27. August 2014 · Comments Off on My 6,000- mile Summer Adventure · Categories: Blog · Tags: , , , , , ,

My 6,000-mile Summer Adventure


When my husband, Steve and I began our summer vacation, we thought driving across country would be boring. Since we had so many stops to make, it wasn’t practical to fly. It wasn’t boring at all, and that’s great to say after over 40 years together.

Our first stop was the RWA Conference in San Antonio. Since I signed up late, the conference hotel was booked, so I had booked another hotel. Why do these places sometimes look better on the Internet than in person? OMG, it was so bad that I refused to stay and my husband agreed. We ended up at the historical Menger Hotel, built in 1858—and got an extra bonus, the place is haunted. Rumor has it they’re friendly ghosts, and the hotel even does a dinner/ghost tours every evening. Since I was busy with the conference, I didn’t have a chance to go to test the fact.

RWA conference was just a stone’s throw away from our hotel from the Marriott. Easy traveling through the mall, and there you were, right in the middle of everything, and the best meeting place, the bar. I got to see old friends from years past, and even made a new one. That’s what RWA conference’s are mainly about, women supporting women and writers supporting writers.

The Harlequin party was on Friday night and I got dressed up– changed my outfit three times—then met some other author friends there, Judy Duarte and Linda O. Johnston. With the loud music it’s difficult to talk, but there was plenty of wine and delicious chocolate to enjoy.

My favorite part is seeing my editor, new and old, Mary Theresa Hussey, and executive editor in New York, and Bryony Green senior editor in the UK. Both these women have been important to my career, Mary Theresa pulled my first manuscript out of the slush pile years ago, and in 2005 when I went to the Harlequin Romance line, I was sent to the UK and Bryony, who bought several books from me. I’ve never taken for granted on any of the 40 books I’ve sold. I’ve been truly blessed to be able to call myself an author and a member of Romance Writers of America.


To be continued…

 Until next time, Happy Reading! Patricia

Ready or not, here comes spring. 

Well, February has come and gone and so have the Winter Olympics.  I have to admit this time I was a little skeptical about what would happen with all the security troubles Russia was having even before the start of the games.  Yet, they pulled it off beautifully. 

I was especially excited this year because our neighbor at our Lake Arrowhead cabin, RafaeColton Cowboy Ecover FINALl Artunian, is a coach for American figure skater, Ashley Wagner.   We would see Rafael on television, giving advice to Ashley, then sitting next to her while she waited for her scores.  It was nice to have a personal connection to the Olympic Games, and of course, I cheered on all our athletes.  They’ve worked so hard to reach the peak of excellence to compete with the best in the world.  

 Now, February has come and gone, and I can get back to my normal routine, too.   By the time I post this blog, my book THE COLTON CREEK COWBOY will be up on Create Space.   And my new book, Colt and Lucia’s story, LOVE STRUCK COWBOY, will be going up on Amazon within the next few weeks.  

I know it’s taken more time than I thought, but anything worthwhile is.  

As always I look forward to chatting with readers, so please connect with me here, or on my Facebook Author Page. Have a question you’re dying to have answered? Ask me here or on FB I’ll try my best to answer it. Until next time, Happy Reading! Patricia


13. February 2014 · Comments Off on Welcome to February……. · Categories: Blog · Tags: , , , , , , ,

Welcome to February…

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Where Has the last few months gone?  It seems I was trying to get ready for my FaceBook launch December 17th for THE COLTON CREEK COWBOY, and then came Christmas and New Years.

            January flew by while I was trying to catch up with putting away all the holiday decorations, trying to find time plot my next book, stealing some time to be with my adorable grandkids. 


Now, it’s February, and Valentine’s Day heading right for us.  The time to show the ones we love how special they are.   Over the past twenty years, I’ve written about a lot of heroes, mostly they’ve worn cowboy hats and boots.  Beside their swagger, and their perfect jean-clad body, I’ve written about the kind of man who knows how to treat a woman.  I might be from the city, but I’ve spent a lot time in ranching communities.  The true cowboy isn’t a myth.  He’s polite and considerate to everyone, especially to his woman.  At least my men are. 


