Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

NEW RELEASE!! Between Lonesome and Texas

 Book 5 in the Lone Star Cowboys series

Between Lonesome and Texas is book 5 in the Lone Star Cowboys series, with returning characters from the first four books. Come join the Morris Springs family as they celebrate love, new babies, and new beginnings. 

Blake Kaufman loves the rodeo, but without his best friends Cooper and Nick, he's finding life on the road a lonesome prospect. Most of all, though, he misses Mandy Wagner, much to his surprise. He's never really thought about settling down, and he doesn't think he could stay in one place for very long. But sometimes a man has to choose between being alone and footloose, and being with the one he loves. 

Mandy Wagner wants a husband and a family. Blake is her first choice, but loving a man who is always on the road doesn't fit in with the idealized version of marriage she's created. Besides, she has responsibilities at home that won't let her pick up and follow Blake. Which is more important? Responsibility, or love? And then there's that secret she's kept for far too long… 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eleven Authors, Eleven Books, One Great Price

The Christmas Collection by the Authors of Main Street is now available for purchase at Amazon!

These popular, bestselling authors await you with Christmas stories on Main Street: 

The Christmas Wish by Tori Scott. Merry is a long way from home and missing her family as Christmas approaches, until she falls right into Santa's lap. 

Christmas Wedding Muddle by Mona Risk. The perfect fiancĂ© is a cheater and the fabulous Christmas wedding is off. But the would-be honeymoon cruise may fulfill the dreams of Julia and her unexpected companion. 

A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming by E. Ayers. A Native American cowboy with his thirteen-month-old daughter and a national news anchorwoman have nothing in common, except for their pasts, but in this season of giving, will fate reach through time and give the gift of love? 

The Christmas Con by Jill James. Contemporary Romance. Two reformed jewel thieves, Robin and Ian, are on the job to retrieve a priceless necklace, but Santa has special plans for a reunion of the ex-lovers. 

Small Town Glamour Girl Christmas by Stephanie Queen. Small town girl Julie hates being an Audrey Hepburn look-alike. When the big city man of her dreams comes to town for Christmas will she sell out to model in the city or settle into small town life on his terms? 

The Christmas Gift by Pepper Phillips. When an opportunity to make money presents itself, eleven-year-old George faces the biggest decision of his life. Will he become a thief like his father or will he discover the fact that giving, rather than receiving, is the best gift of all? 

A Potters Wood Christmas by Leigh Morgan. A plot to steal an ancient artifact in the Bennett’s possession could be the key to opening an even greater prize. Will Cian find family and the spirit of Christmas again? 

A Baby for Christmas by Susan R. Hughes. When Ryan opens his home to Paige, a beautiful stranger who happens to be pregnant, will it take a Christmas miracle to make them realize where their hearts truly belong? 

A Light in the Christmas Cafe by Kristy Tate. A food thief, a haunted house, a matchmaking grandmother and a handsome stranger: Are the apron strings tying Deirdre to her grandmother’s cafĂ© tangling up her life plans or are they leading her to love? 

What if...this Christmas by Kelly Rae. Will a marriage proposal be the end of Katie and Chris' forever? 

A Smoky Mountain Christmas by Carol De Vaney. Falling in love wasn’t in Tina’s plans. She’d survived the snowstorm, but could she survive the love of recently divorced Hank Gordon who’s sworn off women? 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Two new anthologies coming soon!

I have Christmas stories in two different anthologies. The first--Christmas on Main Street--is a compilation of stories from the Authors of Main Street. My novella, The Christmas Wish, will be a part of this collection. If you like small town stories, heartwarming stories, and Christmas stories, you'll want to check it out. Release date is Nov. 1, 2013.

The second is Debra Holland's Sweetwater Springs Christmas collection. My story is A Promise for Christmas, which is the story of how Logan Tanner's great-grandparents met. (Logan is the hero of Blame it on Texas) It's my first foray into writing historical fiction. This collection is now available for pre-order, with a release date of Nov. 18th.

It's hard to believe Christmas is only ten weeks away! Order your copies now to help you get in the holiday spirit. Goodness knows, if you're like me, you can use a little help. :)

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

New Blog Post up at Authors of Main Street

Have you ever been to the State Fair of Texas? Check out my blog post at the Authors of Main Street.

