Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Changing a Book World

I was approached by an author three years ago to write a book that was included in her Kindle Worlds series. I was flattered to be asked and since I'd started the Letters of Fate series, I'd include a book that would hopefully draw readers to that series. 

There were many questions I had to ask, like the size of the mine, the mining town, and a a thousand others to make my story work in her world. But because there was so little really known about the world she'd started, I kept my characters there only a short time before they struck out on their own. 

The good news for me about taking my characters to another place in two-thirds of the book, is now that Kindle Worlds has closed and I received my rights back, I was able to easily move my characters to a real mining area in NE Oregon for the first part of the book and not have to do too much to the rest of the book. Well, I did have to change up things toward the end. 

The good news for you, the reader, is I have Isaac: Letters of Fate ready for you to read on all ebook formats and also available in print! 

Isaac: Letters of Fate

 Historical western filled with steamy romance and the rawness of a growing country.

Alamayda Wagner’s life has left her cynical, but also vigilant, and that’s what propels her to Cornucopia, Oregon to uncover the secrets her father took to his grave. She quickly discovers her only hope includes trusting Isaac Corum. That soon proves to be expensive, and not just financially.

The last thing Isaac Corum needs or wants is a snooty woman telling him he didn’t do enough to save her father, which is what her letter implied. He’d helped the man more than most people would have, and swears he won’t go out of his way like that again. He’ll meet her at the Baker City train station, deliver her father’s belongings, and send her back the way she came.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

July Sale!

8 Seconds to Love

Book 1

Tumbling Creek Ranch series

Lacey Wallis has put blood, sweat, and tears into her dream of making it to the National Finals Rodeo and isn’t about to let an injury stop her. However, she didn’t expect the ER nurse to be the man she had a crush on years ago, or to discover that crush hadn’t been one-sided.

Jared McIntyre lived through loving and the death of one thrill-seeking woman, and wasn’t about to let that happen again. Especially not to Lacey. But that would mean he’d have to allow himself to love again.  
Which will it be, a life-long dream, or the love of a lifetime?

You can also purchase book 2 in the series.

Love Me Anyway

Book 2

Tumbling Creek Ranch Series

Melanie Trask ran away from an abusive husband and is hiding at a remote dude ranch. When she and the ranch owner can no longer deny their feelings, he offers to help her divorce her husband. But she has one more secret she hasn’t revealed…

Brett Wallis has fallen hard for the quiet, competent woman who landed at his ranch when he needed help. But will he be able to choose between Melanie or the ranch when he discovers the truth behind her secrecy?

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Girl Warrior by Carmen Peone

The story behind why I wrote Girl Warrior is unusual to be honest. I was looking to write a contemporary young adult novel after writing a handful of historical YA novels and was considering different plots.

One fall day I was subbing for P.E. at our local K-12 school. Students and I were in the library as the weight-lifting class was sparse that day and many of the students needed to complete class assignments.

One young man, sixteen to be exact, bound up the steps––Late! I knew that past summer he had jockeyed the World Famous Suicide Horse Race in Omak, WA and an idea swirled in my head. Why couldn’t a girl qualify and ride?

Women had qualified for this exciting Native American horse even in the past, albeit very few.

I eyed the boy, him thinking it was because he was tardy. He squirmed and after a bit started spewing excuses as to why. I laughed and shared my book idea and, yes, however mischievous it was and with a “what the heck” attitude––in a small reservation town where everyone knows or is related to everyone––I suggested he either get written up or give me an interview.

With enthusiasm, he chose the interview. 


Charnaye Toulou has her sights pinned on winning the World Famous Suicide horse race during the Omak Stampede. The purse will help ease a financial burden of her paraplegic father, worn out mother, and ill grandfather. But more than that, she wants the respect earned from becoming “King of the Hill.” This race has been a long time rite of passage for male Natives. Charnaye is up for the challenge to prove females too can be awarded a warrior status as times are changing. 
But when bully Hagan Hurst chokes her and causes her self-esteem to plummet, she hooks up with her Okanogan relatives and a horse that can take her the distance. Anonymous threatening letters find her and they all point to Hagan. Her father and mother become overly protective, but she meets a woman who has ran the race, jumpstarting her confidence. The day after Charnaye graduates from high school, she jumps in with cousin and trainer Craig Stuart and heads for her relative’s Omak ranch. And so do the letters.

Charnaye begins the rigorous training it takes to become “King of the Hill”, or in her case, “Queen”, and tries to figure out who is behind the threating letters. She combats fear and anxiety, fighting to fulfill this rite of passage.

