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I’m excited to share a little about Chasing Christmas with you today! This is book 5 in the Rodeo Romance series and it will release Nov. 9!

He certainly didn’t ask Santa for a bride. . .

Professional bull rider Chase Jarrett has the world on a string. The only blight in his idyllic existence is his nosy cousin’s nonstop nagging about his need for more publicity. Tired of listening to her suggestions, he gives her free rein when she hatches a plan to skyrocket his popularity. All he has to do is show up for a phony wedding in Las Vegas. Then Chase discovers the wedding was real, the surprise bride is beautiful, and his sponsors are demanding he remain married.

Shy and introverted, the last thing Jessie Pierce wants is to find herself in the spotlight. But thanks to a meddling so-called best friend, that’s exactly where she’s at. The promise of an all-expenses paid vacation to Las Vegas lures her on an adventure that ends with her unexpectedly married to a hunky bull rider who would draw her out of her shell if she’d let him.

A business proposal leaves the two of them committed to a year of marriage. How hard could it be to remain wed in name only?

Wrap yourself up in the joy of holidays and falling in love in this sweet, lighthearted romance from USA Today Bestselling author Shanna Hatfield.

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Now, as she observed him, she felt a tug at her heart that she’d never see him again. Oh, she’d see him ride at the rodeo, of course, but it wasn’t the same. Not when she stood almost toe-to-toe with him, lost in the bright light of his hazel eyes and the warmth of his smile.

He stared into her face for the length of several heartbeats before he spoke in a husky tone that made her toes tingle. “I had a nice time with you, too, Jessie. Thank you for agreeing to Ashley’s crazy plans and participating in the sham wedding. It was fun to spend the day with you. You’re a great girl and anyone would be lucky to have you as their real bride.”

Jessie blushed and would have backed away, but Chase’s callused palm glided along her cheek before he cupped the back of her neck, drawing her flush against him.

His mouth settled on hers in a soft, gentle kiss that lingered far longer than she anticipated. When she attempted to draw a breath, he deepened the kiss, wrapping both arms around her.

Feeling boneless as he captivated her with passionate kisses, Jessie forgot they were standing next to the curb in front of a posh hotel. She forgot about contests, fake weddings, and ridiculous publicity stunts.  She forgot about being shy or shocked by his unexpected affection.

All she could think about was the man holding her close to his heart, one that pounded in time to her own. His woodsy, leather-tinged scent tantalized her senses as she melted against him, wishing she belonged with him — to him.



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Joy Lessons Week 42

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I spent the past four days in California at the InD’Scribe Conference.

While there I attended classes, listened to a very inspiring keynote speech by Brenda Novak, participating in a big book signing event, and got to wear a beautiful evening gown for the awards ceremony. But the thing I enjoyed the most, the thing that gave me the most joy from the weekend, were the new friends I met.

One wonderful friend I’ve known only on Facebook was there and it was such a blessing to get to meet her in person and hang out with her both Thursday and Friday evening.

I also met some fabulous people I know I’ll stay in touch with. Although it’s easy for me to be introverted and hide in my writing cave, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people.

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Hannah’s Journey

My awesome friend Carmen Peone was a new Young Adult historical book out!

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In the mountains of northeast Washington, sixteen-year-old Hannah Gardner fights for her childhood dream––to race horses with her adopted Indian Aunt Spupaleena. Her mother fears Hannah will get hurt. Frustrated with her daughter’s rebellious spirit, she threatens to send her away to Montana to live with an aunt Hannah’s never met.

To escape this perceived punishment, Hannah runs away to the Sinyekst village along the Columbia River to train with Spupaleena. After Hannah’s first race, an Indian boy pulls her off her horse and spews threats. When Running Elk comes to her rescue, Hannah plans their life together and possible marriage. Will this be the pathway to her freedom?


“Hannah Gardner!” Mama’s footsteps kept the same pace as Uncle Pekam’s hand drum during ceremonies. “What are you doing?”

“Think about what I have said.” Wind Chaser shoved my wrist, turned, and trotted away.

I dismounted and wiped the sweat off my brow with the sleeve of my shirtwaist.

“What are you wearing? Britches under your new calico skirt? This is absurd! No lady dresses nor acts in this manner. No daughter of mine, that is. Who is that boy and didn’t your pa and I tell you no more racing?” Mama set her hands on her hips. Her slight frame was no comparison for the growl in her voice.

My gaze dropped to the ground. “Yes, ma’am, you did tell me no more racing.” I pushed dirt around with the toe of my boot. “But I know I can ride as well as Aunt Spupaleena––”

“Hannah! Listen to me.” Mama placed a hand on my shoulder. “You know we are not like the Sinyekst. They come from the Arrow Lakes way up north in Canada. They are strong and––”

“And I’m just as––”

“That’s not what I mean.” Mama sighed. “We love them like family even though we are not blood. But we have different customs and practices. They have their ways and we have ours. No better, simply different. And yes, you are an accomplished rider. Darling, there is no future for a young lady like you to race horses. Your future is with a husband and raising children. That’s the way things are. Please––”

“No! Those are your plans, not mine. You know I’d rather be in a saddle than bent over an iron stove, stirring a pot of beans.” I rubbed my wrist. “Yes, someday I want to have a husband and children, but for now, I wanna race. I know how to garden, quilt, sew, tend to the sick. You’ve taught me those skills. Let me do this before I choose to settle down.”

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Reviews for Hannah’s Journey:

“Hannah’s Journey is a coming-of-age story about a defiant young girl who seeks to follow her heart’s desires. The story takes the reader on Hannah’s struggle for equality and dignity as she fights for the right to race horses with the boys. Details of tribal culture, food and daily life bring to life what it was like to be a young Native American in southwestern Washington in 1870, forced to share the land with white settlers. The story is more powerful because while these young people attend to the serious business of survival, they retain a playfulness and humor that is contagious and entertaining. This story flows like a western two-step; the pacing is as memorizing as the story. Clearly Carmen Peone lives within the culture she writes about, because the story is shaded with authenticity. Subtle back-story devises create a desire to read the entire series, but the story feels complete on its own. Subtle mention of sex and reproduction is expressed through the point of view of the young protagonist. Appropriate for middle grade and older readers, and adult readers who seek a deeper understanding of Indian culture. “–

Anne Schroeder, Award-winning author

“Carmen Peone’s expert horsemanship and knowledge of northeast Washington territory shines through in the second of her Gardner Sibling Trilogy, Hannah’s Journey. At sixteen, Hannah is the oldest child of a mid-1800’s pioneering ranch family. Hannah’s burning desire to race horses with her adopted Indian Aunt Spupaleena is a constant worry to her parents. They fear not only that she ll be injured, but that their daughter is not preparing herself for the expected future role of wife, homemaker, and mother. Hannah’s parents aren’t the only ones against her racing. The Indian boys resent her barging into their sport. Not only is she a girl, but a white girl. The only encouragement she gets is from Aunt Spupaleena and Spupaleena’s brother Pekam. Heedless of others opinion, Hannah participants in a difficult, dangerous race. Not only is there danger in the race itself riding horseback fast on uneven terrain but also enduring vengeful rough treatment from other racers. It’s a bold, bloody event. Hannah’s parents, frustrated and worried about their daughter’s rebellious behavior, threaten to send her to live with an aunt in Montana, a fate totally unacceptable to Hannah. She runs away to the Sinyekst village along the Columbia River, the village of her Aunt Spupaleena. Hannah’s Journey delves into many of life’s challenges, especially of a young girl with non-traditional dreams. Along the way she must learn to exercise patience, to have faith, to slow down and pray for guidance. She learns that life comes with compromise, and sacrifice. Life isn’t easy and for someone with extraordinary desires, it’s even more difficult. I found Hannah’s Journey an absorbing, well-written book, a story intriguing to a wide audience. The author speaks with authority about Indian history, and the Sinyekst people. Peone is knowledgeable about the northeast Washington area, the Columbia River and the diverse area surrounding it. Many of this novel’s characters have appeared in the author’s previous books (The Heart Trilogy), but the transition into this second book of the Gardner Sibling Trilogy is smooth and stands alone.” —

Mary Trimble, Award-winning author


carmen peone head shotCarmen Peone has lived in Northeast Washington, on the Colville Confederated Indian Reservation, since 1988 gleaning cultural knowledge from family and friends.  She had worked with tribal elder, Marguerite Ensminger, for three years learning the Arrow Lakes-Sinyekst- Language and various cultural traditions and legends. She has owned and trains and competes in Extreme Challenge and Mountain Trail Competitions.  She lives with her husband/tribal member Joe.  With a degree in psychology, the thought of writing never entered her mind, until she married her husband and they moved to the reservation after college. She came to love the people and their heritage and wanted to create a legacy for her family.

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Website and blog: http://carmenpeone.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36309178-hannah-s-journey

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarmenEPeone/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carmenpeone

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Carmen-Peone/e/B00A92O4R4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1451363711&sr=8-1

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The Best Laid Plans…

can still go awry.

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After months of work, writing, planning, organizing and excitement, the Fall Into Romance set was ready to release last Thursday.

Then a technical glitch beyond our ability to control threw everything into a tailspin, leaving the book unavailable for purchase on Amazon for more than 24-hours. And many people received a copy of the book missing the story At Second Glance by Raine English.

My apologies for any difficultly you may have experienced in downloading a copy of Fall Into Romance. If you received a version that does not include Raine’s story, please go back to your retailer and download (for free) a revised version.

How to Fix on Kindle: You should be able to get the corrected version by doing the following – log into Amazon, use the “Account & Lists” drop down to select “Your Content and Devices”. From the “Manage Your Content” screen, you can search for the book and click the “update available” button to receive the latest version. If that doesn’t download, a number pops up so you can call customer service.

We are terribly sorry for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience. Thank you so very much for purchasing Fall Into Romance! We know you’re going to love all the sweet stories full of autumn romance!

Also, my deepest appreciation to all you wonderful readers for being so patient and supportive as these issues were resolved. Not only that, but many of you helped us celebrate the book’s release by attending the party on Facebook. The authors had such a great time, and we hope you did as well.


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Joy Lessons Week 41


The past few days have left me full of emotions (of all sorts), and deeply grateful for the wonderful people who bring me such joy.

The Fall Into Romance boxed set released Thursday with a technical glitch that caused twenty-four hours of intense, horrible, every-authors-nightmare kind of headaches.

Before the issue was completely resolved, I jumped in the car with Captain Cavedweller so we could head out for my auntie’s 85th birthday party. I’m so glad we’d already planned to attend her celebration because I needed that time away from my computer to regroup, find some peace, and let my well of joy replenish.

We had such fun at the party, seeing family members we don’t often get to see. After the party, a few of the cousins went back to my auntie’s house where we got to see the gorgeous engagement ring my awesome cousin Brad (the birthday girl’s son) recently gave his girlfriend (whom we all adore). What a fun way to wrap up that day and the engagement was my auntie’s favorite gift!

My birthday was yesterday and so, so many people made me feel special, loved, appreciated and remembered. And I appreciate each one of you!

My little cup of joy is overflowing this morning and I’m determined to  do my best to keep it filled.

May this week fill your well of joy and your heart with happiness!

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Fall Into Romance is officially available today.
Download this boxed set with 10 brand-new novellas, complete with a happily-ever-after for humans and their animal companions, for only $0.99!
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Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town-its people-and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.


Finding Forever in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker
Brent’s hands are so full he doesn’t realize his heart is empty. But how can he convince Nicole to trust him and give them all a chance at the forever family they deserve?

Lost in Romance by Stacy Claflin
Work is Alisyn’s life. Everything is perfect until the day her boss’s son comes to town and takes her breath away. Will she risk it all for love?

