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tads-treasure

For those of you who are interested, I thought it might be fun to share a little excerpt from Tad’s Treasure today.

Although the story is the last book in the Grandma’s Wedding Quilts series, it also is the prequel to my Baker City Brides  series. If you’ve read and enjoyed meeting the characters in those stories, you’ll get a little glimpse of Thane, Tully, Maggie, and Ian in this story!

Here is an excerpt:

Posey leaned down toward him, as though she felt the magnetic pull to be together as much as he did.

What might have happened next would remain a mystery, though. Nate grabbed Posey’s arm, jerking her and Tad back to reality.

“Mama, look!” The little boy stood and pointed to a cloud of dust rising on Main Street. The thundering sound of hooves preceded the sight of the sheriff and his two best friends racing pell-mell down the wide street.

“Looks like Tully, Maggie, and Thane are at it again,” Posey mused, settling Nate back onto the seat next to her.

“So it would seem,” Tad said, amused. “I don’t think Tully Barrett has changed much since he became the sheriff.”

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Tad’s Treasure is available for 99 cents on pre-orders! The book releases Jan. 20.  http://a.co/2b97MgE

And, you can read the prequel  to Grandma’s Wedding Quilts right now for just 99 cents. http://a.co/fbaF6UC

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Did you know you can find some of my books in audio format?

It’s true!

And I have four new ones out right now!

Four!!!

And guess what? Three of them are Christmas stories!

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Capturing Christmas is the third audio book Luke Andreen has narrated for me. He did books 1 and 2 in the Rodeo Romance series. This one just released yesterday, so be sure to check it out!

You can find it on audible, Amazon .

 

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Talented Chris Abell narrated The Cowboy’s Christmas Plan for me! If you love the Thompson brothers, be sure to listen to him bring the characters to life in the audio version!

Available on Audible and Amazon.

 

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Michael L. Canaan lent his versatile voice to The Christmas Bargain. He really made the story fun for me to listen to by adding little extra touches to the narration. I hope you enjoy listening to him, too!

Available on Audible and Amazon.

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The awesome Michael Rahhal narrated Garden of Her Heart. He is amazing and I know you’ll love the way he brings the story and characters to life!

Available on Audible and Amazon.

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Please give a big welcome to a fellow Women Writing the West author – Alethea Williams.

Her latest book,  Náápiikoan Winter, is a western historical that releases May 9!

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At the turn of a new century, changes unimagined are about to unfold.

THE WOMAN: Kidnapped by the Apaches, a Mexican woman learns the healing arts. Stolen by the Utes, she is sold and traded until she ends up with the Piikáni. All she has left are her skills—and her honor. What price will she pay to ensure a lasting place among the People?

THE MAN: Raised in a London charitable school, a young man at the end of the third of a seven year term of indenture to the Hudson’s Bay Company is sent to the Rocky Mountains to live among the Piikáni for the winter to learn their language and to foster trade. He dreams of his advancement in the company, but he doesn’t reckon the price for becoming entangled in the passions of the Piikáni.

THE LAND: After centuries of conflict, Náápiikoan traders approach the Piikáni, powerful members of the Blackfoot Confederation. The Piikáni already have horses and weapons, but they are promised they will become rich if they agree to trap beaver for Náápiikoan. Will the People trade their beliefs for the White Man’s bargains?

EXCERPT:

ISOBEL CURSED ÁYÍLAA to the fullest of her youthful vocabulary. He had delivered her into slavery. She knew now why he had pointed out certain plants and taught her the words for them. So now she knew the names of what she was supposed to seek, but the knowledge did her little good. Out in the hot sun all day with Apache girls who hated and taunted her, Isobel had to quickly learn to fend for herself. Gathering yucca buds and wild onion, she grew to expect the unexplained blows and stinging slaps, after a while barely flinching when they came without cause or warning. She learned to give up the best and most succulent tidbits she had discovered to the meanest of the horrid girls, keeping only the scrawniest and least nourishing. The Apache girls delighted in setting her impossible tasks, daring her to fail so they had yet one more excuse to slap her or whip her. Searching out prickly pear fruit and edible roots among the rocks and poor soil of the foothills, Isobel endured in silence the gobs of Apache girl spittle almost constantly running down her face.

