Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Teaser Tuesday! First look at Yellowstone Origins

It's been a while, but I thought I'd bring Teaser Tuesdays back. I'm currently working on two books - the third Blemished Brides (In His Arms), and also Book #6 in the Yellowstone Romance Series. I've had a three-book spin-off to the Yellowstone Series in mind for quite a long time (over a year), and up until recently, I wasn't sure whether to make these books part of the series. Well, I finally made a decision. The three books will be part of the Yellowstone Romance Series, so Books 6, 7, and 8. 

Book 6 is called Yellowstone Origins, and here is a short teaser:

Riley shot a hasty look over her shoulder, then turned back to the ranger. She stepped closer, and leaned forward, folding her forearms over the counter.
“I’m not here for a permit,” she confessed. Her gaze darted to the nametag on his uniform.
Daniel Osborne. There couldn’t be more than one, could there?
His brows rose even higher, and he looked at her expectedly.
Riley straightened. She cocked her head slightly, and pointed her finger at him. She should come right out and ask him, but her academic mind took over.
“You have an interesting last name,” she said. “Looks like we have something in common.”
“We do?” Dan Osborne leaned forward, and looked her in the eye. “Is your name Osborne?”
Riley laughed, and shook her head. “No, but our names have similar meaning.” She reached her hand out to him. “Riley Bernard.”
Dan hesitated. His eyes narrowed, then he shook it. His large hand nearly swallowed hers. He waited.
“Your name, it literally means ‘bear god’.” She sniggered. “And my name means ‘brave, or hardy bear’. I’m not sure I fit that description, though.”
Dan’s brows furrowed. Yeah, he was thinking she was nuts. She waved her hand in front of her face. She was doing it again. Acting all nerdy when she was nervous, trying to impress someone with trivial knowledge.
“Why exactly did you come to the ranger station, Riley?”
She glanced over her shoulder again, then leaned toward him over the counter.
“I need a favor,” she whispered.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Timeline for the Yellowstone and Teton Romance Series

I've received multiple requests lately for a recommendation on the order my books in the Yellowstone and Teton Romance Series should be read, since there is cross-over with characters in both series. These cross-overs aren't in all the book, but certainly in a few. The two series are closely related in where they are set (Yellowstone and the Tetons), and the time period (early to mid 1800's) and subject matter (mountain men and fur trappers, and wilderness adventure), and I love bringing characters from one series to make cameo appearances in the other. Since I wrote the Yellowstone Series first, there are obviously more cross-overs in the Teton books, but in my latest Yellowstone release, Yellowstone Homecoming, I brought the Walker family into the story for a quick cameo. 

So, here is what I've put together to sort of mesh the two series into one timeline. 

Timeline for the Yellowstone and Teton Romance Series

Title                                     Main Characters              Cross-over characters
                                             (secondary characters)            (either cameos or mentions)

**Yellowstone Heart Song           Daniel Osborne, Aimee Donovan                        none
            (1810)                                                (Jana, Dan, Elk Runner)

Yellowstone Christmas              Aimee, Daniel, Matthew, Zach, Sam                    none
         (1815)                                      Elk Runner

Teton Sunrise                             Alex Walker and Evie Lewis              Daniel Aimee, Sarah, Matthew, 
       (1828)                                                                                                        Zach

**Yellowstone Redemption          Sarah Osborne, Chase Russell                           none
              (1835)                                (Daniel, Aimee, Elk Runner, Matthew
                                                          Zach, Samuel)


Yellowstone Homecoming          Matthew Osborne, Adelle Witmer         Alex, Evie, Lucas, Joseph  
            (1838)                                (Daniel, Aimee, Sarah, Chase, Zach)

Yellowstone Season of Giving        Elk Runner, Little Bird                                     none
             (1850)                                   (Osborne clan and Russell clan)

Teton Splendor                           Joseph Walker, Sophia Yancey         Chase, Samuel, Summer Rain
      (1853)                                               (Alex, Evie, Lucas)                       Kyle, Kara, Zach, Josh

Yellowstone Proposal               Kara Russell, Ethan Donelly                       Lucas Walker
          (1854)                                                 (Zach Osborne)

Teton Sunset                             Lucas Walker, Victoria Williams                              none
    (1855)                                            (Alex, Evie, Joseph, Sophia)

Teton Season of Joy                Alex, Evie, Sophie, Joseph, Lucas, Tori, Daniel, Aimee,     
          (1856)                                   Sarah, Chase (plus children)                    

Yellowstone Awakening            Kyle Russell, Kate Ellen Deveraux                         none
        (1871)                                           (Sarah, Chase, Samuel, Zach)

Yellowstone Dawn                       Josh Osborne, Danica Jensen                              none
        (1877)                                  (Kyle, Kate, Sarah, Samuel, Chase)

**Yellowstone Deception              Dan Osborne, Jana Evans                                   none
         (2011/1811)                             (Daniel, Aimee, Elk Runner)

**Yellowstone Promise               Chase, Sarah, Daniel, Aimee, Dan, Jana               none

**Yellowstone Origins                            Cameron, Riley (Jana, Dan)                        none                      

(** denotes time travel )

To be continued…..