Violet’s Mail Order Husband (Montana Brides #1) – Kate Whitsby

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Violet’s Mail Order Husband (Montana Brides #1)

Montana Brides, no. 1

Kate Whitsby

Genre: Historical

Publish Date: June 16, 2014

Publisher: Gold Crown

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


A historical western cowboy romance about a mail order bride. This first episode of The Montana Brides introduces Violet, Iris and Rose Kilburn, Heiresses to the Kilburn family cattle fortune. Rocking Horse Ranch runs five thousand head of cattle but all the ranch hands are getting old. The sisters need someone to run the ranch, so the eldest sister Violet hatches the idea of getting mail order husbands for the three of them. There’s only one problem. Cornell Pollard, the sisters’ guardian and the executor of their estate, doesn’t approve. Violet must challenge Pollard and her own role as his ally to find love and gain control over her own life. The sisters pick up their prospective grooms from the train station and bring them back to the Ranch. The men stay in a neighboring house until the minister comes at the end of the week to marry them all. Things quickly start to go wrong. Everybody starts butting heads, and Violet finds herself embroiled in a family drama the likes of which Rocking Horse Ranch has never seen before. Will Violet’s plan to get married end in disaster, or can she and her sisters find love with a group of strange men? Are these men what they appear to be, or is something more sinister at work?

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Mail Order Bride: Blinded By Love (Brides Of The West: Book 1) – Leah Wyett

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Mail Order Bride: Blinded By Love (Brides Of The West: Book 1)

Brides Of The West, no. 1

Leah Wyett

Genre: Religious

Publish Date: July 11, 2014

Publisher: Gold Crown

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


A historical western cowboy romance novel about a mail order bride. In 1870, Hazel Lynn Morgan was a girl right on the verge of becoming a woman. She lives in a small town on a farm in Ohio, where nothing new or exciting ever happens. She has survived this long by reading books about exotic places and using her imagination, or what her Ma has termed, her “Magical Thinking.” Will a simple mail order bride ad placed by a cattle rancher in Texas named Heath Key change Hazel’s life for the better? Or will the secret that Heath is hiding threaten to ruin both of their lives? Will the man who has been by Heath’s side as his best friend since childhood bring them closer or come between them in the end? Follow Hazel on her journey to adulthood as she discovers that sometimes you have to close your eyes to really be able to see.

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The Highlander’s Promise: Highland Brides (Unabridged) – Lynsay Sands

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The Highlander’s Promise: Highland Brides (Unabridged)

Lynsay Sands

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 28.95

Publish Date: July 10, 2018

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Stanley Donen

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Stanley Donen

Genre: Musicals

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: July 22, 1954


When the eldest of seven Oregon frontier brothers announces his marriage plans, the others follow his advice and kidnap six beautiful women of their own. It's a rollicking musical delight as the brothers compete for the women's affections with raucous song and dance. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Screenplay, it won an Oscar for its outstanding musical score. Starring Howard Keel ("Kiss Me Kate," TV's "Dallas"), Jane Powell ("Royal Wedding"), Oscar-nominee Russ Tamblyn ("Peyton Place") and the original "Catwoman," Julie Newmar (TV's "Batman"). Directed by Stanley Donen ("Singin' In the Rain," "Damn Yankees").

© © 1954 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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The Texas Brides Collection – Darlene Franklin, DiAnn Mills, Darlene Mindrup, Tamela Hancock Murray, Lynette Sowell, Michelle Ule & Kathleen Y’Barbo

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The Texas Brides Collection

9 Romances from the Old West

Darlene Franklin, DiAnn Mills, Darlene Mindrup, Tamela Hancock Murray, Lynette Sowell, Michelle Ule & Kathleen Y’Barbo

Genre: Religious

Publish Date: May 1, 2013

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Seller: Barbour Publishing, Inc.


Enjoy the rich history of Texas penned by an exclusive selection of Christian fiction authors—including DiAnn Mills and Kathleen Y’Barbo. This collection of nine romances brings together the lawful, the lawless, and the lonely in the Lone Star State. Watch as three Texas Rangers turn from chasing outlaws to courting women who are determined to remain independent. Experience the trials six outlaws have as they turn into respectable citizens and seek to settle down with a spouse to love.

