Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A ROOM FILLED WITH GIFTS FOR THE KIDS

Please welcome one of my best friends, Anna Jeffrey, an award-winning author. Not only does she write as Anna Jeffrey, she has also co-written books as USA Today bestselling author Dixie Cash. As you'll see below, she's also a gifted artist as well as an accomplished author.

Remember to comment during Advent to be eligible for the Christmas Eve drawing of the Kindle Fire 7.

What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?

Christmas at my great-grandpa’s house, when all of the family would come and bring presents. I was around 5 to 7 years old. At that time, my great-grandparents had 9 kids living, and most of them had kids of their own, so it was a lot of people. The Christmas tree was usually in the corner of the living room, which was a room never used at any other time of the year, and the presents would stretch out to the center of the room. Oddly enough, one of my most vivid memories is that my grandmas always got pots and pans for presents.


This photo is my great-grandpa's house in West Texas where I spent the first 8 years of my life. The people on the porch are my great-grandpa and great-grandma and 7 of their 9 kids. This picture was taken when the house was fairly new, somewhere around 1900 and was where the whole family gathered every holiday. The lumber for the house was hauled by horse and wagon from Abilene, which was about 80 miles away. I don't know who built it in the first place, but it had 8 bedrooms. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of the inside.



This is an oil painting I did of the old gas station and mechanic's garage not far from my great-grandpa's house. It was also the post office. The white stuff on the ground isn't snow. It's cotton. The cotton gin was just down the road from it. It's gone now, but when I was a kid, it was a thriving business.


What is your favorite adult Christmas memory?

When my husband and I lived in Idaho, one Christmas Eve we had a heavy snowfall that didn’t let up for days. All around our house, the depth was about four feet. My daughter and her husband had gone to his family’s house for the holiday, so my husband and I were alone. We and some friends did a progressive dinner riding on snow machines. We always had a white Christmas in Idaho, but we usually weren’t out in the weather and usually didn’t have quite that much snow. It felt very Christmas-y.

Is there a Christmas song that’s your favorite?

A.   Secular: “White Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby
B.   Religious: “O Holy Night” sung by any large choir

Tell us about your family’s Christmas traditions.

They are long gone now, but my great-grandpa used to always give all the kids a bag of apples and oranges. Don’t know where he got them at that time of year in West Texas.


The coat is an opaque water color I painted of my husband George's
old work coat hanging on the door of his  cabin in the mountains about 
50 miles from McCall, Idaho. We used to spend a lot of time up there. 
Talk about silence! 

What about Christmas do you most enjoy?

Most people seem to be happy at Christmas. They seem to work at it.


The old barn is an oil painting I did and I don't even remember where
it is. Obviously in the Northwest somewhere.


Is there something about this holiday that drives you crazy?

Not any more. I used to work in the retail business, so all of it drove me crazy in those days.

What do you hope for this Christmas?

Time and good health and a little more good will.


This is an oil painting of a deteriorating gold mining dredge in Warren Creek, Idaho. This is how they pulled many dollars worth of gold from that area. I don't know how old it is, but it wasn't far from George's cabin. Believe it or not, one year, I won the Blue Ribbon and the "Best of Show" ribbon at the Idaho State Fair with this gold-mining dredge. Interesting history.



Do you have a treasured Christmas food?

Christmas cookies and candies. I used to make both and give for Christmas presents. In Idaho, we had wonderful fruit available at that time of year. I always made chutneys and various jams and fruit honeys to give for presents. One of my faves was pear honey. Larruping!



Divinity Fudge

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup white Karo syrup
2 large egg whites, stiffly beaten
1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon cream tartar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts

 Beat egg whites until stiff and set aside. Cook sugar, Karo, water, salt, and cream of tartar until it forms a hard ball in water. Pour over stiffly beaten egg whites. Add vanilla and nuts. Beat and pour into lightly buttered pan to harden.

Warning: Do not make this on a cloudy or rainy day or it may not harden. 

Do you have a book you’d like to share?

Since I mentioned Idaho, I'll share a book set in Idaho: THE LOVE OF A COWBOY, book 1 of the Callister Trilogy.








THE LOVE OF A COWBOY was published as a result of winning a contest. It started out to be a saga about a legendary ranching family: Luke McRae, his parents and his siblings and the various dramas that affected their lives. The editor who judged it and bought it wanted to pluck out only Dahlia and Luke's story. The revision was a daunting process that required cutting around 50,000 words. The editor encouraged me every step of the way and in the end, my debut book became a work I'm proud of.

THE LOVE OF A COWBOY Summary:

When Texas beauty Dahlia Montgomery and her best friend journey to Idaho for a change of scenery for the summer, the last thing she expects to encounter is Luke McRae, a lean, rugged cowboy intent on sweeping her off her feet and into his bed. Dahlia can't resist his rugged cowboy swagger and his sky blue eyes, even though she knows he can break her heart.

Luke is part owner and manager of the legendary Double-Deuce Ranch in the Idaho mountains. With the ranch, and alcoholic ex-wife, a shrewish mother and three kids to worry about, he has no interest in romance. But that doesn't mean he has given up on casual sex with beautiful women...But is either he or Dahlia prepared for the consequences of a sexy summer romp?

Amazon buy link: http://a.co/fDj3pay 






Anna Jeffrey, Author



A few words about Anna Jeffrey….
Anna Jeffrey is an award-winning author of romance novels as well as romantic comedy/mystery. She has written 10 romance novels and co-authored 7 as USA Today Bestselling author, Dixie Cash. Her most recent book is “The Cattleman.”
She loves most things western, from the customs and culture to the philosophy of life. She enjoys many hobbies, i.e., reading, painting and drawing, crafting, needlework and beading. Anna is a fifth generation Texan. She was born and grew up in West Texas, where most of her family members were farmers and ranchers or worked in the oil fields. She left Texas for many years and lived in four of the western states, a rich experience she’ll never forget. These days, she’s back home in Texas. She and her husband currently live in a small town not far from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Twitter: @AnnaJeffrey



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CUPID SANTA!

Please welcome my longtime friend and a bestselling author, Sylvia McDaniel. Sylvia has a giveaway to someone who comments. Commenting also enters you for the Kindle Fire 7 giveaway on Christmas Eve!

What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?

When Santa brought me my bicycle. We lived in a small house in San Angelo and had gone to my grandparents. I didn’t think I would get a bicycle that year, but I was surprised. I had to be 5/6 years old.

What is your favorite adult Christmas memory?

The first year my husband and I went to Christmas Mass - we weren’t even married, but that night, I knew he was the one.

Is there a Christmas song that’s your favorite?

A.   Secular — The one by the Carpenters – “Merry Christmas, Darling” — makes me cry every time I hear it.
B.   Religious — “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”

Tell us about your family’s Christmas traditions.

We’re an odd bunch and really don’t have many. My grandmother, my mother and myself use to give our presents to each other in the same box. One year I received it, the next year my mother, then my grandmother. We passed that box around until it fell apart.

What about Christmas do you most enjoy?

My family has shrunk tremendously, though I love being with them, my favorite parts are the decorations and the lights. I think it’s because when I was a kid we would spend Christmas Eve driving around looking at the lights.

Is there something about this holiday that drives you crazy?  

People at the mall.

What do you hope for this Christmas?  

My year is crazy this year and it’s going to be a quiet Christmas. I’m praying for less stress and for Spring to get here quick. As for a gift…I’d like a smaller lighter Apple laptop computer from Santa.

Do you have a treasured Christmas recipe you’d like to share?

         Cheeseball

          1 8 oz Cream Cheese
          1 Flat can Crushed Pineapple drained very well —this is the most important step
          1/2 Cup Bell Pepper chopped fine
          1/2 Tablespoon Seasoning Salt
          2 Tablespoons onions minced
          1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
         
          Let the cream cheese soften then squish all this together except for the pecans - then chill the cheese ball. Once it’s firm again, roll in the chopped pecans.
          If you like it spicy - add finely chopped Jalepeños.

Do you have a Christmas book you’d like to share?

I'll give away a copy of CUPID SANTA!

Blurb: CUPID SANTA

Determined to find her perfect match, Brie Simpson sets out for Cupid, Texas to test the superstition of dancing naked around the statue and discover true love. Only, to learn destiny betrayed her when she gets handcuffed and hauled to jail.

After complaints about the silliness of people dancing naked around the statue, Deputy Stephen Austin doesn’t believe in the magic of Cupid with good reason. When he finds himself in a jam, with no one to help plan the annual Christmas party, he’s forced to turn to his prisoner.

