2017 Facebook is out. Find out why.

Tired of money grubbing powers that be letting their social media sites be a stage for the worst our society has to offer? Me too.
The following post and header is now on three of my longtime Facebook pages.

facebook-good-bye-2“Facebook has long not been worth time spent. It has also become a social media dump for hate mongers, fake news, and horrendous live feeds. Most recently the beating and torture of a mentally disabled young man. This site and my other FB pages will no longer be active. I will not disable them, so the names on the sites can’t be used by others.

Good bye my FB friends. You can still follow this horsewoman and author on my blog. http://jackieanton.com or on Twitter https://twitter.com/backyardhorse .”

Book Giveaways, previews, and Mail Chimp managed Newsletter sign up can be accomplished at instsafreebie. Check my blog for more info.

Here are two books currently on instafreebie “Wind River Refuge” the 2015 winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards romance category has been extended until Jan 28th of 2017. Facebook friends who followed me to this blog still have a chance to select this e-book at https://instafreebie.com/free/zThNQ Front Cover.4503670

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Second book at the site is book one of the “Troubles in Love-Land Series.” https://instafreebie.com/free/K7C5R

I will update my books and plans for future releases in the next post.

Jackie Anton

Cleveland connections round two…..

This update on the Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio connection conundrum in regards to locations in my published works is a few months later than anticipated. The marketing idea kept rolling around in the back of my overtaxed brain while my life spiraled out of control.

Our grandchildren stayed with us this past summer. Now both their mom and her sister have passed their fortieth birthdays. It has been a few decades since my husband and I have had to ferry kids to tennis, ballgames, or other commitments. By the time they returned to Houston for school we were a bit ragged and frayed around the edges. I was slipping farther behind my writing and marketing goals.

Early September I was informed by the administrator of the Parma Snow Road Library that my books, “Wind River Refuge” and “Cassandra:Night Shades” had been selected for the Indie Author Conference and Showcase on Saturday November 12, 2016. I had to decide how to handle the local aspect of my work to attract the folks browsing those of us participating in the showcase during the afternoon.

Two weeks prior to the event I found on Shutterstock what I thought would fit the bill, and purchased a large size of the selected background page for the following 6 feet tall banner.

follow-our-heroinesCanva allowed me to upload the Cleveland background and overlay my cover images. The text selections on Canva worked well for adding a blurb at the top.

Well the results proved successful, and I now have both books in new reader’s hands. A good start for attracting Holiday book buyers.

Another update on the Cassandra front: the new laminated hardcover proof arrived on the day before the Showcase. I will okay the proof on Monday, and hope to have have it in time for some of the Christmas shoppers.

Update you soon on special package deals.

 

Thanks for visiting.

Jackie Anton

Author website:http://talesbyjackie.com
J.Anton’s autographed books: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
Autographs for online purchases and e-books:
http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse
Independent Authors Network Author Page:
http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

Explore Jax’s Cleveland connection….

Start with this awesome radio spot for The Book of the Month.

Wind River Refuge Radio Commercial:

Then follow the Independent Author Network link on this blog page to find the February discounts on this award winning book. Special offer the Wind River Refuge e-book can be found embedded within the interview on the author profile page.

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Book of the Month info will be sent within 24 hours to email addresses of those signed up for my newsletter. The Smashword coupon code will be in the mailing.

Click on the J. M. Anton button at my IAN page to view the paperback price for the month.

Please stop back and let me know how you like my new IAN author page and the purchase links for both print and e-books.

Thanks for visiting this blog.

Jackie

Book of the Month revealed…….

2016 is under way, and I am a nearly a week behind on my January e-mail posting for the Book of the Month Club. I just finished a new interview for my Smashword profile and set up the code for “Uncharted Storms.”

Here is the link. http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton to my page. Take a look at the interview while you are there, and then scroll down to “Uncharted Storms.” click on the title, and then enter code RY22U at check out. Save big on the e-book for only $.99.

If you prefer an autographed paperback mailed to you complete with a bookmark go to this link to place your order on a secure site. http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/
Please note: books are mailed only to readers in the U. S. Paperback is reduced through January 31, 2016 for 50% of the retail price. Purchase for only $3.50 plus a small mailing fee.

These offers expire 1/31/16.

If you would like to sign up for my Bookworm Newsletter and take advantage of Book of the Month Club for the rest of the year, e-mail your request to talesbyjackie@yahoo.com.

