Ranches aren’t so different from farms, right? A few more horses and cows, a few less sheep and chickens. Still country living near small towns. Still wide open spaces instead of back alleys. Still the smells of nature rather than exhaust fumes. Still romance.
Just add cowboys. Stir. Enjoy.
I’ve been toying with a cowboy series for well over a year, but it wasn’t until Kimberly Rose Johnson suggested a Christmas box set to her fellow Inspy Romance authors last winter that I decided it was time. After all, I was down to only the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series since the completion of my final Arcadia Valley Romance in spring, and had been considering what to alternate with. What can I say? I like having two series on the go at once!
So, cowboys. More traditional covers. Strong keyword titles and all the romantic tropes everyone loves. Lots of room for my own writing style to shine.
And The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion was born, the opening tale in my new Montana Ranches Christian Romance series. A jilted groom. A single dad. Second chances. Friendly camaraderie and true compassion. Horses and sleighs and secrets. Blizzards, power outages, candlelight, and rockers by the wood stove. Don’t forget Christmas concerts.
And what about the heroine? Why did she flee her wedding to a great guy — a cowboy, no less? In the first chapter, he rescues her when her car slides off the road in a snowstorm.
“So… your daughter.” Kade flicked a glance into the rearview mirror at Harmony.
Some wouldn’t believe she wasn’t Kade’s child, but he knew. Cheri knew. “Her name is Harmony. She’ll be six in April.” Let him do the math.
He shot her a tight glance barely discernible in the glow of the truck’s instrument panel. “Who’s her father?”
Yep, he’d done the math. Harmony had been born nine months after the wedding that hadn’t happened. Cheri shook her head. She wasn’t ready to go there with Kade. Dredge open the whole mess from that horrible summer.
That’ll work. Not that I knew the day I wrote the first chapter why it had all happened, but those few paragraphs set the stage for some juicy conflict that would make a sweet Christmas reunion something that wouldn’t easily drop in their laps. They’d have to work for their happily-ever-after!
Now I was super curious about their children. I knew how old her daughter was and some (unfortunate) information about her conception. How about Kade’s 2-year-old son? How did Kade go from jilted lover to father to widower to looking for love again? Would the two children get along? They’re too young to conspire… right?
Is it too unbelievable that Good Guy Kade Delgado would fall in love with Cheri, then Jericho’s mother, then back with Cheri? Is he that wishy-washy? I didn’t want him wishy-washy. I wanted him filled with quiet strength. When I realized what had happened in the intervening years, I got pretty excited. I hope you’ll love the twist in the middle!
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When Kade Delgado joins his buddies in a Cowboy Santa program to shower Christmas blessings on old folks and single moms, he doesn’t expect his former fiancée to return to Saddle Springs, in need and with a child in tow. Does God really expect him to treat Cheri the same as the others on his new Christmas list?
Cheri Mackenzie has never forgiven herself for the pain she caused Kade by fleeing a week before their wedding, but undoing the past is impossible. Circumstances force her back to her aging grandparents’ Montana ranch, where Kade, now a widower with a toddler, is making himself cheerfully indispensable. When she receives kindness instead of the hostility she surely deserves, she can’t help but pray for a Christmas reunion with the cowboy she’s never stopped loving.
Is there any hope for a second chance at love?
Book two, The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker, is now available for pre-order. I’ll tell you more about this friends-to-lovers cowboy romance next month, but you can get a sneak peek at the description and first chapter on my website.