Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Guest Review: No Getting Over a Cowboy (Wrangler's Creek #2) by Delores Fossen




Delores Fossen does it again with No Getting Over A Cowboy, book #2 in her Wrangler's Creek series! Ropes you in from the very beginning of this story! What a hysterical beginning to a super fun read. I have never laughed so hard at the beginning of a story before.

We met our hero Garrett Granger in book #1 of the series, Those Texas Nights, but his opening scene in this book happens when he drives up to the Granger Ranch property and sees lots of activity around an old derelict house built by his great-grandfather approximately 100 years ago but hasn't been occupied for many years. The author's description of this ancestral home, Z. T. Granger House starts the laughter ball rolling with her description of Garrett's reaction to many women swarming the house and property and a little girl "poking at that cow shit with a stick" with this, "Garret had always thought of the place as more of an ancestral eyesore than an actual house. But hell in a big-ass handbasket, it was his eyesore. Or rather his family's." It seems our heroine, Nicky Marlow, recent widow and single mother, has rented the dilapidated house for a year to use as a widows' retreat. Uh Oh! Not if Garrett can stop it!

As we read further we discover that Nicky has many secrets she wants to keep from everyone, especially Garret who, by the way, just happened to have deflowered her in this very house 17 years previously. And as you can guess Nicky's secrets become exposed one after another as she and Garrett find they can't resist their attraction to each other. Add in Nicky's super cute daughter who will win your heart and lots of new and returning lovable characters to enhance the storyline.

You'll want to read this story filled with great characters,a super storyline and lots of action and fun.


~MARGIE HAGER~

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Perfect Gentleman by Candace Camp



Oh how these second chance romances get me all giddy when they are done right, and trust me, Candace Camp's A PERFECT GENTLEMAN, is done so right. 

Finding out on your wedding day that your new husband has no intention of really having you as a true wife and on top of that, insulting you with snide remarks would assuredly have you running from said husband. Such is the case with American heiress Abigail Price, who had stars in her eyes when she stood at the alter marrying  Graeme Parr, Earl of Montclair, whose family is in dun territory and has need of Abigail's money.  The very young Abigail, eager to get away from under her oppressing father's thumb was all too willing to start her new life with her handsome new husband when Greame's words cut her to the core and have her flee back to America.

Saved by his wife's money, Graeme continues on his merry may, basking in the almost single life for a few years, until word reaches him that his wife has returned to English shores. Now it SEEMS that the earl has been enjoying his continued bachelorhood, but that's the fun of it, has he really enjoyed it? 

Abigail Parr is not the same girl who ran away from her husband. This grown up Abigail Parr is a force to be reckoned with and her husband, the earl, had better stand up, or get out of the way. Oh, and there is so much more to the tale that Graeme needed to save his family from debt. As the reader delves into the story the plot thickens with deceit as well as greed. Now years later, it's like Abigail and Graeme actually see each other for the first time, but will all that will be discovered be for the best? Read this book to find out, silly! 


~KIMBERLY~

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

When a Highlander Loses His Heart (Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts #4) by Julie Johnstone


Author Julie Johnstone is just one of those writers who stays with you  the more you read her tales of love and adventure. This fourth story in the Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts series, WHEN A HIGHLANDER LOSES HIS HEART, is delightful tale and a must read.

Highland warrior, Graham MacLeod has many times allowed his emotions to overrule his actions. Abducting Isobel Campbell, who has been convent raised since she was a girl, begins a domino effect of mishaps that will prove to cause trouble for both Graham and Isobel.

All she ever wanted was the love of her family, but when Isobel discovers betrayal from her own blood, she is devastated. Wanting to use Isobel for his own gain is a mistake that Graham does not take lightly, for the more he comes to understand this lass, the more he realizes that she is not a means to an end, but a beginning that can enrich the lives of all involved. Keeping Isobel out of the hands of his enemies becomes paramount and in that while their feelings for one another transcend all the strife around them...


~KIMBERLY~

Thursday, March 23, 2017

EARLY REVIEW: **I Dared the Duke (The Wayward Wallflowers #2) by Anna Bennett**


I can honestly say that Anna Bennett is on my short list of favorite authors. Her voice speaks to me like a siren song and when I finish one of her books, I am left completely satisfied and with a smile on my face. 

