Love on Target – Pink Pistol Sisterhood Book 2

Years ago, when I first inquired about being a guest author on the Petticoats & Pistols blog, I had a fan-girl moment when Karen Witemeyer replied to me. I’ve been a fan of her books since I first discovered them!

She was so gracious and welcomed me with kindness. I admired the women who were part of this group and wished I could be one of their “Fillies” too.

Sometimes wishes do come true! In 2017, I was invited to join them as a regular author, and I’ve loved being one of the Fillies in their corral of western authors. So, when Pam and Karen started kicking around the idea of a legacy project for Petticoats & Pistols, something we could all participate in, I was excited at the prospect. Then the decision was made to tie the stories in our series to Annie Oakley, which made it even better.

In case you’ve missed all the announcements, our joint endeavor is called the Pink Pistol Sisterhood. Eleven of us have written sweet western romances, all tied to the journey of a pink-handled pistol that Annie passes on to the heroine in the first book, which just happens to be written by Karen. Make sure you read In Her Sights! It releases March 30!

Captain Cavedweller happened to be in an antique shop last fall and found a book about Annie Oakley that he knew I needed to have. Written in 1981 by Isabelle S. Sayers, Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West from Dover Publications features more than a hundred photos, illustrations, posters and advertisements. Being able to see so many visuals of Annie really helped not only clarify in my mind the hero she would be to Rena (my heroine), but also how her influence would help shape Rena’s character in my book (#2 in the series), Love on Target.

When I was thinking about my story and the characters, I knew I wanted it to be set in the town of Holiday, a place that exists only in my imagination, but it’s at the heart of several of my books, both historical and contemporary. (You can read the beginning of the town in Holiday Hope. )

My hero in Love on Target, Josh Gatlin, was a character who had a brief mention in my book Henley. I thought he’d be wonderful for the hero in this story. Since nine years had passed from then, though, I wanted him to have experienced love and loss, and it provided a perfect way to include the character of his five-year-old daughter, Gabi.

Rena is strong and courageous, but she’s also soft-hearted, and whether she admitted it or not, she really, really just wanted someone to accept her for who she was, scars and all, and love her.

Here’s one of my favorite scenes from the book!


“Laura has lost her mind if she believes all this romantic nonsense,” Rena groused as she returned the letter to the pocket in the case and set Laura’s letter aside to tuck into the packet of letters she’d kept from both of her cousins over the years.

“Of all the silly, pretentious …” A snort rolled out of her. “True love my foot. I’m more likely to lasso the moon than I am to fall in love because I held this gun. Although, it is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.”

She started to close the case, but changed her mind and lifted out the pistol. The thought that the gun had been in the possession of her hero, Annie Oakley, made her long to shoot it. Just once.

With a plan in mind, Rena set aside the case, tugged on her boots, and rushed down the ladder. She gathered a pocket full of cartridges and her pistol in the gun belt, which was the same caliber as the pink-handled weapon, and headed outside. She stopped by the woodpile and selected a large slab of bark that had fallen off a chunk of wood, then went to the barn where she painted a red heart on the bark, then added a white circle in the center of it.

She experienced an almost giddy sensation as she carried the bark and the pistols to what had once served as a corral. The whole thing needed to be rebuilt, which was on Theo’s long list of tasks he wanted to finish before summer arrived.

Rena knew he wouldn’t care if she practiced her shooting there since there was nothing behind the fence she could damage.

She used a nail to hang the bark on the fence, then retreated to the burn pile by the outhouse where she retrieved half a dozen tin cans that had once held peaches. It had been a while since she’d practiced shooting targets.

To make sure she hadn’t lost the skill, she lined up the cans on fence posts on either side of the heart she’d painted on the bark, took out her pistol, moved back several yards, and loaded rounds into the cylinder.

After widening her stance, she lined up her first shot, released a breath, and pulled the trigger.

The sound of the bullet pinging the target rang out as the can flew backward off the post. Rena shot the remaining cans, then smiled with satisfaction as she climbed over the fence to retrieve them. She set them back up on the posts, rested for a minute on the top pole of the fence, face turned to the sunshine as she soaked up the warmth. Then she hopped down and riddled the cans full of more holes before she stowed her gun in the gun belt and draped it over a fence post, then took the pistol with the delicate pink handle from where she’d set it on a stump.

