Kathryn Albright ~ Texas Wedding for Their Baby’s Sake

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Thanks for having me here, Fillies.  I appreciate the chance to talk a little about my new release — Texas Wedding for their Baby’s Sake.  It is a continuation of The Rebel and the Lady, but also a book that can stand alone if you haven’t read the first one.  Here’s a short blurb:

 

Caroline Benét enjoyed one night in her fiancé’s arms before he left to fight in the Texas territory. The day news reaches her of the Alamo slaughter is the day she learns she is carrying his child.

He may have survived, but Brandon Dumont can’t return to the life he once knew or the woman he once loved—not as a cripple and a man battling his own personal demons.

When Caroline shows up in Texas, Brandon is determined to send her packing.But Caroline wants more than Brandon’s name for their baby—she wants his heart. Look like it will take a love as big as Texas to win him back.

 

Yes, I love writing the tortured, conflicted hero and Brandon, with his idealistic worldview ripped from him by the ugliness of battle, had a lot of hurdles to overcome. A person cannot be “cured” of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but there is hope that he/she can learn to live with it, depending on its severity.  A good, strong woman who won’t give up, can certainly help.  And Caroline needed Brandon as much as he needed her.  My heart just ached for these two as they struggled to find their place in the vast Texas territory.

This is my first attempt at writing a series book and I approached the task with some trepidation.  But I found out that I atexas-wedding-coverbsolutely loved writing this way! After a few false starts, the story unfolded before me. The best thing about this type of storyline is that I already knew my characters, knew what made them tick, what their fears, hopes and dreams were. And I cared about each and every one of them—strongly—and wanted them to have their dreams.   

I think the first book I ever read that might have been considered a “series” was Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women—then on to Little Men and Jo’s Boys.  Over the years I’ve read many of Nora Robert’s series book and more recently, Stacey Kaynes’ Wild series.  Do any of you have a favorite series you would recommend? Western romance or otherwise?

Two lucky commenters will win an autographed copy of my new release, Texas Wedding for their Baby’s Sake!

 

www.kathrynalbright.com

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45 thoughts on “Kathryn Albright ~ Texas Wedding for Their Baby’s Sake”

  1. Little Women, Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew – takes be back to the 40s/50s! I discovered Debbie Macomber about 5 years ago and yesterday I read 92 Pacific Boulevard, the latest in her Cedar Cove series.

  2. I have read tons of series books. I love to read them it is easy to flow right into the next book.
    I love the McKettrick series and the stonecreek series by Linda Lael Miller. I loved Linda Broday’s books Knight on the Texas Plains and The Cowboy Who Came Calling.

    I also love Jodi Thomas’ series Whispering Mountain. There are alot more.

  3. Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series.
    Susan Mallery has several: Marcelli sisters, Buchanon family series, Sweet series
    Carly Phillips’ Hot Zone and Lucky, Costas sisters…
    Janelle Denison’s Wilde series
    Lori Foster-Winston Bros
    Alison Kent’s SG-5 series
    Diane Palmer’s Long, Tall Texans
    Roxanne St Claire’s Bullet Catcher series.
    Pamela Britton NASCAR series
    Jill Shalvis has several….
    Julia Quinn- The Bridgertons
    Vicki Lewis Thompson’s The Nerd series.

  4. Hello!
    First I want to say that this new book sounds absolutely wonderful!

    Secondly-
    I apologize ahead of time-but this is a subject that Im passionate about-so Im afraid my response will be very lengthy! lol 😉

    I LOVE series books! Some really good ones have been named already and I definately second Linda Lael Miller-her McKettrick men are to die for-and what’s cool is she has the western historical McKettrick series AND their modern day descendents in a series as well!
    Also Jodi Thomas-love the Whispering Mountain series-I think my favorite is probably still her Wife Lottery series though-and she has another series as well-The McLain series! (All historical/western) and of course Stacey Kayne-I love both her series!
    Now-onto new ones….I just love Ana Leigh’s Mackenzie series-there are 10 books in this series and they are all great! She also has another family series-The Frasers-Ive not read all of those yet-but have enjoyed them so far! (All of those books are western/historical)

    Geralyn Dawson has some excellent series books as well-both comtemporary and historical/western.

    Another one of my most favorite series is by Elizabeth Lowell-it’s called the “only” series-they are also historical/western as well!

    Connie Mason has some different series books out there-all of which are excellent-she has western/historical as well as others.