At night she returned to the old crone to whom Áyílaa had presented her when they came to this place. Often she received yet one more beating for bringing home such scanty rations. Then Isobel cursed Áyílaa again and sometimes cried with helplessness, even though she knew tears only served to whip the old woman to increased fits of toothless fury.

So, almost starving, Isobel didn’t understand why she must go twice a day to feed Pedro Navarro and her father. She didn’t understand why the Apache fed them in the first place, why they were kept prisoner but required to do no work and almost certainly fated to die. She resented the task of bringing them food. She resented feeding her own father, and she couldn’t help comparing the sumptuous food he received—meats and cornmeal breads—to the meager vegetable fare the Indians forced her to find on her own if she wished to eat. She couldn’t help her anger; starved and forced to watch the two captive men gorge themselves, she received nothing. The guard who accompanied her made sure she stole not even a crumb of the food meant for the prisoners, and he cuffed her away from them the single time Armando tried to share with her. Pedro, fat hands unbound while he stuffed food in his mouth, never even bothered to offer.

“Isobel,” Don Armando said softly one day, staring at her as if seeing her for the first time since their capture. “What happened to your hair?” He reached out to touch the stripe on her head now covered with soft, snowy fuzz. Áyílaa had told her—shown her in sign—that she had been hit by lightning on the mountain. She assumed her hair got burned off at that time. She told Armando how she had held off the Apache with the burnt piece of wood. He smiled and petted her, admiring her bravery. She felt a desperate contentment just to have him touch her with kindness. After these recent weeks with the ferocious Apache girls, she desperately needed someone to love her and to touch her lovingly.

She listened while her father talked, explaining, explaining, drawing out his meals in exquisite torture for her. Perhaps he didn’t realize she continually went hungry, and perhaps, in his frantic need to excuse himself, he didn’t care. She got much of the bloody history of New Mexico in those monologues: Armando apologetically comparing his enslavement of the Indians who worked in his silver mine to the days before the uprising of 1687, when the Spaniards had been completely driven out of the province of Nuevo Mexico. Armando’s own slaves had rebelled just like those of a century earlier, nearly killing Pedro Navarro in the process.

“But don’t worry—they paid with their lives,” Navarro interjected with oily satisfaction. “The Apache arrived, and wiped out their puny victory. So it was all for nothing. The Pueblos got no success from besting your father and me.”

Isobel searched the heights of the mountains surrounding the valley where the Apache village lay. If the fat fool didn’t yet realize it, she thought, he and her father—and she—would have no victory to savor either.

“Padre,” she said, “can’t you get us out of here?”

“I—I will try if I get a chance, Isobel. I don’t even know where we are for sure. It can’t be helped—I was unconscious, so I don’t know the way.”

Buy link:

http://www.amazon.com/Naapiikoan-Winter-Alethea-Williams-ebook/dp/B01EIQNCMO/

 

BIO: Alethea Williams is the author of Willow Vale, the story of a Tyrolean immigrant’s journey to America after WWI. Willow Vale won a 2012 Wyoming State Historical Society Publications Award. In her second novel, Walls for the Wind, a group of New York City immigrant orphans arrive in Hell on Wheels, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Walls for the Wind is a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rogers Medallion winner, and placed first at the Laramie Awards in the Prairie Fiction category.

Find Alethea:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AletheaWilliams.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/actuallyalethea

Blog: http://www.actuallyalethea.blogspot.com/

Website: http://aletheawilliams.weebly.com/

 

 

 

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Blog Tour

Welcome to the

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A celebration of a new sweet historical romance by Shanna Hatfield

in the Pendleton Petticoats series!

