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Perseverance is the key to meeting ones goals, and life is what you make it! Easy to say, hard to follow! Patience is something we can all use more of, and making life uphill instead of down is tricky at best, but worth it. Follow your dreams, follow your heart and by all means make use of that imagination. Love to all.

    
     

I'll bet you all get tired of reading the same old thing in a bio.  Went to this school, married my soulmate, had 2 .1 children, and live in a wonderful home in  yada,yada,yada. Well, I tried to be truthful in my bio.  But you have to understand, I'm human. I make mistakes just like the next person.

If you've read about me, you've already come to the conclusion that I was a born stretching the truth a little.   I've done it so many times I can't remember what the truth was.  But honestly folks.....

On a more serious note, writing is a freedom I don't take lightly.  And I hope I never will. Perhaps that's why I'm e-published instead of New York published.  I don't want to be dictated to.  I don't want someone telling me that you don't want to read about a singer, or a politician.Although right row, who wants to read more about politicians?  I want the freedom to pick and chose my characters, and subject matter.  I want the freedom to write as my heart dictates.  I love being an American.  Knowing I can write and get it published, my way. E-publishing allows this freedom to continue for writers. 

Did you realize that about half the things written are formulated for you.  Ah...come on now, you think I'm lying?  I'm not.  It's the truth.  People are constantly taking polls on what you think, how you eat, what you dress in, and they know as much about you as your friends.....

You see all those surveyors at the malls, what do you think they do with all that info?  They're trying to read you like a book.  You are a statistic.  So am I. Think about that, is that what you want to be?

I don't happen to think writers are normal in many ways.  I think we are a little wacky in some ways. Okay, maybe a lot of ways.

We are perpetual hermits, that live in fantasy worlds most of the time.  Or perhaps we merely escape to our fantasy world more often than not.

Come on, we work in our pj's, drink way too much coffee, nibble most of the time, and  spend a lot of time carrying on conversations with fictional people.  But of course you have to realize, they aren't fictional to us.  When we write, we live thier lives. 

The discovery of TV and movies influenced my thinking from day one. Unless you are my age or older you can't imagine the impact that television had on people when it first came out. Well, maybe you can, it's like the addiction you have with solitare on the computer! I was in love with the silver screen, and who knew I was soaking up ideas and stories at such a young age.

As I realized that others had written scripts for TV and movies I decided I could write them myself, with my own outcomes. As a young girl, biographical books about real people spun my imagination.

Not my cup of tea!

Writing takes a lot out of me, because while I'm doing it, I live it with my characters. Creative writing in high school taught me that originality is a must in writing.

My father was a storyteller and I suppose I took off on that. When he would put to words a picture of a person I could see that person in my mind. I began to develop a keen eye for people and my new hobby began as a people watcher. Fascinating material. I began to notice how people walked, talked, gestured, even ate.

I still do.

If you'll remember, I wrote I'm no different than you, well, than some of you at least, I lost my dear husband and soul mate not long ago, and now I find I have trouble writing my romances as easily as I did.  So I ask for your prayers that I can go on and write again, maybe even better, because to hurt means ones feels emotions and romance is full of emotions. 

I am still a mother, and a grandmother.  I still spend a lot of my time with my grandchildren.  I run them here and there, we do things together. 

I've joined the ranks of the retired. And I personally love it. I've only slept late twice, and that's because the nights before I stayed up till 3 in the morning getting a manuscript out.

I have endeavored to write children's plays for schools and you can find them up at ScriptsforSchools.com.  These are morally based short plays for school children. I'm also making a mid-grade book with poetry and short stories.  This is in the works and I hope will be available soon.

I'm currently working on the last of the Travers brothers series, two western romances, and more  children's books. 

I'm a pretty big family person, and most of my books reflect this kind of life.  I had so much fun creating the Travers Brothers series I'm thinking of starting another series. 

Retrack that, I'm already writing a sequel to Heart of the Wild.

One of the questions I get all the time, is...Why do you write Romance.  And they ask that question, like, get real, why would anyone want to write that stuff?  My reasoning for it is this....I love romance.  It makes my day.  So sue me.  Spreading love never hurt anyone, that I know of.  I find it odd that so many people turn their noses up at Romance, when that is the very element in life that sustains us.Love is what keeps this world turning. Think about this...what would it be like if you loved no one on this whole earth?  If no one loved you?  So spread the love, everyone, I promise it won't hurt.

I love sending my readers bookmarks, keychains, and magnets. So if you haven't gotten yours drop me an e-mail.

I hope you try and enjoy some of my books, and that you'll drop me a line every now and then. I so enjoy hearing from readers.

Love and blessings



Birth Place: Corpus Christi, TX USA

Accomplishments: I graduated from the Institute of Children's Literature. I can't believe I graduated. Wow!
     



Books

Ring of Fire Book 2 of the McKay's by Rita P Hestand
Book Two of the McKay's, Letty has moved home as the stipulation of the will reads and spends her time doing modeling gigs and helping around the ranch. When she meets horse wrangler, Hank Silver she is instantly smitten. Only problem is, there's a hands off policy of all the McKay girls to the cowboys on the ranch. So Hank doesn't want to get tangled with Letty, even though she sets him on fire. ...
  

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Sweeter Than Wine Book Two of the Amory's by Rita P Hestand
The Amory Series Book 2. A highly sensual romance. When Lacy Malone goes on vacation to prove to the dean of an all girls school she knows how to have a good time. And meets the charismatic Sam McKay. Sam must find his long lost family.When Sam and Lacey decide to put their vacations together, the sparks fly. Can you fall in love in a week? ...
  

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Ask No Tomorrows-Book three of the Dream Catcher series by Rita P Hestand
Book Three of the Dreamcatcher series. Sam Tanner buried a man hanging from a tree the day he met Riley Morgan. He could tell from the moment he met her that she was trouble, after all, she was white and he was black, and he wanted to avoid her at all costs, but Riley managed to get under his skin, In more ways than one....
  

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Pretend Mom by Rita P Hestand
Dixie Rose Kincaid had come home. Trying to rid herself of the past and get on with the future, Dixie wants to see Kevin. But Mike Dalton puts a kink in those plans. Mike has other plans for Dixie, and they sure don't include his brother....
  

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Suspicions of the Heart by Rita P Hestand
A short contemporary romance novel. A sensual romance. Candy Arnold inherits a broken down ranch in the Panhandle of Texas from her father. Since she's really never had a home she and her Uncle Roscoe decide to check it out. Even after her ex-husband advised her to sell. Her life's been in danger by a mad bull, a gunshot and her trailer stolen. Who could want her off her land? And why? ...
  

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Nick's Baby by Rita P Hestand
She was Chairman of the Board of her own company. He worked for the New York City sewer. She wanted a baby. He needed the money. It seemed simple but could Park Avenue and Hell's Kitchen find a common ground? Kelsey O'Sullivan knew absolutely nothing about being a mother. Nick Leonetti on the other hand knew everything about being a family. They both realized they had nothing in common, but K...
  

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Raining in My Heart Book One of the McKay's by Rita P Hestand
Julie's father died and she must go home. Going home isn't easy for Julie McKay since she hadn't seen her father in a long time and she's had a daughter he never got to see. But in her father's will she is shocked to find out that the father that adopted her, is her real father, and that if she agrees to stay on the ranch for a year she'll be a very rich woman. Can she up end her life and go home?...
  

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Wandering Heart by Rita P Hestand
A short contemporary romance novel. A sensual romance. Angela Cummings thought she had Mr. Right. Greg was handsome, respectable, smart, what more could she ask for? Except maybe...her son didn't like him. Then in rides Cooper Johnson on a broken down Harley, looking sexier than a man had a right to. But Cooper didn't seem to have much to offer...except maybe his love...
  

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Runaway Bride by Rita P Hestand
Bride runs away when she discovers her fiancee in the arms of another....
  

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Strictly Business by Rita P Hestand
She was an Italian Norma Rae at Cunningham Hats, he was the playboy boss! She was the only woman he was sure he'd never love. Since he had to marry to inherit his grandfather's trust money, and he wanted to save the factory, he married Kia Giavonni. Joseph Cunningham III offered Kia everything but love. She could have anything as long as she remembered that it was all just strictly business! <...
  