And speaking for most women, we don’t expect an expensive restaurant–although we won’t turn it down–it’s the effort that counts the most.  I see one of my cowboys bringing his date to his ranch for a special candlelit supper.  He has baked potatoes in the oven and thick steaks on the grill.  He has you seated at the linen-covered kitchen table with a single lit taper in the middle.  He pours a glass of wine and tells you to relax while he cooks.  With a towel tucked around his narrow waist, he turns back to his task, giving you a great view of… a man at work.  Oh, yeah, that’s sexy. 

In The Love Struck Cowboy, there are several times Colt Slater shows Lucia how special she is to him.   


Here’s one of their dates…

At the Mountain High Restaurant, Colt met Lucia’s gaze across the dimly lit table.  She was so striking he couldn’t stop looking at her, but it was more than her beauty that drew him.  She listened to him talk about anything and everything.  She understood his loneliness since his parents’ death.           

            “Being home is nice after all those months on the circuit.”  He sighed.  “I didn’t know how much until I brought you back here.”  He turned his palm over and grasped her hand.  “And I also realized how badly—“

            The waitress arrived at their table.  “Are you ready to order?”

            Colt looked at Lucia, allowing her to go first with an order of fried catfish and rice, and he selected prime rib and baked potato. 

            Once the waitress was gone, he looked back at Lucia.  “As I was saying, not until I brought you here did I realize how lonely a big empty house is.”  He swallowed the tightness in his throat.  “I like having you at the ranch.  I like coming in the door and seeing you there.”

            “I’m glad I came here, too.  I’m glad I got to see the Lazy S.  It’s so beautiful.”   

He leaned closer, hating the fact that he might lose her soon.  “Do you love it here enough to stay?”     

            She sucked in a breath unable hide her surprise.  “Oh, Colt…”

            Shaking his head, he raised a hand.  “Don’t answer me yet.  But just so you know, my feelings for you are only getting stronger.”

            Lucia’s heart pounded frantically in her chest.  How easy it would be for her to agree to stay.  To make a life here with him, but she couldn’t stop thinking about another man, a man who could hurt Colt.  She couldn’t let that happen. 

            She leaned forward and said in a soft, husky voice.  Tu eres mi luz en la oscuridad.    You are my light in the dark,” she repeated in English. “But I have no right to say this to you.”

            The background music mixed with the conversation, but she only heard Colt’s words.  “You have every right, Lucia.  Te amo mucho.”   His grip tightened on her hand as he leaned forward and whispered the words again.              

The ache in her heart grew as she held back tears over his declaration.  Words she wanted desperately to say back to this wonderful man.  “Oh, Colt, you can’t say that, I must leave… someday.”

Her gaze searched her face, trying to see something that made him believe that he could change her mind. “Why can’t you, Lucia?  Why can’t you stay and make a life here?”

“It’s just not possible, Colt.”

“There’s no reason why you can’t.  I wouldn’t be easy, but I sure a good lawyer could help you.  You told just a few days ago, you wanted to teach school.”

“That was before…”  She glanced away, but he was having none of her silence. 

He slipped out of the booth and came around to her side of the table.  His gaze never wavered from hers as he sat down next to her in the high-backed bench seat, forcing her to scoot over almost against the wall.  He reached out and cupped her face, capturing her full attention.

He touched her chin and made her look at him.  

“Tell me, Lucia.  Trust me enough to share whatever is troubling you.”

A tear slid down her cheek.  “I wish… but I can’t, Colt.  I’m confused about what to do.”               

He wasn’t going to lose her.  “I get that.  It’s hit me like cattle stampede, too.   From the second I saw you stepped off the Ferris Wheel in Cheyenne, you had me.”  

He smiled.  “Just so you know, I can stare at your pretty ebony eyes for the rest of my life and would die a happy man.”

She lowered her lashes and he caught the blush to her face.

With nothing to lose, he tossed more kindling into the fire.  “I’ll tell you something else, Lucia.  I can’t wait for our children to see them with your coloring, with your eyes.”

She gasped at his words, then his mouth captured hers and all rational thoughts left her head.  This man had a habit of doing that.  She gripped his arm and hung on as his tongue slipped inside her mouth and brushed against hers, causing her blood to pound in her ears.  Oh, dear.  She couldn’t deny him. 

