It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

So check out the post below to get the details on the kinds of things that make us go Yee-Haw!!

Sarah Lamb

This week, my newest book, Iris, comes out! You can grab it for only .99! It’s also on Kindle Unlimited. I can’t wait for you to meet her!

 

Iris is a handful. Liam is in dire need of a wife. But is he that desperate?

Iris Green doesn’t mean to be such a walking disaster. Trouble just seems to find her though, and scares off all would-be suitors in the process. Unbeknown to her, her mother submits her name for a mail-order bride, thinking that’s the only way she’ll ever see her daughter married off.

Liam Gardener thinks it’s a hoot his potential bride has a flower as her name, it’s a perfect match for his last name, so it must be a good sign. However, moments after meeting her, he’s regretting it something awful. Iris comes in like a whirlwind and turns his quiet life upside down, and he’s not sure if he likes that.

When two very different personalities clash, will the outcome blossom into something special or will their future wilt before it even starts?

You can click right here to find out! 

Cathy McDavid

So excited for my latest cover reveal!  Here’s the back cover blurb:

A rancher searching for answers uncovers a town’s sinister secrets

Rancher Ridge Burnham unearths a gun and a strongbox of cash on his property—possible leads in his father’s unsolved murder. The sheriff’s department has ignored the case for years, but rookie deputy Elena Tomes is determined to prove herself by helping him find the truth. Faced with the town’s sordid history of drug running, Elena and Ridge must work together and trust each other. Now this decades-old cold case will expose the rot in their small ranching community…and the secrets that someone will kill for.

I can’t wait until it hits the shelves in late September.

Preorder Deadly Secrets

 

Shanna Hatfield

I just found out Challenging the Chef is a finalist in the Holt Medallion Awards for the Long Contemporary category! Yeehaw!

I’m honored to be among the finalists and look forward to finding out who will be the winner next month!

In other news, I’ve joined with several other authors and we have something incredibly exciting coming in June for our newsletter subscribers!

If you haven’t subscribed yet, I hope you will! When you do, you get a series of Welcome Letters from me with free books, bonus content, and some fun real-life stories!

 

Karen Witemeyer

Like Shanna, I just received word that I am a finalist for the Holt Medallion. My western Snow White story – Fairest of Heart – made the final round in the Long Inspirational category. Such a huge honor! I’m thrilled. Yee Haw!

 

Linda Broday

I have a Book Funnel deal to announce!

My Christmas story HOPE’S ANGEL is available for $1.99!

Or Free For Kindle Unlimited Members

Pam Crooks

Love Audiobooks?

Here’s an-easy-to-browse collection by sweet contemporary and historical romance authors, including

Linda Broday, Sarah Lamb, and myself.

It’s Yee-Haw Day!

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Shanna Hatfield

I am incredibly honored and excited to be named as a Spur Award Winner from the Western Writers of America. Love on Target tied for first place in the Best Western Romance Novel category with The Heart Beneath the Badge, by George T. Arnold.
Love on Target is the story of a young woman who paves her own way, even taking on a job most men were hesitant to do back in the 1890s.
Thank you so much, Western Writers of America, for this wonderful honor!
Right now, you’ll find Love on Target, as well as the rest of the Pink Pistol series on sale for just 99 cents!

Karen Witemeyer

I’m thrilled to share that my Pink Pistol novella, In Her Sights, is a finalist for the 2024 Selah Award. It’s a wonderful honor.

In addition, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Pink Pistol Sisterhood series, this story is on sale this week for only $0.99. YeeHaw!

Purchase Here

The Pink Pistol Fillies

 

It’s hard to believe that it’s been one whole year since we launched our beloved The Pink Pistol Sisterhood sweet romance series!

To celebrate, we’re putting every book on sale for 99¢!  The sale will run from April 1 – 10th.

Don’t have every book in the series yet?  Missing one or two to complete your collection?

Here’s your chance to get every copy!

The Pink Pistol Series Page on Amazon

OR

The Pink Pistol Page right here on the blog, including our beautiful (and free!) Pink Pistol Magazines!

