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Livia J Washburn kicks off the anthology with her story, KISSING UNTIL CHRISTMAS, about a mail-order bride who isn’t exactly what she seems—but her unwilling groom hides a dangerous secret of his own.
It’s A LONG WAY FROM ST. LOUIS in Kathleen Rice Adams' story, but can a handsome Irish alley-brawler and a former debutante rekindle their romance from a decade earlier, now that circumstances have changed?
Ella’s cryptic letter brings her husband’s brother, Caleb, home for Christmas in STORE-BOUGHT ORNAMENTS by Patti Sherry-Crews. Can they finally claim the love they’ve been denied for so long?
Secrets and surprises are in store when families meddle with a beautiful single mother and an outlaw-turned-respectable in Tanya Hanson’s story. Phoebe Pierce may have too many secrets of her own to keep HER HOLIDAY HUSBAND…
An earthquake lands a young woman backward in time in her great-great aunt’s southwestern home. Jesse J Elliot’s story of a TIMELESS love that will prevail, no matter what century, is one you won’t forget!
Hec Murdock orders up two brides for himself and his brother, Zeke. But somehow, he neglects to let Zeke know what he’s done. I HEARD THE BRIDES ON CHRISTMAS DAY is classic Jacquie Rogers-style fun with a humorous, heartwarming ending!
Can a jaded lawman from Indian Territory and a debutante on the run manage to find their own “happily-ever-after” in A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE? Cheryl Pierson’s tale pits a young woman against a monster, with only one man to protect her—a U.S. Deputy Marshal—who stands to lose his heart—or his life.
Prairie Rose Publications is proud to bring you another wonderful collection of Christmas tales for your reading pleasure! A MAIL-ORDER CHRISTMAS BRIDE is sure to bring you hours of enjoyment.
MENDING FENCES by Livia J. Washburn is a riveting story of the Texas frontier as well as a touching romance between a heroine trying to find her place in the world and a hero whose past may destroy them both.
Meg Mims’s Spur Award-winning novel DOUBLE CROSSING is the story of mystery and intrigue as Lily Granville heads west, determined to track down her father’s killer. But who can she trust? Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?
HARMONICA JOE’S RELUCTANT BRIDE by Sarah J. McNeal is a wonderful time travel story of unexpected love.When Lola Barton inherits a rundown plantation, she believes her life has finally taken a positive turn. But, when she finds a mysterious trunk in the attic, it takes her into the past and to a man with dark secrets—and she’s married to him.
In Kristy McCaffrey’s story, Kate Kinsella has no choice but to go after Charley Barstow and talk some sense into him. Ethan Barstow is hot on his younger brother’s trail, too. All hell breaks loose when they discover Charley—not wishing to be found by anyone! Can Ethan and Kate find their own love and happiness with one another through the deception and hurt? Or will they both return INTO THE LAND OF SHADOWS…
This 2002 WILLA AWARD WINNER by Gail L. Jenner is the story of Liza Ralston, a young woman who leaves her settled existence to travel to Montana with her father—a decision she regrets. With her father severely wounded, the Pikuni tribe takes them in. But Liza wants nothing more than to return to St. Louis, despite her growing attraction for Red Eagle, a handsome young Indian warrior. Will Red Eagle and Liza find the love they’ve been waiting for? Beauty, treachery and danger lie ACROSS THE SWEET GRASS HILLS.
As the sun goes down behind the long, low western horizon, imagine a gathering of friends who write stories, share stories, encourage new stories, and visit about the craft of fiction.
As a reader, you’ll find stories about family, lost and found. Tales of Civil War and reconciliation. Gunfighters. Bounty hunters. Small towns and cemeteries. You’ll find ghosts, real and imagined. Adventure and romance. You’ll make new friends and rekindle old flames. You’ll live under western stars, with a harvest moon overhead and laughter and suspense all around.
Western stories by Terry Alexander, Ben Goheen, James J. Griffin, J. L. Guin, J. E. S. Hays, Easy Jackson, Jackson Lowry, Susan Murrie MacDonald, Jeffrey J. Mariotte, Edward Massey, Meg Mims, Clay More, Michael Newton, Richard Prosch, Angela Raines, Gordon L. Rottman, Barbara Shepherd, Charlie Steel, G. Wayne Tilman, Benjamin Thomas, Big Jim Williams, and Kevin Wolf.
Edited by Richard Prosch.
Pull up a stump and join us around the campfire.
WISH FOR THE MOON by Celia Yeary—Sixteen-year-old Annie McGinnis wishes for a chance to see more of the world, since all she’s ever known is the family farm in North Texas. The arrival of a mysterious visitor, Max Landry, changes everything for Annie. To save him from a bogus charge, she follows him and the Texas Rangers back to the coal-mining town where a murder occurred. The short journey sets Annie on a path of discovery—new horizons, an inner strength, and quite possibly…love.
