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Tule Author Q&A: Debra Holt relates to her hero and heroine!

Debra Holt stopped by the Tule blog to discuss the third book in her Tremaynes of Texas series, The Bronc Rider Takes a Fall!

 

Where did you get the inspiration for The Bronc Rider Takes a Fall?

I got to thinking about a bronc rider, and what they try so hard not to do — take a fall. Then I thought about a bronc rider who actually fell, and wound up not just in the dirt, but also with a beautiful woman on top of him. The rest of that scene came along after that, and the book grew around it.

 

This is a fun opposites attract romance. What drew you to this trope? What’s your favorite trope to write?

Opposites attract is so much fun to write, especially for Trey and Laurie. She isn’t his type, and he’s certainly not hers. But my favorite trope would be second chances. I enjoy writing those the most. It always brings out the romantic sparks in my mind. 

 

How do you relate to Laurie, your heroine, and how do you hope readers will relate to her? How do you relate to Trey?Photo of Man Doing Rodeo

Laurie and I are so much alike. We’re both organized and dependable, and we play by the rules. We take the road less risky when it comes to raising a child. And we’re both stubborn women who won’t risk giving their heart to the wrong person. I hope readers will relate to her strength of character. Her skills at being a single mom. And how she finally believes in love and romance enough to take a chance on a rough and tumble cowboy.

I relate to Trey because growing up, I went to quite a few rodeos and had a few friends who were bull or bronc riders in their teens. There was always a lot of bravado to cut through, to separate the really good riders from those who just talked a good game. I saw Trey as one of the ones who had set a goal for himself, who had chosen a path, and who wasn’t going to let others shape him via their misconceptions about “just another Romeo cowboy.”

 

Are your characters set before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go? What did that development process look like for The Bronc Rider Takes a Fall?

It’s strange, but for me, most often, the title comes first. Then there’s a blank slate where I draw out my hero and heroine. After that, we’re off to the races! The story goes where the characters lead. For this story, the title came, and then I knew I wanted this bronc rider to meet his match… and for the heroine to meet hers. Both Trey and Laurie had to come out of their comfort zones to find each other.

 

What are you currently reading?

I’m laughing at this question! I miss reading. But right now, I’m under deadlines for my new four-book series, The Texas Heritage Series, so there’s zero time to read. Someday…

 

About the Author

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers.  Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most.  She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).

Debra’s real pride and joys, however, are her son, an aspiring film actor, and a daughter with aspirations to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more story ideas!)  When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure.  She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances,  is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs…to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.

THE RANCHER RISKS IT ALL: Release day blog post featuring Debra Holt

How to Write a Book When You Have a Life Too

Everybody has a story inside them, and everybody should have the opportunity to share that

story with the world. But how do you do that when you have so many other demands on your time?

Make it a priority

Pastor and author C.J. Mahaney said, “We make time for what we truly value. We build habits and routines around the things that really matter to us.” This is never more true than when it comes to writing a book around an already busy schedule.

What that looks like is up to you. Maybe you’re a morning person, and you can get up 30 minutes earlier every morning to write. Or maybe you’re a night owl, and staying up 30 minutes later works better for you. In either case, it’s a simple way to get more writing time in your busy day.

Delegate to others

You don’t have to iron love into your spouse’s shirts, or cook love into your dinner casserole. In fact, you don’t have to do any household chores again if you don’t want to. You can hire a housekeeper. Drop your laundry off at a dry cleaner or laundromat that has wash, dry, fold services. Hire someone in your community to fix your meals and freeze them for your convenience.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, either; high school students and college kids often work for low wages, or in exchange for being able to do their own laundry while they clean your home. Use that creative brain to channel other ways you might delegate and free up time for your laptop.

Divide your book into chunks

The obvious chunks to break your book into are the chapters. But chapters have sections, too. And those sections have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Divide your book down into the smallest component parts that make sense. Then write one at a time. Don’t get trapped into thinking you have to write whole chapters in one sitting.

Set little goals

“Write a book” is an enormous long-term goal. You must set short-term goals if you want to succeed in achieving the long-term one. Don’t even set “write a chapter” or “write a section of a chapter” as your goal.

You want your goal to be actionable and continuous, meaning you need your goal to be something entirely under your control, and something you can keep doing over and over. “Write for 15 minutes” fits that bill. You can’t control if you manage to write a whole section at a time, but you can control how long you write. And you can write for 15 minutes over and over again.

