With: Laura Moore
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Where do you go to heal? Where do you go to forget a horror that’s seared in your memory? This is the problem facing my hero Ethan Saunders in Once Touched. A photojournalist who was been embedded with an army unit in Afghanistan, he’s returned to the United States wounded in body and spirit.
Ethan heads for Silver Creek Ranch, a sprawling sheep and cattle ranch in Northern California that’s run by the Knowleses, long-time friends of his family. Silver Creek is a beautiful place. More important for Ethan, it’s one where four-legged creatures far out number the two-legged variety. Determined to hide away, he doesn’t want to have to deal with people and their questions.
It’s too bad Ethan hasn’t taken into account that little Quinn Knowles, the pig-tailed kid he used to lead around on her pinto pony, is all grown up. Now a spirited and beautiful woman, he finds himself reluctantly drawn to her.
Were Quinn Knowles to be handed a frog with the promise that her kiss could transform the amphibian into a prince, she’d open her fingers and let it hop away unbussed to the nearest lily pad. She’d much rather the frog remain a frog. What would she possibly want with a human male--prince or commoner--hanging around?
Quinn seems to have it all: She has a great job caring for the livestock at Silver Creek Ranch and rescuing animals she finds in need. She has wonderful friends and a supportive family. But no one’s life is perfect, not even Quinn’s. She’s guarding a secret fear, a deep-seated anxiety. She needs someone she can trust to help her overcome her problem. And that someone can’t be from her circle of friends or family.
When Quinn’s father asks her to supervise Ethan as he takes on chores at the ranch, she’s hesitant, believing the photojournalist still too injured to subject his body to physical labor. But there’s another reason for her hesitancy. Something about Ethan calls to her as no man ever has.
It’s possible that Ethan Saunders might be the man whose kiss changes everything...
From Once Touched:
A dusty red truck pulled up alongside him. The girl jumped out of it. He still couldn’t think of Quinn Knowles as anything but a little girl. Of his memories of Silver Creek Ranch, the ones of her as a pigtailed kid stood out.
She’d been kind of cute, with a cowboy hat that was a couple of sizes too big for her. It used to slip forward, covering her face, and he would tip it back up just to see how long it took before it slid down again. Each time he adjusted it, she’d give him a gap-toothed grin. She’d been one happy kid on the back of that shaggy Shetland.
Because his parents had drilled home the fact that he was extremely lucky to be riding out with the Knowleses and learning how to cut cattle from the herd and rope them, he was okay with leading her around—it gave him a chance to study the horses in the corrals and pastures. He’d lift her onto the saddle, guide her pink cowboy boots into the stirrups, and walk by her pony’s side while she chattered to the pony as if he were her best friend. No matter how long they walked, she never wanted to get off that pony. What had she called it again?
He hated that his memory, like his body, kept failing him.
He frowned as he tried to retrieve the name. He’d been able to identify all the horses on the guest ranch—they’d been his gold standard against which every horse he’d ridden since was measured.
No matter how spotty his memory, it was hard to reconcile the pipsqueak that she’d been with the Quinn Knowles of today. With her coltish legs, she stood nearly as tall as he. She must be in her twenties . . . so, not a girl. Yet she nevertheless struck him as impossibly young. Not surprising when he felt as old as death.
I’m going to be giving away a copy of Once Touched (paper or e-book, winner’s choice--U.S. residents only, please) and a $20.00 Amazon gift card. To enter, just leave a comment below. The winner will be chosen at random by Just Contemporary Romance.
The youngest of the three Knowles siblings, Quinn has in her blood the love of the land and its beautiful creatures. Raising enough money to build an animal sanctuary is a dream Quinn lives every day—while fending off her family’s well-intentioned matchmaking schemes. Though harboring secret fears about intimacy, Quinn soon realizes she cannot fight her growing attraction to a man who has suddenly entered her life.
Scarred by his months in Afghanistan and the violence he witnessed there through his camera lens, photojournalist Ethan Saunders throws himself into hard ranching work as a prescription for healing. But falling for Quinn has given him the one thing he thought he’d lost forever: hope. Ethan discovers that Quinn, like the innocent animals she rescues, is shy, and afraid of entrusting her heart to a man. Passion soon awakens Ethan’s strength, and his tender seduction may be just what Quinn needs to believe in herself—and in his love.
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Bestselling contemporary romance author Laura Moore's first story filled a coffee-stained notebook before she realized she might actually have written a love story that others would enjoy. Ride A Dark Horse was published a year later.
An accomplished equestrian and lifelong animal lover, Laura Moore lives in Rhode Island with her husband, two children and their black Lab. Their cat, Zevon, keeps them all in line.
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