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Wishing a blessed Thanksgiving to all my readers/friends who celebrate. I’ve been worrying for years that it would become an over-shadowed tradition squeezed between Halloween and Christmas. Should we all start wearing this shirt in October? 😉

Just kidding. We are headed to LA next week to feast with family… and do some research for a new series I’m writing. It’s one I started a few years ago and set aside when Tule Publishing offered me a contract. This trilogy is definitely not set in Montana.😉 It opens in San Jose, California, but I’m pretty sure it might include some action in or around the City of Angels.

I’ll take this time to wish you all a day of gratitude. I’m grateful for my good health, my wonderful family, and my dear friends who also love to read and are always so supportive of me and my books. THANK YOU!

As promised, here are some photos from our hike around Convict Lake. In the background is Mt. Laurel, such a mild-sounding name for such a dramatic-looking mountain.

On our last full day at the cabins, a cold front blew in from the northwest. As my friend Mary told me (after her trip to Norway), “There’s no such thing as bad weather--only bad clothing.) Happily, we’d packed our winter coats, hats, gloves, hiking boots, and alpaca socks. The tiny bits of ice that peppered us as we started the hike from the Convict Lake Marina were no deterrent at all.

But the wind was pretty crazy.


It blew Fred and Colleen back to the cottage, but Paul and I made the whole trek and we geeked out on the fabulous views, the occasional dusting of snow, and the peacefulness of the trail. Below are two views from opposite sides of the lake.

Luckily, we made it back to the cabin before it started snowing in earnest. Fred and Colleen had the fire going, adult beverages, and snacks waiting for us—along with a jigsaw puzzle, which we knocked out before it was time to get ready for dinner at the resort’s restaurant.

We enjoyed our dinner very much. So much, in fact, we hadn’t noticed the snowfall until we walked outside. Is this a wonderland or what? Our car was not amused. The crunch of ice and snow under our tires reminded so much of growing up in South Dakota.

I fell asleep to the sound of wind gusts and awoke to a world of white. We weren’t sure what this would do to our travel plans, but elevation is a funny thing. By the time we drove down from our mountain resort, we found the main highway was snow free and mostly dry. The drive home was simply stunning.

Who needs Black Friday when you’ve got deals like these?

You know who’s got your back: THE PROTECTORS.

They’re law enforcement, firefighters, soldiers, and private bodyguards. They’ll put themselves between you and danger. You can count on them to pull you out of a tough spot. But after all they’ve seen and done, they guard their hearts carefully. When they meet the right woman, are they strong enough to let love in?

THE PROTECTORS – download now for 99¢
or read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Grab it HERE!

Sweet Montana Boxed Set 1-8: Second Chances, Secrets, Scandals, and Small Town Romance, Later-in-Life, Redemption By Lisa Mondello

Welcome to Sweet, Montana where the sweet huckleberry grows wild and small-town secrets, scandals, second chances, and reunions grow even bigger.

Book 1 - Sweet Montana Sky - Can he keep her safe without falling hard for the cowgirl who has stolen his heart?

Book 2 - Sweet Home Montana – Will her dreams become his and include a lifetime with Katie?

Book 3 - Sweet Montana Rescue - Can two strangers be forced in close proximity for days on end without losing their minds and their hearts?

Book 4 - Sweet Montana Outlaw - Brody Whitebear had a reputation as a bad boy and people won't let him forget. Can Tara forgive him for what he did without losing her heart?

Book 5 - Sweet Montana Secrets - The years had secrets between them. Can they have a second chance at love when the truth is revealed?

Book 6 - Sweet Montana Bride - Could she trust the sexy cowboy with a heart of gold with her broken heart? (A later-in-life romance.)

Book 7 - Grown-Up Christmas Wish - As her heart falls for Cade, Sally begins to wonder if maybe her grownup Christmas wish was Cade all along.

Book 8 - Sweet Montana Mischief - Will the devastatingly handsome EMT with a warm heart and a healing hand heal this gypsy girl's heart and make her believe they could grow old together?

Lisa Mondello’s stories always warm the heart. If you’ve never read her, here’s your chance for the fab price of 99¢ or free for KU. Grab it HERE!

And here’s a BRAND NEW RELEASE from fan favorite Barbara McMahon:

Enjoy the season's spirit as these women find lasting happiness just in time for Christmas. Each stand-alone book tells the complete story from meeting to happy ever after. From cops to cowboys, doctors to journalists to billionaires, each brings that special something to the relationship.

A SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS – After a year’s deployment, soldier Josh Marquette is back in the US. His first assignment state side—best man in a Christmas wedding. More importantly, he’s going to get his dog who was fostered while he was gone. Cassie Smith fostered a serviceman’s dog for a year while he was overseas. Now he’s back for his dog—only she hadn’t expected to fall in love with the big German Shepherd, nor her owner.

THE COWBOY’S SPECIAL CHRISTMAS – When Cole and Jennifer meet, it’s like at first sight. But can this relationship forge ahead with all the heartache lingering from the past?

A TEASPOON OF MISTLETOE – Getting involved wasn’t the plan for either Annie or Nick, but sometimes things happen for a reason. Can a stay-at-home woman give up everything to follow a foot-loose man to the ends of the earth?

THE CHRISTMAS COP – Tough homicide detective Jake Morgan was a bah, humbug kind of guy. Getting injured in the line of duty wasn’t the worst thing that could have happened to him—no, it was being assigned as the police department’s Christmas Cop while he recovers. When Shea O’Reilly is paired up with the man most likely to win the exact-opposite-of-Christmas-spirit award, she’s thrown. How can she bring holiday joy to needy kids when she’s working with a disgruntled Mr. Scrooge?

A KEY WEST CHRISTMAS – Shelly Alexander started a new life in Key West which she loves. When her former boss arrives unexpectedly and insists on spending time with her, she’s thrilled. Until the real reason he’s there is revealed. Billionaire Beau Charlmers left the frenetic New York society to buy a sail boat to sail around the world. While in the Caribbean he stops in Key West to see his former assistant. Getting to know her on a personal level is entirely different from the work relationship they had. But to get her to fall in love now would take a Christmas miracle.

Christmas is the time for family, friends and love. May all your days be merry and bright!

This 5-BOOK box set is available on ALL PLATFORMS.


Happy reading, my friends. Enjoy every moment!


Next Newsletter:
11/29 – Shhh…it’s a Secret, Baby.😉



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