Saturday, November 18, 2017

Meet Me in Deadwood




























Join Me in Deadwood Next June!

I’m a featured author at the 2nd annual Wild Deadwood Reads Book Signing and Legendary Events. 

I’ll be signing books, giving out swag, and enjoying some of the Legendary events with you. 

Available are an exclusive PBR Rodeo Behind the Chutes VIP Tour and Ticket Package, an exciting Three-Attraction Sightseeing Trip on a luxury motorcoach, a Meet-and-Greet held on a patio overlooking Deadwood, a scrumptious Breakfast With the Authors, and lots more.

Come and register, choose which events you’d like to attend, book your hotel room, and get ready for a Wild time with me in Deadwood!
 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Book Blitz: PISTOLS AND POPLIN






USA Today bestselling author Kirsten Osbourne knows how to write romance. Each book is an experience that transplants the reader, indulging them in decadence, intense emotion and sweeping love.

Hailing from the state of Wisconsin, she has lived in Texas for over thirty years as a mother, writer, and wife. Married to the love of her life for more than fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and shares that vision with the world.

She writes contemporary and historical romance as well and also ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy, love, and make believe, no matter the location, where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

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Amelia C. Adams is the author of twenty-five sweet Western romance novels, the mother of four children, and the eater of chocolate cake and tacos. Many tacos. Too many tacos to count. Because cheese. And meat. Meat and cheese.
She has hit the Amazon bestseller list three times and has the screenshots to prove it. Even though she’s only been publishing Westerns for two years, she plans to do it forever and ever, or until the cows come home, whichever happens first. She credits her own pioneer heritage for this new interest, and is glad that she doesn’t have to wear twelve petticoats to be considered modest. 

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~ Facebook ~ Website

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Peggy L Henderson is an award-winning, best-selling western historical and time travel romance author of the Yellowstone Romance Series, Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, Teton Romance Trilogy, and the Blemished Brides and Wilderness Brides Western Historical Romance Series. When she’s not writing about Yellowstone, the Tetons, or the old west, she’s out hiking the trails, spending time with her family and pets, or catching up on much-needed sleep. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Along with her husband and two sons, she makes her home in Southern California. 

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Carra Copelin is an award winning and Amazon Best Selling Author in contemporary and historical romances but, unlike so many other authors, didn't write from childhood or read long into the night beneath the covers with a flashlight. She found romance novels as an adult. After reading about a million, she discovered numerous people residing in her head, all looking for a way onto the printed page.
She's a member of Romance Writers of America and Past President of Yellow Rose Romance Writers, plus she regularly contributes to romance blog, Smart Girls Read Romance. She is a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and The Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Carra and her hero live in North Central Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where they enjoy family and their three beautiful grandchildren. In addition to writing and researching with her fabulous critique partners, she enjoys playing Bridge, working on crochet projects, and tracking down relatives through genealogy.    

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A transplanted Scot, Margery now lives on a lake in Canada.

Although she grew up as far away from the old west as possible, she’s always had a love affair with the men and women who settled the untamed land west of the Mississippi. Glued to TV westerns like Maverick, Rawhide and Gunsmoke, and reading stories of Annie Oakley, Roy Rogers and Rin Tin Tin, it was only natural that when she started writing, she wrote what she loved to watch and read. When she’s not writing or travelling in search of the perfect setting for her next novel, you can usually find her wielding a pair of knitting needles or a pool cue.
  
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"Five brand-new sweet Western novellas by five of your favorite authors!


Mail Order Miller by Kirsten Osbourne

No one wants to employ Doris Miller, and no man is interested in her. Traveling two-thousand miles across country to marry a stranger may seem strange to some, but it’s the answer to her troubles.
Harvey Butler’s children are the scourge of the town of Salmon, Oregon. When one of the women of the town insists he needs a bride, he’s certain he could never find someone willing to marry him. When he receives a response from Doris Miller, he’s convinced it will be a marriage of convenience, and they will simply coexist. Will Doris be able to change his mind about his future?

The Risk and the Reward by Amelia C. Adams

Sybil James has worked her way up and is now employed as the ladies' maid for Lady Douglas, a wealthy woman of distinction. When Lady Douglas decides to travel to America to visit her son, she gives the girl a chance to see the world and experience things she could only dream about before.
Grant Douglas is enjoying his life as an American businessman, all the while knowing that he'll eventually return to England to run the family estate. Circumstances force his hand early and he must drop everything to set things to rights--one of those things being the stewardship of a lovely young ladies' maid who finds herself without a home.
Two very different worlds collide . . . two hearts must decide what it is they most want.

