Wednesday, December 2, 2015

AMERICAN MAIL-ORDER BRIDE - Gabrielle-Bride of Vermont

We continue our journey in the American Mail-Order Bride series with Gabrielle - Bride of Vermont, (which releases TODAY) by Emily Claire.

If you are just joining us, you will find the Prequel HERE, providing you with the root of this fabulous series!

Emily shares how Gabrielle's story came to be:

“Friend and USA Today bestselling author, Kirsten Osbourne, invited me to join the American Mail-Order Brides group. At the time, my first novella, GUILTY, had just been published, so it was a great honor to be asked!

I came fairly late to the project and there were just a couple of states left to choose from by that time.  The Green Mountain State, Vermont, is truly beautiful, so I chose it for my bride, Gabrielle. My heroine is only in Vermont for a short time, though.  There was only one man who fit her unique criteria and he was southwest of Fort Worth in Coltonville, Texas.

Gabrielle, a city girl through and through, embarks on a journey that transforms her from a chaotic city life to the quiet, gently rolling hills and prairies of Texas. What a stunning contrast!” 

Gabrielle isn’t looking for love, but circumstances demand she find a husband immediately. Can she agree to marry the only man who’ll accept her terms, even if it means moving to Texas?

Boone Dillingham believes a wife will be the solution for his loneliness. Too bad his heart belongs to a woman other than the one he’s planning to marry!

Boone and Gabrielle are determined to make their marriage of convenience work, but they’re both toting a little more luggage than the other one knows about. Could it be that their union is less about convenience and more about having their hearts renewed?

 Mattie stepped close to Gabrielle. “The situation you expected when you agreed to come here has changed a bit. Are you still planning to stay? We can figure some other plan, if you need to.”

Gabrielle didn’t hesitate. “I agreed to marry a stranger. Accepting his money and coming here was an act of commitment. I won’t back away from it. He’s a stranger either way. I didn’t know what he was like before and it didn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter now, I guess. We’re about to be married, and he’s had an unfortunate accident. If it had happened twenty-four hours after I’d arrived, I’d be just as committed as I am now. It doesn’t change anything.”

Just then they heard a commotion from the bedroom. They hurried to see what was going on. Colby was standing at the foot of the bed, laughing quietly, amusement written on his face.

“Everything all right in here?” Clyde asked, looking at Colby and then at Boone.

“Heck, yeah!” Boone said loudly, grinning from ear to ear. He nodded toward Gabrielle and pointed in her direction.

“Doc Colby just told me that pretty little woman is going to be my wife. It was worth getting my head busted open for that!”

He smiled broadly at Gabrielle. “Did I already ask you to marry me?”

Gabrielle stepped closer to Boone’s bed. “Well, you invited me to move to Texas to become your wife.”

Boone adjusted his bandage, slightly. “And what did you say?”

“I came to Texas, didn’t I? I believe most folks would consider that to be a ‘yes,’ don’t you think?” Gabrielle asked.

Boone grinned again. “Whoopee! Sounds like a ‘yes’ to me. Definitely does. Thank you very much for agreeing to marry me. Let’s have the wedding right now!”

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I live Arlington, Texas, with my husband and four children. Loving them is my priority. We homeschool two of our children.  

Besides writing, I enjoy proofreading for other authors. I also provide administrative support for a friend's therapy center for children with autism and other behavioral issues. I have children on the spectrum, so it’s a privilege to serve others in this area.

After proofreading for friend and USA Today bestselling author Kirsten Osbourne, she said to me, “You're going to write a book.” It wasn't a question, it was a statement. “I don't write. I proof,” I countered. She proceeded to strongly encourage (okay, maybe she gently forced) me to “just do it.” I’m so glad she did!

Why write? I considered what was important to me. I'm a Christian. I've struggled. I've been given a lot of grace in my life and have learned a few things about changing and healing along the way. I wanted to share it. But, I wasn't interested in writing about myself!

REAL. LIFE. STORIES. My desire is to share "G" rated (“sweet”) stories about people facing the ups and downs that life throws at them. I prefer settings that reflect a simpler pace and lives with less clutter, but the solutions to life’s puzzles are remarkably the same whether they occurred in the 1700’s or 2015.

I’m honored when I hear from my readers that they’ve laughed, or cried, or contemplated deeper meanings and have been touched by my words.

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1 comment:

  1. Emily--So glad you're a part of the project. Gabrielle looks fantastic! And it was wonderful to get to know you. I do believe Kirsten Osbourne is a fairy godmother to MANY authors.