I DARED THE DUKE. the second novel in the Wayward Wallflowers series, begins when Alexander Savage, the scarred Duke of Blackshire, arrives home to discover his beloved grandmother has taken on a young companion, Miss Elizabeth Lacey. Feeling that Elizabeth is unnecessary to his spunky grandmother, Alexander attempts to rid the home of her presence and try to banish his grandmother to the country. Although the duke has his reasons, he doesn't impart that knowledge to Miss Lacey or his grandmother and he and Beth butt heads over leaving London.

Alexander Savage has the dubious distinction of being a phenomenal lover, but the man who was scarred as a child in a fire that claimed the lives of his parents, is so much more than those rumors. Someone is trying to kill him and before danger befalls the woman who nursed him back to health after being badly burned, Alex must find a way to remove her from town.

Elizabeth Lacey is one of THOSE Wayward Wallflowers, a group of odd young ladies who have little hope of snagging a husband of quality. Elizabeth, or Beth as she is called by her friends and family. When the opportunity arises to become a companion to the Dowager Duchess of Blackshire, Beth gladly takes on the roll and flourishes in her roll. The Duchess adores her and her life has meaning until her rogue of a grandson makes an appearance and upends the balance in more ways than one.

When Elizabeth discovers Alex is being singled out for murder, instead of running to the countryside with the Dowager Duchess, she puts up her dukes and proves to all she is so much more than the nickname given to her. Alex is taken aback by this formidable opponent and beyond all self-control, begins to fall for the puzzle named Beth.

I DARED A DUKE is a supremely written tale with action as well as romance. It's one of those stories to be remembered and shared. Anna Bennett had taken her Wallflowers to a new level and I eagerly await for her next tale to be spun.


~KIMBERLY~ 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A CHRISTI CALDWELL COVER REVEAL **SCHOOLING THE DUKE**



Hi all Book Obsessed Chicks lovelies! 
You all know that I LOVE Christi Caldwell... She is an amazing author and a wonderful friend...She is beginning the new
 HEART OF A SCANDAL SERIES
 and needed the PERFECT debut cover... 
So here it is! 

A few words from Christi

Covers matter. To me, they offer a window into a book. I always want my covers to be an accurate representation of some moment that occurs within the story. My upcoming release, "Schooling the Duke", which is Book 1 in my Heart of a Scandal series is a story of lovers reunited. Upon deep reflection on Graham and Rowena's book, "Schooling the Duke", my editorial team and I made the decision to change the cover. I believe this poignant, tender moment shared is a vividly beautiful capture of Graham and Rowena's love story!
I'm presenting to you the new cover for my upcoming release!! Now, I cannot wait to bring you the actual book!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

One Wild Night: A One and Only Texas Novel by Melissa Cutler

Get ready for the ride of your life...
A cowgirl at heart, Skye Martinez has a rebellious streak she's determined to shake. Especially since she's poised to take the reins of her family's business at Briscoe Ranch Resort. It's time for her to settle down and get serious about her future...right after one last night of fun with a handsome stranger she meets in the resort's stable. But when a midnight horseback ride turns into a red-hot weekend with one of country music's biggest stars, Skye's world is rocked beyond her wildest dreams...

Gentry Wells rode his bad boy image all the way to the top of the country music charts. But churning out hits has dried up his creativity, and he can't remember the last time his life was his own. Skye is a sexy distraction he can't resist, especially since she breathes new life into his music. They bring out the wild side in each other, which is great for Gentry's career--but a major threat to Skye's. Too bad he's fallen in love with her. With their hearts and futures on the line, can Gentry convince Skye to turn their joyride into a real chance to ride off into the sunset together? 

REVIEW

I think Melissa Cutler’s One Wild night is an amazing story for those who love country music, and for those who don’t.  Country fans can see Gentry as an amalgam of their favorite country stars ; non country fans can fall in love with the journey he takes through the course of the story.  But more importantly, even as he points out, the book isn’t his journey but Skye’s. 
Our heroine has a long way to go, from dealing with meddling members of her family and issues in her past that stand in the way of true love and a happy ending.    Thankfully, our hero is larger than life, loving and patient.  And lucky for us as readers, Melissa Cutler can spin an amazing tale, able to keep her readers focused on every single word.  
~~STACEY AGDERN~~

** Unexpectedly Hers (Sterling Canyon Book 3) Kindle Edition by Jamie Beck **





Emma Duffy works with her mother running a bed and breakfast in Sterling Canyon. She is quiet and always considered the “good” girl. Using an alias of Alexa Aspen, Emma lets out her inner vixen one night with snowboarder Wyatt Lawson. It was one of the most amazing nights of her life, the sex was amazing. Once Emma returns home, she decides to write a very erotic book loosely based on her one night with Wyatt. 

