The Surprise Princess

The Wedding Series

Book 6
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A Princess? No Way

Katie Davis is a perfectly ordinary young woman living a perfectly ordinary life in small-town Wisconsin … isn’t she? 

The most interesting thing about her is that she works for the men’s basketball office at Ashton University. If she considers the biggest perk of the job being around assistant basketball coach Brad Spencer, that also makes her ordinary, because what woman wouldn’t feel that way? So these people coming around saying she could be the long-missing granddaughter of the King of Bariavak have to be wrong … don’t they? 

Brad has a real soft spot for Katie. She stirs his protectiveness, his penchant for the underdog, and, possibly, certain other reactions he’s not about to indulge. So he’s going to do his damnedest to make sure Katie gets all that she deserves, including the crown that might be her right … even though it means Her Royal Highness will never again look at a basketball coach from Wisconsin like he’s the king of her heart. 

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The Surprise Princess, Book 6 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson. 

You'll meet a young Brad Spencer in Hoops, the prequel to The Surprise Princess.that tells the story of Ashton University basketball coach C.J. Draper and academic adviser Carolyn Trent.

Revisit the characters you’ve come to love in Prelude to a Wedding, Wedding Party, Grady’s Wedding and The Christmas Princess. In fact, you’re invited to join Katie and Brad in helping celebrate the wedding of April and Hunter (The Christmas Princess). 

Praise for The Wedding Series

“A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!” – 5-star review 

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming." – 5-star review

"Great love stories! … Must read all books in the series! … I laughed and cried! Must read.” – From 5-star reviews

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!

Prelude to a Wedding* 

Wedding Party* 

Grady’s Wedding* 

The Runaway Bride

The Christmas Princess 

    -- Hoops (prequel to The Surprise Princess) 

The Surprise Princess

     -- Not a Family Man (prequel to The Forgotten Prince)

The Forgotten Prince

*Buy all three books at a discount in one volume in The Wedding Series boxed set.

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Book 4
“Are you sure, baby?”

The father of the bride-to-be noted the concern and confusion on his daughter’s face. Just before her walk down the aisle, Judi Monroe overheard a conversation that indicated marrying Sterling Carroll might be a big mistake. Escaping her socialite wedding in Lake Forest, Illinois, she headed west, covering her tracks as she went. In an isolated corner of Wyoming, she swerved her car to avoid hitting a horse and rider on the road, crashing into a tree. She’s rescued by that lone rider – or Ranger, as she fleetingly recalls -- a rugged rancher named Thomas Vance.

Needing some time to puzzle out her predicament, Judi lands in the arms of a doubting Thomas, a man with a strong jaw, deep-green eyes and a commanding presence. When Judi dodges his personal questions, Thomas’ teenage half-sister Becky suggests amnesia as an explanation.  Judi seizes on this foot in the Diamond V door, and stays on as a caretaker for Thomas’ beloved grandmother. Judi finds a family on the Diamond V, even as her "Helga" masquerade slowly unravels. But as she falls hard for her horse whisperer, she fears her secret will only cause him to bolt from her life.

As for Thomas, he knows this impostor is lying, and it wouldn’t be the first time an outsider betrayed his family.  Yet he can’t help but trust this sexy, independent, smart woman who has lassoed his heart. 

Reader Reviews

 “Loyal readers know what to expect from a Patricia McLinn book--a strong, emotional story, a solid plot, and characters so real you miss them when the story ends. ‘The Runaway Bride’ is no exception.”  -- 5-star Amazon review

McLinn “creates a fresh approach to the classic amnesia tale, giving ‘Runaway Bride’ an appealing twist. ... [This] remarkable cast of characters will linger in the reader's memory long after the last page is turned. Very highly recommended.” – 5-star Amazon review

“A fun quick read that's filled with tenderness and passion. … The hero Thomas Vance is sexy and heroic and Judi is lovely.” – Goodreads review

“A fantastic, fun read with memorable characters you'll fall in love with!” – 5-star Amazon review

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!

