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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Getting to know Lauri Robinson

Thank you, You Gotta Read Reviews, for inviting me to blog on your site. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity as well as the wonderful review you provided of Rancher McBride. I must say, reviewers amaze me! I’m an avid reader of romance novels, and love writing them, but the ability to capture the whole story as well an analysis of my thoughts completely escapes me.

A touch about me, I live in Minnesota with my husband, our three sons and their families live close by along with our four grandchildren. I work for my local United Way and volunteer for several groups. I bought my dream car last summer, a red Mustang convertible, and I’m a NASCAR and Elvis fan. My favorite romance genre are western romances, however I’ll read just about anything as long as it ends happily ever after! (I’m still crying over Marley and Me.)

My first novel, A Message of Love was published in 2005 and my second one, Mail Order Husband, was published in 2007. An Unbelievable Journey (shot story), A Wife for Big John, and Shotgun Bride, The Quinter Brides Book 1, were published in 2008, and in 2009, I have eight books that will be/were released.

In April 2009 there was An April to Remember. April Simonson survives the explosion of the Civil War riverboat the Sultana in 1865, but refuses to leave Memphis until she learns if her brother and niece are still alive. Jerek Brinkley vows to help her, but will his other commitment, to see justice is done to the boat burner, tear them apart? (The Sultana was the America’s worst maritime disaster, more people perished on the Sultana than on the Titanic.)

Next, in May 2009, came Rancher McBride (short story). Set in northern Kansas in 1879, Josie Hollister drives her last herd of Texas longhorns from the panhandle, determined to remain in Kansas and marry Calvin McBride. But Cal is just as determined he doesn’t want the woman Josie has become—she’s just like Abigail Christenson. Will Cal come to his senses or will Josie head back to Texas, leaving Cal to wed Abigail?

Also in May is Doctor McBride (short story), again set northern Kansas in 1879. Emma Binns knows what she wants, Doctor Jake McBride and is willing to do anything to catch him. Jake is tired of running from Emma, but years ago he promised her father he’d leave her alone, and a McBride’s word is worth its weight in gold. Can her father’s mind be changed, or will Jake be trapped by Abigail Christenson before he has a chance to try?

Then in June there will be Sheriff McBride (short story), the youngest McBride brother, Adam. His story is part of the Lawmen and Outlaw Anthology, and set in 1879 in Kansas. Hannah Stewart (Carlton) is wanted by the law, and keeping her secret is impossible when she encounters Sheriff McBride. Adam is convinced he can clear Hannah’s name, but will Abigail Christenson, the woman his brothers sicked on him, be the death of him first? Or then again, maybe the man Hannah refused to marry back in Ohio will shoot him before the wedding.

Also in June, be sure to sign up for The Wild Rose Press Yahoo readers loop, my free read, Blue Spring’s Queen (very short story) will be available to members. This story, set in Kansas in 1879, is about Abigail Christenson, the woman who pursued each of the McBride brothers. Will she be happy with a man who’s not a McBride?

In October Kendra’s Choice (short story), will be released. This is a hot story set in Colorado in 1883 about Kendra Parker, who needs a man for research on the article she’s editing, What Every Woman Needs to Know about Her Marriage Bed. Major Sterling Marlow shows up at Kendra’s sisters wedding, and Kendra believes she’s found the perfect specimen to experience mating with. Sterling is game, until he finds the article, but is it already too late?

In November, Badland Bride, The Quinter Brides Book 2, will be released. It‘s set in western Kansas in 1882. Lila Scott is trying to escape her abuser when she encounters Skeeter (Steven) Quinter and gladly accepts his help. Problem is as soon as he takes her to his family’s home, his mother realizes Lila is pregnant and forces Skeeter to marry her. Can another shotgun wedding turn out to be a blessing in disguise for this second Quinter brother?

In December, A Soldiers for Christmas, will be released as part of The American Rose Christmas Anthology, it’s set in Northern Georgia in 1863. When Yankee soldier, Trevor Sutton shows up at Marybeth Dawson’s Georgia home, she’s skeptical of accepting his assistance, no matter how needed it is. But when the man hauls home her injured brother, she finds she needs his aid in more ways than one, Yankee or not. Can the North and the South united?

And then coming in 2010 will be Boot Hill Bride, The Quinter Brides Book 3, set in Dodge City, Kansas in 1885. In this story Ma Quinter marries off Hog (Howard) Quinter, to Randilynn Fulton, the girl he wakes up to find sleeping in his tent. To make matters worse, she’s a politician’s daughter during a time when a horse thief is more welcome than a politician. Will Hog survive the wedding, just to be hanged by association?

I have several other works in the making for 2010, including The Marriage Plan, A Sister’s Promise (which I’m writing with another author Paty Jager), and Garden Bride, The Quinter Brides Book 4. Please visit my blog at www.laurirobinson.blogspot for updates. And for those who use My Space, find me at http://www.myspace.com/authorlaurirobinson, Facebook folks can friend me at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1192039502, and Twitter people can tweet me at https://twitter.com/laurir.

Cheers!

Lauri Robinson

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