Review: Leaving Independence

 

Synopsis:

Abigail Baldwyn might not be a widow after all…

Ever since she received word that her husband, Robert, was killed in the Civil War, Abigail has struggled to keep her Tennessee home and family together. Then a letter arrives claiming that Robert isn’t dead, yet he has no plans to return. Desperate for answers, Abigail travels to Independence, Missouri, where she joins a westbound wagon train to find him.

Leading a company along the Oregon Trail isn’t part of Hoke Mathews’s plans. But then the former cavalry scout gets a glimpse of Abigail—so elegant compared to the rest of their hardscrabble wagon community, yet spirited and resilient. Through every peril, they encounter—snakebites, Indian raids, fevers, dangerous grudges—his bond with Abigail grows.

Abigail knew this journey would test her courage. Now it’s testing her marriage vows and her heart, daring her to claim a future on her own terms in a land rich with promise.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Leaving Independence by Leanne W. Smith is well-written. Immediately, I was swept up into the story. The intrigue of a man thought to be dead but then told was alive…takes readers on a journey following a brave mother going to find her husband. She and her children look for answers. Answers are exactly what they get. But whether they are the ones they wanted is left to discover. Then, there’s more to the mystery…as well as a sweet surprise. A  brave hardworking man for the wagon train finds himself constantly coming to the woman’s aid. Something between them brews up…and only time will tell if they can find happiness again.

Leanne W. Smith brought a realistic western travel tale that readers everywhere will love. Family, faith, and courage are tested inside this novel. The character’s hardships were believable. The dangers ahead were three dimensional. I enjoyed following a family as they moved forward…the Oregon Trail. Things like the Civil War were masterfully woven for readers’ entertainment. Overall, I highly recommend this sweet historical piece to all. Leaving Independence is definitely a must read.

 

 

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Review: No Way Up

 

Synopsis:

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg–and possibly his life–Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch’s will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance’s three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don’t live and work at the home for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set–and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future–and a desired future with Sadie–locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

No Way Up by Mary Connealy is by far the most heated, intriguing and clean romance that I have read. The heat and chemistry send off enough sparks to light a fire. There’s enough sibling rivalry that left me laughing so hard. Danger is found on every page. The plot is fast-paced.  I enjoyed following a story that involved a family being brought together again. Family, courage, love, and faith are all themes of this riveting novel. I found myself lost within the pages instantly.

This was the first novel, I have read by Mary Connealy. Her talent is raw and impressive to all. The characters are so different from each other but hold the same values. The life threatening situation of a father having been seriously injured and may not live…the siblings are now, left to full-fill their father’s wishes. If they don’t the land, money, and all will go to a much hated and despised family member. Then, there’s a ranch hand who has fallen in love with the boss’s daughter. But until the accident with her father, the woman hasn’t spent much thoughts on him. After all, he’s just a lowly cowhand. But once the danger has crept upon them all, the lowly cowhand stayed to help the family. A family that has grown to respect him. Learning how family life worked, the cowhand now thinks of trying to go back to see his brothers. But first, they must all live through the danger and even lay out their hearts. Will they survive or fall apart? Overall, I highly recommend No Way Up to all. A Christian romance that readers won’t want to miss.

 

 

 

Review: Into the Dust

 

Synopsis:

As the daughter of a presidential candidate, Cassidy Hamilton left the Montana family ranch to escape notoriety and live her own life. But when someone tries to abduct her off a Houston sidewalk, Cassidy finds protection in the tall, dark and sexy form of cowboy Jack Durand. The gorgeous Texan doesn’t recognize her, wants nothing from her and is determined to keep her safe.

Jack hates keeping secrets from the beautiful Cassidy, but he knows more about her kidnapping attempt than he’s admitting. Forced on the run, Jack and Cassidy begin piecing together a jagged family puzzle, exposing a plot years in the making—one that will either tear them apart or bring them closer together than ever.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

B.J. Daniels latest novel, Into the Dust, is by far a stunning read. Inside this exciting read, there are sparks, danger, and intrigue. The combination is lethal when written by B.J. Daniels. Her writing is superb. I felt like I was there on the run with both the characters. The instant gut feeling to help someone in need and the fear of being attacked was very real. My heart pounded as the I continued reading the fast-paced plot. Politics makes for an interesting tale especially when one adds a rugged sexy cowboy who is more than determined to keep a high profile young woman safe. It seems many people are after her and not sure who to call, it will be up to him to keep her safe. Plus, his father might just be involved with whatever is happening to the pretty blonde he saved.

Into the Dust is completed, dangerous, and well-written. B.J. Daniels always has a plot full of twists and fascinating characters that she dishes out to readers. What cowboy Jack and daughter of a politician, Cassidy don’t know is that there are now tangled up in a huge sticky web. Parents involved in something that involves a dangerous group called the Prophecy. Danger seems to be over but it has only started. As the story continues to unfold something hot and raw flows, begins to form between Jack and Cassidy. Their desire heats up every page. But the suspense builds up…and both characters may not remember the time they spent together. Will they come out alive and remember everything or will all be for nothing? Into the Dust is definitely a must read for all. I loved every moment. Never knew what to expect. B.J. Daniels’ talent is evident enough by the attachment readers will develop by the time they finish reading it. Overall, I highly recommend this brilliant novel to all.

