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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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