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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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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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Each year, InD’tale Magazine honors some of the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE Award.  To achieve this award, a book  must go through one of the most comprehensive processes in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus.

All books in each given year must have been read and reviewed by their professional staff of reviewers and be given a four star rating or higher to qualify as a nominee.

Once a book is nominated, it then must be voted on by the reading public before moving on to become a finalist. The finalist books are read by a group of industry professionals consisting of editors, writers, professors who judge on a one to five scale from a specific list of requirements such as characterization, overall arc, editing etc.

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I am super excited that Crumpets and Cowpies has been nominated!

So today, I’m asking (okay, begging and pleading!), for you to pop over to:

http://www.indtale.com/polls/american-historical-2016

and cast your vote for Crumpets and Cowpies in the American Historical category.

I’d be so incredibly grateful if you would. Thank you in advance for your help!

If the book makes it to the next round, I’ll be sure to let you know!

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Just for fun, I thought I’d share an interview with Thane and Jemma Jordan from Crumpets and Cowpies today.

Welcome Mr. and Mrs. Jordan. Tell us a little about how you met.

Thane: Jemma’s sister, Jane, was married to my brother, Henry. Upon Henry’s death, I traveled to England to settle his estate and discovered I had a niece and nephew. They lived with Jemma. She’d taken care of them both, even before Jane passed away giving birth to Lily.

Jemma: Little did I know when this cowboy showed up on my doorstep that he’d turn my world all topsy-turvy. In order to travel back to his ranch together, we wed a few weeks after his arrival.

So you married a complete stranger?

Jemma: Not willingly. (Grins at Thane) He inherited the children and I couldn’t bear to be separated from them. The only way for me to stay with them and not create a scandal was to wed this scoundrel.

Thane: (Kisses Jemma’s cheek) She was the most annoying, irritating, stubborn, opinionated female I’d ever met. She also happened to be the most beautiful.

Jemma: (Blushes and squeezes Thane’s hand) Despite his ability to infuriate me beyond reason, he really does say the nicest things.

Tell us what it’s like living on the ranch.

Thane: It’s a little slice of heaven. We’re about an hour from Baker City, to the south. We have rolling hills full of fat cattle and a good crew that keeps everything running smoothly. I also raise and train horses.

Jemma: He forgot to mention we live in a tiny little cabin barely big enough for our dog much less two adults and two lively children. There isn’t a drop of running water. The worst thing is the abominable shack we must use that serves our personal needs. (Jemma shudders) It’s positively detestable.

Thane: (Smirks) What my lady refers to as an abomination is our outhouse. It’s just a part of life where we live.

What’s the most exciting thing happening right now?

Jemma: (Glances at Thane and smiles) Thane is building our new home with running water and honest-to-goodness bathrooms. I can hardly wait until it’s finished.

Thane: I caught her crying over the bathtub we installed the other day. She was sobbing about how pretty it was and how much she loved it. I’m pretty sure she holds a greater affection for the bathtub than me.

Jemma: I did no such thing and you know it. (Swats Thane’s arm) Why, that’s utter nonsense. I merely stated how wonderful it would be to soak in a real tub with water that didn’t have to be heated and hauled. My gracious, Thane Jordan!

Thane: (Leans toward interviewer and speaks in a whisper) See why it’s so much fun to ruffle her bloomers? (Sits back up and winks at Jemma) The other exciting tidbit is that our lumber supplier has gone daffy for one of our good friends, but Maggie’s running away faster than he can catch her.

Jemma: Maggie isn’t nearly as opposed to Ian as she tries to convince everyone. I think secretly she likes him.

Thank you for joining us. Any parting words for our readers?

Thane: Thank you for hosting us today. If you enjoy sweet romances set in the past, I hope you’ll consider reading our stories in Crumpets and Cowpies and Thistles and Thimbles.

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Discover more about the Jordan Ranch and life in 1890 Baker City in Crumpets and Cowpies, the first book in the Baker City Brides series.

Crumpets CoverIn the story, rancher Thane Jordan reluctantly travels to England to settle his brother’s estate. He quickly discovers he’s inherited much more than he could possibly have imagined, including a niece and nephew he didn’t know existed. The children’s aunt, 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 travels across an ocean and America to reach his ranch in Oregon.

