Category: Filly Fun

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!!

Pam Crooks

 

 

So this happened for my contemporary western romance with Tule Publishing.  Yee-Haw!

We ran a sale with Bookbub, and to hit #1 in a category (or even two categories), an author has to sell a lot of books in a short period of time to push her title to the number one slot. Amazon is just so massive, with so many categories, one never knows if it will happen.  The competition is incredible.  Even though the spike to number one usually doesn’t last for an extended period of time, that orange ribbon tends to stick around a bit, and ALOT of people will see it.  Even better, new readers are introduced to my work, resulting in a spike in my other titles, too.

 

Though no longer on sale, A COWBOY & A PROMISE is available on your favorite platform.

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CHERYL PIERSON

Last March, we adopted a “little brother”, Max, for our “Sweet Seminole Sammy” who’d been with us in August of 2018. I just felt Sammy was lonely and needed another dog (and Lord knows, I can never have too many dogs!) Hubby finally gave in, grudgingly, and in March, 2019, seven months after we’d adopted Sammy, my daughter Jessica and I made the hour-long drive to my hometown of Seminole, OK, to pick up Max–a puppy who, along with 5 siblings, had been dumped at the shelter entrance when they were only about a week to 10 days old back in the early part of January 2019.

Hubby worried about all kinds of things–would they get along? What would we do if they didn’t? But in my heart, I knew that Sammy was such a “love dog” he needed to be with one of his kind. Thankfully, I was right! Here’s the picture of their first meeting. At this point, Sammy had been with us about seven months, and was just a little over a year old by all guesses. He took Max right under his wing and has loved and protected him from their first meeting.

Look how little Max was! He was (by the shelter’s guess) close to 10 weeks old when we got him on March 11–approximately one year younger than Sammy. 

 

 

Here they are a few nights ago–how they’ve both grown over this past year! (Sorry about the lighting!)

 

 

Winter fun about 2 weeks ago–Max with snow on his nose (first time for both of them to go play in the snow) and Sammy with a snow mustache! 

These guys would be lost without each other now, and they’ve taken a permanent hold on our lives and hearts! Max’s “Gotcha Day” (the day we brought him home) is March 11–coming up–and we’re planning on a favorite treat that day–a vanilla ice cream cone for each of them to celebrate the happy occasion! (I’m going to have one, too, y’all. Shhh…) 


Winnie Griggs

Fun news – Harlequin is reissuing one of my older Love Inspired Historical titles, Second Chance Family in a brand new 2-in-1 volume!  And better yet, they’re pairing me up with a book by former filly Cheryl St.John!  The book is releasing this month on line and in many retail stores where Love Inspired books can be found.

 

SECOND CHANCE FAMILY

Mitch Hammond is a man of his word. And as far as Cora Beth Collins is concerned, that’s a problem. The stubborn sheriff has vowed never to love again, for fear of wounding someone else. The most he can offer Cora Beth is marriage in name only. And with no other way to adopt two runaway orphans and keep her patchwork family together, she accepts.

Mitch is doing the honorable thing. So why does it feel so wrong? Despite his intentions, Mitch is starting to want more from Cora Beth…and from himself. For in her trusting eyes he sees everything he hopes to be—as a lawman, a father and a husband.

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Mary Connealy

A new release TOMORROW, March 3.

Woman of Sunlight, book #2 of the Brides of Hope Mountain series will ship from online stores and be in bookstores at last!

After years of isolation on top of Hope Mountain, Ilsa Nordegren may finally be ready to leave. Raised to fear the world, Ilsa and her sisters never planned on coming down, but when the Warden family arrived in need, they had to help. And it may cost them everything.

Having made his fortune, Mitch Warden returned home and found the family homestead abandoned. In a land grab, a ruthless cattle baron had forced his family to escape up the mountain, and when he follows, the last thing he expects is to fall smitten to a black-haired woman who dresses like Robin Hood.

Warden is intent on helping his family reclaim their land, but doesn’t realize the risks his past has brought. Dangerous men have tracked him, and rather than risk innocent lives, he’s determined to end the danger. But that means a journey to the city–and when Ilsa insists on joining him, the mismatched pair suddenly find themselves on a venture they’ll never forget.

Karen Witemeyer

I just found out that I was named the #4 fan favorite romance author for 2020 by Family Fiction Magazine. Yee Haw! To see the full list of the top 40 Christian romance authors, click here. Another western romance author, Lacy Williams, took the top slot this year, and fellow filly Mary Connealy made the list at #19. Hooray for western romance!

Karen Kay

I have a new release!

 

 

A vision foretold his tribe’s doom.  Is the flame-haired beauty the trickster or his true love?

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Julie Benson

I just spent the weekend visiting my youngest son in Glassboro, New Jersey. The time has flown. It seems like just yesterday my husband and I dropped him off at Rowan University for his freshman year as a musical theatre major. Now he’s a senior and we watched him in his last performance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s my youngest as the King of the Underworld. Once again his ability to bring a quirky, incredible character to life amazed me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a picture of him in a shorter version of the cap with shorts riding a tricycle because it was in the middle of the show…

 

Phyliss Miranda

Everything’s bigger in Texas … including love.
It starts with a kiss … and it’s .99!
If you haven’t read my latest Kasota Springs Out of a Texas Night  I’m pleased to tell you the eBook is on sale for only $.99 across various retailers for the full month of March 2020!
 