Uncharted Storm FINAL

 

 

Title:Uncharted Storms:
Sub title:Short Stories of Hearts at Risk

Genre: YA thru Adult

Science fiction, Adventure, Romance

 

Blurb:
Weather is our constant companion, and when it behaves like a benevolent parent we pay little attention to it. Angry or out of control it becomes terrifying and can change the landscape as well as lives. So I asked my characters to take a ride on the wild side of weather. “Uncharted Storms” takes readers on a journey from a gentle summer rain to raging storms in the cosmos.

What if? Erica’s world didn’t come to an end in 2012 while she was in middle school? She manages to make it through college before an apocalyptic event changes her life forever. The science fiction story Terra Beyond 2012 shares Erica’s voyage.

What if? You and your best friend were traveling down the highway on the way home from an extended trip when you are caught in a blinding thunderstorm, and then are hit by lightning? To make matters worse you are injured, and wake in a strange world. Find out what happens to Chris in the tale Riding Lightning.

What if? You were on your way to meet a friend for dinner and caught in a flash flood? That is exactly what happens to Alexandra in the story Flashflood Texas Style.

What if? A boy you haven’t seen in two decades winds up sitting on your front porch? Find out what Casey comes up with on A Rainy Night.

What if? You were caught in on icy, drifted, walks and streets when a skidding car comes directly at you? Find out what happened to eighteen-year-old Annie when she is hit from behind in the short story A Tumble in the Snow.
And if you opted for the paperback version, enjoy the bonus story Wicked Winds.

 

Jackie Anton 2015author photo  2ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Last year began a new marketing effort for Ms. Anton. The marketing hat isn’t as comfortable as her role as a writer, but with three award winning books the sales online lag far behind sales at events and book signings. With the expansion of Smashwords global reach she will try to expand her online marketing in 2016. Keep your eye on this blog for updates. Author Anton also added speaking engagements to her schedule last year, along with visits to book clubs, and scheduled events. She is now scheduling for the first half of 2016 and will travel. Contact at her email for available dates.
Here is some Youtube Fun and a Radio Spot For next months Book of The Month Club.
You Tube This:
Cassandra t: http://youtu.be/_kF_zqq0Uus
Sox Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/ZDGRfxDzOvs
Uncharted Storms http://youtu.be/CTdtZIsYDUM
Bella Training #1 http://youtu.be/cnxmvZOun4w

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Wind River Refuge Radio Commercial:

 

Book Links:
Janton’s Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton
Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/jackieanton
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/jackieanton
Barnes and Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/uncharted-storms-jackie-anton/1118931568?ean=2940045770101

Jackie Anton at Loganberry Books’ Local Author’s Fair

AuthorAlley-art-2015-mAuthor Alley will be part of the annual Larchmere Festival, a community street fair that will also include special sales of antique, vintage and art items by Larchmere merchants, friends and residential neighbors.
Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd.
Shaker Hts., OH 44120
216.795.9800
http://www.loganberrybooks.com

Uncharted Storm FINAL    Author Anton will join other local authors from 12noon to 4:00pm to greet fair goers and book enthusiasts. Authors will be signing their books selected by     Loganberry for this event. Jackie Anton’s Ya to Adult short story collection in “Uncharted Storms” will be available for purchase. Bookmarks will accompany each copy sold on Saturday during the Larchmere Festival.

Uncharted Storms http://youtu.be/CTdtZIsYDUM

Make sure to get your “Loyalty Card” from Jackie to be eligible for free giveaways.Wind River Refuge Cover 4613Wind River Refuge is the adult novel selected for Author Alley.

This mystery thriller with a paranormal twist and a turbulent love affair won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Romance Category. Early reviews are exciting:

5 Star review By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorit:

Wind River Refuge is a romantic suspense novel written by J.M. Anton. It’s 1973, and Jax is on her way home for Christmas break to Wyoming, from the east coast where she attends college. She’s expecting her friend Dexter to be picking her up from the airport in Denver; however, a call to her step-mother Maggie reveals that the dark and brooding Garrett McBride, Dexter’s cousin, is waiting for her at the airport. The two are instantly at odds with each other: he doesn’t approve of her behavior and language, and she doesn’t trust his flying abilities or the plane he came in. Garrett is suffering from PTSD after his service as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Jax was orphaned and abused as a child by her foster-parents. The two are definitely wrong for each other, but somehow sparks keep flying.

