Rita Hestand


Attention: 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, here and Smashwords. 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.
It seems that we authors, and almost all people in the arts today have to stand up for themselves 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.

This month represents a new genre for me with my STalker series. Not only will there be mystery, but romance and thrilling scenes. I hope you enjoy my first book: Afraid in the Dark, it will be released: June 15, 2017.

I've put some different books up for FREE. The books are: Always Remember, A Warrior's Survival, Cinderella Nanny. 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.

Come on guys, and girls, I'm seventy, even though I'm taking a bit longer, I am still writing every day and plotting new books for your delight. Please don't forget me. I'm still writing, just taking a little longer now. I feel like when an author writes so long, which I've been writing a long time, decades actually, that to keep from going sour or uninterested they have to try something new. I studied children's writing and graduated from the Children's Institute of Literature. So I dabble with children's stories. My series on Willy deals with a hard of hearing duck. I wrote that to make parents and children more aware that this can be a problem that if nicked in time will save children a lot of heartache. My mid grade short stories have a moral twist to them, uplifting and I hope beneficial to children and parents. I've also gone into teen and New Adult short stories of romance. So try some and see if you like them.

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 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 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 my first Stalker book. 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, and 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.

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 ritahestand@gmail.com.

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!

Other places to see my books

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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Where to find Rita Hestand online