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Vale – Black Veil Brides

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Vale

Black Veil Brides

Genre: Rock

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: January 12, 2018

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Brides of Dracula – Terence Fisher

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Brides of Dracula

Terence Fisher

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: June 4, 1960


Marianne (Yvonne Monlaur), a beautiful young French girl, is stranded en route to a teaching assignment in Eastern Europe. She is persuaded to spend the night at the nearly deserted castle of a mysterious Baroness (Martita Hunt). In the castle, Marianne accidentally discovers a man chained to the wall of his room. The Baroness only explains that he is her "sick and feeble-minded" son. Unable to get any further information from the maid Greta (Freda Jackson), Marianne steals a key and sets him free. Once unbound, the Baron (David Peel) fiendishly recruits the undead for his evil purposes until captured by Marianne and the indefatigable Dr. Helsing (Peter Cushing) in this spooky Hammer Films chiller.

© © 1960 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Black Veil Brides: Alive and Burning – Black Veil Brides

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Black Veil Brides: Alive and Burning

Black Veil Brides

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 15.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: January 1, 2015


Alive and Burning drops a pin in the bands career as their first ever recorded live performance. Filmed in their home town of Los Angeles during the successful Black Mass Tour in support of their self titled fourth album at the world famous Wiltern Theatre. The sold out crowd witnessed a career spanning set list featuring classics such as Knives and Pens and Fallen Angels as well as current favourite Faithless and the grand finale In The End!

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Blushing Brides And A Baby: Here’s How This Season Of Teen Mom 2 Ended

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Denim and Diamonds: A Selection from Wyoming Brides – Debbie Macomber

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Denim and Diamonds: A Selection from Wyoming Brides

Debbie Macomber

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 5.95

Publish Date: November 1, 2010

© ℗ © 2010 Brilliance Audio

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The Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1-4) (Holiday Brides Series) – Ginny Baird

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The Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1-4) (Holiday Brides Series)

Ginny Baird

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: March 31, 2013

Publisher: Winter Wedding Press

Seller: Winter Wedding Press


From bestselling author Ginny Baird , a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! The Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1-4), a magical, heartwarming collection of holiday love stories. PRAISE FOR THE HOLIDAY BRIDES The Christmas Catch (Book 1) "Holiday romance at its best. This will warm you up on a cold winter night. Christine is trying to learn to move on after she lost her husband in the war and was left raising their son. Thanks to her pushy best friend Ellen she ends up spending the holiday in Vermont where it turns out her future awaits. Loved it." ~ All Night Books The Holiday Bride (Book 2) "A sweet beautiful Christmas story of love, home, family and the power of believing with all your heart that wishes can come true whether you're five or nearly 40." ~ ECH  Mistletoe in Maine (Book 3) "Excellent story of how friendship turns to a wonderful romance. Well written and a fun read. Another Ginny Baird super read." ~ B. Biddle Beach Blanket Santa (Book 4) "I fell in love with the book from the first page… I would recommend this book and author to anyone looking for a good love story." ~ Tracey This Volume Contains: HOLIDAY BRIDES SERIES (Books 1 – 4) THE CHRISTMAS CATCH THE HOLIDAY BRIDE MISTLETOE IN MAINE BEACH BLANKET SANTA THE CHRISTMAS CATCH (Book 1) A struggling single mom meets a handsome bachelor in Vermont, after running him off the road during a snowstorm. A sweet, romantic tale about fate and second chances. Set in snowy Vermont!   THE HOLIDAY BRIDE (Book 2) A child asks for a new mommy for Christmas, and — much to her bachelor dad's surprise — Santa delivers. A sweet traditional romance and classic amnesia story, with a holiday twist! MISTLETOE IN MAINE (Book 3) A single mom takes her kids on vacation in Maine and meets a handsome innkeeper, a young widower with a teenage son. A winter wonderland love story about faith and new beginnings. BEACH BLANKET SANTA (Book 4) A couple with a past spends an unexpected, yet magical, Christmas week together at the shore, where serendipity abounds. Take a sweet, sentimental journey to the North Carolina Outer Banks…

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Real Brides Share: How Wedding Planning Differs in Your 20s vs. Your 30s

People love to debate about the best age to get married. But when it comes to the actual wedding planning, how different is it between a twenty- and thirtysomething? We rounded up some former brides…


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27 Love-Filled Photos Of Brides And Grooms With Their Kids

In 2015, it’s not uncommon for kids to attend the wedding of one (or both!) of their parents. Sometimes it’s a second marriage for mom or dad, and other times it’s because the ‘rents decided to wait to tie the knot. 

Whatever the reason, how cool is it to get the chance to celebrate alongside them on a day so full of love? Below are 27 sweet photos of some lucky kids who got to do just that. 

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The Wedding: The Lairds’ Brides, Book 2 (Unabridged) – Julie Garwood

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The Wedding: The Lairds’ Brides, Book 2 (Unabridged)

Julie Garwood

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 11.95

Publish Date: August 23, 2013

© ℗ © 2013 Brilliance Audio

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Bride’s Dad Stops Wedding So Stepdad Can Walk Down The Aisle Too

When Todd Bachman’s daughter got married last weekend, he wanted to make sure that her stepfather was recognized at the wedding in some way. After all, her stepdad had helped raise her.  

