A Wildflower Welcome to BJ AKIN ~and 3 books to win!

Y’all don’t’ forget to leave Miz Akin a comment…she’ll be pulling three names out of the Stetson to receive SIGNED  copies of her latest!

 Sandhills DreamerClick on the BOOK COVER to Buy:

Willie Nelson may have said it all for me in his song about cowboys ….  I grew up dreaming of being a cowgirl, chasing after my fast running horses and dreams!  As soon as I was able to walk I loved horses and cowboys.  So my love for writing about them came naturally.

Just hangin' out.

Just hangin’ out.

In grade school my best friend, Donna, and I would ride horses through and around the small town of Berwyn.  We had named our favorite haunts and landmarks, ‘Deadman’s Drop, Hangman’s Tree, Rattlesnake Creek’, just to name a few!  We daydreamed our summers away while riding down the ditches of the highway, picking up pop bottles to trade for ice cream bars at Staab’s old filling station.  All the while planning our next ‘Outlaw Hunt’! LOL!

Early mornin' visitors.

Early mornin’ visitors.

I have loved reading all my life, Zane Grey, Louis La’Mour, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Pam Crooks and many more!  Well, I eventually grew older, (notice I didn’t say grew up! Ha!)

My first published writing was a short story, “The Christmas Gift.”    Included in an anthology written with some of my friends, called  “ Love and Merry Christmas”, a couple years ago.

…..Young Sandhills teacher, Miss Rebecca, faces the raging storm on an untamed Nebraska prairie with courage.  She’s concerned for the welfare of two particular students, and ends up with more than she bargained for when their widowed father comes to her aid.

And this last year, my first book “Sandhills Dreamer” was published by Blue Stockings press.    I have been promoting it with book signings across the state and have enjoyed meeting so many fabulous readers!

..…When cowboy Patrick Diamond finds a lad waylaid by outlaws, he is stunned to discover that the hog-tied, horseless youth is actually April, a feisty, young woman.  April’s prickly temperament gets under his skin in more ways than one, but he’s unable to leave her to fend for herself.  While Patrick is searching for answers, April is dreaming of her future, neither prepared for the wild ride of adventure and danger ahead of them. 

Many of my readers have asked for more stories about the characters in this book, so I am presently in the middle of my second book, “Native Love”,  that will be out early next year.  It continues with exciting adventures for Red Feather and Montana, friends of Patrick and April.

Please feel free to visit my website: www.sandhillsdreamer.com for upcoming events and you may visit Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble to purchase the Love and Merry Christmas or  Sandhills Dreamer as an ebook or as a paperback.  Thank you all for your interest!

Thank you to Petticoats and Pistols and all the writer’s and readers who support our dreams!

Remember, three lucky winners will receive a print copy of my first book, Sandhills Dreamer!

God and Mother Nature.

God and Mother Nature.

 

DREAM ON!……..

 

 

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52 Comments

  1. I don’t know if I’ve read any other books set in Nebraska. Your website pictures are beautiful. The red sunset is amazing.

    Interesting blurb about SANDHILLS DREAMER. I really want to find out what circumstances forced April to pretend to be a boy and be on the run. I love cowboy heroes.

    I’m always willing to try new authors. Best wishes!

    1. Thank you! April was missing her ‘freedom’ days when she lived in Kansas and was able to do whatever she wanted..roaming the countryside on horseback! Hope you enjoy the book!

  2. I can just picture this in my head and think how great it would have been to do it. Sounds like a great childhood.

    A Wildflower Welcome to BJ AKIN ~and 3 books to win!

    Posted by Guest Blogger on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 1:07 am. 1 Comment.

    Y’all don’t’ forget to leave Miz Akin a comment…she’ll be pulling three names out of the Stetson to receive SIGNED copies of her latest!
    Sandhills DreamerClick on the BOOK COVER to Buy:

    Willie Nelson may have said it all for me in his song about cowboys …. I grew up dreaming of being a cowgirl, chasing after my fast running horses and dreams! As soon as I was able to walk I loved horses and cowboys. So my love for writing about them came naturally.

