Category: Filly Fun

Amusement Park Fun Facts

Hello everyone, Winnie Griggs here. I spent most of last week with one of my daughters at Disney World in Orlando. She had plans to run in the Disney marathon and I went along to cheer her on and to do some playing.

Spending time at the park got me to thinking about theme parks in general and I decided to look up some info on the history and trivia related to them. And while this is technically not Western Romance related, I thought I’d share a little of what I found with you.

Roller Coasters – my daughter is a big fan and rode quite a few of them – I chose to watch <g>. But here are some fun facts associated with these thrill rides

  • The earliest record of something approaching a modern day roller coaster can be traced back to 18th century Russia. It is said that Catherine the Great while in residence at the Imperial Summer Palace, devised a pastime where people boarded a vehicle which was then rolled down hillsides. She apparently got the idea from the ice slides that were popular in the region during the 16th century.
  • Another early precursor of the modern roller coaster were mine tracks. A coal mine in Pennsylvania created a gravity railroad for moving its product. On days when the facility was not needed to move coal, locals would asks for rides in the carts. Before long, folks were willing to pay for the chance to ride.
  • The world’s longest roller coaster is the Steel Dragon 2000 found at Nagashima Spa Land just outside of Nagoya Japan. It is 8,133 feet long. The ride lasts 4 minutes and reaches speeds of 95 mph
  • The prize for the world’s fastest roller coaster goes to Formula Rossa in Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. It can reach top speeds of 149 mph Its acceleration rate is even more impressive – it can go from 0 to 149 in just 5 seconds. It’s so fast that riders have to wear the same type of protective glasses that skydivers use.
  • The tallest roller coaster is Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. It stands an impressive 456 feet in height it shoots you 90 degrees straight up and then plummets back down in a 270 degree spiral!
  • Some roller coasters get recycled. This is not done out of an effort to save the environment as to save money. It can cost as 80 percent less to dismantle and reuse an old roller coaster than to build a new one.  There is one roller coaster, The Tsunami has been used by four different amusement parks since 1986.
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio bills itself as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World. It is home to a number of roller coasters that are among some of the world’s longest, tallest and fastest coasters.
  • The Smiler, a roller coaster located in the United Kingdom, holds the record for having the most loops – an impressive 14! The next closest count is 10.
  • There are currently approximately 5000 roller coasters in existence worldwide.

Ferris Wheels

  • Early precursors to the modern Ferris Wheel were around as early as the 17th century. During that period in Bulgaria there was a contraption known as the pleasure wheel which had chairs hung from rings and it was powered by strongmen.
  • The modern day Ferris Wheel made it’s debut at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
  • The oldest Ferris Wheel still in use can be found in Austria. It was built in 1897 and was scheduled to be torn down in 1916, but a lack of funds to carry out the demolition saved it and it is still in operation today.
  • The High Roller Ferris Wheel in Las Vegas is the world’s tallest – it stands 550 feet high

Random Facts about the Disney theme parks

  • The Pirates of the Caribbean Ride originally used real skeletons. The original ride’s creators were dissatisfied with the quality of the fake skeletons that were available at the time. So they contacted the UCLA Medical Center who were willing to provide some actual human skeletons.  Eventually the real skeletons were replaced with fakes and the real ones were “returned to their countries of origin and given a proper burial,” according to former Disney producer Jason Surrell.
  • Since fireworks are classified as explosives, Disney is the second biggest purchaser of explosives in the US, second only to the US government. Estimates are that they spend upwards of $45,000 per show.
  • A restaurant at a Disneyland park is credited with the creation of Doritos. The story is that rather than wastefully throwing out unused tortillas, they created the crispy treat.
  • Disney makes two times as much money from their amusement parks than they make from their movies.
  • You may already know that there are a series of tunnels that run under the parks. These are used to help the cast members get from place to place without setting foot in the ‘wrong’ place – so a character from Toy Storyland will never show up in Star Wars land. But did you know that those tunnels in Disneyworld were actually built at ground level? Because it was built over a swamp, it was set on the surface and then excavated dirt from projects like the Lagoon was spread on top.  Most of the attractions are actually on the second or even third story of the park.
  • The world’s most expensive roller coaster can be found at Disney World in Florida. Everest Expedition, because of the attention to detail used in fashioning a replica of Mt. Everest, cost $100 million to construct.

