Cheryln100000149781632_8303In August, my good friend Livia W. Reasoner and I decided to open our own publishing house called  PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS. We limited our submissions to women only, since it’s traditionally been so very hard for women to break into the western writing genre. We also included historical stories as well as western historical romance among our genres.RR Article Prairie_Rose_Pub_Logo_1_SM






It wasn’t long until we knew we were going to have to add a contemporary imprint, FIRE STAR PRESS.

As much as we’ve talked about getting younger people involved in reading historical stories, we decided to also include an imprint for Middle Grade Readers (9-12), Young Adults (13-17) and New Adults (18-24). PAINTED PONY BOOKS was born.

Not wanting to leave out contemporary reading for these ages, we also created TORNADO ALLEY PUBLICATIONS. These three imprints are open to anyone to submit to.

RR Article FSPLogoRR Article TAP LogoOur first anthology at Prairie Rose Publications, WISHING FOR A COWBOY, made its debut the last week in October, and just this past week had already climbed to #49 in Books > Romance > Westerns,  #8 in Books > Westerns and #9 in Kindle > Westerns. Our little anthology was in the TOP 10 in two categories!




But with the amazing talent of the authors, Phyliss Miranda, Tanya Hanson, Jacquie Rogers, Livia Reasoner, Tracy Garrett, Sarah McNeal, and Kathleen Rice Adams—how could it not? I’m very excited to have my story included in this anthology with all these wonderful authors.

RR ArticleWishing for a Cowboy WebTanya Hanson, a seasoned author, also made her inspirational debut with her first full length inspirational western historical romance novel through Prairie Rose Publications, and has a sequel on the way. Her book is called CLAIMING HIS HEART.Hanson_Claiming_His_Heart_Web (3)

Gail Jenner’s Willa Award winning novel, ACROSS THE SWEET GRASS HILLS, will be available shortly,  and Kristy McCaffrey has a brand new offering called INTO THE LAND OF SHADOWS.











We will also be releasing another anthology in time for Valentine’s Day, HEARTS AND SPURS, and in addition to the eight authors from WISHING FOR A COWBOY, it will also include  veteran romance novelist Linda Broday.

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We’ve also got some great things planned for our other imprints! Livia and James Reasoner just released a wonderful story for PAINTED PONY BOOKS for our Middle Grade Reader list—THE PHANTOM RANGER AND THE SKATEBOARD GANG—an exciting adventure about a young girl who sees the ghost of her great-great-great grandfather who was a REAL Texas Ranger. This is an exciting read for boys and girls ages 9-12. 

Available in print and digital!

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Also, from PAINTED PONY BOOKS, Sarah McNeal’s FLY AWAY HEART will be releasing in February, giving us more insight into the Wilding and Pierpont families she has created, with the story of Robin Pierpont and Lilith Wilding set in the early 1900’s. Her other books in this series may be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

Painted Pony Books Logo OWe’ve got many more projects in the works as well, and are just thrilled with the way our small publishing house is “coming together” with much hard work from Livia, me and our fantastic authors.  We’re very proud of our first three months!



I’m giving away an autographed copy of WISHING FOR A COWBOY to one lucky commenter today! If you just can’t wait to see if you won, jump on over to the PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS website for all the links where it’s available with one easy click!

Claiming His Heart by Tanya Hanson and Into the Land of Shadows by Kristy McCaffrey are also available here!



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  1. Congrats on the success of your publishing endeavor! How wonderful to be in the top ten in two categories with your first book WISHING FOR A COWBOY.

    I’d love to read your anthology, WISHING FOR A COWBOY, which features stories from several of your Petticoats and Pistols authors!

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Congrats to you both on this wonderful accomplishment… It must give you a wonderful feeling to be able to share so many wonderful book that might not otherwise get published.. Wishing you both the best of luck for the coming year.

  3. How wonderful, Cheryl! Congratulations! I am so happy for you and wish you all continued success!! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win an autographed copy of WISHING FOR A COWBOY! Fingers crossed!!

  4. Hi Laurie,

    Oh, it was such a fantastic feeling! We were all just walking on air to see where we were in those categories! This has been such a fun endeavor for all of us.

    Thanks for coming by!

  5. Thanks, Susan. We have the Valentine’s Day anthology in the works right now, and I can tell you, there are some more excellent stories “waiting in the wings” to make their entrance in that anthology!

  6. Hi Melanie!

    Thanks so much for your kind words! We plan to keep them coming, for sure, and everyone is just thrilled with the way everything has come together. Wishing For a Cowboy is just the first of a long line of “dreams come true” for all of us!

  7. Hi Joye,

    One other great thing about Wishing For a Cowboy is that it has some to-die for recipes in it. Each story mentions a Christmas dish of some kind. It can be the central theme of the story or just mentioned in passing, but the recipes are all assimilated at the back of the book, and there are some wonderful ones in there!


  8. Congratulations!!!! I will definitely be checking these books out!! Love the children’s and young adult genre as I have grandchildren that I am trying to encourage to read.

