Cowboy Up

How I Met My Best Author Friend–@D’Ann Lindun @DLindun #MFRWauthor

I’d like you to meet someone who has been pretty darn important in helping me become published. Although D’Ann Lindun and I have never met in person, I still value her as one of my very best friends. We “met” on line back in 2010 on a writer’s Yahoo Group. I responded to something she said in what was becoming a heated subject, and she emailed me privately to thank me for standing up with her.

From this, we became critique partners and friends. I was pretty damned new at this whole writing to get published business and D’Ann had been trying for several years. She’s from Colorado and writes contemporary western romance, the same genre I found myself writing in… Thing is this Pennsylvania bred and born gal really had no idea what she was doing. I grew up on a farm, and for this reason, I found writing westerns more comfortable. After all, I knew what it takes to raise cattle–and chickens and pigs and, well, we raised a lot of different animals growing up–but not like how cattle are raised out west.

D’Ann saved my ass by setting me straight. I often say I know what I know about what it really means to be a cowboy, or cowgirl, from her. She taught me so much, and I owe her for that.

But my friendship, love, and respect doesn’t stop there. If it wasn’t for D’Ann, I may not have published my first western when I did. I was coming off a bad spot in my fledgling career. I had to fire an agent who wasn’t really doing anything for me. I was in the midst of overhauling the story that would become Gambling On A Secret, but had no real idea what I was going to do with it. D’Ann sponsored an editor friend of hers who worked for Lyrical Press (before the Kensington acquisition) on her blog where she was taking pitches. D’Ann emphatically encouraged me to pitch something. And at the last moment I did. That editor requested my manuscript and within a few months I got my contract for Gambling On A Secret.

The next time D’Ann helped my career was by asking me to be involved with the wildly successful Cowboy Up anthology sets. Through these, I became a bestselling Amazon author.

She has been a pillar of support and encouragement throughout the years I’ve known her.

She also is one of my all time favorite authors. Her books are amazing and I would recommend them to everyone.

You can find her books on Amazon

D'Ann Lindun, Black Mountain Series, Contemporary Western Romance

 

 

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A Cover Reveal, a Goodreads Giveaway, and a Sale….OH MY!

I have a lot of exciting news!

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COVER REVEAL: 

Cowboy’s Forever ... from the same authors who brought you the international bestselling anthologies Cowboy Up and Cowboy Up 2.

Cowboys Forever will be releasing in both ebook and print December 1!! Click on the title for more information.

Cowboy Forever, Cowboy Up, Cowboy Up 2, Sara Walter Ellwood, Allison Merritt, Melissa Keir, Autumn Piper, D'Ann Lindun, Contemporary Western Romance, Boxed Set, Anthology, Novella, Cowboy Romance,

Cowboy Forever, Cowboy Up, Cowboy Up 2, Sara Walter Ellwood, Allison Merritt, Melissa Keir, Autumn Piper, D'Ann Lindun, Contemporary Western Romance, Boxed Set, Anthology, Novella, Cowboy Romance,

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GOODREADS GIVEAWAY:

My January 2016 release Heartsong will be featured in a Goodreads giveaway running from November 1 – November 30. Goodreads members will be able to enter in order to win a copy. There will be 1 winner for the giveaway.

Heartstrings, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romance, Country Music star hero, Lyrical Press, Kensington Publishing, Heartsong, Heartland, Colton Gamblers, Singing to the Heart

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SALE!:

Gambling On A Secret, Gambling On A Heart and Gambling On A Dream  will be discounted from November 29 – January 3 across various retailers for $.99, $1.99 and $2.99 respectively.

Gambling On A Secret, Gambling On A Heart, Gambling On A Dream, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romance, Colton Gamblers, Lyrical Press, Kensington Publishing, Native American romance

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Sneak Peek Sunday–Death and starting over…. more from my soon to be released A COWBOY’S HEAVEN

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Today on Sneak Peek Sunday, I’m sharing another snippet from A Cowboy’s Heaven, part of COWBOY UP 2, a boxed set to be released in March….

She shifted away from his scrutiny and headed to the coffee maker by the sink. As she dumped aromatic grounds into the filter basket and filled the pot with water, she swallowed. “My husband died fifteen months ago.”

She sensed more than heard him come over to the long island that separated the space between them. “I’m sorry.” At the compassion ringing in the deep timbre of his voice, she looked over her shoulder at him. He looked down at his hands. “I lost my wife a little over a year ago, too.”

