Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Hey everyone! The holiday season is upon us! I know--I'm saying "ALREADY?" right along with everyone else. I'm really excited right now because I have several new releases that all just came about at the same time--and let me say, I am THRILLED!

One of my favorite stories that is current is THE DEVIL AND MISS JULIA JACKSON. This was a story that started out as a short story, but I quickly realized there was more to it than that--and luckily, this summer I had a chance of a lifetime to spend several days a week with my 28-year-old son working on our writing projects together--he on his Masters' thesis in Engineering Physics and me on my ongoing writing projects, of which this was one.

A woman with no home…
Beautiful Southern belle Julia Jackson has just been informed she and her niece must find a new home immediately—or else. With no family to turn to in Georgia, Julia takes a mighty gamble and answers an advertisement for a nursemaid in wild Indian Territory—for the child of a man she knows nothing about. Together, she and five-year-old Lauralee waste no time as they flee to the safety of the new position Julia has accepted. She can only hope this move will be the start of a bright future for them away from Lauralee’s dangerous much older half-brother.

A rancher with no heart…
The death of Devlin Campbell’s young daughter has ripped the light from his life. Though the birth of his son, little Jamie, should have been a source of happiness, the subsequent loss of his wife forces Dev to ignore his emotions and trudge through life’s joyless responsibilities. But all that changes with the arrival of Miss Julia Jackson from Atlanta! Not at all what Dev is expecting in response to his ad, his resentment boils over at her failure to mention her tag-along niece—a painful reminder of the loss of his own little girl just two years earlier. Yet, how can he deny the sunshine Julie brings into his drab existence with her very presence?

Can love find a way?
In the depths of Dev’s boundless sorrow and his accompanying anger, is there room in his life for anyone else as Christmas approaches? Can Julie convince him that love is the cure for a broken heart, and hope is the only recipe for a new beginning between THE DEVIL AND MISS JULIA JACKSON…


For the western reader on your Christmas list--or for YOURSELF--try this fantastic anthology of western short stories by a variety of authors--(yep, there's even a Christmas story in there by Big Jim Williams!)

Grab a cup of coffee and settle down into your easy chair to ride the range with some of the most exciting tales of the Old West you’ll find anywhere! This collection is called BEST OF THE WEST for a very good reason—IT IS!

These fourteen stories will have you standing beside lawmen and outlaws as the bullets fly, saddling up some of the best horseflesh to be found West of the Mississippi, and wagering your livelihood on the turn of a card. Tales that include savvy swindles, gunfights, loves lost (and found!), the making of an outlaw and the secret protection of a president will draw you in and hang on tight.

This anthology is bustin’ with acclaimed Western authors such as James Reasoner, Livia J. Washburn, Jackson Lowry, Kit Prate, Charlie Steel, Richard Prosch, Big Jim Williams, Cheryl Pierson, J.L. Guin, Clay More, and David Amendola.
What are you waitin’ for, pardner? You’re burnin’ daylight! Happy trails!


The holidays are a time for SWEET THINGS! Right? Treats AND stories! Here's a collection that will definitely fit the bill--because not only are the stories sweet, this collection is complete with the recipes that are mentioned so that you can make all these scrumptious things for yourself at home! Take a look at SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS!

Christmas in Texas couldn’t be sweeter than these stories of lost love found and new love discovered at the most joyous time of the year! SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS is a boxed set of Christmas novellas that will warm your heart and keep you reading long into the night to see how these couples find their happily-ever-after ending!

With the holiday season in full swing, these western heroes and their ladies come together in a delightful collection of four deliciously sweet Yuletide stories you’re sure to love and remember. Authors Stacey Coverstone, Cheryl Pierson, Sarah McNeal, and Marie Piper have penned these scrumptious Christmas tales just for your reading pleasure, along with a special surprise in each story!

Each of these holiday tales includes a delectable dessert recipe guaranteed to bring an added measure of Christmas sweetness your way! There’s nothing quite like a SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS!


