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Today, I thought it would be fun to share my visual inspiration for Quinn (Pendleton Petticoats Book 9) and talk a little about the characters.

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We first met Walker Williams in Lacy (Book 5 in the series). At that time, he was Lacy’s younger, cheeky teenage brother. He and Lacy were close and she was determined to make it possible for him to chase his dream of becoming an architect.

Lacy married the town’s most eligible bachelor banker, Grant Hill. Grant, being a kind and generous man, sent Walker off to Portland to college.

We knew from Lacy’s book that Walker was handsome, but now he’s all grown up.

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I chose Booboo Stewart as my inspiration for Walker.  He looks exactly how I picture Walker and is the same age as Walker is in Quinn, too.

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When I was thinking about the way I wanted Walker to look I had some specific things in mind:

Dark hair (although Walker’s is cropped)

Intriguing dark eyes

Handsome

Strong

Kindness apparent in his face

Booboo hit all those points.

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The inspiration for Walker also needed to be fun and playful – which Booboo certainly seems to be.

I can just so easily picture him as Walker.

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Choosing Quinn was a little different.

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I did a search in a website I use for royalty-free graphics, looking for a girl with bright red (orange!) hair. When I found this one, I knew I’d found my Quinn. This is actually the image of her I used on the cover.

Not only is this girl beautiful, (with that bright hair I needed for Quinn), she also has that fun, sassy, curious look that is perfect for Quinn’s character.

Beautiful bride in ceremonial dress

Don’t you just wonder what she’s thinking in this photo? Maybe she’s contemplating the next time she’ll see Walker.

If you hop over to Pinterest, you can check out all the visuals that helped shape and inspire the story, from fashions of the day to Oreo cookie ads!

And while you’re checking out the pins, listen to this song by Morgan Evans. “I Do” is what I listened to while I wrote Quinn.

 

Quinn — Full of opinions and plans to help women, Quinn Fairfield has no time for such nonsense as falling in love.

Available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BYD45W2

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Today is release day for Quinn! Yay!

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Quinn 

(Pendleton Petticoats Book 9)

She’s waging a war for women’s rights,

     He’s fighting a battle to win her heart…

There’s nothing typical about Quinn Fairfield. The outspoken suffragette spends her days writing sensational headlines as a newspaper reporter and indulging her natural curiosity. She’s much more likely to be found riding a bicycle around town than learning the social graces at which her sister, Caitlyn, excels. When Caitlyn announces her plans to wed a man Quinn doesn’t trust, she sets out to find a reason to break up the happy couple. In the process, she finds herself falling for an intriguing, kind-hearted man.

After spending several years in Portland at college, Walker Williams returns to Pendleton, eager to make his mark on the world. He’s determined to become a legendary architect despite the challenges that arise from his upbringing on the nearby Umatilla Reservation. When a feisty red-headed newspaper reporter catches his eye and captures his heart, Walker fights his growing feelings for her. He’ll do anything to shelter Quinn from the prejudices aimed at him and his heritage.

Can the two of them overcome their fears, set aside the burdens of the past, and surrender to the sweet romance blossoming between them?

Filled with laughter, adventure, and historical tidbits from 1912, Quinn is a sweet historical romance brimming with hope and love.

Available on Amazon

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Excerpt:

Walker studied her a moment. “What are you doing in the park all by yourself? I figured your sister would have you knee-deep in wedding plans today.”

Unable to stop herself, Quinn rolled her eyes. “That’s exactly why I’m here by myself.”

His brow wrinkled in a slight frown. “Aren’t you happy for your sister? Drake is a fine man and he seems to be thoroughly infatuated with Miss Caitlyn.”

“Yes, he certainly seems to be.” Quinn pressed her lips together before she revealed all her secret reasons for wanting her sister to remain unwed, most of which reflected her own wants and not what would make Caitlyn happy.

“Yet, you still seem uncertain their idea to wed is a good one,” he observed.

Walker seemed far too perceptive for Quinn’s liking.

She shook her head and began yanking petals off the daffodil. “It’s not for me to decide. Caitlyn is older than me and able to make up her own mind.”

“I would have assumed you were the older sister,” he said. A rascally grin transformed his face from handsome man to boyishly charming. “Having two older, bossy sisters myself, I tend to recognize that trait.”

A laugh broke out of her before she could reel it back in. “I think I’ve been insulted, Mr. Williams.” She tossed what was left of the daffodil at him.

He brushed it aside and started to say something, but Holden ran over and threw himself against Walker’s legs.

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Quinn (Pendleton Petticoats Book 9) will release April 19!

