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Summer Daze… 2

I am sooo sorry that I have failed to post for TWO Saturdays in a row! I usually write my blog on Saturday mornings while I have my coffee and the house is quiet. Unfortunately the past two Saturdays I have been out at the ranch where, I believe I have mentioned before, I have no internet access.  Usually I try to plan ahead and have my blog pre-written and scheduled to post on my given day but I completely forgot the first week. This past week I was out at the ranch full-time for the entire week and I never had the chance to write anything…

I am home now after an extremely busy two weeks. The weekend of the 16th was our local Junior Rodeo. I told the saddle club that two of my girls and I would be out to help and was told barrel racing started at 7 am but as long as we were there between 8 and 9 am we would be good. I was a little surprised at how early they were starting but I figured it was so we could get done by 2 or 3 pm so I didn’t think much of it. The girls got there before I did since they wanted to see the races. Apparently there was no need to hurry because with three age divisions they were still racing at 9 am when I finally got there.

Having never attended a junior rodeo I wasn’t sure what to expect. Since it was out local club hosting it I assumed that there would maybe be about 50-75 kids competing. When I arrived and saw all the rigs in the parking lot I quickly realized that this was a LOT bigger deal than I was led to believe! those 50 kids were more like 300-400 kids and all the horses to go with them!!  And after the barrel racing and goat tying races almost every even had something to do with cows.

Since the girls and I work the chutes we got busy–and stayed busy until they wrapped up the final event at 730 that night! They did break-away roping, tie-down roping, team roping, chute dogging, bull dogging, steer stopping, calf and steer riding–and every event had three levels of competition. There were the Seniors, which I believe were kids ages 14-18. Then there were the Juniors, ages 10-13. And finally Jr Juniors, which were ages 6-9. We didn’t have Pee-wees, which I understand are kids 5 and under.

It was really a lot of fun to see all these talented kids competing on their horses. I was especially impressed by the amount of young ladies who were entered in events that I have only seen the guys do. They roped calves and stopped steers and a couple even chute-dogged! And every one of them was polite and well-mannered and a wonderful example of what practice and a good work ethic will do for a person’s moral make-up.

I spent the rest of the week out at the ranch since my friend and my husband took off on vacation for the first part of the week and someone needed to take care of the animals and house while they were away.

Now before you all get hot and bothered by the fact that I let my husband take off with another woman just know this. He loves me very much. My best friend is a single woman who has ranched her whole life and works with us. We are the only family she really has now and the only way she will go away is if we take her with us. I didn’t take this week off–I didn’t have enough time on the books–but I knew they both needed to get away so I made them go. It was vacation enough for me to get to be at the ranch by myself with just the little dogs for company! They had a great time together–they both are shopaholic so I was a bit worried about turning them loose without me to hold them back but they actually did pretty good! They went to Lake Almanor and Susanville where they both have great memories of spending summers with their families, and then they headed over to Pyramid Lake and Sparks.

I stayed home and watched what I wanted on TV and fed and watered goats and horses and dogs and got up forty minutes earlier than normal so I could make it to work on time every morning. It was awesome! I decided I could get pretty use to sitting on the veranda every night with a drink watching the sunset…

This past Saturday was my birthday. My hubby and my oldest daughter picked me up and we drove up to the foothills for lunch in Jamestown, a small mining town that has some great antique stores and a couple of good restaurants. as well as two very haunted hotels on the main street. We had garlic soup and home-made chips and salsa and then wandered around the town, where we ended up buying Oldest Daughter a great saddle from one of the little antique stores. Never know what you will find in those stores!

We headed back home and ate dinner at The River’s Edge, a quaint little restaurant that sits right on the river. We hadn’t eaten there in years–I wasn’t even sure it was still there to tell you the truth–so it was a wonderful to find it still thriving! We sat out on the deck and ate dinner to the sound of the river gently flowing and the birds singing. It was a wonderful way to end the day!

I am back home now and work is waiting. I decided to write this ahead of time since I am sure I have something going on this weekend that will preclude me sitting at my keyboard and writing! And even if I don’t at least I know I won’t forget to post!

Hope you all have been having a great summer. School is back in session in many parts of the world–for most of us its a great thing, unless we are the students! I’m hoping that with fall coming up soon that my life will slow down a little and I can catch my breath! How about you? Has the end of summer caught you by surprise? Does it make you sad or are you chomping at the bit waiting for fall to arrive? I love fall so I can’t wait! Summer is all right but I prefer my days cooler and my nights crisp. I love hoodies and jeans and my Uggs! Football has begun and I can’t wait for the season to officially be under way! Almond harvest is in full swing and the sky is full of dust and tractors are rolling day and night as they hurry to bring in the nuts before the rain begins.  I’m ready for summer to say good-bye. How ’bout you?