J.M. Anton’s romantic suspense novel, Wind River Refuge, is fast-paced and exciting. The setting in Wyoming is stunning and beautiful, and the descriptions of the horses and cattle herding are marvelous. I particularly enjoyed the psychological thriller aspect of Wind River Refuge, and Anton’s original take on the police procedural genre. While this book is classified as a romance, the underlying suspense plot is strong and flows throughout the story. I also enjoyed Garrett’s Native American ancestry and the involvement of his relatives from his mother’s side. Anton creates a lively and plausible world in Wind River Refuge, peopled with real and compelling characters. It’s an enjoyable and suspenseful romantic thriller and is highly recommended.

Comming Events:

Book two of the “Troubles in Love-Land” Series has completed its final revision following the editing process and multiple proof reads. We are awaiting the cover to publish the e-book. Look for release date on this blog within the next two weeks.

Cassandra: Night Shades is slated for release August 31. 2015 at your favorite e-book place of purchase. Smashwords will have it first.

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

I have a request in for a booth at the Medina County Fair August 3 – 9, 2015. More on this later.

Have a terrific Fourth of July.

Stop by at Loganberry if you are able. Click on their link above to find out more about this fascinating bookstore.

Book Links:

Wind River Refuge: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wind-river-refuge-jackie-anton/1115864589?ean=9781493634255

E-book Uncharted Storms: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/uncharted-storms-jackie-anton/1118931568?ean=2940045770101

Print Book for Uncharted Storms:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Uncharted-Storms-Jackie-Anton/dp/1940834333

Jackie’s Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/

E-Book Bargains

Only three days left to load up your e-readers!

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Free & Hugely Discounted Books

Stop by my Smashwords Page before midnight (pacific time) on March 8, to select one of my books. Two are free, and the two newest releases are hugely reduced for Read an E-Book Week. Read excerpts and choose your E-book here:  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

Author’s Note: The Prelude to BYHT3 is a first draft of Love’s tale. This will be your last chance to get the first four chapters free. The prelude will be pulled March 15, 2014 in preparation of the release of the completed tale: “Don’t Call Me Love.” Here is a peek at the cover created by illustrator Sandy Shipley.

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Location of the Smashwords promotional catalog with thousands of free and reduced e-books.  https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1

Hot Cocoa and A Good Book…

 

            What better way to ward of the Artic Chill of the 2014 New Year?

             Today I received the promotional proof of the front and back covers for my soon to be released adult thriller “Wind River Refuge.” The unveiling of the covers for the paperback is at the end of this post.

            The bone chilling winter blast has provided me with an opportunity to catch up and expand my social media efforts. One new expansion is to my Author Den. www.authorsden.com/jackieanton   Visitors and fans can now read short stories and blogs that I post at the site. There is also a new signed copy book store where print editions can be purchased at a discounted price. U.S. residents will have their autographed copy shipped directly to their mailing address.

             Those not U.S. residents, or prefer e-books are able to request a dedicated, autographed cover of the book of their choice from Online Autographs: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse My family friendly award winning “Backyard Horse Tales” books are at both of the above sites, along with my adult novels.

             I took some time away from writing, editing, and revising a few days ago and completed the author interview on Smashwords. The link to the interview is included in the following list. Take a look while you read the synopsis of Wind River Refuge, or one of my other books. Add any questions you would like answered on my email. I will do my best to answer them in a timely manner.

Connect with Jackie Anton in 2014:

Smashwords Interview: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/jackieanton

Smashwords profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

Email: talesbyjackie@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/backyardhorse

BYHT Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Backyard-Horse-Tales/190283981002767

FB adult novel fan page: http://www.facebook.com/authorjmanton?ref=hl

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com

            Stay warm my friends enjoy your hot brew of choice and one of my books.

         As promised, the first look at my soon to be released paperback.

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Adult Reads 18+ for your gift list…

Thanksgiving Day is nearly a week in the past, and shopping days until Christmas are whizzing by. Pick one of these books in print or as an e-book for the adult readers on your gift list. All are available on Amazon or Smashwords.                                                                                                                                       Memoirs are not one of my usual genre, but I found the account of Micki’s life humorous at times, and laughed out loud. I also had to find a box of tissues to keep at hand.

