Last Day!

It’s your last day to buy my book TANK at 99 cents! It will shoot up to 3.99 tomorrow. Don’t wait! Buy today!

Tyler Wilde moves to Black Widow, Texas, to join the Blue Guardians, a local biker club that helps abused women and children. He’s intent on starting his life over, but a small piece of his past collides with his present when he runs into the local waitress, Annie Carter.

Annie’s the girl of his boyhood dreams, and Tyler can’t wait to get reacquainted with her. Only problem is, Annie’s engaged. But what has Tyler more troubled than the diamond on her finger is the bruise that graces her arm. To make matters worse, Annie’s abuser and intended husband is also the town’s Chief of Police.

Tyler is determined to offer Annie a safe haven, but she refuses his help until her life is hanging by a thread.

Erin Bevan

I Lost My Heart Last Week

I did. I fell in love with a place I had never been before. I traveled to Crested Butte, Colorado with my husband on a business trip. Thrilled to get to take this trip with him, I honestly didn’t care where we were going. As long as we were going together, and a week away from the kids, I was game. And while I knew we were traveling to Colorado, and I knew it was winter, and I had even been there before several years ago, what I was still a little naive about was just how cold it would be. Despite my friends warning me. Seeing 7 degrees on my phone and feeling 7 degrees are two very different things. Especially, when you are checking the temperatures from sunny and 75 Houston, Texas.

When we arrived at the Gunnison airport, the snow piles–piles taller than myself–amazed me, and I realized my daughter’s dream of me making a snow angel and taking a picture for her was slim. I knew the minute I tried to lay in the white, soft pile I would just sink to the bottom, to a six feet under frozen death. (Luckily that didn’t happen.) Still, I was determined to make it happen.

Upon landing, we loaded into a shuttle and traveled the forty-five minute trek to Crested Butte. The longer we rode up the mountain the more my head spun from the altitude. Another thing my friends tried to warn me about. Still, hearing it, and experiencing it are two very different things. On the drive, all I could think about was getting into my hotel room and getting something to eat. Forget the snow, forget the cold, I just needed a muffin and an Advil! Stat!

But, finally, after our bodies had a short time to adjust to the altitude, we ventured out and explored the pleasant, quaint town of Crested Butte. A town discovered in the late 1800’s as a coal miners paradise, Crested Butte has enough charm and history to pull at almost anyone’s heart. I spent the week walking up and down Crested Butte’s famous Elk Avenue with some of the other spouses on the business trip. *Shout out to Carrie, Kim, Alison, Rita, and many of you other beautiful ladies.* We popped into little art shops, coffee shops, and ate some delicious pizza at the number one pizza joint in the town.

I got to go horseback riding, tried snow skiing (maybe not the sport for me), and got to take an amazing history tour with Glow, one of the long-time town natives. Glow was wonderful and kind, informing us of the famous history that made Crested Butte what it is today. In fact, her tour inspired me so much, my wheels began to turn, and I now have an outline for a new novel. Thank you, Glow!

By the end of our trip, I was sad to leave the place that had rooted itself deep in my heart, but happy to get home to my babies. With temperatures in the negatives, the warm Houston sunshine felt good on my skin when Mr. B and I arrived home. Still, while I’m here in Houston, my heart dreams and longs for the beautiful snowcapped mountains of Colorado. A place someone could easily get lost in with all of it’s beauty and charm.

Here are a few pictures. More to come in the next few weeks!

Erin Bevan

Angela Archer’s January Book Review

L. Virelli takes the reader on a deeply emotional journey in her character driven novel about the Whitaker family. Ava and Meg are married to the dysfunctional Whitaker brothers who neglect their wives needs. Starving for affection, the women meet other men who can satisfy their hunger. Unlike their husbands, these other men support their […]

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Enjoying the Rain.

Enjoy the rain y'all!

Man, oh man, can you believe half of January is already gone? I know, time flies doesn’t it? Well, it does when you have a whole lot of things to do in that time, it seems. But, as I sit here, typing this blog post there is rain steadily falling outside my office window, the house is dark and quiet because my boys are napping, and I have a warm cup of coffee at my side. Really, time’s like these I savor. Just a moment, a moment of peace, of silence, and a moment of thankful praises that I am not outside getting drenched in that rain. Or in some of y’alls cases January snow, but we don’t get much of that in Texas.

What I should be doing is using the last twenty minutes of my time before my daughter gets home and spending it on my next novel. I know I should, but my heart isn’t in it today. Today, my heart is telling me to slow down, take it easy, and enjoy your surroundings.  I’m thankful the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over, and I’m joyful I can surround myself in things I love: my children, my coffee, and my kindle. Because there is nothing better than a warm cup of coffee and a good book on a rainy afternoon. If you need something to warm you up on a cold January day, I’ve got a couple of good-looking cowboys waiting to sweep you off your feet!

Enjoy the rain, y’all!

Erin Bevan

Book Hounds Blog Hop!

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Hello Midwinter’s Eve Blog Hoppers! I’m so glad you hopped on over to my page, and as a token of my appreciation you are more than welcome to sign up for a chance to win a copy of my latest release, Wrapped Up In You. A fun, lighthearted Christmas story just in time for…you guessed it, Christmas! And if you don’t want a paperback you can click on the book image to purchase your e-book copy! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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Princess Jenny Claus has thirty suitors to choose from to take on the role of Santa and her husband, and only three weeks to do it. When an outsider crashes into and destroys the toy factory, her Gala and the prospect of Christmas for children everywhere are ruined.

Logan Moss awakens from his plane crash, suffering from partial amnesia. Surrounded by a world he always considered make believe, he has a hard time accepting his new surroundings. Except for one snow princess who he’s deeply fascinated with. And when Logan realizes she only has three weeks to pick a husband, he begins to feel compelled to be that man. Problem is, he can’t remember if he has a wife.

With Christmas getting closer, Jenny has to make the hardest decision of her life…duty or love.

Erin Bevan

$50 Dollar Amazon Gift Card and Party

I’m teaming up with fellow author Carrie Pulkinen in celebration of our latest releases. We’re hosting a Facebook party on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 CST. Come join us! But, to help get our party started right, we are giving away a 50 dollar Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! Sign up below for your chance to win. Contest ends December 1.

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Erin Bevan

Fall Back Into Routines

Hey guys! So, you haven’t heard from me in a few weeks. That’s what happens when I’m in the throws of edits. I believe I may have mentioned on certain social outlets already, but that is all I have done all year. Edits! Amazing, tiresome, wonderful edits. Edits mean editors and contracts. Editors and contracts mean finished novels and a tiny bit of money (oh so tiny right now!). Yay! All blessings. Every last red comment bubble is a true blessing.

But September is now upon us. School is well underway, and that means it’s time to fall back into our routines. I do love a routine. When I didn’t have children I was a bit more fly by the seat of my pants, but not anymore. Routines are amazing and important, and they help a control freak like myself feel somewhat in control. God bless a routine. Hopefully, I will get more in the routine of blog posting, but don’t hold your breath.

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If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter please do! You can do so on this page at the right hand column of the page. Also, I’m guest blogging on Write. Blog. Connect. once a month, so I would love for you to swing by there and check out what amazingness I have to say. And stay tuned because in the next couple of months I’ll be dishing information on my new Christmas release!

Erin Bevan

Fall off Friday

No, I’m not talking about my cleanse, but I have sort of fallen off that wagon. Sort of. Well, yeah, I did, but that’s a topic for another day.

Untitled design-9What I’m talking about is social media. When I get into the throes of life, sometimes I seem to fall off social media. My blog, my Twitter account, Facebook, they all suffer. Sure, I cruise Facebook a little and stalk you people. But engaging in conversations, actually letting you know my presence is there, ah, I’m just not feeling it right now. Not that I don’t love you or that I don’t want to talk to you, but sometimes I just like to linger in the background. Stalk if you will.

See, every few weeks, my mind races with all of the things I need to do. Like make sure big brother isn’t trying to sit on little brother, helping the husband get his drone off the roof, or figuring out how my bad guy is going to hurt my good guy in my next novel. I walk around and think of new ways my characters can hurt each other frequently. And, after typing that, I sound a little crazy, and you might be thankful I’m not speaking to you on Facebook right now. I can see you do the Olaf whisper to your friends. *You run, and I’ll stay and distract her. Save yourself!*

In all honesty, when I fall off social media, it’s because I’m on a deadline. A very big, massive deadline, either with a work in progress, or a work about to be published. I’m happy to say this years Christmas story is almost wrapped, and as soon as it’s over, I’ll be working very diligently to produce two more books for next year, but with the hopes of 4. See, I’m a busy lady. Not crazy, not really. Well, not completely.

Have a great weekend y’all!

Erin Bevan

Fit Friday

I’ve been contemplating all week whether or not to tell you guys about this detox I’ve started. Basically, if I fail, I don’t want the world to know. Then, I thought, if I post about it, maybe it will be the motivation I need to keep going. I started an ARBONNE 28 day cleanse on Wednesday, June 1, and yesterday I thought I was going to go postal on my family. Really, I did. Day 2, and I already felt like a failure.

I’m a sugar freak. I’ve heard sugar is as addictive as street drugs, and while I’ve never partaken in any sort of drug, I believe the comparison is true. Yesterday, I craved sugar so much I dreamt of sweet tea. I haven’t had sweet tea since I moved from Arkansas six years ago. That’s how bad I wanted sugar.

And, today, the strangest thing happened. I woke up feeling somewhat clear, and optimistic that maybe this cleanse might work for me. Granted it’s only day three. Tomorrow may be a whole new ball game.

On the detox you are advised to eliminate sugar, dairy, gluten and coffee from your diet. Have you read my posts about Starbucks? I’m a freak. I visit there every-single-day. And I have to eliminate coffee? Say what? Does espresso count?!

In all honesty, the coffee has been the easiest. What’s been the hardest is actually thinking about the food that I put in my mouth. I hate cooking. I’m the queen of drive-thru’s and fast food. If it’s quick and easy, I’m there. But sadly, I’ve come to the realization that some of the food’s I’ve been eating aren’t what should be classified as real food. I struggle with eating healthy and doing what’s right for my body, and I figured maybe some of y’all do too. So, with that being said, I’m going to share a few of the recipes I’ve made this week that have been dairy, sugar, and gluten free. Yeah, there actually ARE recipes that don’t contain those three things. I know, I was shocked, too.

Now, before you check these meals out, note I’m not a chef. Let me repeat, I am NOT a chef. I’m not even a good cook. Ask my husband. But these recipes actually looked pretty and tasted pretty good, too. I hope you enjoy!

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Stuffed Peppers- Erin’s Way.

I took ground chicken and cooked it. While that was cooking, I cut the heads off my peppers and pulled out the guts. Also, while those two things were happening, I had quinoa simmering in a pot on the stove top.

Once the meat was cooked, I drained the excess fat. I took prepackaged chopped green onions and white onions (because who wants to cry over cutting onions?) and tossed some in a skillet with some olive oil to brown. When those got yummy and caramelized, I added the meat back. At this point, I realized my meat looked a little too colorless, so I pulled some pico out of the fridge and tossed that in the skillet as well. Then, I tossed in some onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, and Tony Chachere’s. I don’t have measurements for these things, I just sprinkled it in.

Once that was all mixed and didn’t look too scary, I grabbed my peppers and placed them on a baking sheet. I put olive oil on the inside of the pepper because I thought that sounded like a good idea, then I filled half the pepper with quinoa and the other half with the meat mixture. I popped them in the oven at 400 for about 20 minutes. Dinner was done, and shockingly enough, tasted pretty good for health food. Who would have known?

Now, I’ll admit, these would have tasted a thousand times better with a lot of cheese on top, but that was against my 28 days of no dairy. So, no cheese for me!

Ingredients:

Ground chicken, or turkey, or beef, or sausage, or bison, or whatever you want ground up.

Quinoa or rice

Peppers

Olive Oil

Onions

Pico (optional)

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Parsley

Tony Chachere’s (Don’t leave this out. It’s what makes it yummy!)

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Another lovely I made was this Shrimp and Avocado Salad that I copied from iowagirleats.com. While Iowa Girl suggested adding blue corn chips to the dish, I omitted those for the purpose of the cleanse. Also, the recipe calls for honey in the dressing. I also took that out, and the salad still tasted amazing. And for an extra protein boost, I added a couple of boiled eggs! Gotta have your protein!

