Monday, July 28, 2014

The Most Unsuitable Wife - Teaser Tuesday & First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday Intros

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I do love historical western romances, especially those set in Texas, so I knew I'd enjoy THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE by Caroline Clemmons. What I liked best about this book was the strong heroine. Pearl has been responsible for taking care of other people her whole life, and she doesn't back away from challenges. But her self-sufficiency causes trouble. Drake is completely clueless when it comes to knowing what Pearl wants. He tells her: "I didn't ask you to change who you are. But couldn't you have tried to fit in a little until I got home? Go to a few tea parties and listen to women prattle? How hard could that be?" For Pearl, it's like punishment! A mystery adds tension to the plot--why are bad guys trying to cause Pearl harm?

THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE is Book One of The Kincaids Series, and I'm looking forward to reading the others soon.

FIRST PARAGRAPH:
Texas hill country, March 10, 1878
     "Marry by my thirtieth birthday or lose this ranch to my worthless uncle?" Seething with rage and betrayal, Drake Kincaid stepped off the porch of his ranch house, glared back at his grandfather and cousin Lex. "How could my own flesh and blood put me in this position? All I've worked for hangs by a wedding ring and a lace noose."

TEASER from 24% on my Kindle. 
"He--well, he hates me for having the nerve to turn down his marriage proposal four years ago. Dessie hates me because she knows he asked me before he proposed to her."

Genre: Historical Western Romance
Length: 248 Pages
Amazon Link: The Most Unsuitable Wife
Other Books by Caroline Clemmons: Amazon Author Page

Synopsis from Amazon:
Sensual Western Romance: Pearl Parker has to get her rag tag family away from Piper's Hollow, TN before more mischief finds them. Drake Kincaid's surprise proposal offers the solution she needs. But neither Drake nor Pearl realize trouble will follow them to Texas or why. Pearl is not the wife Drake's grandfather envisioned when he ordered Drake to marry by his 30th birthday. Pearl is not the meek wife Drake envisioned and he soon learns she has a mind of her own. Humor, adventure, murder, kidnapping and arson invade the passion this couple shares.

Most Unsuitable Bride Cover Oops! This book has a new cover! It's gorgeous, isn't it?



  

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87 comments:

Heather said...

Sounds like an event-filled page turner. Sounds like you enjoyed it! My teaser

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

You definitely got my attention with this one! I don't often read historical fiction, but I like the sound of this one...and on a superficial note: love that bed on the cover! LOL

Here's mine: “EVERGREEN”

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I like that bed too. Looks like a comfy cozy place to snuggle.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It's a good story.

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

Not my type of read, but I do like Historical Fiction. Hope you enjoyed it! :)

Caroline Clemmons said...

Thanks for featuring me on your blog, Sandra. I think I should tell you that is an old cover and there's a terrific new one I love designed by Kim Killion.

Caroline Clemmons said...

I also love that bed, but the newest cover has a man and woman on it with a lavender background to match the heroines eyes.

Franny said...

Love your teaser, Sandra! This seems like a great read, thanks for sharing!

Laura said...

Love this teaser! Definitely adding it to my TBR list. I don't read a lot of romance, but this sounds like it has just about everything you could ask for in a good Western romance. Thanks for coming by my Teaser.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Caroline,

I'm not sure which cover I prefer, although on the new version, the expression on Pearl's face, is priceless!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Ooops! Sorry I picked up the older cover. I'll find the new one and see if I can add it to the post.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It's a good story with fascinating characters. I think you'll enjoy it.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Sandra,

I quite like a good historical romance, from time to time, although I must admit that the Western slant to the story is not necessarily so easy for me to relate to.

I do like the idea of a strong, feisty heroine and a slightly clueless hero, who manages to counteract her very well, without really knowing he is doing so!

The only real Western romances I have read, are written by author Meg Mims and from what I can see, I am certain you would enjoy them ... I'll leave some links so that you can check them out.

http://www.fiction-books.biz/reviews/my-thoughts-about-double-crossing-by-meg-mims/

http://www.fiction-books.biz/weekly-memes/mailbox-monday/new-on-the-shelf-at-fiction-books-this-week/

Thanks for sharing and enjoy the story,

Yvonne

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for the links, Yvonne. These sound like books I'd enjoy.

Silvia said...

I'll probably check this one out, I LOVE historical romances and some western in it just sounds appealing to me! ;)

Thanks for sharing and here's my TT! :)

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like an exciting story! I like strong female leads and it sounds like Pearl is just that. I would keep reading.

Kero Sunshine said...

