Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To compensate for this illogical error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a tiny office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their two rescued indoor cats and dog as well as providing nourishment outdoors for squirrels, birds, and other critters.
The books she creates in her pink cave have made her a bestselling author and won awards. She writes sweet to sensual romances about the West, both historical and contemporary as well as time travel and mystery. Her series include the Kincaids, McClintocks, Stone Mountain Texas, Bride Brigade, Texas Time Travel, Texas Caprock Tales, Pearson Grove, and Loving A Rancher as well as numerous single titles and contributions to multi-author sets. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, reading her friends’ books, lunching with friends, browsing antique malls, checking Facebook, and taking the occasional nap.
Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?
Caroline: So far, I’ve written western historical romance, contemporary romance, time travel romance, and mystery. My favorite is western historical romance, but they usually have a mystery/adventure in them. I credit my dad and my freshman history professor for my love of western romance. My mother-in-law suggested I write romance and at the same time brought me a grocery bag of Harlequin romances to read.
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
Caroline: My dad and a journalism teacher names Mary Stewart (not the famous one).
Then, when I began trying to get published, writer friends in an RWA group shared their editor’s name and that she was looking for short romances for the ill-fated Precious Gems line at Kensington. But, I sold my book and became a published author and that opened a lot of doors.
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Caroline: An article I read or a conversation I hear, or a television news story can spark an idea. Getting a book plotted out gets me enthused, too, and I can hardly wait to start writing.
Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?
Caroline: Bugs Bunny is my favorite because of the association I have of my dad teaching me to read when I was small. Every day when he came in from work, I’d be waiting to ask him to read the Bugs Bunny comic strip in the evening paper. I know he valued education, but I have said he taught me to read so he could look at his paper in peace.
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet ‘in person’ and why?
Caroline: That’s a difficult question! I’d better not mention an American political figure, so I’ll say Queen Elizabeth II. I admire her and I love visiting Britain. Also, a few years ago she looked just like my late eldest sister who lived in California.
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Caroline: Read! Writers never get enough time to read because we’re always writing. At least, it seems I am. When I get a chance to read, I take it. I take my Kindle in my purse and read anytime I have a few minutes to spare. I admit I never begrudge delay in a waiting room because I get to read.
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Caroline: I’ve just finished POLKA WITH PAULINE, The Matchmaker’s Ball, book 8 and it will be released March 28. Now I’ll be working on MAIL-ORDER VICTORIA, Widows, Brides, and Secret Babies Series, book 7, which releases on April. I love mail-order bride stories—to write and to read.
Blurb about STUART, Bachelors & Babies Series book 10
He is building for the future . . .
She is escaping the past . . .
Trouble could destroy their family
Stuart McGee needs the bounty from capturing the two men he’s trailing. That reward will allow him to buy the ranch of his dreams. When he encounters the men, he is forced to kill them or be killed. He learns they’ve killed a young couple. The big surprise is there’s a baby in their cabin. What is Stuart supposed to do with a baby girl?
Georgina Potter has to get away from home. Her family treats her as a screw-up. She is determined to prove them wrong. Starting over as a mail-order bride might not be the best way but it’s the only way she can get away from her family. When she arrives, she learns her groom has married someone else. What is she going to do with no money, no groom, and nowhere to stay?
When Georgina and Stuart marry, neither is convinced it’s the right choice. Baby Adeline captures the affection of both. Can working together as parents ignite romance for Georgina and Stuart? When trouble comes, will their fledgling relationship disintegrate or become stronger?
An Excerpt from STUART, Bachelors & Babies Series book 10
“You’ve done well so far. If you have a rug or blanket Adeline can sit on while she plays, that would be all she needs.”
“Okay, there was a rug on the floor of the cabin. I don’t know if it was for her or the dog.”
He pressed a hand to his forehead. “No, I’m sure the dog’s blanket was the one I used to wrap the bodies for burial. I just laid the dog on top of them in one communal grave.” He scrubbed a hand across his face.
How horrible for him. She couldn’t imagine the scene he’d faced with two dead criminals, the dead young couple, and their dog. And to have to dig a grave large enough for the couple and their dog must have been exhausting physically and mentally.
“What a hard week you’ve had. Mine hasn’t been fun, either.” She turned to the child. “Addie, would you like to bring your baby to the kitchen?” She scooped up the little girl and her doll.
He smiled. “Yeah, we should call her Addie. That’s what her father called her. He said ‘see about Addie’ with his last breath. When she’s old enough to understand, I’ll tell her that.”
He wrapped an arm around Georgina’s shoulders. “No, don’t go sad again. We’re lucky to have this ranch paid for and have enough money to buy furniture and stock up on food.”
“Stuart, you risked your life for that cash. I’m lucky that awful Brick Larson jilted me.”
He chuckled. “We’ll see if you still feel that way after you taste what I rustle up for our supper.”
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