Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Autumn Harvest Blog Hop


Welcome to the Autumn Harvest blog hop! There are over 200 participants! We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!


Now what are those prizes?



1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains 10+ paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

 I will be giving away 2 prizes-- a $5.00 Amazon giftcard and an e-copy of Shot Through the Heart.

 

Some things I really love occur in Autumn.

Afavorite activity, shared with my daughter, is taking pictures of the fall leaves. Here, in SW Colorado, the mountains are colored red and gold by the leaves of oak brush and aspen leaves. We take the horses and our dogs and ride into the mountains to look for interesting leaves or trees to photograph. I’ve never had a character us photography as a hobby. But since I write suspense, it would open up a whole lot of possibilities if I did. Hmmmm….





Gathering cows. Next to taking them up to summer range, the fall gather is my all-time favorite activity. The cooler days, the smell of sagebrush. Hardworking horses. Cowdogs dashing through the brush. Bawling cows and calves. The shouts of cowboys and cowgirls carrying in the crisp air. Ah, yeah. A lot of my characters are cowboys and cowgirls. It’s odd that I don’t use the fall gather more often in my books.   
In Shot Through the Heart, it isn’t fall, but Derrick is gathering cattle…

By mid-afternoon Derrick Garrison had located half of his cattle and pushed them toward the north pasture, picking up the rest as he went.  His red heeler Turbo dashed through the brush, moving out the strays Derrick missed.  He paused and lifted his hat to swipe at his forehead with his sleeve.  His entire body was sticky with sweat, his shirt glued to his back.  Although sporadic bouts of thunder continued to crash all around him, no rain fell.  With a weary sigh, he spoke to his dog and horses.  “Let’s break for lunch.”

            The herd spread out to graze.  Leaning back against a log, Derrick unwrapped a roast beef sandwich and a bag of chips.  As he lifted a steaming cup of coffee to his lips, he took a rough count on his herd. 

            He had most of them.  

            Turbo barked low and hackles rose along his neck and back.  He seemed transfixed by something at the edge of the meadow.  Food forgotten, Derrick looked up in time to catch a glimpse of movement.  Was there a bear out there stalking the cows?  He glanced at the herd and they didn’t seem concerned, but both horses’ heads were high, eyes wide.  Running a reassuring hand down Turbo’s stiff back, Derrick murmured, “What do you see out there, boy?”

            The dog growled again.

Derrick trusted his dog’s instincts enough to investigate.  He pushed to his feet and started toward the edge of the meadow when something big crashed through the trees.  Derrick couldn’t get a good look at it, but he figured it for an elk because Turbo froze and fixed on the movement.  He wouldn’t react that way to a cow.  Maybe a moose.  A neighbor claimed to have seen one of the Alaskan transplants last summer. 

A little more unnerved than he cared to admit, Derrick watched for a few more minutes to see if anything appeared.  He released a pent-up breath.  He had more important things to worry about than a stray moose.  “Come on, buddy.  Let’s go.”

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76 comments:

  1. Nice excerpt...thanks for sharing! I'll check this book out! Lucky daughter, love the fall leaves-- beautiful!
    ivegotmail8889(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. well i was hoping to win a horse, or at least a cowboy... i loved 'shot through the heart' as it took me back to my summer holidays out riding the trails --but with a little more excitement. ;)

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  3. Very nice excerpt, D'Ann! So nice to have Western novels that are written by the real deal.

    Best,
    Jacqueline Seewald
    TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS--sensual historical romance now available in all ebook formats

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  4. It’s hard to say what exactly would be my Go-To Autumn Romance book. When I think real hard about it, I would have to say it has a sexy, strong, determined male that when it comes to love is just lost. Then there has to be a woman who is usually in need of help or needs to know what love and family is. Together they heal each other and love turns out to be their greatest gift. I also love a happy ending at this time of year, usually where the epilogue has them starting their own family to love and cherish. Oh….and definitely HOT loving too!

    Angelheart618@gmail.com

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  5. love a good cowboy story!!!

    grammieofsix@gmail.com

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  6. D'Ann,
    We are taking our first family vacation to Breckenridge this winter. So beautiful. :)
    Awesome post!
    -R.T. Wolfe

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  7. Great picture it reminds me a little of the colors you will see here in New England in the fall. Unfort. most of the leaves are off the trees now, between the winds from Sandy and the snow on Wednesday.

    thanks for sharing the excerpt. sounds good

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  8. love the excerpt, D'Ann! And I think you must get some of the best autumn color around!