Can Cupid help a pessimist and a perfectionist come together for the sake of the children and save Christmas?





CUPID SANTA Excerpt:

Brie glanced around the town square at the boy in a diaper with his arrow drawn back. What was a practical, logical woman like herself doing standing naked in a park waiting for the clock to strike the dancing hour? Never one for crazy stunts, she feared if seized by the law, her friends and family would assume she finally went off the deep end. 
Her luck with men was like a bad hand of craps in Vegas. Lucky seven appeared at the wrong time. Sure, this was a superstition. One that could find her looking out between bars. 
But the numbers of couples who admitted to having met because of the Cupid Stupid run proved something about this dance brought people together. Enough people, that here she stood in her birthday suit, hoping the man she encountered would accept her plus size body. 
The clanging gong struck midnight, the ding dong resounding through the park. Ready to get this process started, she began to jog, shivering in the cold as she chanted the words the legend required you say. "Oh Cupid, find me my true love. Oh Cupid, find me my true love."
According to the superstition you had to make it around the boy in the diaper at least three times, more if you were desperate. At the ripe old age of thirty, even the sixty-year-old janitor in her building looked appealing. Eager to marry and have the family she dreamed of, she was willing to risk it all tonight.
On the third lap, she spotted a figure coming around the statue and sped up. 
"Stop," he called. "Halt."
Taking a glance behind her, she detected a man dressed in a Santa suit chasing her and busted out laughing. 
"Stop, I'm the law."
"Law? Where's your badge and gun?"
The jolly old man huffed and puffed. Seemed Santa skipped the gym lately. 
"Deputy Stephen Austin."
The father of Texas? Sure, and she was Pocahontas.
“And I’m Barnie Fikes. Leave me alone, I'm finding true..."
Stunned, she stopped, staring at the man running toward her. "Oh my, you're my true love. But you're old."
As he ran up to her, he slapped the handcuffs around her wrist.
"I'm your worst nightmare. You're under arrest for public indecency," he said. 
His hat fell to the ground and she saw that he wore fake whiskers and his hair was a dark brown.
"Wait, I'm your true love," she said. "No, you can't arrest me."
"Watch me," he said. "Santa is taking you to jail."
"I knew I should have gone to Bride, Texas," she said with a sigh.

Click here to continue reading Brie’s story CUPID SANTA


Sylvia McDaniel. Author

USA Today bestselling author Sylvia McDaniel has published more than thirty western historical romance, contemporary romance and even a few sci-fi novels.  Known for her sweet, funny, family-oriented romances,  Sylvia is the author of The Burnett Brides a historical western series, The Cuvier Widows, a Louisiana historical series, Lipstick and Lead, a western historical series and several short contemporary romances.

Married for over twenty years to her best friend, they have one dachshund that reigns Queen Supreme over the house, a new puppy who is challenging the queen and a good-looking, grown son who thinks there’s no place like home. She loves gardening, hiking, shopping, knitting and football (Cowboys and Bronco’s fan), but not necessarily in that order.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

BEST GIFTS CAN'T BE BOUGHT

I’m pleased to welcome Joan Reeves, USA Today and NY Times Bestselling author. Joan can’t respond to questions or comments today because—following an accident in which a truck knocked her down—her husband is treating her PTSD of the event by taking her on an anniversary cruise. Remember that your comment will enter you in the drawing for a Kindle Fire 7 on Christmas Eve.

What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?

When my older brother—my sidekick in all the mischief we got into as kids—and I woke up shortly after midnight, our parents let us open a present. What we opened were Mickey Mouse flashlights. We were very young and thought flashlights were the coolest things ever. We spent the rest of the night playing and shining them on the ceiling. By morning, the batteries were dead!

What is your favorite adult Christmas memory?

My husband and I were married just before Christmas. On Christmas Eve, we came home from a party after midnight. He insisted I open his present to me. The jeweler's box held a pair of silver hoop earrings and a pair of gold hoop earrings. He told me, "I didn't know if you'd like the silver or the gold so I got them both." That told me that he would always go the extra mile to please me and make me happy. And he still does that. As you read this, we are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary with a Caribbean cruise.

Is there a Christmas song that’s your favorite?

