Category: Filly Fun

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?

Leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win an autographed copy of More Than Words Can Say and see what disaster befalls Abigail during that fateful parade.

THE TOP ‘MOST PATRIOTIC’ COUNTRY SONGS–WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE? by CHERYL PIERSON

 

Summer seems like the most patriotic time of the year in general, doesn’t it? We kick off the summer months with Memorial Day in May. Poppies are worn in remembrance of veterans on Memorial Day and on Veterans Day in November.

On June 6, we are reminded of the sacrifices made on a faraway beach in Normandy that resulted in many deaths in WWII, but turned the tide for the Allies and helped us gain victory. June 14th is Flag Day, a fine “tune up” for our huge 4th of July celebration that’s right around the corner.

Is anyone more patriotic than a cowboy? I don’t think so!  So many country and western songs have been written through the years that are a tribute to not only our troops, but to first responders, and to all the “regular” American people who love our country.

Here is my list of top country and western patriotic songs, compiled from several on the internet—all different, but all wonderful—and all with one thing in common: our love for our country. These are in no particular order. I don’t know how anyone could choose one over the other since they all are products of excellent songwriting and musicianship—and heartfelt sentiments about America! And goodness knows, I didn’t list them all here—no room! Like I said, there are a lot of patriots in the country music field, and a huge number of songs to listen to in order to get in the patriotic spirit of things! I’ve included the youtube links in case you want to pop over and give these a listen!

This first one is an odd one, but I just love it. It was recorded by David Ball, who didn’t have that many hits, but this one will stay in your memory when you hear it for the very first time. I get chills every single time I hear it.  A young man buys a ’66 Corvette and discovers a letter in the glove box “My name is Private Andrew Malone, and if you’re reading this I didn’t make it home…” Which always makes me think about so many young men who could have written this following line…“For every dream that’s shattered, another one comes true…”  It’s called RIDING WITH PRIVATE MALONE and it has a very twisty ending you’re sure to love!

 

https://youtu.be/v5dyHPX8Cos

 

Probably the most recognized country song that many call our “unofficial” American anthem was written and performed by Lee GreenwoodGOD BLESS THE U.S.A. Written in 1983, it’s become synonymous with patriotism, and is loved by countless Americans, whether they are typical country and western fans or not. Its simple message is one that grabs you and holds on, and I have to admit, that even after nearly 40 years of hearing it, I still get teary! “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me—so I’ll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today, for there ain’t no doubt I love this land—God Bless the U.S.A.!”

 

https://youtu.be/yH61hFsma24

 

Another “oldie but goodie” is Merle Haggard’s THE FIGHTIN’ SIDE OF ME, written in 1970. Oh, goodness. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard my husband play and sing that back when we used to have our band…fond memories, and it was a song that was a frequent request, whether we lived in West Virginia or here in Oklahoma. “If you don’t love it, leave it, let this song that I’m singin’ be a warnin’—when you’re runnin’ down my country, hoss, you’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me…” I love the sentiment of this song. In true “Merle” fashion, he’s saying that we can disagree on things without trashing our country. I think everyone in the audiences we played to knew the words to this song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIxBmyRQlwQ

 

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE WORLD STOPPED TURNING? is not a “patriotic” song in the way we’d normally think of one, but it was not written during normal times. Penned by Alan Jackson in 2002 after the horrific events of  9/11/01, this song is packed with emotion and validates the many thoughts and feelings that Americans went through during the aftermath of that day. Each chorus of this song ends with the reminder that God’s greatest gift to us is love—even though we were going through some horrendous times. This song was nothing short of a masterpiece that drew Americans together, gave us hope, and let us know we were not alone in our feelings.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNsfx_4k-JA

 

In 1974, Johnny Cash wrote RAGGED OLD FLAG, a recitation about all the incidents that happened to “the ragged old flag” that hangs in a little town’s courthouse square as told to a town newcomer by one of the old men who lives there. “She’s been through the fire before, and she can take a whole lot more…on second thought, I guess I do like to brag, cause I’m mighty proud of that ragged old flag!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KqrjeScLSI

8TH OF NOVEMBER, another patriotic song written about the Vietnam war, is performed by Big and Rich. It is the true story of a terrible battle in which the 173rd Airborne was engaged. That day, 48 Americans died with very few survivors when they were ambushed by 1200 Viet Cong. “With the fire rainin’ down and the hell all around there were few men left standin’ that day…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozpdBvB0hek

 

 

 

There are countless others, in case you want to put together a country and western playlist for your big Independence Day shindig! Take a look!

