Through Pioneer Hearts, a group I belong to on Facebook, 45 authors joined together to write 50 books in the American Mail-Order Bride series.
My book is Dacey: Bride of North Carolina and she is number 12 in the line up.
A conniving mother, a reluctant groom and a desperate bride make for a lively adventure full of sweet romance.
Braxton Douglas spends his days managing the family’s plantation and blissfully avoiding the state of matrimony. Unbeknownst to him, his mother tires of waiting for him to choose a wife and sends for a mail-order bride. When the woman arrives, ready to wed, Braxton has his work cut out for him if he plans to remain unaffected by the lively, lovely Dacey.
Dacey Butler has nothing to lose when she agrees to travel to North Carolina to marry a stranger. Eager for an opportunity to put her past behind her and enjoy a new beginning, she embraces the adventure of traveling south to marry a man she thinks is a simple farmer. Upon her arrival in Asheville, she immediately decides Braxton Douglas has no idea of her existence, and there is nothing simple about the man.
Read this novella as a prequel to the Pendleton Petticoat series!
“What in blazes do you think you’re doing?” Braxton swung over the fence in one smooth motion, carefully approaching the horse.
It started to shy, but the woman bent over and whispered in its ear before patting it on the neck and sliding to the ground.
“Riding a horse.” She brushed at the back of her skirt and stared at him with a look of bold defiance. “I surmised that much was obvious.”
In spite of himself, Braxton bit back a smile. Although the girl was of small stature, she possessed plenty of fire and sass.
“Who gave you permission to ride?” He attempted to pin her with a stormy glare.
The girl grinned and pointed a thumb over her shoulder at the mare she’d just ridden. “This ol’ girl talked me into it. We’ll share the blame.”
Unable to contain his humor, Braxton chuckled. “She is quite skillful at getting her way,” he said, rubbing a gentle hand over the horse’s withers. “Polly has a hard time staying out of trouble.”
“Polly, is it?” the girl asked, rubbing an affectionate hand over the mare’s muzzle. “You’re a real sweetheart, Polly.”
Braxton experienced the most ridiculous desire to trade places with the horse. Aware it was crazy to entertain such thoughts, he couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to experience such a tender caress from the fascinating female.
You can see a list of all 50 books in the American Mail-Order Bride series and their covers here.