Schedule time to write

William Faulkner was once asked if he wrote on inspiration or on a schedule. He replied, “I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired every day at nine o’clock.” It’s easier to write a book for some authors if you write on a daily schedule. Whether it’s 30 minutes or three hours, set a schedule and stick to it.

Use every spare minute

Use every spare minute you can find to work on your book. Use something like Google Docs to write, so you have access to your work on any device. Here are some examples of where you could squeeze in extra writing time:

  • Riding in the car, bus, or subway
  • Breaks at work
  • Waiting for other things to happen, like when dinner is cooking or you’re sitting in the doctor’s office

You can also use a voice-to-text feature like Google Docs’ Voice Typing to dictate your book in those spare minutes, so you don’t have to find space in those spare minutes to go typing everything in.

When I write my novels, I’m working around a full-time day job, a husband with more than a few health issues, weddings I’m planning for my son and for my daughter, and a dozen other real life obligations. I’ve found ways to steal time away for my books, because writing is my passion and my escape from all else. And if I can do it, you can too.

 

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers.  Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most.  She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).

Debra’s real pride and joys, however, are her son, an aspiring film actor, and a daughter with aspirations to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more story ideas!)  When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure.  She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances,  is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs…to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.

Tule Publishing July 2021 Releases

Read more about our new releases for July!

GIVEAWAY: We will pick ONE winner to receive a digital book of their choice from the July releases. Comment down below saying which book you’re looking most forward to reading! Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. The winner will be randomly selected at the end of the month.

 

 

Texas Made by Eve Gaddy (Texas Born)

Release Date: July 1, 2021

Texas True, Book 1

When pure country meets pure city…

Rancher Marshall Walker isn’t looking for a woman—not permanently, anyway. He’s plenty busy raising beautiful Walker paint horses that are in high demand across Texas. But when his sister’s gorgeous friend arrives for an extended visit, he’s not opposed to exploring what could happen. He knows his heart is safe—Jaclyn Carson is a city girl, and he’s country through and through.

Jaclyn isn’t looking for a man, either. Owner and CEO of her own makeup company, she doesn’t have any desire to relax or slow down. With her condo under extensive renovations, she takes up her friend’s offer to stay at her family’s Texas ranch. Jaclyn’s more than a little curious to catch a glimpse of her not-so-secret college crush, and Marshall is hotter than ever. And his proposition—a steamy but very temporary affair—sounds like a fantasy come true.

What happens when two opposites fall in love? Can they meet in the middle or will they go their separate ways, even if it means breaking their hearts?


Leashed by Katja Desjarlais (Muse)

Release Date: July 13, 2021

Hellhounds, Book 2

A good dog heels when Fate calls. Others take their chance in hell.

On earth, Hellhound Bo Echidna chases his vices and embraces his bad luck, hoping to ease the monotony of his immortal existence while he waits for his master’s call. Bound to the will of Hades and touched by the hand of Dionysus, he drifts from bar to bar and bed to bed on the hunt for his next rush, knowing it will never ease his eternal torment.

Librarian and art history student Sage Marcellus‘s only vice is the caffeine that fuels her revolving schedule of two jobs, school, and her passive position as Nixon’s Girlfriend. Accommodating and quiet, she lives in the periphery of her own life until she meets Bo, whose unexpected friendship leads Sage to ponder her life choices.

While Bo and Sage grapple with their growing attraction, ancient forces and grudges work against them to ensure that Bo never gets his happily ever after. And when Sage is in peril, Bo must play a rigged game against Fate to save them both.


The Best Man’s Bride by Jamie Dallas (Montana Born)

Release Date: July 19, 2021

The Hartman Brothers, Book 1

What else can go wrong? Or is everything finally going right?

After catching her fiancé lip-locked with the wedding planner an hour before their vows, Hailey Miller hikes up her wedding dress and runs. The last person she expects to chase her down is her ex’s sexy but aloof business partner who’s kept her at arm’s length for years. He offers her a lifeline, but his help comes with a catch. Does she dare say yes?

Jace Hartman doesn’t believe in love. And he doesn’t believe in giving up. He won’t let his company’s event planner walk away from their biggest launch—even if she has a broken heart. Business comes first, so he makes Hailey an offer she can’t refuse. But it’s her counter offer that has him worried. She needs a place to live for the month, and he has an extra bedroom.