SOME GAVE ALL by Billy Ray Cyrus

LETTERS FROM HOME by John Michael Montgomery

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN? by Darryl Worley

IF YOU’RE READING THIS by Tim McGraw

HOME by Dierks Bentley

I DRIVE YOUR TRUCK by Lee Brice

FOR YOU by Keith Urban

IT’S AMERICA by Rodney Atkins

FLYOVER STATES by Jason Aldean

COURTESY OF THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE (THE ANGRY AMERICAN) by Toby Keith

WHERE THE STARS AND STRIPES AND THE EAGLE FLY by Aaron Tippin

AMERICAN SOLDIER by Toby Keith

THE BALLAD OF IRA HAYES by Johnny Cash

This isn’t all of them, either! Hope you all have a very happy 4th of July with family, friends, and loved ones. What’s your favorite country and western patriotic song, and why? It’s hard to pick just one!  

Game Day with Phyliss Miranda

 


Welcome to my Game Day…Favorite Book Titles!

I think we’ll have fun today.  Here’s the way my game works.  

Using the first letter of either your name or the state you live in (minimum of 5 letters),

finish it out with the title of one of your favorite books.

You can use abbreviations, if it’s a long state name, but no USPO codes ie: TX. 

You can also use another letter in the name, if it’s a hard one.   

If you can’t think of a title, here’s a hint. Click on the picture of any Filly and you’ll go to their website, thus her book list. 

This might give you some ideas.  Here’s mine:

  • T:  “The Troubled Texan” by Phyliss Miranda
  • E:  “The Extortionist”
  • X:  “The X-Files”
  • A:  “Ashes in the Wind” by Kathleen Woodiwiss
  • S:  “Spring Brides” by Pam Crooks

Have fun!

 

To one lucky winner, I’m giving away a $10 gift card to Bath and Body Works; and to another winner, an eBook copy of my latest Kasota Springs Romance,  “Out of a Texas Night”.

 



 

Updated: June 17, 2019 — 7:30 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!

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

Karen Witemeyer

Today just happens to be my birthday. YeeHaw! The big 4-8. Closing in on half a century. Whew! I’m celebrating by taking my daughter to Bellingham, WA to get her moved in for her summer internship. So far away! We made the trip fun, though, by leaving a few days early and visiting beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Girl trip!

We visited Butchart Gardens, a couple castles, and the inner harbor. Even the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits!

As a fun side note: We were in Victoria, Canada (named, of course for Queen Victoria) on Friday, May 24 – the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth! Super cool!

Linda Broday

TO CATCH A TEXAS STAR is a finalist (Historical category) in the National Readers’ Choice Awards!

Winners will be announced in New York City on Thursday, July 25, 2019

YEEHAW!

Pam Crooks

I’m honored to be the launch book for a brand new sweet romance series called BACHELORS & BABIES which features–you guessed it!–a bachelor hero who suddenly (and quite unexpectedly!) finds a baby on his doorstep and in his life.  Each book in this multi-author series will have its own unique story about how a handsome hunk must care for a baby. Of course, he’ll need a woman to help him, won’t he?

 

Available June 1st, but PREORDER now on Amazon

#kindleunlimited

#sweetromance

 

Margaret Brownley

The Cowboy Meet His Match will be released tomorrow, May 28–tra-la!

His first mistake was marrying her; his second was falling in love.

Amazon

 

Cheryl Pierson

I am so thrilled to have a western short story that made the “short list” in the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Awards this year! My story is called THE GAMBLE, and it was published in a western anthology called THE UNTAMED WEST. Let me tell you, there are a ton of great stories in that book alone, not to mention the many other entries that were received in the Peacemaker competition. That’s why I’m so proud to have my story be chosen as one of only FIVE finalists, along with Troy Smith, Michael Ritt, Jeff Mariotte, and Ron Schwab. Now I will be waiting like a nervous Nellie until June 15 when the winners are announced. No matter who wins the award in this category, I’m just thrilled to have made the finalist list among so many excellent stories and talented authors who submitted stories. Wish me luck!