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Mercy by BJ Daniels 3

Today I am happy to present the latest book from a lady who lives just down the road from me…which is four hours in Montana terms.  But we’re both residents of the Highline so that makes us neighbors, and sisters of the infamous Chinook wind. KL Dell




by B.J. Daniels

 In Mercy (Harlequin; $7.99) the hunt for a killer leads to a battle between justice and desire.

For U.S. marshal Rourke Kincaid, there’s the law…and then there’s his law. When the two don’t agree, he always trusts his instincts. A killing spree has gripped the Northwest, showing a strange connection that only he sees, and now the old rules of justice no longer apply. Forced to turn rogue, he goes deep undercover to track his mysterious female suspect to a quiet, unassuming café in the wild, isolated mountains of Beartooth, Montana.

But encountering Callie Westfield complicates his mission in ways he never expected. As suspicious as she seems, her fragile beauty and sexy charm get to Rourke. Then the gory crimes begin anew. With his heart suddenly at war with his instincts, he has only two options. Either turn Callie over to the law, or put everything—including his badge and his life—on the line to protect her.


B.J. DANIELS, a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author,wrote her first book after a career as an award-winning newspaper journalist and author of 37 published short stories. That first book, ODD MAN OUT, received a 4 ½ star review from Romantic Times magazine and went on to be nominated for Best Intrigue for that year. Since then she has won numerous awards including a career achievement award for romantic suspense and numerous nominations and awards for best book. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, and two Springer Spaniels, Spot and Jem. When she isn’t writing, she snowboards, camps, boats and plays tennis. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Thriller Writers, Kiss of Death and Romance Writers of America.


Praise for New York Times and USA Today bestselling author B.J. Daniels:

“Daniels is truly an expert at Western romantic suspense.” – RT Book Reviews on Atonement

 “Will keep readers on the edge of their chairs from beginning to end.” – Booklist on Forsaken

“Action-packed and chock-full of suspense.”

Under the Covers on Redemption


 “Fans of Western Romantic Suspense will relish Daniels’ tale of clandestine love played out in a small town on the Great Plains.”– Booklist on Unforgiven



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The Big Question 9

P8My son recently stumbled upon the concept of mortality. Right out of the blue, driving home from town a couple of weeks ago, tears welled up in his eyes and he asked in a tiny, trembling voice, “Mommy, am I going to die?”

What could I say? I couldn’t lie. But I guarantee you, looking at that tragic little face, this heathen who hasn’t been to church outside a wedding or funeral in the last ten years was suddenly a born again believer in ‘all good kids go to heaven’. And yes, God does have a Disneyland.

If only it had ended there. But no, every day or so, he pops up with another few questions about how exactly this dying and going to heaven thing works. And I gotta tell you, I’m fresh out of answers, so I’m gonna throw ‘em out there to the blogosphere and hope some of you have already got this stuff down pat.

#1. Mommy, what’s it going to feel like when I die?

#2. But when I get to heaven, how am I going to remember you and Daddy? What if I don’t know you anymore?

#3. But if I remember everything about before I died, then I’ll miss being on earth, so how can I be happy in heaven?

#4. Is Grandpa going to die first, because he’s the oldest and he has a bad leg?

#5. Does Daddy wish he could die right away so he could go to heaven and see his daddy who died?

#6. How old am I going to be when I go to heaven?

That’s the list from today. I’m sure there’ll be more by the next time I blog. In fact, I’m sure there’ll be more tomorrow while we’re driving home from the bus stop, so please answer promptly and as completely as possible, so I have some idea how to handle the follow up questions.

And to think I was dreading the sex talk.

Kari Lynn Dell – Montana for Real 


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Log Lines with Keri Ford

Log Lines with Keri Ford 5

Who here knows what a log line is?

Well, it doesn’t really matter if you know what one is or not, cause I’m going to tell you. It’s one or two lines that describe your book. Or maybe a movie. Perhaps even a song. You know when you’re scrolling the TV Guide and there’s those couple of sentences at the top? That’s a log line.

Since I’m having to write a couple log lines, I’ve been looking at movies to really get my mind in the frame of what I’m looking for. And I thought it’d be a little fun to post some.


A man and a woman are compelled, for legal reasons, to live life as a couple for a limited period of time. At stake is a large amount of money.

This one might be a little tricky, but any guesses? It’s What Happens In Vegas with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher.


After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he’s been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.

Loved this movie. LOVED IT. Laughed so hard. It’s The Other Woman. Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton.


Heroes across Earth and the universe must assemble to stop a fierce demigod from taking over new York and the world, but they must assemble since the battle will not be won with just one.

Something a little different here. The Avengers. And I think we all know the awesome of who’s in that!


