Western Roundup Giveaway Hop

Western Roundup Giveaway Hop_2014_smAugust 1, 2014 – And the winner is … Brandi Dagwan! Congrats, Brandi! And thanks to all who entered! You all had some great comments! 🙂


I’m excited to be a part of the 3rd Annual Western Roundup Giveaway Hop. There are several great authors participating and fun prizes to be won!

The western book I’m featuring today is Learnin’ the Ropes! One lucky winner will receive a digital copy of the book.

To enter my giveaway, post a comment about your favorite thing about a western. (Is it cowboys, shoot outs, country setting, horses?)

Here’s some fun info about the Learnin’ the Ropes:

Learnin’ The Ropes

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Out of work mechanic Ty Lewis is homeless and desperate to find work. Answering a classified ad for a job in Harney County, Oregon, Ty accepts when he is offered the position. Saying goodbye to his sister and his life in Portland, he heads off to the tiny community of Riley to begin a new adventure, unsure about his boss Lex Ryan, a man he has yet to speak with or meet. Lexi Ryan, known to her ranch hands and neighbors as Lex Jr., leaves a successful career in Portland to keep the Rockin’ R Ranch running smoothly after the untimely death of her father. It doesn’t take long to discover her father did a lot of crazy things during the last few months of his battle with brain cancer, including hiding half a million dollars that Lexi can’t find. Ty and Lexi are both in for a multitude of surprises as he arrives at the Rockin’ R Ranch and begins learnin’ the ropes.

You can find some fun visuals about the book on:



You can also meet the characters (and the visuals I used when writing the story) here:aMeet Ty and Lexi

Praise for Learnin’ The Ropes:

“Characters were believable and had good depth. Lots of fun and a lovely lighthearted read which tackles some difficult contemporary issues (unemployment). A very tastefully written romance.”

Amazon Reviewer

“Everything you want in a love story with a western twist!”

Amazon Reviewer

“It’s a sweet easy read for someone who wants a little different twist for a happy ever after book.”

Amazon Reviewer


Instead, she started twirling a strand of her hair around her finger, wishing Ty would show some interest in kissing her. All he had to do was meet her halfway.

“Thank you for the wonderful meal and that amazing crisp. It was really good,” Ty said, not making any move toward leaving.

“You’re welcome. Thanks for coming in and keeping me company. The house gets too quiet sometimes.” Lexi hoped he believed her. It was true. The big house sometimes echoed with its emptiness and made her lonely. Like now.

“I’m sure Baby can keep things lively around here.” Ty rubbed  the dog’s head again.

“She does. I just don’t let her in very often.” She took a step closer to both man and dog. “I can’t stand having her hair all over.”

Ty chuckled as he thought of all the fur he’d seen earlier that morning. “Baby does leave behind a well-marked trail.”

“Thanks again, Ty.” Lexi watched Ty’s eyes darken and his jaw muscles tighten.

“Anytime, Lexi,” he said quietly, reaching out and taking the lock of hair she’d been twirling into his own hand. He ran his fingers along the silky strands as a sigh escaped Lexi’s soft lips.

What could one kiss hurt? He’d kiss her and neither of them would feel anything then all this awful tension between them would disappear.

Ty took a step closer, dropping her hair as his hands settled on her waist, drawing her closer to him. He gave Lexi a heated look that let her know exactly what he was intending if she wanted to pull away.

Anticipating her resistance, he let out the breath he was holding when she slid her hands up his arms, around his neck, and slowly lowered her lashes. He was so close, he could almost feel the softness of her lips, taste the sweetness of them. Her wonderful, warm floral scent flooded his senses as he lowered his head. When just a breath of space was all that separated his lips from hers, Baby barked and shoved her way between them, effectively killing the moment.

“I guess that’s my signal to leave.” Ty laughed nervously. Sending Baby a reproving glare, he opened the door and stepped outside. “Thanks again, Lexi. I appreciated the good food and company.

“You’re welcome,” she whispered as he went down the steps and out the back gate…

Watch the book trailer…

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpFviX6e92s&w=420&h=315]

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