Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Do you love cowboys? Heroes who make you want to pitch a hissy fit one minute, but then you fall in love with them the next? Oh, I do. Corey, Jericho, and Clay are three characters every reader will certainly enjoy. They charm, protect their women, expose their weaknesses, and always remain faithful. We’ll meet them and the strong women they love in one of the Wayback, Texas anthologies from The Wild Rose Press, titled Return to Wayback.
Wayback, Texas, where a cowboy falls in love every 8 seconds.

(Blurb) Corey Donovan spent twelve years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, he’s headed for Wayback, Texas where Tiffany Covington waits—both thrilled and afraid of his return. Tiffany married a millionaire soon after Corey’s arrest and sentencing. Bitter and bent on payback, he visits her at the Covington mansion. The news Corey has a son unsettles him, but she asks him to be a father to Joey. Tiffany also has a plan to offer payback along with the true story of his arrest. If she succeeds, maybe Corey will forgive her devious father and reclaim her heart—and his son.

(Review) Lynda Coker’s fifty-five page story contains enough substance and plot for a full-length novel. The characters are real and worthy of finding happiness and forgiveness. The reader will like Corey, Tiffany, and Joey, and will cheer when the three reunite. The conclusion was as satisfying as any romance should be, but it left me wishing it had been longer book. I would have loved to see the relationship between Corey and Joey developed more. This is really a wonderful story.
Ms. Coker writes with clear purpose and aplomb. The reader does not need to decipher the text—I appreciate a clearly written novel. Don’t miss Payback in Wayback.

(Excerpt) “I’ve never walked away from anything. You of all people should know that.”
“Good. Then we’re agreed that you’ll help Joey build the right skills, those things only a man can teach him.”
“If you think an ex-con is qualified teacher material, maybe you need to re-think your definition of the right skills.”
“I know what you’re made of, Corey Donovan; it’s in your eyes.”

ROPED AND TIED-Mallary Mitchell
(Blurb) Jericho Farrell left Wayback and Eden Sawyer for a shot at a better life, but now he’s back. Eden has forgiven him for leaving, but will he forgive her when he discovers he’s a father?

(Review) Mallary Mitchell’s short novel is packed with emotion and action. Eden and Jericho have a long history—and a three-year-old son he learns about when he is injured. Their young love unraveled, but years later when he returned, he did not intend to pursue her again. Don’t be too quick to judge Jericho, though, even though he is a bit argumentative and sullen at times. The dialogue between the two was some of the best I’ve ever read—very quick, witty, and just as real people argue and spar and tantalize.
Ms. Mitchell writes exactly as I love a story—more dialogue between the hero and heroine than narrative or inner dialogue. She has a gift of exposing a character’s true feelings though their speech. I hope you love Roped and Tied as much as I did.

(Excerpt) “I love you.” He traced her jawline with his forefinger.
“You are something else, Jericho Farrell, and you are not harmless. You are just the kind of trouble I don’t need.” Eden dropped her chin to his chest and snuggled. “You know neither of us has enough sense to know what’s good for us.”
“Yeah, but I am content with that knowledge,” he whispered.


(Blurb) Bronc rider Clay Tanner is looking for a good time. Dusty Morgan looks like she could use one, but she turns him down. Feeling like he’s been bucked off before the eight-second buzzer, Clay’s betting he can score if she’ll give him a re-ride. But qualifying may call for more than he’s prepared to give.

(Review) Anne Carolle has given us a perfect score. Just as the 8 second buzzer proclaims a winner, so does her short novel. Clay is the consummate good-time cowboy; that is, until he meets Dusty. He’s drawn to her; she’s different, she’s cute and sweet and smart. But inadvertently, he makes a bet with his best friend, and the bargain soon comes back to haunt him. You’ll love the ending—I shed a happy tear because Clay’s actions were just so, well…romantic!
Ms. Carolle possesses imagination and skill that allows her to create a story with the exact elements a short novel should contain. You’ll want to read straight through, so give yourself enough time.

(Excerpt) “Hell, every time you see a pretty girl, you make a bet with yourself. You may not be playing for the hundred dollars but you sure as hell were playing.”
“What if I wasn’t?” Clay ground out. “What the hell if I wasn’t? What if I actually love her, Jesse?”
Jesse’s face paled. “You serious?”
Clay closed his eyes. All he saw was Dusty. With tears streaming down her face. How the hell was he going to right this one?

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REVIEWS BY—Celia Yeary

ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS-a Texas Historical
Available in eBook: The Wild Rose Press
Available in print:, B&N


  1. Celia, I'm so happy that you enjoyed Return to Wayback, I know I had a lot of fun writing the first story in the Anthology, Payback in Wayback. Your review is beautiful and so is your blog site. Lots of success. *hugs*

    Lynda Coker

  2. Hi Celia,

    Lovely blog site.

    Lynda, Payback in Wayback sounds great as well as the others in the series. Can't wait to read it.

  3. I'm thrilled, Celia, that you enjoyed Return to Wayback and all the characters.

    What wonderful reviews and bless you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

    You certainly pegged Clay:! But all it takes is a good woman to set him straight.

    Looking forward to your Wayback novel. Showdown in South Fork sounds like my kind of story!

  4. Celia, you certainly do lovely reviews. These ladies' stories sound wonderful. Lynda, Mallory, and Anne, I wish you the best of luck with Return to Wayback.

  5. Lynda and Anne--thank you for writing such a sweet note. I'm enjoying this blog of mine more than I have anything else recently--it gives me a chance to do my own creations, which includes giving a shout-out when I read a good story by authors I know and admire. There will be more LSRs, and Return To Wayback was the perfect one for my "debut." Celia

  6. Sandy and Pat--I so appreciate your stopping by.Thanks for the comments--Celia

  7. Wonderful reviews, Celia!

    A big Congratulations Yeehaaaaw style to Lynda, Mallary and Anne!


  8. Great reviews, Celia. I've read Lynda and Anne's stories and enjoyed them both. Must get my hands on Eve's. Don't know how I missed it.

    Love those Texas heroes!


  9. Great reviews! Okay, yet another book to download to my Kindle. *grin*

    All three stories sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing this, Celia. Congrats to the authors!! Woo-hoo!!

    Chiron O'Keefe
    The Write Soul: