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 Willy series is out now so I hope your young ones will enjoy them. The new Jojo the One Eyed Puppy is out now, and this will be another children's series, so stay tuned for that. You might have noticed several of my books have new covers, like Runaway Bride, Suspicions of the Heart and Ask No Tomorrows. I have a the last of the McKay's stories coming out soon too.It is on pre-order right now, Stand By Me. Hope you enjoy that one too. As for free books, Raining in My Heart the first book of the McKay's is free, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, the first book of the Travers Brothers is free. Heart of the Wild, the first book of the Amory's is free. Maebelle's Hat, the second book of my Willy series for children is free. So what is coming next? Avalanche of the Heart, the last book of the Travers. I wrote Sammie Jo's story. Can't wait to see what you think of her. Then I've finished up the last of the Amory's books, Mail Order Nanny is now released, This is Tanka's story and I know you've been wondering when this would come out. Don't miss the last of the Travers Brothers series. I've got a western series coming out soon. Over at Create Space 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.

The new historical western series coming out soon will be fun. I mean what might happen if five whores decide they want to be mail-order brides? Watch for Heart of a Lady, the first of the Red River Valley Brides.

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

Thanks for coming by too. I sincerely hope you find something you like here. Right now through the end of July we have stuff on sale, be sure to use the coupon on your right when you check out. .

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.

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.

