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Roxanne Rustand Book List

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Interview with Roxanne Rustand
When not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I’m a country gal at heart, and have lived in the country all my life. I’ve had horses since I was six years old, and when I grew up, spent years breeding, training and showing quarter horses. We dabbled in Thoroughbreds for a while, too. Now, with the kids grown, we are still in the country, but we are down to two paint mares and a palomino quarter horse--not for showing, just nice, gentle mares to enjoy. I cannot imagine living in town where I couldn’t look out the window and see our horses in the pasture. I also enjoy photography, and love taking day trips with my cameras. And, I love cooking.

What is the strangest real life situation that appears in one of your stories?
My very first book for Harlequin SuperRomance (Her Sister’s Children, 1999) starts with the line: “If she’d known about the snake, Claire never would have left New York.”

The story is about a single woman who inherits a rundown resort on Lake Superior, and is given custody of her late sister’s children. The boy is rebellious and resentful, and has a pet snake which Claire tries hard to accept, hoping camaraderie will be a first step in trying to reach out to the grieving child. In the book, the pet snake gets loose a few times and likes to bask in the warmth at the base of the refrigerator.

Well...if you’ve ever stopped by my All Creatures Great and Small blog, you know I love animals. Our kids had just about every kind of pet they could think of--tarantulas, all kinds of rodents and lizards, rabbits, birds...on and on, in addition to our cats, dogs, and horses. Brian got a corn snake when he was eight, and Ssssid was not one of my favorites, believe me! Every now and then, he did get loose in the house and would disappear for a few days before we’d eventually find him. When Ssssid was small, I remember picking up toys after everyone had gone to bed, and thinking I was reaching for a shoelace--until it wiggled away. Another time, I found him amongst the shoes in my closet. Yikes! Eventually, Ssssid had his moment of stardom, when he received the name Igor and appeared in my first published book. I ended up taking care of that snake throughout Brian’s college days, though you can bet I was very, very thankful when Ssssid finally moved on to a teacher’s classroom!

When did you start writing?
After I finished my Master’s degree in nutrition, I worked as a registered dietitian. I loved to read--mostly non-fiction--but never had a thought about being a writer. Then one day my friend Judy, who owned a horse magazine, asked if I would write humorous feature articles. When she gave me my first computer (a Packard Bell, back in the Word Star days!) it opened up a whole new world. Writing was such fun with those new-fangled editing functions! Judy also gave me some books written by one of her favorite romance authors, and I became entranced with the emotion in those books. She then invited me to join her critique group. Since writing on the computer was such fun, I started writing a story and just kept at it...then took some summer fiction classes through the Iowa Writer’s Summer Festival, and entered the RWA Golden Heart. I owe Judy quite a debt of gratitude!

Have you traveled to do research for your books?
My husband and I love to travel, and everywhere we go, I take thousands of photos and copious notes. Many of my favorite places have become the settings for books. One cool adventure was the research for my current book, Comeback Cowboy. I rode with a rodeo contractor and his wife, and got to see the rodeo operations first hand. And yes--those cowboys are just as cute up close!

What are you up too these days?
After writing thirty books for the Harlequin SuperRomance, Heartwarming, Everlasting, Love Inspired, and Love Inspired Suspense lines, I’ve taken a side journey this past year--a foray into self publishing. It has been an adventure! I now have two books available for Kindle, Nook, a variety of other e-formats, and soon--as hard copies. COMEBACK COWBOY, and SUMMER AT BRIAR LAKE. In another month or so, there will be a third, A MONTANA LEGACY, and by summer, a fourth title. These are all sweet romance and sweet romantic suspense.

I’m also continuing with inspirational fiction: my agent is currently representing a single title trilogy set in the Montana Rockies, and I hope to develop more proposals for Love Inspired as well.

About Roxanne:
Inspirational author Roxanne Rustand's first manuscript won a RWA Golden Heart and her second was Golden Heart finalist--which led to her first sales. She’s the author of thirty books. Her newest sweet romances, Comeback Cowboy and Summer at Briar Lake, are available at Amazon.
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 Comeback Cowboy
Summer at Briar Lake
Montana Legacy
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Series Books For Harlequin
The Special Agents Series:
Book 1: Operation: Katie
It takes a special kind of person...
When Special Agent Zach Forrester's terrified sister drops her three-year-old daughter into his life, Zach swears he'll do whatever it takes to protect the little girl. So the moment someone threatens to harm the child as a way of getting back at him, Zach flees with Katie to the one safe place he knows -- the small Colorado town he'd lived in as a kid. Unfortunately, it's the one place he'd never wanted to revisit, not even in his dreams.
But for Katie's sake, he'll have to face the past. And he'll have to face Dana Hathaway, his high school sweetheart -- the only woman he's ever loved.
Book 2: Operation: Mistletoe
For most people, spending Christmas with family and friends is what the holidays are all about. But for Special Agent Sara Hanrahan, returning to her hometown is the hardest thing the DEA has ever asked her to do. Even worse, she can't let anyone know why she's here. Not her mother, not her brother, not the inquisitive little boy who lives next door. And most of all, not Deputy Nathan Roswell.
Nathan represents all the reasons she left home so long ago. But he's too good a cop not to wonder about her. Especially when he senses that his town is being threatened. So when Sara gets close to the danger, he's there to help her capture the villains and uncover the truth.
A truth that sets aside old hurts and old scandals. And leaves Nathan and Sara -- and little Josh -- free to share the best Christmas ever. 
Book 3: Operation: Second Chance
From special agent to ex-con...
T. J. Cauthen spent five years in jail. He lost his career, his honor and the chance to watch his daughter grow. Now he's out, and he's determined to get back his life and his child. 
But first he has to figure out who set him up. So he's taken a room at Abby Hilliard's boardinghouse in Silver Springs, Wyoming.
Because -- whether she knows it or not -- his very attractive landlady holds the key.
Book 4: Operation: Texas
Celia Remington is a single mom with a teenage daughter to keep safe -- and the family ranch to protect. She can't believe her luck when Brady Coleman answers her ad for a hired hand. He's lean, fit and obviously not afraid of hard work.

But Brady's no ordinary cowboy. He's a special agent who's determined to uncover the source of the escalating threats to Celia's ranch. He blames himself for the recent ambush of his fellow agents, so this mission is top priority.

And now his unexpected feelings for Celia are making his need for justice even more personal.
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Blackberry Hill Memorial Trilogy
Book 1: Almost a Family
Amazon
Dr. Connor Reynolds is taking over his Uncle's practice for three months. Uncle Ed wants him to buy the practice but after all that has happened in his life Connor does not think he will ever settle in one place again.

Erin Lang is the new Administrator of Blackberry Hill Memorial. She is surprised as she passes Connor on the street. He had been married to her cousin, Stephanie. Stephanie had died two years ago but she had told Erin things about Connor that made her dislike him.

It ends up they run into each other at the hospital, and he is her landlord. Erin has three adopted children, the reason her husband left her. Sam found fatherhood undesirable and left for a younger woman.

Between kids, dogs and someone killing off patients Erin and Connor get to know each other but suspicion and lack of trust may tear them apart.
Book 2: A Man She Can Trust
Amazon
 Estranged spouses, a haunted house, a weird cat and shaggy dog. Add a mysterious red head and death threats, and you have a great suspense romance. Let us not forget a fifteen year old dropped off to his Great Aunt Grace while she is told that he has one chance left before taken away.

Dr Jill Edwards had her medical practice and the Victorian house she always wanted. Her estranged husband had his law practice and Jill figured he had another woman. He had been seen at all hours with a red head. He had moved away but now that his dad was in the hospital Grant was back in Blackberry Hill to run the law office for his dad.

