Author: Heather Slade

My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.

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Razor - K19 Security Solutions

Razor
  • Number: B07D5F9QMK
  • Release: 2018-07-09
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Romance: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Sparrow Publishing
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When love cuts like a knife...

K19 Security Solutions partner, Tabon "Razor" Sharp has seen his fair share of tragedy, but one thing is for certain: he never forgets a face. Agreeing to be his buddy's groomsman means he'll once again reunite with the enchanting and gorgeous, Ava McNamara. Unable to finish what they started last time, he's more than ready to reignite the spark with Ava.

But the wedding brings on more than he bargained for. Meeting Ava's father throws a wrench into his plans. Her father isn't who he claims to be. And Razor is determined to uncover all the facts. Torn between exposing a criminal and protecting Ava, he struggles between duty and desire. Now, it's up to Razor to protect the woman with the haunted eyes even if it means destroying everything she's ever known. Will they recover from the truth or will Razor's cut wound her too deeply?


The Return - Butler Ranch Book 6

The Return
  • Number: B07CKDPQD2
  • Release: 2018-06-11
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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AN ALTERED MISSION.

Her mission was clear: go undercover to infiltrate a Russian organization. But when the MI6 agent discovers that two former CIA operatives are being held captive, rescuing them becomes paramount for her.

A PERSONAL VENDETTA.

Grateful for the rescue, he has one goal: kill the enemy who threatens his family. Obtaining the confidential files people are dying for is secondary.

A JOINT ENDEAVOR.

With both the CIA and MI6 after the hidden documents, the two must team up to uncover the truth. While working together, desire ignites and danger intensifies. Suddenly, they are torn between passion and duty. Each with a mission to complete and a heart to protect, will they be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for their careers?


The Truth - Butler Ranch Book 5

The Truth
  • Number: B07BMMS8QX
  • Release: 2018-05-14
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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He promised to protect her…

Not to love her.

Head of a private security firm, Mercer Bryant promised his partner, Kade Butler, that he'd secretly protect Quinn Sullivan at any cost. As a former CIA operative, Mercer knows his way around intense and stealthy operations. Trained in combat, he can get out of any situation—and into any woman’s bed. But when he starts to feel something more for the innocent and stunning Quinn, he can’t stay away.

Shipped off to a boarding school at a young age, the independent and feisty Quinn doesn't need a man to watch over her. But when she finds herself in danger, the only place she feels safe is the arms of the irresistible and rugged Marine.

Hell bent on protecting her, Mercer takes on the vengeful Russians who are responsible for his partner's disappearance. With peril imminent and time running out, can Mercer save Quinn before the truth destroys their chance at a future together?


Win Me Over - Cowboys of Crested Butte Book 5

Win Me Over
  • Number: B078LRT4LV
  • Release: 2018-02-05
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Bullet Simmons never rides shotgun, but there is no question, Tristan McCullough has taken control of the wheel.

Bad boy, bull rider Bullet Simmons has a good heart, he just has trouble in the decision-making department. When he meets Tristan McCullough, he vows to win her over, and convince her that he is worthy of a Lost Cowboy sponsorship. But can he become the kind of man her family’s brand represents? Tristan says she doesn’t believe he can, but there’s something about the cowboy that makes her hope she’s wrong.

Hired as a hand with Flying R Rough Stock, Bullet Simmons, dreams of one day becoming a world champion bull rider. But after the death of his baby boy’s mama, he doesn’t know how he’s going to juggle raising his son, working for Flying R, and riding bulls.

Billy Patterson needs someone to convince his daddy to raise broncs on their ranch in Black Forest. Enter Bullet. If Bullet can help convince him, Billy says Flying R will not only sponsor him, but they’ll arrange for Bullet to have his own personal bull riding coach.

Tristan McCullough swore off bad boys in college when the bull rider she was certain was “the one,” broke her heart. When Lost Cowboy teams up with Flying R Rough Stock to sponsor competitors out on the rodeo circuit, Bullet’s twin sister, Lyric, challenges her to consider sponsoring Bullet. As much as Tristan tells herself she’ll never fall for another cowboy, this one particular bull rider becomes harder and harder for her to resist—especially when she finds herself alone with him for a week at Colorado Black Mountain Ranch.

As we follow Bullet and Tristan’s stories, we also take a peek into the history of beloved characters Bill and Dottie Patterson. What brought the two together, and why has Bill vowed never to have anything to do with rodeo for the rest of his life?

Favorite characters from the Rice and Patterson families pay us a visit, and also serve to help these two “lost” souls come together.

This is book can be read as a standalone with no cliffhanger.


Stay with Me - Cowboys of Crested Butte Book 4

Stay with Me
  • Number: B0775X1GR5
  • Release: 2018-01-08
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Professional saddle bronc rider Jace Rice has a habit of falling in love with women who turn around and fall in love with someone else.

It had happened three times, and as much as he vowed to never let it happen again, it does. Although this time, the woman is in love with a guy Jace can't possibly compete with—a dead man.