 

Review: To Swallow the Earth

 

Synopsis:

(Suspense, western, short novel) 108 years in the making! What if you came home after a journey and your family was no longer there? What if someone else was living in your house, running what you used to manage—and trying to kill you? Could a beautiful woman be behind it? Wade Forester must stay in the shadows because it seems, everyone has reason to shoot him. His father has disappeared, and his sister won’t speak a word to anyone. Patricia Laughlin is searching for her family as well. Few people gain her trust or approval, though powerful landowner Bridger Calhoun just might be the man to do it. After a clash throws them to opposite sides, Wade must decide if risking his life helping Patricia is worth the trouble. Bridger must win Patricia’s heart, and Patricia must learn which killer to trust with her life. Set in the historic Nevada silver rush, and reminiscent of Grey, L’Amour, and Twain, the writing comes from intimate knowledge of the era and area. Having lived off the land, Wilcox depended on his wit, grit, and strength—and that of his animals—for survival, just as these characters do. Wilcox and Beckstrand weave authentic detail and care for the terrain and its creatures into an adventure that will make your heart pound and fill your lungs with the “rarefied air” of the old Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

To Swallow the Earth by Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox is indeed a fascinating tale that readers won’t want to miss. There’s adventure, intrigue, and danger ahead for readers everywhere. The characters are realistic and their actions are believable. The scenes pop, to life, with such vivid descriptions. I could feel the intensity as the story built up with every flick of the pages. Someone was going to die…

Inside To Swallow the Earth, both Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox, introduce to readers a young woman who lost her father. A father who got tangled up with a dangerous man and now, that same man is trying his way through to get to the daughter. His plans are to marry her…to take what he wanted from her father. But there’s another man who she meets that also catches her attention first. He is the man that she likes. But with the evil man’s easy smiles and charm he causes her to believe the other man is evil…

Who is indeed to be trusted and who will win her heart is something that I highly recommend to readers to read. The journey will be one that stays with readers forever. It’s easy to get lost, into the land and animals, and something else that stirs up the course of two individuals…love comes hard and fast but recognizing it is harder than we can imagine…Overall, I loved reading To Swallow the Earth. Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox are talented writers whose stories will never be forgotten.

 

 

Review: Voices in the Wind

 

Synopsis: 

The story is set in western Nebraska in the American Midwest. A young attorney accepts a job at her imperious father’s law firm, which forces her to confront tragedies old and new, and leads her into a harrowing fight for survival and the transformation that brings forgiveness and a new perspective.

Along the way, the heroine, Megan, must deal with a crooked attorney, a tornado, lots of root beer, a blond stud, voices in the wind, heartbreak, a lunatic with a shotgun, delicious pastries, isolation, and lies.

This rugged High Plains land of Megan’s hometown is the desolate, windblown, harsh land of the pioneer, American Indian, and cowboy. Even in adulthood, it stirs a strange yearning in Megan, as she deals with the pressures of a law firm and a new love, as well as her attempts to unravel the haunting mystery surrounding her mother. Meanwhile, a disturbed neighbor seeks vengeance against Megan and her friend, driving them into the darkness of the rough land in a test of her wits, fortitude, and resourcefulness. Ultimately, her greatest challenge is to forgive.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Judy Bruce brings readers a novel that shows how a character who feels completely flawed overcomes that difficult times life dishes her. Tragedies from the past come alive once more and new ones follow after it. A young woman from a rural town moves back home to work at her father’s law firm. Megan is a character that many will be wowed by…her weaknesses becomes her strengths and with a little determination she might she pull off everything that’s settled onto her shoulders. Family issues, a new job, and a new love, as well as secrets that may drive Megan down or pull her back up like a free bird, will definitely lure readers to this stunning masterpiece. Voices in the Wind will intrigue readers everywhere. I loved Judy Bruce’s way of showing us what happened and how it happened. The story drags readers in from the beginning and won’t let go until the read it all. This is the first novel in the Wind Series by Judy Bruce and I loved it. I can’t wait to read what happens next inside of her second novel, Alone in the Wind.

Review: Want Ad Wedding

Synopsis:

When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience.

Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn’t get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs?

Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Want Ad Wedding by Cheryl St. John is a realistic portrayal of the old times in history when towns were just beginning to form. Some towns made it and others didn’t. Inside of this brilliantly told story, readers get a glimpse into the past of what a woman’s life was like and how one decision can change one’s future forever.

Cheryl St. John brings readers to a town started out by a group of men who met and became friends. They soon bought property and started getting more men to come to their newly built town. Now, that they had plenty of men, shops, and a hotel, they wanted to bring women for the men to marry in order to expand their town. Luckily for these friends, that a railroad decided to be built near their town. Thus, their plan of putting Want Ad Wedding, onto paper, to seek out women worked. Only one of the men wasn’t expecting to find a wife on the first train load…and she wasn’t expecting to find a man whom she could easily love as well as one that knew from her younger days. Then there’s another man whose new fiancee is wanting to marry him only for his money….only issue is that he doesn’t know that until a mutual friend informs him…but how will he accept it and will his friend who decides to marry, marry for love or out of mutual respect for a woman? I loved reading this historical fiction piece. The reality of the harsh life back then and the dangers it presented as well as the emotional attachments made this novel a must have for me. I love a good romance with an air of adventure, danger, and intrigue. The characters were believable and the plot kept me hooked. Overall, I would highly recommend Want Ad Wedding to readers everywhere.

