Redheads & Ranchers Book 3
The first two books in my Redheads & Ranchers series, JENNY’S VOICE and HUNTER’S PRIDE are currently available at your favorite online bookseller. These days, I’m busy working on the third and final book of this collection of stand-alone contemporary steamy romance novels.
In ANNA’S HEART, Anna Graves works hard helping to run her family’s Wyoming dude ranch. Still reeling from the tragic loss of her smokejumper fiancé in a horrific wildfire, she’s content to hide from the world as she teaches horseback riding lessons to tourists by day and reads smutty romance novels by night.
When world-famous Scottish actor Angus McGregor needs to brush up his cowboy skills in preparation for his starring role in a new Western, he heads to Sweetwater Ranch in the boondocks of Wyoming. He’s immediately fascinated by Anna, who won’t give him the time of day. Can he break down the self-protective wall she’s built?
In this brand-new (and unedited) teaser, you can meet Angus McGregor before Anna does.
“What the everloving fuck is this?” Alanna’s shrill query sliced through the tranquil morning. The aroma of Ethiopian arabica hung in the air as a sharp slapping sound against the marble countertop punctuated her question.
Standing at the kitchen sink and keeping his gaze on the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean lapping at his own private stretch of sand below the house, Angus McGregor groaned inwardly, mentally counting to ten.
“It’s an eviction notice,” replied calmly in his deep Scottish brogue. “Says it at the top.”
“I see that,” Alanna hissed. “But seriously, Angus, you’re throwing me out?”
Mug of coffee in hand, he turned slowly. “Alanna, we broke up two months ago. I’ve let you stay here this long. It’s time to move on.”
She picked up the legal notice and waved it at him. “Where am I supposed to go? Have you thought of that?”
“Have you thought of it? You’ve had two months. I don’t mean to be a hard-arse, seriously I don’t. But I’m selling the house. You’ll have to find somewhere else to live.”
Alanna used her right hand to flip her long blonde hair over her shoulder. “Can’t I stay until the house sells?”
“No, you can’t. I’m leaving today for Wyoming. I’ll be away for a month. You can stay here until the end of the week, but then you need to be out. Douglas will change the locks at that time, and if you’re here after that, he’ll report you as a trespasser.”
Angus pictured his Samoan head of personal security. Douglas Matua was nicest person in the world, but at six-foot-nine and 300 pounds, he was a force to be reckoned with. He’d definitely spared Angus from serious injury once or twice when overzealous fans tried to get too close.
Alanna rolled her huge blue eyes. “You’re going to Wyoming for that stupid cowboy movie!”
How was it that he hadn’t noticed her annoyingly nasal New England accent when they’d first met? He supposed he’d been dazzled by her beauty and by her fame. Say what you will about Alanna Powell, she was gorgeous and her filmography was impressive. The pair had met on the set of a movie and had been tabloid gossip darlings ever since.
But eventually, Angus had grown tired of her constant need to be the center of attention. For Alanna, the term high maintenance was merely a starting point. Beneath her highly polished exterior, she was selfish and demanding. Angus soon found her exhausting.
He thought back to they’d first met. While he’d been a successful actor for several years, in the back of his mind, he still felt like that grubby boy who’d grown up on the streets of Glasgow. Winning the attention of a beautiful starlet like Alanna Powell had felt like winning the lottery, but he’d always had the nagging thought that one day, he’d be discovered as a pretender, a fake and a fraud. She cast a big shadow, too. Often, he felt more like Alanna’s accessory than a serious actor in his own right.
When Alanna had insisted that they become engaged six months earlier, Angus had gone along with the idea, maybe more to pacify her than for reasons of romantic love. He’d dutifully purchased the ring she’d demanded, shelling out more than a million dollars for the huge diamond solitaire. Price wasn’t an issue, really. His last role in a blockbuster superhero movie had earned him fifteen million, and there were many more films in the offing.
But as Alanna morphed from annoying girlfriend to bridezilla fiancee, Angus realized he couldn’t see spending the rest of his life with her. As gently as possible, he’d broken off the engagement four months later, agreeing to allow her to stay in his Malibu beach house until she found a place of her own.
