Saturday, December 31, 2016


Book three in the Hearts of Wyoming series, THE RANCHER'S HEART, was published December 27, 2016 on Amazon so it is ready to read.

Families feuding, cattle missing...and two people falling in love. What could go wrong?

A feud reminiscent of the Hatfields and McCoys, a love story worthy of Romeo and Juliet

Despite growing up on the Pleasant Valley Ranch, single mom Cat McKenna doesn’t know a thing about cattle. But even with her preference for high heels instead of cowboy boots, she’s determined to save the family ranch she inherited for her son. She just needs to hire the right foreman. Neighboring rancher and town heartbreaker, Cody Taylor, might be perfect for the job, even though their families have been feuding over land and water for generations.

Living in the shadow of the wealthier McKenna ranch has not been easy for the Taylors. But buried under a mountain of debt after his late father’s illness, the only way out for Cody may be to accept Cat McKenna’s job offer.

Can Cody keep his pride and ranch intact while helping the one family in all of Wyoming that’s the sworn enemy of the Taylors...and the one woman in Wyoming who is capable of stealing not only his land, but his rancher’s heart?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review THE RANCHER'S HEART via Net Galley

If you are interested in reviewing THE RANCHER'S HEART, it is available now until December 26 to download for review via Net Galley. You need to be a Net Galley reviewer or sign up to be one in order to access the review copy.  

Hope you enjoy it! Hugs!!! Anne

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


THE RANCHER'S HEART, Book 3 in the Hearts of Wyoming series, is ready for pre-order at Amazon. Here is the link:

And here is an excerpt which I hope you enjoy!

