Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Marshal's Ready-Made Family

This is a release month for me, which is a lot of fun. There's something exciting about having a romance book released during February. Who doesn't a love a little romance around Valentine's Day?! The Marshal's Ready-Made Family features a character from my first book, Winning the Widow's Heart. As an author, I enjoy revisiting characters from previous books. When you write about people, you get to know and like them. And I enjoy seeing how their lives are progressing.

I especially loved my heroine, JoBeth McCoy. She's feisty and fearless...well, almost fearless. She does have a little trouble expressing her feelings. But when she does, stand back! Our hero, Garrett, truly sees Jo's beauty and spirit.

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4 ½ stars from RT Magazine

THE MARSHAL’S READY-MADE FAMILY (4.5) by Sherri Shackelford: The death of her parents brings 5-year-old Cora to live with her uncle, Marshal Garrett Cain. When she first arrives in Cimarron Springs, Kan., Jo Beth McCoy takes Cora under her wing. Jo would love to have a little girl like Cora, but her independent spirit and her upbringing with five younger brothers have made her too unladylike for the local men. When a cousin threatens to take Cora away, Jo realizes that marrying Garrett can help him keep Cora while giving her the family she longs for. A lovely marriage-of-convenience story, the interaction between the two main characters is a joy to watch, and the hero’s acceptance of love is well done.

Reviewed By: Susan Mobley
Gentlemen don't court feisty straight shooters like JoBeth McCoy. Just as she's resigned to a lifetime alone, a misunderstanding forces the spunky telegraph operator into a marriage of convenience. Wedding the town's handsome new marshal offers JoBeth a chance at motherhood, caring for the orphaned little girl she's come to love.

Garrett Cain will lose guardianship of his niece, Cora, if he stays single, but he knows no woman could accept the secrets he's hidden about his past. The lawman can't jeopardize Cora's future by admitting the truth. Yet when unexpected danger in the small town threatens to expose Garrett's long-buried secret, only a leap of faith can turn a makeshift union into a real family.

Sherri Shackelford is an award-winning author of inspirational, Christian romance.

A wife and mother of three, Sherri’s hobbies include collecting mismatched socks, discovering new ways to avoid cleaning, and standing in the middle of the room while thinking, “Why did I just come in here?” A reformed pessimist and recent hopeful romantic, Sherri has a passion for writing. Her books are fun and fast-paced, with plenty of heart and soul.

Sherri is currently working on three more books for her Cimarron Springs series. Her current books include Winning the Widow’s Heart and The Marshal’s Ready-Made Family. The Cattleman Meets His Match releases in August of 2014. 

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  1. Congratulations on the 4-1/2 star RT review! It is fun to revisit characters, isn't it? I love to see them grow and learn what's happened in their lives since the last time I met them.

  2. Sherri,
    I love feisty and fearless heroines!!! Your latest release sounds wonderful.

    Congrats on the 4 1/2 stars from RT!!! Whoo-hoo!!!

  3. Thank you, Christine and Debby! This was a fun story to write. It's nice when people enjoy it too ;)

  4. Loved this story just finished early hours this morning. Couldnt put it down

  5. So glad you enjoyed the book...and I love your handle...Scraproni Adventures of a Single Woman :)

  6. Sounds great. I wound up with some historicals for a contest I'm judging and I'm wanting more.

  7. Pamela, I <3 historicals! There are a ton of good ones out there.


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