Jace has spent the past few years trying his best to bury his attraction to Hailey. Now she’s everywhere and making him forget all the reasons he should never mix business and pleasure.


Home to the Outback by Nicole Flockton (Holiday)

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Welcome to Bunya Junction, Book 1

Coming home isn’t always easy…

Three years ago, nurse Sindy Carruthers returned to Bunya Junction wounded, wary and shamed by a relationship gone wrong. Welcomed home by her family and supportive community, she now manages the local medical practice and enjoys her newfound confidence. She’s perfectly happy on her own, until a blast from the past in the form of Ryan Flanagan appears.

Dr. Ryan Flanagan—renowned plastic surgeon to the stars—heads to Bunya Junction to pay his last respects to the man who opened his heart and house to an abandoned boy. Ryan’s no fan of Bunya Junction or the harsh judgments of some of the townsfolk, so he’s stunned to discover that his old mentor has bequeathed him half a general medical practice—hoping he’ll stay on and serve the community. The other half of the practice now belongs to the beautiful Sindy Carruthers, his closest friend’s twin sister.

Sindy knows Ryan will never stay in Bunya Junction and become her business partner, and that’s a good thing. Otherwise she might just lose her heart to him.


Assigned by Paris Wynters (American Heart)

Release Date: July 22, 2021

Navy SEALs of Little Creek, Book 3

How can she become a new version of herself when she’s married to her past?

After two of his buddies found love through the military’s matchmaking program, Lucas Craiger decides to give it a shot. He’s not necessarily looking for love, just companionship and a kind, reliable stepmom for his young son. When he’s assigned to his high school sweetheart who shattered his heart, his plan for an uncomplicated relationship becomes acutely complicated.

Riley Thompson signed up for the matchmaking program because she needs a fresh start—and the health insurance. She desperately wants to build a life with a man where her autoimmune disease doesn’t define her and she can prove herself. But being matched with Lucas isn’t the new beginning she wanted. He’s the love of her life she let go when she was first diagnosed.

Lucas is determined to make the most of this second chance with Riley, but when his custody battle heats up, his new marriage isn’t the only relationship in jeopardy.


A Slice of Summer by Melissa McClone (American Heart)

Release Date: July 26, 2021

Silver Falls, Book 2

First, he ghosted her. Now, he has a proposition…

Taryn Lawson needs more customers in her bakery to prove she’s capable of taking over the family business. The summer fair is the perfect opportunity to jump-start her vision with a specialized booth showcasing her creative desserts. Despite her fierce work ethic, she needs help to build her booth in time. Unfortunately, the only person available is the handsome attorney who played with her heart last Christmas.

Trial attorney Garrett Andrews regrets not contacting the pretty baker he dated during his last holiday vacation. But he had his reasons and is finally ready to make amends. When he returns to town for his sister’s wedding, Garrett gets his second chance when Taryn needs help building her booth.

Working together reignites the spark, but Taryn is aware the clock is ticking. Will they realize what they have is special before it’s too late, or will their second chance at love once again slip through their fingers?


The Ranger by Julia Justiss (Texas Born)

Release Date: July 27, 2021

The McAllister Brothers, Book 3

He can’t resist a puzzle…

When Texas Ranger Brice McAllister spies a sexy woman in short shorts gardening in her backyard, he can’t help but flirt. She shuts him down hard, and Brice is astonished when he realizes this alluring woman is also the aloof and dowdy librarian—complete with thick-framed glasses and a shapeless dress—who helped him research land deeds earlier that day. He’s instantly intrigued and sets out to discover more—namely, why she’s clearly hiding herself.

She can’t attract attention…

After one side of her crime family is involved in her fiancé’s death, Maria Giordano puts half a continent between herself and her L.A. home and family. She moves to Whiskey River and reinvents herself as “Mary,” a serious and plain librarian. Her only indulgence is her garden and cooking with her neighbor’s young daughter. And then she meets Brice.

Maria has every reason to avoid and resent a man with a badge, but when she needs protection, the last man she thinks she can trust is the first one she turns to.


The Rancher Risks It All by Debra Holt (Texas Born)

Release Date: July 29, 2021

The Tremaynes of Texas, Book 2

She’s on the run…

On a storm-ravaged night, Texas rancher Truitt Tremayne is trying to make it home before the road floods. Years ago he lost his parents, fiancée and youngest brother in a flash flood on the same country road, so it seems like déjà vu when he nearly hits a stranded car with a beautiful woman and her sister trapped inside.

