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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Amazing Sale--TWO BOX SETS OF 5 WESTERN ROMANCE NOVELS--Only 99 Cents Each

For a limited time you can buy 2 boxed sets of full length western romance novels for your kindle at the bargain price of 99 cents for each collection.  A COWBOY'S BRAND, AND A COWBOY'S HEART--available for a short time so grab them while they're available for this crazy price.

A Cowboy's Brand: 5 Western Romance Novels

A COWBOY'S BRAND is a sensational boxed set from Prairie Rose Publications! This collection includes five full-length novels from some of the best western romance writers in today's field, including Livia J. Washburn, Meg Mims, Gail L. Jenner, Kristy McCaffrey and Sarah J. McNeal. This set makes a wonderful gift for someone else, or for yourself, and at only .99 you can't go wrong! Grab A COWBOY'S BRAND and its companion set, A COWBOY'S HEART, and enjoy some fantastic old west tales of romance guaranteed to make you smile! 

MENDING FENCES by Livia J. Washburn is a riveting story of the Texas frontier as well as a touching romance between a heroine trying to find her place in the world and a hero whose past may destroy them both.

Meg Mims’s Spur Award-winning novel DOUBLE CROSSING is the story of mystery and intrigue as Lily Granville heads west, determined to track down her father’s killer. But who can she trust? Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?

HARMONICA JOE’S RELUCTANT BRIDE by Sarah J. McNeal is a wonderful time travel story of unexpected love.When Lola Barton inherits a rundown plantation, she believes her life has finally taken a positive turn. But, when she finds a mysterious trunk in the attic, it takes her into the past and to a man with dark secrets—and she’s married to him.

In Kristy McCaffrey’s story, Kate Kinsella has no choice but to go after Charley Barstow and talk some sense into him. Ethan Barstow is hot on his younger brother’s trail, too. All hell breaks loose when they discover Charley—not wishing to be found by anyone! Can Ethan and Kate find their own love and happiness with one another through the deception and hurt? Or will they both return INTO THE LAND OF SHADOWS…

This 2002 WILLA AWARD WINNER by Gail L. Jenner is the story of Liza Ralston, a young woman who leaves her settled existence to travel to Montana with her father—a decision she regrets. With her father severely wounded, the Pikuni tribe takes them in. But Liza wants nothing more than to return to St. Louis, despite her growing attraction for Red Eagle, a handsome young Indian warrior. Will Red Eagle and Liza find the love they’ve been waiting for? Beauty, treachery and danger lie ACROSS THE SWEET GRASS HILLS. 

A Cowboy's Heart: 5 Western Romance Novels

Hold on to your Stetson and get ready for some darn fine reading for a price you won’t believe! This Prairie Rose Publications boxed set includes ten western romance novels with something for everyone! For only .99, hours of reading pleasure can be yours—and this makes a wonderful gift, too! So come on, see what lies within A COWBOY’S HEART!

In Cheryl Pierson’s time travel story, TIME PLAINS DRIFTER, Romantic Times reviewer Donna M. Brown says, “4.5 stars…Cheryl Pierson's fresh, well-crafted novel pits some unlikely heroes against evil incarnate. The characters are vibrant and tell a story of courage in difficult circumstances.”

THE CALLING is an inspirational tale by Sara Barnard about a young man who turns away from God and the woman he loves to follow the outlaw trail. But love holds true and Esau can’t forget the past as God pushes him to face his sins and make things right again in a most unusual way!

In CLAIMING HIS HEART by Tanya Hanson, a handsome stranger who arrives in a peaceful California valley bearing a mysterious letter leaves Charmlee no choice but marriage to him. But  Charmlee and Tulsa each have plans of their own. Is there a bigger dream for the future ahead that they can’t see?

Is Leroy Vance a SAINT OR SINNER? Gil McDonald pens a riveting tale of a hard hearted bounty hunter, hot on the heels of a gang of outlaws. Injured and on foot, Vance faces almost certain death. But when he realizes that there is a young woman and her brother who desperately need his help, he risks everything for them. Will this bounty hunter and sinner finally find true love with the wife of another man? Or will any of them get out alive?

