Friday, March 16, 2018


It all began with Twelve men. Twelve brides. Twelve days to save a town.
12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides released through December 2017 and the demand from readers was so great that the 12 authors involved decided to write more stories of the lives, loves, and growth of the fictional little mining town of Noelle, Colorado!

My book on the 11th day was called the Piper , featuring Genevieve Walters and Zeke Kinnison as well as a host of town characters, including Seamus Malone--the barkeep that runs the Golden Nugget saloon for his boss, Charlie Hardt-mayor and owner of Noelle's silver mine and a host of other properties!

In "The Piper" , Seamus, after seeing all of his friends entering into matrimony, is encouraged once more to try to contact his wife to ask her yet again, to come to Noelle. Perhaps a letter from the successful matchmaker on his behalf will convince her to join him. Or will four years apart have caused so much change, that reconciliation is impossible?

BRIDES OF NOELLE- Love for all seasons

And for St. Patrick's Day, I'd like to introduce NORAH: A St. Patrick's Day Bride--the third book in the Brides of Noelle series! (Watch for a featured blog on ALL releases thus far right here at GLIAS this March 19!!)

Not proud of his seedy entanglements back East, Irish Immigrant Seamus (pronounced Shamus) Malone is determined to create a new and better life in the western frontier, but despite attempts to reach the woman that captured his heart, his letters for the last four years have gone unanswered. Will a plea for help from Noelle’s new matchmaker convince his estranged wife to join him in this new world, proving his love, and that he is a changed man?

Passion (and a controlling aunt) drove Norah into marriage, but when she finds her new husband dabbling in drink and dangerous liaisons, she bid him farewell, relenting to his pipe dreams of a better life, while she remained behind living in the shame of a broken marriage. But when a dark truth is discovered she must now decide if the love she once felt is enough to survive a second chance in the New West?

Here's an excerpt from NORAH: A St. Patrick's Day Bride~
Noelle, Co. 1877
Seamus Malone stared at the open bottle of whisky on the table. The potent scent reached his nostrils, luring him, beckoning. He was alone in the Golden Nugget saloon that afternoon. A brisk March wind blew outside, a reminder of the winter cold giving way to a brilliant sunny day—the day he’d first met Norah Francis Mulligan. She’d been shopping at the marketplace. He’d been at his day job, unloading ships on the New York docks. At nights, he tended bars at a local Irish pub in the district. The mere sight of her stormy blue-green eyes and the smattering of freckles across her pert nose had taken his breath away. Her unruly tendrils of cinnamon-colored hair peeked from beneath the bonnet she’d worn. Mesmerized by the Irish beauty, he’d snuck away from his duties risking everything in hope of finding a way to meet her. Then, without warning, heaven found favor on him. She turned and gifted him with a smile that had nearly brought him to his knees.
Seamus caught the shrill whistle of the wind through the cracks around the windows of the saloon. It had been the first and finest in Noelle and was currently used for Sunday services and other religious occasions.
Re-patching the windows with a bit of warm tar, among a host of other improvements, was something he’d been meaning to do once the frigid temperatures subsided.
All was going well in the little mining town that four months ago had teetered on the verge of becoming extinct. It would have, had it not been for the tenacious and enterprising Charlie Hardt and the reverend’s brilliant concept of making the pact with the railroad to build its line through town if a minimum of twelve marriages took place in a given time frame. Reverend Hammond might call it a miracle, but Seamus called it desperation of the men who had suffered long enough in the predominantly all-male population save that of the soiled doves of La Maison des Chats.
Yes, the town was now filled with happily married men and women, for the most part, given that none of them had dissolved. Investments in the resurgence of the mine—now with silver instead of gold—made by the townsfolk had begun to see a small return. And as the marriages had helped to improve Noelle, so, too, had the money being earned through those investments. It was being put back into the little town, progressing it from a handful of crude buildings to a burgeoning community.

For Seamus, however, none of the success from the mine or even the promised railroad line set to begin construction later in the spring was doing him one lick of good.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018


Yesterday's post introduced you to the 17 short stories in the North Texas Romance Writers of America chapter's 35th anniversary anthology.

For today, I've asked all the authors three questions so you could get to know them a little better. 

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Lone Star Love is a collection of short stories set in Dew Drop, Texas
during the annual sweet tea festival and the book is completely FREE

Linda Bolton: refreshing

Clover Autrey: That's it's sweet? 

Tammy Jo Burns: Please don’t stone me, but I don’t like sweet tea anymore. But I love unsweet tea and all the refreshing flavors it comes in, especially mint!

