Saturday, August 13, 2022

4-H, friends, and fun at the county fair.

                We had a great time supporting, Peyton,
          a wonderful young man at his first 4-H goat show. 
There were several categories and Peyton worked very hard with his goats and the time and effort paid off as his boer goat, Feta, did well. They won and placed in many of the events. 
Peyton showed kindness and patience toward his goat while exhibiting, paid attention to the judge's comments, and excelled in his showmanship. 
I think he had fun and learned a lot, 
and this was a very successful day!   
 We were all very proud of him, especially sister Taylor, and his Mom who entered the parents' just for fun event. The kids were the judges and they pulled no punches. 
Got to spend quality time 
with my friends. 
Thank you Carol for taking us,
(darn, I didn't get a picture of you)
and for doing so much for so many people. 
                         We need more support for 4-H, 
                                    these are great kids and 
                               they deserve some recognition. 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Dog Days of Summer Book Giveaway.

 

  Win your next book to welcome in the fall season.
                           Over 30 prizes,
           including an e-book of Special Delivery. 

               

                       


Clover City, Colorado—1888

A mysterious letter and the drop-dead handsome town marshal, are the last things Mariah expects to find making rounds as a midwife. 

Mariah McAllister plans to be married before her next birthday. Too bad Marshal Virgil Kincaid barely knows she’s alive. Not one to give up easily, she’s determined to show him she has an abiding passion for more than her work.

Virgil Kincaid loved a woman once—after she broke his heart, he spent three years in prison. Women can’t be trusted, no matter how good they look. He’s sworn off relationships in favor of Saturday night poker games. Life is simple—the way he wants it…until a stranger turns up dead in the road. 

Forced to work side by side with Mariah, Virgil begins to wonder if she might be his second chance at love. As they trade kisses and oh so much more, he’s willing to take the gamble. But when a killer threatens their once peaceful town, all bets are off.  

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Summer fun continues at N N LIght.

 



Start July off right by entering the 
N.N. Light giveaway. 

You can win a copy of  my award winning western
A Cowboy's Fate 
 
Colorado 1888

    Kicked out of England for offending the Royal Family, Britania Rule heads for Leadville, in the Colorado backcountry. Passing herself off as a highborn lady, she pursues her dream of opening a parlor of spiritual enlightenment.

   Cody James, her guide, thinks he must be half-crazy to hire-out to a female. But his luck at the gaming tables has run dry, and she’s his meal-ticket out of town. Betrayed by the only woman he ever loved, and shot and left for dead by a man he once called friend, Cody declares himself a loner.

    Traveling side by side, they deny their desire for one another, but the Tarot cards say otherwise—and their hot night of passion confirms the prediction. Will love be waiting at the end of the trail? Or could Cody’s past destroy their future? 

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Book club invite a true delight.

 






    Thank you Barb and Steve for suggesting 
Undercover Outlaw to your Book Club. 
    I was so excited to be invited to the meeting.     What a lovely and interesting group of readers---and the food was delish! Had fun discussing the nuts and bolts of writing, as well as those other fascinating topics. I was thrilled the members enjoyed my story enough to be interested in trying some of  my other books. Quite the memorable evening.  

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Blurb: Jesse is determined to track down the man who killed his brother in cold blood. Impersonating an outlaw, his quest for justice becomes a living, breathing, part of his soul. 
Trinity is heading to Denver to escape her vicious guardians. When her stagecoach is robbed, Jesse kidnaps her, and all her well-laid plans collide with his, leaving them both in danger.
 
Trapped in Prairie Ridge by a flood, Jesse and Trinity's feelings soon run as high and wild as the river. When Jesse is accused of murder, Trinity stands by his side, and they take on the town's tyrannical leader. As the city cowers in fear, help comes from an unexpected source, but can it save Jesse from a hangman's noose?
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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Undercover Outlaw finalist at Colorado Authors' League.

