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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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Book Spotlight– THE COWBOY’S BABY by D’Ann Lindun

The Cowboys Baby by DAnn Lindun

 

 

Blurb:

At sixteen, unwed and scared, Cat O’Brien gave up her newborn daughter for adoption. Seventeen years later Eve reappears…pregnant.

Tanner Burke never forgot his first love. Or the daughter he gave up at eighteen.

Forced together for the sake of their pregnant teenage daughter, can Tanner and Cat find a way to forgive each other and fall in love again?

 

Excerpt:

She grabbed the candy dish and peered through the peephole before sliding back the deadbolt. Someone stood on her porch, but Cat couldn’t make out any features through the tiny opening. She swung the door open and a gust of wind-driven snow blew in her face. The storm had picked up to be a regular winter gale, swirling snowflakes around them. Blinking, she looked around for small children, but only an adult in a heavy coat and a shawl covering most of the face stood there. Was this a teenager trick-or-treating? If so, as what? Obviously not a ghost or princess.

“Can I help you?”

The bundled-up figure mumbled something, but the words were lost in the wind. Cat struggled to hold the door with one hand, and held out the candy dish with the other. The stranger said something unintelligible. Cat raised her voice to be heard over the protesting shutters. “I can’t hear you.”

The black scarf again muffled the answer.

Cat shivered in the wind, but she was unwilling to let a total stranger in her house. This might be Granite, population eight hundred, but she had spent too many years in Denver to be careless. She motioned to the wicker chairs still sitting on the porch. “Step over here and tell me what brings you out in a storm.”

Instead of moving toward the chairs, the stranger pulled the scarf from her face and striking blue eyes met Cat’s. “Are you Cathleen O’Brien?”

“Yes.” A vague unease rose up Cat’s back. “Do I know you?”

“No.” The girl jutted out her chin in an all-too-familiar gesture and shoved a wad of papers toward Cat. “But you gave birth to me.”

“Oh, God.” Cat let go of the candy dish and it crashed to the floor, sending miniature candy bars and cheap plastic toys flying across the porch. Her knees threatened to buckle and she grabbed for the door. Was she hallucinating? How could this be? It wasn’t possible for the baby she’d given up almost eighteen years ago to be standing in front of her. She stared at the daughter she’d given birth to, but never seen. Her eyes, her nose…his mouth.

She would not think about Tanner Burke.

 

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Bio:DAnn Lindun

Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, two ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!

D’Ann loves to hear from readers! Please contact her at

Email  |  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Amazon Page 

 

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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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Book Spotlight and Review—LILY’S SUMMER COWBOY by D’Ann Lindun

Today, I welcome back D’Ann Lindun with a spotlight on her latest novella Lily’s Summer Cowboy.  I just finished reading this well-written, fantastically emotional second-chance romance and LOVED IT….So, I figured since I was scheduled to do a spotlight, I’d surprise her with a review.

 

Lily's Summer Cowboy by D'Ann Lindun

 

Lily’s Summer Cowboy

by

D’Ann Lindun

Blurb:

Afraid to love, Lily Halderman is determined to never feel despair like when she lost her husband to cancer. Left alone to continue their custom farming business, she struggles to stay afloat, both financially and emotionally. Until Will comes along to help with the farm, impressing her with his hard work ethics, and presenting a danger to her heart because he is just the kind of man she could love.

Will Wainwright is running from the pain of the past. Feeling responsible for the death of fellow soldier—the woman he loved—Will takes a job working for Lily, hoping the dawn-to-dusk labor will help him forget his sorrow. But, Lily’s grit and determination to move forward catches him off guard.

Friendship turns to passion …but can they heal one another?

 

Excerpt:

Three days passed and Lily had forgotten all about Maggie’s grandson. Her hours had been filled with getting seed in the ground and nothing else. Her shoulders ached from steering the big John Deere and she still had another five hundred acres to plow by the end of the week.

She parked the tractor in the barn and trudged toward the house. The sun had begun to set behind the mountains in the distance, making it hard to see, but she thought someone sat on one of her wicker chairs on the porch. Maybe Maggie’s grandson had come after all.

Too tired to do more than eat, shower and fall in bed, she fought a spark of irritation. She didn’t have time to babysit a spoiled teenager. Why Maggie thought she did was beyond her. With a frown, she stepped up on the porch. And stopped. And stared.

A man sat on the rocking chair, spinning a Stetson on the toe of one of his boots. A striped western shirt hung open over a grey t-shirt snugged against a flat belly and faded Wranglers pulled over taut thighs.