The judge, clothed in his ceremonial black robes, banged his gavel.
She had won. Except Cat McKenna didn’t feel like a winner.
Kyle Langley, the lawyer she’d inherited along with the ranch that had been in her family for generations, leaned over from the chair next to her. “Smile,” he said, his voice low. “It’s good news.”
The judge rose, and her lawyer nudged her with his elbow and stood.
So did the two people across the aisle.
Cat scrambled to her feet just as the judge turned to exit. Unfortunately, the purse she’d slung over her chair slid loose and tumbled to the ground with a thud.
Her phone skidded along the wood floor, and her wallet, lipstick, pen, and eyeliner pencil spun under her chair. A crumpled Kleenex, recently used to wipe her son’s perennially runny nose, and a partially wrapped stick of gum stayed where they landed. But to her mortification, the tampon she’d stuffed in her purse, just in case, had darted out and rolled right to the bottom of the judge’s bench. The judge, probably eager to leave, hadn’t broken stride as he exited the courtroom.
“I wasn’t worried,” Kyle said as he stuffed papers into his brown leather briefcase, ignoring the chaos on the floor. He was in his forties, married, no children, all business, just the type of lawyer her late father would choose. “We had over a century and a half of law on our side.”
She sat back down and bent under the table to retrieve her stuff and heard the click of Kyle’s briefcase.
Jamming her belongings back into her leather bag, she was glad for the distraction. She certainly didn’t want to look toward the other side of the room at the tall, broad-shouldered man or the pretty female lawyer who represented him.
She had known Cody Taylor all her life and yet had barely spoken two dozen words to him before or after the incident the summer following high school graduation. Today wasn’t likely to change that. There was no love lost between the Taylors and the McKennas—and that was an understatement.
Bending further under the table, she struggled to reach her phone. She’d get the tampon once the courtroom was vacant. Not that she was hiding under the table or anything.
The ding of boots on the wooden floor grew louder, while the tap of high heels grew fainter. As those polished, if worn, leather boots came into sight, she pulled her head out from under the table only to stare, crotch level, at a pair of tailored black pants. Warmth slithered up her neck.
She forced herself to look up, past the large silver buckle decorating a trim waist, past the dark suit jacket covering a white shirt and what she remembered as a load of hard-earned muscle, past the shiny burgundy tie, straight to the set of sterling-blue eyes drilling into her from under a black cowboy hat. Those eyes had caused many a friend’s heart to break, back in the day.
“How does it feel to steal somebody’s land?” He asked the question in the deep-throated growl of a provoked guard dog.
The warmth turned to heat, smothering her face, searing her throat, and clogging her windpipe. It didn’t feel good at all.
“Now Mr. Taylor, that’s not fair.” Kyle jumped to her defense.
“No. I want to know, Miss McKenna. What does it feel like to take land you know is not yours, was never meant to be yours?”
At the challenge, Cat rose on legs that weren’t as steady as she’d hoped. She was five seven, but Cody, a full head taller with shoulders at least a foot wider than hers, made her feel small.
Despite the anger storming across his face, he was a testament to God’s handiwork. A face sculpted by angels, no doubt to take a woman’s breath away. High cheekbones, firm jawline, straight nose a little on the large size but symmetrically placed, mahogany-brown hair, and those arresting blue eyes. He was tall, dark, and ruthlessly handsome, with hatred emanating from every pore of his body. Directed at her.
Kyle had assured her that she had a legal claim to the land in question, and the judge had agreed. She had done this for her son, for the future of the McKennas.
She dug deep for a dose of courage. “The law is the law, Mr. Taylor,” she managed to answer in an even voice, reciting the words Kyle always said in answer to her questions.
“If you have a problem with it, I suggest you take it up with the legislature,” Kyle added.
Cody’s eyes squinted as if he was looking through a rifle sight aimed straight at her. “The act allowing my forefathers to claim that land was also the law.”
“I guess those who passed that bill assumed landowners would be aware of the boundaries of their spread and guard it,” Kyle replied. It was the same logic he’d used to persuade her to file the claim.
“We wouldn’t need so many laws if people just did the right thing in this world,” Cody said, reaching down to the floor.
A second later he placed her phone on the table. His expression, equal parts disapproval and disgust, caused a dump truck of remorse to fill her, making it hard to breathe. Turning, Cody Taylor walked away, back erect, head high. As sanctimonious as a newly ordained preacher.
Cat pulled in air to reinflate her lungs. “He’s right, you know,” she whispered, giving a soft voice to her apprehension. “The land was never meant to be ours.”
“Your family ranched it for more than a hundred years. In this state, for an adverse possession claim, you only need to prove ten. They should have enforced their borders, and none of this would be an issue. In this day and age, you have to know what’s yours and defend it. The Taylors didn’t, and they lost,” Kyle lectured.
“By the way”—Cody’s deep voice boomed from the back of the courtroom—“when the hell are you going to move your cattle? It’s past birthing time, for God’s sake.” The bang of doors slamming shut echoed in the chamber.
“Am I supposed to be moving the herds? Will didn’t say anything.” She felt the erratic pulse of panic rise up. One more thing she should have known to do. But why hadn’t Will Springer, her range foreman, said anything?
“Taylor’s trying to rattle you,” Kyle opined. “Still, I hope you’re considering my recommendation to put Pleasant Valley up for sale. You’re not a rancher, Cat.”
Cat slung her designer bag over her shoulder. How true. She knew as much about ranching as their barn cat, and here she was trying to run hundreds of head of cattle on tens of thousands of prime acres. “I’m thinking about it.” But it would be betraying everything her father had worked for. Everything her ancestors had worked for.
Cody Taylor’s family went just as far back as her family, hence the court proceeding. It couldn’t be right, taking land, just by using it, that wasn’t deeded to you, but apparently it was legal.
Putting his hand on her back, Kyle guided her down the center aisle framed by empty wood benches.
“You think your father would have had any qualms about filing an adverse possession claim if he’d had the survey done and discovered it after his father had died?” He opened one of the large double doors and held it for her.
“Of course not. Only I’m not my father.” Thank goodness. But her father would have known whether to move cattle or not.
They headed down the corridor, and the clicking sound of her heels against the old hexagon-shaped tile echoed off the marble walls. Cat trailed slightly behind the fast-walking Kyle as she tried to collect her thoughts.
The ranch was hers now. She was responsible for making the decisions that would ensure its success or cause its failure. Assuring she had water rights was critical. Because keeping the ranch intact for her son was the one way she could prove she wasn’t completely useless. Selling it would be admitting she’d failed—failed her son, failed her father.
“You’d better learn how to be like him when it matters if you are going to run Pleasant Valley. Because on issues of land or cattle, it will matter.”
Cat didn’t miss the doubt in Kyle’s voice. Something about her lawyer always had Cat on the defensive. Maybe it was his condescending tone. Or the feeling that she had to ask the right questions, or he wouldn’t tell her all she needed to know.
I still don’t see why we couldn’t have offered the Taylors a compromise, like giving them back their land but maintaining our right to the water. Lord knows that family is hurting enough.” It had felt like she’d kicked a wounded animal.
Kyle stopped so short, Cat almost stumbled into him.
“You didn’t spend all of this money asserting your claim to that land in order to give it back.” With his eyes narrowed and his mouth pinched, Kyle looked a little like a lizard. “If you own the land up to that creek, there will never be a question as to water rights. And that will be important whether you stay or sell.”
“And likely why one of my forefathers co-opted it before the Taylors knew they owned it.” There had been a dark history back in Wyoming’s early days. One of rich ranchers lynching poorer ranchers, of land grabs and hired guns, and the McKennas had been in the thick of it.
“As best I can piece together, the Taylor that filed the original land claim died, and his widow and children inherited it. If your ancestor began running cattle on it and the widow didn’t know any better, that’s just tough luck.”
What Kyle didn’t say was that the Taylors’ ancestor had been murdered and the murderer had never been caught. The Taylor version of history had always laid blame for that murder at the McKennas’ door.
“And the Taylors kept using their side of the creek, and we used our side, only it wasn’t ours.”
“Your family’s fortunes would have been vastly diminished if they didn’t have clear access to that creek.”
“Survival of the fittest, right?”
“Now you’re sounding more like your daddy.” Kyle smiled his approval, but it only made Cat’s stomach feel hollow, like the victory they’d just claimed.
“Still, it doesn’t seem right.” And those arresting blue eyes and deep voice had accused her of as much.

