Thursday, August 18, 2016

Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age


All four Coffee Cups & Camisoles gals will be together in one novella collection releasing with Barbour in July 2017!! We'll be joined by five other stellar authors to form Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age. I'm thrilled beyond words to be alongside all of these amazing authors, and to share this experience with my CC&C ladies.

This collection is especially dear to my heart, because it was one I proposed to Barbour last fall. I asked each of these ladies to participate, and they all came up with wonderful story ideas to go along with the theme.

Without further ado, here's more about the collection:

The Gilded Age was a time of opulence, growth, and great change for all aspects of American life. Modern conveniences and improvements paved the way for western expansion and leisure activities. The rich became richer, and the poor worked hard to make a better life for themselves. Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age will feature stories set during this exciting time and will explore this era in American History.

Consuelo Vanderbilt c. 1900
Here's a little about each story and author:

Win, Place, or Show by Erica Vetsch
Setting: New York City, Autumn 1890
Blurb: A socialite with a passion for horses finds herself falling in love with her riding instructor. Her parents, having already selected a potential husband for her, will never accept a mere horseman for their daughter. Attempting to tame her with threats, her parents vow to sell her beloved horse if she doesn’t toe the line. The professional rider who has won her heart knows he should walk away from her. He can’t provide the kind of life to which she was born. Should she defy her parents and follow her heart? Should he allow her to? Events come to a head at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden where more than trophies are on the line.

Bio: Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves history and romance, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever she’s not immersed in fictional worlds, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul-mate, and avid museum patron.

A Gift in Secret by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Setting: New Orleans, Louisiana, May, 1881
Blurb: A gift in secret. That's what May Bolen hopes to offer in atonement for what she feels are the wrongs her father committed against Sam Austin while at the helm of Bolen Shipping. What Sam doesn't know is the gift she offers also holds a benefit for her: she gets her freedom to travel the world and escape the city where her father's fortune has held her captive. The chance to take over the company that drove his business into bankruptcy is an opportunity that seems almost too good to be true to Sam. Then he meets May Bolen and knows he--like his company's vessel--is sunk. Will May's offer of marriage--her gift in secret--be the justice both desire or will love triumph to keep May in New Orleans, Louisiana? Set against the city of New Orleans, A Gift in Secret, is the story of love, family, revenge, and the power of a redeeming God.

Bio: Bestselling author Kathleen Y'Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than sixty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan, her historical romance, Sadie's Secret, from The Secret Life of Will Tucker series was the winner of the 2015 Romantic Times Inspirational Romance of the Year. She has also been nominated twice for a Career Achievement Award as well as a Reader's Choice Award and Book of the Year by Romantic Times magazine. When not wearing her writer's hat, Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and the biggest fan of her beloved Texas Aggies from the north of the Red River. Connect with her through social media or at
The Right Pitch by Susanne Dietze
Setting: Philadelphia, PA 1876
Blurb: It’s a fair pitch: a guarded, injured rail-works owner will sponsor the local ladies’ baseball team if they let his capricious sister play ball, but when the team’s pretty pitcher insists he manage the team, it’s a curveball that could prevent him from playing it safe, in life and in love.

Bio: Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she writes in the hope that her historical romances will encourage and entertain others. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, travel, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. A 2013 Genesis Award Winner, she is the author of four contracted novellas. You can visit her on her website,

A House of Secrets by Michelle Griep
Setting: St. Paul, MN 1890
Blurb: Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston, resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, determining to demolish the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house, but when she enlists the aide of her fiance, attorney Joseph Blake, they uncover secrets neither expects—which may mean the end of their relationship . . . or her life. 
Bio: Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of BRENTWOOD’S WARD, A HEART DECEIVED, UNDERCURRENT and GALLIMORE. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at or or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
The Gardener's Daughter by Anne Love
Setting: Bay View, Michigan, 1895
Blurb: When the nephew of a prestigious Chautauqua resort founder sets his eye on the new library assistant believing her an academy student, it will take more than reciting poetry for love to bloom when he learns she’s the humble gardener’s daughter.

