New Book Release: April 2024

Another book, His Treasured Bride, is hitting shelves! It's the second book in the Bride Ships: New Voyages series, highlighting the brides who left everything behind in England to sail halfway around the world to marry men in the Pacific Northwest.


If you missed the first book, Finally His Bride, go grab it! You’ll enjoy His Treasured Bride much more if you have the background of all the events leading up to it. Regardless, you can read this new release as a standalone.


With this particular story, I’m REALLY excited to present to you Patti Stockdale. When Patti auditioned to write a story with me in my popular Bride Ship series, I just loved her fresh new voice, her rich historical details, and her ability to spin words. After months of working together, we’ve crafted a story that I know you’ll enjoy!


Here’s what early readers are already saying about His Treasured Bride:


“A fast-paced plot, beautifully crafted characters, a picturesque setting, and sweet romance combine in this story to make an enjoyable, satisfying read.”


“The story is a page-turner, has some humorous parts, and then times of despair, and unexpected outcomes. It's a great read which will inspire and warm your heart.”


“I loved everything about this story. It certainly is Love Comes Softly meets Indiana Jones! What a fun adventure this was and such a beautiful heart-connecting romance. Jody Hedlund’s influence is present but it also has a fresh, fun voice to it.”


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New Book Release: February 2024


Today is a BIG day! It’s another book release day. But not just any book release. It’s the release of Finally His Bride, the first book in Bride Ships: New Voyages which is a spin-off series of my previous fan-favorite Bride Ships series.


Similar to the first series, the new books involve brides sailing from England to Vancouver Island for the purpose of finding employment and husbands. Why did these women leave their homes for an unknown land? Why not just marry men in England?


Part of that had to do with the fact that by the early 1860s, there were 600,000 more women than men living in England. The opposite problem existed in English colonies where men outnumbered women. An 1861 census of Vancouver Island and British Columbia revealed that females comprised only 11 percent of the total population, which meant that men outnumbered women approximately 10 to 1. Thus to many, it seemed only reasonable to begin sending England’s surplus of marriageable women to the colonies to provide wives for the many men who wanted them.

If you haven’t read the previous books in my series (A Reluctant Bride, The Runaway Bride, A Bride of Convenience, and Almost a Bride), I invite you to read those as well. However, your enjoyment of this new series, Bride Ships: New Voyages, doesn’t in any way hinge upon the previous books. Rest assured, this new series involves a brand-new cast of characters and explores their reasons for joining the bride ships.


As always, this book is full of my trademark sizzling romance! Here’s what a few early readers are saying about this romance:


“As is characteristic for Jody Hedlund, she once again pens a fantastic romance novel full of clean but sizzling passion without sacrificing great character development and interesting history.”


“Long-awaited, much anticipated… this book was everything I hoped it would be and more. It was everything I loved about the original series- interesting characters, lovely chemistry, and so much more- with brand new faces and stories waiting to be told.”


“The romantic scenes in this book were so good, especially since the tension had been building for such a long time.”


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New Book Release: December 2023


Happy Holidays! And Happy Book Release Day!


Today Calling on the Matchmaker hits shelves! This is the first book of my new Matchmaker series!


There will be four books in this saga involving the Shanahan family in the frontier city of St. Louis, Missouri in late 1840s. The Shanahans are a loving family with six children. The oldest are reaching marriageable age, so the local matchmaker is called upon to help form advantageous matches. Even though the Irish matchmaker is wily, he still faces challenges as he seeks to pair each of the Shanahan siblings with their true loves.


While this series is set in a different time and place than my recent western series, rest assured the new books are still full of the toe-curling romance that readers have come to expect from my stories. You will not be disappointed!


Here’s what a few early readers are saying about this romance:


“SOOO CRAZY GOOD!!! Absolutely loved this book - one of my new favorites from this author!”


“Love, love, loved this book! This book is on my top 5 list of 2023 reads.”


“Wow. What a whirlwind. I can’t say enough how much I loved Finola and Riley’s story.”


“I love Jody Hedlund's books, and this one did not disappoint! It was totally bingeable!!”


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New Book Release: September 2023


Another book, CHRISTMAS BELLS AND WEDDING VOWS, hits shelves today! Yes, that makes two book releases this September—for those who are counting!


This book is truly very special! It’s a Christmas book just in time to get you into the Christmas spirit! Because let’s be honest, Christmas seems to come sooner and sooner every year. (The stores around me put out Christmas stuff in August now!)


Whatever your preference for when you like to get into the Christmas spirit, make sure to check out CHRISTMAS BELLS AND WEDDING VOWS!


Another reason this book is special is because it has not just one Christmas story but THREE! I had the privilege of collaborating with two other wonderful historical romance authors—Misty Beller and Lacy Williams. They both write sweet, closed-bedroom door romances, with uplifting and inspirational values. And I have no doubt you’ll enjoy their stories too!


