Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Interview with Cover Model Brian Howell

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 1. How did you get into modeling for book cover?

Well it just fell into my lap. Years back I decided I wanted to change my physique so I started to pursue bodybuilding. I had in my head at the time that I wanted to compete in the men's physique class. I posted some of my progress pictures on Social media, and I was contacted to do a shoot. Now here we are.

2. What do you think is your greatest strength as a model?
I have no idea, lol.. you should ask the ladies who buy the books. They’d give you some honest feed back I bet. I’d say either my jaw line or my chest. 3. Tell me something I wouldn’t know about you just by looking at you.
Most of my life I wanted to be rockstar. I love to sing and I’ve written and performed songs in the past. So I never really thought about pursuing modeling before, however, funny story, my momma had put me in multiple pageants when I was a toddler. I was around 2 years old. I believe I have some old picture somewhere. So I guess modeling has been apart of me from the early years. Funny how life brings things back around.
4. What goals have you set for yourself as a model?
I’ve not really set any goals for modeling. For me I just want to be the best version of myself I can be. Both inside an out. I’m 42 years old and I strive to be in the best shape of my life. I’m constantly critiquing myself an trying to be better. And whatever opportunities arise along the way, I’m open to exploring it and walk through the open doors that life brings me.
5. Tell me about your best, worst, most difficult, or funniest photo shoot.
The last shoot we did for the All Cowboys and Heart was by far the easiest shoot. I think most of the shots Logan took just naturally happened. I remember him saying “don’t move, hold that pose while I get the camera ready.” It was like it was just meant to be. Super easy. The most challenging shoot was probably a Boudoir scene I did with my wife Jen. We took pics in a shower with water running. They turned out amazing, but being fully naked in-front of strangers was quite the experience to say the least. I’m shy believe it or not. Lol
6. Did you choose modeling or did it choose you?
Modeling definitely chose me. Like I said earlier I never really thought I was model material I guess. But apparently my mom thought so. Hahaha..

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Guest Author Melissa Keir

A Cowboy’s Whisper

The Cowboys of Whisper, Colorado: Books 1-3

By Melissa Keir


The Inspiration Behind The Heartsong Cowboy

As a teacher for twenty plus years, children are a deep part of my heart. I would do anything for them and feel very strongly about protecting them. During my first year teaching, I was the assistant director at a college on-site childcare facility. The children would come to our center when their parents were in classes or studying on campus. These young children quickly wormed their way into my heart.

My own drive to work each day was through a not so nice town. Often I was frightened to sit too long at stoplights as I drove through broken down and destroyed neighborhoods. Scarier to me was the fact that my students came from these same neighborhoods and drove these same streets.

One day, a horrible event happened. One of my students was on her way to school when at a stoplight a man jumped into their car and held a knife at the child’s throat while demanding money from her mom. Luckily, her mom gave over her purse and the man left without physically harming the mother or daughter. But I’d always worried about the mental and emotional strain the incident caused the family.

Taking that small real-life incident, I wove in a more detailed story for my heroine in The Heartsong Cowboy. I could imagine how that trauma would have affected her daughter and the determination a parent would feel to try anything to “fix” her child.

Of course, I lost touch with the family and never got to see how things turned out for the little girl. But I’d like to think that she’s learned that not everyone is bad and scary…that she’s learned to trust and find her own happiness. Who knows, maybe she’s even reading this post.  J

A Cowboy’s Whisper is available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited. You can grab a copy for less than a cup of coffee!

BUY LINK: https://www.amazon.com/Cowboys-Whisper-Colorado-Books-1-3-ebook/dp/B07W57SQD8




Join three amazing couples who look for love in a small town as they overcome obstacles and find their happily ever after.


The Heartsong Cowboy

Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?

Angela French blames herself for her daughter’s lack of voice. Determined to do anything to correct the situation, she seeks out Jake Kyncade, the owner of The Heartsong Ranch.

Jake Kyncade hides his own sorrows behind his no-nonsense demeanor. Helping children becomes one way to correct his past. Using equine therapy, he sets out to make a difference.

Can Jake help Angela’s dreams come true or will Jake’s past bring more heartache? Will love save them all?


The Heartbroken Cowboy

Love isn’t found at the bottom of a bottle…

Johnson O’Neill joined The Heartsong Ranch to escape his addiction. One night at a friend’s wedding, stress causes him to fall off the wagon and into the arms of the woman of his dreams.

Debra Donahue lost her husband to alcohol then pulled herself up by her bootstraps becoming a million-dollar selling real estate agent. One night with a sexy cowboy and a bottle of whiskey, Debra falls hard.

Can an alcoholic cowboy and a brokenhearted woman find love despite their fears? Or will the bottom of a bottle claim another happily ever after?


Claiming a Cowboy’s Heart

Even broken souls deserve a second chance at love….

Elementary Teacher, Michelle Alt has faced untold trials in her life, yet she continues to do what’s right to make things better for the next generation.

Cowboy Veterinarian, Preston Hall has lost everything in order to follow his dreams and return to his grandfather’s small-town practice.

Recognizing each other’s pain, these two broken souls come together to heal, but fear and misunderstandings send their blossoming relationship into a tailspin. Will they be able to put aside their pain to find the love of a lifetime?


Excerpt from The Heartsong Cowboy:

With Taylor asleep on the couch, Angela snuck the magazine out of her daughter’s sleeping hands before carrying her to her bed. After making sure her baby was tucked in, she turned out the lights and went to the kitchen. She sat down at the table to study the article about the horse whisperer. The photos gave off a peaceful feeling—so much so, she longed to jump into the images. Along with the horses, there were shots of children laughing and petting the animals. The article mentioned a little boy with Down’s Syndrome whose language increased after a week of animal therapy. The Heartsong Ranch. Even the name sounds encouraging. Dare I get my hopes up?

