Rita Hestand

Biography

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.

The new news is I am doing audios now, so starting with the children's books and short stories you will soon be able to find them on your favorite audio sites. Look for them. Look for them very soon. Audible.com

If it's children's books you are interested in, try the Willy Series or Doggie Heroes. I just finished Tanker, the Defender. All my children's books and stories are at Audible and you won't believe how it brings them to life. Anna Caudle does the Willy Series and her voices are to die for, you can picture all the farm animals by her voice. Then Laura Stansell does the entire Tina Series, and it makes a big difference because suddenly the kids are somebody and you can hear the excitement in their voices. Halloween Witness is a killer, you will love this one. The Far Side Of Lonesome is so memorable. And wait until you hear the Western Serial Killer book, Good Day for a Hanging, an entire book done by Todd Waites. So much talent on Audible.com

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. But my bride series and most all my covers are done by Sheri L McGathy. She is great. She has done my Brides of the West and Red River Valley Bride Series. She has a lot of pre-mades on her site, so check her out. Her new site is located at coverdesign.sherimcgathy.com

Just finished A Promised Heart. This is Book 4 of the Dream Catcher Series, and quite sensual, adults only. Only one more book to finish in Red River Valley Brides, Maggie's Dreams, but it will be a while before that one comes out. Right now I'm working on Where Ever My Heart Roams, and In the Arms of an Angel. Also I have a historical series I'm working on, just finished, Forever in Love, so that is out on the market now. Hope you enjoy those too. Heart of a Lady and Heart of a Family are now free books. Take advantage of that. You can now get the second box set for Brides of the West series, books 5-8.

Speaking of covers, I revamped a couple more. Along Came Love is now updated, hope you like it, let me know and Wandering Heart.. A long time ago, I wanted really romantic covers, couples kissing or looking into each other's eyes. But I realize that the way I write one needs to know if it is sensual and hot, or sweet and sassy. So I'm trying to make that very clear by the covers. Although some you need to read the blurb to see. A Promised Heart has a hot Indian on it, and he's not wearing leggings girls. It is a sensual story, but the blurb hints that anyway. Wandering Heart, Nick's Baby, Sweeter Than Wine, Suspicions of the Heart and Strictly Business are rather sensual books the heat level turns up in these, also Beyond the Dream Catcher, Just One KIss and Love Rules. Always Remember is a book that has some very steamy stuff. But you won't find bad language or crude body parts in them. To me that turns me off of a love scene by being crude. My characters are not crude. It's very simple, some make love and some don't. Some leave it to the imagination.

If you want them in print, look no further than Createspace.com. All my books are in print. 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, and Lauren Stansell does a bang up job on the audio for the Tina Series which she just finished up for me. Hope you will hop on over there to Audible.com and check it out. Anna Caudle does the Willy Seires, all of the seven books. She's fantastic and your little ones will love her voices. If it's a print book you are looking for, you'll find all my books in print Create Space and they are worth looking at as Sheri does a real bang up job of my prints..She also just finished doing remakes of my Good Day For a Hanging, and Bad Day for a Killing, now they look like the dark, thriller horror westerns that they are. Love those covers.

I haven't written many contemporaries lately, but Avalanche of the Heart released a while back finished the Travers Brothers Series. 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.

I'm also playing with a sequel to Nick's Baby, it's Jackson's story, this was requested by more than one reader so it is in progress too.

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.

For a different kind of read I suggest my Western Serial Killer Series. I have three of them out now. These are not romances, they are definitely thrillers. Quite graphic. I guess you could call this the dark side.

I'm working on a short novella, Cowboy Angels that should be out now, but I can't seem to wrap it up yet. . Hopefully. For some reason I can get around to finishing that one.

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.I admit I'm not perfect, but I do strive to get better and better.

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 other 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!

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas but I have traveled the United States and Canada extensively.. Although those travels took me to almost every state(my dad was a pipeliner and we traveled all over) I was still glad when we came home. In many states they didn't have Mrs. Bairds Bread, nor Dr. Pepper. In Canada at that time they didn't have Coke or Pepsi, they had Chocolate soldiers and Orange Crush. I met all kind of people and learned early on that not everyone was alike. People spoke different in different parts of the country, their sports were centered around the kind of weather they had. Their TV was different. Grocery stores up north were much different than down here in Texas. Although we had our share of seafood, the stores at that time didn't carry a lot of what the New England states did. Live Lobsters and fresh shellfish all the time. I was amazed, but still very happy to see Texas once more. In different parts of the country there were different ethnic groups, like up north, more Irish, Italian, less Mexican, and even less African Americans. We had drive in hamburger places, and shows, I didn't see that up north as much. On the west there were mountains. I loved Arizona and read a few epitaphs in that area, very colorful stuff. So I met a large variety of people, and had to learn as a child to get along with strangers. They all thought I lived on a ranch and knew Roy Rogers, and naturally I didn't dispute the fact, didn't want to disappoint them. So I learned to tell tall tales way back. LOL
When did you first start writing?
At thirteen I wrote a short story and sent it to Red Book. They thanked me but I got my first rejection letter then. In high school I wrote a book, a Swiss Family Robinson kind of book, with more gore and detail of dirty ships and disguising my heroine as a boy. Let everyone read it and never got the book back, darn. I wrote off and on but always stuffed it in drawers. Then in the 80's I joined RWA and went to their local meetings. Wrote books again and sent them away, only to be rejected time after time, as I look back I can understand why, they were pretty bad.And then one day an ebook pioneer came to talk and opened my eyes and ears to ebooks. Since I was learning all about computing the hard way, it seemed only natural I should strike out in this avenue of publishing. I got a contract, and the publisher went under. I sent off more stuff and got it published by another e-publisher. When self publishing became a hot topic, I investigated as ebooks were not paying off well. I decided to learn how to self publish my books. I did and I am still doing that until this day. The learning process is a lifetime of work and I'm always interested in whatever is happening in this business. I learned everything the hard way, but I am now a very happy author who supports herself, and writes full time now.
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Books

