Tangled Duo

Every now and then two brilliant authors get together and produce an even more brilliant work of art.
Mail Order Tangle by Caroline Clemmons and Jacquie Rogers is one of these works.
It is my pleasure to give you a peek into this fabulous book.

mail-order-tangle-v1-frontBlurbs:

Mail-Order Promise: by Caroline Clemmons

Ellie Dickerson and her sister are in desperate straits when she contracts to become a mail-order bride to a Texas rancher on the condition she can bring her sister. After her arduous trip from Virginia, she learns her fiancé has died. His brother is handsome. And single. And he doesn’t want her. But he has sworn to take care of her and see she has a home. Somewhere, but where? What will happen to her and her sister?

Kage Johanssen, co-owner of a ranch in Idaho with his cousin Matt, is forced to take over his family’s Central Texas ranch on the death of his older brother. Kage is in no hurry to get married, and when his brother’s bride shows up, she’s everything he doesn’t want in a wife—except she’s stunningly beautiful.  Despite his deathbed promise to his brother and his attraction to Ellie, he’s convinced she doesn’t have the grit to be a rancher’s wife.

When a greedy, sadistic villain attempts to take over the ranch and kill Kage, can Ellie save her true love?  What will it take to prove that she’s the only woman for Kage?

Mail-Order Ruckus: by Jacquie Rogers

Matt Johanssen returned to the ranch he and his cousin Kage started in Owyhee County, Idaho Territory, not knowing he took Laura Dickerson’s heart with him.  Now that her sister no longer needs her, Laura wants a home of her own and a family to put in it.  No other man would fill the bill as well as Matt, but he’s not interested.  Not wanting to live as a spinster aunt the rest of her life, Laura signs a contract with a marriage broker, choosing to go to Silver City, near Matt’s ranch, in hopes that he might come around.  But he’s not on the roster of eligible grooms!

When Matt sees Laura among the brides on display on the balcony of the Idaho Hotel, he feels gutshot. He’s in no position to take a wife, not with a ranch eating up every spare moment and dollar. But if he doesn’t step forward, the one woman he wants will be wed at the end of the week—and not to him.

Will Matt walk away from the woman who stole his heart or let go of everything he’s worked so hard to build in exchange for love?

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Excerpt:

When the luggage had been unloaded, she closed her door and took off her half boots and soiled clothes. After pouring water from a pretty ewer into a china basin decorated with a gold rim and tiny flowers, she washed away some of travel’s grime. She stretched before crawling under the covers.
No servants indeed. How prosperous could this ranch be with no servants? She needed to think, but first she needed to close her eyes.
Laura waked her. “I think the meal’s almost ready. The aroma is driving me mad. Imagine, real food and all we can eat. And not just potatoes and cabbage.”
“At least we shouldn’t always be as hungry for something tasty here as we were at home, although I hate to call that tiny house we rented home.”
“Not compared to where we lived before Daddy shot himself, but it wasn’t really so bad, was it?”
Drat, she’d hurt Laura’s feelings. “You made it as nice as you could, sister, but no money, no invitations because our friends shunned us, and no options made life grim. Can you blame me for visiting the mail order bride office?”
Laura opened the trunk and rummaged. “I know you only did it for me, Ellie. You pretend to be hard-hearted, but I see you for what you are inside.”
Ellie almost wept. Only her sister really knew her. But Ellie would not have Laura feeling obligated to her, not after Laura had taken care of her all these years since Mama died.
“Nonsense, you give me too much credit. There simply were no marriageable men for us in Richmond. I’m hardly the type to become an old maid or live my life as someone’s eccentric Aunt Ellie.”
She went to her purse and pulled out the broker’s contract and the letter from Erik Johannsen. She opened the letter and showed it to her sister. “See here, Laura. This says Erik is a prosperous rancher with extensive land and 30,000 head of cattle. Why would he say that if he couldn’t even afford servants?”
“There’s probably a very good reason. Perhaps this is prosperous by Texas standards.” Laura continued searching through the trunk.
“If that’s so, I’m in trouble. I don’t know how to do anything other than flirt and act the belle. And now I have to dress for dinner without a servant to iron my clothes.”
Laura pulled out a gown and shook it. “This will have to do. As far as I can tell, shaking didn’t rid my dress of any wrinkles but it’s all we have time for.”
Ellie pulled the dark green gown over her head. “I’m sure the Johannsens will understand. I do love this dress. Remember when I wore it to Cassandra Stanton’s garden party?”
“You were the prettiest woman there. And now the witch won’t even speak to us. Turn around and I’ll do the buttons for you.”
She turned so her sister could help. “Didn’t you sleep? I couldn’t wait to get my traveling suit and boots off and crawl under the covers.”
“I think the smell of food cooking awakened me. I have to admit I’m ravenous.” Laura handed Ellie her half boots.
She slipped them on and fastened them, but sat frozen. She needed a backup plan. On the trip she’d considered that she might reject her prospective groom, but never thought he might die. What could she do now?
Laura nudged her. “Hurry so we can find the kitchen.”
Ellie laid the buttonhook aside and rose to her feet. She stopped to peer in the mirror and sighed. No wonder Kage Johannsen was so disagreeable toward her.
“I look dreadful. What a bad first impression I must have made. Not that it matters. I fear we’ve gone from bad to worse.”
Laura tucked errant red curls back into Ellie’s hairdo. “No, I suspect this is as prosperous a ranch as we expected. It’s just a different life than we’re used to.”
“Humph, that’s an understatement. Do you think they’ll try to send us back?”
Laura sighed heavily. “I’m surprised they brought us here instead of sending us to a boarding house in town.”
“I hope one of them will offer to take the dead man’s place, and I hope it’s that Kage even if he is grumpy. He sure is handsome.”
Laura dropped her hands and her eyes widened. “You think he’s the best looking? I think his cousin is and Matt’s much nicer.”
Ellie tilted her head first one way and then the other examining her image. Had Kage disliked her as she believed? If neither one of the Johannsen men offered to marry her, she’d have to latch onto someone else quickly. At the first chance, she’d try to make herself likable to another man.
If that failed, perhaps she could even force Kage’s hand by pretending she believed he’d marry her. She sighed again. She suspected no one forced Kage to do anything without his approval.
Laura nudged her. “As usual you look gorgeous. Now, pinch your cheeks and press your lips. We need to hurry.”
Ellie grew impatient when Laura smoothed her own hair. “Sister, you look fine.”
Laura shrugged. “No one will notice me with you present anyway.”
“Of course they will. All I have going for me is my looks. Not only are you lovely, you’re the nicest person I’ve ever known. In fact, you’re by far the best woman in this or any other state.”
Arm in arm, they walked down the long hallway toward the main portion of the house.When the luggage had been unloaded, she closed her door and took off her half boots and soiled clothes. After pouring water from a pretty ewer into a china basin decorated with a gold rim and tiny flowers, she washed away some of travel’s grime. She stretched before crawling under the covers.

