Congratulations to "Kate I." the winner of Barbara's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
Thanks so much to Just Contemporary Romance for inviting me to visit. I'm here to talk about two of my favorite subjects rolled up into one neat, sexy package: the cowboy hero.
Cowboys have many virtues. They have always been hard-working men who pit themselves against their environment and the elements. They have the backbreaking job of raising horses and cattle and other livestock. And they follow an ethical code that proves them equal to any heroes in any profession around.
Along with all this, they show cowboy courtesy by tipping their Stetsons to a lady and by putting on their best shirts and boots when the occasion warrants them!
Times change, and though cowboys still work the land and ride the herd, many labor-saving devices make their lives easier than those of the men who came before them. But those of us who love to read and write about modern-day cowboys know their Code of the West hasn't changed.
At heart, cowboys haven't changed, either, and that leads to complications—at least, in our books. Those hard-working, often at-home-alone-on-the-range heroes can be the least likely to want to settle down.
In my current release, Rancher at Risk, my cowboy hero embodies all those virtues above. Unfortunately, he has let a few of them go, if not downright forgotten he ever knew them.
A tragic accident stole Ryan Malloy's family from him and left him with questions that might never be answered. His powerlessness over the situation has led to an overwhelming need to control everything around him. That need is about to cost him everything in his life.
Here's a brief look at Ryan only a few pages into the book, after an upsetting incident. He has just avoided hitting a child who had run out into the street in front of his truck....
As he sat there shaking his head and willing his heart to beat again, the air left his lungs in a whoosh. Other reactions washed through him, no less powerful for the delay. A skin-shivering tremor that shook him from head to toe. And an immediate understanding of something he'd never before believed—in moments of extreme stress, life did flash before your eyes.
Not only your own life but those of people you loved.
In the street, a slim woman hurried over to the girl. A puppy bounded across the adjacent lawn to join them and looked up, tail wagging and head cocked as if to ask what had happened.
The woman led the child back to the sidewalk—where she should've stayed all along. What if—?
He swallowed hard, unable to finish the sentence, even in his mind. ...
Both hands scrabbling, he unclasped the seatbelt and shoved the door open. As his feet hit the ground, he nearly choked on the smell of scorched tires. A burning sensation raced through his insides. Pain-fueled anger flared. "Lady," he shouted, "are you crazy?"
Circumstances—both in this scene and in his life—have caused Ryan to forget many parts of that cowboy Code of the West. That makes him a tough man to deal with, but also a hero I can't help but love. I hope readers will love him, too.
Now, let's chat!
What type of hero do you love best, and what makes you fall for him?
Barbara will be around to chat, so feel free to leave a comment or question for her, too. She will also be giving away an autographed copy of Rancher at Risk to one commenter who answers her question above. (U.S. and Canada addresses only for the drawing, please.)
Rancher at Risk
After the loss of his family in a tragic accident, Ryan Malloy has been given one last chance to change his life. His boss sends him to Flagman's Folly, New Mexico, to run his ranch, but unfortunately, Ryan's troubled attitude lands him in hot water with the locals, especially the ranch's manager, Lianne Ward.
Deaf since birth, Lianne has never let her disability define who she is. But, she's yet to meet a man who treats her as an equal. Ryan seems different…that is, when they're not butting heads over the ranch's new school for disadvantaged boys
Forced to work together, Lianne and Ryan discover an unexpected attraction beneath their quarreling. But will Ryan's painful past drive them apart…permanently?
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Barbara White Daille:
Originally from the East Coast, award-winning author Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they love the lizards in the front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom.
Barbara's newest title, Rancher at Risk, has just debuted in both paper and e-book formats. An earlier book, Court Me, Cowboy, has just been re-issued as a Cowboy at Heart Special Release, available as a standalone e-book (at your favorite retailer) and in Larger Print (exclusively at www.Harlequin.com).
Barbara would love to have you drop by her website: www.barbarawhitedaille.com
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