Sunday, May 24, 2015

A New Puzzle Page

Take a look at the new tab "Jigsaw Puzzles" above. I transferred the online Circle C puzzles from the website to over here. I'm redoing the website and tightening it up, but I didn't want to delete the puzzles altogether!

Enjoy! By the way, they work just fine on my computer. If they don't work for you, check your device and make sure you have the right program to run the puzzle. I think you need Java. It's free.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Vote for Riley

All right, folks. I looked over all of the links that came to me and out of them all I found two "Rileys" that I like. One is a more traditional "western" look (Robert Fuller "A"). The other is a more modern version (Christian Bale "B"). Forget that Christian Bale eventually becomes a modern-day Batman, and I will try to forget that Robert Fuller becomes a doctor on the old Emergency TV show. Think "young."

The poll is at the top of the right sidebar. Please vote for your favorite: Riley A or Riley B.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Riley Prescott

Okay, spoiler alert: behind-the-scenes secret stuff exclusively for Andi fans on this blog. Nowhere
else will I give this away. "Riley returns." I won't tell you in which book he returns, but be assured he's back. And I need your help . . .

In case you haven't heard of Riley Prescott, he's Andi's friend from the Circle C Beginnings. Andi and Riley are "best friends" for the two years he lives on the Circle C ranch with his Uncle Sid, the ranch foreman. The two are inseparable. Click the "read more" to see pictures and to, well, read more.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Blog Friends List

Many of you sent me your blog addresses! I am delighted to share them. Let's support each others' blogs, all right? Check your link to make sure it works. If there is a problem, let me know about it in a comment.

Crazy about God!   Cara & Stephanie
The Imaginary World of Emily McConnell  Emily
A Kansas Wind  Jesseca Dawn
Whimsical Writings  Jesseca Dawn
Through the Wardrobe   Lydia 
Constantly Abiding:  Maria B. 
A Great God and Good Cocoa:  Bethany R. 
Two God Crazy Girls: Bethany R. 
Freed Family: Freed Family (Skylar) 
Melissa Troutman: Melissa 
The Exciting World of Courtney Mellani  Courtney
Why Do We Have to Have God as Our Lord? Courtney

Chosen Vessels  Faith P.

Thinking About . . . Shai

God-Crazy Girls Sarrah

Counting Your Blessings One by One Blessing Counter


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mrs. M's new shirts

This might sound silly to some of you, but I have always wanted to have a shirt with the CCAdventures logo on it so I look more professional at conventions. Well . . . *drum roll* . . . I finally ordered two of them. And I wanted to share them with you.
First off, here is the "Taffy" embroidered logo I created:

And here are the two shirts I put the logo on:

Friday, May 8, 2015

"Lunes" part 2 . . . by Anna S.

And here is the conclusion!

Part Two: What are we gonna do?

     Andi came out a few minutes later in her normal riding gear: braids and overalls. Cory grinned at her when he saw her coming, then went back to checking Flash’s saddle straps. She walked over to Taffy’s stall and began to saddle her.
   “Who’d you get for Riley?” Cory motioned with his head over to the pen next to him.
   “Coco?” Andi laughed. “Good choice.” 
    Cory looked outside and grimaced. “Here comes Mr. City.  You may wanna see this, Andi!” He laughed, and gestured towards the house.  Andi walked over, and put her hand over her mouth to stifle the giggles.
    Riley was wearing the most fashionable yet uncomfortable riding habit she had ever seen. His top hat still on his head, he sort of waddled over to the barn, where his face flushed as he looked at a young lady wearing overalls! Cory stepped out of the way to get a better view at the show that was about to begin.   

Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Lunes" part 1 . . . by Anna S.

Welcome to another fan story! This one has a Spanish title. It means "Monday." Enjoy! 
Part 2 tomorrow. . .

Anna S.

Monday isn’t most people’s favorite day- and for a while, I was with them. Now, I think my mind has changed. But, let me back up. It all started Sunday evening at five o’ clock.  We had a, well, visit.
One that was very unexpected.

