Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Rated 4.83/5 based on 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. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452303451
About Rita Hestand

Attention: I debated if I should say anything, but I have since seen some Kindle Authors speak up and even pull their books from Amazon because of the print sales. What they are doing is allowing third parties to sell our books, which means the publisher and the author get nothing from the sales, which isn't right. Since Amazon has chosen to let third parties sell some of our books, with their fast track buttons, I encourage all readers to buy directly from the publisher, like Createspace for the print copies. This way authors will get their due royalties, and you'll be assured of getting a new copy of the book. Otherwise nothing is assured. You may purchase a book from the Amazon quick button, but you are not assured of getting a new copy. So please, if you buy a print copy, buy direct from the publisher if possible. This is for your benefit as much as mine or any author.

It seems that we authors, and almost all people in the arts today have to stand up for ourselves and pay attention to what is going on in the retail world. Amazon is a company no writer can ignore as it is a source of income, however, they do seem to be narrowing the profits for writers and publishers now. And the end result for the reader is that if you buy directly you get new copies. If you don't it may not be new copies.

SALES: Okay, now is the time to stock up on my children's books and stories and also My western thrillers and all short stories and novellas. You will find a great deal discounted. Please feel free to take advantage of this sale. Since I've got quite a collection of books, I'm putting quite a few on sale. Now is the time to get those books and stories you've been wanting to read, but didn't want to pay a lot for. I've also discounted the Red River Brides box sets. Check those out too. I will endeavor to run sales on different books off and on so check back when you can and pick up the ones you haven't read yet. Money is tight so I want to offer an advantage for you.

Afraid in the dark released now and am working on the second Stalker book. Also Broken Hearted, a new contemporary western romance is Free for your enjoyment. His to Hold was released. Also a book that has been on the pre-order list for some time is Be Free My Heart, one of the books in the Dream Catcher series. The third book of the Connor series is going to be coming out soon, look for it, "Finding the Fairy Tale", hope you enjoy it. And it won't be long and The Ghost of Victor Frank will release. I'm finishing it up now. I have two more of the Brides of the West series coming too, The Lady Train, and Comes a Hero.

I've narrowed the free books to the first of new series books. Now you have Cinderella Nanny which is going off the shelves quickly, Broken Hearted (Cowboy Lovin' Series) Also, I've had low prices on my books for a long time and I feel after numerous edits, changing covers that the increases aren't that detrimental. A writer can only give books away so long, and I was giving away the .99 cent books for nothing after the Vat tax was included, not so much on Smashwords as Amazon. But Amazon insists we carry the same prices on the books. Which they really can't keep doing as putting a book up for free has to come from them. Amazon is not a writer friendly site right now. And please, I don't mean to harp on it, but when they do things like let third parties sell our books that are brand new, it's very hard for the writer and the reader to get the best benefits.

Also check out the books in audio on Audible. I have some great producers on there and the way they tell the stories really can captivate you. Remember the children's books can be listened to on the way to school, and then for the adults you'll find the Western Thrillers and The Brides of the West. I hope you will try some because these people are so talented.

I hope you enjoy the covers, but if there is some you don't like drop me a line at ritahestand@gmail.com and let me know. I love new covers and I love to experiment and see what you readers do like.

Also there are a lot of New Adult and Young Adult short stories that I truly hope you enjoy. If you're looking for a quick read and yet fulfilling romance, check them out. I'm adding a few children's stories too.

I have fifteen books in the Brides of the West Collection that are completed, but look for new ones coming, all stories stand alone so if you are only interested in certain ones, you won't miss something from another book. I have recently begun another Brides book, so I guess I'm not finished with them yet. I'm enlarging my Dream Catcher series, and working on the Connor Series too. Afraid in the Dark is out and The Car Stalker is next. I'm writing it as we speak and I hope it send real chills down your back when you read it. There's already several books in this series to come. The Brides of the West is not complete yet, I have decided to try for twenty in that series. but Red River Valley Brides Series are complete now. I'm going to try to finish the Dream Catcher series this year, and get busy on the Stalker series, along with some New Adult stories and children's stories for you. So try them you might really like them.

I'd like to say that fatasticfiction.com has a nice display of our books, please visit. They have every series in order for you to look at and it's a colorful site. If you want a print book I'd appreciate you buying directly from Createspace. This helps all authors not just me.

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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Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

I gave this novel five stars for plot, characterizations, and just a darn good read. I am a big fan of Rita's style.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)

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