I love western romances, and this collection really fit the bill. If you don’t believe me, keep reading, I have the synopsis for all the novellas in there (yes, I’m synopsis-bragging, but I do have all of them, while Amazon does not. Ha!). Also, I had the pleasure to have the entire collection introduced by one of the Authors, Caroline Clemmons.
The Collection is Under a Mulberry Moon, and it releases today in the Western Romance Genre.
To get you in the right mood, here’s the video for the anthology: https://youtu.be/MI7u7KQcx1s
Adventure! Mystery! Romance! Nine award-winning and bestselling authors present sweet western historical stories to ignite your imagination and feed your passion for reading. Let us sweep you away from your daily cares and entertain you with our sigh-worthy novellas set between 1865 and 1900. What a line-up we have for you! UNDER A MULBERRY MOON is a bargain! Preorder at only 99 cents before the price goes up to $2.99 sometime after release!
Amazon buy link is http://a.co/99Odsch
Here’s what Caroline tells me about writing a Multi-author Anthology.
Think of herding cats successfully. Each of our nine authors had her story and setting yet we brought the diverse novellas together for readers’ entertainment. Of course, each has a happy ending!
The first two stories in the anthology are those of Jacquie Rogers and mine. They required coordination because our stories are linked. The heroines of A FAMILY FOR MERRY and A FAMILY FOR POLLY were children adopted from the orphan train by a severe Nebraska couple. Merry and Polly grew up close as sisters while they worked the hard lives of nothing more than slaves.
For many years I have been interested in the orphan trains and the children who were taken from the streets of New York by the Children’s Aid Society. Most of the children went to a better life than they had. A few, like Merry and Polly, would have been better off in the orphanage.
In spite of the few failures, I admire what the Children’s Aid Society intended. Imagine children living on the streets with no way to buy clothes or food and no safe place to sleep. Sadly, there are still such children in many places, especially large cities! The National Center on Family Homelessness reports that one in every thirty children in the United States is homeless, for a staggering 2.5 million children each year in America. Of course, some of those are with their parents, but many are alone.
Between 1854 and 1929, an estimated 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, and runaway children in the East were sent via trains to Midwestern farming communities. For many years my husband and I lived in Parker County, Texas. One of the local men adopted from the orphan train in the 1920s had a successful adoption story—as the system was meant to provide. Many people think of the orphan trains as the beginning of the modern foster care system.
But, romance authors write to entertain and uplift, not to philosophize. This guarantees that the children in our stories achieve a happy home with two parents to guide and protect them. Getting there is the plot of our stories in A FAMILY FOR MERRY and in A FAMILY FOR POLLY.
Making certain the two stories were different yet did not conflict with one another involved late night phone calls, messages, and emails. I admit to lots of laughter in the phone calls. Jacquie is such a fun person that talking to her without laughing is absolutely impossible. A few story details are repeated but from that heroine’s point of view. Most of the information contained in each story is specific to that novella. Polly’s main story actually starts near the end of Merry’s.
Each of the stories has an epilogue to give readers a peek at life later in the couples’ lives. I always enjoy seeing that sort of information included when I read a romance. We are hoping other readers feel the same way as we do.
What about you? Do you enjoy linked stories?
I DO enjoy linked stories. I kind of wrote a series like that so yeah, I like them a big deal.
Now, let’s get to the meat.
A FAMILY FOR MERRY by Carolyn Clemmons
Former orphan train child now grown, Merry Murphy Bird is convinced she can build a successful life operating the boarding house she and her sister purchased. Rescuing three quirky orphans from a current orphan train was irresistible if not quite legal. Merry is determined to give the children a better life than she and her sister endured in Nebraska. Boarder Lawyer Blake Woolf has come to town to take over the practice of his late uncle. Blake was the eldest of ten children and forced to care for them far too often. Now he wants nothing more to do with children.
A FAMILY FOR POLLY by Jacquie Rogers
Children’s Aid Society authorities don’t exactly know Polly Friday Bird and Merry Murphy Bird are single and neither woman is going to volunteer the information. Polly hated the life she and her sister led after they were adopted by a surly Nebraska farm couple who really wanted free drudges. She would never treat the two children she’s adopted so harshly. In fact, she believes the large boarding house she and Merry purchased is an ideal place to raise children, with a large yard, numerous rooms, and a good school nearby. Still, Polly needs a husband so she convinces Ford (Manford) Daily to marry her and be on his way. The problem is, he won’t go.
COMES A SPECTER by Keta Diablo
Anya’s ten- year-old son, Willie-boy, found his father hanging in the barn six months ago. He hasn’t spoken a word since. Now the boy is gravely ill and there’s only one man who can save him, Sutter Sky, a learned shaman known as Yellow Smoke, a shaman who was deeply in love with Anya at one time.
But fate had other plans—Anya was forced to marry a cruel man by the name of Lewis Fleming. Worse, Anya is convinced the ghost terrorizing them is her late husband.
