Who: You’re invited to join us on Feb. 17th-Apr. 13th, 2016 at a fun party both online and in person. And exciting news!! This one-time event has just blossomed into another 9-week online book club. All dates are posted below…

Lassoed Angela Postcard

The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection, featuring Bridal Whispers by Angela Breidenbach

What: Sharing the story-behind-the-story of each novella in The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection, from Barbour Publishing. Google Hangout On Air.

Where: Online (links below for each weekly event) or in person at The Greatest Gift and Scripture Supply Store, 505 N. Grand Ave, Pueblo, CO.

When: Feb. 17th-Apr. 13th, 2016, 11 am MST.

Why: Fun! Each author will be sharing a variety of things with readers and book clubs like historic facts, inspiration behind the story, and some amazing artifacts like an amethyst glass Swedish toll painted pitcher, a circuit-riding preacher’s Bible, fascinating ideas, and more…

How: Click the link to join the event (then on that day, watch for the word “Live” to show up on the video box in the top right corner, click the yellow “LIVE” logo to pop out your viewing window and enjoy the event.)

OR attend in person at the store and let us worry about the techie side of life.
The Greatest Gift and Scripture Supply Store
505 N. Grand
Pueblo, CO.

Full Schedule of Authors,
Click on the author’s name to join that event.

Feb. 17th — Angela Breidenbach introduces The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection Online Book Club. She’ll share about her novella, Bridal Whispers, and show artifacts that inspired the novella based on her grandparents’ love story.

Feb. 24th — Angela Bell, author of The Substitute Bride

Mar. 2nd — Lisa Carter, author of Mule Dazed

Mar. 9th — Book Club Game. Angela will lead chat on Mary Connealy’s novella, The Sweetwater Bride, and teach how to play the book club game, Story String Slam!

Mar. 16th — Rebecca Jepson, author of A Highbrow Hoodwink

Mar. 23rd — Amy Lillard, author of Not So Pretty Penny, pre-recorded

Mar. 30th — Gina Welborn, author of All’s Fair

Apr. 6th — Kathleen Y’Barbo, prerecorded, author of The Colorado Coincidence

Apr. 13th — Rose Ross Zediker, prerecorded, Railroaded Into Love

This is the book with all the romantic novellas you’ll be hearing about 🙂
TITLE: The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection
PUBLISHER: Barbour Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1634091206
ECPA Bestseller Features the novella, Bridal Whispers, by Angela Breidenbach.

ECPA Bestseller Features the novella, Bridal Whispers, by Angela Breidenbach.

Come along on a romantic journey jam-packed with all the angst of marriages founded upon practical choices as well as coercion. Meet nine couples who barely know each other before they find themselves suddenly married to please family, to stem the tide of gossip, to save the land and joined for life. But can love grow when duty comes before romance?


While visiting with The Vine Bookstore during a live video hangout, I promised a few photos of the true, behind-the-scenes people and artifacts from the Bridal Whispers novella Included in Barbour Publishing’s romance collection, Lassoed by Marriage. Here they are 🙂

My grandma amd her siblings with my great-grandma. Moor-moor is the littlest.

Moor-moor’s grape necklace, still a mystery who the young man is that never returned the earbobs.

Grandpa’s store in Foxhome, MN

Swedish amethyst handblown glass pitcher. Moor-moor’s inheritance. Circa 1850s, Sweden. Because the design was stolen, according to a Swedish museum, it’s not worth high value. But to me it’s priceless!

My grandma graduated 8th grade when she was 21. She went on to high school and nursing trade school!

A little closer look. Grandpa is in the suit. He’s very handsome 🙂

My grandparents wedding photo.

Grandpa farming, 10 years after marrying my grandma.

My grandma kept nursing and eventually graduated with higher degrees.

I believe this is their 25th anniversary.

My Swedish great-grandma is the girl standing on the right. Her parents are seated. Sven is the one with the farming name attached, but I found the farm in way northern Sweden on an island…Skomakare Sven Kjell.

