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USA Today bestselling author Kirsten Osbourne knows how to write romance. Each book is an experience that transplants the reader, indulging them in decadence, intense emotion and sweeping love.
Hailing from the state of Wisconsin, she has lived in Texas for over thirty years as a mother, writer, and wife. Married to the love of her life for more than fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and shares that vision with the world.
She writes contemporary and historical romance as well and also ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy, love, and make believe, no matter the location, where there is always a happily ever after at the end.
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Amelia C. Adams is the author of twenty-five sweet Western romance novels, the mother of four children, and the eater of chocolate cake and tacos. Many tacos. Too many tacos to count. Because cheese. And meat. Meat and cheese.
She has hit the Amazon bestseller list three times and has the screenshots to prove it. Even though sheâs only been publishing Westerns for two years, she plans to do it forever and ever, or until the cows come home, whichever happens first. She credits her own pioneer heritage for this new interest, and is glad that she doesnât have to wear twelve petticoats to be considered modest.
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Peggy L Henderson is an award-winning, best-selling western historical and time travel romance author of the Yellowstone Romance Series, Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, Teton Romance Trilogy, and the Blemished Brides and Wilderness Brides Western Historical Romance Series. When sheâs not writing about Yellowstone, the Tetons, or the old west, sheâs out hiking the trails, spending time with her family and pets, or catching up on much-needed sleep. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Along with her husband and two sons, she makes her home in Southern California.
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Hi! I'm Kristin Holt, USA Today Bestselling Author.
I write frequent articles (or view recent posts easily on my Home Page) about the nineteenth century American Westâevery subject of possible interest to readers, amateur historians, authorsâ¦as all of these tidbits surfaced while researching for my books. I blog monthly at Sweet Romance Reads, Sweet Americana Sweethearts, and Romancing the Genres.
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Although she grew up as far away from the old west as possible, sheâs always had a love affair with the men and women who settled the untamed land west of the Mississippi. Glued to TV westerns like Maverick, Rawhide and Gunsmoke, and reading stories of Annie Oakley, Roy Rogers and Rin Tin Tin, it was only natural that when she started writing, she wrote what she loved to watch and read. When sheâs not writing or travelling in search of the perfect setting for her next novel, you can usually find her wielding a pair of knitting needles or a pool cue.
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MAIL-ORDER MEMORIES by KIRSTEN OSBOURNE: Mary Brown is forced to start over in Beckham, Massachusetts, when the love of her life is killed out West. She has no desire to be in the town where they grew up together and memories of him will flood through her at every turn. After five years as a cook, her employer suggests she become a mail order bride to a man who has no desire to find loveâ¦only a life partner. Unsure if sheâs making a mistake, she sends a letter in reply to the ad, unsure if sheâll be able to handle marriage to a stranger after expecting a life of love.
William Jones has always known heâd marry his love, but when her father insists he goes West to make his fortune before they can marry, he reluctantly agrees. After all, he wants his love to get everything she ever wants in life. When he finds out Mary has died after a tragic illness, he gets his farm ready, but he canât go through his entire life without love. He sends for a mail order bride, getting the biggest shock of his life. Will he ever be able to trust his bride? Or will he spend the rest of his life regretting his decision to marry?
THE ECHO OF MUSIC by AMELIA C. ADAMS: When acclaimed opera singer Orinda Lou Britt loses her voice, she leaves the stage and her home in Chicago to live in Topeka, where no one knows her and she can start over again. Along with her, she brings her cherished heirloom piano, a gift from her grandmother.
Nathan Perry travels the country tuning pianos in every town, and there is no one Orinda Lou trusts more. But when it comes time for her piano to be repaired, Nathan seems nowhere to be found, and when he does finally arrive, the reason for his absence may drive them apart forever.
TETON SEASON OF PROMISE by PEGGY L. HENDERSON: Olivia Barkley knows how to take care of herself. Growing up in an orphanage, sheâs learned that good things donât come easily and certainly donât last forever. While escaping the unwanted advances of her employer, her path crosses with a man who made a promise he didn't keep.
Caleb Walker has lived a life of freedom among the spectacular Tetons, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Unexplained restlessness prompts him to leave his beloved mountains in search of answers. When he joins an expedition into the wilderness, he is shocked to come face to face with a woman from his long-forgotten past.
Caleb and Livy must find a way to come to terms with their unexpected meeting. If they can move beyond the guilt and misunderstandings of the past, they might discover that they were meant to be together all along.
THE GUNSMITHâS BRIDE by KRISTIN HOLT: Morgan Hudson canât begrudge his widowed father a second chance at happiness. So when Dadâs mail-order bride arrives in Mountain Home with a beautiful daughter, Morganâs life flips upside down. The lovesick fifty-year-olds need a chaperone, and Morgan canât remember to treat Lizzy like a sister. Will their emergent love survive their parentsâ romance, threats from the past, and a law forbidding kissing on the streets of Mountain Home?
HANNAHâS HERO by MARGERY SCOTT: US Marshal Kirby Matheson is on his way to testify at the trial of an outlaw when he comes across Hannah on the trail, unconscious and hurt. He feels a connection to her unlike any heâs never felt with another woman. Heâs sure she feels the same, so why is she so frosty toward him? And why is he suddenly thinking about giving up the one thing heâs always valued â his freedom?
