An anthology by multi-award winning authors Jacqui Nelson, Jennifer Jakes & E.E. Burke. 

Outlaws, soldiers, and spies bedevil the Katy Railroad as construction crews race to reach Indian Territory before their rival. The prize—a fortune in land rights for the winning line. Stakes are just as high for three women whose lives hinge on the outcome.

Adella’s Enemy by Jacqui Nelson

A spy pursuing an old enemy must choose to live for revenge or die for love. 

Eden’s Sin by Jennifer Jakes

A woman with a soiled past must trust the one man who could ruin her future. 

Kate’s Outlawby E.E. Burke

A railroad heiress abducted by outlaws must escape before her Cherokee captor steals her fortune—and her heart.


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Gambling Hearts, book 1

In a town ruled by sin, will he earn her love or her lies? 

Dodge City, Kansas - 1877

Sadie Sullivan lost everything when a herd of longhorn cattle bound for Dodge City destroyed her farm. Now she works in Dodge—one of the most wicked and lawless towns in the West—at the Northern Star saloon. But her survival in this new world of sin and violence depends on maintaining a lie so deadly it could end her life before the town of Dodge can.

The one man capable of unraveling Sadie's secrets is Noah Ballantyne, the Texan rancher whose herd destroyed her home. Back in town and taking up the role of deputy alongside legendary lawman Bat Masterson, Noah vows he won't leave until he's made things right. But with the saloon’s madam unwilling to release Sadie and a rich cattle baron wanting her as well, the odds aren’t in favor of finding love…or leaving town alive.

AWARDS: 2013 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® - Historical Romance Nominee 


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Gambling Hearts, book 2

Who is Eldorado Jane? Long-lost friend or scheming Wild West superstar? 

Texas Hill Country - 1879

Plain Jane Dority vanished while riding in a storm beside her childhood best friend. Eighteen years later, Wild West trick-riding superstar Eldorado Jane returns to claim her birthright: the Dority homestead now owned by the steadfast Texan who never forgot Jane or forgave himself for her disappearance. 

Lewis Adams would give anything to see his friend come home, but he's certain Eldorado Jane isn't his Jane. So why does this mesmerizing woman—with the talent and fame to have anything she desires—want the remote patch of land that he loves? There's only one way to find out: accept a wager with a deceiver who holds the power to bring back his friend or break his heart. The outcome rests in her hands. Or does it?

Friendship. Betrayal. Blackmail. Eldorado Jane holds every card...except the one that matters most.

AWARDS: 2017 RONE® - Historical Romance Nominee 


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RESCUING RAVEN - Available Now!

Part of the Lonesome Hearts series. During 2018 Rescuing Raven will only be available in the Wild Deadwood Tales charity anthology (a limited-edition collection of short stories spanning Deadwood's untamed past to its exciting present) for the benefit of the Western Sports Foundation (which provides a wide range of assistance, support, and education to athletes competing in Western Lifestyle Sports).

In a gold rush storm, can an unlikely pair rescue each other? 

Raven wants to save one person. Charlie wants to save the world. Their warring nations thrust them together but duty pulled them apart—until their paths crossed again in Deadwood for a fight for love. 


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Other stories in the WILD DEADWOOD TALES anthology (all stories rated PG-13 with some mild swearing or, as I often like to do, some creative cursing such as Jumping Geehosofat):

Cash’s Claim - Zoe Blake 
Unexpected Calamity - E.E. Burke
Saving Dallie - Paty Jager
The Gambler & the Preacher's Daughter - Teresa Keefer
Risky Proposal - Megan Kelly
Love Across Time - Sylvia McDaniel
Once Upon a Deadwood Dream - Amanda McIntyre
The Brotherhood - Peggy McKenzie

Maverick Seduction - Angi Morgan

Timing is Everything - Nancy Naigle
After the Fall - Terri Osburn
Best Results - Ginger Ring
A Gift of Gold - Maggie Ryan 
Gotta Have Faith - Lizbeth Selvig
The School Marm - Tina Susedik
Tricks - A.C. Wilson

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A standalone novella or part of the PASSION'S PRIZE anthology

Can the pursuit of an old enemy lead to a new love? 

The War Between the States ended five years ago, but she still pursues her enemy…     

Rebel spy turned government rabble rouser Adella Willows receives her mission straight from a Washington senator—play havoc with the Katy Railroad and derail its bid to win the race. The senator craves wealth. Adella craves revenge against the man responsible for her brother’s death. But her plans crumble into chaos when she enters a battle of wits with the railroad’s foreman.

