Friday, April 18, 2014

The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride by Cora Seton - Spotlight/Giveaway

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?


“Fine. Let’s get this over with,” he said, striding toward the front door. Inside, he didn’t bother to look at the television screen which showed incoming and outgoing flights. Chance Creek Regional had all of four gates. He’d just follow the hall as far as homeland security allowed him and wait until some lost soul deplaned.

“Look – it’s on time.” Rob grabbed his arm and tried to hurry him along. Ethan dug in the heels of his well worn boots and proceeded at his own pace.
Jamie pulled a cardboard sign out from under his jacket and flashed it at Ethan before holding it up above his head.  It read, Autumn Leeds. Jamie shrugged at Ethan’s expression. “I know – the name’s brutal.”

“Want to see her?” Cab pulled out a gadget and handed it over. Ethan held it gingerly. The laptop he bought on the advice of his accountant still sat untouched in his tiny office back at the ranch. He hated these miniature things that ran on swoops and swipes and taps on buttons that weren’t really there. Cab reached over and pressed something and it came to life, showing a pretty young woman in a cotton dress in a kitchen preparing what appeared to be a pot roast.

“Hi, I’m Autumn,” she said, looking straight at him. “Autumn Leeds. As you can see, I love cooking…”

Rob whooped and pointed. “Look – there she is! I told you she’d come!”

Ethan raised his gaze from the gadget to see the woman herself walking toward them down the carpeted hall. Long black hair, startling blue eyes, porcelain-white skin, she was thin and haunted and luminous all at the same time. She, too, held a cell phone and seemed to be consulting it, her gaze glancing down then sweeping the crowd. As their eyes met, hers widened with recognition. He groaned inwardly when he realized this pretty woman had probably watched Rob’s stupid video multiple times. She might be looking at his picture now.

As the crowd of passengers and relatives split around their party, she walked straight up to them and held out her hand. “Ethan Cruz?” Her voice was low and husky, her fingers cool and her handshake firm. He found himself wanting to linger over it. Instead he nodded. “I’m Autumn Leeds. Your bride.”

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. So how are you liking BC Cora? Your bio doesn't say when you left Cali so I'm wondering if it's a fairly recent development. I myself am planning a move north...Halifax for me though!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOt com

    1. I love British Columbia. It was a big change from California and sometimes I still rub people wrong here with my Cali ways, but small town life has really grown on me (if that isn't clear from my novels) and I love the pace of it. When I go downtown to shop or bank people know me by name. There's always someone I know around. If I need help with something, I know just who will have the answer - it's very cool.

      Plus, we're living in an area (northern BC) where a whole bunch of industries are just taking off. Our town is slated to grow by up to 40% in the next ten years, so it looks like I'm going to experience what boom town life is like!

      I've never been to Halifax, but I've heard it's beautiful! What is taking you there?

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

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  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:

    I'll pop by again later if anyone has any questions about the series, writing life or...?

  4. I can hardly wait to read this story.

  5. Cora, which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?

    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 The Cowboy's Email Order Bride on the following Goodreads list:

    Cowboys in Fiction

    Best of luck with the Chance Creek series.

    1. That's a good question. For the first book in a series, it's usually an idea for the novel. Once I start a series, the stories flow from one book into the other, so I kind of know already what a character's story needs to be.

      And then there are the ideas that just come out of nowhere when I'm halfway through a book. :)

  6. Hi Cora, yes Rita it is a very awesome read. The Cowboy's Email ordered Bride was the first book I ever read by Cora Seton she became my favorite new author & I purchased books 2-6 in this series & currently reading book 4.

  7. Hi Cora! Everything about this book has me grinning from ear to ear: I love the "mail-order bride" storyline and The Cowboy's Email Order Bride looks like it is going to be as entertaining as it's title! I loved reading some of the lengthier reviews on Amazon~ you've gotten quite a following for this gem :)

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

  8. Cora, I love the description of The Cowboy's Email Order Bride! Talk about a practical joke backfiring! Loved the excerpt too! Thanks!

  9. Sounds like an awesome read.

  10. This book is an awesome read and I can't wait to read more in this series

    quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com