Dare to Dream (Book Six of the Dream Catcher Series)
Series: Dream Catcher. Pre-release—available April 4, 2017. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Raised by nuns, captured by Apache, traded to Comanche, Ruth Martin had never had a stable life since she left the monastery. And when Logan a army scout saved her from White Buffalo, she was very grateful. But returning to white people she was again a slave of a white woman. And this woman loved Logan. Dare she Dream that Logan liked her?.
Maggie's Dreams (Book Five of the Red River Valley Brides)
Series: Red Rvier Valley Brides. Pre-release—available February 14, 2017. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Maggie's life was headed for perfect until she met the handsome Dakota that swept her off her feet and sent her spiraling into a romantic void she never wanted to escape. But could she learn to live his way, in an Indian camp? She had some major decisions to make.
A Desperado's Bride (Book Fourteen of the Brides of the West)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Pre-release—available January 31, 2017. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Jace Montgomery was back after ten long years. But he seemed bent on vengeance now and Bess had to set him straight before ti was too late.
Be Free My Heart (Book Five of the Dream Catcher Series)
Series: Dream Catcher. Pre-release—available December 31, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
After being captured by an outlaw gang, Snow Bird, a Cheyenne squaw must try to escape and get back to her tribe. Matt Younger has wanted out of the gang ever since Jake Simms killed a bank clerk. Snow Bird is being mistreated too, by the gang. He must take her back to her people, or die trying.
Remember Me (Book Three of the Armstrong Series)
Series: The Armstrongs. Pre-release—available November 30, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
War could make or break a man, or a woman. When Zane Armstrong met Susan Barrett, he fell in love with her, and not just because she saved his life. She offered him so much, and then the war interrupted them and they lost contact. Later, when the war ended, Zane knew he had to find her.
Plunder My Heart (Book Four of the Armstrong Series)
Pre-release—available October 25, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
The civil war tore up families, country, and pitted brother against brother. When Christopher Armstrong was ordered to take the Hardy plantation as a headquarters, he had no choice but to do it. He'd never dreamed the girl that lived there would be the only girl he ever loved. And the only girl that would never forgive him for what he was about to do.
An Unexpected Welcome
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Pre-release—available October 1, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Cord McCall had left the town of Doubtful ten years ago, when he killed a man at the age of sixteen. Now, he was back for his mother's funeral. The only ones in town that seemed to welcome Cord was the doc and Lilly, the girl he'd left behind. But when she welcomed him home with a sultry kiss, things changed for Cord, and maybe he was ready to settle down with a pretty gal like Lily and her son.
A Rebel's Love (Book Two of The Armstrong Series)
Series: The Armstrongs. Pre-release—available September 15, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Sam was going home to marry Carmen. For appearances sake he'd have to court her a while, but soon she would be all his. Then the only problem was keeping his father off his back. For once he married Carmen, there would be no peace for him at Golden Manor.
Falling for the Bride (Brides of the West Series Book Twelve)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Pre-release—available August 31, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,140. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
After his brother lost the deed to the ranch in a poker game and killed in a shoot-out, Quint Hadley decided it was time to take matters into his own hands. When lovely Priscilla Brewster stood waiting for a ride to the Banks ranch, Quint obliged. Seeing an opportunity to getting his place back, he kidnapped Priscilla. However, Cilla was no ordinary girl, and he was about to find that out!
Bride from Shenandoah (Brides of the West Series Book Eleven)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Pre-release—available July 29, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Millie Powell had intentionally stowe away on a wagon train. She was to marry a man she could not stand, to save her families farm, Shenandoah. But that was before she met Joe Modoc. A man that she was taken with. Joe was either her hero, or her worst nightmare.
In the Arms of an Angel (Brides of the West Series Book Ten)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Pre-release—available June 30, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,000. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Les Harper was running from a gang of outlaws. He was desperate and when he saw the barn in the pouring rain, he took shelter. He'd been shot during a robbery and barely escaped. What he didn't expect was to meet an angel like Anna Prescott, and her son Frankie.
Wherever My Heart Roams (Brides of the West Series Book Nine)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Pre-release—available May 18, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,080. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Beth had been practically sold to Wade Cahill without so much as a warning. Beth thought Wade was so handsome, but she didn't have any idea what to expect from him. Her mother told her, "Just follow your heart."
A Promised Heart (Book Four of the Dream Catcher Series)
Series: Dream Catcher. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,610. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Kidnapped by the Comanche, Eve Dawson and her little girl were snatched into another world. She couldn't help but wonder if the man that had watched over her and her family for so long would come to her rescue now? And what of Matthew her son, had he been killed? Hawk had only one chance to save her and the child, but it would mean claiming her as his own!
Brides of the West-Part Two
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 270,370. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Brides of the West-Part Two Books 5-8 This Side of Forever, Shotgun Bride, A Love as Big As Texas, Heart of a Captive Brides to marry men of the west.
Dancing With the Preacherman (Book Two of the Red River Valley Brides)
Series: Red Rvier Valley Brides. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,970. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Srah had tried everything from putting up the hymnals every Sunday, to learning to make his favorite food, to get Joe Miller to pay attention, but the young preacher just wasn't interested. It looked like Sarah might be headed back to Al's Saloon.
Forever in Love (Book One of the Armstrong Series)
Series: The Armstrongs. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,430. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Joe Armstrong comes home from the civil war to marry his sweetheart. After a long war, and being abducted by pirates, there is no end to the lies he must tell his family to finally have the woman of his dreams. But would she still love him when she learned the truth or would he lose the only woman he'd ever loved forever.
Heart of a Captive
Series: The Brides of the West Series · Brides of the West-Part Two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,670. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Cale Matthews needed to trade what he could with the Huaco Indians before they left for the reservation. His friend Hodge went with him to the Hauco's village. What he hadn't expected was Iron Kettle to trade him a white captive for his goods. Still, he recognized her from a poster in town he'd seen her drawing there He'd take her to her people, whether she wanted to go or not!
Brides of the West-Part One
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 264,840. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
The first four books of the Brides of the West Series are now combined into one. Heart of a Family, Delivering the Bride, Heart of a Woman, and Wanted Bride. From a girl that grows up and has to find her own husband, to a girl that thinks she's found the man of her dreams, to a lady who has to escape her life back in New York, to a girl that's hanging with the wrong kind of people...all brides..
A Love As Big As Texas
Series: The Brides of the West Series · Brides of the West-Part Two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,820. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
When Ben Wyler's father arranged a marriage for him, Ben rebelled. True, he'd been a drunken bum every since his mother and sister died of the small-pox. But no one was arranging a wife for him. Especially a wife with a nearly five-year-old son. Gabby who'd been beaten and starved by her fist husband wasn't walking into another disaster. Somehow she'd figure out how to support her son!
Shotgun Bride (Book Six of the Brides of the West)
Series: The Brides of the West Series · Brides of the West-Part Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,160. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
A young female doctor, comes to Oregon in hopes things will work out for her career. But the people in Oregon are not much different thinking about doctors than the ones in Boston. Only a few months go by before a man comes in insisting she has to come with him to treat a gunshot wound. Shannon Greer finds herself in the middle of hillbilly country when she's forced to marry a Texas Ranger.
This Side of Forever (Book Five of the Brides of the West Series)
Series: The Brides of the West Series · Brides of the West-Part Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,830. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Clay Reno had come home. Everyone had thought him dead, including Amy, his sweetheart. She was now engaged to George Talbot. Meanwhile her father and mother were at odds, and her father was pursuing her relentlessly. Clay was her only hope. She was in great danger and it was up to him to set it all right for her. Could he save her and her mother and reclaim the love they once shared?
Wanted: Bride (Book Four of the Brides of the West Series)
Series: The Brides of the West Series · Brides of the West- Part One, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,090. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
When Callie Evans overhears Joe Boggs bragging about robbing the bank in Hard Knocks, she knows she's in trouble. But she wasn't sure who to turn to. Gil had always liked Callie, and nothing had changed, but now she was in danger and he vowed he'd protect her with his life.
Cinderella Nanny (Book One of "The Connor's" Series)
Series: The Connor;s. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,160. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A son he never knew he had, sent Mitch to West Texas to bring him home. But he hadn't counted on running into his voluptuous Aunt who wouldn't consider letting Mike go without her. From the moment they met, it was an attraction neither could deny, but Sarah had a lot to lose if this romance wasn't for real. Hot blooded and warm hearted, she was his Cinderella.
Heart of a Woman (Book Three of the Brides of the West)
Series: The Brides of the West Series · Brides of the West- Part One, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,250. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Emily Morgan wanted to escape her controlling Uncle, the Carrington Shipyards, and Robert her fiancee. What better way than joining a wagon train west? But there were conditions to her going and suddenly she found herself wed to Cole Morgan the wagon master, and cooking for his crew of men. Would she survive the rugged trip? But even more importantly, would she survive her marriage to Cole Morgan?
Delivering the Bride (Book Two of the Brides of the West)
Series: The Brides of the West Series · Brides of the West- Part One, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,660. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Rachel Landers headed west to Colorado to meet the man in her letters and marry him. She wasn't prepared for Buck Daggett being her guide up the mountain, nor the influence he had over her heart. She had to keep remembering, it was Hershel Newton she married by proxy, and somehow she had to live with that.
