Where has the summer gone?
It feels like last week my kiddos were getting out of school and now they are gearing up to go back. The rains didn't help in June, my summer plans were pushed back and now we have something going on every weekend in August in an attempt to play catch up. (It isn't going to work.)
My oldest is in his last camp for the summer this week and then we get ready for orientations and then school clothes shopping. I'm trying to fit in as much mountain time as I possibly can while also spending my afternoons completely dedicated to my kiddos.
I'm done with my rewrites for all the books I'm publishing next year and ready to start work on the third Powder River Pack book, which I will start tomorrow.
I hope you are still having fun in the sun!
Dr. Strange beard by Penny Reid.
It's my only read for the week. I've been busy wrapping up the second draft of She's No Cowgirl and outlining Wild Selection, Powder River Pack #6, as well as another book that will launch a new series.
So, there hasn't been much time to read.
I'm on a Winston Brother kick at the moment and now I have to wait two months for the next one, but it will be worth it because it is all about Billy! I can't wait to read his story.
Dr. Strange Beard is Roscoe Winston's book. He is the youngest sibling and it takes place five years after the last book, see my post from last week. There was one point in this book that I was crying only to have a few lines change it all and I was laughing my bum off! I truly enjoy all of these books and I can't wait to dive into more Penny Reid, especially now that her Knitting in the City series is on Kindle Unlimited!
Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak
Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.
Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .
Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.
But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .
Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series
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Next week, I will be back to posting on Mondays as well. The past couple of weeks have been odd ones for me.
I hope you have a great weekend.
Sorry for the absence Monday. This week had me like ahh!! Editing Courage of Us, nearly finishing the second draft of She's No Cowgirl, and dealing with two feuding sons meant no break for this momma. But that's okay, I survived.
Anyways, here are my three reads for the week.
I started with Yours, Mine, and Howls by Kinsey W. Holley. This is a reread for me because it is a favorite. I love the story and how werewolves are in these books. There is myths and legends woven into this read that makes it feel like something solid in the real world. Whenever I read it, I can never put it down.
Sometimes happily ever after is on the wrong side of death's door.
"Werewolves in Love, Book 2"
Thirteen years ago, Ally Kendall died defending her young cousin from his werewolf stepfather.
She hasn't been the same since.
Ally returned from the hereafter with strange new powers, burdened with the secret of why and how she survived. She managed to scrape her life together and raise her cousin, but now he needs a pack to guide him into adulthood. That means pulling up stakes yet again and heading for Colorado to find the only werewolf qualified for the job. A werewolf, she discovers, who tempts her to give up control in a thousand sinful ways.
Cade MacDougall, Alpha of an unrecognized pack, has a tragic history, a sizable ranch, and a daughter who thinks she's a cat. Time to find a mate? Don't make him laugh. Until Ally shows up with a smokin hot, preternaturally strong body that smells like mine, and introduces him to a nephew who holds the key to unraveling mysteries about Cade's family and himself.
But Ally's holding something back. As Cade's enemies gather, the cowboy and his secretive new mate must come clean about their mysterious pasts or else all hope of protecting their newly formed family and their future will be lost.
Warning: A sexy, smartass alpha hero, a heroine who could kick his ass if she wanted, heart-pounding action, and some serious werewolf cowboy lovin.
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I next dived back into the Winston Brothers world with Beard Science by Penny Reid. I truly enjoy these books. There is deeper meaning in each but it is blended so well that it makes for a great read. Getting Cletus' story was a blast!
Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?
Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.
And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.
Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So... what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?
Likely, the last thing you expect.
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So, since I love the Winston Brothers so much, I dived right into Beard in Mind to wrap up my week. I'm still reading this one but I feel the deeper meaning in it already and can't wait to see where it is going.
All is fair in love and auto maintenance.
Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words. Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.
The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.
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That's all I have for the week. I hope you have a fun in the sun kind of weekend!
Howdy! Boy, did I have a reading frenzy of a week. I read FIVE books this week!
All are short shifter romances by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix. Let's get started with the first one, which is actually the third in the series, Real Men Growl.
He expected gratitude, but what he got was a gorgeous she-wolf who defied him at every turn.
For six torturous years, Omega Rachel Fields did what she could to protect her packmates from the evil Riverson werewolves. She endured living side-by-side with the men who murdered her uncle and seized his pack — all while raising her orphaned nephew as her own son. Now that their reign of terror is over, Rachel is determined to live life on her own terms. Screw joining another pack! And she doesn’t give a rat’s hiney who it pisses off.