So when it came time to walk his daughter Brittany down the aisle, Bachman did something completely unexpected: He stopped the procession, ran to the front row and grabbed her stepdad Todd Cendrosky in order to share the honor of walking their daughter down the aisle.

The beautiful moment was captured by Ohio-based wedding photographer Delia D Blackburn, whose Facebook album of the Elyria, Ohio wedding has received more than one million “likes.” 

“It was one of the most compassionate gestures toward a stepparent I’ve ever seen,” Blackburn told The Huffington Post. “The bride was in tears and overcome with emotion.” 

As the photos show, Cendrosky was as well. 

In an interview with local news station WKYC-TV, the stepdad said he was totally taken aback by Bachman’s kind gesture. 

“[He] came and grabbed my hand and said: ‘You worked as hard as I have. You’ll help us walk our daughter down the aisle,'” Cendrosky recalled. “I got weak in the knees and lost it. Nothing better in my life, the most impactful moment in my life.”

In the same interview with WKYC-TV, Bachman admitted he and Cendrosky hadn’t always gotten along. But extending the honor at the wedding just made sense. 

 

“For me to thank him for all the years of helping raise our daughter wouldn’t be enough,” the biological dad said. “There is no better way to thank somebody than to assist me walking her down the aisle.” 

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Treasured by Thursday: Weekday Brides Series, Book 7 (Unabridged) – Catherine Bybee

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Treasured by Thursday: Weekday Brides Series, Book 7 (Unabridged)

Catherine Bybee

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 9.95

Publish Date: August 18, 2015

© ℗ © 2015 Brilliance Audio

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Forever in Love (Book Two in the Montana Brides Series) – Leeanna Morgan

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Forever in Love (Book Two in the Montana Brides Series)

Montana Brides, no. 2

Leeanna Morgan

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Leeanna Morgan

Seller: Smashwords


Find happy-ever-after with "Forever in Love," the second book in Leeanna Morgan's Montana Brides series. A Baby. A man. And a secret. Amy Sullivan's life might have been lonely but it was safe, until she found a baby on her doorstep. With her alcoholic mother gone, and a five-month-old sister to look after, Amy has no choice but to give her sister what she never had – a family – and that means moving back to Montana and the only man she’s ever loved. Nathan Gray’s life has turned upside down and the last person he wants to see is Amy Sullivan. Nine years earlier she left him faster than a howling nor'wester and now, burnt and broken after a barn fire, he has even more reason to keep his distance. Only this time fate and a meddling family have other ideas and their lives are about to come crashing down. Right on top of each other. The Montana Brides series: Book 1: Forever Dreams (Gracie and Trent) Book 2: Forever in Love (Amy and Nathan) Book 3: Forever After (Nicky and Sam) Book 4: Forever Wishes (Erin and Jake) Book 5: Forever Cowboy (Emily and Alex. Available August 2014)

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Black Veil Brides: Alive and Burning – Black Veil Brides

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Black Veil Brides: Alive and Burning

Black Veil Brides

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 15.99

Release Date: January 1, 2015


Alive and Burning drops a pin in the bands career as their first ever recorded live performance. Filmed in their home town of Los Angeles during the successful Black Mass Tour in support of their self titled fourth album at the world famous Wiltern Theatre. The sold out crowd witnessed a career spanning set list featuring classics such as Knives and Pens and Fallen Angels as well as current favourite Faithless and the grand finale In The End!

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The 5 Questions Brides Ask Most About Etiquette, Answered by the Emily Post Institute

From the moment you get engaged until you receive your last wedding present, etiquette questions abound for the bride-to-be. Some are classics that decades of women have asked, while others are completely new for our…


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True Love: Nantucket Brides Trilogy, Book 1 (Unabridged) – Jude Deveraux

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True Love: Nantucket Brides Trilogy, Book 1 (Unabridged)

Jude Deveraux

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 26.95

Publish Date: July 9, 2013

© ℗ © 2013 Random House Audio

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Ever After: A Nantucket Brides Novel, Book 3 (Unabridged) – Jude Deveraux

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Ever After: A Nantucket Brides Novel, Book 3 (Unabridged)

Jude Deveraux

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 23.95

Publish Date: June 23, 2015

© ℗ © 2015 Random House Audio

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The Wedding Bride’s Piano – Roy Todd

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The Wedding Bride’s Piano

Roy Todd

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: January 9, 2012

© ℗ 2013 Roy Todd

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Denim and Diamonds: A Selection from Wyoming Brides – Debbie Macomber

