Category: Filly Fun

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Linda Broday and Margaret Brownley

LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS is out!!

Get Your Copy Now!

Find a cowboy to keep you warm these long, wintry nights as you cozy up with six sweeping, epic tales of heroism, passion, family, and celebration from the genre’s most beloved authors.

AMAZON  |  B&N  |  iTunes  |  Indiebound

 

Karen Witemeyer

The first book in my Archer Brothers series is on sale for only $1.99 for e-books! YeeHaw. This book is a reader favorite and coming this Christmas, I’ll be releasing a new Archer novella for the holidays! Better rope this one fast. The sale ends tonight (9/30/19).

 

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Shanna Hatfield

Dream of Her Heart, the third book in my Hearts of the War series, recently received the Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in the Inspirational Category. I’m so excited it was recognized in the annual contest because the stories in this series are very dear to my heart.

Available on Amazon

Pam Crooks

 

Book 1 in the Wells Cattle Company Trilogy!  

Zurina Vasco despises Trey Wells for the power he wields over her people and their beloved sheep. But when tragedy strikes, there is no one else she can turn to for help but him.

Trey doesn’t have room in his life for a beautiful woman like Zurina–until the night his father is murdered. Only she can help him find the truth and satisfy the revenge he craves.

Bound by the secrets that will tear them apart, they flee into the wilds of Montana Territory and find a love worthy of legends.

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Available on Amazon

Aiming for Love releases TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Book #1 of the Bride of Hope Mountain series.

 

Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world–a world she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, her older sister especially is frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.

David’s parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. David’s father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?

 

 

 

Updated: September 30, 2019 — 8:02 am

Grandma’s Potato Tips. Who knew? ~ Pam Crooks

Who doesn’t love a potato?  Baked, boiled, fried, smashed, mashed or hashed, served with ranch dressing, sour cream, ketchup or just plain salt and pepper, they’ve been a staple in our diets for centuries.

Perhaps it’s only been recently that scientists have confirmed just how nutritious the vegetable is, too, particularly when cooked in its skin with little or no fat.  The potato is heaped with fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, iron, zinc and calcium.

But, of course, our grandmothers didn’t know that.  They only knew it filled bellies and grew cheap.  They also knew it had other benefits as well.

I’ve collected fun little pamphlets about recipes and remedies from our pasts and always enjoy reading how mothers and grandmothers took care of their families using what little they had.  Some were clever.  Some made me frown.  Some grossed me out.  But all were fascinating, and I’d love to share of few from my collection.

Medicinal Tips, in the patient’s own words:

“I had a wart on my hand as a child growing up in Brooklyn.  My mother cut a potato in half and rubbed it on the wart, then she buried the potato.  The wart disappeared and never returned.”

“When I had a headache as a child, my grandmother would slice a potato, put the slices on my forehead and tie them with a bandanna.”

“A potato poultice will give rapid relief from sunburn.  Grate raw potato and spread between two layers of gauze.  Apply to the face or other affected parts  For severe sunburn, a doctor’s advice is necessary.”

“To soothe swollen eyelids, apply raw potato cut in rounds each morning and evening.”

“If there is no broken skin, rub minor burns with a slice of raw potato.”

“When we were growing up in the 1920s (there were 14 of us kids), if we got sick, Mama cooked sliced potatoes on top of a wood stove. After the potatoes were brown on both sides, she put salt and homemade butter on them. We kids thought that was really worth getting sick for.”

**Disclaimer:  These tips are for your reading pleasure only.  I do not endorse them in any way. If needed, please consult your doctor.

Handy tips from the kitchen:

“To rescue over-salted dishes, put some rounds of raw potato in the middle of the dish.”

“Boiled potatoes for a salad will absorb less oil and taste better if you sprinkle them with white wine while they are still warm.  Add the dressing when they have absorbed the wine.”

“Rubbing a raw potato on your shoes before polishing them helps to make your shoes shiny.”

Of course, we can’t have a blog on potatoes without including a recipe, can we?