    Now-for a change in scenery-I have lots of favorite “Regency” authors as well-book set in London offer a little something different I think!
    I’ll name the authors/series name: Gayle Callen (Sisters of Willow Pond)-this series has a book about a Viscount who has an accident and ends up blind..very interesting! Elizabeth Hoyt (Legend of the Four Soldiers), Eloisa James (Desperate Duchesses and The Essex Sisters series ), Sabrina Jeffries (School for Heiresses), Lisa Kleypas (she has a few different series books-ALL EXCELLENT and also a contemporary series that is wonderful as well), Johanna Lyndsey has some western and regency series books-her regency series about The Malory family is really great and it has 9 books so far I think and her western historical series about the Stratons are great, Cathy Maxwell has a few different series, Julia Quinn -I cant say enough about her Bridgerton family series-it’s one that has always stuck with me (also a lengthy series)!

    Now-Im also REALLY into paranormal as well-and I have favorite authors /series in this genre, but I wont try to list them here-but, if you are ever interested in getting into that genre, then I would love to share those with you too!

    Good luck with your book release and once again-sorry for the short story reply here to your blog! 🙂

  5. I enjoyed Nora Roberts’ O’Hurley series, the Alcotts and L.M. Montgomery’s ‘Anne’ and ‘Emily’ series – childhood favorites I still reread on occasion – and recently, Pamela Clare’s MacKinnon’s Rangers series. Love her transplanted Scottish frontiersmen. And Harry Potter – I bought each book as soon as it came out.

  6. Welcome,I too enjoyed the Nancy Drew series,an of course Little women,an the Laura Ingalls Wilder books are great too,your books sounds so interesting,thanks for coming today

  7. I think all my favorite historical series have already been mentioned, but I’ll mention them again just to give them a PR boost. (smile)

    The Stone Creek series by Linda Lael Miller
    The Whispering Mountain Series by Jodi Thomas
    (I also liked her Wife Lottery series, esp. the first two.)
    Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons series

  8. I love to read series. I have read Margaret Coel’s and her latest book “The Silent Spirit” I just finished and it was wonderful

    Your books are on my list of must reads

    Walk in peace and harmony,

    Melinda

  9. I love to read series -as long as I’m able to get all the books in the series, anyway. Right now I’m reading The Tamuli series by David Eddings.

  10. Kathryn, I read an excerpt for this book, and I am hooked! 😉

    I love to read books in a series. I have read some wonderful series by Nora Roberts, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Elizabeth Hoyt, Linda Lael Miller, Susan Mallery,Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Susan Wiggs,and Robyn Carr.

  11. Hi!
    Thanks so much for blogging today and offering a great giveaway!
    As for series books to recommend, I’m not up on that. I love reading Susan Mallery’s books, as I enjoy her witticism and humour. I just read Sweet Trouble and Sweet Spot, but I have so many other books in my to-be-read pile that I don’t think I’ll get to her third book. I didn’t get them because they were a series; I got them because I love Susan Mallery books!
    I too loved Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books in my pre-teens and teens.
    Before that, my mom got me a subscription to Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy books. I loved those books SOOOO much. To this day, I am STILL miffed that my mom gave my collection to our local library (without my permission), as I had wanted to keep those books forever!
    Previous to THOSE books, I loved the Noddy books by Enid Blyton. I found one at a yard sale recently — in terrible shape, I might add — called Noddy Goes to Toyland. It was signed over to a lad in 1954, so perhaps the series was completed before my birth in 1959!
    Sorry I couldn’t help you (much) with making recommendations. At least others here have helped out in that regard too!

  12. Kathryn, welcome to the Junction. So glad you could stop in for a visit.

    I’ve read more series than I could mention, but I love connected books and getting to find out what happens to those characters I’ve grown to love.

  13. Hello Kathryn,

    I’ve just started reading paranormals and a series I love is by Rita Herron. The name of the series is The Demonborn.

    I’ve heard some about your new release and it sounds like a wonderful read. Have a great day.

  14. I have enjoyed a bunch of series… some are Diane Palmer’s Long, Tall Texans, Christina Skye’s Code Name:, Nora Roberts/ JD Robb;s In Death, … 😀

  15. Hi, Kathryn,

    Your book sounds wonderful, and I have it on my wish list. 🙂 I love tortured heroes!

    I love series books too, and I’m currently reading quite a few in the urban fantasy/paranormal genres. As a kid, I also loved the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, and much more. Series books are fun because I can continue the story of characters I enjoy.

  16. Hi Kathryn,

    Thank you so much for spending the day with us again. The Fillies always enjoy having you. Love the cover of your new book. Looks really good. I’ve put it on my “to buy” list. Hope this one does as well as your last book that won the 2008 favorite western romance at Love Western Romances. That award was very deserved.

    I love series books. I just finished the third one in Linda Lael Miller’s Stone Creek series. It didn’t disappoint. And during the summer I read all three of her Creed series. I’m currently reading a western series by Lorraine Heath that came out in the latter 90’s. Don’t know why I overlooked these. They’re absolutely wonderful!

    Hope you enjoy your time with us!

  17. Hi Cathy T – Thanks for being the first to post. Should be a prize in there just for that! (I just got my flu immunization and was the very first in line on the first day. I told them I really needed a cookie after that!) Good luck on having your name drawn!

    Karen B – Oh yes! Nancy Drew. I used to devour those books. Thanks for reminding me!

    Sherry – Ditto on the McKettrick series. I haven’t read Linda’s books and I really should since she is right here at the junction! I’m writing down the ones of hers that you mentioned right now.

    Laurie G – Wow! What a list. Sounds like you have a lot of areas of interest. Me too. Thanks for all the suggestions!

    Jamie M – Thanks for commenting. I hadn’t heard of Pamela Clare’s books. I’ll have to check her out. Harry Potter – I read the first four and then lost interest so I still don’t know who died/who survived in the last book (and my son gleefully won’t tell me.)

    Vickie C – Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Sounds like you and I read a lot of the same books when younger.

  18. I forgot to mention that Stacey Kayne’s Wild series are riveting. Couldn’t wait for each one to come out, then I devoured them. The same goes for Elizabeth Lane’s Bride series. Really good books!

  19. Hi Kathryn, welcome to the Junction today! I too love tortured heroes and strong women…and series. I love to revisit places and characters. Like you, my first, and probably favorite, series Alcott’s. I rejoiced in and still re-read Little Women, Little Men, and Joe’s Boys.

    I love Stacey’s Wild’s, Linda Lael Miller’s Stone Creek. I enjoy Gabaldon’s Jamie Frasier stuff but confess I get confused. If I ever have about a free six or seven weeks LOL, I’ll re-read them. And I loved the Bobbsey twins.

    I recently got a series set as a gift from a friend, and they’re totally fun. Chick-lit mysteries with of course tons of shoes and brand-name dropping. SHeryl J. ANderson’s “Killer” series, Killer Deal, Killer Heels, Killer Cocktail. I think there’s another one by now.

    Thanks for the great reads!

  20. Melissa D – Thanks for all the great suggestions! Your passion for series comes through loud and clear. I am definitely going to check out the books that commenters mention more than once (ie: Jodi Thomas’ series, Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, etc., so I appreciate you listing them even though someone else may have beat you to it.

    Anon1001 – Mariyn Paapano’s Bethlehem series–I haven’t heard of this one either. Thanks for posting.

    Hi Karen W – Thanks for your thumbs up on these series. I’m writing them down now.

    Crystal B – Thanks for commenting. Yep – Stacey always is a good read. I do enjoy her stories. And the covers for her books are very cool too.

  21. Hi Kathryn!

    I love your cover and goodness, but you are pretty! Welcome to Petticoats and Pistols. I lopved the Emily Loring books — grew up on them — they were romance (Hardly even kissing) and mystery — most were not Westerns but some were. My favorite of the series is still “Stars in your Eyes.” 🙂

  22. Hello Melinda E – Thanks for stopping by. I haven’t read any Margaret Coel books but I have definitely heard of her Wind River series and they sound very good.

    Hi Minna – The Tamuli series by David Eddings –just googled it. My son probably has read all of these as he is into fantasy/adventure. I’ve read Tolkien and Terry Brooks and CS Lewis and really enjoyed them, but not much else in that genre. Thanks for posting!

    Hello Cheryl C – Glad to hear you are “hooked!” Yay! I do want to try Elizabeth Hoyt’s Legend of the Four Soldiers. I read a few excerpts on her webpage and thought they sounded good. Thanks for suggesting her.

