His Kind of Cowgirl
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Date of Publication: March 1, 2016
Number of pages: 368
Would he still love her…if he knew?Excerpt:
Tanner Hayes smashed Claire's life to pieces when he chose the rodeo over her ten years ago. And now he'd wrecked her truck! Fantastic. She'd lost her husband, the family ranch was mired in debt, her father was recuperating from a stroke and her son was being bullied. Why not throw a reckless bull rider into the mix?
All she'd wanted was a safe, stable life. But with Tanner back in town—and staying on her ranch—nothing was safe, or under control. Not the feelings she'd fought so hard to forget. Not the son she was determined to protect. And certainly not her long-held secret…
Everything happened at once and in slow motion.Guest Post:
A crushing jolt shuddered through the truck. Her wheels skidded sideways. She smacked against the window when her pickup rolled down an embankment, as if punched by something large and lethal. Glass rained deadly sharp. The earth tumbled around her, her truck in spin cycle. When a massive tree loomed, the Chevy slammed into it then stilled.
Winded and stunned, she hung upside-down in her lap belt, blood, metallic and warm, on her tongue, a rushing sound whistling in her ears. Her heartbeat changed and grew slow and rolling in darkness. Something hurt, a long way away. Then nothing.
“Ma’am. Ma’am. Are you all right?” A man’s voice shouted, rousing her. She tried turning her head but pain held it in place. When she opened her mouth, silent panic flew out.
“Hold on. I’m getting you out of there.”
Acrid smoke pierced her consciousness. She closed her eyes against the billowing grit.
This wasn’t happening. It was a dream. No. A nightmare.
A tugging motion jerked her right and left, followed by a ripping sound. Large hands halted her sudden fall.
Her rescuer cradled her against his chest, his breaths heaving beneath her ear. After carrying her some distance, he lowered her slowly to the ground. Grass scraped against her stinging cheeks and she opened her eyes.
“What?” she croaked, then swiped at the trickle leaking from her mouth. A man wearing a cowboy hat hunched over her, his features blurred.
“You’ve been in an accident. We have. Our trucks collided in the intersection.”
“My truck!” She bolted upright and clutched the swirling ground.
An arm snaked around her back and eased her down. “I called the dispatcher. The fire department’s on the way.”
A wail sounded in the distance and Claire wanted to shriek with it.
Her special day. Her anniversary. Ruined. No. Demolished by this…this…
She squinted upward and focused. A dark swirl of hair brushed across the tall man’s forehead; a light scar zigzagged down his square jaw. Recognition zapped through her.
It couldn’t be…
“Hello, Claire.” His mouth went up, just a fraction—the same ready-for-anything smile that had once undone her.
She closed her eyes, heart thudding. Ten years since she’d vowed never to see him again…and now here he stood, two for two in wrecking her life.
Thank you so much for hosting me and His Kind of Cowgirl on Musings and Ramblings! As a contemporary author, real life and people inspire me the most to write. Listening to others, hearing about their lives, gets me excited to share a story that reflects the actual world most of us live in. I find it easier to connect to a story I’m writing if the characters are people I could be friends with and the situations they are going through are the kinds of things that my neighbors, family members, friends and I have experienced, too. I had a brief flirtation with paranormal, which I love to read, but I could not write it. It wasn’t until I went back to writing about what I knew that the words came!
For example, in His Kind of Cowgirl, my rodeo champion hero had ADHD as a child and struggled in school. This back story is similar to many people I know who have a learning disability that makes it hard to do well in a classroom, but who can excel in another environment, as Tanner does. On a personal note, I was nearly flunked a grade for my ADHD and couldn’t focus long enough to learn to read until fourth grade! Lack of attention is something I’ve learned to compensate for, and I definitely related to Tanner for that. Claire, my single-mother hero, struggles with raising her son on her own. She thinks about how her late husband was the enforcer and how she had always caved when it came to discipline. Now she has to do it all on her own, which is a struggle that women face today. My sister was a single mother before she met her husband, and many of the challenges my sister worked through wound up in the book (shhhh- don’t tell her that!)
I’m so glad I got to meet everyone! If you’d like to learn more about me and my upcoming books, please stop by my website at http://www.karenrock.com.
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master's degree in English and was an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Blaze and Harlequin Heartwarming. Her novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, won the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction award in contemporary romance series and the 2015 Bookseller's Best award for contemporary romance, long.
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