Lori Wilde https://loriwilde.com Author Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:53:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Texas Rascals https://loriwilde.com/2018/10/12/texas-rascals/ https://loriwilde.com/2018/10/12/texas-rascals/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:41:47 +0000 https://loriwilde.com/?p=715 Hello All, I have some exciting news to share. I got the rights back from Harlequin on five “sweet” contemporary western romances that I wrote under my first pen name, Laura Anthony. I’ve revised and updated the stories and I’m publishing them myself. I hope to have the first one (Keegan) up around Thanksgiving. These…

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Hello All,

I have some exciting news to share.

I got the rights back from Harlequin on five “sweet” contemporary western romances that I wrote under my first pen name, Laura Anthony. I’ve revised and updated the stories and I’m publishing them myself. I hope to have the first one (Keegan) up around Thanksgiving.

These books are different from my Lori Wilde books in that there is no sex on the page. But there are plenty of sparks. I will be having a special free book offer, as soon as things are up and running, for the folks on my mailing list, so don’t forget to sign up. https://loriwilde.com/sign-up/

Without further ado, I give you the Texas Rascals:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about you? Do read “sweet” romances? If not, would you give them a try? Or is on-the-page sex scenes more your style?

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Texas Leanings https://loriwilde.com/2018/09/28/texas-leanings/ https://loriwilde.com/2018/09/28/texas-leanings/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2018 18:59:46 +0000 https://loriwilde.com/?p=649   I’ve been doing some genealogy and have discovered I am a fifth generation Texan on three different sides. This is fairly uncommon in Texas because we weren’t a state until 1845, and the population of Texas is growing at an unprecedented rate with folks arriving from all over. Texas is a big place, roughly…

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I’ve been doing some genealogy and have discovered I am a fifth generation Texan on three different sides. This is fairly uncommon in Texas because we weren’t a state until 1845, and the population of Texas is growing at an unprecedented rate with folks arriving from all over. Texas is a big place, roughly 800 miles (give or take a few) from both North to South and East to West.

I was hatched in the barren, arid sands of west Texas. It’s a harsh climate and the people who settled it tended to be hardy individualists with a wide stubborn streak. Generally, they were a no-nonsense bunch, intent on scratching out a living as best they could.

It took guts for my ancestors to move from the more bucolic lands in the east to come west and farm such hard-scrabble land. I grew up with midnight coyotes howling outside the door; cactus, grass burs, bull nettles, and mesquite thorns growing in wild profusion, and diamondback rattlesnakes slithering among the rocks. You don’t go barefoot in west Texas unless you have something of a death wish.

We faced frequent sandstorms and in the spring and summer months, the very real threat of tornadoes.

Where I’m from most everyone hunts and owns guns, believes barbecue beef brisket is mana from heaven, knows how to saddle and ride a horse, drives pickup trucks and can speak enough Spanish to get by. It’s a place where Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots and hats aren’t fashion accessories, but rather requirements for braving the unforgiving sun and savage terrain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was not the easiest environment for a shy, bookish girl to grow up in, but Texas made me who I am, and filled me with a never-quit, can-do-spirit that’s forged my career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You might be thinking why would anyone stay here for five generations? Well, for all her faults and flaws, Texas also has poignant beauty. If you’ve never seen a field of bluebonnets spreading out like nature’s carpet, you’ve been missing out. (For some beautiful Texas photography, check out this site. http://www.wymanmeinzer.com/wymans-favorite-40/

 

 

 

 

 

Then there are…

The People

Folks from Texas are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.

 

Tex-Mex.

Texas is the only place you will get real Tex-Mex. Whoever tells you otherwise is lying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sky

The skies are just darn gorgeous.

The Economy

Oil, banking, cattle, we make money.  Lower cost of living. Cheaper housing.

The Land

We got space folks. Plenty of elbow to stretch out and live life large.

Austin

Cause it’s weird. And the stellar music coming out of that place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Antonio

Cause of the Riverwalk. And the food.

The Cowboys

Nuff said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what about you? Where are you from? How has your environment influenced you? What are the pros and cons of living where you do?

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Deep in the Heart of Texas https://loriwilde.com/2018/09/21/deep-in-the-heart-of-texas/ https://loriwilde.com/2018/09/21/deep-in-the-heart-of-texas/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:18:55 +0000 https://loriwilde.com/?p=626 Last month, my husband and I were lucky enough to become the permanent stewards of four Texas longhorns. These beautiful creatures were seized from a ranch in the Texas Hill Country because they were neglected and starving. I was led to understand that the original owner was grazing 350 head on 43 acres. Mostly, you…

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Last month, my husband and I were lucky enough to become the permanent stewards of four Texas longhorns. These beautiful creatures were seized from a ranch in the Texas Hill Country because they were neglected and starving. I was led to understand that the original owner was grazing 350 head on 43 acres. Mostly, you need an acre per cow.

