05-26-18 – Blog Queen - Sarah Raplee

Thursday, January 28, 2016


I am sure few people could forget these word from Charles Dickens', character in Oliver Twist.

I don’t really have a bucket list, except to parrot those words - Please, Sir I want some more.
2015 was a great year for me on the writing front. I fell in love - with writing Western Historical romance novellas, so I would dearly like this trend to continue. I was also very fortunate to be a member of a successful Christmas Anthology, Silver Belles And Stetsons. My novella being Cowboy Christmas. Then there was the American Mail Order Bride series. 
 I would like to tell you about the unique American Mail Order Bride series, and my contribution, Edwina, Bride of Connecticut, which is book 5 in the series.

I was a last minute inclusion in the series so I didn’t get to choose my state. My name was put forward by Western romance author and friend, Susan Horsnell. On the basis that I am multi-published, and have won an award or two in Historical Romantic fiction, and have also participated in two Western Anthologies, I was fortunate to be accepted for this exciting endeavour (The American Mail Order Brides Series, 50 books from 45 authors. Starting on November 19, one book was published per day through to January 7, 2016. Each story is 35K - 40K in length and priced at $2.99.)

BLURB: Joshua was a happy bachelor until his scheming sister lands him with a Mail Order Bride. Desperate to Escape Boston, Edwina accepts the marriage proposal she believes has come from him. Can a deceived bride, and a reluctant groom, find happiness together?

EXCERPT:  “You did what?” Joshua Sinclair glared at his sister.

“I pretended I was you and advertised for a Mail Order Bride in the Grooms’ Gazette.” Amy faced him, defiant. “You’ve been on your own too long. Hasn’t he, Tom?”

“Don’t bring me into this.” Tom grinned at his wife.

“Damn it woman. You had no right.” Josh thrust his fingers through his hair, causing the curls to become even more riotous than normal. “You can damn well have that ridiculous advertisement removed.”

“It’s too late.” Amy looked pleadingly at him. “Edwina has already answered and agreed to marry you.”

“Edwina! Matrimony is not on my agenda. Even if it was, I wouldn’t be marrying some desperate spinster who has been left on the shelf.”

“She’s from Boston.”

“Boston!” A dagger thrust of pain pierced his heart. Three years and Maryanne’s betrayal still hurt. He would never trust another woman.

BIO:  Margaret Tanner is an Award Winning Historical Romance Author who has now added Western Historical Romance to her writing repertoire.

She lives in Australia, is married and has three grown up sons.

With the encouragement of friend and Western Romance author, Susan Horsnell, she has fallen in love with writing Western Historical Romance of the sweet variety.  Frontier Australia and frontier America, have many similarities, isolated communities, a large single male population and a lack of eligible women, so it wasn’t hard to write in the Western genre.

She has always loved Westerns, soaking up all the Western TV shows and movies when she was young. Bonanza was her all-time favourite show. Little Joe Cartwright was her hero. Western Author, Zane Grey was her favourite author at that time.

Margaret has a short story published in the Western Romance Anthology, Rawhide ‘N Roses which was a 2015 Rone Finalist.

She has a novella, Christmas Cowboy, published in the successful Silver Belles and Stetsons Christmas Anthology.

Margaret has just finished writing her fourth Western Historical Romance novella.







Judith Ashley said...

If I'd had your year, I'd want more of it also, Margaret. Congratulations of finding another successful romance sub-genre. I can follow you to this one because I also love reading westerns, loved Bonanza and Little Joe Cartwright (although Hoss was my favorite).

Sarah Raplee said...

Branching out into Historical Western romance makes perfect sense for you! What a great idea for a novella series! Loved your excerpt!

Diana McCollum said...

I really enjoyed your excerpt! Congratulations on tackling the American West in your stories!

Kristin Holt said...

I'm personally so delighted to have met you, Margaret Tanner, in BOTH of your Western Historical Romance endeavors in 2015...with the close association while preparing and promoting SILVER BELLES AND STETSONS, followed by both of us writing books for the AMERICAN MAIL-ORDER BRIDES series. I wholeheartedly echo your sentiment, "Please sir, may I have some more?" More time spent in the Old West, more time rubbing shoulders with authors in my genre, more quality time coming to know others with similar interests.
Wishing you a joyful and abundant 2016.
~ Kristin