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Shooting a bandit was reporter Hallie Wainwright's introduction to the Wild West, where she'd traveled with a bevy of mail-order brides. But it was the more intimate "hello" in the arms of Cooper DeWitt that sent her heart racing--and made it all the more difficult for her to tell the brawny plainsman that she wasn't the woman he'd sent for.... When she jumped from the stage, shining with true grit and spewing tall tales, Cooper DeWitt thought he just might have struck gold. Raised with the Sioux, Cooper needed a wife who could brave the frontier and corral his restless heart. The problem was, his would-be bride had no intention of marrying him!
Meet the women who civilized the American West in this bundle hand-picked by Wendy the Super Librarian! Though their pasts may be filled with trials and tribulations, these Harvey Girls still have big dreams of a better life. Falling in love wasn't on the menu, until happily ever after came walking through the door. Bundle includes the Doctor's Wife, The Lawman's Bride, and the Preacher's Daughter by Cheryl St. John.
Nick Harding had seen enough of life's darker side. . . and bore the scars-inside and out-to prove it. Plus, years of tracking reprobates had hardly improved his opinion of his fellow man. Yet some spark of hope remained in him, he suspected. Why else would he have agreed to settle down in Thunder Canyon as a sheriff whose man job was seeing that the saloons remained respectable?But the quiet life proved elusive whenever he and Lily Divine crossed paths, For the feisty owner of the Shady Lady seemed hell-bent on stepping out a woman's "proper" place. . . and into his wounded heart!
Charlie McGraw never should have bought the angel book for his precocious daughter. Because then Meredith wouldn't be convinced that getting a new mommy was as simple as having an "angel" sprinkle him with her "miracle dust. " and she never would have believed the beautiful blond-haired woman who drove a truck called the "Silver Angel" was some treetop angel come to life. Starla Richards was no angel. But try telling that to a five-year-old who was so starved for a mother's love that she'd stowed away on Starla's rig. Or convincing herself that miracles just didn't happen to ordinary people when Starla found herself snowbound with the handsome, caring widower and his adorable daughter. . . .
Colorado Wife by Cheryl St. JohnFinding two orphans on her doorstep, Rosalyne Emery is determined to make local tycoon Sam Calhoun responsible for them. But the mismatched pair soon find themselves trapped in a pretend engagement that might just become a reality. . . . Jubal's Gift by Elizabeth LaneJubal Trask is out to kill Thomas Curry, The man who deserted him during the war. But finding Thomas's two children and their aunt Tess, The girl who has always loved Jubal, The scarred soldier struggles to learn the power of love and forgiveness before it's too late. Until Christmas by Mary BurtonLaura Butler wants to sell her grandfather's silver mine, move back east and forget all about mining! Mine manager Roman Maddox has other plans, but he has only until Christmas to win Laura's hand in marriage.
Winter of Dreams by Cheryl St. JohnIf Violet Kristofferson had known that her new employer was the town undertaker, she might never have come to Carson Springs as his cook. Yet she needs a fresh start away from scandal. And Ben Charles's unflinching faith could be her path to something truly precious-a new family.The Rancher's Sweetheart by Debra UllrickThe cowboys on her uncle's ranch show Sunny Weston no respect-except for foreman Jed Cooper. A riding and roping contest is Sunny's chance to prove herself. But now that she's falling for Jed, will she find courage to take the biggest risk of all, and trust her heart?
Crafting Dynamic Dialogue: The Complete Guide to Speaking, Conversing, Arguing, and Thinking in Fictionby Cheryl St. John Writer's Digest Editors
Write authentic dialogue that invigorates your story! Exceptional dialogue isn't just important when writing fiction--it's essential. In order to impress an agent or editor and keep readers turning pages, you need to deliver truly standout dialogue in every scene. Crafting Dynamic Dialogue will give you the techniques and examples you need to impress your readers. This book is a comprehensive guide to writing compelling dialogue that rings true. Each section is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and instructors like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Steven James, Deborah Halverson, James Scott Bell, Donald Maass, Cheryl St. John, and many others. They'll show you how to:Bend the rules to create a specific effectUnderstand the role of dialogue in reader engagementUse dialect and jargon effectivelyGive every character a believable, unique voiceSet the pace and toneReveal specific character background detailsGenerate tension and suspenseUtilize internal dialogueWhether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, or a novel-length manuscript, Crafting Dynamic Dialogue will help you develop, write, and refine dialogue to keep your readers hooked.
