Steve The Mule


From the beloved Pendleton Petticoats series, Steve the Mule now has his own story!

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Steve The Mule

A Pendleton Petticoats Children’s Story

Steve the Mule has an important job at his family’s ranch in 1910 Pendleton, Oregon.  Explore a day in his life as he keeps an eye on little Willa. When he discovers trouble brewing, Steve races off to save her. Will he make it in time?

This lighthearted tale full of laughter and fun is suitable for young readers ages 3-8 (and the young at heart).

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Available now in digital, paperback, and hardback formats!

Amazon: http://a.co/ilyc3aX

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1127470686

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/steve-the-mule/id1312678387

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/steve-the-mule


Steve the Mule first made an appearance in Bertie (Pendleton Petticoats Book 6). He belonged to Riley Walsh, the hero in the story.

Steve never let a little thing like fences or doors keep him from going wherever he wished. Many readers wrote to be after that book released requesting more about Steve. He made guest appearances in other books in the sweet romance series, each time drawing more requests for Steve to have his own story.

As much as I wanted to make my dear readers happy, I could not figure a way to write an entire romance novel with the mule as the main hero of the story.

Then, one day, I landed on the idea of a children’s book. What if I could somehow write a children’s book with Steve as the hero?

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Immediately, I began searching for an illustrator. This was not an easy task, but I’m thrilled beyond words to have Rob Foote as the illustrator of this story. He is amazing and was brilliant to work with.  He even worked in a little “hidden figure” on each page of the book that our own sweet Lil’ Miss suggested he add.

So I hope you enjoy Steve the Mule. If enough people do, I’d love to publish more Pendleton Petticoats children’s books.


Please welcome the amazing Annie Douglass Lima as she joins us today with her latest release!

Take a look at this exciting new young adult action and adventure novel, The Student and the Slave, now available for purchase! This is the third book in the Krillonian Chronicles, after The Collar and the Cavvarach and The Gladiator and the Guard

The series is set in an alternate world that is very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

The Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima
First, a Little Information about Books 1 and 2: 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

Click here to read chapter 1 of The Collar and the Cavvarach.
Click here to read about life in the Krillonian Empire, where the series is set.

The Gladiator and the Guard by Annie Douglass LimaBook 2: The Gladiator and the Guard

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

Click here to read about life in the arena where Bensin and other gladiators are forced to live and train.

And now, The Student and the Slave, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

Book 3: The Student and the Slave

Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … at a cost.

Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones … and live with the consequences?

Click here to order The Student and the Slave from Amazon for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through November 31st!

About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and
later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her
husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at
Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since
her childhood, and to date has published fifteen books (three YA action and
adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her
students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides
writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction),
scrapbooking, and international travel.

Connect with the Author Online:
Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com
Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon
LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn
Google+: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGooglePlus

Now, enter to win an Amazon gift card or a free digital copy of the first two books in the series!


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I thought you might enjoy seeing the visuals that inspired the characters for Chasing Christmas.

Let’s start with Jessie Pierce. I needed a wholesome-looking girl, one who could be introverted, but was lovely.

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Meghann Fahy was ideal for Jessie.


She’s beautiful with the prettiest blue eyes, but still has that innocent air about her I knew Jessie would have.

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Can’t you just picture her… “Wait? What happened? I’m married to that incredibly handsome cowboy? Are you kidding me?”

So that brings us to the incredibly handsome cowboy – Chase Jarrett.

Those who read Barreling Through Christmas might have noticed I mentioned Chase in the book, but we didn’t really know what he looked like.

Chase needed to be good-looking (that goes without saying, right?), but I wanted him to look fun. Like a guy who knows how to laugh and enjoy life.

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Travis Van Winkle just happened to be the perfect visual for Chase.

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Those eyes, that hair, the lips…

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Um… what was I saying? Oh, right, how perfect Travis was as my visual inspiration for Chase.

I mean, is it any wonder Jessie couldn’t think straight around him?

Cousin Ashley

Amanda Seyfried is how I picture cousin Ashley. Is she a matchmaker or a troublemaker? You’ll have to ask Chase and Jessie for an answer to that question.


Alyson Stoner is perfect for Jessie’s BFF, Stacey Johnson.


And who else but Cloris Leachman  could be such a perfect, wacky grandmother for Chase?


I can’t forget Tinsel the cat. Or is it Tincup? Tinlid? Tinspout? Tin…

To see more of the visuals that inspired Chasing Christmas, check out my board on Pinterest.

Oh, and while you browse the images, listen to this amazing song by Thomas Rhett. It’s what I listened to while I wrote the story and it was so, so perfect for the end of the story.

Joy Lessons Week 46


I’ve been doing a 30-day Joy Challenge. On Saturday, the challenge for the day was to laugh. A lot.

That proved to be a very simple thing to do, particularly because I spent the day with Captain Cavedweller. That man… he makes me laugh so.

But I’ve been thinking about laughter and joy… joy and laughter.

Then I happened upon this quote. I love it.

The body heals with play.

When was the last time you played? Did something frivolous or indulgent or amazing… something just for fun. It’s wonderful when we allow ourselves (give ourselves permission) to just play. Whether it’s for an hour or a day, we all need time to play, to have fun, to relax and let go.

The mind heals with laughter.

