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Today is release day for Quinn! Yay!

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Quinn 

(Pendleton Petticoats Book 9)

She’s waging a war for women’s rights,

     He’s fighting a battle to win her heart…

There’s nothing typical about Quinn Fairfield. The outspoken suffragette spends her days writing sensational headlines as a newspaper reporter and indulging her natural curiosity. She’s much more likely to be found riding a bicycle around town than learning the social graces at which her sister, Caitlyn, excels. When Caitlyn announces her plans to wed a man Quinn doesn’t trust, she sets out to find a reason to break up the happy couple. In the process, she finds herself falling for an intriguing, kind-hearted man.

After spending several years in Portland at college, Walker Williams returns to Pendleton, eager to make his mark on the world. He’s determined to become a legendary architect despite the challenges that arise from his upbringing on the nearby Umatilla Reservation. When a feisty red-headed newspaper reporter catches his eye and captures his heart, Walker fights his growing feelings for her. He’ll do anything to shelter Quinn from the prejudices aimed at him and his heritage.

Can the two of them overcome their fears, set aside the burdens of the past, and surrender to the sweet romance blossoming between them?

Filled with laughter, adventure, and historical tidbits from 1912, Quinn is a sweet historical romance brimming with hope and love.

Available on Amazon

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Excerpt:

Walker studied her a moment. “What are you doing in the park all by yourself? I figured your sister would have you knee-deep in wedding plans today.”

Unable to stop herself, Quinn rolled her eyes. “That’s exactly why I’m here by myself.”

His brow wrinkled in a slight frown. “Aren’t you happy for your sister? Drake is a fine man and he seems to be thoroughly infatuated with Miss Caitlyn.”

“Yes, he certainly seems to be.” Quinn pressed her lips together before she revealed all her secret reasons for wanting her sister to remain unwed, most of which reflected her own wants and not what would make Caitlyn happy.

“Yet, you still seem uncertain their idea to wed is a good one,” he observed.

Walker seemed far too perceptive for Quinn’s liking.

She shook her head and began yanking petals off the daffodil. “It’s not for me to decide. Caitlyn is older than me and able to make up her own mind.”

“I would have assumed you were the older sister,” he said. A rascally grin transformed his face from handsome man to boyishly charming. “Having two older, bossy sisters myself, I tend to recognize that trait.”

A laugh broke out of her before she could reel it back in. “I think I’ve been insulted, Mr. Williams.” She tossed what was left of the daffodil at him.

He brushed it aside and started to say something, but Holden ran over and threw himself against Walker’s legs.

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Quinn (Pendleton Petticoats Book 9) will release April 19!

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She’s waging a war for women’s rights,

     He’s fighting a battle to win her heart…

There’s nothing typical about Quinn Fairfield. The outspoken suffragette spends her days writing sensational headlines as a newspaper reporter and indulging her natural curiosity. She’s much more likely to be found riding a bicycle around town than learning the social graces at which her sister, Caitlyn, excels. When Caitlyn announces her plans to wed a man Quinn doesn’t trust, she sets out to find a reason to break up the happy couple. In the process, she finds herself falling for an intriguing, kind-hearted man.

After spending several years in Portland at college, Walker Williams returns to Pendleton, eager to make his mark on the world. He’s determined to become a legendary architect despite the challenges that arise from his upbringing on the nearby Umatilla Reservation. When a feisty red-headed newspaper reporter catches his eye and captures his heart, Walker fights his growing feelings for her. He’ll do anything to shelter Quinn from the prejudices aimed at him and his heritage.

Can the two of them overcome their fears, set aside the burdens of the past, and surrender to the sweet romance blossoming between them?

Filled with laughter, adventure, and historical tidbits from 1912, Quinn is a sweet historical romance brimming with hope and love.

Available for pre-orders

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Excerpt:

Quinn stuffed her sore toes into her shoes and rose from the table. She’d only taken two steps when a tall, muscular man stepped in front of her and offered her a teasing smile.