Prelude to a Wedding*
Wedding Party*
Grady’s Wedding*
The Runaway Bride
The Christmas Princess
     -- Hoops (prequel to The Surprise Princess)
The Surprise Princess
     -- Not a Family Man (prequel to The Forgotten Prince)
The Forgotten Prince
*Get all three books at a discount in one volume in The Wedding Series boxed set.

Revisit some of The Runaway Bride characters in Patricia's A Cowboy Wedding, Book 7 of her Wyoming Wildflowers western romance series. 

Book 5
~~~   Wildflowers have to be strong and resilient to bloom amid the rugged beauty of Wyoming – and so do the women.  ~~~ 

Valerie Trimarco is very pregnant, very lost, very alone, and very stuck in a Wyoming snow storm. Her car is jammed in a Wyoming ditch, with contractions coming faster and harder … when her white knight in a cowboy hat arrives. Ranch foreman Jack Ralston’s job is to handle anything that needs handling with cool, quiet competence, including a baby who’s decided to enter the world right now.

A few years later, Valerie returns to the Slash-C Ranch of Knighton, Wyoming. Now a successful mommy blogger, she wants to thank the man who rescued her and delivered her beloved daughter. Okay, maybe she’s wondered about him a time or two over the years. How could she not? So she conspires with his employers and friends to spring a surprise party on him for a proper thank you.

Yes, Jack can handle anything. Except a surprise party. And this open, energetic, talkative woman and her short-stuff kid who gets under his guard. Because they demand the one thing from him that he can’t handle – love.

Jack’s Heart brings emotional impact to this romantic comedy addition to the contemporary western romance collection Wyoming Wildflowers from award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn.

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Get all the blooms in the Wyoming Wildflowers Series!

Prequel – Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Snowberry)

*Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush) 

*Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed) 

*My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold) 

-- A New World (prequel to Jack’s Heart)

Jack’s Heart (Yellow Monkeyflower)

-- Rodeo Nights (prequel to Where Love Lives)

Where Love Lives: The Inheritance (Threadleaf Phacelia)

A Cowboy Wedding, coming in 2017

* Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy Boxed Set (3 Books in 1)

Buy the entire Wyoming Wildflowers collection (Books 1-6, plus prequels) for one great price .... Wyoming Wildflowers: The Collection 

~~~

 Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s Wyoming Wildflowers stories:

 “Each one was totally different, characters were unique and totally believable!! Enjoy!!!

 “Amazing and touching story.”

 "If you love to laugh; love to cry; or love to laugh and cry at the same time, then you'll definitely want to read Almost a Bride."

 "Smart, stubborn and irresistible."

 “… So enjoyable I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.”

 “Excellent book! I read it straight in one whole day. Recommend it to anyone!” 

 “Delightful!”

 ”Nothing short of heart consuming and thrilling. I've loved every one and feel like I know the people personally. I can't wait for the next installment.”

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Book 7
They Have a History -- Can It Be Rewritten?

Prince Karl longs to once more be plain Karl Wethers, Wyoming rancher. Instead, his  sense of responsibility, nurtured as a cowboy and honed in the U.S. Army, won’t let him turn his back on King Jozef of Bariavak. But he has a plan. If he can pull it off.

Then international media consultant Harmon Reed re-enters his life. The Army brat who liked to juggle lit sticks of dynamite is now a woman who could explode that dynamite in his face. He’s fully occupied with trying to keep her from knowing anything about the complications of his royal life, because he will never trust her again, despite the pull of a love long gone.

For Harmon, what started as a youthful summer fling ignited into a love that shook her to her core. Equally smitten, Karl saw something beyond her beauty and rebellious streak. Then Harmon broke it off – and broke Karl’s heart. They went their separate ways, but no matter how far apart they traveled, the embers of first love remained. And the slim hope of a second chance floated in the periphery.

Oh, yes, these two have a history. A history neither has forgotten … but can they forgive?

* * * * * * * *

The Forgotten Prince, Book 7 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson.

Not a Family Man, the story of Wyoming ranch foreman Tucker Gates and the attractive new owner of the Double Bar X, is the prequel to The Forgotten Prince.