A White House Communications Director leaves to start her own crisis management firm only to discover she has not left the past behind.

This one isn’t a movie—but a TV Show. Any takers on this one? It’s Scandal with Kerry Washington.


When my log line is finished and approved, I’ll share it! Can anyone think of a log line that just really hooked them on a new show?

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Praying Parrots, Deadlines and Downsizing 8

I’m always amazed at people with tremendous organizational skills. At times I include myself among them. But I am up to my earlobes working on a book, my husband wants to downsize and retire, and to do that, you know what that means–you have to keep the house clean.
I have to state here for the record, this doesn’t make me feel very romantic. Luckily, we both have a sense of humor, and he can make me laugh like no other. And laughter does seem to reduce stress, so I thought I’d share a joke before I go back into my writing cave, and hope you can use a laugh too.

The Praying Parrots . . .
A lady goes to her priest one day and tells him, “Father, I have a problem. I have two female parrots, but they only know how to say one thing.”
“What do they say?” the priest inquired.
“They say, ‘Hi, we’re hookers! Do you want to have some fun?’”
“That’s obscene!” the priest exclaimed, then he thought for a moment. “You know,” he said, “I may have a solution to your problem. I have two male talking parrots, which I have taught to pray and read the Bible. Bring your two parrots over to my house, and we’ll put them in the cage with Francis and Peter. My parrots can teach your parrots to praise and worship, and your parrots are sure to stop saying that phrase in no time.”
“Thank you,” the woman responded, “this may very well be the solution.”
The next day, she brought her female parrots to the priest’s house. As he ushered her in, she saw that his two male parrots were inside their cage holding rosary beads and praying.
Impressed, she walked over and placed her parrots in with them.
After a few minutes, the female parrots cried out in unison:
“Hi, we’re hookers! Do you want to have some fun?”
There was stunned silence.
Shocked, one male parrot looked over at the other male parrot and exclaimed:
“Put the beads away, Frank. Our prayers have been answered!”

Here’s to a good laugh and to restoring oursanity. See you soon!

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REVIEW: Brought To His Knees by A.M. Griffin, Amy Ruttan, Anya Richards, Cynthia D’Alba, Danica Avet, Jennifer Kacey, Lynne Silver, Sabrina York, Sayde Grace, Tina Donahue & Felice Fox 4

Brought To His Knees by A.M. Griffin, Amy Ruttan, Anya Richards, Cynthia D’Alba, Danica Avet, Jennifer Kacey, Lynne Silver, Sabrina York, Sayde Grace, Tina Donahue & Felice Fox
Published:  August 19, 2014

This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.

A.M. Griffin ~ Dark Wolf Enterprises ~ Murder, mayhem and imprinting with a hot wolf shifter… And they say being an accountant is boring.

Amy Ruttan ~ Building Bridges ~ A vet tech and a lone wolf rancher ride out a sudden storm, but can they weather the emotions they stir up in each other…

Anya Richards ~ Three Strikes ~ Two lonely men. One secret affair. Irresistible passion that will push them both to the breaking point, and beyond.

Cynthia D’Alba ~ A Cowboy’s Seduction ~ One exhausted cowboy + One uptight account x A tropical resort = A hot seduction. But who is seducing whom?

Danica Avet ~ Born To Sin ~ A tomboy in love makes a desperate attempt to seduce her best friend and succeeds beyond her wildest dreams. But this Alpha male isn’t easily tamed and has secrets that could very well tear them apart.

Felice Fox ~ The Sound Of Your Name ~ Their silent erotic encounters change his luck and awaken his soul, but secrets and cowboy superstitions can only keep them apart.

Jennifer Kacey ~ Beneath The Pages ~ One wicked night with her did nothing but whet his appetite. Now he’ll settle for nothing less than her complete submission.

Lynne Silver ~ Cruising For Love ~ A vacation cruise comes with surprises—like the BDSM theme and her high school love, the one man she can’t resist.

Sabrina York ~ Whipped ~ A scalding attraction. An irresistible passion. A pity she’s the one woman he can never have…

Sayde Grace ~ Chief Sin ~ A taste of Sin isn’t enough. Instead she wants all of him, including the heart she once broke.

Tina Donahue ~ Make Me Surrender ~ When it comes to two of the hottest guys in town, she has a proposition…to win their attention, passion, hearts.

**Overall Hotness Rating 4 out of 5**

This is by far the best boxed set I’ve ever read and I’ve read a lot of them! I have never given so many 4.5 to 5 star ratings on the short stories that make up a boxed set. These authors all deserve to be commended for the well-written, erotic, and sweet stories that made up this collection. There is not one story in this series that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone that loves a hot romance. 

Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin

4 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

I have pretty much gotten away from reading shifter romance. This book made me regret that decision and miss the hot alpha world of a wolf pack. I loved Kristof and Trudy! 

Kristoff suspects a member of their trusted pack is embezzling from them. With no other choice he hires an outside human accountant to go through the records and confirm his worst fear. What follows is a series of horrific events that throws Kristoff right into Trudy’s life. He vows to keep her safe, even from himself. This proves to be harder than he thought considering Trudy is his soul-mate. 

I loved Trudy! The strength and resilience she showed in the face of all that was happening around her was so fun to read. I love when an author doesn’t create unnecessary drama and lets the story speak for itself. Kudos, Ms. Griffin. I can’t wait to read more on this pack and the hot brothers of Dark Wolf Enterprises.

Building Bridges by Amy Ruttan

3 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Building Bridges is a story of facing your fears and chasing your dreams. In William and Molly’s story we get both ends of that spectrum. 

William chased his dream only to find it more than he had bargained for. Who says you can’t go home, again? He made his mark and now he’s back to his roots and basing his future on the ranch that his grandpa left him. 

Molly trusted her heart to the wrong guy and learned the hard way to never trust a man. Sadly, that experience has scared her away from putting herself out there for anything including her dream to become a vet. 

Although, the story between William and Molly was sweet there were times I didn’t feel a true connection between the couple. That is until they took their clothes off. Then the air crackled with the sizzle between these two. Overall, I enjoyed this story and would give this author another read.

Three Strikes by Anya Richards

4 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

**This story is m/m** 

I wasn’t sure about Three Strikes in the beginning. It was really hard for me to follow at first. I think it was the issue of the mention of the Jamaican posse, the Jamaican slang and the different references that I wouldn’t know living in the States. However, once I figured it out and gave it a chance I loved the story. 

Vincent is a Jamaican immigrant living in England. He’s made lots of mistakes and paid a dear price for it. But, now his life is on the straight and narrow and he couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe he could be happier, but the thought of having a good man in his life is just a dream – a dream that he knows can’t come true.

Kyle has to be in the closet. As a police Sargent all he’s ever worked for would be destroyed if he wasn’t. He’s okay with it since a forever after kind of love is not anything he wants. At least he thinks it’s not anything he wants. Enter Vincent and poor Kyle’s life is turned upside down – in a really great way.

Vincent and Kyle were sexy, sweet, and loving. Reading the different experiences that each man had when dealing with their sexuality was heartbreaking and bittersweet. These men were both so strong and wonderful! I am so glad they found each other.

A Cowboy’s Seduction by Cynthia D’Alba

4.5 Stars

Hotness Rating 3.5 out of 5

A Cowboy’s Seduction is a fabulous, hot & spicy summer read. On second thought, it would make a great winter read, as well. Sure to warm you up. 

Natalie Diamond is tired of the cold and snow. Thank goodness she’ll be leaving soon to visit her parents in Florida for the Christmas holiday. At least that was her plans until she gets a call from her mom saying they are going on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise, but not to worry her gift is in the mail. That gift just happens to be an all expense paid trip to a Caribbean Island.

Brock Wade lost his parents way too young leaving the ranch and the care of his siblings square on his shoulders. All work and no play is all he’s known for longer than he cares to admit. But, when his brothers and sister give him an already booked and paid for Caribbean vacation Brock isn’t sure he can accept it. He can’t leave the ranch. However, his brothers convince him none too gently that they can cover for him while he’s gone. 

When Brock and Natalie meet on their exclusive vacation sparks fly. The connection between this couple is as heartwarming as it is hot! I loved the Wade siblings and would love to read more about them. Hint-hint, Ms. D’Alba. 

Born To Sin by Danica Avet

5 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

Born To Sin is my first read by Danica Avet and I can honestly say she has a fan for life. I seriously want to go out and buy any title I can find that was written by this author. If you love a sizzling hot story with an equally alpha, hot guy then this is the book for you.

Sinclair “Sin” Rivas does not do relationships which is why he has kept his distance from the super tempting mechanic that works with him. She’s the closest thing he has to a real friend and the thought of losing that just because he can’t control himself doesn’t sit well.

Taylor Guillory is one of the guys. She always has been and is comfortable with that distinction. But, she’s had it with lusting after the infamously sexy Sin Rivas and she’s got a plan to go after him. Yes, there is a chance it could ruin their friendship, but she’s willing to take that chance for one night of passion. She just secretly hopes she can have it all.

I can not believe how much heat and emotion was packed into this short story. The characters were well developed, the background and story was so well written, and the dialogue was fun! And did I mention the sex was smoking hot? 

I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a hot read with a great story and even better characters.

