About C is for Cowboy

C is for Cowboy

When social media star Madi meets cute cowboy Cash, soon #romance is trending…

When Madi Keller escapes her mile-a-minute LA life to vacation at a ranch in the wilds of Montana, the last thing she has on her mind is handsome cowboys. 

Cash Carter knows trouble when he sees it coming down the airport escalator—and it looks exactly like Madi Keller, right down to her overpriced designer cowboy boots and bright pink hat. 

Soon Cash faces even more trouble than he bargained for when Madi turns out to have depth beneath her charm, and Madi might have to reevaluate her own cowboy prejudices when ranch life feels more appealing than a return to the city. When the differences between them are bigger than a star-filled Montana sky, can they put them aside to find the happiness they both desire? 

My review

Okay, I’m loving this series so much! I’ve put links to the whole series so far in my what to read next section and you need to read them!

This one has so many great elements. Let’s start with Madi. I loved how she is. I feel like she really represents our society right now. It seems like every one of us are addicted to our phones and a good chunk of us to social media. It’s just the world we live in. And Madi is that. She’s a social media influencer and she’s really good at what she does. But Madi has signed up for a Montana vacation at a working ranch, so good bye internet. This causes some issues for her, but I loved how she overcame them.

One of my favorite things about Madi was how she constantly fell, she kept me laughing from the first. And her kindness amazed me. Madi constantly goes out of her way to be a kind person. She gave her clothes to a young mom who’s baby had a blowout and so many other kind things. I loved Madi!

Next up is Cash, he’s the cowboy. And he’s a really great one. When he isn’t picking up guests at the airport in Bozeman, he’s working hard on the ranch that had been in his family for generations. The one his dad sold while he was gone. Cash is a gentleman, he treats Madi so well. I liked his sense of family. Family and tradition is a big part of his life and obviously important to him. And the way these two interacted was so funny!

The plot of this one is so much fun! It’s a sweet romance that will keep you hooked until you’ve read the very last page. I can’t wait for the next ABC’s of Love book!

I borrowed a copy of C is for Cowboy using my Kindle Unlimited subscription. All opinions are my own.

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the fighting preacher

About The Fighting Preacher

Utah’s own award-winning producer/director, and master story-teller, T.C. Christensen, once again weaves a tale of action, romance, comedy, and drama in this heartwarming story of a couple that overcomes all odds. It is truly a David versus Goliath story, as two people take on an entire town filled with hatred. After 24 years in the community, they eventually become loved and respected by one and all.


In the tradition of Christensen and Remember Films, who brought you 17 Miracles, Ephraim’s Rescue, Love Kennedy, and Cokeville Miracle; this new film brings elements that make the audience laugh, cry, and most importantly, cheer the underdog.

My review

Here’s your chance to go see a brand new movie that you will love! The Fighting Preacher is in theaters starting today and you won’t want to miss it.

I’m a big fan of movies like this one that tell a story from the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One thing I really loved about this one is that I hadn’t ever even heard of the characters. They were completely new to me. And I loved learning about Willard and Rebecca Bean.

This movie has heart. It’s a story about a couple who are asked to go to an area where the residents are completely hostile to members of the Church. But they go, and they make the best of it.

I loved the faith of these two characters. They truly believed that they were called of God to go to Palmyra and they knew they would be protected for it. I especially loved a scene with just Rebecca, Willard had gone to town. She opened the door and invited some people in, because they seemed to be inquisitive. Then those people turned on her. In the midst of her confusion, she thought to say a prayer and she was helped to be able to turn the situation around. I love the way this shows that not only did she have help when she needed it, but we can too. Such a great lesson we all need to learn.

Willard and Rebecca did not have things easy by any means. But they worked hard and they changed how they did things when things weren’t working the way they were doing them.

This is a great family movie. Our 5 year-old watched it with us. He seemed to enjoy it. There was nothing in this movie that I was concerned about him watching. Make sure to go see it right away!

I was able to watch The Fighting Preacher as part of the premier. All opinions are my own.

