Cheryl7126Have you ever had a dream that “just happened” –before you could think about it anymore, or try to decide how to accomplish it—it was just…there?

One of the things I’ve always “thought about” was opening a publishing company of my own. That would be impossible because as everyone who knows me is well aware, I am NOT a “computer guru” at all. So how could I ever do all the things I’d need to do to open a publishing house? The answer is, I couldn’t.

I’d pretty much let those thoughts go until Livia Reasoner and I were talking about a way to be able to get some brand new, very talented authors “out there” for others to read and enjoy, and this topic came up. As it turned out, we both had the same idea—an imprint for women authors, both well-seasoned and fresh talent, to submit historical westerns and historical western romances.

Since so many women read westerns and western historical romances, Livia and I thought this might be a great way to reach even more women authors who write those kinds of stories.  What we wanted to do was provide a venue for these authors to shine—to get their work “out there” with a publisher who is interested in helping give them a hand navigating the publishing waters and seeing that they get their fair share of profits for their hard work. With that in mind, our imprint, PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS, was born!PRAIRIE ROSE PUB PINK logo

Livia and I are so excited to be working together. With her bookkeeping, formatting, and other computer skills and her ability to make such fantastic covers for our books I have no worries. It’s my job to edit, promote and do much of the correspondence (cause I DO love to talk about writing!)

Our first venture will be a Christmas anthology called WISHING FOR A COWBOY. We’ve got a wonderful group of authors lined up for this collection: Phyliss Miranda, Tanya Hanson, Sarah McNeal, Jacquie Rogers, Tracy Garrett, reviewer Kathleen Rice Adams, Livia and me. This short story grouping will be western historical romance, in the sweet to sensual category. All the stories have mentioned a certain holiday food, and the story is either built around the food or can just mention it casually. The recipes will be included in the back of the book, and we are just having a fantastic time with this! WISHING FOR A COWBOY will be available November 1, 2013, in print and digital formats—it’ll make a great Christmas gift for anyone!

Wishing for a Cowboy SmWe also have another anthology of cowboy romance coming your way for Valentine’s Day! It’s called HEARTS AND SPURS, and in addition to all the fine writers listed above, our fellow filly Linda Broday also has a story to contribute. These stories will be a bit “steamier” than the sweet stories in Wishing for a Cowboy. Well, it IS Valentine’s Day!

But it doesn’t stop there! I have a novel coming out early next year called THE HALF-BREED’S WOMAN. More about that in the future, but I am so excited about it that it’s really hard to keep it under wraps a while longer.

Once we opened PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS, we got e-mails from writers who wanted to know if we had a children’s line? Did we have a contemporary/futuristic line? Well, how could we say no? So, for the younger readers of western/historical stories (Middle Grade 9-12, Young Adult 13-17, and New Adult 18-24) we opened PAINTED PONY BOOKS. We’ve already had several submissions for this line and look forward to bringing out some excellent quality reading  materials from this imprint.Painted Pony Books Logo O

In addition, we opened FIRE STAR PRESS for contemporary/futuristic books for adult readers, and TORNADO ALLEY PUBLICATIONS for young readers of this same genre. We are having a ball with all this, and are so thrilled with the submissions we have received. Our main goal is to help authors receive the royalty money they are due, and to provide some wonderful reading material for all ages.

We have a brand new website here:

If you have questions, you are welcome to contact me at or Livia at

Please wish us well on our new publishing adventure, and come on over to the website for more information on the anthology and submissions procedures.

Thanks for all your support! Here’s a sneak peek at HEARTS AND SPURS (available Jan. 15, 2014).