“If I’m not mistaken, Miss Fairfield, this dance is mine,” he said in a voice that resonated through her head and plucked at something in her heart.

Quinn’s gaze traveled from the toes of expertly polished boots up the long legs of expensive black pants, over a solid chest and broad shoulders, to a face that was every bit as attractive as Drake Dillinger’s.

Walker Williams’ wide face, bronzed skin, high cheekbones, and dark eyes bore testament to his native heritage. But his cropped black hair and eloquent speech belied his upbringing on the nearby Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The effort he put into looking like a successful businessman, with impeccable manners and finely-tailored suits, was notable. Regardless, she sensed a turbulent ruggedness lurking beneath the surface that no amount of civilization could tame or hide.

At that moment, as he smiled at her with a spark of amusement and interest flickering in his eyes, she could practically feel the wildness of his spirit surrounding her as Walker took a step closer. She inhaled his masculine, entrancing scent as he moved another step nearer.

Merciful heavens! He smelled as divinely wonderful as he looked. Her senses dove into a whirl of unexpected invigoration when he offered her a slightly crooked grin.

“If your feet have recovered from Mr. Silvers’ abuse, would you do me the honor of this dance, Miss Fairfield?” Walker held out a hand toward her.

Quinn stared at his long, tanned fingers then slowly raised her gaze to his face. It was on the tip of her tongue to tell him she had no interest in dancing with him or anyone else. Nevertheless, when she spoke, the words came as a shock to her ears. “I’d love to dance with you, Mr. Williams. Thank you.”

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While I was writing The Dove, I truly had such fun browsing through images that helped shape the story.

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I studied many images of blacksmithing tools.

And blacksmith shops.

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And awesome, artsy things a blacksmith might create. (I so want this!)

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I also looked at photos of circus performers, especially those who perform on silk ropes.

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And gypsies of the 1800s. There are some really fascinating images.

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And, of course, turtle doves!
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The Dove is book 2 in the 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides series.

Twelve men. Twelve brides. Twelve days to save a town.

Christmas, 1876: Noelle, Colorado is in danger of becoming a ghost town if the railroad decides to bypass the mountaintop mining community. Determined to prove their town is thriving, twelve men commit to ordering brides before the railroad’s deadline six days into the New Year.

Each of the twelve women has her own reason for signing up to become a mail-order bride. But after they arrive in the uncivilized settlement, they aren’t so sure they’ve made the right decision. Neither are the grooms.

Will the marriages happen in time to save Noelle? The countdown starts on Christmas Day.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides, written by twelve bestselling authors, put a new twist on an old song in this heartwarming historical romance series with stories ranging from sweet to sensual.

The Partridge by Kit Morgan – A clever man’s plan becomes a matchmaking disaster…and the countdown begins to save the town of Noelle. Releasing December 1.

The Dove by Shanna Hatfield – A bewitching gypsy and a beguiled blacksmith tangle over a hidden treasure…with only eleven days left to save the town. Releasing December 2.

The Hens by Merry Farmer – A wandering woman finds exactly who she was looking for, but not who she was expecting… with only ten days left to save the town. Releasing December 3.

The Calling Birds by Jacqui Nelson – A wanted woman’s flight, a man in pursuit of honesty not stolen gold… and only nine days left to save the town. Releasing December 4.

The Gold Ring by Caroline Lee – A dangerous masquerade and a twist of fate put Noelle’s future at risk…with only eight days left to save the town. Releasing December 5.

The Goose by Peggy L. Henderson – A woman on the run, a man who doesn’t want to be caught—it’s one wild goose chase…with only seven days left to save the town. Releasing December 6.

The Swan by Piper Huguley – A beautiful woman with secrets comes to Noelle to confront a powerful person with the truth…and only six days left to save the town. Releasing December 7.

The Maid by Rachel Wesson – A convicted murderer, a young maid on the run…and five days left to save the town. Releasing December 8.

