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The Second Time Around, Book One of The Belanger Creek Ranch Series tells a truly Canadian story about ranching, cattle, romance, tough choices and taking chances. The characters that come to life on the pages are people that you feel like you know from somewhere–or wish you did. Readers meet -continue reading…>

I am super excited. Months of long hours and hard work are coming to fruition!  The Hand of Fate, Book Three of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series will be available on Amazon in Kindle format and paperback soon! 


Summers Desire by Kathleen Ball

4 Stars for Summers Desire; Book l of the Cowboy Series.

Everyone has a past; some are darker than others.

Young veterinarian, Holden O`Leary, has fled difficult circumstances  in Texas and moved his four younger brothers, Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John to ranch near a small town in Montana.  This is where they will build a new life for themselves, far from the ugliness of the past.  Holden places an ad for a nanny/housekeeper to look after the domestic chores while he works as a vet.

Summer Fitzgerald is running from the demons of her own when she shows up at the ranch in answer to the job opportunity.  Imagine her shock when she realises that the boys she is going to be nanny to are not small children, but strapping young males who range in age from adolescence to late teens.  The nanny role goes out the window quickly and she gradually becomes their friend and confidant.

The attraction between Holden and Summer is strong, but just when you think they`ve finally got it all together something else would come up.

All the characters are well rounded, the plot is complex and twists and turns as their pasts come back to haunt them.

If you enjoy simmering cowboy romances, with a strong dash of family drama, murder, robbery and suspense don`t miss this book.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

You can buy Summer’s Desire on Amazon


Autums Hope by Kathleen Ball


5 Stars for Autumn’s Hope Book 2 of Cowboy Seasons Series.

by Kathleen Ball

Autumn Lavin moves from the big city to small town Carlston, Montana to start over again.  She is pregnant and on her own.  Determined to make a life for herself and her child, she buys the local Bar and Grill and sinks everything she has into it.

It has been the watering hole for beef eating, booze guzzling locals for decades, and they expect that she will carry on the tradition.  But Autumn shakes up the entire town when she put out the word that she plans to turn it into a vegetarian restaurant with a juice bar. That idea is almost an insult to the locals, who think she is plain loco to try to do this in the heart of Montana beef country.  In fact a few people are determined to stop her.

Amongst them is Jonas Barnes, who has a contract with the restaurant to supply it with beef from his ranch and has been counting on the sale of that beef to make ends meet.  He is defensive when he heads into town to see if she will honor the agreement.

The two of them butt heads on that first meeting, but neither can forget the other.  Jonas is a fair man and when the towns’ busy body calls a meeting in an effort to shut down Autumns plans, astonishingly, he speaks up and supports her right to do what she wants with the business she has purchased.

Jonas has insecurities of his own; war wounds that make him certain that no woman could love him.  But he`s never met a woman like Autumn before.

Can she make a vegetarian restaurant and juice bar work in a most unlikely place?  Could Jonas accept another man’s child?  Could Autumn see beyond the scars that war left Jonas with?  You`ll have to read the book to find out.

I loved the story of Autumn and Jonas.  Don`t miss this wonderful read.

You can purchase Autumn’s Hope on Amazon


Winters Embrace by Kathleen Ball

4 Stars for Winter’s Embrace

I ‘ve read Summer’s Desire, Autumn’s Hope and Winter’s Embrace—I’ve become a Kathleen Ball fan!  Like the other books, Winter’s Embrace doesn’t hinge on the “will he get the girl, will she get her man” line.  She creates a depth to her characters that makes you relate to the fact that they have lived; and often their lives haven’t always been happy or satisfactory.  They are flawed, but feel realistic which is important to me.

Winter and Stone aren’t strangers—they loved each other years ago.  Stone left her without giving her a valid explanation, leaving her shattered and broken hearted. When he comes back into her life, she almost immediately finds herself out of a job.  He offers her employment looking after Rachel, who is his little girl.  Rachel is a bubbly, happy, wonderful little girl who steals Winters heart.  Stone still loves Winter, but time and again she learns that he has deceived her once more.  Even though she has never gotten over her love for him, she comes to believe she cannot trust him, and without trust a broken heart will surely be her lot.

Rachel desperately wants a mother, and she wants Winter to make her family complete, but Winter can’t take the chance of being so desperately hurt again.

Stone is constantly taking two steps forward and one back.  He has his work cut out for him.  Like many men, he can only see what he wants and his desperation makes him do things that push her even further away.

Don’t miss Winters Embrace.