Gavin Blackwood has one job: Redistribute the survivors of the Riversons to healthy packs. There’s only one problem — and she just happens to be the old pack’s sexy-as-sin Omega, not to mention the most stubborn she-wolf he’s ever met. Oh, and if his wolf’s sniffer is right, his mate!
Even though he’s an Enforcer, Gavin knows brute force won’t change Rachel’s mind. As eager as he is to get her curves into his bed, he’ll have to tread carefully to convince her that she and her young ward would be safer on Blackwood lands. But will they be? Someone from her past has other ideas.
The next book is Real Men Howl, all about the Blackwood pack healer finding his mate in another pack who kidnaps him!
Who knew getting kidnapped could be so fun?
Dr. Drew Cooper would rather die than give in to his captor's demands. Only a suicidal idiot would kidnap the Blackwood pack healer in the first place, but to then insist he heal one of the rival pack's members? Yeah, hard pass.
Until she walks into the room. With fiery red hair, piercing blue eyes and curves that could stop traffic, Chloe Soren takes his breath away.
Drew agrees to help so he can have time to convince Chloe they're fated mates, despite her reservations. There's only one problem--the alpha who snatched him just happens to be Chloe's over-protective big brother. And the patient he's expected to heal? Their dying mother.
Shit just got real.
The next book, Real Men Bite, is all about another alpha, this time of the Soren Pack, finding his mate in his sister's best friend and Army Captain.
His wolf wants her to submit. She wants him to heel.
After years of kicking ass in the Army, Captain Valerie Logan needs a break. And she can’t think of a better place for some R&R than her best friend’s small mountain hometown. Except her sister from another mister no longer lives in Tremble, Georgia. Who does? Her BFF’s frustrating, domineering, sex-on-two-legs older brother.
Zeke Soren is a born alpha—when he growls, his werewolf pack listens. Unfortunately, there’s one beautiful, bad-ass, human female who refuses to follow a single order. He’s already dealing with humans infringing on pack territory. He doesn’t need one invading his life—no matter what his wolf thinks.
The only problem is that Val is everything he’s ever wanted in an alpha female—strong, fierce, sexy, and his. He’ll just have to turn her into a werewolf. No big deal, right? Unless he’s wrong about her being his fated mate and he kills her instead.
Two left, this one is Real Men Claim where the Soren Pack healer finds her wild mate.
He lost it all… and then he found her.
Fate hasn’t been kind to Trina Edgecomb. When her fated mate died on their honeymoon, she was left to face a long and bleak life utterly alone. Of course, as the healer to a very rambunctious wolf pack, she’s never truly alone, but nothing will ever ease her crushing solitude.
Rogue wolf Max Kincaid has only one purpose: To bring down the developer who destroyed his pack and his life. He’s tracked the man to the small town of Tremble, Georgia, and he’s just waiting for his moment to strike. Except, before he can fulfill his destiny, he’s ambushed in the woods and left to die.
When Trina finds Max on death’s doorstep, a spark she thought was long dead stirs to life and she realizes that she’s somehow found her fated mate. How was it even possible to have two in a lifetime? But the bigger question is whether a rogue wolf can integrate into an established pack. That’s assuming the Soren pack alpha won’t banish him on sight.
The last book of this series is Real Men Hunt. Beta Warren finds his mate in a woman trying her best to protect his homeland from a condo developer.
She's willing to sacrifice anything to save Wolf Woods from developers--including love. He refuses to let her.
Persia has dedicated her life to saving the planet from greedy construction companies, even if that meant she lost out on a life filled with laughter, love, and passion. Considering she's generally surrounded by losers, potheads, and slackers, it's not such a big loss. Then she meets Warren--a tall, muscular hunk of hottie she wants to climb like the trees she's trying to save.
Werewolf Warren Edgecomb lost out on love once and never imagined he'd find a woman for him. Then he stumbles across Persia and he knows the gorgeous female is his. Every curvaceous, delicious, tempting inch of her. The only problem? She's human and can't sense their shifter mate-bond. Plus there's the fact that she likes his wolf better than him.