Where to buy in print


In the Eye of the Beholder (Book 5 of the Stalker Series)
Pre-release—available June 1, 2018. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
John and Sydney Nelson had been living in New York for the past six years. He'd met Sydney when she treated him from an auto accident. They'd dated nearly a year then got married. Even though John made a six figure income, when he accidentally stumbled on a corrupt plan to ruin the country, John quickly realized he and his beautiful wife were in trouble. They had to escape.
HIdden (Stalker Book Four)
Series: Stalker Series. Pre-release—available May 11, 2018. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Mary Frances Montgomery liked Oscar the custodian, he was always friendly and always liked to talk to her. But after a while Mary began to suspect that Oscar wanted much more than a casual friendship. She was too young for anything else, surely he understood that being a student what he sought was not proper for a girl her age. But could she make him understand before things got out of hand?
Beyond Scared-Book Three of the Stalker Series
Series: Stalker Series. Pre-release—available April 13, 2018. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Emily Coleman a young doctor was being stalked by someone but she had no idea why or who it could be. She thought she had a perfect life. She'd graduated Med-School and went into her private practice immediately. People might have thought her rich since she bought her own house and went into private practice so soon, but the money her dead parents left her had taken care of that. She had no money.
The Car Stalker -Book Two of the Stalker Series
Series: Stalker Series. Pre-release—available April 5, 2018. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Mixed up with a drug ring, Lee Cordell finally turned star witness for the Prosecution eight years ago. Now in a witness protection plan he'd become a mechanic at Sid's Garage. He'd built his life up again, and had a good reputation. So why was he being stalked by a Red Ford Mustang, and who was behind the wheel?
Daughter of Iniquity (Book Five of Western Serial Killer Series)
Series: Western Serial Killer series. Pre-release—available March 31, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Angelica is a popular young girl. Her mother is the town doctor, everyone knows her and loves her. She can have her pick of the men in her town. So what could possibly upset her? The truth comes to town in the form of a stranger, bent on changing things for Angelica. And she can't handle it! So she sets out to right the wrongs.
Finding Her (Book Eight of the Dream Catcher Series)
Pre-release—available February 28, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Aiden McCall, a bounty hunter, was hired by the army to bring in The Silver Fox to be hung. But the Silver Fox was a white woman, who went to war with the Sioux against the whites. Could Aiden bring her in to be hung and collect his bounty, and forget what was between them? Could the Silver Fox give up her Indian ways for the love of a white man?
All My Yesterdays-Book Three of Cowboy Lovin' Series
Pre-release—available January 31, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The only girl that stood out in Carson Wells past was Kathy Malone. She stunned him when he took her and found her a virgin. She was a loyal companion, she had character and strength about her. And she was the only girl that broke up with him first, not the other way around. It hadn't mattered that much before, but he'd changed and he couldn't quite forget her now.
My Captured Heart
Pre-release—available December 26, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Lone Wolf, an Arapaho Indian saved a white girl from being assaulted. He took Hannah Caldwell as his white slave, at least that's what he told his people. Hannah tried to escape him many times. Each time he brought her back. She fought the attraction for him, but she couldn't fight her own heart.
Dare to Dream (Book Six of the Dream Catcher Series)
Series: Dream Catcher. Pre-release—available November 30, 2017. Price: $2.99 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?.
His to Hold
Pre-release—available October 31, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The one thing Jodi Samuels wanted was to go home after she graduated college. She missed everything on the Bar SS Ranch. But to go home she'd have to stifle all her real feelings for Ty Taylor and develop a love hate relationship with him. Because if her father found out how she really felt, she'd have to leave her new job and find a completely different life for herself.
The Ghost of Victor Frank (Book Four of the Western Serial Killer Series)
Series: Western Serial Killer series. Pre-release—available October 15, 2017. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Benny Gates had been abused by every person in town. Everyone made fun of the son of a whore that didn't have all his faculties. Well Benny was tired of the abuse and he was about to do something that would change his life. John T. and Antonio met Benny int he saloon. It seemed everyone thought Benny a little "off". John T. saw Benny as the Ghost of Victor Frank?
Be Free My Heart (Book Five of the Dream Catcher Series)
Series: Dream Catcher. Pre-release—available September 20, 2017. Price: $2.99 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.
The Filly & the Gambler (Book Fifteen of Brides of the West Series)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,680. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
When Gabby Gibson found out she'd been bartered off in a bet to Cole Martin she was understandably upset. But it was the dying wish of her father that they marry, even though they were strangers. A promise was a promise, and the two unlikely strangers found themselves suddenly married to each other.Cole Martin had been sure, he'd lost that bet, but had he?
Afraid in the Dark (Stalker Series Book One)
Series: Stalker Series. Price: Free! Words: 105,990. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
On her own for the first time in her life, Melanie George looked forward to her first job as a nurse at Mercy General. But she hadn't gotten moved in good, nor into her job long and realized that someone was stalking her. With no man to rely on, she automatically leaned on her handsome neighbor Dex Cooper to help her, he would give her rides when she worked late. But who was stalking her, and why?
Forever Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,240. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
A new adult novella. Jolene had been abused by her father even before her mother died. So when Luke Garza came along and wanted to date her, she knew her father would never permit that. But Jolene really liked Luke and he was so good to her siblings. Could they find a way to be together?
Broken Hearted (Book One of the Cowboy Lovin' Series)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,910. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Andrea Colbert was home, to find her father stricken with Alzheimer's, her brothers trying to sell the ranch out from under him and her ex-husband a bitter man. But the love they once shared, still held a dangerous spark for them both. Only the truth would set them free, but could she tell him why she really left?
Easy to Love
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,380. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
Young and New Adult novella. When best friends become more than best friends, what could possibly be the problem. Could age and race alone separate the two love birds? Dori was black, and Matthew was white, and their parents, even though they'd seen it coming, couldn't stop the teenagers on a collision course for love. Loving their parents as they did, could they make them see?
Part of Me
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,400. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
Short Story for young adults. Amy Benefield is pregnant. Kevin is the father, but he won't own up to it, even though Amy was a virgin when he took her. Now her other best friend Carson Walker steps up and offers her marriage. Will she marry Carson or wait for Kevin to change his mind?
Guarding Red Riding Hood
Series: The Connor;s. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,990. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Daniel Connor accepts an assignment to protect a Senator's daughter from a drug lord. Her father suspects that she's romantically involved with this man. But he doesn't have all the facts. Gabby is out to save the drug lord's son, Tony. So now Daniel's stuck with the two of them for no telling how long. and the girl is drop dead gorgeous. A real problem since he's not supposed to get involved.
Maggie's Dreams (Book Five of the Red River Valley Brides)
Series: Red Rvier Valley Brides. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,960. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2016. 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.
Gentle Ben
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,580. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