The cover is gorgeous. I wonder what kind of character Drake is. Please don't say he's a bad guy...
Here's my teaser.
Kero @ Kero's Book Blog

Nise' said...

I have not read a western historical in awhile. This one sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

cynthiastacey.com said...

Great teaser. sounds like an interesting read. I love historical romance. Thanks for stopping by my TT http://cynthiastacey.com/2014/07/29/teaser-tuesday-july-29/

Cleo Bannister said...

Hmm.. sure fire way to find an unsuitable wife I would have thought... Like the intro and the teaser, I do hope you are enjoying the ride. Thanks for visiting my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/teaser-tuesday-july-29/

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Pearl is an admirable character who you'll enjoy getting to know. This is a good story.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Without giving anything away, I can say that Drake is a good guy. He's just a little bit clueless about Pearl until he gets to know her better.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Definitely an enjoyable book. I plan to read the whole series (as time permits!)

Lexxie Lin said...

Sounds rally good, and with conflicts galore. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for stopping by earlier, Sandra. Happy reading.
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Suzie Quint said...

I may have to check this out. I love a good marriage of convenience story.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Heather, this story has a bit of everything - hunky hero, admirable and beautiful heroine, romance, humor, murder, kidnapping, arson, family, and a cast of secondary characters I love.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Laurel, I do hope you'll give THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE a read. If you do, please let me know whether or not I've converted you. ☺

Caroline Clemmons said...

Franny, thanks for commenting.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Laura, I hope you will read and enjoy THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE. I love the Kincaids and this book launches the family's stories.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Silvia, I hope you will check out THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE. I worked hard to research and write this book.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Drake is a wonderful man and handsome as can be. At the start of the story, he's angry that his parents' will included a ridiculous stipulation. His cousin Lex accompanies him, and Lex has a cool head. One thing Drake doesn't know is how to treat a real woman because his mom was snobbish and shallow. He thinks all women are like her. Pearl surprises him.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Nise', I hope you'll give THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE a try.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Lexie Lin, yes THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE has lots of conflicts and obstacles. But it is a romance, so you know there's a happily-ever-after.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Suzie, so do I and I hope you find this one to your liking.

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

Sandra, you always seem to share the best western novels. In reading the first paragraph, I could already see the film in my mind; I like when authors pain lucid pictures and settings :) Thanks for sharing!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

I'm not a big romance reader, but I loved how that intro was so very Texas!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Caroline Clemmons is such an excellent writer. You'll love anything she has written.

Amanda Hootie Clark said...

Hmm... I'm not much for Historical Romance or Westerns but this situation sounds like something I've been through before lol! Thanks for sharing :)

Jenny Quinlan said...

That sounds like a difficult situation ! Lol

Jess @ Jess Time To Read said...

Great teaser! Nothing like a good historical romance. Thank you for stopping by. :)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Oh, I hope you haven't been through what Pearl has experienced!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I agree. I really enjoy them.

madamevauquer said...

That sounds cute, Sandy.

Thanks for coming by mine to see the Hamish Macbeth one. http://wp.me/pZnGI-ae

The Gal Herself said...

"Marry by her 30th birthday." I imagine that, if in those days, a woman wasn't married by 30 she was either destined to be a spinster, or she REALLY didn't want to marry for some reason. So your teaser intrigued me.

Alice Audrey said...

Guys who claim they don't want to change you, but prove themselves wrong in the same sentence drive me nuts.

Leslie said...

Great Teaser!! Here's mine.

http://disturbia0509.blogspot.com/2014/07/teaser-tuesday-729.html

Caroline Clemmons said...

Claudia, thank you for the lovely compliment. I hope you'll read THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE and that you enjoy the book.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Except for the novella LONG WAY HOME, each of my books takes place primarily in Texas. Think of THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE as a mystery, adventure, women's fiction, with romance thrown in. ☺

Caroline Clemmons said...

My heart is stabbed by your comment, Amanda. ☺ Try this one, won't you? I might convert you.

kelley jensen said...

sounds like he's been issued a challenge. enjoy your book. Kelley at the road goes ever ever on

Caroline Clemmons said...

At times a person will cut off his nose to spite his face. Don't worry, Drake learns his lesson and becomes a wonderful husband--eventually.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Jess, I'm glad you like historical romance. I hope you also like western historical romances.

Caroline Clemmons said...

No, the hero must marry by his thirtieth birthday. He barely makes the deadline. Pearl is not the biddable wife he envisioned and teaches him a lot about women and himself.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Drake didn't want to change. He went kicking and screaming and surprised the heck out of himself when he realized he liked the new person he'd become.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Kelley, I hope you'll accept the challenge as well and read the book. Thanks for commenting.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Thanks for commenting, Leslie.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Thank you for commenting madame vaquer.