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She’s waging a war for women’s rights,

     He’s fighting a battle to win her heart…

There’s nothing typical about Quinn Fairfield. The outspoken suffragette spends her days writing sensational headlines as a newspaper reporter and indulging her natural curiosity. She’s much more likely to be found riding a bicycle around town than learning the social graces at which her sister, Caitlyn, excels. When Caitlyn announces her plans to wed a man Quinn doesn’t trust, she sets out to find a reason to break up the happy couple. In the process, she finds herself falling for an intriguing, kind-hearted man.

After spending several years in Portland at college, Walker Williams returns to Pendleton, eager to make his mark on the world. He’s determined to become a legendary architect despite the challenges that arise from his upbringing on the nearby Umatilla Reservation. When a feisty red-headed newspaper reporter catches his eye and captures his heart, Walker fights his growing feelings for her. He’ll do anything to shelter Quinn from the prejudices aimed at him and his heritage.

Can the two of them overcome their fears, set aside the burdens of the past, and surrender to the sweet romance blossoming between them?

Filled with laughter, adventure, and historical tidbits from 1912, Quinn is a sweet historical romance brimming with hope and love.

Available for pre-orders

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Excerpt:

Quinn stuffed her sore toes into her shoes and rose from the table. She’d only taken two steps when a tall, muscular man stepped in front of her and offered her a teasing smile.

“If I’m not mistaken, Miss Fairfield, this dance is mine,” he said in a voice that resonated through her head and plucked at something in her heart.

Quinn’s gaze traveled from the toes of expertly polished boots up the long legs of expensive black pants, over a solid chest and broad shoulders, to a face that was every bit as attractive as Drake Dillinger’s.

Walker Williams’ wide face, bronzed skin, high cheekbones, and dark eyes bore testament to his native heritage. But his cropped black hair and eloquent speech belied his upbringing on the nearby Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The effort he put into looking like a successful businessman, with impeccable manners and finely-tailored suits, was notable. Regardless, she sensed a turbulent ruggedness lurking beneath the surface that no amount of civilization could tame or hide.

At that moment, as he smiled at her with a spark of amusement and interest flickering in his eyes, she could practically feel the wildness of his spirit surrounding her as Walker took a step closer. She inhaled his masculine, entrancing scent as he moved another step nearer.

Merciful heavens! He smelled as divinely wonderful as he looked. Her senses dove into a whirl of unexpected invigoration when he offered her a slightly crooked grin.

“If your feet have recovered from Mr. Silvers’ abuse, would you do me the honor of this dance, Miss Fairfield?” Walker held out a hand toward her.

Quinn stared at his long, tanned fingers then slowly raised her gaze to his face. It was on the tip of her tongue to tell him she had no interest in dancing with him or anyone else. Nevertheless, when she spoke, the words came as a shock to her ears. “I’d love to dance with you, Mr. Williams. Thank you.”

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From the beloved Pendleton Petticoats series, Steve the Mule now has his own story!

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Steve The Mule

A Pendleton Petticoats Children’s Story

Steve the Mule has an important job at his family’s ranch in 1910 Pendleton, Oregon.  Explore a day in his life as he keeps an eye on little Willa. When he discovers trouble brewing, Steve races off to save her. Will he make it in time?

This lighthearted tale full of laughter and fun is suitable for young readers ages 3-8 (and the young at heart).

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Available now in digital, paperback, and hardback formats!

Amazon: http://a.co/ilyc3aX

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1127470686

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/steve-the-mule/id1312678387

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/steve-the-mule

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Steve the Mule first made an appearance in Bertie (Pendleton Petticoats Book 6). He belonged to Riley Walsh, the hero in the story.

Steve never let a little thing like fences or doors keep him from going wherever he wished. Many readers wrote to be after that book released requesting more about Steve. He made guest appearances in other books in the sweet romance series, each time drawing more requests for Steve to have his own story.

As much as I wanted to make my dear readers happy, I could not figure a way to write an entire romance novel with the mule as the main hero of the story.

Then, one day, I landed on the idea of a children’s book. What if I could somehow write a children’s book with Steve as the hero?

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Immediately, I began searching for an illustrator. This was not an easy task, but I’m thrilled beyond words to have Rob Foote as the illustrator of this story. He is amazing and was brilliant to work with.  He even worked in a little “hidden figure” on each page of the book that our own sweet Lil’ Miss suggested he add.

So I hope you enjoy Steve the Mule. If enough people do, I’d love to publish more Pendleton Petticoats children’s books.

