Sunday, August 19, 2012

Winner: BBB Summer Launch Event

Elizabeth K. is the winner of my signed print 3 book Colorado Trust Series Giveaway in connection with the Beach Book Blast Summer Launch Event.

Thank you
to everyone who stopped by and participated!

There will be more contests and chances to win coming up--check out my Coming Soon tab up top and I hope to see you again real soon.

Stacey Joy Netzel

Sunday Share: The Honorable Rancher, by Barbara White Daille

I'm happy to welcome back Barbara White Daille with her next book in the Flagman's Folly series. I loved The Rodeo Man's Daughter, and really look forward to finding some time to read this one.

Bonus for you today! All you have to do after reading the excerpt is leave a comment and you'll be entered to win a signed print copy of the very first in the series, A Rancher's Pride.

by Barbara White Daille

Genre:  Short contemporary romance

Heat level:  Sweet/Sensual

A Best Friend’s Vow

The hero of Flagman’s Folly has been gone more than a year. But he still stands between Ben Sawyer and what he desires most—Dana Wright, the love of Ben’s life.

When soldier Paul Wright left for the last time, he made his best friend promise to look after his wife and kids. Ben—good, steady Ben—is honoring that promise. And it’s burning him up inside.

Because Dana is shutting Ben out. She wants him—so much—but she can’t afford to give in. If she does, she’ll spill her secret, and the betrayal will hurt everyone she cares about—her children, who loved their daddy; her town, which loves its hero; and Ben, who loved his friend. She’ll do anything to protect her secret—even give up her second chance at happiness.


In all the years since grade school, nothing had ever come between Paul and Dana.  Ben had always honored that.  Now he had to make doubly sure not to cross the line.  "Today has to be hard for you," he said, keeping his voice low.

"Seeing Tess and Caleb so happy?  Why should that cause me any trouble?  I'm glad they're finally together."

She meant it, he knew, though her words sounded as brittle as the chipped ice in the banquet hall's champagne buckets.  In the moonlight, her eyes glittered.  Had she tried for a lighter tone to keep tears from overflowing?  Or to prove how comfortable she felt around him?

Why did she have to prove anything?  Why the heck couldn't she enjoy his company, the way she always used to?  If she'd just give him that, he'd feel satisfied.

Sure, he would.

She'd grown quiet again, and he gestured toward the fountain.  "What brought you out here?  Wanting to make a wish?"

She shook her head.  "No.  Those are for people who aren't willing to work hard to get what they want."

"I can't argue with you there."  Still, he felt tempted to toss a coin into the water for a wish of his own—that for once, she'd let him make things easier for her.  "But there's such a thing as working too hard, you know."

"Ben, please."  She gathered up her dress and stood.  "You called the truce yourself, remember?  I know you only want to help.  For Paul.  And because we're friends."  Her voice shook from her stress on the word.  "We've had this conversation before.  Now, once and for all, I'm doing fine."  As if to prove her point, she smiled.  "And I have to go inside.  Tess will be tossing her bouquet soon.  I wouldn't want to lose out on that."

A tear sparkled at the corner of her eye.

Missing the chance to catch a handful of flowers couldn't upset her that much.  He knew what she really missed—having a husband by her side.  Her husband.

His best friend.

But neither of them would have Paul back in their lives.

Before he could get to his feet, she left, running away like that princess in the fairytale his niece asked him to read to her over and over again.

No, not a princess.  The one who took off without her glass slipper—Cinderella. 

Dana was no Cinderella.  She hadn't left a shoe behind.  Hadn't even dropped a button from that pink dress as something for him to remember her by.  As if he could ever forget her. 

She'd been the heroine of a story he'd once created long ago, a story he'd had to write in his head because he hadn't yet known how to spell all the words.

How did it go?  Like in his niece's storybook...

Once upon a time, that was it.

Once upon a time, in the Land of Enchantment—otherwise known as the state of New Mexico—Benjamin Franklin Sawyer had high hopes and a huge crush on the girl who sat one desk over from him in their classroom every day.

No other girl in town, Ben felt sure, could beat Dana Smith, and most likely no other woman in the world could compare to her, either.  In any case, without a doubt, she was the cutest of all his female friends in their kindergarten classroom.
Unfortunately, when the teacher moved his best friend, Paul Wright, to the desk on the other side of Dana's, Ben saw his hopes dashed.

The crush, however, continued.  For a good long while.
As for Benjamin Franklin Sawyer's hopes...

Well, not every story had a happy ending.


From Barbara:  "Hi! I hope you enjoyed the excerpt of HONORABLE RANCHER. I'm currently on a blog tour to celebrate the release of the book. You can find full details at my website. Meanwhile, please leave a comment or question for me here at Sunday Share, and your name will be entered in a drawing for an autographed paper copy of A RANCHER'S PRIDE, the first book set in Flagman's Folly."

Originally from the East Coast, award-winning author Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they love the lizards in the front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom.

From the time she was a toddler, Barbara found herself fascinated by those things her mom called "books."  Once she learned the words between the covers held the magic of storytelling, she wanted to see her words in print so she could weave that spell for others.

Barbara hopes you will enjoy reading her stories and will find your own storytelling magic in them!



Thanks so much for stopping by to share that great excerpt Barbara, and thanks to you readers, too. Now comment so you can win Barbara's book.

Happy Reading!

Stacey Joy Netzel

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beach Book Blast Summer Launch Event + Giveaway

Welcome to my personal blog post for the

Authors of the WG2E Street Team and the Beach Book Blast blog have gathered together to bring you all their summer releases in one super event full of prizes and fun!