Grandpa’s clock, marked made in Oct. 1888

Me and Moor-moor. I think I was 8-ish. I think it was her birthday.

Oh! And my grandpa’s church…they really never did attend one another’s churches. He was Methodist and she was Lutheran, attending a Swedish speaking church. But, in their elder years, when Grandpa stayed home, they loved watching Calvary Chapel on TV in the living room. I often watched with them and attended youth events there sometimes.

Did you miss the live online video event? Join the online book club and catch up by watching the videos. Here’s the Schedule for All Lassoed by Marriage Online Book club talks…

Angela Breidenbach’s chat sharing the stories behind these photos and how they inspired her novella, Bridal Whispers.

Angela Bell’s chat and the inspiration behind her novella, The Substitute Bride.

Meet Susanne Dietze

        Meet Susanne Dietze

When reading a story, I often wonder how it all came about—the characters, plot, or the setting. Writers find inspiration in amazing places, but the muse for Austen in Austin was pretty remarkable. It was gifted to a group of friends, which is a pretty special beginning.

I belong to a group blog, Inkwell Inspirations. One day we were chatting about Jane Austen adaptations. At some point, Anita Mae Draper, who writes western romances, said she might like Mr. Darcy better if he wore a Stetson.

That was it: a few of us were inspired to write western-set novellas inspired by Austen novels, characters and plots. Eight of us joined the project. We talked titles, and I jokingly suggested Austen in Austin. It stuck! Now we’re thrilled to have two volumes of Austen in Austin releasing this year with White Fire Publishing: one this week, and another in the autumn.

Austen enthusiasts will know she didn’t publish eight novels, but we managed to find a way around that. Six of Austen’s well-loved published works are represented in the two collections, as is Lady Susan, an early novel which was not published until 1871. Sense and Sensibility has the honor of inspiring two novellas in our volumes: one with a “Marianne” story and one with an “Elinor” story, although the heroines in our versions are not sisters.

However, our stories are inspired retellings with a Texas twist, and the characters have different names and occupations than the iconic Austen characters that inspired them. Each of the stories is set in historical Austin, Texas around a fictional ladies’ finishing school, the Jeannette C. Austen Academy. The characters have a bit of overlap in each other’s stories, and even between the volumes.

I love Pride and Prejudice, so it was a treat to write a P&P-inspired novella. The title, One Word From You, is taken from a quote spoken by Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet. Like Mr. Darcy, my hero Will Delacourt has family money, but in the spirit of 1880’s Texas, he’s also the owner of a railroad. My heroine Eliza Branch is modeled after Elizabeth Bennet, but unlike her Regency-era counterpart, Eliza is able to earn a little money to help her family by writing for a newspaper.

To celebrate the release, I’m giving away a prize package on my website, which includes a copy of Austen in Austin, Volume I (paperback or e-book, winner’s choice); The Jane Austen Devotional by Steffany Woolsey, and a mini notebook. Please stop by www.susannedietze.com to enter the contest using Rafflecopter. It’s easy to enter! Contest runs through 11:59 pm PST, January 15, 2016.

Don't miss the contest!

                Don’t miss the contest!

About Susanne:

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she writes in the hope that her historical romances will encourage and entertain others. A pastor’s wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, travel, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. Susanne is the author of six new and upcoming novellas.

Susanne’s Links:

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Susanne’s Amazon Page: Follow Suzanne on Amazon to get notified of future book releases.

Don't miss the contest!

Don’t miss the contest!

About the Austen in Austin stories:

Four Texas-Set Novellas Based on Jane Austen’s Novels. Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love–Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes:

If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn, based on Emma
A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protégé falls for the wrong suitor.

Romantic Refinements by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility
A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love . . . twice.

One Word from You by Susanne Dietze, based on Pride and Prejudice
A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams, but her prejudice may cost her true love . . . and her career.

Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin, based on Northanger Abbey
A timid gothic dime-novel enthusiast tries to solve the mystery of a haunted cemetery and, even more shocking, why two equally charming suitors compete for her attentions.