Monday, October 15, 2018

TWO HEARTS ONE STONE



Two Hearts, Once Stone
by
Leslie Scott

Genre:
Contemporary Western Romance

Boots and Babies


Horse trainer Stone
Dempsey’s life is all about the ride—with horses and women. He
uses his equine talents to impress the country club set and earn
money for Smoky Mountain Reining Horses. When his drug-addicted
sister deposits her sick baby on his doorstep, he’s suddenly
saddled with real responsibility. 


Dr. Emmersyn Cole’s goal
of starting a practice in her favorite place on earth is finally
coming to fruition and she is not going to be sidetracked. Everything
is going great until Stone swaggers into her life, half-dressed with
a smile that could melt her insides. She's determined to keep her
distance…until he rushes into her grandfather’s home, clutching a
feverish baby, terrified and vulnerable, and her heart’s hard shell
begins to crack.

In only a few short weeks, Stone’s wayward
heart suddenly relies on two women—one who needs him—and one that
he might not be able to live without.




Excerpt:

Delighted whinnies from the occupied stalls greeted her, and she rubbed the nose of each head stuck over a door. At the end of the long corridor, the barn opened to the splendor of northwest Georgia’s piece of the Smokies. The orange glow of the sun had begun its descent behind the pine-covered mountain tops and cast the arena beyond the stable into twilight.

Not much illumination was needed to draw her gaze to the man astride a pretty bay mare. With the well-polished grace of a true horseman, Stone guided the horse in a series of pivots and spins that made Emmy delightfully dizzy.

Once finished with the pattern, his voice echoed through the little valley. “You’ll have to stop looking at me like that, sweetheart, or I’m going to forget you’re the boss’ granddaughter.”





Leslie Scott is an avid romance reader and writer, a PAN member of RWA, and
a homeschool mom to one gifted eleven year old. Her debut novel was
released in December of 2017. She spends her days (and most nights)
crafting sexy, drool worth heroes and sassy, opinionated heroines.




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Friday, October 12, 2018

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO CAPTURE HER HEART?


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What would you do if you suddenly learned you had six hours to vacate your home?  That’s what happened to Vanessa Worthington. Her husband, to put it mildly, was a jerk. After his despotic lifestyle resulted in the ruin of his family business, he shot himself and left Vanessa and their children, Jack and Dorie, to fend for themselves. At least she had the home that had been in his family for several generations—or so she thought.

When the banker’s representative showed up to announce her husband had mortgaged the family’s home, she was given six hours to gather only her most basic personal possessions and vacate. She spent most of the time writing reference letters for her loyal household employees in the event the banker didn’t honor his pledge to retain them. Her faithful housekeeper Greta (who had been her nanny) packed for her and the children. With no place to go and no money, Vanessa and the children stayed with Greta’s sister, Hilda.

Vanessa has always had wealth, but never had love from anyone but her children and Greta. No man in Vanessa’s family had ever been trustworthy toward the women in the family. You can see why she vows never to put her faith in any man.

She views becoming a mail-order bride as her only option to provide for her children. When she learns one man doesn’t mind if his bride brings children, she seizes the opportunity. Then, she meets Travis Boyd. What kind of man is he? He doesn’t lose his temper, he shrugs off disappointment, he treats his employees like family.

Their life is full of obstacles. They face a killer, blizzards, and unexpected guests. Through everything, Travis proves he is a man like none Vanessa has ever known. Will it be enough to capture her heart?