Cheesy Vegetable and Potato Soup

4 chicken bouillon cubes

1 1/2 cups of potatoes (I add more)

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup diced onion

1 20 oz bag California blend vegetables (or two 12 oz.)

2 cans 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup

1 lb lite Velveeta cheese

1 can chopped chilies

  1. In small stock pot, dissolve bouillon cubes in 4 cups of water.  Add potatoes, celery and onion.  Cook 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook California blend vegetables until tender.  Drain and chop into smaller pieces.
  3. Add to potato mixture and cook about 6 minutes.
  4. Add both cans of soup, the Velveeta cheese and chilies.  
  5. Stir to melt cheese and heat through.

Note:  I made this often when I was on Weight Watchers.  It’s surprisingly low in calories and so good!  You can use more potatoes and Mexican Velveeta cheese but they will be a bit higher in calories.

What about you, your mother or grandmother?  Did they use a potato for a home remedy?  What other home remedies did your family use?

 

Be sure to stop back and see if your name has been added to the list of semi-finalists! 

You can’t win if you don’t comment, right?

It’s Game Day With Linda Broday!

 

Are you ready to have some fun? I sure hope so. I like games and used to play a lot more than I do now. Growing up, my family loved the board game Aggravation (also known as Sorry). In fact, we loved it so much my dad made the board out of a piece of plywood and varnished it. I tell you, it was pretty fancy and well used. Uno is another favorite. My husband and I used to love playing backgammon and he was an expert. I really had to work hard to beat him and it didn’t happen very often.

Playing games is so relaxing and it sure is a good way to create unbreakable bonds. So let’s get to it.

Below are two pictures. Write a caption for each. Very simple and there are no bad answers.

Two people will win a $10 gift card and one person will win the first two of my Outlaw Mail Order Brides books (The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride and Saving the Mail Order Bride.)

Ready, Set, Go!!

 

  

Updated: September 2, 2019 — 2:20 pm

It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

So check out the post below to get the details on the kinds of things that make us go Yee-Haw!!

Margaret Brownley

 

Linda Broday and I have stories in LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS, available September 14th. 

Linda’s story is titled A Christmas Wedding and mine is A Love Letter to Santa.

It’s a great collection, but don’t take my word for it.  Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say: 

“Brimming with holiday magic, this feel-good anthology of historical romance novellas, all centered on the cowboy mystique and second chances, will delight and charm.”

RESERVE YOUR COPY NOW!

AMAZON

B&N

APPLE

INDIEBOUND

Phyliss Miranda

 

Not long ago, Linda Broday and I waited two hours in the blazing sun for the Coors Ranch Rodeo parade. This has been a tradition for decades and promotes our rich history and the real western life by featuring competition between real cowboys from real working ranches in the area. I still call it the Coors Ranch Rodeo, which kicks off the summer in this area, although it’s now overseen by The Coors Cowboy Club. They run the rodeo with the same love and commitment the Reed family and Coors of Amarillo gave it.

The kickoff is a parade that goes all the way through our main street downtown to the TriState Fairgrounds where the rodeo is held. The highlight of the parade is a dozen or so Longhorns, wranglers, a couple of chuckwagons and all types of cowboys and cowgirls. It’s one of our must do events; thus the reason Linda and I sat in the hot sun for so long. Linda took my picture because dumbo me had my camera set as a selfie, so I have about thirty pictures of me with my hair flying in the typical West Texas wind. A fun day for sure.

Winnie Griggs

 

I have a little bit of fun news to announce – on September 3rd, Harlequin is re-releasing two of my historical titles in a single 2-in-1 volume.  Here’s a little info about each book;

A Baby Between Them

For two months, Nora Murphy has cared for the abandoned infant she found on their Boston-bound ship. Settled now in Faith Glen, Nora tells herself she’s happy. She has little Grace, and a good job as housekeeper to Sheriff Cameron Long. Cam has also closed himself off to dreams of a family.
When the unthinkable occurs, it will take all their faith to reach a new future together.