000_bookcover for email normal (3)It is amazing to read the hope, faith and courage this author maintained through the tragic loss of a child. This is a story that should be required for every driver who has a drink and gets behind the wheel, or those who pilot vehicles of death while texting. There are a multitude of distracted and impaired driver offenses that contribute to the early passing of beautiful young people, like Micki’s fourteen-year-old daughter.

“And the Whippoorwill Sang” is and emotional read with many up and downs, as well as twists and turns that rival a winding mountain road. I found myself getting angry on the author’s behalf, chuckling, or out right laughing at her antics, Lucile Ball could have played Micki.

As a mother, indeed a human being, I felt her heartache and sense of loss.

Not a quick read, but well worth a readers time. I found a lot of formatting issues on the kindle version, but the story is well writtenand I highly recommend it.

Author Contacts:

E-Mail: mallie1025@aol.com

http://mallie1025.blogspot.com/

www.linkedin.com/in/mickipeluso

www.facebook.com/micki.peluso

Altercations by Reynold Bowen

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Review Excerpt

 by Jackie Anton

Copyright © 2011 Reynold Bowen

Raider Publishing International

ISBN: 978-1-61667-362-8

     Altercations is a science fiction novel that immerses the reader in the corrupt governing body of the Core. The author presents the question “Is the Government worth being saved?”

Mr. Bowen’s descriptions of the inner and outer planets, their environments and inhabitants make it easy to imagine the book’s futuristic setting. He successfully delves into the age-old battle of good versus evil as well as the uncaring attitude of the extremely wealthy to the daily struggle of the working and poor of society.

In the year 2998 the royal DeMarlonia family over sees a large part of the known galaxy. Intrigue abounds. Power hungry politicians have spies everywhere, but so do the revolutionaries. Within the seat of power lurks the Black Widow who is responsible for the death of millions in the Veiled Grottos. Lesser peoples and political opposition alike are consigned to this painful death.

Take a trip with our reluctant hero from the outer planet of Qwiasrio to the seat of power on what was once known as earth. The new space drive developed by Lobby Leader LeGray has shrunk the distance to the outer planets and their sources of wealth.

Altercations is well written, and keeps the pages turning. I enjoyed the rebirth of the ancient craft of photography as an art form. A photographer himself the author shares this form of recording history with his character Ganen. Characters are well developed and believable.

If you like science fiction, you will love this scifi mystery novel. Bowen keeps you guessing to the very end. I would describe this book as having an interesting cross of a Stephen King and Star Wars flavor.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Altercations-Reynold-Bowen/dp/1616673621/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386091883&sr=1-3&keywords=ALTERCATIONS

Barnes &Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/altercations-reynold-bowen/1107864235?ean=9781616673628

To Dance in Liadron

Brigid O’Flynn loves to dance, but her priest frowns upon the practice. Not only does she have to suffer the superstitions of the villagers who think she is cursed by the Faerie Folk, but she struggles to avoid the Lord of the manor each time she works within its walls. To top it all off she is being forced into a marriage that she is not ready accept.

Adrianne has created a wonderful fantasy adventure for young adult and older readers. At seventeen our heroine struggles with the urge to leave her harsh life behind and enter a world of music and dance. This book is also suitable for young adults.

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Seventeen-year-old Brigid O’Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance, Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their wedding, Brigid’s hopes are shattered. Blamed for her fiancé’s death, Brigid fears she will suffer the same fate as the other village outcasts, the mysterious Willow Women. Lured into Faerie by their inhuman lovers, and cast out weak and broken, the Willow Women spend their lives searching for the way back into Faerie. When Connell suddenly reappears, Brigid is overjoyed, but everything is not as it seems. Consumed by his desire for beauty and celebration, Connell abandons his responsibilities, and Brigid soon finds herself drawn into a passionate, dangerous world of two.

When Brigid discovers the truth behind Connell’s transformation she’s forced to choose between two men and two worlds. Brigid’s struggle leads her into glittering, ruthless Faerie, where she must rescue her true love from a terrible sacrifice or lose him forever.