    Hi Laney4 – I bet those Raggedy Ann and Andy books are quite a collectors item now. I have a few very old books I can’t get rid of for that same reason. (I love very old pop-up books.) Thanks for commenting.

    Hi Tracy G – Thanks for having me here! I enjoy visiting P&P as an author and also as a reader. There is always fun stuff going on here (But being a “Filly” you already know that .)

    Hi Roberta H – I haven’t read any of Rita Herron’s but I’ve seen her advertisements. Funny, now that you mention paranormals that no one has mentioned the Twilight Series which is such a huge craze right now. I’m reading book #3 of that series now. Of course–this site is about romancing the west so that may be a reason it hasn’t been brought up ! Thanks for stopping by.

  23. Hi Colleen – thanks for stopping by. I just bought Diana Palmer’s Fearless and Heartless because I’d never read any of her books before. They’re on my TBR pile (which is way out of control.)

    Hello Karen W – Thanks for commenting! It sounds like many people like series and can’t get enough of a good thing!

    Thank you for having me here, Linda. I’ve heard of Lorraine Heath but never read any of her books. I’ll have to check into them, too. I didn’t know Elizabeth Lane had a Bride series. I know I really liked The Stranger of hers, so I should look into that more.

    Hi Tanya! Another “filly” dropping by! Yes, I enjoyed Gabaldon’s series too, but you’re right–a person needs unlimited time to keep the characters straight. My favorites were her first two books in the Outlander series.

    Hello Karen K – Thanks for having me here at P&P. I’m curious about your new book, Black Eagle. I just found out it was your book, because I didn’t know about you changing pen names. Sure is hard to keep up! I haven’t read any of Emily Lorings books. So many books–so little time!

  24. Hi Kathryn!
    I loved your first book and can’t wait to read this one. I get so excited when I find a series I enjoy. Right now I’m reading Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Series and next is Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series–I have her first book on my nightstand. And I love reading series in mysteries too. Looking forward to adding “Texas Wedding” to my series stack :o)

  25. I really have to say my favorite series of all time is the Jean Auel Earth’s Children. She has been writing these for forever – the sixth and last hopefully won’t be much longer – I mean it’s been over 10 years!!!!!

  26. I especially have enjoyed series’ by Linda Lael
    Miller, Stephanie Laurens, Eloisa James, Stacy Kayne, Debbie Macomber, Christina Skye, and
    Roxanne St. Claire. The only thing I dislike about
    reading a series is the wait between books!

    Pat Cochran

  27. Howdy Kathryn! Welcome to Wildflower Junction! The first series books I read were “The Black Stallion” books by Walter Farley. I had a bunch of Nancy Drews, too. And of course “Little House on the Prairie.” Loved them all.

    I still love books with connected stories. I enjoyed Nora Roberts’ Cheasapeake Bay series, and Susan Elizabeth’s books are favorites. Oh! Catherine Anderson’s Coulter books! They’re great!

  28. Hi, Kathryn! I’m a sucker for a good series! Many of my favorites have been mentioned, but I also loved Beth Ciotta’s trilogies–her Friends and Lovers and also her Wild West Adventures. And yes, the Little House books were a favorite for me, and my kids enjoyed hearing them recently, too!

  29. Oh I love a good historical western! My favorite series this year is probably the Christian romance, Daughters of Boston series by Julie Lessman, A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed and A Passion Denied! Wheweee there’s a lot of romance as well as good messages in these books!

    Please enter me to win TEXAS WEDDING…

    XOXO~ Renee
    steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

  30. Brenda Novak’s Last Stand Series. The Twilight books by Stephanie Meyer. I read your book The Angel & the Outlaw. Yours was my first western read. Very wonderful book. Please enter me. Thank you.

  31. Hi Kathryn,

    I love pretty much ANY romance, but especially series! It’s wonderful to be able to follow along with the same characters through multiple books. 🙂 I can’t wait to give your new series a try ~ please enter me!

    Here are some of my fave series (though not all western):

    The Buchanans – Susan Mallery
    Daughters of Boston – Julie Lessman
    Sisters, Ink – Rebeca Seitz
    Lassoed in Texas – Mary Connealy
    Fountain Creek Chronicles – Tamera Alexander
    Westward Hearts Trilogy – Tracey Bateman

    Those are just a few…I could go on and on!

