Guest blogger: Sylvia McDaniel
50 brides! 50 States! 50 books! 50 consecutive release days! A historic new series
What happens when a popular western author of mail-order brides decided to make publishing history by having a mail-order bride come to every state in America. Kirsten Osbourne enlisted forty-five authors to help her with this enormous undertaking and that’s how the American Mail-Order Bride series began. Kirsten contacted me last summer and asked if I’d like to join in the adventure and how could I resist. Each book is released in the same order that the state joined the union. There were originally thirteen colonies, so those are first. There will be one book a day released until all fifty stories are in readers hands. Each author has the same set-up a factory fire in Lawrence Massachusetts leaves the heroines out of work. But after that each author created her own world.
My character answers an ad in the Groom’s Gazette and is soon on her way to Virginia. But she’s unprepared for the mystery surrounding the death of Daniel O’Malley’s first wife and his mother is a cold-hearted soul that could cause any woman to run. Determined to bring joy and happiness into her new home, she’s surprised when Daniel thinks she’s behind the mysterious vandalism at the family vineyard. Could her husband Daniel have murdered his previous wife and what about Katie? Is her life in danger from the man who is slowly claiming her heart?
Bride #10 Katie from Virginia releases today! Find out about the rest of the American Mail-Order Brides on the New Western website.
Kate: Bride of Virginia
Daniel O’Malley rode into Charlottesville in his sidebar buggy. Frank, had been insistent he come to town today.
And he feared Frank, his business partner, would tell him what he already knew: the vineyard was in trouble. Three years had passed and still the wine had to ferment. Occasionally he would uncork a bottle and check the taste, but the batches needed longer. More time to chill for the taste to explode on the tongue. Soon, hopefully soon.
Since the death of his first wife, he’d avoided coming into town and wouldn’t have come today, except Frank’s note said it was urgent.
Pulling the buggy to a stop, he jumped down and tied the reins to a hitching post. When he walked into the office, he tipped his hat to the woman behind the desk. “Hello, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Lowe is expecting you. Go on back to his office.”
“Thank you,” Daniel said as he walked past the woman.
When he stepped into his best friend and business partner’s office, Frank glanced up from the paperwork scattered across his desk. “You came. Take a seat.”
Sitting on the other side of the desk, Daniel gazed at his friend wondering about his message. “Of course, you said it was urgent.”
“It is,” Frank said, staring at him. “I may have overstepped the boundaries of our friendship.”
Daniel frowned. Frank had helped him when the vineyard needed money. Friends since college, there wasn’t much he wouldn’t do for Frank and doubted the man had done anything offensive. “What did you do?”
“I ordered you a mail-order bride.”
For a moment, Daniel sat stunned. “What?” The memory of his last wife was still too painful to think about and Frank had found him a mail-order bride. Was he crazy?
“A wife. You need a wife, Daniel, to help with your mother. You’re alone and after what happened to Eloise, I feared you would never even look at a woman again, let alone marry. So I ordered you a mail-order bride.”
What was he thinking to find him a wife? He didn’t want or need another woman. And yes, his mother needed someone to nurse her, but not at the expense of him marrying again.
His fists clenched. “You’re right. You did overstep the boundaries. What makes you think I would even consider marrying again?”
Frank leaned back in his chair and studied his friend. “The best way a man can rebound is to find someone else.”
“I don’t want anyone else. I never want to marry again.”
Anger coursed through Daniel like a river at flood stage. They were good friends, but this was too much. Frank knew better than to bring a woman into Daniel’s life.
For a moment, Frank didn’t say anything. “A woman is arriving on the noon train today from Lawrence, Massachusetts. She thinks you ordered her.”
“Then I suggest you marry her or you send her back, because I’m not getting married.”
Sylvia McDaniel is a best-selling, award-winning author of western historical romance and contemporary romance novels. Known for her sweet, funny, family-oriented romances, Sylvia is the author of The Burnett Brides, Lipstick and Lead Series, Scandalous Suffragette Brides, The Cuvier Widows, and several short contemporary romances.