Rita Hestand


Hi friends

Check it out for today and black Friday "And Here I'll Stay" is free. Take advantage and rate it please.
Wandering Heart and The Lady Train are free right now. So hurry and get yoru copy. Also, I'd like to ask a favor, not just for me but for all writers. Please when we offer a free book, it would be wonderful if you'd take the time to rate the book. This doesn't take much time out of your day and authors really appreciate your time to do this. I know not everyone wants to sit down and write a review, but rating the book will help as well. And a big thanks to all who do this. You never know how much an author appreciates you taking the time to do this.

I finally finished The Car Stalker. Hope you'll check it out. This is the second book in the stalker series. Like I said mystery is much different from romance all though there are elements in romance in my stalker books too. Today I finished an another book in my series of Vets coming home, Better Every Day. This book takes the angle of when family interrupts your plans. When a one-night stand is much more. I love this story as it hits home. So two new books out now and more coming.

I'm taking the time to write while confined at home. But lack of seeing people outside, and living alone all the time is not new to me. I've got lots of stories to tell so be on the lookout for my newest releases. You might check out my Searchin g for You Indian romance on Amazon too.

There are several new free books for you enjoyment, since your stuck at home. Home you enjoy them.

As for a bio, suffice it to say, I'm a Texan tried and true. I have grown children and grandchildren and already some great-grandchildren. I've done multi jobs in my lifetime giving me a variety of experiences to write and talk about. I've done many different kinds of work from Texas Instruments, to City of Garland, to working for the Wylie Independent School District. I've worked for a hat factory, filing insurance claims, secretarial work, to waitress work. My writing reflects my varied background. Another note I've had a in home day care for twenty years too. So when I write about something I have a general knowledge of it too, which is a real bonus for me. Just like my public work, my writing varies too from contemporary to historical, I write romance, thrillers, children's. A lot of people might say gee, that's a lot of different jobs, and it is, but, I've learned from them all, and I use that experience in my writing.

I want to thank all the readers over a length of time that have tried some of my books. I hope I've enlightened and entertained you. I hope I've shared some love in this world. Sharing love can't be bad, it's God given.

God bless.

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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


