Friday, January 19, 2018

A BOUQUET’S SWEET SCENT

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My initial idea for A Bouquet of Brides Collection popped into my head years before I started pulling the proposal together. The inspiration title that came to me was A Bouquet of Brides for the Bakersfield Bachelors. But coordinating so many stories by so many different authors can be quite challenging, time consuming, and confusing. So instead of having all the brides end up in the same location, I held fast to the flower theme. The collection bloomed and grew from there.
      Flowers have been depicted for centuries in paintings, sculptures, music, books, tapestries, china, needlepoint, almost anywhere you can think of. Flowers have been used to honor important ceremonies and traditions, enhance environments, and of course to express feelings, especially love. Flowers mean many things to people.
My favorite flower is the carnation. I love its sweet, sweet smell and how it’s ruffly, almost lacey like. What’s your favorite flower?

                                        
“Holly & Ivy,” my #HistoricalRomance novella in A #BouquetOfBrides, takes place in 1890, in Washington State. A young woman accompanies her impetuous younger sister on her trip across the country to be a Christmas mail-order bride and is helped by a gallant stranger.

In celebration of the release of “Holly & Ivy”, I’m giving away (US only) a print copy of A BOUQUET OF BRIDES Collection. To enter, subscribe to my newsletter and receive a free short story. I’ll be drawing for the book at the end of January.


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MARY DAVIS is an award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has four more titles releasing in 2018; Courting Her Amish Heart in March 2018, The Widow’s Plight in July 2018, Courting Her Secret Heart (Working Title) September 2018, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December 2018. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HOLLY HARRISON: Sensible, Practical, & Cautious


Now that I've hosted the heroes from this collection, I'm going to post other topics from my story, starting with the heroine. Then the inspiration, the history, setting, and take-away.

“Holly & Ivy,” my #HistoricalRomance novella in A #BouquetOfBrides, takes place in 1890, in Washington State. It’s about a young woman who accompanies her impetuous younger sister on her trip across the country to be a Christmas mail-order bride and is helped by a gallant stranger.


Holly Harrison and her sister have no family to support them and are struggling out a living as servants. Holly dreams of one day finding a loving husband and having a family of her, but she has yet to find a man who would be willing to take on not only the responsibility of a wife but Holly’s younger, impetuous sister as well.
She can’t believe her foolhardy little sister has agreed to be a Christmas mail-order bride. Her sister has a romantic notion that being a rancher’s wife will be easier than her present life and is determined to leave the drudgery behind. When Holly can’t talk her sister out of traveling across the country on a fool’s quest, she feels she has no other option than to take a leave of absence from her position as a cook and travel with her sister—to not only keep her sister safe but to talk her out of this ridiculous venture.
On the train heading west, Holly isn’t sure what to think of Nick Andrews, a scruffy ranch hand, but is grateful when the stranger takes her side about the potential danger in being a mail-order bride. Under his stubbly whiskers, she sees he could be handsome. He had certainly proven himself gallant in keeping unsavory male passengers from bothering them.
And so begins the romance.


Find Holly’s story in “Holly & Ivy” in A BOUQUET OF BRIDES Collection. #BouquetOfBrides

In celebration of the release of “Holly & Ivy”, I’m giving away (US only) a print copy of A BOUQUET OF BRIDES Collection. To enter, subscribe to my newsletter and receive a free short story. I’ll be drawing for the book at the end of January.

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance


MARY DAVIS is an award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has four more titles releasing in 2018; Courting Her Amish Heart in March 2018, The Widow’s Plight in July 2018, Courting Her Secret Heart (Working Title) September 2018, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December 2018. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:




Friday, January 12, 2018

Peter Maltby the hero in In Sheep’s Clothing

I really love writing the hero. He’s my favorite character to shape and mold into a story. Why? I guess it’s the challenge of presenting the opposite sex in a realistic and compelling way. Let’s face it, men and women are vastly different no matter what the current culture is trying to tell us. Getting those heroes into the story in a way that makes them seen real, and not contrived by a woman, is a challenge I enjoy.

