In these Texas-set stories of romance and adventure, the war is over, Christmas is coming—and it’s time for three rugged fighters to become lovers . . . FATHER GOOSE by Jodi Thomas Dispirited by war, when Trapper Morgan accepts a job hauling five little rich girls to Dallas, all he cares about is the money. He doesn’t expect they’ll awaken his spirit—or that their intriguing nursemaid, Carolina, will awaken his heart. And when danger strikes as Christmas Eve nears, he definitely doesn’t expect Carolina and the girls to risk their lives—for him . . . THE MISTLETOE PROMISE bySharla Lovelace A catastrophic storm, an ailing herd, and a failing cattle ranch have left Texas rancher Josie Bancroft in danger of losing everything her father worked for. Still, she’d rather die than merge with her neighbor rancher Benjamin Mason, the man who broke her heart years ago, on Christmas Eve. As old sparks fly and secrets are revealed, however, Ben is determined to help Josie—and prove that this time around can be different. That the misunderstandings of Christmas past need not define their future . . . CHRISTMAS ROAD byScarlett Dunn Yellow Fever has hit Clint Mitchum’s Texas hometown and taken his father and siblings, leaving Clint ever more cynical. Racing homeward to be by his mother’s side, Clint finds only a note from her, asking that he help her caregiver, a young woman named Amelia. Assuming his mother has passed, in his grief Clint ventures out to search for Amelia—and finds the best of gifts—just in time for Christmas . . .
The last thing he wants is to take the boss’s pampered daughter on a cattle drive. The last thing she wants is to fall in love with a cowboy. Oops!
Ida Turner was supposed to pass along her father’s directions to the trail boss. Instead, she packs her wagon with silk dresses and joins the cattle drive up the Chisholm Trail from Windward, Texas, to the railhead in Kansas. Contrary to what she thought would be a grand adventure, the trail is fraught with dangers, threatening her life.
Robert Conley only learned about the change of plans for the cattle drive two days before they were to leave. Now, half his crew is new, he’ll be on the trail for months instead of weeks, and the beautiful, infuriating woman who is an albatross around his neck doesn’t know she’s riding with an outlaw—and he has to keep it that way.
How can Ida overcome Robert’s secretiveness and earn his respect and trust? Will Robert risk opening his heart and his past to gain Ida’s love?
Titles in the Cowboys & Angels Beginnings series include – Cross Her Heart – A Timid Heart – His Guarded Heart –
This series connects with (actually these events happen before) the Cowboys & Angels multi-author series. A complete listing of those titles can be found on our Cowboys & Angels page.
Miriam Brown has been traveling the country for the last five years, searching for a sense of belonging, but now she’s coming home to Topeka, where her grandmother has been waiting for her. She has no idea how long she’ll stay before wanderlust strikes her again. She only knows that she can’t outrun the pain she’s carrying inside her.
Toby Johnson has loved one girl his entire life – Miriam Brown. He thought they’d marry as soon as he graduated from college, but when she left Topeka without saying a word, his dreams were crushed. Now she’s back, and he wonders if this is their second chance. If only Miriam would speak to him instead of sending him away over and over again.
When the elderly women of the sewing circle hear of this ill-fated romance, they decide to give destiny a little bit of help – and there’s no limit to what grandmothers will do when the happiness of their grandchildren is at stake.
Titles in the A Sewing Circle Romance series include — A Stitch in Time – The Ties that Bind –
This series is part of the larger Kansas Crossroads world – a group of Western Historical Romances, and a Contemporary Romance spin-off that bring one town to life throughout the ages… as well as sharing a connection to other series. It’s a world that I’ve loved and would recommend to any reader who simply loves a really good romance.
Be sure to visit our Amelia C. Adams page for a listing of all the ‘Crossroads’ series and more.
