Blog Host Request – #BookLaunch – Jagged Feathers #NewRelease #RomanticSuspense

Hello, fellow bloggers! I am excited and getting revved up, ready to launch Jagged Feathers on February 1st, and am looking for a few blog tour hosts.

I’ve listed all available dates below. If any of these would work for you to host me, I would be most grateful! I will provide all the blog content, and if you know me at all, you know I will interact with each comment on the blog, as well as share it everywhere.

**ALL THE DATES ARE NOW FILLED. I CAN GO OVER INTO MARCH A FEW DAYS IF NEEDED.** THANK YOU!!

  • Feb 8 Marcia Meara
  • Feb 11 Darlene Foster
  • Feb 15 Robbie Cheadle
  • Feb 17 Mary Morgan
  • Feb 18 Karen Ingalls
  • Feb 22 Aurora Jean Alexander
  • Feb 23 Jacquie Biggar
  • Feb 25 Pat Garcia
  • Feb 28 Erika Kind
  • March 1 Robert Fear

You can leave your date preference in the comments or contact me directly at rijan21@gmail.com.

For this tour, I’ve upgraded from the train and gypsy wagon. I needed something more streamlined and efficient, so I’ve commandeered this jet.

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – New Book on the Shelves -#Preorder – #Military #Romance – Jagged Feathers (The White Rune Series Book 2) by Jan Sikes

Sally Cronin is featuring my upcoming release, Jagged Feathers, on her blog today! Please head over and share!

It is available for Pre-Order HERE.

And if you want to enter to win a copy, click HERE!

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Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Jan Sikes, a military romance, Jagged Feathers (The White Rune Series Book 2) On Pre-Order for January 31st 2022

About the book

Vann Noble did his duty. He served his country and returned a shell of a man, wounded inside and out. With a missing limb and battling PTSD, he seeks healing in an isolated cabin outside a small Texas town with a stray dog that sees beyond his master’s scars. If only the white rune’s magic can bring a happily ever after to a man as broken as Vann.

On the run from hired killers and struggling to make sense of her unexplained deadly mission, Nakina Bird seeks refuge in Vann’s cabin. She has secrets. Secrets that can get them all killed.

A ticking clock and long odds of living or dying, create jarring risks.
Will these two…

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#NewRelease! A Hero’s Heart @AmberDaulton1 #Romance #RomanticSuspense

Fellow Wild Rose Press author, Amber Daulton, has a new release that I am super thrilled to show you! This sounds like a compelling read. But I’ll let her tell you about it!

About the book:

Lies. Betrayal. A million-dollar bounty. After an undercover mission goes awry, DEA agent Jarrett Brandt hides out in the last place he wants to be—his hometown. Now he’s stuck with his judgmental parents and the memory of his perfect brother hanging over his head. His one bright light? Marissa Reinn Brandt—his high school sweetheart and former sister-in-law. Marissa lost Jarrett once before. No way will she let him back in; then her son offers him their guestroom. His wicked charm and smoldering stares are hard to resist, but she’ll make him work to reclaim his spot in her bed. When his enemies close in, how will Jarrett keep Marissa and her son safe, or will he lose his shot at redemption? Want to find out how this second-chance couple will keep strong when Jarrett’s past follows him home? This sexy, roller-coaster ride of a novella will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Excerpt:

Marissa grabbed her plate and headed to the kitchen. How would she get through this? Better yet, how would she console her son when Jarrett left? Footsteps resounded softly behind her. The hair on her nape rose. She stuffed her plate in the trashcan and scowled at the source of her problems.

“I’m sorry. If staying here will be an inconvenience, I’ll tell Jason I can’t.”

“He’ll blame me.”

“No, I’ll say I have to go back to San Francisco for work or Montana for the ski trip. He’ll understand.”

She barked a laugh. “Have you lost your mind? He’ll scream and beg you to stay. Once you leave, he’ll cry for hours.”

“Marissa, what do you want from me? I can’t stay forever. I don’t want to hurt him—or you—I swear it, but I will leave. It’s only a matter of when, not if.”