Revisit other characters you’ve come to love in Prelude to a Wedding, Wedding Party, Grady’s Wedding, The Christmas Princess, The Surprise Princess and At the Heart’s Command (from the A Place Called Home series).

Praise for The Wedding Series:

“A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!” – 5-star review

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming." – 5-star review

“Fun and serious all at the same time. Love how the friends intertwine and add new along the way. It was refreshing to read the different stories and having them all come together. Really enjoyed this series!” – 5-star review

“Full of warmth, understanding of human nature, and great characters. They are connected, following the lives of college friends, and by the time you are finished, you feel as if you are a part of their extended circle. A dash of sex here, but not to the point that it overshadows the well thought out storylines. Definitely a feel good experience.” -- 5-star review

"Great love stories!  … Must read all books in the series! … I laughed and cried! Must read.” – From 5-star reviews

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Wedding Series today!

Prelude to a Wedding*

Wedding Party*

Grady’s Wedding*

The Runaway Bride

The Christmas Princess

     Hoops (prequel to The Surprise Princess)

The Surprise Princess

     Not a Family Man (prequel to The Forgotten Prince)

The Forgotten Prince

*Get all three books at a discount in one volume in The Wedding Series boxed set.

Book 95
Time hasn't dimmed their bone-deep passion . . .

Ten years ago, Kalli left her rodeo bull-rider husband, Walker Riley, unable to bear her terrible fear for him. Or the fear that she might love him too much.

But passion wasn't enough to overcome fear a decade ago . . . Walker faces down charging bulls every day, but working with Kalli for a summer as they try to save the Wyoming rodeo that means so much to their beloved mutual mentor, just might break him.

Can the present carry them past the fears and broken trust ... to a future together again?

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RODEO NIGHTS is a prequel to WHERE LOVE LIVES: THE INHERITANCE, Book 6 of the Wyoming Wildflowers series. You meet Zoe Parisi in JACK’S HEART and her grandparents Ruth and Hugh Moski have appeared in each of the Wyoming Wildflowers stories. You can see Matt Halderman at the start of his rodeo cowboy career in RODEO NIGHTS, the emotional second-chance-at-love story of Kalli and Walker.

Patricia says: Rodeo Nights is a favorite of long-time readers. It also holds a special place for me, since I've named two of my adopted rescue collies Riley and Kalli!

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"Great romance!" ­

Which is your favorite Patricia McLinn book and why? ­ "RODEO NIGHTS, hands down. Cowboys-rodeo-Wyoming! Reunion love ... Wonderful characters. I loved everything about this story." - Mona Montana, Reader Hall of Fame

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Get all the blooms in the Wyoming Wildflowers Series today!

Prequel — Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Snowberry)
* Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush) 
* Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed) 
* My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold) 
-- A New World (prequel to Jack’s Heart)
Jack’s Heart (Yellow Monkeyflower)
-- Rodeo Nights (prequel to Where Love Lives)
Where Love Lives: The Inheritance (Threadleaf Phacelia)
A Cowboy Wedding, coming in 2017

* Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy Boxed Set (3 Books in 1)

Buy the entire Wyoming Wildflowers collection (Books 1-6, plus prequels) for one great price .... Wyoming Wildflowers: The Collection 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s Wyoming Wildflowers stories:

“Each one was totally different, characters were unique and totally believable!! Enjoy!!!

“Amazing and touching story.”

"If you love to laugh; love to cry; or love to laugh and cry at the same time, then you'll definitely want to read Almost a Bride." 

"Smart, stubborn and irresistible." 

“… So enjoyable I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.” 

“Excellent book! I read it straight in one whole day. Recommend it to anyone!”  

“Delightful!”

”Nothing short of heart consuming and thrilling. I've loved every one and feel like I know the people personally. I can't wait for the next installment.”

Book 95
A runaway bride goes west, and a royal introduction in D.C.