Also, The Authors of Main Street are putting together a Christmas boxed set. Eleven authors, eleven Christmas books ranging from novellas to full-length books. Coming November 1!

Things have been chaotic at my house all summer. We drove nearly 10,000 miles in June and July. We took our grandson to North Carolina and took the long way home, going up through Shenandoah National Park and touring the Smoky Mountains. Then we had to go pick up our youngest daughter in Boston and move her home. Right after we got home, my mom came to visit for seven weeks.

Then the youngest bought a puppy. Oh my word. There's nothing like a Great Dane puppy to disrupt your household.

All the above means this next book is LATE! I haven't written much in the last few months. A short novella for Debra Holland's Christmas collection, and now I'm working on Book Five in the Lone Star Cowboys  series that's tentatively titled Take Me Back to Texas. I also put Lone Star Justice out in print--just waiting for the proof copy so I can approve it and make it available for sale.

So how was your summer? Anything fun happen?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Freedom 911

A moment forever frozen in time
In all of our hearts and all of our minds
As we watched with horror what a few evil men
Can do with hatred and evil intent.

So many emotions filled us that day
Stunned disbelief, anguish, anger, and pain.
Our minds as clouded as New York's city streets
We could only pray and tremble and weep.

We waited for news of loved ones so dear
And listened to stories of bravery and fear.
We cried with the mothers and fathers and wives
We grieve for the children who want to know why.

How can we answer their questions when we,
as adults never dreamed how evil mankind could be?
So we hold our own close, so glad they are safe
And ask God to surround them with angels each day.

Then we lift our heads high and stand firm and tall
As we proclaim to the world that our country won't fall.
We stand united, red, black, white and brown.
And say you can't keep America down.

We'll see these men punished for what they have done,
No stone left unturned till we've found every one.
We'll pray for our soldiers as they fight and they win,
Then we'll put it behind us and build once again.

But we'll never forget the ones who were lost
in airplanes and buildings, we've counted the cost.
We'll mourn and grieve the heroes once more,
and emerge even stronger than ever before.

God bless America, this land of the free
May you always reign righteous and always believe
In the Almighty God who holds us upright
And ever continue, for our freedom, to fight.

Pamela J. Payne

September 12, 2001

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Working on Book 5 in the Lone Star Cowboys series. Do you have the first four yet?

Monday, August 05, 2013

What an amazing couple of months! We took one of our grandsons to Davidson College in North Carolina for a summer program the first part of June. After we dropped him off, we headed up the Blue Ridge Parkway and drove it all the way to the end of Skyline Drive. It took us all day, because we had to stop at every overlook to take pictures. We hiked some just so we could say we'd hiked the Appalachian Trail. One particular hike nearly did me in. It sounded easy enough. Three quarters of a mile down to the waterfall. Not so far, and they'd labeled it as a moderate hike.

OMG. That first part wasn't too terribly hard, though it was strenuous. The falls were beautiful. But the hike back up? I thought I'd die. We weren't planning on hiking far, so we didn't take any water with us. Big mistake. No walking stick, either. But after lots of stops for me to catch my breath, I made it to the top without needing either paramedics or a body bag. (Wasn't so sure about either of those outcomes halfway through.)

The next day we drove back to where we'd started and went south on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a while. I have a book started that is set on the Blue Ridge, so I needed to do some research on the area.

From there, we headed to Smoky Mountain National Park. We loved the Smokies. So cool and peaceful, even with all the tourists. We drove through Cade's Cove, and we hiked up to Clingman's Dome. Saw bears and deer, wild turkeys, and more motorcycles than we'd ever seen in one location.

The hike up to Clingman's Dome was difficult for someone with COPD and mild heart failure, but I did it. The view was worth it, as was the sense of accomplishment.

From there we headed down to the Indian Village, but got there too late. Something to do on the next trip, I guess.

The next month, we had to go pick up our daughter (and a trailer load of her things) from Boston. We took a scenic route that took us through the Ohio Amish country. Loved it. So peaceful up there. Hubby really enjoyed the lunch at Mrs. Yoder's kitchen, too. Then we drove up through Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. We stopped at Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, Ithaca, Lake Placid, and took a ferry across Lake Champlain. I got to swim in a waterfall pool in Ithica, and there was an Amish couple on the ferry, both highlights of the trip for me.