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A native Oklahoman, I've been influenced by the west all my life. I love to write short stories and novels in the historical western and western romance genres, as well as contemporary romantic suspense! Check my Amazon author page to see my work:
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  1. Cheryl, major congratulations on your new venture! I am thrilled to be a part of the debut launch of Prairie Rose Press with my story “A Christmas Miracle” in “Wishing for a Cowboy”. I’m even more thrilled to have been asked to participate in the valentine’s anthology. I’m pleased as punch for you girls, and extremely excited to be working with such talented ladies. And I’m sure the readers will recognize many of the names as Fillies from P&P. Again, congrats and I wish the best for you and Livia! Big ol’ Texas hugs to both of you, Phyliss

  2. It’s too early for me to be thinking, so I missed something I wanted to say earlier. I hope everyone goes over to the website and checks out the author pages. Livia did such a fantastic, and I might add quick turn around, on getting each author their own author page, which is more like a mini-web-site! I love it and can’t believe how fast you two are … you getting the information and Livia putting it together on the website. Hugs, P

  3. Congratulations on your new venture. Not many of us are able to see their dreams come true. I love hearing about people who this does happen for.

  4. Congratulations, Cheryl! I am so excited for all of you in your new ventures.The best of luck to you and happy reading on my part!!! I know great books are headed our way.

  5. Congrats on starting Prairie Rose with Livia! How exciting for you. I’m thrilled to be in Hearts and Spurs with all those wonderful authors. I’ve already started my story because it just kept pestering me to get some down on paper. You of all people know how that is. LOL

    I read your latest “The Kindness of Strangers” and think it’s one of your best. Great characters and plot that glued me to the chair! Can’t wait to see what comes next.

    Wishing you and Livia much success!!

  6. Congrats to you and Livia on your joint venture and I wish you all the best of luck and many sales… The books all sound like winners… Cant wait to read them…

  7. How exciting!! Congratulations to you to for venturing out and making your dream become a reality! If you ever start accepting creative non-fiction, I’ll be the FIRST to submit!!!
    Looking forward to reading both of the new Novellas and of course, am proud as can be that my beautiful sister, Linda Broday is going to be one of your contributors!

  8. Hi Elizabeth!
    Thanks so much! You know the door is always open for you with PRP too. I’m hoping someday you’ll be able to make an appearance in one of our anthologies!
    Love to you, dear friend!

  9. Phyliss,
    I’m so glad you are participating in our Christmas and Valentine anthologies! This is so exciting and I’m just thrilled to be sharing it with my wonderful friends.

    Livia is a wonder at creating the websites and she does such a great job, and quickly, as you say! I’ve been so happy with the way they look and of course, that has added to the thrill of the business–to have such professional-looking sites and be anticipating what’s to come.

    Love to you,

  10. Melanie,

    We have some wonderful reading in the works for you! I can’t wait until they all start hitting the internet. The covers are just gorgeous and the reading is great–of course!

    Thanks for your kind words.

  11. Linda, I’m so glad you are going to be contributing to the HEARTS AND SPURS anthology. I’ve very excited about that one, too, and working on my idea for it.

    So glad that you enjoyed THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS. That’s one of my favorite short stories I’ve ever written. Thanks for letting me know how much you liked it.


  12. Thank you, Kathleen. We are just having a ball with this, and I call it “beautiful chaos”–but it’s a ton of fun. I can’t wait to see them all come to fruition. There is a lot of good reading in store for everyone!
    Hugs, dear friend,

  13. Margaret,

    Livia and I came up with the idea of wanting to help authors get the money they deserve for their hard work. That’s been the most rewarding part of it all for us so far, is to know that no matter what, we are going to be “paying it forward” to authors who are new or well-established, and that they’re going to be able to keep a good portion of their royalties they’ve worked so hard for.

    I am so thrilled with the submissions we have gotten. It’s been wonderful so far!

  14. Thank you, Winnie. In all my excitement, I forgot to send you the new release information! LOL Thanks for the compliment. Livia and I both have been burning the midnight oil to make this a reality.

  15. Mary, I never would have attempted this alone, for sure. It’s daunting to think of doing it all by yourself. I’m so thankful to Livia for being the best partner ever, and we really do work well together. Thanks for your support!

  16. Jan, you do have a beautiful sister! And I love her to pieces. I’m so glad she’s going to contribute, too. I’ve tried to talk my sister into writing some things–she has talent but doesn’t think so. LOL It’s so nice y’all can share your writing! E-mail me off list and let’s talk about what you are writing. We have another imprint that it might fit into.
    Talk to you soon!

