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
  • COMES A SPECTER, by Keta Diablo
  • MATTHEW’S FREEDOM, by Cissie Patterson
  • 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 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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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
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8:00 PM – Kathleen Tighe Ball
8:30 PM – E.E. Burke
9:00 PM – Rose Gordon
9:30 PM – Hildie McQueen

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.

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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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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Catching Up with Merry Farmer & Kirsten Osbourne

Today, we catch up with the Culpepper Cowgirls – the two authors of the fabulous new contemporary series, Culpepper Cowboys.

What gave you the idea for Culpepper Cowboys?

Kirsten – Someone suggested I write about a town. I like to write marriage of convenience books, so I thought about how to make it work, and I came up with the idea of using Dr. Lachele, who was the matchmaker in my At the Altar books to match up four brothers, and I figured we could go from there. We did.

Merry – Honestly, it was Kirsten’s idea. She had an epiphany about doing a series with four sisters marrying four brothers. We’d been friends for a while, so she picked on me…I mean, asked me if I’d like to join her. I’ve wanted to write more contemporary romances, and this was exactly what I’d been looking for!

As far as how I came up with the ideas for the stories themselves, the books needed to be light and humorous to match our writing styles. I’ve always considered myself as writing emotional, heart-felt stories. So the challenge of writing humor was an awesome one. As we came up with the characters, I just kept asking myself, “What would be the funniest thing that could happen to these people?” That’s still my jumping-off-point for each book.

Is it difficult to co-write?

Merry – Yes and no. And the answer has been different for different books in the series. The first four were easy-peasy, mostly because Kirsten and I planned a lot. We also wrote them one at a time, read each other’s work, and then proceeded with our own stories. The fifth and sixth books were harder because we were writing them simultaneously, and we kept writing things that directly conflicted. There were a few days there where I thought the two of us would probably kill each other! *LOL* Fortunately, Kirsten and I actually are friends, and we were able to work things out literarily. But lesson learned. Since those books, we’ve been careful not to have our story timelines or characters overlap too much, while including as much crossover as possible. We’ve each had to tweak a few things to make sure every detail works for both of us, but nothing major. It’s been incredibly fun to work together overall! Kirsten is the best! Although I’m still convinced she wants to kick my tush half the time.

Kirsten – Most of the time Merry and I kind of mesh when we write. Sometimes we have to iron out little tiny details that are important to one of us for whatever reason, and we do and it works. It’s really been as seamless a process as writing with another person can be.

Whose story is up next?

Kirsten – Next story will be Felicity and Allen. Felicity is one of the Quinlan cousins who started a ranch with Grace. Allen will be someone who comes in to work on the bakery, expanding it to add a breakfast area.

Merry – That would be Kirsten’s story about Felicity, Contractor’s Cookies. I know a little bit about what she’s going to do with it, but I can’t wait to read the full story! After that, I’ll be writing about Sly O’Donnell and his romantic adventures in Tycoon’s Tryst.

Have the historical western romance readers been supportive of this contemporary series?

Merry – Yeah, I think they have. It’s a little outside of their box, but in my experience, readers are wonderfully versatile. They’ll try anything as long as they know the characters will be engaging and the stories will be fun.

Kirsten – For the most part, they really have! There are some die-hard historical fans who won’t even try them, but they’re missing out, because these are fun books about sexy cowboys.

What do you like best about cowboys?

Merry – I like the freedom and ruggedness that they have. They aren’t tied down to desks or cities or commutes. I feel like I can write a cowboy hero with a much easier manner to him. Not to mention that with all that physical work, they’re pretty buff! I like writing about the countryside. My trip through Wyoming this past April was awesome in terms of getting a feel for the land and the potential it has. It really helped me to write the cowboy characters.

Actually, funny thing…. I have Honor Culpepper suffering from the altitude as soon as she arrives in Culpepper. That little detail got into the book because that’s exactly what happened to me when I ventured into Wyoming. It’s at such a high elevation that anyone who has lived close to sea level will have a hard time breathing until they adjust. I didn’t stay long enough to adapt, but all those physical sensations I experienced and the anxiety that went along with it totally informed Honor’s character and her reactions.