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We turn left, travel down Dewberry Avenue, and pass houses. Some are empty, some have elders waving at us from the shade of their porches. We make our way to the dirt lot. I dismount, walk through the gate, and head straight to the hill’s lip. A tribal park’s boat is in the water to the right as is a Jet Ski. They circle in the water like ravens spiraling down for a dead carcass.
A handful of men on horses standby in the river to the left. Spectators behind them wade in the water. Family and friends of the jockeys line the dike. I shift my weight and dirt rolls down the hill. A photographer points his lens up the hill from near the pine tree straight across. A hot sun beats down from an azure sky. Breathe. I wipe sweat from my brow, pray, and rub Rooster’s neck, thanking him for the journey he’s about to take me on. For a single moment I’m calm. Until another jockey comes to the edge. Ripples of fear from my toes work their way to my belly, swirl around, and lodge in my throat.
“Easy as a sunset mixed with Carlos Nakai’s flute music and caramel fudge ice cream,” Benton whispers, leaning in to my ear from behind. 
Shivers dance down my back. I rub my arms. I give him a small smile. 
Officials call for the next person. Since there is a first time horse who needs the support of a veteran, that jockey and horse, Benton and I, and Billy Beck file into a group. Tone will follow us by himself. There is no start gun, so we just line up like we did at Omak Lake and trust everything will be fair. I rein Rooster into a spot.
A jockey waiting for his turn spits at me, “You shouldn’t be here.”
Another agrees. And another. I circle Rooster and keep to myself. Benton watches from a few feet away.
Billy Beck tells them to shut their mouths or he’ll do it for them. “She’s earned her right to be here.”
I nod, a small smile forming on my mouth. He nods back. I scratch him off my list of potential offenders. My legs feel Rooster’s muscles contracting. He paws the ground. Other horses rear, side step, or dance in place while the jockey holds them back. Even though it’s not their turn, the horses seem to know the drill.
“I’ll be coming after you,” one guy says. “Eventually.”
The others laugh and give me cat-calls. 
“If you can catch me,” I say, without looking at him. I talk to Rooster in a soothing tone, one hand on the rein, the other on a hunk of mane.

Carmen Peone is an award-winning author who lives in Northeast Washington, on the Colville Confederated Indian Reservation, since 1988 with Joe, her tribal member husband. She had worked with the late tribal elder, Marguerite Ensminger, for three years learning the Arrow Lakes-Sinyekst- Language and various cultural traditions and legends. She enjoys her horses and competing in Mountain Trail Competitions. With a degree in psychology, the thought of writing never entered her mind, until she married her husband and they moved to the reservation after college.

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Monday, June 04, 2018

New Release: Do You Take This Cowboy?

The third installment of my Tumbling Creek Ranch series, The Wrong Cowboy to Love, is now available in the box set - Do You Take This Cowboy?  It's a concept of all the stories having to do with a bride either as the main character of a significant secondary character.

For Better… For Worse…
In Sickness and health…
Falling for a cowboy is easy, but when weddings happen on the ranch, anything can happen and often does! Roping, Fireworks and Magic…Enjoy seven wonderful tales of love and marriage by some best-selling and award-winning Western Contemporary Romance authors.

Stephanie Berget Winning A Cowgirl's Love--Money might not buy happiness, but what if it leads to love? Randi Bachmann has two problems after winning an extravagant wedding package from the reality show Your Dream Wedding: She doesn’t have a groom, and she doesn’t want to get married. In desperate need of the $50,000 prize money awarded after 6 months of wedded bliss, she picks the one man she knows will be happy to leave as soon as the term is up, her old boyfriend, Davie Dunbar.

Melissa Keir Claiming a Cowboy’s Heart--Even broken souls deserve a second chance at love….Recognizing each other’s pain, Michelle, an elementary teacher, and Preston, a veterinarian, come together to heal, but fear and misunderstandings send their blossoming relationship into a tailspin. Will they be able to put aside their pain to find the love of a lifetime?

Lyssa Layne Roses With Thorns--Robby and Jordan were destined for one another, soulmates meant to never be separated but their love story didn’t begin at hello. Robby patiently waited for Jordan, trading in trains for horses. Once she turned eighteen, their love story was on the fast track as the two became adults together on the freight train of love as life began to unfold.

Robin Deeter The Silver Bell Shifter--Riley Flowers moves to Wolf Junction, Nebraska, and is intensely drawn to shy, sexy Calvin Lightfoot. Calvin's been burned by lost love before, and he's not willing to chance it again--until Riley enters his life. He wants her for his own, but will she be able to accept the shifter side of him and come to love the man within?

Ann Anders My Forever Sugar--In my wildest dreams I never thought I'd marry a rancher. In my defense, I hadn't met Tucker James yet. He asked. I said yes. Love at first sight is easy. His family… not so much…

Paty Jager The Wrong Cowboy to Love--Ruby Cutter allows her cousin, the bride, to give her a makeover for the upcoming wedding because she wants to catch the attention of her high school crush. But while she’s infatuated with one man, she may be falling for another…

D'Ann Lindun Her Taylor Made Cowboy--As a successful model, Taylor Griffin hated being judged for her looks. Moving behind the lens helps but most men still only see her as arm candy. Waylon Wainwright is smitten with the tall, blonde photographer but can he prove he sees beyond her beauty to the woman underneath?

You don't want to miss out on this great set for $.99 or FREE through Kindle Unlimited.