Friday, February 9, 2018

DON'T GO SNARING MY HEART by @JacquieRogers #blogabookscene #prairierosepub #western #romance #novella



Blog-a-Book-Scene is a monthly themed blogging endeavor from a group of authors who love to share excerpts from their stories. Find us on Twitter with the hashtags #blogabookscene and/or #PrairieRosePub.

This Month's Theme
February's theme is All you need is Love. The sweet, heartfelt excerpt below is from:


Don’t Go Snaring My Heart
by Jacquie Rogers
Blurb
Alone in the high-mountain desert, self-sufficient Betsy Lynch is determined to eke out a living selling goat cheese while she fulfills her father’s dream to find a rich silver lode. Claim jumpers threaten to take everything she holds dear, so Betsy uses a bullwhip, her wiles, traps, goats, and an attack rooster to defend her land.

Don’t Go Snaring My Heart was originally published in Prairie Rose Publications’ Lassoing a Groom anthology, and is now available as a standalone novella.  It takes place in Owyhee County, Idaho, and is part of the Hearts of Owyhee series.  Check out the novels at my Hearts of Owyhee page.

Excerpt
“Betsy, I want to kiss you.”

“I was wonderin’ when you’d ever get around to that.”  Betsy leaned onto Dex's chest.  “Now’s a good time.”

He lowered his head and touched his lips to hers, gently at first, but then he caressed her back and hugged her tight, twining his fingers through her hair as he deepened the kiss.  A thrill swirled through her, stirring her womanly parts and her soul, too.  She’d kissed Petey Echols when she was twelve, but that peck was nothing like this.

When Dex pulled back, she clasped the back of his neck and kissed him again.  He didn’t object, brushing his hands across her back, over her waist, and to the sides of her breasts.  She gasped at that, for the sensation was unlike anything she’d ever felt.  Betsy was not na├»ve about sex—she’d been around animals all her life—but she had no idea of the wonderful ways a man—this man—could make her body sing.

Finally, he set her back, a pained look on his face.  “Betsy, I want to marry you.”

“I want to marry you, too.”

“No, you don’t.  I’ve been in prison.  That rundown ranch and puny herd is all I own.  You’re beautiful, Betsy.  You could get any man you want, and it shouldn’t be me.”  He pressed two fingers to his forehead.  “I’ve been hankerin’ for you since the day you strung me upside down, and I’ve thought about it a lot.  Maybe you should be around other men and see if you still want me, because I’m no prize.”

“I’m going to say one thing and then you’re going to kiss me again, because I really liked it.”  She backed him to the table and leaned into him.  “I’ve gone to town nearly every month of the last two years—leastways in the good weather—and there ain’t one feller there that’s man enough for me.  I want you, and I’ll have you.”

What she said must’ve penetrated his thick skull because he kissed her as if they’d never get another chance.

“I have to get back to the ranch before dark.”  He ran his fingers through her hair and cupped the back of her head.  “Miss Betsy Lynch, I... uh... want to say... been wantin’ to say it for a while now...”

“Yes?”

“I love you.”

A kid bleated.  All the goats and dogs crowded into the doorway and stared at her and Dex.

“We love you, too, Dex.”

“Come to the ranch with me, Betsy.  Marry me.  Your animals have a home there, too.”

“Can’t.  I’d like to—would love to—but my papa was convinced he’d find silver here. I have to stay and work the mine or I’ll lose the claim.  It was his dream.”

“But was it your dream?  What do you dream about at night, Betsy?”

Approach to the actual setting of Betsy's claim

Don’t Go Snaring My Heart  is available at Amazon Kindle.  Read for free if you're subscribed to Kindle Unlimited.

Next month's theme will be Beware the Ides of March, so watch your back!



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Friday, January 5, 2018

I HEARD THE BRIDES ON CHRISTMAS DAY by @JacquieRogers #blogabookscene #westernromance #sweet



Blog-a-Book-Scene is a monthly themed blogging endeavor from a group of authors who love to share excerpts from their stories. Find us on Twitter with the hashtags #blogabookscene and/or #PrairieRosePub.

