Sharon Gillenwater tops today’s Buffet with Jenna’s Cowboy, an inspirational romance with a strong taste of Texas.

sharonSharon grew up on Thompson’s Ranch in the Rolling Plains of West Texas, near Colorado City, and her father was ranch foreman. Love and marriage took her across the country to the state of Washington, but Texas remains dear to her heart — and most of her books are set in West Texas. But Sharon isn’t a one-trick pony — she has written contemporary and historical romances for both the general market and the Christian market. In addition to her West Texas books, six are set in Regency England and Scotland. Another historical takes place in Iowa. To stir the pot even more, with four novels and one novella, Sharon used her maiden name, Sharon Harlow, as a pen name.

So far, Sharon has 19 published novels along with two novellas. She sold her first book to Dorchester in 1987. Some of her earlier work is no longer in print, but are now being released for Kindle. Meanwhile Sharon is developing new story ideas.

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Jenna’s Cowboy

Christian Fiction > Westerns > Romance
Author: Sharon Gillenwater

Jenna's Cowboy (The Callahans of Texas Book #1): A Novel

Jenna Callahan has a young son and rewarding work on her father’s ranch. She’s content. But she never expected to see Nate Langley back in town–the first guy she noticed, the one her father sent away all those years ago. And she never thought the attraction they felt would be as strong as ever.

Jenna’s cowboy has some healing of his own to do, though, after two tours of duty in the armed forces. With the help of good friends, strong faith, and a loving family, he hopes to put the horrors of the past behind him–and become the man Jenna deserves.


Agent of Change

Science Fiction > Space Opera
Author: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
Agent of Change (Liaden Universe)

Once a brilliant First-in Scout, Val Con yos’Phelium was “recruited” by the mysterious Liaden Department of Interior and brainwashed into an Agent of Change—a ruthless covert operative who kills without remorse.

Fleeing the scene of his latest murderous mission, he finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a tough Terran on the run from a team of interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without slaying each other—or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them.

An Untamed Land

Women’s Fiction > Domestic Life > Historical
Author: Lauraine Snelling
An Untamed Land (Red River of the North Book #1)

She had promised herself that once they left the fjords of Norway, she would not look back. After three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund, along with their son, Thorliff, finally arrive at the docks of New York City. It was the promise of free land that fed their dream and lured them from their beloved home high above the fjords of Norway in 1880.

Together with Roald’s brother Carl and his family, they will build a good life in a new land that promises untold wealth and vast farmsteads for their children. As they join the throngs of countless immigrants passing through Castle Garden, they soon discover that nothing is as they had envisioned it. Appalled by the horrid stories of fellow immigrants bilked of all their money and forced to live in squalid living conditions, the Bjorklunds continue their long journey by train as far as Grand Forks. From there a covered wagon takes them into Dakota Territory, where they settle on the banks of the Red River.

But there was no way for them to foresee the price they will have to pay to wrest a living from the indomitable land. The virgin prairie refuses to yield its treasure without a struggle. Will they be strong enough to overcome the hardships of that first winter?

Child of the Mist

Romance > Historical
Author: Kathleen Morgan
Child of the Mist (These Highland Hills Book #1)

In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It’s a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families.

While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne’s actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne’s safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead.
Will Niall discover the traitor’s identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best.

Quail Crossings

Historical Romance
Author: Jennifer McMurrain
Quail Crossings

Tragedy has struck the small town of Knollwood, Texas and Dovie Grant finds herself dealing with the loss of her husband and daughter. Despite her grief, she still must fight to bring her remaining family through the already trying times of The Great Depression. Her father needs help on their struggling farm, Quail Crossings. She isn’t thrilled that he’s hired a young 18 year old boy who’s caring for his three younger siblings. Surviving her grief, as well as the constant dust storms that plague the plains, will Dovie be able to put her pain aside to care for these children or be forever trapped in the darkness of the loss in her family.

The Broken Road

Suspense > Romantic Comedy
Author: Melissa Huie
The Broken Road (The Broken Road Series)

Megan Connors’s life is not going in the direction she thought it would. With her love life in the dumps,she doesn’t think it could get any worse until her long-time crush, Shane asks to move in. After all, he has no clue that she’s been in love with him for the past ten years. But fate has a way of turning things around.

As their relationship goes from “just friends” to lovers, life takes a turn for the unexpected. Shane isn’t the person that Megan once fell in love with all those years ago. Shane has a past; murder and drugs is a portion of what he’s been hiding and is only revealed once the FBI knocks on Megan’s door.

Secrets, tragedy, and deceit force Shane—and Megan—to make choices that will change their lives forever. Once Megan learns the truth, will she still want to be with Shane? Or will someone else be at the end of her broken road?

