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.
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.
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.
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.