Stay tuned in the next few weeks. I hope to experiment more in the kitchen and share the recipes with you. If you have any great gluten free, sugar free, dairy free recipes, please, I’m all ears. Or eyes in this case!

Have a great weekend y’all. Go eat something good and read something great!

Erin Bevan

Summer Fun Friday

Oh, I love this post. I have Addie Jo Ryleigh here today to share what she does with the men of her life over the summer. Send me a birthday invite please Addie Jo. Thanks! I hope you guys enjoy this Summer fun filled Friday post. I think I may copy some of her ideas to entertain my own kids this vacation. Summer starts in five days for this house. Say a special prayer for me!

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For me summer is not marked by the change in weather or the official turn of the season on the calendar. Instead, summer starts when my kids are released from school and goes until it resumes in the fall. And prepared or not, that was yesterday at 1:10PM.

And now the fun begins…entertaining my kids :o)

We try to pack as many things as possible into their three-month hiatus from school. Since my husband’s job keeps him busy and out of town for the majority of the summer months, it is usually the three boys and myself partaking in the fun. Here are just a few things that have become an annual tradition for us.

For this first one, we cheated and checked it off the list a few days before vacation started. In Minnesota the weather can turn quickly, so before it became unbearably hot and humid, we jumped at the chance to go to the drive-in theater in 70-degree weather. Mostly, I just wanted to go before the mosquitoes are thick enough to carry us away 😉

Next on the list, visiting a splash pad. My oldest is turning 10 this year *she gasps in horror* so this one might need to be phased out. While he still had fun last year, it is geared toward the younger crowd. However, I think we found something to replace it with. We visited our first hotel/waterpark in March and given the endless hours they spent playing, it was a hit with all the boys. My youngest keeps asking when we can go back…or I guess it could be classified as “demanding” we return.

We also have a local Summer Collegiate Baseball team we like to see play at least once (more if possible). Go Rox!! With the boys joining hockey recently, they decided not to participate in summer baseball so this will have to be our baseball fix. There is something about visiting a baseball park that screams summer. Maybe we can squeeze in a St. Paul Saints or Minnesota Twins game this year.

There are several great zoos in Minnesota and we visit at least one, sometimes two. With the boys being older, they’ve been wanting to step outside of the state so I’ve looked into a couple zoos in either North or South Dakota. Looks like we are going to be adding some miles on the van.

Living in the land of 10,000 lakes and with my three little men hooked on fishing, swimming lessons is a must and something I find easier to do when not attempting to fit it between my work schedule and school. So we set aside some time in the summer to brush up their swimming skills.

One of the highlights the boys look forward to is the big birthday bash we do at the end of July. My oldest two have birthdays only six days apart so we have one big celebration. There is usually a giant water slide, fried fish, fried onions and potatoes, and pizza for us non-fish eaters 😉 Last year I added Nerf guns for all the kids who attended. They boys want to add water balloons this year *she cringes at the thought of popped water balloons decorating the lawn and the puppy thinking they are fun doggie treats*

With my husband out of town, we also plan a few trips to where he is working and visit him at the hotel for the night. Which, for the boys, is a mini-vacation filled with pizza and swimming…and a chance to see dad.

While the summer always seems to be popping at the seams with things to do before it is time for back-to-school supply shopping, it gives me the opportunity to make priceless memories with my three favorite little men <3 I’m always sad when summer turns into fall and school beckons…probably because school activities bring on a whole new craziness.

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Bio

Addie Jo Ryleigh writes historical regency romances that feature rakish heroes and strong feisty heroines. Addie Jo lives in the same cold winter and hot summer area of Minnesota where she was born and raised. And frankly, wouldn’t live anywhere else. Sharing in the raising of her three extremely rambunctious boys is her very understanding husband that so graciously enabled her to fulfill her dream of writing. Keeping Addie Jo company while she writes (besides her wonderfully loud children) is her yorkipoo, Bella, who is never far from Addie Jo’s side.

Addie Jo has always had a love and passion for romance books and became engrossed in historical romance (particularly Regency) soon after graduating from Lurlene McDaniel’s young adult books. Currently, Addie Jo reads any genre that has a great emotional story that keeps her reading into the early hours of the morning.

Addie Jo has a bachelor degree in accounting and is a financial coordinator when not driving her children around central Minnesota, cuddled up with a good book, or writing her next story.

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