The Inspiration Behind Short-Straw Bride . . . and Give Away!!!

As a diehard romantic, I have to admit that I adore the sappy old Hollywood musicals like Singing in the Rain, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Meet Me in Saint Louis. Last summer, I decided to introduce my 13 year-old daughter to the joy of musicals, and now I’m often treated to the sound of Oklahoma lyrics being belted through the kitchen as I try to put dinner together. Of course, I have to join in.

My all-time favorite musical is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I adore the western setting, the rough and tumble men, and the marriage of convenience story. In fact, it’s this very musical that served as the inspiration for Short-Straw Bride.

My story has four brothers instead of seven, and the men don’t sing and dance while they do their chores. However the spark came when I thought about this movie and then asked, what if? What if instead of having the heroine agree to a marriage of convenience at the beginning of the story, the brothers drew straws to see who would marry her when a good deed of hers goes awry? And what if instead of all the brothers being named in alphabetical order after Bible characters, my four brothers were named for heroes from the Alamo?

From there, the Archer clan was born—Travis, Crockett, Bowie (who only answers to Jim), and Neill. And when Meredith infiltrates their isolated ranch, they are never the same.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the scene where the Archers catch her trespassing:

“I knew I had to warn you,” the woman said. “After your kindness to me, I couldn’t stand by and do nothing.”

Travis drew back. “What kindness? I’ve never even seen you before.” Yet the familiarity that continued to stir at the edge of his consciousness made him question the accuracy of that statement.

“But you have.” The crazy woman actually took a step closer to him, completely ignoring the rifle he pointed at her chest. “I was a trespasser then, too, only a much younger one.”

She reached for something in her skirts and he cocked his weapon. “Don’t move, lady. I don’t want to hurt you.”

“I know.”

Instead of shrinking away from him, her eyes held his, filled to the brim with . . . trust?

“You helped me before. Remember? You freed me from that trap and splinted my leg. Now I’m back to return the kindness you extended to me twelve years ago.”

She reached for her skirts again, and heaven help him, all he did was lower his rifle barrel so he could watch her better. He remembered that girl and those abominable traps. How brave she’d been. How trusting. But this couldn’t be her, could it? Surely time hadn’t passed so quickly. She’d been just a child. This woman couldn’t be the same person.

Travis fought his reaction to her and regained his stance. “This is some kind of trick, isn’t it? Some way for you to worm into my good graces so your fiancé can step in and steal my land.”

Her eyes narrowed. “This is no trick, and that man will never be my fiancé.” She tugged on her skirts again. “I can prove who I am, Travis, if you’ll just give me the chance.” She lowered her gaze to somewhere near the ground. “Look at my leg.”

He might be a recluse, but even he knew what she asked wasn’t proper. But apparently Neill was too young to have any qualms.

“Ah, that little scar ain’t nothin’. Jim’s is better.”

A quiet growl rumbled out of Jim, but Crockett actually laughed. Travis turned a glare on the man to his left. Crockett swallowed his mirth.

Fed up with this girl’s shenanigans, Travis finally glanced down at her ankle, at the small amount of skin exposed above the top of her shoe and below her hem. Sure enough, a thin, linear scar marred the pale flesh there.

In a flash, he was seventeen again, tending her wound, and carrying the little girl in his arms all the way to her home. He’d thought of her often—wondering what became of her. Travis brought his gaze up to examine her face again. Her hair was a little darker now, but a few golden streaks remained, evidence of the toe-headed girl he’d met so long ago. Her vivid blue eyes still cut through him as much today as they had back then when they’d been full of tears. The curves she sported now were definitely new, but the determination and bravery he remembered clung to her bearing like a grass burr to a pant leg.

That scrawny little kid had grown into a right handsome woman.

Travis lowered his weapon. “Good to see you again, Meredith.”

 

So do you have a favorite musical? Or is there a book you’d like to see turned into a musical?

I’ll be giving away two copies of Short-Straw Bride today, so be sure to leave a comment.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Karen Witemeyer
Winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the HOLT Medallion, and two-time RITA finalist, CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance for Bethany House believing the world needs more happily ever afters ... and hunky cowboy heroes. She's an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. She makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

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  1. I really need to get to bed, but the picture from SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS caught my eye and I was hooked. That is an all time favorite at our house.It took forever to find a VHS copy and then everything went to DVD’s. I got the DVD as soon as I could. The poor movie seems to be missing every time I want to watch it. I know it will be at my middle daughter’s house. She was probably 13 or 14 the first time she saw it and fell in love with it. Her son, now 14, is Gideon after the youngest brother, her favorite. At the moment I have the soundtrack for the OKLAHOMA movie playing in my car. I have always loved musicals. From these two, through all the ones from the golden age of movie musicals, to Disney’s contributions. After watching one, how can you not smile and sing your way through the day.

