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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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 Chasing Christmas,   book 5 in the Rodeo Romance series, releases next week on Nov. 9! Yeehaw! I’m so excited to share Chase and Jessie’s story with you all.

I thought you might enjoy another teaser today while you wait for release day!

 

Excerpt:

“Do you know how to dance?” he whispered in her ear.

“Not really. I can manage a slow dance, but that’s about it.”

Chase grinned. “That’ll do, Mrs. Jarrett.”

He motioned to the band and they began playing Kenny Chesney’s “You Had Me From Hello.” He took Jessie in his arms and swayed back and forth with her on the shop floor, beneath thousands of twinkling lights while a few hundred people watched.

In that moment, he knew he’d picked the right song for the first dance. Ashley had called him a genius when he told her what song he thought the band should play.

Anyone who’d questioned his sudden and unexpected marriage would think he had taken one look at Jessie and fallen in love. As he gazed into her eyes, lost himself in their depths, he realized the words weren’t far from the truth.

Oh, he wouldn’t admit he was in love with her, but he was certainly in something with her.

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Raising funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Read a Book, Help a Cowboy!

JCCF_2017 REVISED 10-04-17.jpgNovember 1 through December 24,  ten percent of the net proceeds from all my book sales are donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. Don’t forget to include books on your Christmas lists!

Back in 2013, I was researching details for The Christmas Cowboy, the first book in the Rodeo Romance series. I wanted to know how much medical care an injured cowboy would receive at a rodeo versus going to the hospital.

In the story, the hero is a saddle bronc rider named Tate who sustains an injury at a rodeo. In an attempt to get my facts straight for the story, I reached out to the Justin Sportsmedicine Team®. Through mobile medical centers, they provide care at more than 125 PRCA rodeos annually. Their responses to my questions were extremely helpful and I was so impressed with them, I wanted to do a little something in return.

So I launched a campaign to donate a portion of my book sales to the JCCF during the month of December.

Two years ago, I added the month of November to my promotion, giving two months to raise funds for JCCF.

If you enjoy rodeos and the cowboys who make them possible (or reading about them in books), I hope you’ll take a look at the JCCF. It’s a great organization that really does make a difference when these cowboys are injured.

You can find my books at:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple | Audible

Be sure to come to the party planned Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Pacific Time) to kick off the campaign. Great prizes, giveaways, freebies, guest authors and more – so don’t miss out!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1942492956038626/

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Raising funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Help a Cowboy, Read a Book!

JCCF_2017 REVISED 10-04-17.jpgNovember 1 through December 24,  ten percent of the net proceeds from all my book sales are donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. Don’t forget to include books on your Christmas lists!

Back in 2013, I was researching details for The Christmas Cowboy, the first book in the Rodeo Romance series. I wanted to know how much medical care an injured cowboy would receive at a rodeo versus going to the hospital.

In the story, the hero is a saddle bronc rider named Tate who sustains an injury at a rodeo. In an attempt to get my facts straight for the story, I reached out to the Justin Sportsmedicine Team®. Through mobile medical centers, they provide care at more than 125 PRCA rodeos annually. Their responses to my questions were extremely helpful and I was so impressed with them, I wanted to do a little something in return.

So I launched a campaign to donate a portion of my book sales to the JCCF during the month of December.

Two years ago, I added the month of November to my promotion, giving two months to raise funds for JCCF.

If you enjoy rodeos and the cowboys who make them possible (or reading about them in books), I hope you’ll take a look at the JCCF. It’s a great organization that really does make a difference when these cowboys are injured.

You can find my books at:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple | Audible

 

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For those of you who have already helped with the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund campaign – my sincere thanks to you!

For those who are just hearing about it today, this is the third year I’ve contributed funds to the JCCF – an organization that gives a hand up to rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to compete for an extended period of time.

Save A Cowboy, Read a Book! is the theme of this year’s campaign that runs until midnight Christmas Eve. I donate 10 percent of the net proceeds of all my book sales Nov. 1 through Dec. 24 to the JCCF.