If heavy thoughts are weighing you down, or you’re pondering big questions, or feel overwhelmed and burdened, one of the best things in the world you can do is to laugh.  I’m not talking a fake little laugh, either. I’m talking a genuine, from the heart kind of laugh. (The kind that might make you snort milk out your nose if you were 12 and back with your friends in the junior high cafeteria.) It is almost impossible not to feel those burdens lift and the weight fall away when you are laughing. There are any number of scientific studies about the benefits of laughter. I believe them because I know when my heart is heavy, a little laughter goes a long way toward making me feel better. And it can make others feel better, too!

The spirit heals with joy.

I’ve found through the years that the more joy I bring into my life (even in the tiny seemingly most insignificant ways), the lighter I feel. And I think that’s because when our spirits are full of joy, they feel whole and healed and content. It isn’t an easy thing to focus on choosing joy each day… ah, but there it is! Joy is a choice. One we can make at any time. Even in the midst of a horrible meeting, a heated argument, a calamity or small or major proportions, we can still choose joy.

And for today, that’s what I’m choosing. A little play, a little laughter, a little joy. May it be the perfect combination to see you through a beautiful day!

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The 4th Annual Cowboys and Christmas Party is tomorrow on Facebook. I hope to see you all there.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (so that’s 11 Mountain, Noon Central, and 1 Eastern) and runs until 2 p.m.

The event kicks off my campaign to raise funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. Now through December 24, I’ll donate 10 percent of the proceeds from all my book sales to JCCF. You can find out more about JCCF and why I donate to them here.  http://tinyurl.com/readforcowboys

That’s not all…

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Tomorrow is the release day for Chasing Christmas, Book 5 in the Rodeo Romance series! Yeehaw!

Dragged into a crazy publicity stunt, bull rider Chase Jarrett has no idea how he ended up with an accidental bride.

You still have time to pre-order your copy today!

I’ll also have a bunch of great authors joining me at the party. Here is the schedule:

10 a.m. – Melanie D. Snitker

10:20 – Julie Lence

10:40 – Caroline Lee

11 a.m.- Kay P. Dawson

11:20 – Kit Morgan

11:40 – Margaret Brownley

Noon – Cindy Caldwell

12:20 – Magdalena Scott

12:40 – Cissie Patterson

1 p.m. – Kathryn Albright

1:20 – Linda Broday

1:40 – Marvelous Mystery Project Authors

Great lineup, isn’t it?

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The last time slot says Marvelous Mystery Project authors… there are twelve authors (including yours truly) who joined together for a wonderful project I think you’re going to enjoy! Some of the authors will pop by the party to give you a teaser about the project.  We’re doing a big reveal tomorrow evening on Facebook. I hope you’ll join us from 6-9 p.m. (Central Time – so it starts at 4 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Mountain, and 7 p.m. Eastern). You’ll find the party herehttps://www.facebook.com/events/542874772723241/

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I’ll also announce a super-exciting surprise project I’ve been working on since May. The big announcement and reveal will be made at the end of the party, so stick around or stop in at 2 p.m. to find out what’s coming soon!

Last, but certainly not least…

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Tomorrow is the last day to download The Christmas Bargain for free and get The Christmas Token for just 99 cents! Hurry to get your copies on sale! Please let a friend know to grab copies if you’ve already enjoyed these books.

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Hope to see you at the party tomorrow!



There’s a saying that goes something along the lines of one constant in life we can count on is that everything is always changing.

I’ve been thinking so much about changes recently, how we deal with it, accept it, embrace it, find joy in it.

Things around here have changed a lot the past several weeks. In addition to me traveling quite a bit, our Lil’ Miss has spread her wings and moved into an apartment with a friend. The two girls are having a fabulous time together, but I sure miss Lil’ Miss being here. But change is part of growing and inevitably it has to happen.

When I saw this quote this morning, it just seemed so perfect.

Nothing we do can change the past… not a single thing.

Likewise, all our anxiety and worry and fear about the future won’t change it. (This one, I struggle with… I come from a long line of worriers and it’s hard to let go of the doubts and just trust that all will be well. But then I remind myself that 99 percent of the things I fear are never going to happen, and it helps me let go.) Trust that the future will be exactly as it should and regardless of what happens, you’ll have the strength and wisdom required for each new day.

I love the last part of the quote… any amount of grateful joy can change the present. We have the awesome power to CHOOSE joy at any given moment. And when we make that choice, it changes everything at that moment.

No matter what changes you face today or this week, I hope you can face them with joy in your heart. I know I’m sure going to try!

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 Chasing Christmas,   book 5 in the Rodeo Romance series, releases next week on Nov. 9! Yeehaw! I’m so excited to share Chase and Jessie’s story with you all.

I thought you might enjoy another teaser today while you wait for release day!



“Do you know how to dance?” he whispered in her ear.

“Not really. I can manage a slow dance, but that’s about it.”

Chase grinned. “That’ll do, Mrs. Jarrett.”

He motioned to the band and they began playing Kenny Chesney’s “You Had Me From Hello.” He took Jessie in his arms and swayed back and forth with her on the shop floor, beneath thousands of twinkling lights while a few hundred people watched.

In that moment, he knew he’d picked the right song for the first dance. Ashley had called him a genius when he told her what song he thought the band should play.

Anyone who’d questioned his sudden and unexpected marriage would think he had taken one look at Jessie and fallen in love. As he gazed into her eyes, lost himself in their depths, he realized the words weren’t far from the truth.

Oh, he wouldn’t admit he was in love with her, but he was certainly in something with her.


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