First and Only

Psychological Thrillers
Author: Peter Flannery
First and Only

Psimon is the world’s first psychic. He is the world’s only psychic but in five days time he is going to die a slow and horrible death at the hands of a serial killer known only as Lucifer.

His only hope is to enlist the services of former SAS man, Steve Brennus, a man whose family life and business have just collapsed in ruins. Together they must find ways to convince the world of Psimon’s validity while avoiding those who would try to abuse his powers. Steve starts out as a sceptical bodyguard but as he bears witness to Psimon’s abilities he begins to doubt his own. How can he save someone who has seen their own death?

Psimon knows he is going to die. He has seen it. But could it be that the strength and faith of a former SAS soldier are enough to overcome the visions of the world’s first psychic.

Head Games

International Mystery & Crime
Author: Craig McDonald
Head Games (The Hector Lassiter Series)

Hector Lassiter has Pancho Villa’s long lost skull. He’s also got people on his trail. Competing fraternities, Mexican bandits, and US Secret Service are after him. But Lassiter is larger than life. He bedded Dietrich and boxed Hemingway, this can’t be too bad. Can it?

Sargasso of Space

Science Fiction > Adventure
Author: Andre Norton
Sargasso of Space (Solar Queen Series)

Almost half a century ago, renowned science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton introduced apprentice cargo master Dane Thorson in Sargasso of Space and Plague Ship.

Dane signed on with the independent cargo ship Solar Queen looking for a career in off-world trade.

In Sargasso of Space, the Solar Queen free traders win exclusive rights to trade with the planet Limbo, but the crew arrives to find most of the planet’s surface charred, with little signs of life. They find a valley with life, but others may still lurk. Worse yet, a strange force threatens to cripple the Queen. They must solve the planet’s mysteries if they hope to escape not only with tradeable goods, but their lives.

Finding Isadora

Romance > New Adult & College
Author: Susan Fox
Finding Isadora

Raised by hippies, veterinarian Isadora Wheeler yearns for security, marriage, and fidelity. Her fiancé fits comfortably into her plans.

When Isadora meets activist lawyer Gabriel DeLuca, who’s defending her father on an arson charge, “comfortable” is not the word she’d use. Gabriel awakens her passion and makes her question everything she knows about life—and love.

Should she stick to the safe path or does she have the guts to follow her heart?

Foul Player

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Sue Parker
Foul Player (The Doctor Jillian Sanders Mystery Series)

Murder is the last thing on OBGYN Dr. Jillian Sanders’ mind, but it’s the first thing she must consider when her brother’s ex fiancee turns up dead.

Up all night delivering babies, Dr. Sanders is summoned to the ER to see a young pregnant woman possibly in premature labor. Within minutes, the back doors of the emergency room burst open and paramedics rush in a late twenties Jane Doe, clinging to life after being run down while jogging.

A side-long glance is all it takes for Dr. Sanders to recognize the victim as her brother’s former fiancee and long time family friend. Of course, it could be Kara’s twin sister Sara, but based on a recent conversation with Kara-a conversation Dr. Sanders promised to keep secret against her better judgment- the chances of that are slim.

When resuscitation fails and the police write the incident up as an accidental hit-and-run, Dr. Sanders must tell all. And when her old flame, Detective Mike Daniels, the detective assigned to the case, appears to have other priorities, Dr. Sanders decides to investigate Kara’s death on her own.

The Midwife’s Here! The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain’s Longest Serving Midwives

Biographies & Memoirs > Maternity, Perinatal & Women’s Health
Author: Linda Fairley
The Midwife's Here!: The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives

It’s the summer of 1968 and St Mary’s Maternity Hospital in Manchester is a place from a bygone age. It is filled with starched white hats and full skirts, steaming laundries and milk kitchens, strict curfews and bellowed commands. It is a time of homebirths, swaddling and dangerous anaesthetics. It was this world that Linda Fairley entered as a trainee midwife aged just 19 years old.

From the moment Linda delivered her first baby – racing across rain-splattered Manchester street on her trusty moped in the dead of night – Linda knew she’d found her vocation. ‘The midwife’s here!’ they always exclaimed, joined in their joyful chorus by relieved husbands, mothers, grandmothers and whoever else had found themselves in close proximity to a woman about to give birth.

Under the strict supervision of community midwife Mrs Tattershall, Linda’s gruellingly long days were spent on overcrowded wards pinning Terry nappies, making up bottles and sterilizing bedpans – and above all helping women in need. Her life was a succession of emergencies, successes and tragedies: a never-ending chain of actions which made all the difference between life and death.
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