Follow by Email

Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Fun Friday Welcomes Judy Ann Davis

Hello Book Fun Friday Readers. It's my pleasure to introduce a historical romantic suspense author, Judy Ann Davis:

Judy says: A big hello to everyone! Currently, I’m in Florida with temperatures in the 90s. I’m also on a blog tour this week only. If you check out my blog and visit one of the sites today or tomorrow, you can have a chance to win a $25 Amazon Email Gift Card.

Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. Throughout her career, she has written for education and industry.

Over a dozen of her award-winning short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and were collected in an anthology, UP ON THE ROOF AND OTHER STORIES. To date, she has written two historical (western) romances, RED FOX WOMAN and UNDER STARRRY SKIES, and one contemporary novel, KEY TO LOVE.

When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few. She is a writer for The Wild Rose Press and is a member of Pennwriters and Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Central Pennsylvania.

Book Title:   Under Starry Skies – Historical Romantic Suspense

Log Line: Can love survive under early Colorado Skies?

Book Tag:

Mix a rancher, a beautiful schoolmarm, and a wily Indian to get a rollicking tale as they team up to find the mystery behind the death of the town’s inn keeper.

Book Blurb:

Hired as the town’s school teacher, Maria O’Donnell and her sister Abigail arrive in the Colorado Territory in 1875, only to find the uncle they were to stay with has been murdered.

Rancher Tye Ashmore is content with life until he meets quiet and beautiful Maria. He falls in love at first sight, but her reluctance to jeopardize her teaching position by accepting his marriage proposal only makes him more determined to make her part of his life.

When their lives are threatened by gunshots and a gunnysack of dangerous wildlife, Tye believes he is the target of an unknown enemy. Not until Maria receives written threats urging her to leave does she realize she might be the target instead of the handsome rancher.

With the help of Tye, Abigail, and a wily Indian called Two Bears, Maria works to uncover her uncle’s killer and put aside her fears. But will she discover happiness and true love under Colorado’s starry skies?

Two Bears grinned. “And a sorry hide yours is, Tye Ashmore. You are getting careless. You leave woman with hair the color of mink all alone. You lose horse, rifle, donuts, and water. And you do not take dog with you.”    
“If you keep insulting me, Two Bears, I’m going to take my rifle and wrap it around your greasy neck. Why didn’t you bring my horse?”    
“Why didn’t you?” Two Bears asked. His mouth was tight and grim. “If I had moved the horse, anyone watching would know to follow me back to you or your woman.”    
Tye nodded. “I figured the same. I decided we’d walk down to get it when it gets dark.”    
Maria rose and stepped between them. She was weary, and she wanted to get home, take a bath, and soak her skinned arm and injured knee. “Why can’t we just start now?”    
“Your woman is not happy.” Two Bears grunted. “An angry squaw can make sunny days seem like rainy ones.”    
Maria glared at him.    
“Maybe we’re both not happy since you’re eating our food,” Tye countered.
Two Bears thumped his chest and grinned. “I even ate the donuts you dropped on the trail. Before any varmints could get to them. Come, I know another path to your horse. By the time we arrive,it will be dark, and you can take your woman and go the rest of the way safely.”   
“I am not his woman,” Maria snapped. “I am not a piece of property. Stop saying that!”    
Two Bears jumped back, away from her. “If you say so.” He looked at Tye with wide eyes. “Hair like a mink. Temper like a badger.”

Question for YOU Dear Reader:
When choosing a book, what is most important to you—the cover, the first paragraph or the back blurb?
(Just leave a comment below with your answer!)

How to Contact Judy & Buy her books:
The Wild Rose Press:

Barnes and Noble:


  1. The book cover is the first thing I see and consider when looking for a book to read and I immediately read the book blurb and decide from that, usually, if I want it. I'm not much of a 1st few page reader when deciding to get a book. I may look at the table of contents, if there's one, but usually the blurb tells me all I need. Happy Reading everyone!

  2. Thank you, Celia, for having me on your blog today. "Under Starry Skies" is actually the stand alone sequel for "Red Fox Woman," my first mystery, western, and romance. It's packed with action, adventure, and humor. BTW, R.J. Morris was the artist for my cover which I love.

  3. Under Starry Skies sounds wonderful and I've added it to my reading list. Enjoy Florida. Here in Colorado Mother Nature still thinks it must be winter. She's been raining and snowing on us for weeks!!

  4. Susabelle--Thanks for stopping by. Here in Florida, it's unusually hot for May, but back in my hometown in PA, they are getting a freeze. Go figure! Have a great day and write on!

  5. Hi, Judy Ann, I love that excerpt! When choosing a book I generally go for the cover first, then read the blurb and if I like it, I'll sample the first few pages.