ALL FOR LOVE by Beverly Wells tells a gut-wrenching tale of social injustice in Wyoming of the 1880’s. Lorelei Webster, schoolmarm, tries to right the wrongs of the small town she’s a part of, and hopes for the help of the town doctor, Seth Taylor. Will her determination spark more than friendship between them as they work together?


Thursday, November 27, 2014

PRP New Release -- Two Christmas Anthologies -- Present for a Cowboy and Wild Texas Christmas

Prairie Rose Publications has two new western romance anthologies to share with you this Thanksgiving day. We will have two winners today, so be sure and comment for a chance of winning one of these great anthologies.

Christmas is on the way and our western heroines are in search of the perfect PRESENT FOR A COWBOY!

Livia J. Washburn’s TINSELTOWN kicks off this exciting holiday collection. Set in the “Roaring ’20’s” in Hollywood, western movie actor Pecos must rescue a young woman in danger—and finds love in the bargain. The rescue of a young, abused boy in Gail L. Jenner’s JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS opens the door to love for a young woman and a loner who has sworn off relationships. Linda Carroll-Bradd’s CLARI’S HERO features a man who views himself as anything but a hero—and a woman who shows him otherwise, and Lorrie Farrelly’s CHRISTMAS TREASURE is an unexpected gift that can’t be measured in gold. In Sarah J. McNeal’s story, a lonely widow’s perceived indiscretion may cost her and her cowboy their happiness WHEN LOVE COMES KNOCKING.

This sweet/sensual collection of wonderful Christmas stories has something for everyone!

Is Christmas wilder in Texas? It just might be! These cowboys and their ladies sure have their hands full—and Christmas brings them together to sort it all out!

Cheryl Pierson’s LUCK OF THE DRAW is the story of a handsome gambler and a beautiful witch. With their own particular talents, they discover life is one big poker table—and love can be had if they are willing to risk it all! Can a lumber baron and a railroad heiress save a small Texas town? Kathleen Rice Adams pens some holiday magic in THE LAST THREE MILES. When dreams turn to vengeance for a young gun-handy woman, it takes the love of a marshal to convince THE KID IN BLACK that Christmas really is a time of miracles. In THE TEXAN WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS by Jacquie Rogers, a Texas cowhand is snowed in for Christmas in Idaho. When he becomes part of the town’s “Secret Christmas Angel” game, will he be able to part with his heart?  A lady gambler and a con man find themselves in an unlikely situation that could save both of their hearts if they’re willing to trust one another in Kaye Spencer’s A GIFT OF CHRISTMAS HOPE.

This sensual/spicy collection of holiday tales is sure to warm your heart and bring smiles as big as Texas!

Buy Links PRESENT FOR A COWBOY  B&N Nook    Smashwords

                  WILD TEXAS CHRISTMAS  B&N Nook    Smashwords


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How the Texan Stole #Christmas, in WILD TEXAS CHRISTMAS @JacquieRogers #western #romance

The Texan Who Stole Christmas

Once upon a time, Cheryl messaged the Prairie Roses about the Christmas anthologies, then yet unnamed. I had an idea for a story so when she asked if I wanted a story in the sweet one or the spicy one, hey, I went with spicy. Weeks went by and the story took shape in my head as I was busy writing other projects.

Then the day came—Cheryl and Livia announced the titles. The sweet one is Present for a Cowboy, and the spicy one is... drum roll please...

Wild Texas Christmas

Only my story isn’t set in Texas. It’s set in Owyhee County, Idaho, where most of my other stories are set and where I grew up. Ah, but there’s always an answer, and that’s where reading old newspapers comes in handy. The only reason people went to the Owyhee Mountains in the first place was to make their fortunes on gold and (mostly) silver. Gold and silver are nice—beautiful and valuable—but they don’t taste that good and aren’t digestable.

So guess what happened? Texas ranchers realized they could make some money by driving beef on the hoof to the hungry miners. And they did. Many of those Texans stayed. Considering the winters in Fairview (not much there now but foundations), which has an elevation of 6,500 feet, you have to wonder why these Texan cowhands would want to stay there when they could’ve gone back home and had a much warmer Christmas.  Many of the current Owyhee County residents are descended from those Texas cowpokes.