Revisit the characters you’ve come to love in Prelude to a Wedding, Wedding Party and Grady’s Wedding in this boxed set duo. Paul Monroe’s little sister, Judi, leaves her groom at the altar and runs off to Wyoming in The Runaway Bride, Book 4 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s acclaimed The Wedding Series. In Book 5, the series takes another turn as April Gareaux, who has left Lake Forest, Illinois, the Roberts family and their circle of friends to strike out on her own, winds up alone in Washington, D.C., for the holidays. Who would ever guess that April would soon become wrapped up in royal intrigue?


Book 4, The Runaway Bride

“Are you sure, baby?”

The father of the bride-to-be noted the concern and confusion on his daughter’s face. Just before her walk down the aisle, Judi Monroe overheard a conversation that indicated marrying Sterling Carroll might be a big mistake. Escaping her socialite wedding in Lake Forest, she headed west, covering her tracks as she went.

In an isolated corner of Wyoming, she swerved her car to avoid hitting a horse and rider on the road, crashing into a tree. She’s rescued by that lone rider — or Ranger, as she fleetingly recalls — a rugged rancher named Thomas Vance.  Judi just needed some time, to puzzle out the predicament she’d left behind in Illinois. But here she was in the arms of a doubting Thomas, a man with a strong jaw, deep-green eyes and a commanding presence.

When Judi dodges his personal questions, not to mention his penetrating gaze, Thomas’ teenage half-sister Becky suggests amnesia.  Judi seizes on this foot in the Diamond V door, and stays on as a caretaker for Thomas’ beloved grandmother.Judi finds a family on the Diamond V, even as her masquerade as the home health aide “Helga” slowly unravels. But as she falls hard for her horse whisperer, she fears her secret will only cause him to bolt from her life.  As for Thomas, he knows this impostor is lying, and it wouldn’t be the first time an outsider betrayed his family.  Yet he can’t help but trust this sexy, independent, smart woman who has lassoed his heart.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Book 5, The Christmas Princess

A Princess for a few weeks…

The coming Christmas season isn’t looking great for April Gareaux. Her job is uninspiring, her engagement is off, and she has nowhere to live. Certainly her family would take her in, especially Leslie and Grady Roberts and their circle of friends who have become her extended family. But it’s time she stops relying on them.

Then comes an extraordinary offer – spend the holidays in Washington with King Jozef of Bariavak as his possible long-lost granddaughter. Even more extraordinary is the man behind the offer and the one who will be beside her through the coming weeks, Hunter Pierce.

This is the last assignment Hunter would pick. Determination and grit have moved him beyond his past in Bariavak. Yet, here it is standing in front of him again, refusing to be ignored. … Just like his reactions to April. How can he fight what he’s feeling when they’re together all the time.King Jozef has known tragedy in his life. Now, comes this lovely young woman bringing joy to his holidays. How can he resist dabbling in some royal matchmaking. Wouldn’t it be delightful if he could give April a Christmas gift she will never forget …

… Her Prince for a Lifetime

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess are moving, passionate contemporary romances that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Reviews:

“Loyal readers know what to expect from a Patricia McLinn book — a strong, emotional story, a solid plot, and characters so real you miss them when the story ends. ‘The Runaway Bride’ is no exception.” — 5-star review 

McLinn “creates a fresh approach to the classic amnesia tale, giving ‘Runaway Bride’ an appealing twist. ... [This] remarkable cast of characters will linger in the reader's memory long after the last page is turned. Very highly recommended.” — 5-star review

“A fun quick read that's filled with tenderness and passion. … Thomas Vance is sexy and heroic and Judi is lovely.” — Goodreads review

“McLinn writes a delightful, romantic tale with The Christmas Princess, which holds all the coziness of the holiday spirit. The Wedding Series continues with April and Hunter and the unusual assignment — pretending to be a princess — that stands between them. … McLinn is an expert at revealing the layers enveloping her characters. With each reveal, sometimes exquisitely subtle, we are pulled in deeper to be active participants in the emotionally charged, yet heart-melting romance. This is Happy Holidays with a grateful sigh.” – USA Today

Praise for The Wedding Series:

 “A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!” – 5-star review 

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming." – 5-star review


Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!