My book in the event is Chasin' Mason
on sale for $1.99 (regular price $3.99)

Get your copy here: AMAZON, BN, SW, ARe, KOBO

I make no secret of my love of horses and mountains, so one or the other in my books should come as no surprise. Chasin' Mason features one hot cowboy fighting for what he feels is his due and a fiesty woman dealing with guilt while struggling to hold on to the ranch she holds dear. Mason is the horse.

My romantic suspense Colorado Trust Series starts with Trust in the Lawe, also set on a ranch with horses, but instead of the sultry Texas range, the location is the majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains. Linking the cowboys and horses in Chasin' Mason and Trust in the Lawe seems a logical move, so...

for my personal blog event giveaway the prize is:

Set of 3 Signed print* books
Colorado Trust Series
Trust in the Lawe
Shattered Trust
Shadowed Trust

 (*Print books shipped to the US or Canada only. If winner is outside of US/Canada, I will gladly substitute ebooks for the print versions)

QUESTION: Is there a setting/location that would make a book an auto-buy for you?
Using the Rafflecopter below, you can enter once or multiple times.

Now, if you haven't visited the Beach Book Blast blog yet, you'll want to hop on over there and see what's happening! Enter to win the grand prize of a KINDLE FIRE, or one of 15 other prizes.

On Thursday, from 8p-11p Eastern (7p-10p central), all us authors will be hosting a Facebook Party. LIKE us on Facebook and join the party for a chance to win even MORE prizes!

 Plus, visit the individual blogs offering personal giveaways like mine--links are listed under the book blurbs on the Books page (link below). All in all, that's 24+ prizes you could win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Some of our participating authors took time to answer my question and posed questions of their own. Click on their name to check out their blog!

Lily Silver is partial to the settings of Ireland or England, any time period.

Natalie G. Owens: “Victorian London - love that era for its mystery and the dark secrets and activities that thrived during a period of repression. For example, the study of the Occult. Magic and mayhem in proper London - makes for great stories! Of course, there needs to be a mystery to solve... Another era I enjoy is the modern era but one that is affected by centuries-old secrets. A specific artifact or an ancient civilization, for example. I love thrillers with such story lines like The Venice Conspiracy, The Da Vinci Code, etc.”

Janice Palko:  “A book set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is an auto-buy for me.  I have vacationed there for years, and I love the place.  I'd love to live by the ocean and the terrain on the Outer Banks is rugged and beautiful.  Plus, there is so much pirate lore and history there that only adds to the mystique and charm of the place.  In fact, my third novel, a romantic suspense, which I hope to have out next year is set in a place just like the Outer Banks.”

Tamara Ward: “I'm always interested in books set in the town I call home, Holly Springs, NC. It's a fairly small and mostly bedroom community near Raleigh. We've got a nearby nuclear power plant and an incoming interstate, along with fantastic parks, history - and people, of course!”

Christina Routon: “Almost anything set in the south. If I'm familiar with the location I'll most likely buy it.”

*lizzie starr: “I can think of only one locale that's an automatic buy for me--that would be the planet Pern. It's a place I long to visit if I could, so McCaffrey's books take me there.”

Shelia Seabrook: “I don’t usually buy books based on location, but since I love the Rocky Mountains, I’m drawn to anything with mountains or rugged terrain.”

Alicia Street loves historicals set in ancient Greece or Crete.

Roy Street’s setting of choice is New York City

Thanks for visiting and GOOD LUCK!

Stacey Joy Netzel

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Canning Update - we have beans!

...and lots of 'em!

So, this is my before pic from my second batch of canning for pickles, first batch for beans about 2 weeks ago...

I mix green beans and yellow wax beans.
They look pretty in the jars and taste just as good!

And the after...

24 yummy pints of beans for the cold winter months!
I think I ended up with about 15 quarts of pickles (not pictured)
In between the above picture and the next one, I did more beans and pickles, and then just yesterday, I did a third batch of beans for 18 quarts, and a small batch of pickles netted another 5 quarts (back row of below pic).

With the 18 quarts of beans yesterday, and my previous batches, that gives me the equilivent of 100 pints for the year, which is just enough for this hungry family of 5. For pickles, I'm up to 40 quarts and 12 pints. Those we share with family.

Next up...TOMATOES! Which means there'll be a little bit more color in my pictures. :)

Spaghetti Sauce
Sloppy Joe Sauce
Diced tomatoes for in Chili

Enjoy the rest of your summer everyone!

Stacey Joy Netzel

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop

August 13-19
Grande Prize: $100 Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Plus prizes at every stop as you hop along!

I fell in love with this blog hop theme from Caris Roane, H.D. Thomson and Bella Media Management the moment I saw the above graphic. How could I not get excited about participating after seeing that?

The topic is "Hot Guys"--What makes a hero 'hot' to me?
Besides a killer body (which they all have in the romance books) I LOVE a hero who is fiercely protective of women, his heroine in particular. One who worries when she stubbornly (or unknowingly) puts herself in danger and does whatever it takes to keep her safe--even if it's not always in his best interests. A man willing to fight for his woman is the sexiest of all.

Tripp Warner in CHASIN' MASON is just one such hero. Despite their
tumultuous past, he finds himself caring for Reggie more than he ever thought possible. Even when he's pretty sure he hates her, not protecting her never even crosses his mind.

How about you? Tell me your idea of a hot hero and you'll be entered in to my drawing for a
$15 Barnes and Noble egift card*.
(*International entries valid wherever BN egift cards are accepted)

While I'd love for you to follow my blog, the only requirement for entering is to leave a comment with your answer.

Thanks for visiting, good luck, and enjoy the hop!

Stacey Joy Netzel