Saturday, August 25, 2012

Round up your blurbs!

This weekend, TBR invites authors of Western stories to post your blurbs.

It's easy to share. In the comments section, post:

- the book title and author name

- the book blurb

- buy links

One post per author, please.

Hope you lasso some new readers. Post away!


  1. Howdy, historical western readers, saddle up and read the blog to TRAIL TO DESTINY by Cheri Kay Clifton. Available at

    Laura Westbrook expected to face her share of challenges crossing the continent on a wagon train. But when she saves the life of the courageous white warrior, Grey Wolf, she finds the pathways between pride and prejudice, love and loyalty far more difficult to travel.

    Having buried deep within him the horrific memory of his family's massacre at the hands of a rogue band of Pawnee, young David thrives under the care and tutelage of his rescuer, Cheyenne Chief Black Arrow. Trained to become the proud warrior named Grey Wolf, he finds his life changed again by the beautiful and strong-willed Laura, who encourages him to reclaim his forsaken heritage and face the secrets of his haunted past.

    From the rugged Nebraska plains to a Cheyenne village, from an army fort to a small town in California, destiny leads Laura and Grey Wolf on a trail of passion and danger that culminates in an astounding revelation.

    Wishing You Happy Trails,

  2. Love to read but short on time? Check out Devil Wears Lace by L.B.Shire. Available at and
    Sara McAllister wants two things in this life: revenge and a new start for the future.

    Sara wants revenge. The thought of avenging her family has kept her sane these past years. Now she is so close to reaching her final goal. Joseph Murry, the man who murdered her family, will pay—with his life. She needs only to win the horse race this corrupt politician is sponsoring, finish him, take her winnings, and head west to begin a new life. But someone she never expected to see again has crossed her path, possibly changing the course of her future forever.

    Slade hadn't expected to find Sara in Devils Cove—and inside a seedy little saloon, to boot. But here she is, standing before him, stunning as ever. She tells him she is going to win this race and take care of business. Slade recalls her tortured past: a man had murdered her family and left her for dead. He thought he was here to win a race, but instead finds he must protect Sara. For even though they had decided long ago to go their separate ways, the only way she will survive is if he remains by her side.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  3. A Midwest Summer Night’s Dream by Cate Masters

    Open sky, Shakespeare, solitude. All Jebediah Greene needs. Alone since his teens, he’s never known loneliness, until he leaves Winona Young in California. Worse, he fears she’ll trap herself in a loveless marriage of convenience. After acting as her guide to San Francisco, how far will Jeb go to win her heart?
    Reading provides escape for Winona Young. Usually. Fleeing Philadelphia, she learns her distant suitor isn’t who he seemed. Neither is her mountain man guide, in a good way. Intelligent, but mule-headed, Jeb’s impossible to speak to, in any language. Winona falls in love with the stunning beauty of the wilderness, with the simple ways of the Osage people, and with Jeb. But books can’t teach her how to tame a mountain man.

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  4. Historical Western Time Travel Romance. Westerns aren't just about cowboys.....step back in time to when mountain men roamed the Rockies.

    Book 1 in the Yellowstone Romance Series

    Nurse and avid backpacker Aimee Donovan is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She encounters a patient who tells her he can send her two hundred years into the past to spend three months in the rugged Yellowstone wilderness at the dawn of the mountain man era. The only requirement: she cannot tell anyone that she’s from the future.

    How did a white woman suddenly appear in the remote Rocky Mountain wilderness? Trapper Daniel Osborne’s first instinct is to protect this mysterious and unconventional woman from the harsh realities of his mountains. While he fights his growing attraction to her, he is left frustrated by her lies and secrecy.

    Daniel shows Aimee a side of Yellowstone she’s never experienced. She is torn between her feelings for him, and exposing a secret that will destroy everything he holds as truth. As her three months come to an end, she is faced with a dilemma: return to her own time, or stay with the man who opened her eyes to a whole new world. When the decision is made for her, both their lives will be changed forever.

  5. TAMING TALIA, Loving the Lawman: 2
    by Marie-Nicole Ryan

    She'll take her pleasure hot...until it burns its way to the cold truth.

    Loving the Lawman, Book 2

    Over her not-so-dearly-departed husband’s grave, newly widowed Natalia Montrose vows to shake off the memories of her abusive marriage by bedding the first suitable man she meets. Enter handsome, flirtatious Jared Fields, who offers to help her manage her assets.

    Natalia has no intention of giving up control of the ranch her father traded away—along with her hand—for gold. But she intends to enjoy this stranger’s advances until all her desires are sated.