This was Maggie’s grandson?

Lily swallowed and swiped her palms down her jeans, realizing for the first time how she must look in a dust stained tank top and jeans, her tangled ponytail pulled through the back of a ball cap. “Hello.”

A smile lit up against his darkly tanned face. “Howdy.”

“I—uh, I’m Lily.” She stood on her own steps, unsure how to proceed. “You’re Maggie’s grandson?”

“Yes, ma’am.” He stood and held out his hand. “Will Wainwright.”

“Nice to meet you.” She took his hand and jolt of awareness went through her. Dark blond hair, eyes as dark brown as the earth. Chiseled cheekbones. Wow.

Maggie had led her to believe her grandson was a teenager. This man was no teen. Probably around twenty-five. A man. Although a decade younger than Lily.

“I’m sure sorry about your husband,” he said. “Gran told me what happened.”

“Thank you.” He’d probably never been touched by tragedy in his life. Suddenly she felt ancient. “Would you like iced tea?”

 

My Thoughts….5 Stars

As I said above this novella was well-written and despite it’s short length, this story was an emotional ride. Will and Lily both are heartbroken and aren’t looking for love when Lily’s friend offers her grandson to Lily for hire for the summer.  Lily is a 30 something widow who is grieving the untimely death of her husband and has her plate full to overflowing with her farm. Will is a cowboy who is a little younger than Lily, and he’s swoon worthy. But he’s also a  tortured hero,  literally. He’s a veteran returning from the war and is dealing with the death of his fellow soldier and girlfriend. But when he and Lily meet the tension is scorching and their attraction causes all kinds of internal conflict.

This book is one I highly recommend for sitting on the beach. It’s the perfect length for those who want a great story but don’t have the time to read a long book. But just because this book isn’t long doesn’t mean D’Ann short-changes the reader on quality. This story is packed with emotion and by the end I was in love with these characters as much as they were with each other.

(I purchased this book from Amazon and the author is unaware I did a review)

 

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Meet D’Ann…

Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about wrD'Ann Linduniting one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, two ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!

D’Ann loves to hear from readers! Please contact her at

Email  |  Website  |  Facebook  |  Amazon Page  

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal—RIDE A FALLING STAR by D’Ann Lindun

Ride a Falling Star by DAnn Lindun

 

Ride a Falling Star

by

D’Ann Lindun

Blurb:

A stubborn Cowboy. A feisty Showgirl. One mobster determined to kill them both.

When showgirl Ava Demassi witnesses a mob hit, she has only one thought—get away. She runs for her life, straight into the pickup of saddle-bronc champ, Levi Callahan.

The last thing Levi expects is another rodeo devotee to jump into his truck, let alone one so desperate. But when a killer gives chase, he realizes she isn’t his run of the mill fan. Unable to save his fiancé from being murdered years ago, he won’t make the same mistake twice.

Even when the odds seem stacked against them, will Ava and Levi find the one thing in life they’ve been missing, or will a hired killer cost them everything?

 

Excerpt:

“This is like a bad movie,” the cowboy said. “Go out for a few drinks with friends, and what do you know…a pretty girl hops in your truck…then you’re on the run…hellfire.”

“I’m sorry I got you involved.” Ava wanted to crawl under the seat and stay there. This guy didn’t deserve any of this. “Let’s find a police station and you can go about your business.”

“It won’t be that simple,” he said. “He shot at you, hit my truck. That makes me a witness. Besides, I can’t just throw you out at the front door and leave you there.”

“I’m sorry,” Ava repeated.

“Yeah, me too. My backers aren’t going to like this one bit.”

“You’re an athlete?” She glanced at him again. A cowboy hat. Jeans. Boots. The arm of his right sleeve covered with sponsor patches. A big belt buckle shining under the street lights. It dawned on her he’d probably been in town with the National Finals Rodeo. “A rodeo cowboy?”

“I ride saddle broncs.”

“Wow.” She was suitably impressed. Rodeo cowboys came into the Blue Valentine every December during the two weeks of the National Finals Rodeo. Some of the girls talked about how sexy some of the bull riders were, but Ava had never dated a cowboy.

“You see that guy?” The cowboy’s terse question brought her back to the present.

A quick glance over her shoulder showed nothing. “No. Look, I’m close to my house. Why don’t you take me there? I’ll call the police from home.”

“Better idea. Dial 911 and have them meet us there.”

