Lyn Shares Out My Window, Early or Rather Late Autumn

Out My Window-Fall

Here is OUT MY WINDOW Early Autumn.

I’m fortunate enough to live in a cottage on a lake in the northwoods. This is the maple tree that always turns first. Usually it begins in late August. This year it remained green till late September. Has your weather been WEIRD this year? Ours has!–Lyn

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Lyn Reviews Becky Wade’s My Stubborn Heart

Here’s another great inspirational romance for you!

My Stubborn HeartMy Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, another great Becky Wade contemporary romance! My Stubborn Heart is another lively romance featuring a heroine who doesn’t know how she attracts a larger than life hero; in this case: a world class hockey player.

I love Becky Wade‘s voice. Her light but endearing touch. Her ability to charm us with characters such as Velma and Morty and make us believe in them and enjoy them.

If you’re looking for a fun, sweet, insightful and touching read, THIS SWEET ROMANCE is for YOU!

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To purchase, click cover below. You won’t regret it!–Lyn

PS- Last week’s winner of a copy of Sweet Christmas Kisses 2 is Becky Smith! Congrats!

Sweet Christmas Kisses 3

If you still haven’t bought your copy, don’t delay. The 99 cent price will ends soon. To purchase, click here.

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Author Kimberly Rose Johnson & The Strength of Compassion & Giveaway


Kimberly Rose Johnson

Author Kimberly Rose Johnson is my guest today. She has a new book A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING and heroine to tell us about. Here’s Kimberly:

thrust into a situation

Interior designer, Bailey Calderwood, has been thrust into a situation she never dreamed of being in. Not only is she running the day-to-day operations of Belafonte Designs, she is nursing her boss, Mona Belafonte, back to health after a stroke.

Mona is difficult on a good day, but now she is impossible. Bailey has no idea what has turned her boss against her. To complicate matters, Stephen Belafonte the youngest of Mona’s sons returns from a two-year stint in France.

Has no idea how to care for her

Stephen is supposed to take over the care of his mother, except he has no idea how to care for her. Bailey finds herself under more pressure to not only do her job, but to train her son.

An incident in Bailey’s past causes her to believe she is unattractive, but instead of focusing on her appearance, since she considers herself hopeless, she focuses her attention on making things around her beautiful as well as investing in the lives of those she encounters.

her greatest strength is compassion

I believe one of her greatest strengths is her compassion. She is able to show compassion to others even when she is not treated fairly. Not only that, she must push past fear and insecurities to be able to do so. Her love for the Lord shines through in her daily life in spite of a past that left her feeling less than desirable.

I admire that quality in her, especially considering how she could have responded to the bullying she experienced as a child and teenager. Bailey is definitely someone I’d like to have for a friend.”–Kimberly

A Christmas Homecoming

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Can the mystery of Christmas unite two hurting hearts?

Bailey Calderwood gives all she has to her job as an interior design assistant, but her best isn’t good enough for her demanding, bed-ridden boss. For some unexplained reason Mona has turned against her. At least not everyone is out to get her. A mysterious admirer is sending her cards and flowers. Could it be her boss’s son who’s recently returned home in time for the holidays?

Stephen Belafonte rushes home from France to be with his mother after her stroke, and is surprised by the rift between his mom and Bailey, her assistant. When his mom demands he fire Bailey, he’s torn between respecting his mother’s wishes and doing what’s best for the family business. Can Stephen find a way to heal the rift in his family as well his own heart, or will he be forced to let Bailey go?

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Twitter: @kimberlyrosejoh



Thanks, Kimberly. Your heroine sounds like a woman I’d like for a friend. I’m going to GIVE AWAY one copy of one of my ebooks to a commenter. QUESTION: Has anyone ever showed you special compassion or kindness?–Lyn

Sweet Christmas Kisses 3

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Author Laura Ingalls Wilder, An Inspiration


I have just finished writing the rough draft of my next Love Inspired Historical romance, set in Pepin, Wisconin, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthplace. Have you read books 1-3, Their Frontier Family, The Baby Bequest, and Heartland Courtship? Have you read The LIttle House series?–Lyn

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It’s out TODAY! Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 Boxed Set & PARTY!!