Wyatt Lawson is trying to make a comeback. He was off the circuit for two years helping his family out after his brother Ryder, also a competitor in winter eXtreme games suffered a crash and now has traumatic brain injury, rents the bed and breakfast to practice for a comeback. A film crew is also there to gather footage for a documentary of the comeback. Wyatt doesn’t recognize Emma.  


There are a lot of dynamics throughout this story; Emma and Wyatt’s blooming relationship, Emma helping Ryder find his new place in society after the accident, both Emma and Wyatt’s stressful relationship with their mothers, the film crew and Emma and her friends Kelsey and Avery and should Emma tell Wyatt about the book or just enjoy the month she has with Wyatt, lastly, what reaction will her mother and the town have if they find out about the erotic book “good” Emma wrote. I found the story a little slow in the beginning, Emma avoiding any real contact with Wyatt and Wyatt wondering why Emma didn’t like him. The story picks up as Emma finds out about the “real” Wyatt and that he is really nothing like the hero in her book. As the story progresses, we see Emma, Wyatt and Ryder realize that it is ok to not have to make everyone happy and that they are entitled to some happiness themselves. Eventually there is the blowout when it is revealed that Emma wrote a book loosely based on her one night with Wyatt. Wyatt leaves the bed and breakfast angry, Emma’s mother is angry, and Avery and Kelsey are proud of her. There is an HEA to this story for all of the characters involved. This is the third book in the series but can be read without reading the first two books. I look forward to other books in this series.


~~ JANET RODMAN~~

Friday, March 10, 2017

THE IDES OF MARCH with a HARLEQUIN BLOG TOUR ** CATHY MCDAVID**


A BABY FOR THE DEPUTY 
by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Cathy McDavid

A secret, no-strings relationship with Aaron Travers has suited Melody Hartman just fine for the past eight months. The lives of the Mustang Valley veterinarian and the deputy sheriff have always been complicated—and are about to become more so, because Mel is pregnant!

Raising his toddler daughter and protecting his Arizona town are Aaron's priorities. But this unexpected pregnancy is a life changer. The widowed single dad is ready to do the right thing and marry Mel. Can he say the three words she is waiting to hear? Will she think he wants to marry her only because of the baby? Or will she acknowledge that their feelings for each other run deeper than either of them realized?
         A BABY FOR THE DEPUTY
         by Cathy McDavid
Western Romance; March 7, 2017
$5.25 U.S.; 224 Pages
          ISBN-978-0-373-757497

Q&A with Cathy McDavid – A Baby for the Deputy 

1)   How did you come up with the relationship between Aaron Travers and Melody Hartman?

There seems to be a trend these days for young couples to “hang out together” rather than date --- at least, that’s what I hear and what my daughter tells me. I gave Aaron and Mel difficult romantic pasts, which made the idea of a no-strings-attached relationship appealing to them, then complicated things with an unexpected pregnancy because, well, life is complicated.

2)   What is your favorite part about writing Western Romance books?
I truly am a lover of all things western. I owned horses most of my life, grew up watching Bonanza and Big Valley reruns, and lived the western lifestyle for many, many years. For me, there is no sexier, more appealing romance book hero than a rugged, good looking cowboy.

3)   Do you have any traditions you enjoy during early Spring?
You mean besides the mandatory spring cleaning and yard work? Absolutely! I always attend the Glendale Chocolate Affair in February and Tucson Festival of Books in March where local romance writers host two to three days of mega booksignings. I love connecting with readers, both new and those that drop by every year for my latest release. Plus, I’m surrounded by books and authors.

4)   When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Like a lot of authors, I started writing at a young age. For me, it was in high school (I actually won a contest for a children’s book I wrote and illustrated). I didn’t seriously, however, until twenty years later. And it wasn’t until I finished that first book that I realized I’d found my passion. Two years ago, I quite the corporate world altogether to write full-time. It’s been a dream come true.

5)   How long does it take you to write a book?
Two weeks of intense planning and three months to write the book from start to finish. Of course, I always wind up trashing some of those carefully constructed plans in favor of better ideas that strike me along the way.