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About Secrets Never Die

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Tallie Brown’s life has never made sense. Raised in isolation by her mother, Julia, Tallie was dragged suddenly and without explanation from one third-world outpost to another until life normalized seven years ago when Julia took a position on a mountaintop in the Pacific northwest. But when Julia unexpectedly dies, Tallie uncovers clues suggesting that Julia had a secret life. Journalistic phenom Jackson James is still recovering from the devastating mistake that flatlined his promising career. Now he’s paying the price, working as the editor of a syrupy community rag in a posh D.C. suburb. But when the very man who destroyed him drops a tantalizing lead about a potential D.C. scandal, the reporter sees his chance for redemption and sets off to chase the story. Jackson’s investigation leads him to Cutler’s Ridge, a dying Virginia coal town, and directly into the path of the mysterious and beautiful Tallie. As these two mistrustful loners follow their leads, their stories begin to intertwine until they reach an alarming conclusion – something terrible happened in Cutler’s Ridge. As they doggedly pursue the story, the town’s cold reception spirals into threats and danger, proving that there are those who will stop at nothing to keep the past hidden forever –because secrets never die.

My review

A good suspense book is one of my very favorites to read! I loved the way the author did this one. There are several points of view that you get to see the story from. You get to see it from the point of view of Julia, that’s Tallie’s mom, Tallie and Jackson. All these points of view make the story more interesting. And help it to make more sense.

There were lots of things about Tallie that I liked. I liked the way she was smart. She had learned a lot of things through not only schooling, but through the way she was raised by Julia. They spent their whole lives on the run. But that’s not really something Tallie really understood until after Julia died. Julia sent Tallie on a mission after she died, a mission to find out where she came from and the secrets that surrounded her life.

Jackson has his own secrets. I liked the way his secrets drove him to be a better person than he had previously been, to change. That’s really what we’re all looking for in our own lives.

The reader doesn’t see much of the story through Julia’s point of view. Only the first chapter is her. But I learned from her that there’s always a way to fix your mistakes. Even if it’s hard. She tried to fix hers, even though she was already dead.

The plot of this book has so many twists and turns. I loved the way I never knew just what was coming next. And there’s no way I would have ever guessed just how all the characters were connected. I loved reading this one!

I was sent an e-copy of Secrets Never Die by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Laurie Lewis

Laurie (L.C.) Lewis is the author of women’s fiction romance who also writes under the pen name L.C. Lewis – writing the award winning FREE MEN & DREAMERS historical romance series set again the backdrop of the War of 1812. She is a RONE Award Winner for The Dragons of Alsace Farm and was twice named a New Apple Literary Award winner in 2017. In 2018, winning Best New Fiction for Love on a Limb. She is also a BRAGG Medallion honoree, and she was twice named a Whitney Awards and USA Best Books Awards finalist.

Laurie is a Marylander at heart – loves weather-whining lover of crabs, American history & the sea, she admits to being craft-challenged & a devotee of sappy movies. Secrets Never Die is Laurie’s twelfth novel.

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About Blind Dates, Bridesmaids and Other Disasters

Blind Dates, Bridesmaids and Other Disasters

On the surface, Rachel Stevens’s life looks perfect.

One great job, two awesome roommates, and a supportive family. But when her roommate Hannah announces her engagement, Rachel sees eternal singleness and innumerable cats in her future. When the bride-to-be issues a challenge–go on six blind dates before I say “I do” –Rachel isn’t convinced her imagined future is that bad in comparison. 

The dates are predictably horrible and the situation further complicated by the return of James, Rachel’s first, long-lost love. James says he is over her, but is Rachel over him?

My review

This book is my very favorite type! I love contemporary romance with humor and this author did a great job with this one!

Rachel is such a great character! I loved seeing things through her eyes. She’s just a bit quirky in a good way. It was fun seeing how the blind dates came about. And the dates she had, wow! I never had any dates that were anywhere near as bad as hers. I had to laugh out loud at her dates.

The reader doesn’t see things through anyone’s eyes but Rachel’s in this one. There were times it might have been really interesting to know what some of the guys she dated were thinking. How in the world did they think it was a good idea to do the things they did?!

I liked the way the plot line of this one follows Rachel helping Hannah with her wedding plans. That kept the plot moving and gave an extra focus for the reader.

I loved the way this one ended. I had hoped that it would turn out at least kind of like it did. But the way it came about was just perfect for Rachel and for this book.

One thing I really want to know is what about the other roommate, Val. I’m really hoping there’s someone for her. She was kind of gruff and maybe a bit grumpy during the book. It might be kind of fun to see her get something happy.

I was sent a copy of Blind Dates, Bridesmaids and Other Disasters as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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Happy Birthday Disneyland

Happy Birthday Disneyland!

