Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spotlight w/ Excerpt: Mail Order Man by Heather Gray

Mail Order Man
(Ladies Of Larkspur #1)
by Heather Gray
Release date: 4th April 2013
Published by: Astraea Press

Some people get a mail order bride. She got a mail order man.
A well-meaning friend places an ad to find a mail order husband for Sarah, the proprietress of Larkspur’s stage and mail office. Sarah, who is generally quiet and reserved, doesn't know about the ad and has no idea what to do with all the people that are showing up in her community. Before long, the town is overrun with men and mail alike. Sarah is trying to avoid some men who have accosted her on the street when she stumbles into Samuel. Through long days spent together at the stage office, some very adventurous pots of coffee and a shared faith, the two become friends. Sarah knows that Samuel is hiding something from her, something important, but that doesn't stop her heart from leaping wildly into love. Lacking the confidence to trust her heart, Sarah wars with herself over the feelings she can no longer deny. When some of the men who have come to town show their true intentions, a shootout follows. Sarah finally gets answers to many of the questions circling through her mind. One question remains, though. Where will her mail order man go when the dust settles?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!
My debut novel, Mail Order Man, is the first book in the Ladies of Larkspur series. Mail Order Man is a historical romance that takes place in 1870s and 1880s Idaho Territory. It also has an inspirational theme to it. Book two in the series is under contract and due out Fall 2013. I learned more than I can say while writing my first book, and everything I learned has only helped me to improve the next book, and the next, and the next… So here's to many more to come!
Welcome to the wonderful world of Larkspur, where the coffee's always on, and romance is around every corner!
I said the coffee's always on, not that it's always good… I hope you enjoy this excerpt from MAIL ORDER MAN.
…she pulled her work apron down from its hook and tied it behind her back in her normal no-nonsense way. Sarah then pivoted around only to see, through the front window, her handsome talking wall [the hero, Samuel] dumping out the rest of the coffee she had made. The entire contents of the pot, not simply what was in his mug, went flying. He raised his head, and his eyes widened in surprise. Offering her a crooked grin, he shrugged guiltily, telling Sarah he’d been hoping his act would go without notice.
Sarah stared at him blankly, not sure what to make of his action. On his face was an expression mirroring that of a little kid who had been caught pilfering candy. Sarah’s eyes fell to the mug of coffee she had set for herself on the counter. Even in a solid-colored mug she could see straight through the coffee to the bottom of the cup.
The door clinked softly as Samuel came back through it. When Sarah didn’t say anything, he spoke up. “I thought I would make a fresh pot?”
The events of the day thus far conspired together in Sarah’s mind. The ludicrous situation with the mail piling up around her, the terribly weak coffee she saw sitting in her own mug, and the way in which Samuel mentioned the coffee – more like a question than a statement – all caused a laugh to bubble up out of Sarah. She was certain she ought to behave in a more refined and serious manner given the uncertain nature of her relationship with Samuel, but she could not hold the laughter in. Before she knew it, she was doubled over in laughter and wiping tears away from her eyes as she gasped for breath.

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Author Bio:
Aside from her long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather’s greatest joys in life are her relationship with her Savior, her family, and writing. Years ago, she decided it would be better to laugh than yell. Heather carries that theme over into her writing where she strives to create characters that experience both the highs and lows of life and, through it all, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her.
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