6)   Where do you get your idea to write about an unplanned pregnancy?
My publisher loves unplanned pregnancy books, as do readers! Plus, I really do enjoy writing them J  All kidding aside, I try to give my couples big, game-changing obstacles to overcome and, let’s face it, an unplanned pregnancy is pretty game-changing. I find writing believable reasons for how a couple finds themselves in this particular predicament and believable scenarios for how they cope with it to be challenging. Then, there’s the love story. My guy is going to do the right thing in the end, but he’s going to do it out of love, not just a responsibility.

7)   How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
I’m in the process of writing my forty-second book. I had to look this up. My more recent favorites are Come Home, Cowboy and Rescuing the Cowboy. My all-time favorite is The Gate to Eden, a western historical. It still remains the book of my hear.

8)   What book are you reading right now?
The Sapphire Pendant --- a young adult novel by Audrey White Beyer from 1961. Part of my ongoing goal to read classics, especially young adult classics.

9)   What are your current projects?
I’m currently writing the third book in my newest Mustang Valley series, The Bull Rider’s Valentine. I’m also working on a proposal for a new three-book series in addition to writing a novella for release this summer. Yes, these books will all feature cowboy heroes. What can I say?

10)  What advice do you have for writers?

My best advice is to carefully consider the advice you receive. Gather as much information as you can from a wide variety of sources. Then, be extremely selective when choosing what to follow. Opinions are free and they vary greatly. Trust your instincts. Follow only the advice that makes the most sense to you.

CATHY MCDAVID, made it her goal to read every Walter Farley book ever written when she was in the third grade. Who knew such an illustrious ambition would eventually lead to a lifelong love of all things Western and a career writing contemporary romances for Harlequin? With more than 1 million books sold, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author is a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. An “almost” Arizona native and mom to "fairly" grownup twins, she lives with her own real-life sweetheart and spends her days penning stories about good-looking cowboys riding the range, busting a bronc, and sweeping gals off their feet. It a tough job, but she’s willing to make the sacrifice. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

#BOC BOOKS TO READ ** NIGHTHAWK by KATHRYN LE VEQUE **





Nighthawk: Sons of de Wolfe (de Wolfe Pack Book 7) by USA Today and Amazon All-Star best-selling author Kathryn Le Veque.

"Le Veque writes... winning epics...." -- Publisher's Weekly

Publication date: February 21st, 2017

Genre: Medieval Romance

ABOUT NIGHTHAWK:
1271 A.D. - The Wolfe's greatest son is a man known as NIGHTHAWK.

Patrick de Wolfe is every bit his father's son - cunning, intelligent, and ruthless. An enormous man with his father's dark hair and his mother's pale green eyes, he's the man destined to lead William de Wolfe's great legacy. He is so great, in fact, that the king has personally asked for his service, as one of the king's personal body guards. On the eve of Patrick departing for this auspicious assignment, he finds himself caught up in a skirmish along the Scots border.

And a prize lands in his lap that will change his destiny.

A prize in the form of a Scots captive harboring a deadly and important secret, one that could bring war and destruction upon those who shelter her. When Brighton “Bridey” de Favereux is rescued by the powerful English knight, she is taken back to the massive fortress of Questing Castle, seat of the legendary de Wolfe family. Having known nothing but hardship and cruelty her entire life, she is surprised when they are kind to her. The English, who are supposed to be her mortal enemy, are gracious and generous. For the first time, she understands that people can be kind to each other.

And the kindest one of all is the man who saved her.

Some loves are unexpected while others are instantly realized. The love between Patrick and Brighton is something that comes from a deeper place of understanding and attraction, a powerful love that cannot be denied… but it is a love that may cost them both their very lives when Bridey's terrible secret is uncovered.