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Denim and Diamonds: A Selection from Wyoming Brides

Debbie Macomber

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 5.95

Publish Date: November 1, 2010

© ℗ © 2010 Brilliance Audio

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The MacGregor Brides: The MacGregors, Book 6 (Unabridged) – Nora Roberts

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The MacGregor Brides: The MacGregors, Book 6 (Unabridged)

Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 9.95

Publish Date: March 11, 2015

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Three Brides, No Groom (Unabridged) – Debbie Macomber

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Three Brides, No Groom (Unabridged)

Debbie Macomber

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 5.95

Publish Date: June 26, 2012

© ℗ © 2012 Brilliance Audio

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A Special Message for June Brides: It’s Not Too Late to Say ‘I Don’t’

June brides, listen up! I know you have a million things to do, but in all of the wedding mania, there’s one very important thing I want to make sure you don’t forget: No matter how many non-refundable deposits have been put down, or how many folks have flown across the country, or how epic your reception is going to be, it’s not too late to call off the wedding.

I am not trying to be a Debbie Downer about your special day; I’m trying to spare you a lot of time, trouble, money, pain, and suffering down the line. Talk to any divorce lawyer and she’ll tell you that tons of clients realized that things weren’t right before they walked down the aisle, but plowed ahead, anyway.

If you recognize yourself in any of the following paragraphs, you should seriously consider calling things off.

He looks good on paper, but…. Good credentials? Check! Good job? Check! Your families get along? Check! Similar interests and life goals? Check and check! But despite however many times you go over that checklist, you just can’t seem to silence that little voice in the back of your head that tells you that something isn’t right. Whatever you do, don’t ignore that voice. Maybe it’s telling you that you’re not (and never were) head-over-heels in love with him. Or maybe it’s reminding you that you’re not (and never were) all that physically attracted to him. Or perhaps it’s complaining about how his personality can be a little (okay, a lot) on the annoying side. The fact that the relationship makes sense on paper is an important thing, to be sure; but it’s not the only thing. You’re not going to be spending the next sixty years cuddling up at night with his resume. You have to be in love with him in person and not just on paper. And if you’re not, he’s not the one for you, no matter how impressive that newspaper wedding announcement would be.

You’re head-over-heels in love, but….So what that he’s had six jobs in the past two years? And how is it his fault that every single one of his past girlfriends has been psycho? And why should it matter that his credit score is the same as his shoe size? You’re not marrying him for any of that superficial stuff. You’re marrying him for L-O-V-E. And your love is so strong it can conquer all of those problems, right? Wrong. Love is important, of course; but it shouldn’t blind you to obvious red flags. Someone who can’t keep his sh*t together before getting married is not likely to suddenly figure out how to do so after getting married.

Everything has happened so fast your head is spinning! A dizzy feeling might be fun at a carnival, but if you make important decisions when you’re off kilter, you’re likely to find yourself living in a house of horrors before long. Narcissists love a whirlwind romance. This is partly because sweeping you off your feet feeds their always-starving ego. (Look how powerful and magical they are!) But it’s also because they can’t keep up the act of being Mr. Perfect for very long. They need to seal the deal before the pixie dust wears off and you realize that how insecure and controlling he is, and how he’s really in love with himself, not you. If everything seems too perfect and it has all happened so fast, you need to ask yourself what harm would come from slowing down? Why not date for a couple of years and see how things go? If he’s really perfect for you, he’ll still be perfect for you in a couple of years. And if he’s not, it’s easier to find that out before you marry him, not after.

You’re ready for the next milestone, and he’s good enough (for now). Okay, so he’s not perfect. He drinks too much a couple of (five) nights a week and his dream weekend involves parking it on the couch and playing video games for 48 hours straight. You, on the other hand, have season tickets to the opera and think antique is both a verb and a noun. But, hey, you have a plan for your life–and that plan includes getting married by a certain age. (And you’d really appreciate no one mentioning that you hit that age six months ago, okay?) You can’t afford to get any farther behind schedule. Your fiancé is good enough; and what you don’t like about him, you’ll work on changing after you’re married. After all, you have the rest of your lives to figure all that out. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? True, but you’re not Michael Angelo, and he’s not David material. One of the biggest mistakes people make is marrying someone with the intention of changing him. Stop worrying about your self-imposed timetable. You may think you’re behind schedule now, but you know what can really wreck your schedule? A marital misfire followed by a divorce.

