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Lightning and Lawmen (Baker City Brides, Book 5) is coming soon!

It releases June 28, but you can preorder it now on Amazon!

How did a simple hello turn into something so complicated?

Love is about to leave one lawman thunderstruck in this sweet historical romance!

 Cultured and full of grace, Delilah Robbins agrees to accompany her meteorologist father to his new post in Baker City, Oregon. Expecting a primitive place, she’s delighted to discover an up-and-coming town with plenty of surprises as well as a place she can turn into a sanctuary for her beloved birds. As she settles into life in the western town, she unwittingly creates a riff between two deputies when they both fall for her charms.

 Deputy Dugan Durfey only meant to extend a friendly welcome to a newcomer. But the moment he set eyes on the meteorologist’s delightful daughter, Dugan’s heart was no longer his own. Since his best friend and fellow deputy suffered the same fate, Dugan struggles to do what’s right. He’ll fight jealousy, outlaws, and a wily raccoon to keep Delilah safe, but the greater battle lies in overcoming his fears to profess his love.

Filled with humor, adventure, and plenty of sweet romance, Lightning and Lawmen highlights the history of the era and blends it with the timeless feelings of discovering true love.

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Lightning and Lawmen coverJust for fun, here’s a little excerpt from the book…

Afternoon sunshine illuminating the clear blue sky made her tip back her head to soak up the glorious rays spilling through a missing section of the porch roof. The tang of approaching spring mingled with the yeasty aroma of baking bread and the mouth-watering smell of roasting meat in the air. A slight breeze, redolent with the mixture of scents, caressed the tendrils of her hair that had escaped the confines of the once-tidy chignon she’d hastily fashioned early that morning.

At least the pleasant weather was one thing working in Baker City’s favor. In spite of the house’s disorderly status, she would greatly enjoy spring days in the area if today was any indication of what the future held. She pushed the cape from her shoulders, closed her eyes, and relaxed against the chair, enjoying the peaceful moments before her father returned.

“Maybe this place won’t be all bad,” she whispered, allowing her grip on her father’s bag to loosen.

“Baker City tends to grow on most folks, if you give it a chance,” a deep voice said, startling her from her musings.

Her eyes snapped open in surprise. Pride straightened her spine as her glance settled on a man standing a few yards away on the winter-browned grass on the other side of the porch railing.

Sunlight glinted off a shiny silver badge pinned to the front of a long duster. She studied the black western-style hat on his head, similar to those she’d seen cowboys sporting on the train. The lawman wore a tan flannel shirt topped with a dark vest and a neckerchief the color of crocuses. Dark blue denims encased muscled legs while dust covered the toes of his worn boots.

Slowly, her gaze glided from his boots back up to his face. A square jaw covered in a rakish growth of stubble, firm lips, and a straight nose proved to be a handsome combination. But it was the man’s eyes that captured her attention.

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Today, I thought it would be fun to share my visual inspiration for Quinn (Pendleton Petticoats Book 9) and talk a little about the characters.

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We first met Walker Williams in Lacy (Book 5 in the series). At that time, he was Lacy’s younger, cheeky teenage brother. He and Lacy were close and she was determined to make it possible for him to chase his dream of becoming an architect.

Lacy married the town’s most eligible bachelor banker, Grant Hill. Grant, being a kind and generous man, sent Walker off to Portland to college.

We knew from Lacy’s book that Walker was handsome, but now he’s all grown up.

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I chose Booboo Stewart as my inspiration for Walker.  He looks exactly how I picture Walker and is the same age as Walker is in Quinn, too.

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When I was thinking about the way I wanted Walker to look I had some specific things in mind:

Dark hair (although Walker’s is cropped)

Intriguing dark eyes

Handsome

Strong

Kindness apparent in his face

Booboo hit all those points.

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The inspiration for Walker also needed to be fun and playful – which Booboo certainly seems to be.

I can just so easily picture him as Walker.

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Choosing Quinn was a little different.

Charming bride with bouquet of flowers

I did a search in a website I use for royalty-free graphics, looking for a girl with bright red (orange!) hair. When I found this one, I knew I’d found my Quinn. This is actually the image of her I used on the cover.

