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Mail-Order Brides of the Southwest book collection by Heidi Vanlandingham is a Kobo Plus Bookish Event pick #koboplus #americanhistoricalromance #westernromance #historicalromance #giveaway



Title: Mail-Order Brides of the Southwest book collection

 

Author: Heidi Vanlandingham

 

Genre: American Historical Western Romance

 

Book Blurb:

 

A historical western family saga filled with desperation, turmoil, and love.

 

Lucie: Bride of Tennessee

 

Taking a bride for the sake of his daughter, he discovers a second chance at love.

 

To provide for herself and her younger brother, Lucie Croft accepts a mail-order bride contract in Chattanooga. Fate, however, has other things in store for her when her intended groom dies before her arrival. Desperate and homeless, Lucie and her brother are taken to the local hotel owned by Sebastian McCord. Overwhelmed as a single father and intrigued by Lucie, Sebastian agrees to marry her. Will the couple create a loving family or does fate have yet another turn in the road?

 

The Gambler’s Mail-Order Bride

 

His dangerous past can’t stop him from loving her…

 

Stella McCord just wants to make a new start in life as a mail-order bride, but her new start turns out to be a crumbling hotel and a suspicious fiancé. When Travis Stone wins an old, rundown hotel in a card game, he hopes to escape his lawless past. All he needs is a trusted manager to help him run the business and decides a mail-order wife is his best option.

 

The Bookseller’s Mail-Order Bride

 

She never wanted to be a bride. He wants a family to love.

 

Hailey Jefferson doesn’t want a husband. Needing to escape her mother’s reputation, she decides to become a mail-order bride…but only on her terms. Giving her husband, Alex Croft, a trial marriage seems like the perfect plan until she realizes he wants more. Can she up and leave him, knowing it could break his heart, or will she stay and make his dreams come true?

 

Excerpt:

 

Lucie: Bride of Tennessee

 

Lucie watched Sebastian walk across the street and enter the hotel, thinking about his dimpled smile. She didn’t hear Mr. Beauregard until it was too late. His heavy hand landed against her ear, knocking her sideways. Meaty knuckles came out of nowhere and hit her backward, a burst of light exploding behind her right eye as she fell to the floor.

 

Her boss’s large frame hovered over her, blocking out the bright sunlight streaming through the glass window and door. “Get out of my store, you Jezebel! I’m not good enough, is that it? I’ve been nicer to you than most, and all you can do is pine away after that no-good McCord!”

 

He kicked at her, the toe of his shoe digging into her upper thigh as she crawled across the rough wooden floor toward the front door. She couldn’t feel her leg anymore, but somehow pulled herself up by hanging onto the doorknob. 

 

Confused at his unexplainable behavior, she shoved her fear away. With a quick twist of her wrist, she ignored the sharp stabbing pain and hopped backward, managing to get the door open. But before she could step outside, he grabbed her by her hair and pulled her back against his fat stomach. 

 

Wrenching her head sideways, he tried to kiss her. With one hand, she pushed against his face, but he was too strong. Dragging her nails down his cheek, he finally jerked away and shook her. 

 

“I pay you to sell my wares, not give away free advice and lose me a sale, which is all you seem to be able to do! You’re worthless, and I ain’t gonna keep payin’ for your mistakes!” He gripped her so tightly around the back of her neck, she felt like her head was going to pop off as he jerked her through the front door and onto the wooden sidewalk. 

 

With a hard shove, she tumbled into the newly paved street, falling onto her already damaged hands and scraping up her knees. She didn’t move, breathing away the pain shooting up her limbs. She willed away the agony and tried to stand, but the pain only increased. 

 

Forcing her body to rise, she took a step toward The McCord and stumbled, her leg still numb from Beauregard’s vicious kick. She looked up only to meet Sebastian’s furious gaze. 

 

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Sebastian strode across the street, the last few steps almost a run as Lucie collapsed, falling into his outstretched arms. He carried her to the sidewalk in front of his hotel and lowered her to the planks. 

 

“Janssen!” The clerk’s eyes widened as he peered through the open doorway.

 

“Stay with her,” Sebastian demanded, hesitating as his hand brushed against her cheek, which was already swelling and turning a dark mottled blue-black. He stood and pushed his way through the gathering throng of people. 

 

Sebastian marched across the street and burst into the store. “Beauregard! Get your fat-assed carcass out here now!” he bellowed.

 

The owner hurried into the store, a shotgun in his hands. “You got no right barging in here like this, McCord! Now, get out!” 

 

He raised the rifle and fired, the sound popping Sebastian’s eardrums in the enclosed store. Thankfully, the shot went wide. He lunged toward the man, pulling the rifle from his hands. With one solid punch to his pig-like face, the man went down.

 

Sebastian stared at him in disgust. Rifle in hand, he left the store and hurried back across the street. Shoving his way back into the crowd, he pushed several people away. “Get away from her—let her breathe!” He continued to push more and more people out of the way as they lined the sidewalk to gawk as she lay helpless in Janssen’s arms. The clerk looked about ready to pass out himself. Finally, a familiar voice bellowed behind him and everyone scampered away.

 

“What in the Sam Hill happened to her, McCord?” Sheriff Gurley dropped down to one knee and grabbed Sebastian’s wrist. “Now, just a minute—”

 

“I’m not going to hurt her, John. I’m trying to get her inside.” The sheriff loosened his grip then let go of him. 

 

“I’m right behind you,” John muttered.

 

Sebastian gathered Lucie’s fragile body into his arms, cradling her against his chest as if she were a piece of fine china. Her moan turned into a small whimper as he jostled her bruised body. A dark fury roared through him.

 

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

 

The Mail-Order Brides of the Southwest boxset takes the reader on an emotional journey where love defies the odds in the wild heart of the American West. These tales blend intrigue, danger, and destiny, making them a must-read saga that proves family and love are worth fighting for.

 

Giveaway –

 

Enter to win a $15 Kobo or Amazon gift card:

 

 

Open Internationally. 

 

Runs March 5 – March 11, 2024.

 

Winner will be drawn on March 12, 2024.

 



Author Biography:

 

Heidi Vanlandingham writes sweet, action-packed stories that take place in war-torn Europe, otherworldly magical realms, and the Wild West. Her love of history finds its way into each book, and her characters are lovable, strong, and diverse. Heidi’s stories transport the reader to a different place and time for understanding, compassion, and most of all, love.

 

Growing up in Oklahoma and living one year in Belgium gave Heidi a unique perspective regarding different cultures. She still lives in Oklahoma with her husband. Her oldest son is on the autism spectrum, working hard at living on his own, and her youngest son graduated magna cum laude and is now discovering his own dreams. Heidi’s favorite things in life are laughter, paranormal romance books, music, and long road trips.

 

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Mar 11

Thank you, Heidi, for sharing your book in our Kobo Plus Bookish Event!

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