Book Revew: The Roundup: Penny and Matthew (Birthrights Book 3) by Coty Justus

Coty Justus is a talented writer whose way with words is brilliantly stunning. Inside this incredible story is packed with several themes that will tug at readers hearts such as trust, loyalty, and love. Not only does The Roundup have these themes but also is packed with adventure, suspense, and intrigue. I feel in love with the characters and the amazing men who are so realistically portrayed it’s hard to tell it’s fiction.

The Roundup by Coty Justus is one that should be read by readers worldwide. It combines action, romance and Native American culture. Coty Justus has a well written story whose plot intrigues readers every page. Readers will also find it humourous and spectacular. I couldn’t get enough of the fabulous characters and their troubles. The Roundup is one novel readers everywhere will not be able to stop reading. The romance between Penny and Matthew is an interesting one. Once Matthew sees Penny, he knows she’s the one for him. Penny also knows that there is one man who is meant for her. Penny has those who want her dead and Matthew knows he needs to protect her. A love so warm and understanding it was beautiful. Also, the way the characters welcomed Penny into their circle is astounding. Today, with all our differences it was nice to read a novel that showed a welcome embrace towards a stranger. I highly recommend reading this novel and look forward to reading the next story by Coty Justus. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.

Book Review: A Sky So Big by both Ransom Wilcox & Karl Beckstrand

A Sky So Big by both Ransom Wilcox and Karl Beckstrand is a must read Western Romance. I loved reading this novel by both of these talented writers. After reading the back cover on the book, my curiosity of which man might be on the front cover lured me into reading the first chapter to find out. Readers like myself will fall for the charming nature of one of the characters only to finally realize that one of the two main men is the real bad guy. But which one and will Patricia Laughlin find out before it’s too late?

In this intriguing and realistic portrayal of the Western lifestyle I found myself drowning into the deepest part of the plot as it continued to unfold. The main character Patricia Laughlin is the innocent new comer to the Western parts. She comes back home to her father because of his new partner. A partner who is living two different lives. His charms and small talk make Patricia feel safe. Safer than she would be if she was around the other man, who at first appearance proved to be the wrong man to be around. But is she really safe being with the man whom she think is right and safe? Then there’s the matter of her heart. Which man will keep it and which will not? A romance that will melt the hearts of countless readers over and over again. I highly recommend this stunning masterpiece by both Ransome Wilcox and Karl Beckstrand. They both have spun together an irresistible tale that will continue to lure readers deep into its depth. Mystery, suspense, and romance..A Sky So Big has it all. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.

You Complete Me by Me

You Complete Me

He closed the door behind him, waiting for the warmth from the house to warm him. It was definitely fall. Leaves are turning the bright colors and falling down everywhere. The wind nipping at his face and hands making his shiver with cold. Standing there by his fireplace he placed more logs in to keep it going.

Instantly warmth started to spread up his body. Her voice calling him from the bedroom was enough to keep him warm for years to come.

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“Bud, haven’t seen you in years. Nice to see you again. Are you staying or just stopping in to see your old man?” Jack asked.

Taking is hat off, and running his hand through his caramel colored hair, he looked Jack in the eyes before saying,”I am staying.”

“That’s awesome! Hey Missy, can I have two drinks please? One for me and my friend here.”

“Sure thing, Jack. Welcome back home Bud.” Stella said smiling as she placed their usual drinks in front of them.

“Thanks, Stella.”

“Here’s to friendship.” Jack toasted.

“Here’s to friendship,” Bud toasted back.

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“Hey, Krystal. Did you hear?”

“Hear what Stella?”

“Hear that Bud is back in town. Looking hotter than ever.”

“Bud?”

“Yes, Bud. You know the boy next door that you dated.”

Stella was starting to wonder about her friend Krystal. What happened between the two? Neither Krystal nor Bud seemed like bad people and they were completing in love. So what happened between them? Hm..

“You know you can go say hi to him. He’s staying with his dad to help out with the family business.”

“No, that’s fine. I don’t want to bother him on his first day back.”

“It’s not his first day back and if you don’t go see him then you know that scanty little bitch Molly will.”

Stella watched as Krystal digested that bit. Her face showed several emotions as first it was surprise, then anger, then something that looked like she wanted to but wasn’t sure.

“Here, I will finish this. You go in clean up and get your butt over to Bud’s family ranch this minute and tell him I said hi.”

“But, I have work to do.”

“No, buts. Get going. Besides, I can do your chores for today.”

“Thanks, Stella.”

“Krystal.”

“Yes?”

“Be nice to him.”

Laughing Krystal went to change into nicer clothes. What will she say to him after all these years? Will he even want to see her?

Nerves were eating her alive and there wasn’t anything she could do about it.

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Book Review: Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy by Victoria Vane

Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy by Victoria Vane is an irresistible cowboy western that readers will love. Two unlikely characters will be brought together. Both Reid Everett and Haley Cooper are fighting on opposite ends but when they meet sparks fly everywhere. Neither one can deny the instant attraction they feel. Reid Everett has spent eight years as a Marine has has come back home to Wyoming to keep the wolf population under. And then there’s Haley Cooper, a wildlife biologist trying to help the wolves. Protecting the animals she loves while the hot sexy Reid is shooting them.  Can these opposites unite to keep their passion burning or will their jobs keep them apart?

