Thursday, April 14, 2016

Seven Brides for Seven Texans

Gabrielle Here:

I'm beyond excited in my little corner of the world, because at long last I can make an announcement I've been going crazy over for the past few months.

I'd like to introduce you to the seven Hart brothers of Hartville, Texas.

Austin, Bowie, Travis, Houston, Crockett, Chisholm, and (my personal favorite) Hays.


These handsome men have captured the hearts and imaginations of seven historical romance authors and we're thrilled to share their stories with you in a new collection releasing with Barbour Publishers in December 2016 called Seven Brides for Seven Texans.


This collection is unlike anything I've read or written. It begins on January 1, 1874 when George Washington Hart, the patriarch of the Hart family, gives his seven grown and unmarried sons an ultimatum: either marry by December 31, 1874, or lose their inheritance portion of the 7 Heart Ranch.

Each story will go in chronological order, beginning with Hays (my hero!) on January 1st and will end with Bowie (Erica's hero) in December.

You guys, you're in for a treat!! All of the authors have been working closely with one another (via an active Facebook group!) to make this collection come alive. We have a detailed town map, list of secondary characters who appear in multiple stories, hero and heroine character sketches, timelines, backstories, and so much more. Everything, down to the wall coverings of the dining room at el Regalo (the Hart's mansion) have been included.

I'm so proud and honored to work with this group of authors. Everyone has taken the time to make this collection amazing and we can't wait to share it with you.


Top right down: Erica Vetsch, Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis
Bottom left to right: Lorna Seilstad, Gabrielle Meyer,
Vickie McDonough, & Keli Gwyn

Our fearless leader, Erica, has been so much fun to work with. She has provided all of us with incredible resources to create our characters and storyworld.

If you'd like to preorder the collection, please go here. Unfortunately, the cover art isn't posted online yet, but it should be there shortly.

And!! To celebrate this announcement, I'd like to give away a copy of this collection!! I will mail it to the winner as soon as I get my advanced reader copies this coming year. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win (U.S. residents only).

Your Turn: Have you ever read a collection like this? What do you think would be the most challenging part of writing this collection? We'll share more about Seven Brides for Seven Texans over the coming months here at CC&C, but what would you like to know now? 

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58 comments:

  1. oh how exciting! I can't wait!!! I love these collections from Barbour but I don't think I've ever read one that sounds quite like this. And have I mentioned I can't wait?!? :)

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    1. Ahh!! We can't wait to share it with you, Carrie. It's been so hard to keep it a secret. :) I've never heard of a collection quite like this, either, with stories connecting so closely by seven different authors. Yay for December and this release.

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  2. O, this sounds like FUN!!!! I'm always amazed at the coordination authors do for a connected collection! COWBOYS!!! Need I say more?
    Annie JC

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    1. Oh, my! It's been a fun challenge. I can't even tell you how many messages fly back and forth between all the authors. Now Erica has the honors of going through the whole collection and making sure none of us contradict each other. :) She's coming to my house this weekend for a retreat and I said I'd help. I can't wait to read all the other stories. These characters are so real to me now. :)

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  3. I'll be looking forward to this collection. Hays picture is the cute actor that was in the "Love Comes Softly" series. And Chisholm, so cute with those dimples. It will be interesting to see how or if they accomplish their mission. I love collaborations where the characters are carried into each separate authors story. As in the Smitten series.

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    1. Yes! Hays is my hero and I instantly knew which actor I want to base his character after. I love Will in the Love Comes Softly movies. He's such a cutie. :) And I'm a softy for dimples, so Chisholm is on my radar, too. :) I hope you enjoy this series, Gail.

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  4. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading this :)

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    1. & yes, I do love to read collections !

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    2. Thank you, Deanna! We're excited to share it with you. :)

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  5. Looks like a great read! Thanks for the chance!!

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    1. You're welcome, Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by the blog. :)

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  6. Congratulations to some of my favorite ladies! Yeehaw! This collection sounds adorable and I can't wait to read it!

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    1. Ah! Thank you, Susie! It's been so much fun to work with these ladies. I really enjoyed creating my story and weaving in some details that will connect to their stories, as well. It was a challenge!

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  7. Oh my...how exciting! I love that all the stories are connected! Cannot wait to read this collection.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Melissa! I've never read anything quite like this, so I'm looking forward to reading all the other stories, too! I know the synopses, but haven't read the full stories, yet. It's exciting!!

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  8. Having the stories in the collection all connected together sounds cool. Keeping all the details of the setting and characters straight from one story to the next had to have taken a lot of effort. Looking forward to reading :)

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    1. Crazy effort! But fun and challenging in a good way. Everyone was so easy to work with and their characters are so amazing. I'm honored to be in this collection.