A.   Secular – “Please Come Home for Christmas” by The Eagles
B.   Religious – Just about all of them because my grandfather used to sing them all the time. I guess “We Three Kings” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem” stick in my mind. To this day, I can hear him singing them. He's been gone 35 years now, and I still miss him.

Tell us about your family’s Christmas traditions.

On Christmas Eve, we always have a gumbo (I'm from Louisiana originally.). After dinner, we go to Candlelight services at church then we come home and play games or work a giant jigsaw puzzle—sometimes both. It all depends on whether we have just one of our kids or all of them and their kids!

What about Christmas do you most enjoy?

Church services, having the kids home, shopping, Christmas music in the stores, laughing children, decorating, singing Christmas songs. I'm a sucker for all of it.

Is there something about this holiday that drives you crazy?

Only the repetitive ads for conspicuous consumption. *g*

What do you hope for this Christmas?

I'm a very lucky woman. I'm married to the most wonderful man, and we're still in love and love and like each other. Our kids are mostly healthy and happy. Rarely do my husband and I even give each other presents. Some years we've splurged, but other years we're just so darn content that we'd rather give to others than spend money on ourselves. The only thing I hope for are things that can't be bought: for people to stop driving and texting, for everyone to re-discover common courtesy, for politicians and adults in general to act their age—not their shoe size—for  school kids to embrace learning rather than video games and reality shows, for people to learn there are consequences for bad behavior, and, yes, for world peace without abandoning our Constitution and our freedoms.

Do you have a treasured Christmas food?

I love all of it from pralines to Cornbread Dressing.

Cornbread Dressing

First, make the Cornbread (can be done a day early)



Cornbread Dressing




1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup liquid shortening

          Mix dry ingredients well. Make a little well in dry ingredients and add eggs. Beat eggs until solid color. Add milk and shortening. Pour into greased round cake pan and bake at 425 ° F for 20 to 25 minutes.

CORNBREAD DRESSING

Cornbread (recipe above)
5 slices bread or pan of biscuits, dried and crumbled
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
1 stick butter or margarine
3 cups pan drippings and broth * (to make it vegetarian, use vegetable stock here)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons sage (more to suit taste)
3 eggs
3/4 of the boiled wing and neck meat if you wish to include them
3 cups broth and drippings from roasting pan

          In small skillet, melt the stick of butter or margarine. Add celery, onion, and parsley and sauté until onion becomes transparent. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, crumble cornbread and bread slices. Add broth and drippings, sautéed onions and celery mixture and the other ingredients above. Add 3/4 of the stewed meat you have reserved. Taste to adjust seasoning. Add more broth if dressing is too dry.

          Pour into well-buttered pan. Cook at 325° F for 30 to 40 minutes, until beginning to lightly brown on top. Don't overcook, as everything but the egg has already been cooked and you are just blending flavors and heating thoroughly.


Do you have a book you’d like to share?

NOBODY’S CINDERELLA is a Christmas Romance.





This Christmas Cinderella should be careful what she wishes for! Darcy Benton is the oldest cliché in the world—a woman in love with her boss. Other than that, she's no-nonsense, practical, mature, and sober. She's just the kind of woman Chase Whitaker wants as head of accounting for his company. She's definitely not the kind of woman he wants in his bed.

Enter Darcy's meddling, matchmaking best friend who has a plan to transform Darcy into a hottie designed to attract Chase's interest. All it takes? A couple of little lies--and a wish on a Christmas star. Darcy should have heeded that old advice: be careful what you wish for.


Joan Reeves, Author



Joan Reeves is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. All of her romance novels have appeared on various bestseller lists. Her books are available in digital and audio formats with new print editions available this year. Several of her books are available in French editions through Bragelonne-Milady Romance, her publisher in France.

When not writing romance, or nonfiction to share what she has learned in life, Joan divides her time between the hustle and bustle of Houston and the quiet life of the Texas Hill Country. At their country property, she and her hero, her husband, attempt to grow wine grapes and fruit trees while battling gophers, skunks, armadillos, deer, fox, and the occasional copperhead snake.

Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of all her romance novels: It’s never too late to live happily ever after.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES AND A CAKE RECIPE

Please welcome Josie Riviera, a  USA Today bestselling author. Remember to comment to be entered in the Kindle Fire 7 giveaway on Christmas Eve. Also, Josie has an additional giveaway.

What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?