    In grade school my best friend, Donna, and I would ride horses through and around the small town of Berwyn. We had named our favorite haunts and landmarks, ‘Deadman’s Drop, Hangman’s Tree, Rattlesnake Creek’, just to name a few! We daydreamed our summers away while riding down the ditches of the highway, picking up pop bottles to trade for ice cream bars at Staab’s old filling station. All the while planning our next ‘Outlaw Hunt

    1. It was terribly fun! I could let my imagination run wild! Ha! It was gave me ideas for writing. Follow your dreams and try it!

  3. Welcome, BJ! Thanks for stopping by! The author who really got me started being fascinated by the West was Louis L’Amour, but I haven’t heard many other female authors mention him. So, it was great to see him on your list!

    1. Yes, I love his writing, my favorite book was, ‘The Lost Mesa’. thank you for visiting!

  4. Can’t wait to read this. I too have always loved reading and of course cowboys.

    1. Great! We have wonderful addictions! ha! Thank you for your support and let me know what you think!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. Love cowboy heroes.

    1. My pleasure! The men who have played the cowboys in movies have helped inspire me! Sam Elliot, Tommy Jones, John Wayne and Audy Murphy are just a few! Gotta love those cowboys!

  6. I would love love love to read this! The cover is so wa la la!

    1. Yea! Pictures are worth a thousand words! The true cowboy in a ‘deep’ character and is amazing! Enjoy the story! Thank you!

  7. Your photos and post are wonderful. Like a dream come true for you. Best wishes.

    1. Thank you, Elaina! Yes, some days I can’t believe it myself! It’s been great…the comments that I receive are inspiring and very helpful. Thanks for taking the time!

  8. What beautiful pics! Thank you so much for sharing with us today!

    1. Colleen, I am so happy that you enjoyed the pictures! I am hoping to have some more new ones on my website. We have a cougar roaming the area and am hoping to get a picture! It was spotted just a couple miles from my place so the opportunity is out there!

  9. I love books by Nebraska authors! Will be adding yours to my list!! Since I know the Sandhills area I shall enjoy reading about it!

    1. Connie, thanks for your support! I am having such fun reading the history of the area and trying to put myself in their boots! Dream On!

  10. Reading about cowboys are your book would be unforgettable and very special. Congratulations.

    1. Thanks a bunch! I am thankful and thrilled to be able to let others enjoy the romance of cowboys…

  11. Impressive and beautiful photos. Love your cowboy authors which reflect my taste as well.

    1. Pearl, thank you and I am so happy to be able to share the beautiful scenery up here! It’s amazing, in the morning the deer walk through the yard and in the evening the turkeys trek through, stopping to scratch up any seeds or grain they can find. We even have a few bald eagles around and they are so graceful!

  12. I love cowboys and horses, too! Thank you for sharing a great post and giveaway.

    1. Britney, thank you so very much for taking the time to stop by. I am happy you like the post! It’s my first and I am thrilled to pieces! I am privileged to be able to give the 3 books away to readers who love cowboys!

  13. Cowboys and horses…sigh…Thank for the awesome post!!

    1. Sherri, it was my pleasure! Yea, I kinda lose my breath sometimes just daydreaming of a tall dark-haired cowboy riding hell bent for leather coming to rescue me!

  14. Who doesn’t love a cowboy? My favorite cowboy is Sam Elliott

  15. I love cowboys and horses,my favorite cowboy was Tom Selleck and when he is with Sam Elliot its like having both ice cream and cake

  16. Joye…you are sooooo right….he is such a ‘hunk’…there is a local cowboy that has Sam’s mannerisms…he is from Texas originally…..talks with a slow southern drawl that makes your mind go blank!!!! ooowwweeee!

