Under a Mulberry Moon Anthology

UNDER A MULBERRY MOON anthology offers Adventure! Mystery! Romance! Nine award-winning and bestselling authors present sweet western historical stories to ignite your imagination and feed your passion for reading. Let us sweep you away from your daily cares and entertain you with our sigh-worthy novellas set between 1865 and 1900. What a line-up we have for you!

This anthology includes a cover photo with each title.

Titles are:

  • A FAMILY FOR MERRY, by Caroline Clemmons
  • A FAMILY FOR POLLY, by Jacquie Rogers
  • ADA AND THE TEXAS CAVALRYMAN, by Carra Copelin
  • COMES A SPECTER, by Keta Diablo
  • MATTHEW’S FREEDOM, by Cissie Patterson
  • MILLWRIGHT’S DAUGHTER, by Zina Abbott
  • THE LADY LASSOS AN OUTLAW, by Charlene Raddon
  • THE WIDOW BUYS A GROOM, by P. A. Estelle
  • WORTH THE WAIT, by Patricia Pacjac Carroll

Hopelessness. Anger. Defiance. Freedom.

Matthew'sFreedom

Matthew Burchard hasn’t been able to save those important to him, time and time again.  After delivering his sister to Freedom, he’s ready to find his own freedom in the world. Saving a widow and her son isn’t part of his future plans. He’s ready to finally live a life of no regrets.

Widow Brenna Jo Wayne is determined to make it on her own, for her son’s sake. Marriage isn’t in her plans but neither is giving up. Her son’s happiness is all that matters – if only he would stop fighting her every step of the way.

Unfortunately, jobs are scarce and men are plentiful in Freedom. Is marriage the only way out of her situation? Will she find what her heart is seeking despite her son’s attitude? Return to Freedom, Colorado, in book two of this mail-order bride romance series


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Excerpt from Matthew’s Freedom ~

Brenna sighed and dismissed them with a curt, “Good day.”

Eddie and Matthew rode away from the homestead toward Charlie’s land. “Thanks for the help.” Matthew said, still smarting from being chastised for his stupidity.

Eddie gave him a wide grin. “Boy, you stepped into a heap of dung right there. I know better than to try to dig you out by your boots until she was good and ready to let you free.” He cackled loudly. “You shoulda’ seen the look on your face as she was letting you have it.”

Matthew gave him a dirty look. Hopefully, that conversation stayed between the three of them. His sister would have his hide if she heard what a donkey’s behind he’d made of himself. But despite the regret he felt, he felt a twinge of something else as he pictured the sparks shooting from Brenna’s brown eyes and the way her chin tilted up in defiance when she was angered. That woman was a force to be reckoned with, and God help him, he longed for a chance to tame her.


Author Bio

cissie_profileBorn in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Cissie Patterson lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and two children. She is an avid reader of historical western romance and dreams of simpler days gone by. Times were tough, work was hard but community, God and family were the pillars of life.

Cissie spends much of her time in the Pioneer Hearts reader group on Facebook, promoting other fabulous authors of the historical western romance genre. She also maintains the Western Romance Book Babe page on Facebook, letting readers know of any historical western deals she finds. Everybody loves a freebie, right?

Cissie welcomes you to join her on her author journey as each story is a romance to remember. Select that + FOLLOW button on Amazon below my profile pic.  I love being followed. It keeps life exciting!

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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.

Welcome, Rain Trueax!

On the Pioneer Hearts blog today, we welcome Rain Trueax!  Rain has 11 historical romances (Oregon and Arizona) and 12 contemporary suspense and paranormal romances– all based in the American West. She is a member of RWA, PAN, Women Writing the West, and Saguaro Romance Writers.

When writing, she works from her family sheep and cattle operation in the Oregon Coast Range, a desert home near Tucson, Arizona, or from their RV somewhere in the inter-mountain west via satellite link. Her husband of over 50 years, who she calls Ranch Boss, and she have two grown children, and four grandchildren.

In all of Rain’s romances, the underlying themes are the values of generosity, hard work, courage, community, and living true to oneself–all the while intertwining the complications of physical attraction, sexuality and outside challenges, whether, malicious or societal. Her stories are ‘Romances with an Edge’ as they are stories of adventure and danger. They are generally spicy (between 3 and 4 on a scale of 1-5). Characters sometimes use strong language, as suits the action.

Rain’s newest release is a paranormal book titled Enchantress’ Secret: Hemstreet Witches Book 1


 

Rain, tell us about your new paranormal release ~ Enchantress’ Secret: Hemstreet Witches Book 1

The idea of writing something different, from my historical romances, began in December in Tucson, Arizona. Barrio Viejo is an old neighborhood south of downtown. I was returning after a few years absence. My first time in the barrio had been to find el Tiradito, a wishing shrine with a tragic and magical history.