SCK3 Blog Tour 2

Ring in the holiday season with 17 all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 takes you around the globe from small-town USA, to London, England, and even to Africa with a foreword written by USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano. Don’t miss out on this sweet romance boxed set that’s sure to touch your heart, make you smile, and put you in the mood for Christmas.


Mona RiskOn Christmas Eve by Mona Risk

She yanked him out of her heart years ago. But fate throws him in her path again and his tender gaze erases her loneliness. Can they forgive each other and create a new future?




Christine BushChristmas Holly by Christine Bush

Can a lonely single father of five-year-old triplets find love on a South Carolina beach? It might just take a Christmas miracle!




Lyn CoteMistletoe and Sage by Lyn Cote

New deputy in town, a single mom, two wounded hearts with a puzzle to solve together—will love spark under the mistletoe?




Denise DevineA Merry Little Christmas by Denise Devine

Merry Connor and Anthony Lewis search for treasure and find true love.




Raine EnglishThe Christmas Gift by Raine English

When Riley Wayne receives a dog for Christmas, it’s not just the pup that makes her heart flutter, the rescue group’s handsome owner does too.




Untangling ChristmasUntangling Christmas by Shanna Hatfield

Tricked into helping with Silverton’s Festival of Trees, electrician Mike Clarke battles faulty outlets, tangled lights, and a woman determined to share the spirit of the season.




Ciara KnightA Christmas on Miracle Mountain by Ciara Knight

When it takes a miracle to heal a heart.





Milou KoeningsThe Kampala Peppermint Twist by Milou Koenings

A twist of fate. An overbooked flight. Christmas in Africa will flip her life upside down.




Magdalena ScottThe Road Not Taken by Magdalena Scott

Francie Standish Carrington has some tough decisions to make and a lot of questions about a past she thought she understood.




Roxanne RustandA London Christmas by Roxanne Rustand

When Catriona heads to London for Christmas to meet a guy she met online, he steals her purse and disappears, but will a handsome photographer in the pub end up being the man of her dreams?




Alicia StreetHer Christmas Secret by Alicia Street

Desperate to help her sister’s family, Lila courts a cold-hearted investor for her handmade toys, but learns Christmas has a way of bringing surprises where they’re least expected.




Kristin Wallace

Falling For You at Christmas by Kristin Wallace

One expectant mother. One gorgeous innkeeper. Three days that will change her life forever.




Merrillee WhrenSecond Chance Christmas by Merrillee Whren

A young boy helps his estranged parents find love again at Christmas.




cindy-flores-martinezChristmas Eve Wedding by Cindy Flores Martinez

A maid of honor is swept up in the chaos of planning her best friend’s spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.




Victoria PinderSecret Wish by Victoria Pinder

Luke Morgan doesn’t believe in miracles, but this season Christmas brought him Caro Soliz, the family maid.




Josie RivieraCandleglow and Mistletoe by Josie Riviera

A rising pianist and a pro stuntman winding down his career find love amid the glow of Christmas candles.




cbc-1-adjCouple by Christmas by Pat Simmons

Divorcee Derek Washington wants to reconcile with his ex-wife by Christmas. Although he’s got a plan, with the help of his six-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.




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All 17 authors in this boxed set write sweet romances and are members of Sweet Romance Reads, a group of authors whose books contain no sex, violence, or strong language. While the emotional stakes are high as the characters’ relationships grow, these stories are wholesome. Think movies rated G or PG. Therefore, Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 can be enjoyed by romance readers of any age.

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A tireless traveler, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Mona Risk, writes contemporary romance, medical romance, and romantic suspense novels, all simmering with emotion, sprinkled with a good dose of humor and set in the fascinating places she visited— or in Florida, her paradise on Earth.

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Christine Bush is an award winning author of many sweet romances, mysteries, and novellas. When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching Psychology at a local college, working as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or (mostly) spending time with her twelve grandchildren.