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

Heart of a Lady (Book One of the Red River Valley Brides)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,770. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Category: 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)
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Series: Western Serial Killer series, Book Three. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,530. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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)
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Series: The McKay's, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,320. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Category: 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)
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Series: Western Serial Killer series, Book Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,620. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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)
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Series: Western Serial Killer series, Book One. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,300. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,770. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Category: 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)
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Series: The Amory's, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,540. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Category: 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)
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Series: The McKay's, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,810. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Category: 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
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Series: The McKay's, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,680. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: 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
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Category: 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
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Series: The Willy, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2013. Category: 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
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Series: The Willy, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Category: 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)
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Series: The Willy, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Category: 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
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Series: The McKay's, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 55,050. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
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?
Tina and the Cheerleaders
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Series: The Tina, Story 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Michael was now a basketball star at his high school and Tina wanted to be with him more, but she couldn't go to the out of town games. So Michael came up with a solution.
Ask No Tomorrows
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Series: Dream Catcher, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,610. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
Book 3 of the Dream Catcher series. It is a sweet, historical, and interracial romance. When Sam Tanner met Riley Morgan he had no idea what he what he was in for. Riley was a little misfit that needed protection. Sam was a sucker for a hard luck story. What could he do, the girl mesmerized him with her sweet, naive nature, and letting her go would be the hardest thing he'd ever done.
Grandma's Ghost Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
(2.00 from 1 review)
When Kendall quits coming to see Grandma Tyler, her grandmother becomes concerned and visits her. It's time to tell Kendall about Mrs. Peavy, grandma Tyler realizes.
Just One Kiss
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Series: Dream Catcher, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,010. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Book 2 of the Dream Catcher series. Lee Nelson didn't realize when he stopped to help two orphaned children that it would change his life. Hattie Tanner challenged him in every way, and when she dared him to kiss her, he didn't refuse. Eight years later, he still hadn't gotten the beautiful little black girl out of his head. However, now she was grown, and even more irresistable.
Distracted
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,380. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A novella. When Tara Simmons rented the old Turner place, she had no idea what she was stirring up. Nor could she explain the fast attraction to the deputy Sheriff. It looked to Jake like someone was trying to scare her off the property, but why?
Fast Forward Love
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,190. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
This is a romantic short story! Connie Martin and Ed Harrington lived in the same small town for years. Both had been widowed, both were lonely, and it looked as though it might stay that way until one day at a basketball game. Even though their romance bloomed quite suddenly, Ed suddenly had the chance to move away, make more money and have a better future. Would their love end before it began?
Sweeter Than Wine
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Series: The Amory's, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,510. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The Amory Series Book 2. A highly sensual romance. When Lacy Malone goes on vacation to prove to the dean of an all girls school she knows how to have a good time. And meets the charismatic Sam McKay. Sam must find his long lost family.When Sam and Lacey decide to put their vacations together, the sparks fly. Can you fall in love in a week?
Halloween Witness
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,260. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
This is a horror novella. When the local town drunk sees a murder committed on Boot Hill on Halloween night, will anyone pay any attention to his story? Sheriff Joe Grubbs, though skeptical, investigates and finds the new grave. Now, he has a job to do and risks losing the love of his life doing it. It's a harrowing Halloween night in Haleyville, Texas.
Tina and the Teenage Mom
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Series: The Tina, Story 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Another short story in the Tina series for teenage girls. Tina finds Jennifer her friend in the school bathroom on the floor, sick and crying. She wants to help.
Tina and the Bullies
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Series: The Tina, Story 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
The 2nd in Tina short stories for teenagers. Tina's brother is quitting basketball, but why, he loves the game?
Tina's Revenge
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Series: The Tina, Story 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Tina's Rvenge, a short story for teens. Every girl wants the most popular boy in school to notice them. But Tina was having a time getting Zach Taylor to pay any attention to her. Zach liked Jennifer, the cheerleader. What could Tina do to get his attention? And who was the geek that kept helping her all the time?
The Far Side of Lonesome
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,600. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A novella for adults. Jeb and Hoot get more than they bargained for when they trade horses at the Indian village. What are two christian black men supposed to do with a white captive woman and her Indian baby?
Along Came Love
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Series: The Travers Brothers, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,190. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
Book 4 in the Travers series, a short contemporary romance. A sweet (christian) romance. Jake Travers has passed the bar exam and everyone in the family thinks he's going to be joining the law firm in Sweetwater. He hadn't planned on bumping into Samantha Courtland again, but she was moving back to town,and he was elected to show her a house. Sparks still flew between them.
Tick or Teet