To get in on the promotion, purchase any book (written by yours truly). It can be an ebook, a paperback or an audio book – they all help the cause!

And don’t forget books make fabulous gifts! You can even gift digital books!

To find my books online, look on:

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Have you ever wondered what women from two different centuries would discuss?

Today, you can listen in as Filly Granger and Kenzie Morgan dish on life, love, and the holidays.

Amanda Righetti makes such a lovely Filly.

Amanda Righetti makes such a lovely Filly.

Filly is a wife, mother, and involved community member in The Christmas Bargain, a sweet Victorian romance taking place in 1893.

Daniela Ruha is exactly how I picture Kenzie.

Daniela Ruha is exactly how I picture Kenzie.

Kenzie Morgan is from the contemporary sweet romance The Christmas Cowboy. She works from home as a direct sales corporate program developer, is a wife and mother.

Welcome to you both. Tell us a little about your home.

Filly: I live in the small but bustling community of Hardman, Oregon in Eastern Oregon. We have several churches, a school, a newspaper office, skating rink and mercantile there. My husband, Luke, and I live in the house where he grew up on the edge of town where we raise cattle and a few horses. He owns and manages the Hardman Bank and is very involved in the community.

Kenzie: Tate, that’s my husband, and I live on the ranch that his grandfather started back in the early 1900s. We’re about thirty miles from Kennewick, Washington. We primarily raise beef cattle, wheat, and hay.

What is your single most favorite modern convenience?

Filly: Indoor plumbing. And my washing machines. I feel quite spoiled to have two but it is such a big help on laundry day.

Kenzie: Since indoor plumbing is something we all take for granted these days, I’d say my cell phone is my favorite convenience. (Smiles and shows Filly her phone, giving her brief demonstration of how it works.)

Filly: (Wide-eyed, holds the phone in her hand) This is the most miraculous invention. I dearly wish I could show Luke. He’d be utterly entranced.

What’s your favorite thing about your home?

Kenzie: (Smiles) Tate and our son, Gideon. They make a place home for me.

Filly: You have a son?

Kenzie: We sure do. He’ll be two soon. (Pulls up a photo of the baby on her phone and hands it to Filly.)

Filly: He’s adorable. His curls put me in mind of our own little Maura. She’s just a few months old. (Filly removes a small photograph from her reticule and gives it to Kenzie.)

Kenzie: What a lovely family. Your husband is very handsome.

Filly: Mr. Morgan appears quite dashing with those dimples and bright blue eyes. Oh, and to answer the question, my favorite thing about home is Luke and Maura. It would just be a house without them there.

Here are three fun questions…

Coffee or tea?

Kenzie: Most of the time coffee, but sometimes I enjoy a good cup of tea. Tate thinks I make special Christmas tea, but I buy it from the store.

Filly: (Grins at Kenzie) I prefer tea as does Luke, although he hates to admit it to anyone. We also have spicy tea we make at Christmas. It’s so fragrant and delicious.

Skirts or pants?

Filly: Women wear pants?

Kenzie: (Opens a site on her phone with women’s fashions) All the time. I’m used to wearing skirts when I’m working so I put one on today. Otherwise, I’d be dressed in jeans and boots.

Filly: Jeans? As in denim trousers?

Kenzie: (Nods and shows Filly a photo) This is me with my horse, Goldie.

Filly: (Studies the photo and grins) Oh, how I wish I could wear jeans to ride. They look much more comfortable than the split skirts I wear. Your boots are wonderful.

Sweet or savory?

Filly and Kenzie: Sweet!

Filly: I enjoy sweets, especially chocolate.

Kenzie: Me, too!

Tell us one thing you admire about your husband.

Kenzie: It’s hard to choose just one. Tate is one of the most optimistic, positive people I’ve ever met. He always looks for the good in situations and in others. I’d say that’s probably what I admire about him most. He’s also loyal, determined, gentle, and kind. And handsome!