Not only is this girl beautiful, (with that bright hair I needed for Quinn), she also has that fun, sassy, curious look that is perfect for Quinn’s character.

Beautiful bride in ceremonial dress

Don’t you just wonder what she’s thinking in this photo? Maybe she’s contemplating the next time she’ll see Walker.

If you hop over to Pinterest, you can check out all the visuals that helped shape and inspire the story, from fashions of the day to Oreo cookie ads!

And while you’re checking out the pins, listen to this song by Morgan Evans. “I Do” is what I listened to while I wrote Quinn.

 

Quinn — Full of opinions and plans to help women, Quinn Fairfield has no time for such nonsense as falling in love.

Available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BYD45W2

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Today is release day for Quinn! Yay!

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Quinn 

(Pendleton Petticoats Book 9)

She’s waging a war for women’s rights,

     He’s fighting a battle to win her heart…

There’s nothing typical about Quinn Fairfield. The outspoken suffragette spends her days writing sensational headlines as a newspaper reporter and indulging her natural curiosity. She’s much more likely to be found riding a bicycle around town than learning the social graces at which her sister, Caitlyn, excels. When Caitlyn announces her plans to wed a man Quinn doesn’t trust, she sets out to find a reason to break up the happy couple. In the process, she finds herself falling for an intriguing, kind-hearted man.

After spending several years in Portland at college, Walker Williams returns to Pendleton, eager to make his mark on the world. He’s determined to become a legendary architect despite the challenges that arise from his upbringing on the nearby Umatilla Reservation. When a feisty red-headed newspaper reporter catches his eye and captures his heart, Walker fights his growing feelings for her. He’ll do anything to shelter Quinn from the prejudices aimed at him and his heritage.

Can the two of them overcome their fears, set aside the burdens of the past, and surrender to the sweet romance blossoming between them?

Filled with laughter, adventure, and historical tidbits from 1912, Quinn is a sweet historical romance brimming with hope and love.

Available on Amazon

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Excerpt:

Walker studied her a moment. “What are you doing in the park all by yourself? I figured your sister would have you knee-deep in wedding plans today.”

Unable to stop herself, Quinn rolled her eyes. “That’s exactly why I’m here by myself.”

His brow wrinkled in a slight frown. “Aren’t you happy for your sister? Drake is a fine man and he seems to be thoroughly infatuated with Miss Caitlyn.”

“Yes, he certainly seems to be.” Quinn pressed her lips together before she revealed all her secret reasons for wanting her sister to remain unwed, most of which reflected her own wants and not what would make Caitlyn happy.

“Yet, you still seem uncertain their idea to wed is a good one,” he observed.

Walker seemed far too perceptive for Quinn’s liking.

She shook her head and began yanking petals off the daffodil. “It’s not for me to decide. Caitlyn is older than me and able to make up her own mind.”

“I would have assumed you were the older sister,” he said. A rascally grin transformed his face from handsome man to boyishly charming. “Having two older, bossy sisters myself, I tend to recognize that trait.”

A laugh broke out of her before she could reel it back in. “I think I’ve been insulted, Mr. Williams.” She tossed what was left of the daffodil at him.

He brushed it aside and started to say something, but Holden ran over and threw himself against Walker’s legs.

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Quinn (Pendleton Petticoats Book 9) will release April 19!

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She’s waging a war for women’s rights,

     He’s fighting a battle to win her heart…

There’s nothing typical about Quinn Fairfield. The outspoken suffragette spends her days writing sensational headlines as a newspaper reporter and indulging her natural curiosity. She’s much more likely to be found riding a bicycle around town than learning the social graces at which her sister, Caitlyn, excels. When Caitlyn announces her plans to wed a man Quinn doesn’t trust, she sets out to find a reason to break up the happy couple. In the process, she finds herself falling for an intriguing, kind-hearted man.

After spending several years in Portland at college, Walker Williams returns to Pendleton, eager to make his mark on the world. He’s determined to become a legendary architect despite the challenges that arise from his upbringing on the nearby Umatilla Reservation. When a feisty red-headed newspaper reporter catches his eye and captures his heart, Walker fights his growing feelings for her. He’ll do anything to shelter Quinn from the prejudices aimed at him and his heritage.

