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When I was trying to picture the characters for Boughs of Holly, I knew the rancher needed to be a little reserved, a little skeptical of love. And the nurse, Holly, well, she needed to be vibrant and free-spirited.

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I thought Mike Vogel made an amazing Seth Stafford. Just that look right there so made me think of how he would react to meeting Holly.

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And this one! I could just picture her dumping her coffee all over his coat.

Mike Vogel

Really, just so perfect for Seth’s character (and handsome, too!).

For Holly, I knew the moment I happened across this dazzling redhead, she was the best fit for the character.

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Jo Newman has the ideal blend of sweetness and sass – and all that red hair!

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It was so easy to envision the laughter and smiles she’d bring to the Stafford ranch with her warm personality.

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And she’s just beautiful! No wonder Seth couldn’t help but fall for her!

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Robert De Niro  is how I imagine Sam, Seth’s grandfather. He can be a tough nut to crack, but beneath that prickly exterior is a heart of pudding. He loves his grandson and just wants what’s best for him.

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And we have to include Ivy! This is the photo that inspired her character! Just love me some fuzzy red and white bovines!

The song I listened to while I wrote this is from Chris Young  – It Must Be Christmas. Such a great holiday song!

Boughs of Holly is available now on Amazon!

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Boughs of Holly

Boughs of Holly

The Friendly Beasts of Faraday Book 3

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He’d never met a more annoying woman. . .

She’d never met a more intriguing man

Seth Stafford loves every square inch of the ranch where his grandfather raised him. He’s built a good life there, even if it does get lonely. But he doesn’t have time for such nonsense as dating. If the crazy redheaded woman who terrorizes him when he drives into Portland for supplies is any indication of the available females, he’ll stick with tending his cattle. When his grandfather sustains an injury and requires extended care, Seth is forced to open his home to the woman. He just has to decide if he despises or loves her.

Nurse Holly Jones has never had a real home or stayed in one place for more than a year. She never wanted to, until she took a job in Portland working with the elderly. Surprisingly, she finds herself living on a remote ranch outside the small town of Faraday. There, among the cattle, horses, and cowboys, she considers all she’s been missing with her nomadic lifestyle. What would happen if she gave up her wandering ways and allowed her soul to set down roots or her heart to fall in love?

Can a cow named Ivy and a meddling grandfather nudge a reluctant couple together?

Find out in this heartwarming, sweet holiday romance, brimming with laughs and all the joy of the season.

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Excerpt:

He’d just reached for the door when it swung open. A woman, playing with her cell phone, breezed right into him. Her latte spilled all down the front of him.

“Oh, I’m so sorry!” The woman looked up at him with big gray eyes and freckles dotting her nose. Red curls spiraled around her face and over her shoulders like thick ribbons of coiled silk. High cheekbones and lips that seemed to naturally rest in a smile made her look both fun-loving and approachable, especially in the dark blue coat she wore with a sparkly pink scarf looped around her neck.

Lovely, she really was lovely.

Then recognition set in and Seth glowered at her. This woman was the reason he was walking in the rain in the first place. She was the ninny who’d nabbed his parking spot. “Do you pay any attention to what’s going on around you?” he snapped, aware he sounded like a jerk.

“Normally, yes. I’m so sorry,” the woman said, appearing apologetic.

Uncertain whether it was caused by the woman’s alluring voice or the moisture soaking through his clothes, Seth shivered.

“Can I pay to have your coat dry-cleaned? You might want to drop it off before the milk dries.” The woman brushed at his chest with a napkin that quickly disintegrated, leaving little fibers of white clinging to the mess soaking into his coat.

“Never mind. It’s fine. Just watch where you’re going.” He tempered his tone as he stepped aside so she could walk past him. She opened an umbrella and knocked his hat off into a puddle.

Seth fought back the urge to shout in frustration, especially when she didn’t even notice. The woman’s attention appeared glued to the screen of her phone as she tapped a message with one finger.

Angry beyond words, Seth picked up his hat and went inside the coffee shop. He washed the latte off his coat as best he could in the restroom sink then gave his hat a shake before leaving the shop without even bothering to get a coffee to drink. He jogged the rest of the way back to his pickup and barely kept his teeth from chattering as he turned the heat on high and waited for it to dry his wet shirt that now clung to his back since his coat was not only wet, but smelly.

He’d just pulled into traffic and started down the street when a little mint-green car driven by a woman with a head full of red curls whipped in front of him, making him slam the brakes as the car cut around a corner.

“That woman is a menace!” Seth muttered hostilely. “If I never see her again it will be far too soon.”

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The Petticoats & Pistols authors have joined together to offer a week full of cowboys, Christmas romances, and giveaways over on their blog.

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To get in on the fun, just stop by each day this week and enter the giveaways!

Petticoats and Pistols: http://petticoatsandpistols.com/2018/11/26/cowboys-mistletoe-day-1/

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Projects, Projects, Projects

Since I’ve been buried in projects the last few months, I thought you might like to know what some of them are!

I’ll share about them in the coming days, but today’s post is about a brand-new endeavor for me that I’m super excited about it.

This summer, I signed my very first book contract. I’m working with a fabulous editor at TwoDot Books on a project for the 2019 holiday season that combines so many of my favorite things: cowboys, home decor, Christmas, and cooking!

Could it get any better?

I think not.

The book is tentatively titled Cowboys and Christmas and will be out in time for the holidays next year. It will feature interviews with cowboys and their families, decorating suggestions, gift-giving ideas, crafty tips, recipes, recipes, recipes, beautiful photographs, and more!

The fact my stove died and I had to go three weeks without one put a bit of a damper on my creation of recipes, but the new stove arrived yesterday and I’m prepared to put it through a workout in the coming weeks.

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I’m on deadline to get half the book finished by mid-October, the rest by the end of the year. So this is one of the many projects keeping me hopping. (But it’s such incredible fun!)

 

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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!

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