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Cowboy Romances by Stacy Finz

I’m a devourer of cowboy romances, especially set in contemporary times. What can I say? I love a man in boots and a Stetson. I have so many favorite cowboy romance authors that I don’t know where to start: Linda Lael Miller, Jennifer Ryan, Lori Wilde, Carolyn Brown, Jodi Thomas. The list goes on and on. But here’s five with whom I’m currently obsessed.

Crazy about Northern California cowboys? Then you’ll go nuts for Kate Pearce. The first book in her new Morgan Valley series (The Second Chance Rancher) just came out and I’ve got a feeling the Miller men are destined to be my new book boyfriends. The original series, Morgan Ranch, is one of my all-time favorites. I adore Kate’s heroes and heroines. And the setting? Let’s put it this way, in the land of fiction, I’m pretty sure Morgan Valley is right next to Dry Creek Ranch. Why not start with Kate’s The Reluctant Cowboy (Morgan Ranch) and work your way through both series?

So when TJ Kline writes about cowboys she knows what she’s talking about. She’s a real-life rodeo queen and an equestrian extraordinaire and lives not far from me in Northern California. All her experience riding in the rodeo comes leaping off the pages in her stories. Her Saddle Creek small-town series is so deliciously good. But you can’t go wrong with her earlier books from the Healing Harts and Hidden Falls series. She writes small-town heroes and heroines with heart.

Looking for category cowboy romance, try Claire McEwen, another Northern California author. Her stories are a combination of sweet and poignant. In Reunited with the Cowboy (out in July), Claire explores one of my favorite tropes: saving the ranch. I love this storyline because it’s an accurate depiction of American life. Ranching and farming are herculean struggles these days and I like when cowboy romance brings that reality onto the page.

Speaking of tropes, I’m also a sucker for marriage of convenience stories, especially if it’s to save the ranch. Kristi Rose’s Wyoming Matchmaker Series hits all the right notes for me. Lively writing, good storytelling and a bit of humor. Her characters are so vivid and her heroines are the kind of women I’d be friends with. Start with The Cowboy Takes a Bride.

Last but never least, I recommend any cowboy romance by Maisey Yates. She writes with such beautiful emotion. And Oregon, where her stories are set, is the perfect backdrop, especially because we Northern Californians are just over the border. I’d start with Brokedown Cowboy, which won a 2016 Rita for its moving tale about a rancher who loses his wife and finds love again, and work your way through her Copper Ridge series.

Hopefully that holds you over for the summer. Enjoy and let me know what your favorite cowboy romances are to add to my TBR list.

 

 

Cash, Jace, and Sawyer: Three cousins sharing an inheritance of five hundred acres of prime California ranch land—and a whole lot of surprises . . .

Cash Dalton is no rancher. He’s an FBI agent—or at least he was, until he left a haunting case behind him and a load of guilt in front of him. Now it turns out he’s also a father—to a twelve-year-old girl he didn’t know he had. Clearly, it’s no time for a new romance, especially not with Aubrey McAlister, who’s renting the cottage on Dry Creek Ranch. She doesn’t even seem to like him. Still, there’s nothing wrong with looking . . .

After calling off her wedding, Aubrey is trying to focus on her interior design career and avoid the fact that she’s the center of small-town gossip. Clearly, it’s no time for a new romance, especially not with brooding Cash. Though she does find him sexy as hell. And he has softened since his daughter arrived—enough for Aubrey to help decorate her room—and even try to get Cash to open up about the chip on his shoulder. Once he does, both their hearts might just follow—but will their futures sync up as well? . . .

 

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9 Tips For A Dog’s Day At The Beach by Mary Feliz

Taking your dog to the beach can be a great recreational experience for you and your furry friend, especially if you prepare ahead of time and follow these few tips:

 

  1. Make sure your dog likes the beach. Most water dogs love it. Others will be prefer to stay home. Before you plan to battle summer beach traffic for a day on the sand, make sure every member of your group will have fun—including your dog.

