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Today on Planet Earth . . .

Here’s my first book in the Catalyst Series, only 99 cents on Kindle, and also available in paperback for $5.99. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free! And if you like to listen to audiobooks, it’s on Youtube, narrated by me. Go to my channel: Carolyn Kay Hanson. I hope you enjoy!

In this first book, we meet Catrina, the slightly eccentric but lovable matchmaker who is at the root of all the romances in this series. Through her efforts, and those of her assistant, Adrian, the characters in these stories find their perfect match, that special person with whom they can enjoy their own happily ever after.

To B&B or not to B&B. That is the question for Bethany. She’s lost her boyfriend, her apartment, and her job. Catrina gives her an airplane ticket to Idaho to work for someone who wants to start a new bed and breakfast. A baker at heart, Bethany leaps at the opportunity to leave the city behind her and soon finds herself surrounded by pristine mountains.

Her new boss welcomes her warmly but his son, Beau, reacts to her in the opposite extreme. He’s adamant that a B&B will never work. His antagonist attitude to the whole plan and his desire to send Bethany packing puts her in a tailspin.

When Beau turns into a recluse, Bethany asks about his background and discovers he’s been badly abused. She decides she must help him, and requests that he teach her how to ride a horse. When she suffers a concussion due to a freak accident, which he believes is his fault, Beau has a change of heart.

Fun Facts: Book 1

When writing this story, I envisioned the setting as Salmon, Idaho, where I lived for several years.

Beau and Bethany were originally named Cade and Tiffany, and it wasn’t until I had the second book about halfway done that I came up with the idea of how I wanted to name my characters for the entire series.

Another idea I had hoped to incorporate into the series was a cat that helped Catrina, or was around anyway, and I would call her Kitty, so we’d have Cat and Kitty, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it, so I had to give it up. The only reason for this is because I’m a cat lover and wanted to include them in my stories.

Author:

Carolyn has worked with animals for most of her life (prepare yourself, the list is long): cats, dogs, horses, cows, goats, sheep, rabbits, turkeys, ducks, chickens, guineas, and geese. She was married to a cowboy for twenty-five years and during that time lived on seven different cattle ranches. She learned how to give shots to cattle, brand cattle, castrate bull calves and close the head catch in time to capture the beast that was flying through the working chute like a streak of lightning. She also learned to back the truck up to the trailer hitch and get it right the first time. When a teen, she attended horsemanship clinics and schools, and competed in horse shows that included dressage and jumping. She owned and trained seven of her own horses. After having two children, both of whom she homeschooled until they passed the SAT with flying colors (which is absolutely no credit to her as they both reside in the genius category and continually leave her wondering what the heck is going on) she dove into homesteading, learning how to make her own bread, make soup stock from scratch, butcher chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, and cows, and one year had so much fun canning everything in sight that when she counted the full glass jars in the pantry, she was shocked to discover there were over a thousand. Her knowledge of settings used as the basis of her stories is diverse due to the fact that she has lived in many different states including Idaho, Montana, California, Texas, Missouri, Virginia, Indiana, New Jersey, Washington, and Arizona. She now resides near Seattle. Her hobbies include knitting, crocheting, soap making, and, of course, writing. Oh, and her favorite author? P. G. Wodehouse.

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