Now for the drawing…………
The two winners of Christmas With the Cowboy are…………
Woo-Hoo, ladies! Congratulations! Watch for an email from Miss Tina. She’ll need your home address.
And now it’s time to pick a winner……………
I put all the names in my Stetson and my mule Jasper pulled one out!
The winner of the autographed copy of Cowboy Honor is……….
Oh my goodness, Alisa! Congratulations, lady!
Someone will contact you for your mailing particulars so keep an eye peeled.
One reason I enjoy writing stories set in small western towns is the sense of community. In one book I joked if someone sneezed, half the town would be at the door with chicken soup before day’s end. From the small towns I’ve known, this isn’t too far from the truth.
Life is hard. In the city I’ve become so accustomed to the polite and well-meaning “hello, how are you today” greetings everywhere, I can respond on auto-pilot. No matter how hard life is knocking me around, I can plaster a smile on my face and reply I’m fine. But in small towns, that’s harder to pull off because people know each other. They’re more likely to see past an overly bright smile and notice something is off. More importantly, they’re likely to ask and care about the answer. Not that this doesn’t happen in the city. It does. I just find it harder to create those mini-communities of support in the city.
Another difference I’ve discovered, is to receive help in the city, I am more likely to have to ask for it friends in my mini-community. My grandparents lived on a farm outside Decorah, Iowa, a town of eight thousand. If someone was struggling financially, if a death occurred in the family, or someone was sick, most of the town knew. For example, my dear friend Lori Turner Halligan shared a story about her father’s death during prime planting time in Iowa twenty-three years ago on April 28. Farmers arrived with equipment and planted her family’s fields before planting their own. Other families brought food to feed those working the fields. Her mother didn’t have to ask. The Turners needed help, and the community turned out. This is the sense of community I tried to create in both my Estes Park Series and my Wishing Texas Series.
Western women are known for their strength. In the old west, they helped carve a life out of the wilderness. While many of my heroines start out as “Eastern city women,” they possess a western soul. One that refuses to let them give up or give in. When fate lobs lemons at my heroines like hand grenades, they put on a hard hat and make lemonade,but sometimes even the strongest of women get weary.
Take Cassie in To Love A Texas Cowboy. When her niece is orphaned, Cassie moves from New York to Texas because that’s what’s best for Ella. Without family to count on, she’s learned to rely on herself, but keeping her art career going, raising a child and keeping a roof over their heads would shake Wonder Woman’s confidence. Like so many of us, Cassie realizes she can’t do it all alone. For her, help comes from the most unexpected place–Ty, a cowboy who at first glance appears to be on the opposite side of every issue and a small Texas town.
Whether we live in the city, small town or a ranch, whether our support comes from those related to us by blood, or a family we create in less traditional ways, we need people we can count on when life gets rough.
And a special thank you to my BFF Lori for help with this blog and life in general. Everyone should be blessed with a friend like you.
Take a moment to leave a comment and be entered to win the dish towel, wine glass and a copy of Colorado Rescue.
To read an excerpt of To Love A Texas Cowboy, click here.
Congratulations to my Tuesday blog winner …
Minna, I will contact you via email with instructions on how
to claim your eBook copy of Out of a Texas Night.
I hope you enjoy the Avery’s and Brody’s story; and again congratulations!
By Phyliss Miranda
Between the great autumn fever blogs our Fillies did last week and the weather turning cooler, making the leaves turn to beautiful hues of fall, I can’t help but think about some of the things I like to do in the autumn.
I don’t go out as much this time of the year, so I love to bake and read. As I’ve said before, and those who have read any of my Kasota Springs contemporary western romances know, I also include a recipe in each book. It’s always one of my family favorites; and, two of my characters, Lola Ruth and Granny Johnson, use it in the book. Of interest, Lola Ruth got her name from my mother, Ruth, and my mother-in-law, Lola; while Granny Johnson got her name from well … my own beloved Granny Johnson. My Granny Johnson’s Chocolate Cake receipt and the history behind it’s five generations is in The Troubled Texan, which is the first of the Kasota Springs books.
Sylvie’s story, which I’m writing now, has a twist and I’ll be using more recipes. Just gotta wait to read the book to see what twist I give to recipes and characters. But, I’ll give you all a hint. They all come from readers and school teachers.
With cold nights and cool days, I love to read and drink something hot in the evening, so I thought I’d share with you a great recipe. It’ll definitely be in the book. You can prepare this Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix for yourself or it’d be a great holiday gift. It’s easy and quick to fix.
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
2 cups Confectioners Sugar
1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 cups Powdered Milk or to cut calories use Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
Instructions: In a large bowl, sift the confectioner’s sugar and cocoa. Stir in the powdered milk and whisk well.
You can add miniature marshmallows to the mixture if you’d like. Drop in a few chocolate chips to make it even more rich. When ready to use, mix ½ cup hot water with ½ cup cocoa mix, stir and enjoy.
If you have small kids or just want something special for yourself, make Red Velvet Hot Chocolate, by adding red gel food coloring; and dip the rim of your favorite cup in sprinkles. Use gel instead of regular food coloring, since it’ll give the drink a darker red look. I can see this being a really fun treat during the Christmas season.
So what is your favorite drink during cold weather?
To one reader who leaves a comment today, I will give you an eBook copy of Out of a Texas Night.
Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
To Celebrate these golden days of Autumn, leave a comment about your favorite things about fall. The golden and orange leaves. Bright pumpkins. Children in costumes and buckets of candy. The cool evenings. The end of mowing and bugs. The oncoming holiday season.
One lucky commentor will win a copy of The Reluctant Warrior:
…Union army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He’s come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may be trying to keep the children.
When danger descends on the cabin where they’re huddled, Cam is hurt trying to protect everyone and now finds Gwen caring for him too. He soon realizes why the kids love her so much and wonders if it might be best for him to move on without them. When she sees his broken heart, Gwen decides to help him win back their affection–and in the process he might just win her heart as well. Click to buy
Many thanks to everyone who came to read my blog last Tuesday about the movies and John Wayne meeting Wyatt Earp. That was so much fun.
In a random drawing, I chose two winners…………………
You get to choose either of these two books in print or ebook. If you don’t get an email from me, contact me linda (at) lindabroday (dot) com.
Connie won a copy of Charlene’s upcoming novel, Priscilla, and Deanne won her choice of one book from Charlene’s back list.
You ladies are going to be spending some quality book time in the old west.
Thank you so much for visiting and talking about the Code of West, Mike!
It’s time for the drawing everyone!
The winner gets a choice of either ebook or print of The Renewal.
That winner is………
Yippee! Congratulations, Teresa! Mike will contact you so be watching.