FLY AWAY HEART by Sarah J. McNeal—Lilith Wilding can’t remember a time when she didn’t love the English born Robin Pierpont. Robin dreams of flying airplanes, but when he gets involved in illegal rum running to help a friend, he faces his worst fears. Can he save Lilith’s life? Or will his fate be sealed in death?
DOUBLE OR NOTHING by Meg Mims— Lily Granville, heiress, rebels against her uncle’s rules. Ace Diamond, determined to win Lily, invests in a dynamite factory. An explosion in San Francisco, mere hours before Lily and Ace elope, sets off a chain of consequences. Ace is framed for murder, and Lily must find proof to save him from a hangman’s noose. Will she become a widow before a true wife?
DRINA’S CHOICE by Agnes Alexander— To escape her abusive father, Drina Hamilton feels she has no choice but to become the wife of a rancher she only knows from the one letter his uncle has written her. To redeem the mortgage on his ranch, Aaron Wilcox must marry the woman his uncle has chosen for him. As Drina and Aaron struggle with their situation, they are unaware there is a sinister plan at hand to murder Aaron, and force the sale of the huge ranch .
DIGGING HOLES IN PARADISE by Karen Mihaljevich—In 1859 Missouri, Josette Stratton discovers that a chance identity switch gives her an out from a marriage mandated by her father—and allows her to work as a seamstress. What luck! But when she arrives in Nevada City, naïve Josette is horrified to discover that “seamstress” is just another name for…Oh! Her fellow traveler, Wolf, doesn’t say much—and doesn’t seem to like her. Nevada’s Comstock Lode bonanza adds color and excitement to this fast-paced adventure, where plans crumble, love sizzles, and everyone is DIGGING HOLES IN PARADISE!
A VALENTINE'S DAY NOVELLA - Artist Jennette Jacobson clashes with a handsome visitor at a gallery show, claiming artwork is just "more junk to dust." When she finds a small metal object, she uses it in a lovely new collage. When the same hunky guy claims he lost an important key at the show, he offers to buy Jenn's work. She refuses to sell. He'll just trash it to free his precious key. Or will it unlock a future romance?
THE KEY TO CHRISTMAS
A CHRISTMAS NOVELLA - Jennette Jacobson and Steve Harmon have been in love since the Groundhog Day blizzard in The Key to Love threw them together. Now they're engaged, but family troubles still plague them. Jenn's parents are battling even after divorce, and Steve's family isn't as perfect as they appear. Add in pressure to finalize their plans for the wedding, plus vandalism at their art gallery, and the busy holidays - will their love see them through?
Jennette Jacobson and Steve Harmon have been in love since the Groundhog Day blizzard in The Key to Love threw them together. Now they're engaged, but family troubles still plague them. Jenn's parents are battling even after divorce, and Steve's family isn't as perfect as they appear. Add in pressure to finalize their plans for the wedding, plus vandalism at their art gallery, and the busy holidays — will their love see them through?
The last thing Lacey Gordon—divorced with a teen daughter and two cats—needs is a rescue dog coming into her life. To top it off, she's rooked into a "Get Under the Mistletoe by Christmas Eve" dating contest. Since Buddy the dog prefers to be the only "new guy" in Lacey's life, will Santa Claws ruin her holiday for good?
Mary Kate Branson will do anything for her brother, who is deployed overseas right after Thanksgiving - including taking in his mischievous cat, Lucifer. She juggles battling job woes at a bakery with dating a hot volunteer firefighter and all the preparations for Christmas ... but Lucifer has his own plans for a holiday bash.
Home for the Holidays
Jodie Watson's in the animal rescue business -- with her best friend Phil. Their non-profit organization, Fur and Feathers, is teetering on the brink of disaster, with trouble from the city condemning their rented building. They soon have a worse fight on their hands, though, when donation money goes missing. Will their blossoming romance turn sour? Or can they work some Christmas magic to survive and find a new home for the holidays for their precious rescues?
October, 1869: Lily Granville, heiress to a considerable fortune, rebels against her uncle’s strict rules. Ace Diamond, determined to win Lily, invests in a dynamite factory but his success fails to impress her guardian. An explosion in San Francisco, mere hours before Lily elopes with Ace to avoid a forced marriage, sets off a chain of consequences. When Ace is framed for murder before their wedding night, Lily must find proof to save him from a hangman’s noose. Will she become a widow before a true wife?
August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father’s murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed — both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey. As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust–the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her … for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?