Puppy Alert! Zoey joined our family two weeks ago and now all of out shoes are stored above puppy level.
Talk about a new dynamic! We love her. The cats are waiting for her to grow up before they get too friendly, lol. Zoey is an Australian Shepherd, who will help manage the cattle when she gets a little older.
Join me on November 10 for a virtual author chat sponsored by the Cary Library Foundation. We’ll be talking books, writing, and the genre of inspirational romance. My favorite part is the Q&A, where you get to ask the questions!
You must register ahead of time to participate in this Zoom chat, but I’d love to see you there!
To see all the details and to register for the event:
So here’s what has been happening in my world! We live in Oklahoma City–where Halloween time can be anywhere from a balmy 80 degrees to a freezing cold blizzard. With Oklahoma weather, there is no telling what will happen. A week ago today, a “bit of an ice storm” moved in–for THREE DAYS. Yes, for three days we had freezing rain, drizzle, sleet, and more of the same, over and over again. I thought we were going to lose our crepe myrtles we’d planted this year–the ice bent them completely to the ground.
We’d also planted a “bottlebrush” plant that we were anxious to see bloom–of course, it began to bloom about 3 days before the ice hit! Anyway–it’s all gone now, and today it’s 71 degrees! Luckily, we never lost our power. But there are still over 200,000 people here in Oklahoma who are still without it.
My 7th annual Read a Book, Help a Cowboy campaign is in full swing. And to celebrate, there’s going to be a party (there has to be a party, right?)
I hope you’ll join us November 12 at Wholesome Hearts Events on Facebook for the event. Sixteen guest authors will be dropping in to offer games, giveaways, and a chance to connect.
The shenanigans get underway at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time).
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 goYee-Haw!!
Releasing October 6th. Her Secret Song. The grand finale of the Brides of Hope Mountain Series. The woman who’s afraid of everything is falling in love with the most dangerous man in the world. What could go wrong?
Publisher’s Weekly has reviewed the upcoming December release of the first book in my Amish of Hope’s Haven series and they like it! Check out what they had to say HERE
HER AMISH WEDDING QUILT
An Amish seamstress and a single father have a chance to make a fresh start in this heartwarming first novel of a new series.
Spirited, forthright, impulsive — everyone told Greta Eicher she’d have to change her ways if she ever hoped to marry. Then her best friend Calvin, the man she thought she would wed, chooses another woman. Now Greta’s wondering if the others were right all along. Her dreams dashed, she pours her energy into crafting beautiful quilts at her shop and helping widower Noah Stoll care for his adorable young children.
Noah knows it’s time to think about finding a wife. When Greta offers to play matchmaker on his behalf, Noah eagerly accepts. After all, no one knows his children better. But none of the women she suggests seems quite right, because, unexpectedly, his feelings of respect and friendship for Greta have grown into something even deeper and richer. But will he have enough faith to overcome the pain of his past and give love another chance?
The Legendary Warrior Series is now on sale for only a few more days. First book, WAR CLOUD’S PASSION, is priced at $.99 cents and the other three books in the series are now on sale for $2.99. Normally all four books sell for $4.99.
I am excited to share two of my books received honors in the Readers’ Favorite 2020 Awards.
Gift of Gracereceived the gold medal for Christian Romance Historical while Evietook the silver medal in the same category.
Also, I have a new boxed set out, just in time for holiday reading.
The first three books in myRodeo Romanceseries are now available all in one book. Yeehaw!
I’ve had three back-to-back deadlines this year, which has kept me in my office day after day, week after week, month after month, with ver-ry few days off.
But I’ve finished the last book, turned it in two days early, and I can breathe again. YEE-HAW! I’m free!!
After I finish a book, I always thoroughly clean my office. I mean THOROUGHLY! It’s like I’m shedding the world I was living in for months, sweeping away all the ideas, notes, and research books I used, all in preparation for clearing my mind and office for the next book and the new world waiting for me.
My office is my home within my home. I pretty much live in my office. Just ask my husband.
Here it is, freshly dusted, vacuumed and polished.
And these are the books I just finished in that sparkling clean office!
Mark your calendars! Tule Publishing is having a Christmas party with tons of giveaways all day long on October 7th at the Tule Book Club on Facebook. If you are not already a member, it’s easy to join.
Also, I have a new release. A Home for the Holidays is a sweet Christmas romance that kicks off my Holly, Idaho series. The next two books are Once Upon a Winter Wedding, and V is for Valentine. I’m very excited for the this series.