 

 

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Thimbles and Thistles takes readers back to Baker City as spring arrives and love is in the air.

Maggie Dalton has no need for a man in her life. Widowed more than ten years, she’s built a successful business and managed quite well on her own in the bustling town of Baker City, Oregon. Aggravated by her inability to block thoughts of the handsome lumber mill owner from her mind, she renews her determination to resist his attempts at friendship.

Full of Scottish charm and mischief, Ian MacGregor could claim any available woman in Baker City as his own, except the enchanting dress shop owner who continues to ignore him. Not one to give up on what he wants, Ian vows to win Maggie’s heart or leave the town he’s come to love.

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My awesome friend and fellow writer, Linda Broday, is hosting me on her blog today.

If you skedaddle on over there, you could leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Crumpets and Cowpies!

Also, just for fun today, I thought I’d share an interview with the men of Baker City. Enjoy!

Welcome Thane Jordan, Tully Barrett, and Ian MacGregor.  Tell us a little about you.

Thane: I’m a recently married rancher, mine owner, and horse trainer. I inherited my brother’s two children last fall and married their aunt. She’d pretty much raised them and couldn’t bear the thought of being away from them. I didn’t plan on falling in love with her, that’s for sure.

Tully: You should see them together. Half the time it’s like oil and vinegar, or maybe I should say crumpets and cowpies. The rest of the time, ol’ Thane is so besotted with his bride, it would be purely sickening if they weren’t so much in love.

Thane: (Glares at Tully) I think you’re supposed to talk about yourself, not provide opinions about me.

Tully: (Grins broadly) I’ve served as sheriff in Baker City for a while and I like the job. I came to the area a dozen years ago with Thane and our friend Maggie and her husband Daniel. He died in an accident in the mine we bought together.  Thane and I watch over Maggie, or at least try.

Ian: That beautiful, bonny lass is a handful. The woman is full of her own ideas and opinions.

Tully: And she’s not afraid to share them.

Ian: (Chuckles and shakes his head) I own the lumber mill and have been in this fair city for just two years. My father hails from Scotland, although my mother’s family has been in America since the first pilgrims set foot off the Mayflower.

What do you like best about Baker City?

Thane: Although the thought never crossed my mind before I became a husband and father of two, Baker City is a great place to raise a family. There are good schools and churches, and things women seem to enjoy like restaurants and the nice hotel, and Maggie’s dress shop. I also like the fact that our ranch is close by yet isolated.

Tully: I like the people. We’ve got a nice community here. Even with the lawbreakers and riffraff I run out of town, it’s still a wonderful place to live.

Ian: I agree. The people are what make the town special, make it seem like home.

Thane: (Smirks) I think he means just one person… Miss Maggie.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about the town?

Ian: Many people would be surprised to know Baker City is often referred to as the “Denver of Oregon” because of the gold, and because of all it has to offer. From the grand hotel downtown to the theater performances and dances, there are many activities here people might not expect to find in a western town.

Tully: At our community harvest dance last fall, one of the men spiked the punch. Several of the women thought it quite tasty, although they didn’t know about the booze. You’ve never seen such carefree, happy females as there were that evening. Two of them even proposed to me.

Thane: (Snorts) I’m sorry I wasn’t around to see that. Maybe you should have had some of that punch and I wouldn’t be the only one enjoying matrimonial bliss now. (Tully glowers at Thane) I think people would be surprised by the gold, silver and quartz mines, and how much money mining produces in our county. I don’t see the mining industry dying off around here anytime soon.

Thank you gentlemen for joining us today. Any parting words?

Tully: If you’ve already read about Thane and Ian’s adventures with love, be sure you watch for my story, Corsets and Cuffs, coming out whenever the author gets around to it.

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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Visuals play a big part in the process I go through when I prepare to write a new story.

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Crumpets and Cowpies was no exception. I gathered my visuals, found some great resources for historic photos of Baker City, and let the story juices begin percolating. (Okay, that sounded a little weird, but you know what I mean.)

Here are some of the photographs I used to shape the story…

Thane-JordanAh, Charlie Hunnam…

He provided a great inspiration for the character of Thane Jordan.