Threats brought them back together and in one night of passion, Jill finds herself pregnant and looking at a life of single parenthood. In a big empty house that seemed to be haunted and Grant had brought Sadie to her, a huge black hairy dog. To top it off a disgruntled client was threatening them. 

Roxanne gives more then the main characters a chance to say what is happening in their lives so there are several stories going on at once.
Book 3: Home At Blackberry HIll
Originally published as A Temporary Arrangement
Abby Cahill went to college with Erin Lang Reynolds. Erin is the Administrator at Blackberry Hill Memorial and needed a summer replacement for Grace who recently married and has retired. Abby worked as a nurse for three years and has been teaching and writing since then. After a broken engagement and a new job waiting for in California this fall she takes it. Arriving she finds her short term apartment has burned down and being a tourist town in the summer she has a tough time finding a place to stay. When she does find somewhere the man it a bit crotchety and every noise bothers him. After a she offered to babysit Erin's three kids she gets evicted .

Ethan Matthews is being told he needs to go to the Green Bay hospital because his arm is cut up so bad he needs more specialized care to heal right. He only has his son, Keifer, for the summer. When he sees no way out of going it ends up Abby offers to take Keifer.

Abby finds herself stuck in the mud, facing a wolf, animals out of their pens and on the loose, she needs to get to the animal shelter to save a dog before the next day, she has a ten year old she just met, and it seems someone cut the chains on the animal gates intentionally, and we can't forget Rufus the dog just have seven puppies. Then someone is trying to make Abby look bad at work when she is leaving in a few months anyways.

This was a really good series. I personally would suggest reading all three books to have the full picture even though they are all stand alone as well. 
*Book received from NetGalley for review.
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Stand Alone Harlequin Books
Her Sister's Children
SHE's GOT SOMETHING HE WANTS -- HIS LAND.
AND SOMETHING HE DOESN'T KNOW HE HAS -- HIS SON!
When Claire Worth inherits Pine Cliff -- a resort on Lake Superior -- from her late sister, Claire also gets guardianship of her five-year-old twin nieces and her fourteen-year-old nephew. The resort she can manage; motherhood is something else again -- especially when her sister's first husband shows up with plans of his own.


Ever since Logan Matthews lost Pine Cliff, his family's home, in a bitter divorce, he's had nothing to do with his ex-wife or her new family.

Logan wants the place back. And now he has the means to fight for what's his. But he's becoming more and more attracted to Claire. He loves the warmth and laughter she and the children bring to Pine Cliff. And there's something about Claire's nephew that reminds Logan of himself at that age.

Suddenly, there's a whole lot more at stake....
Revised and republished as a sweet Romance: Summer at Briar Lake
Previously published as: The House at Briar Lake
Michael Wells loved his elderly aunt, and he loved the house at Briar Lake. So when life in the city became intolerable, he accepted his aunt's offer to relocate his law practice and move into her home temporarily. The last thing he expected was to find his aunt missing and the place already occupied by a beautiful woman, her young daughter and a large assortment of animals. Aunt Bertie had a lot of explaining to do!

Meanwhile...

Lauren McClellan was looking forward to a quiet summer at Briar Lake. Nobody here knew her past -- her secret was safe. She and 10-year-old Hannah would be able to do all the things normal mothers and daughters do. The last thing Lauren needed was a housemate -- a big-city lawyer -- who asked too many questions. What did Bertie think she was doing?
Montana Legacy
HER HOME... 
Minneapolis cop Kate Rawlins grew up believing that her grandfather wanted nothing to do with her. After all, Bob Rawlins had thrown her mother out of his home when Kate was just an infant. He never replied to Kate's letters, so eventually she'd stopped writing... and wishing. Now, 20 years later, she's inherited half of Lone Tree -- the Montana ranch that's been in her family for generations.

HIS RANCH... 
Seth Hayward has inherited the other half. He's lived and worked on Lone Tree ever since Bob Rawlins took him in as a 13-year-old orphan. Now Seth's raising his own daughter on the land he loves. He's not about to take orders from a city woman -- one who couldn't find the time to visit her dying grandfather.