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Award-winning author of over 40 romances, Lyn Cote writes inspirational historicals and contemporary romantic suspense in her distinctive brand, “Strong Women, Brave Stories.” Lyn lives in a cottage on a lake in the northwoods with her real-life hero husband and (for comic relief and furry cuddling) her two cats.

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Denise Devine is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic comedy and she also writes inspirational fiction. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at thirteen and has been writing ever since. She writes about true love, happy endings and stories that touch your heart.

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USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, paranormal, and romantic suspense. She’s a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and a Daphne du Maurier Award winner. Raine lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Bailey and Dolly.


Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic, USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments and relatable characters.

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Ciara Knight is a USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author who writes ‘A Little Edge and A Lot of Heart’ that spans the heat scales. Her popular sweet romance series, Sweetwater County (rated PG), takes readers into small town romance full of family trials, friendly competition, and community love.

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Milou Koenings writes heartwarming romance novels because she believes sweet stories with happy endings are like chocolate – they bring joy to the world and so make it a better place. She’s lived all over the world, working as an editor and newspaper columnist, but loves staying home with her family most of all.

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USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Rustand is the author of thirty-five traditionally published novels, plus four indie novels. She was a Golden Heart finalist twice, and a Golden Heart winner in 1995. She has won two RT Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and was nominated for an RT Magazine Career Achievement Award. Her earlier books were secular, but she now writes sweet indie romance, and inspirational romance for Love Inspired.

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USA Today bestselling author Magdalena Scott writes sweet romance and women’s fiction with small town settings. She invites readers into her world to find out what’s hidden just below the surface of those tiny dots you can barely see on the map—mystery, romance, and the occasional unexplained occurrence.

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Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Alicia Street writes both sweet and steamy romances and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Roy. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher and is a compulsive reader of every genre.

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Kristin Wallace is a USA Today bestselling author of inspirational, contemporary and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith.” Her popular series include the Covington Falls Chronicles and Shellwater Key Tales.

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Merrillee Whren is an award-winning author who writes inspirational and sweet romance—stories that stir your emotions. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty plus years, and has two grown daughters.

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Cindy Flores Martinez is an Amazon bestselling Spanish romance author. She writes sweet romantic comedy and Christian romance. Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started out as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world.

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Victoria Pinder is a bestselling author of science fiction/fantasy and contemporary romance where her stories all include “Bold Women and the Brainy Men who love them.” Her popular series include the House of Morgan and the Collins Brothers.

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Author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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Pat Simmons is a three-time Emma award-winning author for Best Inspirational Romance. With more thirty Christian romance titles, Pat is the bestselling author of the Carmen Sisters series.

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Prepare for the Holidays with me and my Sweet Romance Reads friends at our Facebook Party, starting at noon on Tuesday.

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Chapter 1 of Mistletoe and Sage, Lyn’s Holiday Novella Out Soon!

This is my new Holiday Novella which will be released next Tuesday September 27th in an ebook boxed set of 17 holiday novellas in the


for 99 cents.

The price will go up after the initial launch so pre-order today! Order links below.


 mistletoe and sage

Mistletoe and Sage

Lyn Cote

Chapter 1

Why was she letting the new hire disturb her peace? Deputy Sage Dietz hurried inside the warm kitchen, shaking the snow from her hair, trying to shake the man’s image.

“Mama!” Little Tucker ran toward her, his arms lifted high. “Mama!”

She swept him up into a fierce hug. “How’s my guy?” For the millionth time she wished her late husband could be here. She kissed her son’s dark hair, enjoying the best moment in her day, ignoring the tug of grief. Or trying to.

Plus-sized “Ma” Havlecek stood at the stove, stirring what smelled like a pot of beef soup. Her dapper husband Bruno politely rose from his place at the round table to greet Sage.

“Was Tucker good today?” Sage asked the woman who had helped raise her, many others, and now her little son.

“He’s always good,” Bruno said. “Ma and I don’t know what we’d do without our little buddy.”

