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Author: M.J. Schiller
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 4-Hot
Publisher: Kissmet Publishing
Cover artist: Steven Novak
Release date: June 6, 2015
Max. The consummate ladies’ man.
He’s good looking, but not an absolute knockout. With Max’s charm though, he could have any woman he wants. Once he meets Faith, he doesn’t want anyone else.
Eli. He is a knockout.
But a dark past shadows him and holds him captive. Drinking dulls the pain, but meeting Faith makes him want to change all that.
Faith. She loves them both.
When a blackout brings her together with Eli, she’s happier than she’s ever been before. When another blackout tears them apart, Max is there to pick up the pieces. But can she forget the man who first made her whole?
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The Cities Below, bk 2
Author: Jen Colly
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Level: 2
Publisher: Lyrical Press/Kensington
Cover artist: N/A
Release date: January 31, 2017
The streets are a battleground for humans, vampires, and demons alike—where survival is a skill, love is a weapon, and the most dangerous act is to care for another . . .
Keir is an assassin devoted to Lady Arianne, the last of her royal bloodline. He is sworn to protect her, and that means eliminating any threat to her life. But while on a mission, he is set upon by a pack of demons, barely escaping with his life.
Cleopatra lives by a set of rules so rigid she no longer knows her true self. But her kind and loving nature resurfaces when she finds a man, bloodied and dying. Moved to help him, she risks her future and her life to save a stranger far below her aristocratic station.
Their attraction to each other is as powerful as it is forbidden. But even as their love grows, Keir keeps his true identity a secret—and this lie is not the only threat to their love…or their lives.
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Author: Lisa DeVore
Heat Level: 2-Sensual
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Tina Lynn Stout
Release date: June 24, 2016
Braden Brandish was on top of the world as guitarist for the famed rock band Edge of Redemption. But an attack at the scene of a fire erased all his memories.
Firefighter Quinn Callahan is haunted by the victim she resuscitated—she knows him from somewhere, but can’t place him. She checks up on him at the hospital and realizes he’s a member of her favorite band. When Braden mistakenly believes she’s his wife, the doctor encourages her to play along in order to prevent jeopardizing his health.
Desire blooms between them, even once Braden learns he’s not really married to Quinn. But when it’s discovered that the fire was actually arson, and more deadly fires erupt, the two are thrust into danger…and it appears Quinn’s fugitive ex-husband might be involved. Will Braden regain his memory in time to put a killer behind bars?
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Author: Kathryn Knight
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Heat Level: 4-Hot
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Debbie Taylor
Release date: July 1, 2016
Four years ago, Emily Shea and Staff Sergeant Brett Leeds agreed to part with no strings attached. Sparks flew during their brief affair, but fate intervened, sending Brett overseas. When an unexpected pregnancy derailed Emily’s own plans, her attempts to locate Brett were soon overwhelmed by the challenges of single motherhood. Now, Brett has returned home, and Emily is forced to share her secret.
Despite feeling betrayed, Brett is determined to forge a relationship with their son, Tyler. As the former lovers battle both their inner demons and their mutual desire, another presence enters their lives—Tyler’s imaginary friend. Soon, however, the chilling evidence points to a different conclusion: a ghost has formed a dangerous connection with their son. Emily’s attempts to help both a lost soul and a friend in need spiral toward a deadly confrontation, and Brett must race to save Emily before he loses her again—forever.
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Author: D. Dominik Wickles
Heat Level: 3-Steamy
Publisher: Assent Publishing
Cover artist: N/A
Release date: March 3, 2015
Deshi Han, a martial arts actor and director, thinks a serious relationship would hamper his career. On a charity trip to the typhoon ravaged Philippines he agrees to take a young American woman back to Hong Kong to rest and regain her memory.
Once back in Hong Kong, Deshi reluctantly allows the woman he names Annie, to accompany him on the movie sets and on his trips across China. Despite his attempts to remain aloof with Annie, a romance develops between them.
