»Posted on Oct 1, 2022 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on

Today is October 1. This year is flying by at warp speed.

While existing in pandemic hibernation during 2020 and 2021, like everyone else, I experienced a horrendous two years. Thank goodness for Zoom where I visited with family, friends and fellow authors. Otherwise, like many others isolated by the pandemic, I would have been bonkers. Although I haven’t participated on social media too frequently, I completed several writing projects. Then, vaccines brought me hope for a new normal.


But I decided to totally take summer 2022 away from all things related to writing.  I enjoyed finding my way back to living life in person again, and I delighted in time spent with family and friends and relaxing during the hot summer months. Reading. Gardening. Meeting people for lunch or drinks or dinner. I loved every minute of it. Now, I feel inclined to join the online world again and share with you what I’ve been up to.   


In 2021, I completed the final books in the Town of Pineview series…

Vacancy in Pineview and Posies in Pineview

are available as an eBook  and in print on Amazon.

Vacancy in Pineview  https://amzn.to/3j6YSu8 

Posies in Pineview  https://amzn.to/3fAUkwM 





I’ve recently released a new eBook.

Accidently, On Purpose is a standalone contemporary romance with suspense elements. Writing romantic suspense is a new undertaking for me, and I’ve enjoyed penning this subgenre. I’ve written a Christmas short story, A Home for Christmas, to publish and include in back of the Accidently, On Purpose print version when it becomes available. 

Link to the eBook is  https://amzn.to/3yvv1mL 




I’m back! And I look forward to returning to in person writing meetings and book signing events. 

Happy Reading, everyone.

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Welcome to The Town of Pineview

»Posted on Apr 26, 2021 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on Welcome to The Town of Pineview

So… here’s the scuttlebutt.  Once I completed Alone Together, I needed a new project and I turned to two old friends (Christmas in Pineview and Trouble in Pineview), the books set in the fictional Canadian, east-central Alberta location, the Town of Pineview. Days after I published the second book, one of my readers had inquired when the next Pineview book would be coming out. At the time I was up to my ears in the Sons Of A Gun Series and I hadn’t even considered more books set in Pineview. But then in 2020, I decided why not?


Thus, Gordon and Dani’s story evolved into the third book in the series, Scuttlebutt in Pineview. And yes, there will be more. Coming in the latter part of 2021 will be Vacancy in Pineview which I am currently writing. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this new book, and if you haven’t read the first two, I’ve included the links to them as well. Happy Reading!


Scuttlebutt In Pineview, Book 3 available here  https://amzn.to/3sFsFMQ

Christmas In Pineview, Book 1 available here https://amzn.to/2GQ4oyS 

Trouble In Pineview, Book 2 available here https://amzn.to/2TQSkB2


Dani Quinn is stunned to learn she inherited Scuttlebutt Restaurant and Bar from her uncle, a retired sea captain she barely remembers. When she acquires employment at the business to check it out, she can’t imagine what the sexy executive chef’s problem is. But plagued by a newly learned secret, Dani continues putting off telling him she’s his new boss.


Gordon James is convinced he’ll finally inherit the restaurant he manages, now that the owner has passed. Furious when he receives notice the new owner will be in touch, Gordon decides to buy the place he considers his own, if the guy ever shows up. But Gordon is sidetracked in his mission by a recently hired woman who seems too interested in his business and in the sketchy new guy in town.


When Gordon learns Dani’s the new owner, will he convince her to sell? Will her additional revelations cause an irreconcilable divide? Or can two people thrown together by an old career mariner find forever love together?

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A New Light-hearted, Fun Read… Alone Together

»Posted on Apr 22, 2021 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on A New Light-hearted, Fun Read… Alone Together

This tale is in no way intended to make light of the serious situation facing the world at the time of its writing. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of over two million good, caring, loving people, worldwide. The death toll currently continues daily, and now we have the added worry of variants to contend with.

As an author, it is my sole intention to provide a bit of entertainment during these uncertain times by offering a light-hearted look at a fictional couple’s experiences and misadventures during lockdown. How does the saying go… I have to laugh, otherwise, I’ll cry? No doubt, there have been rivers of tears shed during the pandemic from fear of the unknown, from paralyzing uncertainty, and from the loss of loved ones. It’s my belief that a bit of laughter is always a good thing. The best medicine, as they say.

Hang in there, readers. We will survive these times, especially while sharing a chuckle or two.

Buy your copy here:  https://amzn.to/32GXZ2p


A light-hearted tale of two almost strangers’ hilarious and heartwarming experiences after agreeing to self-isolate together during the 2020 pandemic.

Valerie Layton detests her mother’s suggestion: self-isolate with her coworker during the coronavirus pandemic. Valerie barely knows Derek beyond working on their joint project, and she can’t imagine sharing her condo with him. But as their lockdown together continues and she’s dealing with family from a distance, Valerie discovers sharing her space with Derek isn’t the problem. Suppressing romantic thoughts about her helpful houseguest proves the challenge. Especially since she kissed him first.


