Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love

Where Friendships Endure, Families Stick Together, And Starting Over is Possible.

A Double Dutch Ranch Spin Off Series

Canyon Junction is the fictional small town setting for the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight and now the spin off — Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series. This series takes us off the Double Dutch Ranch and introduces us to friends of the Carlsons, acquaintances, and others who reside in Canyon Junction. Of course, a Carlson family member, or two, or three, or all of them will pop into each of these books. HEA guaranteed!

  • See links below for some of the places mentioned in this first book in the series.
  • This series contains sexual situations. Cursing.

Whispers of Forever: Mending Christmas, Book #1

A Double Dutch Ranch Series Spin Off Novel

Note: Whispers of Forever, Mending Christmas, isn’t a holiday novel, but Christmas scenes appear in the book.

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What can stand in their way this time?

Second Chance Romance.

Rancher Jake Lawton never expects to become a single dad to his nine-year-old overnight. However, one last malicious act his wife had done before leaving them, could affect both he and his son’s lives. By chance, he runs into his high school sweetheart, never expecting the same old yearnings to return with one “How are ya?” embrace. Has their unanticipated meeting arrived at the perfect time, or has years apart put an end to what should’ve been years ago?

Beth Marconi arrives home to help care for her ailing father. In town, she inadvertently runs into her first love—the cowboy she nearly married after graduation. Sparks ignite before they say hello, but how do they start over when life has left them so bruised? When her ex comes to town, she’s forced to explain the secret surrounding her short-lived marriage. Is Jake the kind of man who will understand, or will he revert to the hell-raiser he had become when Beth left thirteen years ago?

Filled with both anguish and hope, a young boy and two lonely hearts pursue a second chance.

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Book Two

Finding Kimber

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She’s wary of her future. He’s burdened by his past.

Cattleman Zachary (Zach) Bryson arrives in Arizona with hopes of leaving the ghosts from his past behind. Hired by a stranger to run a ranch, he meets the owner—a secretive woman with no ranching experience. He’s seen her before, but she wasn’t a redhead with green eyes. In their first encounter, she swept him off his feet without their exchanging a word. Why did she change her appearance? What secrets lay behind those heart-stopping eyes? Seeing this job as a challenge, he sticks around to tackle this hottie head-on.

After her life is threatened, Kimber Sinclair is forced to flee her lush Oregon county for a small town in Arizona with sand, saguaros, and dusty cowboys. She settles in to live a lie—to discover the person behind her new identity while she mourns the death of Tressa Garnett—her given name at birth. However, keeping a distance from her ruggedly handsome, broad-shouldered, wise-cracking ranch foreman, isn’t easy. She struggles daily to hide her secret from Zach who demands answers. By telling him the truth, his life could also be in danger.

If trouble finds her, will she choose fight or flight? Can Zach set aside his own issues, or will his nightmares prevent him from doing what he was unknowingly hired to do?

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Has Wade finally found the one? Is Sophie ready to give her heart away again? Can Emmett accept a new man in his mom’s life?

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Wade (swoon-worthy) Emory falls fast for women, yet it’s a well-known fact his relationships don’t last. On a trip to the Pacific Coast to visit his ill brother, he slips into his bad habit when he meets a hotheaded mom with a son who spews four-letter words. However, after enjoying nearly a week with them, she and the boy leave early. Before she’s gone forever, he convinces her to meet up again to pick up where they left off on the beach. Then, at home, an unexpected visitor pops in, and he learns the past harbors secrets and lies that don’t always stay hidden. Life’s lessons have taught him that people don’t stick around, so how can he prevent a relationship with Sophie from becoming another failure?

Sophie Price-Daniels needs a change of scenery. The opportunity arises when she flies to California to bail her troublemaking brother out of jail. When he directs his anger at her and her boy, a stranger steps in, but a hero is the last thing she wants. She’s alone and living in her self-appointed prison of grief, until…until she peers into his warm yet saddened eyes. As desires long forgotten force their way to the surface, she’s faced with a dilemma—to give in to her needs and accept a new future is possible for her and her son—or back away and continue to believe she’s betraying a man who is no longer with them.

Two lonely people need to trust each other—and themselves—to overcome their unfortunate pasts.

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One Night Stand

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Links pertaining to areas mentioned in the first book.

South Mountain Park Horseback Riding

City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation

Superstition Mountain Horseback Trail Riding Near Apache Junction, AZ

(I personally spoke with a rancher at this ranch (link above) a few years ago about the Double Dutch Ranch Series, and that research question also pertains to this series. He was very kind and helpful.)

For Fun: Take a drive on the Apache Trail

The video below will give you an idea of where Jake took his son Trace for a ride in his truck on the unpaved section of the Apache Trail. It’s too scary for me!