 

 

It’s available HERE:

https://amzn.to/2HBDUjd

Phyliss Miranda

Recently, along with Fellow Filly Linda Broday, I participated in the 2019 ArtsFest here in Amarillo.  It was a great event filled with folks from all of the arts.  From youth dancers and singers to writers. Our local writer’s organization, which is the oldest continual writing organization in the U.S. will be celebrating our centennial in 2020.  We were able to sign as many of our published works as we so desired during the three day event. Writers from all generas enjoyed interfacing with our readers. We are looking forward to our centennial.   

 

Updated: May 26, 2019 — 4:52 pm

Game Day with Ruthy! Corny Jokes!

I love corny jokes, especially if they’re from kids…

And especially if they CAN’T STOP LAUGHING WHILE THEY TELL YOU because they’re already cracking themselves up!

Remember Popsicle Stick jokes????

My boys loved them!!! Such funny one-liners!

So here are a few for you for game day… And if you give me a comment or an answer, (right or wrong!) I’m putting you into the drawing for a copy of “Healing the Cowboy’s Heart”. Win it before you can buy it, darlings!

Here’s a sample for you:

1. Why did the kid cross the playground?

Answer:  To get to the other side!

HAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  🙂  Get the idea? I’m still giggling.

Now it’s your turn, my friends! See if you know these funny come backs!

 

2. What did the Dalmatian say after lunch?

Answer:  ????????

3. What kind of tree fits in your hand?

Answer:  ????????

4. What did the little corn say to the mama corn?

Answer:  ????????

Okay, your turn! You can either turn the tables on me and give me a joke below OR try and answer one of these…

Right or ridiculously wrong, you’re going into the drawing for this third “Shepherd’s Crossing” Western, set in West Central Idaho where the Snake River flows free  and the rich, broad valley rises to mountains and forests… a land forged by strong hands and hearts, the kind that live there still.  PRE-ORDER HERE!

Horse breeder Isaiah Woods can’t believe his only ally in helping a neglected mare is the descendant of his family’s bitter enemy—veterinarian Charlotte Fitzgerald. Despite the feud, Charlotte risks everything to save the horse. But as she falls for Isaiah—and the orphaned niece and nephew in his care—the mare isn’t the only one who needs saving.

Updated: May 19, 2019 — 11:53 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!

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

Linda Broday

Tomorrow is release day for Book #2 in my Outlaw Mail Order Bride series!! Yee-Haw! Handcuffed together with nothing but the clothes on their backs….5 days from safety…A posse behind them. Will they survive?  KOBO  |  AMAZON  |  B&N iTunes |

Karen Witemeyer

Book 1 in the Patchwork family series, More Than Meets the Eye, is on sale for only $1.99 for the e-book version. Sale ends April 30, so mount up and gallop over to your favorite online book seller!

If you haven’t read Eva and Logan’s story yet, now’s the time. With the release of More Than Words Can Say (Book 2) just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get to know the Hamilton clan.

A heroine with heterchromia. A hero with hidden motives. When her family is threatened, she doesn’t expect falling in love to be their best defense.

Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Christian Book

Karen Kay

Just completed a quick tour in Illinois and Montana.  Did an all day seminar in Newton, IL at their library.  I’m from Newton, Illinois and it was great to get back there and renew friendships.

 

Left: At the Library in Newton with two other authors.

To the right, a selfie picture of hubby and me snapped at a campground early in the early morning on our return trip home.  No make-up — Goodness!

Winnie Griggs

I’m so excited about the release of this book. It’s a revised version of Something More, the second book I published way back in 2001. It’s been out of print for a looooonngg time and was never made into an eBook. So now readers will have a chance to read Caleb and Elthia’s story again.

