Monday, April 18, 2016

Books and Fairy Trees



Coming in May/June will be Her Cheyenne Warrior, and today I received a wonderful review for this book from RT Reviews: Robinson’s talent for period detail shines in her newest stand-alone novel, and the author’s dare to go retro with the classic “Englishwoman vs. Indian chief” plot might just revive an entire sub-genre. Mildly sexy and thoroughly engaging, this tale of broken hearts allowing love in once more is a guaranteed HEA. RT REVIEWS- See more at: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/her-cheyenne-warrior#sthash.uBAdv9Wf.dpuf

I’m so glad they enjoyed this book. It was a joy to write—but also one that kept me up at night making sure Black Horse was as authentic as I could make him.

Next up will be Unwrapping The Rancher’s Secret, a holiday story that will be released November 1st.

I just completed a round of revisions on my cattle drive story and sent it back to my editor and now am finishing up a few things in my ghost story for my agent. After that I’ll dig deep into a mail order bride book I’m writing in collaboration with another author. It’s the first book in my next four book contract with Harlequin.

On to other things…the weather was gorgeous here last weekend and I took advantage of it by cleaning out all of the flower gardens and putting down new mulch. The granddaughters had discovered a tree down by the wheeler trail that, although it’s still alive and well, had a hollow spot in its trunk. They of course decided fairies must live there, and that it needed to be decorated. So, while mulching, I laid some around their tree, being very careful to not disturb any of the work they had already completed to make it more enticing for the fairies.  They also have plans for a couple other tree trunks, and have convinced Papa they need a loft in the club house. He’s made a couple trips to the lumber yard, so I’m assuming that project will start taking shape soon.

Life is busy around here, but that’s what makes it fun!

Keep smiling!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Next Up...




First, thanks to all of you who have emailed/messaged me saying how much you enjoyed Saving Marina! I so appreciate each and every one of you!

Next up will be Western Spring Weddings! This is a great collection of short stories.

SPRING WEDDING FEVER IN THE WILD WILD WEST! 

THE CITY GIRL AND THE RANCHER by Lynna Banning 

Penniless, Clarissa Seaforth leaps at gruff rancher Graydon Harris's offer to become his cook. She's never cared for a man before, but surely it can't be hard to learn…

HIS SPRINGTIME BRIDE by Kathryn Albright 

Spring is in the air… Can rancher Gabe Coulter and Riley Rawlins, the boss's daughter, find forgiveness and renew the lovers' vows they made so long ago?

WHEN A COWBOY SAYS I DO by Lauri Robinson 

Dal Roberts must make his sister's wedding a success, which means accompanying seamstress Ellie to Wichita. Could there be a double wedding on the horizon…?

I just finished reading the other two stories—I love that perk of writing these anthologies! 

Then, in June, there will be Her Cheyenne Warrior. 

The Cheyenne's captive! 

Runaway heiress Lorna Bradford must reach California to claim her fortune, but when she's rescued from robbers by fierce warrior Black Horse, she's forced to remain under his protection. 

Immersed in a world so different from her own, wildcat Lorna learns how to be the kind of strong woman Black Horse needs. But, to stay by his side, she must first let go of everything she knows and decide to seize this chance for happiness with her Cheyenne warrior!

November will bring Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret.

SALE:  Several of my books are on sale for $1.99 on Amazon. I have no idea how long this will last, but if you’re interested you can scroll through all of my books at my Author Page there. 
You can also follow me there to be notified of new releases. 
 
Even with one extra day, February seemed to fly by. It was a busy month with family gatherings, birthday parties, and many other fun events and days. I was able to finish my ‘orphan train’ story and sent it off to my editor and started on new story with a secret baby theme.  And most exciting is a mail order bride duet that another author and I are collaborating on. Having a partner, even in writing, always adds to the fun.

Our March weather has been much warmer than ‘normal’ and that has me itching to get outside. I’m gathering materials for the granddaughters to help me make a fairy house out of a stump up by the sauna, and each time I look at the box, I get a bit giddy thinking about working on it with them. Pinterest is full of ideas for fairy houses of all kinds. What a fun way to keep magic alive for everyone!

Stay happy, and healthy!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Ebook Release Day!




Saving Marina is now available in print and ebook! I’ve had people say it’s one of their favorites. That is always so wonderful to hear!

Seduced in Salem 

Sea captain Richard Tarr must claim his child after the death of his estranged wife. Arriving in Salem, he's shocked to discover his daughter is in the care of Marina Lindqvist—a rumored witch!

This beautiful, gentle woman awakens unfamiliar feelings in Richard. And as the threat from the Salem witch hunters grows, he knows he must protect misunderstood Marina at all costs. Little does he know that with Marina helping him bond with his little girl, she might just be saving him right back…



 
We had a fun weekend! My brother from Tennessee is in town and we had a terrific time visiting with him and his family. His daughter hosted the day, and before we arrived, she set up this amazing store for the younger kids to play in while the adults visited. Of course, we all took our turn at shopping at the store—and applying
to work there!