Years back, around the shrine, had been deteriorating homes, closed businesses, no air-conditioning– so open doors with the scent of food cooking, sometimes old men sitting on stoops. The doors were worn, wonderful for photographs, but frankly the kind of neighborhood developers tend to see as ground for fancy hotels or convention centers.

That could have happened to Barrio Viejo except for a determined group who fought to see it protected as historic and restored. That’s what we found in December. It was being revitalized, its history proudly shared on plaques. We were told some of the homes had been totally gutted but outside you’d never know it.

Taking many photos, one in particular led me to see a potential book. The home was pueblo style in a row of many like it. In front was a motorcycle. I saw the hero for the first book—well not actually but in my imagination. Because of the mystical history of the neighborhood, it seemed possibly a place of ghosts, spirits and maybe a few unusual people.

With one Arizona historical I still had to get out, it wasn’t until March I could get serious about planning this new series. My characters would be artists, musicians, writers, detectives, entrepreneurs, along with families who had a long history in Tucson. What if, for one such family, that long history meant witches and shamans?

With all the mythologies regarding witches, many of which are actively believed in the Southwest, my stories needed to set parameters for this fantasy world. The Hemstreet witches come out of the Yaqui traditions on one side, and warlocks and witches on the other. While each of the women (four sisters, widowed mother, disapproving aunt, and two grandmothers) have their own specific gifts, all can draw upon earth energy. Born into a family where mystical powers were the expected, the important thing has been to use their abilities responsibly, never selfishly, and always for good. They also have to be careful who knows about them given superstition is not just in other countries. While having abilities most humans can’t imagine, they live normal length lives and can be killed.

Each of the five books will be a complete romance but underlying all stories will be the family and its interactions. With one exception, the heroes represent the rest of us. They are men who have no idea a mystical world exists, that there are ghosts and spirit beings. They are, however, strong men, who have their own human power, which they must draw upon, when they find life isn’t quite what they thought.


Visit Rain on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore for a list of all her books, including her historical western romance collections.

An Exciting New Romance Series

A Cutter’s Creek Romance Series

I am excited to announce the creation of the sweet historical world of Cutter’s Creek, Montana. The authors started with a picture of a little red chapel in the hills and created the town around that sweet little building used for worship and weddings, funerals and festivals. It is a place of hiding and healing. Four authors have teamed up from across the globe to bring you stories of hope and love.

 

 

The first four novellas introduce you to the town, the Chapel, and its lovely characters. The characters you will meet may appear in future novels. There will be times the authors will all publish at once, and others when they publish a book singly, but each one will be carefully crafted for you to be transported to Cutter’s Creek and a new story of love, struggle, and romance. Some will be short, others will be full length novels.

 

 

The four Kellys covernovellas in this series are threaded together by a beautiful little red chapel nestled in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, Cutter’s Creek, Montana. The heroine in each of these novellas finds solace inside the walls of the building and the God it was built to serve. The chapel is the center of town and is an important landmark to the residents of Cutter’s Creek. Its unusual red color has become a symbol that all are welcome. In the future, it won’t always take center stage, but it is in each of the introductory novellas.

 

Karis coverRomance seems just out of reach for these couples. At times, it’s as though they aren’t meant to be together. Sometimes, they’re too stubborn to see what’s right before their eyes. Each has a lesson to learn before they get the prize of happiness in love. These stand-alone, happily ever after stories will melt the coldest heart and make the disenchanted believe in love again.


Be sure to follow the authors on Amazon!

Vivi Holt     Kit Morgan     Annie Boone     Kari Trumbo

Don’t forget to check out the Pioneer Hearts store on Amazon for books from these amazing authors and more!

Cutter’s Creek Series at Pioneer Hearts bookstore

Jesse’s Heartbreak – Penny Estelle

A NEWBIE and a FREEBIE

Good news from Penny Estelle! Jesse’s Heartbreak, Book Three of The Jesse Series has been released.  Take a look at Jesse’s Heartbreak on Amazon by clicking here.Jesse's Find

Also, to help celebrate Jesse’s Find will be free on Amazon for a limited time!  Grab your copy on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1XIscUt


Jesse’s Heartbreak

Jesse and Ginny Mason’s world is shattered when Amanda Hill comes to Abilene, Kansas to try and take three-year old Sarah away from them.  Little Sarah’s father died before she was born and his family wants the girl to come to Pennsylvania and live with them, and they have the money and the expertise they need to make that happen!