Annie Sims and her sister Jessie are running from their past. She’s headed to San Antonio where they can disappear, but bad luck follows them. With her funds depleted and her car useless, Truitt’s offer of a temporary sanctuary with no questions asked seems too good to be true. Soon Annie finds herself falling under the spell of the kind, silent rancher. But can she let her guard down and still keep her sister safe, or is she courting more danger?

Truitt knows Annie has a secret. He wants her trust, but can he give his heart to another woman after he’s already lost so much?

Father’s Day 2021 Recommended Reads

In celebration of Father’s Day, check out some titles the Tule team selected that we know you’ll love. Happy Father’s Day to all these amazing book dads!

 

Capturing the Texas Rancher’s Heart by Debra Holt

The Tremaynes of Texas, Book 1

“A bit of angst, a bit of suspense, with the banter of a loving and loyal family to balance out the heavier emotions. Plus…who doesn’t love a single father romance?” – Christina, Goodreads

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Montana Baby by Juanita Kees

Calhouns of Montana, Book 1

“A great read full of swoonworthy characters and moments full of heart. The character of Chase Calhoun just melted the pages. Good story, likeable characters and a story not to miss.” – Talking Books, Goodreads

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Montana Cowboy Daddy by Jane Porter

Wyatt Brothers of Montana, Book 3

“I loved Montana Cowboy Daddy. Jane Porter has outdone herself with this touching story. Seeing the Wyatt family is always a special treat.” – Rosemary, Goodreads

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Pumpkin Patch Sweethearts by Sasha Summers

The Welsh Sisters, Book 2

“There is so much to love about Pumpkin Patch Sweethearts that it is hard to know where to start. This book is cute, sweet, funny and tender. I couldn’t stop smiling.” – Shelagh, Goodreads

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Christmas with the Single Dad by Clare Connelly

Cape Hope, Book 1

“This is a beautifully written romance, a story of finding love when you least expect it. Luke Miller is a single dad to his six year old daughter Stella and Ally Monroe is trying to find her dad who left her years before. Fate brings them together in the seaside town of Cape Hope.” – Helen, Goodreads

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Tule Author Q&A: Debra Holt loves writing in Texas!

Debra Holt stopped by the Tule blog to discuss the first book in her Tremaynes of Texas series, Capturing the Texas Rancher’s Heart!

 

Where did you get the inspiration for Capturing the Texas Rancher’s Heart?

I grew up with small town rodeos and families involved in such events and I decided to write about a family…a group of siblings who need to carry on the family tradition after tragedy and how each is affected and does find their own perfect romance along the way.

 

If you could spend the day with Thomas or Jamie, who would you choose and what would you do?

I would have to say it would be Thomas…isn’t he a great ‘hero’? I love horses and anything outdoors on a ranch and it would be a great day to follow him around and see how he manages to run such a huge operation and still be so involved with being a good dad. Lots of time on horseback and good home-cooking added…perfect Texas day!

 

What has been your favorite part about writing stories set in Texas?

Field of Texas Bluebonnet

Reliving great memories of fun times growing up, good friends along the way, sharing what an amazing land I was lucky enough to be born in and letting others see the small town spirit in the people that are really alive and well in the state. Keeping those things in the hearts and minds of others is special to my stories.

 

Where and when do you get most of your writing done?

I work a full time day job that can be very busy during fall football season so I use every moment I can at home…usually writing in my home office for 4 to 5 hours each night during the week, and if weekend is free of day job activity, then I write 10 to 12 hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Now that I have a new series for Tule set for 2022/2023…I need to get busy on those four new books!

 

What are you currently reading?

I just finished the latest John Sandford Prey book…love his Lucas Davenport series. I escape to the world of suspense. And I also finished re-reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  Must say that I prefer the movie version…sorry!

 

About the Author

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers.  Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most.  She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).

Debra’s real pride and joys, however, are her son, an aspiring film actor, and a daughter with aspirations to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more story ideas!)  When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure.  She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances,  is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs…to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.

Tule Publishing June 2021 Releases

Read more about our new releases for June!

GIVEAWAY: We will pick ONE winner to receive a digital book of their choice from the June releases. Comment down below saying which book you’re looking most forward to reading! Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. The winner will be randomly selected at the end of the month.