Buy Links:

Amazon: US: http://www.amazon.com/To-Dance-in-Liradon-ebook/dp/B009F94I3W/ref=la_B009HWWMT4_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349915685&sr=1-1

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/To-Dance-in-Liradon-ebook/dp/B009F94I3W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1349972228&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-dance-in-liradon-adrienne-clarke/1112975145?ean=2940015710045

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/To-Dance-in-Liradon/book-J5YVsQBAyU26uuplRq4VrQ/page1.html?s=KS-iLsIhp0GoqVUvE-QpvA&r=1″

Fantasy not quite the ticket? Bama Bride was selected for Romance fans:

Cover_BamaBrideBLURB: Neal Sinclair meets David Bankston in a college town bar. He’s tall, dark, and handsome, and wears a Stetson like nobody’s business.

 When they dance, inner passion heats up while inhibitions melt away. Neal quickly discovers David’s not a Southerner at all. He’s a Boston architect, in Tuscaloosa for only one night. The next morning, they struggle to walk away from something that caught them both by surprise

 Time doesn’t diminish the ache they feel in each other’s absence. Unable to stay apart, David arranges to take Neal to watch her beloved Crimson Tide play in a football bowl game. Reunited, they’re determined to make it work. When separated, they perfect the art of open communication. They each know that true love is a long shot.

But distance isn’t the only thing standing in their way. Unbeknownst to her, Neal’s overprotective father is, too. With so much conspiring against them, can a natural disaster turn the odds in their favor?

BUY Links:

AMAZON:   http://www.amazon.com/Bride-BookStrand-Publishing-Romance-ebook/dp/B00CT35YFW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369583017&sr=8-1&keywords=bama+bride

BOOKSTRAND PUBLISHING:    http://www.bookstrand.com/bama-bride

 

My Contribution this week is multi fold:

A tale of romance, conflict, and a helping of humor in

Fateful Waters

BLURB: Follow Melinda Potter and Alexandra Parker, across the country, as the friends travel from their home on the shores of Lake Erie to the drought-stricken state of Texas. After graduation from The Ohio State University, Melinda has a date with an online Romeo. Lexie, who is supposed exert a moderating influence on her impulsive friend, winds up in a hospital where she wakes to everyone calling her Mrs. Ross.  She doesn’t have a clue how she got there, or who Mr. Ross is.

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Be sure to check out the e-book coupons at the end of this post:

 

EXCERPT: The mud-covered woman stared at him as if he was the headless horseman. He had to ask her twice if she needed some help. With Jim’s rope securely around the small critter to keep its head above the mud hole, he plucked the calf’s would-be rescuer out of the deepening mud and set her on her feet by her Cadillac. Then he went back to help Jim haul the newborn out of the mud. Jim took the calf up across his lap and rode a safe distance from the rising water before releasing it. The calf was none the worse for its experience, largely due to the little lady keeping its head elevated. Cutter turned around to check on her, and was amazed to see her sitting in the mud, her back propped against the side of her mud-splattered ride. She continued looking at him like he was the devil incarnate. He approached her slowly. Her up swepthairdo was falling down on one side. Soaking wet and covered with mud, he would be surprised if she weighed a hundred pounds, her soaked once white silk blouse clung to her petite form affording an enticing peek at a lacy bra that hid her pert breasts. Obviously chilled her nipples were puckered and erect. Cutter needed to get a grip, and stop ogling the stranded little woman with the mistrustful blue eyes.

He took precious moments to walk around the vehicle as far as possible, and wiped off the front license plate that declared the Cadillac was from Ohio. Curiosity took hold, “Are you lost?”

“What makes you think I am lost, cowboy?”

Her voice was an octave above a whisper, shaky, and thin, but she definitely had a Yankee accent. He tried again, “My name is Cutter. What’s your name?” She looked at him as if he were speaking a foreign language.

“I lost it.”

“You lost your name?” She wasn’t making any sense.

“Of course not. I lost my shoes, and my phone, not to mention a mangy cow killed my car, but I haven’t lost my name.”

She spoke to him as if he were a little slow on the uptake. Okay, I will give it one more try.

“My name is Alexandra,” she volunteered, before he could ask again. It was obvious she didn’t trust him. It could be she had caught me scrutinizing her physical attributes. Cutter tried to be patient with her, but the nearby stream was quickly becoming a raging torrent, and he couldn’t let her stay where she was.

“Alexandra, we need to move away from here, or we are both going to drown.”

