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Spring is wedding season!

In the 1800s, I have a feeling spring weddings had something to do with the availability of beautiful flowers, and the (ahem) need for a wedding after the long, cold winter. Tomorrow is release day for Western Spring Weddings of which my story, His Springtime Bride , is roped with two other novellas, each involving a spring wedding.  I am offering a print copy (or Kindle copy) to one lucky person leaving a comment today. (See guidelines on upper right of this page!) Here’s a little bit about the plot and an excerpt that occurs near the beginning of the story.

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Released from prison, half-breed Gabe Coulter must work for his enemy to earn back the deed to his own ranch.
But when his boss’s daughter, Riley Rawlins, returns home with a rebellious son after years away in the east, nothing will stop him from discovering the truth.

Riley no longer trust the man she once loved so completely.
Years of old hurts and his violent past make it impossible to forgive and allow him back into her life or that of her son.

But one thing Gabe has is pure cowboy grit. Will it be enough to make Riley see that she and her son should a part of his future?

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Excerpt ~ His Springtime Bride

 

Western Spring Weddings“Name is Coulter. I want to talk to Frank Rawlins.”

“Johnson. Foreman.” His gaze narrowed and he scratched his scruffy dirt-colored beard. “Coulter? From around these parts?”

Gabe lifted his chin in acknowledgment.

“Most Injuns never make it to prison if they kill a white man. And if they do—they don’t make it out.”

Gabe stiffened. He’d heard the same thing before from guards at the prison—their tone much uglier. It wasn’t the only time his father’s blood had saved him, but it was the most important time. In a world where both whites and Indians looked upon him with suspicion, he had quickly learned to trust no one. He had fought it when he was young, trying to fit in, but it did no good. Now all he wanted was to be left in peace. Obviously, Johnson had heard of him and didn’t care about that.

“Then it’s a good thing I’m half-white. Tell him I’m here,” Gabe said. By his tone, he made it clear he wasn’t asking.

The foreman eyed him for a moment longer and then clomped up the steps and, after a sharp rap on the door, let himself into the house.

Three minutes later, Johnson ushered him inside.

Gabe had been in the house a few times when he was young. His folks had been invited to a ten-year wedding anniversary party for Rawlins and his wife. That’s when he’d first met Riley. He had been quiet and she had been all gangly tomboy arms and legs and talked up a storm. He remembered swinging on the rope swing that hung from the old oak in the side yard with her and a few other children. He had never seen blond hair before that, and each time he tried to touch her braids, she would whip them around just out of his reach to tease him. She laughed and the other kids laughed right along with her, which made him mad—mostly at his own awkwardness.

Had Riley ever come back to visit her father? Once she had loved the ranch and vowed never to leave, despite her mother’s schemes to position her for a rich husband back east. By now she probably had that rich husband along with a baby or two. With effort, he pushed his memories of Riley to the back of his mind. Thoughts of her would only complicate the confrontation ahead with Rawlins.

He squared his shoulders and followed Johnson. The foreman stopped in the hallway before the study and indicated Gabe was to enter. “No such thing as a half Injun,” he said, his eyes cold as Gabe passed by. “Bad blood taints the good.”

Rawlins sat behind a massive cherrywood desk, his expression inscrutable. He had to be in his early fifties now, with silver-streaked hair and black hawkish brows over striking blue eyes. A small amount of paunch around his middle where there hadn’t been any before spoke to his more sedentary days of late. As Gabe stepped farther into the study, Rawlins walked slowly around from behind his desk and hiked one hip onto the corner to sit. “So you are out.”Spring horses

Gabe wasn’t here for small talk. “I was down to my land today. Saw the sign. Looked new.”

Rawlins nodded…watching him carefully. “The sheriff in Nuevo mentioned your release. I thought you might head this way. I also thought you should be clear about the situation here.”

“You mean the part about not owning my own land?”

In the doorway, Johnson straightened, alert to the underlying tension in the room. He rested his hand lightly on his gun handle.

“Taxes hadn’t been paid in three years,” Rawlins said. “I paid them.”

“Stole the place, you mean. And you know why I couldn’t get them paid.”

He nodded again. “Your incarceration was mentioned in the newspaper. I had my eye on that property a long time, Coulter. Has a nice little stream running through it down from the mountain this time of year.”

“I noticed your cattle were enjoying it.”

“Hasn’t been grazed in years. There is a nice thick carpet.”

Of course it hadn’t been grazed. After his father’s death by the cougar, Gabe’s mother had had to slowly sell off the stock to make ends meet. Few would do business with a Kumeyaay woman and her kid. He blew out a breath, unused to having to ask for anything and not liking that he was going to now. He’d best keep calm. “What will it take to get it back?”

Rawlins tilted his head. “Who says I’m interested in selling?”

“I do.”

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His Springtime Bride/Western Spring Weddings Anthology © by Kathryn Albright
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A.

For a different excerpt from this novella, visit my website!

My favorite part of weddings is hearing the heart-felt vows. Now it’s your turn!

What is your favorite part of a wedding?

Comment for a chance to win a copy of Western Spring Weddings!

Kathryn Albright
Kathryn Albright started writing the day she realized she married into a clan where Sundays in Autumn meant football – LOTS of football. She writes sweet historical romance and is both traditionally and self-published. Her stories have won several industry awards which you can learn more about on her website. When not caught up in a fascinating story, she enjoys road trips with her husband. She lives with her family in the rural Midwest. Visit her at http://www.kathrynalbright.com.

41 Comments

  1. My favorite part is watching the bride-to-be walking down the isle in her beautiful gown and how both bride-to-be and the groom-to-be first see each with the love on their faces.

    1. Hi Donna!
      Thanks for stopping by! That is such a touching moment!

  2. I have to agree with Donna Harris above, my favorite part is watching the groom as the bride starts down the aisle and then to look at the bride’s face. The emotions at those moments can’t be manufactured. They are real and always touch my heart.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. Hi Cindy and happy spring! Those expressions are fill with such hope and happiness! Always beautiful and touching, to be sure!

  3. Love your books. Thanks so much for the chance to win. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Good morning Melissa and welcome to Wildflower Junction! Best of luck to you on the drawing!

  4. My favorite part of a wedding is usually the reception. All the nervousness and stress of the ceremony is over and everyone can relax.

    1. Hi Janine! And Happy Spring! Receptions have changed so much since when I was married. Then it used to be a simple affair of cake and usually candied almonds and punch with light music for dancing. Toasts were made.

      Now it is a big, sit-down dinner, often with a screen set up to showcase the highlights of the lives of the bride and groom, loud music that is hard to talk over, toasts, and dancing. Fun–yet a bit more involved for setting up. (At least that is what I’ve seen at the weddings I’ve been to lately!)

      1. Our wedding reception was very simple too, cake and punch like you mentioned (but no dancing). Of course our money situation didn’t allow for a big wedding, reception or even a honeymoon. But I wouldn’t have wanted a big affair anyway. I’m just not that kind of girl. I like low-key and I am kind of shy and don’t like to be center of attention.

        1. I’m with you there, Janine. My wedding took place on my grandparent’s farm and the reception was just down the road at their country church. No dancing. No band. Very low-key and intimate.

  5. My favorite part of a wedding is watching the bride and groom exchange wedding vows. They are so “in love”. It is wonderful.
    Thank you for a chance to win!

    1. My favorite too, Mary B. They can be their own vows or the traditional ones…It gets me every time to hear them out loud.

  6. I love when the groom watches the bride walking down the aisle with tears in his eyes.

    1. THAT would make me get all choked up…I think I’ve see that once and it was so emotional. Thanks for jumping in Heidi!

  7. My favorite part of a wedding is any part the bride and groom are looking at each other. I love to see the expressions on their faces. Unfortunately during the ceremony I can usually only see one, since we are seated on one side or the other. Still very special to witness the love pour out of their eyes for the other.

    1. Hi Kathy! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Isn’t it amazing how much the eyes are windows to the soul?

  8. The vows usually make me tear up! I love the part where they are declared husband and wife and you can see the grins light up their faces!

    1. Very cool, Susan! There is such a sense of joy…and probably relief too! Two become one…

  9. The happiness shared by all… and the cake, LOL!

    1. LOL Colleen! Haven’t the cakes gotten better and better? The light, whipped frosting that is used now is so much tastier than the old lard, heavy frosting used in the past.

  10. I love to watch the bride and groom as they see each other for the first time.

    1. It’s very touching Cheryl! You can just feel the joy leap in them and it permeates the entire ceremony. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. My favorite part is the dancing and the cake!!

    1. Hi Rachael! I wish more men knew how to dance (and lead!) I LOVE to dance. I’m so glad that one son of mine is learning–and liking it. (And it was all on his own too–I didn’t say a thing.) Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Is there a part not to like lol. Just the entire joy of it all!

    1. Hi catslady! Two of my sons were asked by their best friends to be the best man and of all things they both chose the same day for their weddings. My DH and I ended up traveling between the two ceremonies and the two receptions, which ended up being in two towns about 30 minutes apart. What a day! And you’re right–it was full of joy. It was great seeing my sons all dressed up and so amazing to hear them give such wonderful toasts! And I absolutely love the men that got married. I’d seen them both grow up since kindergarten. A very memorable day!

  13. I love to see the bride being escorted down the isle by her dad as well as the beaming face of the groom when he watches her coming toward him.

    1. Hi Melanie,

      Thanks for stopping by! I love the part with the father too. It’s so ripe with meaning and seems to stretch back into the past and call up so much tradition and symbolism.

  14. It is hard to pick a part of the wedding I like. Each part is special in its own way. I look forward to the unexpected moments when something unexpected happens. Children often supply these. It is special and will add to the memories the couple will cherish.

    Anthologies are a favorite of mine and who can not like brides and weddings? You have two good partners that I enjoy in this book. It is certain to be an enjoyable read. I like the sound of HIS SPRINGTIME BRIDE. Best wishes for a successful release.

    1. Hi Patricia! How true about the children. In my own wedding, the pictures I have now of my nieces and nephews are precious. They are grown and married themselves now. Thanks for commenting and for your good wishes!

  15. Hi Kathryn, The vows are my favorite part of a wedding and I take them very seriously. I love spring weddings even though mine was in September. Jenny

    1. Hi Jenny! I am one to take the vows seriously too. I strain to be able to hear them sometimes and wish more of the large churches would use microphones (although that probably does take away some of the closeness for the bride and groom!) I’m so glad you came by!

  16. My favorite part is watching the bride and groom say their vows. 🙂

    1. Hi Glenda,

      Ditto! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  17. It was so good to see some familiar people commenting on my post! I feel like I am getting to know you all just a bit. I pulled Cindy Woolard’ name from my Stetson (using http://www.randomnumbergenerator.com) and so she is the winner of my March Giveaway!

    Congratulations Cindy!
    Thank you all for commenting and participating! You make it fun!

  18. My favorite part of a wedding is when the dad or other person gives the bride away.

    1. Hi Laurie! That is such a special moment! It is one of my favorite moments too. So full of emotions and tradition. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  19. Love seeing the flower girl and the ring bearer walking down the isle so cute.

    1. Hi Kim,
      Thanks for popping in! I haven’t been to a wedding with a flower girl or ring bearer in a long time. They are cute!

  20. Hi Kathryn- I love to hear the minister ask who giveth this woman to be wed….Dads, are awesome watch when they do this & give away there little girls. Your book excerpt sounds great. Thanks, for the chance to win. Happy Easter to you & all the fillies!!!!

  21. Hi Lois! How nice to have you stop by! Best wishes for a lovely Easter for you too!

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