    Since your last post, I have gotten TO WIN HER HEART. I will start with that one since my husband and son are blacksmiths. My husband is just a beginner, but our son does nice work. I would be the one walking off the porch with her nose in a book like the woman on the cover of HEAD IN THE CLOUDS.

    Anyway, back to SHORT STRAW BRIDE. I enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading this one too. Anything “related” to SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS has got to be good. Even hermits have hearts and dreams. I hope it does well for you.

  2. I love musicals! One of my favorites is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. But I also love Oklahoma, Sound of Music, several of the old Judy Garland musicals, and more recently Mamma Mia and Newsies. Musicals are some of my “comfort” movies. I watch them over and over.

    I discovered your books last summer and love them. I’m eagerly awaiting a chance to read Short Straw Bride.

    I can’t think of any books I’d love to see made into musicals.

    I’d love to be entered to win a copy of Short Straw Bride.

  3. Musicals always was a favorite of mine and your book sounds outstanding. I also would like to say I run a small community library. It’s non profit and open to serve my rural area here. I have a table of author’s promo items and would love to have some of yours and the other ladies in this group to place on the table. I started the table two months ago and it has become a high light of the library as everyone wants to know what is new or just what is out there. If you care to send me items I will place them on the table. Tell the other authors if you will and this is all free of charge. I love to help authors move their books. sue Leech, 1273 Strahan rd., New Columbia, PA 17856 Thanks for your time.

  4. Ah musicals. I could watch ’em all the time. That’s probably why I like Glee so much. 🙂

    Favorite(s)? Brigadoon, On the Town, Mollie Brown, Deep In My Heart, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat… Oh, there’s not enough room to list them all. And of course Seven Brides. I love how you’ve taken inspiration from the movie for your book. I love the premise!

  5. Karen,

    SHORT STRAW BRIDE sounds so good, I can’t wait to read it. And it’s based on my favorite musical. I love all those you mentioned, but SEVEN BRIDES is definitely the tops. I just love Adam. My poor parents had to deal with a young girl singing and dancing around the house like it was a Broadway stage every time we saw it.

    MEET ME IN ST LOUIS is one a watch every year at Christmastime, another fun one.

    –Kirsten

  6. I love musicals. I can’t wait to see “Rock of Ages” this summer. However, my most favorite musicals are anything by Rodgers and Hammerstein. I love the “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music”.

  7. Hi, Patricia. Another musical lover. How fun! And your husband and son are blacksmiths? That is so cool! How fabulous to have artisans willing to keep the old trades alive. I hope Levi does them proud in To Win Her Heart.

    And you’re so right. Those Archer brothers are definitely hermits, yet they all harbor their own secret dreams. Hopefully some of those dreams will come true. 🙂

  8. Dawn – When I was in High School I can remember going to the video store and renting every Judy Garland musical I could get my hands on. My two favorites were The Harvey Girls and Summer Stock.

    I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my other books. Hope you have fun with those Archer brothers, too.

  9. Hi, Susan. Thank you so much for the wonderful offer! I’ll be sure to put some bookmarks and recipe cards in the mail to you right away. It is such a treat to find a librarian who is willing to go the extra mile for her patrons. I’ll send you some book marks for To Win Her Heart also. The heroine is actually a woman who opens a lending library in her home for the community.

    I’ve got you entered in the drawing, too.

  10. Hi, Lizzie. I think I might break out in song any moment. 🙂 It’s so fun to know I’m not the only crazy one out there who loves these shows. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

  11. Kristen – Gotta love those red-headed Pontipee men. LOL. “Bless your beautiful hide, wherever you may be…” I can just hear Adam singing now.

  12. Hi, Lori. I’ve got several Rodgers and Hammerstein soundtracks. Love that stuff! The Sound of Music is such a romantic classic. My daughter actually chose that as her movie to watch at her slumber party a few weeks ago. You don’t find too many 14 year-olds making that choice these days. It made me proud. 🙂

  13. I love Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Sound of Music.

  14. Karen, can’t wait for Short-straw! Did you have any fear about topping your previous books? Loved them.

    I am a big Seven Brides fan mainly because my husband loves it too. Rodgers and Hammerstein. No one will ever be like that dynamic duo!

