Willow Creek Make-Over

  Some of you may have seen the new covers I’m having made for the Willow Creek series and for those who haven’t, surprise! The series is getting a facelift and I’m still excited every time I see a new cover. The Lawman came out way back in November 2011. Hard to beleive its been seven years since I took a notion to write a book in a genre I loved to read. I had no clue if I would be sucessful writing them and at the time, I didn’t really care. I just enjoyed the genre and took a leap. And here we are, eight novels later.  The rebrand started with Nightingale. I hired a cover artist to make the cover for me as they were time consuming for me to do and–I’m a writer, not a cover artist. When I received the cover, I loved it so much I decided to have them all rebranded to match. Below are those last four novels, all with new covers.         This month, I’m starting on the first four books – the Avery brothers. The Lawman was first and I received the cover today. One thing I wanted to do … Continue reading

Friday First Kiss #121 :: Julia by Lily Graison (Historical Western)

The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story. Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.   This weeks Friday First Kiss comes from, Julia (Book 2 in the Angel Creek Christmas Brides Series) by Lily Graison   Her heart had been fluttering wildly as Mathew touched her but now, as he leaned down, his mouth inches from her own, she feared it would burst through her chest. The moment his lips touched her own, Julia forgot how to breathe. She’d dreamed of being kissed by him, wondered what his hands would feel like against her skin and those dreams paled in comparison. There was a dreamy intimacy to the act and she felt drugged the moment his tongue slid into her mouth. Her womb clenched tight and a small moan crawled up her throat before she could stop it. His thumb brushed her nipple again, the resulting tingles shooting straight to her core igniting … Continue reading

Friday First Kiss #120 :: Charity by Sylvia McDaniel (Historical Western)

The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story. Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.   This weeks Friday First Kiss comes from, Charity (Book 1 in the Angel Creek Christmas Brides Series) by Sylvia McDaniel   For a man who had been open and honest with her, it seemed like a door had slammed shut. Turning to her, he offered her a spoonful. “Taste it and tell me if you like it.” Holding the spoon to her lips, she opened her mouth. Mere inches separated him from her and she moaned at the texture of the meat. “Delicious.” The savoriness ignited her hunger as she licked her lips and he moved even closer.  “Since the ceremony, I’ve wanted another kiss.” Once again, his lips covered hers and the caress of his mouth ripped her breath away. Oh no, what would he want next? * * * * Lewis longed to kiss her since that first peck in the church. That smooch … Continue reading

Angel Creek Christmas Brides

    When 5 high society Southern Belles decide to become mail-order brides, they head to the wilds of Montana and find a little bit of Christmas magic.  Read all about these books below, then click the Amazon button to pre-order your copy!   Book 1: Charity by Sylvia McDaniel A Mail Order Bride, Secrets, Lies and a Christmas Miracle Five Charleston women desperate for marriage-minded men and the chance to rebuild their lives, after the Civil War answer an ad in the Grooms Gazette. Charity Kingston has to get out of Charleston or face life working in a brothel. But the past follows her to Angel Creek, Montana, revealing her Irish temper and the brothel owner’s demand for payment of her debt. After the war, Lewis Brown is given a chance at a new start in life. Taking a dead man’s identify he begins his new life as a saloon owner in Angel Creek. Imagine his surprise when a mail order bride comes with the saloon. In one twist of fate, his past is exposed, his secrets revealed and his worst nightmare confirmed. Lewis and Charity need a Christmas Miracle. Releasing November 2nd     Book 2: Julia by … Continue reading

Coming Soon – A Christmas Holiday Romance Series!

  Today is the big reveal of the secret project I’ve been working on! In collaboration with authors Sylvia McDaniel, Hildie McQueen, Peggy McKenszie and debut author Everly West, the Angel Creek Christmas Brides series will release starting November 2nd. My contribution, JULIA, will be available on November 9th!    Julia: Angel Creek Christmas Brides Julia Hamel always dreamed of a Christmas wedding and hers would be a dream come true if she wasn’t marrying a man she’d never met. Traveling across the country as a mail-order bride took a leap of faith, and she’s determined to make the best of her new life despite that fact her husband seems to be hiding something. But nothing she does seems to please him and Matthew’s distant despite her best intentions. When she meets a mischievous old man and takes his advice on how to make her husband happy, his ideas backfire in the worst possible ways and as Christmas draws closer, Julia begins to think leaving home may have been the worst mistake of her life. Matthew Bailey never wanted a wife–until he saw Julia. He married her without much thought and hoped her presence would be enough to finally distract him from … Continue reading

The 129th (Old) Soldiers Reunion

  In the town I grew up in, there is a yearly event that everyone looks forward to and this week marks the 129th Soldiers Reunion Week. The Soldiers Reunion is (credited as) the longest-running patriotic celebration in the United States not based on an official holiday. The tradition began in the county seat town (Newton, NC in Catawba County) on July 4, 1889, when Civil War veterans answered a statewide call for recognition of their wartime service and to register for pensions. The gathering, then on Court Square, led to annual veterans’ reunions, starting the popular patriotic event then called Old Soldiers Reunion. The Catawba County Museum of History – which is located in the downtown 1924 courthouse – displays a patriotic exhibit of historic military displays all week and is free to the public. Events around town include a Classic Car Show on Courthouse Square on Sunday, outdoor concerts with street dances on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, a ‘patriotic’ baby parade, and a “Pet Mania” dog show. Then on Thursday, Reunion Day, downtown surrounding the 1924 circa courthouse, craft vendors, artists, craftsmen and food trucks line up around the square. A memorial service is held at 10 a.m. … Continue reading

Nightingale, Willow Creek Book #8 Preview

  We’re a little over a month away from the release of NIGHTINGALE, book #8 in the Willow Creek Series and I’m so excited to finally be able to share this book with you! These two characters have been whispering to me since book 6, when it first because clear little Betsey Atwater had a crush on the new boy in town. This story takes place twelve years later and today, I’m going to share the first two chapters with you!        NIGHTINGALE ©2018 Lily Graison   Chapter One     Willow Creek, Montana – July, 1884   That old shotgun had hung above the mantel for so long dust fell from the barrel when Ben pulled it down and checked to see if it was loaded. Betsey’s heart slammed against her ribcage as she watched him. “What are you doing, Ben?” When he crossed the room without answering, his booted feet hitting the wooden floor at a fast pace, her pulse matched his rapid footsteps. “Ben Atwater, you stop right this minute and tell me what you’re doing!” He spun on her, the look on his face one she’d never seen before. Her good-natured brother had been replaced … Continue reading