Enter Peter Maltby, hero of “In Sheep’s Clothing.” Peter was difficult for me at first because he comes on the scene with a load of baggage. Even I didn’t realize how bad it was until I was a couple of chapter into the story. At first, he’s a bit of a braggart, a bit of an opportunist, and a bit of a charlatan. One might even wonder if there’s much to like about this man. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take too long to not only warm up to him but find yourself rooting for him. Oh—I can’t say any more about that here. You’ll have to read the book!

To celebrate the release of A Bouquet of Brides collection and my story, “In Sheep’s Clothing,” I’m giving away one of my signature shawls. To enter, subscribe to my newsletter. I’ll be drawing for The Meadowsweet Shawl at the end of January.

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Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A PRICKLY AFFAIR Hero

When I decided on the hero for my Bouquet of Brides story, “A Prickly Affair”, I wanted him to be someone who Cactus Lil—and the reader—would be attracted to because of the fact it would be obvious he was completely out of his depths in Arizona. Accomplished, dapper, and suave on the streets of New York City, he is lost in the Wild West. And, I wanted him to make a tough decision for the right reason, not because he would benefit from it personally, but because his feelings for the heroine would compel him to demonstrate agape love for perhaps the first time in his life.

To celebrate the release of A Bouquet of Brides collection and my story, “A Prickly Affair,” I’m giving away a free print copy (US only) of the book. To enter, subscribe to my newsletter. I’ll be drawing for the book at the end of January. If you’re already subscribed, follow my blog

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid author who has published a number of books under her pen name and under her own name. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a local critique group, and teaches writing classes and courses. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Patrick O’Donnell-hero in A Song for Rose

Hi everyone.

I’m Suzanne Norquist, author of “A Song for Rose” in A Bouquet of Brides collection. If you haven’t heard of me, it’s because I’m a debut author. I’m honored to be in a collection with so many talented multi-published authors.

Patrick O’Donnell is the hero of my story. I borrowed the name Patrick from my son-in-law. It’s his middle name. He was not yet engaged to my daughter at the time I contracted this story. Wouldn’t it have been awkward if she had married someone else? I would have pretended I came up with the name another way. At least, it isn’t his first name.

In my story, Patrick manages the opera house in a historic mining town. He came from back east and knows the opera scene. He used to sing tenor, but the struggle to always be good enough for the stage wore him down. As the manager, he can hide from the limelight and criticism that comes with life in the public eye.

My daughter and son-in-law shared stories with me about opera auditions and competitions. My daughter described the experience of opening her mouth to hit the high note in a competition and no sound came out. She once auditioned right after the winner of a prestigious competition psyched her out.

I don’t show this audition process in “A Song for Rose,” but it’s part of what shaped Patrick’s character. It’s one reason he doesn’t want to see Rose join an opera company.

On a side note, often the hero of an opera sings tenor, so Patrick is a tenor. When my daughter met her husband, he sang tenor—the perfect hero.  Since then, my son-in-law switched to baritone and has performed all villain roles. I’m not sure I want to be the mother-in-law to the villain. Thankfully, in real-life he is still a soft-hearted tenor hero.

Find Patrick’s story in “A Song for Rose” in a Bouquet of Brides Collection.


Suzanne Norquist explores past and present through story.

Everything fascinates her, so she never settled on a career. She has worked as a sales clerk, chemist, professor, financial analyst, and even earned a doctorate in economics. As an author, she experiences different worlds without starting a new career every time. Research feeds her curiosity, and she shares the adventure with her readers.

She lives in Colorado with her mining engineer husband and has two grown children. When not writing, she explores the mountains, hikes, and attends kickboxing class.

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A BOUQUET’S SWEET SCENT

Photo by Rowena Kong on Upsplash My initial idea for A Bouquet of Brides Collection popped into my head years before I started pulling ...