    So glad I have four brothers’ stories to look forward to in the future.

    Put me in for the drawing.

    Peace, Julie

  15. Brigadoon (the movie) – if you watch it, you’ll see a lot of Christian themes! <3 Calamity Jane and Seven Brides for seven brothers too!

  16. The King and I and State Fair.

  17. I have read all of your books so far and I am totally ready and overly excited to read the next one. I had my daughter start one o fhtem and she ended up ready all three of them and then I bought them all for my mother and sent them to her. She just finsihed one and LOVED IT! I am so excited to read the new one! I am a great fan of your and will read every book you put out! Thank you for taking the time to write then because I am blessed to be able to enjoy them! 🙂

  18. You’d be better off asking what musical was not one of my favorites… because I can’t think of any that I didn’t enjoy… but my parents took us to see stage productions of many as they came through the midwest.. which made all of us girls love musicals… Thanks for the 7 Brides for 7 Brothers reminder… it’s been a long time since I watched that one!!

  19. Oh, I can’t wait to read this book! It looks soo good! My favorite musical of all time has to be “The Sound of Music”. I couldn’t wait to share it with my girls and they love it to. We always go around singing the songs from the movie, while my husband grumbles about it: lol 🙂

  20. Hi, Sherry. Those are definitely two of my favorites. Love them!

    Laura – Brigadoon is a great one. I haven’t seen it in ages, but I love anything with Gene Kelly.

    Anon1001 – The King and I is such a fun story. I always think of Anna having to flop down on the floor in those huge hoop skirts so her head wouldn’t be higher than the king. There was so much subtle humor and teasing in that relationship. Classic!

  21. Hi, Julie. Yes. I ALWAYS worry that the book that is coming out won’t be as good as the last ones. My deepest fear is disappointing my readers. Hopefully the Archer brothers will pull me through. 🙂

  22. Melinda – Thank you fo such kind words. What a rich compliment. I’m so glad your daughter and mother have enjoyed the books, too. You’ve blessed my day for sure!

  23. CateS – I know what you mean. I love them all, too. The only one I can remember not caring for was South Pacific. Somehow it just came off as incredibly silly to me. “I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair…” Really? Then again, I can still sing that song in my head, so it must have been catchy enough to stick with me.

  24. I love the old musicals. I’ve seen Seven Brides for Seven Brothers so many times I can almost dance the scenes along with them. I also love Singing in the Rain and White Christmas. The elegance of the dances and the costumes and everything are just wonderful.

    I think it’s why I still like going to the theater as well.

  25. Candice – That sounds just like my household. I only have one daughter, although my boys will usually sing along to the musicals when nobody’s looking. But my husband? He just groans and rolls his eyes. We know better than to ask to put a musical soundtrack in while he’s driving. He can put up with Phineas & Ferb and even Disney, but not musicals. Although, he did promise to take me to a musical of some sort for our 20th wedding anniversary. The man must really love me to make such a sacrifice.

  26. Kristi – There’s just nothing better than seeing the old technicolor musicals on a big screen. We have an historic theater downtown in Abilene, and I can remember seeing Seven Brides there. It was fabulous! If they ever show it again, I’ll be there in a heartbeat.

  27. I LOVED your other three books and can’t wait to read Short-Straw Bride! Some of my favorite musicals are The sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast. I’ve never seen Seven Brides for Seven Brothers but I think I need to check it out soon!

  28. Karen, I loved reading the background on what inspired your latest book! Seven Brides is one of my favorites! thankfully over the years, we’ve had friends that are really into musicals and so I could be introduced to new ones by just watching their favorites!
    The first musical I ever saw was The Sound of Music in 7th grade. I was captivated! The Music Man ranks right up there too. The way the songs fit into the story line is genius! I tried rewatching The Wiz a few years back. Sadly we didn’t even finish it but I remember back in the day loving that movie!

    Looking forward to your new book coming out!!!

  29. I love musicals! Not sure my favorite.

    Can’t wait to read your new book, would love to win it!

  30. I have never seen “The Music Man” but I seen a clip on Youtube of Marian the Librarian and I thought it was cute.

    I can’t wait to read Short Straw Bride. I have loved all the covers of your books! They are always so pretty.

