Thursday, February 22, 2018

Welcome to Lisa Freed







Lisa was born and raised in Pennsylvania before moving to Delaware to marry the nicest man she had ever met. A happy stay-at-home mom to 2 kids and 2 cats, she enjoys taking as many long walks on the various beaches of Delaware in search of sea glass as she possibly can.

From middle school on Lisa would sneak her mother's romance books out of the house to share with her friends in covert operations that involved switching covers and secretive brown bag hand-offs in the halls. With such beginnings is it any wonder that the next step was writing and sharing those stories at the lunch table with her pals? And now with you?

Lisa is a long-time fan of Fabio as his image is what drew her into the pages of various historical romance novels. She has yet to meet him, but that is a bucket list item.


https://www.amazon.com/Scarred-Heart-Lisa-Freed-ebook/dp/B078FGX1YZ

 


 
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His Hidden Agenda
Amanda James may be short, curvy and full of blonde ambition, but when her advertising job is in jeopardy her good cheer takes a decisive nosedive. Dimitri Christakos, a dark and charming wine merchant from Greece, seems the answer to both her company and her love life's salvation, but Amanda isn't sure just what hides behind his amazing dimples. His timing impeccable, his ardor overwhelming, and his house and country amazing, Amanda is suitably enchanted. Her job is saved, her heart but a whisper from surrendered, when Dimitri's old fiancĂ©e Rena Siannas’ reappears ready to claim the man she jilted all those years ago. Could a man like Dimitri be content with a spunky New York working girl when the luscious Greek model Rena is all a man could want? 



Scarred Heart
Quentin thought he had put his past as country singer Jackson Rose behind him after a horrific fire eight years ago left him scarred. Yet when the best cinnamon bun baker in town Carol Langston revealed she knew his secret, he strangely found himself resisting the old familiar urge to run and hide. Something about the gentle redhead inspired trust and despite his efforts to dig his boot heels in she kept dragging him out. Several years spent in solitude hadn’t taught him much other than loneliness was getting old and Carol looked oh so right. But she wanted Jackson Rose the legend, could she ever love Quentin Rose the man?

 

Coming in 2018


The Miner’s Return
Kat Gavenstone, having already written several best-selling books based on disasters, decided to tackle one close to home, The Gavenstone Mine cave-in of 1839. Forty-eight coal miners were killed, or at least that’s what the records said until the mine’s foreman Tristan Davies walked out in 2018 looking decidedly alive. Tristan cannot believe the passage of time nor the lies surrounding the cave-in, it was no accident. Will Kat help him expose the truth or is she merely concerned with meeting her deadline?


Undercover Psychic   

Teresa Ashford just wants to run her cat rescue, Whisker Kisses, and enjoy chocolate. Ok and maybe some quality time curled up with a good book. Instead she’s caught between her pushy hot neighbor Lance and the spirit of her dreams Victor. Victor’s been there since she was a teen and other than lacking a physical body he’s all that a woman could want. Lance, most definitely alive and obnoxious, is just sweet and pathetic enough to weasel his way into her bed but can she trust him with her secret?


Growing Up with Ghosts

Follow along as Lisa shares her ghostly experiences. From a young age on she’s been surrounded by spirits.  Several sweet and helpful, but unfortunately, as in life, not everyone you meet is nice. Never knowing when a nasty smell in a narrow hallway will lead to a run-in with a rotten-faced ghost or the silvery tinkling of bells at Christmas announces a departed family member visiting for the holidays. From dark shadows lingering in doorways, to strange radio broadcasts drifting up from the basement enjoy these stories with the lights on.

 



Monday, February 19, 2018

Welcome to Katie Baldwin!








