The Sons of Johnny Hastings/ Clinton Ryan

Welcome to another stop in The Sons of Johnny Hastings Blog Tour. I have Maddie Taylor hanging out with me today. Maddie is the author ‘The Juniper Bride’.

Hi Maddie!

Q   If you could be transported back in time to the nineteenth century, what is the most appealing thing about it? The least appealing thing?

A Um, nothing really.  As you will find from the rest of my answers, I am a city gal who likes my comforts. I also enjoy all of our modern day conveniences, but I love the fantasy and romance of a western.  Think about a cowboy: big, strong, ruggedly handsome and all man.  That is definitely appealing.

I have to agree with you on both counts, Maddie. I enjoy my comforts too and a strong rugged cowboy is definitely appealing 😉


The Juniper Bride by Maddie Taylor


Emmalee Gray watches in frustration as her fiancé, Clinton Ryan, boards a train heading west. Told to stay behind and prepare for their wedding as Clint embarks on a mysterious errand, Em has other ideas. She doesn’t want to remain home without him, especially with her witch of a stepmother and a father who barely knows she exists. She’d much rather risk Clint’s wrath and follow him, planning to stay hidden until she gets so far away from Boston he wouldn’t dare send her back alone. Then she can enjoy some private time and maybe a little adventure with her gorgeous fiancé, in advance of their nuptials.

Unfortunately, Emmalee is a magnet for trouble and finds herself in one scrape after another. To keep her safe, Clint lays down the law: obey his orders or suffer the consequences over his knee.

Can they make it to their destination in one piece? When they do, and Clint’s past is revealed, how will Emmalee react, and will she ever find out why people keep calling her a “juniper bride?” With danger and intrigue swirling around them at every turn, can their passionate love survive?



“Turn around and look at me, Em.”

“I’d rather not.”

“It was not a suggestion, sweetheart.”  Easily, he turned her stiff body to face him.  Unable to meet his eyes, she closed her eyes tightly.  His hand at her chin tilted it upward, but she held firm.

“Look at me.”

She shook her head.

“Is another trip over my knee necessary to get you to obey me?”

Her eyes flew open and she gasped in shock.  His stern face filled her vision.  “You are a brute, Clinton Ryan.  I will never forgive you for this humiliation.  What a relief to find this out before we speak marriage vows.”

One side of his mouth kicked up in a half-grin at that.  “Are you thinking to cry off?”


“Think again, Emmalee, because that won’t be happening.”  Both hands were cupping her face now, and his thumbs were wiping away the tears that remained.  “I wouldn’t allow it if you tried.”


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