THEIR FUTURE... 
Kate's grandfather might not have known HER but he knew Seth and he knew Lone Tree. Somehow he must have known Kate would fall in love with both.
Revised as a sweet romance: Comeback Cowboy
Previously published as: Rodeo
Jake Landers has been a cowboy since he was 18. The rodeo folk -- bull riders, bullfighters, clowns, announcers, producers, and contractors -- are like a second family to him. Now -- thanks to an injury -- he's in danger of losing much more than just the chance to compete. 

Buying a rodeo company is his chance to get back into the life he loves. But he needs the owner's daughter to teach him the ropes. Unfortunately, Kristen Davis is the woman he'd left stranded at the altar 10 years before.... 

Now Jake has to convince her to travel with him for the next five months. And he has to do it without breaking his word and revealing dark secrets from the past....
Lone Star Legacy
For Beth Lindstrom, the rundown cafe she inherited in the small town of Lone Wolf was simply a means to an end. Selling it and moving on was the young widow's only hope of a fresh start for her and her five-year-old daughter--though she doubted there was any place on earth they'd feel really safe ever again.

However, she hadn't counted on Joel McAllen getting under her skin. The handsome ex-cop seemed to sense that her past held a terrible secret that kept her on the run. But it wasn't until her husband's killer followed her to Texas that she realized she'd need to trust Joel with her life--and her heart.
Save the Last Dance
Kate Mathers drives by the accident without a second thought. But where is her husband? He isn't answering his phone.... Then Kate gets the call from the hospital. Jared was trapped inside the wreck and now he's fighting for his life.

Rushing to the emergency room, Kate knows all that matters is his survival. The trouble in their marriage, his interfering mother, their brief separation--it's all trivial. Kate needs Jared to come back to her, and she won't stop telling him that. Now all Jared has to do is listen.
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Series Books For Love Inspired
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Snow Canyon Ranch Trilogy
Book 1: Hard Evidence
Amazon
COME OUT, COME OUT WHEREVER YOU ARE...
Someone was lurking in the woods behind the isolated old cabins Janna McAllister was fixing up. Who was he? And what could he want with a single mother who hadn't set foot in Wyoming in years? Janna was suddenly grateful for her unexpected new lodgers: deputy sheriff Michael Robertson and his teenaged son. The strong, silent type, Michael made her feel safe--especially when human remains were found on the property. The cold case threatened to remain unsolved. Until Janna unwittingly found a clue that would tempt a killer to come out of the woodwork.
Book 2: Vendetta
Amazon
Guilty until proven innocent...
That was the McAllister family motto, wasn't it? Cole Daniels would never forget it--no matter how interested he was in pretty, kind Leigh McAllister. Thanks to lies told by her uncle, Cole's father was wrongly imprisoned. Now that Cole and Leigh were both back in Wolf Creek, Wyoming, he was sure Leigh held the key to clearing his father's good name. But his quest for justice was complicated by the escalating sabotage of Leigh's vet clinic and by his growing feelings for her.
Book 3: Wildfire
Amazon
Josh Bryant was back in tiny Wolf Creek. Which meant tour guide Tessa McAllister now had more to fear than drought, wildfi re and underhanded rivals. Years ago the handsome photojournalist had broken her heart, leaving her with a secret to harbor alone. And now he was back in her town. Distracting her. Making her remember what they'd shared. But someone was watching them, waiting for the moment to strike. Someone dead set on destroying their hope for a second chance.
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Big Sky Secrets Series
Book 1: Final Exposure
Amazon
SOMEONE'S LURKING IN THE SHADOWS...
Safety. Serenity. That's what Jack Matthews wants, and what he seeks in Lost Falls, Montana. A quiet retreat is just what Jack and his orphaned nephew, Max, need -- especially with gentle, beautiful Erin Cole as their host. But when sirens in the night leave Max screaming, Jack's faced with the harsh truth. They're not safe -- not him, not Max and especially not Erin. What is she hiding? What does the shadowy figure stalking her want? And how much will Jack have to risk to keep her safe?
Book 2: Fatal Burn
Amazon
SMOKE AND MIRRORS...
Someone's after Kris Donaldson, and they don't just want her hurt -- they want her ruined. First, an arsonist tries to destroy her cabin, and evidence points to Kris. Then an injured deputy is found at her place...with ballistics proof that he was shot with her rifle. Even Trace Randall, the arson investigator who's helped her before, seems to doubt her now. She has to prove her innocence, but how? Her reputation, her life -- and her chance for happiness with Trace -- are all on the line.
Book 3: End Game
Amazon
"I'LL BE SEEING YOU AGAIN...."
The attacker's words still ring in Deputy Megan Peters's ears. Her attempt to trap the serial rapist terrorizing Lost Falls failed, but she has succeeded in becoming the target of his attention. Undaunted, Megan moves forward in her investigation, and Scott Anders, the only newcomer in town, draws her suspicion. Is his gentleness just an act? Yet as Megan and Scott grow closer, she finds herself questioning her instincts. What will she believe -- her heart or the evidence that seems to be mounting against Scott?
Book 4: Murder At Granite Falls
Amazon
"JUST LET IT GO..."
Everyone in Granite Falls tells Carrie Randall the same thing. Is it a threat, or a warning? Yet even if it endangers her fresh start, Carrie needs to know what secret the town's hiding. There's her troubled student and his disturbing drawings. His fiercely protective father, and the mysterious death of his mother. And Carrie definitely has to find out more about the bad reputation of her standoffish new landlord, Logan Bradley. She wants to trust him, but she's been fooled by charm before. Is the town wrong about him -- or is she?
Book 5: Duty to Protect
Amazon
After nearly a lifetime in witness protection, Emma Graves depends on the anonymity of her false identity. But when her parents die under suspicious circumstances, and Emma is framed for murder, all security is gone. There's nothing to do but run.