She grasped the counter to keep steady. “I know that. Jason and I are not good enough reasons for you to give up the life you’ve built in California, and I would never ask it. I’ll understand when you go, but Jason won’t, not that it’s any of your concern. I’ll deal with his pain when the time comes.”

He cursed. “You sure know how to make a man feel like shit.”

“That’s not my intention.”

“Doesn’t change the facts.” He grabbed his phone from his pants pocket. “Am I staying here or not?”

If only she could toss him out on his ass. “You’re staying.”

“Okay. I’ll call my boss and let him know your address.”

“Fine. I’ll show you to the guestroom when you’re ready.”

“Thank you, Marissa. I appreciate it.”

She fisted her hands. “Thank Jason.”

With that, he left the kitchen.

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About the author:

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through Daulton Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.

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Wreck of the Lanternfish – #NewRelease from C.S. Boyack! @virgilante

I am SO excited to share my blog space with C.S. Boyack today! He has a brand new release, the final book in the epic high-seas fantasy trilogy. I have read both the Voyage of The Lanternfish and the HMS Lanternfish and highly recommend them! I am currently knee-deep into the Wreck of The Lanternfish and again, highly recommend this entire series! I also recommend you start with book 1, then devour the entire series! Think of it as binge-watching a riveting Netflix series. 🙂 Seriously, these three books would make a fabulous Netflix series. Maybe someday!

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Thank you for letting me borrow your space today, Jan. I have a new book out called Wreck of the Lanternfish. This is the concluding volume of the Lanternfish Trilogy. Unlike my other series, this one almost has to be read in order.

Today, I want to talk about one of the more popular characters in the books. Serang has evolved into a co-main character. She was raised in a monastery system by monks who taught her to read and write, and also fight like a Kung Fu master.

She found herself in charge of a disgraced army of warriors from the country of Giapon. In the last volume, they were inserted into the war between Hollish and Prelonia with the sole mission of finding the mysterious Fulminites and destroying them if possible.

The Fulminites are no pushovers, their members make up the Black Assassins as well as the exploding monks. They are the real power behind the Hollish throne and the driving force behind the war.

Serang’s warriors are mistrusted by both sides, including the one they’re supporting. They’re so different than anything this continent has seen. From their Eastern features and dress, to their way of fighting and warfare. This part of the world has never seen anything like them.

To fulfill her captain’s orders, Serang will have to cross the wilderness and avoid anyone who might mistrust or betray them. She’s also going to have to face the ghosts of her own past, of the purging of the temple system that made her an outlaw in the first place.

Perform your morning meditations and stretches. Sharpen up your guandao, and join Serang as she hunts the Fulminites in ‘Wreck of the Lanternfish.’

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Blurb:

James Cuttler created a peaceful spot for he and his wife to settle down. Far from the war that ravages their homeland, far from the reputation he earned as the notorious pirate Captain Bloodwater, and far from responsibility.

A royal Prelonian houseguest is a constant reminder of what’s at stake half a world away, of the friends he put ashore to fight the war. He lives in a dream world that’s temporary, at best. It’s only a matter of time before his guest is identified and the black assassins come for her.

He mortgages his precious vineyard to pay for repairs to his ship. If nothing else, Lanternfish will be one of the most powerful ships in the war, if he’s not already too late.

James will have to merge the skills of commander and con man into something new to make this work. He’ll need to avoid those on his own side who would hang him for piracy.

Serang is half a world away, leading her army of mercenary swordsmen toward the Fulminites. Mistrusted by both sides of the war, she appears as a third combatant on the battlefield. She may eliminate the mysterious order, only to succumb to the demons of her own tragic past.

Strap on your swords and hoist the colors one more time as the thrilling Lanternfish Trilogy comes to an end.

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Welcome to Day 8 of The HYPE Blog Tour @YvetteMCalleiro #Hype #NewRelease #BookPromo #YAFiction @YvetteMCalleiro

I am thrilled to welcome my friend and fellow author, Yvette Calleiro, to my blog today. She has a brand new YA book out that deals with some pretty tough social issues. But I’ll let her tell you about it.