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Along Came Love Book Four of the Travers Brothers by Rita P Hestand
By Rita Hestand Rating: (4.00 based on 1 review) Published: May 17, 2010 Words: 49,870 (approximate) Language: English ISBN: 9781452389813 Short description Book 4 in the Travers series, a short contemporary romance. A sweet (christian) romance. Jake Travers has passed the bar exam and everyone in the family thinks he's going to be joining the l...
  

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Just One Kiss Book Two of the Drea Catcher series by Rita P Hestand
Lee Nelson didn't realize until much later that when he stopped to help two suddenly orphaned children that it would change his life. Hattie Tanner challenged him in every way, and when she dared him to kiss her, he didn't refuse....
  

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Better Off Without Her by Rita P Hestand
Victor Frank wanted one thing, to avenge the torture he went through as a child....
  

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Beyond the Dream Catcher Book One of the Dream Catcher series by Rita P Hestand
Chase Rivers had been chosen by the Shaman to bring Katherine Hightower back to her people. Only problem was, she didn't know she was part Indian, and he had to fight Comanches, The Army, and a loco thief to get her there. Brought together by a dramatic dream, could their love withstand the test of time??...
  

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Love Rules by Rita P Hestand
Jesse had been sent to bring the Black Widow in, trouble was, he was falling for her fast. Years later Maggie and Jesse meet up again and Maggie has a surprise for Jesse....
  

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Always Remember by Rita P Hestand
Rose and Josey Anderson had to keep the farm going while the civil war played it's deathly music. Life on the farm had changed since the war began, while Josey pined for Leroy's love, Rose made sure everyone on the farm was satisfied and happy....
  

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Jodi's Journey by Rita P Hestand
The war was over. The town of Esser Crossing ebbed closer to a slow death while Jodi Parker and Hunter Johnson fought desperately with one last chance to save it, and themselves. Two unlikely people came together against their own will and struggled to carve a new empire. Swollen rivers and Jayhawkers were the least of their troubles on a cattle drive to Kansas, whe...
  

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Heart of the Wild by Rita P Hestand
chayton Amory kidnapped Kasie Moore the day before her wedding. Her father put him up to it. Now they were trapped on a mountaintop and having to face thier true feelings for one another....
  

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Hannah's Man by Rita P Hestand
Hannah had just lost her father, now she was losing the ranch, too. Could it get any worse? Maybe, because Rusty Travers was her reluctant hero who insisted they had to get married to boot....
  

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Courting Abby by Rita P Hestand
Clint and Abby were best friends, until one night when they let it go too far. Now 4 years later, Abby is back with a big surprise for Clint....
  

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Chief Cook and Bottle Washer by Rita P Hestand
Deke Travers hired Emma Smith as his housekeeper and cook for the 4 Barn None ranch. But he had a different idea for Emma, he was going to marry her off to one of his brothers. That was the plan. Emma hadn't exactly been square with her new boss, but he didn't give her much chance. If there was one thing Deke Travers couldn't tolerate it was a liar....
  

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Short Stories

The Far Side of Lonesome
 by Rita P Hestand
A novella for adults. Jeb and Hoot get more than they bargained for when they trade horses at the Indian village. What are two christian black men supposed to do with a white captive woman and her Ind...


Distracted
 by Rita P Hestand
Tara Simmons calls 911 when she finds a rattle snaked coiled on her bathtub faucet....


Halloween Witness
 by Rita P Hestand
When the town drunk sees a murder on Halloween night who is gonna believe him?...


Fast Forwarding Love
 by Rita P Hestand
Love comes unexpected sometimes. And sometimes it dosen't come at all. Meet Connie Martin.......


A Special Present for James
 by Rita P Hestand
James doesn't seem to be fitting into the Martin household even though he was excited about it at first. Sandra Martin intends to find out why....


Going Backwards
 by Rita P Hestand
Facing the divorce of your parents can be traumatic, but learning what love from your family is all about can be a reward. Going Backwards takes you back to childhood memories and good ti...



Poetry

In Answer to a Suicide
 by Rita P Hestand
My youngest daughter Liz went through a strange teenage time when she was pre-occupied with why anyone would commit sucide and worried about this concept. So this prompted me to write this...


For the Love of Chocolate
 by Rita P Hestand
Who loves chocolate, ah...come on admit, you love the dark, silky luscious stuff. So here's to you chocolate lovers...