Comforting sad-eyed widow, Bree Fox, leaves Jace Rice with plenty of gaping wounds himself, and a pent up desire to get to know more about her, other than how much she loved her late husband. But he knows Bree is not ready for that, so he waits...and waits. When she never contacts him again, he takes that as a sign, but that sign doesn't stop him from thinking about her, from wondering what could be if he just confronted her with how he felt.

The problem was confronting her would be almost impossible, since her sister was married to his brother, who hated him, and they all lived together in Crested Butte, where he wasn't welcome. Going there would be like walking into a hornet's nest where he would likely be stung.

Jace had been stung before, though, so many times he should be immune. And he wasn't a coward--otherwise he wouldn't be the fierce competitor he was in the rodeo arena. He knew he had what it took to go to Crested Butte and pound things out with his twin brother, if necessary. It wasn't like it was the first time they'd come to blows. What he didn't know was whether it would be worth it in the end.

Could Bree Fox ever feel about him the way she felt about her former husband? Or would she forever be just another woman Jace was rejected by when the dust settled?


The Gift - Butler Ranch Book 4

The Gift
  • Number: B077WS4NYX
  • Release: 2017-12-02
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Five winemaking siblings

Four gifts from heaven

Three holiday weddings

Two mysteries

And a partridge in a pear tree.

It’s not a Butler Ranch

Christmas without a little chaos!

With his baby girl on the way and his brother getting married, all Brodie Butler wants is to make Peyton Wolf his wife and be a father to her two sons. He’s been keeping quite a big secret from her, though, and if he doesn’t reveal it in just the right way, he might ruin the holidays for them all.

Wedding bells are in the air, and Maddox Butler has wedding fever. Now that he and Alex Avila have come out to their families, so to speak, he’s raring to start a family of his own. After all, both of his brothers got their happy endings. Why shouldn’t he?

Ever since his oldest brother was killed in action, Naughton Butler has wished he knew what Kade wanted for him—if anything. Without Kade’s guidance, he’s been lost—even with his upcoming wedding to talented winemaker Bradley Saint John. When a strange woman shows up at the winery, though, he starts finding answers to all of his questions.

Being the youngest of five isn’t easy, and even though Ainsley Butler has built her own life, she can’t help but wonder if her oldest brother forgot all about her. The distance she feels from her family deepens as her own secret starts to unravel. Can Ainsley to do what her oldest brother asked of her, and be strong enough to hold her family together at the same time?

Four intertwined stories in one bring the Butlers through the holidays and into their happily-ever-afters.


Kiss Me Cowboy - Cowboys of Crested Butte Book 3

Kiss Me Cowboy
  • Number: B07581BJHY
  • Release: 2017-11-13
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Blythe Cochran is a woman who’s never been treated the cowboy way—and Jace Rice knows he is just the man to teach her what that means. Unless his twin brother, Tucker, gets in the way.

The last place Blythe wants to spend Thanksgiving is at the Flying R Ranch in Crested Butte, Colorado, but that’s where she’s headed. She and her best friend’s family have always celebrated the holiday together, so it was go along, or spend the holiday home alone.

Feeling sorry for herself because she’s dateless and her best friend is newly engaged, Blythe asks Renie to fix her up with a hot cowboy. When she arrives and meets not one, but TWO of the hottest cowboys she’s ever seen, Blythe decides the holiday might not be so bleak after all. When both men compete for her attention, it’s hard for her to choose. Who would win her affection—easy-going, bronc-riding, cowboy Jace, or brooding artist Tucker?

Regardless of whom she chooses, there is a secret being held between the brothers which could drive a permanent wedge between the two men, who each touch a different part of her soul. When the hidden truth is finally exposed, will it tear a family apart, or heal past wounds?

This is book can be read as a standalone with no cliffhanger.


The Secret - Butler Ranch Book 3

The Secret
  • Number: B0745GF3DZ
  • Release: 2017-10-16
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Can Naughton Butler risk letting Bradley Saint John into his heart, or will his brother’s secret ruin his one shot at love?

Naughton Butler is a loner, partially by choice, but also because the secret his dead brother left with him could tear his life apart. When he and his brother Maddox inherit four hundred acres of prime vineyard property, they must decide how to manage Butler Ranch Winery, along with starting a new winery on Demetria Estate.

The solution is to hire the new kick-ass, hotter-than-all-get-out, winemaker who just landed on the Central Coast. When Naughton meets Bradley St. John, he’s expecting a man—and she is anything but. Thinking it’s a joke, he refuses to take her seriously. Bradley leaves, forcing him to follow and apologize. He watches as she makes her way through the vineyards, she was born to them, just like he was.

Getting a job with Butler Ranch Winery right out of college, is more than Bradley could’ve dreamed of. When Maddox Butler interviews her for the position, he warns her that Naughton could be difficult, but once he recognized her abilities, he’d back off. The burning question now was, would she want him to?

Naughton can’t stay away from her, even knowing being with her is impossible.


