A Great Landing by Davalynn Spencer


Davalynn SpencerSometimes we get ourselves in a fix and end up landing exactly where we don’t want to be—like my big gray cat, Curly. He thought he could fly just likeSpencer Sparrow the birds he was eyeballing on the feeder. He flew, all right. Off the porch railing and onto the swinging feeder that soared from its hook and smashed on the rocks below. Curly wised up after that little incident. Gave up flying for stalking.

Have you ever landed where you didn’t want to? I think we all have, and it’s a lot more fun reading about someone else’s landing than rubbing our backside after picking ourselves up from the rocks.

The old cliché of “look before you leap” became a cliché for a reason. Too many people ignore the simple, alliterative warning, people like Ara Taube, the heroine in my Christmas novella, The Snowbound Bride. I won’t give away the story by telling you where she leapt, but let’s just say things worked out better than she expected. Love and the Lord have a way of doing that.

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And that’s one of the reasons I enjoy writing Western romance. Love wins. But, oh the winding roads and quirky twists that lead to those happy endings!


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She tossed back the quilt and tiptoed across the cold floor

toward the incessant dripping. Beyond the heavy lace

curtain, icy rapiers clung to the eaves, pouring themselves

one drop at a time into tiny pools beneath the window. A

sapphire sky spread over the mountain-rimmed valley,

and the brilliant landscape shone like a blue willow dream.

Lately here in Colorado, there hasn’t been a lot of leaping at my house, but there’s been plenty of shoveling. According to the calendar, it’s not officially winter. Could have fooled me. No complaints though, because it’s my favorite season. A warm fire in the woodstove, a quilt on the sofa, and a cup of my favorite hot drink—brewed coffee poured over dry cocoa mix—and I’m ready for a heart-warming tale with a handsome cowboy who’s man enough to know how to make his woman feel.

Spencer.P&P snowThat’s the kind of story I had in mind when I started writing about Ara Taube and Nate Horne. My grandmother’s name was Ara and I think she was the rebel in the family, from what I’ve heard. It’d be just like her to hike her skirts and jump into a … Almost forgot not to go there.

And Nate—a man of few words if ever there was one. Beats all, doesn’t it, when you’re trying to get a fella like that to say what he’s thinking. But strong and silent has its place, and I must admit that place is somewhere deep in a cozy corner of my heart.


Hopefully, you’ll have time this month to leap into a soft spot by the fire and cuddle up with a good book. There are certainly plenty to choose from here on Petticoats & Pistols, and I’m giving away an eBook copy of The Snowbound Bride. Just enter a comment and be eligible to win!

To see a few of my visual thoughts from the novella, you can visit my Pinterest page at http://www.pinterest.com/davalynnspencer/the-snowbound-bride/

Thanks for letting me drop by. This was a great place to land.


More about Davalynn:

Wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, author Davalynn Spencer began her writing journey in the national rodeo market and as a newspaper journalist, winning awards in both arenas. Today she continues to win acclaim with her inspirational western romance placing second in the 2014 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and finaling for the Selah Award and the Holt Medallion. Davalynn teaches writing at Pueblo Community College, and with her handsome cowboy has three children and four grandchildren. They make their home on Colorado’s Front Range with a Queensland heeler named Blue. Connect with Davalynn online at www.davalynnspencer.com and www.Facebook.com/AuthorDavalynnSpencer.com.


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29 thoughts on “A Great Landing by Davalynn Spencer”

  1. Hi Davalynn, Welcome to the junction. So nice to see you here.

    We 12 Brides’ authors keep popping up all over the place. I love that you named the heroine after your grandmother.

    Yep, landed in a whole lot of places I didn’t expect to land and probably will again.

  2. Hi Davalynn! A warm welcome and a hug. We’re so glad to have you. Great subject to blog about. I’m not sure too many people land where they hope, especially not on the first try. But I do love the challenge.

    Love the cover of your Snowbound Bride!It’s gorgeous. Sounds like a perfect story to read by a glowing fireplace with a cup of something hot in my hand.

    Thanks for coming! We hope you come back again often.

  3. what a wonderful post enjoyed reading it,,I cant be in the giveaway since I have no ereader,,but thanks for coming by

  4. So glad you enjoyed the post, Vickie. Thanks for reading. Did you know you can download Kindle onto your computer or phone for free via Amazon? I did that before I bought my Kindle, so I know it works!

    • I’m originally from California, Heidi, so I know what you mean. I’m lovin’ my grown-up life here in Colorado … but curling up on the sofa with a good Christmas (snowy) story – that’s hard to beat, isn’t it!

  5. Welcome to the P&P! Great post and The Snowbound Bride sounds like a really good read. I can’t wait to read it.

    • Thanks, Quilt Lady – glad you stopped by. And by the way, I kept scraps for years with the intention of making beautiful quilts the way my great-aunt did, but it just never happened. Started writing books instead, but I certainly admire the intricate work of those who quilt.

  6. Enjoyed the post and the pictures. I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. We lived for 3 years in Colorado Springs and loved every minute of it. Hated to leave, but the Air Force had other ideas. I loved winter on the Front Range. Two feet of snow today and next week it is all gone and 60 degrees. Plus in the mountains you still have 15 foot snow banks on the side of the road and snow storms in July. We miss it and have been back a few times to visit. We now live in the Smokey Mountains of TN. We do get snow, but not enough.
    You are a woman after my own heart – wood stove, a warm throw, a hot drink (I do put coffee over hot chocolate mix), and a book. A great way to spend an afternoon or evening.
    I like the sound of THE SNOWBOUND BRIDE.
    I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Patricia. I’ve never been to the Adirondacks or the Smokey Mountains, but they are definitely places for book dreams. Love my Rocky Mountains and the amazing blue sky here above snowy peaks.

  7. Yes, it is best to look first – for most things in life.

    Wonderful pictures thank you.

    I’m looking forward to a fabulous read.


    • LOL Melody! That’s how I felt when I lived in California. And that’s also what I love about reading a good book – open the cover (turn on my e-reader) and I’m someplace else altogether. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Don’t they say ‘better late than never’? Guess it works here as well. Glad to have you drop by, Sherri. A cozy Christmas novella is just what you need after all that shopping overload!

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