Now I have an angle, and the story hadn't actually changed much other than I included the hero's home state.  That wasn't a stretch because he was a Texan anyway.  Here's a little about it.

About How the Texan Stole Christmas

In my story, Judd Shaw is the foreman of the Rocking R ranch in Owyhee County, Idaho Territory. There’s also a Rocking R in Texas where he and his lifelong friend, Webster Maxwell, have worked since they were old enough to ride and hold a rope at the same time. The two Texas cowpokes are in Idaho because the owner didn’t like how that ranch was being run, so he sent Judd to straighten things out, and Web came along.

The Owyhees, Idaho - not far from Silver City

Judd and Web can hardly wait to get back to Texas, especially when their ears are so cold, they might freeze solid. But the foreman has to stay and button down the ranch for wintering, and an early snow prevented the two of them from getting off the mountain. They’re stuck in Idaho for at least two months, and maybe four.

Mrs. Winnifred Spangler is a 21-year-old lonesome widow who has plunged headfirst into community service, along with her friend of many years, Mrs. Lulu Jamison, also a widow. Winnie cooked up community events for the entire week before Christmas. The first, a matchmaking scheme pairs off single men and women in a Secret Christmas Angel game where they all draw names of the opposite gender, then surreptitiously give their recipients a gift each day. Winnie and Lulu have planned at least one social activity every week for the Secret Christmas Angels. The second is for the children. She talked her father into buying a toy for each child in town.

It’s a week before Christmas when the story begins. Here’s a short snippet where Judd and Web are carrying the toys from the store to Winnie’s house. The steep streets are covered with snow and ice, and the townsmen have staked ropes so pedestrians can pull themselves up the hills—and slow the descent going down. Winnie and Lulu have mistaken Judd and Web as volunteers, and the men are too polite to say no. Besides, even though they think the ladies are married, they’re easy on the eyes.

How the Texan Stole Christmas
a short story  by Jacquie Rogers in
Wild Texas Christmas


Winnie found the whole situation awkward. She had to hang on to the rope with one hand, the strap of the bag of toys with the other, and hold up her skirt, too. Only problem was, she didn’t have three hands. The men had heavier loads but then they didn’t have skirts to hold up.

Tucker darted back and forth, as dogs do, but even he slid and fell a few times. Winnie slipped a time or two before she figured out how to keep herself upright, hold the toys, and preserve some modicum of modesty. Judd grunted softly every once in awhile, especially when the steep street inclined even more, and Tucker dashed between them, nearly upending Judd, who shooed him away.

Lulu glanced over her shoulder at Winnie. “Isn’t this a beautiful day? It’s cold, but the sun is shining and the air is clear. Last night’s fireplace smoke has blown away. I love days like this.”

Winnie nodded. “Yes, it’s a very nice day—would be even better if I were bundled up by the stove reading the latest Clara Vance novel.”

“What about you, Mr. Shaw?” Lulu asked.



Web laughed. “He said he wants to be called by his first name. He just don’t use a lot of words sayin’ it.” Lulu slipped and Web caught her before she fell. Winnie stopped while the two ahead got set to rights, Judd beside her. She felt a lot warmer when he was near and since she’d been married before, she knew exactly why. To cover her embarrassment, she adjusted her pack.

In an instant, her feet went out from under her and she knocked Judd off balance, too. She landed on her back, the cold hard ice knocking the wind out of her. Judd fell on top of her with his face buried in her bosom. She couldn’t speak for lack of air and she couldn’t move because he pinned her down.

He lifted his head after a moment. “I’m, uh, sorry.”

Winnie wasn’t sorry at all. No man had had his face on her bosom for a long time, and if she had to choose one to be there, Judd’s would be it.
♥ ♥ ♥
Wild Texas Christmas
Release date: November 27
Available for Pre-Order Now!
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Prodigal Gun Giveaway Winners!

A hearty "Thank you!" to everyone who stopped by yesterday to help me celebrate the debut of Prodigal Gun. I'm blessed to have so many friends, acquaintances, and enemies. <grin>

I promised to give away two prizes. Without further ado, decided these folks are the winners.

The print copy of Prodigal Gun goes to...


The CD of Marty Robbins's Gunfighter Ballads goes to...


