Operation Ginger Avenger, book 24 in Divine Creek Ranch series

Hello and welcome!

I just finished the latest release, book 24 in the Divine Creek Ranch series by one of fave authors, Heather Rainier.

Operation Ginger Avenger

Jessica Bright came to Divine, Texas seeking refuge for her and her unborn child from the man who had held her captive. With time she’s overcome the trauma, but in her eyes she isn’t just a hot mess, she’s the hot mess.

Tank Drummond and Troy Burnett have watched patiently as Jessica has gotten her life on track—perhaps too patiently. When a bit of innocent online matchmaking help from Tank’s mother goes viral, they’re pushed into pursuing Jessica even though they risk scaring her off completely.

Enter one scary dude doing the bidding of her original captor from his permanent prison cell. Four Bits owes Trevor Dornan a big favor and he always pays his debts.

Right or wrong, the ladies of Divine and Lusty, Tank’s mother, and even little Bella take matters into their own hands and pull off an adventure that will go down in Divine history as…Operation Ginger Avenger.

Bookstrand buy link where you can also read an excerpt.

My review

5 stars

You would think that after so many books based in the same town, mostly same characters with new ones added in every book, it would get tiresome, right? Well, I can tell you that even after finishing the 24th one, the just released, Operation Ginger Avenger, every story in the series is unique and entertaining.

Mixing suspense, some drama, the dreaded small town mindset over which the main characters eventually win over, LOL humour, twists and some ‘scorching-I-need-ice-water’ hot scenes makes this story a page turner.

My heart was breaking for Jess seeing how she struggled with her PTSD trying to stay strong for Belle, her little daughter, to overcome the brutality of her captivity. With help and encouragement from her men, Troy and Tank, she finally makes headways and allows herself to hope and be happy. Beloved Grandma Kate (from the Lusty, Texas series) made an appearance again, with a little help from her and the support of the women (and men) of Divine, the Jess, Troy and Tank can finally find their HEA. Despite the overprotectiveness of the men of Divine, the women are strong , independent and I love seeing the next generation is brought up to be the same. The scene where little Rose Marie brings down the ‘bad man’ with her rope is awesome, I cheered for her. The feel of the close knit circle of friends left me with a good mood. The nicknames they come up with are hilarious. The ending scene is so happy *sigh*

If you like HEA stories with soul that also have ménage relationships, I recommend this book and the series.

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Also available in boxed sets…

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The very useful Insider Guide is available free, links are here.

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Dive into the iconic world of Heather Rainier’s Divine Creek Ranch and explore the inspirations for the series.

The guide gives an overview of each book, offers Heather’s insights into her writing, character summaries, music playlists, and her favorite excerpts from each book. It also features an original Divine Creek Ranch ménage novella entitled Divine Déjà Vu, which is available only with the guide.

In Divine Déjà Vu, LuAnn and Maynard have moved on from their dramatic first encounter in Divine Phoenix. Eight months along in their relationship, Mayn returns home with an unexpected guest. LuAnn’s introduction to Mayn’s brother Daniel is eerily similar to her first meeting with Mayn. As they overcome embarrassing circumstances to explore the undeniable pull LuAnn feels for both brothers, can she deal with the prospect of another long distance relationship?

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My Chat with Grandma Kate *squeeee*

Hello and welcome!

Today I have a wonderful lady who I met a while ago and she is my hero. I want to be her when I grow up 😉

Please welcome Grandma Kate!

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What is your full name?
I was born Katherine Marie Wesley, in northern Virginia in 1921. When I was twenty-two years old, I became Katherine Wesley Benedict. She leans forward, smiles and pats my hand. But you can call me Grandma Kate, dear.

The sound of movement from behind catches my attention.

This is my daughter-in-law, Bernice. She’s been kind enough to bring us tea as well as some of the wonderful pecan cookies that our Anna makes.

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Anna just dropped these off this morning, Bernice says. They’re a particular weakness of mine. She sets everything out and then nods to Kate. Bernice looks at me, laying her hand on my shoulder in a motherly way, and says, Enjoy. Then leaves the room, wheeling the cart out.