 

 

The Wedding Planner Playbook by Shannon Stults (American Heart)

Release Date: June 1, 2021

May the best wedding planner win…

After spending years making a name for herself as one of Atlanta’s top wedding planners, Tori Schaefer moved to the small, coastal town of Bedland Shores, Georgia, to take over her mother’s wedding planning business. While attending a wedding to assess the local competition, Tori meets a charming, camera-wielding stranger with a smile that leaves her heart stuttering.

Wyatt Rhodes has always loved helping couples celebrate their special day and created Narrative Weddings to do just that. When he runs into a gorgeous woman at one of his weddings, he’s completely smitten until he learns she’s his competition for the most influential wedding the town has ever seen.

They have two weeks to find the perfect venue and pitch their ideas to the bride. Tori is willing to do whatever it takes to land the gig that’ll put her business on the map. Can she find the balance between attraction and rivalry, or will her determination to win lose her a chance at her own happy ever after?


Capturing the Texas Rancher’s Heart by Debra Holt (Texas Born)

Release Date: June 3, 2021

The Tremaynes of Texas, Book 1

She thought she’d protected her heart…

After a tumultuous childhood, nurse Jamie Westmoreland craves the comfort of predictability. She loves her quiet life in a small Texas ranching town and finally feels in control until a handsome rancher becomes her newest patient. He challenges her at every turn, but Jamie is too stubborn to admit she enjoys their sparring, and that he makes her heart race. But when his charming little cowboy son starts following her around, her long-neglected heart opens.

Thomas Tremayne, the eldest son of a well-respected local ranching family, is both mom and dad to his young son and has no plans to change. When a ranch injury requires an in-house expert, the nurse who called him out on his attitude is sent to help him heal. She’s even harder to resist on his ranch than she was at the hospital, but Thomas is determined to try—except he’s out-numbered. His son decided he wants a mom, and nurse Jamie is his choice.

Can two stubborn adults let down their guard long enough to let love in again?


An Acquired Taste by Kelly Cain (American Heart)

Release Date: June 8, 2021

The Everheart Brothers of Texas, Book 1

May the best chef win…

After four years at the country’s top culinary school and several years as head chef in her mother’s restaurant, Rowan Townsend has built a notable reputation. Her farm-to-table collard greens have long been bringing everyone to the yard, but limits on the restaurant’s size have led to long waits. Looking to expand the restaurant, she enters a televised chef competition. The problem? Her infuriatingly-talented nemesis from culinary school also enters.

To the culinary world, Knox Everheart is restaurant royalty. As much as Rowan wants to deny it, he’s a gifted chef. Rowan knows her arrogant arch-nemesis is confident he’ll win—he’s certainly given her a run for her money more times than she’d like to admit. But this time, she’s ready to show him who’s boss.

Their rivalry soon sparks fireworks in the kitchen and, as the competition heats up, so does Rowan’s attraction to Knox. And somewhere between pasta and gumbo, they both need to decide what’s worth fighting for.


Cowboy Honor by Michelle Beattie (Texas Born)

Release Date: June 10, 2021

Tangled Up in Texas, Book 5

This time he wants it all…

Hudson Granger’s family has been estranged since he was a boy. Sixteen years later, not much is different. Or so he thought. After an eighteen-month deployment, he arrives home to his family’s Texas ranch and is shocked by how much life has changed. His brothers are mending fences and have found love. Their father is slowly recovering from a massive heart attack. The kick to Hudson’s chest—learning he has an infant daughter.

Nurse Avery Collins never planned on telling Hudson their vacation fling had resulted in a child. He’d made it clear he wasn’t looking for anything serious, and after her dad ran out on her and her family, she didn’t want to rely on a man for anything. But when her daughter has a serious health scare, Avery’s hand is forced.

Despite their sizzling attraction, Avery is determined to keep Hudson at arm’s length, co-parenting only. But Hudson wants everything—a wife and a family. And he’s determined to get it.


A Case for the Cookie Baker by Candace Havens (Tule Mystery)

Release Date: June 15, 2021

Ainsley McGregor, Book 5

It’s all fun and games until the last cookie crumbles…

Ainsley McGregor and the entire town of Sweet River, Texas, are preparing for the annual summer celebration. And thanks to the extra tourist traffic, Ainsley’s shop, Bless Your Art, has never been busier. Good thing her new friend, Lizzie, has opened a bakery nearby and provides Ainsley and her staff with tasty treats and daily sugar rushes. It’s all cookies and fun, until someone ends up dead in the bakery and her new pal is the prime suspect.

