Jeanne Harrell


Jeanne Harrell is an author who lives and writes romantic stories occurring in the Wild West. Her best selling Western books include the Rancher series, The Westerners Series and Avila Beach Winery Series. Rancher's Girl is a Top 100 Bestseller in 2014. Cowboys, Indians, stagecoaches and John Ford movies captured her interest long ago and held it. She lives in Nevada and captures many beautiful Western scenes with photos, found on her website. Jeanne considers the world to be her oyster and wants to take a bite out of it all -- and then write about it.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your last book?
"Rancher's Christmas" is a sweet book about the Johnson family that I've established from my Rancher Series beginning with "Rancher's Girl". All the characters in those six books come together at the ranch in Naples, Nevada (can you guess the actual setting?) for Christmas. And everything that can go wrong, does!
Daughter Janie Ferguson (Being Emma, Darkest Hour, Just Before Dawn) is nine months pregnant, as is daughter-in-law Mandy Johnson (Whisperer) and those babies just don't seem to want to be born! Grandfather Sam Cable (Rancher's Girl) has a problem that throws a kink into the works and the ranch itself is in major trouble. The biggest subplot is about Joey Johnson and long-time girlfriend Anna Bates. Joey can't seem to get his act together and she's come home for Christmas with a fiancé!
I wrote this book because I dearly love all these characters and wanted to bring them together. It's hard as a writer to say goodbye to some characters, which is why a series works out well sometimes. I had set up Janie's pregnancy from "Just Before Dawn" and thought it was time for the ranch to undergo some difficulties. A subplot dormant for too long. The story with Joey and Anna had been building throughout all six books of the series and I thought I'd finally put some sort of resolution to their struggles. It was definitely a labor of love for me and, hopefully, enjoyable for you, the reader. Happy reading!
What are you working on next?
Westerns are near and dear to my heart… I love Western movies as much as Western books and living in Nevada helps with my Old West ambience.
I started The Westerners Series with a reference to water in all the titles -- "Riding the River," "Stream Ran Dry," and "Lonesome Creek." Riding the river is an old cowboy expression that you'll have to read the book to learn what it means… No hints except to say it has nothing to do with a river. Ha… But there is a great horse drive through Nevada wilderness.
"Stream Ran Dry" will be published Christmas Day and was a labor of love. Both books are set in Nevada with composites of characters that I've met. The book cover for "Stream" is of a young cowboy just before he goes into the rodeo arena for his event and the subplot about a federal agency squaring off with locals was a real one.
The book I've working on now is "Lonesome Creek" set in Murphys, California. Murphys is an old gold mining town just a few hours from where I live and down Highway 49, the Gold Country Highway. Lots of Old West flavor and sights. I love to introduce characters that are counterpoint to one another. For example, in "Transparency," I paired a corporate raider, a hotshot financier with a concert pianist. For "Lonesome Creek," I'm pairing a lawyer with a rancher. To say they have differences, is putting it mildly.
For the next book in the series, I'm thinking about calling it "Cool Water" and will involve park rangers in Yosemite National Park.
I hope you enjoy the books and happy reading!
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Stream Ran Dry
Series: The Westerners. Pre-release—available December 30, 2014. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,130. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
When reporter Rebecca Sawyer heads to rural Nevada to cover a big story, she meets shy Wyatt Washburn, local rancher. She's confident and headstrong, where he's a reluctant, grief-stricken widower. Danger drags them together but it's touch and go from the start. With a little help from the stars and a little romance from Jane Austen, maybe they can find common ground. Sequel to Riding the River.
Rancher Series, Complete Books 5-7
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 147,400. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
The Rancher Series is the story of the Johnson family in Naples, Nevada. Sandy and Lily have six children who grew up to be ranchers, cowboys, a chef, an author, an artist and a deputy sheriff. In books 5 and 6, we continue the adventures of Janie Johnson Ferguson in England and Scotland. Book 7 returns to the Johnson ranch in Nevada where Christmas is celebrated with the entire family.
Rancher Series, Complete Books 1-4
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 188,160. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
The Rancher Series is the story of the Johnson family of Naples, Nevada. Sandy and Lily Johnson have six children who grow up to be ranchers, cowboys, chefs, authors, artists… oh! and one deputy sheriff. Meet Colt the horse whisperer… Jesse the horseman… Meg the chef… Miles the author… Joey the landscape painter and Janie, the deputy sheriff. Their lives and loves are chronicled in this volume.
Rancher's Christmas
Series: Rancher. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,480. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
Christmas on the Johnson ranch in Nevada promises to be memorable. All of Lily and Sandy's (Rancher's Girl) children will be home with their children. But there's tension too: Janie and Mandy are pregnant and due any minute. Financial troubles threaten the ranch and Anna's getting married, but not to Joey. When a snowstorm hits, Lily wonders if she can hold everything together or nothing at all.
Just Before Dawn, a Janie Ferguson novel
