Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Hi everyone! I wanted to shout the news about Prairie Rose Publications' latest anthology, Hearts and Spurs, now available! We've had incredible luck with these anthologies and have put a call out for short stories for some summer anthologies we've got in the works right now. If any one is interested in submitting a story for "Lassoing a Mail Order Bride" (Sweet/sensual) or "Lassoing a Groom" (Sweet/Sensual) we still have some openings, but they're filling fast. Email me at prairierosepublications@yahoo.com

Now, here's a peek into HEARTS AND SPURS!

How do you capture a cowboy's heart? Hearts and Spurs is a collection of nine stories by some of western romance’s best—just in time for Valentine's Day! Following up their Christmas collection Wishing for a Cowboy, these ladies have done it again with new stories of handsome cowboys and the women who captivate them in Hearts and Spurs.

The Widow's Heart by Linda Broday

Skye O’Rourke thinks her imagination is playing tricks on her when she sees a man emerge from the shimmering desert heat. No one would willingly take a stroll under the scorching sun with a saddle slung on his back. She’s shocked to discover it’s Cade Coltrain, a man she once gave her heart to only to have him give it back.

Can she trust him not to abandon her this time? Yet, trusting each other is the only way they can survive. And love might just save them if they believe…

Guarding Her Heart by Livia J. Washburn

Julia Courtland was on her way west to marry a man she had never met. Henry Everett, the marshal of Flat Rock, Texas, was the grandson of her uncle's best friend. It seemed like a good match for both of them, and the wedding was scheduled to take place on Valentine's Day.

Grant Stafford thought the young woman who got on the stagecoach at Buffalo Springs was the prettiest thing he had seen in a long time. She wasn't too friendly, mind you, but she was sure easy on the eyes. Not that Grant had time to worry much about such things. He was the shotgun guard on this run, but more than that, he was an undercover Texas Ranger on the trail of the vicious outlaw gang responsible for a string of stagecoach robberies.

Fate threw Julia Courtland and Grant Stafford together on a cold February day in West Texas, but it also threw deadly obstacles in their path. A runaway team, a terrible crash, and bullets flying through the air threaten to steal not only their lives but also any chance they have for happiness. If they're going to survive, they will have to learn to trust each other...and maybe steal their hearts back from fate.


Found Hearts by Cheryl Pierson

Southern belle Evie Fremont has lost everything — except hope. When she answers an advertisement for marriage to Alex Cameron who lives in the wilds of Indian Territory, she has few illusions that he could be a man she might fall in love with — especially as his secrets begin to unfold.

Ex-Confederate soldier Alex Cameron needs a mother for his two young half-Cherokee sons more than he needs a wife — or so he tells himself. But when his past threatens his future on his wedding day, he and Evie are both forced to acknowledge their new love has come to stay — along with their Found Hearts.

Open Hearts by Tanya Hanson

To honor her brother’s last request, Barbara Audiss takes on his identity. Letting loose her secret will land get her arrested. But keeping it prevents her from giving her heart to handsome sheriff Keith Rakestraw.

Furious at “Judge Audiss’s” latest verdict, Keith discovers she’s a fake and consequences seem easy: toss her in jail. Instead, he finds himself eager to give her his heart.

Hollow Heart by Sarah J. McNeal

Madeline Andrews is a grown up orphan. Sam Wilding made her feel part of his life, his family and swore he’d come home to her when the war ended, but he didn’t return. With the Valentine’s Ball just days away, the Wildings encourage Madeline to move forward with her life and open her heart to the possibilities. But Madeline is lost in old love letters and can’t seem to let go.

A Flare of the Heart by Jacquie Rogers

Celia Valentine Yancey has no illusions she’ll ever enjoy wedded bliss, so chooses marriage over spinsterhood even if she has to marry a man her father picked. On the way to meet her groom, she endures armed robbery, a stagecoach wreck, a dozen hungry baby pigs — and an incorrigible farmer.

Ross Flaherty retired from bounty hunting to become a farmer but now Celia has brought his worst fear to his door — in more ways than one. A ferocious wolf-dog and a dozen piglets are no match for this determined lady.

Which is more dangerous — the Sully Gang or Miss Celia Yancey?

Coming Home by Tracy Garrett

Sometimes it takes two to make dreams come true.

When a man who believes he’ll never have a home and family…

Former U.S. Marshal Jericho Hawken should have been shepherding a wagon train to new territory, but he unwillingly left them vulnerable to a vicious raider. The murder of the settlers he was supposed to be guarding is the hardest thing he’s ever had to face…until he meets the sister of one of the settlers.

…finds a woman who has lost everything…

Instead of a joyous reunion with her brother, Maryland Henry has come to River’s Bend to take responsibility for her three orphaned nieces. Fired from her teaching position and with no other family on whom to rely, Mary believes Jericho Hawken is responsible for all her woes. Or is he what she’s been searching for all along?

It takes a lot of forgiveness and a few fireworks to realize that together their dreams can come true.

