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Would you like to meet the characters from Dally?

Way back, when I first wrote Aundy, a photo of a young, ragged boy was my inspiration for Nikola Zorian Gandiaga, a shepherd later adopted by Aundy and Garrett Nash.

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Since then, both the character in my story, and the young man in the photo have grown up.

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Meet Logan Lerman, my inspiration for Nik.

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Logan has a wonderfully expressive face, like I imagined Nik would have.

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And a somewhat devilish smile.

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And such beautiful eyes (just pretend they are brown for the story).

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It was easy to picture Dally losing her heart to him.

Around the time I was writing Aundy, I happened upon a photo of an actress and knew she would be perfect for the character of Dally. I’d already picked out the name and planned for her to be Nik’s true love. Originally, I thought she’d be the only child of a rancher from Pendleton who didn’t know the first thing about being a lady.

But then I wrote Dacey and the idea of having her daughter be Dally stuck. How fun would it be for a daughter just like her to return to the ranch in Pendleton and fall in love with Nik.

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Meet my ideal of Dally – Summer Naomi Smart.

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I love that wild, curly auburn hair. (So perfect for Dally.)

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The dimples are what really sold me (and the fact she’s just beautiful!)

And there you have the inspiration for Nik and Dally!

You can find many more images of what inspired me while I was writing the story on Pinterest.

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Available now on Amazon!

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Dally

(Pendleton Petticoats, Book 8)

She’s ready to spread her wing and fly…
He’s scrambling to set down roots.

Unconventional Dally Douglas is as likely to be found wearing her brother’s britches and riding a horse as she is dressed in lace-trimmed finery sipping tea in the parlor. With no plans to wed, she convinces her family to allow her to stay at their ranch in Oregon. Free and unfettered, she plans to remain that way, even when the town’s beloved young doctor returns home and captures both her interest and her heart.

Charismatic, handsome, and dedicated to his work, Doctor Nik Nash finally makes his way back to Pendleton. After years of studying and gaining hands-on experience, Nik is excited to bring his skills and knowledge to the place he calls home. Focused on his career, he has no time for a woman, especially not one as lively, fascinating, and enchanting as Dally Douglas.

When a freak accident brings the two of them together, their stubborn determination may cost them the chance to know true love.

Bursting with sweet romance, this tender yet lighthearted story draws readers into a world of rustic elegant charm.

Available now on Amazon!

 

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Today, I thought you might like to meet the characters in Bobbins and Boots.

I’d just finished writing Corsets and Cuffs last year when I started thinking about the characters for this book. I knew Ben had to be young, with dark hair and dark eyes.

I asked in my Facebook group for suggestions, and one of the photos shared turned out to be the perfect Ben.

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It took some digging to find the name of the cute guy in the photo, but I finally discovered it on Pinterest!

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This is Freddie Smith who just happens to make a wonderful Ben. Look at those eyes! Aren’t they gorgeous?

For Allie’s character, I wanted a tall, willowy girl with straight blond hair and blue eyes.

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I think Jessy Schram fits the bill quite nicely! She’s so pretty and just cute with those freckles.

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And she made such a great Allie.

And in case you’ve forgotten the other characters, here is a refresher:

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Matt Barr as Ian McGregor.

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The lovely Alana de la Garza as Maggie Dalton McGregor

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Chris Young as Sheriff Tully Barrett

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Michaela McManus as Brianna Dumont Barrett

and we can’t forget…

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Dylan Scott as Tad Palmer

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Julie Mond as Posey Jacobs Palmer

You can find more info about Ben and Allie on my character pages. Also, visit their Pinterest board for more visual inspiration!

 

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It’s release day for Bobbins and Boots!

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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

Excerpt:

“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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Please join me in welcoming the talented and entirely awesome Kristin Holt to my blog today. She has a brand-new release to share with us!

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Sophia’s Leap-Year Courtship

Union Pacific Station Agent Chadwick Hughes has everything in a state of readiness to welcome his mail order bride…everything but the bride. The woman he’s corresponded with for a year didn’t change her mind or miss her train in Omaha—she never existed. Chadwick’s mortified to discover he’s been swindled by a fraudulent matrimonial agency in Chicago. He needs a lawyer if he’ll ever recover a dime of the fortune he spent on worthless membership fees and the nonexistent bride’s transportation west.

Sophia Sorensen, Attorney at Law, is a spinster on the edge of propriety. The good people of Wyoming Territory are open to a lot of things, including Lady’s Privilege during Leap Years, but some aren’t fond of her day-to-day behavior. Why, the woman rides her bicycle hither and yon, showing her petticoat ruffle and ankles. She might be the least ladylike specimen beneath Wyoming skies, but it’s entertaining to watch her court the U.P. Station Agent, Chadwick Hughes, the most-eligible bachelor in the county.

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Tour Schedule

Feb. 27 Heidi Reads / Bookworm Lisa / Donna Fasano

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March 1 Wishful Endings / LDS Writer Mom / Getting Your Read On

March 2 My Book a Day / Milou Koenings / Mel’s Shelves / Literary Time Out / Margaret Daley

March 3 Katie’s Clean Book Collection / Smiling Book Reviews / Magdalena Scott /

Melanie Snitker / Bubble Bath Books

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Today is release day for Tad’s Treasure – the twelfth and final book in the Grandma’s Wedding Quilt series.

And just for today, the book is on sale for 99 cents!

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He never intended to fall in love with her

Tad Palmer makes a promise to his dying friend to watch over the man’s wife and child. Years later, he continues to keep an eye on Posey Jacobs and her precocious little boy. The only problem is that he’s not sure his heart can withstand the vow he made when he falls in love with the widow and her son.

Posey Jacobs misses her beloved husband, but her wrenching grief has given way to hope for the future as she finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love with Tad Palmer. However, the infuriating man doesn’t seem to notice her interest and treats her as he would his sister.

Throw in a goat who thinks she’s a dog, a town full of quirky characters, and this widow has her work cut out for her if she wants one handsome cowboy to give her his heart.

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Disturbed by the odd light glowing in his eyes and the determined look on his face, she didn’t even think of resisting. Not when her gaze fixated on his lips and how much she wanted to taste his kiss.

Unable to recall when Tad’s mouth had first fascinated her, all she knew was for the last two years, she’d dreamed of him taking her in his arms and kissing her with the same level of passion he stirred in her.

In spite of the lingering guilt she felt about falling in love again, she knew John would be glad the one who’d captured her heart was Tad. Her husband had often said there was no one finer than his best friend, and Posey heartily agreed.

“I never wanted or needed your money, Posey Jo,” Tad growled, slowly lowering his head toward hers as he continued to draw her closer. He sat on the stool with his legs bracketing her on either side. “What I want…” One of his big hands slid around to cup the back of her head while the other encircled her waist. “Is to kiss you.”

Warmth flooded through Posey and her lips curved upward in a smile. “Why, then, are you still talking instead of kissing me?”

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You can find Tad’s Treasure on Amazon.

(And the book is also the prequel to the Baker City Brides series for those of you who enjoyed Thane, Maggie, and Tully’s stories!)

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Corsets and Cuffs

In less than two weeks, Corsets and Cuffs (Baker City Brides – Book 3) will release!

Is anyone else excited?

Sheriff Tully Barrett never knew trouble

               had such a pretty face.

Brianna Dumont never knew the law could be so handsome and hardheaded.

Pampered and privileged, Brianna Dumont escapes the life she’s always known in an effort to clear her father’s good name. She arrives in Baker City, Oregon, intent on selling her father’s shares in a mine. Only the mine is a bust, her father’s partner is a crusty ol’ coot who hates women, and the sheriff in town is determined to keep her behind bars.

With good friends around him, a small ranch of his own, and a fulfilling job as sheriff, Tully Barrett loves his life. Then an exasperating woman shows up, making demands and driving him crazy. No matter how hard he tries to ignore her brains and beauty, she works her way under his skin.

Corsets and Cuffs captures the fun-loving banter of two strong-willed characters determined not to fall in love in this sweet historical romance.

And just for fun, I thought I’d share an excerpt with you today:

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Brianna released a beleaguered sigh. “I need to report a theft, Sheriff. Will you or will you not provide assistance?”

“What’d you lose now? A petticoat? Was it your stockings? Maybe your bloomers? Should I check to be sure you still have a pair of ‘em on?” The teasing grin he shot her dissipated when her hand connected with his cheek in a resounding slap.

“You, sir, are a despicable cad!” Brianna would never have guessed someone as big and brawny as the sheriff capable of moving with such lightning-fast speed. However, before she could turn away, he’d fastened heavy iron cuffs around her wrists. He grabbed her upper arm in his hand and propelled her toward the jail.

“What in the world do you think you’re doing?” She struggled against the iron grip around her arm.

His fingers tightened while the cold stare he fixed on her made a chill slide through her body. “I’m taking you to jail, Miss Dumont. You might get away with assaulting officers of the law where you live, but I don’t tolerate it. Not at all.”

Her jaw dropped open as she gaped at him. “This is ridiculous. Remove these cuffs and release me, this instant.”

“Not happening, your highness.”  He swung open the door to the jail and escorted her through the office back to the cells. No one else was in the building, something for which Brianna was grateful. Mortified to be manhandled in such a manner on the way to the jail, she certainly didn’t need any spectators to her unexpected imprisonment.

Tully marched her into a cell then removed the cuffs. A smile played around the corners of his mouth as he slammed the door and turned a key in the lock. “You’re under arrest.”

Furious, she spluttered in protest. “For what? I have done nothing more than demand you carry out the responsibilities of the job the good citizens of this town entrusted into your care. You have no right…”

Tully took a step back as she grabbed hold of the cell bars and rattled them. He smirked. “You are under arrest for assaulting an officer of the law.”

Defiant and insulted, she lifted her chin. “You deserved the slap after that impudent comment.”

Tully ignored her and continued. “You’re under arrest for assaulting an officer of the law, being a public nuisance, harassment, and disorderly conduct.”

Incensed, she rattled the bars again. “I did no such thing, and you know it. This is an outrage. You, sir, are a bully and a beast! I demand an immediate release. Wait until your superiors hear about this. I’ll have you removed from your position. In fact, I won’t stop until the governor of this state has you tossed in prison!”

“Good luck with that, sweetheart.” Tully stalked over to the door, leading to the jail’s office, his gaze hard and penetrating. “Your time might be better spent reflecting on how you ended up in here, Miss Smarty Britches.”

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Coming May 12!

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