Warren's only chance of winning over the delectable Persia is to join her protest. Since they both want to bring down the developer attempting to steal his pack's lands, it seems like a match made in heaven. Until he learns a secret that rocks his faith in his instincts--and in Persia.
All of these books are available on Kindle Unlimited and nice, short reads if you just need a taste of shifter romance to take the edge off of a craving.
It's WYO Rodeo week here in my part of Wyoming. That means the entire town goes crazy and everyone turns into a cowboy for the week.
Yep, it can be annoying.
The boot kick off starts tomorrow in the city park and then there are four nights of PRCA performances, we are going Saturday night, and ending with a polo game on Sunday.
There is a carnival and all that fun, but we won't really be partaking in much of us. As much as I love rodeo, the crowds push me away more than anything. County is always less crowded and sometimes more enjoyable and I've been ruined with bull riding since I watched PBR for the first time.
I'm excited to be going back to the rodeo on Saturday for the first time in a two years. I get a lot of inspiration for my stories from there and I can't wait to see what this year brings.
Friday, there is always a parade, but unlike the past few years, my boys (minus the warden) and I are ditching it and going fishing for the day. It sounds like a much more enjoyable way to spend a hot Friday.
And as for mancrushes, well, I will get to see a lot of good looking cowboys this weekend so below, I've posted a few for you.
Have a great week.
Until Saturday (I'll be out of cell service Friday)
It's been a busy first week of July! And I managed to get more than my typical three books read.
Starting off this post, I have Attraction Part One by Penny Reid. I love Penny's Wiston Brothers books and this book has the same uniqueness of those books. I can't wait to dive into Part Two.
He is everything she doesn’t want, so why does she want him so badly?
From the New York Times Bestselling Author Penny Reid
What’s the worst that could happen?
Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.
Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family's billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.
When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?
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My second read is Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss. This is my second book of her Men of Inked books and I enjoyed it just as much as the first.
Suzy’s a control freak with her life mapped out—work hard, find the right man, and live happily ever after. Her plan comes to a screeching halt when her car breaks down and a tattooed bad boy rescues her from the side of the road.
The chance encounter leads to a night of passion and turns her world upside down. Can their one-night stand ever turn into the real thing?
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N9NE! My next book I finished last night and boy, does it take the craving off of my need for something new by T.M. Frazier. I love her books and N9NE does not disappoint.
Stalking is such sweet sorrow...
One chance to make her his.
Preppy's brother is about to live up to the family legacy in more ways than one.
This is the story of Nine, The Tale of Kevin Clearwater.
Nine can be read as a complete standalone.
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And my last read is Real Men Snarl by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix. This is the second of the series and of books I have read from them. I look forward to continuing this series.
Ally doesn't want to have anything to do with werewolves. Kade is a werewolf who wants to do everything to Ally.
Just because Ally Rose can turn into a wolf, doesn't mean that she's happy about her status as a shape-shifting, occasionally howling, never-butt-sniffing werewolf. As a result, she has only two rules in life: 1) avoid werewolf packs at all costs and 2) stay the hell away from the man who turned her against her will. Packs are evil…violent…deadly… And the wolf who turned her is the worst of the worst.
Just because Kade Blackwood is the Alpha’s brother, doesn’t mean he can ignore a direct order — even when it’s something as mundane as packing up an old woman’s belongings and hauling them back to the pack house in Ashwood. But all of his good intentions fly out of the window the moment he steps foot in tiny Pepper, Georgia…and smells her. His mate.
He wants her. Craves her. Aches for her. But first he has to find her…before the wolf hunting Ally gets his paws on her.
2019 is already half over, it's hard to believe!
We spent the weekend in the mountains and going to a black powder shoot. I caught a lake trout with a kiddy pole, that's my preferred fishing pole and we enjoyed an oddly warm day up top. I love being up there and can't wait to go back up on Thursday.
I finished the second draft of Bottoming Out last week as well as publishing Aiko. For those of you who are paperback lovers, I'm working on getting the paperback ready. For the first time, Amazon is giving me issues with it.
I'm planning on going to the local bookstore on Wednesday to finally talk to them about buying my books to sell there. I'm nervous because I went down two years ago and I never got the opportunity to make it back there. Wish me luck!
We have a week of filling our fixed pool, swim lessons, and writing for us this week while it rains. I'm working on She's No Cowgirl now, Hunter's story in the My Cowboy Series.
Have a great week.