Oh, but that’s not about cowboys. Oh well. 😉 It’s about Wyoming, and I LOVED Wyoming! I’d love to go back.

Kirsten – I like how they look. What do I like least about them? Usually how they smell. Cowboys sure are handsome, though.

What book of yours are you most proud of and why?

Kirsten – It’s going to be two together. Lazy Love and Literary Love. I came up with the idea for Lazy Love, and I never meant to write it. But I couldn’t seem to stop myself. And then I realized that I had to write Literary Love. There is so much of me in both of those books. My heart lives inside them. I think they’re by far the best books I’ve ever written, and they take my writing to the next level. I wish more people would give them a chance!

Merry – Gosh, that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child! I’m proud of my medieval, Noble Hearts series, because those are the first books I dared to publish (even though I’m a much better writer now). I’m proud of my Paradise Ranch series because I LOVE the little town of Haskell, Wyoming that I invented, I love the characters, and I love how challenged I’ve been by writing both a spicy and a sweet version. And I potentially love my new Nerds of Paradise series that is coming this fall, which is the contemporary world of Haskell, because I get to write about nerdy guys/girls and cowboys/cowgirls getting matched! And of course I love these Culpepper Cowboys books because readers are responding so well to them and falling in love with the world Kirsten and I have created.

USA Today bestselling author Kirsten Osbourne knows how to write romance. Each book is an experience that transplants the reader, indulging them in decadence, intense emotion and sweeping love.

Hailing from the state of Wisconsin, she has lived in Texas for over thirty years as a mother, writer, and wife. Married to the love of her life for more than fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and shares that vision with the world.

She writes contemporary and historical romance as well and also ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy, love, and make believe, no matter the location, where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

You can email her at KirstenOsbourne@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter @AuthorKOsbourne.  You can also follow Kirsten on Amazon for information on new releases.

Kirsten can be found online at http://www.kirstenandmorganna.com/ and a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kirsten.osbourne.7.


Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Women’s Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.

You can email her at merryfarmer20@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter @merryfarmer20.  You can also follow Merry on Amazon for information on new releases.

Merry also has a blog, http://merryfarmer.net, and a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/merryfarmerauthor, and loves visitors.

Both authors can also be found on Facebook at both the Pioneer Hearts group page and Contemporary Western Hearts group page, as well as the Pioneer Hearts Bookstore on Amazon.  Check out their amazing historical western romance books and contemporary western romance stories today or join one of the Facebook groups for interaction with these amazing authors!

A Promise in Defiance

Introducing the sequel to the bestsellers A Lady in Defiance and Hearts in DefianceLeave a blog comment or a chance to win a copy of Heather’s new book A Promise in Defiance.


Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, though, he has trouble telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when infamous madam Delilah Goodnight steps off the stage. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

Charles McIntyre has a new wife … and a ten-year-old half-breed son dropped on his doorstep. In a town as mean as Defiance, can he dare to love them both? If he tries, will the price be too high, even for him?

All Hannah wants is to marry the man of her dreams, the father of her child … and continue working as Doc Cook’s nurse. Can she have the best of both worlds, or will she have to choose one … and lose the other?

They can all count on one thing: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap … and the harvest is at hand in the wild, wild West.

An excerpt from A Promise in Defiance ~

Billy slipped his hand into Hannah’s and they meandered down the river’s shoreline in perfect peace. The sun had sunk below the towering peaks leaving a beautiful peach glow in the sky, but night would fall fast now. Though this would be a short walk, he loved the sound of the water and being alone with the future Mrs. Page. Mollie was sweet enough to watch Billy for a few minutes so he could do this properly.

Butterflies cavorting in his stomach, Billy touched the ring in his breast pocket.

“Do you miss your parents, Billy?”

The question nearly made him stumble, unexpected as it was. Hannah could do that—throw him off balance—because he never knew where her mind was going. Was he a cad if he told her the truth? Hannah already knew his parents had sent him away rather than let him marry her and raise the baby. She didn’t know his father had threatened to disinherit him. His mother . . . his mother was trapped in a loveless marriage, and couldn’t have affected things one way or the other. He supposed he had some pity for her, but he felt like he’d made a pretty clean break from his family. They’d forced him into it.