Two novels for the price of one! In "This Week I Thee Wed, " Francie Karr-Taylor marries Ryan MacNair to convince her grandmother and 10th reunion class that she's happily married. He brings along the kids. Will this fake family become real? In "50 Clues He's Mr. Right, " reporter Tara Butler finds love when she is assigned to update a magazine article from 1949 called "Forty-nine Things You Need to Know About a Real Man. "
Eight years ago, Brock Kincaid had tried to put Abby-and her brother's senseless death-out of his mind. After all, a man whose livelihood was tied to the six-shooters at his hips couldn't allow emotional memories to dull his senses. But seeing her again brought it all back: the passion, the hunger, the confusion. Nothing had changed, and yet, when he looked at her child-everything had changed. Abby needed a man to match her fire, and he would be that man. He would know his son. Now if he could just convince Abby to believe in him again...and in the future that was meant to be!
Harlequin® Historical brings you three new titles for one great price, available now! This box set includes:SEQUINS AND SPURS (Western)by Cheryl St. JohnSinger Ruby Dearing yearns for a place to belong. She returns home to beg forgiveness from her mother and sister, only to find stubborn rancher Nash Sommerton in charge!RAKE MOST LIKELY TO THRILL (1830s)Rakes on Tour * by Bronwyn ScottArcher Crawford arrives in Siena to compete in its notorious horse race. On his first night, he meets Elisabeta di Nofri, whose love of thrill-seeking is second only to Archer's!THE CAPTAIN'S FROZEN DREAM (Regency)by Georgie LeeWith Conrad believed dead, and her reputation in tatters, Katie has relinquished all hope of her fiancé ever returning to save her. Now he's back, can the dreams they've both put on hold at last come true?Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Historical!
Harlequin Love Inspired Historical April 2016 Box Set: The Cowboy's Baby Bond\Want Ad Wedding\Shotgun Marriage\Mail Order Mix-Upby Linda Ford Cheryl St. John Christine Johnson Danica Favorite
Love Inspired Historical brings you four new titles at a great value, available now! Enjoy these historical romances of adventure and faith. THE COWBOY'S BABY BOND Montana Cowboys by Linda Ford When Johnny Harding rescues Willow Reames and her sick baby from their broken-down wagon, he sets aside his own plans to help the single mother track down her missing sisters. By the journey's end, will Johnny gain the family he's always wanted? WANT AD WEDDING Cowboy Creek by Cheryl St.John Pregnant and widowed Leah Swann heads to Kansas in hopes of becoming a mail-order bride. But she isn't expecting to be reunited with her childhood friend Daniel Gardner when she arrives--or that he'll propose a marriage of convenience.SHOTGUN MARRIAGE by Danica FavoriteObliged to wed to protect their reputations, Emma Jane Logan and Jasper Jackson know that it is a marriage in name only. But as they are forced to run from a gang of bandits, the feelings starting to grow between them may lead to something real. MAIL ORDER MIX-UP Boom Town Brides by Christine Johnson When Roland Decker's brother secretly places an ad to find him a mail-order bride, multiple women travel by steamer to answer it. But he's only interested in schoolteacher Pearl Lawson--the one woman who doesn't want the job. Join HarlequinMyRewards.com to earn FREE books and more. Earn points for all your Harlequin purchases from wherever you shop.
When eighteen-year-old Mariah found herself pregnant and unmarried in her small Colorado town, she disappeared. One year later, she returned with a baby--though minus the "husband" who had conveniently ventured off to Alaska's gold fields to seek his fortune....But now, with handsome adventurer Wes Burrows turning up and claiming to be the husband she had invented, Mariah's lies become flesh and blood--and her wildest dreams a reality!
