Sunday, November 07, 2010

MAIL ORDER COWBOY - Laurie Kingery - Free Book

I'm glad to welcome Laurie Kingery to the blog for the first time. Laurie, tell us about the book.

Mail Order Cowboy is the first book in my "Simpson Creek Brides" series for Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historicals. Simpson Creek, in Texas's Hill Country, is a town without bachelors after the Civil War, and the town's unmarried ladies are faced with being old maids, or leaving the town to find husbands elsewhere. One spunky lady, Milly Matthews, called "Marrying Milly" by the town, is determined to change her fate and those of her fellow spinsters, and founds the Simpson Creek Society for the Promotion of Marriage. The town quickly nicknames it "the Spinsters Club," but Milly is undeterred and places an advertisement for "marriage-minded bachelors" in a Houston newspaper, inviting them to come to Simpson Creek to meet the single ladies.

Nicholas Brookfield, late of Her Majesty's Army in India, is the first to answer the call, and wants to meet this spirited lady. He arrives on the day of a Comanche attack at Milly's ranch which critically injures its old foreman, leaving Milly badly in need of help to run her ranch. Nick steps into the gap, despite the fact he is an Englishman, not a cowboy, but he is determined to show Milly he is indispensable in her life. Milly is charmed by him but she has to learn to accept help, even from her mail order match. Nick is not without his own emotional baggage--he is haunted by a secret which involves a treacherous daughter of an Indian rajah, and he is plagued by recurrent attacks of a debilitating fever. He teaches Milly to accept people who are different, while she helps him to regain his faith in the Lord. But intolerant bigots as well as marauding Comanches threaten their future as well as the future of Simpson Creek itself. It will take incredible bravery on the part of Nick and Milly just to survive.

I hope readers will enjoy Milly and Nick's love story and go on to read the subsequent books in the "Simpson Creek Brides" series, though each book will stand alone, of course. I hope readers will let me know what they thought of the book by contacting me at my website,

Give us the first page of the book:


Simpson Creek, Texas, July, 1865

"The problem, as I see it," Millicent Matthews announced in her forthright way, looking around the edges of the quilt at the members of the Ladies Aid Society, "is that we unmarried ladies are likely to remain so, given the absolute lack of single men who've come home to Simpson Creek from the war. The few men who did return were already married, and while I'm very happy for their wives, of course--" she added quickly as one of the town's matrons looked up—"the rest of us will have to leave or remain single unless Decisive Action is Taken."

"Oh, I don't know, Milly," said her sister Sarah, staring down at the Wedding Ring pattern as if it held the answer to their dilemma, "Perhaps not all of our men are able to travel yet from wherever they were when the war ended. They might be recovering from wounds, or the effects of confinement in northern prisons…"

Milly felt a rush of compassion for Sarah, whom she knew was still holding out hope that her beau would yet return, despite the fact he'd had been reported as missing in action late last year. Since then, they'd heard nothing more.

Intriguing. I can hardly wait to read the book. Thank you for sharing this with us, Laurie.

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Patsy said...

This book looks so good!Love the cover too! Would love to read it.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Linda Henderson said...

I enjoyed the excerpt and I would love to read this book. I've always been intrigued by the mail order bride idea.

seriousreader at live dot com

scottsgal said...

I really enjoy reading historical western romances - sounds wonderful
msboatgal at

Unknown said...

This is a different slant on a bride and cowboy story. I like it. I've not read Laurie's writings, but would like to soon. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win Laurie's new book. I hope I do!!

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Laurie Kingery said...

Lena, thanks so much for having me on your blog! Good luck to all who enter. I hope you enjoy the book. Have a blessed Sunday.
Laurie Kingery

Unknown said...

This book sounds so good! Please enter me! :)

Claire Koenig said...

Please sign me up for a free copy! Sound great.

holdenj said...

Looks like a fun twist on the mail order bride theme! Thanks so much for the info and chance to win.

fredamans said...

Thankfully a choice for women!! LOL Thank you for the entry.

Ontario, Canada.

grannyvon said...

I would love to win this book. The cover slaps you at first and you know you would love it even before you read the review.This has a twist. Oh, goody. Thanks for the chance to win it.

ShawnPepera said...

Can't wait to read it Laurie!!!!!

Charlotte Kay said...

Wow, mail order cowboy rather than bride, love it!!!!!!!!!
Please enter me in the giveaway!

Cindy W. said...
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Lourdes said...

Sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

Tanja said...

Colorful cover! A bouquet of blossiming love. And we're so lucky it's the first in a series -- looking forward to readin'em all. - Tanja

Renee G said...

I've been looking forward to reading this one.
(Washington State)

Ticia said...

sounds very interesting

Victoria Bylin said...

Hi Laurie! What a terrific idea for a series. Your hero sounds like my kind of guy :)

apple blossom said...

sounds like a wonderful book please include me in the giveaway. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Cleda said...

Thanks for another wonderful interview... have bookmarked Laurie's web site.... appreciate you included the first page excerpts... great to meet the author and the book sounds wonderful... also thanks for being included in the drawing...

North Central Texas

kristen said...

What a cute story!!
Please enter me.
I live in Vancouver, Washington, across the river from Portland, Oregon!!

Unknown said...

OOO!! I would love to enter this giveaway:) Please give me a chance. I love cowboy stories. Thanks!


Nauvoo, IL

Sheila Deeth said...

Sounds really fun.

Merry said...

I can't wait to meet Milly and the ladies in Mail Order Cowboy, I love post Civil War setting. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

Trinity Rose said...

Looks like a wonderful read.
Thanks for the giveaway.
wandaelaine at gmail dot com

Pam K. said...

"Mail Order Cowboy" sounds like a very fun book to read. I'd love to win a copy.Thanks.
I'm a book lover from Kansas.

Cindy W. said...

Mail Order Cowboy sounds like a book I would truly love to read. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

Cindy W.
Northeast Indiana


rubynreba said...

I'd love to read this. Thanks for the chance.

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

Coolestmommy said...

I love a historical! Thanks so much for sharing with us, Laurie. It was a fun interview.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com
I live in the midwest

Norma said...

This book sounds like an interesting read. I would love to read it. njloewen(at)sasktel(dot)net

Theresa N. said...

I'm from warm sunny South Carolina an average size town whose claim to fave is it was original going to be Hollywood because it was warm and sunny and not to far from New York City. As we all know that didn't happen but we're still warm and sunny.

Kristen said...

Would love to hear more!

jkfreitas at sbcglobal dot net

karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Nancye said...

This sounds like a really good book! Count me in!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Regina said...

This book sounds really interesting...cowboy stories are great. I'm from Ohio.

Unknown said...

What a cute cover. I like the sound of this story. I'm taking another chance at winning Laurie's book. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd sure like to win this unusual story.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a fun book to read.
Thanks for the giveaway.

North Carolina

MaureenT said...

I like the concept of this book...a reverse of the Mail Order Bride!!
Please include me!

Emma said...

Good interview.Mail Order Cowboy sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.