“Promise of true love,” she whispered, rubbing her thumb over the handle before she loaded five shots in the revolver and took aim at the target she’d painted. “True love. What an absurd notion. Laura really should mind her own business and cease meddling in mine. If she thinks this gun will lead me to romance, she needs to have her thinker checked for defects. Instead of dreaming of true love, setting love on target seems like a much better idea.”

She blasted five holes in the middle of the white circle she’d painted inside the heart on the slab of bark, taking a great deal of satisfaction in blasting holes into something that represented romance and love, at least in her mind.

“Now that’s some fine shooting, Miss Burke.”

Rena yelped in surprise and spun around, pistol still in her hand as she pointed it at the intruder who dared to interrupt her target practice.



Will romance hit its mark when true love is the target?

Desperate for a fresh start, Rena Burke journeys from Texas to Oregon with only her father’s pistol and a plodding old mule for company. She takes a job working with explosives at a mine, spends her free time emulating her hero Annie Oakley, and secretly longs to be loved.

Saddle maker Josh Gatlin has one purpose in life and that is his daughter. Gabi is his joy and the sunshine in his days. Then he meets a trouser-wearing woman living life on her own terms. Rena is nothing like his perception of what he wants in a wife and mother for his child, but she might just prove to be everything he needs.

When tragedy strikes, will the two of them be able to release past wounds and embrace the possibilities tomorrow may bring? Find out in this sweet historical romance full of hope, humor, and love.

If you were in Rena’s shoes (or boots), what would you do? 

Post your answer for a chance to win a digital copy of Holiday Hope and Henley –

to get you ready to read Love on Target when it releases April 10!

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Linda Broday

Tomorrow is release day!! 


Outcasts, Maura and her sister open an orphanage in an abandoned mission.

She finds a dying stranger cloaked in mystery. Who is this man known only as Calhoun?


A Sweet Historical Romance

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Pam Crooks

BookBub Deal!

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Brock Paxton’s love life is suffering, but there’s no woman around who can cure him—until the raven-haired beauty in stilettos drives into town to help at his family’s vacation resort. Just his luck she doesn’t plan to stay, and though his gut tells him there’s more to her than she reveals, it doesn’t keep him from wanting her more than he should.

Lucienne Dunn is in big trouble, and she has only one hope left to save herself. To please her father and set-up the scheme to buy precious land on the Blackstone Ranch, including the Paxtons’ prized resort, even if it means clashing with an ex-military cowboy…

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?


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Cathy McDavid

I have a cover for my October 2023 release MOUNTAIN STORM SURVIVAL. Whee, hee! I also have a back cover blurb:

A brutal storm. Relentless pursuers. And more than their lives are on the line…

Helping with youth wrangler camp is how Kate Spencer is atoning for her past. But now she and ranch manager Rand Walkins are trapped in the Superstition Mountains with two girls as illegal miners hunt them down. Rand has every reason not to trust Kate, much less forgive her. But working together is the only way they’ll escape from the danger that threatens them all…

And the book is available for preorder:  Mountain Storm Survival Buy Link

What could be better 🙂

Karen Witemeyer

In Her Sights is officially available for preorder! Hooray! You can preorder the ebook version now, but for those of you who prefer print, there will be a print version coming on release day. It will be a slim volume since it is just a novella, but I’m having it sized to match my other books. So if you have a collection on your keeper shelf, this new book should fit right in!

Mary Connealy


Let’s give a fabulous filly welcome to Danica Favorite!

The fillies are excited to welcome our old friend, Danica Favorite! She’ll be rolling into town on Friday, March 3rd!

She’ll be bringing along a copy of her rodeo book, The Bronc Rider’s Twins, and giving it away to a random commenter.

Saddle up and join us as she gives us a little inside scoop about rodeos and families and how competitors are often best friends!

You’ll have a rootin’ tootin’ good time. Hope you can join us!

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Mary Connealy

A New Release! A New Series! Coming Soon

Book #1 of The Wyoming Sunrise Series releases February 28

Forged in Love

When sparks begin to fly, can a friendship cast in iron be shaped into something more?