And then Cat remembered. She’d forgotten to retrieve the tampon.

Release date is December 27 but you can pre-order it today!

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Happy to annouce that Kindle Press will publish THE RANCHER'S HEART this monthPre order date will be December 12 with publication date of December 27--just in time to use those Amazon gift cards! :)

I will publish the link as soon as it is available for pre-order but here is the official blurb:

A feud reminiscent of the Hatfields and McCoys, a love story worthy of Romeo and Juliet

Despite growing up on the Pleasant Valley Ranch, single mom Cat McKenna doesn’t know a thing about cattle. But even with her preference for high heels instead of cowboy boots, she’s determined to save the family ranch she inherited for her son. She just needs to hire the right foreman. Neighboring rancher and town heartbreaker, Cody Taylor, might be perfect for the job, even though their families have been feuding over land and water for generations.

Living in the shadow of the wealthier McKenna ranch has not been easy for the Taylors. But buried under a mountain of debt after his late father’s illness, the only way out for Cody may be to accept Cat McKenna’s job offer.

Can Cody keep his pride and ranch intact while helping the one family in all of Wyoming that’s the sworn enemy of the Taylors...and the one woman in Wyoming who is capable of stealing not only his land, but his rancher’s heart?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


It's here thanks to the fabulous cover designer Rae Monet:

A feud reminiscent of the Hatfields and McCoys, a love story worthy of Romeo and Juliet

In spite of growing up on the Pleasant Valley ranch, single mom Cat McKenna doesn’t know a thing about cattle. But even with her preference for high heels instead of cowboy boots, she’s determined to save the family ranch she inherited for her son. She just needs to hire the right foreman to guide her. Neighboring rancher, handsome Cody Taylor, might be perfect for the job, even though their families have been feuding over land and water for generations.

Living in the shadow of the wealthier McKenna ranch has never been easy for the Taylors. But buried under a mountain of debt after his late father’s illness, the only way out for Cody may be to accept Cat McKenna’s job offer.

Can Cody keep his pride and ranch intact while helping the one family in all of Wyoming that’s the sworn enemy of the Taylors...and the one woman in Wyoming who is capable of stealing not only his land, but his rancher’s heart?


For other titles in the Hearts of Wyoming Series visit

Hearts of Wyoming Series: Where Love Gets a Second Chance

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Are you an AMAZON PRIME member? Amazon launched a new benefit for Prime members that allows you to read THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH for FREE. It’s for a limited time so don’t wait! And then you’ll be ready for the next book in the series THE RANCHER’S HEART, coming soon!  On Amazon:

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Love Me Some Fireworks!

I love fireworks. And I love that we celebrate our Independence with a fireworks display! I don't mind the noise or the crowds. I love to sit and ooh and ahh to my heart's content. Disney fireworks are probably tops but I must say Atlantic City, NJ puts on quite a show on 4th of July.