    Jared is a rarity among Pinkerton agents. Well educated, the disowned black sheep of a wealthy New York City family, he enjoys the freedom afforded by his various assignments. But discovering whether the fiery Widow Montrose had her husband killed is a challenge with an unexpected twist. All he can think about is what he’ll do when he gets her in bed.

    Natalia and Jared circle each other warily, feeling the pull of sensual heat. But when the Blizzard of 1889 hits, the sexual sparks may not be enough to keep them warm...or alive.

    Warning: Contains a sex-starved widow and a saddled-hardened Pinkerton agent who set the sheets afire.

  6. How about the story of a Civil War vet-turned-outlaw set in the Missouri Ozarks? It will remind you of Cold Mountain, but with a happy ending.

    A Man Like That by Alison Henderson

    Jessamine Randall, fearless crusader and champion of the downtrodden, is not a woman to be left waiting at the altar. When her fiancé disappears hours before their wedding, the ever-resourceful Jessy hatches a plan to track him down and bring him back where he belongs.

    Morgan Bingham knows he’s no good. Never has been. Never will be. A former outlaw is no fit husband for the only daughter of the town judge, despite her misguided notions. Besides, after ten long years away from home, it’s time to return to the hills and face his demons.

    Ill-prepared, but armed with unshakeable certainty, Jessy follows Morgan to his family’s cabin deep in the Ozark Mountains where she’s sucked into a whirlpool of deep secrets and old hatreds. While she struggles to bring light and hope into their dark lives, her greatest challenge is Morgan himself. Can she ever convince him he’s worthy of love?

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  7. A story of a cowboy and his horse, except the horse is a shifter, and the cowboy is altogether human either. Saddle up and ride on over to Wild R Farm...

    Finding Release (Wild R Farm Book 1) by Silvia Violet
    Silver Publishing
    Buy at Amazon

    Coleman Wilder is a half-breed werewolf. Some days the tension between his human side and his werewolf instincts threaten to tear him apart. But the challenge of running a horse farm as a gay man in a conservative Tennessee town keeps him focused until he meets horse shifter, Jonah Marks.

    Jonah's family insists that shifting is sinful, but Jonah longs to let his stallion run free. Desperate to escape his family's judgment, he asks Cole, his secret crush, for a job. Cole turns him down, scared his desire for Jonah will make him lose control. When Jonah's brother threatens his life, Cole struggles to save him and give them both a second chance at the life they've always wanted.

    1. So, it's like a paranormal Brokeback Mountain...with a happy ending. Very cool!

  8. Oh, almost forgot. My western is definitely different from these other because it's a memoir of sorts based on my father's boyhood in West Texas. Right, just the facts, ma'am.

    Tales of a Texas Boy
    Very popular LARGE PRINT:

    How do you handle a crazy jackass? Eddie knows. If you asked Eddie, he'd tell you pigs can fly and show you where to find real mammoth bones. Take his word for it when he tells you always to bet on the bear. These are things he learned while dreaming of becoming a cowboy in West Texas during the Depression. Through Eddie, the hero of "Tales of a Texas Boy," we find that growing up is less about maturity and more about roping your dreams. Hold on tight. It's a bumpy ride.

  9. The Devil's Daughter ~ book 1 in The Devil Ryder Series
    Western romance



    Amazon Print:
    Second Wind Publishing

    A bounty hunter facing his past

    Gade Ryder returns to Eden, Texas, after twelve years to investigate a gang of rustlers on the family ranch. Had he accepted the job out of misplaced family loyalty or was it the compelling mystery of the devil’s daughter keeping him in the one place he didn’t want to be? Confronted by the memory of his mother’s suicide and the father he blames for her death, Gade finds himself seeking comfort from the one woman he couldn’t trust.

    A criminal on the run

    Blaze Marie Austin, once a little girl forced to be an outlaw, finds a chance at redemption by repaying the man who’d saved her life. Only her savior’s estranged son accuses her of betrayal and ignites a passion she can’t deny.

    After the little criminal is accused of murder, Gade’s growing attraction for her could not only cost him his freedom, it may well cost him his life.

