Jesse Hayworth came to life when I met Mr. Right.
In my other life, I write dark, suspenseful stories where the hero and heroine always get their happily ever after, but only after going through lots of danger and heartbreak. Having found my own happily ever after, however, I started wanting to write gentle, funny love stories.
Fortunately, my agent and editor loved the idea of contemporary romances set on a family-run dude ranch. They knew that my thirty-some years as a horse person and ten years as a farm owner would give me lots to draw from, and they green lighted the series. Since then, I've shifted from being a horse owner to volunteering at an equine rescue (baby mini donkeys--squee!), but the rest is unchanged.
I really love writing the Mustang Ridge books, and am hard at work on the next, along with stories under the Jessica Andersen pseudonym. And in the spirit of writing this entire bio backwards and inside-out, I was born and raised in a small town in eastern Massachusetts (go, Sox!), went to Tufts University (go Jumbos!), love animals of all kinds (okay, I'm not big on spiders or wasps), and can't go a day without chocolate.
Jesse Hayworth is AKA Jessica Andersen
In the latest “delightful”* Mustang Ridge novel, ignoring your heart is easier said than done…
After putting all her savings—and then some—into purchasing a vintage clothing shop in downtown Three Ridges, Wyoming, Ashley Webb is determined to succeed come hell or high water. Problem is, she’s never been good at long-term commitments. And when Ashley crosses paths again with the incredibly sexy cowboy she got cozy with at her brother’s wedding, she can’t help being distracted.
Tyler Reed isn’t looking to settle down—he tried that before and got burned. Not to mention that the new head wrangler at Mustang Ridge Dude Ranch has other things on his mind. Things that are far more important than helping out his boss’s pretty—but flaky—sister…even though there’s some serious chemistry between them. When Ashley turns out to be very different than he expected, he’s tempted to go against his better judgment. What’s a cowboy to do when the wrong woman lassoes his heart?
*New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Gregory
In the latest Mustang Ridge novel, sometimes a little change is exactly what a person needs....
Ever since striking it big on a gemstone claim in the Wyoming mountains, Sam Babcock has known luck is on his side?except when it comes to the people he loves. When he forms a surprising connection with an alluring newcomer staying at his friend Wyatt’s ranch, Sam starts to question everything he thought he knew....
Needing time and space to heal, former daredevil Danny Traveler is camping out in a valley beyond Mustang Ridge Dude Ranch. She wants to take care of herself for once?and a sexy cowboy might be just the distraction she needs. But when Danny discovers there’s much more to Sam than meets the eye, she begins to long for more than a casual fling. Can she convince the confirmed bachelor that it’s worth changing his ways for a chance at long-term happiness?
When former lovers reunite at Mustang Ridge, old feelings run wild?.
With guest season about to start at the ranch, Krista Skye needs to track down a new head wrangler fast. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the last person Krista wants to see?Wyatt Webb, the college sweetheart who left her behind. Wyatt has major reservations about working with Krista as well, but he has his own reasons for wanting to stay in town.
Although Krista and Wyatt are all business at first, sparks fly as they work side by side, preparing for an upcoming country fair. Even though rekindling their relationship brings up painful memories, they’re not the same people they used to be?and neither can deny that there’s still something special between them. They have one last opportunity to save a good thing before it’s too late, but one of them will have to find the courage to take a chance on love....
The Skye family rebel never wanted to be a cowgirl ... and she sure didn't plan on coming home for good.
Grateful to her twin for keeping Mustang Ridge in the family, Jenny Skye agrees to return home for a month so her sister can get away. It’s the middle of winter, and only a few year-round staffers, her family, and the animals will be there. But the globe-trotting videographer is soon in way over her head at the dude ranch dealing with reservations, her redecorating-obsessed mother, and the town's hunky new veterinarian.
Despite his adventurous past, Nick Masterson is putting down roots in Mustang Ridge. When a stray dog, a missing family member and a snowstorm conspire to throw him and Jenny together, there's no denying the blaze of attraction. But can a relationship that began in the heat of the moment turn into something more for a woman who's always been eager to put her hometown behind her?
A single visit to Mustang Ridge can change a person’s life in the most unexpected ways....
Recovering from a difficult divorce and having problems with her daughter, Shelby accepts a summer job cooking at a family-run dude ranch. She hopes the animals will be just what her daughter, Lizzie, needs. Little does she know that ranch life will work some healing magic on her too.
When Shelby meets the head wrangler, Foster, she is put off by his brusque nature, but Lizzie takes an instant liking to the cowboy and his horses. While both Foster and Shelby have been scarred by love, it’s not long before Shelby is drawn to the rugged cowboy and his thoughtful ways.
But with summer nights in short supply and Foster wary of falling for a city girl, a simple summer romance soon grows complicated. As the days dwindle, Shelby will have to decide not only what is best for her daughter, but also where her future?and her happiness?will be found.