? You know, saying everything he thinks
Clyde and Mattie shook heads simultaneously.
“He can be talkative, but he doesn’t usually say
what he’s feeling quite like that. I usually have to drag things out of him,”
Gabrielle asked, “How long have you known him?”
“It’s been a while. Seven or eight years, I reckon.
Something like that.” Clyde looked questioningly at Mattie, and she nodded in
Mattie stepped close to Gabrielle. “The situation
you expected when you agreed to come here has changed a bit. Are you still
planning to stay? We can figure some other plan, if you need to.”
Gabrielle didn’t hesitate. “I agreed to marry a
stranger. Accepting his money and coming here was an act of commitment. I won’t
back away from it. He’s a stranger either way. I didn’t know what he was like
before and it didn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter now, I guess. We’re about to
be married, and he’s had an unfortunate accident. If it had happened
twenty-four hours after I’d arrived, I’d be just as committed as I am now. It
doesn’t change anything.”
Just then they heard a commotion from the bedroom.
They hurried to see what was going on. Colby was standing at the foot of the
bed, laughing quietly, amusement written on his face.
“Everything all right in here?” Clyde asked, looking
at Colby and then at Boone.
“Heck, yeah!” Boone said loudly, grinning from ear
to ear. He nodded toward Gabrielle and pointed in her direction.
“Doc Colby just told me that pretty little woman is
going to be my wife. It was worth getting my head busted open for that!”
He smiled broadly at Gabrielle. “Did I already ask
you to marry me?”
Gabrielle stepped closer to Boone’s bed. “Well, you
invited me to move to Texas to become your wife.”
Boone adjusted his bandage, slightly. “And what did
“I came to Texas, didn’t I? I believe most folks
would consider that to be a ‘yes,’ don’t you think?” Gabrielle asked.
Boone grinned again. “Whoopee! Sounds like a ‘yes’
to me. Definitely does. Thank you very much for agreeing to marry me. Let’s
have the wedding right now!”
About Emily Claire:
Claire lives in Arlington, Texas, with her husband and four children. There's a
lot going on in her life! Home-schooling two kids, with another in high school
and the oldest in college, keeps her on her toes.
Along with the usual roller coaster of joys and challenges that come with being
a wife and mother, Emily shared the following:
"I'm blessed to wear multiple hats.
Proofreading books and documents has always been fun for me. I realize that's
unusual! Typos frequently jump up and wave in my direction. Additionally, I
provide administrative support for a friend's therapy center for children with
autism and other behavioral issues.
After proofreading books for bestselling author
Kirsten Osbourne, she said, 'You're going to write a book.' It wasn't a
question, it was a statement. 'I don't write. I proof,' I countered. She
disagreed and proceeded to strongly encourage (okay maybe she gently forced) me
to 'just do it.'
LIFE. STORIES. My
desire is to share "G" rated (“sweet”) stories about people facing
the ups and downs that life throws at them. I prefer settings that reflect a
simpler pace and lives with less clutter, but the solutions to life’s puzzles
are remarkably the same whether they occur in the year 1416 or 2016.
I considered what was Important to me. I'm
a Christian. I've struggled, and I still work to overcome issues in my thoughts
and actions. I've been given a lot of grace in my life and I’ve learned a few
things about growing and healing along the way. I wanted to share it. But, I
wasn't interested in writing about myself.
I’m honored when I hear from my readers that they’ve laughed, or cried, or
contemplated deeper meanings. That's why I write what I write."
Emily Claire would love to hear from you!
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