Emmeline: Bride of Arkansas by Carra Copelin
Emmeline Weidner was left at the altar by her intended. Seeking to heal her bruised feminine ego, she moves in with her sister. While learning to cope with her new life, she discovers she isn’t content to live the life of a spoiled society woman. Can she let go of her newfound independence when the right man comes along?
Lincoln Bass returns to Flat Rock Point, Arkansas a year after the accident that almost cost his life. His former employer has asked him for help at the lumber mill. He is apprehensive, but feels he owes the man who saved his life. Then he crosses paths with the most delectable, yet bewildering female he’s ever encountered.

In His Thoughts by Peggy L. Henderson
Assigned to a position in the newly formed Yellowstone National Park, life seems like it couldn't get any better for Ben Ferguson. But patrolling for poachers is fraught with danger, and he soon finds his future looking bleak. Images of a blue-eyed guardian angel are the only thing he has to pull him from the edge of death.

Crazy. Worthless. Demon-possessed. Clara Youngblood has been labeled many things by people who cannot understand the challenges she must confront every day within her own mind. When all seems dark, a glimmer of hope appears in the form of a retired soldier.

Ben and Clara wouldn't have chosen the circumstances that brought them together, but they soon discover their importance in rescuing each other.

The High Stakes Bride by Margery Scott

Chloe Taggart has one goal—to leave Rocky Ridge as soon as possible and see the world. She has no intention of ever being under a man’s thumb, and she has no desire to spend her life cooking and cleaning when she could be sailing the Pacific or touring ancient Greek ruins.

Even though Austin Hayward is content with his life on his ranch, it would be perfect if he had a wife to share it with. Unfortunately, there is only one woman he’s interested in marrying—Chloe Taggart. Chloe and Austin have known each other for years, but she’s never looked at him as anything more than a friend.

When Chloe’s father loses his diner to Austin in a poker game, Austin makes her a proposition—her father will get his diner back, and Austin will get Chloe."

Note: the formatting issues mentioned by some of the reviews have been corrected, and we apologize! :)






The Risk and the Reward by Amelia C. Adams

Random Facts:
1.     I absolutely have to check my email first thing in the morning. It’s a compulsion—if I don’t do it, I can’t function.
2.     I tend to write all my books at the very last second. I don’t know why. I keep trying to get more organized . . . it hasn’t worked yet.
3.     Yes, I have worn my bonnet in public, and not just on Halloween. Bonnet likes outings.
4.     Ice water is the most perfect beverage ever. With lots and lots of ice.
5.     I would rather take naps than almost anything else in the world.



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Mr. Withers sat across from them, a stack of papers spread out for easy access. He first read all the parts of the will that pertained to Grant, and then he read the parts that pertained to Sybil. He then took an envelope, passed it across the table to Sybil, and advised her to visit the bank after leaving his office.
“You deducted the money spent on me in America, I’m sure?” Sybil asked as she tucked the envelope into her reticule.
“Actually, I’d like you to consider your time in America as a gift from me,” Grant said. He felt terrible about everything that had happened, and if he could ease his conscience in any way, he would do it.
She turned to him with eyes of fire. “I beg your pardon?”
“Please, it’s a gift. You deserve the full sum of your inheritance.”
She sat up a little straighter. “Do you mean to tell me that I’m to consider the clothing and the stay in the Palace Hotel a gift? Lord Douglas, that might be one of the most offensive things anyone has ever said to me. No respectable woman, whether high bred or low, would accept such personal things from a man. It’s insulting and demeaning.” She pulled the envelope back out and tossed it at him. “I respectfully request that you remove the appropriate amount of money from that envelope, sir.”
Grant was thoroughly taken aback. “Honestly, Sybil, I had no idea—”
“Miss James will suit, Lord Douglas.” Her voice was so cold and her eyes were so hard, he had no reasonable choice but to open the envelope and withdraw some of the money. He couldn’t remember all the sums, so he made a guess and passed the envelope back to her. “Thank you. Now I believe I’ll be on my way.”




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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cover Reveal: CHRISTMAS SECRETS by Donna Hatch




Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.


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Holly's two Christmas wishes this year are to finally win her mother's approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and discovering the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss...even if that mystery kisser is the resident Christmas ghost.


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Loving this cover and now I can't wait to read the book!!!


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Cover Reveal: EVASIVE EDDIE JOE






Come enjoy more of the harvest dance in Jubilee Springs.

My next book in the
Sweethearts of Jubilee Series
will be among those including the harvest dance,
the last official social gathering for the region surrounding
Jubilee Springs.