And just for fun – here is a picture of me and my daughter at Hollywood Studios

So what about you? Do you have a favorite amusement park or park ride? Do you have any fun bits of trivia that I missed here? Did any of these tidbits surprise you

Join the discussion to be entered in a drawing for your choice of any book from my backlist

 

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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Linda Broday

 

I have a new book out on January 28th! The Mail Order Bride’s Secret is #3 of my Outlaw Mail Order Brides series!

What’s an outlaw and wanted man to do when he suddenly finds himself the guardian of his sister’s three small children?

Why, send for a mail order bride to help, of course!

Only she’s not what she claims to be.

“…climactic heart-stopping action…” Publisher’s Weekly

 

 

 

AMAZON  |  B&N  |  APPLE  |  KOBO

Karen Witemeyer

My most recent full-length novel was selected as an
Amazon Kindle Monthly Deal for January.
YeeHaw!

Grab an e-copy for only $2.99!


Cheryl Pierson

The new year is here and…hey, how could it sneak up on me like this? I had to really hustle to get my short story, A CALL TO DUTY, entered in the 2020 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Awards Competition! I’d been “meaning to do that” for several weeks, but suddenly realized I had not done it — and if it was going to be “in the running” for the Best Western Short Fiction category, I better get a move on–the deadline is January 15!

 

A CALL TO DUTY was a western story I wrote to submit to an anthology, THE LAST COMANCHE, that Scott Harris was putting together. Each author’s story revolved around a “prompt”–every tale in the anthology had to use the same prompt, somewhere in the story.

 

Here’s the prompt: The warrior stood atop the rocky outcropping, blood dripping from his face and his lance. He stared out over the plains and let out a blood-curdling scream that struck fear into the hearts of his enemies.

 

Stories couldn’t be more than 5,000 words in length–that’s hard for me ’cause I’m “wordy” sometimes! 

 

Anyhow, y’all wish me luck. I’m the “Susan Lucci” of the Peacemaker competition–I’ve been a finalist four times in the past for this category, but never won!  I won’t know until this summer if I’m a winner! Keep your fingers crossed!

 

Available for Kindle or in paperback at Amazon:

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Julie Benson

I’m starting off 2020 with a new release! To Tame A Texas Cowboy will be out January 9! This is the third book in my Wishing Texas Series and is Cooper Abbott’s story.

They want different things, but they just might need each other

 

Barrel racer Cheyenne Whitten returns to Wishing, Texas, after an injury, determined to recuperate and return to the rodeo circuit. But living with her over-protective mother only adds to Cheyenne’s problems. Desperate to move out and reclaim her independence, Cheyenne believes a service dog is the answer. That is, until she learns the waiting list for one is up to five years.

Having lost his fiancée two years ago, Cooper Abbott wants to run his veterinarian clinic and rebuild his life. A calm, stable, uneventful life. Then Cheyenne shows up asking for help getting a service dog, and Cooper finds he can’t refuse the feisty redhead.

Cheyenne and Cooper insist a relationship is the last thing they want. Cheyenne is focused on her health and returning to the rodeo. Cooper’s heart is still raw from loss. But it could be they’re exactly what each other needs.

To order To Tame A Texas Cowboy click here.

Pam Crooks

As I write this, it’s my first day back at the computer after a days-long, multi-activity Christmas celebration. We are a BIG family. While we always have lots of family get-togethers over the holidays, after my parents died, my out-of-town brother and sister come back only every other year. And 2019 was the year where we were all together for the first time in two years.

A couple of fun pictures:

Here we are at High Tea. Tea rooms are scarce and there are none in my city, but this was a delightful one in a small town twenty minutes away. Yep, that table goes clear to the back of the room, and every chair is filled with mothers and daughters.  

Remember I said we were a BIG family?  Here we are on our last night together. My brother designed custom Family Feud and Jeopardy games. Oh, my goodness, was it fun!  You can tell how everyone in the room was engrossed.  (And that doesn’t include the half-dozen or so who were behind the photographer in the kitchen!)