Meanwhile, Annie is troubled by nightmares which allude to a danger lurking from her past and someone on Deshi’s crew is trying to sabotage their budding romance. As Deshi is forced repeatedly to disrupt his work schedule to protect Annie, it serves to confirm his belief that careers and relationships don’t mix.
But when it looks like Deshi will lose Annie, and he risks everything to save her, will it be too late?
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Letterbox Love Stories,
Author: Lynn Crain
Heat Level: 3-Steamy
Publisher: World Wide Romance Writers
Cover artist: Rose Anderson
Release date: July 4, 2016
What if a life-changing letter arrived in today’s mail? Now imagine it leads to love and adventure! From the northern British Isles, across the mainland of Europe, and on to Turkey, nine international romance authors share spellbinding love stories told across time. And each begins with a letter…
This collection includes contemporary and historical romance, futuristic time travel romance, and romance touched by magic by Award-Winning and Multi-Published Authors: Rose Anderson, Denyse Bridger, Lynn Crain, Helena Fairfax, Gemma Juliana, Marie Laval, Cara Marsi, Lindsay Townsend, and Jenny Twist.
Come enjoy the many flavors and flavours of our English language.
In 2084, time travelling detective, Tandi Reynolds, tipped off by a letter, needs to stop an assassin before he kills a newly elected leader. When she finds him in 1874, Vienna, it’s clear a cold blooded killer is only one of her problems. Time is fleeting, so falling in love with her contact, the charismatic Count Leopold Radetzky von Radetz, is a bad idea, but keeping her feelings in check is not easy when she relies on him for her every need.
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a Laurel Ridge novella, #1
Author: Diana Stout
Heat Level: 1- Sweet
Publisher: Sharpened Pencils Productions
Cover artist: Jes Richardson
Release date: July 12, 2016
Mason Baylock has returned to his hometown as a newly appointed judge. He’s hoping to reconnect with his high school sweetheart, Shelley Willis, but she’s not interested. To keep him foremost in her mind, he frequents the diner, located across from the courthouse and where Shelley works, on a regular basis. Once a week for the more than the past three months, he’s been asking her out. And, once a week for more than the past three months, she’s been turning him down.
Then one evening, they become locked up in the kitchen’s cooler by accident. That’s when there’s no more escaping—the real conversation begins—and where the heat gets turned on. She can’t deny she isn’t attracted to him, but she’s not about to date someone who shattered her dreams years ago, either. And then, she discovers that there is more to the earth-shattering consequences than even she imagined, which threatens to fracture and splinter life as they know it.
Will both of their dreams be shattered forever? Or does enough of a spark remain that they can rekindle the love they once shared?
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Author: Sylvie Grayson
Genre: Romantic suspense
Heat Level: 3.5-Steamy
Publisher: Great Western Publishing
Cover artist: Steven Novak
Release date: September 2014
Be careful who you trust…
Katy Dalton worked hard to save her money. And working with her friend Bruno to invest it seemed like a safe bet. But her job disappears and she needs her money back, everything Bruno has already loaned to Rome Trucking. When Katy insists he return it, Bruno stops answering his phone and bad things start to happen.
Brett Rome is frustrated. The last thing he wants to do is leave a promising career in hockey to come home and run his ailing father’s trucking company. What he discovers is not the successful business that he remembers, but one that is teetering on the very edge of bankruptcy and a young woman demanding the return of the money she invested.
With the company in chaos, Brett hires her. But danger lurks in the form of Bruno’s dubious associates. What secret are they hiding and why are they willing to kill Katy? Can Brett put this broken picture back together, and is Katy part of the solution or the problem?
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Hawkins Ranch Series, Bk 3
Author: Beverley Bateman
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel .
Heat Level: 4–Hot
Publisher: Shiba Publishing
Cover artist: Christy Carlyle
Release date: November, 2015
After and eleven year absence Janna Kincaid inherits a ranch and is forced to return to a town she only remembers with unhappiness, a man to whom she was briefly married and never wants to see again, and someone is trying to kill her.
