Sage Valley Ranch – Spotlight

Posted March 11, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Spotlight /

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A new series is coming out by several authors reviewed on this site. The Sage Valley Ranch is a dude ranch in Texas. The first book has been released already, the others will be following soon. These books all fall in the Clean Romance and Western Romance genres.

Let me introduce you to these books…

Sage Valley Ranch – Spotlight

Romancing the Conflicted Cowboy

by Crystal Walton

Publication Date March 7, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance, Western
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Pages: 153


An out-of-place writer risking everything to stay. A conflicted cowboy afraid to risk letting her. And one little arrangement about to become more complicated than either bargained for.

For romance author Callie Claston, visiting a Texas dude ranch to save her career makes perfect sense. The harebrained idea to romance a veterinarian who thinks sending her into cow patty landmines is the art of subtlety, however, might qualify her as crazy. Then again, little does he know how much a challenge fuels her. Until it collides with a dream she never expected to be real.

Single dad Reed Allen has at least two reasons—both with smiles just like his—for trying to run off the intriguing city girl hiding a secret. But when he reluctantly agrees to help Callie with her research, knowing he should stay guarded around her does absolutely nothing to prepare him for the moment when he can’t.

Can a writer who’s never found her own ever-after and a cowboy who lost his too soon restore enough faith in love to start a new chapter together?

Find out now. Download Romancing the Conflicted Cowboy today and escape to the countryside in a laugh-out-loud cowboy romance that feels like coming home.

Romancing the Conflicted Cowboy is the first book in a heartwarming group series that’ll keep you laughing and swooning from one clean romance to the next. The books can be read in any order, so jump in wherever you like and get ready to fall in love with Sage Valley Ranch, where country life is sweet, and romance is even sweeter.

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Sage Valley Ranch – Spotlight

Falling for the Younger Cowboy

by Liwen Y. Ho

Publication Date April 4, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance, Western
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Pages: 130


Two best friends. One secret chili recipe. The truth comes out when their fake relationship cooks up more feelings than they expected.

On the cusp of turning forty, Lexi Turner is finally single and happy. She has the perfect job working at Sage Valley Ranch and spends her free time hanging out with her best friend, James. Life is peaceful and carefree until her ex pays an unexpected visit to the ranch … with his new, much younger girlfriend in tow.

Head cook James Scott is ready to settle down now that he’s thirty. He’s been smitten with the gift shop manager since she started working at the ranch a year ago, but he’s been biding his time, waiting for the perfect opportunity to tell her how he feels. When Lexi asks him to be her pretend boyfriend to prove to her ex that she’s moved on, he jumps at the chance to show her love still exists.

The lines of friendship blur as Lexi and James play out their real emotions in their fake relationship.

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Sage Valley Ranch – Spotlight

Wrangled by the Watchful Cowboy

by Tamie Dearen

Publication Date April 18, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance, Western
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 138


His best friend’s little sister may be off limits, but she's the only thing on his mind!

Cord can’t believe his eyes. The gorgeous woman he just met doesn’t look anything like the gawky thirteen-year-old he remembers hanging around at his best friend’s house. Hoping to impress her, Cord finds himself volunteering to ride a bull in the rodeo. Has Jess stolen his good sense along with his sanity? When his best friend asks him to keep all the cowboys away from Jess, Cord agrees to be her secret guard. But who will protect her from him?

When Jessica Powell runs into Cord Dennison at Sage Valley Ranch, she's glad he doesn't know she's had a crush on him forever. Five years isn't such a big age-gap now that she’s older. Too bad she’s sworn off dating until after she graduates from college in May. She refuses to think about Cord and his piercing blue eyes. That is, until he rescues her from an awkward situation with an impromptu kiss that curls her toes and sends tingles down her spine.

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Sage Valley Ranch – Spotlight

Charmed by the Daring Cowboy

by Melanie D. Snitker

Publication Date May 2, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance, Western
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Pages: 145


She's a landscaper on a deadline. He's a cowboy assigned to help. Will their growing attraction get in the way, or blossom into true love?

Alyssa Reid has never shied away from a challenge, but she may be in over her head this time. The single mom is juggling two landscaping projects with strict deadlines. Having her young son and an ornery runaway goat underfoot certainly isn’t helping. A handsome cowboy is assigned to help her, and she finds herself losing focus in a whole new way.

Dare Jackson knows what it’s like to be raised by a single mom. When the Sage Valley ranch hand meets Alyssa and her son Noah, he’s immediately drawn to them. The more he gets to know them, the more he wants to be there for them both. But with every attempt he makes, he can feel Alyssa pulling farther away. He needs to change his game plan, and fast, because he's already having trouble imagining life without her.

Alyssa is afraid to trust her heart—and her son's—to the kind cowboy. Dare doesn’t know how to convince her he’s worth the risk. Can they meet in the middle? Or, like Hopscotch the goat, will true love escape their grasp?

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Sage Valley Ranch – Spotlight

Inspired by the Creative Cowboy

by Bree Livingston

Publication Date May 16, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance, Western
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Pages: 128


A woman who’s lost her trust, an artist who’s lost his inspiration, and the broken-down barn that brings them together.

