Dear Readers, Louise’s story is about parents choosing a bride for their son, who is ready to get married. It almost has a feel of a mail-order bride story, and I love it. We featured the first book in this series. Both are set in
, and I also love stories set there.
The time period is late 1800’s, and you know I love that time period. The
characters quickly pulled me into their story and didn’t let go until it was
finished. I know you won’t want to miss this one. Colorado
Florida author Louise M.
Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historicals. She received
the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice in 2005 and 2011 and the Laurel
Wreath in 2012. When she isn't writing or teaching her college classes, she and
David, her husband of fifty years, enjoy visiting historical sites and museums.
Welcome back, Louise. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I was saved when I was very young through the testimony of my Sunday school teacher. It was so long ago that I don’t remember her name, but I do remember trusting Jesus as my Savior. Since that time, I’ve never doubted that the promise of John 3:16 is for me: God so loved Louise that He sent His only begotten Son, that if Louise believes in Him, she will not perish but have everlasting life. In good times and bad, that verse has been my comfort and joy.
You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
I don’t mean to flatter you,
but I would love for you to be there. You’re such an inspiration to others, and
you selflessly mentor new writers. I’d also like to have Charlotte Bronte
because her Jane Eyre is my favorite novel. I’d like to take lessons in witty
social commentary from Jane Austen. And I’d love for Agatha Christie to teach
me how to write suspense. How’s that for a mix?
Oh, my goodness. We would have so much fun. Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
Although I don’t have a speaking ministry as such, I do teach college English and humanities. I make it clear to my students that I’m a Christian and explain why. Then I try to show them God’s love though the reading material for our classes.
That’s wonderful, Louise. I took one class where the professor made us read such trashy books to get a good grade.
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
I always tell them to go home and start writing! In fact, that’s how I got started. My friend and I were having lunch together and discussing what we would do in our soon-coming empty nest years. I told her about my imaginary life and how I wanted to be a writer. She told me to go home and start writing that story right away. I did, and she held me accountable! That book turned out to be my first published book. If people can learn from my example, then I wish them well.
Tell us about the featured book.
Cowboy Seeks a Bride is the second book in my Four Stones Ranch series, set in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Here’s the blurb:
Marybeth O'Brien is everything rancher Randall Northam seeks in a wife … if she'd only say "I do." Although his family paid for her train ticket West with the understanding the two would marry,
Rand won't pressure her to set a date. Especially since
he suspects she's learned about his reckless past. Who would want to marry an
untamed cowboy like him? Marybeth won't marry until she locates her
long-lost brother. And when Rand agrees to
help her with her search, she can't deny her surprisingly warm feelings toward
her prospective groom. Could this honorable cowboy show her he's the husband
she never knew she wanted?
Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Randall Northam is a gambler. Randall Northam is a killer.
The words pulsed through Marybeth O’Brien’s head, keeping time with the clatter of the iron wheels on the railroad track as the train propelled her inescapably toward her prospective husband. Until a few moments ago she’d thought his most notable quality was being the second son of a wealthy
ranching family. But the lively young woman seated across from her had just
imparted a vital bit of information Randall Northam’s parents had left out when
they’d arranged this marriage. And from the enthusiasm brightening Maisie
Henshaw’s face, Marybeth could see her story wasn’t finished.
“Yep, he shot that thieving varmint right in the heart. Why,
Rand can outdraw anybody.” The red-haired girl
elbowed her handsome young husband in the ribs. “Even me.”
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Please visit my website at http://blog.Louisemgouge.com
Thank you, Louise, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers will love it as much as I did.
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Cowboy Seeks a Bride (Love Inspired Historical\Four Stones Ran) - Amazon
Cowboy Seeks a Bride (Four Stones Ranch) - Kindle
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