The Dancing Lady by Mimi Milan
– A desirous diner owner and a disguised dancer waltz their way to love… with only four days left to save the town. Releasing December 9.

The Lord by Danica Favorite – An assayer and a ladies maid, each living a lie. Will the truth ruin everything…with only three days left to save the town. Releasing December 10.

The Piper by Amanda McIntyre
– A determined matchmaker, a stubborn mountain man…and only two days left to save the town! Releasing December 11.

The Drum by E.E. Burke – A bad luck bride, an exploding disaster…can Noelle be saved in just one day? Releasing December 12.

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I thought it would be fun to share my inspiration for the characters of The Dove today.

This was such a fun project and Author Kit Morgan set the bar high with The Partridge, the first book in the series.

All I knew when I started developing Culver Daniels’ character was that he was tall and broad shouldered. I thought it would be fun if he had a cleft in his chin.

With that in mind, I went searching for someone who could provide my visual inspiration for our brawny blacksmith.

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Jarid Faubel is exactly how I picture Culver. That strong jawline, the little dimple in his chin, the broad shoulders… and those eyes!

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Hello, handsome frontier man.

It’s no wonder Kezia Mirga took one look at her intended and fell in love.

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The lovely Vanessa Hudgen provided awesome inspiration for the free-spirit gypsy Kezia.

From the long dark hair and her amazing facial features…

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to the way she crinkles her nose when she smiles is just perfect!

Kezia is a widow with a very special treasure – her baby, Jemimiah (and that name means dove!)

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The moment I happened upon this image, I knew I’d found baby Jem. Isn’t she just the most adorable little thing. I love those curls and those big, beautiful eyes!

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The Dove is book 2 in the 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides series.

Twelve men. Twelve brides. Twelve days to save a town.

Christmas, 1876: Noelle, Colorado is in danger of becoming a ghost town if the railroad decides to bypass the mountaintop mining community. Determined to prove their town is thriving, twelve men commit to ordering brides before the railroad’s deadline six days into the New Year.

Each of the twelve women has her own reason for signing up to become a mail-order bride. But after they arrive in the uncivilized settlement, they aren’t so sure they’ve made the right decision. Neither are the grooms.

Will the marriages happen in time to save Noelle? The countdown starts on Christmas Day.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides, written by twelve bestselling authors, put a new twist on an old song in this heartwarming historical romance series with stories ranging from sweet to sensual.

The Partridge by Kit Morgan – A clever man’s plan becomes a matchmaking disaster…and the countdown begins to save the town of Noelle. Releasing December 1.

The Dove by Shanna Hatfield – A bewitching gypsy and a beguiled blacksmith tangle over a hidden treasure…with only eleven days left to save the town. Releasing December 2.

The Hens by Merry Farmer – A wandering woman finds exactly who she was looking for, but not who she was expecting… with only ten days left to save the town. Releasing December 3.

The Calling Birds by Jacqui Nelson – A wanted woman’s flight, a man in pursuit of honesty not stolen gold… and only nine days left to save the town. Releasing December 4.

The Gold Ring by Caroline Lee – A dangerous masquerade and a twist of fate put Noelle’s future at risk…with only eight days left to save the town. Releasing December 5.

The Goose by Peggy L. Henderson – A woman on the run, a man who doesn’t want to be caught—it’s one wild goose chase…with only seven days left to save the town. Releasing December 6.

The Swan by Piper Huguley – A beautiful woman with secrets comes to Noelle to confront a powerful person with the truth…and only six days left to save the town. Releasing December 7.

The Maid by Rachel Wesson – A convicted murderer, a young maid on the run…and five days left to save the town. Releasing December 8.

The Dancing Lady by Mimi Milan
– A desirous diner owner and a disguised dancer waltz their way to love… with only four days left to save the town. Releasing December 9.

The Lord by Danica Favorite – An assayer and a ladies maid, each living a lie. Will the truth ruin everything…with only three days left to save the town. Releasing December 10.