GIVEAWAY:  3 e-book copies of HYPE!

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On Writing a Foreword

I first wrote Hype about ten years ago. It was the second book I had ever written, and it needed major revising (not that I knew it at the time). I tried to get it traditionally published and was not successful, but one publisher did provide me with a few suggestions on ways to improve the story. Hype took a spot on the forgotten shelf for the next decade as I wrote my Diasodz series. Ignored but not forgotten. I knew Cici’s story had to be shared, but I wanted to make sure it was well-received when I gave it to the world.

When I finally decided to revise the story, I felt it was missing an introduction of sorts. When the reader first meets Cici, she has quite an intense personality. She’s quite sure of herself and doesn’t hold anything back. Her voice is strong with a splash of attitude (maybe more than a splash). Some readers may be turned off by such a strong character, and I didn’t want a reader to put the book down before they got to know the real her.

Nowadays, readers want the action to happen on page one, but this story builds up to horrors a bit more slowly. So, a foreword made sense to me. I chose to introduce Cici as a grown adult through an introductory letter. Here it is:

Dear reader,

Time is constantly progressing. It stops for no one. It doesn’t slow for one to further enjoy a moment, nor does it quicken to allow one to forget a difficult time. It treks along on its own constant path, oblivious to our requests.

As with time, our lives are always moving forward. And with time comes experiences that forever shape the people who we are. Every moment, every minute, and every second carries with it a choice that affects which path we will follow. It molds the person we become.

People do not stand before you now without being a collection of their past experiences and the choices they made as a result of those moments. To truly understand someone, you must open yourself up to understand the particles of time that have formed a person’s soul.

It is with these words I find the courage to share with you my story. I am whole today, but there was a time when I was broken. To truly understand, you must understand my story from the girl I once was before my path was forever changed.

Do not ridicule my innocence. Do not mock my naivety. Try not to judge me, like I judged others. Allow my voice to integrate into your mind without prejudice so you can truly hear my story. Then maybe you will understand.

Sincerely,

Cecilia M. Gonzalez

My hope is that this will allow the readers to accept Cici as she is in her teen years, flaws and all. The voice in this letter does not match the voice in chapter one. Cici is living a great life when the story opens. As her life falls apart, her voice will change because tragedy changes all parts of a person, including her voice.

This is my first book with a foreword. My other works do not have one. I’m not sure I’d write one again, but for this story, it doesn’t feel complete without it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on using a foreword to introduce a story. Do you appreciate them or do you tend to skip right over them?

To follow along with the rest of the Hype tour, please visit the author’s blog. Thanks for supporting Yvette M Calleiro and her work!

Yvette Calleiro

Author Bio:

Yvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). When she’s living among real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a middle school Reading and Language Arts teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over twenty years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.

Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her incredible son who has embraced her love for paranormal and adventurous stories. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.

Amazon Links:

Hype – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09L7BFNXG

The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 1) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I4L2Q40

The One Enlightened (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 2) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R0QI51I

The One Betrayed (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 3) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0191O1892

The One Revealed (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 4) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NBKJHIO

The One Awakened (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 5) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0781WT73J

The One Chosen – A Diasodz Short Story – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0986Q6P1D

Breathless – A Short Story – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BLVDHQX

Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/Yvette-M-Calleiro/e/B00I4RJMUU

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Release Day! Mountain Laurel Christmas! #ShortStory #ChristmasStory #CountryMusic

I am SO super excited that release day is finally here for Mountain Laurel Christmas!

I want to offer a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who pre-ordered! It should now be on your reading device.

Since I am on a tight budget with Christmas so close at hand, I was fortunate to find the owner of this Gypsy wagon who allowed me to put some advertising on the side of it while we tour.

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So, hang on for a ride. This is going to be a fun tour and I hope you’ll join in on each stop!

There will be a Giveaway!

To enter, follow along on the tour, purchase the book, comment and share everywhere!

The prize: $20 Amazon Gift Card

Now for a little about this story!

