I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day

I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day

(Hearts of Owyhee novella)

A new novella by the talented Jacquie Rogers, released as part of the Prairie Rose Publications Third Birthday Bash.   Congratulations to Prairie Rose Publications as they continue to celebrate three successful years! Visit the Prairie Rose Publications Blog here for additional giveaways and historical western romance stories.


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Murdock brothers have a fine ranch in Owyhee County, Idaho. The only things missing are wives and kids, so Hec orders a couple of brides for Christmas. The catch is, woman-shy Zeke doesn’t know about it. Dinah and Stella have a plan— If the grooms don’t work out, they’ll start a restaurant. Farm chores are hard enough, but a peckish chicken and a raging blizzard don’t help matters. Can Hec and Zeke capture their hearts?


There’s just something about Christmas that has “romance” splashed all over it—the season for sharing and putting our differences aside.

The whole idea of mail-order brides—why a woman would leave everything she knew for a man she didn’t know—fascinates me.  In this story, we have two brides.  Dinah Goode lost her husband and baby within a few weeks.  Her goal is to own a restaurant and women couldn’t be chefs in Cleveland.  But those rules didn’t apply in the Idaho Territory where women could own property in their own right, and the only way she could afford to get there was to accept a proposal as a mail-order bride. 

Schoolteacher Stella Clemmons has stars in her eyes—she wants children but she’s already nearly thirty years old and time’s marching on.  Meeting Dinah on the train was fortuitous because now she has a plan.  If Mr. Ezekiel Murdock doesn’t pan out, she and Dinah will still be fine.  Restaurants were few and far between—and even then, she could still find the right man to marry.

But neither lady knows one thing about country life.  And neither brother is quite sure what to do with these city women.

I loved the idea that Hec ordered brides for himself and his brother for Christmas.  How romantic!  But can you imagine how surprised Zeke would be?  How would he react?  And how does the culture of the East blend with that of the West?  

Enter-to-win-contestThis novella is part of the Prairie Rose Publications Third Birthday Bash.  Free books are being offered all week at http://prairierosepublications.blogspot.com

Would you like a copy of I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day?  Just tell us what you love about Christmas stories.  Do you read them year-around?  Does the snow cool you off on a hot August night?


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I’m a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but always a bookworm. Reading is my passion–westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, and all with a dash of romance. If an author can make me laugh, I’ll buy every book he/she ever wrote.

While I’m a country girl by birth, I currently live in suburbia with my very patient husband (important point: we are the staff of one cat) I don’t think you can ever take the country out of a girl’s heart. That’s probably why my stories often take place in Idaho where I grew up. (Hearts of Owyhee series and some of my short stories, too.)

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All the Hearts of Owyhee novels and novellas are set in Owyhee County, Idaho Territory.  “Owyhee” is the original anglicized spelling of Hawaii, and the area was named after some fur trappers from the Sandwich Islands were lost there in 1819.

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New Sweet Historical Release ~ Bride and Prejudice

Are you a lover of all things cowboys? Do you enjoy the romance of the Old West? Pioneer Hearts readers love stories about the wild west and the men and women who conquered it. Today’s author, sweet historical romance author Patricia PacJac Carroll, is the creator of the Mail Order Brides of Hickory Stick series. Book 8 in this series released today and the town is growing with each new arrival.

Bride and Prejudice: Historical Western Romance (#8 in the Mail Order Brides of Hickory Stick Series)

Jacqueline Bedel fled from her home and all she’d ever known. Escape. She couldn’t let Sebastian find her. Ever. With a last look at New Orleans, she clutched the letter in her hand and prayed she was running to a better man.

Dr. Blake Morgan wrestled with his past, the hold whiskey held over him, and loneliness. He needed a wife. A good woman would save him.

Come back to Hickory Stick and meet your favorite characters as the town deals with troubles and love in Bride and Prejudice.