In Maine, we went out to see the Portland Head Light (lighthouse) and drove through Kennebunkport.

All in all, we drove over 7000 miles, visited 20+ states, saw some amazing sights, got some great pictures, had lots of fun, and found places we'd love to live.

Have you taken a major road trip lately? Tell me about it in the comments!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

New Release!

Just Released on Amazon! Beneath a Texas Star, Book 4 in the Lone Star Cowboys series.

Bull rider Nick Jackson has spent his entire life not knowing who he really is. Abandoned as a toddler and raised in foster homes, Nick is afraid to put down roots, to make commitments, to love, because life has a way of ripping those things away from you when you least expect it.

Psychologist Jean Sutherland wants to help Nick discover his true identity and find his family, but not as a professional. Her interest in Nick is purely personal. She finds it difficult not to cross the line between her personal and professional lives, and nearly ruins them both in the process.

Sometimes it's better to leave the past alone…

Monday, May 27, 2013

New Book Cover

Came home tonight to find this beautiful sight in my email. The new cover for Beneath a Texas Star. Thank you, Ade Ratna!

Look for it the second week of June, 2013!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

My First Ever Live Interview

I'm being interviewed tonight on Blogspot Radio by the lovely Layla Darnell. Come join us at 8 p.m Central time and bring your questions!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Cowboys and Lawmen Blog Hop

Who doesn't love a cowboy? I certainly do. When I was 18, I fell in love with a country boy. My mother was mortified. She wanted me to find someone in my own (middle) "class," but love doesn't see class. It sees only the heart.

I never understood her bias, especially since she married a west Texas farm boy herself. But my dad was an engineering student at Texas Tech, bound for bigger and better things. From the time I was six, we lived in big cities like NYC, San Diego, and a Dallas suburb. But I'd grown up with those city boys and I wasn't impressed. When I met my future husband, I was hooked from the first moment by his sincere eyes and his sweet unassuming smile. He had manners, something city boys had abandoned long ago. He had morals, which most of the boys I knew either never had much of or didn't worry much about.

Some of my books are about big-city guys, but they're more down-home types, guys with tough exteriors and soft hearts. But it wasn't until I wrote my first contemporary western romance that I felt like I'd found my place. I drew on memories of my cousins who grew up in west Texas, within minutes of my grandparents' place. The sense of family and community they all shared, which my busy city family never had. I drew on yearnings I didn't even realize I had, to return to the simple life in the country.

My husband and I tried the city life for the first 23 years of our marriage. He hated it, and I wasn't loving it. So in 1996 he moved the family to the country, not far from where his parents and his brothers lived. We raised the two youngest there, along with a slew of animals. We built our house with our own two (four?) hands. And now that the kids are gone, and quiet and peace has settled upon us, I'm reminded how much I love it here. Traffic is when the train comes through town and cars back up 6 or 7 deep at the crossing. The nearest Walmart is 25 minutes away, the nearest hospital 30 minutes away. I don't hear many sirens or cars honking or neighbors yelling. If I do, there's something major happening.

What I do hear is birds singing, cows mooing, the occasional braying donkey or barking dog. And the sound of a relaxed and happy spouse who knows he's where he's supposed to be and who he is supposed to be. When I walk out my door, I see trees and squirrels and cute little rabbits. I see roadrunners and cardinals and hummingbirds. I see the occasional snake. Mostly, I see peace.

Maybe that's why we love cowboys? The sense of peace they carry with them, never in a hurry, always willing to stop and chew the fat for a bit, always with a story to tell. We love the "yes, ma'am" and "no ma'am" and the touch of humility. The clear, direct gazes that have nothing to hide. The muscles that come from hard work and not from the gym.

If you put two pictures, side by side--one of a cowboy in Wranglers and a real cowboy hat (not one of those cheap imitations), the other of a clean-cut guy in a suit--I'm going to go for the cowboy every single time.

What about you? What is it you love about Cowboys?

Blame it on Texas is Book One of the Lone Star Cowboys series and right now, through May 3rd, it's on sale for just 99 cents. Check it out and see if the men of Morris Springs, Texas, tickle your fancy.