Tumbleweeds and Valentines by Phyliss Miranda

When Amanda Love finds a tumbleweed lodged against her fence with an invitation to a Valentine Day dance stuck to it she thinks someone must be playing a joke. No one would invite her. No one ever had. Besides, she has no time for such things. She has a candy store to run. Curiosity gets the best of her though. Finding her name scrawled on it as bold as can be sends ripples of surprise through her. As she embarks on a quest to find the sender’s identity, she examines herself and the secret dream she harbors of having a husband and children.

Maybe, just maybe, someone had seen the yearning in her heart. But who?

The Second-Best Ranger in Texas by Kathleen Rice Adams

His partner’s grisly death destroyed Texas Ranger Quinn Barclay. Cashiered for drunkenness and refusal to follow orders, he sets out to fulfill his partner’s dying request, armed only with a saloon girl’s name.

Sister María Tomás thought she wanted to become a nun, but five years as a postulant have convinced her childhood dreams aren’t always meant to be. At last ready to relinquish the temporary vows she never should have made, she begs the only man she trusts to collect her from a mission in the middle of nowhere.

When the ex-Ranger’s quest collides with the ex-nun’s plea in a burned-out border town, unexpected love blooms among shared memories of the dead man who was a brother to them both.

Too bad he was also the only man who could have warned them about the carnage to come.

I hope you've enjoyed this peek into HEARTS AND SPURS today! I'm giving away a digital copy of the book to one lucky commenter. If you can't wait to see if you won, hustle on over to Amazon and pick up a print or Kindle copy there. (Or any retailer of your choice.)




  1. It was a great honor and joy, participating in this anthology, Prairie Rose. Thanks, Cheryl and Livia.

  2. Thanks, Tanya! I always enjoy your stories so much. I'm so glad you joined us in Wishing For a Cowboy and Hearts and Spurs!

  3. Whoa! Sneaked up on me with this post, Okie. :-D

    Let me echo Tanya's sentiment: What an honor and joy it was to participate in this anthology with such a lovely group of women, all of whom are incredibly talented storytellers -- and delightful people, to boot! I'm looking forward to the summer anthologies. The way the stories get better in each book, I can't wait to see what everyone cooks up for those. :-)

  4. Hi, all--I finished Hearts and Spurs last night and just now put a review up on Amazon. I hope you all like it! Feel free to use it--parts or a line--in your promotions.
    Very well done, and congratulations to all of you.
    I do like the collage, too.

  5. This looks like another winner. The stories are the happily ever afters I like, with a cowboy!

    Best wishes, Maggie

  6. This anthology was so much fun. I'm already working on the Lassoing a Bride anthology for the summer anthology.I don't know about the other authors, but I've been busy as heck since PRP got started. I don't want to get left out. LOL
    I feel honored to be among such talented authors.
    A little shout-out and a thank you to Celia Yeary for writing a review on Amazon. Celia, I really wish you'd write a story for one of these anthologies.

  7. Kathleen, I'm so glad you are with us and your stories add so much to the anthologies! I have just fallen in love with both the men you've created, and the women, too--which is sometimes hard for me, I admit. But you pulled it off!

    Yes, I'm excited, too, to see what is coming for the summer anthologies from everyone. YEE HAW!!!

  8. Celia, thanks so much for doing a review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and look forward to seeing one of your stories in an anthology of ours in the future!
    Thank you, dear friend!

  9. Maggie, thank you for popping over. I love HEAs too--I want to escape and imagine everyone having a good life in my "cowboy world". LOL

  10. Sarah, we are GLAD to keep you busy! That's what needs to happen in writing--encouragement and productivity. I miss my writing time right now, but am seeing light at the end of the tunnel, so might be able to get back to it SOON. Love your stories, and your Wilding family. You do a super job with those characters, and they're all so real.

  11. Sounds like a fun anthology! Best of luck to you all. :)

  12. This sounds so good. I would love to have it.

  13. Writing stories for PRP has been a real pleasure, especially being associated with such talented authors. I loved reading all the stories in both Hearts and Spurs and Wishing for a Cowboy, and I can hardly wait to see what the summer anthologies bring. Congrats to PRP and the authors, too, for the single titles already released. You and Livia have been busy!

  14. Hi Ella! We have had the best time ever putting these anthologies together! Thanks so much for your kinds words.

  15. Hi Connie! So good to see you here! If you get a chance, I hope you'll stop back by and leave your contact information in case I pull your name out of the hat!

  16. Hi Jacquie,
    Yes, we sure have! But it is so worth it to see the wonderful "end results" we are achieving. We're so glad you decided to join us at PRP! I'm like you--can't wait to see what the summer anthologies will bring.

  17. This is my favorite anthology EVER! Loved each story, and would love them any time of year. Well done, ladies.

  18. Caroline! Be still my heart! Did you really say, "EVER"??????? If you were here right now I would give you a big ol' hug around the neck! Thank you so much for such a great compliment! We would love to see that in a review!!!!
    (no pressure or anything...)

  19. MY WINNER IS...


    Congratulations, Maggie! Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting.



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