When I was growing up, our neighbors would hold their annual 4th of July picnic--a huge affair--and they would shoot off fireworks of their own (before it became illegal in my state). My dad, my uncle, and our neighbor were all firemen (volunteer) and most of their friends were firemen or EMTs so I suppose if we had an incident, which we didn't, they would have known, hopefully what to do. Having fireworks in someone's back yard meant we never had to venture far for a great view although there wasn't the massive display you see at town events.

My favorite "fireworks" were those sparklers. I just loved them and I admit I miss them. It made me feel like part of the action.

This Fourth of July, after spending time with family, we are all going to the fireworks. Can't wait! What are some of the best fireworks you have seen?

Monday, June 20, 2016

99 Cents Kindle Edition for a limited time only

LOVING A COWBOY  kindle edition has been discounted for a limited time only to the sale price of 99 cents! This is Book 1 in the Hearts of Wyoming series: Libby and Chance's story-

Saddle bronc rider Chance Cochran knows a bad omen when he sees one, and Libby Brennan isn’t just a bad omen, she’s the woman he was married to, five years ago, for all of forty-eight hours—before her father dragged her away and started divorce proceedings. 
It isn’t by coincidence Libby Brennan shows up where Chance is celebrating the win that put him in the million-dollar cowboy class. Older and hopefully wiser, she’s come to clear up a legal technicality as well as ask his forgiveness. Then maybe she can move on with her life.

But saying she’s sorry won’t be enough to make amends to this cowboy who has endured a lifetime of people abandoning him. When Chance needs some help after sustaining an injury however, Libby may have a second chance—at love.

This series is all about second chances so if you enjoyed The Maverick Meets His Match, you'll enjoy Loving a Cowboy. And if you have read Loving A Cowboy and enjoyed it, I would be so grateful if you could leave a review. It doesn't have to be long--just a few words will do but reviews help other readers figure out if they would like the book and Amazon's algorithms reward a book with more reviews in terms of visibility. Here's the link again:

Hope you enjoy the ride!  Hugs, Anne

Friday, April 22, 2016


I’m trying my first Amazon giveaway and giving away 5 Kindle copies of LOVING A COWBOY, Book 1 in the Hearts of Wyoming series, to 5 lucky number winners via Amazon. If you have read Ty and Mandy’s story, this is Libby and Chance’s happily-ever-after. Click on over to sign up! It might be your lucky day.

Here's the link

And if you have already read LOVING A COWBOY and enjoyed it, I would be so appreciative if you could leave a review for it on Amazon. Reviews are the best way for potential readers to know if they will like the book or not and Amazon favors books that have more reviews. Here's the link:

Thanks and hugs, Anne

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


I was checking out how THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH was doing now that it was no longer on sale (99 cents). Predictably it has fallen to a rank between 60 and 80 in Western Romance now that it is back to its original price of $3.49

On its page, Amazon was advertising New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr's newest book released by Harlequin titled: What We Find. I almost fell off my seat when I saw what Harlequin is charging for the Kindle edition of her book: $12.99--yes, for an e-book. And her ranking was a very respectable, and enviable, 235 in all books in the paid Kindle Store! More power to her and her publisher!

Here's the link to check it out:

It just goes to show that if you write a good book, have built a large loyal following to propel you to that New York Times best selling author status, readers will pay decent money to read it.

Now, back to building that loyal following....

Monday, April 4, 2016


THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH was published by Kindle Press on January 26 (here's the link: ) and a little over a month later the book got its first promotion.
Promotion 1: The first promotion appeared on February 28th, one day after the Look Inside feature finally appeared on the book. (I am sure that, as a relatively unknown author, the lack of the Look Inside feature hurt sales in the first month of release but, as you will see, the promotions have more than made up for it.)

MAVERICK started climbing the charts on that Sunday. At first I thought maybe it was due to the Look Inside feature finally being functional but when it reached #3 (at about 8:00 pm that Sunday evening) in Western Romances and in the low 500’s overall, I knew that some sort of promotion had to have happened, likely a spotlight on the book for Kindle Fire users.
Promotion 2: On February 26th I was informed that MAVERICK had been selected for inclusion in Amazon’s 99 Romances for 99 cents each starting on Friday, March 4th and running for a month through to April 4th. 

