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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.
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 Star Review: 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 was 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.
Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).
Series: Rodeo Romance (Book 1)
Genre: Western Romance
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)
Genre: Western Romance
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 Star Review: 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. Review by Theodocia McLean.
Genre: Holiday Fiction
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)Genre: Historical Fiction
Whisper Upon The Water by Connie Vines
Apacheria, 1880. 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 life, but she discovers her ordeal is only now beginning. Apacheria, 1880. 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 life, but she discovers her ordeal is only now beginning.
National Book Award Nominee, Whisper upon the Water is a Middle School/YA historical novel dealing with the forced removal, education, and later placement of Native Americans on reservations during the late 1800s/early 1900s. Also available: Student workbook and Teacher Edition in paperback and hardcover, and Spanish translation. The book has a Lexile level, and meets the No Child Left Behind requirements. Whisper upon the Water is used in the Gifted and Talented Program and was featured as a Book of the Month selection the Public Library System in the northeast and Midwest.
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, is only just and
satisfying.” By A: The McQuark Review
“The fast pace held my attention throughout novel. Fans of Historical Westerns, particularly of Native American tales, will enjoy this story!” By Tracy Farnesworth: Romance Reader’s Connection
“A novel overflowing with action, suspense, and historical facts. Ms. Vines skillfully constructs her characters, and the plot. Great edition to add to your book collection.” By Cliff Leach for the Write Lifestyle
Dream Realm Award, Indie-E-book; Frankfurt eBook and National Book Award nominee. Awards for Whisper Upon The Water.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Ride A Wild Heart/Summer Magic (Double Delights #22)
by Connie Vines and Sydell Voeller
Ride A Wild Heart: Cowboy Lynx Maddox has a dangerous reputation for tempting fate. And he wants only two things: to win the Silver Buckle and Rachel Scott. Rachel wants nothing to do with the rodeo world. But her attraction to Lynx is too powerful to deny and his unexpected gentleness too seductive to resist.
Summer Magic: When her fiancé calls off their engagement, veterinarian assistant Lisa Prentice joins the circus in hopes of escaping the everyday grind. But life under the big top isn’t quite what she expected. None of the veterinarian’s former assistants managed to please their short-tempered boss, and Lisa fears that her days are numbered, too. Michael Figaro, a dashing young trapeze artist, is also caution about whether Lisa can stay, and because of that, he tries to keep his distance. Still, Lisa finds herself overwhelmingly attracted to him. Although Michael is the aerialist, it is Lisa who is flying on an emotional high wire. What happened to her safety net? Will their love survive?
“Five Flames. A Rare Find!” By Word Museum, Wilma Fran
“Blue Ribbon & 4 1/2 Roses!” By Romance Junkies, Dina Smith
“H.O.L.T. Medallion, Orange Rose, Award of Excellence, Golden Chance. Awards For “Ride a Wild Heart”
“Highly Recommended. Lynx and Rachel, the paths they take are what makes page turning reading. A gifted writer. This novel is a worthy addition to anyone’s bookshelf.” By Under the Covers” Reviews
“Ride a Wild Heart” is set amidst the excitement and danger of the rodeo world. Instant Action, Sizzling Attraction! The story kept the pages turning and the box of tissues close at hand.” By AOL “Romance Reviewers
Genre: Western Contemporary Romance
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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