“No, I don’t,” he said. “I mean, I miss my mother some, but you and Little Billy, and your sisters, you’re all my family now. I don’t even think about Pa.” He stopped and they faced each other. “What made you ask about them?”

“What kind of life can we have together if your family never accepts me?”

He didn’t know what to say. He’d accepted things. Frank Page thought he was too good to acknowledge a bastard grandson, so Billy had walked away and wasn’t ever going back. Nothing would ever come between him and Hannah and Little Billy again. Not parents. Not Indians. Not another man. Therefore, he only knew one way to answer Hannah.

Holding on to her hand, he dropped to one knee in the damp sand, pulled a ring of rubies and white gold from his pocket, and held it up for her inspection. Too much of the light was gone to make out her face clearly, but he could see the tears sparkling in her eyes. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. God will bless our marriage, Hannah. I don’t need anybody else’s blessing.” When she didn’t raise her hand to accept the ring he assumed it was because he hadn’t asked the actual question. He cleared his throat. “Hannah, I love you. Will you marry me?”

The pause between the question and her answer dragged on a bit too long. Growing concerned, he was about to speak when she placed her hands on his cheeks and pulled him to his feet. Still holding him, she said softly, “I do love you more than anything. Yes, I will marry you.”

Relief and joy exploded in his heart. He kissed her deeply, passionately, hungry for every ounce of her. He folded her into his arms, pulled her firmly against him, and wallowed breathlessly in her sweetness. Her soft curves and the way she fit with him warmed his thoughts like too much whiskey. Desire, foolish and intoxicating, begged his hands to roam.

He tried not to remember the one time they had been together, but he couldn’t block it out. He wanted to loosen her braid and let all that golden hair rain down on him like a waterfall. He dragged his lips to her neck, kissed her jaw, hugged her tighter, and nibbled on her ear. Lightheaded, he backed away and held her at arm’s length before he crossed a line. He could hear her breathing hard. He imagined he could even hear her heart pounding.

“Oh my,” she whispered so softly he almost didn’t catch it. “You make me dizzy.”

He squeezed her hand. She felt like his wife already, but the rest of that commitment would have to wait. They wouldn’t be together as husband and wife until they were wed. He exhaled, a long, deep breath. Soon. . . “We need to speak to our new preacher and see when—”

“Billy, “Hannah interrupted, still sounding a bit breathless. “You haven’t put the ring on my finger.”

Laughing, he slapped his forehead and slipped it off the tip of his pinky. He didn’t even remember putting it there, but at least he hadn’t dropped it. “My beloved.”

Hannah extended her hand and Billy pushed it down her finger.

“Goodness, it’s a perfect fit.” She held out her hand, but the light was gone. “Hmmm. Guess we’ll have to go inside if I actually want to see my engagement ring. “She moved her left hand to his face again. “It doesn’t matter. I’m sure it’s stunning. All I really want is you.”

He refrained from kissing her, well aware his self-control was as fragile as butterfly wings. A lack of self-control had caused too much heartache already. He could wait. But he was going to find the preacher tomorrow. “How about we announce the engagement Wednesday night when everyone comes to the hotel for dinner?”

“Yes, all right.”

He wrapped his arm around her and they started back for the town hall. She rested her head on his shoulder as they strolled along the path. He would have felt ten feet tall if it wasn’t for one small thing.

Why had she taken so long to answer?

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Heather Blanton is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies. Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless Colorado mining town, a few notable Hollywood producers have requested the script for her first book in that series, A Lady in Defiance. Heather’s writing is gritty and realistic. In fact, her books have been compared to AMC’s Hell on Wheels series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love.

A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher and skillfully weaves truth in among the fictional story lines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in her hand.

She writes Westerns because she grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. Her most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to her father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!

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Christian Westerns is the genre that lets her write about strong pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Romance is always a strong element in her stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God, and a perfect reflection of how he loves His children: sacrificially and lavishly. Heather’s stories aren’t preachy or cheesy, but she hopes they are heart-warming, realistic, illuminating, and glorifying to God. Like good old fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense.

“I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is … and God loves us anyway.” — Heather Blanton

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.