She just shook her head looking at his big black stallion with huge terrified blue eyes when he suggested that she mount his horse to ride out of there with him. He took the decision out of her hands. The rising water was lapping at the right side of the Cadillac, and they were out of time. Cutter plucked her out of the mud one more time and carried her over to deposit her on his saddle. She had the presence of mind to straddle it, and he quickly mounted behind her, spurring Rowdy to higher ground. Her silk blouse clung to her small frame, and she shivered uncontrollably. Opening his duster, he pulled her close to him and closed the front over her. She objected at first, but then relented out of concern for Rowdy when Cutter scolded her, “Quit wiggling. You’re making it harder for my horse to pick his way through this muck.” She settled down immediately. He’d expected her to be cold, when he pulled her against him, and had been concerned about hyperthermia. Of even more concern was the fact that she was burning up and becoming lethargic. It would probably be a good idea to get her to focus by talking to him.

“Alexandra? I’ll bet that they call you Alex.” Her voice was fading and becoming weaker, but she responded.

“Wrong. My friends call me Lexie. However, you can call me Alexandra.”

He suppressed the urge to laugh. He had a hunch that under normal circumstances, she was a handful. “What were you doing out here Alexandra?”

“Playing in the mud with your cows. They were your cows, weren’t they?”

“Yep, they’re mine. You like cows, Alexandra?”

“I like them just fine, served up as a medium rare porterhouse.”

Her response surprised Cutter, given the effort that she had put forth to save the calf, and he told her so. “You must really like steak, to jump in the mud with a potential dinner.”

“Well…it’s just a baby. You really ought to make hamburger out of that cow, once the baby is weaned.”

“You don’t think she would make good steaks?”

“She doesn’t deserve to be steaks. She is a lousy mother, parking her baby in the middle of a road. It is like a human telling their kids to go play in traffic!”

He was not going to laugh at her or set her straight about cattle tonight, but it was a strain to keep the laughter from becoming audible. Thankfully, the house was in sight, and Jim had already alerted Maria, who was ready to take over the care of their unexpected guest. Alexandra was barely lucid, but he knew Maria would be able to handle the situation. He left her in his longtime cook and housekeeper’s care. “Maria, this is Alexandra.” Then he was back out the door to take care of his exhausted horse.

Maria was amazed that the small girl hadn’t slid through Cutter’s hold, like a slippery little fish, as he deposited her in the mudroom off the kitchen. Maria automatically guided her shivering charge to the adjacent room that housed a small tub and shower stall. She didn’t like the way Alexandra looked: she could not seem to communicate, and could barely stand on her own. A shower was out of the question, so Maria opted to use the tub.

Once the mud was washed off in the warm bath, their houseguest stopped shaking like a leaf in an early winter Norther. It was obvious to Maria as she assisted the slightly built blond from the tub that none of her own clothes would work for Alexandra. She estimated they were approximately the same height of five foot and three or four inches, but that was it. Clothes intended for Maria’s ample bosom and rounded physique would wrap around this slim girl twice, or fall off completely. Only her tall wool socks fit, but her charge would most likely expire from shock if she got a glimpse of herself, considering the expensive, fashionable clothes that she had been wearing when she arrived. Maria didn’t think the young woman’s clothing was salvageable. The best she was able to do was fetch one of Cutter’s flannel shirts. At least the blue plaid covered her to her knees, and Maria was able to roll up the long sleeves on the girls limp arms. Alexandra was barely conscious. Maria set the tea to brew, and then was able to coax Cutter’s foundling to accept an oral thermometer. Cutter was always carting home strays or injured animals when they were children, but this was no abandoned puppy. He had really outdone himself this time. Maria retrieved the thermometer as she placed the cup of tea in front of Alexandra, who was slumping in her chair and listing a bit. Maria kept a close eye on the young woman while she read the results. One hundred and four!

While her charge sipped her tea, she punched in the number for Doctor Joe. After summoning the doctor, she contacted her husband Jim. His cell only rang twice.

“I need you, Jim. This girl is really sick. She is running an extremely high temperature. You or Cutter will have to carry her to the other end of the house and put her to bed until doctor Joe gets here.”

Maria had a premonition that this rescue was going to backfire on all of them.

  Smashwords.com coupon code to use at checkout for a 50% discount good until Christmas Day. Code XD77F

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Wind River Refuge Cover 4613“Wind River Refuge” is only available as an e-book; the print edition will be available January of 2014: Two free copies will be awarded to randomly drawn reviewers. (US Only) Every review post receives an entry; review on smashwords = 1 entry, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and LibraryThing earn an extra point= 6 entries for all five review postings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Early Reviews:

Review by: Joan Adamak on Nov. 23, 2013: on Smashwords.com and Amazon.

