The Cowboy’s Bride Novella Collection Authors and Give Away!

TCL+Book+CoverToday we welcome to the Junction three authors who contributed to The Cowboy’s Bride Collection. Nancy J. Farrier, Davalynn Spencer and Darlene Spencer are here to tell us about the inspiration for their stories. And each of these lovely ladies will be doing a giveaway!

Nancy is giving away a copy of the collection and a handmade bookmark, Davalynn is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and Darlene is giving away winner’s choice of either a digital or print copy of the collection. Now let’s learn about these authors and their inspirations!

Nancy headshotCrazy About Cait, The Cowboy’s Bride  Collection  By Nancy J. Farrier

I live in Southern California. For the past few years, we have suffered a severe drought. We’ve had water rationing in some area and restricted watering of plants. In our modern day, we do have ways to conserve water that our predecessors did not have. We can also predict weather patterns more accurately.

When researching my story, Crazy About Cait in The Cowboy’s Bride collection, I wondered about the difficulties of drought in the past and how what the ranchers in the 1800’s had to face. I found out one of the dangers they faced came as a small weed, called locoweed. This little plant is poisonous to cattle and horses, so in normal years, ranchers took care to protect their livestock, making sure they grazed in pastures free of locoweed. When the feed was scarce and dying, due to drought, this hardy little plant often proved too much of a temptation for the hungry animals. The accounts I read of animals suffering and dying from poisoning were very sad.

In Crazy About Cait, Cait, faces the desperate times of drought, the possibility of her father losing their home, and of having to work alongside a man who broke her sister’s heart a few years before. Jonas knows he made a big mistake in the past, but he intends to fight for Cait, and to win her love as they work together, albeit reluctantly on Cait’s part, to save her father’s ranch.

Nancy grew up on a small farm in the Midwest amidst a close knit family. She came to love farm life including the cooking, gardening and canning, but not so much the cleaning house part. In school she often got in trouble in history class for hiding a fiction book in her text book to read during the teacher’s lecture. Nancy was shocked to later discover she had such a love for history. Now Nancy lives in Southern California and loves to research and include bits of history in her books. She is a Christian and enjoys encouraging her readers in their faith. Read more about Nancy at

davalynn-spencer-media-4The Wrangler’s Woman  by Davalynn Spencer

I live near Cañon City, Colorado, and the area has been cowboy country since the mid-1800s. With “high park” grasslands, relatively mild winters, and plenty of snow runoff from high country creeks that flow into the mighty Arkansas River, this was the perfect setting for the story I wanted to tell in The Cowboy’s Bride collection.

An idea for a rugged cowboy hero flashed across my inner screen in the form of a rancher driving his herd of longhorns down a small town’s Main Street. I could hear the clacking horns and scratching hooves, and taste the gritty dust on my tongue. No doubt such an event would draw the attention of local residents—particularly that of a woman from the Midwest who’d read everything she could about cowboys.

Familiar with some of the area’s ranches, I took those two characters and chose a spot off Texas Creek on the way to the Wet Mountain Valley. Today, the juncture of that old stage road at US Highway 50 is called Texas Creek. But in 1881, it was known as Ford Junction. And that’s where my lovelorn heroine stands on the porch of her sister’s boarding house as the cowboy trails his herd by in a dusty parade.

“The Wrangler’s Woman” tells the story of widowed rancher Josiah Hanacker who hires spinster Corra Jameson as a lady-trainer for his young daughter, Jess. He fears losing Jess to his wife’s sister if the girl doesn’t meet her aunt’s ladylike expectations. Turns out, Corra has everything Josiah needs for his daughter. He just never figured she’d have what he needed for himself.