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  10. Congrats on another book, Gabrielle, Erica, Lorna & everyone else! I haven't read many collections yet, but I'll definitely be picking this one up. :)

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    1. Thank you, Brenda!! Collections are so fun to read and write, and this one was especially fun with all the details and the amazing authors to work with. I hope you enjoy the stories. :)

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  11. Looks like a fun read! Congratulations!

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  12. I have read a couple of series like this! I love reading stories about large families! Can't wait to read this one! :)

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    1. Yes, large families are so fun to read (and write) about. I hope you enjoy this one, too.

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    2. Oh, I am sure I will enjoy this book. I always enjoy books like this! I have it on my wishlist to order! :)

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  13. Working on this project with you and Erica has been such a thrill, Gabe. I love the premise and how closely the stories are connected, and I think readers will love these handsome Hart men, too.

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Keli! Those Hart men aren't easy to wrangle, but I think our heroines did a good job. :) I've loved working with you, Keli. Congrats on your first novella. :)

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  14. This looks like such a fun book! I love collections like this, especially when the stories intertwine.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Kristine. :)

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  15. This sounds like a great read! I love the model that you chose for Hays. I recognize him from the Love Comes Softly movies. I always enjoy a collection like this because it introduces me to some new authors.

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    1. Yes! Hays was such a fun character to create. He's the youngest in the family and sets out to prove to his father and brothers that he's not a child anymore, so he's determined to be the first to marry. :) I really like this actor from Love Comes Softly and he was a perfect choice for Hays. I hope you enjoy his story. :)

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  16. I have read a number of collections like this and I will say, that having the stories all connect is going to be a winner! Can't wait to read it, and of course would love to win a copy!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Rebecca. I love how closely these stories connect and I can't wait to see them all in one book. Good luck in the drawing. :)

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  17. I love reading collections but have read anything like this. For me the hardest part of writing this would be the fact that I have no talent whatsoever when it comes to writing. I imagine it would be hard for you to come up with the common parts of the story

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Jan. It's been fun to collaborate on this story with the other authors. Everyone is so talented and creative. I hope you enjoy the stories!

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  18. I just saw this for the first time today and can hardly wait to get my hands on it. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!!!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. We just announced the collection today!! So happy you heard about it right away. :) I hope you enjoy the stories.

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  19. I have not read a collection like this before, it does sound like a challenge! Just keeping all of the brothers straight would be a job in itself.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes, it's been a challenge, but a good one. It did take a little while to get all the brothers straight in my mind, but eventually they all took on a personality of their own and it was easier. :)

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  20. I've read collections like this before and I have a few sitting om both my physical & digital bookshelf. I so enjoy the short stories when I don't have a lot of time to read. And I get to know authors better or meet new ones.
    I think the hardest part of working with multiple authors is collaborating as a group to get a collection of books like this written. You'd have to have a central theme and idea of each character and keep all the stories straight! Communication would be key I bet. But how fun to work with a group of like-minded folk on a fun project like this huh? And I love every one of the authors represented here. I'm so excited for each one of you. I've only read maybe 3-4 stories where the main character has to get married to inherit the family fortune, and they were a different twist than the norm, but oh so fun! So reading SEVEN brother's stories just makes me think there's going to be abundant hilarity!! Looking forward to it.

    Thank you for the chance to win an advanced copy. Win or no, I will be getting this collection :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi, Trixi! Yes, communication between the authors has been so important. I'm thankful for Facebook, which allows us all to keep up with one another. It's a great place to share ideas, ask for advice, and get feedback. It's been a lot of fun!

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  21. Ladies congratulations on the release of 7 Brides for 7 Texans! I am already swooning....
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Caryl!! Those brothers have already made an impact on all of us. :) I hope you enjoy them, too.

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  22. This sounds like it will be a great novella collection.Thanks for showing us photos of the brothers. I think the greatest challenge to a book like this would be the continuity of the characters; keeping them consistent from novella to novella. Though each novella will focus on a different brother, I'm assuming some of the others will also appear.

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    1. You're right, Pam. Continuity is key, and we've been working hard to ensure the stories are cohesive. The brothers do show up in each others' stories, as well as secondary characters (like the Hart's longtime cook, Perla).

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  23. Excited for you and to read this!

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  24. This collection sounds like a blast! Reminds me of A Match Made in Texas but BIGGER! Thanks for the chance to win this beauty!

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    1. I haven't read A Match Made in Texas, but I do recall some of the authors in that collection. I hope you enjoy Seven Brides for Seven Texans, Beth. :)

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  25. How fun is this!? Congratulations, ladies!

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  26. Looks awesome!

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  27. Love what actor you paired with the character of the book. Would of made a great tv movie. Congrats on the release.

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  28. What a great idea for a collection! I love hearing that you all had a lot of collaboration :)

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  29. This collection looks awesome! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  30. How awesome!! I can't wait to read it!

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  31. This reminds me of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I love that movie. Betcha I would love the book, too. :)

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