The Sound Of Your Name by Felice Fox

3.5 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

The Sound Of Your Name is best if read after Hold Me Together (Cameron Ranch #1). Although, you can read it alone it left me a little confused and floundering in parts. I think my rating and enjoyment level would have been much higher if read in order.

Brody Cameron wants nothing more than to help save the family ranch. Sadly, he’s been in a slump and hasn’t ridden a bull in far too long. That is until he meets his little good luck charm. The problem is he wants more than their little quickies, but he doesn’t want to risk the riding streak he has going on.

Ellie doesn’t like fooling those around her, especially now that she’s starting to really feel like a part of the crowd. But, she has to continue hiding her identity to get the story she needs for the city magazine she works for. Now, she has even more at stake. She’s done the unthinkable and lost her heart to a cowboy.

I found the instant acceptance of being used odd. Ellie was supposed to be a worldly, city girl. Yet, she had no problem with the arrangement. It just didn’t work for me. I liked the secondary characters a lot and would probably give more books in this series a chance. But, I would read the first book before.

Beneath The Pages by Jennifer Kacey

5 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

Holy Hannah, this book is hot! Hot with a capital HOT! I would love to have read more of this story, but I’m not positive my Kindle wouldn’t melt, so maybe it’s a good thing it was a short story. This book has it all – a hot, alpha hero and 2 equally hot and sexy bodyguards that are perfectly happy to join in. 

Acacia is used to living amongst the rich and famous. She’s done it her whole life. And now that her beloved father has died she has inherited the magazine and will continue on with the life she has been trained to live. She enjoys her life for the most part, even if it does get the best of her at times. Tonight is one of those nights. Her house is filled with the rich and famous and she’s just too tired to deal with the fake smiles and small talk. Even worse, she is on edge scared he’ll show up. Or maybe scared that he won’t.

Radigan is used to the world bending to his will. It’s kind of a side effect of fame. He can have what he wants, when he wants it and he uses that to his advantage a lot! One night is he what he gives and then he moves on to the buffet of women that flock to him. That’s always worked for him until one night with Acacia. He hasn’t been able to get her off his mind ever since. He’s a man that knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to act on it. Now that he’s set his mind to making Acacia his she doesn’t stand a chance.

The characters in this book were more than just hot. They were well-written and enjoyable. I will definitely be reading more books by this author. 

Cruising For Love by Lynne Silver

4 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Cruising For Love is a story of second chances. This story was sweet and funny all wrapped into one.

Andi and Jonah were high school sweethearts. Between the distance, college, and med school both parties decided to go their separate ways rather than try to hang on and lose it all, anyways. A decade later they find themselves thrown together, with a little help from Andi’s best friend, on a cruise ship. 

Jonah is a physician on a cruise line and for the most part he likes it. He tried the traditional route, but due to some trouble, not of his doing, he decided to salvage his reputation and move on. Seeing Andi again was never a thought he entertained, but now that she’s back in his life he’ll stop at nothing to win her back.

Andi can not believe that her friend tricked her into going on a Whipped theme cruise. At least she has the option to not join in on the bdsm filled festivities. It’s not that the thought doesn’t interest her, but not with a random guy that she just met. Of course, with her luck she just happens to get hurt in a demonstration and comes face to face with the teenage love of her life. She’s mortified that he’ll think she is into the whole random theme, but is even more embarrassed to set him straight.

Between lack of communication and the theme of the cruise you get a few chuckles when reading this story. The two main characters were sweet and really very human. I enjoyed this story quite a bit.

Whipped by Sabrina York

5 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

Oh my goodness! I loved, loved, loved this story! The sex was off-the-charts hot! And I mean HOT! The characters were witty and so entertaining. 

Dane can’t believe that his best friend and Ranger team member is tying the knot! He shudders at the thought of ever settling down to one woman for the rest of his life. Heck, the bachelor party is even a bust since Cody won’t allow strippers or hookers – his head almost exploded when they told him they had already paid for a hooker and she was on her way. Claiming a headache Dane heads out early only to run into the hooker in the elevator. She’s all kinds of hot and Dane figures why let her go to waste, so he invites her back to his room for an amazingly sexy, hot, night of no-holds barred loving.

Tina Marie can’t believe her luck when she stumbles upon her childhood crush in the elevator. As the best friend of her brother she knew she would see him, but not this soon. Quickly, realizing that he doesn’t remember her hurts, but when he mistakes her for a hooker she decides she is all in for the chance she’s always wanted. And boy does she get what she’s always wanted and more. She expected Dane to be a take-charge kind of guy, but he’s more than that. His dominant side is sizzling and Tina Marie knows she’ll stop at nothing to get more.

As always, Ms. York’s humor and witty writing is on full display. I honestly don’t think she could not write a story that doesn’t leave me in awe of her slightly sarcastic, yet always smartly written style. I bow to the master.