I continue with my questions… Oh those cookies are goooood YUM

Do you have a nickname?
Well… Grandma Kate is blushing My Patrick loved to call me ‘angel’. Gerald, mind you, could say ‘baby’ with such passion. She looks off to the distance for a moment before meeting my gaze once more. Now, I suppose, you could say that ‘Grandma’ is my nickname. It’s what most everyone calls me. And I must confess that of all the roles I’ve enjoyed in my life, next to wife, of course, I like being a grandmother—and a great-grandmother—the best.

What is one word best that describes you?
Grandma Kate thinks for a moment. Nurturing. Nothing is more important to me than the members of my family. Of course, not all of them have the last names of Benedict, Kendall, or Jessop. Often in life, the only family we have is the one we either are born into or marry into. Isn’t it so much nicer to decide that some of the dear souls we encounter along the way are family, too?

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Kate grins. I’m wearing a tee-shirt and a pair of yoga pants. I was just finishing up my daily exercises when Henry dropped you off. By the way, I do hope the helicopter ride from the airport in Dallas was a pleasant experience for you.
Oh yes, it was! Thank you! Henry is such a charmer 😀

What makes you laugh out loud?
Oh, any number of things. Laughter is so important. Did you know that it’s physically impossible for your body to grow ulcers and produce laughter at the same time? Trust me on this, I used to be a nurse. She pauses to take a sip of her tea. There is joy all around us, Eniko. Joy is the foundation of happiness and laughter and do you know the best thing of all? We’re each of us capable of creating joy whenever we want to. We simply have to choose to do so.

What is your favourite dessert?
I have to admit I’m awfully partial to my granddaughter, Tracy’s cream puffs. My, but she has a very fine hand with pastries and desserts, and those are her very best. I don’t indulge in a lot of sweets, but those cream puffs? Heavenly. Why, even my dear friend Grace Warner from over in Divine will come to Lusty, from time to time, to get some of those cream puffs for those handsome husbands of hers.

What is your favourite drink?
I like my coffee, and I like my tea—both what you up North call “iced tea”, as well as hot tea. I’ve been known to drink the occasional glass of wine or bottle of beer. But most usually, it’s coffee with breakfast and sometimes after supper—and tea the rest of the day.

What is your greatest fear?
I can’t say I have any real personal fears at this point in my life. Except, perhaps, for this one. I would hate for anyone in the family to doubt, for even one moment, their value, their worth or the fact that they are loved. Oh, there’s so much anger in this world, isn’t there? And not to mention a distinct lack of civility lately. Some people who feel less than mistakenly believe they can make themselves feel more important if they diminish others. But that has never worked, has it? I’m particularly proud of the fact that attitude is completely absent in my family.

What is your favourite colour?
Both of my husbands, my Gerald and my Patrick, had eyes of nearly the same shade—a soft, dreamy brown. Their eyes were, and remain, my favorite color.

What is the perfect romantic date?
Sweet girl, the romance comes, not from the what, but from the who. The perfect romantic date is being with the one—or the ones—you love. You don’t need fancy restaurants, or grand, lavish expensive gestures. You only need heart. You only need the pure desire to spend time together. Those can be moments that take your breath away! And when you recall those romantic dates, as you get older, it’s the who—and the words, the touches, the emotion in those moments that you remember.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Oh, I’ve so many! Aren’t the olfactory senses a marvelous memory bank? Have you ever strolled down a street, or entered a room, and suddenly, you smell something—and a feeling of comfort comes over you?  You don’t know why, but that aroma, that scent, seems to stir some distant, half buried memory within you.

 I love the smell of bacon frying in the morning, although I rarely eat it anymore. Even though I’ve been in Texas for most of my life, I can still recall the scents from my mother’s garden, when I was a girl. In the part of Virginia where I grew up, lilacs weren’t overly common, but my mother had two great trees that she loved dearly. She also had lily-of-the-valley planted in the shady corners of our yard. And in the spring, the two scents, combined…growing up that was my favorite smell of all.