Filly: Luke has the biggest heart of anyone I know. He rescued me when I needed it most. He’s definitely my hero, champion, and best friend. I also think he’s quite charming and handsome.

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

Kenzie: If you enjoy historical fiction, sweet romances, or good westerns, I hope you’ll consider reading our stories in the Hardman Holidays and Rodeo Romance series.

Filly: Be sure to check out The Christmas Calamity, releasing Nov. 13. Luke’s assistant Arlan really gets into the magic of the season with the arrival of a prestidigitator in town.

Kenzie: I’ve never met a prestidigitator, although I’ve been around some great rodeo clowns when Tate rode in the rodeo.

(The two women stand.)

Filly: If you aren’t in a hurry, do you mind if I peruse a few things on that? (Gestures to Kenzie’s cell phone)

Kenzie: (Hands Filly the phone) Go right ahead. By the way, do you think you could share that tea recipe…

Where to Find The Books

The Christmas Cowboy

Start the Rodeo Romance Series with The Christmas Cowboy.

Kindle | Paperback | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple | Audible

christmas bargain coverTravel back to a different time with the historic Hardman Holiday Series,

beginning with The Christmas Bargain.

Kindle | Paperback

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bronc 2dThe sight of a cowboy in a pair of dusty boots with his hat settled just so on his head never fails to make me smile.

My appreciation of cowboys and the western way of life came naturally, growing up as a horse-crazy girl on our farm in Eastern Oregon.

The fact my oldest brother spent weeks (and sometimes) months at a time working on remote ranches next door to the edge of nowhere only added to my fascination. He’d arrive home full of exciting tales of daring that made me sit up and take notice. Sometimes, he brought along a fellow cowpoke in need of a home-cooked meal and a few days of rest before they headed back to boonies.

As a little girl, I’d listen to them talk about a way of life that seemed to be all but disappearing. They always smelled like leather and horses and sunshine – a scent I still love to this day.

When I began writing sweet romances, it was a natural fit for me to make most of my heroes cowboys. Some of my stories take place in historical settings, others are modern day, but the common thread is that the men live by an unspoken code of honor I always associate with cowboys. With those boots and hats, it can be a lethal combination to the hearts of unsuspecting women.

Tate graphicIn The Christmas Cowboy and Wrestlin’ Christmas, the first two books in the Rodeo Romance series, neither heroine wants to fall for a cowboy.

The Christmas Cowboy

Here’s an excerpt from The Christmas Cowboy

Quickly jumping off the fence, Tate jogged toward the stands. Kenzie looked around, getting her bearings, as he hustled up the steps and squatted down beside her.

“Dewdrop, I didn’t think you’d be able to make it.” He took her hand in his and squeezed her fingers. The warmth in her eyes as she gazed at him made his heartbeat kick into overdrive. Maybe she cared about him more than she wanted to admit.

The jubilant smile on his face made her glad she raced through her presentation, ran through the hotel as if the building was aflame, and pleaded with the taxi driver to put some hustle in it so she’d arrive at the rodeo on time.

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And an excerpt from Wrestlin’ Christmas

Tall and brawny, Cort McGraw happened to be one of the most handsome men she’d ever seen. From his silvery-gray eyes rimmed with black eyelashes to the dimple in his all-too-attractive chin, she wished Kenzie had given her some warning. If she’d known what he looked like, that he was so young, rugged, and hunky, she would have told Tate not to bother sending Cort to her place.

Mercy, he smelled good, too. Even now, his manly, musky fragrance filled her senses. Annoyed with herself for savoring his heady scent, she brushed at her nose, hoping to chase away the lingering aroma of his aftershave.

Where to Find The Books

The Christmas CowboyStart the Rodeo Romance Series with The Christmas Cowboy.

Kindle | Paperback | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple | Audible

Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund®

NoJCCF logow through Dec. 24, I’ll donate 10 percent of the net proceeds from all book sales to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period.

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