He may be a Texas Ranger
But he only has eyes for the outlaw’s beautiful daughter…
Texas Ranger Matt Taggert is on the trail of a wanted man. He has good reason to believe that Ellie-May’s late husband was involved in a stagecoach robbery, and he’s here to see justice done. But when he arrives in town, he discovers the thief has become a local hero…and his beautiful, young widow isn’t too happy to see some lawman out to tarnish her family’s newly spotless reputation.
Ellie-May’s shaken by her encounter with the Ranger. Having grown up an outlaw’s daughter, she’ll do anything to keep her children safe―and if that means hardening her heart against the handsome lawman’s smiles, then so be it. Because she knows Matt isn’t about to give up his search. He’s out to redeem himself and find proof that Ellie-May’s husband wasn’t the saint everyone claims…even if it means losing the love neither expected to discover along the way.
Cozette Duprie is mute, in hiding, and not of this world.
Duncan Cooke must marry to inherit a family estate, but marriage is the last thing on his mind …
Dallan and Shona MacDonald almost died when brought together, now the Muiraran Elders want them to be responsible for bringing together two individuals that want nothing to do with each other? How are they going to do that?
For one, they must travel to the mid-1800s to a little town called Clear Creek, make sure the couple bonds, marries, and joins. There’s only one problem, she’s Muiraran, he’s Human.
They had enough trouble themselves in the mid-1990s. How much more so bringing a Muiraran and Human together in 1859? But there are other forces at work and an old enemy at hand.
Can the Time Master get the job done before it’s too late?
Titles in the Time Masters series include — The Call – The Prophecy – The Legacy – First Assignment –
There is a connection to the Western Historical Romance series by Kit Morgan (alter ego) entitled, Prairie Brides. Duncan and Cozette’s story is the third, ‘His Prairie Duchess‘.
You can also find more lighthearted adventures with Dallan and Shona in the Matchmakers in Time series, those titles include — Christmas with the Cookes – Teatime with a Knight – Dancing with a Prince –
Heiress Beryl Branson didn’t plan on becoming a mail-order bride, but doggone it! Desperate times called for desperate measures.
Her friend, Katie Haverdash, had the stubbornest set of parents she’d ever met. They were determined to marry Katie off to a man of their choosing. Never mind the fact she’d already married someone else, and as a mail-order bride to boot!
So when Katie’s parents decide to travel to Independence, Oregon to break up Katie’s marriage and get it annulled, Beryl becomes a mail-order bride so she can prove to them it can work for anyone. Unfortunately, her groom didn’t send away for a bride. Somebody else did!
Chaos ensues in this hilarious romp set in a town where strange things have happened of late. Will the case of the mystery matchmaker finally be solved?
Titles in the Mail-Order Bride Ink series include – Dear Mr. Weaver – Dear Mr. Turner – Dear Mr. Comfort – Dear Mr. Comfort – Dear Mr. Vander – Dear Mr. White – Dear Mr. Miller – Dear Mr. Comforts – Dear Miss Cucinotta – Dear Mr. Kincaid – Dear Mr. Diamond – Dear Mr. Stone –
(I’ve enjoyed all of the titles in the Mail-Order Bride Ink series, however, many of those earlier titles had been reviewed on a website of mine that unfortunately no longer exists. At this time I have no intention of recreating those reviews here at Keeper Bookshelf. They can be found on Goodreads should you desire to read them.)
After finding herself a widow at the age of twenty-six, Josie Johnson moves back home to Two-Time, Texas and takes over the town’s only newspaper, the Gazette. Everything works as planned until the very charming, very handsome Brandon Wade moves to town to start his own newspaper. At first, Josie welcomes the competition but soon learns that readers prefer Wade’s bold hyperbole to her more serious type of journalism.
Brandon never meant to put the pretty publisher out of business and suggest a solution. Nothing sells newspapers like a good juicy scandal, but lacking that, the next best thing is a good old-fashioned print war between two battling editors. Brandon even writes up an article disparaging himself and his paper to demonstrate. Josie refuses to stoop to such tactics. She’ll gain her readers back on her own terms—or not at all! But when her paper accidentally publishers Wade’s article, the print wars are on.