Amanda Byrd: Wow - sweet tea! What can one say? Erm… I don’t like sweet tea. I like the sharp bite of tea without the syrup-sweet.  Sweet in other ways, though, like chocolate, now you have my number!

Christine Crocker: Since I’m diabetic I only drink unsweet tea but a tall glass of iced tea is the best drink for a sweltering Texas summer day.

Gena Ellington: The way it cools and refreshes your body! Especially after 60 minutes of hard work at the gym!

Jen FitzGerald: The Sweet! I had a wicked sweet tooth as a kid and young adult, and sweet tea was a great way to quench my thirst and quell the sweet tooth at the same time, especially here in Texas where it gets super-hot and humid in the summer.

Fenley Grant: My favorite way to drink sweet tea is mixed with lemonade (an Arnold Palmer).

Eva Jameson: I’ve been a Southern gal long enough to enjoy sweet tea. But being originally from Central New York, where the only seasons are winter and the Fourth of July, I prefer my iced tea without the sweet. (Shhh, I’d rather put the sugar on my grits.)

Risa Leigh:  Sweet tea brings everyone together.

Gina Nelson: Um....not too sweet. Half and half, please.

Carolyn Rae: I like it with lots of lemon.

Marsha R. West: My mother made it this way.
Linda Bolton: I'd love to own the Bed & Breakfast or a Bookstore.

Clover Autrey: Antique Store--with lots of pretty teacups. 

Tammy Jo Burns: I think I definitely wrote "The Winning Bid” to what I would be — involved in the school whether it be librarian, teacher, counselor, or principal.

Amanda Byrd: I would own the antiques store. I am a freak for all things with a story.  I love wood. And the smell of age.  And crazy knowledge of how that odd piece of metal used to be cutting-edge technology!

Christine Crocker: I don’t believe I’d own a business but I’d have my favorite table with a couple of cronies at Sweetie’s Tea Cup Café. I would be that outrageous old lady (never mean-spirited or malicious) who knows everything about everybody and sticks her nose into everyone’s business -- for their own good of course.

Gena Ellington: The Brew House.
Jen FitzGerald: As a teen, I used to ponder owning and operating a little diner, so something like that, that serves delicious and filling soups and casseroles along with heavenly breads and rolls.

Fenley Grant: The business I’d own in Dew Drop is the antiques store. I love history and antiques.

Eva Jameson: In Dew Drop, I’d probably publish the town’s local website and newspaper and to keep everyone up to date on the Iced Tea Festival and the great things our Dragons out at Dew Drop High are up to.

Risa Leigh:  Olivia went home to care for her sick mother and revealed a need for home health care services in Dew Drop.  Great business opportunity!

Gina Nelson: Western wear.

Carolyn Rae: A bakery.

Marsha R. West: A book store.
Linda Bolton: In THE ANNIVERSARY, Maggie and Sean - despite their age difference - show love has conquered all.

Clover Autrey: In ALONE MALONE, the Plain Jane heroine realizes how beautiful she is seen by others. 

Tammy Jo Burns: In THE WINNING BID, the wounded warrior aspect, for sure and how he had to figure out he could be a man even without a leg before coming home to her.

Amanda Byrd: About THE PROMISE, the best thing is it was my first short story ever.  It’s amazing how hard to fit romance and a Happily-Ever-After in less than 3500 words. But the challenge stuck since I decided to write two more.

Amanda Byrd: For TRUST, Mina just blew me away!  I had no idea she’d take me in that direction, but I learned that sometimes you just have to trust the character and where she’s taking you.

Amanda Byrd: As for HOPE, I think I love that Lacey is all of us.  She’s that girl that sat in the corner alone because everyone else thought she was a freak. She learns to live with it and has the opportunity for that Happily Ever After. I’d love to pursue Lacey and Walker’s story in more detail.  I haven’t decided how it will play out, but a cozy mystery series about a West-Texas vet with clairvoyant visions may be in my future!

Christine Crocker: In THE LOVE CURSE, that the hero doesn’t give up on the heroine and fights for her.

Christine Crocker: In GIRL TROUBLE, I loved the two kids. I asked my 10 year old grandson, Ethan, what he would do if a girl came up to him and plastered his face with kisses – his answer was exactly what I used for A.J.’s reaction. And my grand-daughter, Emma, is a terrible flirt. Naturally I patterned Angela after her. Like the father in my story, my son-in-law is in for rough teen years with that one. LOL

Gena Ellington: While LIES ABOUT COFFEE is a love story, my favorite part is the dedication to friendship.

Gena Ellington: In MYSTERY MARINE, the effort to "court" someone in a truly honest manner seems so lost these days. It was nice to give it a small tribute.  