Part One: An Impromptu Encounter

   “¡Ella está muy frustrante!” Andi Carter whispered to herself as she clenched her fists angrily.
   , she is frustrating at times,” a masculine voice said quietly behind her. Andi turned slightly when she felt a touch on her shoulder.
   “I’m seventeen, Mitch! I like surprises, and Mother knows that. Just not surprise’s like this!” she wailed as she sat down on her bed with a thump.
   “Relax, Sis. Now you need to get downstairs before Mother gets angry.” Mitch said with a half smile as he leaned towards the door. 
     Andi took a deep breath, then, shaking her head, she sulked down stairs.
   Mrs. Carter turned towards her with a smile. “My dear, can you come to the kitchen with me? I want to talk with you.” She put her arm around Andrea and guided her into the kitchen. As soon as they were alone, Andi whirled around, “Mother! What’s he doing here? Was he invited? What’s going on?” she sat down on a chair and crossed her arms as she looked at her mother while she waited for answers. Mrs. Carter took a deep breath and put a hand on her daughter’s shoulder.
    “Yes, I knew he was coming. He contacted me to tell me he’d be in town, so naturally I invited him over.  I knew you would object, so I didn’t tell you.” She sighed, and pulled up a chair for herself.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Toledo McGuire

The final runners-up poll for the picture of the new character in the upcoming Heartbreak Trail was very close! 55% to 49%. If I had a very strong feeling about one or the other, I would use my "power of the author" to go ahead and choose. And if it had been a true tie: 50% to 50%, I would choose as well. But the whole point of putting up a poll is finding out what you all want. And it looks like you chose:
Of course, once Heartbreak Trail releases in July, we can have another "after the fact" poll. Perhaps, after reading the story, your "vision" of Toledo McGuire, the cocky trail hand, will change.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Winds of Change Conclusion . . . by Janelle

Now, for the conclusion of "Winds of Change."

Breakfast the next morning was rushed. Chad and Mitch had a busy day ahead of them and Justin was taking Uncle Benjamin to the train station as soon as breakfast was over.
 Andi saw horror on Daniel’s face as he watched Chad wolf down a whole biscuit in 1 bite. She quickly finished her eggs. She’d better get a move on it; there were 13 stalls in the barn calling her name.  For once she was glad to do the hated chore. At least she would have a few hours by herself without Daniel.
Andi watched as Uncle Benjamin gathered his bags and walked out to the waiting carriage with Daniel. Suddenly she felt a twinge of pity as her uncle hugged his son goodbye. She wasn’t sure but she thought she saw a tear trickle down Daniel’s cheek.
“Andi,” Chad turned to her. “I want you to teach Daniel how to muck out stalls. That would be a good chore for him to begin with.”
“But Chad!” Andi wailed. “Cant somebody else teach him?”
“No we are branding cattle today and I need every hand I can get. Don’t worry sis I’m sure it won’t be that bad.”

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Winds of Change Part 1 . . . by Janelle

Here is a brand-new fan story from Janelle. "Winds of Change" has Andi meeting a new relative. Enjoy! I sure did.

Winds of Change Part 1
 “Children,” Elizabeth Carter exclaimed one evening at the supper table. “Look who I received a letter from! You’re Uncle Benjamin. I haven’t heard from him in years!”
Andi put down her fork and looked over at her mother. She had thought something had been on her mother’s mind today.
 “What does the letter say mother?” Mitch wondered.
“Here Justin, why don’t you read it” Elizabeth said handing the envelope to her oldest son.

 Dear Elizabeth,                                                                                                             
I hope this letter finds you well.
I was wondering if my son Daniel could stay at your ranch this summer while I am on a business trip. He needs to learn some of the values of hard work and the fun of living simply. He has had a disagreeable disposition lately and a lot of pressure from the town boys. A change of scenery would do him good. I know this is a lot to ask of you and your family and I appreciate you prayerfully considering this proposition.   
             Sincerely, Benjamin Carter

Everyone was quiet for a bit taking in the news. Mother can’t possibly say yes….. Can she? Andi thought. If Daniel came then she would be obligated to take him everywhere she and her friends went.
But the look on Elizabeth’s face told her she was seriously considering it.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

And the new Toledo is . . .

Toledo 3

Out of 80 votes, over half of you voted for Toledo #3.

