Saturday, March 31, 2018

Welcome to Author Davalynn Spencer!



Wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, Davalynn Spencer writes cowboy romance set along the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. She is an ECPA and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author and winner of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction, as well as an award-winning rodeo journalist and former crime-beat reporter. Davalynn makes her home in Colorado where she caters to Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. She loves hearing from her readers and can be reached via her website at  http://davalynnspencer.com/

 


Historical Western Romance

Love hadn’t brought her to Colorado.

But it might be the one thing that keeps here there.

 

Widowed before she says “I do,” mail order bride Mae Ann Remington does the only thing she can in a new town with no family and no means—she proposes to a stranger.

 

Rancher Cade Parker is at the bank to withdraw cash for his wayward sister, not find himself a wife. But that’s exactly what happens after a robbery leaves a man dead and the headstrong bride with nothing but a bold business proposition. Convinced he’s gone loco, Cade accepts Mae Ann’s offer, and is soon teaching the city gal to ride, shoot, and do what he tells her. She manages the first two fairly well, but gets her back up at the third.  

 

A greedy neighbor’s land-lust challenges Mae Ann’s inheritance of her former intended’s run-down farm and sends Cade and Mae Ann to court and into the jaws of a deadly storm. Not only must Cade fight to keep his new bride safe, he’s got to keep his emotions from stampeding out of control. Taking on snakes, scoundrels, and second chances is one thing, but falling in love wasn’t part of the deal.

 







 

 


Historical Western Romance

A preacher, a rancher, and a Colorado Ranger find and fight for the courageous women who make life in the West worth the struggle. Read their three-generation story spanning nearly thirty years in the complete collection of The Cañon City Chronicles.

 

Book 1, Loving the Horseman - Annie Whitaker refuses to wait for some man to come along and make her life better when she can do that herself. And then Caleb Hutton rides into town.

Book 2, Straight to My Heart - Looks like old enemies can become friends—and more—until Whit Hutton tries to tell Livvy what a woman can and cannot do on a cattle spread.

Book 3, Romancing the Widow - After losing her husband and her hope, a young widow returns to her parents’ home in Cañon City, where she meets a dark and disarming Colorado Ranger.

 







 

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What's going on with the Writing???

I try to keep everyone up on the latest with my writing. It seems lately I have had a lot of interest in Sawyer's Rose and Wyatt's Bounty due to the narrated books being available. And I have been getting a lot of questions on when the next story will be released and will there be a story for various characters. And the answer is yes and yes and yes! There will be plenty more on the McCades with some spin offs of extra characters....one day.


 

You guys gotta remember I work a full time job as an RN Quality Analyst, Monday thru Friday, 8 to 5, and I have daughters aged 10 and 13 , ad husband (who does way more than I do around this house) and we also have my husband’s mother with dementia—so no rest for the weary.  While my main goal of each day is to make it to that part if each evening where I can write, somewhere in the middle are the things that must come first:

 

Up at 6:00 am

Out the door by 7:15am

Drop one daughter at elementary school

Drop the other at middle school

Race to work avoiding cop who always sits a little store on the corner-listen to books on the way there and back.

8:15 to 5:00...The Day Job  

5:20 Pick up one kid (the other buses home)

Home at last.....oh but wait....there's more

Cook supper

Dishes

Laundry

Feed the pets-2 dogs and 4 guinea pigs

Yard work

House pick up

HOMEWORK HELP

Mail and bills

Baths

Somewhere in the middle of all this being a mom and wife

9:00pm Off to bed for the girls

Yipee....WRITING TIME....and I am exhausted!!! But the weekend is on the way, isn't it hump day or is it Friday yet?

 

No whining but you guys can see I get 1 to 2 hours a night to write if I am not exhausted. Some weekends I get a lot of writing time, others not so much. But here is what is in the works:

 

Dawson's Haven, the third in The McCades of Cheyenne Series is more than half done. I am pushing hard on this story each night making progress. But I have to take the time to make this story right so that the character and the readers get the story they deserve. The gist of this story without giving too much away is: Dawson will be wrongly accused of a crime and it is the woman who he recently rescued that will return the favor.

 

The delay on Dawson’s Haven is due to me working hard to submit a fully written contemporary story that I completed in 2013. The Wild Rose Press had a call for contemporary cowboys and I pulled out a story I had written back then and dusted it off for several months last year. I have learned a lot since I first started writing in 2011 and so there were some craft issues I had to fix up. Anyway, this story was contracted by Wild Rose in January 2018 (Yipee!) And edits will begin soon which means this story All But the Fall will be out sometime this year if all goes as planned. It is about a horse stunt jumper on the set of an old west television series who falls for the nurse consultant on the set. She is running from the past and he is running to her and he is very yummy! And of course he has 2 brothers so more to come on this series too.