An ocean separates him from his failures in Ireland, but he’s still haunted by those who died…

Seasoned railroad foreman Cormac McGrady’s sole desire is keeping his workmen safe and employed, which means keeping the Katy ahead of its rivals. But the beautiful spy bedeviling his railroad needs protecting as well. Cormac must choose between winning the race and winning Adella’s heart, while Adella must choose whether she lives for revenge or dies for love.


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The 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides Series

A wanted woman's flight, a man in pursuit of honesty, not stolen gold...& only 9 days left to save a town.

Many years have passed since Bernadette Bellamy fled the Cariboo Gold Rush and her reputation as the sister of a French-Canadian gang of thieves. Armed with only an honest talent for sewing and a willingness to lead a solitary life on the run, she stays one step ahead of everyone seeking her brothers’ last—and now lost—heist. Until a craving to settle down makes her reinvent herself as Birdie Bell, a dress shop owner. The arrival of an old foe combined with her desire to hold onto her treasure trove of fabrics has Birdie joining a wagonload of brides bound for a remote town.

After losing his leg and his wife, Jack Peregrine buries his pain under a mountain-high pile of work. He only agrees to sign up for a mail-order bride to save the town of Noelle, keep his freighting business, and care for his absentminded grandfather. But Jack’s request for a sturdy bride who won’t crumble under his burdens brings him a woman as tiny as she is troubled. Can two mismatched people band together to become the perfect match?

SERIES: The Calling Birds features characters from Choosing Bravery and my Lonesome Hearts series.


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When legends collide, will the sparks ignite their love or drive them apart?

The Cascade Mountains, Oregon - 1868

After her parents vanished in the wilderness, Élodie Rousseau found a home with an Osage warrior and a logging camp schoolmistress who joined forces to return Élodie’s beloved spirit horse. With them as her teachers, she became the legendary mountain guide, Yellow Feather. She knows everything about surviving and thriving in the wild, but something is missing. 

Legendary Far North fugitive tracker, Lachlan Bravery, is tortured by his failure to find the one person who mattered most—the mentor who taught him everything he once held sacred. Driven to repay a dead man, his hunt for a notorious band of outlaws brings him to Élodie’s mountain where they must join forces on a final quest deep inside a cave with the power to destroy not only their unexpected love but their lives.   

Brave the wild. Bury the past. Choose your destiny.


READING ORDER: Chronologically Choosing Bravery  (set in 1868) is book 3 in my Lonesome Hearts series, but it is also a standalone novella. You do not need to read the other books first. This series can be read in any order. 

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Lonesome Hearts, book 1

On a trail full of danger, will he guide her to heaven or hell?

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas - 1850

Hannah knows one thing the moment she enters Fort Leavenworth—she's arrived in Hell. But inside the fort is the means to a new life, a position as a scout on a wagon train bound for the Western Territories. All Hannah has to do is convince the wagon master, Paden Callahan, she's the right person for the job.

After his wife was murdered by the Comanche, Paden let his work as a Texas Ranger consume him. Now he wants nothing more than to forget his past and disappear into the West. Unfortunately, the one man he can't refuse has asked him to guide a wagon train full of tenderfoots across thousands of miles of Indian land. But Paden's greatest challenge turns out to be Hannah, a woman his heart won't allow him to ignore even though she's been raised by an enemy he hates.


2014 Chanticleer Laramie for Western Romance Drama - Winner
2010 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® - Historical Romance Winner


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Lonesome Hearts, book 2 ~ Until Feb. 2020 available only in the JOURNEY OF THE HEART anthology

Can a single day together on horseback change your life forever?

Oregon Territory - 1852

Labeled a harlot and expelled from a remote logging camp and her work teaching children, Faith Featherby embarks on a journey to return a stolen spirit horse to the little girl whose photograph was hidden in the horse’s riding blanket. 

Orphaned young and stifled by a lifelong shyness, Faith has only her education as a schoolmistress and her memories of her mother’s stories. She’s not an experienced rider, but a Medicine Hat horse—alleged to have the sacred power to protect its rider—might be her best hope for surviving the wilderness... until an Osage warrior rides out of the mist. 

Scarred by a brutal past, the warrior challenges Faith to follow a new path where belief in yourself and your partner, be they horse or man, can lead to a triumph of the heart.


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Other stories found in the JOURNEY OF THE HEART anthology (all stories rated Sweet):
Winters' Rose by Melissa Lynne Blue
When Love Comes Calling by Anne Carrole
Riverboat Romance by Stacey Coverstone
Saving Susanna by Debora Dennis
Sorry by Tanya Hanson
Fearless by Karen J. Hasley
Quixie on the Draw by Linda LaRoque

Fall in Love with a NEW Old West

Jacqui Nelson