Books and Banter Featured Author – JoAnn Smith Ainsworth


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IDA LOUISE OSTERBACH survived Indian and range wars and the murder of her husband. She’s kept the farm going through sheer grit and the help of her cousin, a friend and two farm hands. She’s managed a profit, paid the mortgage and re-paid the crop loans. Hard working, focused, fiercely proprietary, the last thing she has time for is romance.

JARED BUELL—widower neighbor and wealthy rancher—was never particularly charitable when it came to farmers, even eye-catching ones like Ida. He’s not looking to start trouble or anything else with her. His comfortable existence needs no complications, thank you very much. Then an old nemesis comes to town and threatens his and Ida’s property. He has no choice but to get involved.

Experience this action-packed romp through 1895 Wyoming where an outlaw schemes to take over the town and Ida and Jared find love when they least expect it.

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Waking alone on a mountainside, LILAH recalls nothing about her life, except a strong belief that some man somewhere loves her. A well hidden wedding band holds the hope that man will come to rescue her. But when her salvation comes in the form of a farmer resembling a Viking God, Lilah struggles to stay faithful to the ideal she cannot remember.

ERNEST NOLAN finds the vivacious beauty wandering in the wilderness and hopes that true love will be his at last. Spontaneous and exciting, Lilah is everything his careful heart has longed for. But a decent man never trifles with another man’s woman. The mystery of Lilah’s identity and that wedding ring must be resolved.

Searching for answers, these two opposites discover that differences can bring both attraction and difficulties. Can they overcome the obstacles and learn to walk a path of love and harmony?

Purchase Information

Polite Enemies [Buffalo Series Book I]

 Whiskey Creek Press


Barnes & Noble

The Farmer and the Wood Nymph [Buffalo Series Book II] *NEW

Whiskey Creek Press


Barnes & Noble


Author BIO

When JoAnn Smith Ainsworth carried wood as a pre-teen so her Great Aunt Martha could stoke up the iron stove to prepare dinner, she wasn’t thinking, “I could use this in a novel someday.” Yet, the skills she learned from her horse-and-buggy ancestors translate into backdrops for her historical romance and paranormal suspense novels.

Believing it’s never too late to create your dream, she resurrected a desire to write when in retirement. Her debut medieval romantic suspense novels, MATILDA’S SONG and OUT OF THE DARK, received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews.

JoAnn’s two historical western romances were published by Whiskey Creek Press (POLITE ENEMIES, ebook ISBN 978-1-61160-636-2, print 978-1-61160-898-4 and THE FARMER AND THE WOOD NYMPH, ebook ISBN: 978-1-61160-660-7, print 978-1-61160-590-7).

Her agent (Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency) sold an Operation Delphi paranormal suspense novel, EXPECT TROUBLE, to Oak Tree Press (print ISBN 978-1-61009-074-2, releases April 2014). JoAnn was a child in WWII and her memories of those times add poignancy.

She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in English and Social Science. She has her Masters in Teaching English and ESL from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her M.B.A. studies from Pepperdine University.

Among her achievements are Chief Clerk of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, database administrator for an international law firm and a 3 1/2-mo. trip around the world.

She’s most proud of becoming an author as a senior citizen. She will be 75 when EXPECT TROUBLE releases.

To learn more, visit or Twitter @JoAnnAinsworth or @JoAnnParanormal. Check out her Facebook Profile to learn about her author life or “JoAnn Smith Ainsworth Fan Page” for her paranormal novels and WWII remembrances.

Contact JoAnn at


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