Hearts Ablaze – New Love for the Old West

Ignite a new love for the Old West.

What happens when eight bestselling historical romance authors get together to create something?

When Hildie McQueen called came together to work on this project, they quickly realized we had something very special–-a collection that represented the varied and vibrant tapestry of the Old American West.

HEARTS ABLAZE is a collection of eight sizzling tales of the Old West, set during the autumn months and blazing with passion and adventure.

From the wild Pacific forests to the lonesome prairies, on wagon trains and at frontier outposts, fall in love with lumberjacks and soldiers, trailblazers and trick riders, courageous warriors and rugged cowboys.


Whispered Love transports you to the wild Pacific Northwest, a land bristling with handsome, well-muscled lumberjacks. Foreman Samuel Pearse has only one rule; no women allowed. Until he finds one asleep in his bathtub—Pat Clarke, the company cook. With her secret revealed and her virtue at stake, Pat turns to the only man who can help her…the one man who sets fire to her heart.

Kathleen Ball writes contemporary and historical western romance with great emotion and memorable characters. Her books have appeared on best sellers lists including: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks, Bookstrand, Desert Breeze Publishing and Secret Cravings Publishing. She is the recipient of eight Editor’s Choice Awards, and The Readers’ Choice Award for Ryelee’s Cowboy. She was a finalist in the 2012 and 2015 RONE Awards and Top Pick, Five Star Series from the Romance Review, and winner of the Lear diamond award for Best Historical Novel- Cinders’ Bride. www.kathleenballromance.com

 


Kate’s Outlaw, a suspenseful yarn about a half-breed desperado who abducts—and then rescues—a railroad heiress. On the run from danger, with enemies on both sides, Jake and Kate seek solace in each other’s arms…and ignite a love as powerful as it is forbidden.

E.E. Burke is an award-winning author of sensual and sweet historical romances. Woven through with real history, her stories recapture a bygone era and resonate with enduring themes.

E.E., also known as Elisabeth, has earned accolades in regional and national contests, including the RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart®. Over the years, she’s been a disc jockey, a journalist and an advertising executive, before finally getting around to living the dream–writing stories readers can get lost in.  www.eeburke.com


The Officer and the Bostoner, from USA Today bestselling author Rose Gordon, follows the adventures of a well-to-do lady traveling cross-country to meet her intended. Instead, she finds herself stranded at a military fort and forced into an unwanted marriage. Can a hot-blooded officer spark love in his wife’s cold heart?

Rose Gordon is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than a dozen unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after. www.rosegordon.net

 


Fools Rush from USA Today bestselling author Ciara Knight. A young woman, desperate for independence from all men, embarks on a crazy cross-country wagon train adventure disguised as a man. Instead of finding her independence, a bounty hunter captures her under the guise of horse thieving, a crime punishable by hanging. Will a man she’s lied to for months save her, or will he surrender her to a monster with a badge?

Ciara Knight, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author, writes ‘A Little Edge and A Lot of Heart’ that spans the heat scales. http://www.ciaraknight.com/

 

 


Ridin’ For A Fall by Kirsten Lynn immerses you in a fiery tale of forever love. When circumstances force best friends and Wild West Show performers, Lena Boden and Kyle Allaway to marry and return to Wyoming, they must stand together against internal doubts and external forces seeking their destruction—or risk a fall that will knock them out of the saddle for good.

Kirsten Lynn is a Western and Military Historian. She worked six years with a Navy non-profit and continues to contract with the Marine Corps History Division for certain projects. Making her home where her roots were sewn in Wyoming, Kirsten also works as a local historian. She loves to use the history she has learned and add it to a great love story. She writes stories about men of uncommon valor…women with undaunted courage…love of unwavering devotion …and romance with unending sizzle. When she’s not writing, she finds inspiration in day trips through the Bighorn Mountains, binge reading and watching sappy old movies, or sappy new movies. Housework can always wait. www.kirstenlynnwildwest.com


In A Warrior’s Heart, bestselling author Amanda McIntyre brings to life the passionate story of a bold Cherokee warrior and the brave white woman he rescues from certain death. Thrown together by circumstances not of their own making, they overcome betrayal and tragedy to find a love strong enough to bring nations together.

Amanda McIntyre’s storytelling is a natural offshoot of her artistic creativity. A visual writer, living in the rich tapestry of the American heartland, her passion is telling character-driven stories with a penchant (okay, some call it a wicked obsession) for placing ordinary people in extraordinary situations to see how they overcome the obstacles to reach their happily ever after.

A bestselling author, her work is published internationally in Print, eBook, and Audio. She writes steamy contemporary and sizzling historical romance and truly believes, no matter what, love will always find a way. http://www.amandamcintyresbooks.com/


The Rancher, by bestselling author Hildie McQueen, transports readers to 1870s Montana Territory and into a sensual encounter between an injured rancher and a woman running for her life. Sometimes love enters at the worst moment…

Bestselling author Hildie McQueen loves unusual situations and getting into interesting adventures, which is what her characters do as well. She writes romance because she is in love with love! Author of Romance in Highland historical, Western Historical and contemporary, she writes something every reader can enjoy. Hildie’s favorite past-times are romance conventions, traveling, shopping and reading. She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt, an unruly boy Chihuahua Pepito and a spoiled rotten girl Chiweenie named Lola. www.facebook.com/authorhildiemcqueen


In The Drifter, bestselling author Elizabeth Rose takes readers on an epic journey across the plains, as drifter Chase Masters shows up wounded at Nessa Pemberton’s stagecoach relay station mistaken as the bandit who killed her husband. Can a single mother learn to love again and put her trust in a man who is nothing but a drifter?

Elizabeth Rose is the bestselling author of over 55 books, an Amazon All-Star and in the Top 100 of Amazon’s most popular, bestselling historical romance authors. She writes medieval, small town contemporary, paranormal and western romance. She is known for her series and sagas of family characters that often cross over into other series. To find out more about Elizabeth’s books, read excerpts, or to view her book trailer videos, please visit her website at http://elizabethrosenovels.com.


You can purchase this set for only 99 cents. http://bit.ly/BuyHeartsAblaze

What characters in Old West stories are your favorites?

We’ll be giving away a FREE boxed set to a lucky commenter.

Visit these and other amazing historical western romance authors at the Pioneer Hearts store on Amazon at http://astore.amazon.com/pioneerheartsbooks-20

Also, come join the authors at their Facebook party on Thursday, October 20th from 6-10 pm EST at https://www.facebook.com/events/308674522845765/

Join 8 bestselling authors to celebrate the release of Hearts Ablaze, eight sizzling tales of the Old West. Come prepared to ask those burning questions (yes, you can put us on the hot seat and feed us s’mores afterwards). Enter FLASH giveaways & a RAFFLE for the grand prize, a $100 Amazon gift card. Invite your friends!
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6:00 PM – Elizabeth Rose
6:30 PM – Ciara Knight
7:00 PM – Kirsten Lynn
7:30 PM – Amanda McIntyre
8:00 PM – Kathleen Tighe Ball
8:30 PM – E.E. Burke
9:00 PM – Rose Gordon
9:30 PM – Hildie McQueen

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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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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.

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

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

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Her Independent Spirit by Zina Abbott

 

Today Zina Abbott will share with you excerpt #1 and
a chance to win a copy of Her Independent Spirit by playing the Amazon Giveaway sweepstakes.
Catch all seven excerpts on participating blogs on Zina Abbott’s website by CLICKING HERE.
Please join Zina Abbott on the Sweet/Clean Romance Facebook event
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About the Book:

Beth Dodd has made a promise to help “Lulu”, a young prostitute at the Blue Feather, keep her baby if she decides to leave the whorehouse and become a respectable woman. But Beth hadn’t counted on the obstacles she and the new mother will face from society in the mining town of Lundy. From the obstinate landlady, Mrs. Ford, to her intractable German boss, Gus Herschel, Beth must fight for the woman she’s promised to help. But Beth Dodd never gives in, and she keeps her word with a stubbornness that Lundy folks are not accustomed to seeing from a woman.

Once Lulu, now known as the more respectable Louisa Parmley, starts working for Gus in his kitchen, she proves that Beth was right to take a chance on her. She has every intention of making a good life for her new daughter. But can she also hope to find happiness with Gus? And will Gus be able to accept her and baby Sophie Ann as his? Love was never in the cards for Gus, but Louisa dreams of happiness with the stoic man, and Beth is determined to bring them together through HER INDEPENDENT SPIRIT.


Excerpt #1:

Albert, the muscle Miss Flora hired to enforce order in the brothel entered the room holding what appeared to be a small folded bundle of flannel. “Miss Lulu, this is for your baby.”

“Who would bring the baby a gift? Not that many people know me let alone know I have a baby.”

Bewildered, Lulu reached for one edge of the fabric and shook it free of its folds. One side was solid white flannel. The other side had a checkerboard patchwork design of striped blue blocks and red flannel blocks alternating with white flannel blocks. It was a quilt with a thin fabric center instead of heavier cotton filling. It was not the most artfully designed quilt Lulu had ever seen, but the corners of the squares matched up and the stitches that held all the layers together were neat and even.