Jen FitzGerald: My favorite thing about A BID FOR LOVE, huh? This took some thought, 'cause there are a lot of things I like about my own story, lol. :0) After my two heroes--because what's not to love about two nice, good looking men??--I really like the relationship between Wyatt and his daughter Shelby.

Fenley Grant: My favorite thing about WARRIOR is my main character is a veteran. I’m an Army brat, so the military is close to my heart.

Eva Jameson:  I love stories where love can heal the past and promise tomorrow. In CONQUERING HIS ELEPHANTS, Jazz is caught in his past and not ready to embrace his future. Until Suzie shows up. He chooses to fight for her and to hope for a future sweeter than pecan pie.

Risa Leigh:  You make your own luck, some say. The same could be said about finding love. When you take a step in the direction of your dreams, the most extraordinary things can happen in the most ordinary places.

Gina Nelson: In MAN OF STEEL, I highlight the vulnerability of the hero. What would it be like to return home from a tour of duty damaged both physically and mentally? Who is the woman who could make you believe you're still worthy of love? My favorite thing about my story is when the hero realizes he still has something to offer those he loves.

Carolyn Rae: The hero in A HOT TIME IN DEW DROP. A hunky fireman and a tenderhearted paramedic.

Marsha R. West: In THE COLONEL AND HER MAJOR, I love that it’s a seasoned romance and shows it’s never too late for love.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lone Star Love

Celebrating 35 years 
as a Romance Writers of America chapter
a collection of short stories
set in Dew Drop, Texas
during the annual sweet tea festival
and the book is completely FREE



Age is no boundary when it comes to love. 

Maggie and Sean are celebrating their twelfth anniversary and stop into Dewdrop to enjoy fireworks and the bed and breakfast. They share a bit of their story and show their age difference doesn't dampen their love for one another.

Linda Bolton 

When soap star Ty Harrington returns home, everyone believes he's there to win back the Homecoming Queen, not mousy awkward Malone. Did they even know each other in high school beyond geek tutoring the football hero? 

Clover Autrey

When the winning bid isn’t enough, can love find a way?

The only man she ever loved rejected her when they needed each other most. Now that he’s back, can she set aside the betrayal for the promise of a future together?

Tammy Jo Burns 

Some promises are just meant to be.

Cace left without a word then shows up four years later. Can Sunny forgive him long enough to understand why?

Amanda Byrd

For Mina and Garrett, love was never the problem.

Love is hard enough to keep fresh and alive in a marriage. But when there’s no trust…someone has to find a way.

Amanda Byrd

When everyone thinks you’re crazy… You don’t hope to find love.

Lacy Flannigan followed disaster to thwart catastrophe. People around her thought she was crazy. It took a stranger to see the truth.

Amanda Byrd 

Sometimes the dead keep on killing.

Small town girl, Merilee Porter, and cosmopolitan Englishman, Nigel Lawson are in love; until they run afoul of a vengeful spirit. 

Christine Crocker

Kisses, dares and memories reclaimed.

Sugar and spice and everything nice that’s what little girls are made of.’ But to ten year old A.J., girls like Angela are YUCK! Worse luck, his Mom and her Dad used to be an item.

Christine Crocker

Actions speak louder than words...or do they?

Dr. Henderickson of Dew Drop swings by the Brew House every morning for coffee from the owner, Allie Myers. When her friend, and top barista, has a medical  emergency, she steps in to help, but Dr. H has a different solution in mind.

Gena Ellington

Who needs online dating when there are romance books at the library!

Josie Kincaid thinks she found the man of her dreams... at the library. They've been leaving letters to each other, hidden in books, but will he say yes when she pushes to meet face to face?

Gena Ellington

How much would you pay for a chance at love?

My dad and Mr. Mateo like each other. A lot. For some reason, Dad thinks he and Mr. Mateo can't be boyfriends. I think it's because of me. But Dad deserves someone who cares about him and makes him smile, and Mr. Mateo does that. I did what had to be done.

Jen FitzGerald

Does pie really fix everything?

Katrina Stone lost a lot in Afghanistan, but not her soul…or her mate. Finding her way home has been a long journey, but the final segment doesn’t have to be alone.

Fenley Grant 

Trust love to heal yesterday and promise tomorrow.

Former Navy SEAL Jasper “Jazz” DeGroot is evading his memories by escaping to an abandoned pecan farm outside of Dew Drop, Texas. But he’s also eluding the woman who made him feel too much. Then Suzie Quinn shows up on the anniversary of his losing his best friend in the Sandbox, and he’s overwhelmed with one emotion in particular – hope.

Eva Jameson

Moving on starts with one step.