 

(Disclaimer: Some exclusions may apply as prices subject to change.)

Pam Crooks

Like many long-time romance authors are doing, I’ve re-edited one of my earlier releases to fit the sweet historical western romance market.

LADY GYPSY retains all the grit and history of the Old West, and it has long been one of my favorite books.

Only 99¢

(Hurry!  Ending Soon!!)

 

Liza was born to roam the land with her mother’s people, but she is shamed by the sin that made her forever different.

Reese has set down roots deep in the Nebraska prairie. His dreams are sure to come true with a new railroad and a proper wife and child.

But Liza is accused unfairly by Reese’s people, and she is forced to flee the security of her world to see safety in his. When Reese’s careful plans for success are threatened, he must fight to save all he’s ever worked for.

Will it cost him the love he’s found with the beautiful, black-eyed woman with red-gold hair? His Lady Gypsy?

#kindleunlimited

Buy for 99¢ on AMAZON

Pam Crooks

BookBub Deal!

Her Texas Cowboy, Book #2 of my Blackstone Ranch Trilogy with Tule Publishing, is

FREE for a limited time.

Brock Paxton’s love life is suffering, but there’s no woman around who can cure him. Until a raven-haired beauty in stilettos drives into town.

Lucienne Dunn is in big trouble, and she needs Brock–and his land–to save her.

Except the Paxtons refuse to sell, and there’s danger on the ranch. How would it all end—and how would she live without Brock when it did?

HER TEXAS COWBOY

Blackstone Ranch Series Link on Tule Publishing

 

Jo-Ann Roberts

 Winning the Widow’s Heart, Book 2 in my Mended Hearts series is

FREE on Amazon today and tomorrow

She was branded as a traitor to the Union.
He was her sworn enemy.
A marriage of convenience would be perilous…wouldn’t it?
In the summer of 1864 in Roswell, Georgia, widow Sofie Bishop struggles to manage the small family vineyard on her own. Now, with her home in ruins her only option was working at the Ivy Woolen Mill. Her woes go from bad to worse when the Yankees arrive on Roswell’s doorstep.
Courteous and kind, Captain Seth Ramsey is not what Sofie expects from a Union officer. However charming he might be, she’s determined to keep her distance. Even when she finds herself branded as a traitor, arrested, and transported north to an uncertain destiny, she didn’t think she could lose much more to the Yankees.
But she was wrong.
Will his vow of love mend her wounded heart? Or would a marriage of convenience be the best she can offer?

Linda Broday

Winning Maura’s Heart

Hangman’s Daughters #1

ONLY $1.99!

She had resigned herself to a spinster’s life until a wounded man known only as Brodie brought hope.

 

 

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The Fillies

Love Audiobooks?

Check out our NEW Audiobook Page with many of our audiobooks listed for your shopping pleasure.  🙂

Click HERE

Our new Audiobook Page can easily be found at the top of the right sidebar on the blog, too.  

Cathy McDavid

I have a cover for my July 22nd release, THE RODEO COWBOY’S RETURN. I admit, it’s not my favorite, but I do like the book and hope readers will check it out 🙂

Pam Crooks

CHRISTIANA is now in audiobook!

She needs the stolen diamonds for a respectable life.

He needs the reward money to build his hotel.

Will the diamonds fulfill their dreams? Or destroy their love?

Book #1 – Love Train Sweet Historical Romance Series

To buy on AMAZON

Karen Kay

Starting today, Monday, two of my e-book series’ are going on sale:  the first is the entire three e-book Medicine Man series.  The second series is the four e-book series, The Lost Clan.  Both of these series’ are solid historical romance, Native American, but also have more of a paranormal element than what I usually write.  But, I should also say they will only be on sale for a short while.  If you’ve ever wanted to pick up either of these series’, now might be the time.

 

The Medicine Man Series

The author of this series is planning a four book series where the hero of each story is one of the tribe’s medicine men and the heroine is a white woman. Although each book is a Historical Romance at its heart, because the hero of the story is a spiritual leader, each story contains more paranormal elements than this author’s usual Historical Romances.

