Game Day with Karen!

I love playing games, and word games are especially fun. So for our Game Day this month, I thought we could enjoy some word play.

But first, we need a theme. I just so happen to have some inspiration.

Short-Straw Bride, the first book in my Archer Brothers series and consistent reader favorite, is on sale through March 31 for only $0.99 ($0.79 in some places).

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No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.

So now that we have our theme – Western Romance – let’s play our game!

Wild West Acrostics!

To play, select one of the three words below from the featured book title:

SHORT          STRAW          BRIDE

Create a string of words that start with each of the five letters in your word to describe what you love about reading western romance. I’ve given you some examples below. You don’t have to use all three words like I did. Just one will do it.

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Leave your acrostic in the comments below.
My favorite will win a $10 Amazon gift card!

Have fun . . . and don’t forget to grab your copy of Short-Straw Bride!

Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at: www.karenwitemeyer.com.

92 Comments

  1. Straw
    S – Sceneries
    T – Turbulent
    R – Realistic
    A – Amore
    W – Wilderness

    1. You set a lovely stage, Tonya. A love story where the setting is as much a character as the people.

  2. Bride

    B- Beautiful
    R- Ride
    I- Income
    D- Divorce
    E- Energy

    1. I sense a lot of conflict in this story line, Yvonne. 😉

      1. Sweet
        Trembling
        Rowdy
        Awesome
        Wives

        1. Trembling yet rowdy. Sounds like an interesting character, Linda!

        2. S- Strong…..Sweet
          H- Heroes…..Heroines
          O- On
          R- Rough
          T- Terrain

          S- Soulmates
          T- Though
          R- Rarely
          A- Admitting
          W- Willfully

          B- By
          R- Reading
          I- I’m
          D- Decidedly
          E- Enthralled

          1. Oh – I like those, Tina. Especially the last two. That second one is the perfect romance novel. Ha!

  3. Sweet
    Tough
    Rough
    Oxen
    Nebraska
    Grit

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      I laughed Glenda because I thought we had to use her words. It must be too early for me. Lol

    2. Boy, can I picture that tough farm girl heroine, Glenda. Vivid picture.

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    Good morning! How fun and having us putting on our thinking caps during these very difficult times of seclusion was a great idea! I hope you and yours are all doing well! Stay safe!

    S- suspicious
    T- turbulent
    R- ruckus
    A- adventurous
    W- wise

    S- stupendous
    H- hideous
    O- outlandish
    R- rotund
    T- terrain

    B- bodacious
    R- ruthless
    I- indigent
    D- dangerous
    E- egocentric

    I love playing games and I obviously prefer adjectives.

    1. You are the adjective, queen, Stephanie! 🙂

  5. S-Sad
    H-Heroine
    O-Over
    R-Rough
    T-Territory

    1. I picture a long-suffering heroine on a wagon train, but I know by the end she will find her true love and joy will be hers!

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    Beautiful
    Ranchero
    In
    Difficult
    Escape

    1. I picture a sweeping ranch in danger of being taken over by villains. Nice scene, Charlene.

  7. Save
    The
    Reading
    After
    Work

    1. LOL! Teresa you scored big humor points with this one.

  8. B- Bold
    R- Rescue
    I- In
    D- Daring
    E- Enigma

    Fun game!

    1. Ooo – sounds like an adventure with a touch of mystery. Nice, Jess. 🙂

  9. B – beautiful
    r – reasonable
    i – intelligent
    d – delightful
    e – energetic.

    1. Those would be great heroine descriptors for our “Bride,” Debra. 🙂

  10. S-Strong
    H-heroine
    O-overlooking
    R-real
    T-turbulence

    1. Ooo – I like it, Quilt lady. I can see a plot there.

  11. S-Sassy
    T-Tough
    R-Real
    A-Awesome
    W-woman

    1. Fun, Melanie. I can picture a cowboy hero using just those words to describe his love. 🙂

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        What I love most about reading western romance is an unforgettable hero which I would describe as:
        S: Sheltering
        T: Tough
        R: Romantic
        A: Alpha
        W: Worthy

        1. How appropriate for our current times, Edwina. We all need a good romantic hero to offer a worthy escape. I love it!

  12. Brazen
    Rambunctious
    Incredible
    Determined
    Eccentric

    I like a strong woman …. obviously ?

    1. I like strong women, too, Kathy. Yours definitely sounds heroine-worthy. 🙂

  13. Sexy
    Heroes
    Offer
    Real
    Temptation 😉

    1. Ha! Getting a little steamy there, Cheryl. 🙂 This one definitely has a hunky hero on the cover.

  14. I can’t resist.

    S- Secret
    T- Tryst
    R- Result
    A- Altar
    W- Wedding

    1. I like it, Linda! Could be your next bestseller. 🙂

    2. Love it! 🙂

    3. Southern
      Texas
      Ranchers
      At
      Work

      1. I’m picturing hard-working, honorable cowboys, Aszha. Great hero material!

  15. B- Beautiful
    R- Ranches
    I- In
    D- Drought
    E- Environments

    1. Ooo – A man vs. nature story. Very creative, Colleen!

  16. S – Sizzlin’
    H – Heat
    O – Or
    R – Racy
    T – Thrills

    1. I’m going to have to break out the fan for this one, Caryl. 😉

  17. S-Swanky
    T-Texan
    R-Riles
    A-A
    W-Widow

    Oh boy, I can see trouble coming a mile away…lol!

