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The Cattleman’s Daughters

This past week I have been sick and while sick, I read about The Cattleman’s Daughters a series written by Author Danni Roan. I believe these are the first books I’ve read by Danni. I’ve seen several posted on Facebook through various groups, but hadn’t gotten around to reading them just yet. I read books by so many Authors that it is sometimes hard to keep up, especially when I’m busy doing my own writing.

I don’t enjoy being under the weather but I did truly enjoy each of these books. I think of all the characters Winnie and Joshua were my favorites. You’ll have to read the stories to understand why as I refuse to write spoilers.

Dear Danni,

Thank you so much for writing these sweet stories and for being brave enough to publish them. I truly enjoyed each one of them. I enjoyed the collection of people that became a family. It reminded me of how over the years as a military wife, I have adopted several different people into my family. Some are old enough to be my siblings or parents, but I still call them my adopted-kiddos.

I loved how each daughter was truly her own person and how much they loved their Daddy and the ranch. I thought the old timer’s were rather sneaky with their matchmaking schemes. I wondered for a little bit if they were ever going to get one couple to get their heads out of the books and into the kissing!

If I have a favorite from these I’m going to have to choose The Love and Loss of Joshua James. It tied everything together very nicely and gave more insight into the man with a heart big enough to love again and again. I, however, enjoyed each book.

I would also like to say, Thank You for including God in these stories. That is a rare and precious find in some stories and it was what I needed to be reading at this time. I didn’t feel it was over done or under done. You blended it as naturally as it should be and I thank you for that. It is much appreciated.

I look forward to reading your other works, but for now, I must return to my own wip. Thank you for being with me through this sinus crud.

If you haven’t read anything by Danni, I suggest you try The Cattleman’s Daughters. I would also recommend that read the Companion books in between the book they accompany. I did not do that as I wasn’t sure what a companion book was. After I read the series I went back through and read the companions. It was still good, don’t get me wrong, but I feel I would have enjoyed them even more had I read them along with the series.

Should you choose to give The Cattleman’s Daughters a test drive and you enjoy it, please be kind and make an Author’s day by leaving Danni a review. It encourages Authors to keep writing and remember it’s not a book review. You don’t have to critique it, just simply say, “I liked it” or “I loved it” or “I enjoyed it“. That’s it – nothing more.

If you enjoy sweet western reads, I do believe you’ll enjoy these. I would love to know if you do and what books would you recommend? There are so very many and so little time. I find a most of the books I enjoy through a few special Facebook groups – feel free to check them out.

Pioneer Hearts

Contemporary Western Hearts

Sweet Wild West Reads

The Rumor Mill

My Kindle is Starving

…and many more. Perhaps, I’ll write a post for you and provide you a list of all the ones I belong to or participate in. There are also several websites that help you find new reads, authors and books that are either free or discounted.

I love the Facebook pages/groups created for readers and by Authors as the Authors themselves will interact with you and that is wonderful to me. I love that.

Until next time – enjoy your reading!


She Said Coffee

Hey y’all! I’m still kicking around over here, been a bit distracted with a work in progress. I’ve been having so much fun writing this week. Sometimes, I just have a good week where the ideas and words flow from me like rain down a tin roof.

Union was getting a little to serious for me, so I had to take a step away from her and write something fun. I’ve been working on a cute, feisty little Christmas story. I can not wait to share it with you!

Just today, I purchased my first ever book cover! It’s for another book, but when I saw the image I knew it was perfect! I couldn’t let it slip away from me. That led to some talk with the Author/Artist Josephine Blake over at Covers and Cupcakes about the cover design I have in my head for this little Christmas story. Josephine says, “That’s very specific” – I do have a picture in my head for it. How to create it on a cover, I’ve no idea. I would love to learn, but right now I need to finish the story and Josephine has been designing a bit. Work smarter, not harder – correct?

I’ve read a few books I need to write reviews for and then I need to get back to writing my story while it is quiet in my house. The groceries were purchased yesterday and today is my day home to write, so I really need to get to it.

Recently, I have read: Java Break, Java Muse, The Housekeeper’s Proposal, Novel Notes, Anxious in Atlanta and Flyboy’s Fancy.

Now, if you know me, you know I hate to leave a bad review and it doesn’t matter if I know you or not. I’ve connected with a lot of Authors on Social Media – a few I even consider friends. I write reviews for everyone and do my very best not to spoil the story/information or say anything bad.