Protecting people runs through Jonas Black's blood, and Eliza Jane Sutherland is one woman who needs his strong arms around her. A rugged Montana man, Jonas will guard Eliza from her vile brother-in-law as fiercely as he guards his own heart. But though he can fight her enemies, he can't fight the attraction between them. Soon Jonas is sure they have a future together--only Eliza hides secrets that could change everything. . . .
Courtesan Ella Reed escapes dangerous city life to rural Wyoming and says "I do" to a marriage of convenience! But she may not live the life of a respectable woman for long if she can't keep her past-and her heart-under lock and key.For a self-made man with political aspirations, love is trivial in a paper marriage. Nathan Lantry needs a wife to secure his election and manage his rowdy little boys. Yet he can't stop wanting more from his irresistible new bride. Then her secrets start to unravel....
NOAH CUTTER WAS A MAN OF HIS WORD. . . Scarred in body and soul, rancher Noah didn't consider himself fit company for anyone. But when his brother's philandering finally caught up with him, honor dictated that Noah claim his brother's widow as his own. . . . Standing on her doorstep, with his collar turned up and a rifle by his side, Noah was about the most intimidating man Katherine had ever seen. And though one man's false promises had already dashed her dreams, she instinctively trusted this stranger. Even more, Kate suspected she'd only be a fool this time if she didn't take a chance on Noah For The sake of herself. . . and her unborn child!
An Unexpected Homecoming Ryanne Whitaker isn't proud of having to return to her hometown of Elmwood, Iowa. But with a failed marriage and a financial mess waiting for her back in the city, she needs a place to regroup. She also wouldn't mind a friend...like her childhood confidant, Nick Sinclair.Nick's now the town sheriff and a single father. He wants nothing more than to let Ryanne lean on him, to be able to care for her and love her as he's always wanted to do. And yet he knows that she won't need him forever. Can he risk giving his heart to her if she's only going to walk away?
MEMORIES...Tye Hatcher returned to Aspen Grove to find that life in the sleepy Western town hadn't changed much. The townspeople stubbornly refused to see the man he had become. That is, everybody but Meg Telford. Meg definitely took notice of the reticent rancher and gave him a chance in life when no one else would. Still, Meg clung to the memories of her late husband, afraid of the feelings Tye aroused in her heart. And though Tye vowed to prove his worth to the town, could he ever prove to Meg that he was worthy of her love?
Sophie Hollis could charm any man. . . Kidnapped as a child, sold to a con man, she'd fast learned how to sweet-talk her way out of trouble. Now all Sophie wanted was to be left alone to build a new life-one that was honest and decent, based on truth, not trickery. But the one man she wanted!Clay Connor was the last man she should care about. Upright and honorable, The town's marshal deserved better than a woman with a tainted past. But if only Sophie could learn to trust again, she might find this lawman would make her new life complete. . . .
Love is Timeless: A Historical Romance Sampler: A Scandalous Proposal\The Widow and the Sheikh\Want Ad Weddingby Kasey Michaels Cheryl St. John Marguerite Kaye
Discover Historical romance stories from Harlequin® Historical, Love Inspired® Historical, and HQN Books. This free sampler includes three excerpts that will take you back to a different era and show you love is timeless. A Scandalous Proposal by Kasey Michaels (HQN Books) The drama of London's Little Season continues in this vibrant new series by USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels, featuring three courageous war heroes surrendering at last to love... Who would have thought a man could tire of being fawned over and flirted with? Ever since Cooper Townsend returned from France as a hero with a new title, he has been relentlessly pursued by every marriageable miss in London. Perhaps that's why the unconventional Miss Daniella Foster is so appealing. She doesn't simper or flatter. She only wants him to help unmask her sister's blackmailer, and Coop has never been so intrigued... Let every other woman in London fight over His Lordship's romantic attentions. Marriage is the last thing on Dany's mind...at least until she samples his illicit kisses. Now, as a mutual enemy races to ruin Coop's reputation and Dany's family name, an engagement of convenience will spark an unlikely passion that might save them both. The Widow and the Sheikh by Marguerite Kaye (Harlequin Historical) Rescued by the sheikh! Abandoned in the desert, Julia Trevelyan finds herself at the mercy of Azhar, an imposing yet impossibly handsome Arabian merchant. Determined not to be intimidated by her rescuer--or their sizzling attraction!--she asks for his help... But Prince Azhar is in fact the rightful heir to the Qaryma throne, returned from exile to take back his inheritance! He knows a dalliance with the enticing English adventuress is out of the question, yet he can't deny the temptation to claim both his throne...and Julia! Want Ad Wedding by Cheryl St. John (Love Inspired Historical) Second Chance Bride When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train...pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience. Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect--as long as her heart doesn't get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined...or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs? Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.
