Rita Hestand

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Author: Rita Hestand

Rita is a widow, with 2 daughters and 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She writes contemporary, and historical romances along wtih children's books and short stories too. She's dabbled in poetry. You can find her at Amazon.com and smasnwords.com, at ritaphestand.com, also at rhestand.com, at Decadent Publishing, at Secret Cravings Publishing. She loves writing, reading, bowling, roller skating, kid parties, and family get togethers. Rita is retired and writes full time now.

She plans on writing until her twilight years. She's got many series planned for your reading enjoyment.

Rita is a very happy woman, who puts God first, family second, and the rest of the world next. She's been through many hard times but feels it always taught her something about life. She's had many jobs and considers this part of her life long education. She feels "If you don't make any mistakes in life, you haven't yet lived." Although not a scholar in any way, Rita feels that life has been the real teacher. Once referred to as having no common sense, Rita has spent a lifetime acquiring some. She's a constant study, and feels that if she ever stops learning that her work here on earth is done.

She used to work at a school and would write poems for the kids during the holidays and stuff. Kids have been an intricate part of Rita's life. She ran a day care for nearly twenty years. She helped to raise her grandkids and is still involved involved in their lives.

You can find free books at Smashwords.com and try them. See how you like her writing.

Library

Love Rules

  • Number: 9781613330364
  • Release: 2011-08-30
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: - Historical Romance, Western, - Multicultural / IR
  • Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC

Confederate officer, Lieutenant Jesse Coleman is ordered to bring in the most dangerous spy in the area, the "Black Widow." Problem is, Jesse's already gotten a look at Maggie and decided she's about the most alluring woman he's ever seen. When he meets her, she stirs every lustful thought he’s ever had. Despite their attraction, he still has a duty, but if he obeys orders, he'll lose the one thing he wants most….Maggie.

When the war ends, things have changed, although a lot of people haven't, and Maggie is on the run for her life. She has a big surprise for the man who promised to help her.

Once Maggie shows up again, Jesse seizes the chance to have a life with her, but even if they survive all the dangers ahead of them, can he live with her Love Rules?

Love Rules

Always Remember

  • Number: B0051IN6L6
  • Release: 2011-05-11
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: - Historical Romance, Western
  • Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing

The civil war was not a woman's war, but Ruby Anderson and her two daughters struggle to keep the farm they have always worked safe. Rose is engaged to Leroy Van Houghton, but he quickly enlists in the Confederate Army. Rose finds herself trying to keep all the man on the Anderson farm happy, including Leroy's brother, Hank. Abused as a child Rose doesn't understand that it is wrong to love more than one man.

Josey, the younger sister is secretly in love with Leroy, and lives for the day

when he will recognizes her as a fully grown woman.

Rose finds the war is not the only nemisis, when she becomes pregnant and

doesn't' know who the father is. Can it be Jacob, (the beloved black slave on

the farm)? And if it is.how can they possibly admit their love for each other in

a country full of hate?

Rose must come full circle with her desires and emotions, and evolve into a

heroine for her sister's sake, as Josey is accosted by Jayhawkers and left for

dead.

Filled with the realities of war, and the passion of true love, the Anderson's

must survive it all to find happiness!

Always Remember

Beyond the Dream Catcher

  • Number: B0046ZRJ86
  • Release: Oct 8th, 2010
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Western, Love Story
  • Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC

At nineteen, Katherine Hightower is orphaned in the Texas wilderness, with no one for company but her brother and the rough characters trying to eek a living out of the harsh landscape. With her parents lost to the fever, Katherine tries to run the Butterfield Stage Station as her folks had done. Beaten down with grief and endless grueling work, she wonders if things could get worse. And they do, when soldiers try to attack her. Her rescuer is an unlikely hero--a half breed prisoner.

Chase Rivers is on a mission to bring the woman who haunts his dreams back to his people. With the spell of the Shawnee's Shaman pushing them towards each other, Katherine and Chase succumb to the magic bond that will carry them through danger and doubt together. Will Katherine be able to accept her own mixed heritage? She must decide if her love for Chase and her belief in her own abilities can bring the vision of the Dream Catcher to fruition. If her love fails, the Shawnee people will perish.

Beyond the Dream Catcher

Heart of the Wild

  • Number:
  • Release: UNK
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: - Contemporary
  • Publisher: Out of Distribution

Kidnapped! And the day before her wedding too! But that wasn't the worst of it. Her kidnapper was none other than her ex-fiancee.

Trapped in a blizzard on a mountaintop with the sexiest man alive, Kasie Moore must struggle with her heart's desire and the independence she has always sought. How can she survive knowing she might lose...the heart of the wild!

