A Rancher for Their Mom, a Country Romance

Cowboy for Hire

Cowboy Joel Kaye has ambitions as big as Texas. And after decades away, rodeo glory seems finally within reach. But when two little boys “hire” him to work on their ranch, Joel can’t turn them down. He tells himself it’s only for one week, but widow April Landers and her family soon begin to fill a void in the rodeo rider’s scarred heart. April lives for her three kids—and the ranch she’s fighting fiercely to keep. This determined mama’s not looking for another wandering partner. Will this ready-made family inspire Joel to put down roots…for good?

Says C. J.: This book hasn’t yet been released, but the excerpt I read was very realistic and very good. It’s definitely Romance, but the good kind, not that fakey stuff that is just thinly disguised window-dressing, sometimes very bad window-dressing, covering the girl-meets-boy story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leann grew up in the Rocky Mountains but married a Texan, who loved those moutains. So cowboys, horses, ranches and rodeo are familiar  themes to her. She taught deaf high school students math and science. She loves gardening and flower arranging.  She is a cancer survivor and counts everyday precious.

Hearts of the West: A Christian Historical Western Romance Collection

by Leah Atwood, Heather Blanton, Lynnette Bonner, Patricia PacJac Carroll, Cynthia Hickey, Susette Williams

A sampler of Christian historical western romances by half a dozen authors that’s received excellent reviews by readers, this collection is available in eBook, free to KindleUnlimited subscribers.

Now together for the first time! 6 complete Christian historical western romances that will transport you back in time and are sure to warm your heart. Whether you have just a few minutes to enjoy a novelette, or the time to really get immersed in the dust and grit of a western town, there’s something here for everyone.

Step into a day when outlaws ran free, the land was wild, and guns blazed at the drop of a hat!

After the Rain
Rand McCade made a promise to his dying wife to one day remarry. He doesn’t want to remarry, but a promise is a promise.
Pressured to marry a violent man, widowed and pregnant Lettie Morgan seeks out an agency which finds brides for men in the west.
Can two hearts, broken and grieving, put their pasts aside and blend their lives into one?

A Lady in Defiance
Charles McIntyre owns everything in the lawless mining town of Defiance. When three sisters show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a “nice” hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay…especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest.
Naomi wants no part of Defiance or the saloon-owning, prostitute-keeping Mr. McIntyre. It would seem however, that God has gone to elaborate lengths to bring them together. The question is, “Why?” Does God really have a plan for each and every life?

Rocky Mountain Oasis
When Sky Jordan hears that his nefarious cousin has sent for a mail-order bride, he knows he has to prevent the marriage. No woman deserves to be left to that fate. Still, he’s as surprised as anyone to find himself standing next to her before the minister.
Brooke’s new husband turns out to be kinder than any man has ever been. But then the unthinkable happens and she holds the key that might save innocent lives but destroy Sky all in one fell swoop. It’s a choice too unbearable to contemplate…but a choice that must be made.

Bounty
Luke Jordan’s mother’s dying words rang in his head. “Take these to your brothers.” His brothers? The Jordan gang of outlaws. Why did he have to waste time tracking them down?
Cat Cahill’s morning rides are a pleasant diversion from her mother’s lectures on marrying a civilized man from the east. Despite her prayers, Cat hasn’t found the man she would want to spend the rest of her life with until she runs into Luke.
One town trying to avoid a buyout, one gang worth their weight in gold, bounty hunters intent on taking the Jordan gang in more dead than alive = two in love and a bunch in trouble.

Charity’s Gold Rush
After Charity saves handsome Gabriel Williams’ daughter from being trampled he asks her to marry him. And Charity believes he’s the answer to her prayers.
Gabe and Charity agree to a marriage in name only, although Charity is upset that now that she has found a man she could see herself making a life with, he isn’t interested in anything more than someone to watch his children, and he’s a gambler to boot – just like Pa who got her into this mess.
By the beginning of the following spring, if both parties are in agreement, they’ll annul the marriage and part ways.
Neither expects love to interfere with their plans or for God to intervene with a plan of His own.

