Return to Rio


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                             Rendezvous on the Rio…

Welcome to the land of the fabled Rio Grande, a land of searing heat, mixed cultures bound and/or separated by the legendary river, and enduring romance. How did I get from Missouri to south Texas with stops in California, north Texas, Georgia, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in between?  Hard to explain in the length of a web page, and my memory’s shot anyway, but I’d love to tell you the bits and pieces I’ve spun into stories along the way.  On subsequent pages, I’ll introduce you to authors and friends I’ve met along the way, maybe tell you a little about the remarkable animals I’ve loved through the years–because two things kind of tie my life’s travels together–family and animals.  And that, in a nutshell, is why and what I write.

Pull up a chair, cue Gypsy Rose Lee’s “Let Me Entertain You,” (it’s okay if you have no clue, old Broadway) and enjoy your visit.

Her Borrowed Angel at Amazon 

A Love Beyond at Amazon

Wildflower Redemption:

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Why not begin with Wildflower Redemption,the first book in my Texas–Heart and Soul series?  Meet Luz Wilkinson, back home in tiny Rose Creek without a profession, protecting her mother’s legacy of cast-off animals. She’s taken aback when Aaron Estes moves in, looking for escape from the tragic loss of his wife, and new hope for his daughter Chloe.  Two shattered souls drawn to each other, Luz and Aaron work to find love in spite of the sudden danger erupting around them, threatening to destroy them both–again.

 To read an excerpt, please click here

Unattainable coversmllrhtwcvr Move on to Unattainable, my debut romance from Crimson Romance, an imprint of giant F&W Media.  Released in March,   2013, this is the story of scorned and disowned heiress Dell Rosales, cast out on her own by her mother and grandfather, members of Mexico’s extreme elite.  She vows to save the horse breeding operation her south Texas father, Samuel Rosales started, but can she?

Meanwhile, ex DEA agent Jovi Trevino, who takes one last informant job to help his former partners.  His job is to   prove–or disprove–that the woman they call ‘inalcansable’–unreachable–is funneling drugs across her riverside property.

Delinquent teenagers, a foster baby, dangerous family ties and a deadly trafficker threaten to destroy any chance of happiness for Dell and Jovi.  When the raging Rio Grande floods ranch–who will survive?

Read the book that romance author MJ Fredrick “loved, loved, loved!” and USA Today best-selling author Jean Brashear called “emotional” and “a lovely journey.”

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***Take Me Out***


The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd . . . Four rising star authors celebrate the love of the game with these sweet and seductive baseball romances.

Trade Off by Elley Arden: Traded and jaded, catcher Ben Border is considering stepping out from behind the plate. Then he runs into former flame Scarlett Dare. Turns out the sexy marketing executive still sends him into a fever pitch. But is she willing to trade Fortune 500 success for a happily ever after?

Slugger Gone South by Alicia Hunter Pace: When New York Yankee Marc MacNeal comes to Merritt, Alabama, for a charity golf tournament, he’s shocked to be reunited with his ex-fiancee Bailey Watkins. It could be the perfect chance to get some long-awaited closure—or the start of a whole new ball game . . .

That Ol’ Team Spirit by Bea Moon: Someone’s haunting the Sharks’ stadium and creating some major league mischief. So psychic Peg Noonan and her granddaughter Trish are determined to discover who’s menacing their concessions stand. With the help of Trish’s high school love, sportswriter Rob Hanks, they just might have a ghost of a (second) chance.

Safe at Home by Leslie P. Garcia: Amanda Warner hates baseball, but knows it’ll take a swing for the fences to save her dad’s hardware store. Hoping his star power will bring the crowds in, she sets her sights on Scorpions’ All-Star Josh “Hotstuff” Arrevalos, which brings unexpected surprises. But is her heart ready to play ball again?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

 La Llorona (The Wailing Woman)

Not in the mood for romance?  Check out  my current e-release, La Llorona (The Wailing Woman).   The short fiction, essay, and mildly horrific poetry come together in an exploration of killer moms past and present.  Confront the centuries old tale of a woman who sacrificed her children to the dark waters of the RioGrande and the Susan Smiths, Andrea Yates, and Casey Anthonys of today, and ask yourself: does the legend live?

La Llorona (The Wailing Woman) is available from,, B&, and other e-book publishers for $1.99.

If you’ve heard the story before, or caught the NBC Grimm television series last October, treat yourself to the story my way!

Does the legend still live?

37 Thoughts

  1. I’ve read two, Unattainable and Wildflower Redemption, l love them both; I’m a romantic junky. Like we say in the south “de hueso colorado”.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Connie–and good luck in the giveaway. I’m glad you watched the video. It’s my only attempt so far at a book trailer, and it stars my oldest grandchild! lol Please come by from time to time. I plan on trying to update the site. A lot. Any day now!


    1. Darla, I’m prejudiced, but that might be my favorite, because it was my first with Crimson Romance–and I still have friends who read it asking me about Jovi and Dell! Thank you for stopping by, and best of luck in the SOL Giveaway!


    1. Hi, Bonnie. Thank you–I love all my books, but WR (as I fondly call it) and Unattainable are probably my favorites as they were the second and first, respectively, picked up by Crimson Romance. I appreciate your visit, and wish you good luck in the giveaway!


  2. Leslie,
    I know that you are currently writing something; I read that you include animals as part of your stories. Is the animal that you might be using in your story a current pet?

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    1. Hilda, how nice to have you stop by! I’m tabulating results now, so the Grand Prize Winners haven’t been decided yet! The animal I’m using is not currently a pet of mine, and I’m sort of trying to force it on the characters, but they don’t have time to deal with a wacky Lab’/Shpherd mix. Maybe in a full length story instead of “A Cowboy’s Magic,” which will be part of the next Cowboy Up series. The animal is a mule named Sweetie. I knew a mule personally once–Killer. And there’s not a lot of difference between them, really! Thanks for asking, and good luck to you and everyone else when the grand prize results are announced.


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