 


         Such a thrill and honor to be nominated!
Blurb:      

   Jesse is determined to track down the man who killed his brother in cold blood. Impersonating an outlaw, his quest for justice becomes a living, breathing, part of his soul.
     Trinity is heading to Denver to escape her vicious guardians. When her stagecoach is robbed, Jesse kidnaps her, and all her well-laid plans collide with his, leaving them both in danger.
     Trapped in Prairie Ridge by a flood, Jesse and Trinity's feelings soon run as high and wild as the river. When Jesse is accused of murder, Trinity stands by his side, and they take on the town's tyrannical leader. 
   As the city cowers in fear, help comes from an unexpected source, but can it save Jesse from a hangman's noose?

             

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Ready for a new summer read?

                    The N.N. Light giveaway 
                         has begun!

                   Over 30 prizes, including a copy of 
                                  Fatal Recall, 
               voted best romantic thriller of the year.

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     Hudson Kincaid prefers the wide-open spaces. But tracking down a serial killer means hanging out in Denver as he investigates neuroscientist Dr. Marilyn Monrose. So far, he can’t figure out if she’s city kitty in high heels, or a country kitten in cowgirl boots?

   Marilyn’s experiments using ramped up virtual reality, captures the final moments of each murder victim’s life, a chilling discovery she’s trying to keep secret. The last thing she needs is a determined private detective barging into her lab—no matter how sexy he looks in his Stetson hat.

   When word of her research is leaked to the press, Marilyn becomes the killer’s next target.   

   Now the woman Hudson races to save, is the one who has stolen his heart.    



Saturday, May 28, 2022

Goat Notes and Donkey Tales #4 Fiber Goats

    There are basically four types of goats, fiber, meat, milk, and pack animals. 
    Fleece-bearing goats have been raised in Asia Minor since the fifth century BC. Some were known for their long white fleece from which brilliantly dyed fabrics were woven. 
          
   These were named Angoras because the best were raised in the province of Angora (now Ankara) on the central Anatolian Plains of Turkey.

                   My angora goat, Precious.
   The first European record of the Angora dates from 1531 when the Dutch Ambassador, stationed at Constantinople, managed to secure a pair.
        
    For the first time, in 1820, the Sultan of Turkey allowed the export of raw mohair from Istanbul to Europe. The United Kingdom rapidly mastered techniques for spinning mohair and soon the demand for raw mohair was greater than Turkey could supply.
                  My
 raw mohair. Still working on mastering the spinning, lol. 

   Angoras were first imported into the United States in 1849 when seven does and two bucks arrived in South Carolina.
   
Found out in my weaving class, mohair is the most difficult to spin, felt, and weave. 

                           

  But I'm excited that the fleece comes from my first animal rescue, and although Precious is gone, I get to work with the hair we cut off each year while listening to the Oldies in the barn. 
                       
She was frightened of any type of electric shears so I used a blunted scissor and the process took quite a while. She was a very patient goat! 
                     
    Angora goats are kept mainly to produce mohair which is used in the upholstery and apparel trades. Its particular characteristics are that it dyes to vibrant shades, retains its shape (memory), sheds dirt and imparts a ‘sheen’ onto finished articles. See the halo on the sweater!

In my new book, Break Heart Canyon, the heroine is a goat farmer harried by local cattlemen, and the hero is an Indiana Jones type searching for artifacts. Throw in a bit of myth and legend, and the story offers an exciting adventure as well as a sweet, sweet romance. 
    Blurb: 
     Unearthing artifacts in Colorado sounded like easy money to Ryker Landry. Then he met the woman who owned the land. 
     Una MacLaren vows no fortune hunter will desecrate the ancient relics of Break Heart Canyon—even if the man is a handsome scoundrel. Fighting to keep her goat farm afloat as local cattlemen hatch deadly schemes to make sure she fails, she has enough to worry about. 
     Captivated by the courageous redhead, Ryker joins forces with Una and her deer hound, MacTavish. But what does he desire most, the woman or the artifacts? 
     When the mythical white cougar again prowls the rocky cliffs, the legend of Break Heart Canyon draws them into a web of danger. Now only daring and blind trust can save them. 


FYI. Please do not buy products with Moreno wool or any wool or fleece from producers who use museling or freeze brand procedures. These practices are horrifically painful to goats and sheep. 


FYI, mohair comes from Angora goats, angora comes from rabbits, mostly from China.  Angora rabbits, gentle, socially complex animals are typically kept inside small, filthy, bare cages and face the ordeal of live plucking up to four times a year.