The Trail to Love by Tina Susedik, part of The Soul Mate Tree Collection

Okay, this is one of the cases where I’m not crazy over the cover (actually, any of the covers) but boy oh, boy, how much everything else is perfect. That synopsis makes up for it big time and if you take a moment to read all the synopsis, you’ll find beautiful stories. The Set is great and I’m happy to spotlight the fourth book of it, The Trail to Love by Tina Susedik. I added links for both the entire collection and the single book. But one thing at the time.

Enjoy the full collection of The Soul Mate Tree, novellas for one low price.

Book One, Realm of The Dragon, CiCi Cordelia: Hurtled into an unfathomable world, Lily faces her destiny.

Book Two, Can’t Stop the Music, C.D. Hersh: Woodstock connected them, misunderstandings separated them.

Book Three, Between Venus and Mars, S.C. Mitchell: A rollicking, intergalactic adventure to Old Earth.

Book Four, The Trail to Love, Tina Susedik: Two lost souls find love on the Oregon Trail.

Book Five, Make Me a Match, Mackenzie Lucas: Your perfect match is closer than you think.

Book Six, A Promise Remembered, Erin S. Riley: A broken promise separates two souls entangled since the dawn of time.

Book Seven, Never Give Up on Love, Maggie Mundy: Vincent finds his love, a vampire hunter who could kill him.

Book Eight, Once Upon a Lady, Addie Jo Ryleigh: Bound by duty . . . tempted by desire.

Book Nine, Sweet Sacrifice, L.D. Rose: Heaven is hell without her.

Book Ten, Soul Song, Mikea Howard: Two people from different worlds reach for love.

Book Eleven, The Storm Within, Cerian Hebert: Her love offered salvation, if she can heal his heart.

Book Twelve, Finding Faith, April A. Luna: A leap of faith catapults a time-traveling gargoyle into a parallel world.

Book Four, The Trail to Love, Tina Susedik.

Jack Billabard, mourning the loss of his wife and baby in childbirth, vows to never to love again. After their funeral at Fort Laramie, he rides into the Wyoming hills beyond the ranch he built for his wife. Through his grieving tears, an ancient tree appears, giving him the hope he doesn’t believe is possible. For the next four years, he acts as a guide on the Oregon Trail, taking families to a new life while his looms lonely and stagnant.

The night before her abusive husband’s death, an ancient tree appears in Sarah Nickelson’s yard as she agonizes over how to survive her marriage. The tree gives her hope she can’t help but reject. After all, a tree doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. After her husband ‘s death, and with no options as a widow in Independence, Missouri, Sarah decides to travel to Oregon City as a Mail Order Bride.

During their trek west on the Oregon Trail, Jack and Sarah encounter one another, each afraid of being hurt again. Can they survive dogs and puppies, wind and rainstorms, Indians and unfavorable fellow passengers, while their love blossoms? Will the tree fulfill its promise?

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Cold seeped into his bones. Something warm blew across his face and ears. Jack swatted at his ears and peeled one gritty eye open.

“Papaya!” He pushed at the horse’s nose. “Go away.” Papaya continued prodding at him. “Darn horse.” He rubbed his cold hands together.

In the dim light, he wasn’t sure if it was morning or evening. The previous day’s events came back to him. He sat up and wiped a hand over his stubbly chin. Tears burned behind his eyes.

Papaya tugged at his sleeve until the only thing he could do was stand. “Darn it, horse, leave me alone.” He pushed the horse to the side. The sun rising behind the mountains from the east cast a shadow on a tree Jack swore hadn’t been there the night before.

Standing at least twenty feet high, the trunk was twisted and gnarled like the arthritic hands of his grandfather. Several roots rose from the ground making it look as if it would walk away. Some of its massive branches drooped close to the ground, like arms dragging across the grass.

As the sky lightened, he realized that, unlike the rough bark of the pines at this altitude, the tree’s light brown bark was smooth. Was it the lighting, or did some of the bark actually seem golden while in other places it was rough and dark brown? The surrounding trees paled in comparison.

Jack stepped closer. Pale green, oval leaves reminded him of an elm tree, only much smaller. When the wind blew, the undersides shimmered with a silvery glow.

Tina Susedik is an award-winning, multi-published author with books in both fiction and non-fiction, including history, children’s, military books and romances. Her favorite is writing romance stories where her characters live happily ever after. She lives in Northwestern Wisconsin and is a member of Romance Writers of America, Wisconsin Romance Writer’s of America, Wisconsin Writer’s Association, and Sisters In crime. Her twentieth book will be released in November with her Chandler County book, Missing My Heart.  Tina also write spicier romances as Anita Kidesu.

Chatting with the Author Tina Susedik

Tina is an award-winning and multi-published author in both fiction and non-fiction including military, history, children’s, and romance. Her favorite is romantic mysteries. She also writes as Anita Kidesu. 

As a host on Your Book Garden, on Authors on the Air Global Radio Network, LLC, she interviews authors in all genres twice a month on Tuesdays 

In her spare time, Tina loves to read, hike, camp, bike, garden, take photographs, and spend time with her five grandchildren.

I had the pleasure to have Tina here, and here’s our chat.

What are your favorite TV shows? 

I don’t watch a lot of television, but when I do, I enjoy watching mystery, who-dun-it, and history.

What is your favorite meal?

All four of my grandparents came from Germany after WWI. Both my grandmothers made roast beef and gravy, spaetzle, and red cabbage. My mother learned to make the meal. To this day, if I’m in a German restaurant, it’s what I order.

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

I have an idea for writing books about women in the west who had unusual jobs – miner, lawman, lawyer, doctor, blacksmith, etc. It may be set in Alaska.

Is there a writer you idolize? If so, who?

I have a couple of authors I love and have on my keeper shelf. One is Kathleen Woodiwiss, who is the first romance author I ever read. I enjoyed her because of the way she wrote strong female characters and how she interwove history in her story. I also like LaVyrle Spencer. She had a way of making her characters real and her stories covered topics most authors of her time didn’t touch.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

I usually have a hard time coming up with titles, but this one was easy. Since Jack and Sarah were on the Oregon Trail and they fall in love, “The Trail to Love” was easy.

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  1. Tina – enjoyed reading your book. We’ve got a good mix in the set of genres. Going from fantasy in the first to our book, Can’t Stop the Music, the 2018 Raven Award winner in the Contemporary Music Category. Then one on SyFy and yours as western as number four in the set should keep readers interested. The magic of the tree pulling them together as it does for the hero and heroine of the books.
    Enjoy your time in the spotlight of the tour.

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  2. Char Chaffin here, one-half of CiCi Cordelia. Thanks so much for hosting Tina’s wonderful contribution to The Soul Mate Tree Series! Historical Western s a fave genre of CiCi. 🙂 Each Soul Mate Tree book is a gem and was a joy to include in the series.

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  3. If you love Historical Westerns–with a dash of paranormal romance–then this adventurous novella is the read for you . . . The Trail to Love by Susedik.

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  4. I loved this book.It was such a pleasure working with Tina and the other authors in this series.

    Fun fact: Tina and her book are referenced in my book, Between Venus and Mars.My character finds Tina’s book along with a number of other books in the Soul Mate Tree series in an “ancient archive.”.

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