In the kitchen overlooking the beach, Angus drew a deep breath against the barb she’d known would hit its mark. After ten years in Hollywood, he finally had the opportunity to advance his career with the chance to direct a western he’d optioned from a novel he’d fallen in love with.
This was his chance to be either highly successful or to fail in a most spectacular way. And now more than ever, he was determined to make the best film he possibly could.
“Yes, Alanna, the western. I’m spending the month at a ranch in Wyoming to learn the basics of riding and that.”
Alanna snorted derisively. “You’re kicking me out of the house and running off to play cowboy. Directing is harder than you think, you know.” She arched a knowing eyebrow.
“I won’t discuss it any further, Alanna. You have until the end of the week.”
Carrying his cup of coffee, he headed out of the kitchen.
“You can’t have the engagement ring back,” she called after him.
He turned to see her waving her left hand mockingly.
“I don’t want it,” he shrugged. “Wear it in good health.” With that, he headed upstairs to pack.ANNA’S HEART by Pandora Spocks
ANNA’S HEART is due out this spring.
In the meantime,
JENNY’S VOICE and HUNTER’S PRIDE
are available now!
MIDNIGHT COVE IS COMING ON FEBRUARY 4!
Originally part of romantic suspense anthology Dark Secrets, I’m about to release my spooky, steamy paranormal romance novel MIDNIGHT COVE all by itself.
Here’s the official blurb:
They say still waters run deep.
In the tiny lakeside town of Midnight Cove, still waters harbor dark secrets.
Writer Bree Blaylock just wants a chance to catch her breath. Having finally escaped an abusive relationship, she’s relieved to have found a quiet place to finish writing her new book.
From the moment she arrives, she realizes that she’s not alone in her rented cottage on the lake. But she’s okay with that. In her experience, the living are always more dangerous than the dead.
Meeting handsome local lawman Jake Hanson wasn’t even remotely on her radar. Now that she has, maybe it’s time to take another chance on love.
But can he keep her safe when the past comes calling?
When I submitted MIDNIGHT COVE to the anthology, I was restricted in terms of what I could include beyond the story itself. So in this newly re-edited edition that includes bonus content, I’ve made it what I intended it to be.
Although I normally write contemporary steamy romance, I’ve had an idea in mind for something with a more paranormal flavor. Several strange personal experiences have instilled in me a curiousity about ghosts, and this anthology gave me the excuse to explore that topic.
In this new version of the book, I’ve included a few of those experiences and added a handful of my own photos to go along with them. I can’t wait to see what you think!
is available for pre-order exclusively at Amazon,
and you can read it FREE with Kindle Unlimited.
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Chivalry is alive and well…
Widowed rancher Hunter McFall had no intention of ever falling in love again.
But then, he never counted on prissy city lawyer Poppy Chastain
and her fancy little ‘cow poo’ shoes.
If he’s not careful, he’ll be hooked. Is she everything she seems?
Or does she have darker intentions?
Here’s an excerpt from HUNTER’S PRIDE, the second book in the Redheads & Ranchers series.
By the time they finished eating and paid their tabs, Hunter was positive Poppy had to be feeling the effects of the alcohol. But she seemed determined to press forward independently.
Together, they made their way to the door of the bar. With all the noise and music inside, they had been blissfully unaware that a spring storm had rolled in. Rain pouring down in buckets was punctuated by jagged flashes of lightning and the percussion of thunder rolling through the valley.
He’d already decided that he’d be making sure she got back to her room safely. The storm just clinched the deal. He could barely make out the lighted walkway of the motel through the torrents blowing across the highway in waves.
Beside him, she stared out into the storm. “Well, shit!”
He rested a hand on the small of her back. “Don’t worry. I’ll take you back to the motel.” He took a couple of steps. “Stay right here. I’ll get the truck.” With that, he dashed out into the deluge.
