Rye’s Reprieve – Louella Nelson

Rye’s Reprieve (The Harper Sisters Book 1) – by Louella Nelson

Exciting News!  Currently, Rye’s Reprieve, which features a gift surgeon with a secret in 1886 Montana Territory, is hovering between #7 and #8 on the Kindle World Westerns Top 100 list.  The novel is published by Amazon in Debra Holland’s Montana Sky Kindle World.

Available on Amazon by clicking here!

In 1886, gifted surgeon Rye Rawlins is trapped by a tragic secret so painful that he denies his profession and buries himself in a gold mine in Montana Territory. But saving people is second nature, whether it’s doctoring a man mauled by a mountain lion or battling a wolf to save a child.

Veterinarian and horse rancher Missouri Harper suffers through the worst winter in Montana history to provide for three beautiful sisters and an ailing aunt. Dangerous storms, privation, and wild predators make survival precarious.

Rye comes to Missouri’s aid, putting his life in danger and Missouri in his debt. As they fall in love, his secret and her promise to remain a spinster to protect the land for her family force them to look within to discover the cost of love.

Visit Louella’s blog at http://louellanelson.com/blog/ to learn more about the research she conducted for the medical and veterinary professions as well as the record bitter winter of 1886-87 in Montana Territory. A map of the fictional town where the book is set is also provided.


Award-winning and USA Today/NY Times best-selling author Debra Holland says, “Wild Montana Sky and its sequels have been #1, #2, and #3 on the Amazon Top 100 Western Romance list. My success is definitely due to Louella Nelson. She is the writing teacher, mentor, and editor extraordinaire!”

“Lou Nelson is absolutely the best writing teacher in our area…. She’s changed my life as well as my writing.” –Deborah Gaal, award-winning agented writer.


Best-selling author, writing instructor, and editor Louella Nelson, M.A., recipient of the Distinguished Instructor Award from the University of California, Irvine, offers both fundamental and advanced courses in fiction and creative nonfiction writing. Many of her students and clients are agented, published, award-winners, and best-selling authors who write novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, and nonfiction books. Lou is published in fiction and nonfiction, has conducted successful author promotions, and has been featured on radio and television. A past-president of Orange County romance writers, she holds a master’s in English with an emphasis in nineteenth-century British literature and an undergraduate degree in English and creative writing from Chapman University.

Visit Louella on her website at www.LouellaNelson.com

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Introducing ‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series – Part Five

‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series

Fourteen awesome authors launched the new ‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series, based on Debra Holland’s ‘Montana Sky’ series.  These books are primarily set in the mining town of Morgan’s Crossing, although some of the characters pass through Sweetwater Springs on their way to the mining town. The Pioneer Hearts blog is exploring three more of the Kindle World stories below.


‘Isaac’ by Paty Jager ~ 

Historical western filled with steamy romance and the rawness of a growing country.

Alamayda Wagner’s life has left her cynical, but also vigilant, and that’s what propels her to Morgan’s Crossing, Montana in order to uncover the secrets her father took to his grave. She quickly discovers her only hope includes trusting Isaac Corum. That soon proves to be expensive, and not just financially.

The last thing Isaac Corum needs or wants is a snooty woman telling him he didn’t do enough to save her father, which is what her letter implied. He’d helped the man more than most people would have, and swears he won’t go out of his way like that again. He’ll meet her at the Sweetwater Springs train station, deliver her father’s belongings, and send her back the way she came.

But, dang it all, the woman doesn’t do a single blasted thing she’s told, and Isaac can’t just sit back and let her go traipsing off into the mountains alone…


‘Amanda’s Rancher’ by Caroline Clemmons

One desperate young woman.
A chance meeting.
A life-changing outcome.

Growing up in a brothel, Mara O’Sullivan battled public disdain and contempt, but always remained kind-hearted and gracious. After testifying against vicious bank robbers, her life is threatened and Mara must find sanctuary far from everything she knows.

One train ride changes her life as she fatefully meets a half-sister and a niece she never knew existed. But when circumstances end her sister’s life, Mara makes a promise that she’ll raise her niece as her own and take her sister’s place as Preston Kincaid’s mail-order-bride. As Mara and Preston grow closer, their marriage no longer seems like a ruse, but a relationship of love, passion, and desire.

Mara’s past comes back to haunt her and she finds herself in danger—will her new husband forgive Mara’s deceit and protect her as his own?


Those are the last two of the fourteen new exciting books in the Montana Sky Kindle World.  The books can be read in any order.
Visit the Montana Sky Kindle World on Amazon or click here to see the books on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore.
Want to read the Montana Sky series by Debra Holland that started the world?
Visit Debra on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore.
While you’re there, check out author Caroline Fyffe’s, McCutcheon Family Series, a companion series to the Montana Sky novels.
 