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Vivi Holt     Kit Morgan     Annie Boone     Kari Trumbo

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Welcome to Clover Springs – Home of the Mail Order Brides!

Today we welcome a new historical western author – Rachel Wesson – to the Pioneer Hearts blog! 

Rachel, you have an exciting new series out, Clover Springs – Mail Order Brides. Tell us what the series is about.

The series is about strong female heroines, many who have traveled from Ireland, who face life’s challenges head on and survive. Love blossoms along the way.

Katie O’Callaghan left Ireland in search of a better life in America, but she never dreamed that she’d end up having to flee Boston and head West less than a year later.  Daniel Sullivan is in need of a wife and he likes the spark he sees in fiery Katie!

Mary Ryan leaves the orphanage and heartbreak behind and follows her friend Katie to Clover Springs to become a mail order bride.  Davy Sullivan needs a wife to bear him children. His brother’s wife is certain her friend, Mary Ryan, will be the perfect woman to care for his home and warm his bed. Love isn’t part of the package Davy is offering!

What do you think was the greatest challenge of Irish immigrants? 

I guess the fact that they knew, well the majority knew, they would never see home again. Many people believe the Irish wanted to emigrate, and some did, but for the majority, there was no choice. They could stay and starve or take a chance on a waterlogged, overcrowded, dirty ship and try to get to America. They died in thousands on that voyage over, only to find the situation for some was as dire in America as it had been at home. Of course, others made their fortune. About 22 US Presidents were of Irish descent, the most famous being President John F. Kennedy. Walt Disney, Maureen O’Hara, Gene Kelly and others are all of Irish descent.

Tell us about Clover Springs. As I close my eyes, describe it to me.

Clover Springs is a small town in 1880’s Colorado with a new church and school house. The rest of the town is fairly shabby, although Katie and her friends are working on that. Clover Springs has a store, a blacksmith shop and a saloon, but so far the characters haven’t been inside that particular establishment!  The town is growing and has far too many male inhabitants. Females are in short supply but the men have heard of a couple of mail order brides who are more than pleasing to the eye.

At the moment, the streets are dusty and townsfolk must walk carefully to keep their feet clean. The men of the town are regular cowboys. Most are pleasant and wholesome but there are a few nasty scoundrels around. The few women are a mixture of nice and nasty. One woman in particular has taken a dislike to the Irish and fears her town is in danger of becoming a mini-Ireland!

What did you find most challenging about writing about Clover Springs?

It is challenging making the story sound like it was written in the 1880’s in Colorado. There is a lot of information online and in books, but very little of it relates to this specific time period. It is after the Civil War and the major movement of people going west has already taken place.

I am enjoying finding out more about how the people lived back then. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to live in that time period. I couldn’t do washing by hand and I can only imagine the smell when all those men got together in one place! I think I would swoon.

Would you want to live in that time period?

Absolutely not! I am a true believer in the pioneer spirit but I wouldn’t have been able to live under the thumb of someone else. I believe I am capable of doing any job I like and that attitude wouldn’t have suited the Wild West.

How many books will there be in the series? 

I am planning at least six but readers keep asking for more on certain characters, so there may end up being more. It’s fantastic though. I love getting feedback from readers who want to hear more about characters I’ve written. Sometimes it is a person who I never intended on having center stage.  At this point, I have to say, I have never come across such a nice bunch of people as those in the Pioneer Hearts Facebook group. They have been so welcoming and encouraging – including authors as well as readers. It is wonderful!

What do you like about the historical western romance genre?

I loved Little House on the Prairie when I was growing up. My mam used to wonder why my sisters and I couldn’t be like the Ingalls’s girls. I was the eldest, so my sisters called me Mary, but I related more to Laura. I love learning about how other people live. History was my favorite subject at school. I was, and probably still am, besotted with finding out how people coped with the curve balls life flings at you – particularly women. There are a lot of books written about men and how hard they had it. And they did, but when you understand that women had to overcome similar difficulties and then face the added burden of being considered second class citizens, I think they are the unsung heroines. They were not seen as being capable of making decisions for themselves, but were the property of their fathers and then their husbands. Of course, you hear about famous women like the first doctors, nurses and other occupations. But the women who just lived day to day trying their best to survive and raise happy, healthy children are my heroines.