When he pulled the huge black Expedition to the front door, he leaned over and pushed open the passenger door. Poppy launched herself into the truck and slipped, falling headfirst over the center console, her face landing smack in his lap.
“Whoa, now!” he laughed.
She scrambled backward, nearly falling out of the truck. “Um, sorry about that,” she gasped as she swung the door closed.
“It’s okay, just…get yourself settled.”
Sheepishly, she buckled herself in and clasped her hands in her lap. “Okay, I’m settled.”
Suppressing a grin and mentally shaking his head, Hunter turned the truck and headed toward the highway.
At this time of night in a town like McFall, there was no traffic to speak of. Anyone not already home was currently parked in the lot in front of the North Star. He paused anyway, peering through the rain in both directions before cutting across to the motel.
“Which room is yours?”
She pointed with an unsteady hand. “Lucky number 7.”
He pulled into the space beside the Range Rover she’d driven out to the ranch. “Hang on.”
Ducking, he hurried around and opened her door. She accepted his hand and slid down, clutching her shoulder bag with the other hand. Together, they dashed the ten feet to the covered walkway.
For a moment, they stood dripping, looking out into the rainy night. Poppy fished the room key out of her bag.
“Well, thanks for the ride.” She leaned down and closed one eye, her right hand weaving a bit as she aimed for the lock.
“Can I help?” he asked.
He took the key from her and unlocked the door, swinging it open.
“Thanks. I would have gotten it.”
He tried to stop the smile. “I know you would have.”
She peered up at him, red hair drenched from the rain. He stepped closer, and she reached around his neck, pulling him to her, pressing her red lips to his. Her intensity surprised him, but he wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her closer, giving in to her passion.
Gradually, she loosened her hold, and he released her. Gingerly, she touched her fingers to her lips. “Sorry about that. I’m a little drunk.”
“Not a problem. But you should go inside now.”
She nodded slowly. “Yeah. Thanks for everything, Hunter.”
“You’re welcome. Go on now. We’ll talk tomorrow.”
She headed into the room and peeled off the cardigan, dropping it on the floor. Then she gripped the bottom of the camisole and lifted it. Hunter realized that with the drapes open, she was about to put on a show for the entire North Star Bar & Grill, assuming they could see through the rain.
“Hold up there,” he said, hurrying inside to draw the curtains.
Giving up on the camisole for the moment, Poppy sank onto the edge of the bed. He squatted in front of her, taking her hands in his.
“I’m going to go now,” he said softly, “and I need you to lock the door behind me. Okay?”
She blinked as she tried to focus on his face. “Okay.”
“Okay, come with me,” he said, guiding her to the door. “After I go out, you lock the door.” Unable to resist, he pressed a light kiss to her forehead. “I’ll call you tomorrow.”
He stepped out onto the sidewalk and pulled the door closed behind him, then stood listening. “Poppy?” He knocked lightly. “Lock the door, hon.”
From the other side, he heard the click of the lock, then the rattle of the chain. “Good girl. Okay, we’ll talk tomorrow. Goodnight.”HUNTER’S PRIDE by Pandora Spocks
HUNTER’S PRIDE is available at your favorite online bookseller:
When single mom Jackie Walker meets Scott Nielsen, she realizes she might be ready to take another chance on love. Scott, her brother’s best friend, has come to Lake Miranda with dreams of starting his own wilderness school. And he is drawn to Jackie from the start.
But he’s Dominant. Is there any way this strong, independent woman will ever agree to gift him with her submission?
Fun Fact: WARRIOR MINE is actually a spin-off from Dream Dominant Book 2, LOST & BOUND. Readers were intrigued by supporting characters Scott and Jackie, so they got their own story.
Here’s a Christmas teaser from WARRIOR MINE.
On Christmas Eve, after the kids had gone to bed, the adults gathered around the enormous festively-decorated white spruce. Light Christmas jazz played in the background, and outside the floor to ceiling windows, snow swirled lazily in the half moonlight.
Jackie handed Amy a mug of warm mulled cider and settled beside her on a leather sofa with a mug of her own. On the floor, Scott and Blake sat amid the scattered pieces of a pink Barbie house ‘Santa’ had found on sale months earlier and had put away until now.
