Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blame it all on my roots...

Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots. But don’t worry, they’re super fabulous boots, because that’s how I roll. I spent a lot of years writing stories in big cities, even though I’m a farm girl from a small town. But then my roots started calling and a story started forming about Sadie, a country singer who’d gone to Nashville to try to become famous but ended back up in her small town. And when she needs a job so she can get back on her feet, regain her confidence, and return to Nashville, the only one who’s hiring is the ex she left behind. Royce is running Second Chance Ranch now, where he rehabilitates troubled teens through ranch work. While neither of them think working together is a particularly good idea, Royce needs someone who’s good with animals and the teens, which Sadie is, and she’s desperate enough to take the job. They quickly discover the chemistry they used to have is still in full-effect. Working together is only bringing them closer, and issues they thought they resolved, suddenly seem anything but. Before long, they’ll have to decide if they’re going to give a second chance to the one that got away.

While there are a lot of fun things about growing up in a farm town (open spaces, animals, hot cowboys) the work can be pretty exhausting. That meant finding a way to play while we worked, so I thought I’d share a few memorable experiences.

My sister and I were tasked to put some of the crooked bales in straight lines so the hauler (a tractor that picks up the bales and loads them so that you can put them into a hay stack) could pick them up easier. Naturally, we decided this would be the perfect time to tan our legs. Word to the wise: shorts and scratchy hay don’t really mix, and we ended up with more scrapes than color. But we also laughed a lot and made up some dance moves that will never be seen in public.

Several of the guys I went to school with were also responsible for chores on their farm. While checking on cows in labor, which can sometimes be a long process, we’d play poker. Loser buys Mountain Dew. I got pretty good at poker, and got even more addicted to Mountain Dew. 

Western movies. Ever since I can remember, western movies were popular at my house. So once we got done chasing cows, we’d kick back and watch movies about chasing cows. Lol. I’ve seen most movies staring Sam Elliot, Clint Eastwood, and Tom Selleck. My personal favorites are Tombstone and Quigley Down Under. And while those movies have cowboys and guns, they’ve also got some great romances. Those cowboys might not want to admit it, but they like a little romance in their movies, as well as their lives. And who doesn’t want to be the woman who tames a cowboy? 

Second Chance Ranch

Sometimes love is right where you left it.

Sadie Hart has a plan: return to her small town of Hope Springs so she can regain her confidence—and bank account—before giving one more shot to her country music dream. The dream that means more to her than anything.  The dream she chose over her high school sweetheart, the brooding and sinfully handsome Royce Dixon.

Royce has moved on from his memories of the beautiful Sadie. Now he’s focused solely on running Second Chance Ranch, where he rehabilitates troubled teens through ranch work. But when he needs a new employee and Sadie’s the only one to volunteer, he has no choice but to offer his old flame a job.

Whether riding a horse with the wind in her hair or mucking out the stalls, Sadie can still get Royce’s heart beating like no one else. But Nashville is her dream, and Royce can’t settle for second best.


  1. Hi Cindi! Have to say it again but I LOVED reading Sadie and Royce's story! Such a sweet book and I laughed so much. So glad that this is going to be a series because I need more of Hope Springs!


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