Trouble In Store
Coming June, 2013 from Bethany House Publishers!
Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he’s not about to let some obstinate woman with newfangled ideas mess up all he’s worked for. He’s determined to get Melanie married off as soon as possible, and luckily there are plenty of single men in town quite interested in taking her off his hands.
The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn’t want her to marry up with any of them. He’s drawn to Melanie more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store unexpectedly offer positive results.
But someone doesn’t want the store to succeed, and what used to be just threatening words has escalated into deliberate destruction and lurkers in the night. When a body shows up on the mercantile steps–and the man obviously didn’t die from natural causes–things really get dangerous. Can Melanie and Caleb’s business–and romance–survive the trouble that’s about to come their way?
Love in Disguise
Announcing the Winners of the Love in Disguise Giveaway!
When costume-maker Ellie Moore suddenly finds herself out of a job in the middle of a bleak Chicago winter, she uses her knowledge of theatrical disguise to secure a position as an undercover operative with the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Her assignment: find the culprit behind the theft of silver shipped from the mines near Pickford, Arizona.
Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie begins her investigation. Soon she finds she must also pose as the dazzling young Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.
Mine owner Steven Pierce is about to lose his business after the theft of several bullion shipments–until hope arrives in the unlikely form of Lavinia Stewart, who offers to invest in Steven’s mine. In his wildest dreams, Steven never expected to be rescued by an inquisitive gray-haired widow… or to fall head over heels for Lavinia’s captivating niece, Jessie.
But then the thieves come after both Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn’t safe no matter which character she plays! Will she be forced to reveal her true identity before the criminals are caught? What will Steven do when he discovers the woman he loves doesn’t exist?
What People Are Saying about Love in Disguise…
“Cox . . . has fleshed out a fascinating cast of characters that move readers through a novel that dispenses romance and wit in the intriguing context of a Wild West mystery. A most delightful and engaging read.” - Publisher’s Weekly
Ticket to Tomorrow
Book 1 in the A Fair to Remember Series
Annie Trenton’s life will change forever at the 1893 World’s Fair.
When Annie and Silas Crockett–her traveling companion and the scatterbrained partner of her late husband–step off the train at Chicago’s Terminal Station, they walk straight into political intrigue. A stranger collides with Silas. . .and more than a satchel is unintentionally exchanged, drawing Annie, Silas, and a handsome rodeo rider into a world of deceptions and conspiracies. When Annie’s keen powers of observation threaten to expose devious plots, more than her exhibition plans hang in the balance. Will Annie lose her life before she has a chance to surrender her heart?
Book 2 in the A Fair to Remember Series
The 1893 World’s Fair will alter Dinah Mayhew’s ambitions.
Dinah moves to Chicago, looking for excitement, a new job, and her father. She finds all that and more when she meets Seth Howell, an intriguing man and dedicated preacher. When Dinah offers to help Seth in his work with Chicago’s lower class, romance fairly blossoms. But matters take a turn for the worse when Dinah’s obnoxious cousin, Gladys, appears on the scene and begins looking for love in all the wrong places.
When Gladys suddenly disappears, a plea to the Chicago police force bears little fruit, prompting Dinah and Seth to investigate on their own. But in their search for Gladys, they find themselves Fair Game in a maze of secrecy and deception, putting their budding romance –and their very lives–at stake.
A Bride So Fair
Book 3 in the A Fair to Remember Series
Take a trip on a spellbinding thrill ride of intrigue and suspense at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Emily Ralston is delighted when she lands a job at the Children’s Building at the Chicago World’s Fair. When she meets Stephen Bridger, a handsome Columbian Guard, sparks of attraction singe the air.
When Stephen finds a lost boy, he delivers him to the Children’s Building to be cared for until his mother is located. But when a dead body believed to be little Adam’s mother is found, the intrigue deepens and danger grows. Can Emily and Stephen solve the deadly mystery before time runs out?
3-in-1 Compilation of the Arizona Brides Stories
Includes: Land of Promise, Refining Fire, and Road to Forgiveness.
Hard work and difficult circumstances are a way of life for these three pioneer women. Elizabeth gladly sets off for the newly formed Arizona Territory until she discovers the truth behind her awful arrangement. Will she ever be able to find the independence she longs for? Jenny isn’t able to trust anyone after being abandoned and mistreated as a child. Will she open up her heart to romance and ultimately God? Hallie’s impatient but well-meaning father sabotages her quest for a happily ever after with Jacob. Somehow she must help her father face his own demons and allow room for romance.
Land of Promise
Book 1 in the Arizona Brides Series
Elizabeth Simmons prefers a land of promise… over the life of mundane propriety. When offered a job caring for an injured family acquaintance, Elizabeth gladly sets off for the newly formed Arizona Territory. However, she soon discovers the awful truth behind her new arrangement.
Michael ORoarke left bright prospects behind in order to keep tabs on his unprincipled father. This new job claims all of his attention… until he finds himself captivated by the feisty Elizabeth.
Will losing her heart to Michael demolish the self-sufficiency Elizabeth has worked so hard to achieve?
