From USA Today bestselling author Margaret Daley, a new western romance series.
The Knight and the Damsel (Book 2 of Rodeo Knights)
Retired bull-rider, Michael Knight, leaves his ranch when his younger brother calls for help. Someone is sabotaging and poisoning rodeo animals. Determined to stop them, Michael takes a job in the center of the action as a rodeo clown.
Bella Rosenthal is one of the few female bronco riders competing with the men. Someone is harassing her, and Michael decides to solve that case as well, but Bella doesn’t want any help. She insists on taking care of herself until one of her bronco rides is sabotaged, and she is nearly killed. Michael and Bella work to find out who is behind what is happening on the rodeo circuit while fighting their growing feelings for each other.
Margaret has been writing for over 35 years. She started writing in the late 1970s because she wanted to see if she could put a whole story down on paper. That book is still in the drawer and will never see the light of day. But she was able to finish a book, which was her goal.
She decided after that to get some help, and joined a writers' roundtable where she met once a week with some fellow writers who went over each other's work. She sold her first book in the early 1980s and has been selling ever since. She loves to tell a story. When she was a little girl she made up stories while playing with her dolls. On long trips with her family she would weave a story about the surrounding countryside. From those early beginnings grew a love of entertaining people with a story. She has sold nearly 5 million books worldwide with over 90 books.
When she went away to college, she met her husband, Mike, to whom she has been married for over 40 years. He is her support and her best friend. She has always felt she was the luckiest woman the day she bumped into him on campus.
When they married, they moved to Tulsa, where she finished her degree in special education and began teaching. She loved teaching and working with students with special needs. They helped her remember what is important in life. She also participated in the Special Olympics as a coach with her students and has attended the State Games in May for years. Recently she retired from teaching to write full-time.
Besides teaching and writing, she is also a mother of one. Her son, Shaun, loves animals and there have been times they could have their own zoo at the house. The most interesting pet Shaun had is a leopard tortoise, which could outlive him. She has joked that his children will be inheriting a tortoise. He is married with four daughters.
When she isn't working, she loves to read, travel, and go to lunch and a movie with a friend. She has been to many countries in the world and loves to meet new people. Her favorite place is Tahiti -- Bora Bora. It is as beautiful as all the pictures portray it.
In her travels she has found herself in some interesting situations. Once, in London, she got caught in the middle of a protest that later turned into a riot over poll taxes. In the rain forest of Costa Rica, she was covered from head to toe in mud and ruined a perfectly good outfit. She should have remembered it was going to be wet since it was called a rain forest. In Rio, she and a friend were left with no means to get back to the hotel on the other side of the city. Neither Margaret nor her companion spoke Portuguese and there wasn't a cab in sight. Thankfully one finally pulled up to the curb at the museum because she couldn't see herself hiking across Rio to get back to the hotel at night.
She travels to Come-By-Chance to meet young fur-trapper Henry Miller, who has agreed to marry her if she will come - but Henry knows nothing of Rose's baby, or even her seven-year marriage.
Can Rose expect such a young man to accept not just herself, but her baby daughter Minnie as well?
Might Rose and Henry find love amidst all the troubles that threaten to tear them apart?
And what is Rose's secret - a secret so terrible she can see no other future than to live with the shame of it, each and every day for the rest of her life?
It's time to catch up with the Come-By-Chance townsfolk: the strapping Wilkinson brothers Ben, Matt and Toby; recently wed Ruby, Emily and Violet; the Beans, the Hearts, the Milligans, the Carmichaels and of course, the feisty Kate and incorrigible Wally Davis.
So hold onto your hat and settle in for another Come-By-Chance story of True Love and True Adventure!
While this book is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone book.
The Come-By-Chance series consists of:
Come-By-Chance Brides of 1884
Book 1. Ruby
Book 2. Emily
Book 3. Violet
Book 4. Kate
Book 5. Rose
Book 6. Emmy-Lou
Come-By-Chance Brides of 1885
Book 1. Opal – The Outlaw and the Sheriff Who Loved Her
Book 2. Coral – The Widow and the Man Who Loved Horses
Book 3. Ava & Ina – The Twins and the Fist-Fightin’ Cowboys
Book 4. Lillie – The Orphan and the Grief-Stricken Groomsman
Book 5. Pearl – The Divorcee and the Wedding-Shy Dabster
Book 6. Jane – The Modern Miss and the Preacher's Mighty Conundrum
Some things are worth fighting for!
Kansas 1871: Sheriff Theophilus MacRaven is waiting by the station for his mail order bride to arrive — when things get complicated. Because the first lady he has to deal with upon the train's arrival may very well not be his bride.
Fleeing her shady brother, Caroline Baker left New York for Courage, Kansas, in the hope to find country simplicity and the strong arms of a lawman out west. Instead, she finds another woman aiming at the heart of her groom. Is she part of a bigger scheme to keep them apart? Because the past has a way of catching up with this mail order bride...
Come in and watch how Caroline and Theo face tremendous obstacles, but arrive at the bliss they both deserve.
Rated PG-13 because of one scene. No language.
The "Mail Order Brides of Courage, Kansas" Series:
Once Upon The Prairie, Book 1
She Came One Winter, Book 2
A Bride In Spring, Book 3
Heart Of Summer, Book 4
Molly In Fall, Book 5
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I couldn't believe it when the girls from the teen center transformed me into a lovely Cinderella for the fund-raising photos...but then to have youth minister Caleb Williams as my Prince Charming? You know I have a huge crush on him! Every time I see him—at the hospital or Tiny Blessings—I can barely manage to string two words together, and he's always sweet to me. I think the makeover made him see me differently, but I don't think he'd ever date someone as plain—and lacking in faith—as me. Even so, a woman can dream, can't she?