Victoria Vane has done it once again bringing new irresistible characters to life and enticing and highly engaging plots to read. I loved the instant chemistry between the two characters who are working on opposite sides of an issue. A beautifully woven story told in a fun, addictive and realistic way. Readers will fall in love with Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy and keep coming back for more by this talented writer. I look forward to reading more novels and highly recommend this story readers everywhere. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.

A Short Story

                        Chapter 1

 

 

 

Only sounds of the rain hitting my window kept me up. I couldn’t see anything out the dark and bleary window of my compartment. Silently, I wondered what my new life was going to be like. Will my husband still want me after seeing me when I arrive at the train station? The ad after all, asked for a young woman in her early twenties who can sew, cook, and clean house. And don’t mind being around two younger children. A boy named Michael age four and his big sister age ten. The man stated he was both a farmer and a rancher. How interesting, I thought. I was use to the city life and having everything done for me. That was until Papa died. We lost much of what we owned and not waiting until Keith to come by offering marriage and to buy our home, I quickly sold it to the bank. The bank seemed happy and gave me a good penny for the house. I was sad to leave behind the only place I knew, but anything would be better than Keith. The train soon pulled to a stop, and there out my window, I saw a man tall and muscled, with two younger ones. Instantly, I knew they were there waiting for me. Taking my luggage, I walked over to them.

The man was scrutinizing me with his piercing green eyes like the color of the sea. Easy to get lost in, I quickly shook my thoughts and introduced my-self to the children. Sarah hid halfway behind the man, and Michael just smiled at me. “Hi, my name is Laura. Nice to meet to you meet you both, Sara and Michael.”

“Hi,” they both said at once.

“They are super shy. It’s nice to see you, Laura. I’m Brian.” He placed his hand out to me, I took it and his big warm hand enclosed mine and briefly kissed it. I felt my cheeks burning, and my chest tighten at the brief touch of his lips. Brian’s eyes were searching mine the entire time. What did he think of me?

“Shall we get home?”

“Yes, I would like that, thank you.”

I followed them all to a wagon, Sara climbed on up in the back while Michael squirmed to sit on my lap. And Brian siting right next to me. Our shoulder touching, brought my full awareness to how close we were. Once again, I was more aware of Brian than I have ever been of any other man.

It took us awhile to get out to the place. But what I saw took my breath away. It was small and practical. The land around the small house, had trees on either side with pretty flowers. And not too far away was a big red barn and pasture.  If my eyes weren’t deceiving me there was a pond as well.

“Oh!”

“Isn’t it pretty?” Sarah asked me.

“Yes, it is Sarah. Very pretty.”

Smiling she looked up at Brian and said, “I knew it, Uncle Brian. I knew she would like the flowers we planted for her.

“You guys planted the flowers just for me?” I asked her surprised that they did such a thing just for me.

“Yes. Me, Michael, and Uncle Brian.”

Brian was looking at me smiling a bit himself. I smiled brightly in return. It was a nice welcome gift.

“I love it. Thank you.”

Sarah hugged me tightly from behind. I smiled even more if that were possible. Michael was asleep the whole time in my arms.

“Here we are. Home sweet home.”

Brian took Michael from me and then offered his hand to me as I step down. Carefully taking Michael back from him, he helped Sara down. She waited with her arms straight up in the air as Brian came about and took her into his big arms before settling her back down on the ground.

“Come, Laura.”

Taking my hand se lead me into the house, as Brian took my things in for me. The house was nicely built and nothing but a warmness overcame me. I felt welcomed in this new home. Papa would be smiling at me if he could see me now.

Sarah took me everywhere. Until, we saw the entire house. After a bit, I settled Michael on his bed, then went to prepare dinner. Brian was gone. I assumed it was to do chores since coming to pick me up at the station took a lot of his time.

I managed to my famous homemade beef stew. Sarah helped me in the kitchen such as helping me find certain items and then setting the table. I just sent her to go wake Michael up and wash their hands, when Brian walked into the house.

“That smells awfully good.”

“Thank you, be sure to freshen up and wash your hands before eating.”

“I will.”

Sarah and Michael came in letting me inspect their clean hands and then letting them choose where to sit.

I began pouring the beef stew into the bowls. And Sarah passed the homemade buns I baked.

“Mmm…Laura looks good.”

“Thank you, Sarah. Michael wait for your Uncle before you eat.”

“I’m here now. Sarah you can say the prayer.”

Brain held out my chair for me and after I was seated, he sat down and Sarah began the prayer.

The food went down so fast, I almost thought I didn’t serve them any stew. I watched as each one dug into their bowls and took more buns. I went back and poured some more stew into their bowls before eating mine.

After dinner, I had Sarah help me with the dishes and Brian helped Michael get ready for bed. Soon after I was helping Sarah into her own bed as well. I stayed with her as she said her prayer before closing her eyes.

Everything went well. I felt happy.  The children were nice and Brian was a gentleman. I had no regrets about my decision until I went into the room that Sarah said was mine. I noticed my things were placed in there as well. I changed my clothes, and brushed my teeth before sliding back the covers. As I laid in the bed, Brain soon came to bed himself.  My instincts were alert and my thoughts all jammed. Were we both to sleep in the same bed? Is that what husbands and wives do? But we haven’t married yet, surely we can’t sleep in the same bed. Brain leaned over me, “The pastor is coming in tomorrow, so we will be having our wedding at noon.”

“Okay.”

“Do you have a dress?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Ok.