One photo in particular captured her attention. The owner, Jake Kyncade, wore jeans and a cowboy hat as he stood next to the ranch sign. She took a deep breath as butterflies circled in her abdomen. He’s sexy. Very different from Mike. Mr. Kyncade has this wounded look in his eyes. I wonder what his trauma was. I’ve gotten better at noticing it in others. Still, he’s good looking. Probably married with his own children.


About the Author:

Growing up in a small town, Melissa created stories in her head and lived them out with her sisters. They climbed through the quarries, built forts among the leaves and pretended they were their favorite television heroines.

Always trying to spread joy and happiness, Melissa has written over 30+ stories of couples who eventually find their Happily Ever After. Her books are filled with broken heroes and heroines who overcome real-life obstacles and come out stronger than ever. Her children books (written under her childhood name- Missy Watling) feature endearing tales infused with important lessons about self-acceptance.

Escaping the cold Midwest winters, she and her husband, along with furbabies enjoy the beaches of South Carolina and can be found talking to the gators and turtles. She posts photos of her gator friends as well as other wildlife. After all, sometimes they have the best advice!


She’d love to hear from you!







Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Guest Author D'Ann Lindun


The word chaps is a shortened word for chaparajos or chaparellas, Mexican or Spanish words for this garment, ultimately derived from the Spanish word chaparello. They are pronounced “SHAPS” by Western riders and “CHAPS” by English riders.

The earliest form of protective leather garment worn used by riders who herded cattle in Spain and Mexico were called armas which meant shields.

Style variations adapted as vaqueros, and later, cowboys, moved up from Mexico into the Pacific coast and northern Rockies of what is today the United States and Canada. Mountain men also copied leather leggings worn by Native Americans.

There are several variations:

Armitas: short legging with completely closed legs that have to be put on in a manner similar to pants.

Batwing: cut wide with a flare at the bottom.

Chinks: half-length chaps that stop 2-4 inches below the knee with long fringe at the bottom and along the sides.

Shotgun: as the name implies, straight legged.

Woolies are a variation on shotgun chaps, made with fleece, angora or with hair-on cowhide, often lined with canvas on the inside.

Zamorros: resemble batwings but the leggings extend far beyond the boot with a distinctive flare.

Like old western counterparts, modern day cowboys still wear all forms of chaps and chinks to protect their legs from livestock, weather and brush. The flashiest chaps will be seen at horse shows and in rodeo arenas. Farriers use them to protect their legs when shoeing horses. Non-equestrian users include motorcycle riders, loggers and some are popular in BDSM culture.

My pop L wears batwings, and his friend Jim R wears chinks.

From Lily’s Summer Cowboy:

A man sat on the rocking chair, spinning a white Stetson on the toe of one of his boots. A striped western shirt hung open over a grey t-shirt snugged against a flat belly and faded Wranglers pulled over taut thighs.

This was Maggie’s grandson?

Lily swallowed and swiped her palms down her jeans, realizing for the first time how she must look in a dust stained tank top and jeans, her hair in tangled ponytail pulled through the back of a ball cap. “Hello.”

A smile lit up his darkly tanned face. “Howdy.”

“I—uh, I’m Lily.” She stood on her own steps, unsure how to proceed. “You’re Maggie’s grandson?”

“Yes, ma’am.” He stood and held out his hand. “Will Wainwright.”

“Nice to meet you.” She took his hand and jolt of awareness went through her. Dark brown hair, blue eyes that reminded her of ta summer sky. Chiseled cheekbones. Wow.

Maggie had led her to believe her grandson was a teenager. This man was no teen. Probably around twenty-five. A man. About a decade younger than Lily.

“I’m sure sorry about your husband,” he said. “Gran told me what happened.”

“Thank you.” This guy had probably never been touched by tragedy in his life. Suddenly she felt ancient. “Would you like iced tea?”

“Sounds good.” His husky voice raked over her nerves.

“Come in, please.” Lily stepped by him and caught a whiff of his cologne. Woodsy, leathery. Manly.

In contrast, she needed a shower.

He followed her into the house and Lily cringed a little. Never a great housekeeper, during the growing season she barely had time to dust, much less do a thorough cleaning. She led the way into the kitchen and grabbed two glasses from the drainer and a pitcher of tea from the fridge. After pouring them both a glass she took a seat at the kitchen table. He took off his Stetson and placed it next to his right elbow.

They both sipped, and for a minute Lily let herself enjoy the company of a man. The house had been so empty since Jeff’s passing. She coughed on her tea. What? Whoa! Will might be a man, but a very young one.

“You okay?” Will grabbed her arm. “You need me to do a Heimlich?”

“I’m all right,” she managed. “Just went down the wrong way.”

“I hate when that happens.” His eyes crinkled at the corners and he released her arm.

Lily’s stomach did a little flip at that smile. God, he could be on the cover of a magazine. What was wrong with her? Why was she getting all twisted up inside at the sight of a pretty man? He was young enough to be her baby. Well, baby brother anyway. Certainly not someone to get all googley-eyed over. Jeff hadn’t been gone that long. She hadn’t even considered another man before now. Not the right time to start.




Lonesome Valley: The Wainwrights - Kindle edition by Lindun, D'Ann. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

about the AUTHOR



Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Sixty+ manuscripts and numerous awards later, she is an Amazon bestseller! Romance appeals to D’Ann because there's just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. Her particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them.

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