NIGHTHAWK EXCERPT & LINKS:
Patrick stopped to look at the source of his sister’s interest and when he did, he was in for a surprise. He’d not seen the lady in the light. When his gaze fell on her, he felt a bolt of shock run through him - illuminated in the torches was a woman of unearthly beauty. She had brown hair, but it wasn’t just any shade of brown; he could see highlights of red and gold reflected in the torchlight. Her face was sweetly oval, as he’d noticed in the darkness, and she had the biggest eyes he’d ever seen in a shade of blue that was reflecting pale in the weak light. Her nose was pert, her skin like cream, and her rosy lips shaped like Cupid’s bow.
He’d never seen anything like her in his entire life.
“This… this is Lady Brighton de Favereux,” he told his sisters, sounding like an idiot because he was so caught off guard by the woman’s beauty. “We saved her from a raiding party.”
“Is she a prisoner?”
“Nay. But….”
Before he could continue his sentence, his sisters rushed forward and pushed him out of the way, taking hold of the disheveled, frightened lady. Patrick found himself overwhelmed by small women, trying to keep hold of the postulate but being summarily removed.
“My goodness,” Katheryn said with concern as she put her arm around Brighton’s shoulders. “What a harrowing experience, my lady. But you are safe now. Come with us and we shall tend to you.”
Another thing about Katheryn that reminded Patrick of their mother was the fact that she could be rather pushy. “Not now, Kate,” he said sternly. “I have many questions for the lady. I must ask now while the situation is fresh in her mind.”
Both Katheryn and Evelyn scowled at him. “Look at her,” Katheryn said, sounding like she was scolding him. “Are you so cruel that you cannot see how exhausted and terrified she is? She needs food and a bath. We shall tend to her and when she is fed and rested, then you may question her. Are you truly so heartless, Patrick, that you would think of your own demands over her comfort?”
He frowned. “This has nothing to do with being heartless,” he said. “I have many pressing questions for the lady and….”
“They can wait,” Katheryn said firmly, pulling Brighton up the stairs with the help of her sister. They were boxed in around her, preventing Patrick from retaking her. It was a rather smart tactical move against him. “Let us feed the woman and make her comfortable. Then you can go on with your tasteless military interrogation.”
Patrick knew he was licked. He shook his head in frustration, watching his sisters escort Brighton up the stairs and into the keep, being most attentive and kind to her. It would be futile to argue with them, he knew, stubborn women that they were.



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Friday, March 3, 2017

THE IDES OF MARCH with a HARLEQUIN BLOG TOUR ** CYNTHIA EDEN**



ABDUCTION
by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
 Cynthia Eden


New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden has killer instincts when it comes to breathtaking suspense!

Once the town troublemaker, Sheriff Hayden Black became the teen hero who saved young Jillian West from a savage kidnapper. He never got over their brief affair. Now, Sheriff Hayden Black is an ex-SEAL, and Jillian West is a burned-out FBI agent. They’ve reunited in their Florida hometown and rediscovered their powerful attraction. But as they hunt down a long-forgotten killer, will they get a second chance at happiness?


When a series of accidents begins to plague Jill, Hayden won't let her fall victim again. There's too much history between them—and too much desire.

ABDUCTION
by Cynthia Eden
Intrigue: February 21, 2017
$5.75 U.S.; 272 Pages
ISBN-978-1-335-720856

CYNTHIA EDEN is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes dark tales of romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and one was named a 2013 RITA® finalist for best romantic suspense. Cynthia lives in the Deep South, loves horror movies and has an addiction to chocolate. More information about Cynthia may be found at www.cynthiaeden.com.

ASK CYNTHIA EDEN

    How did you come up with the relationship between Sheriff Hayden Black and Jillian West? 
 I wanted to create characters who’d met under extreme circumstances—Jillian and Hayden immediately sprang to mind for me. In many ways, the two characters are opposites—and it’s those opposite traits that draw them together.

      What is your favorite part about writing Romantic Suspense books?
  I love writing romantic suspense novels because I enjoy including twists and turns for my readers. I’m all about action in my stories—and romantic suspense novels help me to keep an action-focused plot.
    Do you have any traditions you enjoy during early Spring?  Heading to the beach is a must for me each spring. I’m lucky to live along the coast, so as soon as the temperatures start to climb, my toes are usually in the sand.

     When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
  Too long ago to remember! I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and even when I was a small kid, I was creating stories. I loved to change up the ending to fairy tales. 

     How long does it take you to write a book?
  It typically takes me about six weeks to write a book—but I have been writing full-time for over ten years now. So I have a rhythm when I write, and I’m able to use that rhythm to stay on pace with my deadlines.

     Where do you get your inspiration to write about a foiled kidnapping to tip off the plot?
  I actually saw a news story about the FBI’s CARD team (Child Abduction Rapid Deployment), and once I learned about that group, I was completely inspired. I knew that my heroine had to be a part of that team, and as I developed her character, I realized the reason she was so passionate about helping victims…well, it was because she’d been an abduction victim herself.