January’s theme is Baby, It’s Cold Outside. The cold wintry excerpt below is from:

I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day
(Hearts of Owyhee novella)
by Jacquie Rogers

I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day is a novella in the Hearts of Owyhee series, five books and six novellas all set in Owyhee County, Idaho. This particular novella is sweet and wholesome western historical romance.

I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day
by Jacquie Rogers

The Murdock brothers have a fine ranch in Owyhee County, Idaho. The only things missing are wives and kids, so Hec orders a couple of brides for Christmas. The catch is, woman-shy Zeke doesn't know about it. Dinah and Stella have a plan— If the grooms don’t work out, they’ll start a restaurant. Farm chores are hard enough, but a peckish chicken and a raging blizzard don’t help matters. Can Hec and Zeke capture their hearts?

EXCERPT:

Hec had been so deep in thought, he hadn’t even noticed the wind kick up, but when the snow blew sideways into his face like sewing pins, now that got his attention. The horses shied to the side, not wanting their faces in the snow. The blinders would help keep the snow out of their eyes, but still they hopped around in the harness.

Within another few minutes, the blizzard had struck with such force that he had to stop the horses. Hec wasn’t even for sure that they were on the road. White everywhere—right, left, up, or down. Nor did he know how he’d get back home. Best he stay right there and do whatever he could to keep warm. Once the storm lifted, he’d be on his way.

Just as he got off the wagon, a lightning bolt flashed. The horses reared and neighed, then took off.

Hec stood in the middle of what he hoped was the road. Nothing to do but start walking. Cold and lost. What a helluva fix. And he hadn’t even seen his bride yet.

As Hec bent into the wind that slung stinging snow in his face as he walked. The cold and deep snow tired his legs something fierce, but he trudged on despite screaming muscles and bitter cold feet. He couldn’t be sure he was even headed the right direction, but he kept between the two lines of sagebrush poking above the white. In fact, the tips of the sagebrush were the only color at all, and as the snow deepened, even they disappeared.

His face stung and his fingers and toes tingled. He’d never been so icy cold before, to the point of being beyond shivering. In fact, he felt hot and resisted the urge to take off his coat. His mind twisted in odd directions and it took all his willpower to stay focused.

Whether the sun had set, he didn’t know because of the storm-darkened sky. Hec regretted a lot of things he’d done, but the worst mistake he’d ever made was ordering brides. Zeke was probably throwing a conniption fit this very moment and if Hec didn’t survive, his brother would have two wives to contend with.

Hec raised his face to the blackened sky and laughed. He didn’t know why he laughed—so cold—but his brother would curse his soul to hell. He staggered to his feet, the snow clinging to his britches, but his legs wouldn’t hold and he fell to his knees. Now he knew where the end of the road was.

Owyhee County, where Hec was lost in a blizzard.
(photographer unknown)

I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day is available at Amazon Kindle.  Read for free if you're subscribed to Kindle Unlimited.

Next month's theme will be All You Need is Love, just in time for Valentine's Day.




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Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Release!!! Mail Order Brides for Sale: The Remington Sisters



Boxed set of four original full length mail order bride novels.

Brought up in the wealth and comfort of Eastern “old money” in staid and proper Philadelphia, the Remington sisters are forced to scatter to the four winds and become mail-order brides. In order to gain a fortune, their sinister step-father, Josiah Bloodworth, has made plans to marry them off in loveless marriages. Time is running out, and no matter what lies ahead in their uncertain futures, it has to be better than the evil they’re running from…

LIZZY: Livia J. Washburn
Elizabeth Remington’s world is turned upside down when she is forced to become a mail-order bride. With her cat, Fulton, Lizzy flees to Alaska—only to discover the man she’s to marry is not who she thought he was! Now, she must protect herself from the biggest danger of all—her own heart. Handsome Flint McKinnon has signed his soul away to her step-father, hasn’t he? He’s chased Lizzy across the continent, but can she believe him when he says he loves her? 

BELLE: Jacquie Rogers 
Belle Remington must marry someone before the dangerous Neville Fenster catches up with her. She hightails it out of Philadelphia to the wilds of Idaho Territory to become a bootmaker's bride, but when she arrives in Oreana, she discovers her groom has been murdered! Now, handsome, inebriated rancher Cord Callahan insists on fulfilling the marriage contract himself. Belle is beautiful and smart as a whip. But she has a secret. When Fenster shows up, can Cord protect the woman he wants to love forever?