Was there anything unusual that you learned while researching for the Clover Springs series? 

Yes, I hadn’t heard the story of the Choctaw Indians. They sent money to help the victims of the famine. There are monuments here in Southern Ireland to these generous people who, despite their own problems, sent over $170 – tens of thousands of dollars in today’s money. Those dollars saved lives. The irony was that Andrew Jackson, the President who signed the order to move these Indians off their own lands and into reservations miles away from their home was Irish. His family wouldn’t have been victims of the famine, as they were rich, but still. His family came from Ireland, yet by signing the order, he contributed to the deaths the Choctaw Indians.

Their forced emigration was part of what is known as “The Trail of Tears.” Choctaws were removed west of the Mississippi started in 1831. More than half who started the forced march died before they reached Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. Ironically, the man who signed the order to send them away from their homes was the same man who took their help and aid when he fought against the British in New Orleans during the 1812 war.

Yet, the Choctaw Indians didn’t hesitate to answer the call for help from a nation stricken by starvation. In 1847, an estimated 1 million Irish were starving to death. Ireland had a population of circa 8.2 million in 1841 (according to the census, the actual figure may have been 9 million). In the next ten years, that number fell by over 1.5 million at a time when the rest of the world’s population was increasing. Ireland lost nearly 2 million people to the famine either directly by death or indirectly by emigration. Very few of those people who left Ireland ever came home again. In fact, the population of Ireland today stands at slightly less than 4 million.

Have you written any other books?

Yes. I have written three books set in World War II under the pen name, Ellie Keaton. Like my Clover Spring Series, these fiction books feature strong female heroines. Penny is the story of a secret agent in Nazi Occupied France. Molly is an American pilot who travels through U-Boat infested waters to fly for the English against the Nazis. Gracie joins the WAAF but her main role is as a mother trying to protect her children in a country at war.

When you’re not writing, how do you relax and recharge?

I spend time with my three kids. My little girl is six now and she has such a vivid imagination. She is great fun to be around. My eight year old son wants to be a gamer so he is going through a phase where mom is not cool. My soon to be thirteen year old son wants to be a writer. But he won’t publish on Amazon. He is holding out for a publishing contract. He wants to be as rich as J.K. Rowling.

Visit Rachel Wesson on the Pioneer Hearts Bookstore to follow her series and discover other amazing Pioneer Hearts historical western authors.

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Coming Soon: Book Three – Sorcha


Ghostwriters in Disguise

Ghostwriters in Disguise ~ by Merry Farmer

There’s been a lot of stress and confusion in Pioneer Hearts world lately over the concept of ghostwriters, what they are, and what exactly they do. I figured it was about time we had a quick tutorial on the subject to prevent any misconceptions and avert any stigma.

What is a Ghostwriter?

I’ll confess, the first time the concept ever dawned on me was years ago when Hillary Clinton published her book It Takes A Village. All politics aside, I blinked and did a double-take when someone explained to me that she hired a ghostwriter to pen it. “Wait,” I thought. “You can hire someone else to write a book and then put your name on it?” Yep! The concept blew my mind.

Since then, I’ve learned that a LOT of books out there in the world are ghostwritten. Do you know Sara Shepard, author of the Pretty Little Liars books that were made into the TV show? Well, last year she spoke at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, and among other things, she talked about how she got her start ghostwriting for a popular YA series. Lots of those great James Patterson novels? Ghostwritten. A bunch of Tom Clancy? Ghostwritten. Many of those Robert Ludlum Bourne Identity series books? Ghostwritten. A super large chunk of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books? Ghostwritten. There are a lot of books out there that are not written by the people whose names are in big print on the covers. (Although many authors these days will include their ghostwriter on the cover as a co-writer…in smaller print)

Okay, so why would someone have a ghostwriter write a book for them, and why would a writer want to be a ghostwriter?

