Friday, April 18, 2014

The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride

by Cora Seton



Ethan Cruz should be mending fences on his Montana ranch, but instead he's driving to the Chance Creek, Montana, airport - to pick up the bride he didn't know he had. This latest salvo in his ongoing practical joke battle with his best friend, Rob Matheson, has gone too far, and Ethan plans to send his "bride" right back home, then get busy plotting his revenge. One look at Autumn Leeds changes his mind, however. Perhaps he needs a bride, after all. A breathtakingly beautiful city bride.

Autumn Leeds needs a story - fast - or she's going to lose her lucrative contract with CityPretty Magazine, so when she sees the crazy video plea for a modern mail-order bride for a cowboy, it sounds like the story of the century. Making a video of her own, she casts herself as the perfect mail-order bride for a rancher, but when she finally reaches Montana, she's surprised to find Ethan's the perfect cowboy husband-to-be. Against her better judgment, her plan to keep her handsome groom at arm's length disintegrates into a night of passion spent in his arms.

Ethan knows he can't keep playing this game - he has to come clean with Autumn and tell her the truth; about the practical joke and about the state of his ranch. He's about to lose it all because of the debts his mother racked up before his parents' deaths. Now his sister, Claire, wants to sell the ranch and collect what little money they can. He'll be out of a home and a job, and in no shape to support the bride he desperately wants to marry, after all.

Autumn's in bigger trouble than ever. Not only has she fallen in love with the subject of her expose - she might be carrying his child. If she doesn't write this article and secure her contract for another year, she'll lose everything - her career, her apartment, and more importantly, her family's approval. The only alternative is to stay and marry Ethan. But how can she trust a man she's just met when she knows too well that men always let you down?

Can a love based on lies last?


Excerpt 3

Ethan walked into the bedroom as Autumn was pulling on a pair of panties. She swiveled around in surprise and with a small cry clamped one arm across her chest, but not before he got a good look at a part of her anatomy that had enthralled him the night before.

He stopped, cleared his throat and searched for something to say. “Good morning.”

She stared at him. “Uh…morning.” Her voice was shrill and high, and he realized she wasn’t entirely comfortable with the situation. Somehow that made him grin. He wasn’t comfortable with this situation, either – not by a long shot – but her current position, half-naked, her arm doing very little to cover the curve of her assets, was fine by him. He could watch this show all morning.

“Do you mind?” she said finally.

He leaned back against the doorjamb. “Not at all. Go ahead.”

“I’m not getting dressed while you stand there!”

She was blushing again, and it looked even better on her this time than it had the night before. He allowed himself a long look. What a body. Long legs, shapely hips dipping in to a small waist and then the swell of her breasts. He definitely approved.

“Why not? You’re my fiancée, right?”

He knew he was being a cad. After all, he was about to break the news about the joke. So why was he pushing her like this? Almost daring her to say it wasn’t true. But he was the one who was lying – she was here because she wanted to marry him. Wasn’t she?

Suddenly Ethan wanted to know that for sure.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!



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  1. Thanks for sharing! I've got to get back to work now, but I'll try to stop by the other stops later today! What are you up to this fine Friday Cora?

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. Hi Andra, thanks for stopping by! Today I'm finalizing details for the SEALs of Summer box set i'm part of, I hope to keep digging a new flower bed I'm installing to one side of my house....and hopefully lunch out with a friend! A nice Friday all around. What is everyone else doing today?

    2. I planted some tulips a few weeks ago and they are finally coming up! So excited. I imagine that your flower mix has changed since moving from California to British Columbia.

  2. Hello to another new-to-me author. Look forward to reading more about this book.

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  3. Thanks for hosting. The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride is FREE today on all platforms - grab your copy!

    Also, the first book in my Heroes of Chance Creek series, The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride, is featured in the SEALs of Summer box set coming out on April 22: 10 Navy SEAL romances by 10 authors for 99 cents!!! Pre-order or find more information here:

  4. Sounds like a good read.


  5. Sounds like this is a very good story. I really enjoyed the excerpt.

  6. Cora, did you design your own cover or have someone do it for you?

    I added The Cowboy's Email Order Bride to my to-be-read list on Goodreads and purchased a free copy today ;-)

    I also voted for it on the following Goodreads list:

    Hot Covers

    Best of luck with the Chance Creek series.

  7. Hi Cora I just wanted everyoneto know I highly recommend the Cowboy's email order bride it made Cora my new favorite author

  8. Love the excerpt =) Can´t wait for my chance to read more!
    Happy Easter!

  9. Hi Cora. I know many authors tend to think of their books as their children: is it any easier to pick a favorite book that you've written than to pick a favorite child? Which Chance Creek book was your favorite to write? Who is your favorite cowboy from the series? I'm looking forward to answering those questions for myself: Email Order Bride is my reading choice for this weekend :)

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  10. Sounds like a very good read.

  11. Loved this book!

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  12. I read the first book in this series and loved it!

  13. Nice excerpt

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  14. Good luck with the series!



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