Mariah Stover is left for dead and with no memory when the Deadeye Gang robs the stagecoach she’s riding in, killing both her father and brother. As she takes over her father’s blacksmith shop and tries to move forward, she soon finds herself in jeopardy and wondering–does someone know she witnessed the robbery and is still alive?

Handsome and polished Clint Roberts escaped to western Wyoming, leaving his painful memories behind. Hoping for a fresh start, he opens a diner where he creates fine dishes, but is met with harsh resistance from the townsfolk, who prefer to stick to their old ways.

Clint and Mariah are drawn together by the trials they face in town, and Clint is determined to protect Mariah at all costs when danger descends upon her home. As threats pursue them from every side, will they survive to build a life forged in love?

Karen Witemeyer

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on some great romance reads, and here’s a fabulous giveaway that can help you do just that!

Enter for a chance to win all 26 books pictured below. Christian romance at its finest. You’ll even find a couple western romances in the bunch, including an autographed copy of my latest, In Honor’s Defense.


Click here to enter.

Shanna Hatfield

If you’re still enjoying romances set in winter scenes, I hope you’ll check out Sleigh Bell Serenade. The story really is fun, and their is a delicious cookie recipe at the end!

I was very excited to receive the news Moonlight Cove won the Creme de la Cover contest last week. Thank you to everyone who voted!

In other news, our six month bathroom remodel project is FINALLY finished! Yeehaw!

I am so happy with how it turned out, but what a process!

You can read more about it and see a before and after video here.

What’s your best / worst home remodel or renovation story?

Cathy McDavid

I guess I decided I wasn’t busy enough in 2023 because I just agreed to write three new books for Harlequin 🙂  The first will be another Love Inspired Suspense, this one for their Cold Case Collection. My heroine, a rookie deputy sheriff, joins forces with a local rancher to help him solve his dad’s eighteen-year-old homicide. The other two books will kick off my new Heartwarming series, The Rocking Chair Ranch. I’ve talked a little about this here at Petticoats & Pistols, but now it’s official, and the contract is signed. Whoo, hoo. Thanks for letting me share my exciting news.

Karen Kay

Valentine’s Day Give-Away.  Come to my blog (Karen Kay) February 14th, and enter the drawing for a chance to win one of these e-books.  Eight e-books (one each from the books listed here) will be given away on my blog on that date, February 14th.

Hope to see you there!





Karen Witemeyer

The results are in! Family Fiction ran their annual Favorite Christian Romance Author poll, and I snuck into the top 10! WooHoo! This vote is strictly aimed at readers, so I am incredibly honored and blessed to have received this recognition.

You can see the full list of the top 40 romance authors here.

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Cathy McDavid

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2023 finds you well and safe and looking ahead to exciting times. I’m only just beginning to recover from the holidays (yes, I put on the obligatory extra three pounds), but I have small piece of fun news to announce. I have a cover for my April 25, 2023 Harlequin Heartwarming release, HER SURPRISE COWBOY GROOM. I do like how they got the hero’s twin daughters on a horse, something I’d requested 🙂

The book is available for preorder, and you can check it out here. Thanks for letting me share.



Linda Broday



I’m so happy to see this beautiful cover for Book 1 of my Hangman’s Daughters series!

An outcast because of her father’s profession, Maura Taggart and her sister open a much needed orphanage in an old abandoned mission. Then she finds a man lying near death and brings him in. But who is the mysterious Calhoun? A lawman? An outlaw? Clues lead to both and keep them guessing until the end. It’s also up on NetGalley.

Coming March 7, 2023! Available for preorder now.

Kari Trumbo

I’m so excited to finally announce I have a title for my Love Inspired Suspense book releasing fall of 2023!! Watch for Deadly Yellowstone Secrets, where a rugged law enforcement ranger and naturalist are hunted by a poacher. I’m so excited for this book!


Winnie Griggs

I’m excited to announce that Her Tailor-Made Husband is available for pre-order.

I’m rereleasing one of my previous Love Inspired Historical books with a new title and a spiffy new cover. It releases tomorrow, Jan 03, and is available for pre-order now.

