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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Joan Reeves has a broken arm so I’m filling in for her.  Best wishes for rapid healing. Joan!

By Caroline Clemmons

Jacquie Rogers and I have conspired to create linked books in a boxed duet titled MAIL ORDER TANGLE. And these two stories are tangles created around mail order brides. The first is mine, MAIL ORDER PROMISE, which is set in Texas. No surprise there, right? The second is Jacquie’s, MAIL ORDER RUCKUS, and it’s set in Owyhee County, Idaho Territory near where her Hearts of Owyhee novels take place. Once again, no surprise.

Here’s what happens.

Mail-Order Promise
by Caroline Clemmons
Ellie Dickerson contracts to become a mail-order bride to a Texas rancher on the condition she can bring her sister. After her arduous trip from Virginia, she learns her fiancĂ© has died. His brother is handsome. And single. And he doesn’t want her. But he has sworn to take care of her and see she has a home. Somewhere, but where? What will happen to her and her sister?

Kage Johannsen, co-owner of a ranch in Idaho with his cousin Matt, is forced to take over his family’s Central Texas ranch on the death of his older brother. Kage is in no hurry to get married, and when his brother’s bride shows up, she’s everything he doesn’t want in a wife—except she’s stunningly beautiful.  Despite his deathbed promise to his brother and his attraction to Ellie, he’s convinced she doesn’t have the grit to be a rancher’s wife.

When a greedy, sadistic villain attempts to take over the ranch and kill Kage, can Ellie save her true love?  What will it take to prove that she’s thmmonse only woman for Kage?

Mail-Order Ruckus
by Jacquie Rogers

Matt Johannsen returned to the ranch he and his cousin Kage started in Owyhee County, Idaho Territory, not knowing he took Laura Dickerson's heart with him.  Now that her sister no longer needs her, Laura wants a home of her own and a family to put in it.  No other man would fill the bill as well as Matt, but he’s not interested.  Not wanting to live as a spinster aunt the rest of her life, Laura signs a contract with a marriage broker, choosing to go to Silver City, near Matt’s ranch, in hopes that he might come around.  But he’s not on the roster of eligible grooms!

When Matt sees Laura among the brides on display on the balcony of the Idaho Hotel, he feels gutshot. He’s in no position to take a wife, not with a ranch eating up every spare moment and dollar. But if he doesn't step forward, the one woman he wants will be wed at the end of the week—and not to him.

Will Matt walk away from the woman who stole his heart or let go of everything he's worked so hard to build in exchange for love?

Jacquie and I are excited about this duet! 



  1. LeeErin at Night Owl Reviews gave Mail-Order Tangle Top Pick!
    Night Owl Reviews: Mail Order Tangle

    1. And it's a damn good review. Loved it. And, of course, I loved your duet, too and hope you will collaborate again. :)

  2. So sorry Joan! Wishing you a speedy recovery! Loved the boxed set! You girls have a real winner!!!

    1. Thanks, Caroline, for taking over my spot, Karrne, you're sweet! Thank you.

      Luckily, I learned it's not broken, just sprained, bruised, and hurts like heck accompanied by some contusions, bruises, and gashes. Suffice it to say, stupid accidents do a lot of damage. Probably couldn't duplicate the fall I took at our country property if I tried.


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