Davalynn Spencer writes inspirational Western romance complete with rugged cowboys, their challenges, and their loves. She won the 2015 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for Inspirational Western Fiction and makes her home on Colorado’s Front Range with her handsome cowboy and their Queensland heeler, Blue. Connect with her at

jan 21 15The Reformed Cowboy by Darlene Franklin

I love writing about the west, but I don’t know much about cowboy life. So I created a heroine a lot like me—an easterner, shocked by the differences when she moves west to Wichita. When the cowboys arrive in Wichita at the end of the trail, she offers a class, “Learn to be a Gentleman.”  What she doesn’t know is that her secret correspondent—poet and reader Wes Harper—is himself a cowboy and a student in her class.

Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals.Website and blog  Facebook  Amazon author page

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  1. This collection of stories sounds wonderful. Thank you all for sharing.

    May you all have a blessed day!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    1. Countrybear. I have to love your “handle,” Cindy. This book sounds like it was made for you.

    2. Thanks for stopping by, Cindy.

  2. I checked out THE COWBOY’S BRIDE COLLECTION on Amazon. The reviews were wonderful. I would like to visit the Old West through the eyes of your nine authors. To be honest, most of you are new authors for me.

    Nancy, Davalynn and Darlene,

    Thanks for sharing the backgrounds of your lives and how your stories came to be.

    I’m looking forward to meeting Cait & Jonas, Corrie and Josiah, and Millie and Wes.

    johnslake at usa dot com

    1. Laurie, wow, I appreciate the depth of your research. Enjoy!

    2. Thanks, Laurie. What a great way to put it – visit the Old West through the eyes of authors!

  3. All three of those stories sound fun to read! Thanks for stopping by, Ladies!

    1. Faith, I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s stories as well.

    2. Hope you enjoy them, Faith. Plus there are six more to boot!

  4. More books to add on my TBB list…

    1. Minna, that list keeps growing longer, doesn’t it? Hopefully this one will rise to the top.

    2. Happy to be included in your list, Minna.

  5. Sounds like a good collection of stories.

    1. Thank you, Janine. The fun thing about a collection is reading a complete story before going on to the next one!

  6. Love the westerns. The history is an extra bonus.

    1. Geralyn, I love for my books to have a pinch of real history in them. Often a historical fact inspires a story, but not in this case.

    2. Amen to that, Geralyn. Historical fiction is a great way to learn.

  7. how interesting,love the posts ladies,,i love westerns and anything historical

    1. Vickie, then this is a book for you!

    2. Thank you, Vickie. Hope you enjoy!

  8. What a pleasure to visit with you all today, ladies! I can’t wait to read this wonderful collection and wish you all the best!

    1. Hi Britney, you will enjoy these stories I’m sure.

    2. Thank you, Britney. So glad you enjoyed our tidbits.

  9. Welcome to our campfire, Nancy, Davalynn and Darlene! We love having you. The coffee’s on so grab a mug. Congratulations on the new cowboy romance collection! It looks and sounds great. The settings each of you chose for your stories are very beautiful. We wish you all the best!

    1. Thanks for hosting us, Linda.

    2. Thank you so much, Linda. It’s a pleasure to be here. About that coffee …

  10. It’s so fun hearing about inspirations. Thanks for joining us, Nancy, Davalynn and Darlene!

    1. It’s fun talking about them, Jeannie. People ask where ideas come from–the answer for most writers is “everywhere.” More ideas than there is time to write.

    2. So glad you enjoy the behind-the-scenes info, Jeannie!

  11. Sounds like a lot of great reading and I enjoyed hearing about the different authors.

    1. Anyone called “catslady” is my kind of gal. Unfortunately, I recently discovered I am highly allergic to them.

    2. Thank you, Catslady. Glad to stopped by.

  12. I’ve already read & reviewed this collection, so I can tell you it’s a great set of stories! I didn’t really have a favorite one, each was unique with great characters and fun story-lines 🙂
    That being said, I’d love to be in the draw for the Amazon card only. Give someone else a chance to win the book! Thank you Nancy, Davalynn, and Darlene for sharing your inspiration for each of your books! It’s always interesting to know where they came from. 🙂