Tanker the Defender (Book Two of Doggie Heroes Series)
Series: Doggie Heroes. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,700. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Tanker the German Sheppard was the watchdog of the community. It was only natural that he found food for the poor unfortunate dogs of the neighborhood. Tanker had been trained years ago to protect, and he was still doing it in his local neighborhood.
Avalanche of the Heart (Book Five of the Travers Brothers)
Series: The Travers Brothers. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,360. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Sammie Jo Travers grew up on a ranch with her parents in Texas, but when things went bad, she found she couldn't face it. Her grandfather died, her cousin went away to school, her dad was gravely ill with cancer and they were having to sell the ranch to meet their medical bills. But Sammie Jo was a survivor, and she did something no one expected. She moved to Alaska, and bought a saloon!
Heart of a Family (Book one of the Brides of the West Series)
Series: The Brides of the West Series · Brides of the West- Part One, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 69,030. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
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Bonnie McDaniel couldn't pay the mortgage, let alone the taxes on the property her parents left behind. But she had supported them all for four years. And now she was going to have to sacrifice her own happiness, and find a husband that would help her support her siblings. She'd never done anything so bold in her life.
Men of the Northwest (The Amory's)
Series: The Amory's. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 164,080. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Three books in one set, Heart of the Wild, Sweeter than Wine, and Mail Order Nanny. All Amory men. Chayton is still in love with his ex-girlfriend. Sam is searching for his real family, and Tanka gets a nanny via mail order.
Last Bride, Last Man (Book Three of the Red River Valley Brides Series)
Series: Red Rvier Valley Brides. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,410. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Nadine Williams hadn't found a man to marry yet. She was one of the last mail-order-brides to come from the Red River Valley. If she didn't fulfill her contract, she'd be working back in a saloon, where she came from. But finding a black man to marry in Vada was nearly impossible. That is until Gabrielle Lewis came home to see his sister.
Family Ranch (The McKay's Series)
Series: The McKay's. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 217,240. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Four stories of the McKay sisters. Julie, Letty, Sandy, and Wendy each have their own book. Raining in my Heart is Julie's story of coming home to face the consequences of keeping a secret too long. Letty McKay comes home, she can model anywhere, but she can't find a man like Hank ever again, . Book Three is Twelfth of Never, where Sandy finds a best friend with Mike, but she suddenly misses Mike.
Family Matters (The Travers Brothers Series)
Series: The Travers Brothers. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 263,460. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Family Matters is a five part series about brothers.,The Travers Brothers. In Chief Cook and Bottle Washer you'll meet Deke the oldest son, in Courting Abby, meet Clint, the rodeo champ. In Hannah's Man you'll meet Rusty, Along Came Love finds Jake with heavy decisions, and Avalanche of the Heart, Sammie Jo's story.
Winning the Lady (Book 4 of the Red River Valley Brides)
Series: Red Rvier Valley Brides. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,310. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
How could Chester Smith bet his wife in a poker game? And worse still, he lost! Trish was up a creek. Lost to a professional gambler, she felt doomed, until he made her a bargain. She couldn't be divorced for three years according to the law, so Gil Davis offered to take care of her if she'd be his companion for the next three years at his poker games. Sounded easy enough, but was it?
Love Rules
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,000. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Jessie Coleman is sent to bring the Black Widow in. She was the notorious spy that is blamed for the deaths of many Rebels. But can he do it when his heart aches to have her? When they share a love that breaks all the rules. Between love and duty Jessie must choose his path. As much as he loves Maggie, he has to turn her in. And he's sure he'll lose her?
Beyond the Dream Catcher (Book One of the Dream Catcher Series)
Series: Dream Catcher, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,560. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Chase Rivers was sent by a Shaman to rescue his tribe from certain death. Katherine Hightower knew nothing of being a breed. But somehow Chase had to convince her that she belonged to this tribe of people and that she and she alone could help them. After Chase rescues her, she begins to believe him, but accepting that she is part Indian is not that easy.
Heart of a Lady (Book One of the Red River Valley Brides)
Series: Red Rvier Valley Brides. Price: Free! Words: 78,030. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
The plan Jo Ella Masterson had in mind was to change her working status. She hated being "just a whore" as Randal Thomas put it to her one day. So she sets about to change that, and takes some of Al's best girls from his saloon. Together they set out to become mail-order-brides. But their contract reads they must find a husband within a year or go to work in the local saloon.
Bad Day for a Killing (Book Three of the Western Serial Killer Series)
Series: Western Serial Killer series, Book Three. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,640. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » General
Elmer becomes John Conroy in an attempt to turn his life around from crime and sin to upstanding citizen. But can he accomplish it with a new murder in his life, a wife expecting their first child, and his sister who is in trouble because of him in Cross Timbers. Can you change your destiny? Or is it in the eyes of the beholder?
Stand By Me (Book 4 of the McKay's)
Series: The McKay's, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,390. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This is the last book of the McKay's. Wendy McKay had always had a crush on Wade Weston. She truly thought she was in love with the man. But admittedly, Wade was too old, and something became even clearer, something was very, very wrong with Wade. When Sam Jamison walked into her life, she grabbed hold and didn't let go, but Wade was out to convince her that Sam was not good enough for her.
Good Day for a Hanging (Book Two of the Western Serial Killers series)
Series: Western Serial Killer series, Book Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,720. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
This is a thriller. There'd been several killings in Melville. Unusual killings, no witnesses, no clues, and no suspects. Sheriff Jim Bonner was having a time trying to narrow his search down. He had no idea where to look, or what he might be looking for. Whoever was doing this to his peaceful town was clever and covered his tracks. So Jim set about setting a trap for the villian
Better Off Without Her (Book One of the Western Serial Killer series)
Series: Western Serial Killer series, Book One. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 73,550. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
First book in the series. Thriller-western.Ex-Texas Rangers go after a serial killer, Victor Frank. Victor killed John T.'s mother, and also murdered Wesley Collins lady friend. But more than that, Victor is not the ordinary killer and has no rational thinking. Along the way they pick up Pepper Hardy and Rascal Mills to help them in their search. Four rode after him, how many would return...alive
Always Remember
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,880. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
A sensual story in history. Ruby Anderson has two daughters to keep her farm together during the cruelest war the nation has ever seen. Surviving calls for more than a little courage. Josey and Rose supposedly love the same man, but will true love win? Rose is forced to grow up and face the tragedies that she herself has created. Josey soon realizes that war can destroy a girl's fantasy of li
Mail Order Nanny (Book 3 of the Amory's)
Series: The Amory's, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,520. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Sweet old fashioned romance. When Tanka Amory's daughters go behind his back and hire a mail order nanny Tanka is furious. How could they do such a thing? He was still grieving for his Gina. He'd just have to find a way to get rid of her.
A Warrior's Survival (A Short Story for kids)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Joe Daniel Baker was a computer geek. Despite the fact that his father tried to train him about living in the wilds of British Columbia. When Joe's house burns down while his mother and sister are gone, and his father on a business trip, Joe must figure out how to survive.
Twelfth of Never (Book 3 of the McKay series)
Series: The McKay's, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,240. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sweet romance! Sandy McKay had been dating Mike Tobin for several months, she thought the world of him, but her sister warned her that he was a man of the world and to be careful. So when Chad his brother comes home from the service a hero, she gets caught up in his popularity and before she knows it, she engaged to Chad. Still there was something about Mike that made her miss their relationsh
Ring of Fire
Series: The McKay's, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,770. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Book Two of the McKay's, Letty has moved home as the stipulation of the will reads and spends her time doing modeling gigs and helping around the ranch. When she meets horse wrangler, Hank Silver, she is instantly smitten. Only problem is, there's a hands off policy of all the McKay girls to the cowboys on the ranch. So Hank doesn't want to get tangled with Letty, even though she sets him on fire
The Gimmick
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
This is a short story for mid-grade readers. Danny finds out the old church is going to be torn down and they are going to build a parking lot on it. This means he won't be playing baseball behind the old church. So Danny must figure out how to save it.
Willy's Valentine Book Seven of the Willy Series
Series: The Willy, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Book Seven of the Willy Series. Every year ducks fly into the pond moving south. This is where Willy the hard of hearing little duck meets Waffles. But Waffles doesn't seem to like Willy. Whatever could be wrong?
Out Foxing Socks-Book 6 of the Willy Series
Series: The Willy, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Book 6 of the Willy series. Mother Hen's eggs are missing. Everyone thinks Socks did it, just to be mean. Everyone that is but Willy. Willy has to find out who is stealing Mother Hen's eggs.
Other's Day (book 5 of the Willy series)
Series: The Willy, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Book 5 of the Willy series. Willy found out from Otis that Sunday was Other's Day. So he set himself about giving something to all his friends.
Raining In My Heart
Series: The McKay's, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,050. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Julie's father dies and she must go home. It isn't easy for Julie since she hadn't seen her father in a long time and she's had a daughter he never got to see. But in her father's will she is shocked to find out that the father that adopted her, is her real father, and that if she agrees to stay on the ranch for a year she'll be a very rich woman. Can she up end her life and go home?
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  • Looking Through The Mist on Oct. 16, 2009