With that said, if you are an aspiring Author/Writer, my recommendation is not to purchase Novel Notes. It will most likely be a waste of your time. I flipped through it in under 5 minutes. It was a lot of blank pages with a subject written across the top. I’ll just leave it at that.

I will be writing up my review for The Housekeeper’s Proposal later this week, as I do not believe it is yet released. I was proofreading it for author Barb Goss. She has a great little Facebook group called, Sweet Wild West Reads. It is a pretty active group and from time to time you’ll find an Author seeking some proof readers, beta readers or street team requests. You’ll also find new things to read, contests and games.

Today, we are going to review Java Break by Lynn Donovan & Java Muse by George McVey. Y’all know George by now, right? By now you should!

If you read my previous post, When It Hits, you already know most of my thoughts on Java Muse – that book impacted me pretty strongly.

However, Lynn Donovan is a new Author to me – so let’s write her review in my normal fashion.

Dear Lynn,

First off I think Charlie is behind the messages and I find I am intrigued most by him. I hope even if he is behind the messages that he still gets hit by Cupid.

The book was cute and enjoyable to read. I did feel that things progressed rather quickly with the characters intimately, but I still enjoyed the book.

The Java Cupid must really be something because as I was working on my own manuscript one of my character’s was reading about him!

So thank you for inspiring ideas in my own mind and delivering a sweet little story around my favorite thing: Coffee! I am looking forward to reading the rest of this multi-author series and I’m glad you thought of creating it!

Be Blessed as you Progress!

I could write a letter to George again, but I think he already knows how I feel about Java Muse and most of you should too. I love the books by George and I’m sure you’ll be reading more about him later as he has several books coming out this year and I WILL be reading them.

I hope you will return for my reviews of Flyboy’s Fancy, Anxious in Atlanta and The Housekeeper’s Proposal, which I will have up over the next few days. However, if you are looking for something to read – go ahead and read them! You’ll enjoy them.

I’m off to mine some words now…my hot headed little Character is up to no good at the moment and someone needs to straighten her out. We’ll talk again soon!


Book Review: Eleanor

Rachel Wesson. I cannot say that Rachel is a new author to me as I’ve read all of the Clover Springs books (10) and the Trails of the Heart series (currently 3 books). I’m not sure if there will be a number 11 for Clover Springs – I hope so, because I LOVE Clover Springs! We will just have to wait and see what Rachel does. I do know however that she has something in the works for Trails of the Heart and I can’t wait to read that!

I believe, Rachel’s book; Katie -the first one in the Clover Springs series was also her first book. Published February 2016. So in that aspect she is still a fairly new author, just not new to me because I’ve been reading her books for a year now. Her stories are amazing! I love all the characters. If you read Clover Springs, you really do want to start at the beginning and get to know them. You won’t regret it.

Now then, to write this review in Renea fashion – it’s time for a letter…

Dear Rachel

Thank you so much for writing Eleanor. I admit it wasn’t really her story I was interested in reading, but Wilma’s and I do feel it was more about Wilma than Eleanor – that could just be me though cause I really wanted to know about Wilma.

I hate to write any type of review that gives a spoiler – so let me just say I had wished something for Eleanor as I got to know her that in the end didn’t happen, however, it still all worked out and everyone was happy.

It was wonderful to see the compassionate side of Mrs. Grey too. She reminded me of my step-dad to be honest. He thinks he is this big bad tough guy. He got into trouble when he was young -long before I ever knew him – and spent several years in prison. So he has that persona of a bad boy. The truth is, he’s just a big ol’e softy! He’d do anything for anybody and so finding out that the battle axe Mrs. Grey has a soft side just made me smile.

I adore Father Molloy too. That man is wise beyond wise. I think he has a lot of insight and some secrets. I would love to hear his story.

I hated seeing Wilma break down, that tore at my heart. I know that broken feeling where you just become numb and I had empathy for her. I’m very thankful she got her HEA (happily ever after). And little Rosa, oh she melts my heart.

I don’t want to give away the story, so everyone will just have to go read it, but thank you so much for taking the time to write it and for simply being brave enough to publish your stories. Your books are ones I never miss – you may call me a stalker because the moment I see you’ve a new one, it becomes the very next thing I read. That is how much I enjoy them.

Clover Springs is amazing and your writing has caused me to care about each person there. I have also thought of picking your brain a bit here and there for my own work in progress, because not only do I care about them but your stories trigger the ol’e creative juices a bit. Also, your being Irish and my story having Irish roots makes me think…”I need to talk to Rachel”. Do you know anything about the legend of the Fairy Queen?

Sincerely,

Renea