  31. Karen, I LOVE the premise for SHORT STRAW BRIDE! Even the title makes me laugh. And that excerpt is too funny. I can only imagine what’s in store for me when I read the whole book. I’ve become a fan of yours since I read your first one.

    I think my favorite musical is Paint Your Wagon. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it.

    Wishing you lots of success, my dear Filly sister!

  32. I like Oklahoma and The Sound of Music. I love the cover to Short Straw Bride. Sounds like an book. 🙂

  33. I love the songs in The Sound of Music. Your book looks really good. I loved the excerpt.

  34. Karen, I should have added that you top yourself every time!

    Absolutely love the concept for the new series. Because it will be a series!

    Peace, Julie

  35. Karen, I love musicals, too. Seven Brides–you name it, I’m hooked. Can’t wait to read your book. What a great title and cover!

  36. I love musicals- on the screen and on Broadway. Personal favorites are The Sound of Music, White Christmas, Annie Get Your Gun, Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked.

  37. Musicals are wonderful. The Music Man is special and a favorite is Phantom of the Opera.

  38. Oh goodness… I just absolutely love musicals! How could I possibly pick a favorite? But I guess I could say my top pics would be “Sound of Music”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “For Me and My Gal”, and “Anchors Aweigh”.

    I am eagerly looking forward to reading “Short-Straw Bride”. Your books are fabulous! 🙂

  39. Hi, Liz. I adore Beauty and the Beast. That’s my favorite Disney Fairy tale. And I own Michael Crawford’s Phantom of the Opera sound track. Love those songs!

    Dori – Great to hear from you! Music Man is such a fun one. I love the song that sounds like the women gossiping. It truly is genius!

    Terri – It’s hard to pick a favorite, isn’t it? There are so many great ones out there. I’ve got you entered in the contest.

  40. I’m not a huge musical fan, sorry! But This book looks fabulous! If I don’t win today, I’ll be hunting down a copy ASAP!

  41. Hi, Katey. I love Marian the Librarian. That’s a fun one. My daughter has her favorite scores, including Music Man, downloaded to Pandora. I think she knows the songs better than I do now.

    Linda – You’re such a sweetheart. Paint Your Wagon is another great western musical. Can’t go wrong there.

    Crystal – Glad you like the cover. The art department always does a fabulous job. At a writing conference one time I heard a fun rendition of The Farmer and the Cowboy Should Be Friends from Oklahoma. They substituted Author and Editor for the Farmer and the Cowboy and threw together conflicting publishing scenarios. It was such a hoot!

  42. Hi, Amy. I think I know all the Sound of Music songs my heart. Climb Every Mountain is probably my favorite.

    Julie – Thanks so much for your kind comment. I won’t really be doing a series with the Archers, but I can promise at least one more brother getting his own book. 😉

    Margaret – Musicals just make me smile. Kind of like a good romance novel.

  43. Hi, Cheryl. Annie Get Your Gun is another great western musical. Thanks for mentioning it. And I adore White Christmas. I could listen to Bing seranade me all day long.

    Anne – Those are two great ones. Phantom has some wonderfully romantic ballads. Kind of crazy for a movie that started out as an old horror film.

    Krista – great additions to the list. Wasn’t Gene Kelly in both “Me and My Gal” and “Anchors Away”? He was one of my all-time favorite leading men in musicals.

  44. I have to say that I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast!! I was hooked when Beast gifted her the library. <3 Listened to music from it and other Disney musicals on Pandora just this morning. Can't wait for Short Straw Bride. Love the cover!!! Love the excerpt! Already made my heart swoon 🙂

  45. Hi, Tracy. I guess we’ll still let you enter the contest even though you don’t like musicals. Ha! 🙂 I promise the Archer brothers don’t randomly break into song during the story. So hopefully you’ll still love it. 😉

  46. Hi, Ashley. I’m with you on the Beauty and the Beast. What could be better than the gift of books? Makes my heart go pitter-patter just thinking about it. My favorite song: There May Be Something There That Wasn’t There Before”. Love that romantic turning point.

  47. I CanNot Wait!! I share your choice of All-Time Favorite Musical and have often thought about similar, yet different scenarios! Sounds like Short Straw Bride hits it right on the head!! Thank You!! I look forward to curling up with Meredith and the Boys soon!!