Getting together with my family and celebrating the blessed season of Christmas makes me yell YEE-HAW!

Happy New Year’s Eve/Eve and a Low-Cal Cocktail!

Have y’all been enjoying Jingle Jangle Spurs? 

As most of you know, the fillies take the last two weeks off from the regular blogging schedule so we can enjoy the holidays, too.  But we want to keep the festive spirit alive and let you know we’re still thinking of you.  So every year, we try hard to stir up something fun for everyone.

I’m bringing up the tail end of Jingle Jangle Spurs, and even though Christmas is over, New Year’s is just around the corner.  Have you ever wondered how the custom of ringing in the New Year with champagne or a lively cocktail began?

It’s said that after Julius Caesar fiddled with the pagan calendar and ultimately added January, he ordered Roman consuls to begin their new terms then.  Hence, in addition to looking forward to the end of winter, the people heralded in some new politicians as well, and took up the opportunity to celebrate.

The practice of heralding the new year spread across Europe and eventually America in the 1800s. Settlers stayed awake until midnight firing their guns, setting off fireworks, and tolling church bells. Some even went door to door demanding drinks like spiked punch and lemonade, along with snacks. Can’t you just imagine the festive atmosphere with the air filled with noise and raucous (and maybe a little drunken) fun?

Later in the decade, champagne emerged as the cocktail of choice in society parties and fine restaurants. I suspect most of you reading this can recall lifting a glass of bubbly after 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve?

My husband and I don’t go out to celebrate like we used to, but I’d love to share my favorite Sangria recipe that’s easy to make, festive and LOW CALORIE to boot!

Even better, you don’t have to wait until New Year’s Eve to enjoy it.

 

Tropical Sangria

1 750 ml bottle of white zinfadel wine (use red wine, if you prefer!)

1/4 cup orange liqueur like Cointreau

1 unpeeled orange, thinly sliced

1 unpeeled lime, thinly sliced

8 oz can pineapple chunks or slices, undrained

2 cups lime or lemon-lime seltzer, club soda or carbonated water, chilled

Combine all into large pitcher EXCEPT seltzer. Stir and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

Add the chilled seltzer just before serving.

 

Wishing you all a healthy, safe and prosperous New Year!

 

 

Updated: December 18, 2019 — 1:02 pm

Cowboys & Mistletoe Starts TOMORROW!

 

The time has almost arrived!

TOMORROW is when the fun begins!

Be sure to stop by every day from

December 2nd through December 5th

when we present our Christmas novellas and books for each of you to enjoy.

We’ll make you fall in love with falling in love during Christmas.

Each filly is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card.

**THAT’S TWELVE $10 AMAZON GIFT CARDS!**

Because it’s Christmas, and because we love each of you, we’re going to make it easy to WIN!

Join us!

(Please share and tell all your friends, too.

The more, the merrier!)

Fa-La-La-La-La!

 

Updated: November 26, 2019 — 8:35 am

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!!

Karen Witemeyer

My Texas fairy tale, Head in the Clouds is on sale for only $0.99 for the month of November. Some places have it as low as $0.79! YeeHaw!

When a recovering romantic goes to work for a handsome ranch owner,
her heart’s not the only thing in danger.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook

 

Karen Kay

Karen Kay’s first book, LAKOTA SURRENDER, has just been re-released in its newest 25th Year Anniversary edition.  Beautiful cover!  In e-book and paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

On sale at $3.99.

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |   Kobo   |   Itunes

Linda Broday

 

Check Out The Cover For My January Release!

Book #3 Outlaw Mail Order Bride Series

AMAZON  |  B&N APPLE  |  INDIEBOUND

Winnie Griggs

I’m soooooo excited to announce that I will be writing three Amish romance novels for Grand Central Publishing’s Forever line. I’m in the process of writing the first book which is currently scheduled to come out next December and am really enjoying the unfolding story.

 

Kit Morgan

Sales and New Releases, Yee Haw! Holidays with the Weavers is on sale for just .99 cents for the next few weeks! Enjoy this fun holiday romp set in the old west!