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Bertie CoverBertie, the long-awaited sixth book in the Pendleton Petticoats series releases Thursday, April 7!

 She needs an adventure —

      He needs the warmth of her smile…

Bertie Hawkins survived a traumatic ordeal that stripped away her sunny outlook on life and left her afraid of every shadow. Terrorized and tired of reliving the past, she accepts an offer to change her situation. Although she only intends to work through the summer, the peace she finds at Nash’s Folly keeps her there every bit as much as her interest in a mysterious new ranch hand.

Desperate to escape his memories, Riley Walsh buys a run-down farm in Pendleton, Oregon. To pay for the many necessary repairs, he goes to work for his neighbor, never intending to fall in love with the effervescent girl who helps around the house.

Riley isn’t the only one enchanted with Bertie. His own crazy mule and the neighbor’s son both share his infatuation, driving him past the brink of jealousy.

A sweet romance that embraces the trials and triumphs of yesteryear, Bertie blends laugh-out-loud adventures with heartwarming moments.

Order your copy today on Amazonhttp://amzn.to/1LbOdJV

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In addition to the release of Bertie, two book covers will be revealed and pre-order links shared for upcoming releases!

Corsets SurpriseDon’t miss a first peek at Corsets and Cuffs, Book 3 in the Baker City Brides series.

Handsome, happy-go-lucky Sheriff Tully Barrett meets his match when a spoiled, pampered woman comes to town, catching his eye and capturing his heart.

 

 

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And  Millie, Book 7 in the Pendleton Petticoats series.

Determined to bring prohibition to town, the last thing Millie Matlock expects is to fall for the charming owner of the Second Chance Saloon.

 

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Aundy Cover Aundy, Book 1 in the Pendleton Petticoats series, will be available for free Kindle downloads today through April 10. Make sure you grab your copy (or tell a friend if you already have it)!

Desperate to better her situation, Aundy Thorsen agrees to leave behind her life in Chicago to fulfill a farmer’s request for a mail-order bride in Pendleton, Oregon. When a tragic accident leaves her a widow soon after becoming a wife, Aundy takes on the challenge of learning how to manage a farm, even if it means her stubborn determination to succeed upsets a few of the neighbors.

Born and raised at Nash’s Folly, the family ranch, Garrett Nash loves life in the bustling community of Pendleton as the 20th century approaches.

When his neighbor passes away and leaves behind a plucky widow, Garrett takes on the role of her protector and guardian. His admiration for her tenacious spirit soon turns to something more. He just needs to convince the strong-willed woman to give love another chance.

Pendleton Petticoats Series

If you haven’t met the characters from Pendleton Petticoats, here’s a brief introduction:

Aundy (Book 1) – One stubborn mail-order bride finds the courage to carry on when she’s widowed before ever truly becoming a wife, but opening her heart to love again may be more than she can bear.

Caterina (Book 2) – Frantic to escape a man intent on marrying her, Caterina starts a new life in Pendleton, completely unprepared for the passionate feelings stirred by the town’s deputy sheriff.

Ilsa (Book 3) – Tired of relying on others to guide and protect her, Ilsa finally finds the strength and courage to take control of her life. Unfortunately, her independence drives a wedge between her and the man she’s come to love.

Marnie (Book 4) – After giving up on her dreams for a future, Marnie finds her hope rekindled by one caring, compassionate man and the orphans who need her.

Lacy (Book 5) –  Bound by tradition and responsibilities, Lacy has to choose between the ties that bind her to the past and the unexpected love that will carry her into the future.

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Dust off your dancing shoes and choose your formal attire for the Petticoat Ball Party on Facebook April 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) Giveaways and games will make for a splendid event as we celebrate the release of Bertie and cover reveals for two new historical romances!