Cop-turned-rancher Jake Kincaid is an unlikely defender. Why would an ex-cop believe an accused killer? Still, Jake makes Emma feel safe. With his drive to protect, she knows staying on his ranch endangers them both -- yet now that her heart's engaged, she's not sure she can walk away.

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Aspen Creek Crossroads Trilogy
Book 1: Second Chance Dad
Amazon
The minute she steps foot in his dark, miserable house, Sophie Alexander knows Josh McClaren is not her usual patient. But the single mom and physical therapist is desperate to make a life for her and her young son. And she's definitely no quitter! It's obvious to Sophie that handsome, cantankerous Josh hides his pain behind a wall of grief. Little by little, Sophie and her son, Eli, do more than help Josh find his faith again. They make Josh wonder if there's a family in his future after all....
Book 2: Winter Reunion
Amazon
The single mother hasn't been found. And all her daughter, Sarah, has is her uncle. Clueless at parenting, Clint Herald seeks a loving, responsible nanny. What he finds instead is a stranger as mysterious as his sister's disappearance. Mandy Erick is secretive and seems scared, yet she's so good with Sarah that Clint can't help but trust her. In fact, he even enters Mandy in the town's Mother of the Year contest. But attention is the last thing Mandy wants. Her time in the public eye may prove just as dangerous as she fears.
Book 3: Untitled and release is unscheduled at this time
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Multi-Author book series:
Love Inspired...
Without a Trace Series book 5: Deadly Competition
Amazon
The single mother hasn't been found. And all her daughter, Sarah, has is her uncle. Clueless at parenting, Clint Herald seeks a loving, responsible nanny. What he finds instead is a stranger as mysterious as his sister's disappearance. Mandy Erick is secretive and seems scared, yet she's so good with Sarah that Clint can't help but trust her. In fact, he even enters Mandy in the town's Mother of the Year contest. But attention is the last thing Mandy wants. Her time in the public eye may prove just as dangerous as she fears.
Rocky Mountain Heirs Book 5: The Lawman's Thanksgiving Wish
Amazon
The fifth grandchild has come back to Clayton in lieu of Grandpa George's will's requirements. Mei Clayton has never felt as if she belonged in the Clayton clan. Vern and Lisette adopted her from China and a few years later Lucas was born. She was a shy girl who may have been misunderstood as being snooty. In high school a rumor started about her feelings for Jack McCord, the step-son of Charlie Clayton. She did have a crush on Jack but it was all very humiliating for her. Mei plans on staying for her year and then return to her teaching job in San Francisco. Her first day back an accident brings her face to face with Jack.