Here’s an excerpt:
When the men had ridden from the yard, a wave of panic hit Vanessa. If she’d been on the moon she couldn’t have felt more isolated. Never in her life had she been entirely alone. Except for her children, today she was on her own.
To quell her fear, she kept busy. Billy had told her how to shave soap into hot water to wash the dishes. This range didn’t have a reservoir for hot water so she filled a large pan with water and set it on the range to heat.
Jack was a willing helper. “Papa said I’m the man of the house while he’s gone. That’s a big res… res….”
“Responsibility. Yes, it is. I’m pleased you’re here to help me.”
Dorie dried a plate and set it on the table. “I wish Greta was here. I don’t like chores.”
“Did you like living with Hilda?”
Dorie shook her head. “No, we had to be quiet and keep out of the way just like when Father was home ’cept we didn’t have our own rooms and toys.”
“If we weren’t here with your new papa, we’d be living with someone like Hilda all the time. You’d have to do chores there, too, but you wouldn’t have kitties or a Papa who likes you.”
Jack glared at his sister. “Yeah, quit being a baby. Doing chores isn’t bad so far. We have dogs and kittens and Papa listens to us and makes us laugh.”
“I’m not a baby.” Dorie threw down her towel and raised her hand to strike her brother.
Vanessa grabbed her arm and redirected her. “Now you can hand me the dishes and I’ll put them in the cupboard. Then I believe I’ll set out some of the things Greta packed from our old home. Perhaps you children will help me.”
Dorie brightened. “Papa said you would decorate the house. He said that was something ladies do.”
Jack frowned. “Men don’t have to decorate.”
Vanessa put her arm around him. “I need a strong man to help move things.”
He bent his arm to make a muscle—as much as he was able. “I’m strong, Mother.”
She opened the trunk that had contained the candlesticks. Once Travis had soothed her, she had set the silver candle holders on the mantel. Now she took out family treasures layered between her dresses.
Most of the clothes she owned were completely unsuitable for ranch wear. She needed calico or gingham that could be laundered easily, not silks and satins. With care, she laid each dress across the end of the bed.
When the trunk was empty, she decided it could be used as an occasional table. “Jack, will you help me move this to the living room? We’ll set it under the window.”
Dorie tugged on her sleeve. “What about me, Mother?”
“Can you carry that scarf for me?”
The thrill of deciding what she wanted where in her home took hold and excitement energized Vanessa. She’d moved from a home ruled with an iron hand by her mother to one ruled the same way by her mother-in-law. Never had she been able to move even an ash tray without permission until death claimed the two women and their husbands.
Although she missed the luxury of her former home with expansive rooms and with a full staff or servants of whom she was fond, here she could make choices. If she didn’t like the appearance, she could change things.
Jack said, “That’s a pretty song, Mother. You never used to sing.”
Vanessa froze, realizing he was correct. “I’m pleased we get to move things around the way we want them. When you have your own room, you’ll get to tell me how you want things arranged.”
“I will? Can I have my toys on a shelf instead of putting them all away?”
“That sounds like a good idea. I’ll bet Papa will build you shelves. If he doesn’t have time, perhaps he can suggest an alternative.”
Dorie tugged on her sleeve. “We had to leave most of our toys at home. I mean our old home.”
“Please don’t compare this home to the house where we used to live. This is our home where we’re liked and protected. You have enough toys and you’ll get more for birthdays and Christmas.”

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS



A Simple Christmas
by Charlotte Hubbard


GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)


A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS Blurb:

The rustic beauty of a country Christmas fills the Simple Gifts crafts shop, while the Amish residents of Willow Ridge pull together in uncertain times—and in the face of an unexpected homecoming.

Nora Hooley’s shop is abuzz with preparations for the holiday open house, and Rosalyn Riehl is handcrafting wreaths from evergreen boughs, pinecones, and other natural materials. The work is a welcome diversion for the only unmarried daughter of Cornelius Riehl: her gruff dat has been receiving envelopes marked Past Due, leaving dutiful Rosalyn to manage the household’s inexplicably shrinking budget. Then another distraction swaggers into Simple Gifts—blue-jeaned and leather-jacketed, with a reputation that precedes him.

Marcus Hooley hightailed it to Willow Ridge on a wing and a prayer—not that he’s the praying type. He rejected his Amish roots long ago. But behind the bad-boy attitude is a gifted horse trainer who’s counting on some bent-but-not-broken family ties to throw him a lifeline. He can’t erase his past, but a sparking attraction with strong, spirited Rosalyn holds the promise of a second chance . . . and of shedding light on shadowy secrets to build a bright tomorrow.




A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS Excerpt:

The bell jangled raucously as the front door flew open and hit the wall. “Hey—does anybody work here?” a young man called out. “You can’t tell me this town doesn’t even have a gas station.”

Nora turned quickly toward him, her eyes widening in recognition as she handed Rosalyn the star-shaped wreath. “This could get interesting,” she murmured.

Rosalyn watched as Nora took her time passing between the displays of handmade table linens and racks of hanging jackets, toward the fellow who’d entered with a gust of wind that had apparently blown the door out of his hand.

Or did he throw it open? Rosalyn wondered as she took in the man’s black leather jacket and the rakish way his dark hair dipped over one side of his face. Most English are at least courteous and they don’t come in before the store opens. This fellow looks like walking, talking trouble—with a capital T.

Rosalyn started slowly toward the front door, in case their unexpected guest caused Nora problems. She wasn’t sure what she’d do if this brash young man behaved improperly, but she knew Nora would be coming to her assistance in this situation. She wasn’t sure what to think, however, when the redheaded storekeeper walked quickly around him to shut the door against the wind. Nora faced their visitor, confidently crossed her arms, and gazed directly at him, unfazed by the fact that he stood head and shoulders taller than she did.

“Well, well, if it isn’t Cousin Marcus from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,” Nora said as she looked him up and down. “Did you finally show up to check out Wyatt McKenzie’s job offer? Or did another girlfriend get smart and kick you to the curb for using her credit cards on the sly?”

