Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Day Three ~ The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection Blog Hop

Can you believe it's day three of the blog hop today? And do we have some great posts for you!

First, I thought you might like to see an image of the back cover of the book. 

Today's first stop on the blog hop is right here at CC&C. Our guest blogger is Cynthia Hickey. Cynthia's story in the collection is titled "A Doctor's Agreement."

Montana 1888 - Sadie Rollins believes a contest where women vie for Dr. Phelp's hand in marriage will increase circulation of her father's newspaper. And it works well until she realizes too late that she should've entered herself in the contest.

Cynthia Hickey:

When Barbour put out the call for novella length stories pertaining to a town’s most eligible bachelor, I admit to getting excited. What fun!

Since a novella doesn’t give a lot of time for a time of falling in love, I chose to have my characters sweethearts from years ago. Of course, as time passed, misunderstandings increased until Sadie and Daniel don’t know what end is up!

Here’s a synopsis of the story. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

SADIE ROLLINS and the handsome DANIEL PHELPS have an agreement. Sadie wants to increase her father’s newspaper business. Daniel needs a wife. Together, they come up with a plan to satisfy them both.

Sadie’s believes a contest where women vie for the doctor’s hand in marriage will increase circulation of her father’s paper. She posts the announcement and floods of replies fill her desk. She weeds through the notes, choosing ten of the best prospects, and posts their names in the paper. With each contest she runs, and the results posted in the paper, circulation increases. Her plan is working perfectly.

Since the town has been breathing down Daniel’s neck about finding a wife since they deem it unseemly for a single man to be the town’s doctor, Sadie’s plan seems as good as any. Except, he’s had his eye on the newspaper man’s beautiful daughter for quite a while. He just hasn’t been able to get her alone long enough to tell her of his feelings. He hopes that working closely with her on the contest will provide the opportunity.

Amidst contests of cooking, decorum, manners, and being well-dressed, Sadie begins to resent the very plan she put into place. Working closely with Daniel has increased her feelings for him past the point of friendship. She’s falling in love with him and it seems he can’t see past the parade of pretty women Sadie waltzes past him. She has no one to blame but herself and seeks to find a way to remedy the situation.

And that’s it, folks. I don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you too much.

Enjoy the cake Sadie entered into the competition. Hint: use sugar instead of salt 

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1⁄2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 -3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups grated carrots
1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 3⁄4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 -3 tablespoons milk
1 cup chopped walnuts
carrot curls or more walnuts, for garnishing (optional)

1. CAKE: In a mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar and oil; mix well.
2. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg, and beat into egg mixture.
3. Stir in carrots.
4. Pour into two greased and floured 9 inch round baking pans.
5. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
6. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
7. FROSTING: Cream butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl.
8. Gradually beat in confectioner's sugar and vanilla.
9. Add enough milk to achieve desired spreading consistency.
10.Stir in walnuts.
11.Spread frosting between layers and over tops and sides of cake.
12.Garnish with carrots and walnuts if desired.
13.Refrigerate leftovers.
*Recipe courtesy of

Multi-published and Amazon Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013, 2014, 2015 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold more than 300,000 copies of her works. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at

What fun, and that cake sounds AMAZING!

The second stop on today's blog hop is the online home of the sweet and lovely Connie Stevens. She blogs at "Heart of a Writer" which can be found at

Connie's story in the collection is set in my beloved Kansas and is titled "The Most Ineligible Bachelor in Town."

Kansas 1885 - Micah North, the town postmaster, is shy and awkward around women. But when his fast-talking cousin takes an interest in Gabby Lockridge, jealousy raises Micah's dander. Will he come out of his shell in time to save Gabby from disaster?

I just love all the different story-lines in this collection. :)

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  1. Sounds like a great story! I know I have had great idea's and then rued the day I ever thought of them!! : ) Thanks for the interview and I am looking forward to the book!

  2. FANTASTIC collection of wonderful stories! I can't wait to curl up with The Most Eligible Bachelor.

  3. Hi ladies! So much fun to read about Cynthia and Connie's stories today. And a recipe!!! LOVE it.

  4. The story was so much fun to write, I might back it into a series :)


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