The Proper Wife

Eli Reynolds knows what he wants in a wife, and flighty Sadie Lassiter couldn’t be further from the mark. For one thing, he has his nine-year-old sister’s welfare to consider. But when bad weather strands Eli and Sadie together, he sees a new side to her character. Her faith is true, and she’s filled with humor and sweetness. Could Eli take a chance on happiness and take Sadie as his bride?

To learn more or pre-order a copy,  click on the book cover image.

Linda Broday

I’m going on the road!

On Thursday, September 12, 2019, I’ll speak to the Midwest Romance Writers in Lenexa, KS!

19617 W. 101st Street, Lenexa, KS (suburb of Kansas City)

AND on Saturday, Sept. 14, I’ll be at the McClouth, KS Public Library!

If you’re in the area, come by! I’d love to see you!

 

Pam Crooks

Enjoying the dog days of summer at the lake with eight grand-darlings and two of their friends makes me happy.

Little Gracie who just caught her first toad.

 

And no, I didn’t line them up that way.  It just happened!

 

Taking a break for lunch to quench big appetites.

 

Then back into the water for more fun.

 

Memories like these make me holler “YEE-HAW!” 

Karen Witemeyer

I turned in a new manuscript this month! Yee-Haw!!!

At Love’s Command is the first in a new series called Hanger’s Horsemen. The concept is a blending of The A-Team meets The Magnificent Seven. Here’s a sneak peek of the blurb:

At Love’s Command
Haunted by the horrors of the battle of Wounded Knee, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries to fight for the cause of good. The four men known as Hanger’s Horsemen have become legends in Texas—men who defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of the Horsemen at death’s door, they are the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she’s not used to is having a man readjust his thinking in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Especially not a sensationalized myth who couldn’t possibly be half the man rumors purport him to be. Matthew Hanger’s dedication to the health of his friend during recovery earns Josephine’s respect, however, and when she receives word of her brother’s abduction, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

Matt is no stranger to ruthless outlaws, betrayal, and injury, but when a bossy lady doctor who prefers giving orders to taking them crawls under his skin, his heart is tempted to surrender. And when Josie is caught in the crossfire, Matt will sacrifice anything, even his precious Horsemen, to save her.

CHERYL PIERSON

Hey everyone! I do have some book news but it’s too soon to share it,  BOO HOO–so I’ll share some updates on my sweet boys you might want to see. We just passed a milestone in our family! We’ve had Sweet Seminole Sammy for one whole year as of the 18th of August! (Yes, I gave him and his furry brother Max both a small dish of vanilla ice cream to celebrate, but no party hats for fear of them being eaten, too!) Here’s the first day we brought Sammy home to live with us, August 18, 2018–he was (they thought) about 6 months old. He’d been adopted and brought back because he dug holes in the adoptive family’s yard. What a lucky day for US, because he is the perfect dog for our home! Here he is at the shelter before we brought him home with us. 

And here he is on his little bed–it’s amazing to see how “small” he was compared to NOW. No way he could even fit in that bed a year later!

Here are my two babies in March of this year–Sammy is about a year older than Max, and this was taken on Max’s first day with us, March 11, 2019. Sammy was thrilled from the beginning, and he has been such a protective big brother ever since Max came to live with us. We got them both from the same shelter, but they never knew each other before, as Max came much later after Sammy was gone. This was taken in March of 2019, when Sammy had been with us about 7 months, and Max was a tiny puppy–only about 10 weeks old. He was so uncertain and afraid, but Sammy took him under his wing and made him feel right at home!

 

Here they are this past week and look how both of them have grown! They are best buddies and love each other dearly.

They spend almost every minute together and wouldn’t know what to do without one another at this point. They are such a joy and so much fun to have in our family–always up to something (and not always something good–they are a lot like kids!)

Judging how Max has grown, I think he’s going to be taller than Sammy, but I believe Sammy will always be more muscular. They didn’t know what breeds either of them were, but it doesn’t matter. Their hearts are pure gold, and their breed is LOVE!

