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Why Romance Novels Are The Most Popular Books in the World #documentary #indie #LaurieKahn

Laurie Kahn (left) looking at pictures with production assistant Riley Davis (center) and production coordinator Julia Hines. Photo: Sean Proctor/Boston Globe

Laurie Kahn (left) with production assistant Riley Davis (centre) and production coordinator Julia Hines.
Photo: Sean Proctor/Boston Globe

Laurie Kahn is a documentary filmmaker whose latest film explores the world of romance fiction and romance writers. It’s called LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS and it was just released last month. Laurie Kahn is also the Project Director of THE POPULAR ROMANCE PROJECT, which includes the doc film LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS, about the global community of women who write and read romance novels as well as a large interactive website exploring popular romance across time Love-Between-the-Coversand across cultures, a nationwide library program with the American Library Association, and a symposium on the deep roots of romance fiction and its future in the digital age at the Library of Congress.Kahn is known for making documentary films that explore fascinating aspects of popular culture and women’s issues. Kahn’s film A MIDWIFE’S TALE was part of PBS’s The American Experience series and won numerous awards including a national Emmy for Outstanding Non-fiction. Her more recent film, TUPPERWARE! won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for a national Best Nonfiction Director Emmy. Both films are used in courses on women’s history, medical history, early American history, obstetrics, midwifery, 20th century history, marketing and gender studies. Kahn also conceived of and produced an award winning website, DoHistory.org, that immerses its users in the hands-on process of piecing together the life of an extraordinary person in the past. Kahn’s film company, Blueberry Hill Productions, was founded in 1992. During the 1980s and early 1990s, she worked on many award-winning documentary series, including The American Experience, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965, and Frontline Special Report: Crisis in Central America. For the past four years Kahn has directed the Creativity Foundation. She has also been a consultant for the American Film Institute, The Smithsonian Institution, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before working in film, she worked in radio for NPR’s evening news program All Things Considered.

LP: What inspired you to make the documentary LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS?

Laurie Kahn's film A MIDWIFE'S TALE was broadcast on PBS

Laurie Kahn’s film A MIDWIFE’S TALE was broadcast on PBS

LK: As a documentary filmmaker, I want to bring the lives and work of strong, interesting women to the screen, because women’s stories aren’t being told nearly often enough!  I am also very aware that any industry dominated by women is typically dismissed as trivial and “merely domestic.”  My previous films — A Midwife’s Tale and Tupperware! – are very different from one another, but they were both shaped by my desire to look honestly at communities of women who haven’t been taken seriously (but should be), who deserve to be heard without being mocked.

When I learned that the romance fiction community is global, successful, and almost entirely female, my ears perked up. I began doing research, and I discovered a group of women who’ve built a remarkable community — and also a multi-billion dollar business.

Panel discussion after a screening of LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

Panel discussion after a screening of LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

LP: How has the romance community responded to your film?

LK: There have been almost 100 very successful screenings of Love Between the Covers — in libraries, community centers, and movie theaters in cities across the US, and around the world.  The big romance publications — Romantic Times, USA Today’s HEA, the American Library Association and many romance blogs — have raved about the film.  I get email and social media messages from readers and authors who I don’t know, all the time.  And since the film’s wide release on various platforms on July 12, I hope to hear from many more!

LP: Who are the authors that you follow in LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS? And what was it like meeting them and talking to them?

LK: I wanted to find a broad range of characters, to challenge the two-dimensional stereotypes of romance authors and readers.  I was looking for authors with diverse backgrounds and diverse day-jobs.  After shooting dozens of interviews, I had to narrow down my list of potential main characters. And that was incredibly difficult, since so many of the women I’d been interviewing were funny, smart, and interesting.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30:  Laurie Kahn (L) and Eloisa James attend the AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss the documentary "Love Between the Covers" at AOL Studios In New York on June 30, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic) (Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 30: Laurie Kahn (L) and Eloisa James attend the AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss the documentary “Love Between the Covers” at AOL Studios In New York on June 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic) (Getty Images)

The main characters we finally chose to follow in Love Between the Covers are:

  • Mary Bly– Tenured Shakespeare professor by day, bestselling romance author Eloisa James by night.
  • Len Barot– Surgeon, farmer, publisher, and well-known author of lesbian romance fiction, writing under the pen names Radclyffe and L.L. Raand.
  • Beverly Jenkins– Pioneer of African American romance, author of historical, suspense and inspirational romances.
  • Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley – Best friends, divorcees, single mothers, and New York Times bestselling writing partners.
  • Joanne Lockyer– A young Australian environmental consultant and aspiring romance author trying to publish her first novel.