Here is their story. https://www.wfaa.com/article/life/pets/dead-longhorns-prompt-seizure-of-hundreds-of-animals-on-central-texas-property/287-516736501

When we heard about their plight, we knew we had to step up and offer a few of them a forever home. This video link shows them arriving at our ten acre place, Epiphany Orchards.

https://www.facebook.com/lori.wilde.16/videos/2025073674178874/

I can’t begin to tell you how much we’ve enjoyed them. They are getting tamer and tamer every day. The folks at the North Texas Humane Society are angels. They do what they do for the love of animals. If you feel moved by the story of the saving of the Longhorns, please consider donating to your local Humane Society.

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What I’m reading…. https://loriwilde.com/2018/08/17/what-im-reading/ https://loriwilde.com/2018/08/17/what-im-reading/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2018 21:24:06 +0000 https://loriwilde.com/?p=545 This week, I’ve been reading…er, listening…to Carolyn Brown’s SOMETIMES SISTERS and it is delightful. I know Carolyn, and I can hear her personality coming through in the feisty character of Granny Annie. Carolyn expertly spins a tale of three estranged sisters finding their way back to each other the summer of their grandmother’s death. It’…

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This week, I’ve been reading…er, listening…to Carolyn Brown’s SOMETIMES SISTERS and it is delightful. I know Carolyn, and I can hear her personality coming through in the feisty character of Granny Annie. Carolyn expertly spins a tale of three estranged sisters finding their way back to each other the summer of their grandmother’s death. It’ so well done. I’m really enjoying this book. Kudos, Carolyn.

I particularly got a kick out the Easter egg where one of the characters is reading her favorite author and it turns out to be Katie Lane! Katie is a good friend of Carolyn’s and a fabulous author. All three of us–plus Laura Drake, Cynthia D’Alba, Christie Craig, Melissa Cutler, Maggie McGinnis, and Linda Warren are on Western Romance Cafe. If you’re on Facebook, join us for a fun, lively discussions about books and cowboys!

If you haven’t read SOMETIMES SISTERS go snag a copy. I promise you won’t regret it!

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To Tame A Wild Cowboy https://loriwilde.com/2018/08/03/to-tame-a-wild-cowboy/ https://loriwilde.com/2018/08/03/to-tame-a-wild-cowboy/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:50:16 +0000 https://loriwilde.com/?p=530   Here’s the cover for the third book in the Lockharts of Cupid, Texas series. (Out in the spring of 2019) This is Rhett’s story and it’s the first time I’ve written the marriage of convenience trope. I found it quite challenging to write because it turns the whole “first comes love, then comes marriage”…

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Here’s the cover for the third book in the Lockharts of Cupid, Texas series. (Out in the spring of 2019)

This is Rhett’s story and it’s the first time I’ve written the marriage of convenience trope. I found it quite challenging to write because it turns the whole “first comes love, then comes marriage” adage on its head. But I suspect that’s what makes MOC plots so much fun to read.

Here’s the blurb:

What would it take to tame a wild cowboy?

One minute, Rhett Lockhart is a love ‘em and leave ‘em bull rider with a slow, sexy smile, a swagger, and not a care in the world. The next, he learns his free-wheeling days are over: a baby has been abandoned in the hospital, and there’s no question: he’s the father. But from the first moment he gazes into his daughter’s eyes, he knows the moment has come to say ‘no’ to no-strings. It’s time to grow up.

Standing in his way is the baby’s foster mother, Tara Alzate, who doesn’t quite believe Rhett is ready to change his ways. Still, she’s not not immune to his considerable charms, so when he proposes a marriage of convenience and shared custody against her better judgement she says “I do.” Can Tara tame this wild cowboy and make her own, long-buried dreams come true?

 A Cupid, Texas novel

 Do you like MOC plots? Would you ever enter into a marriage of convenience? If so, why? If not, what could happen that would change your mind about that?

 

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Fun at Thrillerfest and RWA 2018 https://loriwilde.com/2018/07/27/fun-at-thrillerfest-and-rwa-2018/ https://loriwilde.com/2018/07/27/fun-at-thrillerfest-and-rwa-2018/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 15:37:41 +0000 https://loriwilde.com/?p=510 Hi All! For the past two weeks I’ve been out and about in the world. Hitting Thrillerfest in NYC and RWA in Denver. What fun we had. Here’s some pictures from the conferences. Just for fun, guess who I’m with…  

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Hi All!