Derek Sanders decides if forced to self-isolate, he much prefers being locked up with the delectable Valerie and her adorable cat than living alone. They soon settle into a workable routine, and he doesn’t mind being Valerie’s rock during stressful moments. But as Derek grows closer to his roomie, keeping his mind on his work and his hands off her becomes an issue. And then she shocks him with an offer he never expected.


Could Valerie and Derek discover an upside to the pandemic? Or will they part ways once their self-isolation lockdown ends, and hopefully, the world moves into a new normal?

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»Posted on Jul 14, 2020 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on A LAST RESORT

A LAST RESORT is a sweet, funny, feel-good contemporary romance,

perfect for a relaxing summer read.

Available now on Amazon https://amzn.to/2WdOuVy 

Tough Times Priced at $2.99

Romance author, Emma Sullivan, has a deadline to meet and travels to her editor’s remote luxury cabin for alone time to complete her current manuscript. When she discovers the mountain retreat is already inhabited by a contractor who refuses to leave, Emma agrees to make the best of the situation. Despite their vastly different likes and dislikes, his presence there soon becomes invaluable.

Lyndon Reynolds loves living in his client’s cabin while building the three-car garage as a surprise for the owner’s wife. Until the pretty but stubborn author moves in and totally disrupts his life. After finding some normalcy, their world is rocked by an unexpected third party who destroys any hope of their peaceful coexistence.

Can Emma and Lyndon discover a solution to their living arrangements with the recently arrived final straw? Or is the unexpected third wheel the one thing that could possibly help ensure their future together?

Happy Reading!

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Sons Of A Gun Series Book 5

»Posted on May 11, 2020 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on Sons Of A Gun Series Book 5

The last book in the Sons Of A Gun Series is available on Amazon

at https://amzn.to/3cAUBtz

Happy Reading!

While reading her grandmother’s diary, Rosemary Dalton discovers a skeleton in her ancestral closet. But during a trip to her grandfather’s hometown, Rosie suspects her grandmother kept an important secret from her family. When Rosie’s mother threatens to destroy her future, Rosie enlists the help of the handsome young rancher who befriends her, hoping they can prevent a horrible misjustice.


Michael McLennon is torn between acknowledging his growing feelings for sweet, kind-hearted Rosie and joining his family against her greedy mother who refuses to consider anyone’s opinion except her own. Fate creates an unexpected situation which may assist the McLennon family in fighting the menace threatening the future of every McLennon living on the Double M Ranch. While hoping to win Rosie’s heart, Michael also vows to save the family legacy.


Will Michael and Rosie ensure the truth prevails? Or could a shattered love from generations past tear them apart forever?


Readers: I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed reading the Sons Of A Gun historical western romance series, and I would appreciate it if you could take time to post a review on Amazon or other social platform of your choosing.  Thank you so much for your support!

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Sons Of A Gun Series Book 4

»Posted on Apr 27, 2020 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on Sons Of A Gun Series Book 4

Book 4 in the Sons Of A Gun Series is Available on Amazon at


Happy Reading!

In spring 1887 after the worst Montana winter in decades, Violet Campbell discovers most of the family’s herd of cattle has perished in the relentless blizzards and frigid temperatures, one of which took her father’s life. Already heartbroken, Violet is further devastated when her brother takes their remaining funds and returns east to complete veterinary school, instructing her to sell out to their neighbors. Violet refuses to sell but soon realizes her handsome, interfering neighbor is the least of her troubles.

Simon McLennon dreams of winning Violet’s heart. But she refuses to sell to him, convinced she’ll arrange a loan from the bank. Not long after Violet is left alone, Simon discovers his help is desperately needed. All will be fine if she never learns what he’s done.

Will Simon and Violet admit their feelings for each other? Or will one crushing defeat after another prevent Violet from having her ranch and forever love?

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Sons Of A Gun Series Book 3

»Posted on Apr 14, 2020 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on Sons Of A Gun Series Book 3

Sons Of A Gun Series Book 3 is here.

Available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2y91BhM

Willow Harrison is forced to disguise herself as a boy when she and her brother flee the Texas ranch they’ve called home their entire lives. Considering their past, they can never return. If anyone learns their true identities while on the run, they will spend the rest of their days in prison, or worse.

Adam McLennon unknowingly hires the fugitives to work with his Thoroughbreds and Morgan stock on the Double M Ranch. Adam couldn’t be more satisfied with their work, but he suspects the two brothers are hiding something. He’s determined to discover what it might be.

What will happen if Adam learns one of his talented horse wranglers is a woman? Will he concede she’s perfect for the job? Especially if Willow has already found a way into his heart. Discovering all of her family secrets could spoil everything. Or can Adam and Willow find a future together?


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