A Kiss To Build a Dream On-a sexy fairy tale

A freak plane crash has left Bethany Michaels alone in the world. A young woman without family, she leads and isolated existence, with only one close friend. But in her dreams, she is outgoing, she is sexually confident and, most importantly, she is not alone. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. her life is routine, her love life non-existent. There hasn't been a glimmer of romance in the air before Hollywood bad boy, Aidan Shannon, comes to town and literally falls at her feet. An instant connection between the solitary librarian and the paparazzi-chased actor has Bethany finally experiencing true, white-hot passion. Can she protect her heart from the famed Irish Rover?

To Aidan Shannon, Bethany is an amalgam of all he considers perfect in a woman. She is voluptuous and nurturing; fragile, yet steely. And that is a problem from a man who never wants to be tied to another woman again.
 



Excerpt:
Well, either she was a crazy fan about to poison him or she was a shapely woman who was about to save him from a diabolical hangover. In for a penny, in for a pound. He eyed the tea one more time before making a decision.
Aidan carefully sipped the tea, unsure what to expect. Before the liquid touched his lips, his stomach clenched. This was going to be dreadful. Not even someone with his acting skill could pretend this tasted good.
“Drink it all, Mr. Shannon, or it won’t help,” the sweetly militant voice cautioned.
“It tastes worse than it smells,” he said, trying not to whimper. But then he realized she had said “Mr. Shannon.” He sighed. “It appears you know who I am.”
“Are you kidding?” The woman before him giggled softly. “The entire town is in ecstasy because you guys are filming your movie here.” She paused as she narrowed her eyes. “Wait a minute. Don’t try to distract me; drink your tea. How about this…? If you drink it, I will make you some eggs.”
He considered arguing but drank the whole thing down like a shot of whiskey.
“Good!” She looked as if she were trying not to laugh when he immediately grabbed the bottle of water and drank a giant slug from it.
“I left a towel and a new toothbrush in the bathroom. Why don’t you take care of yourself, and I’ll meet you in the kitchen.”
“Well, thank you, Ms…?”
The woman smiled. “I’m Bethany Michaels, Mr. Shannon. You are in my home. I found you singing away last night on a bench by the library where I work. I didn’t recognize you right away, I’m sorry to say, but once I did, I tried to get a cab to escort you back to your hotel, but you refused to go. You see…” She paused, as a sweet blush bloomed on her face. “You apparently thought that you and I were going to…to…well, you know. After convincing you that I did not want to “ride the Aidan train,” as you so delicately put it, you somehow convinced me to take you to my place—I’m still not sure how you did that—and you ended up asleep in my guest bed.”
Aidan grimaced. “Ms. Michaels, I—”
“Call me Bethany,” she said, patting him soothingly on the shoulder.
“Bethany, thank you for taking care of me. It means more than you can possibly know.”
“You’re welcome. I admit I’m a fan and am happy to help. I’ll give you some privacy now.”
“Bethany, you’re to call me Aidan then, right? I’m terribly sorry about the ‘train’ remark. Whiskey makes me incorrigible,” Aidan said, smiling.
“Let’s pretend it never happened, shall we? I’ll leave you alone so you can shower.”
“No need to leave, I mean…”—he glanced beneath the sheets at his unclothed body—“you’ve seen me naked so…”
“No! Mr. Sh—I mean Aidan, I most certainly have not! You disrobed yourself after I had already closed the door.” Then she paused, her face reheating. “I mean, well if you don’t count seeing you naked in Robot Warrior. But of course, you don’t mean that. I should go.”
“Bethany, a movie or last night, you’ve already seen me. No need to leave.”
“Are you still drunk? Because you still seem pretty incorrigible to me.”




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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Welcome to Cowboy Author Clint Clay!















A collection of short stories that are sure to satisfy the western reader.





This is another set of exciting western adventures where a lonely man finds hidden confederate gold, a sheriff has an encounter with the Bloody Benders and of a 1970 cattle rustler. You will never know where the trail will take you as it twists and turns in the exciting western stories.