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  9. love a good cowboy story!!!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. I love to read cowboy stories. Autumn is my favorite time of year.
      lauratroxel@yahoo.com

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  10. I love the crisp fall air. It just seems to yell at you to make all kinds of food.
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  11. Actually, autumn isn't my favorite time of year...mainly because winter follows on its heels. Of course, living in NC now means winters are not as harsh as they are in MI. I do love the brilliant fall colors though.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Karen!
      I can so relate to the harsh MI winters! Only...I'm still here! lol
      Send some of that warm NC air this way will ya? lol

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  12. D'Ann,
    I'm so envious! I'd LOVE to experience Autumn the way that you described! I love photography,and horseback riding! And I've always wanted to "gather" cattle (lol or try at least!), and visit Colorado!
    S.D.
    AnnieBancroft08@yahoo.com

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  13. Beautiful description.

    sharon.cullen@hotmail.com

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  14. I love autumn too. All the trees are looking beautiful in Oklahoma right now. Excited about your book, as I love a good alpha cowboy story with a edge to it. Congrats! and thanks for the contest.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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  15. Aside from the cold weather, I do love autumn. The beautiful pictures, like yours, make me smile.

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  16. Great stop! Thanks for the giveaway! I love your pictures!
    jinni_james@yahoo.com

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  17. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  18. Beautiful pictures. Sounds like you have a very different life than I do here in NW Ohio. Loved the excerpt from your book too. Will add to my tbr list.

    phillips[.]Connie[@]gmail[.]com

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  19. Thnanks for the great giveaway. The pictures are just beautiful.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  20. I do love Fall though like the others said the only down side Winter follows and where we live its a hit or miss when it comes to harsh winters. Last year was great so I think this year we will be hit hard.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I loved your excerpt! Fall is my favorite season & I love everything about it! I love the colors, the crunch of leaves, hot apple cider, and bonfires.

    Sassychassy333@gmail.com

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  22. I like fall a lot. Love your book cover. Congratulations on another release.

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  23. Autumn is my favorite season! I like all the beautiful colors outside and the weather is not that hot anymore but not freezing cold either. It's just perfect! Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. I love take pictures of autumn leaves, too. My iPad is full of them. I'm not a photographer, but its hard to go wrong when the leaves are so beautiful! Thanks for participating in the hop!

    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

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  25. Love the colorful leaves in autumn.
    bituin76 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  26. I love your website... The mountains remind me of home.

    Fall - leaves.
    lcahoon7@gmail.com

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  27. I really like the weather because it's not so cold :)
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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  28. I love all the comfort food we make, that we dont in the summer :) I love to bake !

    thanks for the blog hop fun !

    Kym
    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. Photographing fall leaves is a hobby of mine as well. Shot Through the Heart sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

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  30. I love the cooler weather and the changing leaves!
    sqwalker2@gmail.com

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  31. AUTUMN HARVEST BLOG HOP

    Thank you the opportunity to get acquainted with all these new books!

    I love autumn with all the brilliant colors: oranges, yellows and reds of leaves. I love crisp, cool mornings where the sky is so blue it looks endless and the air is so fresh in your lungs. I love snuggling up in a warm throw on a cold autumn day with a good book. Of course, I love snuggling up with a good book about anytime of the year. I love Thanksgiving because it is a time to remember all the many blessings in my life and express thanks. I love baking spicy pumpkin pies with dollops of cream.

    The last book I finished was “Unravel Me” by Kendall Ryan. I liked it because the hot story line was so unexpected. I also love the steamy passion along the likes of Sylvia Day and Sylvain Reynard, but I hate mentioning favorite authors because the list is long. I appreciate the many styles authors use to weave stories of mystery, love, intrigue, preternatural and inspiration. I love reading because I can go anywhere, any time in my mind and imagine indescribable things.

    Thank you for doing the Autumn Blog giveaway.

    Gail djgandyfan@gmail.com

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  32. Autumn is my favorite season--the smells, the colors, the cool crisp air, "sweater weather," the lack of tourists...It's all good.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  33. i love the autumn cause of all the beautful changes that comes along thanks for the chance to win angelwolfmystic@yahoo.com

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  34. I just love the weather. A little cool, but not too much.

    muggled@gmx.com

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  35. What a beautiful setting you live in, D'Ann. I have many trees, but no hills. Dogs but no horses. I can only imagine a cowgirls life through your books!

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  36. What you tell sounds so nice. I live in a city, with no nature nearby.
    tessa.bamberg@kolumbus.fi

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  37. I love the fall leaves here in the blue ridge mountains!
    Thanks!
    tobihelton at gmail dot com

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  38. beautiful picture and interesting excerpt!