Rosalyn gasped. Was this Marcus Hooley, the horse trainer Wyatt had called in October, hoping to hire an Amish man to manage the draft horse farm he’d recently established? Everyone in Willow Ridge was wondering why the cousin Luke, Ira, and Ben had recommended hadn’t bothered to provide the references Wyatt had requested. As Rosalyn looked more closely, she saw the resemblance this young man bore to Luke—and she couldn’t miss the rebellious flare of his pale green eyes as he stared at Nora.


Charlotte Hubbard, Author

Charlotte Hubbard is the acclaimed author of Amish romance and fiction that evokes simpler times and draws upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi. Faith and family, farming, and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle—and the foundation of all her novels. A deacon, dedicated church musician and choir member, she loves to travel, read, try new recipes, and crochet. A longtime Missourian, Charlotte now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and their border collie, Vera.

Please visit Charlotte online at www.CharlotteHubbard.com.

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Saturday, October 06, 2018

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Friday, October 05, 2018

JODI THOMAS' LATEST RELEASE IS ANOTHER WINNER!


Jodi Thomas is always a must-read for me. Her earlier western historical romances captured me as one of her fans. Now that most of her books are contemporary, I’m still tagging along to read her books. I feel as if I actually know the people in her each of her series. She writes about West Texas, which is where I grew up. I believe I know the settings for each series and that makes me love them even more.

MISTLETOE MIRACLES is no exception. This is another of the Crossroads, Texas/ Ransom Canyon series, but could be a stand-alone. As usual, she weaves multiple stories into her tale. Although the book is set at Christmastime, you don’t have to love Christmas stories in order to enjoy this book. You’ll love the characters and how they overcome their struggles.



Here’s the MISTLETOE MIRACLES book blurb:
Griffin Holloway is desperate: the Maverick Ranch has been in his family for generations, but lately, it’s a money pit. He’d sooner marry one of his horses than sell the ranch. Marriage, though, could be a solution. If he can woo a wealthy bride, he might save the ranch—just in time for Christmas.

Jaxon O’Grady likes his solitude just fine, thank you very much. But when a car accident brings the unexpected to his door, he realizes just how much one person can need another.

Crossroads is the perfect place for Jamie Johnson: avoiding nosy questions about why she’s single, she’s happy to keep to her lakeside home. So she’s baffled when she gets the strangest Christmas present of all, in the form of a Mr. Johnson, asleep on her sofa. Who is he, and why does everyone think he’s her husband?

Characters from earlier books in the series drift in and out, but the book is primarily about three couples. Each of the six characters has given up on finding love and proceeded to build his or her life. Ms Thomas’ interweaves the stories to mesmerize the reader. You will not want to put this book down until you’ve read to the last page. I never give spoilers, so this is all I’ll add: 5 Stars!


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Jodi Thomas, Author

New York Times and USA Today's bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels "Distinctive...Memorable," and that in her stories "[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes." In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD. She also received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.


Wednesday, October 03, 2018

BREAKDOWN--THE DEAD GIRL, BOOK ONE!



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BREAKDOWN is a unique and groundbreaking four-book suspense series that will keep you turning pages until the killer is finally exposed.

In this explosive new miniseries, the idyllic community of Shutter Lake, nestled in the peaceful Sierra Nevada Mountains, is rocked by a shocking murder. Four women, friends who moved to the area to find healing and solace, must now dig deep and overcome the scars of past troubles to find a ruthless killer.


The Dead Girl, BREAKDOWN Book 1
by Debra Webb

THE BREAKDOWN BEGINS... Former L.A. homicide detective Laney Holt walked away from big city crime after a shooting she couldn't put behind her. With L.A. in her rear view mirror, she accepted the position of deputy chief of police in a small picturesque paradise called Shutter Lake. Nestled in a peaceful valley surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Shutter Lake is the perfect small town filled with pleasant, charming folks. The crime rate in Shutter Lake is zero...at least until the dead girl is found. The shocking murder shakes the town to its very foundation.



Read an excerpt:

Two years.

Apparently that was to be the extent of Deputy Chief Laney Holt's reprieve in paradise.

Laney stared at the dead girl on the floor. How the hell did a beautiful young woman who had the perfect life in the perfect town get herself murdered?

Pushing to her feet, Laney turned to the uniform standing by. “Find McCabe.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

Officer Seth Trask, the first on the scene, hustled out of the room. Their chief of police hadn’t answered his phone when Laney called him. Knowing his bad habits better than she cared to, it was a relatively simple matter to guess that he had likely over indulged last night. She hadn’t broached the subject with him, but in the course of working together for the past two years she couldn’t help noticing Shutter Lake’s chief of police had a deep and serious relationship with alcohol.