The Piper by Amanda McIntyre
– A determined matchmaker, a stubborn mountain man…and only two days left to save the town! Releasing December 11.

The Drum by E.E. Burke – A bad luck bride, an exploding disaster…can Noelle be saved in just one day? Releasing December 12.

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Would you like to meet the characters from Dally?

Way back, when I first wrote Aundy, a photo of a young, ragged boy was my inspiration for Nikola Zorian Gandiaga, a shepherd later adopted by Aundy and Garrett Nash.

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Since then, both the character in my story, and the young man in the photo have grown up.

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Meet Logan Lerman, my inspiration for Nik.

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Logan has a wonderfully expressive face, like I imagined Nik would have.

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And a somewhat devilish smile.

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And such beautiful eyes (just pretend they are brown for the story).

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It was easy to picture Dally losing her heart to him.

Around the time I was writing Aundy, I happened upon a photo of an actress and knew she would be perfect for the character of Dally. I’d already picked out the name and planned for her to be Nik’s true love. Originally, I thought she’d be the only child of a rancher from Pendleton who didn’t know the first thing about being a lady.

But then I wrote Dacey and the idea of having her daughter be Dally stuck. How fun would it be for a daughter just like her to return to the ranch in Pendleton and fall in love with Nik.

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Meet my ideal of Dally – Summer Naomi Smart.

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I love that wild, curly auburn hair. (So perfect for Dally.)

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The dimples are what really sold me (and the fact she’s just beautiful!)

And there you have the inspiration for Nik and Dally!

You can find many more images of what inspired me while I was writing the story on Pinterest.

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Dally

(Pendleton Petticoats, Book 8)

She’s ready to spread her wing and fly…
He’s scrambling to set down roots.

Unconventional Dally Douglas is as likely to be found wearing her brother’s britches and riding a horse as she is dressed in lace-trimmed finery sipping tea in the parlor. With no plans to wed, she convinces her family to allow her to stay at their ranch in Oregon. Free and unfettered, she plans to remain that way, even when the town’s beloved young doctor returns home and captures both her interest and her heart.

Charismatic, handsome, and dedicated to his work, Doctor Nik Nash finally makes his way back to Pendleton. After years of studying and gaining hands-on experience, Nik is excited to bring his skills and knowledge to the place he calls home. Focused on his career, he has no time for a woman, especially not one as lively, fascinating, and enchanting as Dally Douglas.

When a freak accident brings the two of them together, their stubborn determination may cost them the chance to know true love.

Bursting with sweet romance, this tender yet lighthearted story draws readers into a world of rustic elegant charm.

Available now on Amazon!

 

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Today, I thought you might like to meet the characters in Bobbins and Boots.

I’d just finished writing Corsets and Cuffs last year when I started thinking about the characters for this book. I knew Ben had to be young, with dark hair and dark eyes.

I asked in my Facebook group for suggestions, and one of the photos shared turned out to be the perfect Ben.

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It took some digging to find the name of the cute guy in the photo, but I finally discovered it on Pinterest!

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This is Freddie Smith who just happens to make a wonderful Ben. Look at those eyes! Aren’t they gorgeous?

For Allie’s character, I wanted a tall, willowy girl with straight blond hair and blue eyes.

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I think Jessy Schram fits the bill quite nicely! She’s so pretty and just cute with those freckles.

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And she made such a great Allie.

And in case you’ve forgotten the other characters, here is a refresher:

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Matt Barr as Ian McGregor.

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The lovely Alana de la Garza as Maggie Dalton McGregor

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Chris Young as Sheriff Tully Barrett

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Michaela McManus as Brianna Dumont Barrett

and we can’t forget…

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Dylan Scott as Tad Palmer

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Julie Mond as Posey Jacobs Palmer

You can find more info about Ben and Allie on my character pages. Also, visit their Pinterest board for more visual inspiration!

 

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