Thursday, April 2, 2015

Review, Author Spotlight and Giveaway: The Cowboy's Little Surprise (The Hitching Post Hotel) by Barbara White Daille

Cole Slater returns home to New Mexico to help his struggling sister Layne out after being away for five years. When he left town, he never looked back, but now as he walks back into the Hitching Post Hotel, all the years Cole spent on the run fall away. He has a few things to atone for with one of those being the way he treated Tina Sanchez.

When the last person she thought she would ever see again walks through her door, Tina is running scared. Not only does Cole have apologies to make, Tina must come clean about why she kept the child she had out of wedlock a secret from not only his father, but her entire family as well.

As soon as Cole sees Robbie, he knows that the boy is his son and Tina has a lot to answer for. At first Tina believes that Cole can't ever live up to being the father that Robbie deserves, but the more time he spends with his son, the more Tina knows the opposite is true. The only thing she needs to do is convince Cole of that, but the troubled past won't allow him to move on until he takes a look deep into himself. Combine that with the rekindling of the attraction they once felt for one another and we have quite a tale. Even the conspiracy going on around them perpetrated by Tina's grandfather, Jed might not be enough to make the young couple see they are meant to be together, but maybe a feisty four year old can.

The Cowboy's Little Surprise by Barbara White Daille is a story of two people who strive to overcome the mistakes they made when they were too immature to really understand the ramifications of those mistakes. The budding desire they once felt for one another blossoms into a passion only maturity can give them, and watching both Tina and Cole come to that understanding is a pleasure. All of the characters in this story have their own distinct qualities that make The Cowboy's Little Surprise a heart-warming read that can't be missed.



Hi Barbara! Thanks so much for joining us here at Book Obsessed Chicks.

          Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
I’m a former East-coaster transplanted to the wild, wild Southwest where, as it says in my bio, we deal with lizards and scorpions, plus all kinds of things we never saw back East. 
I’m a reformed chocoholic.  (I think.  Still working on that one…)  And I am attempting to make friends with my treadmill and stationary bike, but so far I’m not having too much luck with any of the above. 
Reading is my favorite pastime, writing is my passion, and the place I most love to be is beside my husband.  Even better scenario:  curled up on the couch beside my husband, with a book in my hands.

         Tell us how The Cowboy's Little Surprise came to be.
The story was inspired by the series and the idea of a matchmaking grandfather who wants to see his family happy and settled down—preferably, somewhere near his ranch in Cowboy Creek, New Mexico.  After I had Jed’s character firmly in mind, I thought about his family. 

The Cowboy’s Little Surprise is the story of Jed’s youngest granddaughter, Tina, and the boy who once did her wrong.  As readers may guess from the title, this is a secret-baby story, which means the heroine had the hero’s child…and the hero has no clue he’s a daddy!  I love seeing how a man deals with a surprise like that, and since it’s one of my favorite types of stories to read and write, I jumped on it for the kick-off book for the series.  I hope readers enjoy it, too.

         What are you currently working on?
As you read this, I’m revising the third book in the Hitching Post Hotel series.  It doesn’t yet have a title, but it’s the story of Jed’s middle granddaughter, the one who has the most difficult past to overcome. 
Andi was recently left widowed with two small children.  Mitch is a wounded L.A. cop who has come back to his hometown to recuperate.  He’s also the boy Andi left behind.  Though circumstances will always keep them apart, their reunion immediately sets off a familiar sizzle.  That—and a certain matchmaking grandpa—forces them together.
The sexual tension between these former teenaged sweethearts is so much fun to write, plus this will be a Christmas book, which adds extra layers of poignancy to the story.

         Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what did you want to be?
Yes, the first time I ever announced what I wanted to be when I grew up, it was a writer. 
As a child, I always saw my mom sitting at night with a book in her hands while the rest of us watched television, and once I learned about the magic between the covers of a book, I was hooked—as a reader and a writer.  My website states I wrote my first story when I was nine years old, but that was actually the first story with an official beginning, middle, and end.  Prior to that, I was a storyteller, too, but I just didn’t know how to put a plot together.  Or how to spell most of the words, for that matter….  ;)
To tell you the truth, I was so young when I started writing, I had no idea real people actually wrote the books I loved to read.  And once I learned that, I knew when I grew up I would have to share my stories with other readers.

           Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Hmm…I like a challenge, so my favorite character is probably the one that was the most difficult for me to write.  That honor goes to Lianne Ward, the heroine of Rancher at Risk, one of my Flagman’s Folly books.  Lianne is deaf.  Though I felt very comfortable writing her character, I also felt challenged because I wanted to show her as a woman like any other woman, who just happens to be deaf.  After the book came out, I was thrilled to receive a fan letter from a woman who said she has many deaf family members and that I “got it right.” 

Lianne makes her first appearance in an earlier Flagman’s Folly story, A Rancher’s Pride, along with her four-year-old niece, Becky, who also is deaf.  And who was also a little bit of a challenge!

