It’s called a SERIES GUIDE
My three series, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages and Sophie’s Daughters are all interwoven.
I created my series guide on my website that explained it all and…….I failed.
Because of that I’m trying again here. I’m open to advice.
Okay, here we go.
Lassoed in Texas…a three book series —Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. These three books are now repacked in a single volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.
Montana Marriages… Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. These books are available separately and will be released in a single volume in May called Montana Marriages Trilogy
Sophie’s Daughter…Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats and Sharpshooter in Petticoats.
Hmmm…here’s where it gets tricky. Yes, that’s right. It gets STICKY right after I list the titles.
Sophie is the heroine of Petticoat Ranch. A book that ended up being book #1 of a nine book series. So the Sophie’s Daughters series is about her daughters all grown up. They are little girls in Petticoat Ranch.
But one great moment in book #1 of the Sophie’s Daughters series is when Mandy McClellen meets Belle Tanner Harden, the heroine of The Husband Tree, from the Montana Marriages series.
Mandy is a newlywed. To add a twist, while Mandy’s husband is off in town, leaving her alone to do all the work, Tom Linscott (Who appears in all three Montana Marriages books) and is a brother to Abby Sawyer from Wildflower Bride drops in on Mandy. Seeing her alone, with a very raw cabin, built by Belle and Silas Harden with very little help from Mandy’s worthless husband, Tom decides the neighborly thing to do is help Mandy out. He spends the day chopping a winter’s worth of wood and doing other things.
Mandy is frightened by how much she appreciates the help of a strong honorable man.
I’m still not making it really clear.
Mark Reeves from Calico Canyon is a suitor for Belle Tanner’s daughter Emma in Sharpshooter in Petticoats. I loved doing that.
Bratty prankster Mark Reeves facing tough as nails Belle Tanner and trying to win her non-nonsense daughter Emma. This is a chance for fireworks that I just loved. Especially when Mandy McClellen shows up and starts telling Emma to run for her life. Mark’s got a few things to prove and he’s got his hands full impressing any of these women.
Add in Charlie Cooper from Gingham Mountain, Mark’s cousin, and Belle’s third daughter Sarah and we’ve really got sparks flying.
Then we throw in Red Dawson as the hero from Montana Rose. He’s the parson around Divide, Montana and he stakes out a place in each of the last six books.
Look at the graphic of the family tree at the top of this post.
It ain’t big enough.
The only trouble is there’s no real ROOT. There are more like six roots. A family tree needs a ROOT. Instead it’s my branches of the trees that start to weave together.
So–here’s where I try to create a Family Tree
Sophie m Cliff Edwards—Four Daughter
Sophie m Clay McClellen—Four Sons
Clay and Cliff are twins separated at birth (or darned near)
Belle Tanner m William Swenson-Two Daughter
Belle Tanner Swenson m Gerald O’Rourke-One Daughter
Belle Tanner Swenson O’Rourke m Anthony Santoni-One Daughter
Belle Tanner Swenson O’Rourke Santoni m Silas Harden-Five Sons
Belle’s mare ‘marries’ Tom Linscott’s prized stallion-One Foal (wait! This matters, I promise)
Mandy McClellen m Sidney Grey—two daughters and a son
Tom comes to visit his unexpected foal–refer to the earlier horse ‘marriage’. The foal is born near Mandy’s house and she’s keeping it for the winter for Belle.
Sidney Grey buys a pair of thoroughbreds from Tom Linscott—Tom comes to deliver them. Sidney is not home. Mandy goes into labor and Tom helps delivering a lot more than horses. He delivers Mandy’s third baby…sort of…more like moral support. Still, double uhoh.
Sidney manages to start a feud and then dies. The feud rages on against his family…which is just Mandy and the children. The feuding family would probably drop the whole thing except Mandy managed to kill one of them. Plus she’s got gold and they want it.
Mark Reeves gets a job with Tom Linscott and meets Emma Swenson Harden—Mark is threatened with death…daily…by Belle…for the rest of his life. But she hasn’t actually shot him yet, so he thinks that’s a good sign.
Red Dawson m. Cassie Griffin—Red, a rancher and preacher (yes, they had rancher/preachers, work with me, people) proceeds to perform marriage ceremonies for six books.
I’m exhausted. Did this make things better or worse?
Does anyone know where I can get a good and really FLEXIBLE online family tree chart?