The Mail Order Bride Standoff

 

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:

Pistol-Packin’ Bride

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. 

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Margaret Brownley
Margaret has published more than 46 books and is a N.Y. Times Bestselling author and two-time Romance Writers of America Rita Finalist. She writes historical novels set--where else?--in the Old West! She has written for a day time soap and is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
Updated: January 23, 2020 — 1:53 pm

30 Comments

  1. Well that is a new twist on their meeting – thanks!

  2. Thanks, Teresa. It’s always fun to come up with a new twist.

  3. That is my kind of Book! Love mail order
    Bride series. Hope all us well w you.

    1. Hi Kathy, everything is fine with me. So glad you like mail order bride stories! Thank you.

  4. OH, how intriguing!

  5. This sounds good!!

  6. That’s a different kind of meet-cute.

    1. Hi Denise, Not sure my hero would agree that it was a cute meet. LOL

  7. Thank you for sharing about the book, Congratulations on your new book! It sounds like a very good story. I would love to read the story , so I will be adding it to my TB R list. Have a Great evening.

    1. Alicia, thank you. I appreciate your interest. Have a great day.

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    I love mail-order bride stories and this sounds wonderful!

  9. Looks fun!

    1. Hi Valri, I hope it’s as fun to read as it was to write!

  10. Sounds great!

  11. Margaret! I love the twist in this story! Sounds like another winner!

  12. Mail order brides are a favorite. Your story in this anthology certainly sounds interesting. The young woman can be excused for reacting the way she did. She was not at all familiar with her surroundings or culture and likely had little experience with firearms. As for the young man, he probably should have known better than to stop a stage along its route. There were likely to be strangers on board and the action could be taken as a hostile move. It will be interesting to see how they work their way out of the mess they got into. The “parents” should make things a bit more interesting.

    1. Hi Patricia,the parents really do add to the fun and confusion. Thanks for writing.

  13. This sounds really great. Congrats on your new book!

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    This sounds like a great read!

  15. I love mail order bride stories. And this one sounds like one that I wouldnt be able to put down.

    1. I sure do hope you’re right, Lori!

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