           Where can you fans meet you?
I’m on Facebook and Twitter and love to chat with readers.  They can find me at: and  I also hang out at my website and blog:
This summer, I’m planning to be in New York City at the Romance Writers of America’s annual conference.  I hope readers will stop by the Literacy Auction to visit me and, if they’re attending the conference, will say hello if they see me around.

          What is next for you?
I have several more ideas in the works for the folks in Cowboy Creek.  Some of the characters have played walk-on roles in the books that will be out this year, and others will be brand-new to the series.  But trust me, if these books are acquired and I have the fun of writing them, no one in town will be safe from the matchmaking Jed! 

        What would you like readers to know about you? 
I’d like to share with your readers that I write the type of book I love to read and hope they’ll enjoy my stories, too.  I’ve said this so many times, but it bears repeating because it’s what I’m all about as an author:  as a life-long book lover, I can only hope my stories will bring as much pleasure to readers as other authors’ books have brought to me.


Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest.  Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.

Barbara’s thrilled to share news about the debut of a brand-new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, about a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed.  The series begins in April 2015 with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise, followed by A Rancher of Her Own in July and a third as-yet-untitled book in December.

You can find more info about Barbara and her books at the following locations:

The Cowboy’s Little Surprise – Barbara White Daille – April 2015
A guy like Cole Slater is hard to forget. Tina Sanchez should know—for years since high school she's tried to bury the pain of Cole's cruel betrayal. But it's impossible to ignore the man she sees reflected in her young son's eyes now that Cole is back in her life—and about to meet the child he never knew he had. 
Returning home to New Mexico, Cole is determined to put his playboy reputation to rest. Especially now that he knows there's a little boy looking up to him. And seeing Tina again reignites all the feelings Cole ran from as a teen. Despite his fear that he can't be the man Tina deserves, he's determined to try. For his son's sake—and his own.
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  1. Kim - thanks a bunch for spotlighting The Cowboy's Little Surprise and sharing the Q&A!

    Readers - I'll be around to chat, so feel free to leave comments/questions.

  2. It is always awsome to meet authors I have yet to read. Thank you for your time. I will be putting you on my TBR list for sure.

  3. Sikreviews - I appreciate your kind words! If you check out any of my books, I hope you enjoy them.

    I always love chatting with readers, too, and it's great that we have the chance to meet here. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  4. Awesome interview, Barbara. Another book to add to my TBB pile, as if it isn't big already. ;-) Cute cover.

  5. Hi, Patricia - thanks so much. I've been so lucky with my covers and think this is such a perfect one for the book, down to and including the heroine's hair!

    And let's not talk about those TBR piles... lol Thanks for stopping in.

  6. I really enjoyed the interview. I am looking forward to seeing you again at RWA in New York. Hoping Kim plans another dinner or something.

  7. love her books! loved the interview for I go to know her a little more! wish I could attend the RWA but can't this year! thanks for sharing!

  8. Loved the preview of the book and about you. Good luck with your book!

  9. Carole - I didn't know that was for Kim till I started reading. :) And now I did see it, I just have to say thanks so much for your kind words!

  10. Thank you, Terry! It's great to chat. And a new release is always so special, I love sharing the happy week with others.

  11. Thanks all for the wonderful comments!

  12. The book sounds like an awesome read! Thanks for the interview

  13. I'm so happy to put this book on my TBR pile. What a terrific interview, I love learning about new authors (to me) :-)

    1. Apologies for spelling your name wrong yesterday, Allie! Too much screen time, and my eyes were getting blurry. When that happens, I have the same problem in some fonts with D A I L L E. :)

  14. It's always great to be introduced to new authors.

  15. Ahh, one of my guilty pleasures, secret babies. The story looks cute. I really enjoyed the interview too.

  16. Margie - I hope we get the chance to say hello again, too. It was so nice meeting you in San Antonio!

  17. Hi, Beth - thanks to you for commenting and to Kim for inviting me to visit!

    I'm glad you like the sound of the story. I had such fun writing it.

  18. Thank you, Alli! If my book makes it to the top of your TBR pile, I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. ;)

  19. Thanks, Lori. It's a pleasure being here to chat.

  20. Hi, Janet! Good to see you. I know - those secret babies are one of my downfalls, too. lol

    Thanks for your kind words.

  21. I love secret baby heart warming! Can't wait to read!!

  22. Sandra - thanks so much! I agree with you about those storylines being heartwarming. When there are little children around, it's almost a given, isn't it?

  23. Sounds like a great story. Looking forward to reading it and love to be introduced to new authors!

  24. great interview.i enjoynlearning about authors who's books i want to read.and i do want to read The Cowboy's Little Surprise.books with surprise babies has always been a favorite of mine

  25. what a very good looking book. The cover is adorable!

    Jenn B

  26. Thanks, Jackie!

    And I love to meet readers, too.

  27. Mine, too, Angela. If you read the story, I hope you like it!

  28. Jenn - thanks so much. That cover still makes me smile every time I look at it.

  29. Hey, readers, I'll be in and out all weekend, so feel free to leave a comment or question if you'd like.

    In any case, I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Easter and Passover!