It All Started with An Ad in a Mail Order Bride Catalogue . . .

The Hitching Post: A Mail Order Bride Catalogue for the discerning, lonely or desperate 

A Bride For All Seasons

Margaret Brownley

Debra Clopton

Mary Connealy

Robin Lee Hatcher

Yesterday Mary Connealy and Robin Lee Hatcher regaled you with their delightful stories. Today, Debra Clopton and I will attempt to do likewise. 

P&P: Please share a little about your plot and how your heroes and heroines first meet

Debra: Ellie has come to Honey Springs Texas believing she is meeting a lonely widower who is looking for a woman of faith to take care of his poor baby girl. A man who should be happy to see her—but when she spots the handsome, disgruntled cowboy marching across the rutted road toward her she can’t believe he’s looking for her! Sparks fly when Mathew realizes that this beautiful woman clutching a Bible is the supposed “practical woman” he’s requested from the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue. Practical, the woman is bedecked in so many frills and flounces. And her hat—the monstrosity is ridiculous. Everything about her screams impractical. No, this first meeting is not what either expected…but both are desperate in their own way so what can they do?  


 Margaret: Mary-Jo Parker travels to Kansas as a mail order bride, but the moment she steps off the train she’s fit to be tied. Not only does her erstwhile fiancé forget to pick her up, it seems he has an eight year old son he forgot to mention. But this is the least of it.  She soon learns that the reason her lawyer fiancé didn’t meet her train is that he’s dead—shot clear though the heart by an irate client.  A widow before she even weds, she plans to leave town posthaste when her fiancé’s way too handsome brother steps forward with a daring offer.


P&P  What makes your hero and heroine all wrong for each other?  What makes them completely right for each other?

 Debra: A born killer—or at least blamed for the deaths of her family—Ellie’s never really had friends and has relied on her faith to help sustain her. She also desperately wants and needs to be loved…even if it’s only by the baby she’s compelled to come to Honey Springs to become mother to. But deep in her heart she longs for Mathew to love her. But Mathew has loved and lost the only woman he ever plans to love. And though he desperately needs love, he wants nothing to do with the beautiful mistake who arrived on the stage, Bible in hand.

 What makes them right for each other? That’s just it…sometimes exactly what you don’t think you want or need is exactly what you do want and need.  

 Margaret: A gambler’s daughter, Mary-Jo Parker believes that everything that happens to her good, bad or indifferent is the result of luck. Having now lost two fiancés, she’s convinced that love isn’t in the cards for her. As a man of faith Tom Garrett believes that all things come from God. You can bet this creates a chasm between them.  Each has something the other needs, but it will practically take an act of congress before they see it.

 Award winning author Debra Clopton’s spunky, heartfelt romances help you face life with a smile. Debra’s Mule Hollow novel, Operation Married by Christmas is in development for an ABC Family movie starring LeAnn Rimes. IJdP2