At Second Glance by Raine English
Can an ornery French bulldog help a mismatched couple find love?

Blown Into Romance by Shanna Hatfield
Free spirit Brooke Roberts blows into Romance like an autumn storm, unprepared to fall for the handsome rancher who gives her a reason to stay.

Wired for Romance by Franky A. Brown 
Electrician Josh Chadwick can rewire his new client’s house, but he can’t do a thing about the electricity sparking between them.

Restoring Romance by Tamie Dearen
She’s a big city chef who likes cats. He’s a small town mayor who restores antiques. But even with feline allergies at play, true love is nothing to sneeze at.

Finding Dori by J.J. DiBenedetto 
She’s a loud, pushy New Yorker who drives him crazy. He almost ran her over with his truck. Of course they’re perfect for each other…

Katie’s Chance for Romance by Jessica L. Elliott
Five years ago she pushed him out of her life, but she couldn’t force him from her heart.

Chasing Romance by Liwen Y. Ho 
When pop sensation Chase Lockhart wants more than a room at Izzy Sutton’s Bed and Breakfast, she must decide whether it’s worth opening up her heart to him, especially when he’s eleven years her junior.

Lessons in Romance by Kit Morgan
A rooster, a tortoise and love, oh my! Now if the humans could just figure out the love part, they might all live happily ever after.

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Fall Into Romance Release Party

Join the authors today from 2:30 until 6:15 p.m. EDT
for prizes, games, giveaways, and much more!

Party Schedule (Eastern Time):
2:30-2:50 p.m. – J.J. DiBenedetto – Author
2:50-3:10 p.m. – Susan Hatler
3:10-3:30 p.m. – Author Kit Morgan
3:30-3:50 p.m. – Raine English
3:50-4:10 p.m. – Shanna Hatfield
4:10-4:30 p.m. – Liwen Ho
4:30-4:50 p.m. – Stacy Claflin
4:50-5:10 p.m. – Author Franky A. Brown
5:10-5:30 p.m. – J.J. DiBenedetto – Author 
5:30-5:50 p.m. – Tamie Dearen
5:50- 6:10 p.m. – Melanie D. Snitker, Author

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Today, I’m excited to introduce you to one of the characters from the awesome J.J. DiBenedetto’s contribution to Fall Into Romance.

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She’s a loud, pushy New Yorker who drives him crazy. He almost ran her over with his truck. Of course they’re perfect for each other…

I love this little teaser because it is so, so perfect for the two main characters in this story – Dori and Lucas. Throw in some interesting pets, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an engaging romance!

Without further ado, meet spunky, sassy Dori.

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What’s your favorite place in Romance?

I haven’t been here long enough to see everything, so for now I’ll have to say my friend Ash’s new restaurant, since I put so much work into it for her.


When someone says Romance to you, what comes to mind?

Before I came to the town, I’d have said that Romance makes me think of one of those Hallmark Channel movies. But now, it means home to me.


If you could choose anywhere to live, where would it be?

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I would have said Brooklyn, which is where I’ve lived my whole life, and it never occurred to me that there might be anywhere else worth living. But then I came to Romance, and I met Lucas, and, well, I know how sappy it sounds, but it’s wherever he is. Which means, right now, it’s Romance!


What do you like best about living in Romance?

It’s such a friendly and welcoming place, and I’m coming to enjoy the slower pace (of course, compared to New York City, everywhere has a slower pace!)


What’s your favorite thing about the autumn season in Romance?

I love how clean and clear the air is. It’s never like that back in New York. What’s your favorite fall treat? I know I’m supposed to say something made with pumpkin, but that’s never been my thing. It’s Grandma Loretta’s apple pie all the way for me!


I can’t wait for you to be able to read Finding Dori and the rest of the books in the Falling Into Romance collection!

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Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors with a foreword by NY Times Bestselling Author Susan Hatler.

Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.

Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!

Pre-Order the book now for just 99 cents!

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