The rivalry between Josie and Brandon meets with immediate success and both newspapers fly off the racks. Editorial warfare is the talk of the town and readers can’t seem to get enough. But while the ink wars rage on, Josie and Brandon soon find themselves fighting yet another battle—a mutual attraction that could put everything they worked for at risk.
Titles in the Two-Times Texas series include – Left at the Altar – A Match Made in Texas – How the West was Wed
Gertrude (Trudie) Miller is well-known for her cooking, working for the diner there in Beckham, Massachusetts. When she spots an old crush eating with his new wife, she realizes that there is no chance she will ever be able to find love there in Beckham, where everyone remembers her as a member of the demon horde. After some serious thought, she goes to her sister Elizabeth and asks to be sent west as a mail-order bride.
Douglas Charleston wants nothing more from life than regular meals. When he writes a letter to a matchmaker in the east, he makes it clear that he’s not worried about looks or age when he gets a wife. He is only concerned about her cooking ability. When he meets his potential bride, he’s startled when she’s young and pretty.
Will the meals he so desperately wants bring this unlikely couple together? Or will they live together with no love?
Mail Order Meals is the 32nd title in the Brides of Beckham series. A complete list of titles in this series can be found on the Kirsten Osbourne page here at KB.
When widow Ruth Arbuckle discovers her ranch foreman is stealing from her, she decides to do something completely unorthodox—she sends for a mail-order husband. She refuses to continue losing money, and she wants someone competent to run all aspects of her ranch, including the financial side. It’s purely business, but when the man arrives to marry her, she’s stunned to find him so compelling. She has no idea what to think or feel!
Sebastian Miller toils away in a bank in Beckham, Massachusetts, wishing for the opportunity to work outdoors while occasionally playing with the numbers he’s come to love. When his sister Elizabeth comes to see him with a plan for him to go west, he jumps at the chance—it’s as if Ruth’s letter was meant just for him. He gets on a train just days later, determined to woo his wife until she falls in love with him.
Will the two of them—each looking at things from very different perspectives—be able to find love together? Or will they have the loveless marriage Ruth initially planned?
Mail Order Magic is the 31st title in the Brides of Beckham series. A complete list of titles in this series can be found on the Kirsten Osbourne page here at KB.
Tess Palmer moved to Creede, Colorado to make a fresh start. When a man from her past shows up at the train station, Tess hides her identity, hoping he’ll leave quickly instead of dredging up the past.
Claude Herschel loves the beauty and freedom of the West he’s toured for the past month. After a night of gambling and drinking, he’s robbed and beaten—left for dead. Tess finds and takes care of him. He’s drawn to her pure heart and lovely face and wants to know everything about the intriguing woman—even the secret she’s keeping from him.
What secrets will Tess and Claude lay bare before they can trust each other and commit to love?
While the Cowboys & Angels series has officially come to an end we can still visit Creede, Colorado through the spin-off The Matchmaker’s Ball series which includes (so far) – Two-Step with Tess by Jo Noelle – Allemande with Angel by P. Creeden – Moonlight with Alice by Amelia C. Adams – Last Dance with Letha by Jo Noelle – Promenade with Penelope by P. Creeden –
When three young children show up on outlaw Tait Trinity’s doorstep, he knows he can’t help them—a wanted man has no business raising kids. And yet he can’t bring himself to turn them away. At a loss, he sends for the mail-order bride he’d been writing to, hoping the demure dressmaker will be the answer to his prayers.
Melanie Dunbar is nothing like the bride Tait was expecting. She’s rough and tumble – and hiding an ulterior motive. Dangerous men have taken her sister hostage, and if Melanie wants to see her alive, she’ll have to betray her new husband. There’s only one problem—the more time she spends with Tait, the more she comes to care for him. Yet as the noose begins to tighten, Melanie will have to make a terrible choice: save her sister, or the man she loves.