“Take off your coat.” Ma ordered. “You’re both staying for soup.”

Tucker struggled to be put down so Sage released him. He ran to the table and grabbed a paper and handed it to her.

“You finger painted today?” she asked.

Before he could answer, her phone rang. She lifted it out and touched the screen. The night dispatcher was calling. “Hi, what’s up?”

“Sorry to bother you, Sage, I know you’re off duty,” the dispatcher, an older woman, said. “But we’ve got a big fight at Flanagan’s and a bad multi-car accident on the highway and we just got a call from a property manager in that new development near Ma’s. Since he knew you’d be close, Rodd asked if you’d be willing to go there to assist the new guy with the crime scene. He’s just gone off duty too. But we’re stretched pretty thin.”

Assist the new guy—Garrett Connolly? The last thing Sage wanted to do. Not to mention she’d waited all day for these moments here in this warm kitchen with her little boy and people she loved and who loved her.

She swallowed a sigh. She had no choice. “Okay. What’s the address?” She jotted it down. “Got it. Is Connolly there yet?”

“He’s on his way.”

Sage touched the smartphone screen and then looked at Ma. “I’ve got to go help at that new subdivision down the road.”

“That fancy new place for folks puttin’ on airs?” Ma was clearly displeased. Tucker clutched Sage around the knees as if he understood she was leaving again. Bruno came over and lifted the little boy into his arms. “Your mom will be right back.”

Tucker wailed his displeasure.

His shrill tones prickling her nerves, Sage grabbed her parka, hurried outside again, and drove off into the November darkness. Snow still fell, but lazily. She drove up the county road to the new subdivision of nearly twenty houses, “Lone Lake Lodges.” Navigating the circuitous lanes, she noted by her SUV lights that some houses were still under construction and others were standing new and proud in the wooded area that ringed Lone Lake.

She parked in front of the address entered on her phone and got out. To loosen her tense neck and back, she tightened and then relaxed the muscles. She could not let on that the new deputy had made a definite impression on her.

A man in a faded jacket and tan work clothes waited in the drive. No doubt he’d been hired by one of the out of town owners to regularly check on the seasonal homes in this new area.

She walked up to him, triggering the motion-activated light that had just timed out. She didn’t like what she saw behind him—neon yellow-green paint had been sprayed on the three doors. The first said: WE, the second: DON’T WANT, and finally the third: YOU. She frowned. Some of the local residents didn’t like the new influx of more affluent residents. Nearby communities had a history of tourists and seasonal visitors and residents, the Steadfast area not so much.

“You the police?” he asked, ignoring her uniform.

“Yes.” She introduced herself. “I’m Deputy Dietz.”

“This is bad,” he said.

After living away for six years, she no longer knew practically everyone in the Steadfast-LaFollette area, so it didn’t bother her that she didn’t recognize this man. She’d come back at the beginning of spring while the new deputy Garrett Connolly had just come in late October.

“It’s certainly unfriendly,” she agreed wryly.

“Well, I guess we should have expected some— ”

Hearing the sound of another car, she held up a hand to stop the man from pouring out all he had to say about the vandalism. “I’m just here to assist.” She turned. “Here comes Deputy Connolly.”

And right behind him came a silver dually pickup with “Gallagher Development” blazoned in black on the side punctuated by a stylized cluster of fir trees around the last word.

Sage knew who the driver was, the new bigwig in town, Ron Gallagher. He hustled out of his truck, met the deputy, and walked him up the drive. The developer of Lone Lake Lodges, the man who was bringing in new people and new money to the county, was barrel-chested and had a lot of curly salt-and-pepper hair.

Deputy Connolly—just a head taller than she and very solid-looking—strode up to her. He had thick dark brown hair, close-cut. He looked at her with his very green eyes.

She had wondered why two deputies were needed for a simple case of vandalism. But one look at Gallagher’s red face gave her a hint. Two deputies showed that the local sheriff was taking this seriously. “Hi, I—” she began.