 

The Lost Clan Series

Many centuries ago, a village killed the children of the Thunder god.  For their crime, the Creator banished them to live a half existence in the land of shadows, neither dead nor alive.  But once a generation, a brave is given the opportunity to save his clan.

 

 

It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

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Jo-Ann Roberts

My New Release

CLICK HERE

She’s not what he expected…but could she be what he needs?
What she thinks she wants, isn’t what she gained.

Whispering Pines, Minnesota 1865

The stipulation of her father’s will was to the point.
In order to retain ownership of Stewart Woodsmiths, Bronwyn Stewart must marry or forfeit the business to the highest bidder. With three half-siblings to raise, little money, and no place to go, she needs help not only with the business but with the children. Yet, when Ian Taggart lands on her doorstep, she sees just the opposite of what she advertised for…or what she needs.
Imprisoned during the War Between the States, Ian Taggart doesn’t see himself as a worthwhile candidate for anything…much less a husband. Yet, when he meets his soon-to-be-bride, he sees a woman wounded in spirit.
Forging ahead in faith, can Ian and Bronwyn find the courage to see beneath the surface and create a forever family?

Pam Crooks

99¢

(Only a Few More Days!)

After significant editing to fit the sweet romance market, I’m re-releasing WYOMING WILDFLOWER, one of my earlier titles.  I’ve kept all the Old West grittiness, though, as well as the historical accuracies of the time.  Cattle rustling, squatters, the infamous Cheyenne Club, the famous range detective, Tom Horn – what’s not to love?

Here’s a blurb:

One of her father’s daughters . . .

All Sonnie Mancuso wants is to be needed by her father.  Unfortunately, he already has a daughter–six, to be exact–and all he needs is a son.

One of her father’s men . . .

Orphaned in the slums of New York, fifteen-year-old Lance Harmon needs a home.  Sonnie’s father gives him one, on the cattle-rich Rocking M ranch.  Through the years, Lance learns to love the land, the work . . . and Sonnie.

And their legacy . . .

But Vince Mancuso’s health is failing, and there’s trouble on the Wyoming range.  Sonnie returns home to claim the legacy that’s rightfully hers . . . but learns Lance has already claimed it.

BUY ON AMAZON

Karen Witemeyer

I got some great news recently. My upcoming release, If the Boot Fits, received a positive review in Publisher’s Weekly! This is one of the industry’s biggest review publications and for some reason, they haven’t chosen to review any of my books in years. The last book of mine they reviewed was A Worthy Pursuit.
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Here’s my favorite quote from the article:
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“With a plot full of masked cowboys, family intrigue, and ranch politics, there’s ample suspense to keep readers turning pages, and the romance between Asher and Samantha offers just enough sweetness to balance things out. Witemeyer’s fans will be on the edge of their seats all the way through to the satisfying conclusion.”
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If you want to read the full review, you can find it here.
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If you like reading print books, don’t miss the pre-order special at Baker Book House. Free shipping and a 40% discount. Can’t beat that deal!

Linda Broday

ON SALE FOR $1.99!!!

Book One of the Hangman’s Daughters series has been marked down for a limited time!

She was scorned, shunned, and unwanted but she yearned to matter, to make a difference.

Sweet Historical Romance

GET IT NOW!

 

Shanna Hatfield

I’m excited and honored to share that Love on Target, my sweet romance that is part of the Pink Pistol series, is a finalist in the Laramie Awards.

You can find a list off all the finalists here.

If you haven’t read it yet, get your copy today!

 

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Pam Crooks

My first audiobook is now available!

AMAZON

Book 8 in the Pink Pistol Sweet Romance Series

After a terrible tragedy, wild game hunter Rexanna Brennan returns home to her family’s ranch to heal. She never expects to learn her crazy aunt has left her a pink pistol with an even crazier legend. But more unsettling, a Hollywood cowboy has moved onto the ranch, stealing her family’s hearts and maybe her legacy, too.