“It was the midwife. She said no matter what, baby Sophie Ann needs a blanket.”

“The midwife! She brought the baby a blanket?”

Lulu recalled the woman, Jim Dodd’s widow, not much older than she was, who had come to help with the birth of Sophie Ann. That day she had offered to help Lulu get work as a cook so she could keep Sophie Ann but only if Lulu gave up being a prostitute and be the one to walk away from the Blue Feather. Had she said that just to be nice, or had she meant what she said?

“Oh, Albert! Where is she? I need to talk to her.”


Zina Abbott is offering a copy of the book through Amazon Giveaway with a  one in fifty chance of winning.

You may access Amazon Giveaway by CLICKING HERE and following the instructions.


About the Author:

Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical novels. You may find the first two novellas in the Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series, Big Meadows Valentine and A Resurrected Heart, by clicking on the hyperlinks for the novel titles or by going to Zina Abbott’s Amazon Author Page by clicking HERE.

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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.

Soda Springs by Carolyn Steele

I was fortunate to review a copy of Soda Springs, by author Carolyn Steele.  I am appreciative that I took the time to review this book, for I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. I had been eyeing the book for some time, drawn in by the lovely cover.  Below is my review.

Thirteen-year old, Tessa Darrow, lives a partially spoiled life on her family’s homestead in North Carolina. Her father has been off fighting in the Civil War, but when he returns, Tessa catches him burning his uniform. He quickly announces that they are taking the Oregon Trail to start a new life out west. In the rush to leave, disaster happens and Tessa quickly loses her childhood dreams. I was surprised that this was more of a western tale than a Civil War story.

The Oregon Trail is not easy on the Darrow family and tragedy strikes, leaving Tessa fighting for survival. Her father is gravely ill and they stop at the outpost of Morristown.  A kindly woman of faith, Mrs. Holt, does what she can to treat Mr. Darrow’s illness. Mrs. Holt is an ex-member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) and a brief history is given of a group known as the Morrisites, who split off from the church.

I did not feel that this book was preachy or pushy in any way toward a religion. I will admit that I was nervous about how much of the LDS story would be addressed.  A brief history of a religious group was covered, but enough that it helped gain insight into a religion that I am not all that familiar with. The Darrows are not of the LDS faith and struggle with what is revealed to them.

Tessa is presented with several romantic interests.  She faces challenges that many of us face. Does she follow love? Is she willing to settle for marriage?  This book does a superb job of laying out the internal emotions that we go through as one grows and matures.  The book draws the reader in and introduces characters that you can relate to, as well as paints a detailed picture of the Soda Springs area. The enjoyment in this book is in the details, and I found myself closing my eyes at times to imagine the scenes expertly described by the author.

Soda Springs is an enjoyable historical romance. There is little violence and brief kissing. Polygamy practices are discussed in conversation but not followed in the story. Tragic situations happen and trials are experienced in the characters’ lives.

This book sells for $6.99 as an ebook. I do want to point out that it is a 284-page book and is much more lengthy and detailed than a typical ebook that you might see in the historical western genre.  I recommend that readers give it a try and I do not believe that you will be disappointed.


Amazon Blurb:

“Father, what are you doing?” Tessa whispered as loudly as she dared, fearful of waking the rest of her family. “Stop!”

“Go back inside,” he hissed at her.

She gasped in horror. “Your uniform!” Flames consumed the gray woolen coat and trousers. “Why?”

When Tessa Darrow discovers her father burning his Confederate uniform, she has no idea that his secret will take them to the wild West. But life in the West doesn’t mean forsaking the gentility of her Southern upbringing, not with the likes of William Bates and Peter Sundstrom competing for Tessa’s affections . . . This sweeping story illuminates an oft-forgotten era in LDS Church history. Filled with drama, humor, and enduring love, it’s a thrilling read for history buffs and romantics alike.

Soda Springs can be found on the Pioneer Hearts Books store in Amazon.  You can also enjoy a book trailer on YouTube.


Author Carolyn Steele enjoys ferreting out obscure history and weaving it through her tales. With a career rooted in business writing, she loves researching details of her novels to ensure their historical accuracy. Carolyn works full-time writing communications for physicians then spends evenings indulging her passion for writing historical romance. Her first novel, Willow Springs, was published in 2014; her second, Soda Springs, was published in 2015. When not at the computer, Carolyn loves traveling with her husband and visiting with her children and grandchildren. In her spare moments, she traipses about with a camera in hand, and occasionally muddles through a round of golf. She dreams of one day traveling the world, photographing all of those mystical lands that beg to be backdrops for her novels.

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