On Sale April 30th. Click on the cover image for more info or to pre-order

 

 

Kit Morgan

It’s release day for The Sailor and the Suffragette This is a multi-author series I’m involved in that’s been a ton of fun! Shanghaied sailors finding hope for a new life with the help of some kindly couples who take them in, teach them new skills and send them out into the world. My poor chap has a case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and winds up in my little town of Clear Creek, Oregon where he finds just what the doctor ordered! Eventually …

 

Ruth Logan Herne

Well we went into Easter with two big things that had nothing to do with writing and everything to do with story-telling!

With the help of one of my young friends, Christina, we sponsored an amazing “Help For the Homeless” day at the farm and while I helped with the organizing end, Christina and former daycare kids and grandkids did the work collecting money, food, clothing and supplies for the House of Mercy (a 24/7 shelter in the city of Rochester) and The Margaret Home (A brand new home for unwed mothers threatened with homelessness to help them be safe and cared for during pregnancy and beyond) and the Hilton Food Shelf (a food pantry that helps a couple of thousand families a year that have hit hard times in my own community.)

Christina and Dianna, two of the teen helpers and some of the loot!

We held it from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and it was a great day with over $800.00 raised in cash and bottle/can returns, hundreds of dollars of supplies and a lot of happy folks! The mayor and some of the Knights of Columbus bought the kids pizza and water and ice creams for volunteering their time, a nice respite from the homeless-friendly Ramen noodles I was going to serve…. and how fun to have the mayor come by and talk to them!

And then my husband and I packed all that up and slipped down to Dallas for four days to see our youngest son, a transplanted New Yorker. We met up with Richard and Mindy Brock Obenhaus and went to THE SILOS!!!!! and the Fort Worth Stockyards and Luke treated his dad to two Texas Rangers baseball games…. I found a little Catholic chapel in downtown Dallas and had a lovely Holy Thursday Mass and we just had a great time.  From The Silos Baking Company:

I finished up the homeless mission and the whirlwind Dallas adventure ready to celebrate an amazing He Is Risen! kind of Easter and get back to my stories… renewed! And thanking God for the amazing blessings we have and see every day.

Phyliss Miranda

 

I spent four fabulous days in Canadian, Texas, with fellow Filly, Linda Broday and Jodi Thomas, for the Canadian River Valley Writers Workshop in connection with the Canadian Arts Alliance. The bed and breakfast we stayed in was packed with antiques and made us feel we were in the 1800’s when the town was founded near the Canadian River. It’s called “the oasis of the High Plains” for a reason. We truly enjoyed our stay at Kim’s Cottage right on Main Street. Here’s a picture of Linda, Jodi, and me at the public booksigning. Small towns bring big crowds. We had great speakers, workshops, food and fun.


Pam Crooks

Do you love a party?

Do you love a sweet historical western romance series?

We know you do!

Join us!

As you know, my book, ELEANORA, is Book #8 of the Widows of Wildcat Ridge series. Like all good things, the series must come to an end.

But never fear! A brand new series is coming, and we’re having a Facebook party to celebrate!

Just click on the link, sign up, and get the scoop!

http://www.facebook.com/events/296163707952770/

Play games! Win prizes! Meet the authors and drool over the new covers!

 

 

Updated: April 28, 2019 — 12:59 pm

Let’s Play A Game with Pam Crooks!

 

Are you ready to have some fun?

This game is one of my favorites.

It’s fast. It’s easy!

And every game should have a prize for the winner, right?

Play as often as you want to be eligible to win a

$5 Amazon gift card!

 

 

To play, just answer the THIS OR THAT question in the comment above you, then add one of your own!

I’ll start:

Pepsi or Coke?

Updated: April 22, 2019 — 7:22 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!!

Linda Broday

Knight on the Texas Plains is on Audiobook now! SO EXCITED!

AMAZON |    iTUNES  |  KOBO

 

 

Karen Witemeyer

I’ll be speaking at a library in Dublin.
(Dublin, TX – not Dublin, Ireland unfortunately. Ha!)

I’ll be participating in the Texas Writes program and presenting a session on Using Research Effectively in Fiction on Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 at the Dublin Public Library in Dublin, TX.

The event is free to the public, so if you are in the area, I’d love the chance to meet you in person.