It can be purchased on Amazon

Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite

“You Can Run…” by Gloria Antypowich is book two of the ‘Thompson Family Trilogy’ and it is a book that the reader will be hooked on from start to finish. Shauna Lee is a successful business woman running her own business and handling accounts for many including her ex-fiancee, Colt Thompson; however, she holds back from personal, intimate relationships. Shauna Lee has flings, but not anything that is going to go anywhere long-term. Shauna Lee meets Brad one night while out with another man and Colt introduces the two of them. Brad is determined to find out more about Shauna Lee and break through the wall that she keeps between herself and others. Shauna Lee is not ready to share her secrets, hurts and her past with anyone, but does Shauna really want to continue living life as she has been doing?

I started reading this book, but then decided to read book one first. I am so glad I did that as I felt I got so much more out of this book than I would have if I had not read book one. The characters are all so likable and I enjoyed reading about Frankie and Colt and their story in book one and continuing on with them in this book as well. There is so much more to Shauna Lee than what she presents and shares with others and the author does a great job at developing the relationship between Shauna Lee and Brad and how he chips away at her front and gets to know the real Shauna Lee. This book is easy to get into as the style of writing is enjoyable and the characters are people you would love to meet and are “real” as they could be the neighbors next door. A great series and I am looking forward to reading book three of the trilogy.

Sent: September-05-12 2:49 PM
Subject: Hearts At Risk
Hi Gloria,

When I saw your 2nd book for sale at Suzanne’s, I knew it was time I got on the band wagon and started with your first.
Fortunately, she had one copy of your first … so I bought both.

Hearts at Risk was a lovely love story. It was fun to read. I am looking forward to read its sequel.
Keep up the great work.
Mary Lou Morris

4.0 out of 5 stars Romance dished with a side of Canadiana, January 15, 2012
This review is from: Hearts At Risk (Paperback)

In Hearts at Risk, Gloria Antypowich succeeds in depicting the turmoil that inevitably ensues when your heart wants someone that your brain doesn’t want you to touch.

The novel revolves around rancher Frankie “Fran” Lamonte and her hard-edged employer, Colt. You can’t have a novel about sexual chemistry without sex–and they’re present in Hearts at Risk by way of steamy, graphic-without-being-explicit passages–but the moments that truly reflect the chemistry between Frankie and Colt are their quiet, non-sexual interactions. I loved the conversations over coffee and eggs, or the companionable silence they shared as they rode the range. Antypowich is a master at weaving the heights of romance with the mundane of the everyday.

What I liked best–and I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this aspect of the book–was the peek it gave me into a world that, while close to home, I’ve nary given a second thought. Ranching is a part of Canadian society known only to those who are a part of it. It’s evident that Antypowich has researched the intricacies of ranch life, and has intimate knowledge of its inner workings: from the arduous chores necessary to keeping it all humming along, to the maladies that afflict ranch cattle. I feel like I really learned something about a vibrant Canadian sub-culture, and I want to learn even more.

There were flaws (a few typos; sporadic/jolting shifts in POV; Frankie and Colt’s relationship begins with a bruised wrist), but these flaws were not deal-breakers for me, and by the end of the novel I was so invested in Frankie and Colt’s journey that I squealed when the lovers pushed aside their doubts and baggage and finally committed to each other.

Hearts at Risk is a must-read for readers who appreciate a little Canadiana with their romance.

This is a great book. I read it in a few hours. Actually I started it on

a Sunday, towards evening, and then went to bed at 10 pm. I could not

go to sleep because I wanted to finish the book, so I got up and did it.

This book is very close to real life. I am sure every woman can

see herself in some sections of the story. I know I did. It is easy to

read and almost didn`t feel like fiction at all. I just loved it!

S. Laffer; meat cutter and school bus driver and avid reader


“. . . it is hard to imagine this novel is this authors first. This story

is written from the heart, about a heart. This book has adventure,

mystique and an incredible grass roots sensuality. Frankie Lamont

is a very classy, “hot blooded”, vibrant young woman—who can not

hide from the passion of love, even though that is what she thinks

she wants. The author takes the reader along with this reluctant, but fiery

woman, on a journey to a wonderful ending with some tantalizing

sensuality along the way. This is a romance novel that makes the

reader know they cannot wait to read more . . . what other sensuous

scenes and interesting adventures are coming next . . . ?”

Doug Richardson. Consultant, and an avid reader. Doug is

also involved with a small publishing company that is currently

working on a magazine from Paris, France, as well as other smaller

publishing projects.

Hearts At Risk

Karry Ann – See all my reviews

This review is from: Hearts at Risk (Paperback)

I down loaded the e-version of Hearts at Risk because I couldn’t get it anywhere in my area. I had it on my Touch pad in about 30 seconds and then once I started reading the story, I couldn’t put it down. This is an easy story to read. Though I am not much of a romance reader, I enjoyed this book because felt like …continue reading