i’ll be your blue sky

Life has been pretty crazy lately. Between the holidays and other issues, it’s been difficult to find the motivation to write. So I’ve been taking some time off just to read and re-energize. Someone posted a reading challenge on Facebook, and for the life of me, I can’t remember who, but I’m grateful to them because I feel stuck in a rut. Here’s the  challenge:IMG_1143

I’ve decided to take this challenge, and for my January “color” book, I read:

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This story took a little getting used to, with third and first person. But I loved the two stories, Edith’s and Clare’s. And the way it all came together. I found it emotional and engaging. When Clare ends a relationship on the day of her wedding, her pain is real. Her metamorphosis moves along well, and the secondary characters made me smile. Well, most of them. After all, every story has to have an antagonist, right? Overall, a recommend from me.

One story down. Eleven to go…

I hope winter is playing nice with all of you! We’re rainy and gray in the Pacific Northwest. That bodes well for spring flowers. 🙂

Laurie Ryan

New Romance – Rudy’s Heart

RH Postcard1ReleaseToday is release day for my newest stand-alone romance novel, Rudy’s Heart. This story didn’t come to me like the others, which are generally sparked by something I see or hear. Rudy, the wonderfully intuitive horse in Rudy’s Heart came to me in a dream. I rarely wake up remembering my dreams, and I didn’t remember this one either, except for one thing. A brown and white horse.

I’ve loved horses my entire life, though I’ve never been around them much. As research for Rudy’s Heart, I got to spend some wonderful time with a woman who raises Friesian’s. They are such beautiful, graceful horses! IMG_8198

When I went to write Rudy’s story, I had to surround him with some pretty amazing characters. Enter Beck Hawthorne, an uncle-turned-father who’s drowning in guilt. Aubrey Gannet is mired in a grief she can’t dig out from. And 6-year-old Dani isn’t talking to anyone.

Rudy pulls them all together and is the key to their happiness.

Here’s the particulars about the story, along with links for more information:

What Rudy’s Heart is about:

An uncle-turned-father, terrified he’ll screw up, enlists the help of a burned-out, empathic woman with an oh-so-rightful chip on her shoulder.

Emotionally shattered from her hospice work, Aubrey Gannet journeys to a Montana ranch looking for peace and quiet to rekindle her grieving spirit. But will she be able to forgive the man who deserted his only sister when she needed him the most?

Stuck with an angry horse no one can get near and a child who refuses to speak, loner Beck Hawthorne is desperate to get through to them and hoping Aubrey holds that key. Only together can they break the bonds of sadness and find a brighter future.

Emotional. Sensual. Standalone. A romance novel that includes a wonderfully intuitive horse named Rudy and a six-year-old who will wrap herself around your heart.

Where you can find Rudy’s Heart:

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Many thanks to Dar Albert of Wicked Smart Designs for this amazing cover. And to Libby Doyle of Fairhill publishing for making my shine. And to you readers, who make it all worthwhile!

Laurie Ryan

Earth Legacy conclusion now available…

It’s here! I’m thrilled to announce that the conclusion of the Earth Legacy series is now widely available.  And, to celebrate, the first TWO books in the series are on sale for $2.99 through Monday! Coaster2

This fantasy series with a YA flavor has been a long time coming. Growing up, I immersed myself in the tales of Tolkien, McCaffrey, Brooks, and so many more fantasy authors. My brothers and I read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series many times each. We even took time off work to see the movies together when they came out.

This is not a story of goblins and orcs. Instead, there is a dedicated village, led by the burdened druid Bhren, who are the last vestige of strength against a dark Druid bent on subverting Earth’s magic. These are stories of angst and of growth, of betrayals and loyalties, and of hope for a better future.

Click on the links below to select your store:

Book 1 – Survival: https://books2read.com/u/bpp5MJ

Book 2 – Enlightenment: https://books2read.com/u/mYroPd

Book 3 – Birthright:  https://books2read.com/u/bWRx91

Survival

Guilt-ridden druid trainee Rianth Royan is on the run. From a Dark druid, from a betrayal, and mostly, from herself. She is not who they think she is. How can she be? She has no powers.

Earth is dying. Only she can free the magic intended to heal the earth before it’s eternally bound to the darkness. And only one person can protect Rianth while she seeks her magic. Kaiden Darcy, True-Named protector. Friend. Betrayer.

Together, Rianth and Kaiden must gather their allies, safeguard a magical talisman, and find Rianth’s suppressed powers to conquer a powerful evil. If they fail, Earth and every living creature will perish…

Enlightenment

For Kaiden Darcy, duty is everything. As True-named protector, he’s tasked with the safety of his home and Rianthe Royan, the prophesied one designated to save Earth from surrendering to the darkness.

