Friday, July 21, 2023


 By Caroline Clemmons

You know that great feeling when you have just gotten a great new hairdo and are wearing new clothes? That’s how I feel today. No, I don’t have the new hairstyle I badly need nor new clothes. I have a new cover and have added new material to THE SURPRISE BRIDES: JAMIE.

Every so often, it’s good to reread one of my books and add to and/or delete from it. In this case I deleted a long, long list of my titles at the back of the book. I added sentences and paragraphs in lots of places plus an entire scene, so the book is expanded from the first printing. I hope I didn’t introduce any typos, but it’s impossible to catch them all. I’ve been reading books by several top level authors who are traditionally published by New York houses, and find many typos in them.

Several years ago at a conference, Sylvia McDaniel, Callie Hutton, Cynthia Woolf, and I decided to each write a book about one of the Fraser brothers who ranched outside of Angel Springs, Colorado. I drew the eldest, Jamie, a widower who was certain he would never remarry. After all, he already had two children he adored. Jamie even knew about his mother’s plan to send for mail order brides for the other three Fraser men.  

Mama double-crossed him and four brides arrived just as a massive snowstorm rolled onto the Circle F Ranch. There was no question of the four women leaving the ranch. Although three of the Fraser brothers live on the ranch full-time, Reverend Gideon Fraser spends most of his time in town. He’s available to help with ranch work when needed. Their father has passed on, but their mother lives at the ranch. 

Up until now, the four THE SURPRISE BRIDES books have only been available at Amazon. Now, however, they will be available at most retailers who sell e-books. Callie Hutton also sells her books from her website at a slight discount. The new covers, which I love, were designed by Anna Greene at Bella Designs. Anna also happens to be Callie Hutton’s daughter.

Here are THE SURPRISE BRIDES books and their descriptions:

JAMIE by Caroline Clemmons

Olivia Stewart risks everything to accomplish her dreams. She's tired of being pitied because she's been jilted, tired of teaching other people's children without any of her own. When she signs with a matrimonial agency, a letter from Jamie Fraser sounds perfect. A widower with two young children will give her a head start on the family she's determined to have. But Colorado holds surprises for Olivia that endanger her goals and even her life.

Rancher Jamie Fraser is shocked to learn his mother has written for a mail order bride for him. He has two children and no plan to marry again. Ever! His late wife taught him women can't be trusted. Even his beloved mother isn't above tricking her sons to achieve her heartfelt ambitions. Now he's stuck with a wife he didn't want--a stubborn woman bent on changing his home and his life.

Can two strong people at odds achieve happiness? Angel Springs, Colorado is a small town that inspires big dreams. Olivia and Jamie might just find their dreams meld to form a powerful and enduring love.


CALEB by Callie Hutton

Yes, Mama did it. She send for brides for all four of her sons. Too bad she didn't tell them before the ladies arrived.

Caleb Fraser is the town bad boy and enjoys the single life to the fullest. He has no intention of marrying. No time soon, anyway. He keeps telling his mama he will choose a wife shortly, just to keep her off his back. However, Mama Fraser takes the situation in hand and sends for mail order brides for all four of her sons.

Lily Parker is running from humiliation and is on her way to marry a stranger. She's traveling with three other women, all of them contracted to wed the Fraser brothers. What they don't know is the men have no idea they're about to be hog-tied. Both Lily and Caleb are in for a surprise. But will Lily's surprise be too much for Caleb to handle?


GIDEON by Cynthia Woolf

As the local preacher, Gideon Fraser often talks about the many virtues of a good marriage, but that doesn't mean he has the slightest inclination of claiming a bride of his own. No, he's been burned before, by greedy women who only want the prestige and money the Fraser family name can provide. When his mother's devious matchmaking results in his unexpected wedding, Gideon looks at the beautiful face of the woman who has sworn to be his and wants nothing to do with her. But Gideon is in danger of losing his heart until he discovers the truth. His new wife lied to him...about everything.

Ruby Haller needed a husband and fast. A treacherous man promised her the world, took her virginity, and left her without a father for her unborn child. When her father, the town minister, found out she was expecting a child, he offered her hand in marriage to the meanest man in town. Becoming a mail order bride appeared to be a safer choice. But instead of a ranche m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,r, she ends up the wife of a stubborn, bull-headed preacher and he's none too pleased when he discovers her duplicity. Worse? The local town beauty, who had been courting him for years, is determined to make her life a living hell.

But Angel Springs, Colorado is a small town that can inspire big dreams. It's nearly Christmas and as the two hearts heal, a holiday miracle just might be in reach.


ETHAN by Sylvia McDaniel

A reluctant groom and a runaway bride…

Beth Worthington finds herself racing from a wealthy older groom into the arms of a stranger when she defies an attempt by her father to marry her off. Instead, she takes matters into her own hands and agrees to become a mail-order bride with no intention of staying married to her unknown suitor. 

Ethan Fraser is shocked when he discovers his mother ordered him a bride. To save the innocent girl’s reputation, he goes through with the wedding. What he doesn’t expect is for his innocent bride to have plans of her own – that don’t happen to include him. 

When an unexpected snowstorm traps the two together they have to learn to compromise in order to survive.

Can a rich debutante and a Colorado cowboy learn to live together before the snow melts or will their different lifestyles tear them apart before they have a chance to find out?


I apologize for not having the buy links to the four books. I'll add them to this post as soon as I have them. If you subscribe to my newsletter, I’ll have some of the buy links in the newsletter when I mail it out this coming week.

Stay safe and keep reading!

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