 

In the meantime, as some authors know characters sometimes demand to be heard. This time the voice in my head was Leaning Bear, Dawson's BFF Cheyenne Medicine Man buddy. And so in less than a week, and I am not by nature a plotter, I mapped out an entire story for this guy. Not only did I make an outline but I know all the characters and what happens in every chapter thru the whole story. For a pancer this is amazing. And then because this darn Medicine Man wouldn’t leave me alone, I have already written the first two chapters with a goal of this story following closely after Dawson's story if I can get my act together. In this book it seems Leaning Bear falls for the school teacher sent to the reservation, but I can’t tell much more without telling too much. Maybe this story, Paint the Sky, will be a good read in between Dawson and Evan's stories.

 

And I do have a full outline for the 4th McCade brother Evan!  Evan's Ransom will follow as soon as I can get these others out there. The youngest McCade will be loaded with a number of surprises that will bring something from all the previous stories full circle. Let's just say this youngest McCade brother has a lot of surprises!

 

And then the big question! WILL THERE BE A STORY FOR DODGE AND BRETT? When I first started writing this series, I never expected Dodge to be such a loved character and the response to her has been huge. I like to say I write romance and I write the west but truly I think my stories would fall into a family saga genre easily. With that being said and given the time, I would love to write a story for Dodge. The requests have been mostly for a current story for them and some for a story from their past. I am thinking I can accomplish both with a current story where she and Brett both reflect on the past while they tackle their romance and all the happenings around them.

 

And the saga will continue...everyone loves Zane, Sawyer's son and so do I. But I have not mapped any story for him yet though I think there is a good possibility he will find his girl back home on a visit to where he grew up!

 

Oh and there is still Hudson Collier, the deputy BFF of Wyatt who has a comically fun way of putting his words

out there. He ends up the sheriff in Denver at the end of Wyatt's story. I do believe I have a bit of story mapped out in my head for this guy but it will be a while.

 

And while we are at it, except for a few of my beta reader friends, I will bet you didn’t know unless you paid good attention in my current stories that I have stories for The Hagen Brothers. Remember the mention of the horse guys in Sawyer and Wyatt’s stories? Well, if I can one day get my act together these are full stories I have written for Adam, Samuel and Will Hagen. I wrote these three stories all in 2011 and 2012  and they need a good deal of work and story changes, but I would love the chance to rewrite these and get them out there to readers.  

 

Whew…no wonder I am tired. But for now, back to the story which must get written!

 

Kim

 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Welcome to Author Joanne Sundell!!!


          

THE FIVE G’S IN THE HISTORIC OLD WEST … for this author.

Thank you so much, Kim, for the opportunity to post on your site, KimTurnerWrites.com. You and I share a love for western historical novels and a reverence for the Old West. I’m a retired, registered nurse and know you and I must share a love of frontier medicine. In fact, my first novel picked up by Five Star Publishing in their (then) Five Star Expressions line, was entitled MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER.

The heroine, “Doc Zoe,” travelled from the East with her medical degree in hand, and settled in the 1860’s West; where a trained doctor was a rarity; and a Jewish woman an impossibility. She met her match in Jake Whiskey. Theirs is a love story since I can’t seem to write a frontier fiction and leave romance out of the picture. Have to go with the reality of guns, greed, gold, grit, and girls in the Old West; at least to this author. Also, have to go with strong heroines facing insurmountable odds.

Though I’ve switched genres to frontier fiction/supernatural fantasy with my latest sale to Five Star Publishing, A SLIP ON GOLDEN STAIRS, six of my previous works are historical fiction and three (Watch Eyes Trilogy) are YA frontier fiction with an element of fantasy. This trilogy was born out of my love for my Siberian huskies and a yearning to learn their history and how they made it to America from Russia. This stalwart breed would have been forgotten in time were it not for the Chukchi people and a few brave, adventuresome youths in early, twentieth century Alaska. History ever makes for a good story; the truth I mean. The Arctic West is every bit as rugged as the Old West.

As it happens, I’m holding a giveaway https://www.joannesundell.com/giveaways/ from my website and Facebook pages www.joannesundell.com  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJoanneSundell?ref=hl for two sets of Watch Eyes Trilogy, hardcover. I appreciate the opportunity Kim has given me to share this news. Please find below the buy links for ARCTIC STORM, ARCTIC SHADOW, and ARCTIC WILL; available in hardcover, e-book, and large print.




Thank you for your time today.  Best always, Joanne Sundell

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome to fellow Wild Rose Press Author Mike Torreano-Western Author


The Reckoning Blurb
 
Ike McAlister returns home to Kansas after the Civil War, his soul bruised and empty. Worse, his parents have been killed by Quantrill’s raiders who are still on the loose. No stranger to death and destruction, he vows to run the killers down.
 
A clue leads him to the high plains of Colorado, but when his sister, Sue, disappears there his world quickly spins out of control. In the midst of this turmoil a feisty landlady sparks an attraction that’s the only good thing in Ike’s life. Now, in a race
against time he must make a deadly choice. If he continues to pursue the killers, Sue will likely never be found. If he veers off to find her, the killers trail will likely go cold.
 
