Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lena Goldfinch's The Brides Series Continues!

My author friend Lena Goldfinch has been hard at work to bring her readers a special gift for Christmas...a new short story!


It's the sequel to The Unexpected Bride (you might recall the pre-order party), and the perfect little Christmastime treat, complete with Christmas dinner, mistletoe, a reunion with your favorite characters, and a good life reminder wrapped up in holiday cheer.

Here's the full blurb...

What's a wife to do when her Christmas plans fall apart?

Join Becky and Isaac from The Unexpected Bride in a romantic short story complete with sleigh bells, mistletoe, and sweet holiday surprises.

It's Christmas Eve, and smoke isn't just rising from the chimney—it's pouring from the stove due to yet another batch of burnt biscuits. Becky wants everything to be perfect for her family, but a ruined meal spells disaster for all her high hopes. Will the night end in despair...or with a happy Christmas dream?

Reconnect with your favorite characters from Book 1 of "The Brides" series and learn more about Jem (the hero of Book 2) in Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe. Includes an excerpt from Book 2, The Bartered Bride.

A Short Story (The Brides Series 1.5)
Sweet Historical Western Romance / A Mail-Order Bride Short Story

Only $.99 for Kindle! | Add to Goodreads

Now, that excerpt included in the back of the short story? If you love sweet Western romance, you're going to want to read it - trust me! And you might want to take a look at the cover and blurb for the next book...

What’s a confirmed widower to do when he finds a bride in need of rescue? 

James (“Jem”) Wheeler just wants to get back to the ranch in Colorado and make a fresh start after the loss of his wife. But when his train stops at a town in the middle of nowhere, his 2-year-old daughter runs off—straight to a mute young woman and a puppy. Before he has a chance to reclaim little Mae, he overhears an itinerant preacher preparing to sell off the woman to the highest bidder. It’s an injustice he can’t ignore, no matter the fact that he’d never planned on remarrying.

From a young age, all Annie has wanted is to belong. Abandoned and cast aside by those who should have loved her, and with no voice to protest against the wrongdoings she’s witnessed, her hope is but a faint flicker. When Jem steps into her life, she simply tries to get him to save the puppy—never expecting him to save her too.

Could a bartered bride and a grieving widower ever make a happy home together?

Book Two in The Brides Series
Sweet Historical Western Romance | Coming 2015 

Intrigued, yes?? I don't generally gravitate toward romances with children in them, but A) this is by Lena Goldfinch (need I say more?), and B) the excerpt made me SO ready for the rest of the book!  Be. Still. My. Heart. Jem has grown a lot and became a hero in his own right, let me tell you! At least from what I can tell of the first two chapters. ;)

And now you know the latest from Lena! Read on to learn more about my friend/mentor/cover designer, in case you haven't yet met her (and don't miss the giveaway!).

About the Author

Lena Goldfinch writes romance and fantasy for adults and teens. She’s a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it’s a novel, novella, or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical. Elements of romance, fantasy, and mystery have a way of creeping into her writing, even when she's writing historicals or something light and contemporary. Lena has been a finalist in several national writing contests, including the RWA Golden Heart and ACFW Genesis contests. She lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. Visit Lena at www.LenaGoldfinch.blogspot.com.


Deck the halls and bring on the books! One winner will receive mistletoe earrings from the LuvlyMint Etsy shop, as well as a signed paperback copy of The Unexpected Bride, Book 1 in “The Brides” series. This prize is only available to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Three runners-up (can be international) will receive one e-copy each of Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe.

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There's a mini tour for this story announcement/cover reveal, so do feel free to check out these awesome bloggers and their posts about Lena's latest books news:
Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot
Blooming with Books
Buzzing About Books
Inklings and Notions
My Favorite Pastime 
The Curried Nut
The Wonderings of One Person
Thilly Little Nothings
To Be A Person
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections


Lena Goldfinch said...

Amber, you're amazing! Thanks so much for celebrating this book release with me, and for helping me with, well, everything. Many thanks!!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! :)

Amber Stokes said...


Awwww! You're very welcome, my friend. :) We did it!! Wishing you much success with this short story, and looking forward to reading the rest of The Bartered Bride.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Rina S said...

The Bartered Bride sounds really interesting and I wanted to add it to my TBR on Goodreads in order to remember it. But the book isn't on GR. Is there a reason for that?

Lena Goldfinch said...

Hi, Rina,

Thanks for your comment. I haven't uploaded it to Goodreads yet. Thanks for the reminder! I'll try to get it listed this week.


Amber Stokes said...


Awesome to hear you're interested in The Bartered Bride! You can now add it to Goodreads - thanks for your patience. :)


Rina S said...

Neat! I've added it to my TBR list. :-) I'm looking forward to starting the first book sometime this week. ~Rina

Amber Stokes said...


Double yay! Hope you enjoy The Unexpected Bride. :)


Lena Goldfinch said...

Thanks, Rina! I hope you enjoy it. :)

Big thanks to Amber for helping out with Goodreads. A+!!! :-)

Amber Stokes said...


My pleasure! Glad I made the grade. ;)