  17. Bless your heart, Renee. I think that’s the best compliment ever. I hope I do serve as some kind of inspiration and that our company will be a place where everyone feels like family and helps each other. We’ve got a great start on it, I believe!

  18. Just have to add my comments. Yeah! So happy for you and for all the women who will benefit from the opportunities and for all the others who will love the stories.

  19. Congratulatons on your new venture, Cheryl!! It’s a good thing you are doing. Westerns are beloved and the more we see out there in the webisphere, the better!! Good luck, good luck!

  20. Hi Cheryl, congratulations again on your dream coming true. I am so thrilled to be part of the dream, with my “Covenant” as part of the Christmas anthology…I’m in Vail right now, fired up and writing feverishly on the Valentine antho as snow falls! “Open Hearts” is set in little Red Cliff, after we drove through it yesterday! I knew this trip would inspire me. Thank you soooo much for inviting me to be part of your dream. With love and tons of respect….xoxox

  21. Doris, bless your heart! You are always so supportive of us all. I appreciate that so much! Thanks for stopping by over here and cheering us on.

  22. Thanks, Char. I don’t for one minute believe that westerns are dead. They never will be–there are too many of us who love to read and write them! Thanks for al your support. I appreciate you!

  23. Tanya, you are such a dear friend. I’m so, so glad you have become part of the “dream come true”–not just for me and Livia but for all our writers, too! We are going to give the world some good reading!

    Thanks for your very kind words!

  24. Livia, it has come together very well, and hugely due to your organization! I am so glad we have each other to make this thing happen and get it off the ground.

    Love to you,

  25. Cheryl,
    Congratulations and heartfelt best wishes on this new endeavor. This will be of benefit to established authors and a major help for those trying to get their first book published. With good editing available, new authors will have a better chance for success.

    By combining your strengths, you have pretty much covered all the bases. I think this will be a success for you both and a big help and benefit for authors.

    I look forward to reading WISHING FOR A COWBOY. It combines 3 of my favorites: Christmas stories, anthologies, and cowboys.

  26. Hi Patricia!

    This is exactly what Livia and I were hoping for when we decided to open Prairie Rose Publications, and the other imprints–that it would be a way for new authors to manage to realize their dreams without jumping through the hoops that are such a part of the old publishing world–and also for established authors to be able to realize a little more of their money for their hard work! It’s a shame, but so often new authors get so discouraged that they just give up before they have a chance to get their work out there. And from what I’ve seen already, there are some excellent new authors on the horizon that we are going to bring your way!

    I know you will love Wishing For a Cowboy–lots of great stories in that anthology, and you can’t miss with the recipes, too! I love it that all the stories are so different and yet all revolve around Christmas.

    Thanks so much for your encouraging words!

  27. Congratulations, Cheryl, & Livia!

    SO glad your dream is coming true – looks like a win-win situation for everyone involved, readers included!

  28. I know this is a dream come true for you, Cheryl.I am so happy to be a part of the grand opening with Prairie Rose Publishing’s first offering with its Christmas anthology. I am certain this venture into publishing will be a great success. I’m also glad you have a YA imprint and the Star Fire imprint for paranormal and contemporary stories.
    It’s a real yippee moment.

  29. Thank you, Bonnie–I look at it that way, too–a win-win for everyone, and the readers are going to be very very thrilled to see what comes in the next few months.

  30. Sarah, thank you so much for all your support and encouragement. I’m thrilled that you are part of our company and I am soooo looking forward to seeing what you’ve got under wraps with your writing! You’ve got something going on, I know! LOL So glad you’re part of our anthologies–and I love that your story in the Christmas anthology involved characters from some of your other novels, so that readers can get more more more! LOL

  31. Joye, bless your heart! We will sure aim to deliver and I think you’re going to like what we do!

  32. Lorraine, it’s going to be great. I just can’t say enough good about what we’ve got going on right now. I think readers are going to love it.

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