    ~ Lori
    http://sugarandgrits.blogspot.com

  32. Enjoyed reading the comments. I have added it to my TBR list.
    I read lots of books and the series I liked to read were the ones by Stephanie Laurens with the cynster family.
    There are a couple of good western series that I liked by Dana Fuller Ross and those by Ralph Compton

  33. I love reading series books. I like Diana Palmer’s Long Tall Texans, J.D.Robb/Nora Roberts In Death series,Vick Lewis Thompson’s Hexed books,Caridad Pineiro’s The Calling and a ton of others. I would love to read your book.

  34. Hellooooo Kathy! How nice of you to drop in! I read Nora R Chesapeake Bay series awhile back. Liked them a lot. I really liked her series (much futher back) of the Ukranian family. Each one was a keeper for me.

    Hi Jeanne S – Yes I remember reading those books! They made quite an impression on me. Do you think she will get this last one finished? She has one of the classic rejection letters that gave me inspiration before I was published.

    Hello Pat! I’m with you there. Although Kathleen E Woodiwuss didn’t write series, I felt that way about her books too. Just couldn’t wait for the next one to come out and it seemed to take FOREVER. Thanks for stopping by!

    Howdy right back acha Victoria and thank you for having me here. I haven’t read any of the Coulter books. I’ll keep a look out for them. (My Palm Pilot “memo” book list is really filling up.)

    Hello Fedora – Beth Ciotta’s books all look like they would be lots of fun just from the covers. Good to see you here and thanks for commenting!

    Hi Renee C – you’re entered! (Everyone is who comments 🙂 I’ve seen the Dauthers of Boston series at my local bookstore. They do look like they would be good.

    Hello Sue B – Thank you! I’m glad you liked The Angel & the Outlaw–doubly so since it was your first western romance. I’m working on a sequel to it now, but I’m as slow as molasses, so keep an eye out for it next year 🙂 I’ll give you a hint –the little girl, Hannah, has grown up into quite a lady. Thanks for coming by to chat!

  35. Hi Joye,
    Thanks for stopping by. Hope you could read some of my comments back! I see after their posted that I have quite a few typos. I hit that submit button too fast sometimes! I remember seeing the Dana Fuller Ross series. Never read them, but they did look good. Were they straight westerns or did they have a little romance too? (Gotta have that romance!)

    Hi Linda H,
    From the sounds of it, everyone really likes the idea of reading series for the same reason I found I liked writing them–because they feel a part of the characters’ lives and get to know them even better. I’m sure, with Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove books it’s all about getting to know everyone in the entire town! Thanks for your input!

  36. I love series books. I love when you get to know the town and the people. This book is definately on my to be read list.

  37. Melissa D you are a woman after my own heart. I had forgot Jodi’s Wife Lottery books (they are a must).

    I have Stacey’s Wild and Bride Series on my to read list. I usually try to read them all in a roll (that bad memory and all)

    Linda I have recently fell into Lorraine Heath as well.

  38. Have read an excerpt of this book and it was good. The first series books I read (other than Nancy Drew) were MY FRIEND FLICKA, THUNDERHEAD, and GREEN GRASS OF WYOMING. GREEN GRASS was my first romance too. Julie Garwood did a good western trilogy FOR THE ROSES, THE CLAYBOURNE BRIDES, and COME THE SPRING. There are a lot of other good series out there and I’ve been reading many of them.

  39. Hi Lori S,
    Don’t know how I missed your post at first! You mention several inspirational authors I’ve been looking at but haven’t read. I just started Deeane Gist’s A Bride Most Begrudging and am enjoying it. (I know–it’s not a series book so I’m off topic, and go figure–I’m reading it right along with the third Twilight. Must be my split personality 🙂 ) Thanks for commenting and of course you are entered in the drawing.

  40. Hello Estella,
    Thanks for dropping by. I guess I’ll have to check out Robin Carr’s series. I’ve had several people recommend her books.

    Hi Cathy,
    Yep. I think getting to know everyone like they are your friends is part of the allure of series. You can get deeper into the characters so that even if their choices seem wrong or bad, you can understand, deep down why they made them. And it makes you root for them a little harder. Good luck on the contest.

    Hey Sherry! You dropped in again! Must be getting some good reading ideas from the posts (like me?)

    Hi Patricia B – I’m glad to hear you liked the excerpt of Texas Wedding for their Baby’s Sake. I always angst over what part of the book I should post for that. I remember reading Julie Garwood’s For the Roses series. It was good! The TV mini series was good too. Thanks for commenting!

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