False accusations throw Roan Bertoletti into scandal and yank him out of his movie star life. His reputation shredded, he grasps at the second chance the Brennan family gives him. With his roots firmly planted, he’s living his dream to be a cowboy again, and he has no plans to leave the ranch anytime soon.

But Rexanna’s grief pulls at him. So does her insistence she can’t stay. Can he convince the beautiful heiress to claim what has always been hers? Time is running out, and so are his options.

Except for the pink pistol . . .

Jo-Ann Roberts

 My Upcoming Release!

CLICK HERE

Book 12 in the Christmas Quilt Brides Series

Gabe Dawson didn’t believe catastrophes came in threes. That is, until his grandfather died, a fire nearly destroyed his home, and his grandmother started showing signs of forgetfulness.

When Hope Brody discovers Nora Dawson wandering in a snowy field and learns of the family’s loss, she sets out to recreate the quilt that was destroyed in the fire. But in order to present it to her at the Annual Christmas Eve Quilt gathering, that meant she’d have to get to know the taciturn Gabe Dawson.

Despite thwarting her efforts at friendship, Gabe finally acknowledges that Hope’s visits are helping ease his grandmother’s anxieties. Soon, he finds himself falling for the lovely quilter. But with only a small farm and almost constant care of his ailing grandmother, he has nothing to offer and would never be a woman’s first choice.

As Christmas approaches, will Hope look beyond his obligations and see a future blossom from a special, once-in-a-lifetime friendship?

Shanna Hatfield

My latest sweet holiday romance, Tricking Christmas is now out! You’ll find it in paperback and eBook formats. It is also enrolled in Kindle Unlimited!

Will an innocent offer of help lead two obstinate hearts along the road to love?

Truitt Lucas is the guy who brings laughter wherever he goes and refuses to take life too seriously. Beneath his carefree exterior, though, he yearns for more adventure and excitement than he’ll find working on the family ranch alongside his cousin and grandmother. When the opportunity arises to assist a trick rider, Truitt eagerly lends a hand. However, he soon finds himself drawn to the perplexing woman who barely tolerates him.

Jolee Judson is living her dream as a trick rider on the rodeo circuit, using her lifelong passion for horses and gymnastics to wow the crowds. But when her partner unexpectedly abandons her, Jolee is just desperate enough to accept a good-natured cowboy’s offer to help. Fascinated and infuriated by Truitt and his shenanigans, Jolee struggles against her growing feelings for him. Falling for Truitt could spell disaster for her future and derail everything she’s worked for.

Can the two of them find common ground where trust is earned and love becomes a cherished gift?

A sweet holiday novel full of the magic of Christmas, Tricking Christmas brims with small-town humor, heartwarming moments, and wholesome romance.

Get your copy today while it is on sale for just $2.99!

 

 

I am excited to share that Love on Target has been shortlisted in the annual Laramie Awards, hosted by Chanticleer International Book Awards. I’m honored the book has made it this far in the judging. It was so fun to be part of the Pink Sisterhood series. If you haven’t checked out this story yet, I hope you will!

Wishing you all a beautiful holiday season filled with love!

Karen Kay

NEW RELEASE — well it’s a new release of a 25th Year Anniversary book — completely re-edited with original map (drawn by my daughter) and poster added back into the book — and a new cover!

WAR CLOUD’S PASSION

New Release Today!

 

 

Here a blurb of the book:

A Dangerous Passion.

Legendary Warriors, Book 1

At twenty-three, Anna Wiley is lucky. The children aboard an orphan train headed west don’t care that their nurse is too tall, too homely to be loved. They need her, and she will not rest until each one is placed in a loving home, including the last twelve bedraggled, rejected urchins clinging to her skirts.

When their train is attacked by a band of warriors bent on rescuing a kidnapped Indian boy, she doesn’t think twice about protecting the children—all the children, including the boy. Except keeping her charges safe means she must trust the formidable warrior who led the attack.