“Do you have nice dress clothes?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Ok.” I snuggled more on my side of the bed. But, Brian took hold of my waist, and pulled me closer to his side. Snuggling me close to him. I felt hot all over and laid there wondering what next. But soon, Brain was asleep. And before I knew it, so was I.

Part 1 – Rosie

“Rosie Loretta ..,” My mother was about to say my last when I came running back over to her.

“Yes, mama?”

“Why on earth couldn’t you be more like your older sister?”

“Because, it’ boring to entertain guests I rather experience things and see the world. The boys have it so much better. They see things whereas I have to stay home and do nothing.”

“Do nothing! What in heaven’s name are you talking about, do nothing?” Mama seemed to go into her usual fit about how ladies should act and that it’s a disgrace to act like one wanted more in life then settling down having babies. I want to see the latest development on the railroads. I secretly listen to my father and the other gentlemen talk about them. I find interesting. A new way to travel all over the world.

“Just wait until your father hears about this, Rosie!”

I roll my eyes which only infuriates my mama even further. But I cant seem to help myself when I have gone through this same discussion repeatedly with my mother.

“Rosie? Are you listening to me?”

“Yes, mama. I am and have been listening to you, thought I still don’t agree with you.” I ran up stairs to my room where Lydia, my older sister, was working on her wedding gown. She is to be married within a week’s time to a prominent member of the prestigious company called Winston’s Textile Mills. He and his family were extremely wealthy and it kept mama happy to have her eldest daughter marrying a man from a good family. The only other issue is that once Lydia is married mama will be pushing more so on me to marry a wealthy good gentleman next. And I am far from ready to do that. I am still 15 years-old I have until this summer to come up with a way to get out of marrying anyone. But will I succeed?

“Rosie, what on earth happened to your dress?” Lydia almost died from shock at seeing my new dress soiled with black marks from checking out engines that are used for the trains.

“I..um..well, I was checking out the engines in the shop when mama called me out.”

“You are an absolute disgrace for this family! Why do you ave to be so disobedient when all mother and father do is treat you well?”

“I am not a disgrace and unlike you I like adventure and fun. Not everyone telling me what to do and how to do it.” I nearly shouted at her, but remembered I already made mama mad enough for one day. I decided to change and to hide away in my room drawing all the new images spinning within my head. Who knows when I might see anything fascinating again.

Soon the sun lowered back into its resting place and I rushed down the stairs knowing father was going to home any minute. So, I waited..and waited..and waited. Ding..ding..ding. Our old grandfather clock chimed in the distance. Looking up I noticed it was past 8 pm and mother and Lydia were worried. Just when I thought the worst, the doors burst open  and there was father with Lydia’s fiancee hanging onto him looking for the worse.

“Oh my gosh, father what happened to him?”

“Why were you so late? And let’s get this man to a room and taken care then you, Mr. Lockwood are going to have some explaining to do.”

Father just nodded and took his hat off and began pacing the floors. I ran up to him and hugged him tightly. At first he was socked then he hugged me back telling me it’s okay. Lydia went to take care of Joe. And mother came back into the room waiting for father to tell us all what happened.

Father sat down in his favorite leather chair. Pausing for a long while making us think he wasn’t going to say anything. Lydia came back in siting beside me. “Father what happened to Joe? Why was he injured and you late in coming home? Why bring him here?”

“There was an uprising at the textile mill. Joe’s family, home, and fortune are all gone.”

Silence came about the room descending upon us like a heavy blanket. Mama didn’t say anything. Lydia started to cry heavily. I wrapped my arm around her trying to soothe her in any way possible.

“The sheriff and doctor both said that Joe will not make it by morning. And with him not having anyone else I thought to bring him here with us.”

Mama took father’s hand and squeezed it tightly nodding her approval. “Lydia, you will find another man to marry soon.”

I sat there stunned. Find another man to marry soon? The first man she was about to marry is lying injured in our guest room about to die and may not make it to see another day and mama is worried about Lydia finding another man to marry? It must be the shock and grief making mama say such things. Yes, that has to be it.

 “Lydia shouldn’t you be attending to Joe?” I asked her. Maybe that will bring her out of her crying mood.

“He’s going to die, Rosie. There’s nothing more I can do!” She shouted at me like it’s my fault. Mama looked at me like I said something wrong and went after Lydia.

“Papa, I am going to check on Joe. If that is okay. Since he did lose his family and everything all due to an uprising. I can only imagine what Joe is feeling right this moment.

Papa nodded his approval and I went into our guest room, the lamp was dimly lit. I sat beside Joe and dipped the wash cloth in the warm bowl. Gently, I began bathing his face which was covered in blood. After his face was clean, I went to work on his wound on his right arm. I used some alcohol and a clean rag and carefully yet firmly cleaned his wound before re-wrapping it. Joe winced. He turned his head and looked at me. I felt my heart cry at this man’s condition. How could my older sister Lydia not care? Joe was a sweet man who would do everything he could for her. Here he was injured beyond his will and lost everything and yet, she wasn’t at his side. But, I was. Joe closed his eyes and I took his hand and held it in mine. I didn’t want him to die without knowing someone cared. I didn’t realize I had stayed in the room all the way until mid-afternoon. The sun was bright and shinning right into my face. I sat up and noticed my father opening the curtains. He held my shoulder. “Go wash up, Rosie. He’s going to be okay now, because of you. I will take watch until you have freshened up and eat something.” Just then my stomach growled as if on que. Smiling my father waved me out of the room.