Jack McCord is a Wildlife Biologist. He has returned to Clayton for one reason, Cade, his younger step-brother. Jack's life has not been easy. His mom is on her third marriage, his step-dad Charley was never a father to him or Cade, he can't convince his little brother not to marry so young, and now on top of everything else Mei has returned and he keeps running into her. Maybe he will have a second chance to get to know her even though they have to survive the Clayton feud to do so.

Vincent and his cronies continue to try and chase their cousins away so that Samuel's family will get George's inheritance. So far they have failed at each attempt to get even one cousin to leave town. Lucas has been out of touch so far and last they heard he was running from a drug gang in the Florida everglades and he may have a young child with him. And Darlene Perry is getting weaker from her disease but still refuses to tell anyone who Macy's father is. Great series, can't wait to read the last book.
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Multi-Author book series:
Harlequin...
Big Sky Country book 2: A Montana Family
Amazon
Dr. Jolie Maxwell -- oldest of the Maxwell sisters -- doesn't expect a royal welcome from her family when she finally comes home. But her brother's in serious trouble with the law, and her father's health is failing. They need Jolie. 


The townsfolk also need Jolie -- they haven't had a local doctor in years. However, they're not happy about having another Maxwell in their midst. In fact, one of them will do anything to drive her away. 



Coolness from her family, hostility from the townspeople and the very real threat of danger make Jolie appreciate the friendship of her new neighbor, Matt Dawson -- and his two young children. 



Although, when it comes to Matt, friendship is only part of what Jolie wants.
The Birth Place book 3: Christmas at Shadow Creek
Amazon
Nothing is more rewarding than bringing a new life into the world. Share the joy with the dedicated staff of The Birth Place and the women who choose to have their babies here.


Pediatrician Joanna Weston's looking forward to caring for the infants at The Birth Place. But one of her first patients is a baby girl -- not born at the birth center, but abandoned on the porch of the ranch next door. Joanna is outraged when she finds out her handsome neighbor is the child's deadbeat dad. Until she sees the tender concern he shows the daughter he didn't know he had. The daughter he'll now do anything to keep.
Home to Loveless County book 1: Back in Texas
Desperate times call for desperate measures...
That's why the dying town of Homestead, Texas, established the Home Free program, offering land grants in exchange for the much-needed professional services modern homesteaders bring with them.

Kristin Cantrell had leaped at the chance to return to her childhood home, accepting subsidized land for herself and her son in exchange for the service she could offer as a physician's assistant. She didn't expect her reputation to be tarnished by a crime her deceased father had supposedly committed. She also didn't expect to see Ryan Gallagher again, even though his father, the senator, practically owned the Hill Country.

Now she has to prove not only her father's innocence but also her own.

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  1. These sound like really great books!

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    1. Thank you, Melissa. And best wishes to you with all of the drawings during Judy's wonderful blog event!

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  2. They were. And with the suspense she did well hiding the guilty party.

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  3. Thank you so much, Judy! And thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of your blog today. An amazing endeavor, and so cool for authors and readers alike!

    Best wishes, Roxanne

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    1. Thanks for being a part of the celebration, Roxanne.

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