One Last Chance (Last Chance Brides #1): A Historical Romance by Emma Connor

ImageBRAND-NEW SERIES! I just love this book and am so excited to have signed Emma Connor for this wonderful historical series! Don’t forget to stop and say hi to Emma Connor on her page!

A Historical Romance
(Last Chance Brides #1)


Emma Connor

Published by Eve Paludan Books

Go West, young man! In a young country where men went West to seek their fortunes, there was something important that most of them forgot to bring: women!

Successful, respectable men seek twenty-two healthy, proper, unmarried young ladies to relocate to the booming town of Last Chance, in Washington Territory. Purpose: Matrimony. Safe passage and all expenses paid.

Four visionary men who longed for land instead of gold went further north–into the Washington Territory–and founded the boom town of Last Chance. The town needs the civilizing influence of proper women in order to grow and prosper.

Together, these friends decide to bring 22 brides-to-be to Last Chance, for a small fee to the prospective grooms. It’s going to be a long process: the advertisement, choosing the women, and sailing around the Horn with them back to Last Chance.

– Logan owns the lumber mill. He’s only interested in one woman, the one he foolishly left behind in New Orleans, a week before their wedding, some years ago.

– Cole, the ambitious second son of an earl, runs ships that carry the lumber and other goods. He’s focused on his business and he’s filthy rich.

– Joshua builds things and wants to build more. He’s only interested in soiled doves, and no commitment.

– Garrett is the salt of the earth, the hardest-working foreman they have ever known. He wants a bride, but doesn’t know how he can even afford one.

As One Last Chance (Last Chance Brides #1) opens, no one is more surprised than Logan when he comes face to face with Charlotte, the woman he jilted years before. He’s shocked, shocked that she has answered the advertisement. And she’s devastated to come face to face with the man who wrecked her life, and especially under these embarrassing circumstances.

Charlotte wants to escape the aftermath of the war-ravaged South and insists that she wants to find herself a husband in the Washington Territory. She’s certain she doesn’t want to marry Logan because, after all, he left her to survive the war on her own! Logan has a long voyage in which to try to convince Charlotte he’s not the same guy who broke her heart. Of course, some of the other women are interested in Logan, too.

It’s going to be a bumpy ride around the Horn! There will be historical romance, perils, humor, friendship, competition, heartbreak and adventure. Get ready because here come the brides of Last Chance!

˃˃˃ Emma Connor is the new pen name of an award-winning historical romance novelist. She takes the concept of “mail-order” brides to a whole new level. Her heroines are gutsy, beautiful, smart and anything but meek! And the Washington Territory in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place to cheer, “Here come the brides!”

By evepaludan

A list of books published in 2013!

2013 Book Releases – One Crazy Busy Year

As you can probably surmise, I nearly chained myself to the computer in 2013. Somehow, though, I managed to squeeze in not one, but three vacations and a few mommy-sittings! Almost every week, I also had a half-day photography lesson and/or a half day at the beach. I do love my life.

People ask me how I get so much done. I tell them: I don’t own a TV and really don’t want one; I live alone; I don’t play any games, online or otherwise; I work 12 or more hours almost every day; I don’t go to sleep every night; I hire editors, book cover designers, promoters and occasionally, credited co-authors; I want this more than anything else I have ever wanted–it’s my dream and I live it every day. Thank you to my readers, family and friends! I appreciate you coming along for this wild ride that was 2013.

As publisher and editor:

The Undone Man by Mike Cecconi (October 12, 2013 – Kindle)

As editor:

I edited 48 works by other authors. I am not exaggerating. It’s how I keep a roof over my head when book sales lag. Bless you, my editing clients, public and private. I cheer for you when your book becomes a bestseller. Sometimes, I stay up all night on release day, watching your rankings and cheering like it’s a hockey game. Sometimes I cry with happiness because I know how hard it is to write a book and accept other people’s constructive suggestions. Boy, do I!