 
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Ruth Logan Herne
 
Well, it’s not a Western, but Ruthy is thrilled to announce the release of Book 3 of her “Wishing Bridge” series “Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge”. This latest addition to this bestselling series releases officially today… and what a wonderful thing to celebrate! 
 
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YEE HAW!!!!!!!!

 

 

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

I have a new book out, just in time for Valentine’s.  The anthology is titled Mail Order Standoff.  If you like mail-order bride stories, then this one is for you. The stories all have a fun twist when the brides get cold feet. 

My story is titled Pistol Packin’ Bride: Attorney Wade Bronson didn’t expect to get shot on his wedding day–and certainly not by his mail order bride…

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More News!

A LADY LIKE SARAH

She’s an outlaw; he’s a preacher. Both are in need of a miracle.

The audiobook just came out and already it’s #6 on Amazon’s Western audiobook chart. 

AMAZON

Jeannie Watt

I have a new book out, too! It’s a sweet romance set in Montana with a single widower dad and his two adorable little girls. I had a blast writing Montana Dad.

 

A new start in Montana

…or new love?

Alex Ryan fled her career, her home and her family to start over in Montana. Somewhere her past can’t find her. Now her biggest danger is Nick Callahan, the gorgeous single dad—and cowboy—next door. Alex can’t let anyone get close to her or her heart. But this particular rancher might just give Alex the strength to stop running from her past…and see a future with him.

AMAZON

Linda Broday

I’m on a book tour with Lone Star Literary for The Mail Order Bride’s Secret

And I Have Rafflecopter Giveaways! Click on the graphic and enter!

 

 

CHERYL PIERSON

VALENTINE READS–OLDIES BUT GOODIES!

Who loves a great Valentine’s Day story? I DO! I love to read them and write them! If there is a more romantic time of year, I don’t know what it is—and it’s especially so for me, since my hubby and I got married on February 10, 1979, almost forty-one years ago! (I’m trying to come up with some different romantic ideas for us for our anniversary, and it’s tough after this long!) LOL

With flowers and candy at the top of the “romantic” list, I always indulge in a guilty pleasure or two and buy myself some VERY romantic stories to lose myself in at this time of year! I don’t have a new Valentine story out this year, but I’m working on one that’ll be ready for next Valentine’s Day, for sure. 

 

Here are a few “picks” for you if you’re looking for some romantic Valentine’s Day reading…

 

 

HEARTS AND SPURS is a short story collection that features nine sensual Valentine’s Day love tales of the old west that will leave no doubt—Cupid is a cowboy, and he’s playing for keeps! How do you capture a cowboy’s heart? HEARTS AND SPURS  includes stories by many of our P&P past and present “fillies”!

OPEN HEARTS by Tanya Hanson, THE WIDOW’S HEART by Linda Broday, COMING HOME by Tracy Garrett, TUMBLEWEEDS AND VALENTINES by Phyliss Miranda, FOUND HEARTS by Cheryl Pierson, THE SECOND-BEST RANGER IN TEXAS by Kathleen Rice Adams (WESTERN FICTIONEER PEACEMAKER AWARD WINNER!) GUARDING HER HEART by Livia J. Washburn, HOLLOW HEART by Sarah J. McNeal, A FLARE OF THE HEART by Jacquie Rogers

What a wonderful anthology this is!

GET IT HERE: https://amzn.to/2u9ORpl

 

 

 

A HEART FOR A HEART by Cheryl Pierson is a contemporary Valentine’s Day novella you might enjoy… 

Kiera Leslie is all set to welcome Cory Tiger into her home as a foster child. Orphaned and with a learning disability, Cory is looking forward to living with his tutor. Until his uncle shows up…

Sam Tiger returns from military duty to find his deceased brother’s son being taken in by a stranger. The boy needs his family—and Sam is it. He never expects the tutor to stand up to him and want to keep Cory. Then the worst happens—he finds himself attracted to Kiera.

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Cupid’s got deadly aim!

GET IT HERE: https://amzn.to/2vGgTJF

 

HIDDEN TRAILS by Cheryl Pierson takes place right around Valentine’s Day in a blinding snowstorm. It was also a finalist in the WESTERN FICTIONEERS PEACEMAKER AWARDS a few years back for best western short fiction. 

 Levi Connor has never run from anything in his life, and he doesn’t intend to start now. After killing the two bandits who’d followed him into Indian Territory, he finds himself wounded and riding through a blinding February snowstorm. With no purpose ahead of him and no past to guide him, he discovers a reason to exist—the beautiful mixed-blood girl who takes him in and heals him.

Valentine Reneau lives in fear that her father will find her someday in the heart of Indian Territory and force her to return to Mississippi to take her mother’s place—in every way. She knows her time has run out when a stranger shows up on her land with two hired guns—and the devil in his plans.

With some unlikely help, Valentine must try to escape the slave’s fate that her mother left behind so many years before. Will Levi kill for a woman he barely knows? The chips are down, the guns blaze, and everything finally comes clear along these HIDDEN TRAILS…but who’ll be left alive?

GET IT HERE:  https://amzn.to/31bhuyI

 

What’s the most romantic story you ever read? There are soooooo many!  If anyone has a “novel” idea on something different and fun to do for Valentine’s Day, please share! I’m wracking my brain! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Pam Crooks

Mark your calendars!

A COWBOY AND A PROMISE will be featured on BookBub for 99 cents

on your favorite platform!

February 14th – 15th ONLY

 

 

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!

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

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…

 

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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!

 

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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?

 

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