Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Rated 4.83/5 based on 14 reviews
Short Contemporary Romance series. Book One. A sweet romance series. Emma Smith hadn't been straight with her new boss, but he hadn't given her much of a chance to explain. Trapped in her own lies and uncertainties Emma was running in fear of losing her baby.
Deke Travers, oldest son on the 4 Bar None Ranch, needed one thing, his brothers to settle down and get with the business of ranching. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452303451
About Rita Hestand

Thanks for all those who review, it is wonderful to hear from you and given your honest opinions really clarify how you feel about my books, and it is extremely appreciated.

I have an announcement to make. Since authors are being taxed with something called the VAT tax, this means it will cost more to publish our books. So it is time I went up on my prices. Through the years I've always kept my prices low and offered freebies, but times are hard now for us all and I am just now catching up with other authors as to prices, so the 2.99 books will be 3.99. I've temporarily reduced the prices of books like Jodi's Journey, Always Remember, and my western thrillers, Better Off Without Her, Good Dary for a Hanging, and Bad Day for a Killing. Aside from that the book bundles will go up to 5.99. Right now Family Matters is still on sale at ITUNES and will continue to be for a while. Men of the Northwest is now available too..I hope our readers can bear with us while we face another fee we didn't expect. I've never had high prices on my books but I have to allow for this cut on our royalties to survive. I hope you will all understand, it is not our doing. I haven't changed the prices on my children's book yet. I want to see how much it is affected. If necessary I will go up on them, but not unless. Short stories will remain the same too, unless I see a real need for an increase. Just wanted you to know. Thanks for your understanding.

If it's children's books you are interested in, try the Willy Series or Doggie Heroes. I just finished Tanker, the Defender.

I change my covers off an on. If there is an old cover you prefer let me know by writing me at ritahestand@gmail.com. I did go back to one of my earlier versions of Runaway Bride, it just seemed to fit better. Revamped Pretend Mom and Strictly Business. Nick's Baby got a new face too.

I've started a couple of new series. The Red River Valley Brides, and Brides of the West. Both of these series has books out. So look for Heart of a Lady, Last Bride,Last Man is on sale Winning the Bride is released. Brides of the West Series will be my longest series, I plan twelve books, I'm working on book Six right now, Shotgun Bride. This Side of Forever will release this month.Avalanche of the Heart is the last book of the Travers series. It was requested by you, the readers. Hope you enjoy that one too. I have no more free books and the reason is simple. I have offered as many as four free books of new lines and kept them free for quite some time. Now it is time to put a price on them. However, I have put a low price on my box sets that have recently come out. Family Matters is released and selling for $1.99. Family Ranch was just released but the price on that one goes to $5.99. Men of the Northwest is out too. I've reduced the prices of some of my older single books in case you want to pick one of those up and try it. Books like Nick's Baby, Runaway Bride, Pretend Mom, so look for those if you want a bargain.

I have a civil war series coming out soon, it is the story of two twin brothers and their two cousins. Forever in Love, Remember Me, A Rebel's Love, and Plunder My Heart, this is exciting news for me, as I love this era.

Over at CreateSpace you will find that I've put all the mid-grade short stories into one collection, and the adult short stories into another, look for Thinking Time, and Romancing the Short Stories. Also, the Tina series is now available in print in one volume at Create Space.If it's a print book you are looking for, you'll find all my books in print there.

You might have noticed that I have skipped a couple of my books in Red River Valley Brides, but look for Dancing With the Preacherman, and Maggie's Dreams to complete that series soon. The reason for the skip is very simple, some books come slower than others. I write from pure inspiration and sometimes this is frustrating because without the inspiration I can't deliver what I think is a really good read, so I wait until it hits me, so to speak. And it always does, just not always in sequence.

I haven't written many contemporaries lately, but Avalanche of the Heart has been a book in progress for a while, and finally out on the shelves. A new Contemporary series, "the Connor's" is coming your way with Cinderella Nanny Book one of the Connor's.
Also a new cowboy contemporary series "Cowboy Lovin'. ". This will be sometime in the future.

All in all. I've got about twenty books I am working on. So stay tuned, because I am writing full time and working like a bee to get them out to you. I've set a goal of a book a month, and so far it is working pretty well. Since I'm retired now, I have more time to devote to my writing. I'm always in the process of learning too, and doing research for my books.

I'm working on a short novella, Cowboy Angels that should be out this new year too.

In my romances, you will find many different circumstances. This is because we all fall in love differently and I'm trying to cover all the ways.From boy and girl next door, to instant attraction. I've always been a romantic so I spend a lot of time thinking along the lines of "how did you fall in love". There are so many stories this way. I hope you like some of them.

