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Bobbins and Boots is now available in paperback (for those who have been waiting!).

You can find it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Bobbins-Boots-Baker-City-Brides/dp/154487135X

And in other retail outlets online. You can also request your local bookstores order it if they don’t carry it.

How fun is that!

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It’s release day for Bobbins and Boots!

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Bobbins and Boots

Baker City Brides, Book 4

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How does an act of kindness result in… marriage?

 One carefree cowboy is about to find out in this sweet historical romance!

 Born dirt-poor into a life of hardship, Allie Tillman seizes the opportunity to better her situation by answering an advertisement for a mail-order bride in the West. Upon her arrival in Baker City, Oregon, she discovers her intended is a low-down, lying thief. Determined not to marry him, she grasps at the one thing that will keep him from forcing her to be his wife — marrying another man.

Good-natured cowboy Ben Amick had no idea a simple trip into town would completely change his life. When he happens upon a mail-order bride desperate to avoid marrying her fiancé, Ben does the first thing that pops into his head and weds her. Willingly, he gives her the protection of his name and his arms, never expecting her to capture his heart.

Humorous, heartfelt, and awash in sweet romance, Bobbins and Boots captures the tender and tumultuous emotions of falling in love.

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Meet Ben and Allie

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“You love me?” Tears pooled in her eyes and her lower lip quivered. She couldn’t believe this handsome, wonderful, gentle, teasing cowboy loved her. “You really love me? But, Ben, I’m nobody. I’m just…”

“The girl I love and can’t live without.” Ben stood and pulled her to her feet before wrapping his arms around her. “I love you, Alaina Maelee Amick.” He kissed one cheek then the other. “I love your freckles.” He kissed the tip of her nose. “I love the sound of your laughter.” He kissed her forehead. “I love your cute little lopsided smile.” He kissed the left corner of her mouth. “And I love your silky hair.” He pulled out the pins holding it in a bun and watched it tumble down her back and over her shoulders.

Allie sighed contentedly when Ben buried his hands in her long tresses and inhaled a deep breath, basking in her honeysuckle scent.

When he leaned back, his eyes were full of love and longing. “I love everything about you, Allie. But I also love you with all my heart.”

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Today, I’m excited to introduce you to the characters from Tad’s Treasure.

When we first started talking about the Grandma’s Wedding Quilts series in the Sweet Americana Sweethearts group, I knew I wanted to tie the story into one of my existing series.

It was then I landed on the idea of making the book about Tad Palmer from the Baker City Brides series. We’d met him briefly in Crumpets and Cowpies and interacted with him more in Corsets and Cuffs, but we still didn’t know much about him.

We also knew from the books in the Baker City Brides series that there was a woman in town who made quilts for sale, but her identity remained a mystery. It worked perfectly to have that woman be Posey Jacobs, the widow of Tad’s best friend.

Kathryn Albright and I worked together to come up with some details of Tad’s past and his family since her book in the Grandma’s Wedding Quilt series, Gloria’s Song, is about Tad’s only sibling, Gloria Palmer.

From our planning session, I had a vision for Tad and Posey.

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The moment I saw this photo of Dylan Scott, I knew he’d be perfect as Tad.

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Absolutely perfect!

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I mean… that hair, those eyes, the chin  – sweet, rugged perfection!

Tad is a saddlemaker who left behind his family after being betrayed to start over on his own. He’s generally quiet and a little reserved, but he’s someone people know they can depend on and trust.

On his way to Baker City, he forms a friendship with a man named John Jacobs and his young wife, Posey.

Then John is injured in a mining accident and asks Tad to take care of Posey and their infant son with his dying breath. Tad does his best to take care of the widow and falls in love despite every effort to guard his heart.

Posey Jacobs is fun and smart, determined and resilient. When she finally emerges from her grief over losing her beloved husband, she realizes Tad has become much more than a friend.

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The lovely Julie Mond made a wonderful Posey.

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With that golden hair and beautiful brown eyes, it was easy to picture her as Posey.

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A woman with deep hurts in her heart, but one who is also ready to move beyond the past and embrace the future.

A future she hopes will be with Tad.

Months ago, I came across a photo of a rascally little boy and saved it, knowing I’d eventually create a character to go along with it.

(And yes, I have arrived at the conclusion I get a big kick out of creating rascally little boy characters!)

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Meet Nate, Posey’s son. Isn’t this kid fun? Can’t you just picture Nate up to mischief? I sure could.

Nate has an unusual pet, a goat named Agnes. The idea for the goat and her name came from a party prize I offered a few months ago. The winner could choose an animal and a name for a pet in a future story. Well, Agnes the goat won.

I have almost as much fun writing about quirky animals as I do ornery boys, so it was exciting to be able to add Agnes to the story.

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And here is my inspiration for Agnes (and one scene that I particularly enjoyed creating!)

Oh, and I thought you might like to see the saddle shop I used to inspire Tad’s business.

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This is a photo from the Baker County historical collection that shows a saddle shop that was located in Baker City. Notice the sewing machine in the bottom left corner.

And here is the song that I listened to as I wrote – My Girl, sung by Dylan Scott.

For more visual details about Tad’s Treasure, check out the board on Pinterest!

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I’m super excited to announce Crumpets and Cowpies is now available in audio format!

Yeehaw!

You can find it on Audible or through Amazon – and it’s only $3.47 today! How cool is that!

The incredibly talented John Martin Byrne narrated the story and he absolutely brings the characters to life – even little Lily.

Here is a little audio sample to get your started…

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Corsets and Cuffs

Today seemed like a good day to share a little detail about the cover of Corsets and Cuffs.

First – a huge thank you to those who have commented on how much they like the cover and how well it goes with the story. That’s my goal for every book I publish (even if I miss the mark sometimes!).

Anyway, once I decided on the name of this book (which I had such fun choosing), I knew I wanted the cover to have a woman in handcuffs.

I found a graphic for the woman.

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Only the dress was a hideous shade of brown. I thought I’d saved a copy of it to share with you, but (as luck would have it) I can’t find it this morning.

Anyway, I changed the color to blue and added a bit of lace at the neck because there wasn’t anything there.

The next thing I did was add the gloves with the handcuffs.

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I actually ordered a pair of “old west handcuffs” and let me tell you… these things are heavy.

Not only are they heavy, but once they are latched on your wrist and tightened, they are mighty uncomfortable. I don’t know if Captain Cavedweller got them fastened too tight or it is just the way they are made, but the slightest movement of my wrist made them rub and pinch.

So now you know why Brianna is anxious to keep from getting them slapped back on her wrists again!

Anyway, I had CC put them on my wrists and take a photo of me with a pair of gloves. He’d purchased a pair of pretty rose-pink leather gloves for me forever ago, but due to the freakishly large size of my hands, they didn’t fit, so I’d tossed them in a box we keep of gloves.

However, they seemed like they’d be perfect to wear with the handcuffs, so I forced them on my fingers and posed for the photo.

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And I look like I’m wearing a white shroud, but it’s just a white sheet. It’s easier for me to crop what I don’t want out of the photo that way, which was everything except the  gloves and cuffs.

However, after I started playing with the gloves against the dress, I didn’t like the way the pink looked and switched the color to blue. Ah… much better.

I ended up adding a link to the cuffs to get the position just right with the sleeves of the dress, but I really don’t think anyone will notice (so, shhh… don’t tattle on me!).

Once the dress was finished I started working on the background.

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At first, I’d planned to use a photo I took in Shaniko of the jail museum.

But I just didn’t like the way it looked. It was too dark, too much wood… too something!

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So I went with this background instead and added the sheriff’s sign.

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And that’s how the cover came to be!

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Corsets and Cuffs Teaser 3It’s always fun for me to share some of the visuals I use when I write a story, especially the characters.

Today, I thought you might enjoy meeting some of the characters from Corsets and Cuffs (Baker City Brides – Book 3).

Sheriff Tully Barrett was first introduced in Crumpets and Cowpies as Thane Jordan’s best friend.  He played an important role in Thimbles and Thistles as well. I knew from the start Tully needed his own story. He had too much charisma to remain only a side character.

From that first book in the series, we knew Tully was fun-loving and kind, a dependable friend, and a guy who loved to tease and joke.

What I didn’t know was what he looked like. It wasn’t until I started working on ideas for the story line that I found the perfect face to represent our handsome sheriff.

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Some of you know I listen to a song on a loop when I write. For whatever reason, it helps keep my head in the writing zone and focused on my characters. I choose a specific song to be “the song” for each book I write. I just happened to choose Chris Young’s beautiful love song “She’s Got This Thing About Her” to be Tully and Brianna’s song.

If you’ve never listened to it, you should. And check out the lyrics. They will melt your heart. At least they do that to me every time I listen to the song (which might explain the sappy state of my existence the entire time I wrote the book)!

Speaking of Brianna Dumont, I knew she would look delicate and refined. She had to be lovely.

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One of the side characters that was fun to create was Clive Fisher, the crusty old miner.

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B Davis Gordon I couldn’t leave out Brianna’s fiance, B. Davis Gordon. Robert Pattinson seemed like a good choice to inspire his character.

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And if you haven’t yet read the book, don’t go any farther down this page because it will spoil the ending for you!

That’s right… SPOILER ALERT!

Sammy is such a sweet little one. As I was writing the character, there were many times I wanted to reach through the words and give that special child a hug.

The moment I saw this photo, I knew I’d found the perfect Sammy.

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I hope you enjoyed meeting the characters from the story!

 

 

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Crumpets and Cowpies, Baker City Brides, Book 1 is free today through May 17 for Kindle downloads! If you haven’t yet read the story, I hope you’ll download your free copy.

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Detestable! Arrogant! Insufferable!

He’d been called worse…

Rancher Thane Jordan reluctantly travels to England to settle his brother’s estate only to find he’s inherited much more than he could possibly have imagined.

Lady Jemma Bryan has no desire to spend a single minute in Thane Jordan’s insufferable presence much less live under the same roof with the handsome, arrogant American. Forced to choose between poverty or marriage to the man, she finds herself traveling across an ocean and America to reach his ranch in Oregon.

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“Have you given our conversation any consideration, Miss Bryan?” Thane asked, watching her closely. Although she maintained her perfect posture, he detected a slight squirm as she sat on one end of the settee. Rigsly must have sensed her discomfort, because the dog rose to his feet and plopped his big head on her lap, whimpering.

She lifted one hand and absently stroked his head while setting down her tea with the other.

Lady Jemma Bryan might be a freethinking nuisance, but she was one of the most graceful and polished women Thane had ever met. As he admired the curve of her cheek, the length of her neck, the elegant form of her fingers, he unexpectedly wished he could be the dog.

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And don’t forget, Corsets and Cuffs (Book 3) is now available in both Kindle and paperback formats!

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