On the writing side of things, I’m heading for the finish line on my orphan train WIP, and then I’ll start working on one where the hero learns he has a 2 year-old daughter. It’s been playing in the back of mind for a while, so I’ll be glad to dig deeper into that one. 

It’s foggy and gloomy here today—but only outside. Inside all of us is where it counts, so keep that warm and sunny! You can do it!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dinosaurs and Bucket Lists



Yowzers, I do hope everyone experiencing the weather hitting the East Coast stays warm and safe! 

Any of you who follow me on Facebook may have seen this picture. Last weekend, after the grandchildren left, I put away the toys, but the following morning Papa and I discovered the ‘left over’s’ on the coffee table. We left the dinosaurs as they were, and last evening when Connor arrived, he ran into the living room and in his little—somewhat unclear—two-year-old voice, he shouted to his sister, “Belle! Dinosaur eat!” Oh, yes, he was overly excited to see his dinosaurs. 

His other sister also had good news to share. She arrived saying, “Grandma, did you hear the good news? You got picked to go on my field trip!” Come February, I’ll be heading to the Children’s Theatre as a chaperon for her 1st grade classroom. 

There truly is never a dull moment around here. Recently a friend of mine had some ‘bad’ health news
and decided there were a few things on her bucket list she wanted to complete. Our adventure this week to check off another item, was to the Mall of America where she took a ride on a zip line. (I took pictures—facing my fear of heights isn’t on my bucket list.) As we walked into the mall, I insisted she stand in front of this sign. It’s the perfect message!

It’s also been a wonderful writing week. Scott Eagan of the Greyhaus Literary Agency became my agent, I snapped a picture of Saving Marina sitting on a bookshelf in the Barnes and Noble at Mall of America, and I have been completely engrossed in my latest WIP! I love when stories flow like this one is! 

Along with Saving Marina, I’ll have three other releases in 2016. Western Spring Weddings, an anthology that includes my story, When a Cowboy Says I Do, will be released in April. Her Cheyenne Warrior in June, and a Christmas story, title yet to be determined, in November.

That’s all for now, except that I hope you all find dinosaurs that make you smile, or shout, this week! Make it a bucket list item!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Countdown to Release Day




Saving Marina will be released in print next Tuesday, January 19th, and in ebook on February 1st

People often ask me which is of my books is my personal favorite. I usually answer with the one I’m writing now. That is the truth, mainly because that is the story I’m most focused on, however, each book has something special about it. Whether it’s how the story came to be, the research behind it, a character that reminds me of someone, etc. etc. Saving Marina is no different. This book is special because of my family history. 

I’d heard for years that there were ‘witches’ in our ancestry, but didn’t think much about it. All families have ‘skeletons in the closet’ and tidbits that may have grown into ‘wives’ tales’ over the years. It wasn’t until my son was exploring Ancestry.com and told me that my eight times great grandmother was arrested as a witch during the Salem Witch Trials that I took a deeper interest. 

During that tremulous time, which lasted less than a year, fear engulfed many communities, and along with that came self-preservation. People accused others of witchcraft in order to simply protect themselves. There are many theories behind the witch trials. Some I read amazed me, others were staggering, and then there are those that, although incredulous, seem understandable considering the time period and the beliefs and ways of life back then. 

My ancestor’s name was Elizabeth Dicer, and though I dug up as much material on her as I could, there isn’t much. It seems she was arrested after accusing several others of being a witch—which wasn’t uncommon. From my understanding, it was late in the year, and cold when she was imprisoned. Her son-in-law, whose name was Richard Tarr, (my paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Tarr, and Richard would have been her several times great grandfather) petitioned the courts to release not only Elizabeth, but several others because they would never survive the cold winter in the jail which had no heat. Just the previous month, The Court of Oyer and Terminer, which had been specifically created to try accused witches, had been overturned, or dissolved, by the Superior Court of Judicature which specifically outlawed the use of spectral evidence in any of the hearings. Richard obtained Elizabeth’s release by paying her bail and promising to return her to the courts for a set upon hearing date the following spring. Between the date of her release and trail date, additional changes and orders came about which led to the end of the accusations and trails, therefore Elizabeth, as well as several others, never needed to return. A few years later, monetary reparations and public apologies were granted to some families for false proof and wrongful deaths.

Although I used my family history and Richard Tarr’s name in my story, I did not use Elizabeth’s premise. Marina, my heroine, has her own reason for believing she is a witch. 

And now I’m off to work on my next book about two orphans brought west on a train, separated, and reunited years later during the rough and wild days of the cattle drives inundating Dodge City.   

Stay happy!