Look around, I've got short stories for adults, and children. I've got historical western romance, I've got contemporary romances. All of them different in some way. Doing many genres is fun and keeps a writers mind fresh I think.

I work on more than one book at a time. How do I keep them straight? Well, as I write I re-read the beginning of the manuscript. This way I can add things I might think of to the story to flesh it out. I also try to catch a lot of errors along the way.

Browse the series books too, you'll get that warm and cozy feeling with the Travers Brothers Series, and discover The Amory's a bunch of rugged men from the north country. There's something for everyone here, including the kids. I hope you stay long enough to sample some, and by all means if you feel like it and you read one of my books or stories, write a review about it. I love hearing from my readers. There's a lot of books in the making these days. So stay tuned.

One another thing I"d like to mention, my books sell at ITUNES, Amazon, Smashwords.com, Kobo Books, and Barnes and Noble, and a few other places. The print books can be bought at Createspace, any time you buy at Createspace, you are helping the author a great deal.

Look for sales off and on, dropping prices on certain books and especially the big sales at Smashwords every year. Books are so much cheaper on sale. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find something of interest. Have a wonderful day!

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Reviews

Review by: Aria on Nov. 06, 2013 :
Good read
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Review by: Casey Weaver on July 09, 2013 :
I loved this book! It is very well written and attention capturing. I could not put it down.
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Review by: Crystal Dawn on March 30, 2013 :
Enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and held my attention all the way through.
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Review by: Katie Burgess on Feb. 11, 2013 :
Really enjoyed reading this book
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Review by: Venisha Robb on Sep. 09, 2012 :
Great book an enjoyable read!
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Review by: Stephanie Hurt on July 16, 2012 : (no rating)
This was a very touching book. It was nice to read a clean romance that kept you riveted. This was my first time reading this authors work, but it got me hooked. Just finished the Travers series. Awesome read.
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Review by: Narlen & Eveline Evans on July 16, 2012 :
Very enjoyable book.
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Review by: Mark Stewart on Feb. 28, 2012 :
A well constructed,written novel. The juxtaposition was inline. An enjoy to read. Well done.
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Review by: Jean MacIntyre on Jan. 22, 2012 :
This is a really great romance story! I also got a hand cramp from my iPod - but it was sooooo worth it!!!
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Review by: judy kay on Nov. 27, 2011 : (no rating)
Great book. Thank you for making this book avalable for us to read. Loved it.
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Review by: Polly Bennett on Oct. 17, 2011 :
Wonderfully written! Great story. Great characters! What more do you need! I'm buying the rest of the series right now!
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Review by: T.M. Johnson on Sep. 14, 2011 :
I loved loved loved this--could not put it down! Even after the awlful hand cramp my IPod gave me!! Thanks for just an awesome book!!
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Review by: Laura on March 29, 2011 :
Wonderful read - loved it!  How Emma was written was wonderfully done.  You could feel every emotion and despair that Emma was feeling and going through. And Deke is a good old fashion cowboy with a soft spot for Emma and Sammie Jo.  He has strong family values and a heart of gold.

Beautifully written!
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Review by: Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery on Feb. 20, 2010 :
She never imagined a big, busy cowboy like Deke Travers sitting in a rocking chair holding a baby, reading a story, and sounding as though he enjoyed every moment of it.
"What? You don't think I had a Mama?" He slanted the baby a weird expression. "Well I did. And she was almost as pretty as yours."
Emma's heart lurched again. What a strange and wonderful combination this man was. The kind of combination a woman could get her heart tangled up with. But, of course not hers. No, she wasn't here for a man. She wasn't looking for a husband.

This is my favorite snippet from Author Rita Hestand’s romantic western, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, from her Travers Brothers Series. To me this little excerpt tells the story of this read. A tough cowboy like Deke Travers, with a marshmallow center, and a woman named Emma who does everything she can not to fall in love with him are definitely my kind of read.

Ms. Hestand did an excellent job with making us feel Emma’s despair and desperation when she “bumped” into Deke and the emotions she felt throughout the story. Sammie Jo is a fun, heart-wrenching addition to the cast. Even the Travers Brothers' father became real to me and is an important part of the story. But Deke, the cowboy who melts over the child, Sammie Jo, captured my heart. A true Texas cowboy.

Once again Ms. Hestand’s knowledge of Texas, ranching, and her understanding of family life and responsibilities comes shining through. Be sure to read this great Travers Brothers Series. (It doesn’t matter the order you read them as they are stand alone novels with interlinking characters and locations.)

I gave this novel five stars for plot, characterizations, and just a darn good read. I am a big fan of Rita's style.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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