For the past two weeks I’ve been out and about in the world. Hitting Thrillerfest in NYC and RWA in Denver. What fun we had. Here’s some pictures from the conferences. Just for fun, guess who I’m with…

 

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Getting Real https://loriwilde.com/2018/07/08/getting-real/ https://loriwilde.com/2018/07/08/getting-real/#respond Sun, 08 Jul 2018 16:49:58 +0000 https://loriwilde.com/?p=491 I came across this passage today from the Velveteen Rabbit and it really touched me. Thought I would share.       “What is REAL? Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit. “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.” “Does it happen all at…

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I came across this passage today from the Velveteen Rabbit and it really touched me. Thought I would share.

 

 

 


“What is REAL? Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit


Many times, as we grow older, we believe we lose our vibrancy and vitality and our worth. But as we age, if we can stay strong and resilient, if we can round off our sharp edges and accept life as it comes, we too will become REAL.

During my life, books and reading have helped me become more real. Keep reading, my friends. Books truly are the key to whole new worlds.

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Saving Allegheny Green https://loriwilde.com/2018/06/22/saving-allegheny-green/ https://loriwilde.com/2018/06/22/saving-allegheny-green/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:21:04 +0000 https://loriwilde.com/?p=462   Dear Readers,   I got the rights back from Harlequin on one my favorite books, Saving Allegheny Green. This book is actually a prequel to my Twilight, Texas series and it’s written in first person. It’s part mystery/part romance.         Blurb: Allegheny “Ally” Green has spent her entire life being the…

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Dear Readers,

 

I got the rights back from Harlequin on one my favorite books, Saving Allegheny Green.

This book is actually a prequel to my Twilight, Texas series and it’s written in first person. It’s part mystery/part romance.

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

Allegheny “Ally” Green has spent her entire life being the voice of reason in Twilight, Texas. Between her family and her nursing job at the local hospital, Ally’s hands are too full for things like ever lasting love and personal fulfillment. After all, when your aunt chats with the deceased and your sister shoots her cheating boyfriend in the foot, someone has to pay the bill.

Then dead bodies start turning up–including her sister Sissy’s ex. And when Sissy, herself becomes the sheriff’s number one suspect, it’s up to Ally to save the day yet again…All she has to do is track down a murderer, save her sister, avoid any romantic notions involving the sheriff and find a life of her own.

 

Reviews for Saving Allegheny Green

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Make Your Own Videos Easily with Animoto https://loriwilde.com/2018/06/01/create-a-video-in-10-minutes/ https://loriwilde.com/2018/06/01/create-a-video-in-10-minutes/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:07:37 +0000 https://loriwilde.com/?p=418 Hey y’all! I just had to share this awesome software I found called Animoto. I downloaded some stock photos. (I used Fotolia and a picture one of my readers, Christie Conlee, made for me.) Came up with a few slogans and presto, in 10 minutes I created this video. From now on I’m making an…

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Hey y’all!

I just had to share this awesome software I found called Animoto.

I downloaded some stock photos. (I used Fotolia and a picture one of my readers, Christie Conlee, made for me.)

Came up with a few slogans and presto, in 10 minutes I created this video. From now on I’m making an Animoto video for all my books before I even start writing. If a Ludite like me can figure it out, anyone can do it.

Animoto is so much fun to use, you’re going to love it. https://animoto.com

 

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Welcome to My Site https://loriwilde.com/2018/05/07/welcome-to-my-new-website/ https://loriwilde.com/2018/05/07/welcome-to-my-new-website/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 16:05:27 +0000 http://loriwilde.staging.authorbyteshosting.com/?p=287 Hi, my name’s Lori and I’m so glad you’ve found your way to my blog. I write books, teach writing, tend pets, do yoga, and run a writing retreat called Epiphany Orchards.   What to expect from this blog: Books, Books, Books! What I’ve read, what you’re reading, what’s going on with my books, and…

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Hi, my name’s Lori and I’m so glad you’ve found your way to my blog. I write books, teach writing, tend pets, do yoga, and run a writing retreat called Epiphany Orchards.

 

What to expect from this blog:

  • Books, Books, Books! What I’ve read, what you’re reading, what’s going on with my books, and my author pals.
  • Pet Pictures and Stories: Yours, mine, anything fun and sweet.
  • Goings On at the Orchard: Watch as my husband and I learn how to farm an orchard, and run a retreat.
  • Craft of Writing: For you aspiring authors out there. How-to-tips and techniques for writing your books.
  • The Country Life: Things that happen in the country that city folk don’t have to worry about.
  • Behind the Scenes of a Writer’s Life: Cover shoots, TV appearance, cocktail parties, glitches, inspirations for books, travel, the nitty-gritting of being a writer.
  • Health and Wellness Tips: Yoga, healthy eating, meditation, exercise. How I stay fit and sane while writing.

I hope you find something of interest for you here.

My goal is to post weekly. Please drop by every Friday for an update.

Best wishes,

Lori Wilde

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