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Hank” Cauley is branded a failure after refusing to be part of his father’s Salt Lake City brick-making business and then losing his stationary and book store business

Friday, June 28th, 2019

 

 

My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. I’m a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.

I am a blogger. In addition to my own blog, I blog for several group blogs including the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog, which I started and administer.

 

The daughter of a
Georgia plantation owner, Diantha Ames was raised and educated to be a lady.
Surviving the Civil War as a child, her family, in a desperate, but ultimately
unsuccessful bid to save the property of both her father and her uncle,
arranges a marriage between her and her first cousin. Although not a love match,
she and Eugene were amiable. As information about her husband comes to light
after his death in the Gold King Mine disaster that took so many lives in
Wildcat Ridge, she is left with her husband’s hotel and postmaster position to
fill—and a lot of questions.
With Diantha’s
former laundress gone, she hires Hilaina Dowd, whose family hails from the
mountains of Appalachia. Hilaina loyally stays with her mother who wishes to
live out her life in Wildcat Ridge and be buried next to her husband who died
in the mine disaster.
Henry “Hank”
Cauley is branded a failure after refusing to be part of his father’s Salt Lake
City brick-making business and then losing his stationary and book store
business. To bury him far away, his brother and conniving sister-on-law use
their political influence with the territorial Congressional representative to
award him the postmaster position in Wildcat Ridge. He arrives in town to take
over the position starting the first of September only to discover the
postmistress, Diantha, knows nothing about the change, and is not relieved she
no longer is obligated to fill this position originally awarded to her deceased
husband. Finding himself surrounded by those loyal to the soft-spoken, Southern
lady, is he destined to also be a failure in Wildcat Ridge?
Buckley “Buck”
Kramer, wrangler on the Grassy Fork Ranch in Colorado, has not been totally
satisfied with his lot ever since the trip he took to Wildcat Ridge earlier in
the summer with his boss and best friend now he sees the happiness of family
life the two men enjoy after they brought back wives. When two trail-worn young
brothers stumble onto the ranch looking for a meal and permanent jobs, but are
told with winter coming on there is only room for one, Buck insists on leaving
in order to keep the brothers together. Is Buck really dissatisfied with his
job on the ranch, or is this an excuse to return to Wildcat Ridge and the woman
he has not been able to get out of his mind?
  
Diantha, Book 14,
is a stand-alone novel. However, you might enjoy it best by reading all the
books in the series, The Widows of Wildcat Ridge. Also, my other book in the
series, Nissa, Book 3, was written to
be a duet with Diantha—a series
within a series. You might also enjoy reading Nissa if you have not already done so.

  
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Snippet:
Upon seeing the child’s features for
the first time, Diantha’s throat tightened and threatened to close off her
breath. Her chest seized. She forced herself to inhale and willed a smile on
her face as she stooped down and handed the boy the treat. “There you go,
Eddie.” She studied him up close for a few seconds before she stood once more
and looked over at Sarah, who wore a stricken expression. “Eddie. Did I hear
his name right?”
          “Yes.
He was named after his grandfather.”
          Diantha
turned to once again study the boy, oblivious to the crumbs now scattered on
his cheeks and dropping on her floor, as he happily munched on his cookie.
“Edward is a fine name. We have Edwards in my family, also.”
          Her
uncle, Eugene’s father, had been named Edward Eugene. The older brother lost in
the War Between the States had been named Edward.

 

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The Darkness and his murderous brother are closing in

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
The
Rose
The
Redemption Duet Book 1
by
Sheritta Bitikofer
Genre:
Sweet Paranormal Romance
 
Belle
lives her life from day to day, nearly crippled by her social
anxiety. But if you ask anyone in Levi about it, they’d say she’s a
sweet, quiet girl who works hard to keep up her family’s small ranch
while holding down a job at the bookstore. No one knows that beneath
her smiles lay a shy introvert who wants nothing more than to stay at
home. It was easier to stay alone, stay isolated. That’s when she was
the happiest. But during one thunderstorm, all of that changed and
she met the first man she ever actually wanted to spend time
with.

 

Leo
made a habit of avoiding people when at all possible. Getting tied
down, making friends, having a life only meant suffering. The
darkness that followed him since his adolescent years never left, not
really. It’d show up and ruin any hint of happiness that came his
way. Running from his past and the brother that cursed him with this
demon, Leo never expected to find something like home in the little
country town of Levi. And he didn’t expect one storm to bring him to
the barn of a girl with fire in her eyes and a face as beautiful as a
sunrise. A sunrise that could chase away all the shadows.

