Merry Almost Christmas!

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A happy trail near my home.

So glad the trail led you here to my homestead. Kick off your boots and make yourself welcome. It doesn’t snow around here, so I enjoy writing and reading Christmas stories all year long so I can pretend. Hang around barefoot as long as you want here along the beaches of California’s central coast.

Well, this was a tough year. I needed to remind myself of miracles a whole bunch. Our hearts broke at losing a loved one to Covid, and I gotta isolate a much as I can, due to a medication that messes up my immune system. Seeing the four grands and planning for Christmas are big challenges for sure. But hey, God’s in charge, always has been, aways will be.

Anyway, I hope you’ll return to Hearts Crossing Ranch in my latest novella for the series, Holly Hearts, and enjoy a merry little Christmas with Elli and Haggai. A kindergartener in Sanctuary, ranch granddaughter Ella Martin is now old enough to be a teenager with a heart and heartbreak all her own! When the hottest guy at school–not to mention her dad’s favorite ranch hand–breaks their date for the Winter Formal, she’s got to hold it together. Especially when she finds out Haggs is worried about his mom’s medical crisis. Well, she knows all about loving–and losing a mom–she’s lost one and trying to love another–so whatever Haggs needs, she’ll be there at his side.

The characters might be teenagers, but the theme of this book resonates with all ages. I mean, we’ve all been sixteen once, right? Helped somebody we love through a bad time, and hopefully trusted in God. It’s a sweet romance with a faith message, but as you know, my stories are never judge-y. It’s truly a story for everybody, all ages, all believers. And I know for sure Jesus held my hand while I wrote this. Please enjoy your journey back to Hearts Crossing Ranch!

Where of course, it snows every Christmas!

All about Tanya’s tender tales

Welcome to my homestead! So glad the trail led you here.  Just kick off your boots or sneakers or flipflops…you can even stick around here barefoot. Whatever you’re wearing or whatever mood you’re in, you’re bound to find something to read on my bookshelf.  I always love me a cowboy, but let me say, I’ve got plenty of other other pieces  in my Crazy Quilt. Please stay a while and check things out.

News Flash: My first-ever World War II story, Nearby, is first-up in the mystical anthology MUSIC FROM THE HEART, where each author’s story is based on a historic popular songs. “Someone to Watch Over Me” inspired Stella and Ty’s wartime love story. Are there really angels?


My sweet romance WHEN HEARTS FLY takes you to my very own imaginary town, Paradise, Nebraska, in the Old West. Innkeeper Cordy Meeker wants a cowboy all her own, and falls into the arms of Hawk Shockley, a handsome Brit wearing a Stetson. But her late and very bad twin brother has gotten her in trouble…Enter Eadweard Muybridge, the real-life father of the motion picture. Is he friend? Or foe? Is Hawk true love? Or a charlatan?


Then…ride along with me and seven other terrific authors as we take a JOURNEY OF THE HEART and explore every thinkable mode of transportation in the Old West.  In Sorry, my preacher’s-niece heroine Sarah, aka Sorry, scandalizes Truckee, California, by Riding a Bicycle. And nearly runs down a handsome preacherman who’s trying to find his way. And his heart. 


Just released in one handy beach-read anthology…the original Hearts Crossing Ranch series, all eight stories in one big book!


And now in print–my first-ever Time Travel romance Witchy Woman along with two other spicier stories in IT MUST BE MAGIC, all part of the 2016 Octoberfest at Cobblestone Press. You’ll have a fun ride going back with Allie and Pack to Salem, Massachusetts, one of my favorite places, in 1644 where they Save The World, (just kidding), fall in love (of course!) and, oh, it has nothing to do with witchcraft.

Witchy Woman is also available separately.

Stay in touch, stay strong, and God bless!