Introducing ‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series – Part Four

‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series

Fourteen awesome authors launched the new ‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series, based on Debra Holland’s ‘Montana Sky’ series.  These books are primarily set in the mining town of Morgan’s Crossing, although some of the characters pass through Sweetwater Springs on their way to the mining town. The Pioneer Hearts blog is exploring three more of the Kindle World stories below.

‘Loving Matilda’ by  E. Ayers

Matilda “Matt” Berwyn, forced to live disguised as a boy in a mining town, longs to escape and blossom into the female she’s always wanted to be. But her desire to leave Morgan’s Crossing escalates when she realizes she’s being stalked.

Stockyard hand Zeke Hillerman knows her secret and has fallen in love with her. He helps her flee to his parents’ home in the east to learn to be a lady, while he struggles to start his own ranch. As Matilda grapples with Victorian expectations of young women, Zeke’s plans for their future unravel, and he realizes that the cost of her ticket out of Morgan’s Crossing may have been his own heart.


‘Hope on the Horizon’ by Cassie Hayes ~ 

When tragedy strikes, love blooms…

Jasper Eaton couldn’t be happier with his life. Despite having the deck stacked against him since the day he was born, he beat the odds and found himself a home in Morgan’s Crossing, Montana. He has friends, a farm and a future brighter than the stars in the night sky. Nope, he couldn’t be happier.

Or could he?

Cora Winters is a good girl who always does what she’s told. When she’s forced to marry an older man headed west, she never dreams she’ll end up widowed, injured and left for dead by the side of the road.

After Jasper rescues her, Cora proves to be a charming helpmate on his farm as she recovers. But it won’t last long. For the first time in her life, Cora must choose her own path. She could settle in Montana or continue on to her homestead in Hope Springs. But heading to Idaho would mean leaving Jasper behind because he would never give up his farm.

Or would he?

As their friendship blossoms, they each dare to dream of a better life together. When Cora’s past comes back to haunt them both, a gunman’s bullet threatens to kill their future before it even begins.

Hope on the Horizon is the prequel to the Western Sunset series, set in the fictional town of Hope Springs, Idaho. Look for the first book in the series in April, 2016.


Rye’s Reprieve’ by Louella Nelson ~

Gifted surgeon Rye Rawlins is trapped by a tragic secret so painful that he denies his profession and works as a miner in a gold mine. But saving people is second nature, whether its doctoring a man mauled by a mountain lion or battling a wolf to save a child.

Veterinarian and horse rancher Missouri Harper, the sole support for her three sisters and ailing aunt, must fight her attraction to the handsome miner, whose bravery puts her in his debt. To keep the land she has claimed for her family, she must remain a spinster for three years.

Struggling against bitter winter weather, lack of provisions, and wild predators, Missouri vows to deny her love to protect her sisters’ legacy.


These are only three of the exciting fourteen books in the Montana Sky Kindle World.  The fourteen books can be read in any order.  The final two book highlights will be given tomorrow on the Pioneer Hearts blog!
Visit the Montana Sky Kindle World on Amazon or click here to see the books on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore.
Want to read the Montana Sky series by Debra Holland that started the world?
Visit Debra on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore.
While you’re there, check out author Caroline Fyffe’s, McCutcheon Family Series, a companion series to the Montana Sky novels.
 

Introducing ‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series – Part Three

‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series

Fourteen awesome authors launched the new ‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series, based on Debra Holland’s ‘Montana Sky’ series.  These books are primarily set in the mining town of Morgan’s Crossing, although some of the characters pass through Sweetwater Springs on their way to the mining town. The Pioneer Hearts blog is exploring three more of the Kindle World stories below.

‘Mail Order Machinations’ by  Kirsten Osbourne ~

Sisters Esther and Coral Carruthers realize they need to leave town quickly to escape the scandal of their father’s crime. Esther chooses to become a mail-order bride in faraway Montana Territory rather than face her former fiancé at every turn. The only problem is she must take her younger, and more capable sister, with her when she goes.

Brody Finnegan sends away for a mail-order bride and is thrilled when Esther answers his letter, not realizing she will be bringing her younger sister with her. He’s not happy when he spots the two of them together, but agrees to still marry Esther taking them both on. Will Esther and Brody be able to get past her initial deception and find love together? Or will having Coral involved ruin everything?


‘Wesley’s Unexpected Bride’ by Carré White ~

Widower Wesley Briggs is content to raise his son and work his ranch alone, until one of his cowhands, Rory Wise, who has already ordered a mail order bride, breaks his back in a fall. When Wesley fetches Rory’s bride from the station, he encounters a lovely, vulnerable woman.

After her father’s death, Frances Brewbaker and her four sisters must find husbands at once. Agreeing to move to Montana and marry a stranger, she embarks on the adventure. She is met at the depot, not by her intended, but by his employer, who she finds appealing and ruggedly handsome.