Rushing out I ran upstairs to bathe and change my clothes. I went back downstairs to the kitchen where Lori our cook has bacon buns freshly made and waiting for me with a class of milk. I thanked her and gobbled up several before deciding to ask her if I can take a tray to Joe. She smiled back at me and said, “Rosie, you are more of a proper lady than your mom and older sister are. I am  proud of you, little one.” Smiling back, I hugged her. Then taking the tray I went back to Joe. Father was good to his word. He kept watch until I returned. I took of Papa’s seat and began on my task to feed Joe. “Papa where is Lydia and mama?”

Kissing me on my cheek, Papa looked sad for a brief moment.”They left for the dance in town to find a new eligible man. I feel sorry for the next man to marry off your sister thought.”

Laughing, I felt relieved that my father was on my side. After he left the room, Joe stirred a bit. I asked if he wanted to eat. Joe nodded. I handed him a bacon bun. And then another and a small bowl of veggie soup to help him gain his strength back. I hoped it worked. I’d hate to see Joe recover a bit only to get worse later.

After all the food was gone. Joe looked up at me. “Thank you, Rosie.”

“Joe, you don’t have to thank me. You went through hell yesterday. I just want to see you well again.”

I set out to change his cloth and clean his wound again. “I am sorry about Lydia not being here for you.”

“It’s okay. Sometimes things are just not meant to be. And it saves me from marrying the wrong woman.”

“True.”

“Have you ever thought about marrying, Rosie?”

“I don’t know, I never really thought about it.” I said lying to him.

“Maybe, you should. You’re a good woman, Rosie.”

Suddenly, I felt my face get hot.

“I am sorry, if I embarrassed you.”

“No, Joe. You didn’t embarrass me, just caught me off guard is all.”

Joe was eighteen and I only 15. I wouldn’t be allowed to marry until this summer when I turned 16 and that’s if I decided to marry.

PART 2 Coming Soon!

Book Review: A Cowboy Delight by Cheryl Brooks

A Cowboy Delight is a very hot and sexy novel that will leavve readers melting form the heat that comes off the pages. Cheryl Brooks knows how to create an amazing story that will gain not only her readers attention but also gain their hearts. Lauren is on her way to visit her parents. But, her car breaks down on the way their. A hot and mouth-watering cowboy name Steve comes to her aid. He owns a cattle and horse ranch with his father. Fate has a way of playing with both Lauren and Steve. But what Steve doesn’t know is that Lauren is already engaged. And will Lauren want to tell her fiance no and continue with what she has started and felt with Steve? Or will Lauren break Steve’s heart? And what if Steve finds out about her being engaged? Where will that will them? Time will only tell.

I loved reading this fabulous and incredible story. The romance is one that readers won’t forget. Steve is not only hot, but a hardworking cowboy who falls for the woman in need. But will fate allow them to be together for ever or just to toy with them? The suspense of knowing Lauren is falling in love with Steve but is already engaged is absolutely riveting. I could not put the book down. Cheryl Brooks’s characters are out of this world. Readers everywhere will fall in love reading her novels. I highly recommend reading A Cowboy Delight. It is definitely a delight to read! Overall, I rate this heated novel a five out of five stars.

Book Review: The Deputy’s Redemption by Dorlores Fossen

The Deputy’s Redemption by Dolores Fossen is incredible! A highly fascinating yet intriguing romance. This is a novel that readers wont forget. A smoldering hot romance between characters who have shared a romantic moment together long before are now placed together in close quarters but for an entirely different reason. This time it’s because Elise Nichols needs protection and that protection comes in the form of the man who’s hot sexy cowboy features haven’t changed. And neither has their instant chemistry with each other. Time has not changed the way either one feels about the other. Deputy Colt McKinnon can’t resist kissing Elise not just one more time but twice before realizing that he needs to place another in charge of her safety. He think straight with her around him. And that frightens him.  But Elise puts on a tough act. She doesn’t want him but her body says differently. Elise is a star witness for an upcoming murder trial that can tear apart the Texas lawman’s family. Will Deputy Colt McKinnon be able to step up to the task of protecting Elise or will the murder get to her before the trial begins? Will Elise and Cot be able to deny their sparking chemistry forever or will they let it lose? I highly recommend reading this brilliantly well written novel and find out yourself. Overall, I rate this novel a five out of five stars.

Book Review: The Cowboy’s Forever Family by Deb Kastner

The Cowboy’s Forever Family by Deb Kastner is the must read romance novel. The novel is love inspiring with a tale of loss and new love.  Laney Beckett is widowed and pregnant with child. She knows absolutely nothing when it comes to ranching. That is where her husband’s friend and wild cowboy, Slade McKenna comes into the picture perfect. He steps in to protect Laney and the unborn child for two reasons. One he feels he owes his best friend to help the widow and her child with the running of the ranch. But the other reason is more intriguing. He thinks that danger is lurking nearby and wants to protect both stubborn Laney and her child. They both don’t want to be near each other but when they are will their new forged friendship turn into something more? Something that will give them both happiness. Can love blossom between two individuals set on just staying friends?

I enjoyed reading this amazing story that is family centered. I love the two compelling characters and their strong personalities. They drew me in deeper into the heart of the plot. The story is well written and one that I would recommend to readers every where. Deb Kastner knows how to write a compelling love story. A novel that is sweet, funny, and alluring. Overall, I rate this novel a five out of five stars.