Thane can be tough as nails or incredibly tender. And he has this smirk that drives Jemma mad (and weakens her knees).

charlie 2When Jemma first meets Thane, he has a scruffy beard and long hair that she finds positively disgusting.

charlie 19th century suitBefore they leave England, Thane is dressed as a proper gentleman, much to Jemma’s surprise and delight.

charlie 4She soon learns that regardless of what he wears, Thane enjoys teasing and provoking her.

Jemma-BryanThe Lady Jemma Bryan needed someone who looked like, well… a lady. Elizabeth Henstridge was perfect!

Jemmma 3Jemma is lovely, although she can be a bit independent and free-thinking. Just as Thane. He’ll willingly rattle off all her faults – including obstinate and opinionated.

 

Elizabeth-Henstridge---JemmaOne thing about Jemma he can’t overlook (beyond her beauty) is her devotion and love for their niece and nephew. Thane’s brother Henry was married to Jemma’s sister Jane.  The two children play an important role in the story.

Stone EisenmannStone Eisenmann was my inspiration for Jack Jordan.

Jack is nine but he carries a lot of weight on his young shoulders. He tends to be solemn and quiet, but he takes an instant liking to his Uncle Thane.

maggie-elizabeth-jonesMaggie Elizabeth Jones provided the most wonderful visual for little Lily. How could you not be smitten with this face?

In the story, Lily is three with a head full of unruly curls, a sweet little rosebud mouth, button nose, and snapping copper eyes.

Honestly, if Lily were real, I’d claim her as my own and spend all day cuddling her , or playing dolls, or…

I shouldn’t play favorites, but I completely adore her!

Sir Rigsley (Curly Coated Retriever)This is Sir Rigsly, the family dog. Rigsly (a curly-coated retriever) was more than just a pet to Jemma and the children so Thane agreed to transport him from England to his ranch. It didn’t take long for the dog to settle in and become friends with Thane’s ranch dogs.

Church-Street-1890sThis is Church Street in Liverpool. I could just picture Thane riding in a hansom cab down the street, taking in all the sights so different from the sagebrush covered hills around his ranch.

English Stone CottageThis provided my inspiration for The Cottage, where Jemma and the children lived in Bolton. I could live here. This might be my dream summer home…

TeutonicThe trip back from England, Thane and his new family boarded a ship called the Teutonic. It was one of the first ships in the White Star Line to offer second class accommodations. This staircase reminds me of Titanic (also a White Star Line ship).

Teutonic stateroomThis is one of the staterooms from the ship. Can’t you just picture Jemma tucking Lily into the bed?

Teutonic dining saloonAnd this was the first class dining saloon, where Thane, Jemma and the children would have taken their meals (unless they were eating in their room). I confess, I spent hours and hours admiring photos of the Teutonic. It was an amazing, beautiful ship.

IMG_8248As you know from a post earlier this week, this place provided the inspiration for Thane’s ranch. It’s no wonder the sight of it came as a shock to Jemma.

cabin-kitchenAnd this is the photo I used to envision what the inside of the cabin might have looked like. Although Thane’s is a little bigger, it would have been a far cry from The Cottage.

Baker Street SprinklerEven the town would have been vastly different from what Jemma and the children were accustomed. This is a sprinkler wagon in Baker City that drove up and down the streets, dripping out water to settle the dust.

Saddle ShopAnd this was the saddle and harness shop in Baker City. They really did carry a line of sewing machines. You can see one in the far left side of the photo in front of the display case. It seemed like such an odd combination of wares to me.

There you have it – some of the photos I used to draw inspiration and ideas for the story.

A huge heart-felt thank you to those of you who helped launch the book yesterday. I so appreciate it – and you!

Happy Reading!

 

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Baker City Brides, Book 1

Crumpets CoverDetestable! 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.

Today is the official release day of Crumpets and Cowpies!

Woohoo! Yeehaw!

(I’m a little excited, can you tell?)

I think you’re gonna like this story. The characters are a little different from what I’ve done before – but they are so fun!

Don’t forgot to join me for a little celebration on my Facebook page today from 10-noon (Pacific Time). There will be eight prize giveaways, an opportunity to talk about the book characters, and a cover reveal for the next book in the series! I hope to see you then! Invite your friends and family to come along for the fun, too!

As always, thank you for your encouragement, support, and kindness. You are so appreciated!

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