I also have Lone Star Justice on sale for 99 cents for the same dates. Set in East Texas, Sheriff Rand McCade is pure western heart and soul.

Leave a comment on the blog for a chance to win a copy of your choice of either Blame it on Texas or Lone Star Justice plus a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card. Don't forget to leave your email address, too, so I can contact you if you win.

Introducing the Book Lovers’ Buffet. Load up, you won’t gain a pound!
The Buffet’s “Bouquet of Books” sale will be open May 1-3. More than 175 ebooks, all reduced in price to just 99 cents. Save in categories such as Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense, Erotic Romance, and more!
PLUS, visit the website to win gift cards to your choice of online retailers. $400 in gift cards up for grabs!
Titles from popular authors such as:
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And many, many more!

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Wonderful Reads: Superstition-Tori Scott

Wonderful Reads: Superstition-Tori Scott: Book Description When Caitlyn Deveraux's brother Gage is killed in Iraq, she receives a necklace as part of his personal effec...

Go read Layla's review! It's great!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

With Love to Boston

The events of April 15, 2013, shook our country once again. Shook, but didn't break, it. In the face of unspeakable tragedy, heroes arose as they always do in this country. While the coward who perpetrated the bombings might think himself some kind of hero, he/they is/are the worst kind of coward. Anyone who targets innocents is a coward.

The victims were children, women, and men who were there to watch friends and family members complete one of the hardest athletic competitions there is. They were there to cheer, to celebrate, to be a part of something wonderful. Now many are maimed for life, and three, including an eight year old boy, are dead. And to what end? 

To make us fear? We all have fears, but one thing cowards don't understand is that for most Americans, something like this only makes us stronger, more determined to live our lives in spite of fear. It brings us together and makes us put aside our differences to work together to make sure it doesn't happen again. It brings out the hero in the most ordinary person. Like the people who ran into the face of danger to help those who were hurt. They didn't know if another bomb would go off in their midst. Most likely they didn't even think about it. They just knew they had to help.

There were the runners who had just run 26.2 miles (I can't even begin to imagine that) who went on to give blood, to help however they could. The strangers who handed over their precious cell phones so others could call home. The people who gave the coats off their backs so others could be warm. Those who opened their homes to people they'd never met so they would have a place to sleep. 

There were our first responders, those brave men and women who put their lives at risk day after day to put a barrier between us and those who want to hurt us. They have families of their own, yet they risk their lives for ours. Police, fire fighters, EMS, doctors, nurses, volunteers or paid, they waded in and did what had to be done. The images will be forever fixed in their minds, images so horrible they couldn't be shown on television, yet they have to live with them. And they'll be there again, if they're ever needed.

This attack felt personal to me because I have a child who lives in Boston. And she's a runner. She wasn't at the marathon, thank God, but I didn't know that at first. Thankfully I was able to get through to her by text right away, before the phones went down, to find out she was safe. But this happened less than a mile from her school, a mile and a half from her home. It has to affect her in some way. And I hate that. I hate that some faceless coward has the ability to make my child look at strangers with suspicion, to make her weigh the risks when she wants to do something.

But like America, she's strong and she's a survivor. She'll make it, and most likely she'll help someone else to make it, too. That's what Americans do.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

kboards: "Blame it on Texas," by Tori Scott

kboards: "Blame it on Texas," by Tori Scott: There's nothing like a well-written western romance, and we have a good one today from Tori Scott. City slicker Megan has dreams of a sp...

Friday, April 05, 2013

Oh, How Life Can Change

Today would have been my father-in-law's 90th birthday. When he passed away in 2005, I thought my world had ended. My husband had worked with his dad in their concrete business for 35 years, and he was excellent at his job, but his father was the salesman. He was the one with contacts, lifelong friendships with patio company guys and contractors, and the ability to talk to anyone. Hubby, not so much. I was looking at a bleak future.

I ended up taking over my father-in-law's role, though not anywhere near as successfully as he would have done it. We lasted two years before the economy tanked and building ground to a halt. There's no worse feeling than closing down a business someone else had managed to keep going for 40 years. You feel like a failure, a traitor, so many emotions I can't even explain. But there wasn't much we could do about it. We had bills to pay and there were no jobs.