A man with three names is deeply embroiled in a struggle within himself. He should be on top of the world. After all, he’s living his dream of making it big in the music business. But instead, he’s drowning and dying inside. A heavy blanket of guilt is his constant companion. He’s failed his family and himself.

Everyone has to find redemption in their own way and that is exactly what Cole Knight (aka Andy Roberts aka Norbert Angus Anderson) must do. So, journey with him on his quest…

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Orphaned, his family torn apart by tragedy, Cole Knight has come a long way from a ramshackle miner’s cabin on the side of the Cumberland Mountain.

Daring to follow an impossible dream, he’s made it big in the music business. Now, he’s a country music sensation with a huge house, fancy cars, plenty of willing women, money, and adoring fans. He should be on top of the world. Instead, he’s drowning in a swirling pool of self-contempt and relentless guilt.

It’s easier to lose himself in a bottle than face the hard truth…he hasn’t delivered on a promise he made to his father.

It’s almost Christmas, and the sting of failure drives him back to that tiny cabin in the mountains. But has he waited too late to put the shattered pieces back together—to find himself and restore a lost family? 

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11-29-21 D.L. FINN

11-30-21 HARMONY KENT

12-1-21 STACI TROILO

12-2-21 JOAN HALL

12-6-21 D. WALLACE PEACH

12-7-21 MAE CLAIR

12-8-21 JOHN HOWELL

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#SundaySpotlight – The Christmas Album @randymoorehwy59 Randy C Moore #Christmas #Music

It is not often that someone creates a new album of Christmas music that is refreshing and exciting. But Randy C. Moore has accomplished that with his new release he entitled simply, The Christmas Album by Randy C. Moore.

So what can be different about Christmas music? I’ll tell you.

It is the perfect eclectic mix of new and old songs. The album begins with “All I Want for Christmas.” Never before have the words been more relevant than the present day. “All I want for Christmas is peace….” Yep! Me too, Randy!

“Born in a Barn,” is an original by Moore and it is reflective and poignant. A beautiful melody and compelling lyrics make it an easy favorite. “The shepherds and wise men followed his star. They never thought he’d be born in a barn. Oh, the King of all Kings was born in a barn…”

A story song, “A Christmas Day in Memphis” tells of the never-ending heartache of missed love. “So I turn my back, my collar slowly to the wind, try to make it through another cold December day again. Oh, I could flood that Mississippi if I let go of the tears I want to cry. It might be easier to die. When I think about all the things I’m missing on a Christmas day in Memphis…”

Originally a poem penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1860, “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day,” is a traditional song. But Moore adds “Ode to Joy” chimes and a vintage 1960’s groove to tell the story. It’s just beautifully done.

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“I’ll Be Home Next Year” is another original tune from Moore. Taking elements from Moore’s own father’s letters written from overseas military duty, the song builds to a conclusion that brings our hero home for Christmas, but not in the way that we might have wanted it to. “She gazed upon the little card shining in her hand and she read the promise that he wrote one Christmas Eve ago. Next year I’ll be home for Christmas. Next year, you can plan on me. When you think of me this year, fill your heart with Christmas cheer…”

Taking a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the season, “Is This all that Christmas Means?” cuts to the chase. The song begs to ask the question, “have we lost our way to the meaning of Christmas?” The lyrics clearly illustrate how somewhere we’ve lost sight of the true message. Randy’s wish is to lift the heavy load off of Christmas and make it a time of peace on earth. He says, “Skip Black Friday, it’s only gonna let you down, folks.” Yep, I agree with you again, Randy!

On the traditional “Silver Bells,” written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, Moore brings the song to life as a tribute to his mother, Evelyn. It was her favorite song.

”Stille Nacht, Silent Night” was composed as a Christmas carol by Franz Xaver Gruber in Austria for a Christmas Eve service in 1818. Moore’s arrangement mixes traditional Austrian/German singing with English. I cannot tell you how much this version moved me.