Book Review: What A Bride Wants by Kelly Hunter

 

What A Bride Wants is a stunning hot romance like no other! Once you pick up this novel, you won’t want to put it down! I enjoyed reading this novel by Kelly Hunter. The female character was strong, straight forward, and sassy. Especially when Ella’s love interest Cameron walked into her life. For him it was just one look into her eyes and her bright personality that melted his heart. All it took was on look at Cameron and his broad shoulders and his cute dimples to melt her insides away. Cameron is wealthy like Ella and her father but his life comes with baggage. His older brother Richard is a rapist, a stalker, and a thief. Richard has ruined Camreon’s parents family brewery and is now a wanted man. Richard went after one woman that Cameron fell in love with. Will he go after Ella too? Will Cameron be able to save Ella and stop his brother? And what happens with his parents’ business? I highly recommend all readers to read on and find out what happens! I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: Nobody’s Cowboy by Debra Salonen

 

Nobody’s Cowboy by Debra Salonen, is one readers must pick up and read! Hot, sexy, and sweet describes this perfect novel. The story is about a man who grew up in Montana and works his way up, graduating from Harvard. He then becomes a politician. Soon things go bad, and he heads back home to Montana. Here he runs into his new neighbor. A woman who feels the same way he does about the crap that life throws at you. He begins to realize just how hot and different she is compared to all the other women back in the city. Austen is waiting for his name to be cleared. But in the mean time he gets to know Serena. She has llamas and alpacas too. For her guard she has a great large dog who works well with her animals and keeps her safe.  Both her and Austen feel the pull of attraction and soon are sharing more than just a one night stand. They both fall in love. But will Austen come back and stay in Montana or will he go back to his lawyer lifestyle and forget Serena? And what about Serena’s stalker problem? Will all work for both? I highly recommend this beautiful novel to readers everywhere! This is one book they will never stop reading! I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: Tried and True by Mary Connealy

Tried and True is a fabulous Western must read novel! The story is about three sisters who cover themselves up as men in order to go fight during the war. This war being the one over slavery. Their father lost his son to the war and has hounded and pushed the issue with his daughters to go fight in the war to revenge their brother’s death. One by one each of the women go off to fight in the war. After serving their time they get land grants. Each sister picked out her own piece of land.  Now after awhile a land grant official is sent to check out the properties. This land marshal finds out within moments of meeting the youngest that she is definitely not a man and is baffled by her story of fighting in the war. He soon tries to help her figure out a way to save her from losing the land until danger  soon comes threatening her and her sisters. Soon he finds out that all three sisters went to war dressed like men! Will the sisters lose their land grants? Will the land marshal fall in love with the youngest sister? Will she marry him even though they both want two different things? And who is behind the threat? I highly suggest for every reader to read on and find out! This novel was a beautiful and humorous story about three sisters.  I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: The Heart’s Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher

Silver Matlock is a strong woman seeking revenge from a man who left her behind. Jared Newman is a rugged bounty hunter out for revenge. Both must learn to set aside their difference and learn to trust each other. They both have to work together to get what they want. Soon, both Silver and Jared find themselves falling in love with each other. The Heart’s Pursuit is beautifully written and heart warming. I enjoyed reading this novel. The plot was both intriguing and exciting. Silver and Jared are two characters that every reader can easily connect with. Robin Lee Hatcher definitely knows how to write an amazing Western Romance. This book was absolutely stunning compared to others in the same genre. I highly recommend readers to pick up this novel. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Love’s Never Ending Promise

Gwen had come back home from college only to find her parents divorced, her grandpa passed away, and that her best friend has been hooking up with her boyfriend the entire time. Feeling overwhelmed and hurt, Gwen decides to head out west. Maybe there she can find some hard work to distract her. Only thing was she was doing just fine until, Kade walked in.

Kade was a hardworking farmer who dedicated all his time to farming and rasing his niece, Jordan. Jordan was an eight year old who was definitely needing a woman’s touch. Kade decides to ask Gelwen if she could help him with Jordan and that he will pay her by the hour for all or any help she could give.

His offer was too tempting not to accept. Gwenncould use the money to buy her own store verus having to rent a place which cost a lot more than what she was making from her goods.

She accepted. Only it wasn’t until the first week that she wished she didn’t accept. She was starting to fall for Jordan’s uncle. And that was the last thing Gwen wanted. To fall in love.

Kade never thought thay he would ever settle down with anyone. He had enough raising Jordan and farming. But something about Gwen stirred emotions in him that he didn’t want to feel.

Why was it that everyday she made him feel like a teenage boy? He wasn’t a boy who couldn’t control himself. So then why does he feel so hot and bothered whenever she was around. She was only helping him out with his niece.

Will Gwen and Kade fight their mutal attraction or will they learn to trust in God and follow their hearts?

The Hired Boyfriend Part 1

Tim Daniels was a hard, tough, young cowboy. He enjoyed farming and ranching. His parents left him their small white brick house, small land, and a small heard of angus cattle. Tim worked long hours fixing the fence to keep his cattle safe. What he didn’t know was that he was going to find a small,petite,red head laying in his hay stack. After a few moments staring at the woman’s figure, especially her ass, he nudges her foot gently. Not wanting to startle the woman. But then again she was tresspassing into his property.