Hubby was an amateur photographer, just as a hobby, but I went in search of photography jobs that would allow us to work together as a team. We'd discovered in that two years of concrete work that we worked well as a team. Lifetouch gave us that opportunity. While there was much to dislike about the job over the 4 1/2 years we worked there, it carried us through and gave us opportunities to travel that we wouldn't have otherwise had. But by the end of the 4th year, we didn't think we could face many more months of the abuse we took from the customers. Things were looking bleak again. Then one of my Wet Noodle Posse (GH 2003 finalists and winners group) friends posted about their self-publishing journey.

The Wet Noodle Posse

I'd read a little about Amazon's self-publishing venture, but didn't know where to start until Delle Jacobs gave us some pointers. I had one book out with Red Sage that made me about $10 every 6 months, so I didn't really have high hopes for making much money, but Delle was making in the thousands per month so I figured I had nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain. At that point I had two complete manuscripts in addition to the one Red Sage owned and wouldn't release the rights to. I polished those two up, had my husband make me some very basic covers, and learned formatting. Up they went on Smashwords and Amazon.

Delle Jacobs

We were still working for Lifetouch at this point, traveling pretty much full-time, but after I got those two books up, I picked up my unfinished manuscripts and got to work. I put three more novels and two novellas up in the next six months, and my income shot up to a level that shocked me. I was able to pay off our sizable debts, and hubby and I both retired from the grueling life on the road. During the next six months, our income leveled off, but it was still enough to keep the bills paid and food on the table, though a couple of months were questionable. But I put out 6 more novels and novellas, including two very popular series, and that helped get us back up to a livable income.

On the road for Lifetouch

It's been twenty-one months since I put up that first book, and we're still making it. We aren't millionaires or even anywhere close to it like some of my friends are. I haven't been invited to join any of the popular clicks of authors, or added to any prestigious groups, but in my isolated little world I have fans I love and I'm surviving. And I'm still writing, something I'd nearly given up on before I embarked on this phase of my life. I've had some huge successes, and some small failures. I've made new friends, and rediscovered some old ones.

The moral is, not matter how bad things may look, how hopeless they may seem, trust in God and He will show you a new path. It might look scary and uncertain, but once you take the leap of faith to take the first step, He will help you take each additional step. And the future will look bright once again.

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to bring about a transformation. At least it did for me.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Tori's Stories

Want to read an excerpt of one of my books? Click on the Tori's Stories link at the top of the blog. I finally got around to updating the page with all of my books.

Right now I'm working on Book Four of the Lone Star Cowboys series, which features Jean and Nick along with the whole gang from the previous books. Cooper finally gets his rodeo school going, and Jean and Nick join the staff. Both Nancy and Megan are pregnant, Carol and Jake have their hands full with the twins, Katie is beginning to fall in love, much to her father's dismay, and Mandy and Blake might be getting in over their heads.

Writing a series is a lot harder than writing stand alone books, but a lot more fun as well.

Monday, April 01, 2013

April Fool's Day

Just so you know, I don't do April Fool's Day. I never liked the practical jokes when I was in school, since so many of them were mean-spirited. I don't like seeing people made fools of, including myself.

Where did April Fool's Day originate? If you do a search, you'll find no one really knows. Some say it started with the advent of the Gregorian calendar, when Pope Gregory XIII changed the first day of the New Year from April 1 to January 1. Those who still went by the old calendar were referred to as April fools. Or it might be related to the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Iranian Sizdah Bedar, which is the oldest prank tradition in the world, dating back to 536 B.C.

Wherever it came from, it has become a time-honored tradition in this country. People try to fool others into believing wild stories, outlandish declarations, or they pester and annoy people with pranks. Prank phone calls, outright vandalism, fear-inducing actions. and attempts to make others look like fools. I don't understand the appeal. Then again, I despise movies, TV shows, and especially reality shows that attempt the same thing. I find nothing funny about it.

It's not that I don't have a sense of humor. I do. But to me, life is enough of a joke without adding more misery to it. I believe in letting others hang on to as much of their dignity as possible. So if you're expecting to see me announce that I've hit the New York Times best-seller list, or that I've won the lottery, you can quit watching for it. Those are things I seriously want, so I'm not going to joke about it.

