Cheryl St.John: HER WYOMING MAN in Stores Now!

I’m excited about my July release Her Wyoming Man. This story was one of those that starts out as only a snippet of an idea I had scribbled on a paper until one day I looked it over and began to flesh it out. My original idea started out like Milk Money (Melanie Griffith) or The Substitute Wife (Farah Fawcett) but transformed into something different.

Originally I had planned for a third party to seek out a prostitute as a wife for his brother/father and for the man who marries her to think she’s a regular mail order bride. Would have worked.


But the more I thought on it, the more effective it seemed that the woman herself be the one to instigate the deception. She became a lovely courtesan, raised in a high class brothel in Dodge City and kept by one wealthy man. When he leaves town, she is desperate to avoid becoming available to the Saturday night cowboys, so she joins with a group of soiled doves and replies to an ad for mail order brides in a booming Colorado city.


Of course the hero isn’t simply a rancher. Oh no. He practically started this city single-handedly. He’s a well-educated widower and city attorney being pressured to take a wife to improve his image for the governor’s race. He’s smitten at first sight. And so the deception begins….


My favorite stories are those in which one of the characters is keeping a secret. Ella Reed’s secret is a doozy.  After living the life of a near-prisoner, she is out in public and exposed to people for the first time. Everything is new and exciting. She knows how to pretend, but she doesn’t know how to be herself or a regular person. Reality takes a lot of getting used to. She quickly learns to love this life as a wife and mother. However, she lives in fear that the truth will bring her world tumbling down around her.


And of course, it eventually does just that.


I’ve written a couple books since writing this one, so it was fun to go back and look it over so I could tell you about it. Hope you look for Her Wyoming Man in stores now!



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21 thoughts on “Cheryl St.John: HER WYOMING MAN in Stores Now!”

  1. I’m intrigued by Ella’s near-prisoner status and the contrast with a law abiding city lawyer. Sounds great!

  2. Fun premise, Cheryl. I remember The Substitute Wife with Farah Faucett. I loved that movie and thought it had such a unique twist on things with the ailing wife actually soliciting the new woman. And somehow it worked thanks to the extreme kindness and generous spirit of Lea Thompson’s character.

    Ella sounds like a wonderful mix of worldly woman and sheltered innocent. I imagine her growth will be fun to watch play out. I think you’ve got another winner, Cheryl!

  3. hi Cher, the story sounds awesome. I love our books so am definitely on the prowl for it. The cover is lovely, too. Best wishes for great sales…and more great books. oxoxox

  4. Cher, I’ve just begun this book but it hooked me right off. Like you, I love when my characters try to keep secrets. It’s like opening a present at Christmas. The discovery is the most fun. I already tell that the romance between Ella and Nathan will be a passionate one. Wishing you lots of success with your sales. And if readers don’t have Marrying the Preacher’s Daughter, they need to run out and get it.

  5. Thanks for all the good wishes. This will be one of those books that feels like a favorite of mine.

  6. Cheryl,
    This sounds fabulous. I love it when there’s a secret! Especially a huge one. LOL I am so looking forward to getting my hands on this one. Congratulations!
    Cheryl P.

  7. Cheryl,

    I love the cover and it is already on my must read list. I love the part about the secret….I know this book will be welcomed by everybody…Your work is amazing

    Walk in harmony,

  8. I bought this book yesterday after reading the excerpt on eharlequin. Very intriguing.


  9. I can’t wait to be able to afford this and read it. In the process of moving and it’s not fun. I’m going from 35 yrs in a 2 story house with full basement to a SMALL apartment. This book sounds wonderful.

  10. Secrets add much to the possibilities of a story. This sounds like it will be a good one.
    I hope the release goes well. I’ll be looking for it.

  11. Cheryl St.John has another winner with this book. The characters stay with you and you are left wondering if you can leave your own past behind. Add it to your St. John collection. I have!

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