Winking at Amy, Jackie suppressed a smile. “Did you guys read the instructions?”
“We don’t need the damn instructions,” Blake huffed, pushing a stray lock of dark hair out of his eyes. “We’re two intelligent, grown men. We can figure out how to put together a dollhouse.”
The women clinked their mugs and giggled gleefully.
Amy looked from Blake and Scott to the twinkling Christmas tree, and to Jackie. “I love this.” Her voice was soft, and though she smiled, a tear was in her eye. “This is the Christmas I always wanted.”
Jackie’s heart melted, and she reached for Amy’s hand. “I’m so happy you’re here.”
Blake pushed up from the floor and pressed a tender kiss to Amy’s temple. “This is our life, kitten. This is our family, your family. You belong here.”
Jackie smiled across the room at Scott, who winked at her, and she felt a familiar tummy flutter. She loved the man more than she’d thought humanly possible. And when summer came, she’d marry him.
After Blake and Amy retired to the guest room, Scott and Jackie went to bed, quietly making love, then holding each other until late into the night.
They awoke to a bright sunny day, the sky crystal cerulean, the sun reflecting brilliantly off the sparkling snow. Emma and Grant squealed excitedly as they saw the mountain of gifts under the tree. Scott sat at the end of the sofa and Jackie snuggled up beside him, each of them sipping steaming mugs of coffee. Blake and Amy sat opposite them on the sofa’s twin, smiling as they watched the children tearing into their gifts.
Once they were finished, the kids had fun delivering gifts to the adults. Finally, all the gifts were opened. Blake and Amy gave each other a conspiratorial look. “We have a few more gifts,” Amy said.
“More?” Jackie echoed, thinking of the extravagant handbag for her, and the top of the line boots for Scott. “You’ve done so much already, seriously.”
Blake reached behind the sofa and picked up four identical shirt boxes wrapped in metallic red paper. He glanced at the tags and handed one to each of the children and to Jackie and Scott.
Amy leaned forward excitedly. “You have to open them all together. Ready? One, two, three!”
With a bemused glance at Scott, Jackie carefully opened her box. Grant and Emma ripped theirs open. “It’s a shirt,” Emma said, holding up a pink t-shirt.
Grant peered into the box. “Thanks, Aunt Amy,” he said, making an effort to sound enthused about a shirt. “It sure is…pink.”
Scott tilted his head as he looked at his, then elbowed Jackie lightly. She looked at his, then gaped at hers. In sparkling letters across pink cotton, she read, World’s Greatest Aunt.
Jackie gasped. “I knew it! I knew you were pregnant! I’m so excited for you!” she squealed, rushing over to give Amy and Blake a big hug.
“We didn’t want to tell anyone until we knew everything was going to be okay,” Amy explained.
“Cool,” Grant said, pulling his new shirt over his head, “we’re going to be cousins!”
“Aunt Amy, are you having a boy baby or a girl baby?” Emma asked.
Blake grinned. “It’s a little girl. That’s why we gave you pink shirts.”
“Congratulations, man!” Scott grinned as Blake stood and the two embraced. “That’s great news.”
“I can’t believe it.” He shook his head. “I’m going to be a dad.”
Jackie sank onto the sofa beside Amy. “A little girl,” she shook her head smiling. “That’s fantastic.”
Amy nodded, eyes shining. “Do you want to see the ultrasound pictures?”
“I’ll get them,” Blake said, heading in the direction of the guest room.
Grant and Emma returned to their new toys. Scott perched on the arm of the sofa next to Jackie. “I’m so happy for you two,” he told Amy. She laughed happily.
From the direction of the guest room, they heard a tiny yip. Jackie frowned. “What was that?”
Eyes wide, Amy gave an exaggerated shrug. “I have no idea.”
“Uh oh,” Blake called from the guest room. “I think I found another present.”
Jackie looked up to see a shaggy black puppy with a huge red bow come running into the room. He ran straight to the kids, yipping excitedly.
