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.
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.
You’ve come to the right place. We all need a break from the world every now and then, right? My books are written with the intent to give you a respite from life that we so desperately need once in a while. Fun, entertaining, and clean, the books in the Catalyst Series will bring you joy.
I’ve written 6 so far, all are available on Amazon in Kindle Unlimited or paperback. Enjoy, my friends!