Rita Hestand

Biography

Hi folks!

Back to the routine now, Christmas is over. So prices have gone back to normal now. Hope you enjoyed all the sales and took advantage. Now it is back to work for all of us. I'm allowing myself a more lax schedule so I can try to get the books out to you in a timely manner but not overload myself. This year there will be more Brides of the West, More family stories. I've got a little of everything planned. And I'll be working on my mysteries too. I hope to get many stories out to you, this year, some childrens. And enlarge my audio collection at Audible.

Finding Her is next out, and then The Car Stalker. A couple more children's books, Mysteries take time to write, so bear with me. ONe note, Dare to Dream was going to be # 6 in the Dream Catcher series, but due to circumstances beyond my control I will have to make that a later book. It's still coming out.

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. 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, childrens. 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.

My sincere wish is that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas and we all look forward to having a good next year. I thank all of you for being with me all this time and I am working on books, but not too hard during the holidays. Unless I get wound up, which I sometimes do.

Merry Christmas to you all.

God bless.

Other places to see my books
https://www.fantasticfiction.com/h/rita-hestand/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/rita-hestand/id365799219?mt=11
www.scriptsforschools.com/rita-hestand
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/search?query=rita%20hestand&fcsearchfield=author

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


Series

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

HIdden (Stalker Book Four)

Price: $2.99 USD.
Issues
The Witness The Christmas Wagon What's Under the Bed

The Christmas Wagon

Price: $1.99 USD.

What's Under the Bed

Price: $1.99 USD.

Against All Odds

Price: $1.99 USD.

The Runt

Price: $1.99 USD.
Doggie Heroes
Jojo the One Eyed Puppy Tanker The Defender

Jojo The One Eyed Puppy

Price: $1.99 USD.

Jax's New Home

Price: $1.99 USD.
Red Rvier Valley Brides
Five whores conspire to become mail order brides in a town full of men. Becoming a lady is harder than they think, and finding a man for the first time in their life is serious business.
Brides of the West Part 4
Includes books: Falling for the Bride An Unexpected Welcome Desperado's Bride

An Unexpected Welcome

Price: $2.99 USD.
The Armstrongs
The rich and well-known family of the Armstrongs begins a saga of two twin brothers, and their cousins. Forever in Love is Joe Armstrong's story about lies and deceptions that could lead to disaster. A Rebel's Love is Sam Armstrong's story about finally being able to marry the woman of his dreams, even if he loses his possessions. Remember Me, is Zane Armstrong's story, a cousin to Joe and Sam. Zane left the woman that risk her life to save him behind in the war, and now he sets out to find her. Plunder My Heart is Christopher Armstrong's story. He had burned her house down, during he war, she'd never forgive him.
Brides of the West-Part Two
This box set includes books 5-8 This Side of Forever Shotgun Bride A Love as Big as Texas Heart of a Captive

A Love As Big As Texas

Price: $2.99 USD.

Heart of a Captive

Price: $2.99 USD.
Brides of the West- Part One
Heart of the Family- Book One Delivering the Bride-Book Two Heart of a Woman-Book Three Wanted: Bride-Book Four Four books about brides of the west.
The Travers Brothers
Four brothers of the Travers Brothers family. Chief Cook and Bottle Washer Courting Abby Hannah's Man Along Came Love

Courting Abby

Price: $2.99 USD.

Hannah's Man

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Along Came Love

Price: $2.99 USD.
The Amory's
Men of the Northwest: Heart of the Wild Sweeter Than Wine Mail Order Nanny

Heart of the Wild

Price: $2.99 USD.

Sweeter Than Wine

Price: $2.99 USD.
The McKay's
Family Ranch: The McKay's Raining in my Heart Ring of Fire Twelfth of Never Stand by Me

Raining In My Heart

Price: $2.99 USD.

Ring of Fire

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The Willy

WillY and the Spider

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Maebelle's Hat

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Poor Mo

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Tick or Teet

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The Tina

Tina's Revenge

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Tina and the Bullies

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Tina and the Teenage Mom

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Tina and the Cheerleaders

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Books

In the Eye of the Beholder (Book 5 of the Stalker Series)
Series: Stalker Series. Pre-release—available November 1, 2019. Price: $2.99 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 August 31, 2019. Price: $2.99 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 June 30, 2019. Price: $2.99 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 May 31, 2019. Price: $2.99 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?
The Runt
Series: Issues. Price: $1.99 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: $1.99 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: $1.99 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: $1.99 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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » 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.
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?
Comes a Hero (Book 17 of Brides of the West Series)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,030. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
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: $1.99 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: 62,040. 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.
Here Comes Trouble, My Trouble
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,200. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Remake of Runaway Bride. Savannah Kingsley is forced to become a runaway bride when she catches her husband-to-be in the arms of another on her wedding day. Chad Huntington II cannot face the deep, dark secret of his life, so Savannah flees the wedding in her parents car. Headed west, she's waylaid by the Sheriff of Junction when she can't show him proper ID, or a drivers license.
The Forgotten (Doggie Heroes book 4)
Series: Doggie Heroes. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » 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!
Jax's New Home
Series: Doggie Heroes. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Book 3 of the Doggie Heroes. Jax is lost and must find his home, but it's gone. Now what should he do?
The Filly & the Gambler (Book Fifteen of Brides of the West Series)
Series: The Brides of the West Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,670. 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: $1.99 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?
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 (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.
Maggie's Dreams (Book Five of the Red River Valley Brides)
Series: Red Rvier Valley Brides · Red River Valley Brides Part Two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,160. 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 · Brides of the West Part 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,010. 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!.
Silver Bells & Santa Hats
Price: $1.99 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: $1.99 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?
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 · Brides of the West Part 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,870. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
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: $4.99 USD. Words: 213,750. 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 213,750. 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 · Brides of the West Part 4. 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 · Brides of the West Part 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,750. 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: 63,000. 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 · Brides of the West Part 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,040. 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."
Brides of the West-Part Two
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 270,360. 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 · Red River Valley Brides Part One. 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: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,410. 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: 70,730. 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: 71,030. 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 first 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: 65,250. 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.
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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