“A puppy,” Emma squealed.
Grant squinted at the tag on the big red bow and gasped. “Mom! It’s for us, from Santa!”
Blake leaned against the doorway looking pleased with himself.
“From Santa, huh?”
“I think Grandma and Grandpa might have mentioned it to the big guy,” Blake grinned.
Oh, for f—” Jackie glanced up at Scott. “Did you know about this?”
He raised his hands in surrender. “I promise, I knew nothing about a puppy.”
“They love Bear so much, they need one of their own,” Amy said, smiling.
“So, what are you going to name him?” Blake asked.
Brow furrowed, Grant watched the Newfie puppy for a moment. “Max. He looks like a Max to me.”
Ruffling the puppy’s ears, Emma nodded enthusiastically. “Yeah. Max.”
Jackie shook her head. “He’s cute, I’ll give you that. But I still want to see those ultrasound pictures of my niece.”WARRION MINE by Pandora Spocks
WARRIOR MINE is Dream Dominant Book 4.
It’s available at your favorite online bookseller.
Petey is Nik’s first-ever taste of ordinary.
And everything he ever wanted.
If he doesn’t blow it.
In CHASING ORDINARY, my modern-day adult fairy tale, sculptor Petey Cavanaugh leaves her family’s Montana sheep ranch to go to New York City. Her old art school roommate has arranged a gallery show of some of her best pieces. The goal is to make enough money to take the ranch to the next level.
Nik is in New York on the final leg of a seemingly endless string of business meetings. On a rainy Manhattan night, his and Petey’s worlds collide. The mutual attraction is instant. Only there’s a slight hitch–Petey doesn’t seem to be aware that Nik is Europe’s most eligible prince.
He adores the fact that she sees him as simply a man, not a title or an inheritance. He knows he needs to tell her the truth. But for now, he’s enjoying his first taste of ordinary.
What will happen when she finds out he hasn’t been truthful?
Here’s a snippet from CHASING ORDINARY. I hope you enjoy Nik’s first Thanksgiving.
After they’d showered and dressed for the day, Petey and Nik collected the casserole dishes from the refrigerator and placed them in the bed of a yellow wire-mesh wagon Petey retrieved from the garage. Together, they carried the wagon down the front steps and then headed off in the direction of Jane and Eli’s house.
The late November air was crisp and cold, their breath creating fog as they trudged along. As they approached the house, Cherry opened the front door and the aroma of roasting turkey wafted toward them. “Happy Thanksgiving!” she called.
“Happy Thanksgiving to you,” Nik returned as Petey waved. “We come bearing foodstuffs.
Cherry’s brow furrowed. “Hunh?”
Petey laughed. “We have potatoes and dressing.”
“Oh. Come on in. It’s cold outside.”
Leaving the wagon on the front porch, Petey and Nik carried the dishes through the large living room to the kitchen, which was abuzz with activity. Mary Pat, decked out in a fall-themed apron, was leaning down to peer into the oven. At the kitchen counter, Jane was briskly working a fork through a large pot filled with something white. She looked up as they approached.
“Welcome! Happy Thanksgiving!” she smiled. “I’m just working the lumps out of the mashed turnips.”
Petey, sliding the potatoes into the fridge behind Jane, turned and made a face at Nik, who stifled a chuckle.
“Thank you for making me feel so welcome. I’m thrilled to be celebrating my first Thanksgiving,” Nik replied with an infectious grin.
“You never had Thanksgiving before?” Cherry asked, aghast.
“No, dummy, they don’t have Thanksgiving in Beruvia. It’s about the Pilgrims, remember?” Thomas chided.
“And the first time-out of the day goes to Thomas, who has been reminded repeatedly not to call his sister names. Ten minutes, pal. Starting when you get to your room. Now scoot,” called Eli, entering the kitchen from the back door. He nodded in greeting to Nik and Petey.
“We could make it twenty.”
“Geez, I’m going.”
Eli watched his son stomp upstairs. “Cherry, it’s time for the woolly to eat again.”