Summer Brown is back at Sage Valley Ranch nursing the loss of her job and desperate to prove herself. Her Nanna has given her the task of restoring the old barn used for events. When the contractor she’s hired skips town, she’s left high and dry—until Julian Wolf steps in. He sure is good-looking, but her trust is shot.

Artist Julian Wolf has wandered aimlessly since the failure of his last gallery showing. When he hears the cute blonde lamenting the loss of her contractor, he offers to help. His plan was to fix the barn, maybe do a little soul-searching in hope of finding his inspiration, not lose his heart to a girl he’ll have to leave.

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About Crystal Walton

Crystal Walton Author

Crystal received her bachelor of arts from Messiah College in PA, married her exact opposite in upstate NY, and earned her master of arts from Regent University in VA, where she currently resides with her husband, David.

She writes contemporary sweet romances with humor, broken characters, and emotional plots full of grace and hope. Her popular Home In You series includes Write Me Home, a 2017 RONE Award finalist, and Begin Again, a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award winner. When not working her accounting day job, she’s delving into the wonder of words, supporting her Starbucks habit, or laughing over movie quotes with her husband.

The Short Version:
Crystal is the author of the Home In You Series and thrives in writing contemporary sweet romances with humor, broken characters, and emotional plots full of grace and hope.

The Rest of the Story:
As a writer, I get to invest my life in something I absolutely love: Art! Whether through books or blogs, I love getting to encourage you to pursue your own life’s art and the kind of love you were made for.

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What Makes My Stories Unique:
My heart thrives in emotionally compelling fiction. You know the kind. They’re the books you stay up reading far past your normal bedtime; the ones you read in the free five minutes before you leave for work; and the ones that cause a traffic jam because you tried to sneak in a few more pages at a stoplight (speaking from experience here!).

They’re the kind of stories that draw you into characters’ lives to the point of feeling what they feel and impact you beyond mere entertainment. And they’ll always be the kind of stories I aim to share with you. (Read about how this all started here).

“As an author, I don’t want readers to simply close my books and go to sleep with the satisfaction of being entertained. I want them to close my books and begin a new day with the hope of redemption.”

If you’ve read any of my books, you may have noticed a trend. At least one character in every story is an artist of some kind, and their arc always brings them to the point of discovering the gifts inside them they’re meant to share.

My characters are intentionally a little raw. They wrestle lies and insecurities, make bad choices, and give in to doubts. But the heart of every story focuses on a character’s journey from a lie to a truth, brokenness to redemption, doubt to hope.

What Makes Me Unique:
Writing takes creativity, yes, but also discipline. It’s easy for my type A traits to take over. Luckily, my spontaneous, easy-going husband has helped (okay, forced) me to learn to go with the flow. Now, let’s be real. I still geek out over finding ways to be more organized, and I still have my week planned out before it starts. But trust me, I’m more laid back than I’d be without Dave in my life.

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I wear long johns in temperatures below 70 degrees. Seriously. There’s nothing in the world quite as invigorating and motivating as sunlight. And maybe Starbucks, if we’re being honest.

Funny enough, I don’t drink coffee. As in, not at all. Zilch! I am a 100% dedicated green tea fan. Not the flowery kind. No add ins. No hint of spearmint or whatever clever “Zen” additives companies use to taint the real deal. Just straight, full-leaf, full-bodied green tea. Venti, please! It’s the perfect muse.

Tap here to learn 25 things you might never guess about me.

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About Liwen Y. Ho

Liwen Ho

Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a writer by night. She penned her first children’s picture book, “A Rainbow of Nine Colors” in high school (now available at and has been writing for grown-ups since 2014.

She writes sweet and inspirational romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots). As a former therapist, Liwen enjoys creating realistic characters who find hope and healing through relationships. She lives with her hubby and their two munchkins in California and loves all things pink, family beach trips, and white chocolate macadamia nut ice cream.

She also enjoys writing about real-life matters, such as marriage, parenting and faith because truth can be as strange and entertaining as fiction. Her work has appeared in various online publications, including and, and she is a contributor at

In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist at

About Melanie D. Snitker

Melanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing fiction for as long as she can remember. She started out creating episodes of cartoon shows she wanted to see as a child, and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children, who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs, who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crocheting, baking, and hanging out with family and friends.

About Tamie Dearen

Tamie lives with her very romantic husband of thirty-three years. They have two grown daughters (the inspiration for the daughters in The Best Girls Series) and one grandson, and a twelve-year-old boy, recently adopted from Ukraine. Tamie loves to play, sing, and write music. She started writing books in 2013 and published her first book in October of that year. Since then, she’s published six novels and a novella. She also wrote a free serial romance on her weekly blog, A Rose in Bloom. And in her spare time, she’s a dentist. (But she’s painless.)
Tamie met her husband as a freshman in college when she acted out of character on a whim. One night in the library lobby, she spied a cute guy with his first name written on the back of his shirt. She called out his name. When he approached to talk to her, she pretended that she’d met him before, asking about his classes and how he liked college. To her surprise and delight, he also pretended that he knew her, but of course he didn’t know her name. They continued this false relationship for two months. Each time they saw each other, an event which occurred three times per week at the cafeteria, he would pretend he knew her. Meanwhile, all of Tamie’s friends were careful not to reveal her name to him. When he finally admitted his ignorance of her name, he was astonished to learn the truth. And the rest is history.


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