Julia Ridgmont grew up in the American West, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she knows how to ride a horse. What it does mean, however, is that she loves to weave the country’s rich history into riveting tales full of romance and intrigue.

When she’s not writing, Julia enjoys cooking, sewing costumes for her children, spending time with her husband, and watching her children perform in sports or plays—or, if she’s really bored or stuck on a plot twist, cleaning the house. She also writes contemporary inspirational romance under her real name, Laura L. Walker.

Follow Julia as she unveils heroes whose strength and courage are only surpassed by their tenderness, and heroines who hide their lonely hearts with a cover of steel. It will take overcoming insurmountable odds and an iron will for them to find a love that lasts forever. Luckily, they have Julia to help them along.
To guard his heart or protect two little girls . . . Is he willing to risk it all?
 
1871

Pinkerton detective Chas Bryant’s last job for the agency is supposed to be easy—deliver a cache of stolen items back to Mount Vernon after recovering them from profiteers. Soon, however, Chas discovers that nothing in this case is simple. When he’s called upon to search for a little girl gone missing after her parents are murdered, there’s only one woman who can help him . . . but he’ll need to make her his wife in order to complete the investigation.

Jessica Flanders is only trying to rescue her younger sister from a fate bleaker than death. How can the powers that be possibly think that separating them from each other is a good idea? Jessica made a dying promise to her parents. Now she needs Chas’s help to get her sister back, but when they dig deeper into the matter, they discover another little girl with an even greater need for being rescued.

Soon it becomes clear that someone else is searching for the missing girl, too. Can they keep her safe until the case is solved and the murderers are caught? If so, Chas and Jessica will need to forge a bond that is stronger than the evil forces surrounding them, and in the process, a love that will never be lost.

Read each of the Pinkerton Matchmaker stories in any order. These agents give the phrase “married to your work” a whole new meaning!

Q & A With the Author:
1.When did you write your first novel?   I completed my first novel in 2013, although I have been writing since I was a child.
2. What drove you to write / why did you become an author? There’s something inside of me that drives me to write. I love exploring new characters and ideas. I’ve always been a pretty good daydreamer, and it has carried over
into adulthood. So don’t ever let anyone make you feel like being a daydreamer is a bad thing!
3. How do you create your characters? I start off by daydreaming about them and then once a small plot idea forms, I start writing, letting my characters take over. I’ve found they’ll usually tell me what they want to say and do. I just have to get out of their way. Once in a blue moon, though, my characters are stubbornly silent, and I have to invent a few more side characters to help them along, such as is the case with my current project. Bleh!
4. What is one thing you love about Fall / Autumn? Too many things! I love when the weather turns cooler and, although we don’t get much of it in Arizona, when the leaves turn colors. I also love the smells of pumpkin pie and muffins. Thanksgiving is actually one of my favorite holidays. As for Halloween, I loved it as a kid but find I don’t like it quite as much as an adult. But I do enjoy watching my kids have fun dressing up and trick-or-treating.
5. Who is the person or group of people that most support you in your writing? My husband and kids!
6. What is your favorite Halloween Memory? One of my favorite memories isn’t exclusive to Halloween, although it happened during that holiday, too. My mom was a terrific baker, and she enjoyed baking sugar cookies. My brothers and sisters and I loved helping her! For almost every major holiday we celebrated, she made a big batch of cookie dough and we enjoyed cutting out cookies in shapes that went with the holiday we were
celebrating. It’s a special memory that I will always cherish!
 

 

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