  48. Hi, Nanette. I love the idea of curling up with Meredith and the Boys. Perfect! We must be cut from the same cloth where Seven Brides are concerned. It would be fun to compare ideas. 🙂

  49. I haven’t read any of your books yet I but can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

  50. I would love to win this book. I have some of your other books. This book is on my to get books. Thanks for a chance to win it.

  51. Seven Brides of Seven Brothers is a very funny musical, but I guess I am partial to the tried and true The Sound of Music. I like the way the incorporate the songs as part of their concert, singing lessons, etc.

    I’m looking forward to reading Short-straw Bride. I’ve enjoyed all of your others!

  52. Penni – So glad we captured your interest today. You’re definitely in the drawing!

    Karen – Thanks for stopping by today. Your name is in the Stetson!

    Sylvia – I adore the Sound of Music. It’s probably the most romantic of all the musicals I’ve seen. And I’m a sap at heart. 🙂

  53. I just started reading this book (from the library) last night!! Karen, I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your books!!!! And I’m so so picky! It’s so nice to know I will not be disappointed when opening one of your books! 😀

  54. What a wonderful compliment, Dawn! That is high praise, indeed. Hope you enjoy the rest of the Travis and Meredith’s story. 🙂

  55. Thanks for sharing the excerpt, Karen! I can’t wait to read this one!

    I LOVE musicals!! My favorite ones are with Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Gene Kelly (and even Elvis!). I especially like The Harvey Girls, For Me and My Gal, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. I have a boxed set of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, but the only one I’ve watched so far is The Sound of Music. I’m looking forward to watching The King and I, Oklahoma, Carousel, State Fair, and South Pacific — it’s on my “to-do list for the summer. 😀

    Thanks for a chance to win your new book!

  56. Hi, Michelle. I LOVE the Harvey Girls. That’s one of my favorite Judy Garland musicals. Did you know that the saloon girl across the street is Angela Lansbury from Murder She Wrote fame? She was quite the bombshell in her early years.

    Hope you enjoy all those musicals this summer!

  57. Annie Get Your Gun and Calamity Jane seem so appropriate.

  58. You are so right, Liz. Great western musicals there.

  59. Love this excerpt! I think you’ve mentioned most of my favorite musicals. A few others I like are Doris Day’s Calamity Jane & On Moonlight Bay. Then there’s Deanna Durbin in Can’t Help Singing and Annie Get Your Gun with Betty Hutton. 🙂 The Harvey Girls. The Wizard of Oz. In the Good Old Summertime. The King and I.

    Still, Oklahoma!, Meet Me In St. Louis, and Seven Brides are musicals I started watching at around age 6 and NEVER get tired of. Can’t wait to read Short Straw Bride!

  60. I love the Sound of Music and My Fair Lady, will watch either of them anytime they are on.

    Your books are anticipated eagerly! I have enjoyed each of them, and would love to win a copy!

    Karen Schulz

  61. Count me among the Rodgers and Hammerstein fans – love all their musicals. But my favorite has to be their version of Cinderella. My high school music teacher had us learn all the songs and later when I had kids of my own I’d often use those songs as lullabies.

  62. Oklahoma!
    then Singing in the Rain dance segment while Gene Kelly sings it too! Love that part.
    I am so eager to read Short Straw Bride. I am convinced all of the straws in his hand were the same length ~*~ except for the one he pulled out of his sleeve for himself! That one definitely was the keeper-winner!!
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net
    Pick me please!!! Kathleen
    P.S. My birthday is May 30th, the REAL Memorial Day. But… my daughter’s birthday is May 28th, this year’s celebration Decoration Day.

  63. Hi, Natalie. Those are great additions to our list! Thanks so much for sharing your faves with us.

    Karen – My daughter and I always laugh when we sing “Just You Wait, Henry Higgins.” I love how Eliza plots his demise in song! So fun.

    Winnie – Our high school musical was Hello, Dolly. That was a fun one, too. I played flute in the orchestra pit. My favorite night was when we had a random power outage and the actors on stage continued on, ad libbing new lines about the dark. The audience laughed so hard and no one left even though it lasted a good 15-20 minutes.

