Get Lost In Montana with a handsome rancher in a new book by Caroline Clemmons

Thanks to E.E. Burke for inviting me to Get Lost In A Story. Don’t you love losing yourself in a good story? I certainly do—and have trouble putting the book or Kindle down until the end. As a youngster, I remember pleading with my mother to let me read “just one more chapter….” I admit I haven’t changed.

As much as I love reading, I love writing more. When I’m in my small office at my computer, I’m a happy, happy person. There I do get lost in a story—the one I’m writing. I forget about the world around me because I’m immersed in the story. Fortunately, my husband Hero cooks our meals, cleans the kitchen, and does his laundry. You can see he IS a hero.

Now, please let me tell you about my latest release, CAPTURE HER HEART.    

Imagine you’re a very wealthy, though unhappy, woman who has always had a large staff of servants. Your one joy is your two children. Then, one day, your cheating, gambling husband kills himself, leaving a note that he’s lost the business founded by your father and his. The morning after the funeral, a banker comes to the door to announce that he owns the home that had been in your late husband’s family for three generations and gives you and your two children six hours to vacate.

This is what happened to Vanessa Worthington. She has only a couple of dollars in cash and no family left. Her cook arranges for her and the children to stay with the cook’s sister. Vanessa takes a chance on becoming a mail-order bride to a rancher in Montana, in part because he wants a wife immediately and is open to one with children. Travis Boyd says he has a large ranch and a snug house. A large ranch equals a large home, right? No, not this time.

Here’s an excerpt from CAPTURE HER HEART (Billy is the cowboy teaching her to cook and Sam is a cowboy who has just brought an ominous warning from the sheriff):

Snow increased during the afternoon. After opening one of the shutters, she peered through the center of the window pane—the only part not frosted. Vanessa thought surely all robbers would be holed up somewhere warm. Why had this escaped villain headed their way?
She and Billy got preparations for supper underway but she couldn’t conquer the sense of dread shrouding her. Before Sam’s arrival, she had been confident she’d made the right choice when she came west and married Travis. Knowing her husband would do his best to protect her and the children didn’t put her at ease.
Jack shadowed her. “Mother, who is this man who might be coming?”
“I’m not sure who he is, but I guess he used to live here. Is that right, Billy?”
“Right as rain. ’Em robbers lived on this part of the ranch until the law caught up with ’em and sent ever last one to prison.”
Jack’s face shone with excitement. “Do you suppose they buried their treasure here?”
“No one knows. Most outlaws spend their money on liquor and—”
Vanessa nudged him, hard.
Billy cleared his throat. “On liquor and high livin’ and gamblin’.  Like as not that bunch did the same.”
Jack dropped onto a kitchen chair. “That’s good, so maybe this mean man won’t come here after all.”
Vanessa smiled at her son, hoping her effort didn’t come off as a grimace. “That’s right, son, so stop worrying.”
“Papa won’t let us get hurt. He’ll protect us.”
What a hero her son had already made of Travis. She knew her husband would try, but she was too wise to pin her hopes on any man—even one as nice as Travis appeared to be.
“He’ll do his best to insure nothing bad ever happens to you. Now, please go check on your sister and see if she’s finished her nap.”
Satisfied his future was safe, Jack skipped toward the bedroom.
Billy shut the oven door. “Remember what you told Jack. Travis nor Paco nor me will let anythin’ happen to you or the children. You can take that to the bank.”
“Thank you, Billy, but I’m conscious of that fact. I don’t want any of us put in jeopardy. I’m well aware how chivalrous the three of you are. I’m also fond of each of you and I don’t want anything bad to happen to you.”
“Aint’ nothin’ goin’ to happen to nobody if we have anythin’ to say about it.”
She swept the kitchen more for something to do than because the floor was dirty. Keeping her hands busy with a simple task gave her a chance to think. She wondered if the cellar would be a safe place for the children if there were gunfire.
Billy’s voice interrupted her reverie. “You sweep any harder, won’t be anythin’ left of the broom or the floor.”

CAPTURE HER HEART is available from Amazon: http://a.co/ceaSOx1 for only $1.99.

Meet Caroline

Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To make up for this tragic error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a small office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their rescued cats and dogs. The books she creates there have made her an Amazon bestselling author and won several awards. Find her on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and Pinterest.
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  1. Hi Caroline, looks like my Montana Sky library is about to grow again. Can't wait to meet Travis and Vanessa.

    1. Thank you, Alisa. Of course, I love all the characters and hope readers will be entertained while they escape to 19th century Montana. Thank you for leaving a comment.

  2. Thanks again for having me as your guest, E.

  3. Thanks for sharing your book!

    Kate Sparks girlygirlhoosier52@yahoo.com

  4. Caroliine I just love your books and sure enjoyed reading about this one I can't do ebook due to severely disabled but i have been reading yours in print and love them. Thank you for posting here today! peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

  5. Thanks for the chance

  6. Looking forward to your newest... Follow you on Bookbub and on amazon! I was born in Wisconsin so my heart has been in the West a long time and now I live in Western ND just an hour away from Montana! Love it out here.

  7. You are one of the main reasons I read Western Historical Romance... Total fan girl

  8. What an amazing excerpt, you bring the Wild West to life!! Thank you ☺️

  9. Hi Caroline,
    Great excerpt. As usual, you manage to grab my attention.