 

This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of them. I took this just a few weeks ago. Max has gathered all their toys around him on the floor, looking up so proudly, and Sammy is on the couch beside me with the look that says, “Oh, brother. See what I have to put up with?” But he wouldn’t have it any other way! 

 

 

Updated: August 24, 2019 — 7:21 am

Cowboys Keep You Young WINNER!

 

Well, this is it!  The end to our summer-long trio of BIG giveaways!

We hope you had fun seeing us when we were just knee-high to a grasshopper.  Yep, we know it was a challenge to guess who was who, but we have good news!

NINE of you got all twelve fillies correct!

We put your names into the hat, closed our eyes, and shuffled them up.  Then . . . we pulled the lucky winner out.  

Are you ready?

Aimee V

(Aimee, Karen Witemeyer will be contacting you soon so we can get your prizes right out to you.)

Keep checking back with us, everyone.  We’re already thinking about our next fun promo!

Now, without further ado . . .  here we are!

 

Updated: August 10, 2019 — 7:03 pm

Guess the Little Filly with New Clues–and Win!

Our BIG Summer Giveaway is half-way over, and it’s time to give you the second–and final–set of clues!

The first set were all about us when we were, well, little.  These new clues will help you guess the fillies all grown up and successful authors. If you’ve been following us and our books, (and we know many of you have been!) then these clues will help you guess which Little Filly is which.  

Best of all?  There are prizes!  LOTS of prizes for the lucky winner.  

(Note: There are no baby pictures from Kit Morgan and Margaret Brownley.)

 

And even more…..

 

Don’t forget the rules:

  1. Guess as often as you’d like.
  2. Your LAST guess will be your final guess.
  3. Respond in the comments, and be sure to include each little filly’s number for each guess.
  4. The one with the most correct guesses wins!  In case of multiple winners, the final winner will be chosen at random.
  5. US Winner only, please.
  6. The contest ends on August 10, and the winner will be posted on Sunday, August 11.

Are you ready to start guessing?

 

 

Have fun and good luck!

Updated: August 7, 2019 — 7:35 am

It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

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Karen Witemeyer

My brand new release is on an incredible sale until July 31.
Grab an e-copy of Zach and Abigail’s story for only $1.99 today!

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“Fans of Karen Witemeyer know that she excels at writing sweet, subtly sexy Western romances which are full of charm and joy. Her genuine, heartwarming stories never fail to bring a smile to my face and her latest book, More Than Words Can Say, completely met that expectation. . . fans of Inspirational romance will find a lot to love here, and I urge them to rush out and pick up a copy as soon as possible.”  ~All About Romance

Cheryl Pierson

Guess what, y’all! I just had a birthday yesterday! I know most people aren’t excited about getting older, but I am–even with all the aches and pains that come along with it. This is a big birthday for me–I’m 62! How many of us, when we were 16 years old and learning to drive a car, ever imagined that we would live to be as old as our grandparents were right then? LOL I sure didn’t. I couldn’t even THINK that far in the future–but now that I’m here, it doesn’t seem so old at all. 

The picture above left is me when I was 17, the end of my junior year of highschool–never dreaming I’d one day be old enough to collect my Social Security. Above right is a recent picture of me with my daughter, Jessica. She’ll be 33 this year, and she can’t imagine ever being 62, either. Growing older “ain’t” for sissies, but I’m glad to still be here, alive and kickin’! 

As a way to celebrate, I want to offer a digital giveaway of the Prairie Rose Publications boxed set UNDER A WESTERN SKY to two commenters who are interested in reading some excellent WHR stories!

I love this collection because it’s six books–full-length novels–by six different authors, all western historical romance! Just let me know if you’re interested and leave your e-mail info in your comment–I’ll be drawing two names! My story, FIRE EYES, is included, along with 5 other stories by Celia Yeary, Tracy Garrett, Kaye Spencer, Agnes Alexander, and Patti Sherry-Crews.