She’d been so rattled, the thought of dialing 911 hadn’t even occurred to her. “Super plan.”

His sardonic grin flashed in the dark. “I have them from time to time.”

In spite of her fear, she smiled tremulously. “Good to know.”

 

Meet D’Ann…
DAnn Lindun

Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, two ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!

D’Ann loves to hear from readers! Please contact her at:

Email  |  Website  |  Facebook  |  Amazon Author Page

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal–Shot Through the Heart by D’Ann Lindun

I’m excited to present the new cover for contemporary western romantic suspense Shot Through the Heart by my very talented friend D’Ann Lindun. Shot Through the Heart is also on SALE for $0.99 for the re-release at Amazon.

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Blurb:

Laramie Porter has tried to get her drug-addicted brother help, but he’s refused every time. When Laramie finds his wife—and her best friend—murdered, she vows to have him convicted. Before she can flee, her brother takes Laramie and his wife’s body into the mountains and throws them from a cliff. Somehow, Laramie lands on a ledge. After what her brother has done, Laramie doesn’t want to ever believe in another man, but Derrick earns her trust when he protects her from the man who would see her dead.

To cover up the evidence of his crime, Lawrence starts a wildfire

Derrick Garrison is through with women after he learns his ex-wife was a bigamist who only wanted his money. Believing a lightning strike has started a wildfire, he’s pushing his cattle out of harm’s way when he discovers a woman huddled on a cliff side. Derrick can’t believe the same sheriff who helped bring his ex to justice murdered his wife. But when the cocaine addicted lawman tracks Laramie through a raging fire, attempting to kill them both, Derrick becomes a true believer. His protective instinct kicks in and he falls in love with the woman in danger.

Together, they survive the fire, the attempts on their lives and a bounty on their heads…to see justice served. And fall in love.

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Bio:

Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many D'Ann Lindun author of contemporary westrn romantic suspeneseyears later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, two ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!

I love to hear from readers! Please contact me at:

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Review and Excerpt for Cooper’s Redemption by D’Ann Lindun

I welcome my good friend and fellow author D’Ann Lindun as she shares an excerpt from one of my favorite contemporary western romances, Cooper’s Redemption. And I surprise her with a review!

When I read this book, I couldn’t put it down! Cooper is truly perfect cowboy. He’s loves the land and his animals. Elizabeth is sort of a fish out of water, coming to remote ranch county Colorado from LA to find her missing mother. I loved the chemistry between Cooper and Elizabeth and their story was not without challenges–and tons of suspense. This definitely is another winner and a fantastic must read by D’Ann. A perfect 5 stars!

 

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Welcome D’Ann…..

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

~John Wayne~

 

I love that quote. It’s so true. It completely applies to my heroine, Elizabeth Adams. She is a city girl, born and bred in L.A., but she has dreamed of a western hero her entire life. When her mother inherits a cattle ranch, and disappears when she goes to Colorado to sell it, Elizabeth comes to Colorado to search.

Excerpt:

He made another move toward his kitchen, and Elizabeth surprised him by saying, “Maybe I could tag along today?”

He spun around. “What are you talking about?”

“I don’t know. I was thinking you could show me the layout of the land. Maybe I could find a clue to my mom’s whereabouts.”

“No way.”

“Why not? I won’t be in the way.”

“You’re not cut out for the kind of work I’m facing.”  His tone was final. “Cowboying is a tough job. One for a man. I don’t have time to babysit a city girl.”

Elizabeth’s cheeks warmed. “I thought women here pitched in beside men. Like equals. Haven’t you ever seen any Barbara Stanwyck movies? I’ve ridden quite a bit. You wouldn’t need to babysit me.”

“Miss Adams,” Cooper interrupted, “don’t waste any of your woman’s lib lines on me. I’m aware that a woman can work every bit as hard as a man. But a city girl like yourself isn’t up to this job. Ranch life isn’t like you see in the movies. Not a day spent galloping through wildflowers. I’m talking about a long, hard day in a cold saddle.”

“I’ll be fine if you give me the chance. As I said, I’m a horsewoman, not unaccustomed to riding long hours. My mother might be out there somewhere. Please?” Her big eyes beseeched him.

“The only spare horse I have isn’t bombproof,” he said. “I need to ride the sorrel in case I have to rope one of the cows.”

“Then let’s go get my uncle Henry’s,” Elizabeth urged. “We could cut off some riding time by starting at my place, right? Besides, you wanted to look around last night. Did you get to see everything you wanted to?”