It’s Disneyland’s birthday and my friends at Get Away Today are celebrating with a HUGE Sale! All of their 2-5 Day Park Hopper and 1-Park per Day tickets are $17 off for 2019 travel. There are a few things that are a little bit different about this sale that I wanted to make you aware of:

  • This is the first time 2-day tickets have been included in a sale this big – so exciting and perfect for those looking for a quick trip before summer ends!
  • These are physical tickets and will be sent ahead of time, so you will have their actual tickets in hand.
  • Tickets should be ordered 6 days in advance to allow enough time for delivery.
  • Tickets will come with some surprise freebies as part of the birthday celebration.
  • Tickets with this special are non-refundable.
  • Disney’s MaxPass can be added each day in the Parks.
  • Tickets must be used in 2019.
  • Sale is valid through July 22, 2019 or while supplies last, whichever comes first.

Here are some fun things you can check out at Disneyland for the rest of the year!

Summer: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open at Disneyland Park and it is amazing! You can also experience the Tale of the Lion King only this summer at Disney California Adventure Park. Plus, for a limited time, the Main Street Electrical Parade will be back from August 2 – September 30, 2019.

Halloween Time: This year Halloween Time starts earlier than ever from September 6 – October 31, 2019. Expect returning spooktacular festivities in both Parks and for the first time ever, the popular “Halloween Screams” nighttime show will be available to all guests in Disneyland Park on select nights.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: From mid-November through early January, the entire Disneyland Resort transforms into the Merriest Place on Earth. Seasonal classics like “it’s a small world” holiday, Believe… in Holiday Magic fireworks and Festival of Holidays are all coming back.

Grab your tickets from Get Away Today right away!

About The Emerald Heart of Courtenay

the emerald heart of courtenay

The moment her father takes his final breath, Sarah Sourtenay becomes the sole heir of her family’s sprawling castle—and something far more unexpected. For on his deathbed, Lord Courtenay left his daughter a cryptic message: a dark curse will fall upon the house should Sarah fail to obtain and protect a priceless treasure. Sarah’s astonishment upon discovering the carefully hidden sword sparkling with jewels is nothing compared to the shock she feels when she learns the true nature of her father’s death: he was poisoned. And now Sarah herself might possess something worth killing for. Desperate to avoid her father’s fate, Sarah flees the only home she’s ever known, taking with her a loyal maid and a hired bodyguard who will stop at nothing to protect the beautiful woman in his care. From the safety of a remote farm, Sarah finds a renewed measure of peace and hope for the future. But the sinister weapon that glitters amid her belongings in that small farmhouse beckons a shadowy enemy, one who will not be deterred from taking everything from Sarah—including her life.

My review

This book is probably my favorite Anita Stansfield novel ever! The way she wrote her characters, plot, and setting just combined to make the perfect book. I didn’t want to put it down!

This whole book is written through the eyes of Sarah Courtenay. Sarah’s father dies in the first chapter. And it isn’t much after that that the reader learns that her father was killed. And there’s some concern that Sarah will be next. I loved the way the author did this. It just created enough suspense that the reader is entranced and wants to keep reading to find out what will happen to Sarah.

Sarah is a great character! She’s kind, compassionate, smart and willing to put herself in danger for her friends and family. But she’s an heiress, so she goes into hiding with Darius, the man hired to be her bodyguard. I loved the relationships that Sarah forms with those around her. Her aunt, is a great example of someone that Sarah cares for, even though she is a bit of a whiny woman. I loved the way Poppy and Sarah loved and cared for each other through the whole book.

The plot of this one is great! I loved the way the reader never quite knows who the killer is until the end, when it’s revealed by the author.

This is such a great book! Make sure to read it!

I was sent a copy of The Emerald Heart of Courtenay as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Author Spotlight

Anita Stansfield began writing at the age of sixteen, and her first novel was published sixteen years later. Her novels range from historical to contemporary and cover a wide gamut of social and emotional issues that explore the human experience through memorable characters and unpredictable plots. She has received many awards, including a special award for pioneering new ground in LDS fiction, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Whitney Academy for LDS Literature. Anita is the mother of five, and has two adorable grandsons. Her husband, Vince, is her greatest hero.

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About Kissing on Third

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His past will never go away. Hers has left deep scars. Together, maybe they can build something new.