* Nora Roberts– Often called the Queen of Romance. One can’t make a film about the romance community without Nora!

But lots of other writers play important roles in the film.  We got terrific interviews with Jayne Ann Krentz, Jennifer Crusie, Robyn Carr, Brenda Jackson, Suzanne Brockmann, Bella Andre, Sherry Thomas, Kristan

Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Jodi Thomas, and many more.  For a list of all of the authors we interviewed, you can check out lovebetweenthecovers.com/main-characters.

Nora Roberts interview clip from LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

Nora Roberts interview clip from LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

I had a blast meeting and getting to know all of them!

LP: Tell us about the production itself – how was it funded and is this doc part of a bigger series or a special academic project you are working on?

LK: Back in 2010, I dreamt up the Popular Romance Project which includes 1. the website PopularRomanceProject.org, 2. the Library of Congress conference What is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age (you can see the conference program and watch all four amazing panel discussions at http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/loc-con), 3. the film Love Between the Covers, and 4. a nationwide program of screenings of the film at public libraries, universities, and community centers.

Check out the trailer for LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

Check out the trailer for LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

The project was funded by hundreds of generous Kickstarter supporters, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mass Humanities, the Nora Roberts Foundation, an RWA scholar grant, the Freed Foundation, Amazon’s foundation, Harlequin (they supported the conference), and dozens of other foundations.

The sneak preview of Love Between the Covers took place in the historic Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress in February of 2015. I’m proud of organizing the first-ever conference on romance fiction hosted by the Library of Congress!  And I’m grateful to all of my partners on this project: the Library of Congress, the Center for History and New Media, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance.

LP: How do you define a romance novel?

LK: The Romance Writers of America define a romance novel as a novel with a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. So that’s the definition I worked with!

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was a “contemporary romance author”  in her time and the “originator” of the now hugely popular Regency Romance

LP: When did you start reading romance and why do you love it?

LK: I was a big reader of Victoria Holt, Elizabeth Goudge, and Jane Austen when I was in junior high school.  I was intrigued by the Brontes, and immersed myself in the imaginary world the Bronte sisters created when they were young.  When I got to high school I became an avid reader of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Thomas Mann, James Baldwin, Herman Melville, and many others — mostly men, since very few women were deemed worthy of “the canon” back then.  In college, my reading shifted to non-fiction (I was a philosophy major and I wanted to be a journalist.)  For years I read non-fiction and short stories. Plunging into the romance world has allowed me to plunge back into long-form fiction!

LP: Why is romance fiction important for women? In your opinion is it empowering? Is it feminist?

LK: I think romance fiction is empowering.  This is one of the few places where women are always center stage, where they get what they want, justice prevails, and the broad spectrum of desires of women from all backgrounds are not feared, but explored unapologetically.

Film screening and panel of Love Between The Covers

Film screening and panel of Love Between The Covers

LP: When and where can we expect to see LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS? Any upcoming screenings?

LK: Love Between the Covers was officially released on July 12!  It’s all been very exciting!  The film is now available for purchase at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, X-box, VUDU, DirecTV, FandangoNOW, Kaleidescape, AT&T U-verse, cable on demand, satellite TV and many other platforms!  Here are the links for Amazon and iTunes:

http://radi.al/LBTCAmazon

and http://radi.al/LBTCiTunes).

You can find info about upcoming public screenings at: lovebetweenthecovers.com/screenings.

LP: Tell us about some memorable moments that happened during filming of LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS?

Nora Roberts and R. C. Ryan / Ruth Ryan Langan on rooming together at the very first Romance Writers of America conference and becoming life-long friends.

Nora Roberts and R. C. Ryan / Ruth Ryan Langan on rooming together at the very first Romance Writers of America conference and becoming life-long friends.

