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I thought I’d share a little about The Christmas Calamity this morning since the book is now officially released in both Kindle and Paperback formats! Make sure you click on the “Meet” pages for some fun info and visuals!

The Christmas Calamity

Hardman Holidays Book 3

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 Arlan Guthry hasn’t got a chance once Alex the Amazing rolls into town…

Dependable and solid, Arlan Guthry relishes his orderly life as a banker’s assistant in the small town of Hardman, Oregon. He has good friends, a great job, and the possibility of marriage to the town’s schoolteacher.

His uncluttered world tilts off kilter when the beautiful and enigmatic prestidigitator Alexandra Janowski arrives in town, spinning magic and trouble in her wake as the holiday season approaches.

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Entranced by the way her mouth moved as she spoke, Arlan didn’t realize he leaned closer and closer until Alex stopped talking and released a sigh.

“Arlan, don’t you think…”

“Yes, I do.” He set down his coffee cup and rose to his feet, pulling Alex up next to him. Gently tracing his thumb across her bottom lip, he watched her eyes flutter closed and listened to her draw in a ragged breath.

“Alex, please, may I kiss you?” Arlan thought he’d die if she said no. Every nerve, every muscle, every ounce of blood pumping rapidly through his veins wanted to taste her lips, savor their velvety softness moving against his own.

“Arlan…” Alex raised her gaze to his. The wanting in her eyes was undeniable, but she stepped back from him. “As much as I want to say yes, I have to say no. I refuse to come between you and Miss Bevins. It wouldn’t be right or fair.”

“There is no me and Miss Bevins. In fact, I wrote her a letter today making that point abundantly clear.” Arlan moved until he stood with the toes of his boots disappearing beneath the hem of Alex’s skirt.

“But I’ve heard you whispering her name over and over, like a chant or something. I know you love her, Arlan, and I won’t do this.” Alex backed up until she bumped into the wall.

Arlan wasted no time in closing the space between them. He raised his hand to her face again, trailing his index finger across her smooth cheek and along her jaw. “If you heard me whispering her name, it was in a futile effort to remind myself of her. You see, I tend to forget she even exists whenever I think of you.”

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It’s a shameless day of self-promotion today…

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I’m super excited to announce that The Christmas Token is now ready for your reading pleasure!

Take a holiday adventure into 1895 to the town of Hardman, Oregon.

Those of you who read The Christmas Bargain, will recognize many of the same characters, including Luke and Filly Granger.

You can find the book digitally on:

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The paperback version will be available next week!

Here’s the first chapter to get you started:

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It’s a day of shameless self-promotion today..

But for those of you who have been patiently and anxiously awaiting…

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The Christmas Cowboy is finished and ready for your reading pleasure!

Here are the links for the digital versions. Paperbacks will be available next week!

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Here’s a blurb about the book:

Flying from city to city in her job as a busy corporate trainer for a successful direct sales company, Kenzie Beckett doesn’t have time for a man. And most certainly not for the handsome cowboy she keeps running into at the airport. Burned twice, she doesn’t trust anyone wearing boots and Wranglers, especially someone as charming and handsome as Tate Morgan.

Among the top saddle bronc riders in the rodeo circuit, easy-going Tate Morgan can handle the toughest horse out there, but trying to handle the beautiful Kenzie Beckett is a completely different story. As the holiday season approaches, this Christmas Cowboy is going to need more than a little mistletoe to win her heart.

I will fess up that I fell in love with these characters. Tate and Kenzie quickly wiggled their way into my heart and made writing their story so much fun. Next week, I’ll post some visuals I used while I was writing the story and you can also check out their board on Pinterest.

Just because… here is a little excerpt from the story:

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“Is there anything you need me to explain to you?” Tate asked, as they watched the end of the grand entry.

“This ain’t my first rodeo, cowboy,” Kenzie said with a western twang, making them both laugh.

“Okay,” Tate said in surprise. He wondered what else he had to learn about the beautiful woman who just made everything right in his world by showing up to see him ride.

They watched the bareback riding together and when the next event began, Tate whipped off his hat to hide their faces and gave Kenzie a kiss that made her wonder if her shoes would melt right off her feet.

“For luck,” Tate said, standing up and settling the hat back on his head as those around them laughed or hollered.

“Ride ‘em, cowboy,” Kenzie said, grinning up at Tate with flushed cheeks. Thoroughly embarrassed, his attention also pleased her immensely. He’d just made it known to anyone watching that she was off limits and that was fine with her.

Tate hurried down the steps and behind the chutes with Kenzie’s eyes glued to his jean-covered backside.

A little girl sitting beside her watched her observation of Tate.

“Is he your boyfriend?” the little girl asked.

Kenzie looked down at the blond hair in pigtails, red flowered T-shirt, and jeans tucked into bright red cowboy boots. The cherubic face staring up at her made her smile.

“Not exactly,” Kenzie said, not wanting to discuss her feelings for Tate with a six-year-old.

“Either he is or he isn’t,” the wise child said, staring at Kenzie with tiny arms crossed over her chest and an impatient look on her face. “Grammy says you’ve got to learn to make up your mind.”

“Your Grammy sounds very smart,” Kenzie said, watching as Tate disappeared into the sea of cowboy hats barely visible behind the chutes from her seat.

“Is Tate your boyfriend?” the cherub asked again. “He’s really nice, and all the girls think he’s cute.”

“He is nice and very cute,” Kenzie said absently, her mind still lost in the kiss Tate planted on her in front of everyone. Normally, she would be mortified at such behavior, but somehow, tonight, it seemed perfect.

“If you let him kiss you like that, don’t you think he’s probably your boyfriend?”

“Probably,” Kenzie said…

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And for those who use Goodreads, here is a link to the book’s page there:

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Please forgive my shameless self-promotion today, but…

 

The Christmas Bargain is now available for your reading pleasure!

I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy a little holiday romance set in a time period that I absolutely love!

You can find it on:

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It will be available in paperback in a few days, so stay tuned!

The Christmas Bargain is quickly becoming near and dear to my heart. I love characters and the fact that this is my first attempt at writing historical fiction probably helps, too.

Set in the once booming town of Hardman, Oregon (now a ghost town), this Victorian romance has a big Victorian house, beautiful gowns, a handsome hero and of course a bad guy or two.

Here is the book description:

Luke Granger is about to get more than he bargained for…

As owner and manager of the Hardman bank, Luke Granger is a man of responsibility and integrity in the small 1890s Eastern Oregon town. Calling in a long overdue loan, Luke finds himself reluctantly accepting a bargain in lieu of payment from the shiftless farmer who barters his daughter to settle his debt.

Philamena Booth is both mortified and relieved when her father sends her off with the banker as payment of his debt. Held captive on the farm by her father since the death of her mother more than a decade earlier, Philamena is grateful to leave. If only it had been someone other than the handsome and charismatic Luke Granger riding in to rescue her. Ready to uphold her end of the bargain as Luke’s cook and housekeeper, Philamena is prepared for the hard work ahead. What she isn’t prepared for is being forced to marry Luke as part of this crazy Christmas bargain.

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