Levi Cox carved his baseball game out of the dirt. The hard way. Bouncing between foster homes as a kid, and trying everything he could do to protect his kid brother from bullies, Levi backs down from no one and has a record to prove it. Baseball has given him a purpose and a career. A way to provide for his brother. When Levi meets Finley Gray, he finds things happening to his heart that he never thought possible. She has her own broken past, using boxing as her outlet. Yet the more Levi gets to know Finley, the more he’s convinced they belong together. Breaking through Finley’s tough exterior might be Levi’s hardest challenge ever. But he has a feeling it will be more than worth it. 

More Belltown Six Pack Romances:


Hitching the Pitcher
Falling for Centerfield
Charming the Shortshop
Snatching the Catcher
Flirting with First
Kissing on Third 

My review

It’s always sad to get to the end of something. I was really sad that this is the last of the Belltown Six Pack books. They’ve been fun to read. And it’s been fun to get to know the Six Pack.

This one was a bit different for me. It seemed a bit…. I don’t know. Maybe darker or grungier than some of the others. It’s not that I didn’t like it. But it’s not really my favorite of the books.

That being said. I did like Levi. I liked the way he looked out for his younger brother. And he was always concerned about the little things, like Finley walking home on her own after dark. That kind of thing always is important to me.

Finley was an interesting character. She has tons of different layers. She works as a waitress. She’s a boxer. And she takes old furniture and refinishes/reupholsters it. There are lots of fun things about her. I just had a bit of a harder time feeling that I could connect with her.

I liked the plot of this one. But it didn’t grab me as well as some of the others did. The whole thing was okay.

I was sent an e-copy of Kissing on Third as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Falling for Her Billionaire Best Friend

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Kissing your best friend is a gamble. One amazing lip-lock could destroy the friendship or be the start of true love—but you won’t know unless you try it . . .

WELCOME TO THE COVE

With heavy iron gates, two security stations, and a groundskeeper’s cottage, The Cove has everything a billionaire could ask for in a home. Dubbed Billionaire Bachelor Cove because of the residents’ single status and income portfolios, The Cove is the perfect place to hide away from the world. But, as the residents soon find out, they can’t hide from love.

♥♥   FALLING FOR HER BILLIONAIRE BEST FRIEND   ♥♥

Billionaire next-door neighbors Mary Alice Howe and Ryland Neilson have mothers who are are lifelong best friends. But throwing their children together for everything from Camelot Cruise birthday parties to cotillion classes has ensured a close friendship, not the hoped-for romance.

Excited to become the newest CEO of his father’s company, Ryland takes a risk that just might ruin the company. Taking a chance on a relationship with his best friend Mary Alice, however, seems even more foolish. Sure, he’s had a slight crush on her for a while now, but they can’t get their timing right to give a romantic relationship a shot.

Already unsure what she wants to do with her career and her relationship with pro soccer player Camden Sharpe, adding new and thrilling feelings for her best friend causes Mary Alice’s world to spin upside-down. One thing she does know is that she wants a fairy-tale romance. Ryland may look like the part of the handsome prince—tall, dark, and gorgeous—but can a woman be swept off her feet by someone she shared orthodontist appointments with?

When a personal ad brings the two together, they realize that maybe they don’t actually know everything about each other. Discovering new sides to their personalities adds a surprising layer to their relationship. Yet when old expectations arise, they’ll have to decide if it’s better to stay in the safety of the friend-zone or jump down the rabbit hole of the unknown and risk everything for love.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this full-length sweet/clean contemporary billionaire romance is similar to your favorite Hallmark movie and will bring a smile to your day!

My review

These Billionaire Bachelor Cove books are a lot of fun! I love the way the authors have worked to make them be interconnected. It was fun in this one to see some of the characters I’ve loved in the other ones make another appearance.

There were so many things that were fun about this one! I loved the characters, the plot, the touch of Alice in Wonderland at the beginning of each chapter. And there is also a really fun nod to a popular song from the late 70’s that made me smile!

Mary Alice is a fun character. I loved the way she was loyal and loving. And the way she did things for her parents, even though she actually lived on the other side of the country was just sweet. I did not like the way she was with her boyfriend though. It seemed like she let him ignore her all the time. Maybe she just didn’t care though, because she had her best friend Ryland.

Ryland was a great guy! I liked that the reader gets to see things through his eyes. He’s so in love with Mary Alice, but she seems to be completely oblivious to his feelings through most of the book. Their date though, wow! I loved the epic date he planned for a woman, who he didn’t even know. It was just perfect!

