Our authors have been busy writing and publishing books. Here is what we published in October:
A Bride for Dun: The Sheriff's Mail Order Bride Book 9
If you read A Bride for Boss, you'll want to find out the rest of Dun's story--
Dun, a former Pinkerton agent settles into a sleepy Wyoming town. Danger should be far behind him now. The worst he faces is drunken cowhands on Saturday night.
He finally has what he considers a hometown. All that is missing is a bride. Easy to fix! He simply writes away for one.
There's no way he could know the wild adventure she brings with her. And will he believe what he learns about his own birth?
Released October 1
A Match for Lilah Jo: Marianne’s Mail Order Bride Book 9
Roland Devers vowed to stay a bachelor after his fiancée broke off their engagement. He never expected to raise a child, especially not a girl. His brother’s death lands
the four-year-old at his livery and into his care.
Lilah Jo Henry struggles through life. Her husband’s death only adds to those struggles. Her sixteen-year-old daughter’s scandalous behavior gives Lilah the push she needs
to move the two of them away.
A matchmaker’s advertisement and the promise of marriage to a stranger seem the only way to make that happen. Will two forty-year-olds find the will start over and risk love?
Released October 8, 2021
Cranberry Cake by Cora: Old Timey Holiday Kitchen Book 6
By P. Creeden
When Cora Sullivan's father moved out west to Kansas City in order to help his bank start a new branch in a different state, she hadn't realized just how much she would miss her old home. Now Christmas is coming, and what she misses more than anything else is her dearly departed mother's cranberry cake. But out west of the Mississippi, cranberries are almost as impossible to find as friends. At least she has is Jonas, the one man who travelled all the way to Kansas City with her and her father to remind her of home, but he still thinks of her as a child, when she really wants him to notice her as something more. And when Jonas is accused of stealing money from the bank, she needs to put her own needs aside to help Jonas and clear his name before Christmas.
Released October 11, 2021
Daniel: Romancing the Weavers Book 15
By Kit Morgan
Out of the frying pan and into the fire!
Adamina MacLean has lost everything. First her home, then her parents. The halfway houses don't even want her. To survive the streets of New York she uses her wits and her fists and get the nickname "Right Hook Addie" for her trouble. Half-starved and destitute, she becomes a mail-order bride. Unfortunatly, her groom is one Eustace Fenner, Nowhere's most notorious resident. What's a girl to do? He's old, uncouth, and, well, not very nice. Into the fire indeed. How was she going to get out of this?
With a little help from the Weavers and their friends, of course.
Released October 22, 2021
Ginger Cake by Glynna: Old Time Holiday Kitchen book 7
By Linda Carroll-Bradd
Astoria, Oregon--Fall, 1876
Baker Glynna Shaughnessy wants to bolster sales for her struggling bakery almost as much as she wants to revive her drab personal life. A baking competition in commemoration of the city’s incorporation offers a chance at making the shop’s name known…until she’s accused of cheating. According to the competition’s sponsor—a roguish man who sets her heart aflutter—Glynna can only remain a contestant if she invents a brand-new recipe…something she’s never done before.
Hotel manager Ritter Anton has six months to boost patronage at his grandfather’s Anton Grand Hotel. He accomplished success with the family’s Cheyenne hotel and he’ll succeed here then move to the next. The baking contest he invented sparks controversy with the entry of a baker who others claim has an unfair advantage. Ready to reject her, he can’t say no when the auburn-haired beauty pleads her case. How will he remain neutral as a judge when all he can think about is Glynna?
Released October 25. 2021
Marrying the Major: Mended Hearts
By Jo-Ann Roberts
The War Between the States has ended…but for Kit and Will their battle had just begun.
As the daughter of a prominent judge and well-bred mother whose roots could be traced back to before the War of Independence, Katherine Lambert had been the belle of Adams Mill.... She was expected to raise children; not her voice.
Until she defied her family and the Rebel cause by doing the unthinkable...falling in love with a Union cavalry officer.