Prelude to a Wedding*

Wedding Party*

Grady’s Wedding*

The Runaway Bride

The Christmas Princess

     Hoops (prequel to The Surprise Princess)

The Surprise Princess

      Not a Family Man (prequel to The Forgotten Prince)

The Forgotten Prince

Boxed Sets

*The Wedding Series Trilogy (Books 1-3)

The Wedding Series Box Set Two: The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Princess

Book 7
From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Lindstrom comes an epic tale of love so emotionally powerful the story resonates long after you finish the book.

"Awesome Love Story!" -- Shelly Small

“As usual, could not put it down!” ~KJB

“A great romance with atypical main characters and very heart wrenching and heart warming at times. I cried while reading parts of it.” ~ET

“Has everything in it to make it a great book; love, laughter, great characters and tears.” ~BJ Renczkowski

“Ms. Lindstrom's writing warms the heart and runs a gamut of emotions. This book in no different. I felt the anger, sadness, pain, fear, confusion, struggle, hope, joy and love. Your heart cannot help but feel lighter when you reach the end. A great book, and a great series!” ~Cindy Perra

“The love story is filled with many emotions that it's difficult to put down; but the ending is so beautiful that it's only the beginning of a great Grayson legacy.” ~Maria

“Wendy Lindstrom transports you into a beautiful world. The Grayson family and extended family are a wonder to explore. I hope they will make it into a tv miniseries.” ~Yolanda Gutierrez


BOOK DESCRIPTION:
The problem is that Nancy Mitchell can’t marry the man her father chose for her. Her only escape from the arrangement is to find another husband quick — so she agrees to become a mail order bride. When a drastic change in circumstances dumps her into the arms of Hal Grayson, she knows the handsome, brooding man is for her. But is she up for the challenge of opening Hal’s grieving heart and showing him that love heals all wounds?


·         Please Note: “Always and Forever” is the sweet edition of When I Fall in Love, book 1 in Wendy Lindstrom's award-winning and New York Times bestselling Grayson Brothers series.

 

·         Each book in this series is a standalone, complete novel featuring a different couple and their journey of falling in love, but the books can also be read and enjoyed as part of the series about the Grayson family.

 
CONNECTING BOOKS

Second Chance Brides series:

Book 1:  ALWAYS AND FOREVER

Book 2:  TWICE LOVED - RITA Winner! 

Book 3:  THEN CAME YOU - Romantic Times 4-1/2 star Top Pick! 

Book 4:  ONLY YOU

Book 5:  MY HEART’S DESIRE

Book 6:  A CHRISTMAS PROMISE

Book 7:  MY FOREVER LOVE

Book 8:  CHANCES ARE


WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

“Pulls you into the story right from the beginning , each book I read leaves you wanting to learn more about this family.”

“Captivating.”

“Once you get started you won't want to put it down. “

“Heartwarming page turner!”

“Made me cry. More than once.”

“Keep your tissues handy!”

“A beautiful, heartwarming love story.”

“An unexpected gem.”

“I could not put it down, it made me laugh and cry.”

“I laughed ,I cried, I felt anger & sadness! What more could a reader want from a book.” 

“A beautiful heartwarming love story. Love that seemed impossible, became something that makes tears come to your eyes and a smile to your lips. I loved it!

“Heartwarming page turner. I read it in two days and will read the rest of the series.”

 “A wonderful engaging story.”         

 “Exceptional!!!”

“A moving and heartwarming story of courage, family and love.”

 “This book will touch your heart. You can feel the pain and sorrow that a war can bring a family and love heals.”

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Themes: This Victorian historical romance series set in 19th century and 1800s is features sweet and clean & wholesome love stories for adults, but also appropriate for teen and young adult romance readers. Each book is a standalone complete novel featuring heartbreaking emotional romance, weddings, brides and grooms, a marriage of convenience, a love triangle, a sheriff romance, stories about hidden identity, amnesia, true gentlemen alpha heroes and beta heroes, love and laughter, stories that make you cry, and much more. These popular romance novels (romance top sellers) make up a bestselling family saga romance series about heartwarming romance and second chances.

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