RIDERS OF THE PAINTED STAR – The Antagonist Dirk Cunningham is a sleaze. One of the cowboys employed by the dude ranch, he seems to have something against our hero, Royce Rutger. The scraggly cowboy has his snake eyes trained directly on Royce. Is it ...

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"Blog . . . With A Giggle" - 5 new articles

  1. A Real Snake in the Grass
  2. Cowboy Up!
  3. An Artist With a Dream
  4. It's here! MISSAdventure Brides
  5. Hero Harry in Maddy's Llamas
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A Real Snake in the Grass



RIDERS OF THE PAINTED STAR 
– The Antagonist

Dirk Cunningham is a sleaze. One of the cowboys employed by the dude ranch, he seems to have something against our hero, Royce Rutger. The scraggly cowboy has his snake eyes trained directly on Royce. Is it because he feels rivalry over the pretty Miss Zadie Fitzpatrick? Or is there something more sinister at play?


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Cowboy Up!


RIDERS OF THE PAINTED STAR
– The Hero

Tired of bit parts in western movies, Royce Rutger joins the staff of an Arizona dude ranch to learn how to “cowboy." With the studio backing him, he knows he could be the next singing cowboy sensation. All is going to plan until Miss Zadie Fitzpatrick shows up.

Practicing his cowboy talk and trying not to reveal his New Jersey accent, he thanks her kindly for thinking of him when she suggests he model. But horses need breakin’ and cows need brandin’. He'd never done these things, but he hopes he sounds authentic.


His refusal is barely out there when his nemesis, Dirk Cunningham, offers his services. Knowing the kind of person Dirk is, a cunning snake in the grass, Royce has no choice but to volunteer just to protect the pretty artist.


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An Artist With a Dream


Riders of the Painted Star - The Heroine

In the height of the singing cowboy era in Hollywood, Zadie Fitzpatrick takes advantage of her local movie theater in Manhattan, New York. There is nothing better than cheering on her favorite actor and booing the villain. A successful artist, she learns of an opportunity to stay on an Arizona dude ranch and illustrate covers for a famed western novelist.

Zadie’s dream is to meet a real cowboy. She’s bored with city boys and has romanticized the tall, rugged horsemen that has filled her Saturday afternoons.

Once on the ranch, she spots just the right cowboy and asks if he'll model for the cover. Royce Rutger is reluctant at first but soon acquiesces. Thrilled to be able to spend quality sketching time with a real cowboy, Zadie is beside herself with joy.

But not all is what it seems.


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Coming up: Cowboy Up! -- Royce Rutger, Hero




 
     

It's here! MISSAdventure Brides

As of December 1, my ninth book arrived, MissAdventure Brides, a romance collection of seven authors. Look for it in your local bookstores or buy it online in print and ebook here: 
Amazon
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Here is an overview.



Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures

MissAdventure Brides


Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?



Along the Yellowstone River by Debby Lee, 1832 Montana
Heather Duncan takes over her father’s fur trapping business, believing it’s an opportunity to also gain knowledge of medicinal plants, but a growing sympathy for animals and blossoming adoration for a rugged mountain man capture her heart.

MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse, 1883 Texas
Headstrong, bubbly, accident-prone Abigail Monroe is on a quest for adventure away from society’s expectations. But her pursuits are unexpectedly thwarted when she is arrested by a handsome Texas Ranger. 

Lesson of Love by Cynthia Hickey, 1885 Arkansas
City girl, Leah Ellison has big dreams but soon finds out that teaching in a backwards Ozark mountain community is far different than what she’d imagined.

Maddy’s Llamas by Marjorie Vawter, 1898 Colorado
In spite of Maddy’s “missadventures” raising her llamas for their wool and strictly-by-the-book Harry’s attempts to get her to do things “right,” they learn to work together and find love in the laughter.
http://marjorievawter.blogspot.com

Zola's Cross-Country Adventure by Mary Davis, 1904 cross-country trip
Zola Calkin sets out on an adventure to be the first woman to drive across the country. Will the journalist tasked to report her presumed failure sabotage her efforts? Or will he steal her heart?
https://marydavis1.blogspot.com/

Detours of the Heart by Donna Schlachter, 1925 New Mexico
A tour guide who wants to move on and a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?
www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com

Riders of the Painted Star by Kathleen E. Kovach, 1936 Arizona
Zadie Fitzpatrick, an artist from New York, is commissioned to go on location in Arizona to paint illustrations for an author of western novels and falls for the male model.
http://kathleenekovach.blogspot.com/


Through the month of December, help me celebrate this new release by getting to know my story, "Riders of the Painted Star." I'll be posting an article twice a week talking about different aspects of my story. If you like the singing cowboy era or western novels, this the book for you. See the description above.

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Coming up: An Artist With A Dream - Heroine, Zadie Fitzgerald

     

Hero Harry in Maddy's Llamas



We conclude A Month of Heroes with Harry Collier, from "Maddy's Llamas" by Marjorie Vawter in the MISSAdventure Bride Romance Collection.

Maddy’s Llamas 
1898


Harrison (Harry) Collier is a zoologist at the newly founded Denver zoo. Not only is the zoo only two years old, the study of zoology is fairly new as well. Harry grew up in Texas on a large cattle ranch. His father has no interest in college education, and he has let Harry know. But since Harry is a “younger son,” he doesn’t see that he has a place on his father’s ranch anyway. Then his fiancée marries someone else, so he leaves Texas to find his own way in the world.


When his boss hands him the task of getting Maddy Williams’s llamas for the zoo, he figures it’s an easy job. After all, a woman doing a man’s job has to be an old spinster, but he knows he has enough charm to wheedle an old woman into doing what he wants. But he is in for the surprise of his life . . . in more ways than one.



Marjorie Vawter is a full-time author, freelance editor, proofreader, and speaker. She has over 200 published devotionals, articles, and book reviews and is the author of four novellas & six nonfiction books. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2004, she has served as the Colorado Area Coordinator, and past president of HIS Writers, the first Colorado ACFW chapter. She is a past member of the MozArks chapter in Springfield, MO, and has served as the ACFW Central Zone Director.

A freelance editor, Margie edits, proofreads, and is an indexer for individual clients and publishers. An avid reader, she also judges for several prestigious awards in the inspirational marketplace.

Margie is married to her college sweetheart and best friend, Roger, and they live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking and snowshoeing in the mountains near their family cabin. They have two adult children, a daughter-in-love, and two beautiful grandchildren.


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