The moment the very elegant very beautiful Katherine Lambert turned around to look at U.S. Major William Chandler was the moment she marched off with his heart. Though he always planned to carve out his own destiny, to marry and raise a family, he never expected love to find him in a small Southern town.
Encountering opposition at every turn, he remains undaunted, determined to court and marry Kit and see who took serious objection.
They'd hoped their love would mend and heal the wounds of a splintered family, but someone else had other ideas.
Released October 31, 2021
Preorders for November Releases:
Apple Pandowdy by Alice: Old Timey Holiday Kitchen Book 8
By Kimberly Grist
Alice Connelly agrees to participate in a new matchmaking project organized by her pastor and the orphanage's matron. She can find no peace accepting a role as a mail-order bride
and instead becomes the first volunteer to accept a job in a local restaurant and relocate to Carrie Town, Texas.
She hopes the experience will help her to discover what she wants in life. But in a town where single men outnumber women thirty to one, she’s more confused than ever. Determined to put her skills as a baker to use, she plans a holiday dinner for the diner featuring a crowd pleasing deep-dished spiced apple dessert
Can an itinerant mail-order bride find her recipe for her happily ever after?
Releases November 8, 2021
Wren's Wooer : Westward Home & Hearts Book 24
by Marisa Masterson
Wren Donaldson rejects her wooer, wanting him to only be her good friend. When Mildred Crenshaw, her mother's cousin, sends "the perfect groom" to Wren, she begins to realize
her dream man already proposed. Too bad she rejected him. Her rejected wooer has moved on to another girl--or has he?
And what about the man sent by the matchmaking cousin? What desperate and dangerous measures will her mail-order groom do so he marries Wren?
Releases November 9, 2021
A Child's Faith : Keepers of the Light Book 16
1892, Tacoma, Washington
Elin Kristiansen has her hands full as a single mother following the tragic death of her husband in a shipwreck off the rocky coast of the Pacific Northwest. Thankfully, the U.S. government has recognized the need for a lighthouse at Brown’s Point, and Elin couldn’t be more pleased when her father accepts the position of Keeper. However, she just can’t seem to bring herself to accompany him on his weekly rowboat trips to the station to tend the lamp – and what’s more, the mere thought of Finn, her son, setting foot on board sets her insides churning.
Elin knows her father keeps hoping she’ll get over the terror that washes over her every time she considers braving the waters, but she's starting to have doubts. When she gets into an argument with Finn over his adamant wish to learn how to swim, she can’t possibly trust the handsome captain who offers to instruct him and vows to keep him safe – or can she?
Releases November 9
A Christmas Wish for Clara: Mail-Order Brides' First Christmas Book 7
Clara Gibbs has wanted nothing more than a husband and family her whole life, but not one bachelor in Norcross Georgia had ever shown any interest in her until now. She had spent most of her youth taking care of her ailing father, only to find out upon his death that he was the very reason that every suitor had kept a distance from her. Now that she was well over twenty-five years old, the only one who shows her interest is an older bachelor with a known penchant for vice but somehow promises the holidays have made him a better man. Regardless, he's not exactly the prince she's been wishing for, and her only escape is to trust a family friend who knows of a younger man out west in need of a bride.
Clyde Wheeler has just inherited a ranch... or rather, debt. And the bank has come to call. His only way to get his loan approved is to marry the banker's daughter. But part of him would rather die than give the man the satisfaction....
Releases November 10
Figgy Pudding by Francine: Old Timey Holiday Kitchen Book 9
By Zina Abbott
Francine Munsen’s life in 1878 had been a series of ups and downs—all because she allowed one of the benefactors of the Albany Elite Academy for Girls to raise a hope that she could attract a man willing to marry her, a spinster math and science teacher.
Jason Sewell, a full professor of science and astronomy at the University of Iowa, was a widower with no interest in marrying again. Then, during a trip to Rawlins, Wyoming to view a
total solar eclipse, in the weeks of hunting and exploring that followed, his friend—from whom his mother extracted a promise that a letter from a girls’ academy teacher would be answered before the end of the
summer—handed him the letter. As a wedding gift for his friend, he promised to respond. Months later, he invited Francine to spend her Christmas break in Iowa City.
Before Francine could travel to Iowa to meet Jason in person, she must keep a promise. Serving the girls who could not return to their homes for the Christmas holiday a figgy pudding made using a centuries-old recipe had become a school tradition.
Releases November 22, 2021
A Christmas Tree for Trudel: Mail-Order Brides' First Christmas Book 12
By Linda Carroll-Bradd
Rancher Gibson Bainbridge travels to Pine Knot to investigate how his younger brother was swindled out of his mining claim. He finds the suspect, businessman Bernard Heinrik, at a poker
table and squares off opposite him. Gib goads the man into betting big, staking the mining claim and then ends up with the winning hand and retrieves the deed. Goal achieved, he heads back to the hotel, planning how he’ll
leave in the morning and arrive triumphant in Redlands at the family home in time for holiday festivities.
Mail-order bride Trudel Andersen traveled from Los Angeles to Pine Knot to meet up with her fiancé, Mister Heinrik, with whom she’s been corresponding for several months. But he’s a day overdue in meeting her. She waits in the hotel lobby with her lace-making materials and her little dog, Butterscotch. Released from the orphanage two months earlier, Trudel has been on her own and terrified she will always be so.
When Gibson realizes he’s the cause for the lovely lady’s misfortune, he’s stuck with a dilemma. If he confesses what he did, he’ll have to offer the woman a ride back to where she came from. Propriety demands they marry, and both agree it’s only for the duration of the trip. But will forced proximity deepen the relationship into something more?
Releases November 30, 2021
Preorders for December Releases:
Mail Order Letitia: An Impostor for Christmas Book 8
By Zina Abbott
When forced to live with her late mother’s much younger sister, Aunt Matilda, she and Uncle Clarence made it clear, if Letitia wishes to eat, she will participate in the family business ― swindling people. Matilda’s latest scheme is writing to well-to-do men seeking wives through correspondence, with Letitia doing the writing. Collecting spending money and tickets to be cashed in is bad enough. The last straw for Letitia comes when Matilda decides to travel to marry a rancher she learns is well-off. She is already married to Clarence ― isn’t she? Then there is the manner in which Clarence puts his arm around Letitia’s shoulder and assures her he will take real good care of her until Matilda returns.
Samuel Grayson has spent a decade building up a successful ranch near Laramie, Wyoming. He now wishes to marry. After writing three letters to Matilda in Baltimore, he decides she is the one for him. He wants her in his home as his wife by Christmas.
Until the letter with tickets and money from Samuel Grayson arrives, Letitia had never, of her own free will, stolen anything. However, she sees this as an opportunity to save this unsuspecting rancher from Matilda and herself from Clarence. She only hopes, if Matilda’s groom ever finds out the truth, he will see it the same way.
Releases December 7, 2021
Mail Order Lucy: An Impostor for Christmas Book 9
By Marisa Masterson
Disgraced and sent east to live with an old-maid aunt, Lucinda jumps at the chance to take Maggie's place. She'll marry a wealthy rancher, a dream come true.
A farmer and not a rich rancher waits for her. Grant Reynolds expects more than a hot-house flower. He made sure his bride is a farm girl who can do chores and cook.
Which one in this marriage will bend his or her expectations? Does a match built on a lie have any chance of succeeding?
Note--While this is a standalone sweet romance, the heroine was introduced in Lemon Pie by Lucinda. Reading that book first may increase your enjoyment of this story.
Releases December 10, 2021
A Christmas Dream for Destiny: Mail-Order Brides' First Christmas Book 16
1890. Destiny Price works in the sewing room of the Cleveland orphanage where she lives but longs for a better life. Even though she knows she’ll never be able to bear children and has never celebrated a real Christmas of her own, she is plagued by a recurring dream of sitting in a rocking chair next to a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, singing an infant to sleep. Desperate to escape her dreary and monotonous life, Destiny answers an ad for a mail-order bride out west. But when she meets Stuart “Stormy” Holling, a former miner turned woodworker with a peg leg, is she prepared to handle the passionate temper that earned him his nickname?
Releases December 16