Which track to follow? Will the love of family triumph in his broken heart or will it be the passionate hate of revenge?



The cards were coming up aces for the scruffy cowboy across from him. The man was cheating, but Ike couldn’t see how. Ike had been losing to the surly wrangler for more than an hour and still hadn’t figured out his tricks. From what he could see, the man’s shuffle looked okay. His deal looked okay. It had to be something else. The sooner he figured it out the better. The stash of money in front of him had dwindled to next to nothing.

One of the players asked Ike where he was from. “I’m from back east a ways. Came here lookin’ for somebody.”

“Sounds like you’re looking for someone in particular. Mind my asking who?”

The man was a proper-looking sort in a black suit and bolo tie, both out of place in a rundown saloon like the Wildfire. He resembled a banker. Ike decided he might as well answer since he’d already told the sheriff why he was here. “I’m lookin’ for my sister, Sue.”

The cowboy spun a card to Ike that flew off the table. “That one got away from me.”






The Renewal Blurb:
Ike McAlister has finally put the ghosts of his past to rest. He’s found new joy with a spirited wife, a young daughter, and a mountain valley ranch where a man can make something of himself. But a coming railroad through the South Park valley threatens to take his land and tear his hard-won peace apart.
Discovering that the railroad could easily bypass his ranch, he organizes opposition and earns the animus of the formidable foreman. When Ike’s brother Rob, the sheriff, is bushwhacked, Ike sets out on a high stakes quest to find the killer before the killer gets him.
The Renewal Excerpts
Excerpt 1:
Ike McAlister spied three rustlers ahead as he rounded the rocky ledge. A bullet whistled by his head and pinged off a boulder behind him. He dove off Ally and ducked behind the large granite outcropping, waiting for their next move. Cattle thieves weren’t common in this part of South Park, but they weren’t unheard of either. Some of his stock was missing, and he’d picked up these riders’ trail. His partner, Buster, was on the other side of the Park searching for the same stock, so Ike was alone on the valley floor.
He peeked around the rock, gripping his gun handle. The rustlers were driving five cattle south, away from his ranch. At least they hadn’t gotten either of his bulls. The drag rustler looked back occasionally, but none of them seemed to be in any hurry. Ike considered his options. He could follow and if he was lucky, scatter them with his rifle, then drive the animals back to his spread, or he could turn back now and let the bandits have the cattle.
He never was one to turn back. He’d get his stock one way or another.
Excerpt 2:
 He found Lorraine at the other end of the food tables, hemmed in by several women, all chattering about what a beautiful day it was to have a spring festival. He’d certainly gotten lucky when he married her. Ike stopped short for a moment, admiring how she brought life to everything and everyone she met. That wasn’t his way, although she’d tried to encourage him to be more social. He just wasn’t a good learner, he guessed. It made him appreciate her even more. He was about to go back for more food when one of the women standing nearby noticed him.
“Mr. Ike, how nice you could join us. Ladies, let’s make a place for one of the handsomest men in town.”
The compliment came from Eleanor Whitaker, the mayor’s wife. Ike had never thought himself handsome, so he stammered a short reply. “Thank you. I was just thinking how you all added to the beauty of the day.” Where that came from he didn’t know, but it prompted giggles and broad smiles from the women.
Lorraine hurried over to him. “Now, you all just give my man a wide berth. He’s so darned good looking that if you got any closer, I’m sure you’d keel over.”
A flush spread up Ike’s neck.
One of the women asked, “Well, seeing as Ike’s not available, how about his good-looking brother? Is Rob in the men’s raffle today?” She caught Lorraine’s eye. “He can put his feet under my table any time.”
Excerpt 3:
Hannah smoothed a hand over her hair then clasped her hands together. Her eyes bored into Rob’s. “If I tell you a secret, will you promise to keep it to yourself?” She pulled his face nearly to hers. Her tone changed from lighthearted to earnest, and she had an intensity he hadn’t seen before.“Is it something I need to know? If not, I’d just as soon not hear it.” He turned and studied her.She loosened her hold, and her gaze darted around the room. “I want to tell you; I need to tell someone.
It’s burnin’ a hole inside me.” Her eyes were ablaze. “Then tell me.”
“I didn’t just come here by accident. I planned it, been plannin’ it for some time as soon as I knew. It just took me a while to work up the courage to come.” She was almost breathless. “And now that I’m here, I’m not sure what to do anymore.”
Rob broke in. “About what?”
Either she didn’t hear him or she decided to ignore him. “I’ve thought about what I’d say to him. I even thought about what I’d do to him, but now that I see him, he scares me even more than I thought he would.”
Rob raised his voice. “Who are you talking about?” “Will you keep it to yourself?”Rob nodded.She brushed a hand over her eyes. She leaned toward him and as she whispered in his ear, Rob’s eyes widened.
The Reckoning Buy Link

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