Olivia: A woman who can’t see her past.
George: A man who can’t see his future.
Samuel: An old man with “friends” no one can see.
The Weavers: A family who sees everything. Or so they think…

 

Amazon

 

 

 

Also for just .99 cents, a fun new release and the first in a new series!

When Wendy Preston spied Jack Carlson in Fort Worth, she thought she was seeing a ghost. But no, it was him, the man who broke her heart. After her father carted the family off to Dallas, leaving Montana behind, that was it. No more Jack. Not. One. Word. But what did it matter? She was supposed to marry another man. It’s what her father wanted. It’s what the family business needed. But seeing Jack made Wendy think. What did she want? The bigger question was, could she stand up to her father to get it? 

Enjoy this quick romantic romp and find out!

 

Amazon

Pam Crooks

I remember when I was a little girl, oh, maybe 7 or 8 or so, I would sit at my grandmother’s kitchen table and gaze up in awe at her new dishes, which were tucked safely away in their own cabinet.

They were the most beautiful dishes I’d ever seen.  My grandmother would use them only for special occasions, of course, and not one of them do I recall attending.

My grandparents led frugal lives. My grandfather was a shoemaker, and these were dishes he bought for her from his leather salesman, probably in the late 50’s.  All in all, she had 16 place settings.

Isn’t this plate beautiful?

After my grandmother passed away, my uncle took her china.  After he passed away, it was my hope I’d finally get the dishes for my own.  I had to wait several years, but at last, they were just recently handed down to me.  

I display a few pieces in my kitchen, and yep, I’m going to use them at Thanksgiving.  And at Christmas dinner.  And at another holiday dinner I’m having.

I’m so thrilled to have my grandmother’s beautiful dishes for my own after all these years, and one day, I’ll be passing them on to my daughters.  They’re a treasure I’ll cherish forever.  Yee-Haw!

 

Jeannie Watt

I just got the cover for my February Heartwarming book, Montana Dad. I love it! Harlequin has created new covers for all their lines and Montana Dad is in the first wave. 

 

Shanna Hatfield

I wanted to give you all a peek at the cover of the first book in my new holiday series, Gifts of Christmas. 
Gift of Grace releases December 12!

Available on Amazon!

Updated: November 24, 2019 — 10:05 am

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!!

Karen Witemeyer

My mad-scientist, steam-engine-exploding hero and piratical, mathematical, dagger-wielding heroine are back and on sale for only $0.99! Yee-Haw! (Sale ends 10/31.)

 

 

The dagger cuts both ways.

Her family legacy or the man she loves.

Claiming one means forfeiting the other.

 

 

Amazon | B&N | Christianbook

Karen Witemeyer & Mary Connealy

If you love western inspirational fiction, you’re going to love this giveaway. Not only do two fillies have new releases in the prize bin, but Misty Beller was a recent guest here at P&P as well.

Contest ends October 31, so enter today!

Click here to enter Bethany House’s Western Fiction Giveaway.

Winnie Griggs

I’m excited to announce I have a new release coming November 1st.

Sawyer Flynn vows to see that the man who murdered his brother pays for his crimes, but becoming the sole caretaker of an orphaned infant sidetracks him from the mission. Sawyer can’t do it all—run his mercantile, care for the baby, and find justice for his brother. He needs help. But not from Emma Jean Gilley.

When her father flees town after killing a man, Emma Jean is left alone to care for her kid brother, but her father’s crime has made her a pariah and no one will give her a job. Learning of Sawyer’s need, Emma Jean makes her case to step in as nanny. 

 

Sawyer is outraged by Emma Jean’s offer, but he’s also desperate and he reluctantly agrees to a temporary trial. Working together brings understanding, and maybe something more. But just when things heat up between Sawyer and Emma Jean, the specter of her father’s crimes threatens to drive them apart forever.

To learn more or pre-order a copy,  click on the book cover image.

Pam Crooks

I’ve just contracted to write two more books (contemporary westerns) in my Blackstone Ranch series with Tule Publishing! 

Yee-Haw!!

 

Book #1 – Buy on Amazon

Linda Broday

The page has turned and I’m starting a new chapter in my life!

I’M MOVING…. to a senior living place!

By next weekend, I’ll have a brand new address.