 

Y’all wish me a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 

Linda Broday

I have a book trailer for LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS!

It comes out Sept. 24, 2019!

AMAZON  |  B&N  |  APPLE  |  Indiebound

 

Jeannie Watt

I just got the cover to my August Tule Publishing release, Her Cowboy Boss. Brodie and McKenna had last seen each other in high school when she was part of the social elite and he was the quiet ranch kid who liked to draw. Now she’s a single mom building a new life and he’s her boss on a cattle ranch. He’s interested in building a relationship, but McKenna is fighting ghosts from her past.

Her Cowboy Boss will be available for pre-order soon.

Ruth Logan Herne

Ruthy is celebrating being a finalist in the Maggie Awards for Excellence, sponsored by Georgia Romance Writers! Winners are announced at GRW’s wonderful Moonlight & Magnolias conference in October, but Ruthy is thrilled to be a finalist with her Amazon bestseller “At Home in Wishing Bridge”! Thank you, GRW!

Pam Crooks

Coming VERY soon!

Book 2 in the C Bar C Ranch Series

Kidnapped by the Cowboy

 

Callie Mae Lockett is betrayed by the man who claims he’s responsible for her young brother’s tragic death. She chooses another to help carry on her precious legacy, the C Bar C Ranch , and he’s the farthest thing from a cowboy she’s ever met.

TJ Grier has always been one of the C Bar C’s best cowboys, but one horrible night destroys all he’s ever known.

Desperate to prove his innocence, he steals Callie Mae away, and together they plunge into danger to solve the secret that has torn them apart.

Watch for it!

P&P Big Summer Giveaway #2

According to a recent AAA Travel survey, nearly 100 million Americans are planning to take a family vacation in 2019. How about you? Will you be hitting the road this summer?

Nothing makes time in the car pass more quickly and pleasantly than getting lost in a great book. Whether you are driver or passenger, the Fillies have you covered — because for this month’s giant giveaway, we are including audio books as well as print and e-books in our prize package. Hooray!

All the books the Fillies are giving away have a tie-in to the road trip theme with some aspect of the plot taking place on the road.

Check out the fabulous collection of audio, print, and e-books you could win!

Audio Books

 

Not only that, but what’s a road trip without car games, snacks, and DVDs to watch?
Our winner for July will also win all of these fun goodies!

To enter for a chance to win all these amazing prizes, use the form below.
Winner will be announced on Sunday, July 14.

Click here to view this promotion.

It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

So check out the post below to get the details on the kinds of things that make us go Yee-Haw!!

Karen Witemeyer

I was on the cover of a magazine! Yee-haw!

What a surprise! My publisher approached me in early May about doing an interview for Family Fiction Magazine, a digital publication that caters to Christian fiction readers. I jumped at the opportunity. But I had no idea that I was going to be on the cover. How exciting!

Click here to read the feature article with behind the scenes information about the writing of More Than Words Can Say.

Pam Crooks

Nothing better than precious family time.  Yee-Haw!

Sharing a few pics from our trip to Honey Creek Resort, on Lake Rathbun in Iowa.

Having an afternoon cocktail

Cousins playing together.

Inflatable obstacle course on the lake.

Picnic lunch in Melrose, IA, before heading home.

Ruth Logan Herne (Ruthy!!!)

Well, it’s planting time here on the farm… not like those big fancy plantin’ rigs you see in the Midwest… I grow thousands of pumpkin plants in little trays in the side yard and when there are a few thousand ready, Dave plants ’em… and so it goes from May through the 4th of July. I get up nice and early to write because for these five months everything is a work in progress! But then we have the crazy fun days of autumn with hundreds of customers and kids and crisp nights and shorter days…. and cookies and breads and cakes. But it all starts right here with these baby plants and great folks stopping in to weed a half-dozen rows here and there!

 

AND….