The talented and fabulous guest authors joining in the shenanigans include:
10 a.m. – Melanie D. Snitker, Author
10:30 – Julie Lence Author
11 – Rachel Rossano
11:30 – CJ Samuels, Author
Noon – Author Kristin Holt
12:30 – Author Kit Morgan
1 p.m. – Magdalena Scott
1:30 – Caroline Fyffe
2 p.m. – Caryl McAdoo

PB Invite

Invite your friends to the party, and you could win a $25 Amazon Gift card. Go to the Petticoat Ball Party page, click on the “invite” button, invite your friends, then post how many you invited. One randomly drawn person will win! The winner will be announced prior to the start of the party April 7! http://tinyurl.com/petticoatball2

 

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Prizes

To enter the drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card, fill out this form. http://tinyurl.com/petticoatball2form.

Oodles of great prizes will be up for grabs at the party!

I hope to see you there tomorrow!

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 My talented and awesome friend J.J. DiBenedetto has a new book out. I love the description of the book and can’t wait to read it!

FindersKeepers

1,400 miles.

3 countries

2 men she can’t trust.

What could go wrong?

 

 

FINDERS KEEPERS is the first book in the new Jane Barnaby Adventures series:

It should have been a simple job. All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was pick up a box her professor needed and deliver it to him at his dig site, along with his new car. Yes, his office was in Oxfordshire, and his dig site was in Spain, a trip of 1,400 miles across three countries and two bodies of water. Still, it should have been simple.

And it was, until Jane discovered she picked up the wrong box by mistake. Not the one with boring pottery samples, but instead the one with priceless ancient Egyptian artifacts. The one that a team of international art thieves is after.

Now she’s chasing – and being chased by – the thieves. And she’s picked up a pair of passengers who claim they can help her outwit them, get her professor’s pottery back and return the artifacts to their rightful owner. If only she could figure out which one of them is working with the thieves and which one she can trust in this high-stakes game of finders keepers.

It’s available everywhere eBooks are sold:

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble (Nook or Paperback)

Apple iBookstore

Kobo

 

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About the author

J.J. (James) Dibenedetto’s fans would swear he’s got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing into the minds of others and often wonder if his stories could possibly be fiction. He enjoys suspending disbelief with suspenseful paranormal tales that are a perfect blend of reality meets fantasy.

His popular Dream Series continues to delight readers with each and every exciting installment.

Born in Yonkers, New York, he currently resides in Arlington Virginia with his beautiful wife and a cat he is sure has taken full advantage of its nine lives. When it comes to the cat, he often wonders, but then again it might just be his imagination.

You can follow him at his website, on Facebook and on Twitter. And you can find all his books (including the complete Dream Series) on Amazon and on audiobook at Audible.com

Here’s an excerpt from Finders Keepers:

The thieves simply made a mistake. Whether Tom had put his box in the wrong room, or whether the thieves had gotten their wires crossed, who knew? She’d had trouble reading Professor Welldon’s writing; she hadn’t been sure if she was meant to go to Room 16 or Room 18 herself. It hadn’t mattered because the thieves had already gotten there and made the choice for her.

“When they finally got where they were going, they opened it up, and you can imagine their surprise.” Jane noted the vagueness there; she assumed Alex knew exactly where that was and, for whatever reason, didn’t want to say. She didn’t challenge him; she kept up her happy façade instead, and he went on. “They knew they couldn’t go back and steal the right box, but they had the label on your pottery, they knew where it was supposed to go.”

“They’re headed to Mallorca!” Jane couldn’t help herself; the words just poured out. “They’re going to wait there until I show up and try to trade, the pottery for the artifacts!”

She knew she’d said too much. Alex’s eyes lit up, just for an instant, when she mentioned Mallorca. That was something, obviously, he hadn’t known. But he caught himself almost immediately, and so did she. She wondered if he knew that she knew he was putting on an act. She wondered if he knew that she knew that he knew she was, too. And she wondered if she had any aspirin in her purse, because that train of thought was giving her a headache.