Ainsley is convinced Lizzie is innocent. Unfortunately, her brother, the town sheriff, and her boyfriend, Jake, have some not-so-secret suspicions. With a town full of strangers who just might be suspects, Ainsley finds herself targeted by a killer. Even as her world crumbles faster than a cookie, she’s determined to prove her friend’s innocence—if she can stay alive long enough.


Price to Pay by M.A. Guglielmo (Muse)

Release Date: June 17, 2021

From Smokeless Fire, Book 3

She’s gone from party girl of the paranormal to the world’s best hope against a deadly fallen angel.

Zahara‘s tired of saving the world from imminent doom, and her enemy to almost-lover Harut’s “no hanky-panky before marriage” rule is driving her crazy. To take the fight to his evil brother Marut, Zahara returns to the land of the jinn to cobble together an alliance between the peoples of the Mountains of Qaf to defeat the fallen angel. Everything that can’t go wrong does anyway, and after dealing with a malfunctioning magic carpet and killer unicorns, Zahara has to steal back an enchanted feather from a feared necromancer and face down the father she’s never known.

As more of the jinn join Marut in his plan to destroy humanity, Zahara needs Harut’s help more than ever—to save the world and her heart. But when the final confrontation comes, defeating one brother may mean Zahara loses the other forever.


Nothing But Cowboy by Justine Davis (Texas Born)

Release Date: June 22, 2021

The Raffertys of Last Stand, Book 1

He thought he was content, until she walked in the door…

Keller Rafferty abandoned his dreams long ago to help his mom raise his brothers after his father’s death. Duty, family and deep roots still guide him as he runs his family’s Texas cattle ranch and cares for his new, grieving foster son. They’re just beginning to find a balance when a beautiful and determined woman arrives on the ranch.

Sydney Brock spent her entire globe-trotting life thinking she had no family except her ne’er do well, nomadic, irresponsible parents. When she discovers her parents lied and she has a newly-orphaned cousin, Sydney rushes halfway around the world to provide the teen with something she never had—a home. She’s shocked to be thwarted by a protective—and sexy—cowboy.

Sydney’s determined to form a relationship with her cousin, but Keller doesn’t trust that the worldly woman will stay in small town Texas. It’s up to Sydney to prove him wrong, and the longer she spends time with Keller, his family and her cousin, the more she vows to do just that.


History of Us by Stacey Agdern (American Heart)

Release Date: June 24, 2021

Friendships and Festivals, Book 2

Do they have a future together, or is their relationship ancient history?

Anna Cohen, perpetual assistant at the Manhattan Museum of Jewish History, lands a golden chance to curate her own exhibit when her boss sends her to Rockliffe Manor, New York. She’s to assist an influential Jewish family as they organize an exhibit of their own in time for the town’s Summer Days Festival. While she’s there, Anna just needs to convince them to part with some of their archival history for an upcoming exhibition—something they’ve always refused—and not get involved with her ex, the family’s heir. Again.

Jacob Horowitz-Margareten wants to help save the world. Despite having no time to spend organizing his family’s archives, he’s always had a soft spot for Anna. The chance to spend more time with her intrigues him, but he doesn’t trust her boss or the museum she works for with the tangible bits of his family’s rich history.

As they work together, Anna and Jacob need to decide what’s more important: their history or the story their hearts are telling them.


Say I Do by Joan Kilby (Montana Born)

Release Date: June 29, 2021

Sweetheart, Montana, Book 2

She’s been over him for years, until he returns home…

In her new role as tourism director, Brianna Renton intends to put Sweetheart, Montana, on the map with the first annual Cherry Blossom festival. She’s also supervising the build of a new community hall by her father’s log cabin construction company. But the project is stalled and an unexpected visit from a former employee could be the answer to Brianna’s prayers. Except he’s her ex.

Angus Adams never forgot Brianna. When they were together, he put her on a pedestal and was determined to win her hand by proving himself and working hard to eventually buy into a partnership with her father’s company. He accepted a scholarship at a prestigious university to get his architecture degree, planning to return for Brianna, but she broke up with him the week before he left with no explanation.

Saying yes to helping her during his vacation is easy. Trying to win her heart while protecting his own is much harder.