I loved baking Christmas cookies and drinking hot chocolate. (still do!)

What is your favorite adult Christmas memory?

 (see above) J



Is there a Christmas song that’s your favorite?

I’m a professional musician, a pianist, so it’s hard to choose.
A.   Secular: "Baby It’s Cold Outside"
B.   Religious: Handel’s "Messiah"

Tell us about your family’s Christmas traditions.

My family is 100% Italian, which means the feast of the 7 fishes is a must on Christmas Eve.

Example of Feast of the Seven Fishes

What about Christmas do you most enjoy?

Spending time with family and good friends.

Is there something about this holiday that drives you crazy?

The commercialism.

What do you hope for this Christmas?

I hope my Christmas will bubble over with laughter and that our holiday traditions will remain, and we will all experience joy in the moment, not looking back to yesterday or ahead to tomorrow.

Do you have a treasured Christmas food? If so, would you care to share the recipe?

Because there are so many cookie recipes available, I’ll share one of our favorite holiday cakes. The pistachio cake is easy to bake, and the red and green is festive and fun.

Pistachio Pudding Cake


Pistachio Cake Recipe

Easy, fast, and festive, this recipe is always a treat! You will need:

One package of white cake mix- any brand
1 package of Pistachio instant pudding- sugar free may be used instead of regular
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup water
½ cup milk
5 eggs
Blend cake mix with 1 package of pudding. Add oil, milk, and water.  Add eggs- 1 at a time, beating well with electric mixer after each addition.
Pour into a greased (or spray with cooking spray) tube or bundt pan.
Bake 1 hour-at 350 degrees.  May be done beforehand- as ovens vary.
Cool for 30 minutes, and invert onto favorite cake platter.
For a lighter and festive topping, sprinkle with sifted confectioners sugar and sliced maraschino cherries.

Optional frosting recipe:  (Spread on cooled cake)
½ pint heavy cream
1 package instant pistachio pudding (sugar free may be used)
1 container thawed Cool Whip (fat-free may be used)
Beat heavy cream until thick. Blend in rest of ingredients. Frost as desired.
Enjoy!

Do you have a Christmas book you’d like to share?

Title: HOLIDAY HEARTS: A Sweet and Wholesome Romance Bundle
Author: Josie Riviera
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Holiday Romance
Publisher: Macmillan

HOLIDAY HEARTS Blurb: 
Savor the magic of Josie Riviera's holiday romances--exclusively in one boxed set!





HOLIDAY HEARTS Excerpt:
A sweet heartwarming story is the hallmark of a romantic holiday season. With this exciting offer exclusively from USA Today Bestselling author, Josie Riviera, you enjoy three emotionally satisfying sweet holiday romances, a trio all wrapped up and delivered directly to your inbox--just in time for Christmas! Bundle up and save!

A SNOWY WHITE CHRISTMAS
Margaret Snow no longer believes in fairy tales, but she's determined her young daughter will experience a real, upstate New York Christmas, not LA's face...everything. Giving up glitz and glamour to return to the trailer park is easy, but facing her high school sweetheart, Fernando Brandt, is another story. Especially when the sparks flying between them illuminate the insecurities that could prevent her from accepting the true gift of Christmas--unconditional love.

CANDLEGLOW AND MISTLETOE
When Noelle Wentworth's bus crashes, one deep, rumbling voice calms her racing heart--then a handsome face kicks it back into allegro. But love is a concerto she never learned to play. Noelle once saved Gabriel Waters from a high school bully. There's no recognition in her eyes, but there's something else that tugs at his heart--pain and distrust. Unexpected attraction burns warm and sweet, but their pasts could turn the promise of love to ashes.

A PORTUGUESE CHRISTMAS
Injured during a Portuguese surfing competition, Krystal is determined to defy doctor's orders to make it home to Rhode Island by Christmas. First, though, she has to get past handsome, arrogant Adolfo Silva.

Keeping Krystal safe is Adolfo's first priority, but this bold, courageous woman's wings won't be clipped. Somehow, he must convince her that spending Christmas with him isn't the end of her world. Because she's become the center of his.

If you love to binge-watch a certain wholesome holiday movie channel, Josie Riviera's holiday romance bundle is the perfect gift to yourself. Cozy up under a quilt with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy!