Laney listened for the front door to close behind Trask. When she heard the telltale sound of wood against wood her gaze settled on the victim once more. “Shit.”

The coffee she’d gulped down on the drive from Main Street to Olive Tree Lane churned in her belly. Typically she grabbed a bagel with her coffee, but this morning her cell had buzzed with the call about a body before she’d made up her mind whether she wanted a blueberry or a poppy seed bagel. Cream cheese or honey? Instead of a leisurely morning discussing any homeless folks who had taken up residence at the century old mine outside of town, she was analyzing the kind of scene she’d thought she left behind in LA.

Body rigid with tension, she walked across the main living area of the rustic and yet somehow chic A-frame and leaned against the front door, pulling her attention away from the victim and to the room as a whole. Since the front door was slightly ajar when the victim was found, chances are the perp entered the home right here. A wisp of hair slipped loose from her ponytail. Laney smoothed it back, her gloved hand shaking, giving away the dread and uncertainty building inside her.

How the hell did this happen?

Shutter Lake, the perfect little village—according to countless lifestyle magazines—nestled amid the Sierra Mountains of northern California, now had its first murder. Anticipation roiling with uncertainty had her wrapping her arms around her waist to hold her body still. Worse, this was no poor wandering homeless person or visitor or newcomer to the area splayed on the floor. This was a lifetime resident, beloved by everyone—a daughter, business owner, model perfect citizen.

Sylvia Cole, twenty-six years old and stunningly beautiful, was dead. Murdered. No question about that.


About the Author

Debra Webb is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on farm in Alabama.

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Monday, October 01, 2018

BLESSING RELEASED TODAY AND GIVEAWAY!


Before we moved to the city, we lived in a rural area which included numerous successful horse and cattle ranches. I love writing about the West, especially the Old West, and enjoyed knowing these ranches were nearby. As a child, my dream was to ride the range with Roy Rogers, fighting rustlers and injustice. If I couldn’t do that, at least I lived near real cowboys and ranchers.

When Charlene Raddon invited me to take part in her new series, The Widows of Wildcat Ridge, I was flattered and intrigued. I had never written a book set in Utah. In fact, I’d only been in Utah briefly a couple of times and never to the part featured in the series. Still, Charlene had an interesting premise and I couldn’t say no.

Writers have to stretch themselves occasionally or find themselves in a rut. This series stretched my reserves but I persevered. I’m pleased with the result and I hope readers will share my enthusiasm. This is a wonderful new series that I know readers are going to love!

Charlene has also created the cover for each book in this series. Each book is a woman’s name. Blessing finds her name too fussy and prefers to be called Buster. I love the expression on her face on the cover, don't you? I think the model looks sweet and gentle, which she is, but she's no pushover. She's learned to stand up for herself and takes being in charge of a large ranch seriously.

Here’s the BLESSING blurb:

With the death of her father last month, Blessing Odell inherited the largest ranch in that part of Utah, the Rafter O. She goes by the nickname Buster and wears men’s overalls but they can’t disguise her regal beauty and natural grace. She is also generous to the community, which is why she’s splitting proceeds from the sale of 100 horses with the widows of Wildcat Ridge.

Thad King has tracked stolen horses to the Rafter O Ranch. He’s determined to capture and see punished the horse thieves who beat his former employer before stealing his horses. He is successful in being hired to work on the ranch, but he doesn’t want to believe Buster Odell or her father had anything to do with stealing horses.

Convinced of her father’s innocence, Buster and Thad work to discover the real culprit. Their search leads them on a dangerous journey.




Here’s an excerpt from BLESSING:

Her foreman said, “Not sure. Maybe the bill of sale is mixed up in some the other papers. There was such a mess we might not have gotten all the papers where they go.”

She thumbed through a stack of receipts. “That’s true but I thought I’d gone through everything. I even brought all the papers down from Papa’s room and I’ve sorted them.”

Thad stood with his arms crossed over his broad chest. “Well, if you don’t have a bill of sale, how can you claim they’re not stolen?”

She peered into his face, ready to punch him in the mouth. “My papa did not steal horses and would never have bought stolen horses! You can get that idea out of your head right now. I’ll find the bill of sale. Give me a few days and I’ll find that piece of paper and make you eat it.”

“You show it to me and I’ll be happy to.”


On January 15, I’ll release GARNET, another of The Widows of Wildcat Ridge Series. Watch for the release every two weeks of the next book in the series. The first, PRISCILLA by Charlene Raddon, was released on September 15. NISSA by Zina Abbott will be released on October 15. Other great authors follow with book releases scheduled through spring.

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