 

  1. Provide for your pet’s comfort. If you need shade for the human members of your family, you dog will need it too. If the sand is too hot for you to go barefoot, it will pain your pup’s paws just as quickly.

 

  1. You wouldn’t drink salt water and your dog shouldn’t either. Sometimes, it can cause diarrhea. In large quantities it can be life-threatening. And some beaches harbor bacteria or other organisms that can cause lasting damage or discomfort. Check with your veterinarian for hazards in your area. Bring plenty of fresh water and a drinking bowl.

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He’s her darkest fantasy. . .
 
After years of struggling, Haven Daly has finally accepted that she’s nuttier than a fruitcake. Why else would she see visions of a beautiful but tormented male every night . . . and actually believe she can talk to him, even feel his touch?  But thanks to those dream journeys, she can paint images nobody else on earth can duplicate. In each brush stroke, she captures the blatant masculinity and raw desire in his eyes that promise he’s coming for her…and soon.

She’s the light that keeps him going. . .

Quade Kayrs has already suffered a lifetime of pain and torture. Completely isolated, he kept his sanity  thanks to one beautiful female, a vision with kind emerald eyes. In the end, her soft voice led him out of hell. Now, naked and alone, he’s in a strange world that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind. All he knows is Haven.  All he wants is Haven.  His final mission? To protect her from the evil hunting them both—whether she likes it or not . . .

“Spicy romantic interplay; highly recommended.”
Library Journal on Vampire’s Faith
 
“Sizzling sex scenes and a memorable cast.”
Publishers Weekly on Claimed
 
“A fast-paced, excitement-filled explosion of action… Zanetti keeps getting better.”
—RT Book Reviews on Marked, 4.5 Stars Top Pick

 

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Some lords prefer scandalous affairs over marriage. But can the magic of Christmas and a second chance at romance open an earl’s heart to love?

Julien Caruthers, the Earl of Dartmore, isn’t in the Christmas spirit. The former ‘Naughty Earl’ would prefer to focus on maintaining his family’s holdings rather than be stuck at his mother’s annual Christmas party, with her endless parade of debutantes. When he escapes for a ride, Julien’s horse gets spooked and throws him off his saddle, leaving him wandering in the snow. Until he happens upon a cozy cottage…

Evangeline Breckenridge never thought ‘Lord Scrooge’ would show up at her door. She hasn’t seen her childhood sweetheart in years, and Julien’s since turned into a tyrant, taking away Christmas traditions from the townspeople. Eve is now a widow and a mother, no longer the foolish girl who believed a nobleman could love a physician’s daughter. But the weather outside is frightful, and Eve isn’t one to withhold the warmth of her home, even from a cold heart. And as they reconnect, Eve and Julien may even discover there’s still something merry and bright burning between them, a fire destined to be reignited—just in time for Christmas…

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Good girls don’t have sugar daddies. But this good girl is naughtier than she thought . . .

For journalist Simone LeBlanc, getting an exposé on the Candy King—the man behind the infamous sugar daddy website—would be her big break. But when she’s suddenly caught up in a sizzling email exchange with the King himself, she’s even hungrier to unwrap her mystery man—and intrigued when she discovers he’s Dylan Williams, son of a prominent Toronto family. She asks Dylan for an exclusive interview and she gets a scandalous offer instead: Let him be her sugar daddy and she’ll get the scoop of a lifetime.

Dylan knows Simone could destroy his family’s reputation. But one look at her delectable beauty and he has to have a taste. Then another. And another. Soon she’s trying to convince him that people find love on his website. As if love had anything to do with the fire that drove them together. But the more Dylan keeps sweet, sexy Simone in his bed, the more the Candy King wonders if he’s found the queen he craves . . .