Maria McCarn, wasn’t the type to tresspass, but she was exhausted. Having been in the run from a man in the city who wanted her dead, she could not walk anymore. Seeing the golden hay stack ,she takes some making a soft bed. Then laying down, she feel asleep instantly.
Having not sleep long she feels something hitting her foot. Looking up sees a man. No, a cowboy standing over her. He was tall, broad shoulder and cute. Her five o’clock shadow gave him a sexy tough guy look.
“Ma’am, I have to ask you why are you sleeping on my hay?”

Feeling her ached body and sensing she looked like a homeless person, she got up.
“I needed a place to rest for a moment.”
Looking at her state of wrinkled clothes and exhaustion in her eyes, he felt sympathy for the strange woman.
” If you follow me, I’ll make you some breakfast.”
Hearing the handsome cowboy’s offer, Maria heard her stomach grumble. It’s been days since she had a decent meal.
“If you insist, I would be grateful to you.”
“I definitely insist, Ma’am.”
Walking back to his house with the woman following behind him, Tim wonders why and how she got here? Was she in danger?

Writing Challenge #10-7 Mail Order Bride

In today’s writing challenge, we will be writing about a 25 year-old woman who runs away from her arranged marriage to a cruel old man by answering a man’s reply for a mail order bride. Having written letters back and forth they agreed on her coming on the train tomorrow arriving to a vast land with a small town. The land was farming and ranch lands. The man was 27 years-old, with a little girl who needs a woman’s touch. The pooor man didn’t know how to bake or make pretty dresses for his 6 year-old daughter Emily. He decided to make an order for a bride. After a week, he started receiving letters to his order for a bride from a woman two years younger than him. He reread the letters over and over. His daughter Emily was nervous. Thinking her new mommy might not like her or will leave her like her other mommy did. The girl’s birth mom left her and her father for a life in the city. She didn’t want to work or to be isolated from people. She loved parties. So she left them. Maggie Kendall was a hard working woman who knew how to sew, wash, clean and bake. She could also cook well. Maggie also loved to read as many books as possible.Maggie felt bad for Matthew and his daughter Emily. She couldn’t wait to see them tomorrow. Having snuck out of her parents home with the train ticket and extra money and her small bag, Maggie ran to the train station boarded the train and was finally on her way to a new life. One full of new adventures and two kind people. What will Emily think of her? What would Matthew think when he finally meets her? She hoped he would’nt send her back or away. She had no where else to go. 
Write all this and what happens next when Matthew, and Emily meet Maggie. How will the farm/ranch life be? What is the state of Maggie’s new home? And will Matthew love her? Answer all these using 2500 words only!! Please rate this!!!! Thank you!!

Writing Challenge #10-6 Adult Romance

Let’s write about a man and a woman who were happily married, were having a baby, live on a ranch. The husband spends all day and almost all night working his ranch.. leaving his pregnant wife alone inside the house til he comes in eats gives her a kiss, shower thrn sleeps. Write how this wife feels..how she feels like their romance has vanished.. how she feels unattracted by her husband. How she misses spending at least a little more time together .. write how she goes into labor early… loses their baby and how the husband pretty much ignores her. Not knowing how to handle his grief or how to help his wife he turns to his ranch work to relieve his pain and loss.. while his wife suffering the loss of their child, feeling like shes lost her husbands love, and doesnt have him now when she needs him most…  write how she decides to leave him while hes out working the ranch. Then files for divorce and lives somewhere else.. write how he struggled with the realizatiin that he lost not only his child but now his wife too. Write all this and what happens next using only 2500 words!!!!

Writing Challenge #2-3

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Western Writing Challenge Part 3: Using only 600 words describe what both the cowboy and his beautiful neighbor try to do to avoid each other at all costs. Make one of them the stubborn one, and the other one make a risk taker. How does this now make them want to be near each other more? Or does it make them less pleased to see the other one? 

The two boys are super quiet and do not cause any trouble of any kind. Their Dad has noticed. They have asked to see their neighbor plenty of times already. If their neighbor had been watching the boys better they never would have gotten into so much trouble.

He was afraid they had been hurt. 

Make the cowboy realize that his judgement was poorly drawn upon because of the others he let take care of his two boys.

Have the cowboy plan a way to win back his neighbor’s trust and to win her heart. But how does he go about it? Is his first plan successful, or does he make a fool of himself?

Write how his cowboy pride won’t let him give up. And how he goes about winning his neighbor’s heart and admiration with his next plan.

Answer all this in a 600 word only response below! 

Writing Challenge #2-2

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Writing challenge part two: Using only 600 words tell us what happens between the young hardworking cowboy, a father of two twin mischievous boys, and new neighbor, a young beautiful, down to earth woman. Tell us how she offers to help the young cowboy out with his two boys. The two boys seem to behave around the young woman. She even seems to enjoy their presence. But there is something that keeps the cowboy from allowing his beautiful neighbor to get to his heart and the heart of his two boys. Why?

And what type of problem is keeping the young woman from completely falling in love with this hardworking cowboy who loves his two boys more than anything?

Does someone keep them from getting closer? If so, who? And why?

Does the cowboy come to the woman’s rescue? or does the woman come to the cowboys rescue?

Or does something the twin boys do cause them trouble and go missing, only to have their Dad blame the woman neighbor? And if he does blame the neighbor, which causes mistrust and hurt, does she dare think that they still can have a chance at love or will both their tempers keep them far apart?  

Answer in a 600 word response below!