Subtle signs of spring.

Pussy willows were happy to absorb the twelve inches of rain delivered to the Seattle area in January. Interspersed with freezes, the month created havoc for rivers, landslide areas, and horse hooves. My nearly 30 year old gelding, Lance, is fighting white line disease. He’s unshod, and the soggy ground coupled with riding on pavement, created a scenario for his outer hoof wall to barely separate from the soft sole, allowing a fungus to creep up. Caught it in time though.

Froggys, on the other webbed foot, appear happy. They’re croaking during the sunny days of February while I begin my annual battle against shot weed.

This time of year, my favorite outdoors area to tidy lies within a twenty foot diameter proximity to my daphne odora, or winter daphne. The fragrance wafts out of pale-pink, tubular flowers. I’d heartily recommend one in every garden. With The Targeted Pawn set to release on March 18th, I can sit back and smell the daphne! If you are looking for an Irish themed read for March, I enjoyed The Tour by Jean Grainger.

Lance’s friends enjoy a nap while we walked on soft ground for him to graze. I missed an opportunity to snap a shot of the boisterous group of home-schooled children who loved petting him on the nearby public trail along a creek.

Happy trails on spring walks, Sally, Lance, and Tallulah.

Threats forced her to flee Seattle. Honor binds him to Montana. A second chance at love tethers them together.

Elon Hardy’s romance skills are rusty after a loveless marriage ends, but upon meeting hunky rancher, Rane Calderon, sparks blaze hotter than her welding torch. To support her collegiate sons, she’s determined to acquiesce to the bullheaded, female-phobic boss until her divorce finalizes from her deceitful husband.

A woman Rane trusted ruined his life, and at forty, he won’t be fooled again. Blisteringly mad he’s hired a female bearing a man’s name, he fights attraction for the curvy, determined brunette while thwarting efforts to build a private prison atop his Blackfeet ancestors’ burial ground. 

Can Elon and Rane realize love doesn’t have a “best used before date”? If you enjoy smoldering romance, mercenary villains, and rescued animals, you’ll love escaping again to Emma Springs, Montana.

About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of both novels, The Hitman's Mistake and Torn by Vengeance, published by Soul Mate Publishing. The Targeted Pawn releases in March of 2020. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.
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6 Responses to Subtle signs of spring.

  1. Susan B James says:

    New book sounds great. #seasoned romance. There’s a whole bunch of us writing it. Irish Magic comes out in paperback in March. Your daphne description made me miss Seattle’s Spring.

  2. Keeping positive thoughts for Lance’s recovery. Our animals are our hearts.

  3. Sally Brandle says:

    Thank you, Gwen. Lance gives me indications of what he wants to do, and I know he loves trail rides. I may try later today. Viewing a similar hoof area on another horse at the barn gave me hope all will be well in time.

  4. Good luck with the hoof and the release!

  5. Sally Brandle says:

    Thank you, Belle. I’m going to try a trail ride tomorrow, with Lance’s boots on. I’m thinking I get a final sign off to correct before Pawn hits presale. After a breather, I’ve found nine mild mistakes I’d like corrected. So sorry to see Italy hit, but I’m worried the virus could really spread there…hope your book is near completion.

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