I have a new book out, just in time for Valentine’s. The anthology is titled Mail Order Standoff. If you like mail-order bride stories, then this one is for you. The stories all have a fun twist when the brides get cold feet. Here’s a short preview of my story:
Attorney Wade Bronson didn’t expect to get shot on his wedding day–
and certainly not by his mail order bride…
Elizabeth Colton stares anxiously out the window of the stagecoach. Fresh from Boston, never could she imagine a more desolate place. Every scary story ever heard about attacking Indians and highwaymen comes back to haunt her.
Before they reach town, her worst fear is realized. A horseman flags them down and yanks open the door to the coach. Certain he is about to rob her—or worse—she pulls out her derringer. Much to her shock, the gun goes off and the man falls to the ground.
Attorney Wade Bronson is lucky to be alive. Fortunately, the bullet missed his heart—barely. All he did was stop the stage to tell his mail-order bride he’d been called out of town on urgent business and had to postpone their wedding. God forgive him for not feeling especially charitable toward the blue-eyed beauty who shot him, but now he’s bed-ridden with a shoulder-wound and his gun-toting bride-to-be is in jail.
It seems everyone in the small town has an opinion on the brash young woman who traveled west to become his wife—and none of it good. Orphaned at a young age, Wade was raised by the town and is Prickly Pine’s favorite son—literally—and the local girls know better than to get involved with him. Things looked bad until his three worried “mothers” took it upon themselves to place an ad in Matrimonial News for a “nice Christian girl from the east.” Now they refuse to believe the pistol packin’ bride is the right woman for him. At first, even Wade has trouble visualizing the two of them wed.
But in matters of the heart sometimes a wrong really does make a right. Now he doesn’t know which task will be hardest; convincing his reluctant fiancée that marriage to a man with three sets of well-meaning “parents” won’t be so bad (maybe). Or proving to the town that Elizabeth really is the girl of his dreams.