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Series: The Willy, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Book 4 of the Willy series for young children. Little Willy, the hard of hearing duck asked Mother Hen what Halloween was. Mother Hen was in a tizzy, and explained that it was when all the monsters came out. Willy looked outside the barn door and saw a big pumpkin, that glowed and a scarecrow that walked. He was scared.
Jojo The One Eyed Puppy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A book for young children. Jojo's mother isn't giving milk anymore. In fact, she hasn't even moved in some time. Jojo is hungry, so he must find food for himself. Tanker, a German Sheppard spies Jojo trying to get into the green container and stops him. This is his turf he tells him. Then the dog catcher comes..what next?
WillY and the Spider
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Series: The Willy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 1 review)
Book One of the Willy series, for young children. Willy loved to swim in the pond, but no one was swimming now and it was a very warm day. Mother Hen warned Willy, Mr. Rippit warned Willy, and Slimy warned Willy, but since he couldn't hear well, he didn't understand the danger. Boy, was he in for a surprise!
Maebelle's Hat
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Series: The Willy, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 1 review)
Book Two of the Willy series for young children. Mother was gathering everyone into the barn,and little Willy couldn't understand what the problem was. Mother Hen said a Nado was coming and everyone needed to go into barn. Whatever a Nado was. But Maebelle was missing, and Willy decided he would go after her.
Poor Mo
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Series: The Willy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Book 3 of the Willy series for young children. Willy, the hard of hearing little duck overheard Otis and his father talking about sending Poor Mo away. Willy was beside himself with misery. He'd miss Mo. So he told everyone about it, in hopes of someone knowing what to do. But it seems Mo knew more about it than anyone.
Jodi's Journey
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,000. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2010. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
This is a sweet, historical romance. The war was over. The town of Esser Crossing ebbed closer to a slow death while Jodi Parker and Hunter Johnson fought desperately with one last chance to save it, and themselves. Two unlikely people came together against their own will and struggled to carve a new empire.
Heart of the Wild
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Series: The Amory's, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,370. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Short Contemporary Romance series. Book One of (The Amory's)A sweet romance. Chayton Amory kidnapped Kasie Moore the day before her wedding to a rock singer. Her father had asked him to. He needed to talk to her about this rock star first. Chayton took her to his cabin in the mountains of Oregon. Now trapped by a blizzard they had to face their true feelings for each other.
Nick's Baby
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,900. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
A short contemporary romance novel. A sensual romance. Kelsey O'Sullivan wanted a baby, but she'd been married, she didn't want to go through that again. So she opted to have a child by sperm donation. But not just anyone's child, a child where she hand picked the father. Nick Leonetti was a family man. They were worlds apart, they had nothing in common, but she wanted Nick's Baby!
Runaway Bride
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,870. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short contemporary romance.Steamy but sweet. Savannah Kingsley wanted to marry Chad, until she found him in the rose garden with the best another. Devastated, she didn't know what to do except run. Chad couldn't tell his folks he was gay and she couldn't tell anyone either. So rather than try to face them all, she ran, smack dab into the law!
Pretend Mom
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,170. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A short contemporary romance novel. A sweet romance. Dixie came home to be with her family, get some needed rest and see Kevin one last time. She'd had a teenage crush on Kevin and now seven years later she wanted to find out if that is all it was. She hadn't planned on running into Mike his brother and his adorable little daughter either. Amanda wanted her to play...Pretend mom with her.
Suspicions of the Heart
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,730. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short contemporary romance novel. A sensual romance. Candy Arnold inherits a broken down ranch in the Panhandle of Texas from her father. Since she's really never had a home she and her Uncle Roscoe decide to check it out. Even after her ex-husband advised her to sell. Her life's been in danger by a mad bull, a gunshot and her trailer stolen. Who could want her off her land? And why?
The Red Jacket
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This short story was awarded honorable mention in Writer's Digest 78th Annual Writing Competition. Being best friends is sometimes hard, especially when you don't understand everything. But I'll never forget Jeremy Michel Myers as long as I live.
Lie on a Yardstick
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short story for pre-teens. When you are new in town, it's hard to make new friends at school. Julie should know she's been to enough of them.
Fair Trade
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A short story for pre-teens. How can you make your peers understand that you are growing up and deserve a little respect?
Ben's Sacrifice
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A short story for kids. What does the youngest of the family get their mom for her birthday when he doesn't have a job nor know how to make anything?
Courting Abby
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Series: The Travers Brothers, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,070. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Book 2 of the Travers Brothers series, a short contemporary romance. Clint Travers and Abby Martin were best friends, until one night he ruined it. Four years later, Abby comes home with a surprise that changes Clint's life forever! His son! He's always secretly loved Abby, but how can he convince her now? His sister-in-law comes up with the only solution, he'll have to court Abb
Hannah's Man
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Series: The Travers Brothers, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,770. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Book 3 of the Travers Brothers series, a short cotemporary romance. A sweet romance. Hannah was about to lose her ranch. Rusty was her reluctant hero. He'd just lost the only woman he'd ever loved, he wasn't about to fall for this Hannah gal. Or was he?
Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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Series: The Travers Brothers, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 55,800. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.83 from 12 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.
Wandering Heart
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,270. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short contemporary, sensual romance novel. Angela Cummings thought she had Mr. Right. Greg was handsome, respectable, smart, what more could she ask for? Except...her son didn't like him, and Greg didn't light any fires within. Then in rides Cooper Johnson on a broken down Harley, looking sexier than a man had a right to. But Cooper didn't seem to have much to offer...except maybe his love.
Strictly Business
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,220. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2009. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
A short contemporary romance novel. A sensual romance. Kia Giavonni wanted better working conditions at Cunningham Hat Factory. She went nose to nose with the boss and owner Joseph Cunningham III on the floor every day. The one thing she never expected to hear from him was, "I want to marry you, Kia Giavonni." Together could they save the factory? Or thier marriage?

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Smashwords book reviews by Rita Hestand

  • 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