You can tell your friends and family aren’t crazy about him. You’ve picked up on the fact that certain people whose opinions you normally trust aren’t super keen on your fiancé, but you’ve made it very clear to all of them that you are not interested in hearing their opinions on this matter. This is your decision. They’re not marrying him, you are, right? Not quite. Couples don’t live in isolation. There are sets of friends and extended families that you presumably will continue to have relationships with for the rest of your lives. It’s one thing if one member of your A-Team–like your bestie, your brother, or your mom–doesn’t click with your fiancé. But if all (or even most) of your A-Team thinks he’s a tool, you should hear them out. Maybe they’re right; maybe they’re wrong. But you can neither evaluate nor alleviate their concerns if you don’t know what they are.

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Claimed: Brides of the Kindred, Book 1 (Unabridged) – Evangeline Anderson

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Claimed: Brides of the Kindred, Book 1 (Unabridged)

Evangeline Anderson

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 21.95

Publish Date: December 16, 2014

© ℗ © 2014 Evangeline Anderson Books

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Mail Order Bride: Westward Winds (Montana Mail Order Brides: Book 1) – Linda Bridey

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Mail Order Bride: Westward Winds (Montana Mail Order Brides: Book 1)

Montana Mail Order Brides, no. 1

Linda Bridey

Genre: Historical

Publish Date: July 11, 2014

Publisher: Gold Crown Publishers

Seller: Smashwords


A historical western cowboy romance novel about a mail order bride. Tessa O’Connor lives in a world of privilege and excess. Her doting parents want her to make a good match with a worthy gentleman and live a respectable life. She is beautiful and intelligent and she comes with a hefty dowry. There is no reason that she shouldn’t be able to find an eligible man and settle down. Tessa herself is the reason. The men who are attempting to court her are, in her opinion, boring and conceited. Not only that, Tessa craves excitement and adventure, of which there is little in her social circles. By chance, she comes across an advertisement for a bride brokerage company seeking eligible women of good breeding to go west and find husbands. One man on the list catches her eye and she begins corresponding with him, eventually agreeing to go to Montana to meet him. She can’t resist the possibility of finding someone different and even if she doesn’t, the adventure itself would be worth her time. Tessa makes a successful escape and sets out to make a new life in Montana. Dean Samuels is a Montana rancher who is in over his head. His ranch is struggling and his two children are unruly and in need of a caretaker. It’s clear to his younger brother, Marcus, that he needs help. He tells Dean about a mail order bride service and convinces him that he should utilize it to find a wife. After his wife, Sarah, had passed away, Dean never intended to marry again. His ranch and his children became his life. However, it becomes apparent that Sadie, his daughter, and his son, Jack, need stability and love. The demands of raising his children and keeping his head above water financially have taken a toll and Dean grudgingly gives in to Marcus’ idea. Sarah had been the love of his life and Dean doesn’t intend to let any other woman into his heart. He’s locked those kinds of emotions deep inside, not wanting to take the chance of getting hurt like that again. Because Dean has trouble expressing his feelings in writing, his younger brother Marcus agrees to help write the letters to Tessa. Dean is happy to leave that part up to him. When Dean and Tessa meet, sparks fly between the two strong willed people. Tessa is disappointed that Dean isn’t the romantic, sophisticated man she was lead to believe he was in the letters she received. Dean is aggravated that she isn’t a meek woman who is easily managed. Never mind the fact that she has no idea of how to take care of children and keep a home. Dean and Tessa struggle to find common ground and make their marriage work. Will they each take the risk and open their hearts to one another? Can their marriage survive and will they find love and contentment in each other? Their future happiness hangs in the balance under the Montana skies.

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Black Veil Brides – Black Veil Brides

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Black Veil Brides

Black Veil Brides

Genre: Rock

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: October 27, 2014

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How To Find Mail Order Brides

Love is supposed to come naturally. It usually takes two people to meet each other, develop a sense of liking for each other and eventually fall in love. This relationship is then supposed to lead to marriage. It has, however become harder for individuals to find true love. As a result, dating websites have become very popular as more people turn to them to find a soul mate who will meet their expectations. Such sites have also wiped out geographical boundaries increasing the chances of finding a soul mate.
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What This Bride’s Brother Did at Her Wedding Will Definitely Make You Cry

What This Bride’s Brother Did at Her Wedding Will Definitely Make You CryIf you're at work reading this and you have mascara on, you may want to wait until people start shuffling out for happy hour to watch this amazingly sweet and heartbreaking video. When Andrea Middleton got married, she did so without her father, Mark, who had passed away from pancreatic cancer earlier in the year.



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25 Beauty Mistakes Brides Are Bound To Regret

By Kristen Klein for Bridal Guide

Your wedding is one of the most photographed days of your life. Look your best in all those pictures by avoiding these common makeup mishaps.