     How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
  At last count, I’ve written over 90 books.  I don’t have a favorite though—when I write a book, *that* book I am writing is my favorite. I am absolutely in love with it while I write.  And then I finish that novel and start a new one. The new book then becomes my favorite…it’s a cycle that never ends.
      What book are you reading right now? I’m reading JUSTICE ASCENDING by Rebecca Zanetti.
     What are your current projects?  I’m very excited about my “Killer Instinct” series with HQN. The first book in that series, AFTER THE DARK, will be launching next month—this is a very dark and sexy romantic suspense series.

  What advice do you have for writers?
  Write the stories that appeal most to you. Keep writing and keep reading and never, ever give up on your dreams. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

#BOC Keeps the Valentine Going! SPOTLIGHT ON HARLEQUIN with Stella Bagwell

HER SWEETEST FORTUNE
by USA Today bestselling author
Stella Bagwell

Sophie Fortune Robinson is on a mission. The word around the office watercooler is that the boss's youngest daughter is intent on landing Mr. Right by Valentine's Day—and that she has her eyes, and heart, set on a certain hunk in Marketing.

But when she enlists her longtime pal and coworker Mason Montgomery to teach her how to get a man to notice her, little does she know she's already captured his attention!


Now Mason's in a real bind! He has just a few short weeks to fight his way out of the "friend zone." On his agenda: convincing sweet Sophie that he is the real man of her dreams! Will Fortune smile on true love's venture?
HER SWEETEST FORTUNE
by Stella Bagwell
Harlequin Special Edition; January 17, 2017
$5.75 U.S.; 224 Pages
ISBN-978-0-373-623266

STELLA BAGWELL is a USA Today bestselling author who has written close to 90 books for Harlequin. She lives on the Texas Gulf coast with her husband, where the winters are mild and the summers sweltering. Along with her writing, she stays busy helping her husband care for their 10 horses, 11 cats, and a flock of gulls that always seem to know when it's feeding time! 

Bon Appétit and a Book

A delicious recipe to enjoy alongside the book with an image. Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without something chocolate! Here’s a cake recipe that my family enjoys.
Buttermilk Cocoa Cake
2 cups sugar, ¾ cup shortening, 2&1/2 cups flour, ½ cup cocoa, 2 teaspoons soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup boiling water.
Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture. Add vanilla and water. Pour batter into 13/9 inch pan, or if you prefer layers, two 9 inch pans and bake at 350 degrees until cake springs back when touched.
Frosting
4 cups confectioner sugar, 6 Tbs. cold butter, ½ tsp. vanilla, ¼ tsp. salt, ¼ scant cup milk. Whip with mixer until creamy. 

#BOC Keeps the Valentine Going! SPOTLIGHT ON HARLEQUIN with Carolyne Aarsen



Courting the Cowboy
by Carolyne Aarsen


Looking for inspiration, artist Ella Langton rents a cabin in the isolated Porcupine Hills of Alberta, Canada. She didn’t count on having neighbors, but rancher Cord Walsh and his three children are just a stone’s throw away. 

Still healing from a tragic accident, Ella has no plans of reaching out, but she’s having a hard time keeping them out of her yard—and her thoughts. And when little Suzy ropes Ella into helping her with an art project, she can’t help her growing feelings for the girl’s rugged daddy.


With three persistent children, Cord and Ella may find their fenced-off hearts opening up sooner than they thought!

COURTING THE COWBOY
by Carolyne Aarsen
Love Inspired; January 17, 2017
$5.99U.S.; 224 Pages
ISBN-978-0-373-622566



Bon Appétit and a Book



A delicious recipe to enjoy alongside the book with an image.
This is a sweet book and requires a sweet recipe
Here is Cream Cheese stuffed Carrot Cake
    2 1/2 cups peeled and grated carrots
Dry Ingredients
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
    1 cup pecans, finely chopped (I use my food processor)
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon allspice
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Wet ingredients
    4 large eggs
    3/4 cup Vegetable oil
    1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (regular or lowfat)
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 teaspoons orange extract
Cream Cheese Filling
    8 oz full fat cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Orange Cream Cheese Glaze
    4 oz cream cheese, softened
    2 tablespoons butter, softened
    2 tablespoons orange juice
    2 teaspoons lemon juice
    1 teaspoon orange extract
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Optional Decorative Garnishes
    roasted pecans, roughly chopped
orange zest