Congratulations to both of y'all! I'll email you in just a minute to get your mailing addresses.

Thanks again for dropping by, everyone! You made the release of my debut novel very special.

All my best,

Find Prodigal Gun here:

Print  *  Kindle  *  Nook  *  Smashwords (most e-formats)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

#NewRelease: PRODIGAL GUN—All Royalties to Charity

By Kathleen Rice Adams

My debut novel, Prodigal Gun, bowed today. I am just tickled as all-get-out about that. Thanks to Livia Washburn Reasoner and Cheryl Pierson for taking a chance on an unknown author and for doing an outstanding job of putting the book together. Livia’s cover captures the characters, the setting, and the essence of the story beautifully, and Cheryl is an editing goddess (except for the occasional comma fight, but we both emerged unscarred).

Folks who know me will tell you I’m hardly ever serious (except about those dang commas), but I want to break with tradition for just a moment.

For twenty-three years, I was privileged to share life with a loving, generous man. Lee was so proud of all the anthologies with my name on the cover, and I think he was more excited than I about the publication of my first novel.

Sadly, he didn’t live to see the dream fulfilled. Lee died in June.

To honor Lee’s memory, all royalties from the sale of Prodigal Gun will go to charity. He would have liked that.

All right—enough of the seriousness. On to details about the book…and a couple of giveaways (one of which isn’t a book)!

Prodigal Gun
A dangerous man. A desperate woman. A love no war could kill.

Widowed rancher Jessie Caine buried her heart with the childhood sweetheart Yankees killed on a distant battlefield. Sixteen years later, as a Texas range war looms and hired guns arrive to pursue a wealthy carpetbagger’s agenda, Jessie discovers the only man she ever loved isn’t dead.

At least not yet.

Embittered by a brother’s betrayal, notorious gunman Calhoun is a dangerous man, come home to do an unsavory job. A bushwhacker’s bullet nearly takes his life on Jessie’s land, trapping him in a standoff between the past he tried to bury and the infamy he never will. One taste of the only woman he ever loved puts more than his life and her ranch in the crossfire.

With a price on his head, a debt to a wealthy employer around his neck, and a defiant woman tugging at his heart, Calhoun’s guns may not be enough to keep him from the grave. Caught between his enemies and hers, Jessie faces an agonizing choice: Which of her dreams will die?


April 1877

A red-tailed hawk circled in the cloudless sky, dipping one wing in a silent salute before plunging to the earth like a bullet. Twenty feet from the gelding’s hooves, a jackrabbit barely had time to shriek.

The horse tossed his head and danced a few steps. Calhoun pressed his knees against the saddle and drew the slack from the reins. “Easy, fella.” He patted the chestnut’s neck. “You’re too big for him to carry off.”

Tugging the brim of his Stetson closer to his eyes to block the afternoon glare, Calhoun settled into a lazy slouch. Texas hadn’t changed—still big and open and empty. A man could ride for days with no company but his own.

He scanned the surrounding terrain. Rocks and scrub littered the sand on both sides of the dry wash. Occasional stands of oak and mesquite interrupted the grama grass and prickly pear toward the skyline, but nothing moved. No insects or reptiles. No birds. Not even a breeze. Only the gelding’s hooves thudding against parched dirt and the creak of saddle leather violated the silence.

Too still. Too quiet. Too…empty. Unease had dogged him for the past six months, ever since the trouble in Kansas. Now, deep in the Texas Hill Country, an army of ants crawled the fringes of his nerves.

Someone hunted the hunter. Who? His gaze darted from sand to scrub to rock. “Show yourself, you son of a bitch.”

The horse’s ears swiveled to catch the mutter. Good God, you’re talkin’ to yourself.

Rubbing eyes dried by heat and fatigue, he sucked a lungful of scalding air. Two weeks of hard travel could prey on a man’s mind. Both he and the horse could use a brief rest. If memory served, a watering hole and some blessed shade lay just over the next rise.

A familiar rancor swelled in his chest. Some memories persisted despite a man’s best effort to forget.

Boggs better have a damn good reason for yanking him away from the high-dollar comfort of Miss Lavinia’s in Silver City. A wry twist pinched one corner of Calhoun’s lips. Now there was a memory to savor. The heat in New Mexico Territory could burn a man clear to his bones without leaving a mark.

