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Wednesday Guest Author-Weaving Life Passions with Romance Writing with Gayle M. Irwin

It’s Wednesday so it’s time for another guest author and please welcome back Gayle M. Irwin to This Writer’s Life….

Dogs. Cats. Horses and sheep, both wild and domestic. Elk. Swans. Northern Lights. National Parks. Puppy Mills. Stray Animals. Adopted Animals. All of these and more, more nature, more animals, are woven into my sweet, contemporary romance book series called Pet Rescue Romance – Yellowstone Country. Why? Because I’m passionate about rescue animals, nature, and America’s national parks.

I lived near Yellowstone National Park for nearly 12 years. Travels through America’s first-designated national park brought not only beautiful and unique scenery, but also observations of numerous wildlife species, including bison, elk, wolves, eagles, swans, bears, and many others. This special place plays a special role in my romance stories, from driving and hiking adventures to wildlife and bird observations.

The seven-book series brings humans and animals together and showcases special bonds between loved ones, lovers, friends, and four-footed creatures. Subtle pet rescue and adoption notes are woven into the stories’ tapestry. For example, an education about puppy mills, the disturbing endless breeding of dogs, is knitted into the first novel, Rescue Road. My own dog, Jeremiah, is a puppy mill survivor, and he is the mascot for many of the books through the dog-character of “Jax.” Finding owners of lost dogs is a component of two Christmas books, Paws-ing for Love and In the Shadow of Mount Moran, and providing new, loving homes for rescued animals is knitted into several of the seven books, including Finding Love at Compassion Ranch and the series’ prequel, Rhiann’s Rescue.

I began visiting national parks as a child, and I continue those travels almost 60 years later. I relish the grandeur of mountains, glaciers, rivers, meadows, canyons, and the wildlife that inhabits those wild lands. Several of my characters experience the parks as well for wildlife watching and hiking adventures.

The first week of May is celebrated as Be Kind to Animals Week and Mother’s Day in the United States arrives on Sunday. I’ve put all seven stories, from the prequel (Rhiann’s Rescue) to Book #7 (In the Shadow of Mount Moran) into an e-book box set. The collection is on sale through Sunday, May 12, 2024 (U.S. Mother’s Day) for $7.99 (a $2.00 discount). The set is available on several online e-book platforms, including Amazon, AppleBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. If you, your mother, sister, or friend enjoys sweet contemporary romance, nature, and/or rescued and adopted animals, this would make a great gift! Use this link to purchase from your favorite platform:

What are some passions you blend in your writing? What are things you enjoy doing or are passionate about, and have you experienced those activities in your book reading?

About Gayle M. Irwin/Author Bio:

Gayle M. Irwin is an award-winning Wyoming author and freelance writer who has been recognized by Wyoming Writers, Inc. and the Wyoming Press Association She is a contributing writer to eight Chicken Soup for the Soul books and freelances articles to regional magazines and newspapers, including WREN (Wyoming Rural Electric News), the Casper Star Tribune, and the Douglas Budget. Gayle authors the Pet Rescue Romance – Yellowstone Country series, a collection of sweet, contemporary romance books set near Yellowstone National Park, plus stand-alone stories in the same genre. All weave pet rescue and adoption into the love story. An avid supporter of that cause, Gayle volunteers for various regional organizations and donates a portion of her book sales to such groups. Learn more about the author and her stories at her website:

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