The entire Grounded Series trilogy is now available at the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library.

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A brazen heroine and a by-the-book cop cross paths – what could possibly go wrong?

Ties that Bind cover

A Tomboy Heroine – Literary Titan

The Ties That Bind follows a woman who is struggling with a horrifying family secret, a shocking revelation about her father, and a growing attraction to the local deputy. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I wanted to write a story incorporating therapy animals because I believe the unconditional love of an animal is very healing. The crux of the story grew around that premise alone. My heroine did not act appropriately a lot of times because of how she was raised and she never understood the inner workings of her dysfunctional family until their father died and secrets came to light. Her aunt helped her get past some of her awkwardness and rebellion by pairing her with a therapy horse. Because I write romance, I needed a love interest and, in this case, one who was willing to accept her as she is and not expecting her to change.

Shiloh Ferguson is an intriguing character with emotional depth. What were some driving ideals behind her character’s development?

I really wanted to have a tomboy heroine who wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty in a fight. I think more women need to learn how to defend themselves and to stand up to bullies. Shiloh was always a scrappy girl who preferred the company of boys to girls and she never backed down from a challenge no matter how misguided. Her failure to connect with women is revealed in the book so I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The need for human connection was always foremost in my mind when I was writing this story. I used therapy animals as a way to demonstrate that we all need a human connection from time to time. This story developed into a “lesson” in how failure to physically connect ripped a family apart and while it is difficult to overcome, it can be done with time and patience.

Also the importance of family and accepting yourself for who you are were interlaced throughout the story.

What can readers expect in book two of your Family Ties series?

More of the same type of personal growth and healing after being in a very deep dark place. The heroine in Book 2 of this series has been a victim of neglect and abuse her entire life and the story follows her journey to happiness and love. Book 3 explores the guilt associated with losing a loved one to suicide and learning how to cope with not only the loss but the psychological entanglements of survivor’s guilt. Because I write romance, both books promise a happily-ever-after.

Books 2 and 3 of the Family Ties series coming soon.

Broken Ties
Untie My Heart

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Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

Christian Sia testimonial

“On Common Ground is the first book in the Grounded Series, a romance with characters that are brilliantly developed, deeply human, and believable. It is suspenseful and emotionally rich with strong psychological hints. A story that will entertain and inspire readers."

- Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

“On Common Ground is the first book in the Grounded Series, a romance with characters that are brilliantly developed, deeply human, and believable. It is suspenseful and emotionally rich with strong psychological hints. A story that will entertain and inspire readers."

- Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

“On Common Ground is the first book in the Grounded Series, a romance with characters that are brilliantly developed, deeply human, and believable. It is suspenseful and emotionally rich with strong psychological hints. A story that will entertain and inspire readers."

- Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Lynn Kelley testimonial

“I enjoyed this romance novel, which comes with a twist of mystery. Well written, held my interest, and I cared about the main characters and became caught up in their back stories and the circumstances that brought them together at the ranch, which is a very cool setting. Kudos to Jansen Schmidt. What an excellent debut novel.”

– Lynn Kelley (Amazon 5 stars)

“I enjoyed this romance novel, which comes with a twist of mystery. Well written, held my interest, and I cared about the main characters and became caught up in their back stories and the circumstances that brought them together at the ranch, which is a very cool setting. Kudos to Jansen Schmidt. What an excellent debut novel.”

– Lynn Kelley (Amazon 5 stars)

“I enjoyed this romance novel, which comes with a twist of mystery. Well written, held my interest, and I cared about the main characters and became caught up in their back stories and the circumstances that brought them together at the ranch, which is a very cool setting. Kudos to Jansen Schmidt. What an excellent debut novel.”

– Lynn Kelley (Amazon 5 stars)

poppyalvah testimonial

“As a card-carrying macho man, I was a bit hesitant to take up a romance novel. However, having befriended the author as a blogger and enjoying her weekly posts, I gave it a go. Am I ever glad. Jansen Schmidt mixes the intense romantic scenes of the main characters with absorbing mystery around their “other lives” before having been thrown together at this ranch. Their interaction with each other is riveting as each revelation comes out. Besides a splendidly developed story line, the author regales us with vivid descriptions of the alluring scenery for which Arizona is so famous. As a bona fide city-slicker, I was also schooled on the rigors and toughness required to manage a cattle/horse ranch. My hat is off to wranglers everywhere. You should join me in experiencing this top-notch first novel. Truth is, I’m thinking of tearing up my macho man card.”
– poppyalvah (BookBub 5 stars)