“Alright, Daddy.” The child turned to Nik. “Wanna come help me feed my lamb?”
Nik beamed at her. “I’d be honored to help. But you have to teach me how.”
Cherry was shrugging into her puffy hot-pink down coat. “Okay, but it’s pretty easy.” She pulled a knitted pink beanie with bunny ears down over her head. “Let’s go. We’re keeping him in the g’rage.”
With a wink to Petey, Nik followed the little girl into the garage.
“He doesn’t have to do that,” Jane whispered to Petey with a smile.
“I think he’s happy to tag along,” Petey replied.
“Happy Thanksgiving, Ms. Petey,” Jorgen greeted her as he entered through the same door Eli had come through moments earlier.
“Happy Thanksgiving, Jorgen. How are you today?”
The older man smiled. “I’m most well, thank you.” He turned to Mary Pat. “Is this what you meant?” He handed her three tins of spices.
Mary Pat smiled. “Yes, those are exactly the ones.” She shook her head. “I can’t believe I forgot them. Thank you so much for getting them for me.”
“It was sincerely my pleasure,” Jorgen said, bowing politely.
Jane rolled her eyes at Petey, who responded with a silent, “What the fuck?”
Eli had settled on the large sectional in front of the television. The Cowboys were just about to take the field. With his mission for Mary Pat accomplished, Jorgen joined Eli.
Petey was setting the long table in the dining room when Nik and Cherry came back into the house. The little girl was talking a mile a minute, with Nik nodding and replying when it was appropriate.
While Cherry continued into the kitchen, Nik stopped to give Petey a quick kiss. “Is there anything I can do?”
Petey shook her head. “I think it’s pretty much under control. Did you get the lamb all sorted out?”
“We did. I even got a chance to hold the bottle before Cherry decided I was doing it wrong.” Nik’s eyes sparkled with amusement. “I believe it’s the bluntest criticism I’ve ever received.”
“Yeah, she’d kind of straightforward,” Petey laughed. “The guys are watching football if you want to go relax.”
Nik nodded. “I think I will. I’m a bit knackered from too much sex,” he whispered.
Petey gave him a playful push and sent him on his way. Thomas, having paid his ten-minute penalty, made his way downstairs and joined his father and the others in front of the television.
Finally, everything was ready, with platters and bowls arranged down the center of the table. Everyone took their places, with Eli at one end and Nik at the other. Sitting to Nik’s right, Petey gave his thigh a quick squeeze beneath the table. Eli gave a thoughtful grace, and the food was passed.
Petey cleared her throat meaningfully as she handed Nik the bowl of mashed turnips. When he glanced her way, she arched an eyebrow. Stifling a chuckle, he passed the bowl to Jorgen, who heaped the concoction on his plate. Petey grinned at Nik, happy to share an inside joke.
The conversation was cheery, at times raucous and funny, punctuated by plenty of laughter. From time to time, Petey glanced to Nik, who seemed to be enjoying himself thoroughly. The thought of him being happy and at ease squeezed her heart with emotion.
At that moment, she realized that what she wanted more than anything was for Nik to be happy. That’s what love is, isn’t it?
When dinner was over, Jane stood up. “Okay, gentlemen, since the ladies cooked, you’re on clean-up detail.” She leaned over and kissed Eli on the cheek. “I’ll check on the barn,” she told him softly.
As Petey stood, Nik and Jorgen began gathering up the dishes and utensils. She sidled up to Nik. “You don’t really have to do this, you know,” she said softly. “It’s kind of Jane’s rule, but…”
“I don’t mind at all.” His tone was earnest. “I’m happy to help. It makes me feel delightfully ordinary.”
Petey pursed her lips thoughtfully. “Well, just so you know.”
“Go, relax,” he winked at her. “I believe that odd game you Yanks call football is still on television.”
“I heard that,” Eli said. “And it’s just plain football.” His tone was serious, but there was a twinkle in his eye.
“And why don’t they use their feet to play it, hmm?” Nik jibed, as both men laughed.CHASING ORDINARY by Pandora Spocks