Karen’s Killer Book Bench: The Pony Express Romance Collection: Historic Express Mail Route Delivers Nine Inspiring Romances by Donna Schlachter ETAL

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THE PONY EXPRESS ROMANCE COLLECTION:
HISTORIC EXPRESS MAIL ROUTE DELIVERS NINE INSPIRING ROMANCES

BY BARBARA TIFFT BLAKEY, MARY DAVIS, DARLENE FRANKLIN CYNTHIA HICKEY, MAUREEN LANG, DEBBY LEE, DONNA SCHLACHTER, CONNIE STEVENS & PEGG THOMAS

Blurb

About Echoes of the Heart and The Pony Express Romance Collection:

This is a 9-in-1 novella collection from Barbour Books centered on the Pony Express, which ran from April 1860 through November 1861. The Pony Express already seems to be a romantic snippet of Americana, and so it seemed to make sense to write a collection of historical romance set on the trail. My story, Echoes of the Heart, features a mail order bride responding under an assumed name, a crippled station master who thinks no woman will want him, and their search for a future—together or separately.

THE PONY EXPRESS ROMANCE COLLECTION:
HISTORIC EXPRESS MAIL ROUTE DELIVERS NINE INSPIRING ROMANCES

BY BARBARA TIFFT BLAKEY, MARY DAVIS, DARLENE FRANKLIN CYNTHIA HICKEY, MAUREEN LANG, DEBBY LEE, DONNA SCHLACHTER, CONNIE STEVENS & PEGG THOMAS

First page of Echoes of the Heart:
Hollenberg Pony Express Station
By Donna Schlachter

Kansas Territory
May 1860

Chapter 1

Catherine Malloy braced a hand against the doorframe as the stage rounded a turn. A cloud of dust encircled the coach, filtering through the gaps in the doors, the curtains, the floor, and the roof, threatening to choke her. She coughed politely behind her gloved hand, cringing at the sight of the stains on her once-white hand coverings. Her spirits were as rumpled as her sleeves and skirt. Would the dirt ever come out?

But no matter how primitive the conditions, no matter how hostile the natives or how cold the winters—all stories she’d heard about the Wild West—she would not turn back.

She had nowhere to turn back.

When she’d excitedly read the advertisement in the magazine to her friend Margaret, neither had truly contemplated just how far the Kansas Territory was from Boston. Four days on the train to St. Joseph, Missouri had been just the beginning. Three days in this bouncing torture chamber, surrounded by surly men, snot-nosed children, and sharp-tongued women caused her to question her sanity and her decision more than once. She’d already eaten more dust than she’d known existed.

In Mr. Troudt’s first letter, he’d explained that he ran a way station and needed a wife. Neither she nor Margaret knew what that was. They knew a man from Australia, who talked about working at a sheep station. Perhaps a way station was similar.

Not that any of that mattered. She had no reason to go back. No family. No job.

Not after the way Master Talbott had approached her.

She shifted her drawstring purse from its place on the floor behind her feet. Its weight clanged against the boards. While not her ill-gotten bag of coins and jewelry, the packet weighed on her heart and her conscience equally.

She glanced at her fellow passengers as they rocked in time with the movement of the stage. A man in a suit who looked like a banker or a lawyer. Next to him, a minister coming west to seek his flock, as he’d told her at least a dozen times in the past four days. Sitting beside her, a woman traveling through to California, who’d said little to anybody, instead keeping her face hidden beneath a wide-brimmed hat. Catherine had lost count of the people with whom she’d shared cramped quarters. Most were strange traveling companions, to be certain. Not that she was looking for a bosom friend.

She would stay here. Hollenberg Station, Kansas Territory. Where the Oregon and California Trails brought emigrants past what would become her new home. Very different from her parents’ house where she’d grown up. Not at all like the even grander Georgian house she’d lived in with her aunt and uncle.

Until he’d squandered her inheritance and forced her into servitude in the Talbott mansion.

Meet Author Donna Schlachter...

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid publisher who has published a number of books under her pen name and under her own name. Her current release, Echoes of the Heart, a 9-in-1 novella collection titled “Pony Express Romance Collection” released April 1. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She will be teaching an online course for American Christian Fiction Writers in June 2017, “Don’t let your subplots sink your story”. Donna loves history and research, and travels extensively for both.

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Links to Donna’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oTKgTL

Echoes of the Heart: http://amzn.to/2lBaqcW

www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com

www.HiStoryThruTheAges.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DonnaschlachterAuthor

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DonnaSchlachter

Books: http://amzn.to/2ci5Xqq

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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Donna is giving away a print copy (U.S. ONLY) of THE PONY EXPRESS to one lucky winner who comments on her **Author Peek** Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs.

Thanks, Donna, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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7 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: The Pony Express Romance Collection: Historic Express Mail Route Delivers Nine Inspiring Romances by Donna Schlachter ETAL

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Donna, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Really enjoyed your excerpt. I wonder how many women traveled into the unknown like this back in the day. There were so few options for unmarried women. Brave ladies. Thanks for sharing with us today!

  2. Karen, deja vu. This was posted Monday?

  3. Eileen Aberman-Wells says:

    This sounds really interesting. I love reading about historical time periods. Thank you for sharing.

  4. bn100 says:

    how interesting

  5. Linda Moffitt says:

    This sounds like a really great book. I added it to my TBR too so I can hopefully read it sometime. Thanks for sharing it with us and for the chance to win a copy.

  6. Judy Tulloch says:

    I’m probably too late to be enter, but I had trouble charging my iPad for a good week. Last night I finally got it working. Today I’m catching up on a good 300 emails. Either way, too late or not, I wanted to comment. I’m discovering a lot of new authors on Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I’m so happy I discovered you on here Donna. I loved the blurb and chapter one of this book. It’s on my TBR list. I love this genre.
    It’s been wonderful meeting you!

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