    1. Hi Trixi, thanks for your review.

    2. So glad to hear from you here, Trixi! Thanks for the kudos!

  13. Some new to me authors in this collection! It sounds great!!! 🙂

    1. Colleen, it’s always exciting when I find a new author whose books I love.

    2. Hope you enjoy them, Colleen!

  14. Love it when author get together to write a novella. Love reading these books.

    1. You’re sure to like this one, Kim. Thanks for stopping by.

  15. I’m eager to get to this collection. I love the actual paperback ‘in hand’ that I received. I’ve only read Susanne Dietze’s (because I get to do that before it’s published!) A great collection, ladies!

    1. Thanks so much, Debra. It’s a beautiful book, made with a little something extra.

  16. Wonderful review. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl.

  17. I can’t wait to read this collection! I absolutely love novellas since often I just need a quick satisfying read at the end of a long day. These stories sound like ones I’ll love since cowboy stories are some of my favorites ever since reading my dad’s collection of Louis L’Amour paperbacks as a teen.

    I’ve already won a copy of the book at a different blog but I’d love to be entered for the gift card. Thank you!!!

    1. Hello Heidi, happy reading.

  18. Good to see you, Heidi! I’m a LL fan, too. Thanks for stopping by.

  19. Welcome to Wildflower Junction Nancy, Davalynn, and Darlene! Your stories all sound delightful!

  20. This sounds like a wonderful collections book, can’t wait to get a copy in my hands!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  21. I’m glad to see you gals here telling folks about our book. It’s a fun collection!

    1. Great stories, and great fun writing with you, Vickie!

  22. What an awesome collection!

  23. Hi Everyone…and especially DARLENE! What a great set of stories, and here at Wildflower Junction is the best way to meet new fans and readers. Best of luck fo all of you! xo

    1. Hi Tanya, I’m also glad when our paths cross.

  24. This sounds like a great collection! Thanks for the information!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Glenda.

  25. I love anthologies. It is always nice to see how different authors treat the same subject. The stories are a bit shorter, so I can actually read one during my hectic schedule. This collection sounds like it will be fun to read. With the time period and subject, how can these not be good stories.
    Congratulations, Ladies. I hope THE COWBOY’S BRIDE COLLECTION is a big success.

    1. Thank you, Patricia. You’re right about the ease of reading a collection – a story per evening. I love it!

  26. I love westerns and I love bride stories and find that several of the authors are new to be. Win, Win for Me!!!!

    1. Oh, yes, Connie, a win-win. Cowboys, brides, Western setting. Woo-hoo!

  27. What a lovely collection of stories.It will be fun to discover some new-to-me authors.

  28. So glad you think so, Cheryl. Hope you enjoy the book!

  29. This is going to be a great book of cowboys!

  30. Wow! If all the stories sound half as good this book is on the way to my TBR pile. Thank all of you ladies for dropping by.

    1. Whitney, the advantage of 9 stories is that there is something for everyone. I love working with a group of authors.

  31. The collection sounds wonderful

  32. This sounds like a great collection and I can’t wait to read it.

  33. This is a great bunch of authors and sounds like a great bunch of stories.

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    I love historical westerns and this collection sounds so wonderful. I can hardly wait to read them, either by winning, buying, or borrowing from the library, whichever comes first. Good luck everyone and thanks for the giveaway.

  35. I love Cowboys so this collection sounds fantastic. Would love to win this book. What a great bunch of Authors and stories.

  36. My absolute favorite thing to read is historical Christian fiction!

  37. What a wonderful collection. Sounds like a winner to me! Thank you for sharing your great talents.

    1. Hi Melanie, readers like you are the ones who allow us to pursue our passion – telling stories. Thanks.

  38. This collections looks like the perfect read for a Sunday. 😀

  39. Congratulation of your collection of stories that are quite popular and appealing!

  40. Y’all this sounds delicious! Congratulations!

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