    1. Love this one, Trixi! Sparks are flying already. 🙂

  18. S- Selflessness.
    H- Heroines.
    O- Overcoming-love.
    R- Reading.
    T- Tales.

    S- Sweetness.
    T- Trust.
    R- Riding.
    A- Awkward.
    W- Worthiness.

    B- Bravery.
    R- Riches.
    I- Impertinence.
    D- Doctors.
    E- Escapes.

    1. Interesting collection, Abigail. I like the second one. I picture a sweet yet clumsy heroine who can’t ride a horse to save her life still prove herself worthy in other areas to her cowboy. 🙂

  19. Brave hero
    Respect for a gal
    Independence seeking
    Drama unfolds
    Escape to my happy place

    1. Fun take on this, Katie. I love those elements.

  20. Strong
    Trespasser
    Reputation
    Archer
    Woman

    1. Oooo – I want to read that story, Shonda. The heroine who puts an arrow through the hat of the trespassing cowboy. The perfect opening to a fun western romp.

  21. S – Stubborn
    H – Harmless
    O – Ornery
    R – Radiant
    T – Tough

    1. Interesting collection, Perrianne. Radiant yet ornery. Could make for a colorful character. 🙂

  22. Bride
    Respect
    Individual
    Darling
    Exceptional

    1. Sounds like a heroine I would like to meet, Karen!

  23. S-Sweet
    H-Historic
    O-Overtures &
    R-Romantic
    T-Tales

    1. Yes! Those are the books I love to read. Good one, Rebekah!

  24. Short
    S: Swoon-worthy
    H: Heart
    O: Overtures
    R: Read
    T: Tenderly

    Straw
    S: Strong
    T: Trustworthy
    R: Ranchers
    A: Always
    W: Win

    Bride
    B: Be
    R: Reading
    I: Incessantly
    D: Despite
    E: Everything

    1. These are fabulous, Kerri! #2 captures the cowboy hero so perfectly. And #3 made me smile. Yes – let’s be reading incessantly despite everything. Well done!

  25. B – brave
    R – realistic
    I – intelligent
    D – determined
    E – enthusiastic

    1. That sounds like an honorable character, Lori.

  26. Best
    Reading
    Inspiration
    Diving
    Explorations

    1. Ooo – Our cowboys are going underwater! Awesome. 🙂

  27. S-scoundrels
    H-horses
    O- obstacles
    R-ranchers
    T-tall tails

    1. Spelled tails wrong. Lol. Tall tales

      1. Ha! Well, we’ve got horses, so there could be some tall tails, too. 🙂

  28. Stubborn
    Texan
    Ranchers
    And
    Wives

    1. Ooo – I’m getting a 7 brides for 7 brothers kind of vibe off of that one, Amanda. Fun!

  29. B-Boys, the cowboy kind
    R-Riding horses
    I-Independent women
    D-Dogs, always need one on a ranch
    E-Ever After Love

    1. That’s a western romance for sure, Denise!

  30. Scheming
    Tag-a-long
    Ropes
    A
    Wrangler

    1. Fun, Kathleen! I’m picturing a female con artist who jumps in a wagon to escape the law only to end up at a remote ranch with a handsome wrangler. 🙂

  31. Why I love reading Christian western romance:

    S- Soulful
    H- Humorous
    O- Oracles
    R- Relaying
    T- Truth

    1. Nice, Erin! I like that they are both soulful and humorous. 🙂

  32. S-Strong
    H-Heroes
    O-Often
    R-Rescuing
    T-Texans

    1. Love those Texans! Thanks, Betsy.

  33. Saddled
    Horses
    Overtake
    Rowdy
    Troublemakers

    1. The horses ARE the heroes! I like it, Kim. 🙂

  34. S-surprise
    H-heroine
    O-offers
    R-rescue to
    T-Texas brothers

    S-sunsets
    T-Texans
    R-rivers
    A-and
    W-women

    B-beautiful
    R-rescuer
    I-invites
    D-dreamy
    E-evenings

    1. Tina, I’m so impressed. Not only did you do all three words, but you managed to capture the actual plot of Short-Straw Bride! Nicely done!

  35. B bold
    R riders
    I investigate
    D desperados
    E effortlessly

    1. You know, Paula. That actually sounds a lot like my upcoming Hanger’s Horsemen series. 🙂

  36. Boisterous
    Rebels
    Involve
    Dastardly
    Exploits

    1. Oooo – We’ve got the bad boys in this one, Megan. I’m intrigued! Are they the villains or just rascals in need of a good woman to reform them?

  37. S Slapstick
    H Horses
    O Ornery
    R Round ups
    T Trust

    1. This one sounds like a hoot and a holler, Molly. 🙂

  38. S- short
    H- honest
    O- ornery
    R- resourceful
    T- traveler

    S- Stable
    T- Tyrant
    R- Reluctantly
    A- Affectionately
    W- Winsome

    B- Beauty
    R- Reveals
    I- Inner
    D- Determination
    E- Empathy

    1. I really like that last one, Karen. A beautiful heroine with inner grit. That’s my kind of gal!

      1. Karen, that was my favorite of the group too. ?

  39. S – Snakes
    H – Horses
    O – Outlaws
    R – Ridges
    T – Teepees

    S – Stagecoach
    T – Trails
    R – Rustlers
    A – Avalanche
    W – Wolves

    B – Badlands
    R – Ranger
    I – Indians
    D – Desperation
    E – evening campfires

    1. Patricia – What a scene you paint! The west is coming alive in your descriptions. Love it!

  40. S- Swoony
    T- Tall
    R- Rancher
    A- Already
    W- Wed

    1. Ooo – Interesting plot twist, Connie!

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