Cowboys of Chance CreekNew Releases • Apr 30th, 2013

The Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride On Sale Now!

It’s finally release day for The Cowboy’s Email Order Bride. Here’s the blurb:

Ethan Cruz should be mending fences on his Montana ranch, but instead he’s driving to the Chance Creek, Montana, airport – to pick up the bride he didn’t know he had. This latest salvo in his ongoing practical joke battle with his best friend, Rob Matheson, has gone too far, and Ethan plans to send his “bride” right back home, then get busy plotting his revenge. One look at Autumn Leeds changes his mind, however. Perhaps he needs a bride, after all. A breathtakingly beautiful city bride.

Autumn Leeds needs a story – fast – or she’s going to lose her lucrative contract with CityPretty Magazine, so when she sees the crazy video plea for a modern mail-order bride for a cowboy, it sounds like the story of the century. Making a video of her own, she casts herself as the perfect mail-order bride for a rancher, but when she finally reaches Montana, she’s surprised to find Ethan’s the perfect cowboy husband-to-be. Against her better judgment, her plan to keep her handsome groom at arm’s length disintegrates into a night of passion spent in his arms.

Ethan knows he can’t…


My Small Town Life • Apr 29th, 2013

I bought a car!

You have to understand that we are thrifty folks. We don’t make big purchases lightly. As a friend once said to me, “You and your husband overthink everything, don’t you?”

Well, you could put it that way, but I think that thinking through major (and minor) purchases is a good thing. Our household monetary policy comes down to two fundamental ideas:

1. Money in the bank = freedom.

2. We are responsible for the consequences of our actions.

Let’s put it this way: consumption = less money + more waste, unless you are really thoughtful about the way you consume. I don’t know about you, but I do a major household cleanup at least twice a year, and until I really cut back on my spending, I would take away bags and bags of stuff no one used anymore each time. A few years back I began to make a concerted effort to change my ways. You know you’re consuming wisely when spring cleaning hits and you have nothing to give away or stock a yard sale with.

All of this to say that deciding to buy a second car wasn’t easy for me. We’ve been a one car family for nine years. It’s worked…


Blog Hop • Apr 26th, 2013

Stop Back Next Thursday For the Cowboys and Sheriffs Blog Hop!

Next Thursday is the start of the Cowboys and Sheriffs Blog Hop, so I hope you’ll stop by then for your chance to win a $10 gift card to Amazon and to connect to lots of other blogs hosting giveaways and prizes!

I’ll be sharing who my favorite sheriff is, and talking a little about the sheriff in my Chance Creek series – Cab Johnson.

Check back next Thursday for fun and prizes!


Apr 23rd, 2013


I sent The Cowboy’s Designer Bride off to my critique partner today, worked on an edit I’m doing for another author, then spent the afternoon creating a bookmark design. I need something to hand out in swag bags, etc., and a bookmark is the obvious answer. I used and was saved by their chat service. Otherwise I would have ended up with a million low-resolution bookmarks which would have been awful.

You can see the design above. I used this image instead of The Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride’s shirtless cowboy in a clinch for the sake of the more prim and proper readers in my audience. As my friends keep telling me, not everyone wants to flaunt around a naked man’s chest on the cover of their reading material – although every single one of them seems more than interested in checking it out when I show them the cover.

I’m happy with the way the image turned out. On the back of my bookmarks is my awesome recipe for mint chocolate chip cookies. Yummy. We’ve been making them so often here that I’m actually beginning to get sick of them. Impossible to imagine, right?

I won’t get my bookmarks until mid-May,…


Book ReviewsReviews • Apr 17th, 2013

Book Review – Pennsylvania Patchwork, by Kate Lloyd

Kate Lloyd’s Pennsylvania Patchwork is the second in a series about three generations of women in a traditionally Amish family. Anna Gingerich has always lived in Lancaster County as a member of the Amish church, but her daughter, Esther, left the fold as a young woman, and her granddaughter, Holly, never even knew about her Amish roots until just recently. Pennsylvania Patchwork picks up where Leaving Lancaster, the first in the Legacy of Lancaster series, leaves off, with Esther being courted by Nathaniel Fleming, and Holly still in love with her Mennonite fiancé, Zachary Fleming.

When the past begins to catch up with several characters, however, both couples’ futures are sure to be affected. Nathaniel’s wife – long presumed dead – is spotted in Ohio and the Lancaster Bishop sends Nathaniel to learn the truth. Meanwhile, a soldier friend of Esther’s husband (who was MIA in Vietnam and also presumed dead) delivers a strange package from him that has Esther and Holly in an uproar. Finally, Holly’s old friend, Larry, shows up when he decides that he wants more than friendship from Holly. Throw in Nathaniel’s younger brother, Armin, who takes a shine to Holly, and you’ve got a tangled web…


Cowboy Novels • Apr 10th, 2013

More Reviews for The Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride!

It’s been such a busy week because I’m writing a first draft of Book 3 of The Cowboy’s of Chance Creek series. That’s two first drafts back to back, or for those of you who like numbers – 100,000 words in one month! (Head hits desk!)

But I had to pass on links to two more great reviews for The Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride. I’m so excited that people are enjoying the story. I feel like I’ve found my voice with this series and that’s good – because I have tons of story lines to go with it.

Wanda McLeod writes, “Really who doesn’t love a sexy cowboy story! But this book was so much more, great storyline and very well written!”

Denise Koopman says, “I loved this book a whole bunch.It really is a good story.I think every person who is a romantic needs to read this book!Read this book!”

Music to a writer’s ears, ladies – thanks so much!


ChickensMy Small Town LifeThe Homestead • Apr 8th, 2013

First Baby Chick Movie – Baby Chick Goes to Sleep!

We finally got our baby chicks today! They are camped out in my office, which is now well over 80 degrees. I’m sweating, but they love it. They were exhausted when we brought them in, and kept falling asleep. Just like human infants, they get tired to the point where they can’t fight it anymore, and they sag…until they’re conked out.

I’m just learning to make movies with my ipad, so this one’s super-short!

Tell me what you think – what else would you like to know about or see. I’ve taken a ton of pictures, too, and will continue to do so each day so we can all watch them grow together.

Check back tomorrow for another movie…..


The Homestead • Apr 5th, 2013

Clearing Brush

When we bought our acre property, it was about a third wooded, with 60 – 75 foot tall trees lining either side of it. I love trees, but a fully shaded lot doesn’t make for good growing conditions. Some of them had to go.

We got our friend Richard in who’s handy with a chain saw and he got to work. At first I was on the side of the trees. I really didn’t want any of them taken down. But then one day as I was at my desk writing a book I looked out my window and one of those 60 foot tall trees on the border of our yard just keeled over while I watched, missing one of our outbuildings by mere feet. I have never seen a tree fall over on it’s own before, and as I pictured one of my kids or my husband under it when it went, I changed my mind about this tree-knocking-over business. Like a bunch of people had been trying to tell me, these are trees that should have been trimmed years ago – they’re at the end of their lives and they’re going to go one way or the other.



Cowboys of Chance CreekUpcoming Releases • Apr 3rd, 2013

The Cowboy’s Designer Bride – First Draft Done!

Okay – that cover still says, The Cowboy’s Designing Bride instead of Designer Bride. The Critics didn’t like Designing. Originally, the novel was called The Cowboy’s Guide to Style and a writer acquaintance let me know today that she prefers that title to either of the others. Sigh. Luckily I have a few more weeks to nail it down. :)

Whatever the title, I finished the first draft on Friday. This week I’ll edit it and next week send it off to my favorite critique partner to help me whip it into shape.

Book 2 of the Cowboy’s of Chance Creek series starts off the day Book 1 ends, and follows the story of two of the characters from book one – Claire Cruz (Ethan Cruz’s sister) and Jamie Lassiter (Ethan’s partner in the ranch). All the other characters in Book 1 are involved in the story, as well. I love that about series – getting to spend more time with characters you like instead of saying good-bye to them forever at the end of their book.

I’m actually starting to write the first draft of Book 3, currently titled The Cowboy’s Imported Bride, tomorrow. Rob Matheson stars in that one, along with…


Cowboys of Chance CreekReviews • Apr 3rd, 2013

Great Review for The Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride

Just got a terrific review from Single Title Reviews. You can read the whole thing here.

The best part? This line – “Delightful story, I thought this was inventive and refreshingly new”

Just what I’m aiming for folks!


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