SABRINA: Cheryl Pierson
Impulsive Sabrina Remington, the youngest, weds a man she knows her family would disapprove of. Though Cameron Fraser’s family owns a ranch in lawless Indian Territory, he’s made his way in the world with a gun, living barely on the right side of the law. With everything on the line as Bloodworth and his henchmen close in, will Cam be able to protect Sabrina from the desperate man who means to kidnap her for his own wicked purposes?

LOLA: Celia Yeary
Sensible Lola Remington, the eldest of the four sisters, must be certain the others are on their way to safety before she can think of fleeing Philadelphia herself. With the help of a local bridal agency, Lola finds the perfect husband for herself—in the wild countryside of Texas. Jack Rains owns a ranch and he’s in need of a bride—and children, of course! But just when Lola starts to believe there might be a future for them, she discovers a hidden letter from another woman…Jack’s first wife.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

4 Gold for Honey! Will Rogers Medallion Awards #HoneyBeaulieu


A Tale of Two Winners
by Jacquie Rogers

Honey Beaulieu must have taken exception to something Will Rogers said!
There's nothing like going to Texas this time of year.  It's snowing back home in Seattle but today it was 93 degrees in Flower Mound, TX.  Guess which I prefer!  Of course, another draw to Texas was that we have wonderful friends and family here.

The instigating factor for coming to Texas, though, was the Will Rogers Medallion Award banquet.  The first two books in the Honey Beaulieu - Man Hunter series, Hot Work in Fry Pan Gulch and Sidetracked in Silver City, finaled in the Western Humor category.  Woohoo!  The committee chose four finalists and my books were two of them, so I figured I had a lock on the bronze.  

However, the probability of a bronze medal wasn't the reason I wanted to attend.   I could hardly wait to meet the head honcho and the founder of the awards, Charles Williams.  We did meet and I can assure you that he's just as kind and friendly as I thought, and he has a great sense of humor.  

Charles Williams, founder of the Will Rogers Medallion Awards
with me, Sassy, and Honey.  Honey too quite a liking to him.
The first day, at the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering booksigning, I met Gene Helmick-Richardson.  So did Honey.  They seemed to get off to a bit of a rocky start but by the end of the doin's, they were best of friends.

Gene Helmick-Richardson knows when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em.
Did I mention our Texas hosts?  We were lucky enough to stay with one of my best friends who, unbeknownst to her, started off as one of my mentors.  I studied her books to figure out this writing gig, and I was beyond thrilled when she contacted me that first time.  Yes, I was her fangirl!  That would be the awesome and talented Caroline Clemmons.  At this point, you might say we're a mutual admiration society. LOL  

Our Halloween photo courtesy of Snapchat.
So good people and good fun.  What could be better?  Um, well, winning.  Imagine my surprise when both my books won gold medallions!  And also Camp Rogers Press won two!  To be honest, Mr R should've picked up the Camp Rogers Press medals, but I was all too happy to cart them back to the table myself. 

Mr R recorded it on my phone.  It was his first time ever recording anything on a smartphone so all in all, the video turned out pretty well.

Caroline and Hero, Mr R and I were all flying high that night.  We had a delicious steak dinner and met some really nice people.  What a grand time!

The four of us went back to Caroline's house, yammered half the night, and went to bed.  The next morning, we found out that Caroline's book Grant Me the Moon had won the International Digital Award (sponsored by the Oklahoma RWA) for Short Contemporary Romance!  That was so wonderful--two winners in the house.  Our husbands didn't quite know what to do with us. LOL.  We were yipping and dancing through the living room.  It must have been quite a sight.


But we did slow down long enough to get our photo together.


Let me tell you, that sure went well with our bacon and eggs.

Mr R and I will be headed back to Seattle in a few days.  I can't tell you how much I'll miss Caroline.  I really would like to stash her in the car and take her with me.  Then again, if it keeps snowing up north...  


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Indies for Independence! Win a BUNCH of #books. #giveaway #sweetromance #fourthofjuly

Summertime is Reading Time!