Tina Marie to her brother “I can never have sex? Never have a man? A husband? Never have babies? Just because we once exited the same vagina”  See?  Hilariously sarcastic.

When Dane learns that he not only slept with his best friend’s baby sister, but tied her up and spanked her, too I laughed out loud. His reaction and the reaction of all of the guys when they learn she is Cody’s sister is hilarious. Tina Marie is nothing if not tough and outgoing. I loved how she didn’t take any crap from Dane or Cody. 

Chief Sin by Sayde Grace

3.5 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Chief Sin was a bittersweet love story that made my heart ache a little for what the characters were going through. All of the characters, not just the primary characters, are going through life-changing events and this story got very deep. Not that that’s a bad thing at all. The story was a really good read and well-written.

Chief Bowie Sinet lost the love of his life many years ago. She never returned, so he’s never had the chance to find out what made her leave without a goodbye. But, now she’s coming back and he will have his chance to get it out in the open. That’s assuming that he can keep his clothes on and not make the same mistakes. 

Mavis escaped her hometown and has refused to go back. That is until she gets the call that her twin is missing and she can’t just ignore that. She just hopes this isn’t another trick from her brother and his best friend, who just happens to be the sibling of her high school love, to get her back in town and in the path of Bowie.

What follows is a hunt for a troubled man that has set out to do the right thing and to find his own peace, a visit down memory lane that is very bumpy at best, and a chance at the happiness that was stolen from Bowie and Mavis at way too young of an age. 

Make Me Surrender by Tina Donahue

4.5 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

Holy hot threesome! This book was amazing! I loved the characters in this story. They all had very different personalities, strengths, and backgrounds, yet I can’t imagine their lives turning out any other way than they did by the end of this story. 

Dutch and Travis have shared many women over the years that they’ve been friends. Their life has always worked well for them. Love ‘em and leave ‘em whether that be together with the same chick or one on one. The only hard core rule that they held was no commitment and they made always made this clear to the woman of the hour. But, with Mercy things are different. She’s off limits!

Mercy has always wanted Dutch and Travis. She’s heard of their escapades, so she knows this idea has some merit. But, they just never treat her as anything more than a friend. She has decided to take matters into her hands and to do that she appeals to their kindness begging for the cook position open at the bar that Travis owns and to move into the extra cabin they have available. She needs them to see her as a capable woman.

I gave Brought To His Knees an overall 4.5 Flaming Hearts
4.5 Hearts

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My World in Upheaval

My World in Upheaval 10

fullfusionfinalI am away from the computer today! And almost forgot to prep this post! Which would have sucked, because how can I be smug about never forgetting to post on my day if I forget?

Oh, wait. I’ve forgotten before. Never mind.

Anyway, my world is in upheaval. Usually it’s just stressful because of day to day busy-ness and fluctuating workloads and stuff. But it’s really rocking to pieces right now.

First, I’m getting ready to put my YA, Full Fusion, into print. And that’s been fun, let me tell you! Finding time has been the main problem, but when I had everything ready for my cover artist to design the print cover, my timing sucked. She was just about to leave Montana to drive cross country to Massachusetts, had sucky wifi, and had a file too big for e-mail. She heroically got the file to me, but it was too big for CreateSpace, so I’m working on an alternate solution because I need these books in advance of a book club event at a local bookstore that I’ve been invited to participate in.


That’s upheaval, right there! Not only did I get selected to be read at a YA book club, but they also selected Under the Moon for their urban fantasy book club in September! Yikes!

I’ve taken on a new freelance assignment that’s right up my alley, keeping people organized, attention to detail, la la la. Except it’s about tripled my workload, or at least feels like it. Things will settle. Eventually. After this weekend shreds the little bit of routine we’ve developed so far, that is.

Because I just had surgery, too!

Well, not when I wrote this. I was about to go in tomorrow, which was yesterday, and no doubt today I’m sticking to my bed watching Parks & Recreation on DVD or sleeping or reading or moaning and wishing I’d gotten that Oxy prescription filled…

My surgery isn’t as big as Cynthia’s. I’m having/had a diagnostic laparoscopy to see if I have endometriosis. Kind of late in life to discover (I”m 43) and my symptoms are not what you typically think of with that condition, but apparently they’re textbook for women “like me.” So we’ll see. Or we saw. Or whatever. This time thing is weird. But I’ll be restricted for bending and lifting and cleaning and stuff for about a month, which kinda sucks, except for the part where I don’t have to move heavy boxes to get Number One back to college. :)

Which we do in two weeks!