Just when I’m settling into the flow of traditional Christmas music, Moore takes it in an entirely different direction with a rocking “There Ain’t No Santa Clause.” Through the lyrics of this song, he gives a vast amount of substantial evidence to prove the existence of Saint Nicholas. “Well, all I really know is he left me this guitar, so I never will believe there ain’t no Santa Clause…”

Another classic, “The Little Drummer Boy” is the well-known tale of a poor child who wants to give the Christ child a gift at the Nativity. But all he has is a little drum. Moore’s arrangement of the song puts the drum beat front and center, emphasizing its importance. The video below is four years old, but it gives you a glimpse at the richness of Randy C. Moore’s voice.

So, if you are looking for some new Christmas music for the Holiday season, this album is a great choice.

You can purchase a hard copy of the album directly through Randy.

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#SundaySpotlight – Riverside – @GuthrieKennard #NewRelease RIVERSIDE

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It has been such a long time since I’ve had a Sunday Spotlight post, and I am super excited to share this new CD release from Guthrie Kennard with you!

From the first time I met Guthrie at a songwriter swap, I fell in love with the raw honesty of his music. We have become great friends.

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And now Guthrie has a new album out! And it’s fantastic from start to finish!

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Guthrie started his music career at the age of 14. He has played with music greats like Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Doyle Bramhall, Sr. on Bird Records, and opened for numerous national touring acts, including Robin Trower, John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, and Donovan. He toured Europe with Grammy winner Marc Benno and co-wrote “Laverne” on Benno’s album Snake Charmer. 

He is deeply immersed in Delta Blues and funk music, and this new album is a fine showcase of just how deep!

The CD opens with “Tremelo Rain,” written by Kennard and 8 Ball Aitken. While the song is a little too long for radio airplay at 4 minutes 18 seconds, it tells such a big story. “Mr. Tom is a shady cat down on Bourbon Street. He’ll pick your pockets, steal your watch and go gambling on a Riverboat Queen…” Of course, that’s just the beginning of the story. It unfolds throughout the song.

You’ll find a lot of Louisiana flavor in Guthrie’s songs. When asked about that, he replied, “I played music down in Louisana for many years and their music, as well as their culture, always resonated with me. I guess that’s why I bring it into a lot of my songs.”

Well, I have to agree with Guthrie, I too love Louisiana bayou music!

The intro to “Steel & Wood” sets the mood with a slide guitar riff.

It is impossible to listen to “Miss Honey” and not tap your foot or shake your booty! See for yourself!

The title track, “Riverside” is sinister and perfect for the spooky Halloween season. “Ain’t nobody here ever survives. Nobody crosses Riverside…Wham bam another man down. Wham bam blood on the ground…”

Another favorite of mine on this album is “Mama’s Cookin’.” A slice of life told with a raw funkiness that makes you hungry.

“Two Dollars Down” is another story song set in the old Storyville prostitute district in New Orleans in the 1800s. “Two dollars down, boy, will keep you satisfied…”

If I was forced to pick only one song from this CD as my number one choice, it would hands-down be “Across The River.” It is poignant and laced with so many paradoxes. The melody, lyrics, harmonica, and Guthrie’s signature guitar roll create an atmospheric song that moves me. “So, pick me up in the morning, take me for a ride, on the road outside of Richmond across the river to the other side. And I sing hallelujah, hallelujah…”

The album ends with “Rustle in the Corn.”

From start to finish, this is a CD I will listen to over and again. Guthrie does not shy away from his truth. With a raspy voice and unique funkiness, there is no one like him. The album is produced, engineered, and mastered by Ryan Tharp, who is a phenomenal guitarist.

I hope this piques your interest enough to head over and download some of his music. I know he will appreciate it from the bottom of his heart!

Thank you, Guthrie, for giving us another album filled with awesome music!

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Descent Into Ulthoa by Gordon Bonnet @TalesOfWhoa @MotinaBooks #NewRelease #Mystery #Horror #SciFi

I recently became acquainted with this author and find him to be not only a prolific writer but a super creative human. He has a brand new release, Descent Into Ulthoa, that I’m excited to share with you today. But, I’m going to let him tell you about it. Take it away, Gordon!

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Thank you, Jan, for letting me visit your blog to tell your readers about my new book.

Is solving a mystery always worth the cost?