Tons of reasons! James Patterson, for example, has confided that he’s much better at coming up with the story idea than he is at writing it down in all its nitty-gritty glory. Other writers reach the point where they would rather do everything else that comes along with writing books—like traveling to signings and appearances, and marketing—than lock themselves away to write. Still others reach a point where they are incapable of continuing to write (that point sometimes being death, like in the case of V.C. Andrews). Publishers want the name to live on, whether the author does or not. And some popular series were always penned by a number of authors under one name so that they could be churned out fast and in large numbers.

As for why people become ghostwriters, according to Sara Shepard, it was a good way for her to get into the business. She was able to learn her craft in a much more risk-free environment. The series she ghostwrote for had specific guidelines about plots and characters, so she learned about structure without having to write twenty books that ended up on the slush-pile. Other people do it because it’s a steadier source of income than trusting to fate when a book is sent out there in the world. Or—as rumors in my Philadelphia writers’ circles purport—because if you’re ghostwriting for a gigantic name like Tom Clancy, you can be paid about a million dollars per manuscript!

Most of the time, when a ghostwriter enters into an agreement with a professional publishing company or goes to work with a big name author, there will be an extensive contract. These contracts spell out exactly what the expectations between the author and the ghostwriter are. Oftentimes, the author will write a treatment or an outline, specifying exactly what the ghostwriter should write—like James Patterson does. Sometimes they will be given more leeway. These contracts will either specify how much credit the ghostwriter will get. They may contain a confidentiality agreement, which means the ghostwriter may be forbidden from disclosing that they have ghostwritten for a specific author.

Of course, all of this is the way things work in the traditional publishing world with old-school rules. But we now live in the age of digital publishing and indie authors. Just as those of us who self-publish can upload our manuscripts directly to vendors like Amazon and iBooks without having to go through a traditional publisher, so intrepid business people out there can seek out unknown writers, purchase stories from them, and publish them under a single pen name.

In these indie ghostwriting arrangements, the agreements can run the entire gambit from iron clad and professional to haphazard and crazy. I was reading just recently, in response to the scandal at Amazon over scammers who put together box sets with links that enable them to cheat the Kindle Unlimited system in order to log millions of page reads, that they often buy ghostwritten stories off of message boards to create their content. The scammers don’t care about quality, only page reads. Fortunately, Amazon has been cracking down on that!

The same message boards and forums where scammers go to play can also be fertile ground for more legitimate authors and publishers to connect. Lucrative and satisfying partnerships can be formed between those who have the creativity and talent and those who have the business savvy. In the best of cases, these indie publishers treat their arrangements with all the professionalism of the traditional publishing world, putting together contracts that spell out precise expectations and compensation. The author can focus on writing without ever having to worry about more technical or business aspects of publishing. And both parties live up to their obligations and responsibilities toward each other.

But as is the case in all aspects of the new world of indie publishing, there are also publishers who are unprofessional and can become predatory. Because there is no regulating body for indie publishing or ghostwriting, it is possible for these publishers to maneuver authors into a position where they are held hostage, not given fair compensation, and where the publisher engages in abusive retaliation when an author decides to sever ties and set out on their own. What seems like a satisfactory relationship in early days can quickly degenerate into a nightmare behind the scenes – nightmares that the readers will never know about, except to be suddenly confused when a beloved author suddenly has a drastically different writing style or public persona.

Fortunately, when all is said and done, the talent is in the hands of the author, and as long as the terms of a given contract are fulfilled and respected, they can walk away from a bad situation and set out on their own, or enter into a new ghostwriting arrangement as they see fit. And the publisher is free to find other ghostwriters to continue any given name, if they so wish.

There’s nothing wrong with ghostwriting or hiring a ghostwriter, as long as all parties involved are on the same page and treated fairly. For some writers, it’s the ideal way to work. For others, it would never work. (I’m one of those kind, by the way. Too stubborn to write for anyone but myself!) But in case you are now starting to blink and get a headache and wonder if the authors and books you love are really who and what they seem to be, let me assure you that a very small percentage of authors are actually someone else or a bunch of someone else’s. Writing is a heck of a lot of work, and unless someone out there is willing to offer you a brilliant contract with a lot of zeroes—and especially if you’re an indie author—it’s much more satisfying to write for yourself than to be a ghostwriter. So no need to panic! Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, we are exactly who we say we are.

Although some of us are a little spooky…