And do we indie authors ever have a good deal for you, especially if you like sweet romance.

It's easy to enter.  All you have to do is click on the Rafflecopter link below, follow the instructions, and you could win every single one of the books in this graphic!


The book I have contributed to this promotion is Mercy: Bride of Idaho (American Mail-Order Brides series #43).


One woman bent on saving her family. 
One rancher determined to save his own heart. 
Is her love enough to save them both?

Mercy Eaton has come to Idaho to marry the man of her father’s choosing in order to help her family make ends meet back home. She just knows it’ll all work out. That's what she's told her sister and her traveling companions all the way from Massachusetts to Owyhee County, Idaho. Then she meets her groom. He's seventy years old. She nearly faints.

Quill Roderick has no intention of marrying. Ever. As far as he’s seen, women leave—first his mother, then his great-aunt, then his first flame. Quill sees no reason to open his heart again, especially to some mail-order bride his crazy old uncle brought for him. But Mercy tempts him like no other with her unruly long red hair, sunshine smile, and the most alluring eyes he's ever seen. Can he keep his heart barricaded from this dangerous fireball, or are her kisses the master key needed to unlock his heart to a whole new world... Love.

Mercy: Bride of Idaho is available to purchase, or read for FREE if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited!

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Happy Reading on this most fun holiday of the year!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

#HoneyBeaulieu won the Laramie Grand Prize! #CAC17 #western #books


Honey Won the Laramie Grand Prize! 
from Chanticleer Book Reviews
by Jacquie Rogers

I just came back from a productive and fun-filled weekend at the Chanticleer Authors Conference in Bellingham, Washington.  You can't get any farther north without tripping over the Canadian border, so this was definitely an international event.  Especially if you include margaritas and mojitos (pronounced mo-jee-tos--you can ask Sean Dwyer about that).  Wendy Delaney was our pilot and Diane Garland navigated.  I rode along for decoration.  We met our friend Judith Laik at the Bellwether Hotel.

Anytime you're offered a free glass of champagne when you register, you know it's gonna be a good weekend.

Ain't no one gonna touch Honey's champagne, that's for sure.
Did I mention that Honey's first book, Hot Work in Fry Pan Gulch, was shortlisted for the Laramie Award?  Well, it was.  Of course that made me happy but considering this series is a bit hard to categorize and that humor rarely wins any major awards, I came along mostly to meet my friends that I only see once a year, and to take in a few workshops.

Of course, Honey Beaulieu came along with us--she won't let Diane out of her sight.  But then Sassy whined that I never take her anywhere so I relented and said she could go with us.  How was I to know that she'd end up making friends with practically everyone there?  Most of the attendees knew Honey already and she made a few new friends besides, but Sassy was the belle of the ball.  I didn't even know who she was with half the time.  The floozy.

Honey hanging out with Janet Shawgo and her sister Joan.
In the center, Janet's wearing her World War II nurse's uniform.
To the right, Joan wears an 1860s costume.
By the way, Janet and Joan are twins.
Honey and Sassy found a few good-looking men to hang out with, too.

Left: Sean Dwyer with Sassy.  I think Honey's jealous.
Middle: Terry Persun negotiates an argument.  Sassy wanted to wear Honey's hat.
Right: Honey defends the bookseller (Paul) from owlhoots.  Sassy wants peach pie.
You know that awards ceremony they always have on Saturday night?  Well, this one went pretty well in my mind.

Top left: a closeup of the ribbon (because I couldn't resist) and the certificate.
Top right: the Laramie category winners.
Bottom left: The screen with Hot Work in Fry Pan Gulch on it!!!
Bottom right: A very stunned Jacquie and a rather smug Honey
And then it was time for margaritas.  The End. 

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Santa's Bargain Book Shop #SlingWords #HeartsOfOwyhee

Welcome to Santa's Bargain Book Shop! If you're tired of hitting the malls and have already spent way too much money for Christmas, visit Joan Reeves: Santa's Bargain Book Shop for some great deals.

One of them is Much Ado About Miners (Hearts of Owyhee #3).  Only 99¢ until Dec. 10 at 11pm Pacific.  Or read for FREE if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited!