Four courageous women, an untamed land, and the daring to embark on an unforgettable adventure.
Crooked Creek, Montana Territory—1865
"Emma of Crooked Creek"
Emma Hawkins is a dedicated doctor in the little town of Crooked Creek, Montana Territory. Casey Latimer is a wounded soldier in search of a new home and a new beginning. When Casey, battered and bruised, quite literally falls at Emma's feet, she is duty-bound to help him. What happens next is something Emma never expected.
"Hattie of Crooked Creek"
Married three months before the war and now a widow, Harriett McBride can either give up and sell her ranch or fight for the life she and her husband came west to build. With the help of a friend and a stranger,she must stop the one who threatens all she holds dear. When Hattie is faced with an unexpected choice, will she bury her heart on the battlefield forever or find a way to love again?
"Briley of Crooked Creek"
Far from home and with no family left, Briley Donaghue answers an advertisement from a rancher seeking a wife in Montana Territory. She arrives in Crooked Creek to find an empty cabin, a letter from her fiancé, and too many unanswered questions. Alone and uncertain, Briley forges a new life in an unfamiliar land.
"Clara of Crooked Creek"
No longer willing to allow society's opinion to influence her life, Clara Stowe sought a change, and what better place than the frontier. With her young daughter by her side, she embarks on an unexpected undertaking to the Montana Territory. With grit and determination, they arrive in Crooked Creek to shape the life Clara had always dreamed of and honor the memory of the one they lost.
The war is over between the North and the South, but the battles at home are just beginning. If you love stories of bravery and courage with unforgettable women and the men they love, you'll enjoy The Women of Crooked Creek. MK McClintock delivers another extraordinary western series with more to come.
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Excerpt from “Emma of Crooked Creek”
EMMA JERKED AWAKE at the sound of riders coming toward the cabin. One look told her that the morning sun had barely kissed the mountain peaks. Her guest still slept. Emma slipped a coat over her nightgown and pulled back the curtain covering the window. Two riders and that was one too many. She could shoot what she aimed at but wouldn’t manage more than one before they got her.
The shout came from the taller of the two men. Emma glanced down at Mr. Latimer. “Now would be a good time to wake up.” She returned her attention to the men outside, hoping they would simply go away, but the taller one dismounted. Colt in hand and ready, Emma unbarred the door and opened it enough to look out but not enough for the men to see inside.
“What do you want?”
The man’s eyes trailed her from bare feet to loose hair, and Emma shuddered.
“Blacksmith in town said the doc lived out here.”
She nodded once. “Is someone hurt?”
“No, ma’am. We’re looking for a fellow who might have ridden by here. He’ll be looking for a doctor.”
“Who is the man?”
“That’s not your concern, ma’am. Has anyone come by?”
Emma bristled. “I may have helped someone last night. Knife wound.”
“Did you fix him up?”
“I’m a doctor. I don’t choose who I help.”
“Did he say where he was going?”
Emma smiled. “He didn’t say much of anything.”
The man tipped his hat and stepped forward. Emma raised the Colt. “Keep back. I’m not inviting you inside.”
He laughed. “You won’t have much choice.” The stranger turned and called out to his friend. “Tie up the horses, Jeb.”
“The lady said you weren’t invited.”
Emma stilled as the door opened wider. Her hand dropped to her side, but she managed to keep the Colt steady and pointed toward the stranger.
“Latimer.” The man returned his gaze to her. The noise he made sounded to Emma like the growl of a trapped raccoon.
Latimer, much like the grizzly bear she witnessed from afar facing down a pack of wolves last winter, faced the two men. Emma ignored his order and pushed past until she stood in front of him. Latimer leaned heavily against the exterior wall while blood seeped through his shirt. Emma held the Colt dead center at the man’s chest. “I don’t know who you are or why you’re here, but you’ll leave now or die where you stand.”
MK McClintock is an award-winning author who has written several novels and short stories, including the popular "Montana Gallagher" series, the "Crooked Creek" series set in post-Civil War Montana, and the highly-acclaimed "British Agent" novels. She spins tales of romance, adventure, and mystery set in bygone times. MK enjoys a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains.
Learn more about MK by visiting her website: http://www.mkmcclintock.com.
MK also writes contemporary romance and romantic thrillers as McKenna Grey.
What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
- I can get lost simply in the presence of books! Libraries and bookstores are my version of Disneyland. The books I enjoy most all have the same things in common: Interesting and likeable characters, solid writing, and great plots. I like a book that keeps me staying up past my bedtime and takes me away to another time and place without me realizing it. Right now I’m binging on historical romantic westerns by a couple of favorite authors. I’m reading all of Jo Goodman’s and Johanna Lindsey’s books from the genre. A couple of weeks ago I read only contemporary thrillers. Before that I opted to read again Kathleen Woodiwiss’s books. Getting lost in a book is the easy part. It’s finding my way back to reality that is the challenge.
If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
- 1870s – 1880s Montana Territory. I would have loved to have seen it back then, despite all the upheaval in the country at the time. Montana is an incredible place to live in the present-day, but I’ve listened to stories from people who have lived here 50+ years ago and can’t help but wish I’d been alive to see it back then, and much earlier. I set most of my historicals in Montana in part because I know the land, but also because it’s my way of grasping that bit of history I’ll never have a chance to live except through my imagination. Of course, if a time machine whisked me off to eighteenth-century Scotland, I’d be okay with that, too.
What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
- I always take a week, sometimes two, off from writing. My imagination is still in overdrive, but I know my brain needs a break. I’ll spend one or two full days just reading and ignoring the world, and I love to spend time in the kitchen. I tend to go overboard with the cooking and baking, but then my freezer is always well-stocked!
Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
- I did in the beginning but stopped after book three. I’ll get emails from readers notifying me that they’ve reviewed my book or a family member or friend letting me know about a review, and in those instances I usually read them. I stopped in part because I felt like I was hovering in a place that is meant just for the readers and not for authors. It’s impossible to please every reader and I wanted to spend my time writing rather than worry about reviews. It was liberating when I stopped paying attention and just focused on interacting with readers in other ways.
Be honest, when reading...do you put yourself in the heroine’s role?
- Almost always! I’ve had the great pleasure of playing the part of every one of the heroine’s I write and most of the ones I read. When I connect with the characters, and especially when the heroine is strong and has a great hero, it’s easy to slip into that role. If the heroine is more on the immature or weak side, I sometimes add a new character, play that part, and steal the hero. Either way, I’m happy!
What sound or noise do you love?
- The sound of a crackling fire while a thunderstorm echoes through the sky outside. I often listen to a recording of these sounds while I write.
What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
This is one of those rare times when I’m reading from different genres.
- Never Love a Lawman by Jo Goodman (currently reading)
- Someone to Love by Mary Balough
- The Whistler by John Grisham
- The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander
- Kissing Comfort by Jo Goodman
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