The Hills can offer the little girl prominence and station in life, while all Jesse and Ginny have to give is their complete devotion.  Which will the Judge choose – money or love?

Jesse’s Heartbreak is a sweet Christian romance that will make you smile and shed a few tears!


Excerpt

“Mrs. Mason.”  Ginny turned to see Amanda Hill standing next to the wagon.  Ginny shot back around, face forward and back ramrod straight!  “Please hear me out for just a few minutes.”  Ginny still didn’t turn her way.  “If Judge Horn grants me custody,” Ginny sucked in her breath, “or even partial custody, do you want Sarah having to leave with a woman she doesn’t even know?  I’m a stranger to her.  She never knew her father, so even though I’m an aunt, that will mean nothing to her.  Only that a strange woman is taking her away.  If I come out for a few days we can at least get to know each other.  If he decides in your favor, I have at least gotten to know my niece for a few days.”

Ginny put her hands in her face and her shoulders shook with sobs. Jesse rounded the wagon, furious.  Amanda gasped and took a step back.  “You listen to me.  I don’t…”

“Jesse,” Ginny said, stopping him.  “She’s right in what she is saying. I can’t have Sarah being taken by some strange lady she has never met.  That would destroy me.”  Ginny wiped her eyes.  “We have a new bunkhouse and the men won’t be moving in for a month or so.  You can sleep there.”

Ginny watched as Jesse’s whole demeanor deflated.  He got back up on the wagon seat.  Ginny gave the woman one last look.  “You can come out in a few days.”

Jesse put his arm around Ginny as they started down the road.  Neither heard the whispered “I’m sorry” or saw the sympathy in her eyes.


A Bit About Me….

I write for all ages, from the early reader to adults.  My books range from pictures books for the little ones, to fantasy, time-travel adventures for ages 9 to 13. I also write adult stories, including a family drama and contemporary, paranormal and historical westerns romances, under P. A. Estelle.

I was a school secretary for 21 years.  My husband and I moved to our retirement home in Kingman, AZ, on a very rural 54 acres, living on solar and wind only.

Penny’s books can be found in the Pioneer Hearts Amazon Bookstore and Follow Penny on Amazon

Additional information about Penny and her wonderful books can be found in the following links:

www.pennystales.com

www.pennyestelle.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/pennystales

www.pinterest.com/pennyestelle

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820078.Penny_Estelle

http://www.twitter.com/pennystales

Welcome, Amelia C. Adams!

Today I’m highlighting one of my favorite new authors, Amelia C. Adams.  As she approaches her one year anniversary of writing historical western romance, she has amazed readers and authors alike with her sweet romance series, Kansas Crossroads, and its spin-off series, Nurses of New York.  In her spare time this past year, Amelia also found the time to write two books for the American Mail-Order Bride Series.  She truly is a writing wonder and I can’t wait to read more of what this spectacular woman has to offer!  Welcome, Amelia!


Thank you for inviting me to be a guest on the Pioneer Hearts blog! My name is Amelia C. Adams, and I’ve been writing Western romance since March of 2015, ever since Kirsten Osbourne dragged me into it . . . er, convinced me that I should give it a try. It’s been a lot of fun! You can learn more about my books at www.ameliacadams.com.

And now you can get to know me a little bit as I answer these questions posed to me by my street team.

Cindy asked, “When did you start writing? Did you always want to write, or did the decision come when you when you were an adult?”
I’ve always wanted to write, and I got started with silly little stories and poems when I was around five years old. Books are my favorite things ever, and I was thrilled with the thought that I could help make them.

Carol asked, “What inspires you to create the amusing dialogue between characters when you write?”
– They talk to me and I write down what they say—I really have very little to do with it. It’s a little scary sometimes, but as long as they’re funny, I guess they can live in my head.

Jennifer asked, “Is there anyone or anything in particular whom inspires your writing?”
– Anything and everything. Life is one big giant writing prompt.

Eileen asked, “Do you plan out your series before ever writing the first word?”
– I start out with a general idea, but I’m very much a seat-of-the-pants writer. I have to see where the story naturally goes, and it very often takes me places I didn’t expect. That’s most of the fun right there. A lot of times, my research will dictate where I go next.

Melissa asked, “Do you always finish the writing you start, or do you have some that are just hanging out unfinished?”
– I have a bunch of works in progress. Some are just a chapter or two long—I’ll get an idea and start writing it, knowing that I’ll have to come back to it another time.

Penny asked, “Do the personalities of your characters come strictly from your imagination, or do you pattern them from people you have met? I ask this because your characters seem to have distinct personalities all their own!”
– They usually pop into my head fully formed. Olivia, for instance, knew exactly who she was from the very first moment.