1. Trying something new
Your wedding day isn’t the time to experiment with red lipstick or smoky eyes for the first time. “Choose tones that you feel comfortable with and most like yourself,” said Jo Levy, makeup artist for Rouge Bunny Rouge. Makeup artist Elise Brill added, “I always tell my brides that my goal is for them to look like themselves, just defined and finished. I would hate for a bride to look at her pictures five years from now and not recognize the girl in them.”

“I think brides get too caught up in that it’s their special day and end up doing more than they would normally do, and it ends up being too much,” said beauty expert Sonia Kashuk. “It is your special day, and you want to look like you — only better. When you’re walking down the aisle, the person on the other end wants to see you!”

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2. Getting caught Up in beauty trends
Thanks to Kim Kardashian, contouring (using bronzer and highlighter to bring out your cheekbones) is a huge trend right now. But this kind of heavy manipulation can look too harsh during the daytime, according to makeup artist Sam Russell. “Natural lighting accentuates your natural beauty, so keep it light and fresh.” Always remember that your photos are going to be on display for many, many years after the wedding; you don’t want someone to be able pinpoint which decade your wedding took place in based on your face alone. “Think about the timelessness of your look; can it transcend the test of time?” said Kashuk. “When you look back on this day ten years from now, you want to still look modern and relevant.”

3. Skipping the makeup trial
It’s an extra cost but a worthy one. Schedule your trial at least three months before the wedding. “If you aren’t happy with the first trial, this will buy you time to try out another option,” said makeup specialist Amanda Gabbard of the Guerlain Spa.

One way to save money while experimenting: Seek out free makeover events. Nordstrom is hosting beauty trend events across the country right now, where you can meet one-on-one with an artist for a free makeover.

4. Going in unprepared for your trial
You probably already know that you should bring photos to your hair trial, but many brides don’t think to bring photos to their makeup trial as well. Look through magazines or Pinterest for women with similar coloring to yours whose makeup you love. And if you have any photos of yourself where you particularly like (or dislike) your makeup, bring those along as well. “I’ve seen verbal descriptions of a hair or makeup look turn into a disaster. A picture is worth a thousand words,” said Devin Giannoni, founder of prettypublicbeauty.com. “After you’ve shown the photos, discuss them. Make sure they see what you’re seeing.”

Also, wear white to your trial — it’ll help you get an idea of what your makeup will really look like on the wedding day. And don’t forget to take pictures! “Sometimes people like the look in person but not in photos, or vice versa,” said Melisa Imberman, owner of The Event of a Lifetime, Inc.

5. Wearing lipstick or lip gloss
Skip these products in favor of a lip stain, which is the most long-lasting option. “Lip gloss wears off super quickly and will get all over your groom when you kiss him at the end of the ceremony,” said makeup artist Donna Kelly. “Also, when your lips are too shiny, you will lose definition in your pictures, and it can leave a glare.”

Another reason to forego the gloss: “If you’re going to have a veil that covers your face, the veil will stick to your lips,” said Liz Fuller of Makeup Artistry, Inc. “The same goes for long hair — if a bride wants to wear her hair down on her wedding day, hair can get stuck to the lips.”

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6. Adding shimmer in the wrong places
“A little shimmer or iridescence on the cheeks looks fresh and dewy, but worn on the nose or forehead, it can look like your skin is greasy,” said Gina Ludwig, CEO of Hair Comes the Bride, Inc. Makeup artist Jane Cohen likes to apply a sheer gold shimmer along the tops of the cheekbones, on the cupid’s bow of the lips and just under the brows. “It makes the bride look as if she is lit from within. It’s an easy trick but one that really works.”

Whatever you do, steer clear of anything with glitter. “Glitter and sparkles have the unfortunate effect of reflecting back light towards the camera. This often results in white spots across your skin in the images,” said photographer Johanna Jacobson, owner of Ambientimage. These spots can then turn green, orange, or fuchsia in post-production, depending on the color balancing and effects your photographer uses. “The only way to get rid of these spots is by costly retouching and individually cloning out each spot or reflection.”

“Shimmery is different from sparkle because a shimmer doesn’t have particles — or flecks — that cause a flashback at the camera,” said Fuller.

7. Applying blush incorrectly
Concentrate on the apples of your cheeks, where you blush naturally. “Many people wrongly think that blush should be applied in a diagonal line under the cheekbones and up towards the temples, like we did in the ’70s,” said Cohen. Further emphasize your cheekbones by applying a little bronzer right underneath and blending it into the blush.

8. Going for too dramatic eyes
Except for mascara, ban the color black from your makeup bag. “Black liner or shadow is too harsh for the majority of people,” said Giannoni. “You can create a much more beautiful effect with other colors that will create a soft, glamorous, even sultry look.” She recommends using browns, grays, navy, and deep purples instead.