This is another exciting western adventure by author Clint Clay. Revenge is just that pay back. The Bloom detective agency is hired to find thieves and has been very successful in their devours that take them into the cities and the vast western frontier. The agency had started out slow but when Detective Bloom discovered a solved a big case the business boomed and received numerous contracts. They needed to expand and a new detective was hired and trained. Several seasoned detectives work for the agency and found it to be more exciting and beneficial than working as a deputy or U.S. Marshal. These detectives bring in the suspects and solve the crimes, but their lives are in constant danger.








The Marshal series all in one complete collection.




Meet the Author

Clint Clay is a true gentleman of the west who believes in the cowboy code and riding true to the brand. It seems he was born on a horse, for he has had them all his life never remembering a time he was without them. The author enjoys team roping and trail riding across the American landscape. He visits locations across America to ride the beautiful trails that still exist in many parks and private ranches that occupy the United States.

He loves to team rope with his pards and owns some of the best horses in the country. He and his beautiful bride have a small ranch that is nestled down in the southeastern part of Kansas near the mighty Neosho River. They are native of this area and have raised a wonderful family.

 His writing career started with his composing poetry, for his wife Debbie. She adored his poems and encouraged him in his writing. Starting first as a poet he progressed to writing western short stories and novels. He has several best sellers. His nom de plume is Clint Clay with the first under that name being Bounty Hunter for Hire.

He has numerous books published in the western genre both poetry and fictional stories. He loves both and has always been an abet reader of westerns. His favorite writer Louis L’Amour has been influential to him. There are many other writers out there that he loves and he doesn’t always read westerns.

 Clint feels it’s the experience of really feeling the wind on one’s face, hearing the squeak of saddle leather, and really being in the elements that helps his creative writing. “You can’t make up how the fresh air and riding into the wind feels, the smell of the campfire, cattle or a horse.

Clint’s last releases have been Texas Lawman The Guns of Blood Pass, Bounty For The Renegade and a box set from Dusty Saddle Publishing A Town Without Pity and another box set From Outlaw’s Publishing Marshal both Dusty Saddle and Outlaws are leading Publishers in the western book Market.



Monday, February 12, 2018

Welcome to....Author Maggie Carpenter





STRICT AND SHIRTLESS. WILY AND WILLFUL. SECRETS AND SIN.
Running for her life, green-eyed, copper-haired, Violet Parker has just arrived in Brownsville, a tiny town northwest of San Francisco, and as she climbs out she's astonished to see a ruggedly handsome man naked from the waist up. The sight of his muscled arms is enough to make her weak at the knees! As he approaches a hot blush creeps across her face, and she can scarcely believe it when he introduces himself as the Sheriff.

Cooper Dalton runs his town as he sees fit. Justice is quickly administered and strangers scrutinized. A misbehaving female might well find herself over his knee, and though he's drawn to the beautiful young woman, his instinct tells him she's harboring a secret.

He's right! 

A dastardly detective is determined to see her behind bars. Twice he has had her in his clutches. Twice she has escaped. Knowing she might not be so lucky a third time, she's decided to hide in a small town under the name Rose Hamilton

But he is hot on her trail! No-one is going to stop him! He is going to drag her back to the city!


If you love a take-charge hero and a heart-warming western romance SHERIFF is for you. Surrender to the steamy desire, the humor and excitement of this steamy love story. If you enjoyed COWBOY, and want to discover the wild in Wild West, click the link today. 







SHERIFF
His Town. His Laws. His Justice.
I made this just a little bit ago, he said, moving across to a small stove in the corner. I think youll like it. I have a special way of brewin. I even have china cups.

