Get lost in a new mail-order brides story from Cissie Patterson

Matthew Burchard hasn’t been able to save those important to him, time and time again.  After delivering his sister to Freedom, he's ready to find his own freedom in the world. Saving a widow and her son isn’t part of his future plans. He’s ready to finally live a life of no regrets. 

Widow Brenna Jo Wayne is determined to make it on her own, for her son's sake. Marriage isn't in her plans but neither is giving up. Her son’s happiness is all that matters - if only he would stop fighting her every step of the way.  

Unfortunately, jobs are scarce and men are plentiful in Freedom. Is marriage the only way out of her situation? Will she find what her heart is seeking despite her son’s attitude? Return to Freedom, Colorado, in book two of this mail-order bride romance series

Brenna sighed and dismissed them with a curt, “Good day.”
Eddie and Matthew rode away from the homestead toward Charlie’s land. “Thanks for the help.” Matthew said, still smarting from being chastised for his stupidity.
Eddie gave him a wide grin. “Boy, you stepped into a heap of dung right there. I know better than to try to dig you out by your boots until she was good and ready to let you free.” He cackled loudly. “You shoulda’ seen the look on your face as she was letting you have it.”
Matthew gave him a dirty look. Hopefully, that conversation stayed between the three of them. His sister would have his hide if she heard what a donkey’s behind he’d made of himself. But despite the regret he felt, he felt a twinge of something else as he pictured the sparks shooting from Brenna’s brown eyes and the way her chin tilted up in defiance when she was angered. That woman was a force to be reckoned with, and God help him, he longed for a chance to tame her.

Meet Cissie

Born in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Cissie Patterson lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and two children. She is an avid reader of historical western romance and dreams of simpler days gone by. Times were tough, work was hard but community, God and family were the pillars of life.

Cissie spends much of her time in the Pioneer Hearts reader group on Facebook, promoting other fabulous authors of the historical western romance genre. She also maintains the Western Romance Book Babe page on Facebook, letting readers know of any historical western deals she finds. Everybody loves a freebie, right?

Cissie welcomes you to join her on her author journey as each story is a romance to remember. Select that + FOLLOW button on Amazon below my profile pic.  I love being followed. It keeps life exciting!

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Check out book one in the Journey to Freedom series, Grace’s Hope at http://amzn.to/2CV4BN7

How often to you get lost in a story?
I am always lost in a story. My family has a hard time talking to me when I’m reading because I just don’t hear them. When writing, my head is twelve details ahead of where it should be, thinking about facts I want to weave into my storyline.

What’s your favorite “love” word(s)? 
Strength and support. When I think of love, I think of a man who has quiet strength that will support me and all that I do. I think that’s what readers are looking for as well. A man full of strength and supportive, encouraging, polite -  a woman’s true hero.

Be honest, when reading...do you put yourself in the heroine’s role? 
Oh, sometimes, there are some very attractive men in books (wiggles eyebrows). Every romance reader needs a book boyfriend or two, or twelve! Our daily heroes aren’t perfect but our book boyfriends give us exactly what we need or dream of.

If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up? 
Well, I do have my day job working in training at a local university. But, if I had my choice, at one point in my life, I wanted to be a concert pianist. I love playing music and singing – loudly!

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? 
I used to write often as a child and have many poems in my possession as well. I never thought anyone would want to read what goes on in my head. Turns out, it might be interesting inside there.

What does it mean to love someone? 
To love someone means to support them, to respect them, to work together toward a common goal. You can’t love someone you are constantly criticizing or belittling. Build each other up, not tear each other down.

What drew you to write in the genre(s) you do? 
I’ve always loved the book and movie, Centennial. I dreamed of living in the old west and that’s what I enjoy reading. I used to dream of time travel and leaving the current world behind. So it only makes sense that I would now write in it.

What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?

 If you have a dream, put yourself out there and make it come true. I never in a million years thought I would actually try to write the books in my head. Just do it.

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  1. Good interview, Cissie. Thanks for the post for Under a Mulberry Moon E. E.

  2. Great Interview! I love finding out neat tidbits about favorite Authors!

  3. Cissie so glad that you posted today and I just loved it I haven't met any real life heros oh baseball players i have Chris Spier he played in the 70's a friend and i used to take our homework out to the field really early and watch them work out and of course i liked the way he played ss and of course he was married and 8 kids i was 17 and drooling. Then saw him and he was autographing and i was in a wheelchair and he would not come down and sign a ball for me i had to go up on the platform i thought well he used to be my hero. peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

    1. That’s not so nice! Don’t forget every day heroes. Police, fire, my father is my hero. He’s grown and changed throughout his life - a little girl’s view of a special man.

  4. Great interview Cissie
    Thank you for sharing your stories with us

    1. You’re welcome. Thank you for reading them! Every woman deserves Freedom!

  5. haven't met any

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. I hope you meet one soon. I think every day, ordinary heroes are much better to meet. The famous ones appear over-rated!

  6. I have met firemen and police, they are my heroes. I had a fire in my home some years ago and the firemen were absolutely wonderful and they saved my home.


    1. I’m so glad they were able to save your home. My grandmother had a chimney fire as well and they were able to save it. God bless our fireman! 🚒

  7. Great interview! I have not seen this series yet! Yay a new series for me! A hero I have met? I must say my Grands! He went from farmer, to cowboy, to butcher, to carpenter and boxed in between too all while meeting and marrying my Grams and raising kids during the depression and then teaching me HOW to live no matter what I did! A real hero! :)

    1. Those closest to us are the best kinds of heroes! You are blessed to have had such a wonderful role model in your life. Thanks for reading!

  8. Great Interview Cissie Patterson. As I told you I throughly enjoyed Matthew’s Story!!!

    1. Thank you. I am busy trying to finish Carissa’s story so you can enjoy his sister’s tale as well. She’s a bit of a lost soul.