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The Cowboy’s Christmas Plan

Grass Valley Cowboys Book 1

is FREE for Kindle downloads today through January 1!

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If you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s the scoop:

Cadence Greer’s plans for a happy-ever-after are quickly derailed when her fiancé runs off with his secretary a week before their wedding. Homeless, jobless and jilted, she escapes to Grass Valley, Oregon, where she finds herself employed as a housekeeper and cook to seven cowboys on a sprawling ranch.

Trey Thompson is a well-respected pillar of the community, running a successful ranch with his brother. All he wanted was someone to cook his meals and keep the house clean. When he hires Cadence Greer for the job, he gets more than he ever planned on, including a sassy little red-headed orphan.

Come spend Christmas in Grass Valley at the Triple T Ranch, where mistletoe hangs abundantly and holiday magic is in the air.

Cowboy standing in field.

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Meet Trey Thompson and Cadence Greer

Praise for The Cowboy’s Christmas Plan:

“I LOVED this book. So many twists and turns, I didn’t want to put it down.”

Amazon Reviewer

“Fun and clean Christmas story! I loved it so much that i have almost finished the whole series! “

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“Good romance. Like the themes of strong family ties and strong morals.”

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Cowboy standing in field.

Excerpt:

Walking across the now-white yard, their footprints leaving tracks in the snow, Cadence wasn’t sure what was spinning around in Trey’s handsome head. She wondered what had made him grow so quiet. Maybe he hadn’t enjoyed the ride or the kiss. That thought nearly made her stumble on the back steps.

Stepping inside mudroom, Trey took off his boots, hung up his coat and hat then turned to watch Cady struggle to use the bootjack.

Standing behind her, he put a hand on her thigh and moved her foot into the proper position. Cadence was sure he could feel her leg begin to tremble at his touch.

“Just like that, darlin’,” he said his breath warm and soft by her ear.

Goose bumps popped out on her neck and sprang up on her arms, but Cadence removed the other boot then slowly stepped aside and took off her coat.

Trey tugged the band from her head that covered her ears and dug both hands into her snow-dampened hair. Pulling her to his chest, he groaned as he buried his face in her hair and inhaled the fresh scent that was solely Cady.

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What: Spring Fling Giveaway
When: April 18-30, 2016



I joined with other authors and The Kindle Book Review to offer a fun spring giveaway!

Through April 30, you can enter for a chance to win  a Kindle Fire 6″ HD, a Kid’s Kindle Bundle, 1-Year Amazon Prime, or $100 in Amazon gift cards. Just click on the link and enter The Spring Fling Giveaway at The Kindle Book Review. It’s easy & fun. If you love reading, enter now.
Click here to enter ~>  https://www.thekindlebookreview.net/2016-spring-fling-giveaway/

Cowboy standing in harvested crop field wearing funky cowboy boots.

Cowboy standing in harvested crop field wearing funky cowboy boots.

In addition, The Cowboy’s Spring Romance is on sale for only 99 cents! How fun is that! If you haven’t read it yet, get it now while it’s on sale as part of this cool promotion! http://amzn.to/1WpM93D

 

 

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A few weeks ago, someone asked me about the cover of The Cowboy’s Last Goodbye   and if it was a photo I’d taken.

I meant to share this post long before now, but can I use the excuse that things have been a little busy at our house?

Anyway, I thought you might like to see how I put this cover together.

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It started with this photo I took of my niece’s very good-natured hubby, Marc. To humor his wife’s crazy aunt, he saddled his horse and rode out to check the cows just so I could snap a bunch of photos.

You probably noticed I changed the color of his shirt from black and white to blue because I used him in this shirt on another book cover. (I’ll let you figure out which one!) Also, I wanted a blue title and a blue shirt matched better.

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I added in this barn photo I took a few summers ago.

Sunset

Then we needed the pretty sky (a photo taken from my backyard during the summer).

Dog

And General. I have no idea about this dog, other than it was a perfect piece of clipart for the cover!

If at all possible, I try to use my own artwork and keep my covers very original, but once in a while I have to add a little something that I don’t have on hand (like a specific dog breed!).

And that’s how it came to be.

What do you think?

 

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The Cowboy’s Last Goodbye

Grass Valley Cowboys Book 6

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In case you missed all of my excited hoopla during the last week – today is release day for Ben Morgan’s story! (Yeehaw!)

As a master of goodbyes,

                he never expected to fall in love…

With his siblings and friends all entangled in the state of matrimony, Ben Morgan is more determined than ever to remain blissfully single. Despite his vehement refusal to commit to a relationship, he can’t help but envision a future with the sweet, charming woman who unknowingly captures his heart.

Harper Hayes is an expert at bad relationships. After vowing never to wed, the idea enters her mind with alarming frequency after she meets Ben Morgan. Although the handsome cowboy makes it clear he’s only interested in having fun, Harper’s dog and crazy uncle have other ideas.

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 Meet Ben and Harper

Excerpt:

Surprised she could force words out of her mouth after spying the handsome guy stranded on the side of the road, Harper Hayes had no idea what possessed her to offer a stranger a ride.

Pure stupidity.

That had to be the reason she’d stopped to give the good-looking man a lift. He could be a con artist, a thief, or some kind of sick pervert.

For all she knew, he could be flashing that six-pack of abs and chiseled chin to make her the next victim in a string of yet undiscovered murders by a psycho serial killer.

Then again, Harper seriously doubted a serial killer would hunt for unsuspecting women on dusty dirt roads that very few people traveled and even fewer women inhabited.

Before she fully regained the ability to own a rational thought, she observed the man, starting with his thick, short dark hair. Eyes the color of magnolia leaves in the autumn — brown with a slightly inviting sheen — made her want to take a step closer to him.

In all her twenty-eight years of living, she’d never seen a guy with such a full bottom lip, one just made for enticing kisses out of entranced women.

For a moment, she indulged in thoroughly ogling his broad shoulders, sculpted chest, and muscled arms. Eventually, she forced her gaze back to his face.

And it was such an incredibly attractive face, too.

Mortified by the wayward thoughts swirling around in her head, heat stung her cheeks as she took a step away from him. Away from temptation.

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The Cowboy’s Last Goodbye releases tomorrow!

Hooray!

Are you ready? I’m so, so excited to share this book with you all.

Today, I thought you might like to meet a few of the characters in the book.

We know from the past Grass Valley stories that Ben looks like Brice.

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Robbie Amell was my visual inspiration for Brice’s character. So when I started looking for Ben, I knew he had to share some similarities.

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That’s when I happened upon the hunky Brett Dalton.

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Ben is a little older than Brice.

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Sometimes a little wiser – although not always.

Brett-Dalton- as Ben MorganBut he definitely has the Morgan good looks and charm.

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Ben can’t help but give Harper Hayes a second (and third) glance when he meets her. Harper is a sweet girl, full of light and laughter. Kellie Pickler makes the perfect Harper.

Harper HayesAnd despite Ben’s plans to stay away from Harper, he can’t quite help himself.

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And Harper doesn’t try to hard to avoid him.

Uncle Cletus

Harper lives with her Uncle Cletus. He’s crotchety and something of a loner, but he loves her dearly. I thought Donald Sutherland made the perfect crazy uncle.

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Harper also has a retired military dog named General. He makes sure Ben tows the line around her.

Here’s a little snippet of General with Ben and Harper:

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Ben did his best to ignore General as the dog walked around the desk and came over to sniff his leg. When the animal sat down by his foot and looked at him with his tongue lolling out of his mouth and tail wagging, Ben knew he was ready to be friends.

Slowly hunkering down, he let the dog sniff his hand before rubbing it over the animal’s head and along his back.

“If I’d known General was here, I would have brought him a treat.” Ben glanced up at Harper as he scratched the dog behind his ears.

“If you bring something with bacon, you’ll have a new best friend for life.” Harper shook her head as she completed the paperwork. “General doesn’t usually let anyone but me and Uncle Cletus pet him. You must be a good guy for him to take to you like that.”

“Did I give you the impression I was a bad boy?” Suggestively, Ben waggled his eyebrows at her.

Harper blushed.

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I can’t wait for tomorrow so you all can read Ben and Harper’s story!

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One week from today…

Cowboy Leaning in Doorway of BarnThe Cowboy’s Last Goodbye releases!

Is anyone else excited? Let me see those hands waving in the air!

I thought you might enjoy a little teaser that begins at the beginning of Ben Morgan’s story.

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1:

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In every goodbye, we discover a new hello.

 The end of days had arrived.

