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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Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology

Have you heard about the Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology? It’s the perfect gift for the readers in your life because it’s the gift that keeps on giving and supports an absolutely wonderful cause!

This anthology, full of fun Christmas short stories by bestselling writers and new-comers alike, is bound to get you into the Christmas spirit. It includes twenty-four short stories by David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Debra Holland, Kirsten Osbourne, Peggy L Henderson, Lorena Dove, L.L. Muir, CS Martin, Linda Hubalek, CJ Samuels, Carra Copelin, Margery Scott, Janelle Daniels, Ray Anselmo, Marie Piper, Caroline Lee, Sam Knight, Kit Morgan, Margaret Tanner, Rain Trueax, Kirsten Lynn, Jaclyn Weist, Jenna Eatough, and Patricia “PacJac” Carroll.

Read more about this wonderful cause and charity below, as I spoke with Kirsten Osbourne about the project~

How did the idea for a Christmas Caring Charity come about?

I was chatting on Friday night, the eleventh of December, with Jenna Eatough, a friend who had recently won first place in a short story contest for her Christmas story. Jenna was trying to figure out what she could do with that short story. I suggested we do an anthology, because I had a Christmas short story sitting around as well, and it relates to my Brides of Beckham series, but I didn’t want to publish something quite so short on its own. So we both, separately, started to recruit people.

How did you go about recruiting other authors?

I posted in the author group for Pioneer Hearts, thinking someone might have a short story sitting on the shelf that would work. Somehow, that simple question, was taken as a writing challenge—something to stretch “writing muscles.” Authors were given a deadline of noon on Monday, a mere three days later. I thought they’d clean up a story they already had and submit that. But, no, people started writing.

How many authors were you able to recruit?

Between Jenna and I, we were able to “draft” twenty-two other people into the anthology. Lorena Dove kindly offered to format the book, which took some of the weight off my shoulders. I contacted my cover artist, Erin Dameron-Hill, and we got started.

And, the proceeds from the anthology go directly to charity?

Yes, the authors generously supported their share of the proceeds going to my favorite charity, Mission Arlington.

NOTE: As a reader, this blogger knows that authors are a generous group of individuals. Free books, prizes, and charity – authors are always willing to support those in need. If you have never been in need, consider yourself blessed. The phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” still applies today and we are blessed to have charities available to meet an ever-growing need.

What is Mission Arlington?

Mission Arlington is a charity I’ve volunteered with and supported for years. They provide aid in every way imaginable for people who need it. They’ve provided cars, appliances, financial aid, etc. They have a huge food bank and “clothing store.” I’ve truly never seen anything like it.

What do you like most about Mission Arlington?

My favorite thing they do is provide Christmas for needy children. They service tens of thousands of children every year with their Christmas store. I was blessed to be part of it one year, and it truly overwhelmed me. Every parent gets to “shop” in a store, choosing gifts for all children under the age of eighteen. They even help wrap the gifts. It’s a beautiful thing.


Thank you, Kirsten Osbourne, for answering my questions about the new anthology and Mission Arlington.

If you haven’t picked up Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect gift for the readers in your life because it’s the gift that keeps on giving and supports an absolutely wonderful cause!

Don’t forget, all proceeds from this anthology will be donated to Mission Arlington, a charity which helps the needy, including assisting with rent, utilities, clothing, food, doctor, and dental. It also provides Christmas gifts for tens of thousands of children every year. For Thanksgiving, 2015, they served 27,000 people.