Mindy Obenhaus
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bluebonnets1 (800x600)Bluebonnets. A sure sign that spring has sprung in Texas. They adorn roadsides and pastures. And the aroma is pure heaven.

I love spring. It’s when nature awakens after a long winter’s rest. The colors are more vibrant because everything is new.

Spring means crisp mornings.IMG_1184 (800x600)Storms.Storm cloudsWhich can make for a plethora of mud.bogged down polaris (800x600)mud-covered bootsSpring is also about new beginnings. These ducks are looking for a place to start their new family.DucksAnd spring always means lots of babies at the ranch076 (800x533)babies

Has spring sprung where you are? What’s your favorite part of spring?


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Falling for the Hometown Hero Cover Image

Congratulations to Leisa Rintala! She will be receiving an advance copy of Falling for the Hometown Hero.

Thanks to all who entered.

First Look!
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Happy March, everyone!

I have some big news to share with you today.

Are you ready?


Falling for the Hometown Hero Cover Image

This is the cover for my June release. I am so stoked. My first cover with people. The Harlequin art department did a fantastic job.

Here’s a little bit about the story:

The Soldier’s Second Chance 

After returning home wounded from an IED attack, former soldier Kaleb Palmer is hailed as a hero. But survivor’s guilt makes him feel like a fraud. He hopes setting up a business in Ouray, Colorado, will give him a purpose and help him forget. But his new office manager has her own plans. Grace McAllen brings light and hope wherever she goes, and she’s getting Kaleb to open up. As she helps him make Mountain View Jeep Tours a success, Kaleb realizes a happy ending is in reach, if he can convince Grace to stay in town—and his life—forever.

How would you like a chance to win an advance copy of this book?

Simply leave a comment, along with your email address, to be entered to win. (Only U.S. mailing addresses, please)  A winner will be drawn at random on March 20th.

Good luck!

What’s Happening
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What a summer this has been. Birthdays, deadlines and a book release were just some of the highlights. But, when deadlines are involved, nothing can slow you down.deadlines, parties and RWA

 Good news, though. Book four has been turned in. And just in time, because next on my agenda was Romance Writers of America’s annual conference in New York City. Talk about exciting. I’d never been to New York before, so to be smack dab in the middle of Times Square was an amazing experience.Times Square4

While there, I was privileged to participate in a Harlequin book signing, where I signed my brand new release, A Father’s Second Chance.Harlequin signing

The highpoint of any conference, though, is getting to hang out with writer friends.

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Authors Lisa Jordan and Susan May Warren

However, the best, if not the most humbling, news of the summer may have been this.

2015Carol Award finalistI learned that my second book, Rescuing the Texan’s Heart, is a finalist in American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award contest. What an honor. And to be grouped with authors Irene Hannon (who just won her third RWA Rita award) and Naomi Rawlings makes me feel doubly blessed.

Winners will be announced at ACFW’s annual conference in September.

But until then, the dog days of summer, along with their triple digit temperatures, are upon us. And I can’t think of a better way to combat them than to settle in with some new characters and get started on another story set in Ouray.

Now it’s your turn. I want to hear about your summer. What’s going on in your world?

Are You a Junk Gypsy?
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Junk Gypsies Perhaps I ‘m a little behind the times, but I recently discovered a television show called Junk Gypsies. The show focuses on two sisters who have perfected the art of junking.

What is junking?

Well, it taking someone else’s discarded or unwanted items, aka junk, and giving it a new life. Like taking the top of an old pinball machine and turning it into a fun table. Or making wall sconces from an old motorcycle gas tank.

Needless to say, this takes a lot of thinking outside of the box. Something I’m not always good at. I mean, let’s face it, the box is familiar and doesn’t require many brain cells.

There was a lot of creative thinking going on at Round Top (see my previous post). Who would think to make a wreath out of coffee filters? Coffee Filter WreathBut it works. And it was far prettier in person.

Here, old rulers, gears, jewelry and numerous other trinkets take on a new life as wall art.

What do you think about junking?

Even if you’re not into junking, do tend to think outside the box? Does it come naturally or do you have to work at it?

Tell me about your creative side.