Dance with Me - Cowboys of Crested Butte Book 2

Dance with Me
  • Number: B074DJQYTM
  • Release: 2017-10-02
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Wherever he was, Billy owned the air. It belonged to him, and he took it.

Last year saddle bronc rider Billy Patterson reached the pinnacle of success in his sport and had the championship buckle to prove it. He needed that flashy reminder this year, because now nothing seemed to be going right in his world.

He couldn’t manage an eight-second ride to save his life; the girl he’s wanted forever, his best friend Renie, is oblivious to how he feels about her; and her mother sold him a ranch that he was incapable of taking care of alone. But the worst of it was, with no anchor at the ranch other than her horse in his boarding stable, Renie was probably leaving too, if he couldn’t convince her to stay.

That becomes the least of Billy’s worries, however, when he suddenly becomes a single parent to a child he didn’t even know about. That complicates everything, but he can’t regret having the daughter he quickly falls in love with. The question was—did that mean the end of his chances with Renie?

At her age, asking her to become an instant mother would be selfish, even if she would entertain that absurd idea after her own mother was tied down around the same age. As much as Billy knew letting Renie go was the right thing to do, he also realized letting her go would mean allowing her to run right back into the arms of a man she didn’t belong with…and he didn’t think he could do that.

This is book can be read as a standalone with no cliffhanger.


Fall for Me - Cowboys of Crested Butte Book 1

Fall for Me
  • Number: B072MR9FW7
  • Release: 2017-08-28
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Fate put her in his path, and he has no intention of ever letting her go.

Olivia Fairchild gave up her dream of being a competitive barrel racer at nineteen, to follow her first love wherever his life as an F15 pilot took them. When his plane was shot down months later, right before the birth of their daughter, Liv’s world shattered. She returned to her parents’ isolated ranch in Colorado to raise her daughter alone. One year led into the next, and before she knew it, her daughter was grown and gone—leaving Liv bored and cranky. She finds herself spending too much time on social media feeds, cyber-stalking the hot guitar player she met at a concert over the summer.

Ben Rice recognized her as soon as he saw her sitting at the bar. Liv, that was her name, and fate kept bringing them together. The first time he saw her, after his band CB Rice opened at Red Rocks, he watched her. She loved music—and she felt it. Not everyone did. She danced, she laughed, she smiled, she lived. That was why he remembered her name when he introduced himself at the end of the show. “I’m Liv,” she’d said. And he was ready to. He’d endured too many struggles in the last few years. He’d worked hard to keep the band going, and he wasn’t going to give up. With a new record about to be released, this was their year—he could feel it.

Used to getting what he wants, Ben pursued the reluctant Liv. But knowing he wanted more from her than she was willing to give, she told him following a man around the globe wasn’t in the stars for her. Been there, done that, retired the t-shirt. She had her own stars to chase this time.

When those stars fall around her feet, and Ben refuses to let her sweep them up alone, how could a girl not love him? And when she does, how can she let him go? A better question is how can she ask him to stay when she sees how bright his future could be without her?

This is book can be read as a standalone with no cliffhanger.


The Truce - Butler Ranch Book 2

The Truce
  • Number: B072R49MSS
  • Release: 2017-07-31
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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The Hatfields and McCoys have nothing on the Butler and Avila families. The feud between them had been going on for years when Maddox Butler came to the rescue and saved the Avila's Los Caballeros winery from certain ruin. Now it's Maddox and his brothers that are threatening the winery's future—at least that what Alex's family believes. Neither the feud, nor the fence between the vineyards has ever been enough to keep the two determined young lovers apart. Will their love heal the wounds of the past to reunite the families a second time? Or will it drive the wedge deeper and make them choose family over love?


The Promise - Butler Ranch Book 1

The Promise
  • Number: B06XWQZ4QS
  • Release: 2017-06-23
  • Author: Heather Slade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western, Debut Title, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Can fulfilling a promise to his dead brother bring love into Brodie Butler’s life again?

When Butler Ranch winery manager Brodie Butler’s brother is killed in action in Afghanistan, his mother enlists him to fulfill a promise she made to her older son. She needs him to find Peyton Wolf, his brother’s lover, and deliver a sealed box to her.

Brodie expects to deliver the news and the box to Peyton then return home to deal with his own grief. But instead of closing a chapter in his late brother’s life, Brodie opens a new one in his own when he meets a woman he could envision himself being with forever.

But would Peyton ever be able to love him like she loved his brother? And could he deal with his guilty conscience for wanting the woman his brother had intended to have as his wife?


Book Library

  • Razor Razor
  • The Return The Return
  • The Truth The Truth
  • Win Me Over Win Me Over
  • Stay with Me Stay with Me
  • The Gift The Gift
  • Kiss Me Cowboy Kiss Me Cowboy
  • The Secret The Secret
  • Dance with Me Dance with Me
  • Fall for Me Fall for Me
  • The Truce The Truce
  • The Promise The Promise