What are the most important traits in a man?
Honesty, integrity, charity. These three, in my mind, are absolutely the most important traits any man can possess. An honest man will never lie. A man of integrity will always strive to do the right thing. A man with charity in his heart will never belittle another and will, instead, go the extra mile when and where there is need. A man who possesses these three traits will never doubt his own worth, and therefore will never belittle another person to try to make himself feel big at someone else’s expense. A man who possess these three traits will be a blessing to the woman he loves, and the children they share.

What would be the most important advice you would give women?
Know and believe that you are beautiful, just as you are. It’s not the skin that is beauty, nor is it the hair, nor is it bone structure. It’s not the weight or the circumference of your middle. All those things, at their base, are matters of genetics, really. True beauty comes from the heart. Our society puts far too much emphasis on outward appearance and not nearly enough on the light within. The greatest damage this causes is that women especially, and beginning when we’re just young girls, tend to feel as if we don’t quite ‘measure up’.

Every woman is beautiful in her own, unique way. So I say to every single woman reading this: know your own value; embrace your own beauty. Be your own champion and your own best friend.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Oh, my. That’s a question, isn’t it? Imagine my surprise when I first met Morgan—or Cara, if you prefer—and realized that she knew me so well. It didn’t take me long to understand that her intentions were for the good. She wanted to tell my story, and the stories of so many of those I love, to show women, and yes, men, that they aren’t alone in the challenges they face, or the emotions that can sometimes cripple a good heart.

She wanted to show that obstacles can be overcome, and that achieving your heart’s desire is possible. Her faith in love, in the reality of it, the possibility of it, is astounding. You only need to believe—and then step out on faith.

So yes, she’s done a damn good job so far.

I know you have so many fans in the reader community, can you tell us a little of your story for those who do not know you?
First, let me say, I’m quite astounded to know how many readers love me! That is a blessing I never expected to be mine.

 As to my story, I would have said, it wasn’t particularly unique, and yet—and going back to women and their own self-perceptions—I know that in some ways, it is. I was born in 1921, as I said, just after the first Great War. It was a transformative time. The world had not only suffered horrible losses in global battles, but swiftly on the heals of that conflict, was the first great pandemic—The Spanish Flu. That pandemic killed more people than did the war itself—estimates range from 20 to 40 million people died from that horrible disease!

With those two facts as the ‘bedding in my crib’ if you will, is it any wonder I wanted to be a nurse? And of course, after Pearl Harbor, I immediately joined the Army Nurse Corps. My mother wasn’t pleased. She wanted me to marry a socially prominent man and live a socially prominent life. I don’t blame her for that. She was, as we all are, a product of her times.

The big turn my life took happened because of the most seeming inconsequential of decisions. That decision, in this case, was attending a USO sponsored dance one Saturday night. I loved dancing, and there weren’t that many young women attending them, per se. I thought at the time that dancing with a few of our brave young men who would soon have to face the horrors of war, was the very least I could do.

Grandma Kate stares off into the distance for just a moment. Her voice takes on an almost dreamy quality. I can still hear that song. I can close my eyes, and the scene is right there before me, Glen Miller’s Pennsylvania 6-5000 performed by the local orchestra, the music slightly muted by the closed doors of the hall. I’d stepped out for a breath of air. The night was warm, peaceful. And then two men stepped out of the hall to join me—two Majors, and brothers, at that. Apparently, they’d had their eye on me, both of them, for a couple of weeks!

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Grandma Kate meets my gaze. That was the moment that changed everything, that began a series of events that have brought me here. Their grandmother, Sarah Carmichael Benedict, unbeknownst to me at the time, pulled a few strings, and I found myself promoted, and installed as the Nurse Administrator of a convalescent home in a small town in Texas with the unlikely name of Lusty. Grandma Kate’s smile grows. Oh, those two flyboys wooed me, and yes, they won me. We had a wonderful marriage, a wonderful life. We shared five children—eight, including their spouses; and so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren that I need a chart to keep track of them all. Her smile is huge. How grateful I am for the life I’ve been given!