Jason Regan is a man on the go. Excluding his high school years in Holly, Idaho, he’s never settled in one place. Building his engineering company requires a lot of travel, so when he returns to Holly to visit his aunt and pay a decade-old parking ticket, he’s not planning to stay for Christmas. The judge’s ruling changes that—he’s assigned community service at an animal shelter requiring his skills.
Former lawyer Tess Evans moved home to pursue her true calling—managing the Forever Home Animal Shelter. The shelter is chronically underfunded and understaffed. So, to raise money and awareness, she organizes a ‘Home for the Holidays’ adoption event at Holly’s Christmas festival. Getting a skilled volunteer at such a critical time is a gift and Tess takes full advantage. Their to-do list is long, and not falling in love is number one.
As their attraction grows, they keep forgetting Jason’s stay in Holly is temporary. Can Tess, a lonely terrier named Neville and some Christmas magic change his mind?
You all know the problem with writing a LONG book? It takes a WHILE to finish it! So I don’t have new release right now to share, but…y’all know I always have DOG PICTURES, right? LOL We are getting ready for fall around here, though I hate to see summer leave. I don’t dress my dogs up for Halloween, because they would hate it. BUT–I DO buy them a holiday collar to get them in the spirit and give them a jaunty look!
We are ready for fall here in Oklahoma City, but though the nights are cool, we still have some good warm days ahead of us. Just the kind of weather these two love! Happy fall, everyone!
We welcome one of our favorite guest bloggers, Jodi Thomas, to join us for our Boot Scootin’ Special Week.
I was raised Southern Baptist in Texas. Dancing was a sin. Of course my mother danced around the kitchen, but then she’d been Presbyterian and she claimed her feet never changed religions.
Growing up I was told dancing led to impure thoughts. I learned much later that meant sex. So, like a good little Southern Baptist I didn’t dance.
My last semester of high school I sat behind this boy, Tommy Koumalats. Tall, very thin, braces, glasses and shy. It was love at first sight. We spent the semester saying hello and smiling at each other. He was too shy to talk to me.
Finally graduation came and then the all night party. The last time I might ever see him. At long last, he asked me to dance!!
I said yes. Neither of us knew how but we tried and I learned an important lesson. The Baptists were right. I did have impure thoughts for Tommy.
I had them as we dated through four years of college and 49 years of marriage.
I’ve always loved country music. I think that may be why I put dancing in my stories and love writing characters who dance, sing and play guitars.
In the book I just finished, to be released in April of 2021, I have a character who sings and when she’s troubled, the music calms her soul. My hero falls in love with her as he watches her play every weekend. Even when she thinks no one else is listening, she knows he is. She plays for him.
They are two broken people who find one another and fall in love with her music in the background. I think you’ll love Picnic in Someday Valley.
So come spring, turn on some slow dancing kind of music and curl up with my new book.
I’m thrilled and honored to launch this fun new series! The babies from the Bachelors and Babies series are all grown-up!
Charlie McQuade couldn’t be prouder of his older sister, Harriett, for starting her own cattle herd and wanting her own ranch. Her future is bright and promising…except for the one thing she doesn’t have. A husband.
When Harriett learns the shocking secret her family has kept from her since she was a baby, she’s thrown onto the brink of scandal. Worse, she must make the hardest decision of her life for a man she’s never met.
U.S. Marshal Cord Brennan must escort a prisoner to Kansas before he can settle down and care for his crippled father in Texas. But the outlaw in his guard is desperate, and Cord’s careful plans soon threaten to fall apart.
Charlie has his work cut out for him. Can he convince Harriett that Cord would make the perfect husband? Can he keep Cord from going back to Texas? Time is running out…
Book 2 in my Hanger’s Horsemen series is finished!
It is always such a relief and a feeling of accomplishment to get a book turned in. August 15 was the deadline for the second Horseman book – The Heart’s Charge. I’m pleased to report that it is in my editors’ hands. This book was challenging but so rewarding to write. I can’t wait to share it with you!
This is my longest book to date at just under 103,000 words. The editing process might change that number, but I usually stay pretty close to my initial word count. This needed to be a bigger book with 4 POV characters and 2 full love stories going on side-by-side.
There are still several layers of polishing to be done before it is ready for public consumption, but the largest chunk of work is done. Hooray!