Who knew finding love was as easy as going to breakfast? Dad, of course!

Risa Leigh 

Will their love stand the test of war?

Home from war, a tattered soldier finds a love that heals.

Gina Lee Nelson

Lose a bakery…gain a hot fireman.

When Diedra’s bakery burns to the ground and her life should be over…will the search for the arsonist bring love to her door?

Carolyn Rae 

Love finds a way at any age.

Can two retired military find love in Dew Drop?

Marsha R. West

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

E.E. Burke's Best of the West: Welcome to Whitcomb Springs, Montana

Today we have a special treat! Two-for-one Western historical fiction with MK McClintock and Samantha St. Claire in the Whitcomb Springs series...

Whitcomb Springs by MK McClintock

In the spring of 1865, a letter arrives in Whitcomb Springs for Evelyn Whitcomb. The Civil War has ended and the whereabouts of her husband is unknown, but she doesn’t give up hope. With courage, the help of a friend, and the love of a people, Evelyn finds a way to face—and endure—the unexpected.

“Whitcomb Springs” is the introductory, stand-alone short story of the Whitcomb Springs series set in post-Civil War Montana.

Here's an excerpt

Whitcomb Springs, Montana Territory—April 25, 1865

The letter fluttered to the table. Evelyn stared at the sheet of paper but could no longer make out the words as they blurred together. Surrender. She prayed this day would come, they all had, and after four tortuous years, the war was finally over.
There would be more capitulation on the part of the South, and too many families who would never see their men again . . . but it was over.
Separated, yet not untouched, from conflict, Evelyn Whitcomb lived in the same town her husband and their two friends founded one year before news of the Civil War reached them. By way of her sister, who lived in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania with their parents, they were kept informed as often as Abigail could get a letter through. Evelyn often wondered if she should have returned to Rose Valley to help with the war effort, much as her sister Abigail had done, yet she found the needs of Whitcomb Springs to be vast as the town continued to grow.
Many men and boys left, leaving their wives, mothers, and sisters behind to fight for a cause they didn’t fully understand, yet still felt it their duty to serve. Others remained behind to continue working in the mine and watch over those families with or without kin.
Evelyn read over Abigail’s letter once more, letting the words settle into her mind, for even now she struggled to believe it was over—that her husband might return home.

Dearest Evelyn,

For too many years now I have shared with you the horrors and travesties befallen many of the young men with whom we spent our childhood. News has reached us that on the ninth of April, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Oh, sister, I dared not believe it was true when Papa brought home the news. He tells us not to become overly excited for there will surely be a few more battles waged until the news reaches both sides, but we can thank God that this war is officially over.

Your news of Daniel’s disappearance has weighed heavy on my mind these past months since we heard, and Papa has attempted to learn of his whereabouts, to no avail. We have not given up! There is much confusion right now on both sides and Papa said it could be weeks or months more before the men return home. Do not lose faith, sweet Evie.

Your most loving sister,

Healing Fire by Samantha St. Claire

After the death of Nora Hewitt's husband, the citizens of Whitcomb Springs didn't see odds favoring the young widow for holding onto the ranch with only her ten-year-old son to assist. That changes when a gentle giant of a man offers a helping hand.

Motivated by compassion and his own grieving heart, the blacksmith becomes a mentor for the troubled boy and befriends the attractive widow, scandalizing the town gossips. Propriety is wielded like a weapon to separate them, but Providence makes its own plans through fire, loss and redemption.

Here's an excerpt

    The boy, lost in boots too big for his feet, stumbled through the door. “Look, Mama! Three hens have started laying again. Spring is sure to be coming now.” He set the basket carefully on the table, but as he spun back to close the door, his jacket cuff caught the basket, sending it crashing to the floor.
Their collective intake of breath seemed to suck the air from the room. The boy looked up at his mother, face pinched. Before he could say anything, Nora grabbed his arm. “Matthew! How could…” She released him, taking one long stride to the broken eggs, bleeding yellow. Her boot heel came down on the shells, hard and deadly accurate, shattering fragile shells and sending rivulets of yolk in star-like patterns beneath her shoe. Each met the same fate.
Her chest heaving, she glared at the destruction beneath her feet. She brought her shaking hands to cover her face, savoring the emotion and hating it. The small hand that touched her back was warm. It trembled just a little.
“It’s okay, Mama. It’s okay.” The boy’s voice was uncertain, as though he wished it to be true.
Nora kneeled before him, her hands on his shoulders. “I’m sorry. I should not have raised my voice.”
He wrapped his arms around her. “I know you hurt, Mama.”
The anger that had sustained her these past two days drained from her like the yolks into the cracks of the floor. In its place stood her son. A resolve flowed back into the aching chambers of her heart. She couldn’t steal his childhood by making him bear her grief. Rising to her feet, she lifted the boy into her arms. As she did, his father’s boots slipped from his feet.