In the meantime, however, I came across another possible candidate. It was too late to add this fellow to the voting line-up, so instead, we are going to do a "run off" between Toledo #3 (whom many of you thought might be too 'nice' to be a bad guy) and this new photo acquisition.

The poll is up on the uppetor, right-hand sidebar. Have fun. You have 3 days.

This is the same "Toledo" as #4; I found another view

Toledo 4


Monday, April 27, 2015

Thick as Thieves is FREE on Kindle!

Look what was hidden under the black banner section!
Happy Monday! Today only, April 27, 2015, Thick as Thieves is FREE on Amazon as a KINDLE edition! The rest of the week it will be $0.99 (through May 3). Hurry over and get your copy. Then tell all your friends to get theirs too! Even if you don't have a Kindle device, you can download the free Kindle app for your computer. Because, who knows? Maybe someday you will have a Kindle device.

Here is the Amazon link: KINDLE Thick as Thieves.

If you want to enter the Trivia Corner Contest (found exclusively in the Circle C Ezine), click here:
Circle C Ezine.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kansas City Andi Fans

Hang on to your hats! This post is a photo collection of the many, many "Andi" fans who came to visit Friday and Saturday. THREE contest winners met me: Grace, Kaitlyn, and Adahmariyah. A couple came from many, many miles away . . . to meet me. I'm honored and humbled by all the enthusiastic fans that came by to meet me and buy the latest books. It was also fun to put faces to some of the names from you blog readers. Especially those whose names on the blog are "anonymous." :-)

A couple of the unusual highlights of the convention were the deaf mom with whom I had some success in communicating with. That was a fun challenge. The other was the mother of a blind girl.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Something Special is Coming Monday Morning

Get ready for a special offer regarding the Milestones books. If you haven't had an opportunity to read Thick as Thieves yet, my publisher, Kregel, is doing something fun starting Monday, and going all week (until May 3). Along with the offer, I'm running a trivia contest to win a little Breyer "Taffy." (Believe me, you blog readers already know the answer!)

Here's the catch: the contest will not be on Andi's blog. To read the trivia question and get a chance to win the drawing (from those who answer correctly), you will need to read the Circle C Ezine. It's easy to sign up for it. Just put your email address in the sign-up box on the right side bar. Or, to make it really easy, you can sign up right here:
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Vote for Toledo

You don't need a Google account or a Blogger account or anything. Just click your choice and "vote."

Here are three pictures I narrowed down from the ones that came in.You can vote on which one you think might portray Toledo the best. Here is a quick character sketch:

Toledo is nineteen years old, but already he is an excellent hand at driving cattle. He uses his knotted rope end to show stubborn steers who is boss (and he is not opposed to flicking his stinging rope at anybody who gets in his way). He can be very charming, and he has a nice voice, which keeps the cows calm during night guard duty. He has sparkling black eyes and black hair. He's good at his job and knows it. He even goes so far as to jokingly suggest that he could run the trail drive better than Chad and Mich. 

So, who should he be? Toledo #1, Toledo #2, or Toledo #3? Vote for the one you think best describes him. But hurry! The poll closes on Sunday, April 26.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Meet . . . Sultan!

This horse catches Andi's eye from the very first time she sees him. She barely notices Sultan's rider at first. Andi would like nothing more to ride this magnificent horse--so unlike the cow ponies she's used to seeing on a hard-working trail drive. In fact, she'd like to get to know Toledo better, just so she can get an invite to ride his horse. Does she manage this feat? You will have to wait and read the book.

In the meantime, I can't thank you enough for finding all the links for me to click over to (the comments come to me as emails, so I don't even have to copy and paste the link. I just click)!

As I receive more pictures that show Sultan's amazing white coat and striking mane, I will add to this post. For now, meet Sultan--over 16 hands high and he knows he's something special, just by the way he prances and tosses his head. And my, oh, my . . . what a head!
This is exactly how I imagined Sultan would look!
Here is a nice picture, and although it doesn't show Sultan as stark white as the one above, it's nice to have him in a picture running:
Here are a couple more that came in later:
I think the rest of the black mane is on the other side?
Hey, I'm good with some gray markings . . .