When Hannah Wilde is rescued by a handsome stranger after being thrown from her horse during a storm, she finds herself growing to like him, much to her dismay. Heâs exactly the kind of man sheâs sworn never to get involved with â a lawman!
MAIL-ORDER MEMORIES by KIRSTEN OSBOURNE:
Kristen's Top Ten List
1. When I was growing up I wanted to be a writer. Nothing else would work for me. I told everyone thatâs what I would be.
2. I once met a famous baseball star while working at Six Flags in a game with throwing baseballs and guessing how fast you could throw. He offered to sign the ball he threw for me, and I told him he couldnât deface property. (This was after he gave me his name!) It was hours later when another guest saw that Iâd written Nolan Ryan as the fastest pitcher for the day that I realized I was kind of dumb there. I was 18 and blonde. What can I say?
3. Readers would be surprised to know I am nervous every time I put a new book out. Iâm always afraid I will disappoint them.
4. Everyday I play computer games with my family.
5. I like to go to Disney World! Itâs truly the happiest place on earth!
6. I have always wanted to conquer the world.
7. I will never forget the first sale I made. My first book had been out for two weeks when I got that sale. I cried for hours, because someone was willing to pay money for a story Iâd made up in my head.
8. The best thing about writing is I can do it in my jammies.
9. When I am not writing, I like to play computer games. I waste a LOT of hours on computer games.
10. I am working on Mail Order Memories. I hope you like it!
Snippet from Mail Order Memories:
Mary was finished with the dishes, and had found a book and planted herself at the dining room table before the door to the parlor finally opened again, more than an hour later. Papa looked between her and William, before he nodded. âIâll give you two ten minutes of privacy.â He turned and headed up the stairs, leaving her alone with William. Never before had her father left them alone, so she was both surprised and pleased. Surely this meant heâd agreed to the marriage.
As soon as her father had climbed the stairs, Mary jumped to her feet. âWhat did he say?â She rushed forward, taking Williamâs hands in hers. âIt was so hard to wait out here while you talked! I wanted to be in there with you, giving all the reasons we should marry immediately.â
William sighed. âHe said I may marry you, but there are conditions that must be met first.â His brown eyes met hers, his filled with a sadness sheâd never seen there. His eyes were always merry, and now they made her want to weep.
âConditions? What kind of conditions?â Her papa knew theyâd been courting for more than a year, and sheâd been certain he would agree immediately. She was shocked that he was being difficult.
William took her hand in his. âLetâs sit and talk about it.â
âOf course.â She didnât want to sit. She wanted him to tell her that they could plan their wedding. It didnât have to be a big one. Sheâd wear her mamaâs wedding dress, and they could get married at the small church in town where theyâd both attended their whole lives.
William had finished school the previous week, but he still went into town to walk her home every evening. He had a job as a farmhand for old Mr. Hardy, and she wasnât sure what the problem was. âYour father wants me to go West and get some land. If I prove up on it, then we can marry.â Heâd never thought heâd consider being a homesteader. Eventually heâd inherit his fatherâs land, and he could be a farmer right there in Massachusetts, but itâs what her father wanted. Heâd do anything to marry her.
âBut it takes five years to prove up on land! And there isnât any left thatâs close!â She shook her head adamantly. âLetâs elope. We can go to Beckham and marry right away. No one can stop us. Iâm sixteen! A full-grown woman! Just like my mama was.â Why wasnât he fighting what her father said? He acted like it was the most normal thing in the world to be told he had to go West.
William rubbed the back of his neck. âI know. I donât want to go against him, though. Heâs the only family you have. Iâll go, and Iâll make a good life for us.â He couldnât be the reason she and her father parted ways. Heâd never really seen eye to eye with her father, but she loved him, and that was good enough for him.
Mary felt the tears escape the corners of her eyes. âI donât want you to go.â She clung to one of his hands with both of hers. âPlease stay.â
He used his thumb to rub away one of her tears. âThis is the fourth time Iâve seen you cryâ¦and the only time Iâve caused it. Iâm so sorry.â
She took a deep breath, fortifying herself. âWell, if you must go, then you must. Itâs a good time of year for it. Promise me youâll write.â It would be better if he went in the spring, when all life was starting over. Sheâd wait for himâ¦as long as it took.
âEvery single week. No matter how busy I get, Iâll write to you.â
She stood, wrapping her arms around his waist and hugging him close. âIâll walk you out.â
He raised an eyebrow. Never before had she walked him out, even with all the times heâd visited over the years. He turned to her as soon as they were outside. âDid you have something else you wanted to say?â he asked, keeping his voice low.
She shook her head. âNo, but I have something else I want to do.â She reached up and pulled his head down to hers, pressing her lips to his. Sheâd never allowed him to kiss her, always believing they should wait until they were engaged.
William held her close, his hand stroking down her back, feeling her corset through her dress there. âIâm going to miss you so much.â He wanted so badly to take her with him. Together they could conquer the world. They could do anything!
She sniffled again. âWill you come see me before you go?â
He shook his head. âItâll only be harder if I do. Iâll go first thing in the morning, and Iâll write you as soon as I arrive. I love you, Mary Brown.â
She bit her lip, nodding. âI love you too, William Jones.â She leaned against the wall of her house as she watched him go, already missing him.
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