WIND RIVER REFUGE
By J.M. Anton

Loaded with action, danger and romance
This novel is a page turner from beginning to end. Jax is the beautiful, petite, fiery foster daughter of Maggie and Dex McBride. Dex’s Cousin, Garrett McBride is to pick Jax up at the Denver airport. Garrett is a large, handsome, strong male, although suffering from PTSD as a Nam Vet. He becomes angry quickly and has little patienceand he meets his counterpart in Jax.

From the very first, there is a continual friction and admiration between these two, but neither wants to admit this weakness. Their on-again, off-again romance heightens the danger for Jax as there is a murderer on the loose, whom no one can identifyand it is only through attempts on Jax’s life that this becomes obvious.
The author does a tremendous task of character building with her several actors in this story so that you feel you know each main character thoroughly, and this plot is different than most plots because of this particular essence of danger always lingering.
I highly enjoyed this story and recommend it. I was given this e-book free for an honest review.

Review by: Reynold Bowen on July 18, 2013 on Smashwords.com & Book Reviews Only Blog.
Review of Wind River Refuge
by J. M. Anton
©2013 J. M. Anton
Smashwords Edition
Cover photo by Kellie
Anton
Graphic design by S. Shipley
Thesis: This book is a story about Jax, a young woman who is about to graduate from a university in North Carolina, but decides to go home to her step parent’s ranch in Wyoming for Christmas break. It takes place in the 1970s when the Vietnam War was the basis of many family hardships.
The Story: The prologue begins the book by telling the short story about Cindy, a high school cheerleader who decided not to take a ride home from her new boyfriend. Her old boy friend’s cousin stepped in and offered her a ride, but as she would not do the things he was expecting her to do, she escaped his clutches, and ran from the car. As she tried to find her coat in the falling snow, she thought of ways that she would make him pay for his ill manners when she saw him again. Unfortunately, she never made it home.
The actual book begins when Jax, the heroine, is on her way home from Raleigh, North Carolina, to the Double D ranch in Wyoming. Dexter’s ill-mannered cousin Garret McBride, now back from Vietnam after being badly wounded, has been sent to Denver to pick her up for the final leg of the journey, and he has been told that there is a very angry step mother with a shotgun waiting for Jax, so she had better arrive in perfect health.
Jax, and Garret start off on the wrong foot, and their non-relationship goes downhill from there. This becomes even more worrying as Jax returns again in the spring after graduating, and someone attempts to murder her.
How Jax finds out who her assailant really is, and how she resolves the problem keeps the reader occupied, and on the edge of his or her seat throughout the story. It is well written, and the realistic characters have the right dialog to keep the story going while the narrative constantly reminds the reader that the author’s heart lives out in the west. The author describes winter, and spring in the Rocky Mountains so well, and with so much enthusiasm, that it is difficult not to want to move there instantly.
J. M. Anton’s last book used Texas as a background, while this book moves a few states north, and makes the reader want to read her next adventure not only to follow the exciting story, but also to see where she will go next. Finally, this adventure takes place towards the end of the Vietnam War, and again lets everyone know just how many problems the soldiers of that era brought back with them.
This book is a good story, with a plot that always keeps the reader on track until the climax. J.M. Anton, please keep this quality of work coming in your future books.
RB

The above reviews were by published authors who received the e-book in exchange for their honest opinions. Joan’s review is particularly satisfying; her first review on “Fateful Waters” helped me revise that book to an award winning status. Your reviews don’t have to be this extensive, a few lines will do. Go to my e-mail talesbyjackie@gmail.com list the spots for your reviews; I will verify the reviews and enter your name accordingly. Winners will be notified on January 30th.

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Happy Holidays! Check back in the next two weeks for a few Christmas tales.

MY View on Veterans Day 2013

         As a civilian survivor of the dark era of the Vietnam war this Veterans Day has set off reflections from my past. Generations have grown up since the days when we graduated from high school. Most of the blue collar boys that I grew up with went straight into the draft. I gave serious thought to enlisting, but my mom talked me out of it. It was her opinion that I would end up dishonorably discharged, or spend time behind bars. I guess it was a good thing God made me a girl. Mom pointed out my big character flaw. I have a real problem with authority. Issue me an order, and I’m likely to do the direct opposite or sound off in a not so lady like manner.