Does anyone love a good mail-order bride story? How about FOUR of them? Take a look at this wonderful set of stories--and these are all full-length BOOKS, not short stories, about the Remington sisters. This set is available for pre-order right this minute, and will magically appear on your Kindle on NOVEMBER 16! Best of all? The entire set is only .99 right now!

Boxed set of four 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.


That does it for my new releases until January, when I'll have an old favorite, FIRE EYES, included in a new boxed set grouping. Christmas is my favorite time of year, but mainly because I always carve out a little bit of time to just sit by the fire and relax with a good book!

Do you have a favorite Christmas historical romance? It seems I've read some that were strictly holiday themed, but the one that sticks in my mind most is A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS by Lisa Kleypas--I loved her "wallflower" series! What's your favorite Christmas romance? I'm starting another TBR list, y'all! Leave a comment and be sure to include your contact info for a chance to win a digital copy of SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS!


  1. I've been watching the sales rankings for these, and they look really good!
    It's wonderful when a short story suddenly becomes a long story.
    I've read all except the Western stories...maybe I can squeeze it in, too.
    I sit in wonder at all the great stories that have come about within our realm of "publishing family." Yes, it's like a family member has succeeded and I couldn't be prouder or happier.
    Makes me wonder what the New Year will bring...more of the good stuff, I'm sure!

    1. I know, Celia. Livia and I talk about this so much--how happy we are to see these books and stories get out there so others can enjoy them. Most writers know, there is not a ton of money in writing--you really have to love it to do it (I kind of laugh when I hear people worrying about someone stealing their ideas--Lord knows, if you don't love your idea enough to keep plugging away at it, that story is never going to be told, so to even think of stealing someone else's makes me just shake my head)

      From Sept. through December is always a busy time of year because the holiday stories have that little window of time to get out there. But I always look forward to it because I love holiday stories so much!

      Here's to 2018!

  2. Well, shoot, y'all--it looks like most of my buy links are not "sticking"--BOO HOO! I hope if you're interested you'll go over to Amazon and snap up a copy of whatever trips your trigger. Sorry about those links--not sure what happened.

  3. Whew! That's a lot of good reading right there. Just in time for some winter reading, too. The only one I've yet to buy is BEST OF THE WEST. This has been a terrific and successful set of books and I am happy for every author in these books, including me of course. LOL

    1. Well, darn it, Sarah, Best of the West was on sale for only .99 when we had our sale last week. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you do get Best of the West and enjoy it!

  4. So many lovely stories, so not enough time. But I agree about your comment, Cheryl....one writes because one loves to write. If there's money in it, well, that's a bonus. I have missed writing where I can escape into another world and where I am in charge (the writer). Please keep the pen flowing, the keys tapping.

    1. Elizabeth, there is no way I could ever stop writing--I'm sure you feel the same--because even when I have days that go by that I can't sit down and actually write, I never stop thinking about plots, characters, ideas, on and on. The older I get, the more I seem to wake up in the night with stuff like this on my brain and it's HARD to get back to sleep. LOL I look forward to your 2018 release! And more to come!

  5. Elizabeth! You are my winner for SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS! Write to me at fabkat_edit@yahoo.com to claim your digital copy of this Christmas anthology--I know you'll love it!

  6. I'm jealous of all my friends who have sons and go on writing retreats with them. Another friend goes with hers to a place in Georgia on a lake every autumn. She gets lots of writing done in a fabulous little cabin with the most amazing view. I wanna run away, too!

    Best of luck with your books. I'm writing next years Xmas story and thinking it's too long! I did that exact same thing last year and that book will come out this spring.

    1. E, my son is a lot like me--we both like to work with someone else in the room--not for conversation, necessarily, it just helps us think better. LOL I don't know why that is. Anyhow, I knew he had to get that thesis done, and I had a book I had to get done, so we made a deal to meet as many times a week as we could over the summer and work together and that's what we did. SUCCESS! Thesis was completed and defended on my birthday (couldn't have asked for a better present!) and I finished my book which I probably never would have done in such a short time otherwise. I'm a very slow writer. Love my kids and especially was so glad to have time with my son like that. It was one very special summer.


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