This comes complete with an extraordinary chef named Carlos!

A maid, laundry service and transportation.

Pure heaven! With all this extra time, who knows what I’ll write about next?

I’m not near done yet!

Updated: October 27, 2019 — 2:22 pm

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!!

Linda Broday and Margaret Brownley

LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS is out!!

Get Your Copy Now!

Find a cowboy to keep you warm these long, wintry nights as you cozy up with six sweeping, epic tales of heroism, passion, family, and celebration from the genre’s most beloved authors.

AMAZON  |  B&N  |  iTunes  |  Indiebound

 

Karen Witemeyer

The first book in my Archer Brothers series is on sale for only $1.99 for e-books! YeeHaw. This book is a reader favorite and coming this Christmas, I’ll be releasing a new Archer novella for the holidays! Better rope this one fast. The sale ends tonight (9/30/19).

 

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christian Book

Shanna Hatfield

Dream of Her Heart, the third book in my Hearts of the War series, recently received the Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in the Inspirational Category. I’m so excited it was recognized in the annual contest because the stories in this series are very dear to my heart.

Available on Amazon

Pam Crooks

 

Book 1 in the Wells Cattle Company Trilogy!  

Zurina Vasco despises Trey Wells for the power he wields over her people and their beloved sheep. But when tragedy strikes, there is no one else she can turn to for help but him.

Trey doesn’t have room in his life for a beautiful woman like Zurina–until the night his father is murdered. Only she can help him find the truth and satisfy the revenge he craves.

Bound by the secrets that will tear them apart, they flee into the wilds of Montana Territory and find a love worthy of legends.

#kindleunlimited

Available on Amazon

Aiming for Love releases TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Book #1 of the Bride of Hope Mountain series.

 

Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world–a world she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, her older sister especially is frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.

David’s parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. David’s father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?

 

 

 

Updated: September 30, 2019 — 8:02 am

Grandma’s Potato Tips. Who knew? ~ Pam Crooks

Who doesn’t love a potato?  Baked, boiled, fried, smashed, mashed or hashed, served with ranch dressing, sour cream, ketchup or just plain salt and pepper, they’ve been a staple in our diets for centuries.

Perhaps it’s only been recently that scientists have confirmed just how nutritious the vegetable is, too, particularly when cooked in its skin with little or no fat.  The potato is heaped with fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, iron, zinc and calcium.

But, of course, our grandmothers didn’t know that.  They only knew it filled bellies and grew cheap.  They also knew it had other benefits as well.

I’ve collected fun little pamphlets about recipes and remedies from our pasts and always enjoy reading how mothers and grandmothers took care of their families using what little they had.  Some were clever.  Some made me frown.  Some grossed me out.  But all were fascinating, and I’d love to share of few from my collection.

Medicinal Tips, in the patient’s own words:

“I had a wart on my hand as a child growing up in Brooklyn.  My mother cut a potato in half and rubbed it on the wart, then she buried the potato.  The wart disappeared and never returned.”

“When I had a headache as a child, my grandmother would slice a potato, put the slices on my forehead and tie them with a bandanna.”

“A potato poultice will give rapid relief from sunburn.  Grate raw potato and spread between two layers of gauze.  Apply to the face or other affected parts  For severe sunburn, a doctor’s advice is necessary.”

“To soothe swollen eyelids, apply raw potato cut in rounds each morning and evening.”

“If there is no broken skin, rub minor burns with a slice of raw potato.”

“When we were growing up in the 1920s (there were 14 of us kids), if we got sick, Mama cooked sliced potatoes on top of a wood stove. After the potatoes were brown on both sides, she put salt and homemade butter on them. We kids thought that was really worth getting sick for.”

**Disclaimer:  These tips are for your reading pleasure only.  I do not endorse them in any way. If needed, please consult your doctor.

Handy tips from the kitchen:

“To rescue over-salted dishes, put some rounds of raw potato in the middle of the dish.”

“Boiled potatoes for a salad will absorb less oil and taste better if you sprinkle them with white wine while they are still warm.  Add the dressing when they have absorbed the wine.”

“Rubbing a raw potato on your shoes before polishing them helps to make your shoes shiny.”

Of course, we can’t have a blog on potatoes without including a recipe, can we?

Cheesy Vegetable and Potato Soup

4 chicken bouillon cubes

1 1/2 cups of potatoes (I add more)

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup diced onion

1 20 oz bag California blend vegetables (or two 12 oz.)

2 cans 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup

1 lb lite Velveeta cheese

1 can chopped chilies

  1. In small stock pot, dissolve bouillon cubes in 4 cups of water.  Add potatoes, celery and onion.  Cook 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook California blend vegetables until tender.  Drain and chop into smaller pieces.
  3. Add to potato mixture and cook about 6 minutes.
  4. Add both cans of soup, the Velveeta cheese and chilies.  
  5. Stir to melt cheese and heat through.

Note:  I made this often when I was on Weight Watchers.  It’s surprisingly low in calories and so good!  You can use more potatoes and Mexican Velveeta cheese but they will be a bit higher in calories.

What about you, your mother or grandmother?  Did they use a potato for a home remedy?  What other home remedies did your family use?

 

Be sure to stop back and see if your name has been added to the list of semi-finalists! 

You can’t win if you don’t comment, right?

It’s Game Day With Linda Broday!

 

Are you ready to have some fun? I sure hope so. I like games and used to play a lot more than I do now. Growing up, my family loved the board game Aggravation (also known as Sorry). In fact, we loved it so much my dad made the board out of a piece of plywood and varnished it. I tell you, it was pretty fancy and well used. Uno is another favorite. My husband and I used to love playing backgammon and he was an expert. I really had to work hard to beat him and it didn’t happen very often.

Playing games is so relaxing and it sure is a good way to create unbreakable bonds. So let’s get to it.

Below are two pictures. Write a caption for each. Very simple and there are no bad answers.

Two people will win a $10 gift card and one person will win the first two of my Outlaw Mail Order Brides books (The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride and Saving the Mail Order Bride.)

Ready, Set, Go!!

 

  

Updated: September 2, 2019 — 2:20 pm

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!!

Margaret Brownley

 

Linda Broday and I have stories in LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS, available September 14th. 

Linda’s story is titled A Christmas Wedding and mine is A Love Letter to Santa.

It’s a great collection, but don’t take my word for it.  Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say: 

“Brimming with holiday magic, this feel-good anthology of historical romance novellas, all centered on the cowboy mystique and second chances, will delight and charm.”

RESERVE YOUR COPY NOW!

AMAZON

B&N

APPLE

INDIEBOUND

Phyliss Miranda

 

Not long ago, Linda Broday and I waited two hours in the blazing sun for the Coors Ranch Rodeo parade. This has been a tradition for decades and promotes our rich history and the real western life by featuring competition between real cowboys from real working ranches in the area. I still call it the Coors Ranch Rodeo, which kicks off the summer in this area, although it’s now overseen by The Coors Cowboy Club. They run the rodeo with the same love and commitment the Reed family and Coors of Amarillo gave it.

The kickoff is a parade that goes all the way through our main street downtown to the TriState Fairgrounds where the rodeo is held. The highlight of the parade is a dozen or so Longhorns, wranglers, a couple of chuckwagons and all types of cowboys and cowgirls. It’s one of our must do events; thus the reason Linda and I sat in the hot sun for so long. Linda took my picture because dumbo me had my camera set as a selfie, so I have about thirty pictures of me with my hair flying in the typical West Texas wind. A fun day for sure.

Winnie Griggs

 

I have a little bit of fun news to announce – on September 3rd, Harlequin is re-releasing two of my historical titles in a single 2-in-1 volume.  Here’s a little info about each book;

A Baby Between Them

For two months, Nora Murphy has cared for the abandoned infant she found on their Boston-bound ship. Settled now in Faith Glen, Nora tells herself she’s happy. She has little Grace, and a good job as housekeeper to Sheriff Cameron Long. Cam has also closed himself off to dreams of a family.
When the unthinkable occurs, it will take all their faith to reach a new future together.

The Proper Wife

Eli Reynolds knows what he wants in a wife, and flighty Sadie Lassiter couldn’t be further from the mark. For one thing, he has his nine-year-old sister’s welfare to consider. But when bad weather strands Eli and Sadie together, he sees a new side to her character. Her faith is true, and she’s filled with humor and sweetness. Could Eli take a chance on happiness and take Sadie as his bride?

To learn more or pre-order a copy,  click on the book cover image.

Linda Broday

I’m going on the road!

On Thursday, September 12, 2019, I’ll speak to the Midwest Romance Writers in Lenexa, KS!

19617 W. 101st Street, Lenexa, KS (suburb of Kansas City)

AND on Saturday, Sept. 14, I’ll be at the McClouth, KS Public Library!

If you’re in the area, come by! I’d love to see you!

 

Pam Crooks

Enjoying the dog days of summer at the lake with eight grand-darlings and two of their friends makes me happy.

Little Gracie who just caught her first toad.

 

And no, I didn’t line them up that way.  It just happened!

 

Taking a break for lunch to quench big appetites.

 

Then back into the water for more fun.

 

Memories like these make me holler “YEE-HAW!” 

Karen Witemeyer

I turned in a new manuscript this month! Yee-Haw!!!

At Love’s Command is the first in a new series called Hanger’s Horsemen. The concept is a blending of The A-Team meets The Magnificent Seven. Here’s a sneak peek of the blurb:

At Love’s Command
Haunted by the horrors of the battle of Wounded Knee, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries to fight for the cause of good. The four men known as Hanger’s Horsemen have become legends in Texas—men who defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of the Horsemen at death’s door, they are the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she’s not used to is having a man readjust his thinking in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Especially not a sensationalized myth who couldn’t possibly be half the man rumors purport him to be. Matthew Hanger’s dedication to the health of his friend during recovery earns Josephine’s respect, however, and when she receives word of her brother’s abduction, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

Matt is no stranger to ruthless outlaws, betrayal, and injury, but when a bossy lady doctor who prefers giving orders to taking them crawls under his skin, his heart is tempted to surrender. And when Josie is caught in the crossfire, Matt will sacrifice anything, even his precious Horsemen, to save her.

CHERYL PIERSON

Hey everyone! I do have some book news but it’s too soon to share it,  BOO HOO–so I’ll share some updates on my sweet boys you might want to see. We just passed a milestone in our family! We’ve had Sweet Seminole Sammy for one whole year as of the 18th of August! (Yes, I gave him and his furry brother Max both a small dish of vanilla ice cream to celebrate, but no party hats for fear of them being eaten, too!) Here’s the first day we brought Sammy home to live with us, August 18, 2018–he was (they thought) about 6 months old. He’d been adopted and brought back because he dug holes in the adoptive family’s yard. What a lucky day for US, because he is the perfect dog for our home! Here he is at the shelter before we brought him home with us. 

And here he is on his little bed–it’s amazing to see how “small” he was compared to NOW. No way he could even fit in that bed a year later!

Here are my two babies in March of this year–Sammy is about a year older than Max, and this was taken on Max’s first day with us, March 11, 2019. Sammy was thrilled from the beginning, and he has been such a protective big brother ever since Max came to live with us. We got them both from the same shelter, but they never knew each other before, as Max came much later after Sammy was gone. This was taken in March of 2019, when Sammy had been with us about 7 months, and Max was a tiny puppy–only about 10 weeks old. He was so uncertain and afraid, but Sammy took him under his wing and made him feel right at home!

 

Here they are this past week and look how both of them have grown! They are best buddies and love each other dearly.

They spend almost every minute together and wouldn’t know what to do without one another at this point. They are such a joy and so much fun to have in our family–always up to something (and not always something good–they are a lot like kids!)

Judging how Max has grown, I think he’s going to be taller than Sammy, but I believe Sammy will always be more muscular. They didn’t know what breeds either of them were, but it doesn’t matter. Their hearts are pure gold, and their breed is LOVE!

 

This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of them. I took this just a few weeks ago. Max has gathered all their toys around him on the floor, looking up so proudly, and Sammy is on the couch beside me with the look that says, “Oh, brother. See what I have to put up with?” But he wouldn’t have it any other way! 

 

 

Updated: August 24, 2019 — 7:21 am