 “It’s a bitch.” She looked out the kitchen window. The first flakes of snow were drifting in the air. Although she had to get back out with the boys and get those cattle down the mountain, she couldn’t move. Katie never talked about the pain she’d felt since Jimmy’s death, but this stranger made her want to divulge all of her hurt and fear. She turned and leaned on the sink. The only sounds were the refrigerator fan and the gurgling of the brewing coffee. “Jimmy had pancreatic cancer. It was discovered too late for any successful treatment, and he only lived six months after getting the awful diagnosis.”

He looked up. “Christine was killed in a car accident on her way to work at the hospital last June a year ago. A tractor trailer truck cut her off, and she lost control of her car on the highway. She ended up going over the grassy median and hitting another truck going south. We’d just moved back to the Johnstown area after I got out of the Army. She was also a doctor, a surgeon.” He swallowed hard, and his lips thinned as if he didn’t like talking about his wife’s death and didn’t quite understand why he was blabbering now.

“You loved her a great deal.” Somehow she knew this as truth.

Nodding, he captured her gaze and held it. “I did, but I know holding onto the past isn’t good. Christy would hate that I stopped living after her death.” He shrugged one shoulder. “I moved out here for a fresh start.”

 

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday–A glimpse of Heaven? Or is it a second chance at love?–From A COWBOY’S HEAVEN

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Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday.  Today I’m sharing a snippet from my upcoming release A Cowboy’s Heaven, part of a second boxed set from the same group of authors who brought together the internationally bestselling hit COWBOY UP–Which is now being offered in print!!!

Rough blurb:

Katie Chester is alone in the world. She lost the love of her life when her husband died a year and a half ago. Then she lost her parents, leaving her with Heaven–a thousand acre ranch encompassing nearly an entire Montana mountain. She decides to rent a suite of rooms out as a way to move on from the loss of so many loved ones. She never expected her first boarder would be a man who would shake her to her foundation.

Ex-Army doctor and Pennsylvania born, Collin Kirkpatrick is running from his grief over the loss of the only woman he ever loved. When he lost his wife over a year ago, he lost his world. He knew he had to escape, and where better than to some of the most isolated parts of the West. When he answered the ad for a resident doctor for the small town of Evansville, Montana, he never expected to find Heaven.

He turned toward the tap on the window and pressed the button to lower the window.

A woman wearing jeans and a heavy coat leaned down from the saddle of a horse nearly as tall as the car. She pushed a brown cowboy hat back from her forehead over long golden blonde hair braided and hanging over one shoulder and smiled. Eyes matching the blue of the bright late September sky peeking out of the gray clouds danced with what he suspected was amusement. “Hi there. You lost?”

Maybe he was in heaven, because she was one of the most beautiful women he’d ever seen. She had to be an angel. That voice. Was this the woman with the sensual voice who lured him out here? He blinked and looked toward the house again to break the sudden spell she wove around him. Damn, he hadn’t been this rattled by a woman since the second day of med school when he’d dropped his anatomy textbook onto the foot of the woman he’d eventually marry. “Ah… I don’t know. I’m Collin Kirkpatrick. I spoke to a Mrs. Katie Chester about a month ago concerning renting a room.”

She swung out of the saddle, surprising him not only with her agility, but her grace. A medium sized, white and copper spotted dog—a shepherd of some kind?—sat next to her with its ears perked. Its blue eyes nearly the same uncanny color as its mistress’s. The bluish gray horse towering beside her was a magnificent animal. As petite as she was, how the heck could she even get on the back of that thing?

As she stuck her gloved hand through the open window, she flashed him another smile. “Dr. Kirkpatrick, welcome to Heaven. Evansville surely has been exited to hear you were coming. We’ve been out of a doctor for two months now since my uncle Doc passed on.”

He stared at the worn leather glove and she laughed. The sound tickled over his senses like a warm tropical breeze, and despite the cold air rushing through the open window, he flushed warm.

“Opps. Sorry.” She yanked off the glove and stuck her hand back through the window. “I’m Katie Chester. I’ve been expecting you. The room is at the house.”

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday—CHASING A COWBOY–Wonder if Kayla’s heart will stay changed…

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IT’S ALIVE!!!

Cowboy Up, the contemporary western boxed set that I’m part of, is live!