War Cloud plans to get the strong-willed white woman and her gaggle of children off his hands as soon as possible. Yet as he guides them toward civilization, he realizes there is beauty beneath Anna’s ill-fitting clothes, a strong spirit behind her sparkling green eyes.

Even as passion grows, War Cloud prepares to put her from him, and not only because of the animosity that hangs between their cultures. A centuries-old curse hangs over his ancestral line. A spell that could take her from him forever—should he dare to fall in love.

This is the 25th Year Anniversary Edition of this book.

Warning: Contains a passion that could lead to soul-stirring love, if the whispering ancestors have their way.

May the Love and Warmth of Christmas be with you throughout the coming year.

 

Jeannie Watt

I have a couple of free books in December! The first is a Christmas book from my Men of the Marvell Ranch series.  A Marvell Country Christmas will be free from December 18-26, so mark you calendars. 🙂

The second book is only available on Apple devices, but that said, I’m thrilled that The Cowboy’s Christmas is Apple Books Romance of the Week and is free until December 9. Again, you have to access it from an apple device, such as an iPad, iPhone or iMac.

Wishing everyone a great December and a Happy Holiday Season!

Jeannie

Cowboys & Mistletoe – Winners!!

Thank you again for playing along with us this week – all of us here at the junction appreciate each and everyone of you so very much.

And now for the announcement you’ve all been waiting for – THE WINNERS!!

Cathy McDavid’s winner of her book  Blizzard Refuge along with a nativity ornament is
Julie J

Cheryl Pierson’s winner of copy of her book A Hero For Christmas  and a $5 Amazon gift card is
Tia

Jeannie Watt’s winner of a $10 Amazon gift card is
Elaine Kiefer

Jo-Ann Robert’s winner of her eBook  Noelle – the Christmas Quilt Brides is
Susanne Mincer

Karen Witemeyer’s winner of an eBook copy of My True Love Gave to Me along with a bookish Christmas ornament is
Tammy Fuchs

Kit Morgan’s winner of an eBook copy of Christmas in Clear Creek and a $5.00 Amazon gift card is
Sandy

Linda Broday’s winner of a $15 Amazon Gift Card is
Tonya Lucas

Mary Connealy’s winner of a $25 Amazon gift card is
Judy Sexton

Pam Crook’s winner of a $10 Amazon Gift Card is
Cori Baltazar

Shanna Hatfield’s winner of a $10 Amazon Gift Card is
Lori Cole

Winnie Griggs’ winner of a signed copy of her book Her Holiday Family along with a fun reader ornament is
Mary Garback

 

 

AND THE WINNER OF THE GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE IS

Cherie J.

 

Congratulations to all of the winners! 

Someone will be contacting you soon with additional information on how to claim your prize

Cowboys & Mistletoe – And the Answers Are…

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to play Two Truths and a Lie with us this week – I hope you had as much fun with it as we did!

And, without further ado, here are the Answers:

#1. We once owned an antique wooden horse-drawn sleigh and dragged it out of storage every year.
TRUE
#2. When my children were young, they played characters in the church Christmas pageant, along with our donkey.
TRUE
#3. My husband was recruited as a last-minute substitute Santa Claus at the senior living facility where my late mother resided.
FALSE      My husband has never played Santa Claus

#1.When my daughter was nine, I ice skated with her in a Christmas Around the World performance put on by our local ice rink.
FALSE      I made her costume for that performance, but I am not daring enough to get out on the ice and bust my rear end every time I take a step. LOL She skated as a kid and then went back to it a couple of years ago in her mid-thirties. She is a competitive skater now, and works part time at the ice rink where she skates!

#2. I met Dale Robertson before a Christmas event at The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum when I worked there.
TRUE

#3. I have two relatives who were born on Christmas Day.
TRUE

#1 – I visited Santa’s House in North Pole Alaska.
TRUE I was seventeen and traveling with my mom and brother to the Arctic where my dad was working. There really is a North Pole, Alaska near Fairbanks. I later worked with a fellow teacher who grew up there.