Jessie’s Bride
Jessie Kincaid doesn’t plan to follow in his three older brothers’ footsteps, which seems to include being bachelors.
Jessie begins writing Sarah Engle and sends her money, along with a stage coach ticket, to come see him so that they can be married.
Not everyone is happy with their decision to wed. When the preacher said, till death do you part, did he mean literally? Or can a mail order bride and her groom truly have a happily ever after ending?

The Old Boys, a Kirk Winkler Western

The Old West’s most famous lawmen are convening one final time, but not to solve a case. Instead, they’re hoping to spend a few days together having a high old time in Denver before they ride off into the sunset of their years.

But then a prostitute is brutally murdered and one of their number stands accused of the crime.

As the violence spins out of control, the old boys, led by retired U.S. Marshals Tom Alvarez and Ben Comstock, are forced outside the law to do battle with powerful political forces and Colorado’s most experienced lawmen to clear their friend’s name–and save their own lives.

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The Intruders, a Kirk Winkler Western

As young widow Cora Diemert struggles against powerful ranchers intent on driving her off her homestead, young Billy Smith rides onto her place asking for a bit of work. Smith seems the answer to Cora’s prayers–until she discovers that he is running from the law, with Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas Alvarez hot on his trail.

Cora, Billy and the marshal each learn some hard lessons as they battle with themselves and with one another.

Then, suddenly, they’re forced to confront the hardest truth of all: some things really are worth fighting–and dying–for.

And that means fighting as they’ve never fought before–together.

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Eva Rae’s Song, American Historical


Born just after the Civil War, Eva Rae’s an old woman now, and her granddaughter wants some stories.

But what to tell?

There’s the father who sold her into marriage at 13 to a scary old Rebel who proved to be a better man than ever she expected…the strong and good man whose Osage blood marked her and her children for shame…and life with a despicable man who harmed her family beyond measure.

Certainly, there are tales to tell of homesteading, railroading, outlaws, and deep friendships with a cantankerous boardinghouse madam and a remarkable black cowhand.

But above all, there are the sins that she must face squarely:  choices made to neglect her own children as she struggled to turn a star-crossed orphaned nephew from a life of crime.

Can others understand and forgive?  Can she forgive herself?

So she sits, writes, and her song spills forth.

Set in Missouri, Kansas, and the Indian Territories of present-day Oklahoma, Eva Rae’s Song spans the years from just after the Civil War to World War II and beyond.

Eva Rae’s Song is available in paperback from your favorite online bookseller and in ebook format exclusively from Amazon.

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MIssing, Assumed Dead, a “Country” Murder Mystery

Prejudice, murder, insanity, suicide: Every small town has its secrets.

When Kameron McBride receives notice she’s the last living relative of a missing man she’s never even heard of, the last thing she wants to do is head to some half-baked Oregon town to settle his affairs. But since she’s the only one available, she grudgingly agrees.

En route, she runs afoul of a couple of hillbillies and their pickup in an accident that doesn’t seem…accidental. Especially when they keep showing up wherever she goes. Lucky for her, gorgeous Deputy Mitch Caldwell lends her a hand, among other things. Her suspicions increase when the probate Judge tries a little too hard to buy the dead man’s worthless property.

Working on a hunch and trying to avoid the Judge’s henchmen, Kam probes deeper into the town’s secrets and finds almost no one she can trust. With Mitch’s help, she peels away the layers of prejudice, suicide, murder, and insanity. But someone in town doesn’t like her poking around, and when they show their intentions by shooting her through the police chief’s office window, the stakes are raised. Kam must find out what really happened to her dead relative before someone in this backward little town sends her to join him.

And she thought Oregon was going to be boring.


CJ Says: So here we have that durned city girl meddlin’ where she don’t belong. But, hey, she’s hot.  At least the local deputy thinks so, hot enough to put his life and his career on the line…which almost winds up with both of ’em six feet under. The local boys don’t like a stranger pokin’ things she ought’n.