Bio: Writer of Historical Romance flavored with vintage rural charm. Anne Love writes full-length Christian Historical Romance novels from rural settings of the 19th century. She works full-time in Northern Indiana as a Family Nurse Practitioner and balances life as a wife and mother with gardening, genealogy, historical research, music, and strong black coffee. She has been a member of ACFW since 2009, has participated in Scribes critique groups, and has attended ACFW Annual Conference where she met her fellow bloggers and dearest critique partners. She has participated in book therapy with bestselling author Rachel Hauck at My Book Therapy, where she is a member. Her faith and family roots inspire her stories.
A Tale of Two Hearts by Gabrielle Meyer
Setting: Little Falls, Minnesota, June 1895
Blurb: Hidden talents are revealed in 1899 when the servants from neighboring mansions compete for a place of honor during the annual appreciation picnic hosted by their wealthy employers. Lucy Taylor has more than her domestic skills on the line. She must prove to the community, as well as the neighboring footman, Elijah Boyer, that she deserves to be the lady's maid for the fashionable Mrs. Walker. As the competition increases, so do their feelings for one another--but they must choose between true love or their coveted positions in the most prestigious homes in town. 
Bio: Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events. Gabrielle can be found on her group blog, or her personal website, where she writes about her passion for history, Minnesota, and her faith.
For Richer or Poorer by Natalie Monk
Setting: Newark, New Jersey, 1885
Blurb: In order to bring her starving family to New Jersey, Polish immigrant Marcella Lipski must marry wealth, so she takes Americanization lessons from the poor-but-mysterious cart driver teaching her English--and loses her heart in the process.
Bio: A farm girl from the time she could shimmy under a string of barbed wire, Natalie Monk writes award-winning historical romance spiced with laughter and redemption. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers where she serves as New Releases Coordinator.
Natalie is a homeschool graduate from North Mississippi, a piano teacher, part-time portrait photographer, certified wedding planner, and devotional speaker. She loves sweet tea, reading, girl talk (usually about books), porch swings, and watching old musicals and action movies with her family. You can find her on Facebook:, Pinterest:, Twitter: @NatalieDMonk, and her website at
The Fisherman's Nymph by Jaime Jo Wright
Setting: Flambeau River, Phillips, Wisconsin, 1890
Blurb: Abigail rarely ventures from the cabin her father built in Wisconsin’s northwoods. She spends her days sketching the wildness of the world in which she lives, and when not busy with ink and paper, she studies the biology of the river and the trout who swim its waters. When her father accepts the offer to guide a wealthy entrepreneur from Chicago in a fly-fishing, leisure trip, Abigail is forced to reconcile the interruption of her peaceful world. Charles Farrington II hopes this fishing expedition will lure him from the chaos of business into refreshment and regeneration, and Abigail’s offer of her specially designed nymph seems to guarantee a successful catch. But when an accident leaves her father in critical condition, and Abigail’s future dangling on a hook, Charlies must decide whether his future lies in Chicago, or with the fisherman’s nymph-like daughter.
Bio:  Professional coffee drinker, Jaime Jo Wright, resides in the hills of Wisconsin. She loves to write spirited turn-of-the-century romance, stained with suspense. Her day job finds her as a Director of Sales & Development. She’s wife to a rock climbing, bow-hunting youth pastor, mom to a coffee-drinking little girl, and a little boy she refers to as her “Peter Pan”. Jaime completes her persona as an admitted social media junkie and coffee snob. or
Union Pacific Princess by Jennifer Uhlarik
Setting: Cheyenne, 1867
Blurb: In the hell-on-wheels rail town of Cheyenne, a grieving Boston socialite must choose between her estranged father—a bigwig with the Union Pacific Railroad—and a former Confederate sharpshooter bent on derailing the Transcontinental Railroad’s progress.
Bio: Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a pre-teen, when she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a B.A. in writing, she has won five writing competitions and finaled in two other competitions. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, teenaged son, and four fur children.

Please join me in congratulating all these authors!!

Gabrielle Meyer
Find me on Facebook
Find me on Pinterest
Find me on Twitter
Find me on Amazon
Find me on Goodreads
Find me on My Website



  1. SO so so excited for this collection! Congrats to all!

    1. Thank you, Meghan! It's going to be a fun one to write and promote together. :)

  2. What a wonderful collection of stories and authors! I love the time period. Each story sounds unique and sure to attract readers! You all are smart to set stories during that time period with screenwriter Jullian Fellows (Downton Abbey) writing a new TV series set in the same period. I hope they come out about the same time. That would be a great connection for promotion.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Carrie. I'll have to do some research and see when Jullian Fellows' new series releases. That would be a great tie-in!

  3. How sweet that you will all be in a collection together! I love that!! Can't wait to read them all.

    1. Yes!!! We're so excited. It's going to be amazing to be together in one collection. :)

  4. That's what I'm talking about! Yay!!
    Next on the bucket list, the four of you coffee cups and camisoles ladies will do a novel together. A continuation of a storyline that goes from part one to part four. Next question, when are the four of you going to pose together in your camisoles holding coffee cups, LOL?

  5. I am so excited for you AMAZING Ladies!!!!! Enjoy the journey!

  6. A beautiful array of authors and stories - can't wait for this one, love Barbour's novella collections!! Congrats to all of you!!

  7. Congratulations!! Cant wait to read them all!

  8. So happy for all of you! Great to see your creativity at work!

  9. Congratulations!! Beautiful team. ❤

  10. Congratulations Authors! I want to read this book now! It will be difficult but I'll try to wait patiently.

  11. Excellent blog you have here.. It's difficult to find excellent writing like yours these days.
    I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!


Hey friend! Please leave a comment, no lurking allowed ;)