Except Rianthe’s powers are stifled by some unknown cause. She needs help, so she follows a cryptic clue seeking insight. As she struggles to master her magic, the brother she raised from a babe disappears.

Kaiden, realizing the urgency of Rianthe’s quest, leaves his own responsibilities behind to go in search of the boy, unaware that search will bring him face to face with bad blood. Family blood. His blood.

Birthright

Rianthe Royan tried hard to deny her destiny, even running from it until it returned to haunt her. Now, she is left with no choice. She must accept who she is or Earth will perish and humanity founder.

In the final throes of survival and under threat of extinction if she fails to bring back the light, Rianthe must give everything she has, everything she is, to ensure the survival of those she loves. She must battle the Dark druid bent on binding Earth’s magic to her will and destroying everything in her path.

Together with her ally and protector, Kaiden Darcy, and the few left in their home village, Rianthe will take on their fiercest enemy yet.

Humanity believes Rianthe is their salvation. Now all she needs to do is believe in herself.

Links to Survival:

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R&R Addictions and a Free Short Story

I have a couple of R&R addictions. One is romance stories. I love reading them, and I love writing them. The other one is disaster movies. I don’t know why, but I get completely involved in them. Even the campy ones. Some of my favorites are:

  •             Armageddon
  •             The Day After Tomorrow
  •             Deep Impact
  •             Dante’s Peak

And don’t forget the ship disasters, like Poseidon or Titanic. Or the ones that make you go “Really?” like Volcano. In L.A.?

What can I say? They’re fun to watch. Better on film than in real life, right? And that addiction to disasters, coupled with a real-life concern that our planet has some issues, is a huge part of why I wrote the Earth Legacy fantasy series.

All Three Covers

The third and final book in the Earth Legacy installment, Birthright, releases on May 16th. To honor that, and to meld my two addictions, I’ve written a short story that I’m offering for free to any newsletter subscribers.NBcoverC

New Beginnings

Redefining love in a post-apocalyptic world

When the world is dying, your only focus is on survival. The war might be behind them, but the battle continues as Cait and Tom search for a safe place to love each other and raise their twin daughters.

If you’d like to be the first to hear about new stories and get your copy of New Beginnings, sign up here. As well, keep an eye out for forthcoming pre-order links for Birthright!

Enlightenment, Earth Legacy 2

It’s here! The second story in the Earth Legacy series is now widely available in eBook and print formats.

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What the story is about…

The past is only forgotten until it invades your present.

For Kaiden Darcy, duty is everything. As True-named protector, he’s tasked with the safety of his home and Rianthe Royan, the prophesied one designated to save Earth from surrendering to the darkness.

Except Rianthe’s powers are stifled by some unknown cause. She needs help, so she follows a cryptic clue seeking insight. As she struggles to master her magic, the brother she raised from a babe disappears.

Kaiden, realizing the urgency of Rianthe’s quest, leaves his own responsibilities behind to go in search of the boy, unaware that search will bring him face to face with bad blood. Family blood. His blood.

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And coming soon…Birthright, the trilogy’s finale.

For Fantasy Fans…

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On February 15, 2019, the first story in a dystopian fantasy series will be released, and it’s available for pre-order now!

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What it’s about…

Earth is dying. One person can save it. If only she knew how.

Guilt-ridden druid trainee Rianth Royan is on the run. From a Dark druid, from a betrayal, and mostly, from herself. She is not who they think she is. How can she be? She has no powers.

Earth is dying. Only she can free the magic intended to heal the earth before it’s eternally bound to the darkness. And only one person can protect Rianth while she seeks her magic. Kaiden Darcy, True-Named protector. Friend. Betrayer.

Together, Rianth and Kaiden must gather their allies, safeguard a magical talisman, and find Rianth’s suppressed powers to conquer a powerful evil. If they fail, Earth and every living creature will perish…

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New Romance Release…

Lost and Found, a reunion romance novella, now available.

I loved writing this story. Several years ago, an attic scene came to me. I didn’t know the story around that scene and had other projects going at the time. So I filed it away. In 2018, I dug it out and wrote the story around that scene. Finally. It makes my smile wide to give Sarah and Rick their chance.

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This time, he’ll risk everything to convince her to give them a chance.

What the story’s about…

Sarah Bannon has had it with city life.

Ready to kick start her new business and her life, she returns to the small town she’d left eleven years ago. Her first client turns out to be the boy next door, the one who completely ignored her in high school, crushing her teenage heart. Except he wasn’t a boy any longer.