#2 – I once got a horse for Christmas.
FALSE

#3 – My family owned a herd of reindeer.
TRUE  It was a lot different than having cows. I still have several sets of shed reindeer antlers. 

1.    The last year I taught PreK, the teacher scheduled to play Mrs. Santa Claus for the annual PTO Breakfast with Santa fundraiser fell ill a few days before the event. Maybe it was my grey hair, my short stature, or my rimless glasses, but I played Mrs. Santa Claus at a children’s Christmas Party!
FALSE  While most of this is true, the teacher who was originally slated to portray Mrs. Santa Claus did recover in time. I was assigned to the hot chocolate station!

  1. Christmas movies in July?…love them all as I sip on my iced tea…Come October, November, December, I toggle between both Hallmark networks, Up Television, and Great American Country but…I’ve never seen the movie, Elf.
    TRUE
  2. I love wrapping presents! Not just at Christmas but for birthdays, Easter, whatever! However, my family always knows which presents are mine because they are so difficult to remove the bows, ribbons, and decorations. I get teased about it every time!
    TRUE

#1.    I once unwrapped a toilet seat as a Christmas gift.
TRUE  Yes, my husband really did wrap up a toilet seat and put it under the tree for me one year early in our marriage. He even had the audacity to say it was from our infant daughter. Once the disappointment wore off, we got a good laugh, and I have never forgotten it.

#2 My husband has bought me something cowboy-related every year for Christmas since I published my first western romance in 2010.
FALSE My hubby has given me many wonderful cowboy-themed gifts over the years, but they don’t come every year.

#3. The Christmas gift that made the biggest Witemeyer family splash was when I gave my high school daughter a copy of the MLA Handbook.
TRUE  My daughter actually asked for the MLA Handbook, and we just happened to have my husband’s uncle visiting that year for Christmas. He was an English professor, and he couldn’t get over how thrilled and excited Bethany was when she unwrapped that handbook. He had never seen the like, and it made his English-loving heart swoon.

#1.    I had a lovely apartment in New York for four years. Christmas in the big apple is the best!
TRUE 
#2. One of my family’s kooky Christmas traditions is re-wrapping and re-giving the same CD of the worst music ever, to another family member, who then must do the same the following year.
TRUE 
#3. My six kids are spread around the country, which makes getting them together for Christmas hard, but this also means I get to travel sometimes for Christmas, which is fun!
FALSE While most of this is true, I have only three kids, not six!

#1.  I published my first book when I was 52 years old
TRUE 
#2. I studied abroad for a year out of high school.
FALSE
#3. My sister is also a published writer and we had a sister who painted pictures.
TRUE 

#1.   I’m one of eight children. The only author
TRUE
#2.  My most recent release is book #75
TRUE
#3.  I got my first book published the same year my youngest daughter went to Kindergarten
FALSE  I started writing when she went to Kindergarten and had my first book release the year she graduated from high school.

#1.   I once celebrated Christmas with my family in a bike shop.
TRUE It was during the height of Covid, and my son-in-law managed a bike/coffee shop that had a showroom big enough for all of us to spread out at our own tables. I ordered sandwiches the day before (alas, they were a bit soggy), and to this day, I’m bummed our Christmas dinner was a dud. But at least, we were together, and we still had fun.

#2.  A couple of years ago, we made 18 pans of the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls as gifts, and none of them raised.
TRUE  Again, during Covid. Since we weren’t having our usual big family get-togethers, my sisters and I got together (wearing masks) and made the cinnamon rolls. Everything promised to be perfect and delicious until the rolls started to raise. Even though we froze them as quickly as we could, I was told by a professional baker that when we froze the raising yeast, we effectively killed it, which prevented the rolls from raising after being thawed.

#3.  My Christmas dinner was once delayed for several hours because the fresh turkey just wouldn’t get done.
FALSE  I’ve never roasted a fresh turkey, so this wasn’t me but instead my aunt, who was absolutely mortified that everyone was waiting around and hungry!