Coming Home
When a soldier comes home he faces other perils Picking up the PIeces Better Every Day
Picking up the PIeces
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Better Every Day
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Stalker Series
What do you do when you are being stalked? You want answers, you want to know why. You want to know who. And you want to know how to stop them. Series starts with: 'Afraid in the Dark The Car Stalker Beyond Scared Hidden In The Eye of the Beholder and more to come
The Witness The Christmas Wagon What's Under the Bed
The Christmas Wagon
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What's Under the Bed
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Against All Odds
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The Runt
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Doggie Heroes
Jojo the One Eyed Puppy Tanker The Defender
Brides of the West Part 4
Includes books: Falling for the Bride An Unexpected Welcome Desperado's Bride
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A Christmas Wish for Henry
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Jodi was heartbroken that her parents were constantly yelling at each other. It made her afraid. So when Henry the neighbors cat came up to her one day and crawled up into her lap, and licked her cheek, she laughed. Cuddling with Henry took her mind off her Mommy and Daddy. Johnny, the neighbor that Henry belonged to saw how much comfort Henry gave her and he decided to give his cat to her.
Wanted One Male Order Bride
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,180. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Brides of the West Series, book twenty-two. Hannah Norton just lost her parents to consumption. She sold everything she had and bought a wagon and supplies to go west. Only the Wagon Master threw a real problem at her. She had to marry to go west, as he didn't take single women on a wagon train going that far. Where was she gonna find a man to go west with her in one week?
The Railroad Bride
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,240. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Book 21 of the Brides of the West. It was simple, the B & M railroad was coming through north Texas. This meant they'd have to offer to buy the land they needed. But the land they needed was on privately owned property. Sam Logan wasn't selling. Then in walks Cassie Montgomery and everything begins to change.
Better Every Day
Series: Coming Home. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,620. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Shannon O'Hara had gotten pregnant the first time she had sex. She'd fallen for the handsome soldier on furlough, as he related such sad stories of the war. And Shannon waited three years to tell him of his child. But it didn't take long to see that the real obstacle to getting together was going to be Joe's mother. Joe was quickly outraged.He loved Shannon and his baby and somehow he'd prove it.
The Car Stalker -Book Two of the Stalker Series
Series: Stalker Series. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,150. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Mixed up with a drug ring years ago, Luke Crandall finally turned star witness for the Prosecution four 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 Black Ford Thunderbird, and who was behind the wheel?
Wish: A Christmas Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,980. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
This is a Christmas short story. Beth Myers wished her boyfriend would come home for Christmas because she hadn't seen him in months. If only she could wish him home.
The Drifter's Promise
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,950. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Kate Marley's husband was killed by a Cougar. And now, she had two big crops she needed taking care of and no one to help her. When Wes Dolan came along, she thought her prayers were answered. But Wes was a drifter, and although he promised to get her crops to market, he wouldn't be staying long. Problem was he might be taking her heart with him.
And Here I'll Stay
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,560. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Western
Jilted for the third time at the alter, Anna Lee Murray relied heavily on her best friend to get her out of this mess. Joe Callahan was there for her every time. But when she blurted out, "Marry me, Joe!" No one was more shocked than Joe. So the first night of their honeymoon he crawled into bed with her and she shrieked, "You can't sleep with me!". "Oh yeah? Hide and watch!"
An Unescorted Lady
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,680. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Trudy O'Toole had been whisked off the train station steps and into the arms of a man bent on kissing her. Not only that, he proceeded to drag her to the church. Before she knew what hit her, she was repeating the vows and saying 'I do'. He kept babbling and she had no chance to tell him that this was a mistake. She was his cook, not his bride!
The Runt
Series: Issues. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Tim Nelson was being picked on at school. Everyone there called hm a runt because he was so short. Tim had to find a way to cope with it.
Against All Odds
Series: Issues. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Left with a new step-mother, Eddie was only ten when his mother died. Almost eleven he quickly realized he'd have to grow up fast if he wanted to survive with Julia. She didn't cook or clean, and the air-conditioning went out in the trailer. Could things get any worse for Eddie?
What's Under the Bed
Series: Issues. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
When you can't sleep for the noise under your bed, you have to be brave and find out what is keeping you up nights. Even when your are too scared!
The Christmas Wagon
Series: Issues. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Christmas time is a time to help others. It's a time to share the joy of giving. Hunter and D. J. were going to spend their first Christmas learning how to share with others.
The Faithful
Series: Doggie Heroes. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals
Old Henry had only one master all his life so when his master died he moved to the city to be close to him. Tanker his friend was worried about him though and had some friends go with him when he went to the cemetery.
Most Unlikely Lovers
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,250. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A short love story. Can a high paying insurance adjuster date a maintenance man in the same building without tongues waging? Can opposites really attract? It's a battle for the sexes. Megan Cartwright and Joe Payne set out to prove that they are a most unlikely pair.
Picking up the PIeces
Series: Coming Home. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,260. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Ex-Marine Jacob Hamilton is after his father and mother's murderer, a cold case the police tell him, so it's up to Jacob to pick up the pieces and find their murderer. Complications begin when Tara Hughes shows up claiming to be taking care of his parents property. But there's more to Tara than meets the eyes.
Beauty's Beast (Book 5 of The Connor's)
