Lynnette Bonner–Spring Meadow Sanctuary

I’m giving away a copy of SPRING SANCTUARY in electronic format to one person who comments so come on in and chat.

The west is in my blood. Some of the very first stories I remember reading were the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I traveled with Laura as their wagon jounced over the prairie, felt her pain when Jack was lost, and her joy when he reappeared again. Admired Pa’s work ethic, and Ma’s faithfulness. From there I moved on to Louis L‘Amours and some prairie romances. What fortitude made these pioneers leave everything they knew and loved behind to head off into the unknown? What grit gave them the strength to battle through sickness, disease, and death till they made it to the other side? Those were people I enjoyed being around. People I wanted to get to know better. People I want to be like.

So I suppose it isn’t any surprise that I ended up writing western stories, that my first published series are western romances.

My fourth book, Spring Meadow Sanctuary, contains the following dedication: “TO THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE:  Our country has been built on the hard work and dedication of many generations and nationalities. Many resided during times when a living was made through hard-scrabble work and a lot of bootstrap pulling. They labored like nobody’s business but also put their faith in God for protection and sustenance. I, for one, am thankful, because we wouldn’t be where we are today without their endurance and unflinching work ethic. In my books I attempt to honor that spirit.”

And I truly mean those words. I think those of you here reading a blog called Petticoats and Pistols probably admire that spirit as well. We come from a proud heritage and it is only good and right that we look back at the people who brought us to where we are and honor them by our thankfulness, but also by living lives that would make them proud, were they here to see us.

So with that in mind I’d like to introduce you to my Shepherd’s Heart series. There are 4 books, all of them out now. The latest one is Spring Meadow Sanctuary.

He broke her heart.

 Now he’s back to ask for a second chance.
Heart pounding in shock, Sharyah Jordan gapes at the outlaw staring down the barrel of his gun at her. Cascade Bennett shattered her dreams only last summer, and now he plans to kidnap her and haul her into the wilderness with a bunch of outlaws…for her own protection? She’d rather be locked in her classroom for a whole week with Brandon McBride and his arsenal of tricks, and that was saying something.

Cade Bennett’s heart nearly drops to his toes when he sees Sharyah standing by the desk. Sharyah Jordan was not supposed to be here. Blast if he didn’t hate complications, and Sharyah with her alluring brown eyes and silky blond hair was a walking, talking personification of complication.

Now was probably not the time to tell her he’d made a huge mistake last summer….

 Two broken hearts. Dangerous Outlaws. One last chance at love.

Step into a day when outlaws ran free, the land was wild, and guns blazed at the drop of a hat.

 You can find Spring Meadow Sanctuary on Amazon here.

And on Barnes & Noble here.

 Also, in celebration of the release of Spring Meadow Sanctuary I have a give-away going on over on my Facebook author page where you can win one night’s stay in a mini resort in the “wild west” town of Pierce, Idaho – the setting of the first book in this series, Rocky Mountain Oasis. To enter the give-away click here: , then click on the blue rectangle at the top that says “give away.” Just for liking the author page you get one entry! And there are many other easy-entry options with no obligation to buy anything.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas season. Let us be people who inspire that same awe in future generations who look back at our lives! God bless you, one and all!

 Born and raised in Malawi, Africa. Lynnette Bonner spent the first years of her life reveling in warm equatorial sunshine and the late evening duets of cicadas and hyenas. The year she turned eight she was off to Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school in Kenya where she spent many joy-filled years, and graduated in 1990.

That fall, she traded to a new duet–one of traffic and rain–when she moved to Kirkland, Washington to attend Northwest University. It was there that she met her husband and a few years later they moved to the small town of Pierce, Idaho.

During the time they lived in Idaho, while studying the history of their little town, Lynnette was inspired to begin the Shepherd’s Heart Series with Rocky Mountain Oasis.

Marty and Lynnette have four children, and currently live in Washington where Marty pastors a church.

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25 thoughts on “Lynnette Bonner–Spring Meadow Sanctuary”

  1. Hi Lynette! Welcome to Wildflower Junction! No wonder you love the Old West . . . adventure is in your blood. Not many people have lived on two continents, especially when one is Africa. Your books sound wonderful.

  2. Hi Lynnette! Welcome to the Junction. We love having you. I feel as strongly as you do about the people who came before us and paved the way. They certainly made lots of sacrifices for us. But through their struggles to carve out a place in this vast land they forged a bright path that we still follow whether we know it or not.

    Wishing you lots of success with your new release. It looks great.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing with us today Lynnette! I have to look for this series… love finding new to me authors and their books. 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing your heart about those who came before us and also your passion for leaving a legacy to future generations! 🙂 Spring Meadow Sanctuary sounds great!

  5. Thank you for an interesting post. I like it when an author is familiar with the setting of the book she is writing. It brings a feel of authenticity to the work that is a bit hard to capture otherwise. I remember reading one series set in 1840 New Orleans. The author visited the area, went to the archives, studied maps of the city, and learned about the area’s history. It truly showed in her series. When we visited the area, I found places she mentioned. When I was reading her books, I came upon scenes and knew right where they were standing or what the street they were walking down looked like.

    I am sure the same will be true of your book set in Pierce, Idaho. You have chosen a good time period in which to set your stories. The early West offered many possibilities for people. It was one of the few places and time where people were given second chances. They tended to be accepted for who they proved themselves to be, not by their past or family connections.

    Best of luck with the release of SPRING MEADOW SANCTUARY. This sounds like a good series.

  6. Hi all,

    Thanks for the encouraging words! Sorry not to be here to comment all day – my sons’ basketball team had an away game out on one of the San Juan Islands today and we’ve been gone to that all day. (My 2nd oldest injured his ankle about a week back, so he didn’t get to play today, but my youngest son, a freshman this year, started and played the entire game – scored 11 points. All in all a fun game for mom and dad to watch. 🙂 )

    Anyhow, I so appreciate all the enthusiasm for this series. I’ve been working on it for so many years that I was a little sad to let go of all the characters I’ve come to enjoy with Cade and Sharyah’s story, the last of the series.

    Hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season! Bonus question… who has all their shopping done already???

  7. Hi Lynnette!

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series and am looking forward to reading the other 3.
    I think you’ll remember me from Facebook so you know that I love westerns as well, my dog Tell does too for some reason (wink)…
    Thanks for this giveaway!
    Have a great day!

  8. Your books would be a very welcomed addition to the Church Library. I can’t wait to read them!
    Merry Christmas to You and Yours,
    Janet Estridge.

  9. i love western type stories and i would so love to win this book, thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS
    Shirley Blanchard

  10. I love this series and looking forward to reaching each one. I also believe these would be a great mini-series for television!

  11. I would love to have this book, and most likely I would review it. I’m familiar with Lynette’s books and historical romance is almost all I read. This one sounds interesting!

  12. Excellent book by an excellent author!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Lynnette’s books and am waiting anxiously for the next series.

  13. Well…. We have Tell’s half brother named Chantry. We just got a new guy and he has been christened Tyrell, he isn’t related but it fits him well. We also have a full brother/sister and they are Festus and Kitty from Gunsmoke, they are half siblings to Tell and Chantry. Tyrell’s niece is our puppy and she is named Ginger for Ginger Rogers.

  14. Your books take me to places that I have read about. i am up to reading book 2 and i enjoyed book 1 in your series. I will love to get a copy of your book, (must get book 3 soon)


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