Monday, January 05, 2015

COWBOY SEEKS A BRIDE - Louise M Gouge - One Free Book

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 Colorado, 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.

Bio: 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, Lena, 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.
July 1881
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 Colorado 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

Thank you, Louise, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers will love it as much as I did.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Cowboy Seeks a Bride -
Cowboy Seeks a Bride (Love Inspired Historical\Four Stones Ran) - Amazon
Cowboy Seeks a Bride (Four Stones Ranch) - Kindle

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Unknown said...

Lena, thank you for having Louise on your blog this morning. I love her books, and enjoyed the interview. We need more teachers like her. Thank you for the giveaway!

Wendy Newcomb said...

This looks/sounds like my kind of book! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Wendy from FL


Susan Johnson said...

Sounds like an interesting book.
Susan in Texas

Louise M. Gouge said...

Thanks for stopping by, ladies. Marianne, I'm so pleased to know you like my books. I've had lots of fun writing westerns because my hearts always been in the Wild West.

scottsgal said...

Love westerns and cowboy romances - count me in!
Cheryl in IL

Unknown said...

I love Romance books like this. I would love to read this.

Unknown said...

Escondido, California

Anonymous said...

Hello Lena. Thanks for having Louis here today. I love cowboy books so please put my name for a chance to be the winner.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com >
I am from Texas near Houston.

Anonymous said...

would love to win Angela in KY

Mary Preston said...

What an intriguing opening. Looking forward to more.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

I love LI Historicals. Thank you for the chance to win.

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.

susanlulu said...

Cowboy, love, and 1800's. (Good stuff there!)
Susan in NC

Louise M. Gouge said...

I'm so glad to see all of you ladies here. Thanks for your interest in my books. I think westerns are in the American emotional and cultural DNA. We all still instinctinvely love John Wayne.

Beth Gillihan said...

I love cowboy romances! Sounds like a great read!

Beth in Montana

Deanna Stevens said...

I do enjoy this type of arranged marriage western story..
Deanna in Ne brrrr aska...

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Wow, looks and sounds interesting, I love romance books as long as they are Christian Romance, and I love horses so I think I would really enjoy this book!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and God Bless you!!!

Sarah Richmond
North Carolina

Unknown said...

Thanks for introducing me to Louise

Lyndie in Tx

Louise M. Gouge said...

Best wishes to all of you! I hope if you don't win that you'll still look for Cowboy Seeks a Bride in your local Walmart or online at Thanks!

apple blossom said...

I love the love inspired books. This one sounds great. thanks for the chance to win a copy.
I live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me for this awesome book!!
Conway, SC.

PriviesAndPrims said...

Sounds like a fun story line. :) And, scary for the mail order bride!

Lancaster County, PA

rubynreba said...

Colorado is a beautiful setting for a book. We vacationed there this fall and enjoyed the beauty of the state.
Beth from IA

Merry said...

I love the "going west to be a bride" stories! What brave women. :) I really enjoy Louise's books, please add me.
Merry in MN