Wildfire in Texas left scars.

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Do you have a favorite charity? Tell me in the comments! I’ll give a print copy of Prodigal Gun to one person who answers and a CD of Marty Robbins’s Gunfighter Ballads to another.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Christmas tale in Nebraska? Brrrrrrr ~Tanya Hanson

Can a Christmas blizzard ignite love gone cold?

My Christmas story, Covenant, is now bargain priced at only 99 cents! It’s a gut’s what one reviewer has to say:

 In a romance I want a novella to deliver the power and enjoyable HEA that one would expect to enjoy only in a full size novel.
     “Covenant” is that kind of 5-Star novella.
     It opens with about as emotional a scene as you’d expect in a romance and then continues with that high level of tension until the last page. No padding and no sagging middle.
     “Covenant” provided a totally engaging and enjoyable reading experience. I loved it. Highest recommendation. 5-Stars!
Part of the anthology, Wishing for a Cowboy, the story--now available separately, needed a Christmas food for a theme. My gram’s springerle cookies just jumped into my head. I clearly remember the lemony yet licorice-y taste of these little “picture cookies” from my childhood, but more than that, I remember just dreaming over the rolling pin.
In the story, Carsten Green courts his mail-order bride Ella across the miles by sending her hand-carved cookie molds depicting her life...and his love. She calls his carvings worthy of a museum. But sadly, Fate tosses them unexpected grief that tears apart the new marriage.

Also sadly, Gram's springerle recipe disappeared over time, a well as her story-telling rolling pin. But King Arthur Flour has generously given permission to use their recipe at the back of the story, and pictures..

Enjoy! It’s the perfect short read in front of a fireplace where stocking have been hung with care!

Alone, abandoned, struck with guilt and grief, mail order bride Ella Green refuses to celebrate their first wedding anniversary by herself on the Nebraska homestead. Her fault Charlotte died.

Her fault her husband couldn’t stick around. So it’s back to Pennsylvania. Until the snow hits.
But do the spingerle cookie molds depicting her life--Carsten’s hand-carved courtship gifts to her across the miles--still have more story to tell?

Or is it truly The End?

Widower Carsten Green took on a bride merely to tend his little daughter. Unbeknownst to Ella, he gave her his heart instantly. Yet he believed she’s got no reason to stay after the child’s death. So he’s left her first.

How can the Christmas blizzard separating them warm their hearts, brighten their future, and ignite love gone cold?

“Tuesdays with Tanya~

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Linda Broday Introduces the Bachelors of Battle Creek!

Sometimes a series comes along that you just know you have to write. Bachelors of Battle Creek is one of those.

The bonds formed in an orphanage are lasting and deep.

Three ragged boys slip from their beds and, by the light of the moon, prick their thumbs and declare themselves brothers. Several years later, they escape an orphan train and run for their lives. Through the years they stand together, shoulder to shoulder, facing whatever comes. Their bond is unbreakable.

As men, each for their own reasons, they vow to never marry. The pain of their horrific pasts runs too deep.

Cooper Thorne is the oldest at 29 and has taken on the role of protector even though they’re all adults now. If anyone tried to harm Rand or Brett, they’ll have to go through him and will find that a tough job because he’ll go through hell and keep on going until he comes out the other side. He can count on one hand the people he cares about and his loyalty to them goes bone-deep. He’s become a fearless fighter. Men who’ve crossed him have lived to regret it. The stripes on his back prove that he may bend, but he doesn’t break. He’s a rancher and owns the Long Odds Ranch.

Rand Sinclair is the middle brother. This 27 year old always wears a grin—even then he’s landing a punch to your jaw. It would be a big mistake to think that his fun-loving nature makes him soft. He can be a ferocious competitor. Though he owns a saloon called Lily of the West, he longs to be a rancher one day like Cooper and Brett. His family of brothers mean everything to him. Because so many people have walked out of his life he’s sealed off his heart. He can’t afford to trust again. He won’t.

