Coming Soon-Mail Order Widow

Mail Order Widow is the next novella in my Calico Bride series. The nice thing about the novellas is that they don’t have to be read in any order, they’re just great little reads in between the main trilogy. And yes, I am slowly working on the next novel to finish the trilogy, but with so many other projects on the go, it’s a bit of a slow slog right now. 

Mail Order Bride is available for pre-ordering now, at most online sites. Check the book page out for links to purchase. I’ve been tweeting them whenever I come across a new live link, so if you’re not following me on Twitter, you should be, ’cause that’s the best place to get that info quickly.

Of course, if you’ve read any of my historicals, you know how I like to keep them as real as possible, with historical accuracy and relevant ‘stuff’ thrown in here and there. The one thing that was hugely popular in this era was the mail-order-bride phenomenon. It was a really great way for single men to find and marry single women and populate the new frontier. But that got me thinking. What would happen if one of these women made the trek, got married and then had the rug pulled out from under her by losing that new husband? How could that happen? Well, if your new husband was unexpectedly injured and killed, that would put a damper on everything. How would this new widow cope all alone in a new part of the world, with no knowledge of the people, place or territory?

Here’s the set up for the story:

Travelling across the country to marry a complete stranger is scary enough, but when a freak accident leaves Katie Cavanaugh widowed after only a few short weeks, her world shatters. She moved to Calico to make a new start, not to start over by herself. Forced to confront frontier life on her own, she faces challenges that make her question everything.

Travis Sutherland is the town veterinarian. After a rough first meeting, he has no intention of falling for the town’s new widow, but she’s got the prettiest eyes he’s ever seen and they draw him in like a magnet. Forced to spend time with her after one of her animals becomes sick, he finds himself attracted to Katie after all. Can he convince her to give him a chance?




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I’m diligently working on Under A Calico Moon, just into the back half of chapter four. The drama is unfolding as Lil’s life has been put in jeopardy and Chet has to figure out what the hell is going on. We’ve met Palamino Pete, who is Chet’s new cook. According to Matt (you may remember him as the hero from New Prints in Old Calico), you don’t want to ask him why he’s called that. Apparently, it’s a tad bit of an embarrassing story. I’m not sure I want to know. But it has something to do with a horse.

I’m also plotting out a little novella, also set in Calico. I love this town and the people in it so much that I can’t help it. This one will be about another of the townsfolk, and how this widowed rancher finds love with a woman whose only concern is her two young brothers. She doesn’t really need, nor have time for a man, anyway. I haven’t got a title for this one yet, since it’s so early in the process. Maybe ‘The Rancher’s Mail Order Bride’, or something like that. I’d ask for opinions, but it’s hard to get opinions when I haven’t given you much to work with. Still very much a work in progress.

I’m going to be at LitCon in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in a couple of weeks. If you’re in the area, do drop in. I’ll post more about that closer to the date.  In the meantime, I’m busy planting seeds and watching seedlings grow in anticipation of gardening season. I’m really looking forward to planting a bigger garden than last year, which was really just a combination of planters. This year, I have a raised garden plot to go along with those planters. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see me post some of the images as my little seedlings sprout and grow.

I need to take off now. Jasmine, my new fluffy cat, is giving me the evil eye. She says it’s bed time, and darn it, if I don’t go, she’ll not stop meowing. Yep, she’s training me well.

‘Til next time,