    Thanks for this opportunity to share our work. =D

  10. - An Angel in the Mail by Callie Hutton

    An Angel in the Mail, set in 1861, unites newly penniless society belle Angel Hardwick and Nathan Hale, father of five, who is desperate for a wife to straighten his life out. Nate’s looking for someone who loves children and can easily take over the cooking, cleaning and laundry. Instead, he is getting Angel, whose culinary knowledge consists of weekly meetings with Cook to decide the family’s menu. Angel is a strong-minded young woman, resigned to her fate, and determined to make the best of her situation. But will her new husband allow for mistakes? Or will he send her packing when she burns meals and misplaces children? Nate just wants a peaceful, well run household, without the distraction of an attractive wife. However, his beautiful wife with a very distractible body is not giving him peace. Somebody lied, because despite what he was told by the Bride Agency, this beauty knows nothing about running a home, but she sure sets him on fire at night. Nate and Angel have to come to a working arrangement, overcoming problems between them. But will they be able to find a happily ever after with someone desperately working behind the scenes to destroy their relationship?

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  11. Emma's Wish by Margery Scott
    Still grieving his wife's death, Sam Jenkins needs a mother for his children. He can't build his ranch and care for three precocious youngsters alone. Emma Witherspoon has accepted the fact that she will never have a husband and children of her own, but that doesn't ease the ache in her heart. When Emma makes Sam an offer he can't refuse, neither of them can foresee the changes in their lives because of two little words - "I do."




  12. Forever Mine, by Charlene Raddon
    Their love was fated...and forbidden.

    A mail-order bride from Cincinnati, Ariah Scott traveled all the way to Oregon to marry one man...only to lose her heart to another. What would become of her now? Ever since her father died at the hands of a vengeful relative, Ariah's life had been shadowed by dark secrets. And now her forbidden desire for Bartholomew Noon filled her with uncertainty -- and a secret longing that could never be fulfilled.

    From the moment Bartholomew saw Ariah standing at the Portland train station, the keeper of the Cape Meares Light was lost. Hopelessly in love with this angelic beauty who was fated to live beside him at the isolated lighthouse as another man's wife, Bartholomew never dreamed destiny would someday bring them together. Would Ariah truly be the woman he could cherish...forever?


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  13. TERMS OF SURRENDER by Lorrie Farrelly

    The War Between the States not only destroyed all Michael Cantrell loved, it left the young, former Confederate cavalry officer without faith or hope, a solitary, haunted man trying to escape his demons in the vast western frontier. Then, one spring day along the Wind River, he finds himself suddenly in the thick of another life-and-death struggle -- Annie Devlin’s war.

    Desperate to hang on to her ranch and her life, waylaid by gunmen hired by a powerful rancher who covets her land, Annie and her young brother, Robbie, fight a furious, rapidly losing battle for their lives.

    When all seems lost, into the fray steps a cold-eyed, steel-nerved stranger -- Michael Cantrell -- who saves Annie and Robbie, but is himself grievously wounded.

    With Annie’s care, Michael recovers not only his strength but a portion of his embittered soul as well. Fighting his powerful feelings for her, convinced he has nothing to give, Michael determines to stay with the Devlins only long enough to ensure their safety against the treachery that would destroy them.

    Reluctantly, Michael, who for years has known only loss, allies himself with a stubborn, courageous young woman who will take his heart by storm and test the limit of his honor, his mettle -- and his passion.

    A finalist for the prestigious Orange Rose Award, TERMS OF SURRENDER takes the reader on a stirring adventure that is also a heartfelt, emotional journey.



    Lorrie's website:

    By Tammie Clarke Gibbs

    Historical, Western, Romantic Suspense

    Counterfeit engraving plate's worth killing for....
    A quest worth dying for...
    A love worth risking it all for....or is it just more lies sealed with a Counterfeit Kiss?

    Magen MacGuire is determined to find and bring to justice the man that she holds responsible for her father's death. However, on her way to make him pay a tragic case of mistaken identity brings her face to face with the last thing she expects, a handsome stranger she could easily fall in love with.

    Jeremy Loud is on a mission to infiltrate and bring to justice an infamous gang of counterfeiters until he wakes up disoriented and in physical pain to find a strange woman busy at his stove. Suddenly, the success of his mission becomes dependent on a woman he barely knows, his new wife.

  15. UNDER A TEXAS STAR by Alison Bruce

    Disguised as a boy, Marly joins a handsome Texas Ranger in the hunt for a con man and they must bring the fugitive to justice before giving up the masquerade and giving in to their passion.

    When Marly Landers is fooled by con man Charlie Meese, she's determined to bring him to justice--even if it means dressing up as a boy and setting off across the plains to find him.

    Texas Ranger Jase Strachan is also after Meese, for crimes committed in Texas. He joins forces with the young boy in a journey that takes them to Fortuna, where a murder interrupts their mission. Jase is duty bound to find the killer, no matter the cost.

    Under the Texas stars, Marly and Jase are drawn together by circumstances beyond their control, yet fate plots to tear them apart. Will Marly finally get her man?

    Available in Kindle and Paperback from:
    And other Amazon sites.

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  16. A TOUCH OF CAMELOT by Delynn Royer

    A sensual, upbeat historical Western romance with a Camelot twist.

    Set in Kansas, Virginia City, and San Francisco, 1879.
    Guinevere Pierce was raised at the knee of one of the slickest con artists in the West, but can she con her way out of this one?

    When Gwin and her kid brother Arthur become witnesses to murder and then targets themselves, there's no time for games. There's only time to run.

    Cole Shepherd is a new Pinkerton detective. His first assignment? To escort the beautiful and deceptive Gwin Pierce and her brother across country to testify.

    When Gwin sets eyes on her Pinkerton escort, she's stunned. Cole's is the face that has haunted her romantic dreams since she was a girl. He's her Sir Lancelot, but now he's her captor. And he's leading them toward a trap that Gwin must convince him could cost them their lives.

    From the Kansas prairie to the sparkling hills of San Francisco, theirs is an attraction they can't resist. Maybe some dreams do come true.

    A Touch of Camelot was previously published in paperback under the name Donna Grove. This edition has been revised and updated for Kindle.

    Available at Amazon:

  17. The Heart You Own by Diane R Jewkes

    Why would an English lord want to have part ownership in a New Mexico cattle ranch? And why did it have to be her father’s ranch?

    Kara Jonston has grown up thinking she will someday inherit the family ranch. She has worked the ranch as hard as any man. Ask any of the cowboys. Finding out her father sold half ownership in the ranch—and to a soft Englishman, no less—without even talking to her hurts her pride and stirs her anger. To make matters worse, this outsider is coming to inspect his investment, and her father expects her to be nice.

    Although she promises her father to give his new partner a chance, she vows she will never accept him as her partner on her ranch.

    Hawke Pryce, Lord Stoneham, is not English, he is Scottish. He is not soft, and he is not coming to the New Mexico Territory just to inspect his latest investment. He’s hunting a man.

    Sparks fly—but will they turn into lasting love for two people determined to hang on to their hearts?

    Available in eReader and paperback from:
    Other ebook retailers - Crimson Romance Books

  18. Ujahwek by John A. Karr (a novella)

    As God created Man in His own image, so too did Lucifer create the Ujahwek to prey upon the fleshed manifestations of his enemy.

    For years Randall Montgomery swung a sledgehammer in a coal mine, as if pitting himself against a mountain would replenish a soul depleted by the Civil and Indian Wars. With the onset of black lung and middle age, he journeys west to visit an old army buddy before starting life anew. Instead of a friendly reunion, he finds a burgeoning terror last encountered in North America by early humans. A threat bent on claiming all who draw breath in the Wyoming Territories.

    For ages the dark spirits of the once-feared Ujahwek have waited, ravenous and expectant ... until a banished female shaman of the Blackfoot tribe is drawn to Skull Cliff in the Owl Creek Mountains. The shaman embraces the spirit of Xotaena, Ujahwek high priestess, and unleashes the means to resurrect the unholy species. Immediately they hunt their prey: humans. Xotaena selects Randall Montgomery for possession with the soul of her mate. To survive he must battle in both the physical and mental realms, or get dragged into the depths of humanity lost.

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  19. Lone Wolf Justice - Cynthia Sax - Western Paranormal Erotic Romance

    Diana left her family, friends, and everything else she knew behind her to travel west, fulfilling her destiny as a mail order bride. When she arrives in Big Rock, she discovers the wolf shifter of her dreams isn’t the man she is to marry.

    With one look at the curvy blonde in the ridiculous pink bonnet, Justice is smitten. Diana insists he’s the man of her dreams, but how can that be? He’s a no-account, half-breed lawman, neither wolf nor human, and she’s been contracted to another.

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    by Jason Hunt

    Kyle William Lees saw his father and brother murdered by Confederate marauders at the close of the Civil War. The gang thought they had killed him, too, but they were wrong. Dead wrong. Now Kyle carries a tattered list with thirteen names, and he is scouring the West in search of vengeance, crossing off one name at a time. When his quest takes him to Shakespeare, New Mexico, Kyle finds more than he bargained for, including Laura, the courageous and attractive proprietor of the Stratford Hotel, and the infamous Tom Brennan, one of the fastest and deadliest gunfighters around.