  9. Kathleen, that was actually the reason we started Prairie Rose Publications. There are so many wonderful books/stories out there that never “make it” for so many reasons–and this is our way of showcasing some of those books and stories, and helping women who write westerns and historical stories get a “leg up” in what is considered a man’s category. Many, many women read and write westerns and historicals that might not be classified as an out and out “romance” novel–but more of a western story. We publish western romances but also plain ol’ rip snortin’ westerns.

    Gail Jenner’s novel, Across the Sweet Grass Hills, is coming out in the next few weeks, and it’s one that I hope young “New Adult” readers and “Young Adult” readers might relate to as well. It’s about a young girl who accompanies her father (a minister) to Montana from her home in St. Louis. A coming of age story, and one that is not always easy, it shows us that Liza has strengths she never would have discovered had she stayed in St. Louis. It’s just an excellent story.


  10. Colleen, thank you so much. I hope we are here to stay for a long long time. We love to “give back” to our fellow writers and especially the READERS who enjoy these stories so much.

  11. Hi Britney! Thank you so much for coming by today. You know I’ve got you in the drawing, and am so glad you commented. Thanks for your very kind words!

  12. Connie,

    If you have younger grandchildren you’re buying for, here’s a good recommendation for a story about a young Choctaw girl, Sarah, who learns to make music in the most unexpected way through nature. It’s a wonderful story, and I have a “bit” of an extra interest in it, since my daughter illustrated it, but I promise it’s a wonderful story.
    Prairie Rose and its imprints don’t do illustrated children’s books, or we would have snapped this one up, for sure. It’s a lovely story.

    The Phantom Ranger is an excellent book for Middle Grade Readers, 9-12. And is good for boys and girls, both, because while the main character is a girl, her sidekick is a boy.

    Thanks for stopping by, Connie!

  13. Congrats on your success and hard work! What a feeling to know that you have been working hard and to see its paying off! I cant wait to read more of your work! I hope your success continues more and more!

  14. Thanks, Cori! It is truly a dream come true. I’ve been so fortunate in my life to have met the people I know and achieve what I have, and this publishing company is the very latest wonderful thing that has come my way, thanks to a fantastic business partner, Livia, and thanks to all the wonderful writers and readers who are part of the mix. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

  15. Hi fellow Filly, Cheryl, I’m so thrilled with your and Livia’s success with Prairie Rose Publications and am honored to be in both the initial launch anthology “Wishing for a Cowboy” and now “Hearts and Spurs” for Valentine’s Day. It’s been fun adding some new writers to my fellow Filly group via PRP. Congrats on your success and of course I share the joy with the great numbers we’ve had on Amazon! Big hugs and much love from Texas (although I’m in the not-so-sunny central coast of California where I had to scrape frost off my windows this morning … but warmer than the Panhandle where my DH and friends are freezing to death), Phyliss

  16. Kristy, we are so glad to have you with us. I absolutely loved Into the Land of Shadows. It was a wonderful story, and kept me turning the pages!

  17. Phyliss, I’m so thrilled that you decided to join us at Prairie Rose! Part of the fun of success is being able to share it with good friends, and I’m so excited to count you among those friends.

    You’re getting off easy there in CA, girlfriend. Schools were still closed here today just because the roads are still so treacherous! Nothing is melting! I want summer back!
    Love to you, dear friend!

  18. Congrats on the success! All of these books sound awesome and I will be checking them out. Right now I am Wishing for a Cowboy for Christmas.

  19. Cheryl, I’m so excited about having a short story in Hearts and Spurs that comes out in January! Thank you so much for asking me. I’ve enjoyed writing for Prairie Rose Publications. Wishing you a long and successful business.

    Hope you’re staying warm these days. It’s been awfully cold here in the Texas Panhandle.

  20. Cheryl, Thank you so much for sending me to the site for the book for my granddaughter. It is now on my kindle and we will be spending the week together so will have a chance to read it soon. Thanks again.

  21. Thank you, Quilt Lady! I know you’ll enjoy any or all of them. They’re all great reads. Thanks for commenting–I’ll be drawing here in a bit.

  22. Linda, it’s cold here, too, in OKC. They said we’re in our 120-something hour of below freezing temps. I’m sooooo ready for summer to come back.

    I’m so glad you joined us at PRP! I’m very excited about your story for Hearts and Spurs. We keep it stress-free, for sure! LOL

    Hugs, dear friend!

  23. Connie, I’m so glad you got that little book. It’s very special to me since my daughter illustrated it, but also since I know the lady who wrote it–she’s a Choctaw storyteller, loves kids, and travels to as many events as possible to tell her stories. She is a wonderful person!


  24. I have a book that my daughter in law illustrated for a friend. I love the pictures and because it is based on journals from the area where we live I also enjoyed the book.

  25. Hi Sharlene! Thanks for coming by. I love Christmas and cowboys, too–how can you go wrong with that combo? Plus, Wishing For a Cowboy has lots of yummy recipes, too!

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