What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Morgan has shared a few tidbits with me, of course, but I have given my word to not divulge too much. I will tell you that she’s promised to keep writing stories of Lusty, Texas for as long as her readers want to read them.

I was actually the one who suggested that her readers might also be interested in learning more about some of the very fascinating men and women who belong to the Lyon’s Den, that club owned by Christopher Lyons. What an interesting man he is. She leans forward. I may be in my nineties, but I know more than a thing or two, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with anything that people who love and care for each other wish to do together in private. Sitting back she continues. It seems that handsome Ramon Estevez and that very charming Clint Parrish aren’t the only law enforcement officers who belong to Christopher Lyon’s club. And, oh, what adventures some of them are going to have!

I’ve been trying to get the map to Lusty from Ms. Morgan for a while now, with no success, would you share it with me? 😉
Now, Eniko, Morgan has given you every hint as to how to find Lusty. She did promise not to divulge our exact location—we are entitled, to our privacy, after all. But if you read her books faithfully, and if the need is great, you’ll find us.  Lusty is right here, waiting for those who need her the most. All you really have to have, is faith.
I WISH I WISH I WISH sigh

Thank you Grandma Kate for taking the time to chat with me, I absolutely loved it. Looking forward to seeing you again 😀

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Well… what do you think? I hope you enjoyed the chat as much as I did.

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If you didn’t read the Lusty, Texas Series by Cara Covington yet, I hope you will. Many of the fans will tell you the same, the stories are amazing. Grandma Kate is an icon in the Lusty stories and loved by all.

Cara Covington is the pen name of Morgan Ashbury,  has many published books under both names. I love all the books I read so far and I totally recommend them, the wonderful world she created where life happens, but love always wins. If you missed my chat with her in March, 2015, check it out here.

To get in touch, keep up to date, check out the websiteblog , also Cara Covington Facebook • Morgan Ashbury Facebook and say hello from me.
Here are the links where you can check out the books:
Cara Covington – Bookstrand • AmazonGoodreads
Morgan Ashbury –  Bookstrand • AmazonGoodreads

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To start you on your reading journey, Ms. Ashbury is giving away two ebook box sets to two lucky readers, The Love Under Collection, Volume 1 and Magic and Love Box Set. Chosen by Sexy Mr. Random, the winners will be announced after 3pm EST, Monday, November 7, 2016. GOOD LUCK!

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My Chat with Hugh and Riggs! YUM

Hello and welcome!

Today I have two cowboys I met back in June and they are oh-so-yummy!

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What is it about cowboys that makes our hearts go pitter-patter? Don’t know about you, but for me they embody everything that is earthy, loyal, passion, compassion… we can’t forget about the rugged, well muscled bodies either, especially jeans-covered tushies 😉 …. I could go on, but I know you are curious who these hunks are. So here I go…

What is your full name?
Hugh Donovan
Riggs Archer

Do you have a nickname?
Hugh the Huge. You’ll have to find out why. wink
Riggs: grins He calls me Archer, but only sometimes.

What is one word best describes you?
Hugh: Straightforward
Riggs: Passionate

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Hugh: A pair of Levis with a hole in the pocket where I got it caught on the fence, a black Boot Knockers logo T-shirt, my favorite cowboy boots and hat.
Riggs: Wranglers with a hole right here points to worn area by fly and a denim shirt. My trusty boots and black hat.
I know I am ogling, but can’t help myself. They look good enough to eat, holes-in-the-pants and all.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Hugh: Hell yeah. I wouldn’t let her get away with anything funny.
Riggs: Only thing that was off was my portrayal of my fights with Paul. I kicked his ass more than you see.
I think she did a great job.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Hugh: The antics of my guys. The other Boot Knockers are always playing practical jokes—gluing someone’s ass to a toilet seat, melting off Ty’s eyebrow with depilatory cream? Classic. That’s just a couple examples of their antics.
Riggs: When Sybill finds that special ticklish spot on Hugh’s side…

Oh I read about those, I laughed out loud when reading the batteries stealing scene, my favourite.

