HEARTS AND SPURS…AND A GIVEAWAY! by CHERYL PIERSON

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Hi everyone,
I’m talking about my story, FOUND HEARTS, in the brand new Valentine’s Day anthology, HEARTS AND SPURS that was just released  a week ago through PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS!
How do you capture a cowboy’s heart? Hearts and Spurs is a collection of nine stories by some of western romance’s best—just in time for Valentine’s Day! Following up their Christmas collection Wishing for a Cowboy, these ladies have done it again with new stories of handsome cowboys and the women who captivate them in Hearts and Spurs.
The authors in this edition of cowboy love stories are: Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda, Tanya Hanson, Tracy Garrett, Kathleen Rice Adams, Jacquie Rogers, Livia Washburn Reasoner, Sarah J. McNeal, and yours truly.  The variety of styles and stories in this sweet/sensual collection is just wonderful, and will keep you turning the pages!
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My story, FOUND HEARTS, is about a young woman in the post-Civil War South, who is forced to leave first her home in South Carolina, then the safety net of her aunt and uncle’s home in Chicago. Her brother’s excessive drinking and expenditures have put her into a situation she never dreamed she’d find herself in–penniless, and at the mercy of others. The answer to her dilemma comes in the form of an advertisement in the paper from a man searching for a wife for himself, and a mother to his children.
 
I’ve always wondered about women who were mail-order brides. How hard it must have been to leave everything behind and go to a new place where everything was unfamiliar, not knowing anyone, and marrying a man who could be any kind of person–you wouldn’t know until you got there. What circumstances could force a person into doing something so desperate? Any number of things! That’s what makes a mail-order bride story so tantalizing.
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Here’s the blurb:
Southern belle Evie Fremont has lost everything—except hope. When she answers an advertisement for marriage to Alex Cameron who lives in the wilds of Indian Territory, she has few illusions that he could be a man she might fall in love with—especially as his secrets begin to unfold. 
 
Ex-Confederate soldier Alex Cameron needs a mother for his two young half-Cherokee sons more than he needs a wife—or so he tells himself. But when his past threatens his future on his wedding day, he and Evie are both forced to acknowledge their new love has come to stay—along with their FOUND HEARTS.
And here’s a VERY quick excerpt:
Her voice trembled at the end, and Alex reached for her, but she tried to push him away.
“Evie—” He grasped her shoulders and turned her toward him.
“I should slap your face!”
He gave a slight smile. “Just wait.”
“For what?”
“This.” He leaned toward her and pulled her tightly into his arms, his lips coming across hers with tender impatience. Evie stopped struggling as his mouth closed over hers in a gentle, yet firm melding that he kept tightly leashed.
I’m giving away two digital copies of HEARTS AND SPURS today! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment and your contact information.
If you just can’t wait to see if you won, or if you’d rather have print, here’s the link:
Cheryl Pierson
A native Oklahoman, I've been influenced by the west all my life. I love to write short stories and novels in the historical western and western romance genres, as well as contemporary romantic suspense! Check my Amazon author page to see my work: https://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson
I live in Oklahoma City with my husband of 37 years. I love to hear from readers and other authors--you can contact me here: fabkat_edit@yahoo.com
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43 Comments

  1. I love your books, Cheryl and I am sure that this one will be no different! I am always fond of mail order bride books so am looking forward to reading this one!

    lorenzc at huntel dot com

  2. Congrats on the release of the HEARTS & SPURS anthology with
    Found Hearts, your mail order bride/ marriage of convenience book which showcases desperation and hope. It shows that even when life isn’t fair and it’s hard to survive you still have to hope and to trust that there’s a way to get by. I like that both Alex and Evie need each other. The excerpt shows that they are attracted to each other too! I’d love to read it.

    Thanks for the chance to win HEARTS & SPURS!

    johns lake at usa dot com

  3. Your story sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read the other author’s stories too.

  4. Your story sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read the other author’s stories too.

    kinini01@hotmail.com

  5. What a great bevy of wonderful authors to celebrate the season of Love.. And your story is wetting my appetite for more. Your books, as are the other authors from the list that I read are always great reads.
    Thanks for a great giveaway.
    superauntkx9_(at)live(dot)ca

  6. What a great giveaway. It is hard to imagine everything that had to take place in the life of a mail order bride. How very hard it must have been. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  7. You know, I’ve always wondered about mail order brides too. What courage they must have, to risk ending up with a horrible man. I’d be too chicken to do it! Sounds like a fantastic story though, and reading about those dreamy studs can’t hurt either!
    Congrats, and keep up the awesome storytelling!