As author or co-author, here are the fifteen releases of 2013 in chronological order:

Finding Jessie (January 23, 2013 – Kindle)

Witchy Business* Witch Detectives #1 (April 4, 2013 – Kindle – J.R. Rain Press)

Chasing Broadway (April 22, 2013 – Kindle)

Burning Brotherhood of the Blade #1 (April 24, 2013 – Kindle – J.R. Rain Press)

Afterglow Brotherhood of the Blade #2 (May 27, 2013 – Kindle – J.R. Rain Press)

Witch and Famous* Witch Detectives #2 (June 18, 2013 – Kindle – J.R. Rain Press)

Witchy Business* Witch Detectives #1 (June 19, 2013 – Paperback)

Witch and Famous* Witch Detectives #2 (July 11, 2013 – Paperback)

Burning Brotherhood of the Blade #1 (Sept 11, 2013 – Audiobook – J.R. Rain Press)

Afterglow Brotherhood of the Blade #2 (Sept 30, 2013 – Audiobook – J.R. Rain Press)

Radiance Brotherhood of the Blade #3 (October 1, 2013 – Kindle – J.R. Rain Press)

Werewolf Interrupted* Werewolf Detectives #1 (October 25, 2013 – Kindle)

Radiance Brotherhood of the Blade #3 (November 22, 2013 – Audiobook – J.R. Rain Press)

Three Christmas Wishes (December 13, 2013 – Kindle)

Witchy Business* Witch Detectives #1 (December 17, 2013 – Audiobook – J.R. Rain Press)

*Co-authored. Some of my books in 2013 had co-authors: Suzanne Wilson for Werewolf Detectives (she wants to write #4 with me, too, woohoo!; Stuart Sharp for Witch Detectives #1, #2, and #3 (#4 and beyond of Witch Detectives series will be written by me alone and Witch Bones looks like it will be ready by the end of March for a release – Rebecca and Elle and going to team up against the bad guys this time!).

If you see “J.R. Rain Press” next to some of the books above, he was the Kindle publisher and audio producer for those books. Thanks, J.R.! You’re the best!

David H. Doucot, your book covers are amazing, whether you are using stock photos or something you create from scratch. My enthusiastic thanks and admiration!

Thanks to April M. Reign for creating the cute cover for Chasing Broadway and helping me with the title!

And thanks to Marilyn Gould for creating the main artwork for the cover of Three Christmas Wishes, and licensed through

Last but never least, thank you to my editors, Tracy Seybold and Phoebe Moore West!

To my promoters, I couldn’t do it without you. Thanks a million!

What a year!

What will 2014 bring?

Lots of surprises!

By evepaludan

The Undone Man : A Science Fiction Novella is released!

What if everything you ever believed about how the universe works went slightly off-kilter?

THE UNDONE MAN is the thought-provoking debut novella of author and comedy club entertainer Mike Cecconi, who blends “what-if” science fiction with a darkly funny satire of pop culture, politics, and a man’s yearning to escape from his job in a call center. The protagonist is tormented by his desire for a woman he can’t have, his regret over leaving behind his rock ‘n roll aspirations and a simmering anxiety that his life is without true purpose or meaning.

When a reclusive local billionaire unexpectedly invites the hero to his mansion for a birthday dinner, everything he has ever known or believed about life and the universe is about to change–suddenly, he’s faced with a challenge unlike any other. Lives are at stake and the clock is ticking.

With nods to Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, and other classic genre writers, and with new twists on popular sci-fi and fantasy tropes, the author brings home what it means to become an UNDONE MAN.


Mike Cecconi was born and raised in central New York State and has a degree in screenwriting from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. While living a number of years in Los Angeles and a shorter while in Brooklyn, attempting to break into film, he rediscovered his love of the other writing forms, has performed comedy at events such as Tramiversary 5 in Utica, New York and the Anti-Folk Festival in New York City’s Lower East Side. He has had poetry published in literary journals such as Britain’s Critical Quarterly and New York’s Doubly Mad, most recently in the Utica Poets Society’s Spring/Summer Compendium. Mike currently lives in his hometown in central New York; this is his first published long-form prose.

Eve Paludan is a bestselling author of paranormal mystery romance and fantasy novels (witches, vampires, and angels) and she also edits for several bestselling authors. She edited and published Mike Cecconi’s novella because it was that compelling of a tale.

By evepaludan