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Starting A New Year Full of Free Books

Posted on Jan 20, 2020 by Dawn Baca   No Comments Yet | Posted in Animal Antics · Books · Travels & Adventures

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and
when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours,

we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.
~ Dr. Seuss 


Happy New Year!

It’s a new year and a whole new decade and we are so excited to see what 2020 will bring. I hope you’ve created some new years resolutions that will bring you more peace and joy.

All Things Writing:

In December I partnered with a great author to swap newsletter mentions and to bring a new author to our loyal followers. As part of my new year, new me plans, I want to continue this. I think it’s great to be able to bring as many new authors and books to our readers as we can. And Sharing is Caring… So I’ve reached out to some of my author friends and hope to continue bringing you great authors each month.

In Bonnie’s own words:

Author Bio:
Rumor has it that Bonnie began telling stories at a very early age. Photos exist of the author toddling around the corner of the house covered in mud babbling about magic rabbits leading her through the garden. Her parents were amused – until they discovered she had also walked across the newly poured cement patio – which only added fuel to the fire of her passion for writing. From then on, her active imagination continued to churn out plots and character sketches always wondering how different people would behave in similar situations.

Bonnie used her writing skills throughout her professional life as a fundraiser and marketer for several nonprofits. She enjoyed the chance to tell and share the story of worthy organizations. In the late 1980s, Bonnie authored a syndicated column in several California newspapers in which she shared the experiences and misadventures of life as a wife and mother. The jury is out on whether or not her children appreciated her candor. Because Bonnie has romance in her soul, she also worked as a Wedding Planner for several years. Absolutely loved it!! She craves anything sweet, revels in any chance to travel, and is addicted to Ancestry.com. A native Californian, the author lives in Northern California with her husband.

You can find her here on Social Media:
Website: https://www.bonniephelpsauthor.com (for additional information)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bonniephelpsauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bonniephelps15
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bonniephelps15/
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7238451.Bonnie_Phelps
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00MSCAR8I
Bookbub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/bonnie-phelps

My Rodeo Man: The Texas Kincaids #1

Book Blurb:

He’s not the man she wanted – in fact, he’s everything she’s trying to avoid – but he’s the man she fell for… hard.

Zach Kincaid was definitely not what Ashley Drayton was looking for – one more risk-taking, bad boy to add to the long list of men who had broken her heart – the last one leaving her nearly penniless and homeless. Hoping for a fresh start, Ashely moved half way across the country to Texas. From here on out players need not apply for the key to her heart. So how in the world had this cocky, confident cowboy charmed his way into her affections?

Ashley Drayton seemed like the kind of woman who typically made rodeo champion Zach Kincaid turn tail and head for the hills. A spoiled, prima donna. And that list of hers? Her perfect man sounded like a real yawn. Zach isn’t in the market for a wife but when he is, it won’t be some opinionated Southern Belle. She’ll be a woman who can stand beside him in the hard-knock world of ranching and rodeoing. So why can’t he get her out of his mind?

A witty romance about discovering that Mr. Wrong… just might be Mr. Right.

You can see the book trailer here:

YouTube book trailer Link: https://youtu.be/_7z4YS4KS5k

Buy Links:

Amazon:        https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016TQZWZQ/ 
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B016TQZWZQ 
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B016TQZWZQ 
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B016TQZWZQ

The entire series can be found on Kindle Unlimited as well. 

Free Books Promos: 

You can find even more Free books below if you are interested in finding and following different romance authors. My first book Her Guarded Heart is included for FREE in ALL of the promos below, so we would all be so grateful if you could check out the pages for books and authors you might be interested in, and please forward these links far and wide. Some promos will extend farther than a single month so you may see them more than once, but you never know, check them out again in case you missed something good the first time.

Free for All
December 01 – January 31


Winter Romance Reads Sale
December 28 –  February 29


Searching for your next favorite story?
January 02 – January 31

Look no further! These bestselling authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books. Available for free for a limited time.


And check out Awesomegangs newsletter for weekly free and discounted books.

Their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ourawesomegang


My third book is still being edited, so I’m not sure of the exact release date right now, it’s aimed for April, but I’m hoping to make it earlier. The book is up for pre-order now.

His Heart’s Promise 

Up for pre-order today here:


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A determined woman’s dream…
For Sophie Compte, everything she’s ever wanted is in the palm of her hands. Her long-time beau has proposed. The wedding of the century is coming together nicely. Her father is handing over the daily operations of their horse breeding farm to her and her fiancé.

A stubborn man’s plan…
Claude Durand finally found the courage to slip the ring on his childhood sweetheart’s finger. It’s not that he had ever doubted he would. He just needed time to make something of himself that was independent of his life on the Compte family horse farm.

A world turned upside down…
For Sophie and Claude, their relationship has been a roller coaster of drama and hardships. Now though their time has come. Everything is as it should be. In an instant, everything crashes leaving a pile of rubble in the place of their hopes and dreams, and they are left to question if life will ever be the same. Faced with battered dreams, and forgotten love, they must decide if they can let go of what once was, and push towards a future neither had ever expected.

