Jo-Ann Roberts stopped by to say "Hi". She lives near me and I usually see her at our monthly writer meetings in Raleigh, NC. Now I can only see her via meetings held on Zoom, but things should get back to normal soon. Please give her a warm welcome!
Friday, May 15, 2020
Nancy Lee Badger Presents Author Jo-Ann Roberts
Thank you, Nancy, for inviting me to be on your blog today. My first book, Lessie-Brides of New Hope, debuted in October, 2019. It is available as an ebook and in print form from Amazon and Soul Mate Publishing. Set in Kansas in 1867, it is a sweet, western historical brimming with hope, redemption, and a second chance at love. I’m pleased to announce that Posey-Brides of New Hope Book Two will be released July 22, 2020, and Grace-Brides of New Hope Book Three will follow in Spring, 2021. Though they are part of a series, each can be read as a standalone romance.
How can a single unexpected kiss, a forced wedding, and a missing groom lead two strangers to discover how love can heal their wounded hearts?
Having to carve out a life on her own as a midwife, the last person Lessie MacKenzie expected to see on her doorstep was her missing husband…the injured Yankee she was forced to marry, who disappeared the next day, and whose kiss still lingered on her lips.
Eli MacKenzie wanted only one thing after the Civil War…to establish his medical practice in New Hope, Kansas. His dream turned to despair when he discovered someone sold his property. And that someone appeared to be the woman who haunted his every dream the past two years…and now claimed to be his wife!
Brought together by chance and united by their desire to forge a future, will a secret from Lessie’s past threatens to destroy their new found love?
Excerpt from Lessie-Brides of New Hope Book One
Grabbing Abner’s crudely drawn map scrawled onto the back of his now useless deed, Eli wasted no time in getting to the livery. Drew’s dream, now his dream was gone, but he gained a wife. A wife who he couldn’t remember marrying. Picking up the reins, he released the brake and made a clucking sound with his tongue
When Eli arrived at the second bend in the road, the homestead in question came into vi
m,ew. It was the place
where he’d glimpsed the smiling woman and child waving at the train. The woman
paused at the top step, shielding her eyes with one hand.
There was something strangely familiar about her sturdy frame and the halo of curling tendrils framing her oval face. As he drove closer, Eli was hit full force with the sudden realization. She was the woman who haunted his dreams and sustained his spirit through those terrible days in a Confederate prison. And now, somehow, she was his wife!
He pulled the wagon to a stop in front of the porch. The woman, with one hand resting between her throat and her heart and other hand inside an apron pocket, stepped away from the house. She stared at him with wide amber-colored eyes as though he was a specter from beyond the grave.
“Mrs. MacKenzie, your husband is home.”
Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Jo-Ann Roberts was fascinated by America’s Old West and always felt she was destined to travel on a wagon train following the Oregon Trail. With her love of history and reading, she began reading historical romance during high school and college. Victoria Holt, Jude Deveraux, and Roseanne Bittner were among her favorites. Influenced by her father, she fell in love with John Wayne, James Garner, and her all-time favorite, James Stewart and grew up watching Wagon Train, Bonanza and Rawhide.
A firm believer in HEA with a healthy dose of realism, Jo-Ann strives to give her readers a sweet historical romance while imparting carefully researched historical facts, personalities, and experiences relative to the time period. Her romances take her readers back to a simpler time to escape the stress of modern life by living in a small town where families and friends help one another find love and happiness. When she isn’t creating believable plots and relatable heroes and heroines, Jo-Ann enjoys spending time with her husband, adult children, and grandson. She also enjoys baking, quilting and eating way too much chocolate.
After 38 years in public education in Connecticut and Maryland, she’s now calls North Carolina home. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina RWA, and the 2018 Winner (Historical Category) of NEORWA’s Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest. Her debut romance, Lessie-Brides of New Hope Book One, is a 2020 RONE Award Nominee. Connect with her here: