Lynx (Rodeo Romance Book 1) by Connie Vines.
With a dangerous reputation for taking chances and tempting fate, rugged cowboy Lynx Maddox had one goal in life—to win the coveted Silver Buckle rodeo championship. But when he sets eyes on lovely Rachel Scott, he becomes determined to capture her as well.
Rachel traveled the circuit with her famous rodeo rider dad until his fatal accident in the arena. Now, she wants nothing to do with that world—or the men who risk their lives for one brief moment of glory. But her attraction to Lynx becomes too powerful to deny. . . and his unexpected gentleness too seductive to resist.
H.O.L.T. Medallion Finalist, Orange Rose Finalist, Colorado Gold 2nd Place, Fool for Love 2nd Place, and Award of Excellence Winner.
Previously published as “Ride a Wild Heart”
“Connie has a wonderful gift for making her characters come alive for her readers. A must read!” 4 ½ Rosesromance.com
Highly Recommended. Written by a gifted writer—a worthy addition to anyone’s book collection.” Under the Cover Reviews.
“Kiss-Ass heroine!” Reader’s Review @ Author’s Den
“Instant action/Sizzling attraction! This book kept the pages turning, and a box of tissues close at hand.”
“A rare find. A must read!” Word Museum.
5 Stars: Warm, Romantic Tone!
Lynx sets a warm, romantic tone for book one in Connie Vines’ Rodeo Romance Series. This is short, easy, lazy afternoon read. With strong characters like Lynx, Rachel, Dan and Charlene the Rodeo small town country environment breeds friendships, excitement, danger, attraction, reluctance and full-blown passion.
As a reviewer I read many genres and this is my first Rodeo romance. To my surprise this short story and colorful characters kept me turning the pages and refilling my coffee cup.
The fact that Connie’s father is from Texas and she spent summers in the Texas panhandle as a child is interesting. Her father rode broncs in amateur rodeo events while in high school. I’d like to imagine that the Texas setting is probably is some ways kin to the author’s real home environment set in the “quirky suburbs of Southern California” where she lives with her husband “in a butter-yellow house shaded by mimosa and magnolia trees”.
Lynx is a romance with a couple of Texas recipes thrown in for extra spice. This first book in the Rodeo Romance Series was selected as the H.O.L.T Medallion Finalist and the Orange Rose Finalist. Only time will tell us where the series will go and how many hearts will be won or lost.
Lynx (book one) in Connie Vines’ Rodeo Romance is for the romantic and young at heart.
Editorial Review (Book Marketing Global Network).
Series: Rodeo Romance (Book 1)Paperback: 184 Pages
Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (August 11, 2014)
Romance (Suspense Thrillers)
Brede (Rodeo Romance Book 2) by Connie Vines.
Trouble is something hard-edged rancher, Brede Kristensen, knows all about. A widower with a rambunctious young daughter, a ranch to run and an ornery cook who has just runoff, Brede doesn’t need another problem. Yet in the midst of a violent storm, he finds an injured woman. The beautiful woman can’t recall her name or her past, but Brede vows to protect her from harm. What he hadn’t bargained for was her laughter and gentleness finding a way into the lonely corners of his heart.
If you enjoy the Caroline Fyffe Colorado Hearts series you’re going to fall in love with Brede. Beaten and left for dead, Amberlynn Maddox has no memory of her past. Accepting Brede’s offer as temporary ranch cook, the woman, now called Kate, discovers the sexy rancher with his protective nature and sizzling kisses has claimed her heart.
When a madman discovers Amberlynn’s hiding place, no one is safe from harm: not Brede, his young daughter—or Amberlynn herself! “Ms Vines has written a suspenseful romantic tale. Brede and Amberlynn are very strong and likeable characters. Brede’s daughter, Gretchen, adds a lot to the story. The ranch hands are very colorful and fun, especially Caldwell, the ornery cook. His elopement had me laughing out loud! This is a very entertaining story. Rating: 4 cups for “Brede” Rodeo Romance, Book 2 Maura, CoffeeTimeRomance and Find Out About New Books “’Brede’ is an emotionally involving thrilling suspense filled with passion and romance.
The characters a fully developed and will have the reader caring about the outcome. . .A wonderful heartfelt story that will thrill the readers. 5 Hearts Anita, The Romance Studio 4 Quills! A must read, Novelspot.com
Series: Rodeo Romance (Book 2)
Paperback: 161 Pages
Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc. (September 1, 2018)
Gumbo Ya Ya by Connie Vines.
“Marrying off Murphy” – (Light-hearted Romance). Like all Cajun fairy tales, it began harmlessly enough. A match-making columnist promises to turn a stuffy professor into a charming prince. So, why does this confirmed bachelorette suddenly wish she was dressed for the Ball?
“Love Potion #9” – (Contemporary Romance). Watch what happens when you mix a traditional Creole woman with a fun-loving Cajun man and throw in a Voodoo Love Potion—stand back! The Louisiana Bayou ain’t never gonna be the same!
“A Slice of Scandal” – (Mystery/Suspense). A producer finds herself embroiled in a mystery as hot as her Bayou Cooking Show. When an undercover cop, turned chef shows up and dishes up more heat than a bottle of Louisiana hot peppers. Can she prove her innocence before the real killer finds her? Or, will she become the main-course in a murder trial?
“1-800- FORTUNE” – (Paranormal). Garlic hangs for the rafters, but this sexy Loupe Garou isn’t looking for trouble, or a cure for what ails him. What’s a law-abiding werewolf to do when a gypsy woman shows up with mischief on her mind? T.A.R.A., 2nd place Winner, Paranormal Romance.