“As a card-carrying macho man, I was a bit hesitant to take up a romance novel. However, having befriended the author as a blogger and enjoying her weekly posts, I gave it a go. Am I ever glad. Jansen Schmidt mixes the intense romantic scenes of the main characters with absorbing mystery around their “other lives” before having been thrown together at this ranch. Their interaction with each other is riveting as each revelation comes out. Besides a splendidly developed story line, the author regales us with vivid descriptions of the alluring scenery for which Arizona is so famous. As a bona fide city-slicker, I was also schooled on the rigors and toughness required to manage a cattle/horse ranch. My hat is off to wranglers everywhere. You should join me in experiencing this top-notch first novel. Truth is, I’m thinking of tearing up my macho man card.”
– poppyalvah (BookBub 5 stars)

“As a card-carrying macho man, I was a bit hesitant to take up a romance novel. However, having befriended the author as a blogger and enjoying her weekly posts, I gave it a go. Am I ever glad. Jansen Schmidt mixes the intense romantic scenes of the main characters with absorbing mystery around their “other lives” before having been thrown together at this ranch. Their interaction with each other is riveting as each revelation comes out. Besides a splendidly developed story line, the author regales us with vivid descriptions of the alluring scenery for which Arizona is so famous. As a bona fide city-slicker, I was also schooled on the rigors and toughness required to manage a cattle/horse ranch. My hat is off to wranglers everywhere. You should join me in experiencing this top-notch first novel. Truth is, I’m thinking of tearing up my macho man card.”
– poppyalvah (BookBub 5 stars)

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When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

Tonya testimonial

“Readers will enjoy characters who are relatable, feisty, sexy, conflicted, and compelling. The descriptions of ranch life feel so real they will make one’s muscles twang and noses twitch. The Arizona landscape is depicted in such enchanting in-depth detail one feels as if they are actually there. The story has just the right amount of mystery and humor to keep one turning the pages. Readers who enjoy westerns and romance will be taken on a slightly suspenseful ride filled with snappy dialogue, inner turmoil, beautiful scenery, and enough sexual tension to make a frosty bottle of beer a must!”
- Tonya Mathenia (InD-tale Magazine 5 stars)

“Readers will enjoy characters who are relatable, feisty, sexy, conflicted, and compelling. The descriptions of ranch life feel so real they will make one’s muscles twang and noses twitch. The Arizona landscape is depicted in such enchanting in-depth detail one feels as if they are actually there. The story has just the right amount of mystery and humor to keep one turning the pages. Readers who enjoy westerns and romance will be taken on a slightly suspenseful ride filled with snappy dialogue, inner turmoil, beautiful scenery, and enough sexual tension to make a frosty bottle of beer a must!”
- Tonya Mathenia (InD-tale Magazine 5 stars)

“Readers will enjoy characters who are relatable, feisty, sexy, conflicted, and compelling. The descriptions of ranch life feel so real they will make one’s muscles twang and noses twitch. The Arizona landscape is depicted in such enchanting in-depth detail one feels as if they are actually there. The story has just the right amount of mystery and humor to keep one turning the pages. Readers who enjoy westerns and romance will be taken on a slightly suspenseful ride filled with snappy dialogue, inner turmoil, beautiful scenery, and enough sexual tension to make a frosty bottle of beer a must!”
- Tonya Mathenia (InD-tale Magazine 5 stars)

Earl testimonial

“Great story with well-rounded characters, plenty of action, and just enough mystery to keep you guessing at the identity of the villain. I especially enjoyed the depth of insight into native culture beliefs.”
– Earl (Amazon 5 stars)

“Great story with well-rounded characters, plenty of action, and just enough mystery to keep you guessing at the identity of the villain. I especially enjoyed the depth of insight into native culture beliefs.”
– Earl (Amazon 5 stars)

“Great story with well-rounded characters, plenty of action, and just enough mystery to keep you guessing at the identity of the villain. I especially enjoyed the depth of insight into native culture beliefs.”
– Earl (Amazon 5 stars)

Jennette testimonial

“This romantic suspense features a Native American heroine and a hero in law enforcement. Rich, cultural details and a lot of research on the author’s part make this one of those stories that pulls you right in to the story world. Definitely enjoyable, and highly recommended for those who enjoy romantic suspense!”
- (Jennette Marie Powell blog)

“This romantic suspense features a Native American heroine and a hero in law enforcement. Rich, cultural details and a lot of research on the author’s part make this one of those stories that pulls you right in to the story world. Definitely enjoyable, and highly recommended for those who enjoy romantic suspense!”
- (Jennette Marie Powell blog)

“This romantic suspense features a Native American heroine and a hero in law enforcement. Rich, cultural details and a lot of research on the author’s part make this one of those stories that pulls you right in to the story world. Definitely enjoyable, and highly recommended for those who enjoy romantic suspense!”
- (Jennette Marie Powell blog)

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If you climb in the saddle, you better be ready for the ride.

If you climb in the saddle, you better be ready for the ride.

If you climb in the saddle, you better be ready for the ride.

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