Kye Hawkins has loved Janna since he first met her. They were married but a few weeks later she ran away, without an explanation. He still hasn’t figured out why. Now she’s coming back. Does she still love him? Can he rekindle the romance and also prevent her from being killed.
Janna doesn’t want Kye’s help in anyway, yet he always seems to be there when she’s in trouble. Can they work together to find a killer, save the Native burial ground and home of the spirits, and find romance again?
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Author: Elaine Cantrell
Genre: Mainstream romance
Length: Novel length
Heat level: 2-Sensual
Publisher: Wings ePress
Cover artist: Trisha Fitzgerald
Release date: November 1, 2015
Susan English can’t stand Robin Lanford! She’s so full of herself she irritates everyone on the faculty of Fairfield High. When Robin bets Susan fifty dollars that she can’t get a date with Kurt Deveraux, the head football coach, Susan jumps at the chance to put the little heifer in her place. She had no idea that teaching Robin a lesson would irrevocably change her life, strain treasured friendships, and throw two families into chaos.
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a Montana Sky Kindle World
Author: Caroline Clemmons
Genre: Historical western romance
Heat Level: 1-Sweet
Publisher: Caroline Clemmons
Cover artist: Skhye Moncrief
Dead—her groom-to-be died while she was on her way to Montana!
Her escape from a bad situation sent young widow Gormlaith McGowan west as a mail-order bride. What is she to do now that she is in a strange place with almost no money, no prospect of a job, and no idea how she’ll survive? Plus, her late husband’s family wants her hung for his death, though his fall wasn’t her fault.
Garrett McDonald hadn’t planned on marrying for several months. When urged by the sheriff to consider a young widow, he agreed to meet with her. One look was all he needed to convince him to wed the beautiful woman. She said she’d had experience with farming and animals and was willing to work hard. But life on a tiny Irish farm hadn’t prepared her for Montana.
Gormlaith’s hard work and spirit convince Garrett she is the one for him, but life has surprises in store.
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I’ve invited fourteen wonderful authors to share their series with us this week. I’ll turn the round pen over to spokeswoman E. Ayers to tell you about these books and to share the beautiful covers created for each author. Because we know you are busy and have other blogs to visit, too, we’ll show half today and half another day. Read on! 😀
Waving hello to all your readers. I’m excited to be here and to tell you about something brand new! Amazon has a division called Kindle World, which is a wonderful place for fan fiction. For readers it’s a great place to read more on favorite characters and storylines. For writers it gives them a chance to write in another world.
Debra Holland created Morgan’s Crossing, Montana, a historical series of mail order bride books. Kindle World asked her if she’d add Morgan’s Crossing, to Kindle World. I believe this will be the first western historical world for Kindle World, Montana Sky Kindle World. And she asked her friends to go into this venture with her.
It’s been loads of fun writing in Debra’s world with authors I knew, such as Cynthia Woolf, and some I didn’t know until this project. We’ve each brought our own stories and characters, and set them into Debra’s world. We’ve borrowed each other’s characters and used Debra’s. We’ve traded bits and pieces of stories to be certain of accuracy.
I still can’t believe that I’ve collaborated with Caroline Clemmons. She’s an icon when it comes to romance books. She’s been putting out best selling books for years.
A little drum roll, please!
E. Ayers: Loving Matilda http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKHS
Matilda “Matt” Berwyn, forced to live disguised as a boy in a mining town, longs to escape and blossom into the female she’s always wanted to be. But her desire to leave Morgan’s Crossing escalates when she realizes she’s being stalked.
Stockyard hand Zeke Hillerman knows her secret and has fallen in love with her. He helps her flee to his parents’ home in the east to learn to be a lady, while he struggles to start his own ranch. As Matilda grapples with Victorian expectations of young women, Zeke’s plans for their future unravel, and he realizes that the cost of her ticket out of Morgan’s Crossing may have been his own heart.