Book 2 in the Arizona Brides Series
Orphaned, then mistreated by her guardian, Jenny Davis has learned some hard lessons in life. For one thing, she believes God doesnt love her. How could He, when Hes allowed such terrible hardships to befall her? Jenny decides any happiness she may find will have to come about through her own efforts and moves to Tucson in hopes of beginning a new life.
Andrew Garrett is in the Arizona Territory to scout out mining opportunities for a group of Colorado investors. He intends to finish the job he was hired to do, then return home–until he takes one look at Jenny. But digging ore out of hard rock may be easier than breaking down the walls of distrust Jenny has erected around herself.
Road to Forgiveness
Book 3 in the Arizona Brides Series
Hallie has stolen Jacob’s heart. But before seeking Hallie’s hand in marriage, Jacob Garrett feels he must prove his worth to local ranchers – and himself. He’s determined to expose a ring of cattle thieves, then fight in a war for Cuba’s freedom.
His plans, however, are sabotaged by Hallie’s impatient though well-meaning father, whose own attempt at revealing the rustlers leaves Jacob wounded and unable to fulfill his duty – for the community or for his country.
Hallie Evans is torn between appeasing her hot-tempered father and realizing her love for Jacob. Somehow, she must help her father face his own demons – and help herself sort out her feelings for Jacob. Can faith in God mend all wounds – and even allow for romance?
Book 4 in the Arizona Brides Series
Catherine is moving from the ranch she’s always called home to Phoenix. Hoping to help Arizona achieve statehood any way she can, she starts her job at a land investment company. With a quick promotion, Catherine soon forgets to keep the Lord as her priority. Mitchell Brewer, a journalist for the Phoenix Clarion, can hardly believe his luck in getting to write about the most influential pacesetters of Arizona’s future. But when some of the land sales look to be cover for fraud, he knows he has to write the truth, even if it costs him dearly—so dearly that any future with Catherine could be gone. Will Mitch be able to stand his ground while being faced with losing his love? Will they be able to see the Lord’s hand at work under a copper sunrise?
4-in-1 Compilation of the Sagebrush Brides Stories: Journey Toward Home, The Measure of a Man, Season of Hope, and Cross My Heart.
The Bradleys and Canfields are ready to tame the territories-but these young settlers are unprepared to be lassoed by love. Judith, abandoned on the Santa Fe Trail, puts her life in the hands of rough cowboys. Lizzie’s blossoming womanhood attracts two men and forces her to make a hard choice. Rachael, managing a farm and a sister, wonders who she can trust to help her. And Violet joins a rancher to find the guardian of three children, testing how far she is willing to go for a stranger.
Journey Toward Home
Book 1 in the Sagebrush Brides Series
The Southwest is opened to settlement and romance.
The Bradley and Canfield families are ready to tame the historic Southwest territories – but these young settlers are unprepared to be lassoed by love. Judith Alder, abandoned along the Santa Fe Trail, must put her life in the hands of rough cowboys. Will the Bradley brothers find a place for her at the Double B ranch?
The Measure of a Man
Book 2 in the Sagebrush Brides Series
Growing up on the Double B Ranch has given Lizzie Bradley ample opportunity to indulge her tomboy whims. At nineteen, Lizzie has yet to realize she’s on the threshold of womanhood-though Adam McKenzie, one of her father’s ranch hands, is very much aware of her maturing appeal.
When handsome Tom Mallory makes a dramatic entry into her life, Lizzie begins to sense her own womanhood in the light of his open admiration. Tension mounts as both Tom and Adam vie for Lizzie’s favor.
Lizzie swings from elation to despair before she learn to gauge a man’s worth according to God’s standards-and to find the joy of a relationship grounded in Christ.
Season of Hope
Book 3 in the Sagebrush Brides Series
When her beloved father dies in a mine accident on the northern Arizona Territory, Rachel is left to maintain the family farm and care for her younger sister. To make matters worse, the deadline for the final mortgage payment is looming, and Rachel has no idea how she’ll come up with the money in time.
Daniel Moore owes Ike Canfield his life. Determined to pay off the debt to his deceases friend, Daniel resolved to help Ike’s daughters bring in their harvest. Though he intends only to work off an obligation, he may instead lose his heart to Rachel.
Daniel’s desire may be thwarted though, by cold-blooded businessman Hiram Bradshaw, who would like nothing better than to get his hands on the Canfield farm…and on Rachel herself.
Who can Rachel trust? Will she allow God to calm her fears in time to learn that Daniel is a man of honor?
Cross My Heart
Book 4 in the Sagebrush Brides Series
Violet Canfield has a tender heart. Growing up, she cared for a constant stream of orphaned animals. Now, when three orphaned children show up on her doorstep, it’s second nature to protect the kids from the wild-eyed man chasing them.
Raised in the shadow of strong men, Willie Bradley believes it’s time to prove his own worth. But his new job – delivering three mischievous children to their guardian in Airzona Territory – may be too much for him. When the trio slip away from him and take refuge at Violet’s farm, he must not only try to locate their missing guardian but persuade Violet he’s trustworthy as well.
Can Violet and Willie get past their first impressions and discover each other’s true character? What does God have planned in their “chance meeting”?