All that said, I do enjoy hearing about really creative, non-hurtful, non-demeaning jokes others manage to pull off on their family and friends. So what are some of your favorite and most successful April Fool's jokes?

Friday, March 29, 2013

I haven't been blogging here on my own spot lately, but I've been doing some blogs for RomCon, Authors of Main Street, and a couple of other places. It's been an eventful couple of weeks. Sales of The Bluest Eyes in Texas are booming, with just over 1000 copies sold so far this month. Not enough to make any of the big lists, but it's been on Amazon's Western best-seller list since it came out in February. Reviews have been great so far, as well. Lord, I do love reviews. They're what keep me writing when it just seems too hard.

Two weeks ago, my husband took a tumble on his Harley and broke all the toes on his right foot. You know this will end up in a book eventually, right? I wonder if I can take his medical care off of my taxes as research. (JUST KIDDING, IRS. Just kidding) But all the emotions, the initial fear, the caring for him--yep, I can use those. If you want to sympathize, here's what his foot looks like.

Actually, it looked a lot worse, but I didn't want to post the really gross ones. Being a typical man, he opted not to have surgery and refuses to stay off of it. What can you do?

Then there's the home repairs. Oh my word. It started out with the roof replacement, where they discovered two huge holes in the roof under the old roofing. Which might be how we ended up needing the front wall of the house replaced. Well, at least a section of it. It's going to be kind of a major deal, because the framing that needs to be replaced is holding up the big dormer and the roof, and part of the second story. One mistake and...I'll leave that to your imagination.

Once the inside repairs and repainting are completed, we have a lot of outside work to do. Painting, replacing a couple of windows, replanting my summer garden, mowing.  Did I mention that hubby broke his foot? Guess you know who's going to have to do most of the work.

But for now, I'm going to be thankful. Thankful my book sales will help pay for the repairs, thankful I still have my wonderful--if temporarily broken--hubby with me, thankful I wasn't on the bike when it crashed, and thankful I have my oldest daughter and two youngest grand kids here for Easter.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with your families and/or friends.

Friday, March 01, 2013

It's Read an E-Book Week on Smashwords

Smashwords is offering free and/or deeply discounted books via coupon code from March 3-March 9. I've enrolled all my books in the promotion with some free and the others discounted. Some up to 75% off. All you do is go to my author page, scroll down to the book(s) you're interested in, click on them, and add them to your cart. Smashwords will provide you with the code to get the books at the discounted price. Can't beat that for a deal!

Once you've read the book, please leave a review if you liked it! Thanks!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Superstition is Available in Print

I put Superstition in print through Createspace for those who like hard copy books. It is also available on Amazon. I will eventually make all of my book available in print, but I have to finish Book 4 in the Lone Star Cowboys series first.

Book Three in the Lone Star Cowboys series, The Bluest Eyes in Texas, is doing very well. It's currently #53 on the bestselling Western list on Amazon. It's received 7 reviews so far, all of them 5 stars. The feedback is great.

I've already started Book 4, which will be Jean and Nick's story. It picks up where book 3 leaves off, with Cooper and Nancy's wedding and putting the finishing touches on their equine therapy center and rodeo school. We'll see all the familiar characters from the previous books as well.

It's almost Spring here in Texas, so I'll be dividing my time between working on the house and yard during the day and writing at night. Somewhere in there I also have to start looking for a job, something I detest doing, especially since I live in a rural area with limited job opportunities. After 5 years of customer-service intensive work, this time I want something with limited public exposure, maybe a quiet office job. I learned the hard way that dealing with people all day left little emotional strength for writing.

Blame it on Texas made it through the first round of Amazon's Breakthrough Novel contest. Round two finalists will be announced mid-March. Prayers would be appreciated.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

New Release!

Book 3 in the Lone Star Cowboys series, The Bluest Eyes in Texas, just went live on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Bull Rider Cooper Saunders has a good shot at the title until an injury requires surgery just weeks before the National finals. He returns home to Morris Springs, Texas, to be near his parents during his rehab. While Nancy Phillips gets him in shape for the last few rides of his career, she also gets him thinking about settling down. Then a bull shatters his body and tramples his spirit, leaving him unsure if he'll ever be able to walk again, much less be a husband to his sexy physical therapist.