Caroline’s Love is the first of the series. Each novella is a stand-alone story, but the characters and town of Hickory Stick are involved in each of the other stories.

I absolutely love the idea of these sweet historical stories. Thomas J. Connors decided he and his brother needed a wife. Since women were in short supply, he got the idea of sending off for one for him and one for his brother, Jackson. Even though Thomas and Jackson have found their wives, women are still arriving for Thomas J. Connors based on his lovingly-written letter published in multiple mail-order bride publications.

If you haven’t read the series yet, book one in the Hickory Stick series, Caroline’s Love, is also free on Amazon to all readers.


Patricia PacJac Carroll

I am a writer, Christian first, and blessed beyond my imagination. I live in the Dallas-Ft Worth area of Texas with my wonderful treasure of a husband, my spoiled dog, Jacs, and my awesome son, Josh. Did I say I was blessed? The PacJac is from my initials and my husbands. I wouldn’t be able to write if it weren’t for him. I love adventure and the open road. The stories of the western era have always been a favorite of mine. I enjoy writing, and my goal is to write stories readers will enjoy.

Hope you are enjoying the series ~ Mail Order Brides of Hickory Stick. I have a new series this year set in Texas – Mail Order Brides of Misfit Ranch Bluebonnet, Texas

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Psalm 26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

Cowboys & Calico – Deal of the Day!

Readers of historical western romance cannot seem to get enough of this wonderful new collection of stories, Cowboys & Calico.  Five bestselling Western romance authors have come together to bring you one collection of all-new stories that will sweep you off your feet!

This reader has read the entire set and here is my review. I’ve tried to not offer any spoiler alerts with this review.


My Review: I am truly enjoying this boxset. There are several excellent, romantic stories in here that have touched my heart.

A BROKEN WING by Amelia C. Adams – the story between Trinity and Raymond made me chuckle as they created stories and imagined things about people. Trinity is a feisty heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and is torn with the decisions she must make.

THE MARSHAL’S REBELLIOUS BRIDE by Cassie Hayes – Griff and Catherine are involved in a dance around each other, neither one wanting to be the one to make the first move. Both are sure they cannot stand the other one but fate has a different plan. If they both survive, will love play a role? A great revisit of the Dalton families and their lives as well!

COURTING MISS CARTWRIGHT by Kristin Holt – A touching story about Felicity and her half-sister Temperance.  Rocky is torn between courting one sister and falling in love with another. What will his choice be?  And will that choice tear apart the bond that the sisters have just found with each other?  An emotional tale of what a child out of wedlock faced in days gone by.

WANTED: THE PERFECT HUSBAND by Margery Scott – A great story about a woman advertising for a husband, well, sort of.  Sybil has come west due to her father’s will. In order to inherit, she needs a husband and Devin comes highly recommended.  The only catch – he doesn’t want to be married. Sybil starts off with a short list of requirements in her ad and then adds to the list each and every time something goes wrong.  And something will go wrong, because only Devin is the perfect husband for her.  This story made me chuckle and has so many traits that are still true today. We think that love will be enough until we start to spend time with various personalities and we add more and more to our list of desired qualities.

MAIL ORDER MIDWIFE by Kirsten Osbourne – Do I need to say anything about Kirsten’s mail order brides books? The Brides of Beckham is a popular series and this story reminds me why we love her so. Patsy is a mail order midwife who travels west to become the bride of Dr. Wesley Hardy. Little Emily will steal your heart as she struggles to be a girl in a boy’s world and forge her own path. There are challenges, there is laughter, there is sweetness and, I suspect, there are thousands of readers chanting ‘More! More!’


What others are saying:

“Bravo Ladies! You know how you get one of the books with more than one book in it. You like this book, you like that book, but rarely all of them. Don’t you worry, these five are all winners! I couldn’t pick a favorite. I loved them all. Enjoy all five! Bravo again!”