    Steph

  8. This sounds like a very good book. I love mail order stories. goldiehale@att.net

  9. Cheryl, your story is awesome! Mail-Order brides has always intrigued me too. I would think a woman would have to be awfully desperate and probably running from something or someone. Yet, a few of those women were bored with their lives and yearned for a chance to see the West and for adventure maybe. But we forget that men took a chance also. They might get an ugly or fat one or someone just too difficult to get along with. But maybe some were so lonely and in need of companionship they took whatever they could get. I’m proud to be in this anthology with you.

    Wishing you much success!

  10. Oh I cant wait to read it! I have been waiting for this collection to come out! your story sounds so good. I love reading about mail order brides. There lives must have been so hard to make a decision like that. I wonder how many women actually became happy with their choice to be a mail order bride. I hope to win!! my email is singprincess@hotmail.com

  11. Great story, Cheryl. I not only love contributing to these anthologies, but reading every author’s lovely stories. Congrats and keep ’em coming. xox

  12. Great post! Your book sound fabulous and I would love to read it. I have always loved mail-order bride stories. I can’t imagin doing something like this though, pack up, move and marry someone you never met.

  13. I am sorry forgot to leave my contact info.

    ghurt110 AT bellsouth DOT net

  14. Hi Connie!

    Thanks so much for your kind words! I appreciate that. As one of our Prairie Rose Publications anthologies this summer, we are putting out one devoted to mail order brides. Those stories hold such appeal for so many! Including me…LOL
    Cheryl

  15. Hi Laurie,

    Yes, they both have a true reason for needing to find a mate, and both have reservations about this being the way to do it. In fact, Evie says a quick prayer before she gets off the train, and one of the things she prays for is that Alex will be kind. As a woman, I imagine that would be one of the biggest fears–ending up with someone cruel. I hope you enjoy reading Hearts and Spurs–we’ll have more of these wonderful anthologies coming your way in May! Some great summer reading.
    Cheryl

  16. Hi Janine!

    I can truly say, this collection has something for everyone! Lots of great reading and entertainment. I’ve got you entered in the drawing! Thanks for stopping by.
    Cheryl

  17. Kathleen,

    We had such fun with these stories! And such a variety of characters and story lines make this anthology very entertaining–as was Wishing For a Cowboy. I’ve gotcha entered!
    Cheryl

  18. Hi Melanie,

    I think the same thing! And what would be the “straw that broke the camel’s back” and send you over the edge into actually carrying through with leaving everything behind and going west?

    Thanks for coming by! Gotcha entered!
    Cheryl

  19. Hi Stephanie!

    Me too! I would be such a chicken. But I guess it might depend on how awful your conditions were where you were living. LOL Well, rest assured, you will find a ton of dreamy studs in our anthologies–even the ones who are “rough and tumble rugged” are dreamy studs. LOL

    You didn’t leave contact info–would you mind posting it in a comment?

    Thanks!
    Cheryl

  20. Hi Goldie!

    I love ’em too! I gotcha entered!
    Cheryl

  21. Linda!

    Thanks so much for your very kind words. I’m so thrilled that you and I are finally in an anthology together–love your stories, and The Widow’s Heart was one of those that I just can’t get out of my head.

    Yes, I wonder, too, what would happen if someone really misrepresented themselves and came to meet their soon-to-be groom as totally opposite of what they’d said they were.

    Hearts and Spurs is a wonderful anthology, and I’m so glad you were there to help make it that way, dear friend!

    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  22. Cori,

    Thanks so much for coming by today! I am like you, I wonder about that old saying “the grass is always greener on the other side”–wonder how many of these women found that to be true or false? Boy, life was hard back then. But you know, I worked with a guy a few years ago who had a mail order bride from the Philippines, and after they were married 5 years (when she could be a citizen on her own) she divorced him right then and there. Then he went and got another one. Kind of icky, because he was in his late 60’s and these women were in their 20’s. UGH. 2nd one divorced him after 5 years, too.
    Cheryl

  23. Hi Tanya!

    I always enjoy your stories so much. This was a fun anthology, wasn’t it? Well, Wishing For a Cowboy was, too. Anyhow, it goes without saying, but I will anyhow, I enjoy working with you so much and I’m so glad we’ve had this opportunity to be in the same anthology. We’ve known each other for so long and Wishing For a Cowboy and now Hearts and Spurs are the only things we’ve done together! Here’s to many, many more!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  24. Hi Quilt Lady!

    Thanks for coming back and leaving your contact info. It always makes it so much easier when choosing our prize winners.

    I’m the same way–it would take a LOT for me to pack up and go to the unknown like that. And I mean, A LOT. LOL

    Gotcha entered. Thanks again for commenting!
    Cheryl

  25. I love your books and mail order brides are so much fun to read. It took guts for a woman from the east to travel to a wild west. Not knowing what lay ahead or what kind of man she was going to marry. It must have been hard back then. Women had to have a man around to do or go anywhere. I can’t wait to read the whole book. 🙂

  26. Just wanted to stop by and say “I loved your story in this collection”, but I knew I would. The others have been pretty darn good also. Doris

  27. I love stories set in the old west! I have quite a number of books of this type! Please pick me??!! : D

  28. Shirl,

    I know–it would have been really hard to be a woman back then, having to depend so much on a man in so many cases.

    Thanks so much for your kind words, my friend! That means a lot to me.

    Thank goodness we don’t live back then but can enjoy reading stories about what “might have been” instead!LOL
    Cheryl

  29. Doris, I’m so glad to hear from you and to know you are enjoying the stories in Hearts and Spurs. These are always so much fun to write and put together. Thanks for coming by and commenting!
    Cheryl

  30. Tammy,

    You crack me up. Will you please write again and leave your contact information? I will draw sometime tonight after 9:00 or so. It’s good to know you enjoy these books and collect them. You sound like me! LOL
    Cheryl

  31. whoops! Thank you for letting me know about my missing contact info.

    dustedgoldglitterwings451@gmail.com

  32. Oh, Cheryl, I love it when you guys get together for a book. My Spur-dog loves it too. Put my name in the old Stetson. Congratulations to all of you.

  33. I love mail-order-bride stories too. Super quick excerpt, but intriguing. 🙂

  34. You’re welcome, Stephanie!
    Cheryl

  35. I will do it, Mary J! Can you send me your contact info? Just put it in another message so I’ll have it in case you win.

    We sure had a ball working on this anthology and we have more in the works, coming in May!
    Cheryl

  36. Kathy, I think that is the shortest excerpt I’ve ever posted anywhere, anytime. LOL I’m glad it piqued your interest! Love those mail order bride stories!
    Cheryl

  37. Congratulations, ladies, on the release of HEARTS AND SPURS. I look forward to reading these wonderful stories! Thank you all for sharing your talents; I wish you much success!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  38. Intriguing excerpt! Yes, I would be a mail order bride. My greatest fear? It would not be his looks or wealth. My greatest fear would be that my future husband would have a problem with alcohol, or would be abusive. Then, I would not marry him, and what would I be able to do to support myself in the Old West?

  39. Britney, thanks so much for stopping by today! These stories have been so much fun to write and edit and see what Livia came up with for the cover…etc. It’s all a big surprise to everyone and Livia and I are so lucky because we get to see them first! LOL Gotcha entered!
    Cheryl

  40. Darla Sue,

    That’s what my mail order bride is afraid of! Her brother wastes their money when he becomes an alcoholic, and when she gets to Indian Territory she has a huge surprise waiting for her in her husband. Let’s just say, they were not entirely truthful with one another in their correspondence!

    Cheryl

  41. Hey Cheryl, I realize I didn’t win, but here is my email:
    lpmaryj@yahoo.com. (That’s an LP. looks like a one).
    Mary J

  42. Thank you, Mary!

  43. Dang girl, that excerpt made me smile. I’m liking Mr. Cameron for certain. I’m really looking forward to reading this story. There’s sure a lot going on for the hero and heroine in this story. I don’t know if I would have the courage to marry someone I’d never even met–now that’s desperate, but strong.
    I always love your heroes. They are such manly men.
    All good things to your corner of the earth.

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