Meet the authors

MK McClintock is an award-winning author of historical romance and westerns, who has written several books and short stories, including the popular "Montana Gallagher" series, the "Crooked Creek" series, and the "British Agent" series. She continues the search for a time machine that can transport her to nineteenth-century Montana or Scotland—either works. MK enjoys a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains where she spins tales of romance, adventure, and mystery set in bygone times.

If you'd like to know when MK's next book will be out, please visit her website at, where you can sign up to receive new release updates.

Samantha St. Claire was born in 2016, the alter-ego and pen name of an author of historical fiction born a few decades earlier. She may have found her niche in western historical fiction, served up sweet. Never faint of heart, her signature protagonists face the hazards of the frontier with courage, wit, and a healthy pinch of humor.

Follow to read more about the research that has helped develop the characters, towns, and stories of the Sawtooth Range Series.

Let's hear from MK McClintock

What inspired you to write your main character’s story?

MK: Like many of my characters, they come after the story idea begins to form. I usually see a place in my mind and start to work out the where and how someone might have lived there. I picture someone walking on a trail or conversing with people in town, and that’s when I imagine the type of character it would take to live the life I’ve envisioned.

Evelyn came easily to me. She wanted her story to be told as an individual, but her story also represents a great many women after the Civil War, but they also lived through four years of waiting and wondering with a lot of tears in between. To me, Evelyn represents those strong women who didn’t give up, who moved forward and built a life not knowing if their husbands or sons would return home. She’s the matriarch, so to speak, of Whitcomb Springs. She bears a great deal of responsibility and strives to find joy at the same time. She was an interesting character to get to know, and I’d say she inspired me, more than the other way around.

What do you enjoy about writing stories set in Montana?

MK: Living here makes it easy. There’s magnificent beauty everywhere I look. It doesn’t take much to go for a short drive and find yourself surrounded by untouched wilderness. When I visit Glacier Park (in the off-season), it’s easy to find yourself alone, wondering if a bear or elk or wolf is going to cross paths with you. Even harsh winters can lend insight. I’ll go for a walk when it’s 10 degrees, pine tree branches are heavy with snow, and there’s nothing around me except the occasional print of someone, or something, that might have walked there first. The imagine goes a little wild. When I hike a mountain or visit one of my favorite hidden lakes and stand there in the silence, perhaps an eagle flies overhead or a mountain goat jumps on nearby rocks, it’s not difficult to imagine what life could have been like 150 years ago.

What are three things people may not know about you?

MK: I’m the dictionary definition of an introvert; I’m likely the palest outdoorsy person you’d ever meet; and I used to sing and ballroom dance.

Let's hear from Samantha St. Claire

What inspired you to write your main character’s story?

Samantha: The frontier experience was far less romantic than we often imagine. It was dirty, dangerous and was often heavy with tragedy. In “Healing Fire” I wanted Nora Hewitt to represent the resilience and the courage of a frontier woman. While she may no have been physically as strong as the men who carved homes from the untamed lands, she possesses an indomitable strength of character that continues to inspire us today.

When we meet Nora, we find her grieving the loss of her husband and infant. The stages of grief are as real for her as they are today, but she doesn’t have the luxury to prolong those stages. Survival takes precedence. And with few options she must come to terms with her loss and push through the pain of loss. I wanted to show that moment early in the story when she makes a decision to become the parent her surviving son desperately needs. (See excerpt)

What do you enjoy about writing westerns and western romances?

Samantha: I love the wild landscapes, those wide-open spaces sparsely populated. For as long as I can remember, my imagination created characters and stories of the people who lived there in frontier days. The stories start in the plains, the mountains, the valleys where there may be evidence of those who lived out their adventures. I like to visit the locales, stand in the rock foundations of someone’s home, looking out the remnants of a window at the view they saw every morning. I begin to wonder what life was like for the woman who washed her dishes there or watched her family working out their morning chores.

The next step of writing her story is satisfying. It’s a bit like sewing together the forgotten pieces of a quilt found folded inside a trunk in someone’s attic. Watching the characters come to life is, at times, exhilarating.

The greatest delight for me as a writer of western romance is to learn from readers that the characters inspired them to be strong or face some difficult issue in their own lives. To read a review in which a fan says she was moved to tears makes me smile. For me, that is the pinnacle of success and motivates me to write the next story.

If you could travel in a time machine to an old West town, which one would you visit and why?

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