Heart of the Wild

Suspicions of the Heart

  • Number:
  • Release: 2009-03-04
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: - Contemporary, Western
  • Publisher: Rita Hestand

Someone wanted her off her land, but why? Strange things began to happen to Candy Arnold when she inherited a broken down ranch from her father in the Panhandle of Texas.

All of a sudden she was the center of attention from her ex-husband to her sexy cowboy neighbor. But who could she really trust?

Suspicions of the Heart

Pretend Mom

  • Number: 978-1-936000-23-4
  • Release: July 2009
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: - Contemporary
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc

Dixie Rose Kincaid made it big in New York City as a singing sensation. But her personal life fizzled to nothingness. So she went back home to a small town in Texas -- where she thought she'd left her heart. Her family needed her and she needed to see Kevin one last time, to rid herself of a childhood crush.

Dixie collides with Mike Dalton, her childhood adversary -- who just happens to be Kevin's brother. The sexy rancher has other plans for Dixie's love life -- that most certainly don't include Kevin.

Determined to get back to New York to resume her career, things get more complicated when Dixie finds she's completely taken with Mike's adorable daughter, Amanda -- who wants Dixie to play Pretend Mom. Torn between what her heart tells her is right and her desire to pursue her thriving singing career, Dixie is faced with the most difficult decision of her life: Can she leave her heart at home -- again?
 

Pretend Mom

Hannah's Man - Travers Brothers Book 3

  • Number: 192097279X
  • Release: Out in 2010
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Western, Love Story
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc

Hannah was about to lose her ranch. Rusty was her reluctant hero. He'd just lost the only woman he'd ever loved, he wasn't about to fall for this Hannah gal.

There was only one way to protect his investment...he'd have to marry her. After all, Texas was a community property state! He couldn't lose. Or could he?

She'd share everything but her heart with him. And then suddenly everyone was calling him...Hannah's Man!

Hannah's Man

Chief Cook and Bottlewasher - Travers Brothers Book 1

  • Number: 1920741372
  • Release: Out In 2010
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Western, Love Story
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc

Emma Smith hadn't been straight with her new boss, but he hadn't given her much of a chance to explain. Trapped in her own lies and uncertainties Emma was running in fear of losing her baby.

Deke Travers, oldest son on the 4 Bar None Ranch, needed one thing to make his life more peaceful, his brothers to settle down and get with the business of ranching. There was only one solution, marry them off to a country gal!

Then Emma Smith crashed into Deke's life and Deke had found the answer to his problems--he thought! Emma was sweet and beautiful, and when she looked at him with those whiskey brown eyes he was a goner.

Deke could tolerate almost anything but a liar! And The Chief Cook and Bottle Washer was lying!

Chief Cook and Bottlewasher

Runaway Bride

  • Number: 1920972951
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: - Contemporary
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc

All Savannah Kingsley had ever wanted was marriage, at least until she saw all her hopes and dreams disappear with her faithless fiance. Catching him locked in another's embrace on their wedding day, she was shocked and hurt. Knowing she couldn't go through with the wedding, she ran.

What else could she do? Chad had to tell his parents for both their sakes. But could he? She'd promised to keep his secret, but was that another mistake?

Ben Hogg could spot trouble a mile away, he had to, it was his job, since he was the Sheriff in Junction, Texas. Savannah oozed trouble, yet he still couldn't ignore the Runaway Bride walking down the aisle of the bus, straight toward him; even though he knew he should...

Runaway Bride

Courting Abby - Travers Brother Book 2

  • Number: 1920741445
  • Release: Out in 2010
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Western, Love Story
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc

Best Friends? Yeah, right, till Clint Travers spoiled it with one night of pent up longing. Now he was paying dearly. Not only had he lost Abby Martin, but now, four years later he was losing his son...

Clint knew he had to do something, and quick. But what? Then his savvy sister-in-law came up with a solution. It was simple...all he had to do was...Court Abby.

Courting Abby

Nick's Baby - Word Count 57, 537

  • Number: 1920741895
  • Release: UNK
  • Author: Rita Hestand
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: - Contemporary
  • Publisher: Out of Distribution

She wanted What? Was the woman deranged? Had she lost her mind? What kind of man would do that? No, way, he was out of there. He wanted no part of Kelsey O'Sullivan's crazy scheme.

Why couldn't Nick Leonetti see reason? He was perfect for the job. And it was a job. She wasn't asking for commitment. She didn't want a husband. It seemed so simple, and Nick was definitely the right candidate. She'd picked him from a huge list of hopefuls. Why couldn't he understand that donating sperm was simply scientific, not personal?

Nick's Baby