Review by Badass Lioness: 4.5 Stars! I enjoyed this taste of New Orleans in two short stories and two novellas with HEA endings. There are several recipes included.I enjoyed that each story was different, and that there was a romantic suspense. I liked the heroines and the heroes were hot.From the bachelor auction in the first story, the perfumery and marriage in the second one, the murder mystery in the third, and the paranormal romance in the final story, I felt that the author offered a range of stories, and all worked.One couple is mentioned in a different story in the anthology, and I hoped that would be the case for all of them, but it wasn’t.All of the heroines are in their 30s is implied, I think.
Print Length: 122 Pages
Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc. (April 10, 2021)
Romance (Collections & Anthologies)
Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow by Connie Vines.
Alive, Steampunk novelist Meredith Misso worked hard at living the perfect SoCal celeb life. Now that she is a Zombie, it’s all about the make-up, non-vegan lifestyle, and her soon-to-be ex, who somehow managed to Velcro himself back into her life. Novella length: “Quirky, Sassy, and Fun!” By Authors Den Review
5 Stars: Zombie Walk Festival!
Meredith Misso, best-selling author of Steampunk romance novels and an unwilling sponsor of the annual Zombie Walk Festival in Long Beach realizes the event has gone terribly wrong when she wakes up in a body bag.
Meredith withdraws to a cabin in the small mountain town of Forest Falls to complete her novel before Valentine’s Day. Becoming a zombie and dealing with the entire raised from the dead issues isn’t easy for her. Pippa, her sister, soon-to-be-ex-husband Viktor, cute teddy bear hamster along with a small circle of friends consume her days.
Victor, who is intense and undeniably sexy knocks on her door and infuses himself right back into her life. Meredith senses that while still driven by his work, he seems more intense than he had been in the past. Puzzled by his behavior, she searches for a way to tell him her secret.
I invite you to come follow Connie Vines’ sassy, fun fantasy series which is packed with adventure and romance in another realm. Whether you are a zombie groupie or this is your first introduction to the zombie world like it was for me, you will get caught up in the fun characters and interesting story of the undead.
“Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow” by Connie Vines is a fun new series, novella in length, easy to read and entertaining.
Editorial Review (Book Marketing Global Network).
Print Length: 61 Pages
Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (October 7, 2014)
Tanayia: Whisper Upon The Water by Connie Vines.
Tanayia is alone in the world. Her village destroyed and her people murdered by a group of revolutionaries who now hold her hostage. A daring escape on the edge of Cochise’s stronghold saves Tanayia’s life, but she discovers her ordeal is only beginning.
Forced to live in a government run boarding school, Tanayia is stripped of her identity. The headmistress is bent on destroying Tay, but Jacob Five-Wounds stands in her way. Jacob urges Tay to run away with him—but diphtheria strikes the school. Now, Tanayia must make a choice, a choice she knows may cost her both, Jacob and his love.
Review: “This well-researched novel is taunt with all the tensions and passions of any tale in which the characters are trapped. That Sister Enid eventually gets her comeuppance (and from a native doctor, too) is only just and satisfying, and an epilogue tells of both the compromises and the triumphs of Tay’s marriage to Jacob Five-Wounds (once a fellow inmate of the school.” A-! ~ The McQuark Review
Series: Whisper Upon the Water (Book 1)
Paperback: 186 Pages
Publisher: Ebound Canada (January 10, 2018)
Fiction (Native American & Aboriginal)
Fiction (Native American Literature)
About The Author: Connie Vines lives deep in the quirky suburbs of Southern California with her husband, grown sons and a playful poodle. Raised in a career Naval family, her writing reflects her diverse background, numerous occupations, and her love of animals.
Often giving a nod to an artistic family member (Band member of Louisiana 5/ Hollywood composer, Anton Lada; novelist, Clarence “Clancy” Carlisle; Playwright/ songstress, Jackie Marx) in her books, Connie admits her writing is greatly influenced by the summers she spent with her grandparents in the panhandle of Texas.
Her interests are varied: a kitchen decorated with a ‘gingerbread boy and girl” theme; her paring of a Pioneer Woman teapot and her Royal Albert teal poke-a-dot china cups and saucers. Her cinematic tastes, unique: mashed-together cross-genre 2- and 3-star movies; and her most fav Canadian sleeper-movie,” Powwow Highway” and the “Moose TV” sitcom.
Connie has published over one hundred fiction and nonfiction articles, twelve genre novels, educational student activity books, and has ghost-written two literary novels and one screenplay. Under a pseudonym, Connie published with Kensington/Zebra and is currently contracted with BWL Publishing, Inc.
Tanayia–Whisper upon the Water, is available in the Spanish Tanayia–Un Murmullo Sobre el Agua.
Love, Forever –This sampler collection of romance first chapters by established, award-winning, and bestselling romance authors (Connie’s chapter is there, too) is available for download. (FREE on my author central page).
Watch for: Her Cajun anthology, “Gumbo Ya Ya–for women who like Cajun romance,” The 2nd novella in her Fun & Sassy Supernatural Series: (set in SoCal), titled: “Bell, Book & Gargoyle”.
Coming in 2019: Book 3 of her Rodeo Romance Series and Book 2 of her Native American/First People Series, published by BWL Publishing, Inc.
Awards: Award of Excellence, H.O.L.T. Medallion, The Orange Rose, Independent E-Book Award, Dream Realm Award. T.A.R.A Fool for Love, and Colorado Gold Award for fiction writing.
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