I’m thrilled to post my first blog as a Casablanca author! I’m excited to be associated with all of you wonderful ladies and very grateful for the invitation to join your ranks.
From Biblical times there have always been people who give of themselves. The stories that touch my heart today are the ones where a person in line at the grocery store pays the food bill for the customer behind him. Or the man in a restaurant who picks up the tab for the next table. Generosity is everywhere and income plays little part. But nowhere was it seen more clearly than on the frontier. The settlers had generous spirits and a desire to pay forward what others had done for them.
I think of the old Texas ranchers…Dan Waggoner, Burk Burkburnett, Daniel Webster (80 John) Wallace who made sure to spread their good fortune to others.
And others like prostitute, Martha Hall aka Molly b’Dam, who lived in Murray, Idaho. During a blizzard she took off her heavy fur coat and gave it to a mother and child because they had none then bought them a place to live. She nursed sick gold miners and when smallpox swept through the town in 1886 she was right there in the trenches. She cleared out the hotels and filled them with the sick. She worked tirelessly. A year later she came down with consumption. The women of Murray kept a 24 hour vigil by her bedside. When she died on January 1888 at the age of 35, miners left their diggings and sluice boxes became silent. Thousands of people came from all over to pay tribute to the bold, beautiful woman with a generous heart. Every August the folks of Murray still hold a two-day celebration to honor the woman who showed the depth of her heart.
So, too, have men’s and women’s clubs been around for a very long time. Men mostly used clubs to escape from their wives where they could get a snootful in privacy and enjoy games of chance. On the other hand, women saw the benefit of organizing in order to achieve the things they most cared about like schools, libraries, beautification of the town, etc.
Out West, ranchers had Gentlemen’s clubs, Cattlemen’s clubs and the Grange. But in Texas Mail Order Bride, the first book in my exciting new series, Cooper Thorne and his two brothers form the Battle Creek Bachelors’ Club. They’re god-awful determined to avoid the altar at any cost. They’ve dug in their heels worse than government mules and nothing is going to deter them from their vows.
Delta Dandridge has a lot of Molly b'Dam's spunk. She arrives in Battle Creek, Texas believing Cooper sent for her, only to find she's been the victim of a cruel prank. Someone forged Cooper’s name to the letters she received. And what's worse, the tall rancher tells her he's not in the market for a wife and never will be. Once again she suffers the sting of being unwanted. She’s also reached the end of the road because she can’t go back to Cedartown, Georgia. Not ever.
She reaches deep inside and looks around at the shabby town where every building is sorely in need of repair. The dying town needs her as much as she needs it. She gets the women together and they form a club called Women of Vision. Against male protests, they set to work renovating and fixing up the eyesores. Pretty soon the men start to notice the change and pitch in. Through their efforts, they bring Battle Creek back to life. Along the way, a battle-scarred man who'd lost his leg and reason for living finds real purpose. And an old woman who has no one, discovers the true meaning of family.
The brash, quick-witted Southern Belle is everything Cooper thought he never wanted...and everything his heart tells him he needs.
But Cooper swore long ago that he’d never marry, and he aims to keep his word…especially now that the demons from his past have returned to threaten everything—and everyone—he holds dear.
Texas Mail Order Bride releases on January 6, 2015 but it’s available for preorder now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, etc.
Watch for book two in this series, Twice a Texas Bride, in May 2015!
Have you ever belonged to a club or organization? I'd love to hear about it.
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