Can the two of them overcome their fears, set aside the burdens of the past, and surrender to the sweet romance blossoming between them?

Filled with laughter, adventure, and historical tidbits from 1912, Quinn is a sweet historical romance brimming with hope and love.

Available for pre-orders

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Excerpt:

Quinn stuffed her sore toes into her shoes and rose from the table. She’d only taken two steps when a tall, muscular man stepped in front of her and offered her a teasing smile.

“If I’m not mistaken, Miss Fairfield, this dance is mine,” he said in a voice that resonated through her head and plucked at something in her heart.

Quinn’s gaze traveled from the toes of expertly polished boots up the long legs of expensive black pants, over a solid chest and broad shoulders, to a face that was every bit as attractive as Drake Dillinger’s.

Walker Williams’ wide face, bronzed skin, high cheekbones, and dark eyes bore testament to his native heritage. But his cropped black hair and eloquent speech belied his upbringing on the nearby Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The effort he put into looking like a successful businessman, with impeccable manners and finely-tailored suits, was notable. Regardless, she sensed a turbulent ruggedness lurking beneath the surface that no amount of civilization could tame or hide.

At that moment, as he smiled at her with a spark of amusement and interest flickering in his eyes, she could practically feel the wildness of his spirit surrounding her as Walker took a step closer. She inhaled his masculine, entrancing scent as he moved another step nearer.

Merciful heavens! He smelled as divinely wonderful as he looked. Her senses dove into a whirl of unexpected invigoration when he offered her a slightly crooked grin.

“If your feet have recovered from Mr. Silvers’ abuse, would you do me the honor of this dance, Miss Fairfield?” Walker held out a hand toward her.

Quinn stared at his long, tanned fingers then slowly raised her gaze to his face. It was on the tip of her tongue to tell him she had no interest in dancing with him or anyone else. Nevertheless, when she spoke, the words came as a shock to her ears. “I’d love to dance with you, Mr. Williams. Thank you.”

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For those who are Hopeless Romantics, I have a lovely little journal that is now available on Amazon.

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Created with Hopeless Romantics in mind, this softcover journal provides the perfect place to record your dreams, adventures, wishes, and hopes for a sweet happily-ever-after. This 5 x 8 inch journal offers 100 lined blank pages for recording your most romantic thoughts!

It also includes quotes from some of my most memorable, romantic characters (just don’t tell the others. We wouldn’t want them feeling slighted!).

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Here is another sample quote page:

Invitation with colorful flowers.

 If you enjoy capturing your thoughts in a journal or know someone who does, take a look at the Hopeless Romantic Journal.  It’s just $5.99 on Amazon.

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What I’m Working On 2-18

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For those of you who have begun to think I’ll never have a new book out, take heart! I promise I will.

Today, I’m starting to write the next book in the Pendleton Pettticoats series. If you are keeping track, this will be book 9. Here’s the title of the book:

Title Quinn

When I have a pre-order link ready, I’ll be sure to let you know.

And if you are wondering who Quinn is, she was mentioned very briefly in passing in the book Dally. And who is her love interest going to be? Hmm… I’ll let you guess.

Lest you think I’ve been on a luxurious tropical vacation (don’t I wish!), I did want to share that I’ve spent the last six weeks writing, writing, writing — Christmas stories! The 248,650 words I’ve written translate into four new sweet Christmas novellas and one full-length contemporary sweet Christmas romance. And that’s all I’m telling you for now about them, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when they release for the 2018 holiday season.

 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

As my gift to you, I hope you’ll download a free digital copy of Valentine Bride!

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Two unlikely matchmakers

     set the stage for love…

Fynlee Dale returns to Holiday to take care of her wacky grandmother. Although it means giving up her dreams of a career and husband, she needs to be there for Grams.

Carson Ford vows to take care of his elderly aunt after buying her ranch. Comfortable with all aspects of his life, his world turns upside down when he meets a woman who’s impossible to forget.

They find themselves in the midst of a plot by two scheming old women determined to make them fall in love.

Valentine Bride is a funny, sweet romance given a liberal dose of humor through a cast of colorful characters intertwined around a heartwarming love story.

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