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About Marisa Masterson
I'm a retired teacher, but I've found a new life as an author. A busy life!
Actually, I'm many things--a wife, a mother, a grandmama. These keep me hopping with a huge smile on my face.
I didn't teach history, but it's always been a passion of mine. No wonder so many of my romances are historical stories. I want to create that recreate that life and time for my readers. I often focus on my home state of Wisconsin. Growing up, I loved hearing stories about my family homesteading in that state. Those stories, in part, are what inspired me to begin writing.
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This miracle child is not Frankie's, so why does she risk her marriage to keep the little girl? Frankie's worry is only about her proxy groom. She has no idea of the danger that follows the child.
Frances "Frankie" Elder is brutally frank. It's what led to her firing by the school board. The advertisement for a bride/teacher seems heaven sent. The fact that her groom demands a proxy marriage doesn't faze her. She was already sure this would be a business arrangement rather than a real marriage.
On her way from Wisconsin to Wyoming, Frankie stops in Chicago to buy warmer clothing. Instead, she ends up with a child. What's a woman to do? She's longed for a little one. Besides, the girl clings to her, craving love. But will her husband find the girl as irresistible as she does?
Boswick "Boss" Carter is the first mayor of Scrub Brush, Wyoming. When the town demands a teacher, he agrees to send for a mail-order bride who's a trained teacher. Winter nights are lonely and he's a terrible cook. This will solve both his problem and the town's.
To be sure the woman doesn't cheat him out of the cost of a ticket, he demands she marry him by proxy. Of course, he doesn't bother taking part in a proxy ceremony. That way he can decide if he'll keep her.
What should be a business arrangement quickly becomes a matter of the heart. The three would be a happy family, if only the kidnappers stopped coming at night. Who's sending them and how can they keep their adopted child safe?
If Darrell Dean wants to inherit half of the Silver Queen mine, he needs to marry. Though he doesn't even like the girl, he agrees to marry the local saloon owner's daughter. He doesn't expect the surprise that he receives when a woman interrupts the wedding.
If Willa VanDurring wants to escape the danger stalking her, she needs a new name and a somewhere far away to go. At her guardian's urging, she agrees to marry Darrell Dean by proxy and then immediately leaves to join him in Colorado. She doesn't expect to interrupt his wedding when she arrives.
Can a man who didn't agree to marry the proxy bride and a woman pursued by murderers make a life together? What happens when the danger finds her? In a town with no law, how will she survive?
Michael Brewster needs a wife as he sets up a new business. That’s all! No complications or tender feelings will soften his hard heart or get in the way of his plans to build an empire.
Hetty Fields arrives by train on the very day of the first Oklahoma Land Run. She’s a day late, upsetting her groom's perfect schedule. Add to that, she does something to him that threatens to awaken his sleeping emotions. And then he sees the baby…
Why didn’t she warn him about the baby? How can he want a woman he doesn’t entirely trust?
If you enjoy sweet romance set against historical events with light suspense, this book is one for you to read!
Praise for Regina’s Replacement by Marisa Masterson by Amazon Customers
“This book had my attention from the first page to the very end.”
“I am always delighted to read a romance authored by Marisa Masterson. Her writing style is elegant in its simplicity, anointing the ordinary.”
“Very sweet story of two broken people who think that love is a fabricated fairy tale.”
Roland Devers vowed to stay a bachelor after his fiancée broke off their engagement. He never expected to raise a child, especially not a girl. His brother’s death lands the four-year-old at his livery and into his care.
Lilah Jo Henry struggles through life. Her husband’s death only adds to those struggles. Her sixteen-year-old daughter’s scandalous behavior gives Lilah the push she needs to move the two of them away.
A matchmaker’s advertisement and the promise of marriage to a stranger seem the only way to make that happen. Will a mature couple risk falling in love?
Note: While the same matchmaker appears in the books of this series, each is a stand-alone sweet romance.
Tamsyn Glasson has a secret. Hopefully, the man who invited her west will marry her before he discovers it. Otherwise, where will she go?
On the run for almost nine months, Tamsyn agrees to marry a rancher in Montana. He wants a cook, something that causes her to believe that the marriage will be a business agreement.