What is your favourite dessert?
Hugh: I’m fond of cream pies. clears throat and shifts around
Riggs: I love pie.

What is your favourite drink?
Hugh: A cowboy ain’t a cowboy unless he likes whiskey.
Riggs: Ditto.

What is your greatest fear?
Hugh: I was pretty nervous about losing Sybill, but in the end Riggs and I won her back. My greatest fear now? What do I have to be afraid of?
Riggs: Don’t let him fool you. He hates snakes.
Hugh: There’s one snake I don’t hate.
He is serious when he said it, but I see the laughter in his eyes.

What is your favourite colour?
Hugh: Hot pink because Sybill wears it on her toenails.
Riggs: Definitely hot pink.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Hugh: Do I look like a flannel jammies kinda guy? I sleep buck nekkid just like my lovers.
Riggs: winks

What is the perfect romantic date?
Hugh: With three of us, it’s hard to find romantic moments. But when we come together, there are wild, playful and sweet moments.
Riggs: We recently went to a big horse auction and had a great time in a local bar. Hugh’s got some dance moves.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
Riggs: I think we covered this above.
Hugh: I’m not ticklish at all. looks to the side at Riggs I am not ticklish, Archer. You’d better keep that to yourself if you know what’s good for you.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Hugh: Leather and sweet woman.
Riggs: I get hard just thinking about those scents.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Hugh: Until Sybill, nothing really riveted me. When I asked her to turn around and saw her shapely calves? Whooeee!
Riggs: I have an ass fetish, and she has the perfect one.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Hugh: Riggs and Sybill are not going anywhere.
Riggs: Never.

What is one word best describes her?
Hugh: Addictive.
Riggs: Delicious.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Hugh: The Boot Knockers series is about a group of cowboys who specialize in helping women with sexual problems. You’re going to see a lot of these cowboys—Damian from Body Language, Jack and Paul from Reining Men and Ty from Ropin’ Hearts, coming in June 2015.

I sure did love Body Language and looking forward to more.
Thank you Hugh! Thank you Riggs! I really appreciate you taking the time to chat with me. Hugs to Sybill !

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So what do you think? Makes me wish for my own cowboy.. or two 😀

I would like to thank Ms. Petrova for sending them over for a chat, I sure enjoyed myself immensely. THANK YOU EM!!!

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They hail from PUSHIN’ BUTTONS book 1 of The Boot Knockers Ranch by the fabulous Em Petrova.

It’s all in her head. Until she falls into the hands—and hearts—of two cowboys.

The Boot Knockers Ranch, Book 1

Sexual dysfunction. The words make Sybill cringe, but after one too many failed relationships, she has to face reality. Her O-button is broken, big time. Sick of sitting on the sexual sidelines, she books a week at Boot Knockers Ranch. If a passel of rugged cowboys vying to bring her bliss can’t get her off, nothing will.

Hugh had planned to sit out this week’s rotation of sexual therapy, but when he spots sultry Sybill, he pulls rank. His bone-deep urge to possess her isn’t enough to coax elusive orgasms out of her body, though. And his resolve to give the lady whatever she needs wavers when she shyly makes a mind-blowing request.

Riggs stepped aside when Hugh muscled in to claim Sybill, but he jumps at the chance to fulfill her ultimate fantasy—a threesome. But once they come together, all barriers are stripped away, exposing his love for the one man—and woman—he’d break every last rule to make his own.

Warning: This ain’t your daddy’s ranch. Contains cowboys administering sexual therapy to frustrated ladies—and each other. Fresh batteries recommended. You’re gonna need ’em!

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To find out more about Em Petrova’s books, here are some links where you can read the news, chat (say hello from me if you do 😉 ) or see what is coming next.

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And now onto the QUESTION for this sunny Friday
What attracts you to cowboys? Real or fiction.

A lucky commenter chosen by Sexy Mr. Random will win an ebook copy of PUSHIN’ BUTTONS by Em Petrova. Good luck!

The comments will stay open until 3pm, Monday October 6, 2014.

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