  64. Oh my gosh! I can’t believe that you based this off of Seven Brides! It’s one of my all time favorite movies. I grew up watching it with my family. Love the way you made it your own. 🙂

    I would love to be entered to win a copy. (It’s on my summer reading list so I will definitely be reading it soon either way!)
    clbookworm[at]oru[dot]edu

  65. My very favorite movie musical is also Seven Brides for Seven Brothers but I love them all. My children are also big fans as they watched them with me over and over. My daughter’s favorite is Singing in the Rain and when she posts ‘ Moses Supposes” on facebook I know we are off on the run quoting favorite lines from all of these movies. One starts the line and the other finishes.

  66. Oh I just love Meet Me In Saint Louis! I love listening to the songs over and over again. My sister is a bigger fan of musicals and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of her favs! Thank you for sharing about your book… wonderful excerpt!

  67. Karen, I can hardly wait for your newest book! I too, love the old Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals (and others too). I’m so proud of you for your accomplishments! I can say I knew you when… And now you’re a famous author! Congratulations on publishing another book, and I’ll look forward to many more!!! Love to you and your family!

  68. Hi, Kathleen. I think you may be on to something there. 😉 Wouldn’t it be fun to get a birthday book? Did you know that my birthday is on the 27th? Right there with you and your daughter. I also have a son whose birthday is on the 31st, and a daughter on the 12th. We like May birthdays around my house. 🙂

  69. Carman – So fun to hear from another Seven Brides super fan! I’m glad I’m not the only one. You’re definitely in the drawing!

    Connie – I love that Moses Supposes song! It’s such a fun tongue twister! Great stuff.

    Hi, Cheryl! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I go strolling down memory lane every time I hear from you. So fun!

  70. Man, I keep seeing 7 brides for 7 brothers with your book release info! 🙂 I do believe this weekend, my 5 year old will be introduced to Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frankincense, and Gideon

  71. I have this book at my house RIGHT NOW!!!!!! I have GOT to get it read.
    I’ve just got to finish this book, due June 1. I’m done, but one more time through…you know.
    Then read three submissions to a contest I promised.
    Then…….GAH! The book just sounds great, Karen. I’ve been in love with the cover forever. Now this exerpt, it’s just so sweet…and funny…just perfect.

  72. I’ve read your preview and I’m chopping at the bit to get this book. My favorite musicals are anything with Judy Garland, Gene Kelly and Julie Andrews.

  73. Karen….love your books and would love a chance to read your newest! I haven’t seen “Seven Brides” but I grew up on “My Fair Lady”.
    Your post has definitely inspired me to dive back in to musicals! : )

  74. Hi Karen: I have several of your books on my kindle but I would love one for my keeper shelf. I’m with you on the musicals. Some of my favorites are with Debbie Reynolds and Harve Presnell. They could, sing, act, and she was so cute and him so handsome. The excerpt from Short Straw Bride is the perfect tease not that we need one, lol. Put my name in for a chance at one of your give aways. Thanks

  75. I know about deadlines and contests, Mary. I completely understand. Maybe it will be a treat for you when those responsiblities are finally through. Thank for all your fun-spritied support! 🙂

  76. Sharon – You named some of my favorites! Love Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, especially together. And Julie Andrews is fabulous!

    Stacey – We’ll have to find you a copy of Seven Brides to watch one of these days. LOL. My Fair Lady is a great one, though. I’m going to be humming those songs all day.

    Hi, Susan. Thanks for stopping by. Debbie Reynolds is a fire cracker, isn’t she? Love that spunk. You’re definitely in the drawing.

  77. I guess I would have to say my favorite musical is CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. I was in it when I was younger in ballet so it’s one of those fond childhood memories. Though I love MOULIN ROUGE and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Oh, I also like JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Sorry, couldn’t just stop at one.

    I really hope I win because I love every book I’ve read of yours. If not, I’ll be purchasing it. This one sounds amazing, though yours always does.

  78. Hi, Kym. Chitty Chitty Bang bang is one we haven’t talked about much yet. How fun! It makes me think of Bedknobs and Broomsticks for some reason. LOL.

    Thanks for stopping by. You’re definitely in the drawing!

  79. I love all of the musicals you mentioned! My sister and I grew up watching them with my grandma and those are some of my favorite memories! I would have to say my new favorite musical is The Phantom of the Opera!

  80. Musicals were a neat movie to go to as a kid-they had such pretty costumes and I loved the dancing. The story that went along with it was good too.
    Your book title reminds me when i was growing up my sisters and I used to have to draw straws to see who would get to go first and who would be last or whatever we were vying for. It was heartbreaking to get the short straw and my Mother would always say “One of these days, you will get the longest straw.” I had a few of those days .
    Your book sounds good.