Kristen asked, “Do your characters speak to you while you’re writing? And if yes, do you carry on conversations with them? Also, do you have lots of voices in your head all the time? Finally, if you could share a meal with a famous person (dead or alive), who would it be, which meal, and why?”
– My characters speak, but not to me—they tell their stories or they talk to each other. I’ve never had a back-and-forth conversation with any of them. I have countless voices in my head all the time—it’s like a circus in there. And let’s see . . . a meal with a famous person . . . that’s a tough one. Let’s say Clara Barton, who has always fascinated me. As far as the meal itself? Something I didn’t have to cook, and comes with chocolate cake for dessert.

Amelia’s books can be found on the Pioneer Hearts Bookstore in Amazon by clicking here.  As a bonus, book one of the Kansas Crossroads series, A New Beginning, is free on Amazon to all readers.  Grab it and get hooked into a truly wonderful sweet series that you won’t be able to put down.


Amelia C. Adams is a wife, a mother, and a novelist. She spends her days dreaming up stories and her nights writing them down. Her biggest hero is her husband, and you might just see bits and pieces of him as you read her novels.

She loves all things historical and enjoys learning about days gone by, but she’s glad she was born more recently (she won’t say how recently or not recently) because the Internet is awesome, and she’s glad she doesn’t have to wash her clothes by hand in a galvanized tub. She has hit Amazon bestseller status twice, once for A Clean Slate and once for A Clear Hope.

You can reach Amelia at ameliaadamsauthor@gmail.com or visit her at www.ameliacadams.com.

The Importance of Leaving Reviews

Why should a reader leave a review? Leaving a review comes down to the generosity on the part of a reader toward the author. Reviewing books you’ve read has more value than simply boosting — or crushing — the author’s ego. Sure, reviews are a great way to keep track of your personal library, but they also have the power to help other readers find books they might like.

Authors appreciate that you’ve bought the book, so the reader doesn’t ‘owe’ the author anything more. However, readers have an author’s sincere thanks when they leave a review. Reviews aren’t just about helping authors; they’re about readers helping other readers. I’m sure all of us have bought a book at one point or another based on the reviews left by other readers. As a reader, I truly appreciate each review and I can honestly say it makes a difference in whether or not I spend my money on that book.

So why don’t more readers leave reviews? Possibly because readers think reviews don’t matter. Or their busy lives get in the way. Or maybe, just maybe, a reader is intimidated at the idea of putting pen to paper — or, in this case, fingers to keyboard — and having anyone in the world read their words. If you relate to that, here are a few tips to help you craft quick, honest and helpful reviews.

REVIEW TIPS

1. DON’T post spoilers! The first rule of reviews is to never ever ever leave spoilers, such as “I can’t believe the hero died in the end!” Be vague about twists in stories, as those are meant to be a surprise. “I loved the twist at the end” is good; “I loved that the heroine turned out to be an alien at the end” is not. Even if you indicate ‘spoiler alert’, please don’t write it. Readers can’t help but be curious and it changes their reading experience.

2. DO relax! Imagine you’re talking to your best friend. What would you tell her about this book in a few sentences?

3. DO: Keep it short. Three to five sentences is plenty of space to share your feelings on just about any book read. Readers have most likely checked out the blurb for the book already; there’s no need to restate it in your review. What was your opinion of the story? How did it make you feel?

4. DO: Remember, when reviewing on Amazon, you have five whole stars to choose from. One stars should be reserved for books that are completely unreadable. If you enjoyed a book, even a little, start at two stars and work your way up from there.

5. DO BE CONSIDERATE. If you feel compelled to leave a negative review, imagine the author is standing in front of you asking for your honest opinion. Don’t insult her (“I hope this author dies in a fiery car crash!”); be constructive (“The characters lacked depth”). A lot of people seem to take joy in being unnecessarily cruel. It’s fine if you don’t like a book, but tell potential readers why the writing affected you.

Finally, if a book has errors, take the time to email the author or send a Facebook message. Most authors truly appreciate hearing from you and want to correct the errors. Even with an editor, proofreader, and beta readers, errors slip through the cracks and are missed. Each one of us is human and compassion goes a long way. Give the author the opportunity to correct the mistake and their gratitude will go a long way. Be a friend, even if you don’t know the author personally. It’s how each one of us would want to be treated.

In the end, a simple “This book really touched me because I could relate to the heroine” works just fine. Reviews don’t need to be Pulitzer-worthy to not only help others find the right books for them, but to hopefully make an author’s day. Every person deserves to hear ‘job well done’ by those that support their talents. A review is an electronic smile and pat on the back that each reader can give if we only take the time.

* A special thank you to the authors who contributed to this article. You know who you are.