Travels and Adventures: 

This year we ended up skipping town at the last minute to take another road trip to San Felipe for Christmas. We had only been home for a little over two weeks when at lunch on Friday the hubs who had been wavering for a couple of days just decided. So on Saturday after he worked in the morning, we headed back down mid-afternoon. (my husband is the spontaneous one just for the record.)

The weather was still just as cold as we’d left it, but we were still at the beach so it was exactly where we wanted to be. We caught up with good friends, had a quiet Christmas dinner, and just relaxed.

We left San Felipe Thursday morning at 5:00 am and headed home. It’s a 12-hour drive straight through with at least 1 pit stop for fuel. On the way down we usually break it up and do a layover overnight, but on the way back we usually dead head straight home so that the hubs can have a little downtime before he goes back to work. Needless to say, this trip, didn’t go as planned.

Instead of a 12-hour drive, it was a 49-hour adventure. From hell. Being from Central California, we aren’t used to dealing with large amounts of snow… Yeah, I know… So, of course, we didn’t check the weather before we left home, or from San Felipe, and well, we paid dearly for this oversight. There wasn’t just a little snow to deal with. Instead, it was more along the lines of a scene out of Frozen, with a very unhappy Elsa at the helm.

We had already left Mexico and were heading to the Tehachapi pass when a friend warned us that both Tehachapi and the Grapevine had been closed overnight due to snow. We paused for a second and considered our options. Everyone believed that both passes would be opened by the time we actually reached either, so we continued on. We saw plenty of snow on the mountains, and of course off to the sides of the roads.

Then it happened. We were sitting behind an accident on State Route 247 when it started snowing by the bucket. We were stuck there for 3 hours while they removed the accident and then had to plow the road in front of us. We made it up and over and were told they were not allowing people to proceed to Highway 58 until they could plow again, and have CHP escorts due to black ice, so we pulled over and waited a few hours. They opened the pass by then, but we decided not to try to cross it in the dark. We spent the night in Boron at an overflowing rest area. Apparently everyone else had the same idea.

Friday morning we headed back out only to spend another 3 hours stuck on Highway 58 not moving. The pass was closed again overnight due to accidents and black ice. We did a u-turn through the median and headed back to town for provisions. We had no freshwater or propane left in the RV, and with all the idling we had done, we were down to a half a tank of fuel. We picked up groceries since we were also out of wine… which is also a necessary provision if you are stranded in the snow somewhere…

Friday’s travels gave us something like 10 miles forward, in 11 hours. So we pulled over onto the side of the road like many of the truck drivers had done, and cracked open a bottle of wine with dinner, and went to sleep. Overnight the roads had been cleared and so had the traffic jam. So at 2 am we beat feet and headed home. With virtually no traffic at that hour, we made over the pass in less than an hour and were home by 6:30 am.

Lesson learned. We won’t be making that mistake again.

The story hit the news: 

Tehachapi News: http://www.tehachapinews.com/news/winter-storm-dumps-snow-closes-roads-and-snarls-holiday-traffic/article_25bb7e5c-280d-11ea-bc5d-afbc8a7f4702.html

Bakersfield News: https://www.bakersfield.com/news/snow-keeps-the-grapevine-closed-but-chp-begins-escorting-highway/article_343d5eb0-27fd-11ea-a232-abd56162d439.html

Animal Antics:

Rubicon is still the most easy-going traveler. Here she is on the lap of the hubs while we were sitting in traffic not moving… PS… He’s not choking her, he’s actually rubbing under her chin…

There were a couple of stray dogs that roamed the beach while we were there at Thanksgiving, and they were the gentlest of souls. We fell in love with them. The park we were staying at dubbed them Mia and Jack. When we returned a few weeks later, the female had not returned, but the male had. He clearly had been in a fight, he’d been cut up a bit. But he was still the sweet soul we remembered. He played with our puppy never getting rough with her even when she was clearly annoying. There was a big part of us that wanted to take him home with us, but we knew that it wouldn’t be right.

I wish I would have taken pictures of them. They were the sweetest.

We just learned that he’s been adopted by a couple in the Bay Area that fell in love with him as soon as they saw him. The wonderful organization VIVA, assisted by the wonderful team at Baja Bed, and Biscuit made sure he was spayed and had been given the flea and tick medicine, which is so badly needed down there, apparently, the ticks are a real problem. Even though our dog was on her medicine, they recommended we give her another kind to protect against these particular ticks, so we did.

A New Creative Space:

On the home front, we’ve narrowed our choices of the wall of bookshelves to these three designs. So far, I think I like the first one with the clock the best. (I’d replace the clock with my Cirque du Soleil prints.)

The images below are of the current office setup:

To keep up with all of the changes, and make suggestions, tell me what you like or don’t like, all suggestions are welcome,  follow my board on Pinterest here: New Home Office

Book Recommendations:

January’s suggested authors to read are:

COURTNEY MILAN – Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure (The Worth Saga)https://amzn.to/36sI5cr
KIT ROCHA – Beyond Series Bundle (Books 1-3)https://amzn.to/37O5Hsn
ALYSSA DAY – Eye of the Storm: Tiger’s Eye Mysterieshttps://amzn.to/37IYg5F
TESSA DARE – His Bride for the Taking: A Regency Romcom novellahttps://amzn.to/2ZWoxuE

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