    Looking through the Mist by Rebecca J. Vickery-Review Psychic Jessica Wilder had a breakdown during her last case with the FBI. She wanted to start her life over, but the problem was…her visions were back. And not just back, but this time they involved children being kidnapped. If only she could control them and have a normal life. She didn't welcome the visions, but she had no choice. When Jessica walked into Detective Johnathan Lansing's office she was afraid of his reactions, and wished she didn't have to report them, but what could she do, there were children at stake this time, she couldn't turn her back on them. She couldnd't stand another mistake, or more deaths. John Lansing was at first very skeptical of these so called visions of hers. However, when she gave pertitent information that led to actual crime scenes, he had to start believing in her. Strangely enough, he wanted to believe in her, because he was more than a little attracted to her. And before he had time to doubt her, another child had been kidnapped and she was already having visions of the villians. Thrown together by her secrecy, they kept hot on the trail of the kidnappers. More and more the evidence mounted and Jessica was right about all of it. She was so right that by the time the FBI got in on the case, even they had to admit they couldn’t' solve it without her. Not when she could pinpoint almost every move. Ms. Vickery brings us an engaging tale of mystery and the psychic. She weaves a clever tale while giving us a true romance on the side. Ms. Vickery's attention to detail and Vivid prose keeps us turning the page until the end. If you want a book that pulls you in, and keeps you hanging on to find out what will happen next, you'll have to read this Beautiful tale of mystery with a touch of paranormal and a lot of romance and sexual tensions. This is a book to curl up by the fire and indulge yourself in. So go ahead and indulge…you won't be diappointed in Looking Through the Mist. I give Ms. Vicksery a big high 5 on this beautiful book…Thanks for the great read! Reviewed by Rita Hestand
  • A Christmas Vow on Dec. 01, 2009
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    Review of: A Christmas Vow I must admit "A Christmas Vow," written by Laura Shinn, surprised me. When I began reading it, I thought, okay, this is going be a nice little young adult romance story. It had all the ear-marks. But woe…not exactly. Let me explain. When the heat level rises from comfortably warm to get down and sweaty, it goes beyond young adult into full blown romance, a sensual delight. Shanda Bratton and Christopher Milano are best friends and, someday, lovers. As the story opens it reads like a young adult story. However, the story matures into a full blown romance that titillates the senses with sexual tensions and unspoken vows, as the youngsters grow up. As a romantic read, Laura Shinn manages to engage us from their early life to the present when Shanda is out of college and very much ready for a relationship. Chris, who has kept a lid on his feelings for much too long, finds it next to impossible to hide what is so evident, even from the first paragraph. You know these two are meant to be together. Even though their age difference made it nearly impossible for Chris to share his feelings for years, it's the story of true love, of waiting for Mr. Right, of knowing your soulmate. Laura Shinn delights us with sexual tensions which seem to grow on the paper as you read. We see the characters literally go from warm to extra hot. It's a beautiful holiday story certain to warm your toes by the fire and send all those heart fluttering flurries all over the bear skin rugs. Don't miss this adorable story of two people growing into a real love. Get that warm-all-over feeling with an ending that is sure to please every reader's quest. A must read for the holidays, Laura Shinn's "A Christmas Vow". Rita Hestand www.ritahestand.com
  • Surviving with Love on Feb. 01, 2010

