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You learn the darnedest facts while researching a book. Sometimes, what you find can throw your story completely off-kilter and send you searching for a new storyline. Other times, it can change a story from good to fantastic.
This is what happened to me with my newest book, Ride for a Bride in Wyoming, from the series Rocky Mountain Romances.
I already had the story—New York society spinster whose passion is protecting animals from cruelty meets a Wyoming rancher who raises bulls for the budding rodeo business and rides a buffalo in horse races.
And I had the characters—Annora Lee Bostwick, a member of the new American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who moves to Sheridan, Wyoming to open a new branch; and Birch Struthers, also known as Buffalo Birch Struthers, a rancher involved in the beginnings of the rodeo. Burke has recently taken over the family ranch after his father’s death, but if he wants to hang onto the property, he must marry and soon, or lose it to a man he hates.
My problem was how to get them together. Neither wants to marry, and they seem like total opposites. That’s when I read about the Ride for a Bride race that took place in Sheridan, Wyoming as part of their first official rodeo in 1909. Harry Lewis, the groom, won the hand of Hazel Foster, and they were married that very day.
Of course, Annora and Birch don’t fall in love at first sight. Far from it. Annora accuses Birch of mistreating his buffalo and the bulls he uses in the ranch competition. Birch sees her as a spoiled, stuck-up New York Society spinster unfit for life on a Wyoming ranch.
Birch agrees to be the groom for the Ride for a Bride race to follow the competition because of his father’s will demanding that he marry within a year. Annora, however, is blackmailed into participating.
And, so the fun began.
I loved writing this novella, and hope readers like it as well as I do.
Her hair was a light red. Not strawberry blond, nor the usual carrot red. Birch never would’ve thought of a color like red being mellow or calm, but that’s how he saw it.
She had freckles to go with the hair, and intense, green eyes with a hint of stubbornness as if she wouldn’t give an inch even if you set her skirts on fire. That glimpse of obstinacy matched the tilt of her chin and the stiff way she held herself. An uppity New York spinster no doubt hoping to snag what she’d failed to catch back home—a husband.
“She’s my cousin,” Lissette told the mayor, an arm around Miss Bostwick’s waist.
“And my bride-to-be,” Jenks asserted.
“That is impossible,” Miss Bostwick stated with emphasis.
Great thunder! Even her voice sounded pretty, like a meadowlark at dusk.
“I’m afraid this is my fault,” Lissette said. “You see, Annora’s mother wrote, asking me to help Annora find a husband. She gave me to understand that is why Annora decided to relocate here. When I saw the notice about the race, it seemed the perfect answer.”
“Why didn’t you ask me if I considered it perfect?” Miss Bostwick pulled the cat from her shoulder. “I’ve no need for a husband. I like being a spinster.”
Birch swallowed a laugh at that.
“Oh, but, Annora, I… I only want to see you happy.” Looking stricken, Lissette glanced around at their audience. “Please, can we discuss this later?”
“Good idea,” Mayor Sythes said. “I think we’ve strayed from the topic, folks.”
“Yes. Remove my name as the Ride for a Bride bride,” Miss Bostwick told him.
Lissette’s face paled. “Annora, you can’t.”
“I’d like to know why not.”
“Ladies. Ladies.” Sythes tried to get the situation under control.
Birch felt he ought to be rooting for one of the women, but didn’t know which. Miss Bostwick had a right to be angry at her cousin for putting her in such an awkward situation.
“But, Mayor,” Jenks whined, “I have a right to take my bride over to the church and get hitched. I won the race.”
Lissette’s skirts rustled as she whirled to face him. “No one expected that to happen. Birch and Hezzie always win.”
“That doesn’t change the fact that I won this time,” he retorted.
“Which means nothing to me,” Miss Bostwick said.
Birch raised his hands. “Hold on. Can I get a word in here?”
“Go ahead,” Mayor Sythes gestured him forward. “Speak up, Birch.”
“First, I had no knowledge about Miss Westbrook coming here—”
“Bostwick,” the redhead corrected, preventing the calico kitten from climbing to her shoulder again.
“—or being the designated bride for the race. In fact, I didn’t think any bride had volunteered yet.”