No servants indeed. How prosperous could this ranch be with no servants? She needed to think, but first she needed to close her eyes.
Laura waked her. “I think the meal’s almost ready. The aroma is driving me mad. Imagine, real food and all we can eat. And not just potatoes and cabbage.”
“At least we shouldn’t always be as hungry for something tasty here as we were at home, although I hate to call that tiny house we rented home.”
“Not compared to where we lived before Daddy shot himself, but it wasn’t really so bad, was it?”
Drat, she’d hurt Laura’s feelings. “You made it as nice as you could, sister, but no money, no invitations because our friends shunned us, and no options made life grim. Can you blame me for visiting the mail order bride office?”
Laura opened the trunk and rummaged. “I know you only did it for me, Ellie. You pretend to be hard-hearted, but I see you for what you are inside.”
Ellie almost wept. Only her sister really knew her. But Ellie would not have Laura feeling obligated to her, not after Laura had taken care of her all these years since Mama died.
“Nonsense, you give me too much credit. There simply were no marriageable men for us in Richmond. I’m hardly the type to become an old maid or live my life as someone’s eccentric Aunt Ellie.”
She went to her purse and pulled out the broker’s contract and the letter from Erik Johannsen. She opened the letter and showed it to her sister. “See here, Laura. This says Erik is a prosperous rancher with extensive land and 30,000 head of cattle. Why would he say that if he couldn’t even afford servants?”
“There’s probably a very good reason. Perhaps this is prosperous by Texas standards.” Laura continued searching through the trunk.
“If that’s so, I’m in trouble. I don’t know how to do anything other than flirt and act the belle. And now I have to dress for dinner without a servant to iron my clothes.”
Laura pulled out a gown and shook it. “This will have to do. As far as I can tell, shaking didn’t rid my dress of any wrinkles but it’s all we have time for.”
Ellie pulled the dark green gown over her head. “I’m sure the Johannsens will understand. I do love this dress. Remember when I wore it to Cassandra Stanton’s garden party?”
“You were the prettiest woman there. And now the witch won’t even speak to us. Turn around and I’ll do the buttons for you.”
She turned so her sister could help. “Didn’t you sleep? I couldn’t wait to get my traveling suit and boots off and crawl under the covers.”
“I think the smell of food cooking awakened me. I have to admit I’m ravenous.” Laura handed Ellie her half boots.
She slipped them on and fastened them, but sat frozen. She needed a backup plan. On the trip she’d considered that she might reject her prospective groom, but never thought he might die. What could she do now?
Laura nudged her. “Hurry so we can find the kitchen.”
Ellie laid the buttonhook aside and rose to her feet. She stopped to peer in the mirror and sighed. No wonder Kage Johannsen was so disagreeable toward her.
“I look dreadful. What a bad first impression I must have made. Not that it matters. I fear we’ve gone from bad to worse.”
Laura tucked errant red curls back into Ellie’s hairdo. “No, I suspect this is as prosperous a ranch as we expected. It’s just a different life than we’re used to.”
“Humph, that’s an understatement. Do you think they’ll try to send us back?”
Laura sighed heavily. “I’m surprised they brought us here instead of sending us to a boarding house in town.”
“I hope one of them will offer to take the dead man’s place, and I hope it’s that Kage even if he is grumpy. He sure is handsome.”
Laura dropped her hands and her eyes widened. “You think he’s the best looking? I think his cousin is and Matt’s much nicer.”
Ellie tilted her head first one way and then the other examining her image. Had Kage disliked her as she believed? If neither one of the Johannsen men offered to marry her, she’d have to latch onto someone else quickly. At the first chance, she’d try to make herself likable to another man.
If that failed, perhaps she could even force Kage’s hand by pretending she believed he’d marry her. She sighed again. She suspected no one forced Kage to do anything without his approval.
Laura nudged her. “As usual you look gorgeous. Now, pinch your cheeks and press your lips. We need to hurry.”
Ellie grew impatient when Laura smoothed her own hair. “Sister, you look fine.”
Laura shrugged. “No one will notice me with you present anyway.”
“Of course they will. All I have going for me is my looks. Not only are you lovely, you’re the nicest person I’ve ever known. In fact, you’re by far the best woman in this or any other state.”
Arm in arm, they walked down the long hallway toward the main portion of the house.

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