Enter for a chance to win

Have you read my novel, Colorado Wrangler? Enter to win the book and a mega spring bundle of fantastic contemporary romances from an amazing collection of authors, 1 of 20 bookstore gift cards, PLUS a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet! Enter the contest by clicking here: bit.ly/western-azbb-may17  When you’re done, leave a comment to let me know you’ve entered! May-17-PromoCombo-WESTERN

Free holiday romance

My Christmas Novella, Colorado Cowboy Christmas is free for your kindle Dec. 13-16 just in time for Christmas. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MFD0T97

Cynthia Welch has made a name for herself as one of Chicago’s top divorce attorneys at the expense of her personal life. Burnt out, she heads to Peaktop Guest Ranch for a couple of months of solitude over the holidays.

AJ Coulter, a cowboy from Wyoming, has been a loner and a drifter ever since his divorce and his teenage daughters leaving for college. He finds a temporary job at Peaktop Ranch as the head wrangler.

 When their paths cross, Cynthia begins to question her life in Chicago, and AJ struggles to find a way to keep her in Colorado.

 Can the spirit of Christmas bring these two people from very different worlds together and help them find their way to true love?

 This Christmas, come home to Peakview, Colorado where everyone has a chance at love.ccc-front-final

 

Summer of Love Contest

In just a few more days, May 1-7 you will be able to enter the 2016 Summer of Love contest for a chance to win one of two grand prizes of a book a week for the entire summer, other prizes of a single romance, and daily giveaway prizes. Don’t forget to enter. Sign up for my newletter at the top of this page for an extra entry.summer of love 2016

Free Kindle Ebook – Colorado Sunset

My first novel, Colorado Sunset, is free on Amazon as a kindle ebook from today, October 1st through October 5th. If you don’t have a copy, please download now at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UNP0GTW

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After June Meyers devastating divorce six years ago, she remained devoted to her children and their home in Ohio. Now her youngest child is off to college, and June faces her future with a mix of anxiety and excitement. The Walker Horse Ranch in isolated Peakview, Colorado, provides the perfect setting for Jeff Walker to hide from the pain of losing his wife to cancer eight years ago. He’s raised his sons and now his ranch and horses are his life. It’s just simpler that way. Avoiding making any long tern decisions about her life, June embarks on a cross country road trip to visit her son and grandchildren in California. After car trouble strands her in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, she lands at the Walker Ranch, where she encounters the handsome, rugged rancher, Jeff. While neither is looking for a relationship, they can’t deny the chemistry that draws them together. Can they drop their barriers and take a second chance at love?

RIP Derek Shepard

derek shepardWhat makes a memorable character? As writers we all strive to create memorable characters. Those that our readers can identify with, fall in love with, not want to live without, cry and laugh with. The trick is making these fictional personas come to life. I think a lot about what makes this work. Nothing illustrates this point quite like the surprise and unfortunate demise of Dr. Derek Shepard, aka Dr. McDreamy this past week on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy.

Now Grey’s has been on the air for eleven seasons, and I have been a faithful viewer since show number one. There have been major characters come and go before, but the backbone of the show has always been the relationship between Meredith Grey and Derek. Women all over fell in love with the dreamy doctor, so much so that in the second or third season the nickname Dr. McDreamy emerged. The role propelled little known actor Patrick Dempsey into super stardom.The very first scene of the very first show has them meeting in a bar. Classic. For eleven years we followed their ups and downs, highs and lows, love and hate, marriage, birth of children and finding their way together. Just when we thought all was well, BOOM (literally he was hit by a truck) Derek was gone.

What surprised me more than what happened was my reaction. Now I admit I am a softie when is comes to shows and movies. If its a good show I cry somewhere before the end. But this show literally left me sobbing, and sad–for hours! I had to turn the TV off when it was over. The sadness was too overwhelming to watch anything else. How could this have happened? I write romance and we always have happy endings. I so wanted the show to end someday with them living happily ever after.

Even more surprising was when I clicked on the Grey’s Anatomy Facebook page the following morning to find that over 3 million, that’s right 3 MILLION people had done same since the show aired less than 10 hours prior. And the almost 40 thousand comments ranged from sadness and despair to anger and rage. People were SO upset, threatening to never watch the show again. A few days later I saw a petition with tens of thousands of signatures being circulated begging the show to somehow miraculously bring him back.

As a writer all I could say was WOW, WOW, WOW. Shonda Rhimes, despite her current status slightly below the devil himself, had created a character so real that millions were grieving his death. That’s what we strive for. We should all be so lucky!