Im impressed. How did that happen?
I often have folks in for coffee, and one of the ladies decided I should have somethin decent to serve it in. Here you go. Have a seat.
Thank you, Sheriff, she said, settling into the chair in front of his desk.
To her surprise he walked directly in front of her and perched on the edge. His bare chest and bulging biceps were alarmingly close, and they werent just making it difficult to think clearly. She found herself imagining how dreamy it would be to rest against his muscled body, and have his arms wrapped around her.
I reckon youll be doin some shoppin, he began, breaking into her salacious thoughts.
What makes you say that?
You arrived with only one bag. Surely youll be needin some more clothes and shoes and what not.
I have a special way of packing, she said, tilting her head to the side and holding his gaze, and that bag may look small, but it holds a great deal more than you might think.
Is that right?
It is, Sheriff.
Does that mean youve had to pack often? Did you and your husband travel?
We did, and he didnt like me bringing more than one suitcase. Im used to traveling without a lot of baggage.
Huh. What line of business was he in?
Sheriff, she said, rising to her feet and standing eye to eye, why are you asking me all these questions?





Award-winning and best-selling author Maggie Carpenter has published over fifty romance novels. Her readers describe her work as, romantic, funny, suspenseful, beyond a five-star read, and exciting romance with a ton of surprises.
Her work includes a best-selling twelve-book contemporary cowboy series, Cowboys After Dark, (http://amzn.to/2ihCNtp), a warrior fantasy trilogy, Warriors After Dark, (http://amzn.to/2iE0cDa), and several Victorian romances. His Willful Bride was a #1 best-seller for many weeks and a BookBub Feature Deal. Her most recent series, Alpha Male Masters, (http://amzn.to/2vyj5go) offers undercover agents, bodyguards, cowboys, barbarians, Harley riders and billionaires. Her smart, witty, strong-willed heroines bring unexpected challenge, mystery and humor into the lives of passionate, take-charge men.
Maggie has a history in show-business both in front of and behind the camera, but moved from Los Angeles to pursue her writing. She is an equine enthusiast who rides every day, and writes until the wee hours of the morning when her eyes close only because they must.
This author loves to hear from readers. You can contact her through her website: http://www.MaggieCarpenter.com. Find her on Amazon at www.Amazon.com/author/maggiecarpenter, and to sample her work for free and subscribe to her newsletter go to http://www.3FreeBooks.com

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Journey West by Wagon Train





 
The Journey West by Wagon Train 
Just a bit of History
In 1803 the United States expanded West with the Louisiana Purchase. Later with the assumption of lands gained with the Texan Annexation (1845) and the Mexican Cessation (1848) the opportunity for a new life for many was opened. With the claim of the Oregon Country (1847) hundreds of families ventured West by wagon train to the fertile lands of the Oregon Territory. Government pushes to settle American Pioneers on the newly claimed lands found hundreds of men, women and children leaving Independence Missouri for the chance at a new start. Reports of lands rich in soil and a farmer’s paradise resulted in the first wagon trains arrival to Oregon in 1843, before these lands were actually acquired.
The Push for Westward Expansion
The push to stretch America from the East to the West coast didn’t always warn of the hardships of such a journey. Preparing for the trip most often required selling land and leaving life’s luxuries behind. Selling one’s farm was a gamble but most of those willing to make the journey often banked on the produce of the land they planned to farm. Many sold their land and homes at a loss to set out on a journey that would was for many the biggest hardship of their lives. Many heading West with the first wave were promised 640 acres of prime farmland but the government Donation of Land Act cut the number of promised acres in half only a few years later. A man could claim 320 acres for himself and the same amount could be claimed by his wife in her own name. Women interested in the ownership of land were often enticed West for the same reason this number would later decrease to 160 acres for a man and the same for his wife, however around 1869 The Homestead Act in Oregon changed things for women. Even before they had the right to vote, women over twenty-one who were the head of the household were able to receive homestead patents for gaining their own land. Most often these women were widows, those with disabled husbands, and many of them single women.
Preparing for the Journey
The purchase of tickets by train to Independence Missouri in its own right could be expensive and the costs of a sturdy wagon, a team of oxen or horses and supplies didn’t come cheap. Those seeking to make their own fortunes off the families arriving to Independence sold some of the finest wagons and provision. The costs for even a small family’s provisions for the trip could easily run in excess of $1200.00, a great deal of money at the time. The journey of 2000 miles and more than 5 or 6 months didn’t come cheap though many families saved for years and then sold all they owned in hopes of making the payoff with hard work and successful crops once in the Oregon Territory.
Some wagon trains were composed of over 200 wagons though most were as small as 30. One of the most used types of wagons was called the Conestoga which was referred to as the camel of the West. These were less robust but stable in comparison to others. Less could be packed so bare essentials were planned for and the rest left behind. A cumbersome wagon loaded too heavily with unneeded provisions was the reason the trails west were often littered with furniture and items from homes that had been left behind. Preparations for such a journey meant a man often hired another to help on the trial, paying in full for the helps journey in exchange for “Man’s work”. Such a trip could be brutal though women often helped by working hard right alongside their husbands. Preparing for a trip of months across terrain from mountains to deserts in weather conditions that were at best unpredictable was at best dangerous for all involved but not fully limited to the list below:
Supply List
Tools-Hammers, nails,
Barrels of food staples
Rope and lot’s of it
Cast Iron pots, skillets, eating utensils and plates
Weapons for hunting and protections-shotguns, rifles, pistols, knives, bullets, molds and lead
Medications and bandages
The Family Bible
Bolts of cloth and linen and sewing kits
Plant cuttings for growing on the new land along with seeds and garden tools
100 pounds of Flour
70 pounds of bacon
30 pounds of hardtack, beans rice, coffee, sugar, dried fruits, baking soda, vinegar
Eggs and good China were packed in barrels of corn meal to keep them from breaking
Blankets, pillows, tents, poles and stakes
Canvas and Hickory Bows for the wagon itself
Lanterns and fuel
Pens papers books
Pipes and tobacco
Scopes, coins and money
Shaving items soaps and perfumes
Extra clothing, shoes, boots and socks
Saddles and leather for repairs
Livestock and feed