Why Texas
 by Rita P Hestand


This Christmas Thing
 by Rita P Hestand


Rationalizing War
 by Rita P Hestand


The Love Goes On
 by Rita P Hestand


Where Our Heroes Ashes Lay(Enter in poetry contest, please)
 by Rita P Hestand
A hundred and sixty five years ago, in an old Spanish mission torn with strife, A hundred and eighty-five men or so, for Texas laid down their life. Now the question has long remained, why the...


I Remember Grandma(revised to print copy)
 by Rita P Hestand
Children always remember their Grandma's. I'm no different. This poem is to all Grandmas. The last two lines of this poem were changed as they are the ones that were published by Sparro...


Naughty Sally
 by Rita P Hestand
Throughout the ages men have adored the charms of the prostitute. So I salute you Sally with a poem!...


Beyond
 by Rita P Hestand
Why is it that scientists argue so much over evolution, and yet there is so much they just don't understand?...


Ode to a Mockingbird
 by Rita P Hestand
This little fella gave me so much pleasure each year I had to write about him in some way. In Texas, the Mockingbird is not only the state bird, but a treasure. A Mockingbird can mimic other b...


What the Seasons Mean to Me
 by Rita P Hestand
This little poem gives feelings and moods to the seasons....


Looking From Within
 by Rita P Hestand
What is creation all about? And who came to save us from ourselves? To find the answer we must look within....


The Wisdoms
 by Rita P Hestand
Just how far have we come? What have we accomplished. Perhaps full circle?...


Visiting Grandma
 by Rita P Hestand
Putting Grandma in a home is hard when all you can think about is the memories you shared with this wonderful woman. ...


Being Me
 by Rita P Hestand
Whimsical poem about a child's own acceptance of self...



Articles

Helpful Tips for Parents
 by Rita P Hestand
These ideas aren't new, but they have been lost due to today's lifestyles. Let us go back.......


7 Points of Writing
 by Rita P Hestand
A quick, easy to understand guide to writing. 7 Points of Writing outlines the seven most important things in writing a book....


Dealing With Writer's Block
 by Rita P Hestand
Some people never experience this...that's wonderful. But for those who do I hope I can help a little!...


Write a Romance Now
 by Rita P Hestand
To all unpublished, struggling writers. Come over to my homepage and read my article on Writing a Romance Now. There are no magic steps to getting published, but there are a lot of things y...


Make Up A Character
 by Rita P Hestand
One of the best ways to sell a book is being able to bring characters to life on the page. Master characterization and you will sell your books. Make-Up a Character is all about how to do th...



News

Finding my books on the net
 by Rita P Hestand
If you are looking for my books and get a bunch of garbage when you go to the url, it's because I haven't updated this site enough. So let me correct that....


Update on Rita Hestand books
 by Rita P Hestand
Lot's of changes and lots of good news....


Where Are All My Books?
 by Rita P Hestand
My books are in several places now....


7 Book Contract with Guardian Angel Publishing
 by Rita P Hestand
My Willy series is slowly about to be realized after so long a time sitting in nowhere land....


Class Act Books bought Jodi's Journey
 by Rita P Hestand
I've just been contracted through Class Act Books for Jodi's Journey!...


Where's Runaway Bride and Supicions of the Heart
 by Rita P Hestand
What's happening to Rita's books. Well, some of them are moving to different publishers. ...


Poor Mo is coming out for the kids
 by Rita P Hestand
Willy's third adventure, Poor Mo, is going to be released soon. Don't miss it. ...


Sold Pretend Mom to Desert Breeze
 by Rita P Hestand
Pretend Mom is going to be re-released at Desert Breeze on July 1, 2009...


Willy & the Spider is on sale now
 by Rita P Hestand
Everyone has warned little Willy the hard of hearing duck not to go into the pond. Unfortunately, Willy didn't hear them right,and goes right in. Oh my.......


Hannah's Man in print at Booksurge, Amazon
 by Rita P Hestand
She was losing her ranch, Rusty Travers was her reluctant hero. He'd help her, it was the code of the west. He'd even marry her, but he wouldn't love her. So why was everyone calling him....Hannah's ...


Runaway Bride is now on sale!
 by Rita P Hestand
She'd run from her own wedding, and she couldn't tell anyone why, not even her parents. To make matters worse, she took her parents car, and ran straight into the law......