Cynthia Woolf: Thorpe’s Mail Order Bride http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKL4
Lena DuBois never knew her father until he suddenly reappeared in her life to tell her he’s arranged for her to marry one of his business partners. Lena flees, deciding to become a mail-order bride, where at least she’s the one doing the choosing. Her future husband, John Thorpe, has requested a woman of good moral character which Lena considers herself to be. The problem is her mother is the most celebrated madam in all New Orleans. What will happen if he discovers her secret?
Caroline Clemmons: Amanda’s Rancher http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKPK
One desperate young woman.
A chance meeting.
A life-changing outcome.
Growing up in a brothel, Mara O’Sullivan battled public disdain and contempt, but always remained kind-hearted and gracious. After testifying against vicious bank robbers, her life is threatened and Mara must find sanctuary far from everything she knows.
One train ride changes her life as she fatefully meets a half-sister and a niece she never knew existed. But when circumstances end her sister’s life, Mara makes a promise that she’ll raise her niece as her own and take her sister’s place as Preston Kincaid’s mail-order-bride. As Mara and Preston grow closer, their marriage no longer seems like a ruse, but a relationship of love, passion, and desire.
Mara’s past comes back to haunt her and she finds herself in danger—will her new husband forgive Mara’s deceit and protect her as his own?
Merry Farmer: The Wild Bride http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKS2
Minnie Faraday is clever, daring, and out of control. When she finally goes too far, her parents hatch a plan to send her up to Morgan’s Crossing to marry the man she’s been in love with since she was a little girl. It’s the perfect plan to settle and ground her, and one her parents are sure will bring happiness to everyone involved.
One problem… They neglected to tell Minnie about the plan before shipping her off.
Freddy Chance always had a soft spot for the bright, adventurous girl who followed him around through his youth, but marriage is the furthest thing from his mind. He has made a life for himself as a mechanic in Morgan’s Crossing, in spite of a mining injury that slowed him down. Minnie doesn’t fit into his plans, but, feeling a sense of obligation, he’s willing to entertain the idea of marriage.
But when the beautiful and very grown up Minnie steps off the stage, what was once innocent affection blossoms into passion. Only, Minnie isn’t finished getting into trouble, and this time her life and Freddy’s are on the line.
Kit Morgan: Anson’s Mail Order Bride http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKQY
When Anson Jones discovers one of the men who embezzled money from his family’s company hid the loot near Morgan’s Crossing in Montana Territory, he leaves Oregon and travels there under the guise of setting up a horse ranch. Then all he has to do is wait for the culprit to slink into town, dig up the money, and have him arrested. There’s only one problem. Anson just sent train fare to the Pettigrew Bridal Agency for his mail-order bride! He can’t bring a woman into such danger and telegraphs the agency to stop everything. But when his message to Mrs. Pettigrew is altered, she thinks he wants her to send his bride to Montana! Misunderstandings, a loony villain, plenty of romance and a few surprises make for a fun romp.
Sylvia McDaniel: Faith http://amzn.com/B01BL0HL40
Trent Anderson is bound and determined to protect his young daughter from the fate of his late wife, refusing to allow her to end up like a bored socialite ruled by wealth and prestige. When his father sends for a woman to take over his daughter’s academic training as well as her feminine etiquette, Trent refuses to bow down to his father’s wishes.
Until he sees the beautiful and elegant teacher exit the train…
She just might be what his daughter needs–and what he desires.
Still dreaming of independence and self-worth that don’t require her to be shackled to any man, Faith Warren denies her attraction to the rugged cowboy–as she dreams of starting her own girls’ school. But once she starts falling hard for the Montana rancher, she must decide between what her heart wants and where her convictions guide her. Can she find a way to give her heart to the man who teaches her about home and family, while still holding firm to her beliefs?
Cassie Hayes: Hope on the Horizon http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKJ6
When tragedy strikes, love blooms…
Jasper Eaton couldn’t be happier with his life. Despite having the deck stacked against him since the day he was born, he beat the odds and found himself a home in Morgan’s Crossing, Montana. He has friends, a farm and a future brighter than the stars in the night sky. Nope, he couldn’t be happier.