  17. Right! It’s hard to beat the pair of them! Who needs dessert! ha! Thank you for giving me more inspiration! And thank you for stopping by and sharing!

  18. Welcome and happy November. This year has certainly flown by.
    I had the horse crush when I was a young girl, many many years ago. I used to play cowboys and indians with my cousins, but we tended to all want to be indians. When I wasn’t dreaming of riding the plains or riding through the mountains, I was flying with Peter Pan and fighting pirates. Either way, I wanted adventure. I never had a horse other than the ceramic one on my 16th birthday cake. I was, however, lucky enough to live in Colorado for three wonderful years. We have been back out West several times for vacation. We love the wide open spaces and the pace of life. We never did live the cowboy life, but we did chuck wagon dinners, visited museums and historic ranches. The West has its own special beauty and there is such a wide variety from Glacier Park to White Sands. It all played a role in the history and life of the cowboy.

    I will be checking out your book. Good luck with book 2 and your writing career.

    1. Patricia, thank you for stopping by! Yes, this year has certainly went fast! Day dreams are wonderful for any age! I appreciate you interest and I am just excited as everyone else about the 2nd book! I love the mountains and all the country!

  19. BJ Akin- Your book cover is awesome, makes you want to open it & see what kind of cowboy mischief is going on. Those handsome cowboys can break your heart & protect you at the same time….the old west was great. Thanks, for the contest.
    Looking forward to reading more of your books, will add them to my TBR list.

    1. Thanks a bunch, Lois! You are sooo right! Cowboys sure make your heart go pitter-pat!

  20. Thank you for a great post and giveaway! You can’t beat cowboys and horses!

    1. Amen on Cowboys and Horses! God must have been a cowboy at one time!

  21. Why is April dressed like a boy and hogtied?!?

    1. When you read the book, you will find out why….thanks!

  22. Thank you for sharing. I love the daydreaming.

    My sister & I used to collect bottles & trade them in for comic books.

    1. You are never too old to dream!

  23. So great to meet you and learn about the cowgirl life! These kinds of stories I love to cuddle up under a bunch of blankets on these winter days (we had snow today!) don’t put me in your contest since I read only ebooks now to adjust the font so I can read! All the best to you! Looking so forward to reading your books.
    Cathie
    CathieCaffey @gmail.com

    1. Oh, I am sorry about the contest. I will keep that in mind for the next time. You can get ‘Sandhills Dreamer’ online at Amazon as an ebook, too. Thank you so very much for your interest!

  24. Hi BJ,

    Thanks for participating in the giveaway. You brought a lot of memories back about dreaming of being a cowgirl. I didn’t live on a ranch, so no horses, but I had cowboy boots, western skirts and new the words to Crystal Gayle songs. Ah…. those were the days.

    1. Wonderful! You might be surprised to know that I used to be in a country western band…and I love Crystal Gayle’s songs! She has a great voice! I can’t remember the name of the song, but in it, she took money from the sugar can and was walking down a long dusty road….oh what memories you invoked! ha!

  25. Welcome, BJ! I’ve got to say, I’m curious about why April is disguised as a boy, too. Wishing you much success and looking forward to reading your books!

    1. In that time, women did not travel alone across the country unless it was on a train or stagecoach. It was much more comfortable to wear jeans and ride astride than in a dress, sidesaddle. Hope you like the rest of the story!

  26. congrats to BJ on the new release! this sounds like a lot of fun 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your interest and it was fun! I am still running around on my spirit horse! ha!

  27. Your a new author to me. I look forward to reading your books.

    1. Dorie, thank you and I hope you love the story and the setting! It’s such a beautiful place up here! Thanks a million for your support!

  28. I love hearing about new to me authors and your books sound wonderful. Love your cover too.

    1. The ‘cover’ is an attention getter isn’t it? ha! That man is such a hunk! and a very famous model for book covers…Jimmie Thomas. He has done more covers than Fabio, which is really something! Glad you liked it!

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