This book was cute. I loved the way it ends. And so many other things about it. It’s a perfect escape from reality!

I was sent an e-copy of Falling for Her Billionaire Best Friend as gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About The Redgrave Murders

the redgrave murders

Loss is inevitable, as Evie Hampton knows all too well. But despite losing her mother to can er and her older brother to a war, she knows she’s one of the lucky ones. After all, she still has her father, a distinguished professor of medieval history. And she has Gary Redhawk, the man she loves despite the emotional scars he carries from the Second World War—and despite her father’s opposition to their relationship.

When Evie’s car suddenly careens off the road, she chalks it up to poor maintenance or sheer bad luck making another appearance in her life. Little does she know a host of hardships is just beginning—the car was her father’s, and the brake lines were deliberately cut. Someone wants them dead—but why? All fingers point to Gary, a man with a troubled past and no solid alibi, but Evie is unwilling to believe he’s involved. Determined to uncover the truth, she begins to piece together a startling picture of deception and vice. But as she closes in on the truth, it is clear that someone is determined to silence her—and the next attempt on her life may be a deadly success.

My review

I LOVE a good suspense book! And this is a good one. It’s a bit different from the way A.L. Sowards usually writes, but that’s a good thing!

I loved Evie in this book. Evie is a young woman living in the time period just after World War II. She’s lost her mom and older brother before the story starts. She lives with her dad. And her boyfriend is Gary.

There is a lot of things with this time period that the author did a good job including in this novel. The way Gary would have been looked at because he was a Native American was one thing I noticed. It’s not right, but he would have been looked down on, and his and Evie’s relationship especially would have been taboo.

It’s no surprise that when bad things start happening, Gary is the first suspect. And there’s no other suspects that the police are willing to consider. While Gary’s in jail, Evie shows what she’s made of and works on the investigation all on her own. I love that she does this, and doesn’t get scared off, even when it would have been easy to.

This book kept me guessing from the beginning to the very end. I would have never guessed just who the bad guy was or why! It’s my favorite thing when that happens. If you’re a fan of good suspense books, make sure to pick this one up!

I was sent a copy of The Redgrave Murders as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author A L Sowards

A L Sowards is a graduate of Moses Lake High School and Brigham Young University. She swam competitively for sixteen years, including while she was in college. She found it more entertaining to think of plot ideas while following the black line up and down the bottom of the pool than having a song in her head that restarted with every flip turn. Sowards currently lives along the Wasatch front with her amazing husband and her adorable twin toddlers. She loves hearing from readers at ALSowards.com or on Facebook or Goodreads.

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About An Unexpected Bride

An unexpected bride

A marriage of convenience, an honorable gentleman, and the secrets of a mysterious young lady…

Eleanor Claridge had it all. A family that loved her, a secret romance with a handsome soldier, and a beautiful home in the seaside town of Brighton. Although her father did not approve of her suitor, she found no fault in him. With respect to her father’s wishes, she paused to examine his character.

But it was too late.

Abducted and taken to Scotland under the ruse of a happy elopement, Eleanor was forced to marry the wicked man she had once loved.

And now she has a chance to escape.

Widowed and alone, she flees on the first coach back to Brighton with her young son, vowing never to marry or trust another man again. But when her reputation and the safety of her child are questioned, she has no choice but to enter into a marriage of convenience with Mr. Henry Beaumont, whose kindness and inviting blue eyes leave her questioning if love is such a dreadful notion after all.

My review

Ashtyn Newbold has such a way with Regency period romance. I love the way she does her characters. And her plots are amazing. This author’s books really suck the reader into the story line!

There are so many great things about this one. I’m going to start with Eleanor. It was fun for me, as a reader, to get to read this book from Eleanor’s perspective. Eleanor is a character that went missing in A Convenient Engagement, and I wondered at the time what happened to her. I loved Eleanor. She has had to fight her way to where she is at the start of this book. It hasn’t been easy, but for her and her son, Arthur, it’s been necessary.

Then there’s Henry. Henry is a good man. He goes out of his way to marry Eleanor when there appears to be no way to protect her and Arthur from her late husband’s father. He is kind, and loving to both Arthur and Eleanor. I liked him from the very start when he rescued them from the rainstorm.

I liked the plot of this one. There is danger lurking around every corner from Arthur’s grandfather. The reader never knows when he will strike or who will be involved.

This is a great Regency romance, you’ll love reading!

I was sent an e-copy of An Unexpected Bride as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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