What she needed was a clean break. what she got was a fake engagement.

Hazel Andrews has been in love with Ward Gleason since she was an adolescent. Her admiration and attraction for him have only grown over the years as she sees his dedication and integrity in action. Ward, however, continues to see her as only a friend. Frustrated, Hazel decides it’s time for a change and accepts her aunt’s invitation to join her in New York. But fate has other plans…

 Ward Gleason had to grow up quickly. Man of the house by age ten, he took on all the responsibilities of a grown-up, including guilt over a family tragedy. Now serving as sheriff, Ward is determined to do the people of Turnabout proud. When he finds an abandoned child, he knows he’ll need help caring for the five-year-old until her situation is resolved. Hazel seems the perfect person to watch little Meg during the day, but when he learns of Hazel’s plans to leave Texas, it’s more than disappointment that settles in Ward’s gut. Could his feelings toward Hazel have deepened without him realizing it?

 When the townsfolk spot Hazel leaving Ward’s home a late night babysitting, gossip spreads, threatening her reputation. Ward offers the perfect solution: A fake engagement until Meg’s family is located, then Hazel can break it off and move to New York.

 Unless he can persuade her to stay. But after years of pushing her away, how can he now convince her his feelings are real?

(NOTE: This book was previously published under the title A Tailor-Made Husband)

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Karen Witemeyer

I’m over the moon excited to share that my novella A Texas Christmas Carol won the prestigious Christy Award! This is the top award for Christian fiction, and I am incredibly humbled and honored to be a recipient. This novella is available as an e-single or in the collection in which it first appeared – Under the Texas Mistletoe.

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Pam Crooks

There are many things in our lives that make us go YEE-HAW!  Some are little, some are big.  For us authors, some are book-related.  Most are not.  But for anyone, a trip of our lifetime certainly qualifies to celebrate and share.

Here’s a few pictures of our journey to the Holy Land (Israel and Egypt) that my husband and I have recently returned from, a journey that was unlike anything we’ve ever experienced!  One doesn’t have to be Christian to appreciate the sights that are thousands of years old with a culture so different than our own.

My husband and me with the Mediterranean Sea behind us.

The Old City of Jerusalem.  In the foreground is a sacred cemetery.

Eighteen curved terraces on Mount Carmel.  Fountains, beautiful lawns (rare to see!), flowers and perfectly manicured hedges claim to be the most beautiful gardens in  Israel.  At the summit is the Shrine of the Bab.

Amazing how the colors have withstood time in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt.


Fish from the Mediterranean Sea which is supposedly the kind Jesus would have eaten.  Here, the fish is fried, gutted of course.  Not much meat on the bones!  Meals tend to be healthier than what we eat here in America – lots of fruits and vegetables at every meal, including salads at breakfast.  Not much sugar and salt.  We saw very little processed foods.  And we were careful not to drink the water!!

Have you experienced a trip that was truly once-in-a-lifetime for you?  If you haven’t and find yourself with an opportunity, GO!  You won’t regret the memories, I promise!



I’m excited to announce I have a new release out. His Christmas Matchmaker is a re-issue of a 2015 out-of-print book The Holiday Courtship. I gave it a spiffy new cover and a new title and released it back into the world.


A guilty secret… Vowing to put her past behind her, schoolteacher Janell Whitman has resigned herself to spinsterhood and she’s erected walls to guard her heart from all but her pupils.

A solitary heart…  Hank Chandler is quite comfortable with his uncomplicated bachelor life. But when he suddenly finds himself the guardian of his orphaned niece and nephew he knows all that that will have to change. Not only do the children need a mother’s love, but he’s not fit to be a single parent. So he’ll need to marry quickly, whether he wants to or not.

A Christmas bargain…  Seeing their need, Janell impulsively reaches out to help the hurting Chandler family. But when Hank proposes a businesslike marriage she draws the line at becoming his wife. She softens her refusal, however, with a counteroffer – she’ll take care of the children after school and help him find an appropriate wife in time for Christmas. After all, how hard can it be?

But as the holiday grows closer, it seems increasingly difficult to find a suitable candidate––not to mention even harder to deny their growing feelings for each other. It might take a miracle for these two hearts to become one, but Christmas is the season of miracles––and love.




I have randomness to share with you today!

Back in October, we brought home two little kittens. Someone dumped a pregnant mama cat at my niece’s house and she already had a cat with kittens, so this brother and sister duo (who look and act NOTHING alike) came home with us. Luna is the tabby. She is a polydactyl (also known as Hemingway) cat with six toes on each foot. Though she be but tiny, she is vicious! And purrs so loud while she’s being naughty. Goose is a beautiful cat with a very easy-going personality. He loves to cuddle and will tap his paw on my cheek. I think it’s his version of a hug. Or maybe he’s just saying “Hey! Hey, you! I’m HUNGRY!” Regardless, they are so adorable and fun (when they aren’t destroying things – like lace curtains), and have been quite a distraction. Every time I mention “training” the kittens, Captain Cavedweller gives me a look like I’ve lost my mind, then starts to laugh. That can’t be good, can it?

Because the kittens are in the house a few hours a day and explore everything when we do let them in, we decided not to even attempt to put up our big Christmas tree this year,. We thought a table-top version would be just the thing. So I ordered a 4-foot tree. When it arrived, it was black. Like all black. Like depressingly black. I think they had a leftover Halloween prop and just shipped it my way. Needless to say, it went right back into the box! Captain Cavedweller, my hero, stopped after work on Black Friday (see how brave he is!) and brought home a beautiful little tree that was already pre-lit.
What would you do with a black tree?

We had a heavy frost here that turned the world around us into a white wonderland. It was so beautiful! I snapped a few shots, but it was especially so neat to see the frost on my roses.

Holiday Hope (the first book in the Holiday Express series – and the imaginary world of Holiday) is on sale for just 99 pennies! It recently won a Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Romance.

Left alone in the world after losing her parents, Cora Lee Schuster travels across the country to the newly-established town of Holiday, Oregon, to become a mail-order bride. She arrives in town to be greeted by her future father-in-law with her betrothed nowhere to be found. When it becomes obvious her reluctant groom-to-be has no intention of showing up at the family ranch where she’s staying, Cora Lee must decide if she’ll follow her head or heart.

Jace Coleman has loved trains since the first time he rode on one as a boy. Now, he spends his days as an engineer driving the Holiday Express line on a new engine named Hope. When a mail-order bride turns up at his father’s ranch to wed his brother, Jace has an idea his meddling father has tried his hand at matchmaking. The longer Cora Lee stays at the ranch, the harder Jace works to keep from falling for his brother’s intended bride.

Will Jace and Cora Lee discover the gift of hope? Find out in this sweet holiday romance full of memorable characters, warmth, and Christmas cheer.

Holiday Hope is the first book in the Holiday Express series, a collection of heartwarming, wholesome, holiday romances brimming with the spirit of the season.

Available on Amazon


Yee Haw I have a new release! Ah, there’s nothing like starting a new series and this is a fun one. My familiar town of Clear Creek has some new residents. The Snow family! Mr. Snow, an inventor from New York, moves his family lock stock and barrel to the tiny town of Clear Creek. Ten children, an handful of exotic pets, (including a camel) his assistant and last but not least, his mother, have been living in the town’s hotel while his workshop, barns, outbuildings, fencing and now finally the house is built. But not everyone in his brood is happy about it.

An Angry Woman
An Unsuspecting Cowboy
And Two Inept Matchmakers…

Wilhemina Snow never wanted to leave her comfortable home in New York nor her friends. So when her father moves the family to a nothing of a town in Oregon called Clear Creek, she’s beyond furious, Unfortunately, there’s nothing she can do about it. Her father runs a tight ship and mutiny was not an option. He wanted his children raised in a small, out of the way town and that was that. But the Snows weren’t your normal family, and Clear Creek, they soon learned, wasn’t your normal town. The Snows kept exotic animals. Clear Creek had strange residents. How could they make a life here? And how was she to get past her anger at the entire situation?

Baird O’Hare had seen some shrews in his day, but none as bad as Wilhemina Snow. She was driving everyone in Clear Creek plumb loco! What was her problem? True, the Snows were a little different and had some interesting pets, but Wilhemina was just plain angry and was taking it out on anyone within reach. What could have happened to her to make her so disagreeable? And why was he becoming so attracted?