Smoldering eyes tend to look much better in person than they do in photos; “Eye makeup looks that are too smoky can cast a shadow around the eyes in photographs,” said Levy. “Instead, opt for soft and subtle eyes.” And be sure that you’re choosing shades that will enhance your eye color. Makeup artist Chelsea Hernandez recommends bronze for green eyes, mocha for hazel eyes, navy and dark brown for blue eyes, and purples and grays for brown eyes.

Also, opt for a cream shadow rather than a powder as your base color. “Cream lasts longer, making it better for your lid color,” said Hernandez. Use powders in your crease and to highlight underneath your brows.

9. Choosing the wrong kind of lash enhancements
A popular trend now is to get eyelash extensions, which are individually bonded with your natural lashes (much like hair extensions). But master lash guru Suzette Zuena, owner of Lash House Beauty Boutique, recommends that you have these applied at least two weeks before your wedding in case you have an allergic reaction to the adhesive and to ensure that they’re comfortable for you.

If you choose the more traditional false eyelashes, opt for individual pieces rather than strips. “Tears can weaken the glue at the inner corners of the lash, causing them to lift and look crazy,” said Rebecca Perkins, co-founder of makeup salon Rouge New York. “A gentle coat of waterproof and a generous application of individual lashes will withstand a torrent of joyful tears on an emotional day.“ Individual pieces will also give you a more natural look than strips: “You can build up the lashes to the desired thickness,” added Cohen.

Also, consider using black eyelash glue rather than clear; Gabbard says it’ll blend better with the rest of your eye makeup.

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10. Forgetting your brows
Your brows frame your eyes and can truly change the entire look of your face. Aside from having them professionally waxed a week before the wedding, you’re going to want to define them with a brow powder. Follow the natural shape of your brows with a powder that matches your hair color, said Hernandez.

11. Wearing a foundation with SPF
Many formulas now include sun protection, which is wonderful for your everyday look. But on your wedding day, stick to a traditional foundation. The reason: “Some ingredients in the SPF formulas can cause the face to look white in flash photography,” said Fuller. If you’re going to be outdoors all day long, you can wear a sunscreen underneath your foundation, since that’ll sink into your skin rather than sitting on top of it with the foundation, said Fuller. But do a couple of test shots before the big day to make sure that you’re not left with a chalky complexion or a washed-out look, recommended Erica Bishop, makeup artist for Prescriptives.

12. Using airbrush foundation
Airbrush foundation can be a bride’s best friend — if you’re someone who doesn’t need a lot of coverage. “The finish is very lightweight, so the bride won’t feel as though she is wearing a mask,” said Mary C. Rascon, director and owner of Cambio Salon and Day Spa. But if you need more coverage, you may want to stick with a traditional formula. “If there’s an appearance of any smudge due to an accidental rub or too much perspiring, it’s a problem to repair airbrush makeup,” said Hope Henderson, makeup artist and founder of Beauty Mark.

13. Piling on the foundation
“Many brides believe that they have to have a heavier foundation in order to look good in photographs, but in fact, it’s the opposite,” said Cohen. “To be able to see the skin glowing underneath, a sheer foundation creates an amazing close up beauty shot in bridal portraits.” And piling on the makeup won’t make it last longer. “Just be sure to use a good primer and follow with a medium coverage foundation,” said Misha Shahzada of Artmix Beauty. Primer gives your foundation something to adhere to, helping it last all day long. It also minimizes the appearance of pores, giving you that porcelain look. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is always a top choice among beauty pros. But you don’t just need a facial primer — you also need an eye shadow primer to keep your shadow fresh and avoid creasing. Fuller recommends Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

14. Overdoing it with the powder
Powder can be great for mattifying your look, but when used under your eyes, it can sink into any tiny wrinkles and magnify them. “The under eye area can end up looking dry in photos with too much makeup,” said Giannoni. “To prevent this, you want to use very little powder under the eyes or skip it all together. The less powder, the better, to keep the under eye skin looking fresh and beautiful.”

15. Skipping body makeup
Makeup doesn’t end at your jaw line; Lauren Knuckles, professional makeup artist at Pucker, points out that it’s important to even out your complexion on your décolletage and back as well, since these areas are on display in a wedding gown. And Cohen likes to sweep a gold shimmer powder along the collarbones: “It helps to light up the face.”

16. Not waterproofing all of your makeup
You already know to wear waterproof mascara. But you should also wear waterproof foundation. “As a bride, you are bound to shed a few tears,” said Ludwig. “There is nothing worse than having streaks of black mascara running down your face or white streaks where your foundation came off.” And when you do cry, don’t wipe those tears — dab them instead. “Even if a bride does use waterproof makeup, consistently wiping her face of tears or sweat is going to completely destroy her makeup.”