 

Ruthy’s got a new book just released, some of you have seen the cover here, and I love how folks are lovin’ on this great cowboy story! “Healing the Cowboy’s Heart”: Think Romeo and Juliet … or Hatfields and McCoys…. and then throw a smart-as-a-whip horse vet who knows her stuff and a man who loves horses and an old grudge, refueled…. a great read, my friends! In Walmarts and drugstores nationwide, wherever Harlequin books are sold!

Linda Broday

I think summer is for taking time and doing something fun which I hope you are. Last week a friend and I went out to where the old town of Tascosa once stood. It was only one of three towns in the Texas Panhandle in the 1870s. Boot Hill speaks for itself and has 28 graves–at least that are marked. This tree stands at the site of where Frenchy McCormick once lived with Micky, the love of her life. After the town died, everyone left but her and she stayed into her 80s to tend his grave. True love. Watch for my blog about this wild and wooly town.

 

                                

 

Julie Benson

The third book in my Wishiing, Texas Series, To Tame A Texas Cowboy is with the Proofing Department at Tule Publishing! I don’t have a release date yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do. I’m so excited to share Cooper and Cheyenne’s story with readers. This is a story close to my heart because it was inspired by a friend’s dear service dog, Penny Lane, who passed away last year.  

Here’s a excerpt from Chapter One.

“You really blew it, turning me down. I could’ve rocked your world and made you see fireworks.”

As Cooper Abbott stared at Shannon, an attractive brunette, her face now contorted with irritation, all he thought was if she’d show him fireworks it was a good thing he’d politely told her no thanks. With trying to see the SeizureReader, Olivia’s dream, become a reality and taking over a vet practice, he had enough on the line without fireworks.

Not that he’d want those in a relationship anyway. Fireworks were wild, unpredictable, and dangerous as hell if a body didn’t handle them right. Come on. Explosives. Who needed that? Certainly not a smart man.

As he watched the woman storm off, the bling on the back pockets of her skinny jeans sparkling under Fitzwilly’s florescent lights, his lack of desire and disappointment surprised him. After not having sex in almost two years, he should be raring to go when a woman showed interest. Maybe it wasn’t him as much as the women he’d attracted lately. For some unfathomable reason, he drew the neurotic types the way cows drew flies.

 

Click here for an excerpt.                                                            Click here for an excerpt.

 

Kit Morgan

WooHoo! A brand new month and brand new releases to boot! In fact, I’ve two the last couple of weeks! Polly and the Shipbuilder and Watching the Wrangler. These two novellas are chock full of fun and one of them has an angel with a flair for fashion. Can you guess which one? 

 

A man in love with a woman betrothed to another. Oh dear.

Cyrus Van Cleet was smitten the moment he laid eyes on the beautiful woman in the public square. Problem is, he hasn’t a clue who she is. How will he ever find her again? With any luck, he’ll spy her at the famous Peabody Ball.

Polly Chambers caught a young man looking at her and hasn’t forgotten how his look made her feel. And from a stranger no less! But she couldn’t deny how special he made her feel. Too bad she’d never see him again … or would she?

 

Amazon

 

 

A Wrangler. A Beauty. And one fussy angel …

Callan Jones came to work for the Whites with no expectations, a little money in his pocket and a good work ethic. It was all he needed. After losing his family back in Texas, this was his chance to make a fresh start. Then he showed up. Some dandy claiming to be his guardian angel! 

Arabella Simpson’s family moved from place to place as they meandered west. Now they were in Creede and it was no different than other places they’d stayed and high-tailed it out of. But, she had to admit, the scenery was beautiful and in more ways than one. If Arabella didn’t stop watching the wrangler at the neighboring ranch, they might have to vamoose for a reason other than her father’s gambling habit. 

Can two people determined not to fall in love find it? Maybe with a little help from a certain guardian angel they can … 

Amazon

 

Linda Broday

I’m over at The Captivating Quills with an Excerpt and Links!

Click on the image to take you there!

 

 

Winnie Griggs

A couple of weeks ago my three sisters and I took our first ever sisters-only getaway.  The location we chose was Disney World in Orlando and we had a blast! Our enjoyment was as much over being together as from our location.  Here are a few picture we took while there

 

 

Updated: July 1, 2019 — 1:51 pm

Dressing for Independence Day (plus a giveaway)

Nothing puts me in a patriotic frame of mind more than seeing bunting proudly displayed on homes and businesses. In fact, I recently took a trip to Honey Grove, TX, the setting for my most recent release, More Than Words Can Say, and I saw this house.

Not only was this a gorgeous Victorian-era home restored to its former glory, but it was a patriotic home as well. It was only the middle of June, but they already had their bunting on display for all to appreciate and enjoy. I knew I had to take a photo because a key turning point in my story centers around a 4th of July Parade in Honey Grove.

Abigail and her sister Rosalind have decorated their bakery with red-white-and-blue bunting and paper festooning in keeping with the holiday festivities, but in addition to decorating their portion of the town square, they decide to decorate themselves as well. Rosalind (a young beauty) has been chosen at the very last minute to be Honey Grove’s Queen Bee and is to be featured in the parade. Despite the late notice, Rosalind agrees to participate so that she can promote the bakery by handing out honey-glazed biscuits to parade goers. Thankfully, Rosalind is handy with a needle.

Here’s a scene from our hero’s point of view. Like most men, Zach has grown impatient waiting on his wife and her sister to appear . . .

The door opened. Zach spun around at the sound of the hinges.

“It’s about t—” The complaint died on his tongue as his wife stepped through the doorway. She’d abandoned her work apron and changed her dark blue shirtwaist for a white lacy confection with a pleated front that highlighted her abundant curves. She’d tied a red sash around her waist that set off her blue skirt with patriotic flair and had somehow folded a scrap of leftover paper festooning from the shop’s decorations into a circle thing that looked remarkably like a flower. It sat pinned it to her blouse like a brooch. Not only that, but she’d magically woven red ribbon through the braid on her head, a ribbon he was certain hadn’t been there when they’d been working side-by-side that morning.

I imagine Abigail and her sister dressed a bit like this. Abby with a red ribbon at her waist and a patriotic paper flower brooch. Rosalind in a fancier white dress with leftover red-white-and-blue bunting draped over her hips and bustled at the back.

“Isn’t she stunning?” Abigail asked as she turned her face away from him.

She? He only saw Abigail.

However, when Abigail gestured behind her, Zach finally noticed Rosalind stepping into the hall. She didn’t make his heart pound like Abby did, but he had to admit she was a right fine looking female. They must have taken curling tongs to her hair, for it hung in blonde ringlets down her nape in a way that reminded him of the fancy women in New York who used to bring donation baskets to the orphanage at Christmas.

Her clothes were much fancier than her sister’s, too. All white and frilly. She’d taken some of the bunting fabric and fashioned an overskirt that draped down her front and pulled up into a big bow at the back. She wore a straw hat decorated with more of those red, white, and blue paper flower things.

For someone who’d known for less than twenty-four hours that she was going to be the star attraction of the Fourth of July parade, she’d done an impressive job of improvising a patriotic ensemble that would no doubt put Sophia Longfellow to shame.

Abigail shot him a look that felt remarkably like a kick to the shin. Obviously, she expected him to say something. And not to her.

He smiled at Rosie. “I’ve never seen a prettier Lady Liberty.”

Abby beamed at him, making him stand a little taller since he’d somehow managed not to stick his foot in his mouth. Then she took her sister’s hand. “You’re beautiful, Rosalind. No one deserves the title of Honey Grove’s Queen Bee more than you.”

Abigail and Rosalind might not have been dressed quite like the lady on this vintage Victorian postcard, but they were creative in using what they had to create festive and patriotic ensembles.

I don’t have too many patriotic ensembles myself, but when the time is right I have been know to pair red, white, and blue items from my closet in new and interesting ways.

What is your favorite way to decorate either your home or yourself for the 4th of July?

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