LK: It took us a few years to get our interview with Nora Roberts, but when we did, she was open and funny and willing to talk about subjects she’s never been asked about.  A woman was sitting outside the hotel room where I was doing the interview.  I asked who she was, and Nora told me it was Ruth Langan, a romance writer she met 30 years earlier at the very first conference of the Romance Writers of America.  They roomed together then, and have been sharing a room at the national conference ever since! Clearly Nora, a multi-millionaire, does not have to share a room with anyone!  But I thought their friendship said a lot about the loyalty and camaraderie of the romance community. I invited Ruth into the room and then interviewed the two of them together. Our interview with Nora is unlike any other interview with her that I’ve seen.  She openly discussed her childhood, shared hilarious stories about her early days as a writer, explained how the romance industry has changed, and discussed her writing process.

Laurie Kahn's next project is a feature-length documentary film following Y2Y (Young Adults Uniting to End Homelessness).

Laurie Kahn’s next project is a feature-length documentary film following Y2Y (Young Adults Uniting to End Homelessness).

LP: What’s coming up for you – tell us what you’re working on next?

LK: My next film project is about a homeless shelter called Y2Y (Youth-to-Youth) — created for young adults and staffed by volunteer university students the same ages as their homeless guests. I will document Y2Y’s obstacles, hard choices, and triumphs over the next three years as homeless young adults and idealistic university students work together to create a safe environment for an extremely vulnerable population. It’s a wildly ambitious attempt to come up with a better model for dealing with homeless youth, and the students running the operation hope to inspire other students to replicate what they are doing at universities around the country.  It’s an important subject.  And the students and homeless guests are inspiring. For more info: blueberryhillproductions.com/y2y.

A romance novel cover photo shoot featured in LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

A romance novel cover photo shoot featured in LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

LP: Bonus: Who do you fangirl over? 

LK: Sorry to be geeky but I fangirl over beautifully made, interesting, entertaining documentary films.  When I see one, I’m jazzed for days.

LP: Where do you enjoy tucking into a good romance novel?

LK: On a hammock between two big trees in my yard.  In the winter, you can’t beat a comfy chair in front of a fireplace!”

An excerpt from our interview with romance author Beverly Jenkins, who gave us some insight into where her characters come from.

An excerpt from our interview with romance author Beverly Jenkins, who gave us some insight into where her characters come from.

Connect with filmmaker Laurie Kahn on her website for Blueberry Hill Productions, on facebook and twitter, and through

The buy link for Love Between the Covers is http://radi.al/LBTC

You can check out the film trailer for LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS AT: –https://vimeo.com/167886547 

You can see ALL the different places where the film is now available for purchase or viewing at:lovebetweenthecovers.com/filmrelease as well as watch excerpts from the film AND fabulous bonus videos with footage that did not make it into the film!

Authors: Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley in an excerpt from LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

Authors: Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley in an excerpt from LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

If you watch the film LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS take the time to rate and review it at Amazon, iTunes and GooglePlay!  It will make a big difference for this wonderful indie documentary film!!!

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Three amazing women find love in the Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy Boxed Set #special #amreading #romance #western #99cents

boxsetTODAY’S REVOLVING BOOK is an AMAZING BOXED SET DEAL (.99 cents) featuring the first three books in the WYOMING WILDFLOWERS series by USA Today Bestselling author PATRICIA McLINN.

Contemporary western romance at its best.

WHERE YOU CAN GET IT:

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ABOUT THE BOOKS IN THIS BOXED SET:

Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy

Book 1 — Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush)

Book 2 — Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed)

Book 3 — My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold)

“The characters in this series were clamoring away in my head for their stories, but I hadn’t yet found the thread to tie them together. When I picked up a linen dishtowel I’d brought back from a research trip to Wyoming — there they were: Wyoming Wildflowers.” ~PATRICIA McLINN

ABOUT THE STORIES:

Wildflowers have to be strong and resilient to bloom amid the rugged beauty of Wyoming – and so do the women.

51Xp9y8+o0L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ALMOST A BRIDE

Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she’s returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family’s ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.

Matty’s up to something – Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he’ll provide it. Doing what’s best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can’t resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-dos — a kiss as fiery as the flame-red Indian Paintbrush that’s always reminded him of Matty.

Maybe – just maybe – his Matty will become more to him than Almost a Bride.

614XI9hSQBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_MATCH MADE IN WYOMING

When fire ravages Wyoming land, fireweed is among the first plants to return, brightening the blighted area with the joy of its blooms. Can Taylor Anne Larsen pull off a similar miracle for the pain-ravaged heart and disbelieving soul of ranch foreman Cal Ruskoff? Armed with the same grace and grit as the wildflower fireweed, Taylor also has allies – a matchmaking friend, the Wyoming winter, high-octane mutual attraction, and a rescued puppy who slips past Cal’s defenses.

Cal might give in to passion temporarily, but from behind the wall he’s built around his past and his secrets, he’s certain Taylor is all that he can’t let himself have. And he’ll use all his weapons to keep her out.

51++tOYxdyL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_MY HEART REMEMBERS

Lisa Currick was once as bright and open as the sunny Bur Marigold wildflower of her native Wyoming. That’s how New York City Detective Shane Garrison has remembered her since she figured in his first investigation eight years ago. But when he arrives in her hometown determined to resolve the final element of that case, he discovers the girl he’s remembered has become a very different woman.

Don’t miss any of the titles in this heartwarming collection of contemporary western romances with plenty of humor!

AND THE WILDFLOWERS JUST KEEP BLOOMING!

Wyoming Wildflowers Series  (BOOK LIST)

Prequel — Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Snowberry)

Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush)

Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed)

My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold)

A New World (prequel to Jack’s Heart)

Jack’s Heart (Yellow Monkeyflower)

Rodeo Nights (prequel to Where Love Lives)

Where Love Lives: The Inheritance (Threadleaf Phacelia)

If you enjoy reading about strong women and the men who love them,

you’ll love this acclaimed Wyoming Wildflowers collection – a trilogy of novels with touches of humor.

If you enjoy reading about strong women and the men who love them, you’ll love this acclaimed Wyoming Wildflowers collection – a trilogy of novels with touches of humor.

5-STAR REVIEWS:

ABOUT PATRICIA McLINN: 

USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s novels — cited by reviewers for warmth, wit and vivid characterization – have won numerous regional and national awards and been on national bestseller lists.

In addition to her romance and women’s fiction books, Patricia is the author of the Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series, which adds a touch of humor and romance to figuring out whodunit.

Patricia received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University. She was a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.), assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.) and — for 20-plus years — an editor at The Washington Post. She has spoken about writing from Melbourne, Australia to Washington, D.C., including being a guest-speaker at the Smithsonian Institution.

She is now living in Northern Kentucky, and writing full-time. Patricia loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook and Twitter.

CONNECT WITH PATRICIA McLINN ONLINE:

Twitter: @PatriciaMcLinn

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Three strong heroines and the heroes who love them THE WYOMING WILDFLOWERS BOXED SET by Patricia McLinn #amreading #western #romance #99cents

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A bestselling romance author falls for the sexy male model on her book cover #amreading #RebeccaHeflin #ValentinesDay #romance

DreamsofPerfection2_850TODAY’S VALENTINE’S WEEK REVOLVING BOOK FEATURES THE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE DREAMS OF PERFECTION BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR REBECCA HEFLIN.

GET IT ON AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1QWCkX0

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Best-selling romance writer Darcy Butler is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight. 

Successful lawyer Josh Ryan is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy. 

But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?

REBECCA HEFLIN AUTHOR:

Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.

Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.

AWARDS:
2014 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award Winner (Dreams of Perfection)
2013 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award Winner (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Winner (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Virginia Romance Writers Holt Medallion Award of Merit (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Georgia Romance Writers Published Maggie Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Shooting Star Award (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers’ Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)
2011 Royal Palm Literary Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)

CONNECT WITH REBECCA HEFLIN ONLINE:

Website: www.rebeccaheflin.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaHeflinBooks
Twitter: @RebeccaHeflin
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rheflinbooks/

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A Jane Austenite travels to England and finds her own Mr. Darcy #amreading #RebeccaHeflin #ValentinesDay #romancenovel

Promise of Change New CoverTHIS WEEK AT REVOLVING BOOK WE ARE HAVING A VALENTINE’S WEEK SPECIAL FEATURING THE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES OF AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR REBECCA HEFLIN.

TODAY’S REVOLVING BOOK IS

THE PROMISE OF CHANGE

GET IT ON AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1TO9YB8

ABOUT THE BOOK: Sarah Edwards loves stability, but now finds life has other plans for her. Divorced, bored, and twitchy, she’s convinced her impulsive, sometimes irrational decisions are the sign of a mid-life crisis, and the contradictory actions and emotions are giving her family and friends mental whiplash. Her abrupt resignation from her job is the final straw. But a two-week trip to England seems the perfect pick-me-up for this Anglophile and Austenite. 

Enter Alex Fraser, a.k.a. the Earl of Rutherford, who although a member of the lucky sperm club, prefers to be known for what he’s accomplished, rather than a fate of birth. Despite his family’s disapproval, he is determined to work in his chosen profession of acting. He’s always preferred casual flings with beautiful women who have no illusions of marriage. That is until he literally bumps into Sarah in an Oxford pub. 

Despite an idyllic week together, Sarah gets cold feet and returns to the States determined to come back down to reality. A year later, the realization of Sarah’s life-long dream unexpectedly brings Alex back into her life, in what she believes is an ironic twist of fate. Will Sarah’s decisions leave her life in shambles, or will they lead to the promise of change?

REBECCA HEFLIN AUTHOR:

Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.

Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.

AWARDS:
2014 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award Winner (Dreams of Perfection)
2013 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award Winner (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Winner (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Virginia Romance Writers Holt Medallion Award of Merit (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Georgia Romance Writers Published Maggie Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Shooting Star Award (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers’ Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)
2011 Royal Palm Literary Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)

CONNECT WITH REBECCA HEFLIN ONLINE:

Website: www.rebeccaheflin.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaHeflinBooks
Twitter: @RebeccaHeflin
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rheflinbooks/

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A widow leaves her ranch behind for a new job but can she find a new love? #amreading #western #romance #DeAnnSmallwood

41IcKDoAQSL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_Today’s Revolving Book is the contemporary western romance Tears In The Wind by DeAnn Smallwood.

Get it on Amazon 

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SYNOPSIS:
Leanna turns her back on the fresh grave of her husband, Leon, and heads to her car, to leave Colorado in search of a new life. She has bittersweet memories of her married life, particularly those years she and Leon spent developing and working a small Colorado ranch. Once they were forced from their spread, by wealthy, powerful speculators, Leon lost all sense of promise, and became increasingly depressed as the months passed. Leanna is unable to bring Leon back to a belief in himself and the future.

Leanna carries the secret of her husband’s death while working steadily for a year in a small law firm in Wyoming. Was Leon’s death an accident? He’d driven the mountain road many times before and was always a cautious driver. Did she make a mistake in not letting him see her pain in losing their ranch. Was her desire to shield him from even more hurt wrong? And the biggest question of all, did he think he’d lost her, too? These thoughts torture Leanna. She is content with her new life, but it is also clear she has a cold reserve and that she keeps her distance from loving anyone again.

Then Matt Forrister enters the law office where Leanna is a para-legal. He is everything Leanna has come to fear and loathe. He is wealthy and good-looking and owns one of the biggest ranches in the area. He is also her bosses friend. She immediately despises this man, yet, at the same time, she feels an overwhelming attraction to him. She can’t help but put him in the same category as the wealthy and powerful speculators that forced her from her ranch. Matt is puzzled, angered, and mesmerized by Leanna. He is drawn to her stunning beauty. He is attracted to her spirit. Thoughts of Leanna run like electricity through him.

Matt and Leanna’s boss conspire to bring Leanna to Matt’s ranch, the Lazy Seven, nestled in the Big Horn Mountains outside of Sheridan, Wyoming. In spite of her conflicting emotions, Leanna is swept into the beauty of everything. She beholds the vision of the dream she and Leon shared so hopelessly. The beautiful horses, the ranch, the man. Still, Leanna holds back frightened by the prospect of falling for a man who seems to mirror everything she had come to hate. The volatile mix of restraint and passion guides both Matt and Leanna through the chapters that follow. Leanna comes to appreciate and trust the hardworking rancher, the passionate and caring man, who has never known the true love of a woman. Matt loves Leanna deeply.