Brett Liberty is the baby of the bunch at 24 and a half-breed. He’s the product of a white father and Indian mother. He walks between two worlds and fits in neither. He was only eight-years-old when he escaped the orphan train with Cooper and Rand. He was left on the orphanage steps when he was only weeks old. Though raised with the whites, he finds no welcoming arms except in the town of Battle Creek, Texas. He knows nothing of his Native American heritage, not even which tribe he comes from. He’ll never ask a woman to share this limbo he’s in. He finds peace only on his Wild Horse Ranch where he rounds up and gentles mustangs.

Book One of this series is TEXAS MAIL ORDER BRIDE that releases on January 6, 2015.

Cooper Thorne thinks his life is finally on an even keel – until a woman steps off the stagecoach, claiming to be the bride he sent for. He doesn’t know who’s behind the joke, but he isn’t laughing. He quickly sets her straight and offers to give her money to return where she came from.

Delta Dandridge will never return to Cedartown, Georgia. Finding herself penniless and spurned by the rancher, she digs deep inside for the grit that’s carried her through life. Battle Creek is a nice place and she’s staying right where she is, whether this sets well with Cooper Thorne or not. The dying little town and its people need her and she needs them.

Brash and quick-witted, the meddling Southern Belle is everything Cooper thought he never wanted…and everything his heart is telling him he needs.

Then demons from his past return to threaten everything…and everyone…he holds dear. He knows this will be a fight he can’t afford to lose. He’ll gladly give his life to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart and given him a reason for living.

 I hope you’ll like this story of love and hope and forgiving yourself. You can preorder now.

Book Two, TWICE A TEXAS BRIDE, will release in May. This is Rand's story.

Here is the book trailer. Enjoy!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pinterest for Writers Tutorial - Part 4: Add Pinterest to Your Blog and Website

Welcome to the PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS blog for the fourth Pinterest Tutorial for Writers: Add Pinterest to Your Blog and Website

If you missed the first three Pinterest tutorials for writers, you may find them at the following links by clicking on the name of the tutorial:

1.  Part 1: Set Up Your Accounts, Boardsand Start Pinning (Prairie Rose Publications blog)

2.  Part 2: ManageYour Writer’s Boards and Pins (Prairie Rose Publications blog)

Pinterest may become even more important to you as a writer due to the availability of the Pinterest widget. The title of this tutorial probably should be amended to show that you can use the Pinterest widgets to not only pin your Pinterest accounts and boards to your blog or website, but you can also pin images from blog posts and internet articles to your boards.


Figure 1
 In your internet browser, bring up both your Pinterest account and the blog or internet site containing images and information you want to pin to one of your Pinterest boards. (See Figure 1)
Figure 2

Log in to your Pinterest account.

Bring up the window with the blog or internet site that has the image you wish to pin to one of your boards. hover over the image until the Pin it button appears. (See Figure 2) If one does not appear, you may add a widget to your browser toolbar that will help facilitate pinning. More on that later in the tutorial. Click on the Pin it button.

Figure 3

If you forgot to log into your Pinterest account, a sign up/log in window will pop up to allow you to do that. (See Figure 3)

Once you are logged into your Pinterest account, a Pick a board window will pop up showing a thumbnail of the image and a brief description of blog name and title. (See Figure 4) There is also a drop-down menu that will allow you to select the board on which you wish the image pinned.

You may also add additional comments about your book in the description box.

When completed, click on the red Pin it button on the lower right-hand corner of the window.
Figure 4
Figure 5
 Now the image with the link to the blog post or internet site it pinned to your board. (See Figure 5)

Figure 6
At a later time, if you wish to access the blog post or internet site from  which  your pin came, you may do so by opening the  board on which your pin is stored. (See Figure 6) Notice that in this instance, I have two pins of the same image. One came from my author blog, ZINA ABBOTT BOOKS, and one came from my publisher's blog, PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS. In this instance, I choose to access  the PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS blog. To do so, I double-click on the image.

Figure 7
That will bring up the individual pin screen showing the image, the board to which it is pinned and the source from which it came. (See Figure 7)To see the full blog post, click on the Visit site button in the top menu bar.

