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Caroline Clemmons writes historical and contemporary genre fiction. Historical romances, contemporary romantic suspense, mysteries, and paranormals are among her current works. Learn more about her at www.carolineclemmons.com
Monday, September 28, 2015
COLORADO IN SUMMER AND WINTER
First, Mary Preston won the giveaway posted on Friday's blog. Congratulations, Mary. Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post.
One of my favorite trips is one through the Southwest several
years ago. Hero had a new car, a Mitsubishi sedan, on which we put a gazillion
miles traveling here and there. Maybe that’s an exaggeration but we went a LOT
of places in that car before it eventually spluttered its last gasp.
Anyway, on this trip, we went over Wolfe Pass, Colorado in a
rainstorm. Hero had his hands full driving but I was able to enjoy the
incredible beauty of the landscape. The entire state is gorgeous—something even a dyed-in-the-wool Texan like me can admit.
We also visited Silverton, Colorado on July 4th
and were surprised the temperature was 32 degrees F with patches of snow still on the
ground. Fortunately, we had brought very light jackets, but we were cold.
Bright sunshine saved us and we enjoyed touring the town.
I had no idea then that I would write a book set in Colorado.
At the time, all of my books were set in Texas except for one fluke novella set in
Georgia. That changed when gracious and excellent author Cynthia Woolf invited
me to participate in a project she had conjured called THE SURPRISE BRIDES. I loved the idea and so did Callie Hutton and
Instead of seven brothers as in the old movie musical “Seven
Brides for Seven Brothers”, we would write four brides for four brothers. We
wanted nothing to do with kidnapping, so the mother of these four brothers
writes away for mail-order brides. Scheming Mama Fraser poses as each of her
sons when she writes these letters and arranges for all four brides to arrive on
the same train.
We decided a snowstorm rather than an avalanche should
isolate them on Fraser's Circle F Ranch five miles from Angel Springs. A different avalanche plays a part in my story. Certainly we didn’t want to wait all winter to have the brides married. So, one
of the brothers is a minister and can marry them—including himself and his bride.
This was the most difficult project with which I have ever
been involved. For weeks emails flew back and forth among us to insure each of us
included key elements without compromising the others’ books or offering four versions of the same story. The result is, I
believe, four great western historical romances that will engage fans of that
The books are JAMIE,
CALEB, GIDEON, and ETHAN. The series
is THE SURPRISE BRIDES. They are
stand alone books and you don’t need to read any one of them to follow the others. Due to the progression of events in the books’
content, if you plan to read all four I would suggest reading JAMIE
first then ETHAN followed by GIDEON and ending with CALEB.
If you haven’t already done so, I hope you’ll give THE SURPRISE BRIDES: JAMIE a chance to
entertain you and that you’ll also purchase the other three brothers’ stories. The books are priced low at only $2.99 each. Here
are the buy links at Amazon, but the books are available at Apple, Nook, and