Praise for Christine d’Abo’s 30 Days

“Perfect for folks seeking a well-written, hot read with substance.” —Library Journal, Starred Review

“Romance fans will delight in this sweet and spicy expedition.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Readers will be blown away. . . . A sizzling hot, completely fulfilling and satisfying read!” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“Sexy, fun and deeply emotional. Bravo!” —J. Kenner, New York Times bestselling author

 

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Fun Summer Memories by J.C. Kenney

Hi, friends and welcome to July, the hottest time of the year in Indiana! While summer isn’t my favorite season of the year, it is the one that seems to have made the most memories. And since A Genuine Fix makes its arrival on July 16, the day my father was born, I thought it might be fun to share some of those memories of being a kid in the summer.

I grew up in the seventies, in a neighborhood in which most moms were at home, if you wanted to go somewhere you walked or rode a bike, and the only TV worth watching was on Saturday mornings. School was out by Memorial Day and we didn’t return until Labor Day, so that meant we had three full months of summer fun.

Out of the house.

If you’ve seen the delightful film The Sandlot, you’ll recall Scottie Smalls and his pals spent the summer playing baseball, going swimming, or spending the night with friends. Growing up, my summers were a lot like that. I played baseball at Irvington Little League and played in the water at the local YMCA. That’s me in the middle of the back row in the picture below.

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Blue-Ribbon Made from Scratch Biscuits by Mary Lee Ashford

Hello there – Sugar Calloway from the Sugar & Spice mystery series here. As you may know, I’m not the cook in the community-cookbook-making and crime-solving duo you all have read about in GAME OF SCONES. That would be my friend and business partner, Dixie Spicer, who regularly takes first place at the State Fair with her baking. I’m just the business part of our community cookbook partnership. And often (the scale would say, too often) the taste-tester when Dixie tries out a new recipe.

Now I have to tell you, I’m usually a biscuits-out-of-a-can from the grocery store kind of gal. But Dixie insists this recipe is so easy that even I can make it. I’m about to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it goes…

Blue-Ribbon Made from Scratch Biscuits

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup more for dusting

2 tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

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The Unexpected Farmer By Amanda Flower

Because a lot of my novels are involve Amish characters, I spend a lot of time writing about farms and farmers, but I’m not a farmer. I never had any plans to be a farmer. However, two years ago a friend needed help with his farm, and I loved his vision. Instead of a traditional farm, he is creating a habitat farm where birds, bees, butterflies, and animals can live and rest. It’s not only a peaceful place but a place that will help the more traditional farmers around him by keeping the pollinators, which farmers need for their crops, in the area healthy.

When I heard his plans, I offered to help and found I loved it. I love being outside and working on the land, planting things and watching them grow. This year, we installed a new small barn and bluebird houses. One of the three bird houses has bluebird eggs, and the eggs should hatch any day now. I cannot wait to see the baby chicks, and I will be sure to share photos on my Facebook page. Continue reading “The Unexpected Farmer By Amanda Flower”

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Has New Claim to Flame By Christin Brecher

EXTRA, EXTRA:  AUTHOR TRIES CANDLE-MAKING

Stella Wright, the hero detective in my series, the Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries, was born to make candles.

I was born to buy them.  That is, until I met her.

After spending time with Stella during early days of the series, I became eager to try her craft.  She has that effect on people.  Stella worked at the island’s Whaling Museum during high school and was drawn to Nantucket’s production from whale oils of the whitest and brightest candles, which lit the finest homes around the world in the late 17th / early 18th centuries. As a youngster, she also helped her mother run a small perfume shop on town’s Center Street, now the location of her own store, the Wick & Flame.  These days, she crafts beautifully colored and uniquely scented candles I wish we could all enjoy.

Inspired by this multi-talented woman, I discovered Keap, a small candle company based out of Brooklyn which runs workshops at their headquarters. When I arrived for an evening class, I joined a group of enthusiasts of different ages, skills and backgrounds, including a young couple on a date (hope those two made it because that was a cute date.)  Everyone wore a smile, which grew wider when we were offered wine and pastries. Continue reading “Has New Claim to Flame By Christin Brecher”

On Fur Bridge Farm, Jules cares for rescued rabbits. But when a killer strikes, she’ll need a rabbit to rescue her . . . Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one […]

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