But Gallagher’s booming voice drowned hers out. “What a mess! Do you know how expensive those garage doors are? Their factory finish has been compromised.”

So she stepped back. She was off duty, after all.

Connolly nodded once in her direction and then turned to Gallagher. “This is a crime scene.” He held up his hands, stopping the man from going closer. “You can’t come any farther.”

“You know who I am?”

“From the writing on your truck, I’d say you’re Gallagher. I’m Deputy Connolly from the sheriff’s department.”

“I’m Deputy Dietz,” Sage added quietly.

“I didn’t know there were any women in law enforcement here,” Gallagher said.

Sage didn’t know if he meant it as a negative or positive comment so she merely ignored it.

“I got a call that one of my houses had been vandalized—” Gallagher began.

“Yes, Mr. Gallagher—” the workman started.

Connolly stopped him and asked.” What’s your name and reason for being here?”

The workman’s gaze shifted between the two men.

After giving his name, he said, “Several of the new owners hired me to check on their property once a week. Mr. Gallagher here recommended me for the job.”

Connolly finished jotting down the information. “Right. Didn’t the owner have a security system put in?”

The man shook his head. “No, said he didn’t need that in this out-of-the-way place. But—”

“And that’s the way we want our new home owners to feel about building here,” Gallagher cut in. He began a long tirade about how much these homes cost and how his development added so much to the community.

Connolly nodded politely. Since Gallagher’s bluster was bugging her, Sage assumed the new deputy felt the same and had to admire his cool.

She tried to ignore how Connolly’s presence sharpened all her senses as well as how Gallagher was working himself up into what Ma would term a “tizzy.”

“I need to get on with my rounds,” the workman finally interrupted. “And I didn’t call you about just this house.”

“What?” Gallagher squawked.

Connolly grimaced. “Show us.”

“Is the other house close?” Sage asked.

“Houses,” the man said, motioning up the dark street. “And I’ve still got to check my other clients.” He led them to the next house, triggering another set of motion lights.

Sage walked beside her fellow deputy. If she could ignore her awareness of him as a man, surely it would go away.


Under Gallagher’s scrutiny, Garrett stood, studying the double garage door with more neon-green spray paint, trying not to react to the glowering man or to Sage—tall, slender, with long dark hair.

“Mr. Gallagher, I need to go around and find all the vandalism and begin the investigation. There really isn’t anything else you can do here right now.” Garrett stared at the man.

“Very well, but I don’t want this to happen again,” the developer blustered and turned to go.

“Neither do we,” Garrett agreed as Sage walked down the drive toward the next lot.

“I’ll be calling the sheriff tomorrow for an update,” Gallagher called over his shoulder as he left.

“Do that,” Garrett said automatically.

Sage called, “More paint!”

He tamped down his reaction to the unfortunate fact that they had multiple acts of vandalism to investigate. He moved to join Sage.

“So, you’re the sheriff’s sister-in-law?” he asked, trying to get a handle on all the relations here.

“I am.”

When he’d gotten the call, the dispatcher had—without his asking—begun to fill him in on Sage’s story. A widowed single mom who was related to the sheriff. He’d stopped her there. He didn’t need to know Deputy Dietz’s personal history to work with her, and he didn’t like gossip. He’d been a target of that at home. He didn’t want people here knowing about his breakup, why he left Iowa.

He forced himself to say the obvious. “We’ve got a lot of houses to cover. I don’t think there’s any doubt this is probably the work of one kid or a group of kids.” He motioned to the nearest “art work.” The cold November wind gusted against them.

“You’re probably right. How do you want to handle the report?” she asked, deferring to him as the senior deputy. She’d served since spring, but he had years of previous experience.

“Let’s get the crime scene kit from our cars and start gathering flecks of the spray paint and look for any discarded cans. But that would probably be too much to hope for.”

“Right.” She turned to start walking down the drive.

In order to be able to stop himself from watching her, he’d have to be dead. She was very good-looking, and from what he’d heard, well-liked.

Loneliness whistled through him like the chill wind. He pulled himself together and headed toward the road to get his camera from his car. He was quite capable of working a crime scene with Sage. Just keep your mind on the job.