Ten years ago, a man and his girlfriend went into the woods at the end of Claver Road on what was supposed to be a weekend’s camping trip, and never returned. Police combed the area, but nothing was found except for his car, abandoned where they’d parked it. It seemed like Brad Ellicott and Cara Marshall had been swallowed by the silent, brooding forest, leaving not a trace of what had happened or nor any clues as to where they went.

His identical twin brother, left to mourn his loss, has spent the last decade unable to let go of his grief, to accept that Brad and Cara are gone forever. Based on sinister hints from a few of the older residents of the quaint, picture-postcard village of Guildford, New York, only fifteen miles from where the woods start, he discovers that there might be more to the story than the disappearance of a couple of hikers. The forest the locals call Devil’s Glen has had an evil reputation for well over a century, and his brother and his girlfriend are not the first people to defy the warnings and brave the shadows under the trees—nor the first to vanish there.

Becoming obsessed with discovering what happened to his brother, he delves deeper and deeper into the mystery that lies beyond the end of Claver Road, and he uncovers a terrifying truth that challenges everything he believes. Is the knowledge worth the cost? And will he get the answers he needs before the forest claims him as its next victim?

Inspired by the classic fiction of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, Descent into Ulthoa brings you on a journey into a world of atmospheric horror.  Full of twists and turns, this book will draw you down a dark path where you truly will never be able to anticipate what’s around the next bend.

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Author, Gordon Bonnet

The author, Gordon Bonnet, has lived in upstate New York—near a village bearing a marked resemblance to Guildford—for thirty years, where he taught science and critical thinking in a rural high school.  When he’s not writing, he usually can be found running, playing music, making pottery, or playing with his dogs.

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The Texans Favor – #NewRelease @dk_deters #WesternRomance @NetGalley @WildRosePress

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and Wild Rose Press. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

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Jake Fontaine, a Texas Ranger, is hot on the trail of the vicious outlaw, Grizzly Duvall, when everything goes wrong.

Kat Collins is hellbent on escaping from her abusive uncle when she witnesses the ambush that will end the lawman’s life. She makes a rash decision to fire at the attackers and her actions save him.

Now, Jake is obligated. But because she’s dressed like a boy, he doesn’t realize she’s a woman until her hat falls off and her braid tumbles out. His Texas code of ethics won’t allow him to leave a woman alone in the wilds of Kansas. Frustrated that this new turn of events causes him to lose the outlaw he is so determined to capture, he offers to accompany her to the ferry that will take her across the river to St. Louis.

Kat is strongly independent. She needs no one. She will make it to St. Louis and start a new life as a seamstress. So, when Jake insists on accompanying her, she makes it clear she does not need his help.

Thus begins a tumultuous relationship. Each struggles to deny any attraction they feel.

Things go sideways when Kat’s uncle catches up to the pair and forces Jake to marry her. After all her uncle is a judge and the marriage is legal and binding. For me, this part of the story was not believable. That a man would go to all the trouble to track down his niece, then not force her to return with him seemed a little far-fetched.

But now they’re married and when one night of passion brings them together, maybe they are going to work out their differences after all.

Not the case. While Jake is sleeping, Kat sneaks away, taking his horse with her.

Throughout the rest of the story, Kat is running and Jake is pursuing and each time they meet up, their relationship switches from cold to hot in seconds.

The story ramps up when Jake’s grandfather goes to St. Louis to find Kat and get her out of his grandson’s life forever. But instead, in five short weeks, he falls in love with the woman who has given birth to his great-granddaughter and on his dying bed, wills the ranch in Texas to her.

Now things get really complicated. Jake is betrothed to another. He has no idea he has a daughter.

He and Kat are like oil and water. I grew a little frustrated with both of them at different times during the story when they lied to each other and danced around the truth over and over.

However, the story does culminate into an action-filled shoot-out and happy ending.

If not for the frustration I felt while reading the story, and a couple of plot twists that were not believable, this would be a five-star read for me. However, I give it a four-star rating.

If you enjoy westerns, and tumultuous romances, you would enjoy this story.