Phyliss Miranda

I’ve been dying for our next Yee-Haw Day to come around, so I can share with you all the joy of watching our first grandchild get married out in California in January.
I went out early, so her mother and I could do a lot of the preparations for the reception. I think Abby tried to use every decoration she saw in a bride’s magazine or online. But it ended up beautiful. We purchased dollar candle holders and glued three different ones together to make what looked like a very expensive candle holder. With the candle and flowers added, they were really pretty. Of course, we had to make twenty of everything, including the floral arrangements for the church. And, friends, it wasn’t fun to cut and sew forty different golden threaded table clothes, but we did it.
The wedding was beautiful. I truly enjoyed being the first to walk down the isle escorted by her brother … even with tight spandex on to cover some of my bulges under my dress. Of course, I wore shoes with heels and was uncomfortable as all get out, but I’d do it all over again; and, with seven more grands, I know I will. Hope you enjoy my picture of our beautiful Abby.
Pam Crooks

We have a lake cabin in Nebraska. You may have heard that the eastern part of our state (and western Iowa) has suffered horrific devastation from floods.  Since the roads out to our place were impassable, my husband and I spent some sleepless nights worrying how badly our cabin was immersed in water.

Checkout the waterline on our steps.

We were spared. By four inches.  YEE-HAW!

Shanna Hatfield

Happy April, everyone! 

I’m excited to invite you all to join me for the fifth annual Petticoat Ball. It’s a fun party on Facebook I host every year to kick off spring and have some fun! 

I hope you’ll join me and twelve wonderful author friends for hours of fun, giveaways, games and more! Save the date for April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Pacific Time) for the Petticoat Ball!

Pam Crooks

My Newest Release!

Carina Lockett is driven to build a legacy for her young daughter, and she doesn’t need a man to help her do it. But when her precious child is lured away and held for ransom, she must swallow her pride and ask for Penn McClure’s help.

Penn McClure had no intention of playing cowboy for any woman, especially one as strong-willed as Carina.

But driving a herd of cattle to Dodge City was no easy task. And he had a score to settle with the man waiting for them at the end of the trail.

Along the way, he discovers Carina is pure female–and that her legacy has become his own.

#kindleunlimited

 

Amazon

 

Cheryl Pierson

 

NEW SHORT STORY AND NEW BABY DOG!

 

What a fun project! I’m so glad I was included in this western short story collection that Scott Harris put together! Each of the stories are based on the same prompt, but every one of these tales is wonderfully different! Here’s the prompt:

The warrior stood atop the rocky outcropping, blood dripping from his face and his lance. He stared out over the plains and let out a blood-curdling scream that struck fear into the hearts of his enemies.

BLURB:
A collection of fast-paced short stories coming from nine of the best Western authors writing today, each using the same prompt, but with very different results. Fast horses, fast fists and fast guns take the lead in these exciting tales of the Old West. Make sure you have plenty of time when you pick this up, because you won’t want to put it down.

My story is about a cavalry officer sent to  track down the most elusive enemy–the last Comanche–and bring him in. But he and his supposed foe were once friends, many years ago. How can he bring a friend in to face certain death?

I hope you’ll pick this one up for a fun read–the stories are each around 5,000 words long and make for some interesting reading for yourself or a gift for someone.

Amazon

 

My other big news is more about DOGS! You may remember me talking about our new addition, Sammy (the russet colored one in the picture) last time we had YEE-HAW DAY here. He was lonely! He needed a sibling–so when I was asked to foster a puppy I drove to Seminole (my hometown, where we had adopted Sammy from back in August) and little Max stole my heart. Max was named Axel, but we liked “Max” better and it seemed to fit him. We got him on March 11, and this is his first meeting with Sammy.

Talk about instant bonding! They love each other, and don’t like being separated. If Sammy goes outside alone, Max waits for him by the door until he comes back and then Max barks to let me know that Sammy is ready to come in. If Max whines, Sammy comes running to see what’s wrong! Getting Max has been a real challenge because I had forgotten how much running you have to do with a younger puppy–he was only 10 weeks old when we got him–so potty training is ongoing! They say he is part Great Pyrenees and part German Shepherd. He is very smart and very stubborn.

Max is what they call a “foster fail”–that means, he is not going to be a foster any more because he is adopted! We are so glad to have these sweet boys in our lives!  

Jeannie Watt

My Newest Release!

 

I’m excited to announce that the third book of my Men of the Marvell Ranch series with Tule Publishing will release on April 8th. I’ll be doing a drop in on that day at the Tule Book Club on Facebook. There will be a Montana-themed prize given so if you’re interested, please check out the invite page.

Challenging the Cowboy is the story of Zach, the oldest Marvell brother, who took over ranch operations when he was fifteen years old, following the death of his father. Zach is the unquestioned boss of the Marvell Ranch and he’s used to giving orders and having them followed without question. Enter the heroine, Finley James, Zach’s new sister-in-law’s sister, who is not afraid to tell him the bald truth whenever necessary. Unfortunately, after telling him a lot of truths, she finds herself in a position where she has to ask him for a job.

Let the games begin….

I so enjoyed writing this book and giving these two hard-headed characters their happy ever after. Please check out the pre-order links here if you’re interested in Zach and Finley’s story. [Note–there is a bit of heat in this book and some instances of language. My next sweet romance comes out in October. Stay tuned for updates!]

Kit Morgan

 

The First 7 books of my Holiday Mail-Order Bride Series is now in a boxed set!

Here’s your chance to have a rip-roaring good time with these romances set around some of your favorite holidays! You can get it on Amazon

 

Updated: March 31, 2019 — 8:23 pm

Where Bustles and Spurs Meet

The thought of bustles and spurs and how at odds the two things can be just makes me smile.

I love (LOVE) writing about cowboys and anytime I can work in the jingling of spurs, even better! 

I also love writing about unlikely couples. You know the type… it might be city versus country or uptight versus laid-back. 

One book in particular, Crumpets and Cowpies, was such fun for me to write because the couple was about as opposite as they could be. She was an English Lady. He was a rough rancher from Eastern Oregon. How in the world could these two find common ground let alone fall in love? 

Well, that’s part of the joy of writing for me. 

In this story, Lady Jemma despises the rough cowboy who’s shown up on her doorstep. She’s as proper as they come and refuses to put up with what she views as his insufferable ideas and overbearing disposition. 

Thane Jordan is called to England to settle his brother’s estate only to discover he’s inherited much more than he expected. To claim his inheritance, he has to put up with the fussy, tightly-laced Lady Jemma. 

Here’s a fun little scene that illustrates how well the two of them get along:

“There’s one more thing we need to discuss.” Thane smirked in the familiar way that both aggravated and excited her as she looked at him again.

“What might that be?”

“This…” Thane reached behind her, grabbing her bustle and giving it a gentle tug. She sucked in a gulp of air at his outlandish behavior. “Has got to go.”

At her abhorrent glare, he let go of the bustle and took a step back, although his grin broadened. “You can’t work on a ranch with that thing flopping around behind you. You can dress however you like when we go into town, but for life on the ranch, you need to put it away. While I’m on that subject, you can’t go around with your corset laced so tight it makes you faint.”

She glared at him. “I did not faint.”

“You came darn close and I won’t have you putting your health in danger just to make an already tiny waist smaller. You can wear it, if you insist, just don’t lace it so tight. Since you’re going to be getting new clothes, make sure you get them to fit with the corset loosened.”

Jemma trembled with fury as she stood in front of him, about to combust with anger. She couldn’t believe he would dare converse about such personal, sensitive topics as her bustle and corset.  “You, sir, are a…”

“Save it, Jem. Unless you can invent some new words to call me, I’ve heard it before.”

Thane gave her bustle another tug as he walked by, returning outside to where he’d been hammering horseshoes at the forge.

You can find Crumpets and Cowpies along with the other Baker City Brides stories on Amazon here: http://tinyurl.com/yxer7bca

To enter for a chance to win a digital copy of the prelude to the Baker City Brides series along with the first three books, just post your answer to this question: 

If you were Lady Jemma, what would you do?

Set aside your bustle or continue to wear it?