Nearly two hours later they’d finished examining five homes that had been part of the spray-painting spree. They’d collected paint flecks but not much else. The “artist” had not left behind any other evidence for the crime lab.

Sage was pleased to find that after getting through the usual initial awkward moments, she and Connolly actually worked well together. He was good at his job.

He joined her at the curb lit up by the motion-activated light. “All done?”

“Yes.” She held up the last sealed bag.

“You’ll be heading home then?” he asked.

After a nod, Sage led him down the final drive. “This is a bad thing.”

“Vandalism like this is always nasty, but Gallagher‘s reaction went over the top—”

She looked over her shoulder at him. “Gallagher had a reason to be upset. This vandalism is bad for our local economy. A new influx of homeowners have brought in much-needed property tax revenue, and when they come up to visit they support the local restaurants, shops, etc. You heard the property manager say the owner didn’t think he needed a security system here. Both the developer and the county want them to see our area as a safe place to own a vacation home, a good place to retire.”

“Well, crime can happen anywhere.”

Sage pinned him with a look. “The sheriff doesn’t want crime to happen here at Lone Lake Lodges.”

“I hear you. But all we can do is our job.”

“Right. I’m heading home then.”


Garrett called after Sage, “Good working with you!” He watched her hurry to her aged SUV at the curb. She was a coworker, and he knew he had to toe the line—not step over it. And why was he even thinking about that? Did he want to get into a rebound situation? No, thank you.

He started his car and did a U-turn. He was about to drive away when Sage stopped her car and flagged him down, a hand out her window.

He halted next to her and rolled down his window.

“Here. She won’t listen to me.” She handed him her phone.

He took it gingerly. “Hello, how may I be of help?”

“Well, you sound real polite.” An older woman’s voice.


“I told Sage to have you follow her here. I got a bowl of my beef noodle soup with your name on it—”

“Ma’am, I have to take in—”

“I know you’re off duty. Sage told me. And I make my own egg noodles. Turning in evidence can wait long enough for you to eat a bowl of soup.” The woman clicked off.

He handed Sage her phone. He should excuse himself, but the mention of homemade noodles, maybe like the ones his grandmother made, stopped him. He was off duty now. In fact, he’d worked overtime to do the crime scene.

“You might as well stop. It won’t take long,” Sage said. “Ma’s soup is to die for.”

“I’ll follow you.” His stomach rumbled on his last word.

Chuckling, Sage started off.

Normally he would have headed straight to headquarters. But nothing about the crime was time-sensitive. The sparse evidence, such as it was, could sit while he took time to eat one bowl of soup, right?


If you’ve read my “Northern Intrigue” series, this is connected to it.–Did the chapter catch your interest?–Lyn

Here are the buy links for this novella collection SWEET CHRISTMAS KISSES 3

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Lyn Reviews Erica Vetsch’s Sagebrush Knights

Sagebrush KnightsSagebrush Knights by Erica Vetsch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sagebrush Knights is a four in one collection fo mail order bride stories–four sisters off to Wyoming to meet and marry four strangers.
I enjoyed the first three of these stories and the first very much. As with most reading experiences, this one was very personal.
The age-old question–what draws one reader to a book that leaves another cold–is no nearer being answered (Unless you have one?)

Anyway Evelyn, the oldest sister, is the heroine in the first of the four stories. Her first misconception was that her sisters would be near her. As an Eastern girl, Evelyn had no idea how far ranches could be one from another.

And she’d given her intended no idea that she was bringing a young son with her. Which was fine because he hadn’t told her he had a tomboy daughter, nicknamed “Mad Dog,” but should have been called Madelyn.

That should give you some idea of Erica Vetsch’s lively style.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book even if #4 wasn’t my favorite ever. I highly recommend Erica’s books. (And yes, she gave me this book–but this is an honest review. I don’t write any other kind.)