 

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Lion
The
Redemption Duet Book 2
 
Belle
Clearwater’s prayers had been answered, but there was still so much
left to discover. Now determined to reject her mental illness, she’s
decided to be brave and not let her anxiety disorder take her away
from what matters. With the help of her friends and her faith, she’s
sure that she can finally have her life back. Something greater is
stirring in her heart and the man that had served as her solid ground
might just send her world off kilter again. All it takes is one
moment of honesty.
Against
every bit of common sense, Leo Thompsons has chosen to stay in Levi.
The Darkness and his murderous brother are closing in, but he
believed that as long as he has Belle, he can find a way to break the
curse upon his soul. With the power of love and prayer, he’s
finally fighting for his life and the chance to share that life with
the beautiful farm girl. Fate brought them together, but is he strong
enough to rebel against the forces of evil that have hounded him for
so long? Can he, once and for all, defeat his demons?

 

 

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An
author of paranormal and urban fantasy fiction, Sheritta Bitikofer
lives for the deep, engaging stories that enthrall readers from cover
to cover. As a wife and fur-mama of eclectic tastes, she can be found
roaming Civil War battlefields, perusing the romance section of the
bookstore, or relaxing with a plate of chili cheese fries.

 

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a look at the books she has available and stay tuned for new
releases.

 

 

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Kizzie’s Kisses by Zina Abbott

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical romances. Robyn currently lives with her husband in California, USA,
near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” 
 
She is a member of Women Writing the West, and American Night Writers Association. She enjoys any kind of history including family history. 
 
When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together quilt blocks.
  
 
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Running from hostile Indians attacking Salina, Kansas in 1862, feisty Kizzie Atwell, Grandma Mary’s oldest grandchild, runs into freighter Leander Jones traveling the Smoky Hill Trail. He is as interested in her as his stallion is in her mare. The two join forces to prevent the Fort Riley Army captain from requisitioning their beloved horses for the cavalry. Avoiding
bushwhackers and fighting off a thieving bullwhacker binds their bargain.
In 1865, at the victory dance held at Fort Riley to celebrate the end of the Civil War, Kizzie is asked to participate in a fund-raiser to
aid the Sanitary Commission helping injured and sick soldiers. It involves
chaste sweetheart kisses in exchange for tickets purchased by officers and guests. As a contract freighter for the Army, Leander is invited. Much to Leander’s chagrin, before his chance to claim his kiss, Kizzie’s uncle steps in and puts an end to the kissing game.
Is Leander out of luck, or will the bargain Kizzie and Leander made three years earlier to save their horses lead to a more romantic bargain sealed with a kiss?

 

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Snippet #1
          Kizzie could tell
packing the wagon had used up what little reserve of energy Mima had still
possessed. She had watched as her mother had crawled into her wagon box next to
Meredith and, with a sigh, had leaned back against a stack of bedding. Jessie
had climbed into the seat to drive the wagon, settling the shotgun at his feet.
          Kizzie gritted
her teeth as she recalled how he had barked an order at her just as she had
finished handing the jug with the willow bark tea to Grandpa. “Kizzie, make
sure the barn and corral are clear then catch up and get in the wagon. We’re
leaving now.”
          Jesse was her
younger brother. Who was he to give her orders?
 
 
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A Rebel Among Us

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

 

J.D.R. Hawkins is an award-winning author who has written for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, e-zines, and blogs. She is one of a few female Civil War authors,
uniquely describing the front lines from a Confederate perspective. Her “Renegade Series” includes “A Beautiful Glittering Lie,” winner of the 2013 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award and the 2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion. The sequel, “A Beckoning Hellfire,” is also an award winner.
Both books tell the story of a family from north Alabama who experience immeasurable pain when their lives are dramatically changed by the war. Ms. Hawkins is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the
International Women’s Writing Guild, the Mississippi Writers Guild, Rocky
Mountain Fiction Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers. She is also an artist and a
singer/songwriter. She recently completed a nonfiction book about the War
Between the States, as well as two more sequels for her “Renegade
Series.” Learn more about her at http://jdrhawkins.com.

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After David Summers enlists with the Confederate cavalry, his delusion of chivalry is soon crushed when he witnesses the horrors of battle. Shot by a Union picket, he winds up at a stranger’s farm. Four girls compassionately nurse him back to health. David learns his comrades have deserted him in Pennsylvania following the Battle of Gettysburg,
but his dilemma becomes much worse. He falls in love with the older sister, Anna, who entices him with a proposition. To his dismay, he must make a decision. Should he stay and help Anna with her underhanded plan, or return to the army and risk capture?