Series: The Connor;s. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,760. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
San Diego was a lovely place to visit, but tied to a boring teacher's convention, she wasn't seeing much of it. Exhausted the very first day, she went to her room a bit more tipsy than she planned. But finding a handsome man in her room, with only a towel around his waist, changed everything. It had to be a dream, She couldn't get so lucky, could she?
Saving Sleeping Beauty (Book Four of the Connor's)
Series: The Connor;s. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,730. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ray Connor knew all the guys would raze him about Kelly Price saving him from the burning building. He'd take it in his stride. From the moment she walked into the station, taking the job as his backup partner, he knew he had to fight even harder not to fall for Kelly. But how did he keep fighting it when she saved his life?
All My Yesterdays (Book Three of the Cowboy Lovin' Series)
Series: Cowboy Lovin' Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,660. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2018 . 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. He'd looked her up on line, studied her siblings bios and was convinced she was the only one to take care of his son, Marty
Comes a Hero (Book 17 of Brides of the West Series)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,050. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Quirt Noble is assigned to take charge of Ft. Davis when the Colonel is called to the north at the outbreak of civil war. Not only will he face daunting battles from the Comanche and the Kiowa Apaches, he must take care of a band of women sent by Washington to retrieve their loved ones lost in battle. Quirt had his hands full with women,unfriendly Indians and the threat of Yankees coming south.
The Witness-Issues: Responsibility
Series: Issues. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,950. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
This is a short story. This is also the first of the Issues Series: Responsibility. Jimmy Johnston is put in a place where he has to decide what is right and wrong in a very bad situation. Should he tell someone, or try to keep it to himself. And could he live with himself if he didn't?
The Lady Train (Brides of the West Book 16)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,590. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Cully was hired to take a wagon train load of mail order brides to the California gold fields. Cully knew it would be no easy feat, and that they had no idea what they were getting into. Still, it was a job, and he'd do it to the best of his ability, even if it meant teaching them to shoot, ride and handle a team of ornery horses and mules.
The Forgotten (Doggie Heroes book 4)
Series: Doggie Heroes. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals
Penny the Irish Setter pup,meets Charlie when she's abandoned. Charlie isn't like other people Penny has known, he can't walk. But he's a lot of fun. He sits in some kind of chair and lives in a big building. The two become friends and Charlie takes care of Penny. Until one day when Charlie gets hurt. Penny rushes to find her dog friend Tanker. Tanker would know what to do.
Finding the Fairy Tale (Book 3 of the Connor's)
Series: The Connor;s. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,340. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When one dreams, it isn't always for the best. Lucas had it all, a five star restaurant in Houston. He had a very high class girl-friend that he intended marrying. So why, when he saw Frankie McCall again did his heart and brain tell him he was making a huge mistake? He'd treated Frankie wrong two years ago when he told her it was over. Now, with regrets, he aimed to win her back! No matter what!
The Ghost of Victor Frank (Book Four of the Western Serial Killer Series)
Series: Western Serial Killer series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,010. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017 . 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 in the saloon. It seemed everyone thought Benny a little "off". John T. saw Benny as the Ghost of Victor Frank?
Jax's New Home
Series: Doggie Heroes. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals
Book 3 of the Doggie Heroes. Jax is lost and must find his home, but it's gone. Now what should he do?
His to Hold (Book 2 Cowboy Lovin' Series)
Series: Cowboy Lovin' Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,250. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2017 . 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 Filly & the Gambler (Book Fifteen of Brides of the West Series)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,330. 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: $2.99 USD. 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: $0.99 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)
Series: Cowboy Lovin' Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,970. 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: $0.99 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: $0.99 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 (Book 2 of the Connors)
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.
Gentle Ben
Price: $0.99 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: $0.99 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 · Brides of the West Part 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,890. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
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!.
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 » General
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: $0.99 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: $0.99 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?
Don't Break My Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,230. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » General, 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 · Brides of the West Part 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,980. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
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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: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,630. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » General, 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: 201,010. 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.
Falling for the Bride (Brides of the West Series Book Twelve)
Series: The Brides of the West Series · Brides of the West Part 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,530. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
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 · Brides of the West Part 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,640. 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 · Brides of the West Part 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,200. 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 · Brides of the West Part 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,300. 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."
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  • 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
  • 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