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Western Author Janet Chester Bly Offers Down Squash Blossom Road Giveaway

Janet Chester Bly

Author Janet Chester Bly is my guest today. She has a new book and a giveaway of her new book Down Squash Blossom Road. Here’s Janet:

Greetings, Lyn:

Thank you so much for the opportunity of a feature on your blog! My giveaway will be copy of Down S

quash Blossom Road, either paperback (USA only) or PDF for digital reader. The actual release on Amazon is today!

my heroine

Twenty-five year old, redhead Reba Mae Cahill helps her widowed grandmother with her ranch in the small town of Road’s End, Idaho. But there’s a lot of work and only temporary helpers. Reba wants a rancher husband, a man to one day help her take over the Cahill Ranch. However, she also determined not to have children of her own because of the insanity in her genes. For instance, in Down Squash Blossom Road, she’s on a mission to rescue her estranged mother, Hanna Jo, from a Reno mental institute.

her mother’s demand

When she arrives in Reno to pick up her mother, Hanna Jo issues a demand and refuses to return to Idaho. They head to California instead. On the road Reba must dig deep to find the courage to forge a relationship with her mom while dealing with abandonment issues. Hanna Jo left her as a three-year-old in Road’s End and she hadn’t heard from her since. Despite emotional undercurrents, Reba attempts to get along with her mom, build a relationship, mend fences, if possible. And coax Hanna Jo to return to Road’s End to save the family ranch.

puts her boot down

Finally, Reba slams her boot firmly down: come back with me or face the consequences a return to the mental institute. Tenacity is in her name. Is there a rancher out that that will measure up?–Janet

Down Squash Blossom Rd


What Secret Lies Down Squash Blossom Road?  Cowgirl Reba Cahill’s schedule is full.

Save the family ranch.

Free her mom from a mental institute.

Take another road trip.

Solve a murder … and a kidnapping.

Plus, evade a stalker.

Can she also squeeze in romance?

Reba Cahill thought she could focus on the duties of the ranch, to help out her widowed grandmother. But a crippled Champ Runcie returns to Road’s End in a wheelchair and seeks revenge for the accident that put him there. Meanwhile, a letter from her estranged mom forces her and Grandma Pearl back on the road: I can leave now. Come get me. Love, Mom

When they arrive in Reno, her mother issues a demand and refuses to return to Idaho. They head west instead. In California, Reba’s friend Ginny’s marriage is on the rocks. The family business is threatened. And squabbles turn deadly.

Reba digs deep to find the courage to forge a relationship with her mom and escape a crazed man’s obsession. She also faces an uncertain future even as a horse trainer offers her a new horse to replace Johnny Poe … and maybe more.

Thanks so much for being my guest, Janet. In order to be entered into the drawing the giveaway. Please answer this QUESTION: Do you think enough is being done for the mentally ill in the US today?–Lyn

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Lyn Reviews Patrice Greenwood’s Cozy A Fatal Twist of Lemon

A Fatal Twist of Lemon (Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries)A Fatal Twist of Lemon by Patrice Greenwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first Patrice Greenwood mystery. She writes a well paced and interesting story with a compelling cast of characters. And I liked that she added an interesting romance full of conflict. More about that later.

I loved the setting, Santa Fe, NM. She obviously knows the setting well and while being careful not to become a travelogue, Patrice makes the most of this colorful and culturally diverse setting for her tea shop.

If you are opposed to a suggestion of the supernatural, this isn’t for you. Of course our heroine does not believe in ghosts.She refuses to believe it putting down the odd flickering lights and music to old wiring.

I haven’t been to Santa Fe since I was a girl and would love to go back. So far–no go. Sigh…

I especially was interested in her character, the police Detective Tony Aragon who swooped into the story on a motorcycle. He was a bit dangerous so those who like a bad boy hero would enjoy this. He was an interesting choice as a love interest for the proprietress of the tea shop in a more than century old building in the old part of Santa Fe.

Of course if you’re going to be an amateur sleuth, having someone on the force can’t hurt!
A good mystery and one that left me puzzled till right before the reveal. I like that! And I’ve gone on to read more of this series!

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