I had one week to line up advertising to promote the discounted price. I submitted requests to BookBub, which, I found out, Kindle Press did also. We both were rejected. I also submitted to E-reader News Today (March 13), Reading Deals (March 5), We Love Readers (March 8), Bookhearts (March 10), Choosy Bookworm (March 18), a Fivver FB posting/tweet (March 20) and another Fivver FB/Tweet posting from my favorite gig (March 25).

While I can’t say for certain what worked, I do believe that the blitz of promos in the first week helped keep it at #2 in Western Romance for that period and that the other promos did show a bump in ranking. In all I spent $154.25 on these promos.

In addition, I ran a boost of my Facebook posting announcing this discount/promotion from March 4 until April 1 at a rate of $10/day. The one day I took it down to $5 my ranking dropped. When I put it back up to $10, the ranking improved. I kept it at $10. It cost me $265. Running boosts of my Facebook posts promoting my book have been more effective for me than Facebook Ads. I have 2750+ fans on my Love Western Romances page and I boost the post to followers and their friends. I can tell when my boost has stopped because the book's ranking does sink perceptively.

I did a lot of "free" promo--posting in Facebook groups and on twitter and participated in two retweet parties--one on March 9 with MFRW authors and one on March 30 with Kindle Press authors.

I do believe that getting the word out about the promotion helped to sustain and perpetuate MAVERICK's ranking in the western romance category beyond just the 99 cent price since many books in the promotion did not seem to achieve similar results. 

Thanks to Amazon, MAVERICK also landed as the number 3 or 4 book on the 99 Romances page throughout most of the promotion which had to help with visibility. Perhaps by starting out strong in the first week, MAVERICK had a leg up in securing a coveted front page spot, but whatever the reason, I am grateful for the visibility.

What I didn't do during this promotion month was promote via blog spots. I have personally found them a lot of work with minimal gain. I didn't join Net Galley for reviews or pay review sites (I might have been tempted if I didn't get this promotion.) I didn't pay for Twitter ads--I do promote on twitter but beyond re-tweet parties, I haven't found twitter that effective.

I won't find out how many books were sold until the end of this month as I am not sure how reliable those rank-to-sales calculators are but if they are reliable the book has done well. However, I already know my modest advertising investment has been worth it. MAVERICK reach #2  in Western Romances (number 325 overall) shortly after the 99 cents promo began and stayed there for six days! In fact, for the month of March it pretty much stayed in the top 20 of the best seller list (the first page) for Western Romances as you will see in the graph below. No advertising dollars were put behind it in these last few April days of the promotion and my rankings have dropped to between 20 and 40 in Western Romance. When I planned out my promotions I didn't know if they would be effective and I thought by the end of the promotion the reader pool could be exhausted.

I also have another book in the series that has certainly benefited from reader interest in MAVERICK and I have a third book that I am working on and plan to release this year so the money I spend is part of building the brand, as well as a loyal following as newsletter subscribers are also increasing as a result of readers finding this book. 

Also during this promotion, Maverick went from having 9 reviews to 30 with an average rating of 4.6. This may not seem like a lot to some, but for this newbie author it is.

Below is a chart of the book's ranking in its western romance category for the month of March, with the ads noted so you can see the impact. (Note: the label "series" should be rank--I only realized that it said series after I was all done. A low number, obviously, is better). 

Bottom line—I couldn’t be happier with the opportunity Kindle Press/Amazon gave this book. I'm glad I spent money to promote the discounted price (and would happily spend more next time based on the results) rather than just relying on the discounted price to do the job, and I am very grateful to be a Kindle Press Author. 

If anyone has suggestions on other things I should have done, let me know. I am still in learning mode when it comes to book promotion.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Nothing Beats a Country Boyfriend--Here's Why

I couldn't have said it better than the Country Habit blog (link below) so I'm sending you there. This is what makes a romance novel cowboy a great hero, especially for the tough-minded heroines in the Hearts of Wyoming. Of course, this is a romanticized look at cowboys but having known  a few in my time, it's true more often than not.

You'll find Chance Cochran and Ty Martin are men in this vein and Cody Taylor coming soon in Book 3 is even more so. They each have their burdens but they know how to carry them.