For Deke Collingwood, the marriage is more about the future than business. He is creating a ranching empire, and this woman will play a key role in providing the heir for it.
Not that he expected the first baby to arrive only days after she arrives.
Will the tough rancher summon up enough tenderness to accept the secret baby and also woo a wife who fears men?
Renie Hunter gladly accepts Harland McGregor's proposal before he leaves to join the Army of the West. Two years pass before he finally sends for her. Her uncle, the man who raised her, insists the young couple marry by proxy before she leaves. After all, he argues, New Mexico is far from the world they know.
The proxy marriage might prove to be a bad idea. When Renie arrives in the small western town of Harmony, the husband who meets her train seems different from the sweetheart who slipped the small ring on her finger years earlier. Will she still be able to reach the tenderness buried deep inside Harland?
The novel is loosely based on the Lincoln County War.
"The author creates a memorable story of inspiration and love for the readers from beginning to the climax of this story."--Kindle Customer
Dun, a former Pinkerton agent, finally has what he considers a hometown. All that is missing is a bride. Easy to fix! He simply writes away for one.
There's no way he could know the wild adventure she brings with her. And will he believe what he learns about his own birth?
This is a standalone novel. Characters from A Bride for Boss do appear in it, but one can easily read this book without first reading that one. If you read A Bride for Boss, find out the rest of Dun's story.
Minnie Carver has a brother and sister to provide for and no way to do it. The sudden announcement of a run for land in Oklahoma seems sent straight from the Lord.
Reg Baker knows his brother will inherit the family's store--the same brother who married Reg's fiancée. When his father reads about the proposed Oklahoma Land Run, the man offers what Reg will need to set up a store. If only his father could heal his son's broken heart as easily.
Will a rival store owner's gossip ruin the one chance that Minnie and Reg have at healing and true happiness?
Praise for Marisa Masterson’s Books
The author did an awesome job of bringing the characters together. I would recommend this book to readers who like adventure and happily ever afters. (Ruby’s Risk, Kindle Reviewer)So many life topics take place in this story. A lot of characters to read about. Each bringing a different prospective to the book. I highly recommend reading this story. (Brewster’s Baby, Kindle Reviewer)
The accident that kills her parents leaves Sookie Donaldson mute. She grasps at the chance to be a mail-order bride. The only catch is that she must also be able to teach school.
Since Sookie taught school for a number of years that is no problem. Hopefully in Nebraska, people will welcome any trained teacher--even one who cannot speak. She fits all the requirements outlined by Milly Crenshaw, the matchmaker. The man in Nebraska is a perfect match. She hopes.
Will her surly groom send her back on the first train east when he realizes Sookie is silent? And who is the man who shadows her every movement in her new hometown?
Suddenly, Sookie's silence stands in her way of both happiness and safety.
While it’s late in the season to start out, a wagon train forms to head to Colorado. She has no choice but to go with her father, leaving in late July.
The trip will be only 6oo miles. Easily done before snow falls. What could go wrong?
Glory will learn the answer to that on the trail. An answer that leads to a rushed marriage at the wrong time with a man who's simply Heaven sent.
Francine 'Francy' Dinsmore loses the security she's always known with the death of her father. Life so far has treated Francy tenderly and expected very little from her.
Beau LeFevre abandons a hopeless future to venture west. The only thing he needs before he leaves is a wife. When the elegant woman arrives from the matchmaker, he marries her wondering all the while what made the matchmaker send this bride to him.
How can he make a marriage work with this spoiled woman? Life on the trail leads him to believe someone made a mistake!
Will this turn out to be a happy accident and a sound pairing with the only woman who can win his heart?
Wynona Thorne lives a hard-scrabble existence with her father. At least their life was peaceful. That all changed when her father died. Her brother's behavior turns violent now that Wynona's father isn't there to stop him. Desperate, she takes her future into her own hands by answering an advertisement to be a mail-order bride.
Neither the groom or bride are completely transparent in their letters. He travels with a circus. She's, well, stout! When they meet, Cornelius Branard refuses to marry Wynona.
Stranded at the circus, what will Wynona do? Can she trust the strong giant who is built so much like her terrible brother? Wynona will need to decide quickly as danger follows her from her hometown.