“I can’t say anything except WOW WOW WOW, usually when you by a box set there is maybe one book that didn’t really hold your interest but not with this one each book gets you right from the start all the way to the end.”

“This anthology is worth 10 stars. All of the stories were wonderful, they had characters and situations you could relate to and best of all they all had epilogue.”

“Wonderful stories! Rarely do I find an anthology where I actually enjoy every story in the set. But this is one of them! All authors are extremely talented! I couldn’t pick a favorite if I had to! All of them were delightful.”


Only $0.99 on Amazon today or free through Kindle Unlimited! A synopsis of the stories are noted below. This is a GREAT deal and worth more than the diet coke from McDonald’s that I would have spent that dollar on!

MAIL ORDER MIDWIFE by Kirsten Osbourne – Widowed midwife Patsy Lawrence spent too much time working and not enough with her young daughter. She knew Emily’s childhood would be over before she realized it, so she responded to an ad for a mail-order bride, hoping for a better future for them both.

Dr. Wesley Hardy needed a wife to complete him, so he sent a letter to a mail-order bride agency back East. When he received a letter from a widow with a young daughter, he was thrilled with everything but her profession. Could he live with the fact that his new bride was a midwife? Or would they be destined to live without love for the rest of their days?

A BROKEN WING by Amelia C. Adams – Bored beyond all reason while riding a train from Missouri to Colorado, Trinity Scott amuses herself by imagining things about the passengers around her, including the handsome man sitting across the aisle. With his dark curly hair and warm brown eyes, he’s certainly intriguing, and the fact that his arm is in a sling makes him all the more a curiosity.

But when three dangerous men board the train, her desire for adventure and excitement takes a sinister turn, and she must call on her inner strength to do what’s needed to survive.

THE MARSHAL’S REBELLIOUS BRIDE by Cassie Hayes – U.S. Marshal Curtis ‘Griff’ Griffith is on the trail of a wanted man. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by the newest resident of the Dalton Brothers Ranch. So why does he keep returning? It’s certainly not to see the beautiful-but-bullheaded Catherine James.

Catherine has no interest in men or marriage, but there aren’t many choices for single ladies to earn a living on a remote Texas ranch. When she discovers that she holds the key to capturing the outlaw — and collecting some of the reward — she doesn’t hesitate to force Griff’s hand.

Will they kill each other before they find the murderer, or will they risk their damaged hearts for a shot at a new life?

COURTING MISS CARTWRIGHT by Kristin Holt – Courtship, by the book, is supposed to be easy…

As the daughter of an unwed mother, Felicity Percival is accustomed to rejection. Her mother was her only family … until she is summoned to the reading of her father’s will. To learn he was a married preacher with a second daughter horrifies her. The stipulations attached to her inheritance infuriate her. The last thing she expects is the emergence of truths that destroy her life-long beliefs. The last thing she wants is to feel the blush of first love for a man she can’t have.

The road to Happily Ever After should not be rocky, especially for level-headed, rule-following Rocky Gideon. His courtship of the minister’s daughter is successful and on track, surviving everything life throws at them … except the appearance of the preacher’s other daughter. Felicity asks too many questions, forces him to evaluate his carefully constructed plan, and somehow steals his heart.

Rocky desperately needs a solid marriage that will go the distance … so why does he yearn for the wrong sister?

WANTED: THE PERFECT HUSBAND by Margery Scott – Sybil Franklin needs a husband—fast! In order to keep her ranch, she must be married within thirteen days. Devin McGregor meets all her requirements and comes highly recommended, but he has no interest in marriage.

Devin McGregor had a ranch once, a fiancée, a future. He made a mistake, and it cost him everything. Now, even though he’d love to own his own land again, he’s afraid to risk failure.

Sybil decides to post an advertisement for the perfect husband. As Devin tries to protect her from being taken advantage of, his feelings for her grow, but his fear of failing her won’t let him accept her proposal.

Both Sybil and Devin have choices, but making the right choice means they could both lose everything.


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