    Rebecca J. Vickery writes a compelling, adventurous romance with Surviving With Love. When tough guy, Cord McConnell, ex-military, hostage rescuer comes across an equally tough Search and Rescue tracker, Stacey Parker, it's a hit or miss who will be the boss, and who will lead who. Both are experienced in their field, both are determined to find and rescue two teenage boys who have been kidnapped by robbers and escaped to the wilds of Idaho. The boys are a Senator's grandsons and he's paying highly to get them back. Sparks begin to fly as McConnell and Parker duke it out in the wilds and discover that part of their problem is the instant attraction to each other. But Parker is determined that no macho man is going to have her, as she's saving herself for marriage. And McConnell is sure that Parker isn't the type to sleep around so he tries to keep his distance. By the time they rescue the boys, they have to admit they are interested in each other, but wise enough not to go there. So job done, they both go home. Parker's having trouble keeping McConnell off her mind though, and when her godson is kidnaped the first person she seeks is McConnell. Together they work perfectly, a little too perfectly. Now the problem is to keep their hands off each other. Ms. Vickery takes us on a wild ride of opposites attracting, and push pull tactic that keep you turning the page to see who is going to win this round. Funny, exciting, griping and absolutely burning the pages with passion, Ms Vickey knows how to hold her audience spellbound with a touch of adventure and a abundance of sparks flying off the pages. You won't want to miss this romantic spoof that borders Romancing the Stone with a twist of it's own. Surviving With Love is a real keeper! by Rita Hestand
  • Following Destiny on Feb. 24, 2010