#1.  I listen to Christmas music all year long.
FALSE While I love Christmas music, I try to not start listening until after Halloween. But once November rolls around, I’m all about the holiday tunes!

#2.  I love to bake with eggnog.
TRUE I am not a fan of just straight eggnog, and neither is my husband, Captain Cavedweller. But baking with it? Oh, man! There are so many delicious ways to use eggnog. I make eggnog custard, eggnog bread, eggnog Snickerdoodles (probably my favorite), eggnog Bundt cake, and CC’s favorite – eggnog doughnuts. I have recipes for most of these on my website.

#3.  I once received a bag of dog food for Christmas.
TRUE  Although I wish this one was false, it is true. When I was in high school, my family decided it would be great if we drew names and did a gift exchange instead of having to shop for everyone. It never failed that one of my brother’s step kids would draw my name, forget they were supposed to give a gift, and show up with something they grabbed on the way out the door. My “gifts” over the years included an opened bag of marshmallows with a few packets of Swiss Miss hot chocolate thrown in, a partially used bottle of hair mousse, but the “best” of all was a bag of dog food. The following year, I  bowed out of the gift exchange. 

#1. I LOVE Christmas decorations and must have hundreds of tree ornaments alone. In fact I have a walk in closet dedicated just to the storage of my Christmas stuff. Because it became impossible to use all of my decorations on the tree at one time, several years back I began doing themed trees, which allows me to rotate them in and out. Some of the themes I’ve done over the years include angels, bells, stars, snowmen, and even a fairytale theme – but my favorite was the year I did a nativity themed tree.
FALSE  While it is true that I have literally hundreds of ornaments (and still growing!) I don’t try to do a themed tree – in fact it is very eclectic. My kids all have their favorites which MUST go on the tree every year and once those are up I just pick others as the mood suits me, not for how they may or may not match.  I do however have a collection of booklover ornaments and one of tea lover ornaments and I use those as tabletop displays.

#2. When my children were very young I started a tradition of buying them one ornament of their very own each year so that when they grew up and moved away they would have a ‘starter set’ of ornaments of their very own. My plans, however, met with mixed success. Two of my kids took theirs when they established their own homes, two of them still have their collections boxed up and stored in their former closets here at my house with the intention (or so they say) of taking them ‘someday’.
TRUE  The youngest is 37 – here’s hoping ‘someday’ comes soon!

#3. My siblings and I are all big on Christmas candy and treats and when we have our extended family gathering, which usually includes over 45 people, we all try to outdo each other. In fact there are usually more sweets than ‘regular’ food. My personal specialties are peanut butter fudge and a rice krispie based candy – and I like to experiment with at least one new item each year. As for the scrumdiddlyumptious candy my mom used to make, while my other relatives vied for her pecan pralines, I’d pass those up and go straight for her coconut pralines!
TRUE  I remember as a little girl grating fresh coconut for momma to use in her coconut pralines and nothing tops Christmas candy for me like these sweet treats and the memories they engender.

And there you have it – some personal glimpses as well as some playful lies from your friends here at the junction. How many did you get right? How many really surprised you?

Stay tuned – winner post is coming soon!

COWBOYS & MISTLETOE Starts Tomorrow!

It’s our 6th Annual Cowboys & Mistletoe!

And it’s that time of year when we celebrate our Christmas books, both new and old, each sure to warm your heart with the joy of love and Christmas.

 Because we love spreading joy and love, we’ve prepared FOUR days of fun and prizes.

Each day will feature 2-3 different fillies.

Of course, we’re giving away LOTS of prizes. 

There will be ELEVEN individual prizes, one from each participating Filly.

Plus… a Grand Prize gift basket that includes a fun cowgirl throw blanket, some booklover items and a $30 Amazon gift card!

JOIN US every day this week from November 27 thru November 30 to play.

There will be 2-3 posts each day so be sure to keep checking in. Enter all four days on each post for more chances to win the Grand Prize!

See you there!

Ho!  Ho!  Ho!

All winners chosen by Random.org. US entries only