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Last, but not least, to celebrate the launch of FINDERS KEEPERS, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of either this new book, or any one of my Dream Series novels (winner’s choice). For your chance to win, just click HERE to enter!)

 

 

 

 

WOW! Thanks so much for joining us today, J.J.! Congrats on the new release!

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Any of you who have read my historical romances know I like to weave in a few tidbits from history into each story.

When I was working on Bertie, I browsed through some old Pendleton newspaper articles, looking for anything interesting that caught my eye.

One day, I happened to notice an advertisement for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.

4th of July celebrationI know this is a little hard to read, but you’ll notice at the bottom the sheriff is the grand marshall (look for that in Bertie’s story!).

The Fourth of July was such a celebrated event then, with special trains bringing visitors from outlying communities.

Here’s a little excerpt as Garrett, Aundy and Bertie travel into town to join in the fun.

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Bertie smiled. “What is on the agenda today?”

“The picnic lunch, of course, followed by an afternoon of sporting events,” Aundy said, trying to adjust her glove without moving her injured arm. Bertie scooted to the edge of her seat and reached over the front seat, giving it a tug. Aundy offered her an appreciative smile. “I don’t want to miss the balloon ascension with a parachute jump.”

“My word! You mean someone will ride one of those hot air balloon things up and jump out of it? Are they crazy?” Bertie couldn’t imagine doing such a thing.

“Maybe, but it should be exciting to watch. There’s also going to be bronc riding and an evening parade. For some reason, though, the dance was canceled.”

Bertie was sorely disappointed by that tidbit of news. She’d been looking forward to dancing, especially with Riley and Nik. She turned her thoughts to the bronc riding. “Are you going to compete in the bronc bustin’ contest?”

Garrett looked back at Bertie. “Are you asking me or my wife?”

Aundy released an exasperated sigh and Bertie laughed again. “I wouldn’t have to ask if Aundy’s arm wasn’t in that sling. I know she’d be the first one to compete.”

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Only two weeks until Bertie releases! Hooray!

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I thought you might appreciate a little excerpt from Bertie today.

Enjoy!

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“I, um…” Bertie stopped a few feet away and scuffed the toe of her shoe in the dirt, stirring up little puffs of dust. “I owe you an apology, Mr. Walsh.”

Riley stopped fussing with Mud’s saddle and turned to stare at Bertie. “For what?”

“It was completely inappropriate for me to throw eggs at you yesterday. In addition, I failed to thank you for coming to my rescue. Left to my own defenses, I might still be sitting in the pen, surrounded by demented chickens intent on inflicting harm.”

He chuckled and shook his head. “I think you would have been just fine without my help.” His eyes trailed over her from head to toe then settled on her face. “I’m sorry I laughed, Miss Hawkins. I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings.”

Bertie didn’t know what to say to his sincere apology. She could tell it was earnest by the humble look on his face and the kindness in his eyes. “You’re forgiven, this time.” Bertie smiled and held out a square of fabric to him. “Unless I’m mistaken, this belongs to you.”

As he took his neckerchief from her hand, his fingers brushed across her open palm. They both drew in a startled breath at the jolt the touch created. Bertie raised her gaze to his. Her eyes were wide and luminous as surprise and something Riley refused to acknowledge shined in their depths.

Hastily, he stuffed the square into his pocket and nodded his head. “Thank you for returning it. Did you find the flowers?”

“I did. Daisies are my favorite.” Bertie took a step back, too aware of her interest in Riley Walsh. Too unsettled by what his handsome features and resonant voice did to her sensibilities. Around him, she felt like a tongue-tied ninny. Yet, at the same time, her thoughts lingered on how much she’d like to be held in his arms, taste his kisses. It was positively… indecent how frequently he’d invaded her thoughts in the last week.

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Coming April 7!

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