    Review of Following Destiny When Andrea Duncan's grandmother dies, Andrea inherits much more than just her big gloomy house, that looked like something out of Gone With the Wind, she gets a ring that flashes lights and talks to her from the past. Just what she needed…unwelcome kinds of related ghosts. Mason Keeler is the local Sheriff and quite a hunk, according to Andrea's heartbeats at least. He's been a friend to her grandmother and wonders why Andrea never had time to viist her or come to the funeral. Therein lies part of the mystery to this well written classic paranormal by Rebecca J. Vickery. So many questions cloud Andrea's head as her and the Sheriff get to know one another. Before long, there's a murder in town, and the Sheiff is duty bound to protect the new lady in town. He even goes all out and brings her a dog named Heidi. Frankly Heidi steals the show. She bring laughters when things get too serious or cold blodded, as Andrea is part of a serial killer's hunt. With a small town flavor, a touch or paranormal and a romance to die for, Following Destiny get a 5 star rating from me for having all the right ingredienets to a great read by the fire. So pop some popcorn, get the hot chocolate ready, because Following Destiny will have you glued to see what happens next in this fast paced, sexy thriller. And Heidi will steal your heart. A definite must read by an author who continues to woo and thrill her readers, with all the right touches, don't miss, Following Destiny by Rebecca J. Vickery. Reviewed by Rita Hestasnd
  • Seeking Shelter on April 02, 2010