Today I’m sharing from the first scene of my contribution–Chasing a Cowboy

 

Always Cowboy, Allison Merritt, Cowboys Don’t Cry, Vicki Taylor, A Cowboy’s Heart, Melissa Keir, Cowboy Trouble, Autumn Piper, Chasing a Cowboy, Sara Walter Ellwood, Cowboy Bred, Cowboy Born, D’Ann Lindun, Cowboy Up, boxed set, Contemporary Western Romance, cowboys

 

Chase mumbled a curse that had the preacher gasping. Paige looked at Chase. The man she’d secretly loved since she was fourteen shook his head and met her gaze. The pain and betrayal in his green eyes said everything.

He crumbled the note in his fist and stalked out of the arbor with his brothers—the best man and three of the groomsmen—following him.

Jack, who was his manager, ran to catch up with him. “Chase?”

Chase didn’t answer or look back at his eldest brother. He headed for the front of the house where the vehicles were parked.

Her father cleared his throat. “I’m sorry folks, but it appears my daughter has had a change of heart. There won’t be a wedding today.”

She chewed on her lip as she watched Chase speed his pickup down the drive. She and Chase had something special when they were younger, before Kayla wooed him for herself. Maybe Paige could convince him they had a chance. Without thinking through her next actions, she tossed the half-dead roses away, hiked up the yards of tulle of her ridiculously full skirt, and ran after Chase. The day just got better. Now, if she could just get Chase to see it that way.

 

Hopefully the heart of Paige’s sister stays changed!!!

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday–Cover Reveal for COWBOY UP boxed set and a peek at “Chasing a Cowboy”

Today on Sneak Peek Sunday, I have a very special surprise and an announcement.  As some of you may know from previous Sneak Peeks, I’ve been working on a novella for a boxed set. Well, it’s about finished and due out on September 8!  Today, I’m not only offering  a peek of my book but revealing the fantastic cover for the first time.

 

                           Seven men as tough as the west…

                                               Seven women who know how to…

Cowboy Up

 

A boxed set of seven romantic novellas by seven award-winning authors experienced with writing about the men of the West.

 

Always Cowboy, Allison Merritt, Cowboys Don’t Cry, Vicki Taylor, A Cowboy’s Heart, Melissa Keir, Cowboy Trouble, Autumn Piper, Chasing a Cowboy, Sara Walter Ellwood, Cowboy Bred Cowboy Born, D’Ann Lindun, Cowboy Up, boxed set, Contemporary Western Romance, cowboys

 

 

Isn’t it beautiful?  To learn more check out either my page here on my website  OR the book Facebook Page

 

 

Here’s my Sneak Peak from my contribution….Chasing a Cowboy

 

“C’mon.” Chase turned to leave the bar and she followed him. Once they were outside in the bright early evening light, he winced and pulled a pair of sunglasses out of his shirt pocket and adjusted the brim of his hat over his face. “Where are you staying?”

She put on her own sunglasses and rubbed her throat as her nerves and the heat caused her to perspire. “Ah… I kinda convinced the desk clerk that I was Mrs. Jordan.”

He grabbed her arm and pulled her out of the way of a couple on a two-seated bike on the sidewalk. “You what?”

“I called the resort before I boarded the plane in Dallas, but they didn’t have any single rooms left.” She shrugged and folded her arms.

He shook his head and snorted. “Yet here you are.”

“I looked the place up online and know all the honeymoon suites are private, fully furnished beach houses. So… I figured I’d bunk on your sofa.” She hoped he didn’t send her packing, and she’d never tell him her real reason for not booking a room for herself in one of the other hundreds of hotels in the city. If her plan went well, by the end of the two weeks, she wouldn’t be sleeping on a couch.

 

Blurb:

He’s running from heartbreak. She’s chasing after love… Their hearts will never be the same.

Paige Morgan has lived her entire life in the glare of her fraternal twin sister’s star. Although the sisters are as different as sun is from the moon, Paige fell in love with the same man as her famous swimsuit model sister. When country superstar Chase Jordan is dumped at the altar by her twin, Paige sees an opportunity to go after the one thing of her sister’s she’s always wanted. She finds Chase in Cabo San Lucas nursing his broken heart in the true country song fashion—with a bottle of Jose Cuervo—and reminds him of the desire he once felt for her. Will this singing cowboy change his tune as they set the tropical nights on fire? Or will Paige be the one singing the blues when her sister shows up wanting her man back?

 

 

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