Slowly he pulled back. “Te querre para siempre. I will always want you.  Just remember that, Lucia.  Always.” 


Love Struck Cowboy coming soon.

I hope you have a great Valentines Day with someone special.   Enjoy, Patricia Thayer

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  Return to ranching country with bestselling author Patricia Thayer—don’t miss the third book in her enthralling Slater Sisters series!

On the run… and right into a cowboy’s arms.

When being stalked by an ex-boyfriend, Tori Slater leaves the Montana family ranch to make a new life at Great-Great-Grandmother Rachel’s homestead, Colton Creek Ranch in Wyoming. Suddenly there a brand new complication when the caretaker’s grandson becomes her new business partner and soon her heart gets involved in the partnership.

Ex-cop, Logan McNeely, has his own dreams of a solitary life, raising free-range cattle on his neighboring ranch. Half his dream ends with his grandfather’s recent death. Then in walks Tori to add problems he didn’t need. He can’t seem to ignore her, and when danger comes to the homestead, more than his cop instincts kick in.

To save her, he has to save himself first before they can have a future together.

















Welcome back Friends and Fans,

First, I want to wish you all a Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year!

I love this season!  I know the decorations and music begins far too soon, but we end up needing all the time we can get to be ready for the special day.  I’m definitely not finished shopping, and thanks to my wonderful niece who has volunteered to do the family party for me this year.  Bless you, Emily.   

It’s also been a busy few months for me getting my new INDIE book ready for its release on December 17th.   Not as easy as I planned, but nothing that is done right is.  I want all my readers to enjoy my new addition to the Slater Sister series. 



And now the 3rd book, Tori Slater’s story, COLTON CREEK COWBOY. 

It’s also my hope is that you all can take some time out of your hectic schedule for a few hours from wrapping gifts, decorating trees and baking cookies.  How about you come visit me on FaceBook, TUESDAY DEC, 17th   between 10:00 and 4:00 EST for my launch of COLTON CREEK COWBOY. 

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In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, there will also be plenty of gifts, books, gift cards, chocolate, and a swag bag filled with all kinds of goodies.  And for those of you who can’t visit us when we’re live, there will be after hours’ drawings, too.      

I’m most excited because many of my friends will be joining me throughout the day.  And I’m sure in this list there is some of your favorite authors, too.  If not, this is your chance to maybe find a new favorite.    

Candis Terry, Debra Holland, Laura Drake, Susan Squires, Mindy Neff, Linda McLaughlin, Barbara Ankrum and Jill Marie Landis.

  I hope you will join me and my fellow author for a fun day!     

Come join us and please share the graphic and link!

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 4399Out this month is the second book in Slater Sisters of Montana series, just release by Harlequin Romance; PROPOSAL AT THE LAZY S RANCH

      Josie Slater returns home after ten long years and the first person she sees is the gorgeous-as-ever Garrett Temple.  The memories of her first love and her first broken heart come flooding back.

She doesn’t have time for old attractions as the Lazy S needs her help to survive. But when a snowstorm blows in, Josie and Garrett are left stranded together.  With nowhere to run, the feelings that they still belong together is undeniable. 

     Will Tori forgive him for breaking her heart?  Can Garrett keep her from leaving, and convince her this time to accept his proposal? 

Buy Proposal at Lazy S Ranch:


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And be sure to check your local Target and Kmart or look online for your copy of Proposal at Lazy S Ranch today!

Be sure to catch the Slater Sisters series from the beginning with Ana’s story, THE COWBOY SHE COULDN’T FORGET, available online. 4387



Best selling author of over 40 books, Patricia Thayer, is known for her western and small town stories.  She’s won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice, the Book Buyers Best awards and was nominated for the prestigious RITA. 

Growing up in the Midwest, her first heroes were cowboys.  The small town rancher, the family man who works hard for his land and the people he loves.  He always does the right thing.     

Patricia left Indiana after collage and moved to Southern California.    When she needs time alone, she and her husband, Steve, head up to their cabin in the local mountains.  When she isn’t writing, she sits on the deck with her guy, enjoying the quiet life.              


Find Patricia online at www.patriciathayer.com   FaceBook Patricia Thayer Wright

Come visit me again, and I promise to keep you posted on some important news coming up next month.


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