Buy Links:

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Here's the blurb: Bargained away to a brothel, she is beyond hope, beyond rescue...but not beyond the reach of the one man who can save her.
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Saturday, December 09, 2017

PLAYING MONOPOLY WHILE TURKEY ROASTS

Please welcome a bestselling author, Charlen Raddon, who also designs book covers.  Remember to comment to be entered in the giveaway of a Kindle Fire 7 on Christmas Eve!

What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?

The smell of turkey cooking as I play Monopoly with my cousins.

Is there a Christmas song that’s your favorite?

A.   Secular:   “Winter Wonderland”
B.   Religious:  “Ave Maria”

Tell us about your family’s Christmas traditions.

My birthday is nine days before Christmas, so we always got our tree on that day and decorated it. Christmas morning, we would find gifts under the tree and the top of the buffet covered with fruit, candy, gum, and cookies. Mother always made us eat breakfast before we could open gifts and then my sister and I would take turns attacking the presents. We usually got a basket full of drawing stuff or sewing supplies, one big gift like a doll, or a bike, and a few small gifts like socks or a blouse Mother made. There would be coloring books, new crayons, and a book. Mom would cook turkey, stuffing, fresh green beans, Parker House rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, and we always had cranberry sauce.

What about Christmas do you most enjoy?

Now that my grandkids are grown up, Christmas isn’t as much fun as it used to be. I guess my favorite thing now is when they come over.

Is there something about this holiday that drives you crazy?

Not having anyone to go shopping with.

What do you hope for this Christmas?

A new chain to replace the one that broke on the diamond necklace my husband gave me last year.

Do you have a treasured Christmas food? If so, would you care to share the recipe?

I make a yam casserole that my family demands I make every year. The yams are mashed, and I cover them with a crunchy topping like you find on apple pie. Anyone who wants the recipe, write me, and I’ll send you my Christmas short story eBook. The recipe is in the back.

Do you have a Christmas book you’d like to share?

Yes, my Christmas short story, CHRISTMAS SUPPER SEDUCTION. It’s .99 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZXJS3Y




Charlene’s latest release is DIVINE GAMBLE. Here’s the synopsis:

SHE’S A SALOON WOMAN
For fourteen years Maisy Jessup has dealt faro in saloons, saving what she can from her small earnings so she can buy a house where she and her son can be safe from the man searching for her. Once again she’s escaped his wrath. Then Delilah, a saloon girl, is murdered and a high price is placed on the head of a hired gunman known as Wolverine who is suspected of killing her. Maisy resolves to avenge her friend. But when she finally finds the villain, she discovers two shocking facts—he’s innocent, and she’s in love with him. 
HE’S A MINISTER
The Reverend Brose Riker isn’t what he seems. As a hired gun called Wolverine, he barely escaped being hung for a murder he didn’t commit. Now, he’s posing as a circuit preacher and trying to protect Maisy Jessup from a man named Gold Kingsley who wants her dead and tried to hire Riker to find her. Years ago Riker saw her in a hotel hallway and never forgot her. He’s not about to risk losing her again.
ARE SECOND CHANCES TRULY POSSIBLE?
Even if Brose and Maisy survive Gold Kingsley’s vile plans, the future appears hopeless for them thanks to his reputation as a fast gun.  Will life grant them a second chance and allow them to find happiness?






Charlene Raddon, Author


Charlene likes to say she began her fiction career in the third grade when she told the class, during Show and Tell, that a black widow spider came down from the garage roof and bit her (non-existent) little sister to death.

After two years of college as a fine arts major, and a divorce, she moved to Utah, planning to wow the world with her watercolor landscapes—until her sister introduced her to romance novels. She never picked up a paint brush again.

Originally published by Kensington in the ‘90s, Charlene is an Indie author now. She writes western historical romance, except for one contemporary fantasy she hasn’t published yet. It’s a frog princess story about a man napping beside a pond. He awakens when a frog jumps on his chest. The frog kisses him. Suddenly, he has a naked medieval princess sprawled over him. Charlene has a vivid imagination and a romantic soul.

Please excuse Charlene now. She just heard a husky whisper from one of the dusty, shadowed corners of her office. Someone's lurking there, someone long, lanky and lascivious, beckoning to her. She has no intention of playing coy.

Visit Charlene’s webpage, http://charleneraddon.com and sign up for her newsletter.

Her book cover site is http://silversagebookcovers.com .