Series: Rancher. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,080. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Janie Ferguson is now living in Scotland with husband, Craig and daughter, Cecelia. Dual cases of murder and credit card fraud land in her lap as Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service and she's back in danger. Danger of botching the job, wrecking her marriage and possibly putting her family in danger. How can she rise to the challenge when she's still battered from her last horrific case?
Winemaker's Dilemma (Avila Beach Winery series)
Series: Avila Beach Winery, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 48,850. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
His family's winery in California is on the verge of collapse, but could be rescued by Scott Granger's new drought tolerant grape. His father, however, is dead set against it. At the end of his rope, Scott meets pretty Melissa Meyers who tries to help him. When family troubles explode, their love could dry up like the drought that threatens the grapes, the winery and their livelihood.
Tinker, Taylor (A Lunch Break Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,250. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Taylor Warren meets Wes Tinker on the beach at Malibu and sparks fly. But burned in a past romance, she beats a hasty retreat from him because she knows it just can't work -- not now. Later, they meet again in Reno where their pasts come hauntingly back at a wedding, making anything between them a daunting task… just like she thought. Should she give him a try or just let it all go...
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,600. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bryce Barron is a rich, handsome bachelor living the good life in Las Vegas. He suddenly receives a wake-up call from an old family friend that starts him down another path. He meets his former girlfriend from high school, Beth Lane, and with her help tries to deal with old issues from his past. It's pure destiny but will it also lead to professional and personal ruin?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,130. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Anne Barrett and Mike Lawrence fell deeply in love in college and had wanted to marry. After graduation, he joined the Navy and had orders to go back East for medical school. She couldn't leave due to serious family obligations. They broke up bitterly. Four years has gone by and he returns while on leave. She watches as he dates a friend. Does he remember her? Because she's never forgotten him.
Riding the River
Series: The Westerners. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,580. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
Sarah Hughes loves old Western movies. Her favorite is Big Country with Gregory Peck. She decides to spruce up her life by vacationing at a horse and cattle ranch like Peck did. She meets cowboy Matt Garth and they help drive a herd of horses to a pasture in the wilderness. He's a country boy and she's a city girl, but she knows there's something about being different, yet learning to fit in.
The Darkest Hour, a Janie Ferguson novel
Series: Rancher, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,160. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
Janie Johnson is newly married to sexy Craig Ferguson and in the employ of the U.S. Secret Service. It becomes increasing more difficult for her to juggle job demands with being a bride. She gets caught up in a dangerous, international counterfeit case that takes her to England. With her marriage strained to the breaking point, it all falls apart in London. The sequel to Being Emma.
Being Emma
Series: Rancher, 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,440. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
Deputy Janie Johnson is an independent and headstrong young woman. The last thing on her mind is getting tangled up with some man. Being a deputy keeps her busy, as does training for the state archery tournament in Las Vegas. But Janie's life is turned upside down as family friend, Craig Ferguson, and then well driller, Mike Church, both cast their attentions her way.
Always and Forever
Series: Rancher, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,260. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
Meg Johnson lives a good life in San Francisco as a chef in a great restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf. She's finally ready to take a chance at love and meets two handsome men. Both desire her and use very different methods to win her. She soon learns that the road to love is full of twists and turns and happiness doesn't come easily.
Series: Rancher, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,260. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
When horse trainer Colt Johnson decides to strike out on his own, he leaves Nevada and meets pretty Mandy Evans in a chance encounter. With a little romance from the movies and a little help from Jane Austen, they find love riding horses in the hills by Donner Lake. The sequel to Rancher's Girl -
Rancher's Girl
Series: Rancher, 1. Price: Free! Words: 37,260. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
When pretty Lily Cable moves to a small town in Nevada to rebuild her life, the last thing on her mind was falling for local rancher Sandy Johnson. Neither was interested in any romance whatsoever. But they had more in common than they thought: He's a cowboy poet and she loves Jane Austen. They might have had a chance when old family secrets are exposed that throw their love in jeopardy. Novella

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Smashwords book reviews by Jeanne Harrell

  • Aware on July 29, 2014

    I liked this very much. It reminded me of an old Bugs Buuny cartoon ( sorry if that offends), where Daffy Duck goes from one setting and job to another - cowboy, pilot. It turns out Bugs was creating him as the story went along. Nicely written. Interesting British terms: pulled tongues. The American version is 'stuck his tongue out'. Enjoyable...