Dangers Along the way
A family headed out on a wagon train could at best plan for less than a hazard free journey. A lot of planning was needed to choose the right time of year for making the journey west. If a wagon train left too early there was the chance that grasses would not be available along the way for the livestock making the journey. Nothing to feed livestock on a 2000 mile journey could devastate a train and leave the travelers stranded. Leaving too late in the year meant the chance of trying to cross the mountains in inclement weather where at times the snow and ice were impassible and incredibly dangerous. Exposure ended many a travelers’ journey when not prepared or choosing a wrong course. Broken wagon wheels and sick oxen often ended many trips west. River crossings could often end up in the loss of lives if waters were higher than predicted and or wagons washed away with family members inside. There were ferries to charter wagons across but the costs could sometimes be high.
While rare, Indians attacks did occur, however, many tribes welcomed wagon trains as they were interested in trading. At times horses or other items were stolen by the Indians which often ended in bloodshed for both sides. Over the years the relationship between the wagon trains and Indians slowly deteriorated and by the 1890s with the Indian’s having lost their way of life, tensions continued. But it seemed the Indian tribes had more interest in fighting each other than in the immigrants traveling west by Wagon train when it came down to it. There were also the occasional wild animals to deal with which included, wolves, coyotes, bears, snakes and even buffalo that became dangerous during a stampede.
Numbers of men, women and children succumbed to disease and illness while on the journey West. Cholera being one taking numbers of lives due to unclean conditions and water. Lack of physicians and access to needed medical care was often left to others in the train that had no experience. There were doctors who made the journey, but lack of clean water and well prepared foods added to the demise of hundreds. Those at most risk were the elderly and the very young as well as pregnant women who only had the help of other women or perhaps a single midwives who had no resources along the trail. Alkaline water was also an easy way to find the oxen sick or dead by morning. It was imperative to find good water sources.
One of the little thought of dangers was crossing paths with a family who had decided to return home, those who had not found what they thought that would in the new part of the country. The tales of lost wagon parties such as the Donner Party (A wagon train that took a less popular route and found it closed off due to inclement weather and thus were stranded for months, those that survived resorting to cannibalism in an effort to survive) could be responsible for a family turning back for Independence.
The Daily Routine
The first part of the journey West on a trail was usually easy with flat terrain giving those new to the trail the chance to establish routines with required daily chores. It was often on the first part of the journey where those not use to the trail or caring for animals were forced to learn how to handle a team of oxen or horses. Hitching animals to a wagon wasn’t easy and the maintenance for the needed hardware was almost never ending. The animals needed access to food and water along any trail and often time trains rode along water’s edge to make sure the animals had what they needed to survive. The maintenance of the wagon itself could tax the men working the train and the first part of any leg of the journey was a time to establish the daily rules and responsibilities of being on a train. Children often held their own responsibilities such as milking or carrying water from streams and rivers. Children would gather berries and other food staples that were easy to find on the train. Some of the Wagon Trains held a few hours each evening for school for the children. Children might also use slates to practice sums while riding in the wagon along the way.
An average day on the wagon train would look something like this:
4:00am
Wagon Master fires shots to wake the camp of circled wagons which served as a nightly barricade from Indians or other attack. Fires were started. Oxen were herded to the wagons and yoked for the days’ journey.
5:00-7:00am
Breakfast. Yoking teams. Tents folded and stored. Wagons loaded
7:00am
Wagons pulled out for the days’ journey. Women and children often walked along with the wagons. Men and boys on horseback rode the lines in protection and to make sure wagons kept up and herded animals along.
12:00pm
Lunch break Wagons stopped. Oxen were turned loose with yokes on to feed. Leaders often huddled to deal with any issues that had arisen since the day before.
1:00pm
The wagon train pulls out again and continued until a spot of the nightly parking was found most often before darkness set in.
Evenings after sundown
Children often played as women prepared the evening meal. Adults gathered to talk in groups. There might also be dancing and singing after the evening meal.
Nightfall
The men took varying shifts of standing guard each night and until the gunshots of morning woke the train. And then the wagon train would start all over again for the next 5 to 6 months it would take to arrive along the to Oregon territory