Silence didn’t help Rick Larson back then. Now that fate had brought her back into his life,  he didn’t intend to squander this second chance. He’d waited too long for this moment, so this time, he had a plan.

Will their small town roots give them a chance for a fresh start?

Where you can find it…

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I hope, if you get a chance to read this story, that you enjoy it. Please consider leaving an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever you prefer is always appreciated.

Thanks!

Laurie Ryan

Christmas in Icicle Falls by Sheila Roberts (Romance/Small town life)

I thought I’d offer some holiday warmth in my review this month. It’s been rainy and cool in the Pacific Northwest. I hope your weather is mild and not causing you problems. And I wish you all a peaceful holiday season filled with laughter and love.

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My Thoughts:

I loved this book. Ms. Roberts seamlessly weaves multiple characters’ lives and growth into a heartwarming holiday tale. I especially love the ugly-tree project. It’s got me looking at things differently. Muriel’s angst was spot-on, and Sienna and her son wrapped their lives around my heart. I’ve been a fan of Sheila Roberts for a long time and this story reminded me of the reason why. It’s a highly recommend from me.

What the story’s about (author blurb):

When Muriel Sterling released her new book, A Guide to Happy Holidays, she felt like the queen of Christmas. She’s thrilled when the new tree she ordered online arrives and is eager to show it off—until she gets it out of the box and realizes it’s a mangy dud. But rather than give up on the ugly tree, Muriel decides to make a project out of it. As she pretties up her tree, she realizes there’s a lesson to be learned: everything and everyone has potential. Maybe even her old friend Arnie, who’s loved her for years. Except, she’s not the only one seeing Arnie’s potential…

Meanwhile, Muriel’s ugly-tree project has also inspired her friends. Sienna Moreno is trying to bring out the best in the grouchy man next door, who hates noise, hates kids and hates his new neighbors. And while Olivia Claussen would love to send her obnoxious new daughter-in-law packing, she’s adjusting her attitude and trying to discover what her son sees in the girl. If these women can learn to see the beauty in the “ugly trees” in their lives, perhaps this might turn out to be the happiest holiday yet.

Click here for more information about Sheila.

Dewey the Cat

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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron (All ages, but there’s a circle of life aspect that parents should consider before reading with children.)

This was a book that I knew my husband would want to be part of, so I read this story out loud, one chapter at a time, my voice choking up at moments and one laugh or tear shed each evening. Dewey (as in “Dewey read more books”) grabbed hold of our hearts. It is a true story and is profound in its depiction that all earth’s inhabitants are sacred. I highly, highly recommend this story, but be sure to have a box of Kleenex handy.

 What the story’s about (author blurb):

Dewey’s story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.

 

Click here for more information about Dewey.

Fool’s Gold by Cari Davis (historical romantic suspense)

Where did October go? It usually goes by slowly for me, mostly because Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday. But it went. For me, it was full of edits and blurb-writing. Oh, and a cover for the first in my fantasy series, releasing February, 2019.

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I’m so, so grateful to the graphic artist who designed this. Thank you, Bethany Maines of liltdesign.com!

I picked up a historical story a while back and got pulled right into it. Fool’s Gold is the debut story for Cari Davis and I’ve clicked that “Follow” button on Bookbub so I can grab her next story when it comes out.

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I was completely entertained by this story. It feels well-written, well-researched, and like the author has a good grasp of the 1800’s. Honestly, it completely distracted me. Melissa Bertrand is a strong, passionate woman in an era where that is not looked kindly on. And Sebastian’s protective instincts hit high gear when she’s put in a dangerous position. I loved the progression of their relationship and the plot grabbed me from the beginning. Honestly, I loved this story. There’s a lot at stake for a lot of people and I had to know how it turned out.

Here’s what the story is all about (Author blurb):

Penniless and estranged from her wealthy family in New Orleans, Widow Doña Melissa Bertrand de Cabrillo must barter her way from California to Louisiana in order to save her niece, even if it means posing as the wife of a perfect stranger.

Gold miner and banker Sebastian Henderson needs to find a wife soon . . . or at least a woman willing to play the role. Doña Melissa provides the perfect solution, but sharing a cabin with the tempting southern belle proves more challenging than their bargain—and more dangerous—after a passenger aboard their steamship is murdered. Melissa is convinced the death is connected to her family’s events in New Orleans.

Thrown together by necessity, united by love, Melissa and Sebastian must unravel a murderous scheme threatening to tear them apart.

Click here for Cari’s website