Without warning, without a hint of impending doom, the day of reckoning swooped in, wreaking a path of havoc.

Ben Morgan teetered on the edge of his own personal apocalypse while those around him appeared impervious to the imminent danger.

The harbingers of destruction looked nothing like he’d imagined. No evil, ancient, otherworldly apparitions lingered, waiting to drag him to Purgatory.

It was far worse.

Cherub-cheeked toddlers with aquamarine eyes and impish grins rimmed in chocolate ice cream wiped their sticky fingers on his jeans, using their cuteness to batter against his defenses.

One moment, he’d been discussing plans for the wheat harvest with his brother, Brice. The next, he held a loaded diaper in his hand that smelled worse than the corpse of a dead skunk left to bake in the summer sun.

“Not cool, bro. Not cool at all.” Ben fought down the urge to gag and turned his head away from the stench as Brice laughed at him.

“Come on, Ben. It’s just Maizy’s diaper. Don’t be such a wuss.” Brice picked up his six-month-old daughter and blew on her tummy. She chortled and waved her chubby fingers in the air.

“I’m not a wuss, but this should be registered as toxic waste and handled by certified personnel in hazmat suits.” Ben grimaced as another whiff assaulted his nose. He tried to take a step toward the door, but the twins hanging onto his legs hampered his efforts.

“Give us a ride, Unca Ben!” Shane Thompson begged. “Pwease?”

“Pwease, Unca Ben?” Shiloh Thompson joined in his brother’s pleading.

“How can you say no to that?” Brice asked with a smirk. He tugged down Maizy’s frilly cotton dress and kissed her rosy cheek.

Ben rolled his eyes and shuffled toward the bedroom door with anchors on both feet. “I don’t suppose I can. Did their parents send them in here to torture me on purpose? Or is that a side benefit of the super powers you all automatically acquired when you began shooting out offspring?”

Affronted, Brice shook his head. “We aren’t exactly ‘shooting out offspring,’ as you so rudely put it. What’s the matter with you, today?”

“What’s the matter with me?” A scowl deepened vertical lines on Ben’s forehead as he glowered at his blissfully wed brother. “I haven’t had a moment of peace since you all walked in the door this morning. Cass made me give her so many piggyback rides, I think she might have ruptured something like my spleen. Emily cried until I played tea party with her. And these two…” Ben pointed to the boys clinging to his calves, “are about to give me charley horses the size of Clydesdales.”

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As a master of goodbyes,

                he never expected to fall in love…

With his siblings and friends all entangled in the state of matrimony, Ben Morgan is more determined than ever to remain blissfully single. Despite his vehement refusal to commit to a relationship, he can’t help but envision a future with the sweet, charming woman who unknowingly captures his heart.

Harper Hayes is an expert at bad relationships. After vowing never to wed, the idea enters her mind with alarming frequency after she meets Ben Morgan. Although the handsome cowboy makes it clear he’s only interested in having fun, Harper’s dog and crazy uncle have other ideas.

The Cowboy’s Last Goodbye available for pre-orders on Amazon

I’m working on final edits this week of Ben Morgan’s story, so I thought you might appreciate a little teaser. In this scene, Ben is babysitting Emily Thompson, Trent and Lindsay’s little girl, who arrived at the end of The Cowboy’s New Heart.

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After parking his pickup, he slung the backpack over his shoulder and decided to carry Emily in her car seat up to his apartment. She didn’t even blink as he worked it free from the knot of seatbelts and bungee cords he’d used to secure it since he couldn’t figure out how to properly fasten it into his truck.

Some of his single female neighbors eyed him as he crossed the courtyard and waited for the elevator up to his apartment.

He could almost hear their biological clocks screaming that a baby-making machine was in their midst.

Lest anyone get any wild ideas, he opened the door to the stairs and took them two at a time up to his apartment.

Winded by the time he reached his door, he opened it and carried Emily inside.

Afraid to wake her, he knew she’d be more comfortable outside of the car seat, so he gently lifted her limp body and carried her into his bedroom. He adjusted the vents of his window air conditioning unit so they wouldn’t blow directly on her, then partially closed the door.

He took a cold Dr. Pepper from the fridge and sank onto his couch.

No one warned him how utterly exhausting it would be to keep track of one pink dress-wearing impish-grinning little, bitty girl.

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