He didn’t want to give in. He clenched and unclenched his jaw. “Can you be ready in fifteen minutes? It’ll take me that long to ride over to your place. I’ll come across the back way.”

“I’ll be ready.”  She flew out the door.

Blurb: Elizabeth Adams has often dreamed of being a heroine in a western film, but her job as a florist in Los Angles is a far cry from cowgirl. Her mother travels to Colorado to sell her inherited ranch…and vanishes. When local law enforcement refuses to search, Elizabeth travels to Salt Lick to find her mother.

There is no proof JB Cooper murdered his neighbor, but the people of Salt Lick, Colorado, believe he killed the old man in a heated exchange over water rights. Lack of proof is the only thing keeping Cooper out of jail. When a woman goes missing and a homeless man is killed, he’s the first suspect.

Although everyone, including the local sheriff, advises Elizabeth not to trust Cooper, she instinctively knows he’s no killer. The cowboy reluctantly lets the city girl inside his tough outer layer. Can they find Elizabeth’s mother in time? Or will the dark eye of suspicion on Cooper tear them apart?

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Bio:

FalliD'Ann Lindun author of contemporary westrn romantic suspeneseng in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, two ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!

I love to hear from readers! Please contact me at

dldauthor@frontier.net

http://dlindunauthor.blogspot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/DLindunAuthor

http://www.amazon.com/DAnn-Lindun/e/B008DKL9TU

 

 

 

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Loving Western Movies by D’Ann Lindun

Cooper's Redemption by D'Ann Lindun, contemorary western romance.Today, I welcome my good friend and fantastic critique partner–the wonderfully talented D’Ann Lindun to the blog. She’s here to share her love of Western TV shows and Movies and to share a bit from her latest release Cooper’s Redemption, a contemporary western romance. Take it away, D’Ann…..

I grew up on western movies and TV shows. The first movie my parents took me to was How The West Was Won. I think I was around three months old! Like so many other fans of the western genre, I loved The Rifleman, Bonanza, The Big Valley and The Virginian on the television.

True Grit was filmed in and around Ridgway, Colorado, my hometown. The old café sat on the corner lot of Main and Railroad. My grandfather was the caretaker of the Hasting’s Mesa home used for the shoot. I’ve ridden across Debby’s Park, the same place John Wayne gallops his big sorrel with reins in teeth, guns blazing.

I love Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti westerns. Who doesn’t know the music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly? My favorite of Eastwood’s films is The Outlaw Josey Wales. We have a poster of Clint Eastwood in that role hanging by our front door!

My dad, a cowboy, is featured in a western documentary. He’s also been in a Coors commercial and a cigarette ad. He’s been photographed by a million greenhorns he took riding into the Colorado mountains who admire his lifestyle.

Suffice to say I love the western genre. My books usually have some added suspense, too. I always wanted to write a heroine who loved western movies like I do. Meet Elizabeth Adams.

In Cooper’s Redemption, Elizabeth Adams lives in Los Angeles, but she’s come to Salt Lick, Colorado, to search for her missing mother…

He looked grim. “The only road ends at this cabin. There’s no reason for anyone but me to come up here.”

“Do you think this is where the rustlers are hiding out?”

He shrugged. “Who knows?”

“Well, I know how to find out.”  Elizabeth took a step before Cooper grabbed her from behind.

“Are you crazy? You can’t go busting in there. We don’t know who’s there, and what they’re doing.”

She squirmed in his grasp. “What do you propose?”

His grip on her tightened. “I think we need to go around and see if we can get a peek through the window.”

“Just like Butch and Sundance,” she whispered. “Or Emilio Estevez as Billy the Kid and William Petersen as Pat Garret before they became enemies . . . .”

“Who?”

Young Guns . . . at his puzzled look, she said, “Oh, never mind. Let’s do it. Which way do we go?” She wiggled out of his hold.

He led off. “This way. Be quiet.”

They circled wide, backtracking part of the way, eventually coming out at the rear of the cabin.

“Can we get closer? I can’t see anything from here.” Elizabeth wound her way through the trees. Something caught her eye and she stopped. As her vision focused on the object hidden in the forest, her knees went weak. “Oh my God.”

“What?” Cooper bumped into her rigid back.

Cooper’s Redemption

Blurb:

Elizabeth Adams is a Los Angles native who has always dreamed of living in the Rocky Mountains. She loves western movies and riding horses, and dreams of being a heroine in a western film. She gets her chance for real life adventure when her mother disappears from Salt Lick, Colorado, after going there to sell a ranch she inherited.