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I’ve shared my little quirk before of how I find a song that fits the story I’m writing and play it on a continuous loop while I work on the book

There is no doubt it drives our poor Lil’ Miss straight up the wall when she comes home and hears me playing the same song for the billionth time. However, the song creates a background noise that blocks out the rest of the world. And the perfect song helps bring the story and characters to life.

The first time I heard Chris Janson sing “Holdin’ Her,” I knew I had to use it while I wrote one of my books.

HOHH PPB rightAs soon as the characters for Klayne and Delaney from Home of Her Heart started banging around in my head, I realized “Holdin’ Her” was perfect for the book. It fits so well with the story and the characters.

I can’t tell you how many times I just sat back in my chair and listened to the words, envisioning Klayne and Delaney.

The really cool thing about this song is that Chris Janson wrote it for his wife and kids. It’s a true story, based on how he met her, married her, and began a whole new life with her.

Give it a listen. If you haven’t heard it before, you are in for a treat.

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One of the things I love about getting ready to write a new story is creating the characters.

Once I decide on how the character looks in my mind’s eye, I start searching online for visuals to help reinforce my vision for the main characters (and sometimes the secondary characters, too).

For Home of Her Heart, I knew right away I needed a visual of a man who looked like a soldier for Klayne Campbell’s character.

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Brendan Penny fit the bill particularly well. I could totally see him as Klayne.

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It was easy to picture him as the loner Klayne. As someone quiet yet sensitive, even if he didn’t always know how to express himself.

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It’s no wonder Delaney fell head over heels in love with him.

The character of Delaney… she’s tough and strong, sassy and bold, yet softhearted and gentle.Jana 2

I thought Jana Kramer made a perfect Delaney…  from that winning smile

 

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right down to the smirk that so enchants Klayne.

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I could just picture Delaney standing at her bedroom window, wondering if Klayne will ever come home.

 

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For Delaney’s nephew, Ryatt, I chose Levi Miller. He’s such a little cutie and I could just picture him as the wounded yet loving boy.

As for Delaney’s dad, Dill, I didn’t have a clear vision in mind.

Who do you think would be a good visual represenation of Dill Danvers?

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Today is the release of Home of Her Heart!

Hooray!
Home of Her Heart

All he needed was a bride. . .

Who said anything about falling in love?

Orphaned at birth and a loner all his life, the last thing Sergeant Klayne Campbell needs is for feisty Delaney Danvers to entangle his thoughts. Bravely volunteering for a top-secret mission almost certain to get him killed, Klayne can’t bear the thought of dying utterly alone. All he wants is to face death knowing his life meant something to at least one person. Offering Delaney a marriage of convenience, he plans to leave behind a war bride as his beneficiary. After just one night as her husband, Klayne realizes he’ll do anything to survive and return to her.

The moment she met handsome Sergeant Campbell at a holiday party, Delaney’s whole world shifted off kilter. Full of fun with an unquenchable zest for life, she isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. And what she wants is Klayne. When he prepares to join a hazardous mission, she seizes the opportunity to give him a reason to fight his way back home — to her heart.

A tender, sweet romance rich with history and enduring love, Home of Her Heart captures the era and emotions prevalent during America’s entry into World War II.

Get your copy today for just 99 cents! Available on Amazon

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Excerpt:

His breath blew across her neck as he placed a heated kiss to the pulse rapidly pounding in her throat. He lifted his head and the sparks in his eyes ignited into liquid fire. Intrigued, uncertain, and longing for something she couldn’t explain and didn’t fully understand, she couldn’t tear her gaze away from his.

A sound of tortured misery escaped his throat on a low groan. “Delaney, you need to step away and show me to the door, right now. If you don’t, if you wait one more minute, I won’t be able to leave. Do you understand what I’m telling you, sweetheart? If you want me to leave, now is the time to tell me.” He started to move away but she wouldn’t let him, clasping her arms around his waist and holding on tight.

He held his arms out to his sides, not touching her. Even so, she felt a tremor pass through him as he fought to hold onto his control.

“Delaney Marie, if you don’t turn me loose, I won’t be held responsible for my actions. I know I promised you a marriage in name only, but you can only push a man so far before he lands beyond the edge of reason.”

“I plan to hold you responsible for your actions, Klayne.” She gave him a smirk as her hazel eyes darkened. “Fully and completely responsible…


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Home of Her Heart marks my 50th published book! Come join in the fun and help me celebrate today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Pacific Time) with a Release Party on Facebook. Giveaways, games, free books and guest authors will make it three hours of great shenanigans and entertainment!

Hope to see you there!

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