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The Fillies


JOIN US for our 5th Annual Cowboys & Mistletoe celebration!  We’re featuring our newest Christmas books, as usual, but this year we’ve got short, simple, and sweet games planned.  One for every filly!  One for every day!  We’re going to make it easy for you to win a Christmas ornament and maybe something more, too.

November 28 through December 1st.  Hope to see you there.  Yee-Haw!



Hey, everyone! I have something to crow about today! A few months ago, submissions were opened in the Western Fictioneers professional writers’ group for short stories to be accepted for a western anthology that was being put together. This collection of stories was a themed collection, about things that might take place on a western trail—such as a stagecoach ride, or a journey on a train, or a cattle drive. Oh, and did I mention, 7000 words was the limit? YIKES. Y’all know, I usually write LONG. But I decided to do this because it was a bit out of my comfort zone—the length and the theme…and y’all ALSO know how I turn most things into romantic stories, right? LOL

I submitted a story called The Abduction of Kalem Elliott, and believe me, I needed every one of those 7000 words to tell Kalem’s story! But, of course, I couldn’t write a story without a TOUCH of romance between the supposed female kidnapper of this young boy and the U.S. marshal who is tasked to bring her back to stand trial.

This is a wonderful traditional western collection of stories that is family friendly and is written by a great variety of western authors, including Terrence McCauley, Vonn McKee, Gail Heath, Jeffrey J. Mariotte, Terry Alexander, J.E.S. Hayes, Benjamin Thomas, Big Jim Williams, Dennis Doty, Edward Massey, JD Arnold, J.L. Guin, Charlie Steel, Jackson Lowry, and James Reasoner. There is an Introduction by Doris McCraw, and the book is edited by veteran author Richard Prosch. It’s available in digital and print copies at Amazon, and makes a great gift. I’m so thrilled that my story was included. YEE-HAW!



Karen Witemeyer

I’m thrilled to announce that A Texas Christmas Carol has been named a finalist for the prestigious Christy Award.


Winners will be announced November 17.

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Linda Broday

A Centennial Celebration!

This past Saturday, Texas High Plains Writers in Amarillo, TX turned 100 years old!! 

I’ve been a member of this organization since 2001 and have learned so much from them.

Actually, the pandemic delayed this. We should’ve celebrated in 2020.

Not many organizations (started in 1920) can claim this milestone.

Laura V. Hamner certainly made her mark on the Texas Panhandle.

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Linda Broday

HOPE’S ANGEL will be out tomorrow!!

Can a man scarred in an accident find the courage to live again and to celebrate Christmas?

A pretty lady doctor fights to heal the scars he carries inside. 



Cathy McDavid

New Release

My October release, BLIZZARD REFUGE, is officially out. I’m pretty excited. This is my second Love Inspired Suspense and 40th book for Harlequin (my 57th published book). That’s reason to celebrate!

Caught in a snowstorm…and a killer’s crosshairs!

A blizzard traps federal witness Kiera Driscoll and her seven-month-old daughter in the mountains with little hope of survival. Until Nash Myers shows up. Nash insists on sheltering them and their US marshal escort at his family cabin. Trusting a stranger feels beyond risky, yet Kiera has no choice. She must protect her baby. But as the storm closes in, so do the threats to her life…



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Shanna Hatfield

I’m so very honored and excited to share that Distracting the Deputy was the Readers’ Favorite Gold Award winner in the Christian Contemporary Romance category.

Sadie brought in a silver medal in the Christian Historical Romance category. I’m so, so pleased! Sadie is in the top five of my favorite books I’ve written (shh! Don’t share that with the others!)

In some other fun news…


Moonlight Cove, which has been in Kindle Vella, will release in both digital and paperback format on October 20!

Here’s a little about the book:

When three lives unexpectedly intersect, magic happens in the moonlight.

Jamie didn’t knowingly step into the middle of a murder and become the prime suspect. When a man washes up on the beach and asks for help, Jamie can’t refuse. On the run and terrified, Jamie takes refuge in the woods behind a storybook cottage in a cove where moonlight dances on the water and through the trees at night.