A Christmas Child by Carolyn DavidsonMarianne Winters has no one in the world but her baby brother and, with Christmas approaching, she needs somewhere warm to stay. Will she find her home, and a loving heart, with the lonely pastor, David McDermott?The Christmas Dove by Victoria BylinMaddie Cutler once snubbed bad boy Dylan McCall, but with nowhere else to turn she has come back to town--with a babe in arms. Dylan is a reformed man, and on seeing Maddie again he longs to heal her hurt--and claim her once and for all!A Baby Blue Christmas by Cheryl St. JohnTurner Price hasn't been the same since he lost his wife and child. But when he finds a young woman and newborn twin babies in his stable, he realizes this may be his second chance to be a loving husband and father, just in time for Christmas!
Bounty hunting was just a job for Gabe Taggart-one he needed to fund his sister's education. But now Irene has finished school, and Gabe is ready to settle down, find a husband for Irene and-best of all-set aside his past. His adventuring days are over...until his intervention in a train robbery leaves him injured, under Elizabeth Hart's care. Despite his plans for a quiet life, antagonizing his feisty caretaker is the most fun Gabe's ever had. Elizabeth provokes him, too, with her strong mind, kind heart and high principles. Gabe hopes to win her love, but will his dark history bar him from marriage to the preacher's daughter?
Well, readers, The search For The owner of the Queen of Hearts Mine is finally over, And The lucky lady is none other than Thunder Canyon's own favorite dog-walker, Lisa Martin! the Douglas family is no longer the richest in town. . . . Apparently, handsome Riley Douglas (whose family was the richest in town) has taken it upon himself to handle Lisa's considerable finances. He's suddenly spending quite a bit of time with the heiress-just ask the paparazzi camped outside her house. Is he trading in his sophisticated ladies For The plain Jane, or does he have something else up his sleeve? This prospector is willing to bet her weight in gold that this gal will soon be rich in love and money!
10th ANNIVERSARYI'm Not Who You Think I Am!Sarah Thorton wanted to shout, but revealing her true identity could only bring disaster on herself and her infant son. Still, sorrowful circumstance had turned a mistake into a miracle. She suddenly had a home, a family-and Nicholas Halliday, a man as dangerous to her as he was desirable...!His newly widowed sister-in-law wore mystery as elegantly as an evening wrap, rousing more than suspicions in Nicholas Halliday-for this beautiful stranger had a claim not only to the family fortune, but also to his heart and soul...!
Boy-next-door Nick Sinclair had grown up into a hunk extraordinaire-that was Ryanne Whitaker's first shock on reencountering her sexy, single-dad neighbor. The second was that she was facing this broad-shouldered Mr. Gorgeous across the barrel of a gun!Turned out Nick was now sheriff of their Iowa hometown and had mistaken Ryanne for an intruder. . . but meeting him again like that had certainly unsettled her settling in. . . . Ryanne had planned her stay in town to be temporary. But that was before Nick kissed her! Was it time for Ryanne to trade in the bright lights of the big city For The warm glow of hearth and home?
No mother should have to bury her childAmy Shelby had learned this sorrow well. Her heart had gone into the ground a year ago along with her boy's tiny casket. And not even her husband, Jesse, wrestling the same pain, could resurrect any hope in her. Jesse Shelby mourned two losses-his baby son and his openhearted bride, For when their child died, Amy retreated behind a wall of grief as wide as the Nebraska prairie. But could a chance for a new family heal their wounded marriage-and guide them back To The comfort of each other's arms?
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