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Old Hickory Lane, “Country Vet” Magical Realism

“It’s a little bit paranormal; it’s a whole lot of trouble piled on crisis as this young vet tries hard to make his way among the farmers and ranchers living in the rural Pacific Northwest. Warren is a ranch boy gone city who tries hard to return to country life where he don’t mix well unless its got hooves and a tail.”

ABOUT OLD HICKORY LANE

Think “All Creatures Great and Small,” but with a plot, some mystery, and maybe a ghost.

Set in a near future ‘now’ and marked by moment-to-moment, life-and-death crises that are a practicing veterinarian’s life, meet Warren Jeffreys, D.V.M. Raised white, half Cree, he’s gifted with animals, but not very people savvy.

Struggling to survive his first year in private practice, despite the huge chip on his shoulder, college debt, and a plague of bigotry and prejudice, his bad luck and worse judgment lands him broke and homeless, camping out with vagrants and vagabonds. He’s cleansing cows and cutting up dead lambs inside bawling ewes—an animal mechanic working for a small-time veterinary service in rural North Idaho.

As his hopes for prestige and preeminence buckle under the rigors of day-to-day practice, he finds a new dream—a reconciliation to home and family—and with it comes a certain peace…until, once again, as fame and fortune tempt, he faces hard choices.

Filled with intense, critical emergencies, all of them based on true cases, the book has been “vetted” by modern, practicing veterinarians. It’s the animals that make you really pull for Dr. Warren Jeffreys, because, despite his best attempts not to, he cares. A lot. And, because he cares, because he competes against death, regardless the odds, he makes a difference. Unfortunately, the often cantankerous farm folk he serves don’t always appreciate his efforts and skill. Nor do they trust him, the “too tall, long-haired Injun.” Warren truly is a man without a home, with a foot in two worlds, but welcome in neither until he learns to trust his own heart.

EXCERPT FROM A REVIEW BY Clayton C. Bye of Chase Enterprises Publishing

Set against the background of constant veterinary emergencies, Warren’s story unwinds before our eyes. But to the author’s credit, both in personal knowledge and her research skills, this novel doesn’t just gloss over these emergencies, but rather it gives us a detailed look inside the world of treating farm animals, pets and, of course, horses–jumpers, racers, studs, pregnant mares, etc. It is as if [E. J. Ruek] has lived each moment and has stood in the shoes of this awesome breed that is the country vet.

Never have I read a story like this one. Old Hickory Lane is the book that All Creatures Great and Small should have been. The novel has all the characters: quirky, bitter, angry, rude, stand offish, passionate, caring and otherwise. Similarly, Ruek treats her animals like the intelligent and full-of-character beings they are. And when something goes wrong, her vet(s) perform detailed procedures and surgeries that only a true insider would know.

For realism at its finest and for the very best in heart stopping drama, I award this novel…5 stars and the Chase Enterprises Publishing Award of Excellence!

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To Inherit a Murderer, “Country” Paranormal Suspense

At seven, William killed his mother’s dog. At ten, he stabbed his father with a letter opener. There’s the murder of the family maid. Willed custody of her best friend’s son, Deborah brings home a boy driven by hatred and rage. Injured by him the very first day, he threatens her carefully secured life with increasingly violent acts. But William begins to believe in Deborah as he has never believed in anyone. When Deborah starts to trust in William, though, death answers.

To Inherit a Murderer: Bk I: The Ward by E. J. Ruek

A chilling account of a woman who, against her better judgment, reaches out to a boy everyone has pegged as evil. –Liz Brenaman

Reuk is up there with the best. Crisp, balanced prose. A unique, well-told story. And a protagonist and antagonist the reader won’t be able to get enough of. I’m thrilled The Ward is just the first book in a series. …The Ward is the reason I keep sifting through the galaxy of small and independent publishers; the novel is unique, and it’s very good. –Clayton Bye, Reviewer

“One of those books that makes you twitch, even after you’ve read the last page.”

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