Hello everyone! I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this artist and what she designs for my book covers. Each one is unique and fun, and they perfectly capture the essence of the story.
Daisy is a new mother, recently widowed, and she needs a job. Catrina, our beloved matchmaker, tells her about a teaching opportunity in Northern California at a horse training facility. Since Daisy went to the Olympics on the U.S. Equestrian Team, she’s excited at the chance to be back in the world of horses.
The owner, Danielle, is thrilled to hire her and has great plans for Daisy to teach English riding lessons since that is her area of expertise. However, her brother, Dakota, suspects Daisy is simply an unwed mother who is lying about her illustrious experience as an athlete.
When Dakota is confronted with a woman bearing an infant who is supposedly his, Daisy shows him compassion, even after he has treated her poorly. That, coupled with her phenomenal horse instinct that is equal to his own, has Dakota rethinking his opinion of her.
I think we all do that. Totally. Even though we know we shouldn’t. We can’t help it. It was a difficult decision for me to give in to that reality. I love my homemade book covers, they were so fun to make, and I’d hoped people might decide to read my work anyway, even though the cover wasn’t professional, but I learned that it just isn’t that way. So I found a wonderful graphic designer and she came up with what I think is a darling cover for my first book.
I also did some updates to go with the new cover, and this edition includes recipes! Since Bethany is a baker, I had fun selecting some of my favorite recipes for Chocolate Cake, Double Chocolate Cookies, Blueberry Pie, and Cherry Cobbler.
. . . and Romantic Comedy, I have my first two books available on YouTube. Just search for my channel: Carolyn Kay Hanson. Or the name of the book: The Baker & the Cowboy and The Dancer & the Cowboy. I hope you enjoy! My goal in writing is to make people laugh, and forget about their troubles for awhile. ❤
What a fun project this was! It was a little more involved than I expected, as I’d never uploaded a video like this to Youtube before, and there was a bit of a learning curve; but all in all, it was an interesting experience; and now, you can listen to someone read you a book, if you’d like. Personally, I love having a book read to me. It’s so relaxing and enjoyable. Plus, if someone else is reading the book out loud, I can knit while I’m listening, which doubles the pleasure.
I wanted to do this for anyone who maybe cannot afford to buy my book (even though it’s only 99 cents on Kindle) because I do understand when the household budget is that tight, having lived there for several years myself. Also, I wonder if perhaps someone out there is lonely, and might appreciate having a person care about them, and read them a good book.
. . . is now only $0.99 for a Kindle version. My books aren’t deep and brainy, and they won’t end up on the New York Times Bestseller list, but they are fun. And sometimes, that’s what we need more than anything else.
Celina is the director of a prestigious ballet school in Dallas. Her father passed away recently and her elderly mother is living all by herself on a ranch in Montana. The hired man just quit and she must find someone to run the ranch until they can sell it, and convince her mother to move back with her to the city.
Catrina’s Uncle Cody, from Book 1, leaves his cattle ranch in Idaho and goes to Montana to help take care of the ranch. When he learns of Celina’s predicament—that her mother refuses to leave—he begins hatching a plan to help her.
In despair, Celina decides she will have to quit her beloved teaching job in order to care for her mother. She returns to Dallas to finish teaching her final semester, planning to come back to Montana during spring break; but when she arrives at the ranch, she finds that the furniture and belongings are gone, and so is her mother!
Fun Facts: Book 2
I really enjoyed writing this one because my daughter is a ballerina, so it was fun reliving many of those beautiful experiences through Celina. Cody and Celina were originally named Ben and Belle, but then I got the idea for how I wanted to name all my characters in the series, so I changed them.
Also, I play pinochle (and euchre) and I think I can (humbly, of course) describe myself as a kick-ass player. I used to take my father to the senior center in Salmon, Idaho and play pinochle on Monday and Thursday afternoons, just like Mrs. Bradshaw and Cody.
In the Catalyst Series, The Model & the Cowboy: $0.99 for Kindle, $6.99 for paperback, Free on Kindle Unlimited!
Catrina attempts a reverse match-up with the hope of saving her friend from marrying the wrong man. Gabriella is a top model and engaged to the wealthy and sophisticated Grayson, and she’s thrilled with the prenuptial gift of a two-week stay at a prestigious resort in Montana.