  81. Hi, Miranda. Those musicals always remind me of my and my best friend in high school. She and I would go to the video store, pick out a new musical or old black & white movie to watch, and lay on the floor to watch them together. Great times!

    Hi, Joye. The dance numbers are always fun, aren’t they? I love them. And how cool that you used to draw straws! I’m glad you got some wins eventually. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  82. Hi Karen! *waves*
    I’m sooooo excited to read your new book! I was rearranging book shelves today and came across To Win Her Heart and couldn’t resist rereading the end. I love the whole book but I did have to try and get SOMETHING done today 😉
    My mom introduced me to Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as my first musical and I fell in love. One of the movie channels was premiering it and had it on back to back to back to…..I think I watched it 3 times just that day. It’s still my favorite musical even though I have branched out and seen many others. Congrats on the new book, and have a great weekend!

  83. Hi, Jennifer. *waving back* 🙂
    Another Severn Brides fan. Woo Hoo!!! Thanks for your enthusiasm. You’ve put a smile on my face after a long work week. I’m so ready for the weekend!

  84. I am so excited for Short Straw Bride, I can’t even express it in words. I am a Christian Romance fanatic and I love your books! I hope that you write many more soon! Books are my passion and reading makes me feel amazing. Sometimes when you want your dreams to come true, reading about other people’s wishes becoming a reality is just the thing you need. Thank you, Karen Witemeyer, for giving me the reality I needed. (:

  85. So we just watched it, and I think the reason why I like it so much is the type of humor is mine. Gideon’s hurried cat noises, and Adam saying to Gideon (after Gideon says, “I stand with Adam”) “Well, don’t stand too close.” just cracks me up.

    As to my favorite musical: “I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens.”

  86. Veronica – You are such a dear. Your enthusiasm brightens my day! I hope you love Travis and Meredith’s story as much as I do.

    Melissa – So great to see you here. And you just watched Seven Brides? I’m so jealous. I think I’m going to have to buy my own copy. We watched it through Netflix last summer, but it’d be so nice to have on hand. And I know what you mean about the humor. Me too. 🙂

  87. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and Oklahoma.

  88. Great picks, Estella. Thanks for sharing!

  89. Yep, still have a VCR player so I can play the musicals and other 40s/50s movies I collected in high school whenever I feel like it. Soon though, I won’t be able to find one if this one breaks and I’ll “sob buckets of tears” that I’ll have to repurchase them all as DVDs.

  90. My favorite musical is The Sound Of Music mostly because the songs are memorable. another overlooked musical was Carousel with Shirley Jones and Gordon McCrea…it had wonderful music too. They don’t make musicals like they used to, do they.

  91. Knowing the inspiration for the books makes me look forward to reading it … I know it’s going to be great.

  92. I remember Carousel, Jackie. I used to sing “If I Loved You”. Great music.

  93. Thanks, Teresa. Hope you enjoy the Archer brothers.

  94. Oh Karen… I’m here just sighing and smiling after reading that excerpt! Do you even know how torturous it is to wait?!! Yours were the first books I ever read in this genre… and it’s entirely your fault I’m obsessed… but thankyou! Lol! I’m not sure if I can be in the running as I’m from Australia, but I wanted to let you know anyway just how much I’m looking forward to Short Straw Bride!!!!!

  95. Karen! I loved the excerpt. So cute. I love the premise of your story. Very intriguing. One of my favorite musicals is “Oklahoma”, but I also like some of the holiday musicals like “White Christmas” and “Holiday Inn”. And Disney had some really good ones, too. Can’t wait to read “Short Straw Bride” after reading your seek peek. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  96. Hi, Noela. What a delight you are! Thank you for you kind comments. I hope the Archers live up to your expectations!

    Angi- One of my favorite Disney musicals is Enchanted. Love that movie! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

  97. I love Musicals and they just don’t make them like they use to do. Seven Brides, Singing in the Rain, South Pacific and more. Of course I love the Disney movies. Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals were wonderful.
    Loved the excerpt and looking forward to reading Short Straw Bride.

  98. sounds like a good book. love the cover

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  99. Miss Kallie – You’re right. They don’t make them like they used to. My favorite recent musical is Disney’s Enchanted. I’m thankful for DVDs. Have a great weekend!

  100. Hi Apple Blossom. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you get a chance to meet the Archer clan soon. 🙂

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