“I can verify when the race is to take place.” Mayor Sythes pulled a paper out of his vest pocket. “I have the competition rules and schedule with me.” Putting on his spectacles, he read, “The Ride for a Bride Race shall commence on the day following the conclusion of the ranch competition. That means the race is to be held July 30.”
“Let me see that.” Jenks snatched the paper away.
Lissette clapped her hands in delight. “This means you still have a chance to win Annora’s hand, Birch. Isn’t that marvelous?”
He wanted to puke.
Ride for a Bride in Wyoming is currently available for pre-order, and will be released July 22. Find it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071XDTV9G
The Rocky Mountain Romances series is made up of seven books by seven great authors to be released one each week, beginning with Utah Sunrise by Amelia C Adams, released this week and available NOW.
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Charlene is multi-published, award-winning author of American historical romance noels. Originally published by Kensington Books, she is now self-published. She loves traveling, writing, reading, spoiling her grandchildren, and hearing from readers. She is also a graphics artist and has her own business creating book covers for authors at http://silversagebookcovers.com
Beguiling Delilah, Romancing the Guardians, Book Six will be released by late June or early July. This installment of the paranormal romantic suspense series required extensive research since most of it is set in France. I’ve enjoyed learning more about Paris, where the story opens, and the breathtaking Côte d’Azur in the south of France, where Delilah and her hero flee in their rush to escape their enemies. Can’t wait to set this puppy loose!
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A serial killer is murdering young women in Tampa’s entertainment district. Latino gangbangers are raising a ruckus. In the middle of all this, lives Nate Maguire, a reluctant Guardian of Danu. He just wants to make a living inking tattoos – until FBI profiler Talia Werner walks into his shop. She rapidly turns his life upside down.
First, the beautiful, stiff-necked fed delivers a message from the Guardians, who outsiders like her aren’t even supposed to know exist. Although instantly suspicious, Nate can’t resist the attraction between them.
Then Talia gets involved in solving the recent murders and drags Nate into it. To save her pretty neck, he may need to employ a deadly psychic gift.
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Cover by Charlene Raddon of Cover-Ops
This book is a biography of a woman I have loved and admired for the whole of my life.
In December 1944 a German family of seven were captured and convicted of war crimes for harbouring Jews.
I have known this story for most of my life. In the twilight of her years, this lady has decided that it is time for her story to be told, so it will be recorded for future generations.
The woman and her sister were interned in Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp until Liberation on 13 April 1945.
This is a true account of her experience.
Hanover, Lower Saxony
The house looked the same as every other dwelling in the street. Two story, attached, weathered stone. There were three bedrooms and a bathroom with indoor plumbing upstairs. An attic, where family treasures were hidden, could only be accessed through a removable panel in the ceiling of the main bedroom closet. Downstairs was a small but adequate dine in kitchen, a sitting room and a storeroom. Inside the storeroom was a staircase which led down to a basement.
The house sat opposite the banks of the Leine River. It was home to Inga Albine and her family. She had one older sister, two older brothers and one younger brother. They loved summer when they could swim and play in the water.
Inga’s father, Adaulfo, was a well-known and successful Banker. An unusual occupation for an Aryan as most Bankers were Jewish.
Inga’s mother, Alisz, was a talented seamstress but with her husband being more than capable of providing for the family, sewing was a hobby rather than a chore. Although sewing gave her a great deal of joy, her first love was her family. She adored being with her children.
Being only children, both Alisz and Adaulfo had always dreamed of having a large family. Their dream had come true. They had five healthy children, blonde haired, blue eyed. Perfect Aryans in Adolf Hitler’s eyes. Klaus, 18, Manfred 17, Elke 15, Inga 13 and Oskar 8. The girls and Oskar attended private school while the two older boys studied Engineering. They all played the violin and with the exception of Oskar, they played very well. Neighbours often praised Adaulfo and Alisz on how polite and well-mannered all five children were.
The family were prominent in the local community. They never hesitated to help people who were less fortunate than themselves.
That was to be their downfall…..
Non-Fiction, Historical, True Life
Laura is a middle aged lady who was born in England.
She has a compassionate nature, a great sense of humor and is a loyal friend. She also has an insatiable love of history.
Growing up, Laura would spend hours with a member of her family who she loved dearly. Over the years she was told the story of how this amazing
lady had suffered at the hands of the Gestapo and German SS.
Laura had always had a strong desire to write. She felt a responsibility to record the story as a part of her family history.
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Yay! Caroline Clemmons, one of my favorite western romance authors, has a new release: McClintock’s Reluctant Bride (The McClintocks, Book 3).
Nettie Clayton’s well-planned life is stolen in a few moments. All she wants is a better life for her family in McClintock Falls, Texas where her father can recover from years spent coal mining. Her teacher’s salary is slated toward saving for her younger brother to attend medical school. Her dreams are dashed when Josh McClintock mistakes her window for that of her neighbor. She wants to resist her parents’ decree, but there’s no way to win.
Josh McClintock’s free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt end after his birthday celebration. He works hard by day on the family ranch; he plays just as hard on weekends. He loves being single to play the field of willing females and has no plan to marry for five or six years. One drunken mistake alters his life and Nettie’s forever.
While Nettie and Josh struggle to deal with an unwanted marriage, a crazed villain planning his revenge against the McClintock family targets Josh and Nettie. What happens when the villain attacks?
Dawn’s light pouring through her open window indicated the time must be near six o’clock. Papa and Mama would be awake any minute. The kitchen where Mama would prepare breakfast was right under this room.
Pushing on Josh, Nettie pried her legs out from under his body. She tugged her nightgown free, thankfully without tearing it. Propping her knee against the mattress, she pulled his legs. When his feet hit the floor, she thought surely he’d awaken. But he didn’t. Ha, and people thought she slept soundly.
How could one man be so heavy?
Grabbing his shoulders, she tugged him toward the edge of the bed. “Come on, wake up and go back out the window before anyone sees you.”
He flung out his arms at her without opening his eyes. “Baby, where’s muh present?”
Evading his groping hands, she slapped at his arms. “Not here, I guarantee you.”
When that got no response, she pounded on his back. “Wake up, you crazy drunk.”
A rap sounded at her door. “Nettie? What’s Josh’s horse doing in front of our house?”
Good Heavens, who else had seen his familiar horse? Papa seeing the animal was enough. “You’d have to ask him.”
Giving up on getting Josh to awaken and climb out the window, she tugged him to the floor. He hit with a loud thump. Except for the noise, she thought it served him right.
“Nettie? Why haven’t you opened the door?”
“Just a minute.” Bracing her back against the wall for leverage, she pushed Josh under her bed. Hurriedly, she climbed back between the sheets. To hide Josh from anyone standing in the doorway, she draped her quilt to the floor on that side of the bed.
The knob turned and Papa came inside, followed by Mama.
“Good morning.” She brushed her hands across her face and shoved away hair that had escaped her braid.
Papa strode over to the window. Oh, no, she hadn’t noticed the shirt Josh had left hanging half in and half out on the sill.
Her father snatched the garment and narrowed his eyes. “Explain Josh’s shirt being here.”
She shrugged. “I guess he tossed it.”
“And did he also toss his legs that are sticking out from the foot of your bed, young woman?” He walked over and kicked something, Josh’s boots she supposed.
“Hey!” The mattress lifted as Josh tried to sit up. “Ow. Ow.”
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Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. Her latest release is McCLINTOCK’S RELUCTANT BRIDE, McClintock series book three. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.
Caroline is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Romance Writers chapters of Yellow Rose, From The Heart, and Hearts Through History. Her latest publications include the acclaimed historical Men of Stone Mountain Texas series, which includes audio versions of BRAZOS BRIDE and HIGH STAKES BRIDE. Her Kincaid series continues to resonate with readers. The latest in that series is GABE KINCAID with new releases scheduled in 2016.
Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. Prior to writing full time, her jobs included stay-at-home mom (her favorite), secretary, newspaper reporter and featured columnist, assistant to the managing editor of a psychology journal, bookkeeper for the local tax assessor and—for a short and fun time—an antique dealer. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys family, reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, painting, and getting together with friends. Find her on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, WattPad, Shelfari, and Pinterest.