Nancy worked a miracle on Cooper once, getting him back to riding before the national finals, but this time there is so much more at stake. In addition to Cooper, she has a six year old orphan for a patient, one who probably will never get a chance to walk, ride a bike, or run with her friends again. And where Cooper is ready to give up, little Becky is a champ, doing whatever Nancy asks of her. Love, patience, and determination can only go so far. Will Nancy be able to get through to Cooper, or will he be content to sit in that wheelchair forever?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Coming Next Month

February is the month for lovers. And for romance novels. Book Three of the Lone Star Cowboys series, The Bluest Eyes in Texas, is scheduled for release in time for Valentine's Day. Here's a short preview...

     "You're getting a new patient, Nancy. Starting tomorrow, you'll devote all your attention to this one for the next two weeks. That's all the time you have to get him ready to return to the rodeo circuit, so it will be an intense rehab." Dr. Harris slid the file across the desk.
     "But what about my other patients? I'm really making progress with Anna and Andy. They need me."
     Dr. Harris shook his head. "Can't be helped. This young man is a local celebrity and his parents specifically requested that you, and only you, handle his case. It will be high profile for us and, if you're successful at getting him ready for the Finals, we'll get a lot of publicity."
     "Let me guess. Cooper Saunders, right?" Damn him. Just because he was some kind of star around here shouldn't mean he got preferential treatment. As much as she liked his parents, she resented them interfering with her job. She'd spent weeks getting Anna and Andy to trust her, to respond to their treatment. Anna was finally pulling out of her depression with the help of medication and counseling sessions, and Andy seemed to be gaining control of his anger and frustrations. What would happen to them if she suddenly didn't show up for their sessions and they were turned over to someone else?
     "There's nothing I can do to change your mind?" Nancy asked, knowing the answer from the firm set of Dr. Harris's jaw.
     "No, I promised Mary and Jed that you would personally handle Cooper's recovery."
     "Can I at least do my sessions with Andy and Anna today, so I can explain to them why they'll have a new PT?"
     Dr. Harris stood, indicating the discussion was over. "No. Cooper is waiting for you in room 212. His doctor will brief you in the conference room before you get started. He's already there."
     In other words, hop to it. You didn't keep the busy doctors waiting.
     Nancy gritted her teeth and marched to the conference room. She couldn't wait to meet Cooper and give him a piece of her mind for messing up her other patients' treatments. She didn't even know him. And at this point, she didn't care to know him.
     Shoot, he probably didn't need much more than hand-holding, anyway. Anyone could do that. Even one of his buckle bunnies.
     The doctor smiled when she stepped into the room. She didn't recognize him, so not a local. Nancy sat across the table from him, where a case folder waited. "I'm Nancy Phillips."
     "John Marshall." He nodded toward the folder. "We have a short time table to try to get Cooper ready for the PBR finals." He went over the particulars of Cooper's case and laid out the treatment plan. "Cooper is willing to commit one hundred percent to his treatment. You'll have his complete cooperation. If you have any questions, call me. I'll be checking on his progress daily, as well."
     "Do you really think it's wise for him to ride in two weeks with these injuries?" It sounded like a recipe for disaster to her. There was no way his shoulder and pelvic injuries could heal in that amount of time, and from what she'd read, the finals involved several days of bull riding, back to back. Cooper would be lucky if he didn't end up back in the hospital after the first try.
     "No, I don't, and I've told him that. But he's determined to do it." Dr. Marshall shook his head. "He's planning to retire at the end of this season and he needs the win to help finance his retirement."
     "It won't be much of a retirement if he's paralyzed, or worse."
     "If you can convince him not to try it, my hat's off to you. I've tried everything I can think of to talk him out of it.
     After the doctor left, Nancy took a few minutes to study Cooper's file. Thirty-eight years old, he'd been riding bulls for more than twenty years. While not the oldest bull rider, he was in no shape to be thinking about trying it again. Anyone with half a brain could see he needed to give it up while he could still walk.
     Determined to convince Cooper he was a fool to even think about riding another bull, Nancy headed down the hall to his room.

I don't have a cover yet, but I can tell you this picture will be on it.

Meet Cooper Saunders, professional bull rider. Yum! Can't wait to finish this book and see what you think about his story.

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