          The flag draped coffins and lists of MIAs grew like a malignant cancer through our generation. That in and of its self was and is not different from previous wars, or wars fought since.

            My dad fought in the Pacific during WW2, and again in Korea. Like the vets returning to day they were hailed as heroes and were given ticker tape parades. Dad suffered from PTSD, but in those days they called the severe cases battle shock or shell shock, and there was a stigma attached to asking for help. So, many just toughed it out. Another repeating thread throughout the generations of veterans is the lack of medical treatment and benefits promised upon entering the Armed Forces of the United States.

            Many private groups have stepped up to help the returning vets of today where government has failed. Vets today have been redeployed over and over, but when they arrive home it is often to cheers and hugs. Not so the returning Vietnam vets, they were spat on, called baby killers, and worse.

            Now, as the Nam survivors numbers dwindle, there is a push on to add faces to those who’s names are written on the wall. Time to honor the service and sacrifice, tell the stories of those we lost, so they won’t be forgotten. I have to wonder what the vets of my generation think of all this belated hoopla. Is it too little too late?

            On the bright side, you can get a free meal at a number of franchise restaurants today. Of course you have to have a home or access to a TV to know this, and you have to prove that you are, or were a veteran. Participating restaurants are betting that you won’t come alone and will bring your loved ones.

            I’m pleased that soldiers and returning vets are more appreciated than their Nam counterparts. Have a great day all you warriors past and present.

Author Comment:

            PTSD is a game changer; it plagues some people for the rest of their life, and can destroy relationships.

            Learn more about the challenges of a Marine wounded in a helicopter crash in Vietnam when he tries to pick up his home life.

Wind River Refuge Cover 4613Excerpt:

Wind River Refuge by J.M. Anton

             Garrett struggled to gain his feet and get his bearings. His back was on fire from the hot metal that penetrated his flack jacket. He summoned all his strength for one final push to reach the LZ. Dizzy and nauseous, reality faded, and then he heard the sound of chopper blades; they must have made it! The chopper began to pitch like a wild bronc. They’d been hit! He was struggling to land with minimal damage, and then he was rolling end over end off the side of the road near home. His body was being bounced around inside a large road vehicle, along with the body of his copilot; no, the driver of the vehicle. It didn’t make sense. He would try to figure it out later after he rested a bit longer.

           He woke with the disorientation that had been plaguing his subconscious. He recognized the IV tubes, the catheters, and the insistent noise of the machines attached to his body. He closed his eyes and fought the panic closing in on him. Had he been hallucinating or dreaming of being home, of rebuilding the old place that his Grandfather had bequeathed him? Had he projected O’Malley into his home life; and Jax, did he invent her?

             His heart rate escalated, and he was sweating profusely, so the nurse summoned his doctor. Though the nurse could not confirm that Mr. McBride had woken, Dr. Carter was sure he had, but almost had his wrist snapped while using a penlight to check pupil response. One second, the man was almost comatose, and the next, McBride’s right hand was clamped like a vise around his wrist and was exerting increasing pressure. “Drop it, or I’ll break your damn arm!”

Dr. Carter responded to the threat in the hoarse, menacing whisper and dropped the small light. It was obvious that his patient was disoriented and thought that he was a threat. “Mr. McBride, I’m Dr. Carter, and I was just checking your pupils.” He relaxed some of the pressure on the captured wrist. “You’ve been unconscious for several days.”

Reason returned to Garrett. It had only been a doctor with a penlight, not an enemy wielding a knife. Still, he wasn’t sure where he was, and he was not releasing the doctor until he had some questions answered. “Where am I?” It was taxing to talk, and the strength that he was exerting to hold on to the doctor was taking its toll.

“You’re in a hospital, Mr. McBride.” His patient sounded like he growled at him, and then tightened his hold again.

“In the States?”

“OH! Yes, yes we’re in Wyoming. Your family is down in the waiting room.” The grip loosened, but he didn’t let go.

“What’s the date?”

“August fourteenth, nineteen seventy -three.”

Garrett let out an audible sigh of relief, released the captured wrist, and faded from the conscious world. Very cautiously, Dr. Carter checked his pupil reaction again, and then checked the rest of his vital signs.

            “Wind River Refuge” is now with the printer. The paperback is due by the first of 2014. Pick up your free e-book to catch a small glimpse into the lives of two people battling past ghosts and current threats.

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