BACK COVER: She needs a place to hide—he needs a woman’s touch

Rand Stafford isn't looking for true love. He'd ridden that trail until his fiancée left him with a shattered heart. What he needs now is a wife to help him care for his orphan nieces. Desperate, he sends an advertisement to a Baltimore newspaper and hopes for the best.

Fleeing her former employer who would use her to further his unlawful acts, a newspaper advertisement reads like the perfect refuge to Carly Blair. The idea of escaping the city, the intrigue, and the danger to hide herself on a cattle ranch in Kansas is her best shot for freedom. 

But its sanctuary comes with a price—a husband. While marrying a man she doesn't know or love means sacrificing her dreams, it's better than being caught by the law.

ABOUT AUTHOR:  Scribbling in notebooks has been a habit of Cindy Regnier since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Born and raised in Kansas, she writes stories of historical Kansas, especially the Flint Hills area where she spent much of her childhood. Cindy is married to her husband of 36 years, has two grown sons, a son residing in heaven, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and a beautiful daughter-in-law-to-be.

A graduate of Kansas State University with a dual major in Agriculture and Business, Cindy works for her local school district as clerk of the board of education and is active in her church and community. Her experiences with the Flint Hills setting, her natural love for history, farming and animals, along with her interest in genealogical research give her the background and passion to write heart-fluttering historical romance.

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1. When do you start decorating for Christmas?

2. Do you decorate for Thanksgiving? If so, when do you start doing that? If not, why not?

3. What do you look forward to doing, eating, seeing at this time of year?

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1. Growing up, we always decorated for Christmas on Thanksgiving. Now we almost still do that...except it's on the day we celebrate Thanksgiving, which happens to be the day before Thanksgiving this year.

Hi Susan  I think a lot of people have the same tradition. When my children were little we usually got a tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It was so beautiful and fresh I almost hated to take off for the weekend to travel to my in-laws for Thanksgiving. Have fun decorating this week!

I try to decorate for each season. Fall can be the most fun - I transition to Thanksgiving and then start adding in decorations that will eventually be all for Christmas.

That's great Robin. I used to be a lot better at decorating for various holidays when my children were little. Even though I don't do it as much, I still enjoy decorations. A co-worker of mine keeps our workplace decorated and I am so thankful for her talents in that regard.

The past few years I've put my Christmas tree up on either Thanksgiving Day night or the next day. No black Friday shopping for me! I love fall decorations so I usually have pumpkins, leaves, and other related autumn things out from Labor Day until Thanksgiving.

I could have said the same thing. I used to Black Friday shop a little, but not for the last several years. In the stores is about the last place I want to be on that day. Much nicer to stay home and decorate the tree!

1.  I start the decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving.  It takes me several days because I do a little decorating at a time.  Our tree is bought about 2 weeks before Christmas.  So the ornaments go on the tree once the lights ate put on.

Hi Kristin. Sounds like you have a lot of ambition when it comes to decorating. Do you have a real tree? How do you keep it fresh that long? I'm sure it's beautiful along with the rest of your home when you're all ready for the holidays. Happy decorating this season!

1. At least 1-2 weeks after Thanksgiving, in that time I am usually baking to send cookies and treats off to the grand and great grand kids.

Hi Julie - I'll bet your grands and great-grands really look forward to receiving those home made baked treats. What a great tradition and great memories for those lucky kiddos!

I start decorating for Christmas after Thanksgiving. It saddens me that we seem to be jumping ahead and missing the opportunity to give thanks before moving into the Christmas season. 

I agree Cathy. It's important to me to make a big deal out of Thanksgiving before doing anything for Christmas.

I try to be thankful all year, but so much to be thankful for at Christmas time too.


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