  21. Fallen From Grace
    by J. R. Lindermuth

    As the 19th century winds to a close, Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman of the small town of Arahpot ponders his biggest problems: finding a new deputy and convincing his true love, Lydia, to marry him. But an early autumn day finds Arahpot’s usual tranquility shaken when a stranger is fatally stabbed. Upon seeing the victim, Tilghman recalls witnessing a strained encounter between him and Valentine Deibert, an obese man with a wife half his age who had recently moved to Arahpot. The sheriff questions Deibert who denies knowing the victim. Tilgman is unconvinced, but lacks a connection until the widow arrives in Arahpot. Suddenly Sylvester is plunged into investigating two murders. As he works through an abundance of motivated suspects, Tilghman finds himself in danger. And worse -- Lydia is pushing her obnoxious cousin as a candidate for deputy.

    Available in print and Kindle formats.

  22. Wild Wyoming Wind
    by Margery Scott

    Sparks fly when lawman Jake Langford takes over Maddie Boone's homestead to trap an escaped killer. Fiercely independent since the death of her abusive husband, Maddie wants nothing more than to be left alone to build a new life in the Wyoming wilderness. But living in close quarters with Jake exposes emotions far more threatening than the killer watching them, forcing her to question the past, and eventually, to trust in the future.




  23. Blessings, Bullets and Bad Bad Men, by B.A. Kelly

    Jim Blessing, thirty-eight year old gunfighter and drifter rides into a sleepy little border town in New Mexico Territory, thirsty, prosperous and single. He wakes up the next morning hung over, broke and married to a beautiful young Spanish aristocrat and he can't remember how he got that way.
    Then, someone starts shooting at him.
    "I've been married, robbed and shot at and it ain't even noon yet."
    After that, his luck got to runnin' kind of muddy.
    Extensively researched, the accurate, colorful details of locale, speech and custom contribute to a vivid sense of place and to original, skillfully drawn characters.
    Blessings, Bullets and Bad Bad Men is told in a straight forward, highly visual style that moves with wit and energy.

    Blessings, Bullets and Bad Bad Men was nominated for the Peacemaker Award by the Western Fictioneers as the best new western novel of 2011.

    Published by Oak Tree Press.

    Available at, in print and Kindle formats.
    Also available in Nook:

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  24. Three Seconds to Thunder by C.K.Crigger. Historical mystery/adventure set in the Pacific Northwest.

    China Bohannon is a modern 1890’s career woman, but the Doyle & Howe Detective Agency hasn’t turned her loose on a case of her own just yet. China is champing at the bit and when a call for help comes in, a trip into the mountains above the St. Joe country sounds just the thing to prove her worth and assist a friend at the same time. Porter Anderson’s uncle has disappeared and a Johnny-come-lately timber baron has claimed the family homestead. What’s more, he has a bill of sale for it that Porter knows his uncle didn’t sign. The problem is proving it—or so it would seem. Porter doesn’t believe his uncle sold out and left the country without telling anybody. He’s afraid old Lionel Hooker might be dead—murdered.
    Declaring the case unsuitable for a lady like China, Monk takes it on, but now no one has heard from him in days. China sets out to discover his whereabouts as the dry lightning of summer sets the woods ablaze.
    What she finds is a trail of lies, theft, and murder, with her uncle Monk likely the next victim. Then, just when the problem appears solved, trouble breaks out again. This time, Gratton Doyle is the one in danger and China who must bail him out.

    Published by Oak Tree Press. (

    Available at, in print and Kindle.
    Also from in Nook.
    Author website

  25. Captive Moonlight by Sarah Mäkelä, Western Paranormal Erotic Romance

    When her betrothed, Joe, is taken captive by a group of men looking for werewolf laborers, it's up to Charlotte to track him down and win him back -- even if that means putting her own life in danger.

    Available at:
    Amazon Kindle
    Barnes & Noble (for Nook)
    All Romance eBooks
    Changeling Press

  26. DOUBLE CROSSING by Meg Mims, Western Historical Mystery

    Love trains? True Grit? Murder on the Orient Express? My Spur-Award winning book (Best First Novel, 2012, by Western Writers of America) blends history, mystery and a touch of romance into book 1 of my Double Series.


    A murder arranged as a suicide … a missing deed … and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered.

    August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father’s murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed — both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey.

    As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust—the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her … for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?

    Ebook: ISBN# 978-1-936852-48-2 Print: ISBN # 1466223200

    Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords


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