Brenley Baker had no intention of spending her summer in Seaside, Oregon. But Mimi, her persuasive grandmother, coerces (also known as guilts) her into coming. Brenley has visions of sunburns, stinky fish, and her grandmother’s senile friends filling her days. What she discovers upon her arrival is a handsome policeman chasing after a killer through Moonlight Cove, the property that has been in her family for more than a hundred years.

Time and experience have left Seaside Police Captain Jake Adams more than a little jaded. Naiveté has no place in his life, until a chance circumstances brings a beguiling, shy woman into his world. She’s nothing like the females he’s dated, yet something about her leaves him so intrigued, he can hardly focus on the murder investigation that should be his top priority.

Will an alliance between Jake and Brenley as they fight sparks of attraction, race to catch a killer, and seek what is best for Jamie tie their hearts together?

In case you need a little cuteness overload, here’s a photo I took recently of my little nephew hanging out in the barn at Grandpa’s house.

Happy October!  May your autumn days be joyful! 

Karen Kay

NIGHT THUNDER’S BRIDE, the 25th Anniversary Edition has been re-released in the last few days.

There anniversary editions of the book have been re-edited to correct mistakes in the book that were made when the book was converted from mass market to e-book.


Off to the left here is the newest cover for the book.  Off to the right are 2 other copies of the book.  The First one was the original cover done by AVON/HarperCollins and the other below the first was a cover done by Samhain.

I’ll leave this post with a short blurb of the book.




“Night Thunder has vowed to protect Rebecca. When she is stolen by an enemy, he goes after her. But he can’t simply ride into the enemy camp and kill the guilty. The thieves are malcontents from his own tribe. There is only one way to save her.”




One Week to Go

Coming October 11

A Model of Devotion

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The exciting conclusion to the

Lumber Baron’s Daughter’s Series

She’s finally claimed her independence . . . how far will she go to keep it?

A brilliant engineer, Jilly Stiles has been educated since childhood to help run her father’s lumber dynasty. With the company safe from her stepfather after the marriages of her two sisters, Jilly can now focus on her dream of building a mountaintop railroad–and never marry.

Nick Ryder came into Jilly’s life when he saved her mother from her no-good stepfather, and he’s prepared to protect Jilly from anything that threatens to harm her–as long as he keeps his heart from getting involved.

But when a cruel and powerful man goes to dangerous lengths to make Jilly his own, she must make a decision between her safety and her hard-won independence.

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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


A new Christmas novella releasing October 4!

It’s up for Preorder now! Click on the cover to take you to Amazon.

HOPE’S ANGEL is Kindle Unlimited



Karen Kay

Recently Google gave authors a chance to make their books into an audio book.  Now, I admit the reader is an AI, and they had various different ones.

But, I’ve just discovered that different and various words are not pronounced correctly…as well as other additives or problems.  And so I’ve reduced the price on the audio books from $14.95 to $7.95…about half price.

These audio books are the full book — about 10 hours.  Don’t know about you, but, I love audio books and so if you love to listen to the books, here is a good opportunity.  I have six of these audio books up and available at Google and I’ve attach a link to the audio book.  Again, there are errors in pronouncing words and some cyber gibberish in the beginning of the book.  And, so here are about 60 hours of audio books reduced to half price.











My hope is to bring these audio books to you who love to listen, even if there are some errors from the AI.  Enjoy!

Julie Benson

I have some fun personal news to share…

First, my oldest son proposed to his wonderful girlfriend, Kimberlea, and she said yes! Not only is Kim terrific, but she’s fit right in like family since Alex first introduced us. I’m doubly excited because to add another gal to the family. Dealing with the testosterone of four guys alone, can be daunting sometimes. 🙂

My youngest just finished a run as Perch Perkins in the Sponge Bob Musical. The production was fabulous. The cast was Broadway ready. I keep saying if I had enough money, I’d be the producer and send them on tour. If you haven’t seen the musical, it has wonderful messages about friendship, acceptance, and everyone having something to offer. In addition, the music is toe-tapping, and in the end you’ll feel uplifted.



Lastly, our foster dog Dez, found his forever home. We’d had Dez over a year. He is a fantastic dog–loving, playful, and loyal, but he couldn’t find the right family.


Cathy McDavid

I’m excited to share that the digital version of my June Love Inspired Suspense release, WILDFIRE THREAT, is on sale for the month of September across most platforms (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.) for the smoking price (pun intended) of $1.99. If you haven’t read any of my books yet, I recommend this one. The story is filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and heart touching family drama.

Purchase Wildfire Threat


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

I’m thrilled to share that my novella A Texas Christmas Carol has been named a finalist in two prestigious contests – The ACFW Carol Award and the Holt Medallion.

This novella first appeared in my Under the Texas Mistletoe collection. However, it’s getting its own cover for it’s individual e-single release in September. They wanted to keep with the classic literature look. It’s completely different from any of my other other covers, but I like the throwback style.


Linda Broday

FANCY Will Release in 2 Weeks!!

A Sweet Historical Western Romance

Available in Kindle Unlimited then print a week or so later.


This is #10 of the Love Train series and wraps that up. 

Pam Crooks

No matter how long an author has been writing, it’s always a thrill to get recognition amongst your peers.  After many years of not entering a contest, having HARRIETT be a finalist is super-fun.

Harriett, Book #1 in the Cupids & Cowboys Sweet Romance Series


TRACE, one of my bestselling books, launched the popular BACHELORS & BABIES series, and HARRIETT gets her own story in the CUPIDS & COWBOYS series.

Winnie Griggs



A Sweet Historical Western Romance

Ten-year-old Talulla watched in horror as her beloved brother fell through the ice while trying to save her. Thanks to the quick actions of Max, her brother’s closest friend, she survived. Her brother didn’t. When she overhears Max and her father discussing that she’s to blame, Talulla feels betrayed by those she thought she could most trust. A boarding school becomes her refuge, and she never looked back. Until now.

Widowed father Max is traveling home with his young daughter. Unfortunately, a bad case of travel sickness overtakes the little girl, and Max turns to the conductor for help. When the man finds a passenger willing to share her Pullman section, Max is relieved—until he discovers their benefactor is Talulla, a woman whose last words to Max were an impassioned I hate you.

Can these two find a way to push past their mutual distrust to regain the friendship they once shared. And perhaps something more…

You can learn more or purchase HERE

Shanna Hatfield

Sometimes it’s fun to try new things.

I decided to try publishing through Kindle Vella. If you are unfamiliar with it, you read a story one episode at a time. The first three episodes are free. After that, you purchase tokens to continue reading. The cost of the tokens to read a story is similar to the cost of purchasing a book.

My first episode released last week, and episode #2 releases today. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, more episodes will release.

Moonlight Cove is a little different than my usual books. It tells the story from five different points of view, so each episode is from the perspective of a different person. There is also a murder mystery to solve! There are still plenty of similarities, though, to my other books, like a sweet romance full of humor and heart. Some episodes might make you laugh. Others might tug at your heartstrings. But I hope each one keeps you excited to read what’s coming next!
The story takes place in the real town of Seaside, Oregon.
The cast of characters includes:
Jamie – a runaway teen
Jake – a police captain who moved to Seaside after no longer being able to stomach big-city crime
Brenley – a quirky introvert who comes to Seaside after her grandmother guilts her into spending the summer there with her
Mimi – Brenley’s widowed grandma who needed a change of pace for the summer
Clint – a handsome widower who is in town to work on the beach house (derelict dump as Clint calls it) his son purchased and wants Clint to renovate
Here’s a little excerpt from the first episode:
Without asking questions, Jamie jumped up and started running down the beach. Shouts, both concerned and accusing, blasted the air as people noticed the body on the beach and rushed to help, but Jamie didn’t stop.

The woods seemed far safer than the open beach. Glad for the months spent practicing for track, Jamie’s stride lengthened. Even with lungs burning and muscles about to spasm, with darkness encroaching and rain starting to fall, Jamie kept running.

Sprinting into the darkness, Jamie prayed whoever killed the man on the beach wasn’t set on a second murder that night.

Start reading Moonlight Cove today!