Louisa Paarsmarkt said...

Awesome first chapter-and teaser! I feel sorry for her, it's not her fault that the guy proposed to her first! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

What's funny is that the man who proposed to Pearl (and who she declined) is a minister. He and his wife launched a campaign against Pearl and the young people she has taken under her wing. The reverend and his wife are not nice people--to put it mildly.

fredamans said...

Sounds like a story that will pull you right into the drama.

Kym said...

This looks great. I love Western Romances. One of my favorites is one that Nora Roberts wrote, but this looks pretty good too.

Yvonne said...

Although I'm not a huge historical fiction fan, I do love western historicals and this sounds really good.

Caroline Clemmons said...

As Sandra explained, the passage isn't about the man Pearl married, but a small-minded man in her home village. Pearl is surprised when Drake proposes, but snaps up his offer as soon as he agrees to let her family accompany them to Texas.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Not a fan of westerns or romances so this is probably a NO for me. I hope you enjoy it and am happy you decided to join us this week.

Caroline Clemmons said...

That is my plan. ☺

Caroline Clemmons said...

Even being mentioned in the same sentence with Nora Roberts is a high for me. She is one of the reasons I wanted to write romance. MONTANA SKY is one of my faves of her books.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Yvonne, thank you. I hope you will give THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE a chance and that you enjoy reading the book.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Diane, different strokes and all that. Thanks for commenting anyway.

sherry fundin said...

Uh oh. I'm not a tea party going gal either. LOL
sherry @ fundinmental

Alicia Batista said...

Ooh, sounds like an awesome read!! I'll have to check that one out!

Thanks for stopping by my TT @ Addicted Readers!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Alicia, thanks for commenting. I hope you give my book a read.

Deasy Yolanda said...

I've never read any historical romance before, but would like to try a new one. I'm sure that genre will help me a lot to understand other country's old history and culture. You made a very good teaser, giving us a little hint about Pearl's trait by quoting Drake's request to her. Personally, I like the first cover (one with the bed) more than the second. It looks much more romantic and girlish in certain way :P
thanks for checking out my blog!

jacquie said...

This sounds like the centuries old dilemma of what a man expects a woman to be...and what they want for themselves!

Sheri said...

Your pick sounds good! Thanks for stopping by Shut Up & Read!

Cassie said...

I enjoy reading marriage of convenience stories! Thanks for sharing!

Rachel Hoyt said...

This sounds like a great read! I love strong heroines. :) I definitely like the new cover better, too. Great teaser!!

Rachel @ Paper Cuts

Naomi Hop said...

Ooh... this guy proposed to her too.... awkward!

Thanx for visiting my TT
Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

Caroline Clemmons said...

Yvonne, I love Meg Mims as well. If you enjoyed her books, you'd enjoy mine and that of many of my fellow writers including Jacquie Rogers, Debra Holland, Sylvia McDaniel, Kirsten Osbourne, Merry Farmer, and Callie Hutton. Give us a chance.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Pearl is strong--she's had to be--but she is also compassionate and kind. She is one of my all time favorite heroines. I based her on a tiny kernel of a story my grandmother told me about a woman in her tiny Tennessee village. The story of what happened when Pearl was born was true, I'm sad to say. Grandmother didn't know what happened to the girl, so I wrote a happy ending for her. One of the great things about being a writer!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Thanks you, Cynthia. I hope you love my historical romances.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Not many of us are. Pearl wants to be productive, and she is. Poor Drake has to learn to adjust, but he finds the trouble is worth the happiness.

Caroline Clemmons said...

The first cover was provided by the original publisher. When the rights reverted to me, I had to furnish a new cover. I like both, but prefer the latest one. I hope you'll try THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE and that you'll enjoy reading about Pearl and Drake. Theirs is the first of a series I intend to continue for quite some time.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Pearl wants to be a good wife, but she has her ideas of what that entails. Drake expects her to be as snooty as his mom. Fortunately, she isn't.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Sheri, thank you for commenting on THE MOST UNSUITABLE WIFE. I hope you'll give this book a read.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Cassie, I love them also, and have written several. I hope you'll read Pearl and Drake's story.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Rachel, thank you so much for your comment. Pearl is a strong heroine. She is kind, compassionate, and a truly good person. After enduring hardship all her life, I was glad to give her a happily-ever-after with Drake.

Caroline Clemmons said...

And they say nothing's worse than a woman scorned, but a petty man scorned is by far worse in this case. Fortunately, she finds a good man but has to train him. Isn't that always the case? ☺