Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy November!



Brrr… We had the coldest Halloween in over ten years, but that didn’t stop the festivities. Papa took the four-wheeler and trailer to town and drove our group of trick or treaters around the neighborhoods. Our grandson’s favorite treat was the jar of homemade pickles he received when he trick or treated Uncle Cody. 

Today, while the blistery weather continues, I have a fire going in the wood stove, and Uncle Cody just stopped over and built a fire in the stove in the sauna for us all to enjoy this evening. Yep, it’s that time of year.  

If you're looking to snuggle up and read a book today, several of mine are on sale for $.99, $1.99, $2.99, etc. You can view them on my Amazon page.

And over at The Pink Heart Society today there is a fun post about favorite time periods, and a poll to vote for your favorite. 

I wrote about my favorite time period—the wild west—however today, I’m deep in edits for my WW2 story. It’s been fun to write in this new-to-me era. The hero is Dale Johnson from North Dakota and the heroine is Kathryn Winslow from London.
Once the edits are complete on this story, I’ll be back to writing a western. Another Christmas one, which are always fun. 

Stay warm and embrace the days as the holidays arrive one after the other!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Oh, my, summer is almost over!



Oh, my, summer is almost over!

Do to company, parties, a couple trips up north, and writing a complete book in two weeks, August ended as fast as it started. But I’m so happy to share that In The Sheriff’s Protection, another Mail Order Brides of Oak Grove story, will be released in April of 2018! It’s obviously Sheriff Tom Baniff’s story from our little town of Oak Grove, Kansas, and was a pure joy to write!

And Winning the MailOrder Bride is now available!  This book also received a five star review from Long and Short Reviews  and a four star review from RT Reviews 

She was promised to another… 

When widow Fiona Goldberg and her two adorable sons arrive in Oak Grove, Kansas, proclaimed bachelor Brett Blackwell is instantly captivated. But when he learns she is promised to the mayor, he tries his best to keep his distance…

Out of desperation, Fiona had agreed to become a mail-order bride to the disagreeable, self-important mayor. But something about her neighbor Brett makes her feel safe. She knows she must fight her growing feelings for the forbidden blacksmith, even while longing for him to rescue her and take her as his bride himself!


Next up will be another Oak Grove story. A Bride and A Baby For Christmas is one of the stories in the Western Christmas Brides anthology and will be released in October 1st. (Print will be available by September 19th.)


Three heartwarming stories of Christmas in the Wild West. 

A Bride and Baby for Christmas by Lauri Robinson 

Pregnant Hannah Olsen has made a list of Oak Grove's eligible men. A list that Teddy White sees—and he's not on it! Time for him to act so that both their Christmas wishes can come true.

Miss Christina's Christmas Wish by Lynna Banning 

Dedicated new teacher Christina Marnell feels her heart race as she watches Ivan Panovsky chop wood for the school. She had ruled marriage out, but Christmas is a time when miracles can happen…

A Kiss from the Cowboy by Carol Arens 

Kitson James and Livy York both have secrets, but can their love overcome the lies they've told? A Christmas kiss might help…

I’m now once again working on the WW2 story, and am enjoying the research as much as I am writing the book.

I hope you all enjoy these last few weeks of summer and are looking forward to the fun and memorable events that fall when bring!
Cheers!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book of the Month and DIY Wine Rack



July started out with a bang! Mail Order Brides of Oak Grove was given a BEST BOOK rating over at Long and Short Reviews.

“LASR Best Book – For a book or story that is truly exceptional. You think about it when you’re not reading it. You wonder what happens to the characters when you finish. You would absolutely buy everything else this author had to offer. The highest praise – and reserved for only a few.”

Then it was voted Book of the Month! 
Kathryn and I are both enjoying how much people like Mary and Maggie’s stories!


Our niece and her family from Kansas were here for a week. We enjoyed a fabulous 4th of July celebration with them that included lots of laughter, food, fun, and fireworks. The day after they left, another family member from Kansas arrived and stayed for a few days, and this week my brother from Nebraska will be coming for a visit.  We also had a birthday party for our granddog Bear. And there will be more birthday parties later on this month. 

I’m happy to say my latest WIP has been accepted by my editor. Married to Claim the Rancher’s Heir will be released in February. 

Now, I’m deep into researching my next story. A WWII story set in London.  The first chapter is always the hardest for me to write, it’s the foundation for the rest of the story. 

Having got through chapter one yesterday, I took a break from writing today and made myself this wine rack. Our youngest son makes wine and brought us over several bottles last evening. Needing a place to store them, I went searching for something I could use as a wine rack and remembered we had some old metal wheels back by the garden. I attached the wheels to the board with hose clamps, bolted the wheels together and then painted it all black. After it dried, I sanded it down to show some patina, and added the old Scrabble letters. Now the wine is close at hand when company arrives. 

I hope you are all having a fun-filled summer!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

In Full Swing!



Summer is in full swing! Company from out of state, family reunions, parades, birthday parties, graduation parties…our weekends are booked through August. It’s so wonderful to have these fabulous gatherings and enjoy the sunny summer days. 
 
Thanks so much to all of you who have posted reviews for Mail Order Brides of Oak Grove. Both Kathryn and I appreciate your support and are so glad that you enjoyed the first book in this series!

Next up will be Winning the Mail Order Bride in August/September. Brett’s story was another fun one to write!

She was promised to another… 
When widow Fiona Goldberg and her two adorable sons arrive in Oak Grove, Kansas, proclaimed bachelor Brett Blackwell is instantly captivated. But when he learns she is promised to the mayor, he tries his best to keep his distance…

Out of desperation, Fiona had agreed to become a mail-order bride to the disagreeable, self-important mayor. But something about her neighbor Brett makes her feel safe. She knows she must fight her growing feelings for the forbidden blacksmith, even while longing for him to rescue her and take her as his bride himself!



The following book will be A Bride and a Baby for Christmas. This is Teddy White’s story (Oak Grove’s newspaper owner) and Hannah Olson (who is introduced in Brett’s story). A Bride and a Baby For Christmas is one story in the Western Christmas Brides anthology that will be released in September/October. 

Three heartwarming stories of Christmas in the Wild West. 
A Bride and Baby for Christmas by Lauri Robinson
Pregnant Hannah Olsen has made a list of Oak Grove's eligible men. A list that Teddy White sees—and he's not on it! Time for him to act so that both their Christmas wishes can come true.

Miss Christina's Christmas Wish by Lynna Banning 
Dedicated new teacher Christina Marnell feels her heart race as she watches Ivan Panovsky chop wood for the school. She had ruled marriage out, but Christmas is a time when miracles can happen…

A Kiss from the Cowboy by Carol Arens 
Kitson James and Livy York both have secrets, but can their love overcome the lies they've told? A Christmas kiss might help…

More Oak Grove books will be released in 2018 so stay tuned and enjoy your summer!