    andsome, rugged, and all hero Brig Montgomery a South Dakota rancher can't help but question the beautiful sight of his prize stallion being ridden out of a burning barn by a mysterious young woman who obviously knows how to handle horse flesh. Question is, did she set fire to the barn? Who was she, and what was she doing in his barn? Kat( Katalina Forester) has been searching for the stallion for a while, leaving everything she owned behind to do so. Fianlly she finds him and all chaos breaks loose. How could she explain that this horse was prize material and in great danger, without exposing her own secrets. But due to the greed of two men, Brig and Kat become better acquainted and Brig hires her to care for the horses. Slowly admiration and love grow between the two unlikely horses lovers, as they try to save the horse, the ranch and the hands from one danger after another. Quite an unusual love story, with lots of intrigue thrown in to keep you on the edge of your seat, makes for a warm and fuzzy kind of read by the fire. So sit down in your easy chair, kick back, and put up your feet. Pop some popcorn, heat some hot chocolate, and relax with a memorable read. One of the sweetest love stories I've read. If you love horses, cowboys and romance, this is the book for you. See why everyone is wanting to read....Seeking Shelter.
  • I Love God's Creatures on April 10, 2010
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    A Review of I Love God's Creatures by Rebecca J. Vickery I Love God's Creatures is a delightfully poetic book about animals and the love of them. All children will enjoy the picutes of the animls and set to a sing songy poem, this book will tickle your child's fancy fast. A great book idea by Rebecca J. Vickery with plenty of pictures and a heart felt poem to entertain them. Don't miss this for your children…it's a gotta have! Review by Rita Hestand
  • A Summer Collection on June 04, 2010
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    A Summer collection is full of diverse stories of romance, from a western where a displaced woman tries to return home to family after being captured by the Comanche and traded to the Shawnee, she is given to two christian black men. How can she return home with these two and a Indian baby? Or another story of two people meeting and falling for each other in a hurry, only to back off and not explain. Could their past ruin their future? Or a cop and a beautiful neighbor caught in the line of fire from the bad guys during a tornado, could things get any worse? Or what about the story of a woman trying to escape her deranged husband with her child, and a savvy sheriff who wants to save her. And when her husband explains she's still married, will she lose the best thing in her life? Then a funny fuzzy story about a girl who goes on a nature trail vacation with a friend, only to realize this friend is putting her through pure torture. But what's with the guide rubbing her feet, and showing her a better side of nature than she knew existed? Each story is different, told by five multi-published authors. From funny to serious, from inspirational to real drama. There's something for everyone in "A Summer Collection".
  • A Confederate Yankee In Miss Annabelle's Court on Nov. 04, 2010

    What in interesting and wonderful job Rob Shelsky did in bringing to life two unforgettable characters from a time-travel experience. A Confederate yankee in Annabelle's Court is a sweet gesture of love at first sight. We have the Confederate Union spy, Seth, who holds honor and duty above all else, and Annabelle who although comes from the modern world opens herself to the world of yesterday and meets the man of her hopes and dreams. What a refreshingly sweet story that quickly carries you away to yesterday and brings you back with a happy sigh. I loved this story and recommend this read to anyone who like to time-travel. Rob what an excellent job you did. Blessings Rita