It’s not even October yet, and the cowboys are already gathering under the mistletoe. Mary’s COWBOY CHRISTMAS made its debut in September.
In October, another COWBOY CHRISTMAS, the Harlequin Christmas anthology, will be on the shelves. Pick it up, and you’ll see stories by our own fillies, Pam Crooks and Elizabeth Lane, as well as wonderful Western author Carol Finch. The book’s already received a great four-heart review from Romantic Times and been featured in the September issue. Other reviewers have been equally enthusiastic.
Today we’ve come together to tell you a little about our stories:
It’s always a privilege to be invited to participate in an anthology. The benefits are enormous for the author–bigger print runs, increased name recognition and joint promotion. There’s the fun of getting to know my fellow authors, too, and when I found out my sister Filly, Elizabeth Lane, would be with me, I was especially delighted. It’s been an honor to call Carol Finch a new friend. With 91 books under her belt, written under 4 pseudonyms, I’m in awe of her career.
In addition, readers love having three separate stories between the covers. It gives them more bang for their buck, and when the stories center around Christmas, the book is a festive, fun–and romantic!–way to get in the mood for the Blessed Holiday Season.
My contribution to COWBOY CHRISTMAS is a novella entitled “The Cattleman’s Christmas Bride.”. It’s the sequel to my May release, THE CATTLEMAN’S UNSUITABLE WIFE. In that book, Mikolas Vasco and Allethaire Gibson play major roles and endure a good share of suffering. They needed their own story together to find the happiness they deserved.
Though I didn’t quite plan it that way, somewhere along the way the original storyline became complex enough to carry into three separate books. It’s my first trilogy, and in the book I’m writing now, I’ll solve the mystery thread of the stolen library money which has brought six people so much heartache–and eternal love, too.
This is Jack Hollister’s story–a hunky, scar-faced lawman-turned-cowboy–who I introduced in “The Cattleman’s Christmas Bride.”
Here’s a quick blurb:
After Allethaire Gibson was kidnapped several years earlier in the wilds of Montana Territory, she tries hard to put her life back together in civilized Minnesota. She almost succeeds—until she’s framed for a crime she didn’t commit. With her reputation in shreds, she flees back to Montana to seek her father’s help in proving her innocence.
Mick Vasco never expects to see Allethaire again, but when he finds her in the middle of a train-robbery-in-progress, he has no choice but to kidnap her—again.
Together they race against time to find crucial answers. But during the blessed season of Christmas, they find wondrous gifts of forgiveness and love instead.
I’m so delighted to be doing this Christmas Special with Elizabeth and Pam! They are terrific writers and wonderful women that I’m honored to call new friends.
In “A Husband for Christmas,” Victoria Thurston backs herself into a corner when she fibs to her overprotective parents and assures them she’s safe in West Texas because she married the city marshal. She doesn’t need the wealthy gentleman her family earmarked for her. Her lie returns to haunt her when the Thurstons send out the royal decree that she and Marshal Logan Daniels will be home for Christmas because her older sister—the Golden Child—with her perfect husband and perfect son will be home, too.
Victoria hires Logan as her holiday husband—and he turns out to be everything she wants in a man. Now, if only he’ll fall in love with her, she’ll have the only Christmas gift that matters.
Logan has admired the spirited bakery owner from afar and he accepts her offer. Why not? He’s an orphan and he’s curious to see what it’s like to celebrate holidays with family. He’s disgruntled to see the Thurstons fuss over Victoria’s sister and don’t appreciate Victoria for the successful, independent-minded and personable businesswoman she is. He boasts about her accomplishments every chance he gets—and means every word he says. Suddenly, charading as Victoria’s holiday husband isn’t enough to satisfy him. He wants his Yuletide bride for real… forever.
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Working with these two amazing writers has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. Carol and Pam are the best, and we hope you’ll share our excitement at seeing our book in print. My story, “The Homecoming” is second in the book. Here’s a brief summary of what happens.
Rancher Clay McAllister is a man who shoulders responsibility—a man who’d rush into a whorehouse to save his reckless young brother from a brawl; a man who’d serve three years in jail for a death that wasn’t his fault. On a cold December day, Clay comes home from prison to pick up the pieces of his life. His Texas ranch is in ruins. His beautiful wife Elise believes the worst. His young son Toby barely remembers him. And Christmas is just a few days off.
“The Homecoming” is a story about three good people who need to forgive each other in order to forgive themselves. It isn’t a pretty tale—but then, it wasn’t meant to be. Clay, Elise and Buck are trapped in a cycle of blame and remorse that can only be broken by one act—the act of total forgiveness and love. Only then will they be able to heal and move on with their lives.
Having just read COWBOY CHRISTMAS from cover to cover, I was delighted with the differences in our stories and the way they complement each other. It’s our hope that COWBOY CHRISTMAS will thrill you, make you laugh and perhaps shed a tear—and that its pages will fill your heart with warm Christmas spirit.
We’ve saved the best part for last. COWBOY CHRISTMAS isn’t on the shelves yet, but each of us would love to give away a copy signed by all three authors—a real collector’s item! All readers who post today will be put into a drawing.
Let us know if you read trilogies. Are you willing to wait for the three books to come out? Or do you prefer to get everything in the story wrapped up in one book?