The other big thing is that I’m finally getting a new car. My 16-year-old Corolla needs four major repairs that amount to over $4000, so we decided it’s time to move on. I’m excited, but the time and effort to research and test drive and all that is more upheaval. Plus school starts for Number Two on Monday, and at my day job, one very important employee has resigned, so we’re rearranging everyone else’s schedules and duties to deal with it, and ugh. That’s exhausting.

I’m kind of glad I’m having surgery. I need a couple of days to just lie around a bit! LOL

How’s your world looking? Smooth sailing, or big changes afoot?

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The Best Technology – Evah 4

By Laura Drake

How the world has changed from the days when my dad would yell for me to come downstairs and change the channel on the TV set – six feet in front of him.

Alpha Dog told me about an article he read the other day, that a new car model (don’t remember which one, sorry. I only half listen to anything when a deadline is looming) is coming out WiFi capable.

Cool, but not earth-shaking. I mean, it was the next logical step, right? It’s nowhere up there on the all-time list of my fave technology advances. After all, we signed the docs to sell our Southern California home off a phone hotspot, driving in the mountains in Panama. Cobbled maybe, but it worked.

The internet is amazing. I love having everything at my fingertips with only a, sarxos_Magnifying_Glass

But there was one invention in technology that changed my life. See, I am what is commonly known as, Directionally Challenged. No, really. My daughter jokes that if I tell her to turn left, she turns right. And it’s not a joke.

I was embarrassed to admit this for years; it was my secret shame. I was an educated woman. I should be able to figure out a damned map, for cripes sakes! But I can’t. Oh, I get the squiggles on the page – they make perfect sense. But I can’t transform that to real streets. I’m missing that synapse entirely.

Poor Alpha Dog doesn’t understand. He can’t conceive of this – he knows I’m an educated woman. We’ve been married 26 ½ years, and he keeps thinking if he explains it ONE MORE TIME, I’ll get it. This has led to many interesting . . . conversations.

Now, if he looks at the map and tells me, “Go to Broadway and turn right. Go to Main Street and turn left.” I’m all over it. I’ll get there with no problem. And be proud.

The return trip? Not so much. See, I know I have to reverse the directions, but somehow, it never works. I end up at the ocean when I’m supposed to be in the desert. Back to the secret shame thing.

Then, I bought a new car. This is a bigger deal for us than for most, because I buy a new car once every 15 years, whether I need one or not. My Honda CRV came with a NAVIGATION SYSTEM!

My husband was all excited. He pulled up this:


I groaned. This was a very expensive option that I’d never use, and I needed it SO badly!

He told me not to panic, scrolled around and came up with THIS!

My best

Now I was excited. Not only that, but a very patient lady would talk to me and tell me exactly where to turn! No reversing directions, either – when I wanted to return, I’d just punch GO HOME, and the nice lady would get me there.

Okay, I know, you all probably have had this technology for a long time, but this was a paradigm shift for me! I didn’t realize how stressed I was, having to drive somewhere I’d never been!

I appreciate that lady, every time I get in my car. She never yells at me (unlike my very own personal backseat driver) and she’s always right! (unlike my very own personal . . . oh never mind). If I knew where she lived, I’d send her some very expensive chocolates.

So, what bit of technology was a life-changer for you?

What would you like to see that we don’t have now? My vote? A robotic duster.

Cover SweetonYouSweet on You, the last in my Sweet on a Cowboy series, releases 8/26! It is a Romantic Times

4 ½ Stars TOP PICK!

Drake does it again, with a terrific contemporary western. She takes this time-honored format and injects such fully formed characters and realistic scenarios that you might think it is nonfiction dealing with everything from PTSD to the aging athlete, all while giving us a wonderful romance. Just top notch. While this is part of a series, the Sweet on a Cowboy books are completely independent of each other.

SUMMARY: Army medic Katya Smith is unable to get past the experience of losing a fellow soldier. She can’t go back to her unit until she can keep from melting down, so she takes a job as a medic for the pro bull riding circuit in an effort to recover her mojo. She doesn’t expect to become attached to the sport or the riders, especially the king rider of them all, Cam Cahill. Cam is a two-time world champion, but those years have taken a toll. It is time to retire, but he can’t imagine himself off the circuit. Katya does wonderful things for his body, but he is not certain he is ready for the things she does for his heart. She has made it plain this is a temp job, but if he could get her to stay, he can see a whole new future.



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Speaking of Knees! 14

A week ago, my right looked like this… See the red ink? I initialed the correct knee. When Dr. Martin came by, he wrote his initials and make sure there was no ink of any kind on the “wrong” knee. This is to ensure that the surgery is done on the correct knee. Hard to believe but there are well documented cases of replacements being done on the wrong knee/hip/shoulder/elbow. I mean, surgery on the WRONG body part??? The day that Dr. Ken Martin (INCREDIBLE doctor in Little Rock, AR) did my total knee replacement (TKR), I was #8 of 8! He’d done 8 other total knees THAT DAY. At last count, he’s done over 25,000 knees. Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

I had surgery at Arkansas Surgical Hospital. VERY impressive place. 41 beds. All room as suites! A living room (with pull out sofa), comfy chairs and a television. Take a peek of the living room…

And the behind the living room is the hospital room, which is I swear was bigger than the guest room at my house!