Or could he?
Cora Winters is a good girl who always does what she’s told. When she’s forced to marry an older man headed west, she never dreams she’ll end up widowed, injured and left for dead by the side of the road.
After Jasper rescues her, Cora proves to be a charming helpmate on his farm as she recovers. But it won’t last long. For the first time in her life, Cora must choose her own path. She could settle in Montana or continue on to her homestead in Hope Springs. But heading to Idaho would mean leaving Jasper behind because he would never give up his farm.
Or would he?
As their friendship blossoms, they each dare to dream of a better life together. When Cora’s past comes back to haunt them both, a gunman’s bullet threatens to kill their future before it even begins.
Hope on the Horizon is the prequel to the Western Sunset series, set in the fictional town of Hope Springs, Idaho. Look for the first book in the series in April, 2016.
How exciting do these seven sound? Come back Saturday for the other seven! Thanks you E. for offering these books to readers. 🙂
I’m so excited to present a special 2-post event to kick off the New Year!
I was approached by an awesome group of authors a while back to help promote their Cinderella Treasure Trove. I was stoked! 15 Cinderella stories? FIFTEEN! Well, yeah, I wanted to help!!! So, keeping this short for your time’s sake, today half of these wonderful and talented ladies will share their covers and stories, then tomorrow you can return to meet the rest.
Please welcome my special guests!
We are the Glass Slipper Sisterhood. A collection of fifteen romance authors who have written a retelling of the Cinderella story. From tear-jerking heartaches nail-biting suspense, haunting magic, bubbly chick lit humor and dream-come-true romance, we’ve got something for every reader! We’ve compiled excerpts from each story into one free volume, the upcoming “Cinderella Treasure Trove,” which we’ve filled with recipes and ideas to inspire your next party. We will be launching this volume on New Year’s Eve with a huge princess giveaway. To highlight this treasure trove, as well as our individual titles, we’ve crafted a book trailer which we hope you might enjoy.
Please take a look at the trailer, which can be found on Youtube at https://youtu.be/9iQeoybSd0o?list=PLMxj85qIUzd9IY9GYRNRXPTgmbcsOYCFE, or you can view it right here. It’s movie day on the Ranch! The Cinderella Treasure Trove:
Annalise wanted just one night with Elijah, in Amber Daulton’s “Cinderella’s Enchanted Night,”
but will an antique locket and a bit of Cinderella magic fulfill her every dream?
In Jennifer Conner’s Cinderella had it Easy, Cami only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body.
Will she keep hiding or can she learn how to live life?
In Kae Elle Wheeler’s “Cinderella Series,” a concerned queen and a feisty fairy godmother
unleash mischief. All due to an impulsive decision from the prince and the glass slipper fitting
other than the intended foot.
In Rebekah Ganiere’s “Cinder the Fae”, When Prince Rome’s father initiates a contest to win
him a wife, Cinder finds herself having to fight sixty other females for his heart while trying to
keep the evil vying for the crown from destroying them all.
She’s an unappreciated housekeeper with an eye for designer goodies.
Find out if Cindi gets her dream shoes and her dream guy in Lisa Scott’s “Fairy Tale Flirts!
Volume 4;” a sweet, funny modern take on Cinderella.
Ever wonder what happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? In Stacy Juba’s
“Fooling Around with Cinderella”, when Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to
the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s
glass slippers for the summer.
In Caroline Clemmons’ HOME SWEET TEXAS HOME, Courtney Madison has battled poverty
her entire twenty-five years. When she receives an inheritance she learns that while money
improves her life, it doesn’t guarantee happiness. The only way wealthy rancher/entrepreneur
Derek Corrigan can protect his family and himself is to keep his private life very private, and
that includes keeping his distance from his attractive new neighbor. Besides, he knows what
women do to him—they always leave and take chunks of his heart with them.
He’s been there, done that, had the vaccination and is cured. Isn’t he?
Tune in for UnCover Monday throughout January where I’ll also be hosting this fabulous group’s combined Cinderella Treasure Trove cover art, which will link back to these two posts as well. Thank you for stopping by this week. Be sure to chat with the authors right here on the Ranch!
I have a wonderful lady here today to bring a breath of Texas air to the ranch. Please welcome my super guest and fellow Rose! Be sure to share a bit of your hometown before you go.
Hello, I’m Caroline Clemmons and I write contemporary, historical, and time travel romances and mysteries. After a few years in Southern California, I grew up on the West Texas high plains in Lubbock. In the past I’ve worked as stay-at-home mom (my favorite job), secretary, newspaper reporter and columnist, assistant to the managing editor of a psychology journal, and bookkeeper. My husband and I live on a small acreage in rural North Central Texas with a menagerie of rescued pets. When I’m not writing, I spend time with family, read, travel, browse antique malls and estate sales, and research family history/genealogy. The family history whirling in my brain started me thinking of what to write today.
Don’t most of us enjoy reminiscing about our childhood? As I look back, my childhood was pretty idyllic. Although my parents didn’t have much money, I had everything I needed and most things I wanted. One of my favorite times was at dinner when my dad would reminisce and share his family stories. I grew up in Lubbock, Texas on the high plains. North of town and, coincidentally north of where my husband’s family and mine lived, was a part of Yellow House Canyon.
The canyon is a surprise to many due to the mostly flat plains through which a long ago river cut a trailand created occasional tiny lakes. Ten thousand years and more ago, Native Americans camped in and roamed through that canyon. Spanish explorers followed the route, and allegedly Coronado came that way in 1541. Early pioneers trekked over the same trail for accessibility to water at a small lake that has since disappeared. Growing up, I had no idea Yellow House Canyon was important.
Although I wasn’t allowed to roam the canyon, my future husband and his Boy Scout friends did, searching for arrowheads, spear points, and other artifacts. My husband amassed a nice collection that included a Clovis spear point. In fact, there was a local site where Boy Scouts camped.
One winter in the snow, my future father-in-law came to collect myhusband, irate that the Boy Scouts and their leaders didn’t have enough sense to come in out of the bad weather. Years later, my younger brother also camped there in a snowstorm, but my folks had no idea where to find him. He came home from his camping trip ecstatic because a coyote had come right up to their campfire. Only a ten-year-old boy would think that was a good thing!
Near that spot on the canyon rim is the Lubbock Lake Landmark site. Although the excavations were begun long before I was born, I didn’t realize it because I was absorbed in my own world of books while I was growing up. Wait…I am still lost in my world of books, aren’t I? Archeological excavations are ongoing and it’s possible to view them in process. Inside the center is a small but good museum with life size dioramas depicting the Indians who once lived there. Outside are bronzes of some of the extinct animals whose bones have been unearthed. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a designated a National Historic and State Archeological Landmark. It is managed by the museum of Texas Tech University with excavations conducted under a Texas Antiquities Committee permit.
Further southwest along the canyon is the local picnic area, Mackenzie State Park, named for Ranald Mackenzie, also known as Bad Hand and famous for viciously hunting down Indians. As a kid I was forced to attend what seemed like hundreds of reunions at this park. Okay, it was only three each summer, but I hated them. I’m not the outdoorsy type, plus listening to the same old geezers each year tell my dad, “You ought to tie a brick on her head so she won’t grow any taller” was not my idea of a fun way to spend the afternoon. Since the reunions were in the afternoon, I was always dressed in my church clothes instead of play gear.
At least there was an amusement park–tame by today’s standards–but it featured the only fun rides in town. Now the grassy creek bed where my older cousins played softball has been dammed to hold water. And there’s a prairie dog town on a hill at the edge of the park. Cute little guys, prairie dogs, but not helpful to farmers or ranchers. The park is still beautiful with huge old cottonwoods and elms.
Still further southwest is Ransom Canyon, a part of Yellow House Canyon, where Comanches traded white captives for ransom. And sometimes where robbers dressed like Native Americans traded captives. Now it’s a nice housing development with its own lake.
Going back to Lubbock is strange now. My parents and my husband’s parents have passed away, although we are related to a huge percentage of Lubbock County’s residents. The town has grown and changed so much since we left it seems almost as if that can’t be the place we lived. Memories have to sustain us, because the Lubbock we knew no longer exists.
Lubbock and the area near it are the setting for my release from The Wild Rose Press, HOME, SWEET TEXAS HOME, which received a 5 Heart review from The Romance Studio.
HOME SWEET TEXAS HOME is a sweet romance, a modern Cinderella story about Courtney Madison. If anyone ever needed a break, it’s Courtney. Her mom died after a lengthy illness and left Courtney with a mountain of debt. Her formerly sweet brother Jimmy for whom she’s guardian has started skipping school and hanging out with rough friends. In two weeks, she’s being downsized and will be without income unless she finds a job immediately. She’s hanging on by a fraying rope, but an inheritance arrives just before the rope’s last thread breaks. Courtney believes all her problems are solved, but she learns money doesn’t really solve all life’s problems, but just changes them. And she encounters roadblocks even a fairy godmother couldn’t foresee.
Rancher and entrepreneur Derek Corrigan, the hero, learned the hard way that women are not to be trusted or loved. No one except his two children, Meg aged five and Warren aged eight, receives his love, and they have his full devotion. He’s determined they will never know the pain he’s experienced. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if parents could protect their children from hurt? We know that’s not possible, and Derek learns that too. And he learns that when he least expects it, healing arrives in the form of a gorgeous blonde who turns into a klutz whenever she’s near him. If only he can convince her he believes in her, and make up to her for a wrong he did her, maybe they’ll have a chance at happily ever after.
Here’s an excerpt in Derek’s point of view after Courtney is injured in a bizarre accident at a cemetery. Derek has brought her home to offer first aid, and Jimmy arrives from school:
When Jimmy saw his sister in bed, he rushed over. “Sis, what happened? What’s with the towel and the ice packs?” He frowned at Derek. “What’s going on?”
She opened her mouth to explain, but nothing came out.
Derek figured the bizarre situation defied description. He patted Jimmy on the shoulder. “Don’t worry, she’s okay now. We were at the cemetery putting flowers on Sam’s and Maggie’s graves and your sister got trapped in the bathroom.”
Jimmy shook his head. “I don’t understand. How could that hurt her?”
Courtney sighed. “The knob came off in my hand and I couldn’t open the door. So, I climbed out the window.”
Derek held out his hands to indicate the small rectangle. “A small, high window.”
Jimmy looked from his sister to Derek. “I still don’t understand what happened.”
Courtney snapped, “I got stuck, okay?”
Now that he knew her to be okay, the week’s tension suddenly snapped Derek and he lost his perspective on the whole situation. He grimaced at Jimmy. “She, um…” He coughed to keep a straight face. “When she tried to go out the window, she got stuck with her head and one arm sticking outside and the rest of her inside.” He stood like a bird with a broken wing to imitate Courtney’s position. A grin spread across his face in spite of all his efforts not to smile.
Jimmy gaped at his sister. “Courtney? But she’s always so sensible. She’s never does anything stupid.” He began to smile also.
Both males burst into laughter.
“Listen, if you two are so amused, go into the other room to discuss my apparently hilarious antics and leave me to suffer in peace.” In spite of her strained muscles and injuries, she threw a box of tissues in their direction. “Go on, get out of here. Now.”
Derek glanced over his shoulder before he left.
She’d stuffed a pillow over her ears, to block out their laughter.
My daughter created a video for this book:
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K, I LOVE the excerpt, LOVE the trailer and I LOVE, LOVE this cover, Caroline! Thank you for bringing some great facts about one of my favorite places (Texas) and sharing your home with us.
Thanks, Calisa, for hosting me today.
And now, until we meet again- in Cherokee-