Will Yellow Smoke put aside his bitterness to save Willie-boy, and how will he dispel the evil, sinister ghost from their lives?
WORTH THE WAIT by Patricia PacJac Carroll
Ruby is running from her parents to the unknown of one lost Yankee, Charlie Ransom. She’d answered his ad for a mail-order bride and agreed to meet him at Sundown Ranch just outside of Duston, Texas. Hope rose in her heart as she thought of being loved by him and having a house to herself. She wasn’t afraid of work, but desired it be for her and her husband.
Charlie Ransom left the war only to find his parents and family farm gone. Hearing of the cattle that roamed around Texas, and knowing the need for beef in the north, he bought a ranch in Texas and ordered a bride to help him make his dreams come true.
All seemed so easy, but the ranch was broken down, and Ruby, well she wouldn’t marry him until he could tell her he loved her. Add into the mix four orphans and a tornado of trouble swept around him and his ranch.
Love might not come softly, but it better come quickly for those on Sundown Ranch.
ADA AND THE TEXAS CAVALRYMAN by Carra Copelin
Donal ‘Mac’ McTiernan is on what he hopes to be his last mission for the U.S. Army. He’s tracked the deserters to Brady City, Texas where he decides to operate under cover until he’s ready to make his move and arrest the two men. Mac had planned to go home to Dallas and live out his life. He hadn’t planned on encountering the green-eyed, red-headed woman who would completely turn his life upside down. Ada Weathered has only two weeks to pay the mortgage on her land left to her by her father. She is working at the school and cafe to earn the money, but won’t make enough by the deadline. Will the handsome stranger, fresh off the trail, be the answer to her prayers?
LADY LASSOS AN OUTLAW by Charlene Raddon
Aurora Cavender travels to Utah to complete a secret assignment and to find her twin brother. She never expects to run into the man she once loved. Garret Mosely abandoned her on their wedding day years before. Gorgeous as ever, he shocks her by trying to tell her he’s not Garret but Nebraska Joe, an outlaw with the Hell’s-Gate gang.
The same gang who supposedly kidnapped and murdered Jason Cavender. Aurora knows her brother still lives. As identical twins, they sense each other’s emotions. He’s hurt but alive.
Now, she too, is in the hands of this ruthless outlaw gang. Can Garret—will Garret— help her find Jason and escape Robbers’ Roost?
THE MILLRIGHT’S DAUGHTER by Zina Abbott
After the death of her mother in 1882, Eliza Wells goes to live with her grandmother, Caroline Arnold, whom her parents named as her guardian. Not long after. her grandmother has a stroke. The next thing Eliza knows, her uncle, Joseph Wells from California, whom she has never met before except through letters, arrives in Ohio and whisks her away for a visit with family while her grandmother recovers.
At first Eliza enjoyed visiting her cousins in California. Now she grows concerned at her uncle’s repeated refusals to arrange for her transportation home. A millwright like her father was before his death, he pleads the demands of his business. The longer she stays, the longer she must wait to start normal school in Ohio and begin her training as a teacher. Her grandmother has not replied to any of her letters, so she can no longer look to her to help her.
MATTHEW’S FREEDOM by Cissie Patterson
Matthew is running from a guilty conscience, and saving a woman and her son isn’t in his plans. They need a real man, not one who freezes and runs away when a life is at stake. After delivering his sister to Freedom, he’s ready to find his own freedom in the world.
Brenna is determined to do what she needs to survive, for her son’s sake. Marriage isn’t in her plans but neither is giving up. Her happiness doesn’t matter, providing for her son’s future does – if only he would stop fighting her every step of the way.
When she discovers her dead husband has left their little family lacking, she decides to seek employment. The only problem is that jobs are scarce but men are plentiful in Freedom. Marriage may be the only way out of her situation.
What will happen when two people are forced together to save a child? Can a man run away from trouble only to find his future in Freedom? Matthew & Brenna must come together to save the one person trying to tear them apart.
THE WIDOW BUYS A GROOM by P. A Estelle
Katherine Parnell, owner of Maggie’s Baked Goods, is alone to run the family business and raise her four-year old son.
The Civil War snuffed out the lives of countless soldiers, many which were husbands and fathers, leaving Meadow Creek, Kansas, with very few marrying age men. A few women that find themselves in Katherine’s same situation, decide to meet men from other states whose lives have also been ripped apart and are ready to start anew. Reverend Strong is the one who came up with the idea. Meadow Creek needed men to help the town grow and heal.
When the good reverend approaches Katherine with his idea she tells him, in no uncertain terms, marriage is something she won’t do again. Her torment had been over for several years now, but the nightmares haven’t gone away. “I may need a man, but I don’t ever want another husband!”
Jim Sutton was new in Meadow Creek. He had inherited some land and was hoping to make this small town his home. He is also fighting demons of his own and has no desire to get close to anybody.
He lands in jail, coming to Katherine’s aid, and his only way out is with the help of this woman whose green eyes haunt his dreams.
Can they find happiness together or will ghosts from the past keep their love at arm’s length?