What’s Your Texas Ranger Nickname?

Last week, I had the chance to be part of a super fun Release Party for Seven Brides for Seven Texans. We had over a hundred guests at our party, along with games and prizes. It was such a fun way to kick off this book!

Seven Brides for Seven Texans is beginning to appear on the bookstore shelves and at big box stores. If you see it, snap a photo and post it on Facebook. It’s fun for me to see where it’s showing up.

For my segment of the party, I made up a little game called “What’s Your Texas Ranger Nickame?” My hero, Chisholm Hart, is a dimpled Texas Ranger with wit, grit, and charm. In the words of my friend Shannon Vannatter, “Y’all might like to piddle around with the game, too.”

Oh, by the way, I described Chisholm with “dimples as deep as canyons.”


Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business. Y’all need Ranger nicknames.



And here’s the bookmark that we ended up choosing, mostly because the one with the seven riders ended up being a screen shot from the Magnificent Seven. Ooops.


So what’s your Texas Ranger nickname? Do dimples make you swoon? Oh, I sure hope so. And if you’d like some book marks to share with friends or place in your local library, leave me a note below. I’d love some help from my “posse” in spreading the word about this fun novella collection.

Which Hart Brother is Right for You?

My palms are sweaty. My heart is racing. I’m holding my breath.


The Seven Brides for Seven Texans romance collection will be gracing the shelves by Dec. 1. I know there are a lot of novella collections out there, but I promise you there’s none quite like this. I am so excited to share this book with my readers.

7-brides-2This collection features seven Hart brothers who’ve been told to find a bride within the year or lose their share of the ranch. Each of us authors had a different brother to write about. Some of the brothers served in the Civil War and have physical or mental trauma from that experience. One is doctor, some are ranchers, and mine–well, he’s a Texas Ranger. We authors collaborated on their backstories and their lives, so these stories are more interconnected than most novella collections. If you enjoy a good television series with an ensemble cast, this is the collection for you.

And did I mention these are some ruggedly romantic men?

Amanda Barrett put together a little quiz so you can find out which heart brother is for you. I think you’ll find the selections truly yummy. You can take the quiz here.

As this holiday season gets going, pamper yourself with a little Longhorn Love, and pre-order Seven Brides for Seven Texans today.




News from the Homefront

Does it ever feel like the world is spinning faster and faster? Do you struggle to keep up with what’s going on in the lives of your friends?

The Inkspers can completely relate. Not only do we sometimes have trouble keeping up with our lives at home, we can’t even keep up with what is going on in each other’s lives. So, for the next two weeks we’re going to share news from our homefronts. Whether it’s what is going on in our writing life or what’s going on in our families, we’ll be sharing the news.

A Women’s Conference, a New Novella and a College Grad

Three significant events mark April this year. First, about a week ago, I returned from the Women Walking With God Conference in Wichita, Kansas. There is nothing like being with 1200+ sisters in Christ singing, laughing, and learning together.

This year’s theme was “The Greatest is Love.” We had 14 ladies from our home congregation go and we had a great time. The lessons were terrific and thought-provoking, and the music by the Herndons was wonderful. But I have to admit my favorite part were the comedy lessons by Lisa Smartt. Need a laugh to start your Monday? This should do the trick.

My second bit of news is that I am pleased to announce that I’m part of a new novella collection which will release in December 2016. My story is due by the end of this month, but I’ll be sending it today.

Seven Brides for Seven Texans is based chock full of hunky cowboys, action, and fun. After their father learns he has a heart ailement, the seven Hart brothers are told they must all marry within the year of lose their share of the 7-Hart Ranch. This is harder than it seems as one of the brother was wounded in the Civil War, another is a Texas Ranger, and one is only 18.

7 Brides for 7 Texans Announcement


The third, and most important, thing happening on our homefront is my daughter Caroline’s graduation from college. On Saturday, she will graduate with a B.S. in Biology. The last few weeks have been a series of “lasts” for her, so the time is very bittersweet. She has loved college and has made many lifelong friends.

Caroline, Soren, Delaney
College Roommates and friends for life–Caroline, Soren, and Delaney

Tonight will be her last performance with the concert choir, then she’ll have finals, and present her senior paper. The week will fly by, and by Saturday night, she’ll be a college graduate.

Her time out of the classroom, however, will be short lived since she plans to become a physician’s assistant.

So, there you have most of April in a nutshell. Yes, life is spinning, and we just have to hold on tight.

Any questions?