Faced with the prospect of losing her intended, Frances must decide if she will stay in the Montana Territory. The widower and his son, Jason, are much in need of a woman’s touch to soften their rough edges. Jason adores her, yet Wesley’s feelings are infinitely more complex, because he has fallen in love with Frances. Can he convince her to stay and marry him?


The Cowboy’s Secret’ by Crystal Green ~

A cowboy’s hidden heart…

Silent, strong Boone Ross has a secret, and after beautiful widow Lorena Bell arrives at the ranch where he works, that secret only grows, threatening to consume them both.

The past has always been a step behind Boone, but now it’s coming closer and closer. Is it time to run again, or will he stay and fight for a love that can bring him out of his self-imposed darkness?

This sweet 28,000 word novella takes place during Debra Holland’s BENEATH MONTANA’S SKY, while John Carter is back East choosing a bride.


These are only three of the exciting fourteen books in the Montana Sky Kindle World.  The fourteen books can be read in any order.  Additional book highlights will be given tomorrow on the Pioneer Hearts blog!
Visit the Montana Sky Kindle World on Amazon or click here to see the books on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore.
Want to read the Montana Sky series by Debra Holland that started the world?
Visit Debra on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore.
While you’re there, check out author Caroline Fyffe’s, McCutcheon Family Series, a companion series to the Montana Sky novels.
 

Introducing ‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series – Part Two

‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series

Fourteen awesome authors launched the new ‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series, based on Debra Holland’s ‘Montana Sky’ series.  These books are primarily set in the mining town of Morgan’s Crossing, although some of the characters pass through Sweetwater Springs on their way to the mining town. The Pioneer Hearts blog is exploring three of the Kindle World stories below.

‘Laced By Love’ by  Linda Carroll-Bradd ~

Seamstress Cinnia York wants more than performing with a traveling vaudeville troupe—she wants to put down roots. The day after the troupe arrives in tiny Morgan’s Crossing, the manager takes all the money and leaves town. By opening a dressmaker shop, Cinnia hopes to make the home she’s always wanted, but Nola, the older sister who has made the decisions for the orphaned sisters, disagrees.

Leather worker Nicolai Andrusha is living in hiding as Nic Andrews until the patent on his family’s tanning process is approved. Although he’s under a mandate to keep a low profile, he’s intrigued by the red-haired performer. Controversy arises when miners claim they paid the manager for private appointments with the female performers. Will Nicolai risk oppose his family obligation to help the stranded beauty who has caught his eye?


‘Slater’s Bride’ by Patricia Thayer ~ 

A sweet romance set in Montana Territory in 1887 in a small mining town, Morgan’s Crossing. Loretta Drennan learns about her stepfather’s plot to sicken her mother and take over the family business in Chicago. Letty flees to Montana in search of her brother, Johnny, to seek his help. Traveling alone, she meets Paul  Slater who claims to own a ranch with Johnny as his partner. He offers to escort her on the two-day journey to their ranch in Morgan’s Crossing.

Hoping to out-run a looming snowstorm, they instead get stranded in a cabin. Days later they finally reach their destination. Reunited with her brother she pleads her case for him to return home. Johnny wants to help but his share of stocks will not give him the needed votes to gain control of the family company. Letty can only get her shares when she turns twenty-five or by marrying. Paul steps in to help by offering to wed his friend’s sister.

They plan a wedding, in name-only, but there are real underlying feelings. When left alone at the ranch house the truth begins to come out. But the honeymoon is interrupted when a stranger  shows up and kidnaps the bride. Can Paul save the woman he’s fallen in love with before it’s too late?


The Wild Bride’ by Merry Farmer ~

Minnie Faraday is clever, daring, and out of control. When she finally goes too far, her parents hatch a plan to send her up to Morgan’s Crossing to marry the man she’s been in love with since she was a little girl. It’s the perfect plan to settle and ground her, and one her parents are sure will bring happiness to everyone involved.

One problem… They neglected to tell Minnie about the plan before shipping her off.

Freddy Chance always had a soft spot for the bright, adventurous girl who followed him around through his youth, but marriage is the furthest thing from his mind. He has made a life for himself as a mechanic in Morgan’s Crossing, in spite of a mining injury that slowed him down. Minnie doesn’t fit into his plans, but, feeling a sense of obligation, he’s willing to entertain the idea of marriage.

But when the beautiful and very grown up Minnie steps off the stage, what was once innocent affection blossoms into passion. Only, Minnie isn’t finished getting into trouble, and this time her life and Freddy’s are on the line.


These are only three of the exciting fourteen books in the Montana Sky Kindle World.  The fourteen books can be read in any order.  Additional book highlights will be given tomorrow on the Pioneer Hearts blog!
Visit the Montana Sky Kindle World on Amazon or click here to see the books on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore.
Want to read the Montana Sky series by Debra Holland that started the world?
Visit Debra on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore.
While you’re there, check out author Caroline Fyffe’s, McCutcheon Family Series, a companion series to the Montana Sky novels.
 