Now, a week later, my legs looks like this…

knee surgery


And you must be wondering how I’m spending my days. In this!  It bends and straightens my leg for 6 hrs a day

But I have say the nursing staff at this current hospital is so very attentive…especially near dinner time. Why, she’ll work for scraps. BUT, as soon as the food is gone, so is she! Still…quite a looker, right? I’m thinking she needs the traditional white, starched nursing cap!

AND speaking of KNEES…..I have a new release out today! BROUGHT TO HIS KNEES…a collection of novellas


Brought to his knees_3d_web

Coming August 19, 2014 (That would be TODAY!)

The Alpha male. Strong. In control. Letting no one and nothing rule him…until he meets the one, and all bets are off. The world tilts, the bed rocks, and suddenly that tough guy finds himself Brought to His Knees—in more ways than one.

This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.

Enter with anticipation. Finish satisfied…

This is a limited issue. It’ll be gone before you know it. AND the price is totally INSANE! $0.99  How can you go wrong? I’d really appreciate your purchase. Click on the link belowkindle Button

AND I have contests and contests and contests running!!

GO win something. 

Ongoing Contests

  • Mark TEXAS TWIST as “Want To Read” on Goodreads and be entered in a drawing for a $10 Gift Card to the online store of the winner’s choice.  Click HERE to go to the Goodreads Site.  This contest closes Sept 2, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.
  • Win a RARE print copy of TEXAS TWO STEP with author’s autograph and cover model’s autograph in a Goodreads Giveaway.Click HERE to enter.  This contests runs until September 30, 2014.
  • Post an online review TEXAS TWIST between August 1 and September 29, 2014 and enter a drawing for a $25 Gift Card to the Online store of the winner’s choice. Click HERE to enter this drawing.  This is on a Facebook Page BUT this page is used only for drawings. There will be no posts from there so you don’t have to worry about being spammed.

AND a Rafflecopter giveaway to celebrate BROUGHT TO HIS KNEES release.

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Review: No Accounting for Cowboys by Leah Braemel 1

No Accounting For Cowboys (The Grady Legacy #2) by Leah Braemel
Published:  May 19, 2014

Jake Grady loves Bull’s Hollow ranch and all the challenges and hard work it entails. But the past year hasn’t been easy—his father’s good name has been tarnished, and new financial problems are threatening to destroy everything the Gradys have built. Performing live under a stage name has become his escape, a way of blowing off some serious steam.

Accountant Paige Reynolds found Jake’s guitar-playing alter ego intriguing, but her connection with the real Jake sends her attraction into overdrive. When she’s summoned to make order out of the chaotic paper trail at Bull’s Hollow, he sets her world a-rocking—both in bed and out. But Paige has a plan; she’s determined to create her own path for the future, but is soon left scrambling for firmer ground.

Good news about Jake’s potential singing career is followed by the revelation of another family secret, one that has him questioning whether he belongs at Bull’s Hollow at all. But leaving the ranch would mean leaving his family…and Paige. How much is he willing to give up for a real shot at fame?

**Hotness Rating 3 out of 5**

This is my first Leah Braemel book and I loved it! No Accounting for Cowboys is the second book of The Grady Legacy, but I believe can be read alone. I didn’t read the first book of this series and I never felt like I was missing something important. There was mention and reference, so it probably wouldn’t hurt to read book one, but not a deal breaker if you didn’t. This book was so good I plan on reading book one, anyways.

Jake Grady loves his ranch and his family, although everything he loves is in a bit of turmoil right now. His best friend is barely talking to him, his brother disregards him at best, and the ranch records are being gone over with a fined tooth comb. Is it any wonder that he keeps his pastime a secret? He loves to sing and it gives him joy! It’s just sad he has no one to really share this passion with.

Paige Reynolds knows her accounting job is on the line. One of the partners has made no secret of wanting Paige out. So, when she is assigned to the Grady ranch she knows she has to do a good job. Imagine her surprise when she finds that one of the Grady heirs is the very same cowboy that sang his way into her heart the previous night. 

This book had it all – a family mystery, conflict, sweet, well-developed characters, sexual attention and heat, and great dialogue. I really recommend this story for a great cowboy read that won’t weigh you down with mindless fluff.

I received this book from NetGalley.com in exchange for my honest review.

I give No Accounting For Cowboys 4 Flaming Hearts
4 Hearts

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