Food Preparation
Dried Buffalo dung was often collected as it burned easily to start a camp fire for meals. This readily available resource burned quickly with little smoke. Gun powder was often used to get a flame started on a fire. Iron skillets were most often used for cooking all the needed meals, that and the open flame for roasting meats. Most carried flour and baking soda and dough could be created for breads, biscuits and pancakes or johnnycakes. Meal often consisted of dried meats, bacon and even dried beans, all of which were easy to store and carry for the journey. Frying meat often meant it was easy to add a little flour to create rues with the drippings and hearty gravy could be made to cover the dryer breads and beans. Water could often be polluted so coffee was the drink of choice even for children. Boiling the water kept sickness down and coffee could cover the smell of old water. The prairies were rich in game. Small birds and game were readily available. Rabbits, Prairie chickens, pheasants, antelope and big horn sheep as well as buffalo. Buffalo unless stampeding were an easy target given their size and lack of running when in danger. The buffalo would later suffer drastic losses in numbers simply for their hides, but in the early Wagon Train years one buffalo could feed the whole train and little was wasted.
On arrival to their destination, exhausted families relished in actually finding a bit of civilization again. With small towns waiting, needed provisions could be restored. Once this was done, families were often on their way to the land they had to claim and then it was time to plan and build a home before the winter came. Home in the area would be made of wood and or a combination of sod, bark and even animal skins until finer homes could be established. Often families had to help each other survive the first years until crops could be planted, harvested and sold at market. Families who survived the hard journey intact often found starting from nothing difficult, but many of those that endured thrived when given time.
 It seems the short time of the 1800’s and early 1900’s summarizes the expansion West for those who made the journey on wagon trains, but the arrival of the transcontinental railroads would go on to end the vast numbers arriving by wagon. But those who made those long hard journeys by wagon are the ones responsible for developing a lot of the cities that still exist today.