Ben Tyler took a job at the Baldwin farm after Kitty's father died and Ben had moved home. He hadn't known the problems at the Baldwin farm were as bad as they were, when he found out, he set out on a mission to help Kitty, the girl he'd gone to school with and had a secret crush on forever.
Let it Snow
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,870. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Novella. Lanningham comes home to be with her Aunt through the holidays and maybe make a place for herself there. When she meets Mark the handyman, she's intrigued that he's a man after her own heart. Problem is, his heart is already taken, by a girl that doesn't even know he's alive. Will Christmas disappoint or will Lori finally find what she's been looking for?
A Desperado's Bride (Book Fourteen of the Brides of the West)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,800. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Chance Montgomery was back and bent on vengeance now and Jenny Carter had to set him straight before it was too late. He wanted his land back and he wanted justice for his parents.. And for some reason he wanted to give Jenny a chance at life that she'd never had. She was his good deed, and so much more!.
Nancy Mae & the Sad Christmas Tree
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,380. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Nancy Mae spent her time staring out the window for her parents. Like all the other kids that first came there, she just knew they would show up and take her home. But they never did. And the only thing that interested her was decorating the sad little Christmas tree. But dare she give up a prize possession to make the tree happy?
Ready or Not, Here We Come
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
This is a children's short story. Joe and Sam are hurdled off the cruise ship in the harbour at New York City. Lost in the streets of the biggest city in the country, they don't know where to turn. Thank goodness Joe recognizes the police and Harry and Pam, NYPD come to their aid.
Silver Bells & Santa Hats
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,650. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
A Christmas short story for New Adult. Emily Morgan had a crush on Noah Ingram for years. He worked for her family on holidays off from college. Noah was studying to be a doctor and Emily's sister was studying to be a nurse. But Emily found her life slipping by her, and she was losing Noah to her older sister, Cassie. Would Noah or her family ever see her as the hard worker she was?
Get a Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,590. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Short Story for teens. Kelly Webster had literally buried herself in her phone since her father died in Afghanistan. So when her mother made her get out and join a club in school, she was headed for Yosemite National Park on a backpacking tour. Her father had loved hiking, but she'd never joined him. Suddenly she found herself closer to him and learning a lot about her partner, Billy Williams.
Surprise Under the Mistletoe
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,990. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
This is a novella for New Adult. Trudy O'Bryan and Mark Collins loved each other. Their relationship was challenged when they had a wreck on the way home from the dance and Mark had to carry Trudy to a railroad shack to get her out of the freezing weather. Praying she wasn't hurt bad, he quickly realized that their engagement was not enough. He wanted to marry her now, and keep it a secret.
Paroled on Love
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,600. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
This is a New Adult novella. Leah Malone and Jeremiah Douglas were thrown together when she was sentenced to work on the Douglas farm for 12 weeks. In that time he taught her how to gather eggs, slop hogs, milk a cow and muck out the stalls of the barn. But could he teach her to trust and love again?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,400. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
This is a novella. Callie just moved to San Diego and meets Jimmy Colton on the beach. He's almost the same age and they begin to spend a lot of time together. Callis isn't quite sixteen yet, and although she doesn't know it, she's going to do a lot of growing up this summer.
Don't Break My Heart
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,230. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
This is a New Adult Romance short story. Riley and Nick were practically engaged when he got the football scholarship in Michigan State. It meant he'd be leaving Riley in Alaska, and that she would have a long distance relationship. Using her mother as an example, she was sure their love would not endure. And when her mother turned against her, Riley was devastated.
An Unexpected Welcome
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,740. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Cord McCall left the town Doubtful ten years ago, when he killed a man at the age of sixteen. Back for his mother's funeral, the only ones in town that welcomed him was the doc and Lilly, the girl he'd left behind. When Lilly welcomed him home with a sultry kiss, things changed, he began to wonder if a gunman and a saloon girl could finally find happiness like his mother had always hoped!
Off Limits
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,630. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
This is a short story for teens. Mia had a crush on Jeremy Potter, she couldn't help it. But the problem was Mia's age. She was at that delicate turning point in her life when the little girl in her was moving on to be a big girl. But would Jeremy ever see it?
Brides of the West-Part Four
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 201,600. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
This is a boxset for Brides of the West-Part Four: Concludes the final three books of the Series: Falling for the Bride An Unexpected Welcome A Desperado's Bride
Brides of the West-Part Three
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 201,020. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
This is a boxset of Brides of the West-Part Three: This boxset includes Nine, Ten and Eleven of the series: Wherever my Heart Roams, In the Arms of an Angel, and Bride from Shenandoah.
Red River Valley Brides-Part Two
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 146,440. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western
This is a boxset: Part Two of the Red River Valley Brides brings you: Winning the Lady, when her husband loses her in a poker game, Trish is suddenly taken to the world of gambling by the handsome Gil Davis. She was to stay with him three years before she could get a divorce. Maggie's Dreams: When Maggie leaves the Mayor for her Indian bodyguard, the town is in an uproar.
Red River Valley Brides-Part One
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 213,480. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
This is a boxset of The first three books of the Red River Valley Brides. Heart of a Lady, Dancing with the Preacher Man, Last Bride, Last Man
Falling for the Bride (Brides of the West Series Book Twelve)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,000. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
After his brother lost the deed to the ranch in a poker game and was killed in a shootout, Quint Hadley decided it was time to take matters into his own hands.He'd kidnap the mail order bride, Priscilla Brewster and ransom her for the deed to his land. That is until 'Cilla' became more important than the land itself.
Bride from Shenandoah (Brides of the West Series Book Eleven)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,770. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Millie Powell quit medical college just weeks before graduation. She was on a mission to save her family farm. However her plan to stow away on a wagon train to get to Nebraska Territory to marry Matt Hudson wasn't working. But Joe Modoc, the wagon train scout mucked up her plans. Joe was either the man of her dreams or her worst nightmare.
In the Arms of an Angel (Brides of the West Series Book Ten)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,000. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016. 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. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,060. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016. 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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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: $1.99 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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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?
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P A Hilton
Latest book: Charlotte of Little Dean. Published May 31, 2011. (2.50 from 4 reviews)

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 Anthology 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