    Thank you for the giveaway!!

    booksconsidered[at]gmail[dot]com

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  39. I love that the hoildays are coming christmas is my favorite with all the lights! Thank you for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  40. Very pretty! Love reading and thinking of things that go bump in the night this time of year!

    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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  41. I love fall! It's my favorite season. Thanks for the giveaway!

    aprilnu2003@yahoo.com

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  42. I bet it is beautiful this time of year where you live, D'Ann!! Love this book! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    jennyrlowery(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. What pretty pictures of the trees in SW Colorado....I was born in the SE part of Colorado....the not pretty part of the state... I remember Autumn there as a big full moon and my grandpa's field of dried cornstalks and running down thru the rows. That is what I remember about Autumn...we don't have a change of seasons where I live now.
    JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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  44. Autumn is my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  45. Thanks for the book promo & beautiful photo.
    Special thanks for the prizes you are giving; a foreigner is able to win them.

    Thanks from Azerbaijan,
    Adila
    adilasblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I'd love to see your mountains in the fall... When Sandy came through last week, our trees were stripped of most of their leaves.

    Flowerlady_23 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  47. Beautiful picture! We do have a few trees that change color with the season but nothing like this. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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  48. I adore autumn because of the amazing colors, bundling up in sweaters, Halloween and my birthday! Autumn also means cuddling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa!

    grapeapril75(at)gmail(dot)com

    I love the hops cause of all the awesome new books I find to add to my to read list!

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  49. Riding around on a crisp fall day and then enjoying the warm campfire...fall with cowboys sounds wonderful.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

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  50. I do enjoy autumn. Basketball season is starting. Love the cowboy.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  51. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  52. Love the cool crisp air, the changing colors and the yummy pumpkin treats of fall. Thanks for participating in the hop. Kim
    starsia70 at yahoo dot com

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  53. nice pic, love all the foliage in the fall - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  54. Nice Pictures, thanks for sharing them :)
    I enjoy watching the colors change also..

    Happy Holidays

    Beckey
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  55. love the pictures. where i live i love to watch the mountains changing. thanks for joining the hop. Miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

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  56. Aww a picture from home. You have no idea how much I miss it, especially in the Autumn.There is nothing like the smell of fall when you are in the Rocky Mtns.I loved watching the different colored leaves floating down streams and a forest of mixed colors and the crispest air ever. Your book reminds me of the Pikes Peak or Bust rodeos from when i was a little girl. smilz
    peach_hugs@yahoo.com

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  57. Autumn is always cold and wet over here, so what I like the best about it is my birthday:) It's next week!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  58. Great pictures. I also love pictures of the leaves during autumn. Beautiful!

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    morebooksthanlivros@gmail.com

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  59. I like the cooler weather to curl up with a good book.
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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  60. My favorite thing about Autumn/Fall is the changing color of the leaves, orange, yellow, red, even purple. They are so pretty. My least favorite thing is raking up those pretty leaves. LOL I love to curl up by the fire and read a hot romance book on a cold fall evening. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  61. one of my favorite things about Autumn is the cozy clothing! I love jeans, hoodies and sweaters! oooh and boots! I love boots :)

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  62. My favorite things about autumn is the changing colours of the leaves, Halloween and my birthday!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    redfirewood888(AT)yahoo(DOT)ca

    DarkBloodyVamp

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  63. I love Autumn for the leaves. I read lots of books as it gets colder.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

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  64. Beautiful scenery! When I was younger, I lived in the northeast and we used to rake the leaves into piles and jump in them. It was so much fun. :)
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    trb0917 at gmail.com

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  65. I live in WI, so I get to see all the great color changes. Thx for the hop stop.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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  66. Thanks for sharing and being a part of the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  67. I love Autumn for the crunchy leaves, hoodies, football, and apple cider!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

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  68. The northeast tends to have wonderful fall foliage. This year was no different except it didn't stay on the trees as long thanks to superstorm Sandy. The bite in the air and crunch of leaves underfoot are the signal that summer has truly gone and winter is on it's way.
    planterofhope(at)aol(dot)com

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  69. I love Fall because of the football games and tailgating with friends and family! And of course having a campfire with roasted hotdogs! Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

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  70. Your book looks good. Autumn is a cozy time to read! lisarayns at gmail dot com

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  71. Always was a sucker for a cowboy! Love the fall pics, too! Thanks for a chance to win your book!

    Barbara
    bbsbooknook@aol.com

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  72. I totally love autumn and I love everything about it.
    Thanks! ;)

    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. I love autumn for the colors, bonfires, and my birthday. Driving up the river road this time of year is amazing.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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