Monday, April 11, 2016

Craftie Ladies - Love Inspired Historical Cowboy Creek Continuity Series/Giveaway!

April is here, and that means that the new Love Inspired Historical three-book Cowboy Creek continuity series is making its debut. Leave a comment to win a copy of the series!

Craftie Lady Sherri Shackelford is the author of the second book in the series. She's here to tell us about how the series came to be and what it's like to work on a continuity. Take it away, Sherri...

The Cowboy Creek series is about three friends who served together in the Civil War. After the war, instead of returning to their hometowns, they start a new town in Kansas--Cowboy Creek. The three men soon realize the town needs more ladies, and they send for mail order brides. The arrival of the first 'bride train' in Cowboy Creek kicks off the series.

Cheryl was asked to launch the series, and once she accepted, Karen Kirst and I were brought on board. For a continuity, the editors cook up a story and write down the particulars in a document referred to as the 'bible'. The editors provide an overview for the story arc, although the authors are given leeway with their individual books. For example, in the original bible for Special Delivery Baby, my character, Tomasina Stone, was supposed to wave to her man as he rode off to do man's work at the end of the story. Which, of course, would never happen! My feisty heroine would be front and center in the action. I decided on a much lighter, happier ending that was more in tune with the character and the tone of my book.

I hope you enjoy the stories of these three heroes who share  friendships forged by the bonds of war.
Thanks, Sherri. We wish you well on the upcoming launch of Special Delivery Baby. And now for the books...

Want Ad Wedding

Book 1 in the Cowboy Creek continuity series
April 2016 release

by Cheryl St.John

Second Chance Bride 

When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience.

Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn't get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs? 

Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.

Special Delivery Baby

Book 2 in the Cowboy Creek continuity series
May 2016 release

by Craftie Lady Sherri Shackelford

Instant Daddy

An abandoned baby is the last thing town founder Will Canfield expects on his doorstep. He's not the father—and the mother's unknown. But the precious little girl needs a protector. And Will never backs down from a challenge, even if it means caring for a newborn…or dealing with spitfire cattle driver Tomasina Stone.
With her father gone, Tomasina's trail life has ended. Yet becoming a polished city lady feels far out of her reach. All she wants is a place where she'll be appreciated, respected…maybe loved. And the more time she spends helping Will care for the baby, the more she wonders if she's found it. She's never wanted to settle down…but Cowboy Creek—by Will's side—might finally give her heart a lasting home.
Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.

Bride by Arrangement

Book 3 in the Cowboy Creek continuity series
June 2016 release

by Karen Kirst


Mail-Order Matchmaking 
Newly minted Cowboy Creek sheriff Noah Burgess doesn't want a wife—despite his friends insisting that he needs one. So when they send for a big-city single mother to be his mail-order bride, he's fit to be tied. Even if vivacious Grace Longstreet might just be the only person who can see past Noah's scars…and help him heal.

Grace needs a husband to keep her and her twin daughters out of her brother-in-law's grasp. And she'll do anything—including taking on her cousin's identity—to find one. But as the attraction between Grace and the lawman sparks higher, she begins hoping for a real marriage. So she needs to tell the truth…or a mail-order match that's meant to be could crumble.
Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.

A follow-up Cowboy Creek anthology, Cowboy Creek Christmas, will be released in October with two more stories for readers to enjoy, written by Cheryl St.John and Craftie Lady Sherri Shackelford.


  1. This sounds like a great series. I'm looking forward to the stories.

  2. Each of these stories sounds delightful, and I love the covers!
    Looking forward to reading this series. :)
    Blessings, Patti Jo

  3. There will be a follow-up Cowboy Creek anthology Cowboy Creek Christmas in October. Sherri and I wrote two more stories readers of the series will enjoy.

  4. Thanks for letting us know, Cheryl. Even more good stories to look forward to. =)

  5. They all sounds great!
    Dont' put me in the drawing. I've got mine ordered.

  6. I loved the first book in this series--can't wait to read the next one. I'm glad to hear there's going to be a Christmas anthology, too.

  7. Sounds like a FABULOUS series! If I don't win a copy of it (grin), I'm going to have to hit Walmart & see if they have it in stock! :)

  8. O, these sounds like fun! The series will be a hit! Thanks for this post with something for me to look forward to!


  9. Sounds great
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