While there, Gabriella meets Gabe, the cowboy in charge of horseback rides for resort guests. She feels an instant attraction and in less than three days, knows she’s in love. Grayson proposes the idea of an open marriage to facilitate his philandering ways, but when Gabriella expresses her doubts, he wants to return to New York. Gabriella breaks off her engagement and refuses to leave so she can be near Gabe.
When Gabriella unexpectedly kisses him, Gabe realizes he must avoid this beautiful woman who has captured his heart because she’s engaged. Claiming a family emergency, he hides at his place until he assumes she’s gone back to New York. When she surprises him by materializing out of a dream, he refuses to believe her profession of love.
Gabe subsequently decides he must apologize for his behavior, and searches for Gabriella everywhere, finally discovering she’s in the hospital. The tragedy unleashes the power of his love.
Fun Facts: Book 6
I wanted to have a redhead to write about, just for variety. So, I created Gabriella and had a wonderful time. She’s such an awesome girl, the story nearly wrote itself. Oh, and I also love to knit socks.
In the scene where she gave Gabe his socks in the hospital, I actually wrote this sentence: ‘He pulled on the socks one at a time.’ It didn’t hit me until, like, the third read-through. Talk about stating the obvious. How ELSE would he pull on his socks? There is no other way! I laughed at myself until I had tears in my eyes.
Embarrassing moment: On the cover, that thing that looks like a rock wall? It’s supposed to be a river. Yeah, I ain’t much of an artist. My mother is probably rolling over in her grave at my artwork. She was very talented, and so was her mother. I don’t know what happened to those genes but they must have gotten scattered by the time I was born.
The Cowgirl & the Cowboy, $0.99 for Kindle, $6.99 for paperback, and if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s FREE!
Fontella is recently divorced from an abusive husband. Felix is recently divorced from a selfish wife. Catrina devises a way to put these two hurting people together on a cattle ranch, since they are both experienced and talented in raising beef cattle, in the hopes that they will complement each other and fall in love.
Each of them arrives at the new managerial position hoping for a fresh start and thinking they are the only one the boss has hired for the job, but they soon find out they are required to work together and the owner is leaving for Europe.
When their two eight-year-old girls become besties, it complicates matters. Felix defends Fontella from an attack by her abusive ex and it breaks the ice between them and opens the door for a tender relationship.
Fun Facts: Book 5
This one was so much fun to write. I had a blast with the names and I had no idea that so many fun twists and turns would present themselves with Fontella’s name, Felix’s name, and also their daughters. I think it made the entire story much more fun than if there’d been no interplay with the characters’ names.
Also, many years ago, when I lived in Idaho, Felix Fletcher was my next door neighbor.
Two Girls for Two Cowboys, available in Kindle for $0.99 or paperback for $6.99, and Free on Kindle Unlimited!
Catrina attempts a double match-up at the same location, the Double Z Dude Ranch, where she vacationed for a week. Finding someone for timid Eliot and also for his father, Ed, will be a challenge but she’s up for it. The ranch needs a new cook, and Catrina suggests her aunt Eloise, who is single, and the same age as Ed. Adrian’s sister, Emily, needs a new job, so Catrina mentions her name, also.
Eliot is instantly smitten with the sweet and unassuming Emily when they accidentally collide in a darkened hallway. Ed was smitten with Eloise even before he met her, practically falling in love with her voice over the phone.
Ed pursues Eloise in typical fashion, discovering they have plenty in common after they are chased into a pond at midnight by a feral hog. Eliot admires Emily from afar, but his quiet and gentle manner quickly captivates her heart and they finally realize their love for each other while dancing in the chicken coop.
Fun Facts: Book 4
I don’t know if anyone noticed this or not, but the chapters are created according to ‘ladies first,’ as well as ‘age has its privileges.’ So, we hear from Eloise first, then Emily, then we go to Ed, and then Eliot. This pattern repeats itself until the end of the story.
Did you notice on the cover that there are two prickly pear pads that are heart-shaped? Yep, I did that on purpose. They actually grow like that sometimes. It’s kinda cool. Please overlook the fact that it appears the prickly pear plant is growing out of the cowboy hat. Perhaps my artistic abilities will improve as the series progresses. We can hope.