Monday, September 28, 2015


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.

Silverton, Colorado
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 Sylvia McDaniel.

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 genre.

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 Kobo.

Caroline Clemmons, JAMIE
Cynthia Woolf, GIDEON
Callie Hutton, CALEB
Sylvia McDaniel, ETHAN

**I’m giving away a free e-copy of THE SURPRISE BRIDES: JAMIE to one person who leaves a comment today. If you already have a copy of that book, you can choose another from my books on Amazon.


Mary Preston said...

The colours in the photographs are stunning. I love how this is reflected in your covers.

Cindy said...

Beautiful photos especially the barn in the snow! All that I have seen of Colorado is the airport when we changed planes. :) It just happened to be snowing and after living in FL for years, it was a pretty sight to see.

This series sounds like it will be an interesting and enjoyable read!

chele said...

Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures. I love photos of the scenery. I have a board on Pinterest with many beautiful pics of different places in the world.

GiniRifkin said...

Lovely and clever idea for your book covers. I'm heading to Black Hawk, Co this weekend. Hope my photo's turn out as nicely as yours.

Bookie said...

I love your pictures and have been to those places in Colorado. Although I love the plains and prairies, I do like Colordo mountains too. What a unique twist on storytelling you have taken with this new book!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Decided to give away three copies of JAMIE to chele, Cindy, and Bookie. I'll contact you ladies.

Cindy said...

What a great surprise! Thank you so much!