When I started writing my Frontier Bachelors series, I envisioned following the stories of three friends on the Mercer Expedition to Seattle, young ladies fleeing heartache to forge a new future in wilderness Seattle. Allegra Banks Howard found her footing in The Bride Ship. Catherine Stanway met her match in Would-Be Wilderness Wife. Then Drew Wallin and his brothers intervened, demanding stories as well, so the third friend, Maddie O’Rourke, had to wait.
At least part of the wait is over.
Behold the cover for Instant Frontier Family, due out in January. It is the tale of the spunky, talented Maddie and the man she didn’t expect. Here’s the blurb:
Maddie O’Rourke’s orphaned half brother and half sister have arrived safely in Seattle—with a man they hope she’ll wed! Though Michael Haggerty’s not the escort she planned for, Maddie allows him to work off his passage by assisting in her bakery…and helping care for her siblings. But she’ll never risk her newfound independence by marrying the strapping Irishman—or anyone else.
In New York, Michael ran afoul of a notorious gang. Traveling west was a necessity, not a choice. The longshoreman grew fond of his young charges, and now he’s quickly becoming partial to their beautiful sister, too. So when danger follows him, threatening Maddie and the children, he’ll do anything to protect them—and the future he hopes to build.
Following a Nineteen Teen tradition, perhaps you’d like to guess who I had in mind as the physical models when I was writing the book. I admit up front that though I like the cover, it fits the feel of the story more than the actual details. Nevertheless, the woman I had in mind for Maddie is a red-headed actress who has traveled in time and space in a blue box and recently went looking for a couple Guardians herself when she took to the Galaxy. The actor I had in mind for Michael is one super man, though he started out in Tudor and Roman days rather than nineteenth century Seattle.