17. Not giving your makeup time to set
Between each step of your makeup, give your makeup some time to dry. “Use a hair dryer set on the cool setting if time becomes an issue,” said Giannoni. “Your makeup will last longer if you let each step dry before the next one.”

Also, never apply your foundation with your fingers. “Using your fingers brings bacteria, germs, and even sometimes fingerprints,” said Nicole Zerafa, owner of Original Diva salon. “Using a sponge or brush will give your foundation a more natural look and will blend it more evenly into the skin.”

18. Over-tanning
A lot of brides try to get some extra sun during the week of the wedding. But remember that you are wearing white — “The contrast makes it look even more dramatic,” said Zuena. And, of course, trying to get a natural tan means you run the risk of burning or getting tan lines, meaning that your makeup artist will need to spend extra time combatting those problems.

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19. Getting a spray tan too close to the wedding
Don’t book your tanning session the day before the wedding; instead, build color gradually over several sessions in the weeks leading up to the big day. “Get the lightest shade possible, and let it build,” said Kelly. “This will let you test whether or not you like it, and you can control the evenness of the tan better.” Plus, your faux tan needs time to set in — if you get it done the day before, you run the risk of it bleeding onto your gown, according to Kristin Alexander of Esoteric Events.

Worried about it wearing off before the big day? Giannoni recommends placing an “emergency touch-up appointment” on hold for the day before the wedding in case you end up with any streaks from your previous sessions.

20. The mono-tan look
A spray tan often looks unnatural because it coats your body evenly with color; a natural tan simply doesn’t work that way. Instead, opt for airbrush and ask your artist to skip your face on the last pass. “It doesn’t look natural to have the entire face and eyelids all one deep tanned color,” said Giannoni. “It’s better to use a bronzer on the face to deepen the color of the complexion. The face and chest should match, but the center of the face should reflect light.”

21. Changing your skincare regimen
If you’re prone to breakouts, you may feel inclined to pile on the products to pre-empt pimples in the days leading up to your wedding, but it’s best to keep your routine consistent. “A few days before your wedding is not the time to experiment with skin treatments, peels, or products you are unfamiliar with,” said makeup artist and beauty expert Lindsey Lopez. “The best thing you can do is keep up with your skincare regimen as normal, and hydrate in the morning and night.”

If you don’t regularly get facials, don’t get one right before the wedding. “Beginning too soon before the wedding will encourage impurities and therefore pimples and blocked pores to come to the surface and spoil wedding day skin,” said Cohen. “It takes a few weeks before they are eventually cleared, so I always advise my brides to begin the facials at least three to four months in advance so that by the time their wedding day comes, their skin is totally clear and glowing.”

22. Not prepping your skin properly on the big day
Before you start applying makeup, it’s important to prep your skin properly. Hernandez recommends washing your face with a gentle cleanser, then using Bobbi Brown Extra Bright Advanced Moisture Lotion, which moisturizes while toning down any redness in your skin. Follow it up with a CC cream to even out your skin tone. And be sure to use a hydrating cream around your eyes — this helps your under eye concealer go on smoothly.

“I can’t tell you how many brides, bridesmaids, and moms show up with skin that is not exfoliated or moisturized,” said Fuller. “It is extremely difficult to apply makeup on to skin that is dry or flaky.” And if you have a breakout before the big day, leave those pimples alone. “Pimples that have been picked and are scabbed over on the wedding day — yikes! It’s easier to cover a pimple than it is to cover a scab.”

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23. Waxing the day before
“Wax brows or any other area of face at least five days before the big day to avoid marks or scabs,” said Dimitri James, celebrity makeup artist and creator of Skinn Cosmetics. And if you’ve never waxed before, don’t start now. “You can break out in a little rash around the area if your skin is not used to it,” said Kelly.

24. Forgetting about the bridal party’s makeup
Your bridesmaids are going to be in dozens of pictures with you; give them some guidelines regarding their makeup so that everyone looks cohesive. “You don’t want each of your bridesmaids with different hair and makeup because it looks ill planned and will ultimately distract from the bride, who should stand out from everyone else,” said Karuna Chani, international makeup artist and skin care consultant.

25. Not packing a sufficient emergency kit
Even with the most budge-proof makeup, you’re going to need to keep a few things on hand for touch-ups –- the wedding day is long! “No bride wants to look oily on her wedding day,” said Zerafa. “Oil absorbing sheets are the best way to avoid this; they don’t remove existing makeup.” Some other key products: your lip color, cotton swaps and tissues to fix any smudges, translucent powder, and lash glue if you’re wearing falsies.

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