Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012







When rancher and single father Cam McBride finds a letter tucked in a strip of cloth tied to a tumbleweed, he is captivated by the mysterious author. Finding a second tumbleweed letter further pulls him under the lonely writer's spell. He needs a mother for his little boy and a wife to warm his bed. Could this mysterious woman fill his needs?

Sophie Flannigan is alone, scared, and on the run from a rogue Pinkerton agent. She spends her days as a scrub lady at Madame Dora's brothel and her nights writing notes to the four winds. Her life holds little hope until a small boy lays claim to her and his handsome father proposes an advantageous arrangement.

Can these three benefit from a marriage of convenience, or will a determined Pinkerton agent destroy their fragile, newly formed bond?
“So you came to town to find me?” How much sense did that make? She knew women were scarce. Mary Jamison, a mail order bride, was married within the hour after arriving in Deadwood. Her ecstatic groom certainly didn’t mind her snaggle-tooth and crossed eyes. Widow Stoltz was married the day after her husband’s funeral and birthed a wee babe a week later.
Appearances and family heritage didn’t matter in the wilderness. Hadn’t she fought off her share of suitors? Then why? Why had she hitched herself to this mountain of a man? She had no clue.
Cam turned the team of horses to the right and encouraged them to climb the hill. Leather creaked and fittings jingled in the evening quiet. The smell of pines grew stronger. An owl hooted and something rustled off to the left. She wasn’t used to large open spaces without the lighting of civilization; unease crept up her spine. It was so dark out here.
Finally, her husband answered, “Eli needed warmer clothes for winter, and we needed enough food to stock the pantry for winter.”
“So, you just added wife to your shopping list?” She’d married an odd man. Handsome, but odd. “How much further till we get ho…”—she couldn’t say it—“to your place?”
“You’re my wife now, Sophie Catherine. My home is your home. My son is your son.”
“Most people simply call me Sophie.”
“A husband should have a name for his wife that no one else uses, don’t you think?”
Foolish her, she’d always hoped a husband would call her a name of endearment, like darling or sweetheart. Simple-mined notions to be sure. What man would find her attractive? Hadn’t her Tommy called her plain?
Now was the time, she supposed. “You…ah…you never mentioned sleeping arrangements.”
His voice carried deep and quiet in the night. “I run a ranch, not a hotel. As my wife, you’ll be sleeping with me.”
Her heart pounded in her ears and her breath came in shallow bursts. “Will…will you expect…”
Merciful heavens. She twisted the ends of her shawl between her fingers. “Surely you’ll give me time to get to know you. I…I only met you today.”



Charmaine T. Davis, author said...

Congratulations, Vonnie! I am so happy for you! Keep it moving!

I hope you find a home for that sweet little Western you presented to us not too long back. I don't want to reveal too much, but I hope you remember the one I mean.

Vonnie Davis said...
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Vonnie Davis said...

Thanks for stopping by Charmaine. I think this is the story you're referring to. The widowed father raising his boy all alone, followed by the marriage of convenience and a whole lot of trouble from a Pinkerton agent.

Krista said...

Vonnie, this books sounds awesome and I can't wait to read it. Congrats on your release. I love the cover too. Many happy sales :)

Christine Elaine Black said...

Congratulations on the release. I love stories with a child involved, to tug at my heartstrings.
Best of luck. :):)

Vonnie Davis said...

Thanks Krista for leaving a comment. I love a good romance, no matter how the characters meet. I love those sigh-worthy moments.

Vonnie Davis said...

Christine, my oldest grandson would not appreciate my sharing this, but he was on my mind when I wrote Eli into the story. Some of the temper tantrums...LOL...oh, yeah, for sure Tim would NOT appreciate grandma being so gabby. Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Sandra Dailey said...

Don't enter me into the drawing. I just bought the book.
I only wanted to say good luck. I can't wait to get started. I always enjoy your stories.

Vonnie Davis said...

Oh, Sandra, aren't you just the sweetest!!! Thanks for your kind words. Music to a writer's ear. I hope you enjoy the read. Writing short is always a challenge--for windy ole me anyhow.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

I love the concept of your story, Vonnie. How romantic. Of course, a gorgeous cowboy doesn't hurt either. Good luck to ya darlin' with lots of sales.

Edith said...

Oh I love stories like this set in the west, and marriages which begin from convenience and end in love. Good luck with your book!

Vonnie Davis said...

Hi Paisley!!! Cowboys, ya gotta love 'em. This one is special, but then aren't they all? Thanks for stopping by.

Vonnie Davis said...

Thanks Edith. I love marriage of convenience stories, too. Sometimes they can really tug at your heart strings. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Come back again soon!

LisaRayns said...

Congrats & best of luck!

Angela Adams said...

Krista used my word "awesome." Sounds like a great book. Best wishes!

Vonnie Davis said...

Thanks, Lisa. Great seeing you here.

Vonnie Davis said...

Angela, we can use the word "awesome" over and over. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Vonnie! This sounds like a really interesting premise

Vonnie Davis said...

Jennifer, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope readers find it interesting. I always worry...

Vonnie Davis said...

Krista Kames, Calvin drew your name out of his hat as my winner. I'll be emailing you in a minute. Yay you!