Introducing ‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series – Part One

‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series

Fourteen awesome authors launched the new ‘Montana Sky’ Kindle World Series, based on Debra Holland’s ‘Montana Sky’ series.  These books are primarily set in the mining town of Morgan’s Crossing, although some of the characters pass through Sweetwater Springs on their way to the mining town. The Pioneer Hearts blog is exploring three of the Kindle World stories below.

‘Anson’s Mail Order Bride’ by Author Kit Morgan ~

When Anson Jones discovers one of the men who embezzled money from his family’s company hid the loot near Morgan’s Crossing in Montana Territory, he leaves Oregon and travels there under the guise of setting up a horse ranch. Then all he has to do is wait for the culprit to slink into town, dig up the money, and have him arrested. There’s only one problem. Anson just sent train fare to the Pettigrew Bridal Agency for his mail-order bride! He can’t bring a woman into such danger and telegraphs the agency to stop everything. But when his message to Mrs. Pettigrew is altered, she thinks he wants her to send his bride to Montana! Misunderstandings, a loony villain, plenty of romance and a few surprises make for a fun romp.


‘Faith’ by Sylvia McDaniel ~

 Trent Anderson is bound and determined to protect his young daughter from the fate of his late wife, refusing to allow her to end up like a bored socialite ruled by wealth and prestige. When his father sends for a woman to take over his daughter’s academic training as well as her feminine etiquette, Trent refuses to bow down to his father’s wishes.
Until he sees the beautiful and elegant teacher exit the train…
She just might be what his daughter needs–and what he desires.
Still dreaming of independence and self-worth that don’t require her to be shackled to any man, Faith Warren denies her attraction to the rugged cowboy–as she dreams of starting her own girls’ school.But once she starts falling hard for the Montana rancher, she must decide between what her heart wants and where her convictions guide her. Can she find a way to give her heart to the man who teaches her about home and family, while still holding firm to her beliefs?

Thorpe’s Mail-Order Bride’ by Cynthia Woolf ~

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Lena DuBois never knew her father until he suddenly reappeared in her life to tell her he’s arranged for her to marry one of his business partners. Lena flees, deciding to become a mail-order bride, where at least she’s the one doing the choosing. Her future husband, John Thorpe, has requested a woman of good moral character which Lena considers herself to be. The problem is her mother is the most celebrated madam in all New Orleans. What will happen if he discovers her secret?

These are only three of the exciting fourteen books in the Montana Sky Kindle World.  The fourteen books can be read in any order.  Additional book highlights will be given tomorrow on the Pioneer Hearts blog!
Visit the Montana Sky Kindle World on Amazon or click here to see the books on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore.
Want to read the Montana Sky series by Debra Holland that started the world?
Visit Debra on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore.
While you’re there, check out author Caroline Fyffe’s, McCutcheon Family Series, a companion series to the Montana Sky novels.
 

INTRODUCING DEBRA HOLLAND’S “MONTANA SKY” KINDLE WORLD

A Note from Debra Holland ~

Amazon Kindle Worlds are fan fiction contracted stories written by guest authors in the Montana Sky Series, which includes my Mail-Order Brides of the West books. The Montana Sky series books range from stirring sweeping frontier romances to small, heartfelt stories of an individual overcoming obstacles and loss.

After I first contracted with Amazon to have a Montana Sky Kindle World, I reached out to historical or contemporary Western romance authors to see it they wanted to write stories in my “world.” Most of these authors were already friends of mine, or I knew them from the Pioneer Hearts Facebook group. In addition, I’d read and enjoyed some of their books.

I wanted my guest authors to be able to tie their own series into mine. So in these KW stories, readers will see familiar characters from my books as well as characters that may have a connection to a guest author’s series. Aside from providing some guidance about my series, I haven’t had anything to do with writing these books. They will be as new to me as they are to the readers.

The awesome fourteen launch authors have primarily set their books in the mining town of Morgan’s Crossing, although some of the characters pass through Sweetwater Springs on their way to the mining town. I’m looking forward to reading these authors’ stories! Explore the books at: https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/world/montanasky

Authors include:

  • Kirsten Osbourne
  • Louella Nelson
  • Linda Carroll-Bradd
  • Caroline Clemmons
  • Merry Farmer
  • Crystal Green
  • Cassie Hayes
  • Paty Jager
  • Sylvia McDaniel
  • Patricia Thayer
  • Carré White
  • Kit Morgan
  • E. Ayers
  • Cynthia Woolf

The books have been released on Amazon today and will be featured here throughout the week.  Select a book cover to view that title on Amazon.