Leanna returns to Colorado and once again faces the heartbreak and rush of memories. She faces Leon’s grave and seeks his understanding and forgiveness. She returns to “Sheridan and Matt, exhausted from grief and rekindled memory, but beginning to heal. Leanna faces Matt, opens her heart and tells him her reason for her deep sense of shame and fear.They face one another, open and unafraid, clear about their desires and love.

AUTHOR BIO:

DeAnn Smallwood lives in Colorado with her husband, Marvin and their two Yorkies, Stormy and Eli. She has the support and pleasure of family surrounding her. DeAnn is a native of Colorado, but lived several years in the beautiful states of Wyoming and Montana. She draws from this time for many of her novels. Her greatest pleasure next to writing is having her books read and enjoyed.

Historical romances by DeAnn are: Montana Star, Sapphire Blue, Unconquerable Callie, and Wyoming Heather. Then, changing genres, DeAnn wrote a suspense/thriller under her pen name of: D. M. Wood. Death Crosses The Finish Line, is the first in a series of three ‘Death’ novels. Her second in this series, Death Is A Habit, will be out later this year.

CONNECT WITH DEANN ONLINE:

FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/DeAnn-Smallwood-also-writing-as-DM-Woods/366637150050917

WEBSITE:
http://www.deannsmallwood.com/

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A broken man. A stubborn woman. A healing love. #amreading #western #DeAnnSmallwood

Final Wyoming Heather 72 dpi - CopyToday’s REVOLVING BOOK is the western historical romance WYOMING HEATHER by DEANN SMALLWOOD. GET IT on  AMAZON. http://amzn.to/1S3TEwr

ABOUT THE BOOK:

He rode alone coming back after five years to an empty cabin, a run-down ranch, and a grave on a hill. A former Texas Ranger burnt out on life and afraid to love. Whip had spent five years hunting the man that took his wife’s life and left him to die.

Heather is a spirited, independent woman living alone on a ranch left to her by her parents. A woman doing a man’s work running a ranch that everyone said couldn’t be done, not in this untamed, vastly unsettled land, in the mid-1800’s. Not only was Heather doing it, but she was doing it well. The ranch was her life. It had everything she needed except water. But she’d managed to overcome even that. She stole it from a neighboring abandoned ranch watched over by a lonely cabin and a grave.

Heather’s life is devoted to her ranch and her love for animals. She is considered a healer, well known throughout the rough and untamed Wyoming country. She has a full life. Then why is it so empty?

Whip vowed he would take up his dream abandoned five years ago and make his beloved ranch profit and to put aside the sweet linger of all memories shared by him and his wife. The ranch would be a jealous mistress occupying his every thought and every minute. He had no time or desire for a woman much less a pair of runaways from The Orphan Train who stowed away on Whip’s wagon and onto the Powder River Ranch.

Whip and Heather meet in an explosive moment on the banks of the Powder River, reacting to one another like fire and wind. But, underlying the tangles over property rights, there’s a chemistry between the two. Both are lonely, both are drawn to one another, and both fight the attraction-Whip, because of memories he’s not ready to put to rest, and Heather, because of her stubborn resolve to succeed as a woman rancher.

But fate heeds no one or no thing. The criminal from Whip’s past reemerges in the present. Now, Heather is in danger and Whip stands, once again, on the cusp of loss. Fate shows a strong, willful woman, full of love and compassion, just what she’s been missing in her life. And it shows a calloused Texas Ranger that Heather and love does flourish on the Wyoming plains.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I live in Colorado with my husband and my two Yorkie kid dogs: Stormy, four pounds, and Eli, six pounds. I’m a native of Colorado, but I’ve lived several years in Wyoming and Montana. My historical romances are: Montana Star, Sapphire Blue, Unconquerable Callie, and Wyoming Heather. Tears In The Wind is a contemporary romance. Then I changed genres from my beloved romances and wrote, under the pen name of D. M. Woods my first suspense/thriller: Death Crosses The Finish Line. The second book in this ‘death’ series, Death Is A Habit, will be out later this year. Truly, I mean it when I say my greatest pleasure next to writing is having my books read and enjoyed. There are many more stories just waiting to be written and enjoyed.

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