Available at Amazon:
Time is running out to get THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH at 99 cents as part of the 99 romances for 99 cents each promotion going on at Amazon right now.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tea and Things

I am a die-hard tea drinker. When I went to visit England many years ago, I fell in love with PG Tips brand of tea. Now to anyone who is British, this does not speak well of me. PG Tips is like their Lipton tea--nothing special. In fact, when I recently held a "tea" for the ladies in my neighborhood, my British neighbor gave a very unladylike snort when I pointed out the PG Tips on the table. (I also had Earl Grey, Lady Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Ginger & Peach, and Green tea in loose leaf or bags depending on the brand so not to worry, she had lots to choose from.)

But, if you have ever had PG Tips, you know that it is a robust, strong tea that bests the "weaker" common American teas in my humble opinion especially if you have to drink decaf as I do. Everything, you see, is relative.

How do I get PG Tips in America? Well the good news is that regular PG Tips started showing up in my local supermarket about five years ago. I would have been ecstatic except I can't tolerate caffeinated beverages. When I met a new neighbor who loved tea, however, I presented her with a box of regular PG Tips. She loved the tea but was sorry to hear that I could not partake with her.

Fast forward to my birthday. The doorbell rang, I opened it, and there stood my neighbor with a small bag and in that small bag was a package of Decaf PG Tips! I was in heaven. Where did she get it? Amazon of course. Since then I have been buying my tea off of Amazon. Who knew?

This is my little extravagance that makes me smile with every cup (and I have a lot of cups especially when I am writing.) Much like, I'm sure, coffee drinkers feel when they have a Starbuck's Caramel Macchiato, though my cup of tea, even though it is imported, is much less expensive.

Tea anyone! What's your favorite tea? Coffee?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

No. 2 Best Seller on Amazon's Western Romance List Now 99 Cents!

I am happy to report that THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH hit number 2 on Amazon's Western Romance best seller list last week and has remained there. And it is currently part of Amazon's 99 Romances for 99 cents each promotion!

I have to say my experience with Kindle Press has been nothing short of amazing. On February 28 MAVERICK zoomed to number 3 on that same best seller list (at full price) propelled by, it appears, a targeted emailing promotion by Amazon to readers who, based on their algorithms, would like my book. For the next week it bounced around on the top twenty on that list until on March 4 the 99 cent promotion hit!

To make the most of the promotion I ran an ad in E-reading deals (March 5), was interviewed and promoted on We Love Readers (March 8) and participated in a re-tweet party with 35 other authors on March 9 when MAVERICK hit No. 2 again. On March 10 it was promoted on Bookhearts and on March 13 it ran on ENT. The next promo is for March 18 on Choosy Bookworm.

Through all of this I have been running a boost of my Facebook Ad promoting the 99 cent deal for a $10/day budget. I do notice a perceptible drop in rankings when I have allowed the boost to expire so I am keeping it going as it does seem to translate into sales. According to one of those sales rank generators, I am selling between 150 and 190 books per day at my overall Kindle ranking. I can hardly believe that is true but I won't know for sure until the end of April when I can see my March royalty statement.

I am also thrilled that I have fifteen reviews so far with an average rating of 4.7! I do hope readers who have enjoyed the book will continue to post reviews. It is the best way to inform other readers about the book and help them make the decision as to whether it's a book they would like.

I am so grateful to the Kindle Press team and my editor, Megan, for giving this book the opportunity to find new readers! It is great motivation to finish Book 3 of the series, The Wrangler's Heart, which I am working on feverishly!

A big thank you to readers who have taken a chance on this book!  I hope you enjoy the ride! Hugs, Anne

THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH is available from Amazon

Friday, March 4, 2016


Amazon has decided to include THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH, my second book in the Hearts of Wyoming Series, in their 99 romances for 99 cents each feature so that means, dear readers, that you can get THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH at a discount for a limited time.

I can't tell you how thrilled I am with Kindle Press for getting this promo for this book and for you!

I hope you get it, read it, and enjoy it. And if you do, please consider posting a review of the book on it's Amazon page. It helps other readers decide if this book would be for them.

Here's the link:

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Thursday, January 28, 2016


It is official. THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH, published by Kindle Press, is now available on Amazon. If you have Prime on Amazon you can get THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH free using Kindle Unlimited. Check it out:

Here's a snippet of a review posted on Amazon:

“The book had a pretty exciting plot with crazy twists, wonderful major/minor characters that I really want to know more about and quite knowledgeable facts about the rodeo lifestyle that kept me entrenched and interested in the story.” Amazon reviewer

If you've read the book, or when you are done reading it, I would be most appreciative if you would post a review. Many thanks in advance!

