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Sunday, September 30, 2018

GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY: Cowboy Charm School by Margaret Brownley (Western Romance)


Greetings Friends!

On today's stop of the Lone Star Book Blog Tour of COWBOY CHARM SCHOOL, author Margaret Brownley has graciously provided a GUEST POST discussing her boot collection!




HAYWIRE BRIDES, #1
by
MARGARET BROWNLEY

  Sub-genre: Western / Clean Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: September 4, 2018
Number of Pages: 384

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When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together...but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride!

Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom—notorious criminal Frank Foster—is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the wrong man.  

STOP THAT WEDDING! 

Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancĂ©'s over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding—for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way.



"Light and airy as cotton candy, this tale charms."~ Publishers Weekly




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Beware cowboy fever; it can sneak up on you!

I bet you didn’t know this, but cowboy boots multiply when you’re not looking.  Or at least that’s what happened at my house.  It all started when someone gave me one—ONE!—cowboy boot planter for my yard.  That’s all it took. Before I knew it, another boot showed up
Do you know what happens when family, friends and neighbors walk in and see two of anything?  They immediately think you’re a collector.   People love collectors.  It makes gift-giving so much easier.  No thinking required.
Soon, I was drinking my morning coffee out of a boot-shaped cup and washing my hands with soap from boot dispensers.  Cowboy boots took over my jewelry box as earrings, framed my family photos and opened my wine bottles. And it didn’t stop there.
Somewhere along the line my boot collection expanded into all things western. Cowboy nutcrackers started showing up on my window sills. Western plaques began adorning my walls.  Miniature horses took over table tops.  Even my feathered friends were treated to bird houses shaped like saloons.   
No longer do my children, grandchildren or friends have to slave over a Christmas shopping list trying to figure out what to give me.   The word is out; Grandma/mom likes everything, as long as it’s western.
I’m not complaining, mind you. I thank my lucky stars that the planter that started it all had been a cowboy boot and not something gross like, say, a zombie! 
Are you a collector and if so, did you become one on purpose or by accident?




New York Times bestselling author MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. She's a two-time Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is also a recipient of the Romantic Times Pioneer Award.  

Her story, A Pony Express Christmas, will appear this fall in the Old West Christmas Brides collection, and book two of her Haywire Brides series will be published May 2019.  Not bad for someone who flunked eighth-grade English.  Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.

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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Margaret Brownley! It was an absolute pleasure hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:

9/24/18
Excerpt
9/24/18
Excerpt
9/25/18
Review
9/26/18
Author Interview
9/26/18
Top Ten List
9/27/18
Review
9/28/18
Guest Post
9/28/18
Author Interview
9/29/18
Review
9/30/18
Guest Post
9/30/18
Excerpt
10/1/18
Review
10/2/18
Guest Post
10/3/18
Review
10/3/18
Review

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Mistletoe Miracles by Jodi Thomas (Romance)


Greetings Friends!

Christmas came early! Today, I am so excited to be hosting a REVIEW for MISTLETOE MIRACLES by Jodi Thomas as part of the Lone Star Book Blog Tour for this new release!

A Ransom Canyon Romance
by
JODI THOMAS

  Sub-genre: Holiday Romance / Western
Publisher: HQN
Date of Publication: September 25, 2018
Number of Pages: 354

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A small-town Texas Christmas story, where hearts are lost, love is found, and family always brings you back home.

Griffin Holloway is desperate: the Maverick Ranch has been in his family for generations, but lately, it’s a money pit. He’d sooner marry one of his horses than sell the ranch. Marriage, though, could be a solution. If he can woo a wealthy bride, he might save the ranch—just in time for Christmas. 


Jaxon O’Grady likes his solitude just fine, thank you very much. But when a car accident brings the unexpected to his door, he realizes just how much one person can need another. 

Crossroads is the perfect place for Jamie Johnson: avoiding nosy questions about why she’s single, she’s happy to keep to her lakeside home. So she’s baffled when she gets the strangest Christmas present of all, in the form of a Mr. Johnson, asleep on her sofa. Who is he, and why does everyone think he’s her husband? 

In this uplifting novel, three unlikely couples discover just what Crossroads, Texas, can offer: romance, belonging, and plenty of Christmas spirit.



”Deeply poignant moments and artfully
rendered characters create a rich story that
transports readers to an idyllic place.”
– Publishers Weekly


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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

After reading, reviewing, and loving MORNINGS ON MAIN back in April as part of the Lone Star blog tour for that novel's release, I was so excited for the opportunity to get my hands on this book as well. While this is the seventh book in the Ransom Canyon series, each story stands alone though connected by this rural and remote West Texas town rich with heritage.

Jodi has written another heartwarming, inspiring, and charming story that had me captivated from the opening page. I am looking forward to finding some time to read the series from the beginning to once again wrap myself in the welcoming arms of this genuine community.

Her ability to interweave the lives of three incredibly unlikely couples and the circumstances that bring them all together truly showcases her masterful storytelling. Her beautiful writing style lavishly painted this picturesque landscape and expertly wove such believable emotions into these characters, bringing them so vividly to life that I couldn't help but become invested in the outcome for each one. Multiple story lines crafted a cohesive story that was certainly filled with a relatable and likeable cast of complex characters. Though headstrong and independent, their good intentions and loneliness shape the bond they ultimately share, and what at first appears dichotomous and superficial gradually becomes grounded in a thoughtful exploration of family and new beginnings. 

The romance aspects of the story are subtle in tone with an enjoyable tension that builds as each couple begins to acknowledge their feelings for one another. Their individual plights were quite emotional and often desperate, yet as love developed, the broken parts fit together perfectly with their partner.  

Overall, the story's dash of suspense, family ties, quest for redemption, and holiday warmth has a little something for any reader to enjoy as they experience the magic of Christmas and first love all over again!




A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable. 

With a degree in family studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A&M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.

Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, “When I was teaching classes full-time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher or nurse or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making the world a better place.”

When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and checking up on their two grown sons.



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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Jodi Thomas! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:
9/25/18
Promo
9/25/18
Promo
9/26/18
Review
9/27/18
Author Interview
9/27/18
Excerpt
9/28/18
Review
9/29/18
Author Interview
9/29/18
Excerpt
9/30/18
Review
10/1/18
Review
10/2/18
Excerpt
10/2/18
BONUS Review
10/3/18
Promo
10/3/18
BONUS Review
10/4/18
Review
10/4/18
Review

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