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  1. I once walked two miles in flip flops and 100 degree weather to see the Delicate Arch in Utah (we thought we were on the short trail, but no. We were on the long trail!)
  2. I am a devout animal lover. My husband and I are down to two dachshunds and a small aquarium. At one time, we owned five cats, five dogs, an iguana, five tanks of fish, a rabbit, a guinea pig, three
    birds, a rat, two gerbils, a couple of mice, and a snake, all at the same time.
    My son wanted to become a veterinarian, so I indulged him by having those pets.
    Guess who ended up taking care of them? (Hint: it wasn’t him!)
  3. I have participated as a Civil War reenactor and served as a docent during the pilgrimage in Holly Springs, Mississippi. I even got my reluctant husband to participate in reenactments. He
    realized how much fun it was shooting black powder!
  4. I am an artist and a singer/songwriter, and have written over 200 songs. I have recorded an album with my band, duly named the Julie Hawkins Band. (Available on iTunes!)
  5. Although I am left-handed, I play right-handed guitar and am self-taught.
  6. I am adventurous. I had to be, because we have moved over twenty times and have lived in six states. Because of this, I have life-long friends all over the country.
  7. I am spontaneous. When my two sons were young, we frequently took off on day trips, and sometimes weekends, on a whim. I once kidnapped my husband to take him to the Rocky Mountains for his birthday. For our wedding anniversary a few years ago, I bought two tickets to Ireland and surprised him with them. It was the best trip ever!
  8. I love Ford Mustangs! My first car was a 1965 Mustang. Right now, we have a 1966 sitting in our garage, waiting to be restored.
  9. I am a serious plant lover, and have over 60 plants squeezed into our two-bedroom house. Taking a part-time job at a greenhouse over the summer was a big mistake!
  10. In everything I see, I imagine a story behind it. My husband is astounded by this, but I chalk it up to being artistic.
 
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Would you chase a band of marauding ex-Confederates?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

 

 is a Human Resources professional, adjunct professor and short story writer, Jim has had over 70 stories appear in print and online publications.

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 In this sequel to The Calling, Sheriff Luke Atwell and his deputies face individual and collective challenges from outlaws, gunfighters, renegade Indians, card sharps, and a thieving medicine show in a Kansas town in the 1870’s. The personal lives of the lawmen also change and nature takes its destructive toll on the town and its residents. When a black neighbor’s family is attacked and the oldest son killed, the sheriff gets the help of federal law enforcement and they chase a band of marauding ex-Confederates out to undo the changes resulting from the Civil War.

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AAuthor Top 10 
1)
An Ill wind is the second in a series; a third is nearly done
2)
The author was an avid rider but was thrown from a horse three times
3)
Characters (besides the main ones) in book 0ne appear in book Two and new characters in book Two appear in the Third
4)
While the vast majority of characters in Book Two are adults, child characters play an important role in book Two
5)
While largely fiction, some of the events and people are true
6)
The story is set in Kansas, but the writer has never been to the state
7)
Women are strong characters not willing to play second fiddle to the men in their lives
8)
One of the main characters, Peter, gets distracted by attractive women but still pines for a young lady killed by outlaws
9)
Peggy, a main character once married to a failed business owner proves to be a successful store owner herself
10)
Book one ends with the suggestion of a wedding; book Two opens with one

 

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Official Book Tour: Call To Arms; Nations Fall

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Joining the military had seemed like the
right thing to do, but when war breaks out in Europe Robert wonders if he
hasn’t made the biggest mistake of his life. The Russian juggernaut grinds its
way toward Italy,
the country Robert has grown to love. As one of a handful of American soldiers
in the area, he must find a way to help the ragged remnants of NATO’s forces to
prevent any more European nations from falling.
While back home, the rest of the Williams
family struggles to protect themselves in the face of an impending civil war.
The very fabric of society continues to unravel, threatening the destruction of
the Constitution and the American way of life.
As Vice President, Calvin McCord continues to defy both sides of the political divide in order to find a solution to the war in Europe, the ravaging of the United States, and an espionage ring within the White House. 
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RANDY LINDSAY is a native of Arizona. He lives in Mesa with his wife, five
of his nine children, and a hyper-active imagination. His wife calls him the
“Storyman” because he sees everything as material for a good story. Randy’s
first novel, The Gathering: End’s
Beginning
, was published in 2014. He has also been published in several
anthologies during 2013-2014. If you want to find out more you can check him
out at RandyLindsay.net.
  
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