Rodeo, wedding bells, and one crazy will!
She wants her company back and him gone. He wants her…for a while at least.
She fears she’s risking her heart; He fears he’s playing with fire.
They are both gambling…on love.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH is available for Pre-Order

Today is the day that The Maverick Meets His Match is available on Amazon for pre-order from Kindle Press. For those who are interested, an excerpt follows the blurb. Hope you enjoy it.

Rodeos, wedding bells, and one crazy will!

For love…
When Mandy Prescott’s grandfather dies, this determined cowgirl expects to head up the family’s stock rodeo company. But JM Prescott’s last will and testament not only gives that honor to Ty Martin, a man who broke Mandy’s heart a decade ago, it contains a crazy provision: to wrest back control, she must agree to marry Ty Martin for a period of six months. Mandy has three days to decide—marry a man she doesn’t trust but is still attracted to, or risk her company being sold. Risking her company is one thing. Risking her heart is another

For money…
Maverick lawyer Ty Martin measures success in dollars and cents. And he’s promised JM Prescott to base his decision to keep or sell the company on that yardstick. Only now he’s presented with an intriguing bonus: a six month, commitment-free relationship with a woman he’s always desired. Ty’s certain he’s up to both challenges.

But, when it comes to this feisty cowgirl, has the maverick met his match? 

Chapter 1

Ty Martin had never regretted the choices he’d made, until now. Shading his eyes against the sunlight glinting off the dial of his Rolex, he checked the time. Twenty minutes until life changed. Maybe temporarily. Maybe for good.

Or bad.

Tamping down the unease that always came with loose ends, Ty moved past the corrals where the cowhands were topping off the water troughs. Heads popped up like jack-in-the-boxes, but no one acknowledged him. Not a word, not a wave, not a nod. Instead, they stared as if he were some curiosity on parade.

Ty tugged the brim of his Stetson lower. At least being an outsider would make decisions easier.
Without breaking stride, he swept by the barn where the stalls were being mucked out and moved on past the low building that served as an office for the livestock rodeo company he would now head. Dust kicked up as he went, coating his custom-made alligator boots and threatening to settle on his black dress pants.

A steer bellowed in the distance, part of the ranch herd that had been brought in for culling.

He scanned the side parking area for a gray pickup truck. Silver metal glistened just a few feet away from his black BMW. At least he wouldn’t be the last one to walk into the lawyer’s office.

For most of his life he had run from anything to do with ranching, working his way through law school, scoring a job at a land development firm, and fighting his way to a partnership—only to eventually walk away. And now, here he was, heading up a livestock operation. A rodeo livestock operation.

Just a year. That’s what he had promised. Just enough time to decide the fate of the company that bore another family’s name. And they would hate him for it, or at least one person would hate him for it, if she didn’t already.

He clicked the remote in his pocket, and his car hummed in response. A few more steps and he pulled open the door. Semi-cool air blasted his face from the side vent, carrying with it that new-car odor. He slipped onto the sun-warmed leather seats, extracted a pair of Oakley shades from the center compartment, and opened the sunroof as he closed the door.

 It was too damn hot for May in Wyoming, he thought, removing his suit jacket and hat and laying them on the passenger seat. He buckled up, popped on the sunglasses, and shifted into reverse. Gravel crunched under the tires.

 Mandy Prescott would fight him despite this just being business. He might understand why the old man had worked it this way. She never would.

It would be easier if she wasn’t so damned attractive, and stubborn. A challenging combination he’d found tempting in the past. But the fact she was J. M. Prescott’s granddaughter had kept Ty’s pants zipped. He’d realized early on dallying with Mandy was not an option unless he was prepared to marry her. And that would never be the case—with any woman, but certainly not with a hardheaded, determined woman like Mandy, no matter how much she tempted him.

Ty shifted the car into gear. Of course, now that J. M. Prescott was gone, maybe a little fling with Mandy, if she was as inclined as she’d once been, would be just what he needed to fight this strange feeling that had come over him since JM’s passing. Like something important had seeped out of him, slowly, almost imperceptibly, but steady enough to leave an uncomfortable void.

Yup, Mandy Prescott’s feminine charms could be just what the doctor ordered, despite her current disposition toward him, because if life had taught him two things, it was that anything was possible and nothing was certain.

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