The final reason this book is special is because it involves two characters that make an appearance in my Colorado Cowgirl series. So if you weren’t quite ready for the Cowgirl series to come to an end, then don’t miss this story. You’ll get to go back to Fairplay and spend a little more time there.


For those who haven’t read any books in my Colorado Cowgirl series, have no fear! This newest addition, Claiming the Cowgirl (my story inside CHRISTMAS BELLS AND WEDDING VOWS), is a standalone book, one you’ll completely understand and enjoy by itself.


If I haven’t convinced you yet on how special the book is, let me tell you one last thing about it. Each of the three stories, have to do with marriages of convenience. So if you love a good marriage of convenience story (and I do!), then you’re in for a treat to get three!


To find out more about CHRISTMAS BELLS AND WEDDING VOWS visit my website at:



New Book Release: September 2023


It’s time for another book release! Captivated by the Cowgirl is now available!


Recently over on Instagram, a reader asked me what book has been my favorite to write. And guess what I answered? Yep, you got it! Captivated by the Cowgirl!


The reason this book was so much fun was because I absolutely loved creating the witty banter between the hero and heroine. The hero really lays on the charm. The heroine does her best to resist that charm. And in the middle of it all is lots of bantering with plenty of romantic tension!


In addition to the fun dialogue, I also loved writing Captivated by the Cowgirl because it was my first venture into writing about royalty. Yes, one of the tropes in this book is secret royals! The hero is a prince who is trying to hide from an assassin and just happens to choose the remote mountain town up in the middle-of-nowhere in Fairplay, Colorado.


I invite you to run out and grab your copy of the book today and get ready for a wild but fun adventure! If you don’t take my word for it, here’s what some of my readers are saying:


“This was probably the most playful of the series. Take a cowgirl, add in a charmer, and have them beware of an assassination plot = fast paced and fun read.”


“This book was so cute and totally swoony! I absolutely LOVED the incredible banter between Felicity and Philip. Honestly, I could read it again and again. It was so electric.”


“The banter that went back in forth had me laughing and blushing at the same time. I love this book. A must read. Jody Hedlund has become my favorite author, hands down!”


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New Book Release: August 2023


Are you ready for another sweet but sizzling western romance? Then you’re in luck, because Convincing the Cowgirl is now available!


Although it’s the third book in my Colorado Cowgirl Series, I assure you that you won’t feel lost if you read it as a standalone (without having read any others in the series yet). But why not read the other books first!? I guarantee that you’ll love them too!


What makes Convincing the Cowgirl so special? It’s a marriage of convenience story, that’s what! If you’ve read any of my other series, you’ll soon learn that I LOVE the marriage of convenience trope and almost always include it in at least one book per series.


Marriage of convenience stories are so much fun to write because the storyline puts the hero and heroine together in forced proximity which allows them to develop their relationship and learn more about each other more quickly.


Marriages of convenience also cause awkward scenarios which allow for increased romantic tension. For example, in Convincing the Cowgirl, the newlywed couple has to decide their sleeping arrangements. They don’t talk about it at first, and so the heroine naturally expects that her new husband will want to share the marriage bed and crawls in beside him. He, however, is closed off to love and intimacy and assumes they’ll have separate rooms. When he finds her in bed beside him, what will he do? You’ll have to read the book to find out!


Marriage of convenience stories also make the reader wonder how the couple will fall in love. Obviously since they’re already married, the question is not necessarily will the hero and heroine end up together, but HOW will they learn to overcome their obstacles and fall in love. The journey (and not the destination) to true love becomes the focus of the story.


So, what are you waiting for?! Go enjoy a marriage of convenience story today!


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New Book Release: July 2023

Yes, I DO have another book releasing and that really does make TWO new books in one month! Both are a part of my newest historical romance series, the Colorado Cowgirls.


Committing to the Cowgirl released just a couple of weeks ago. If you missed it, then go here:


Now Cherishing the Cowgirl is available! It’s a sweet but sizzling romance full of lots of favorite tropes including: grumpy-sunshine, cranky billionaire, crusty boss, rags-to-riches, fairytale, and class differences.


Two books in one month? Is that really possible for an author to do without compromising the quality of the books? (And two more next month? For a total of four books in such a short time?)


Let me reassure you as a perfectionist that compromising quality is simply not something I’m willing to do! All the books in the series have been thoroughly edited and sent out to beta readers as well.


The reason I’m able to release the books so rapidly is that I waited until ALL the books were written, edited, and ready for publication in one batch (rather than writing and publishing one before starting on the next).


Why did I opt for a rapid release strategy? There are many reasons, actually. A primary one is that I have a short window of time from when my final Colorado Cowboy book released in February to when I start a new, not-Western series in December. It made sense to release the Cowgirl books shortly after the Cowboy series since they’re related.


The quick release will also give readers the opportunity to read an entire series over the summer without having to wait so long between books. In addition, it will give me a chance to look at marketing trends, rankings, and visibility with books that release closer together.


So there you have it! Now, go indulge yourself with a fun romance series full of all the feels!


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