That will take me back to the original blog post from which the image was pinned. (See Figure 8)

Figure 8
This is a good alternative for storing internet articles such as contest or promotional details or research information that you wish to save for future reference as opposed to copying and pasting the same data into a word document and saving it in your My Documents file on your computer. It allows for a "cloud" storage system which could prove valuable in case  your computer hard drive crashes and you don't have all your files backed up.


You can enhance your writer blog and/or website by using Pinterest widgets to connect them to your entire Pinterest collection of boards or individual book boards. There are instructions in the Pinterest help section on how to do this with many of the popular blog sites. The following is how I added my novel boards to my ZINA ABBOTT BOOKS blog which is hosted on Blogger. Probably most of the blog hosting sites will follow similar procedures.
Figure 9

First, in your browser, bring up both Pinterest and your blog. Log in to Pinterest and sign in to your blog. (See Figure 9)

Figure 10
To add your Pinterest account to your blog, go to the window with your Pinterest account. Click on the gear button to access the drop-down menu. On that menu, click on Make a widget. (See Figure 10)

Figure 11
The Add a Pinterest widget to your site! box will pop up. Follow the instructions to Copy the code below by highlighting the code with your cursor and either doing a right-click and then copy with your mouse or touchpad, or by pressing the <CTRL + C> keys on your keyboard. (See Figure 11)

Figure 12
Next, move to the browser window that has your blog account. Open it to the section that allows you to format the  layout of your blog and add features. In this instance, click on Add a Gadget in the location where you would like it to appear on the blog. (See Figure 12)

Figure 13
The available gadgets, or features you can add to the blog will pop up. From the list, choose HTML/JavaScript in order to connect the two site through the internet. (See Figure 13)

A box will come up in which you can then paste the widget code you copied from Pinterest by either doing a right-click and then paste with your mouse or touchpad, or by pressing the <CTRL + V> keys on your keyboard. (See Figure 14)

Figure 14
Keep in mind that putting the code in the Content box will only put onto your blog an image of your Pinterest account or board as it was at the time you formed the code. To make it interactive so that the gadget updates as you make changes to your account or board and so your blog visitor can access your account or board, you must complete another step.

Figure 15

To connect the two so your Pinterest account or board is interactive, go back to the browser window for your Pinterest account and copy the URL, or web address, for your account. (See Figure 15)

Go back over to the browser window with the blogger gadget box and click on the tool for linking to the internet. (See Figure 16) In the Enter URL pop-up box, paste the URL for your Pinterest account and click OK. Then click Save on the Configure HTML/JavaScript box.
Figure 16
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You can do the same thing with individual boards instead of  your entire collection of boards. Open up the board you wish to add to your blog, locate the gear button with the drop-down menu, click on Make a widget (See Figure 17), and then follow the same steps as detailed above.

This was the option I chose for my ZINA ABBOTT BOOKS blog. I have individual novel Pinterest boards for both of my latest books on the sidebar of my blog. (See Figure 18).


Figure 19
 This tutorial is designed to give you an idea of some things you can do with Pinterest. For additional help for your individual blog or website, go to the Pinterest help center for additional information. You can access it by clicking on the question mark that stays at the lower right-hand side of  your Pinterest site.  (See Figure 19) 

From there you will see a screen that looks like this. (See Figure 20) Click on Browse help topics.

It will take you to the next screen with a menu of help topics dealing with Businesses and Websites. (See Figure 21) There are a number of help topics, including the one on Website widgets and Pin it buttons.

Figure 20

Figure 21
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 Under that topic you will find helps for building a widget and how to use them on several of the more popular blog and website hosts. (See Figure 22)

This concludes my series of tutorials on how to use Pinterest to help you as a writer. If you have found other ways that Pinterest has helped you as a writer, please leave your comments below.

Those tutorials that are past are linked below. Here is the schedule:

1.  Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Prairie Rose Publications blog
2.  Monday, October 20, 2014 - Prairie Rose Publications blog
3.  Friday, November 7, 2014 - Fire Star Press blog
4.  Monday, November 17, 2014 - Prairie Rose Publications blog
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Robyn Echols writes using the pen name, Zina Abbott. Her novel, FAMILY SECRETS, has been published by Fire Star Press and is now available. Her short historical western romance, A CHRISTMAS PROMISE, was recently published by Prairie Rose Publications.

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