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Last time we talked I told you I was working on boxsets, I got box sets done now for Brides of the West and Red River Valley Brides.. By putting all in one set it goes over a quarter of a million words. And too many pages to deal with. So I'm not trying to get more out of the boxsets, but want you to be able to open it on your computers and tablets without trouble. Family Matters and Family Ranch are much shorter novels than the Brides. So that's why I could fit it one boxset. But I purposely wrote longer ones because I read where readers like the longer books. So I'm complying with what the readers in general want.
As you all know, that know me, you realize I change covers a lot. There are many reasons for that, one is that covers become rather outdated and look old. Two, I'm saving myself some by not using the stock images too long. Three, I like to collect covers, and boy do I ever have a bunch. Sheri McGathey is the cover artist for my Brides of the West and a lot of other books. She does really good western covers and not all artist have or will. I have three or four sites that I prefer for covers, and I have done some of my own. But looking at them they just aren't as good as the professionals do them. So I replace them. If there is one you particularly don't want me to change, feel free to e-mail me and let me know.
I update and edit my books all the time. I have paid big dollars for edits but have found that they so often disagree on how to edit that it confuses me. However, I do want to let you know that for me editing is an on going process.
This year I am putting out a Christmas book Let It Snow. I hope you'll all enjoy it. It's on pre-order now, will be available in November. I wrote a children's Christmas story too, will try to get that out soon.
I am writing some teenage romance now, most are short stories a few will be a little longer, in novellas. I've been wanting to get this done for a while.
I have fourteen books in the Brides of the West Collection, all stories stand alone so if you are only interested in certain ones, you won't miss something from another book. I'm enlarging my Dream Catcher series, and working on the Connor Series too. Guarding Red Riding Hood is on pre-order too.
My books are growing over at Audible.com. I'll be adding more as time allows. And I hand pick the narrators. You'll find some really good work there and I hope you'll check them out. If you want to listen to one free, I can send coupons, let me know, but I'd sure appreciate you reviewing it, if you listen for free. Not for me, but for the marvelous job these narrators do on there. I am so very proud of them. So please give a listen. Send me an e-mail if you want a free coupon to listen to the whole story. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'd like to say that fatasticfiction.com has a nice display of our books, please visit. If you want a print book I'd appreciate you buying directly from Createspace. This helps all authors.
My site is looking very good and I hope you'll visit me there. http://www.ritaphestand.rocks
That's all the news for now. Stay tuned though! Blessing to all!
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on April 05, 2011 :
This was a good story of people who put doing the right thing and standing by Christian values. Really beautiful story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 18, 2010 :
Simply because there are so many things I want to touch on, yet can't give away, this is going to be a hard review to write. First, let me begin with, this was one fantastic read. Although a novella, this book packed a punch. Second, this was one heck of a plot line. I've not read very many books like this and was pleasantly surprised. I fell in love with the characters of Jeb and Hoot. Both very Christian men determined to do the right thing, it is obvious of the struggles they have within themselves. The friendship between the men was refreshing to see. Sarah's character was strong, fierce and independent. The one thing driving her was the protection of her family. Sarah has witnessed and endured many terrible things but she has overcome them. The ending was amazing. I was curious to see how Ms. Hestand would wrap it all up and she did a phenomenal job of it. Grab the tissues while reading The Far Side of Lonesome, you're going to need. If you're looking for that one book that's short enough to read on a lunch break but covers a lot in the small amount of pages, this book is for you. It does leave a lasting impression that you will not soon forget.
(review of free book)