New Title coming soon from Writers Exchange
 by Rita P Hestand
Rita has a new book coming soon, Runaway Bride....


Three books in print and where to find them
 by Rita P Hestand
You know Rita writes romance, you know they are published in ebook multi formats but did you know three of them are now in print?...


Suspicons soon to be released
 by Rita P Hestand
Suspicions of the Heart is soon to be released from Writers Exchange. ...


Nick's Baby is in print with Publish America
 by Rita P Hestand
Nick's Baby, a contemporary romance by Rita Hestand is now in print with Publish America. Reserve your copy now!...


Strictly Business
 by Rita P Hestand
She was the Italian Norma Rae of Cunningham Hats. He was the playboy boss. He had to marry to save the factory, so he picked the most unlikely lady to fall in love with, Kia Giavonni. He offered her...


Pretend Mom is up for sale now!
 by Rita P Hestand
Singing sensation Dixie Rose Kincaid came home to put her past away and get on with her future. Mike Dalton and his precious daughter have other plans for Dixie. Can she leave her heart at home again...


New Covers
 by Rita P Hestand
Sometimes covers are outdated, and need replacing. I have done this with several of my books. I'd love for you to see them....


Heart of the Wild is at Booksurge!
 by Rita P Hestand
Now you can find Heart of the Wild in print....


Nick's Baby is on sale...NOW!
 by Rita P Hestand
You've been wondering where Nick's Baby could be purchased. You'd shopped all over the net and still couldn't find it. Well now you can. It's at Writer's Exchange. www.writers-exchange.com/...


Where are Rita Hestand's books?
 by Rita P Hestand
Looking for one of my books? Look no further.......


Willy's Valentine won the Award of Excellence from WordWeaving!
 by Rita P Hestand
Willy's Valentine, the first in a series of Willy books has won the Award of Excellence from Word Weaving....


Heart of the Wild is now in Print!!!
 by Rita P Hestand
Heart of the Wild, the story of reunited lovers in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Oregon trapped during a blizzard...is now in print version paperback at Writer's Exchange!...


Milk and Honey for the Hungry Heart
 by Rita P Hestand
Want an uplifting treat for a tired soul. Try all the stories, poem and uplifting messages in Milk and Honey!...


Willy's Valentine --A new children's illustrated ebook by Rita Hestand
 by Rita P Hestand
Willy's Valentine is a first book of a series of Willy books by Rita Hestand. Willy's trying to make friends with Waffles, but she's just not interested. Whatever could be wrong?...


Links

Rita Hestand Author
My homepage where you'll find a list of my books, articles, poetry and short stories.


Readers Eden, my publishers bookstore
I'm published under romance and children's here. Check out Heart of the Wild, and then look at Willy's Valentine! And I'm proud to say that Willy & the Spider has come out now, don't miss it. Poor Mo is next.

BooksWeLove
I belong to BooksWeLove, an electronic ebook directory that supports ebookmans and writers. The pages are goregous and stop by and see me and sign my guestbook.

Fictionwise
Heart of the Wild, Chief Cook & Bottle Washer, Willy's Valentine...coming soon here will be all my other books.


Additional information

Chief Cook & Bottle Washer is a series about four Texas brothers (yes, I'm a Texan). The second in the series is Courting Abby, and I've completed the third, Hannah's Man and it's now out in print. This is quite a special set of books to me, and I can't wait to see if you (the readers out there like it) I'm now working on the last of the series, Along Came Love. Jake Travers is going to be a little different than what you might expect, and I hope I don't disappoint anyone. Nick's Baby has been re-released and is climbing the charts over at Fictionwise as we speak. It is also in print at Publish America, but I can't apologize enough for the price increase, not my doing, blame the publisher for that one. Also don't miss the release of Wandering Heart, Pretend Mom, Suspicions of the Heart, or Strictly Busines all coming soon from Writer's Exchange. My newest completed romance is, Runaway Bride, I hope you catch this one.It has a little bit different take than most of my books. There's also several books in the Willy series coming out from Writer's Exchange. I've got lots of works in progress and I hope you will check them all out and let me know what you thought of each and every one of them. I'd like to thank all my faithful readers and hope I never disappoint you with a book! Last tidbit of info: Hannah's Man is out in print, Pretend Mom is coming out very shortly.

 
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