Below I am proud to share my cover for Book 15,
my fifth book,

Evasive Eddie Joe

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I will not place this book on preorder, but will offer it at a preorder sales price of $.99 on the day of publication, which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31st.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

True Confessions about DEAD SET DELPHINIA




True confessions about DeadSet Delphinia, my latest release (Book 11, and my fourth, in the Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs series).
The title should have been REVISED.


When I started collaborating on this series with other authors who write for the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog, most of us decided we would like to see it as an ongoing series. I decided to write at least 24 books, each with a character whose name starts with a different letter in the alphabet. (Yes, in two books, I would have a set of twins.) I already messed up as far as keeping my books in alphabet order. I came up with a plot for Bargain Bessie, my third book, which starts with her and her mother being in Indianapolis, Indiana on Independence Day, but most of it takes place a few weeks later. However, in my first book, Aaron’s Annulment Bride, I needed a friend to help the bride in that story, Andrea, escape from her father's home so she could come to Jubilee Springs. Her friend was Catherine, or “Cat,” in Cat’s Meow (Much of that story, by the way, was inspired by the image of the kitty in the picnic basket which ended up on the cover.)

 


Back to my fourth book, and back to alphabet order. Its ORIGINAL title was Determined Delia. Delia Brownlee was mentioned in Aaron’s Annulment Bride as one of the two women with whom he corresponded. She didn’t come with the other brides for the Independence Day holiday weekend. The other woman with whom he corresponded chose to marry another miner. Aaron planned to wait until Delia Brownlee could come, but…well…if you already read that story, you know how that worked out.

Time for me to write Delia Brownlee’s story. I had a cover image, a name and four weeks until my publication day. I had no plot, no groom in mind—nada. This book was to be the first of the “Harvest Dance” cluster of stories which takes place the middle to the end of October, 1881. I needed to explain why Delia could not arrive on Independence Day weekend, 1881, but she showed up in time for the harvest dance the third week of October.

CHARACTER NAME REVISED!

Delia Brownlee informed me on the very first page of the very first chapter that Delia was not her real name. It was an alias for Delphinia Blakewell. She was the daughter of a well-known, rich and powerful New York financial investor. After her father discovered she had used her alias to write to miners in Jubilee Springs she contacted through the Colorado Bridal Agency, her mother locked her in her room, put bars on her windows, and kept her there until she agreed to marry the man her parents picked out for her.

TITLE REVISED!

Once Delphinia finally arrived in Jubilee Springs, one of the first men she met was Bennett Nighy who owned the furniture store. Because he made his own wood furniture, and had the skills to nail together a pine box for a coffin, he had ended up becoming the town’s unofficial mortician. This was not that uncommon. While writing my Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series, my research into the history of Lundy, California revealed that in the 1880’s, Andrew Barnes owned the furniture store, built coffins, and served as mortician.
C. F. Bateman in front of his furniture store - Salida, Colorado
Considering Bennett Nighy’s occupation, plus a few elements in the story, the title was revised to Dead Set Delphinia.

COVER REVISED!

I did a cover reveal a couple of weeks before my scheduled release date. Mostly I received positive comments. However, a few readers mentioned they found the hair disturbing. It was way too much, like she was wearing a helmet. I did a little more research of hair styles in the late 1870's and early 1880's and discovered many women wore their hair curly, high on the back of their heads, and contained said curls in either their bonnets or a fabric head wrap.

Hence, a little photo-editing later, I added a head wrap to the hair. The hair is just as high, but at least the head band breaks it up so it doesn't look like a football landed on her head. 

If you wish to see some of those hair styles which influenced this revision, please CLICK HERE to visit my post on the Cowboy Kisses blog titled "Frou-Frou Hair."

RELEASE DAY REVISED!

Originally, the Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs series was intended to be a collection of novellas 20–25,000 words in length. I found with the first book I do not do well “writing short.” That book came in at 36,000 words. The other two were shorter, but well over 25,000 words.

I looked at the four week deadline to finish Dead Set Delphinia and told myself—Zina, you have got to write a shorter story. You don’t have enough time to write 36,000, or even 28,000 (Cat’sMeow, my shortest in this series) words.

Didn’t happen. It was a week before I needed to have this published, I was already way over 50,000 words, and I had chapters to write. Publication day came, I was up to over 66,000 words, I still have one last chapter to finish, I still needed to go over the entire manuscript for obvious errors, and it goes without saying I have run out of time to get the finished manuscript to my line editor for final editing.


Hence, my revised publication date, which was last Saturday, September 30th. The book is out now, just under 67,000 words in length. Most of the errors in the first publication upload have since been cleaned up, and I am ready to move on to writing my next book, Evasive Eddie Joe. Hopefully, that one won’t also earn the distinction it should have been titled REVISED.