J.B. Cooper (just Cooper) is under suspicion for killing his neighbor, Henry Harper, over a water dispute. There is no evidence to convict him, but the shadow of doubt hovers around him. He just wants to be left in peace.

Circumstances throw Elizabeth and Cooper together when he tracks rustled cattle to her ranch … and discovers a body in the barn. Once again, he is the suspect in a suspicious death. Elizabeth is convinced Cooper had nothing to do with the murder of her cousin because to her, he’s a true western hero. Together, they search for her mother, clear Cooper’s name and fall in love along the way.

Bio:

Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing oneD'Ann Lindun author of contemporary westrn romantic suspenese until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, nine ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!

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D’Ann Lindun and Kristina Knight

Today on the blog, I am THRILLED to feature two of my dear friends who are sharing a milestone together today. Both of their debut novels release today from Crimson Romance.

I met D’Ann Lindun shortly after I joined a private online writing group. We soon began critiquing each other’s work, and I truly give her a great deal of credit for my own success. I learned so much from her.

I met Kristina Knight shortly after meeting D’Ann. And she too has been a great source of inspiration and information in the past three years.

So, without further ado, here are D’Ann and Kristi and their fantastic books…

Wild Horses    

by D’Ann Lindun

BlurbHer family ranch outside of Payson, Arizona, is the last place Castaña Castillo thought she’d ever see again. But when her mustang activist brother goes missing, Castaña returns home to lead the search. Years of bad blood between local law enforcement and the Castillo men lead Castaña to believe the local cops won’t put out much effort to locate her brother. Especially since they think he murdered two federal wildlife agents.

Disgraced FBI agent Jake Breton needs to bring in Martin Castillo to redeem himself and resurrect his career. Falling in love with someone related to the suspect is the last thing he can afford to do. The last time he followed his heart, and not his head, it nearly cost him his life.

Danger, adventure, and death push Jake and Castaña together. Will they learn to trust each other and leave their pasts behind?

Excerpt:   

Jumping inside the trailer, she checked over both geldings.  Both horses rolled their eyes and pawed, but otherwise seemed unharmed.  She sagged with relief and tucked the gun in the back of her jeans.  Back on the pavement, she noticed something next to the road.  She rubbed her sand-dry eyes with her fists and stared.

A man!

A man staggering to his feet.  Had she clipped him?  No, she would’ve felt the bump.

She hurried toward him.  “The sun—  I couldn’t see.”

He came toward her, weaving.  Was he drunk?  On drugs?  Maybe dangerous?  Did she need to go for the gun?

“Some . . . body . . . tried . . .”  He swayed again.

“You need to sit down.”  Was he the big blur she’d noticed?  What kind of idiot thought a truck and horse trailer could come to an instant halt?  Didn’t he know she couldn’t slam on her brakes when hauling horses?  “I truly didn’t see you.”

“Obv’sly,” he growled, leaning a little.

“I couldn’t see—”

“Fast.  Goin’ too fassst.”

“I was not driving too fast.  Why were you standing beside the road?”  Looking over his shoulder, which wasn’t easy considering he towered her own five-nine by at least four or five inches, she searched for a vehicle.  “Where’s your car?”

“I need,” he swayed like a tree about to come crashing down, “help.”

Where to find:

Crimson Romance  |  Amazon  | Barnes and Noble  |  iTunes

Goodreads: for reviews

Website: http://dlindunauthor.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DLindunAuthor

Bio:  I draw inspiration from the area where I live, Western Colorado, my husband of twenty-nine years and our daughter. Composites of our small farm, herd of fourteen horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, eight ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in my stories! My road to publication was long and rocky—twenty years of dashed hopes and crushed dreams before I got the call (email)!

What a Texas Girl Wants 

By Kristina Knight

Blurb:

Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.

The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.

Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

“Kristina Knight doesn’t hold back on the sass, emotion, and passion, keeping her readers riveted right up until they reach The End.” — Aimee Carson, author of  Secret History of a Good Girl and How to Win the Dating War

“Kristina Knight delivers a fun romp from Mexico, through Texas and straight into true love” —Kelsey Browning, author and cofounder of Romance University

Where to find:

Crimson Romance  |  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  iTunes

Website: http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com/

Bio:

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police—no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband, three-year-old daughter and twenty-year-old fur-kid. Happily ever after.

                

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