Valerie: Hey, good morning, Noah! Thanks for coming by Inspy Romance today.
Noah: Hi, everyone. Good to be here. I think.
Valerie: Tell me a bit about your family.
Noah: Do you have all day? (laughs) It’s a his, hers, and theirs kind of family. I’m one of “hers” along with my twin, Nathaniel, and our older brother, Adam. My dad died of cancer when Nathaniel and I were ten, and Mom married Declan Cavanagh the next year. He had three boys, too, and then he and Mom had a set of twins as well. Girls that time.
Valerie: Wow, so a blended family of eight kids?
Noah: Nine, if you count Declan’s other daughter who found our family a couple of years ago. She’s a bit older than the twins.
Valerie: So, how do you fit into the dynamics? Because it sounds complex.
Noah: It is, rather. It really helped that Nat and I had each other, especially when our mom began spiralling into depression when the girls were little. Her marriage to Declan wasn’t all that great. Still isn’t, frankly. Anyway, Nat felt super protective and stuck close by, while Adam ran off to become a rodeo star. I guess my personality is somewhere in the middle, because I wanted off my stepfather’s ranch, too, but I apprenticed as a blacksmith and eventually bought my mentor’s mobile farrier business when he retired. So, Rockstead Ranch was still my home, but I didn’t have to watch what was going on every single day.
Valerie: What does a mobile farrier do?
Noah: I have a circuit around western Montana where I have contracts with various ranches to care for their horses’ hooves on a regular basis. So there’s a lot of travel, but I’ve made good friends, too.
Valerie: Oh, interesting. What’s the most unique thing that’s ever happened to you on your rounds?
Noah: Probably the time I came across a herd of malnourished, mistreated mares. They were in pretty bad shape, and I’m glad I could rescue them. I took care of their hooves and they were rehomed soon after.
Valerie: Haven’t I heard your brothers tease you about your propensity to rescue animals?
Noah: I guess, because there was also that litter of abandoned puppies. But what am I supposed to do, go on by and pretend I didn’t notice? Not a chance. That’s not in my DNA. If someone needs help, I’ll be right there, giving it.
Valerie: Just animals, or people, too?
Valerie: So, if you came across a woman stuck in a snowbank in a rogue spring blizzard, you’d totally rescue her?
Noah. Of course. What kind of decent human being wouldn’t?
Valerie: What if she had a wedding gown in the backseat of her car because she was running from her wedding?
Noah (rubs jaw): I’m not sure why you’re thinking up some random scenario that would likely never happen.
Valerie: Work with me here. Would you rescue her?
Noah: Well, sure. I wouldn’t want someone freezing to death at the side of the road if I could have prevented it. I’m sure this hypothetical runaway bride would have her reasons for being there.
Valerie: Okay, good. That’s all I needed to know. Thanks for coming in. I have work to do!
Noah: Hey, wait. That’s the end of the interview? I don’t get to tell your readers how charming I am, or what a good big brother I am to the girls, or how I have clients on a wait list in case someone drops off, or…?
Valerie: Nope, that’s all. Out you go. I need to talk to the readers without you here.
Noah: Okay, fine. Whatever. (Exits stage left.)
Valerie: Isn’t Noah the greatest? And shhh, don’t tell him, but I have totally set him up with a runaway bride, Taryn Bellamy. Does she have her reasons for driving right past the wedding venue with her bags packed for her honeymoon and her wedding dress draped on top of them? Of course, she does.
And there’s Noah, the rescuer. How convenient! Now they get to be stranded in that blizzard together. Should be tons of fun, right?
More about Choose Me for Always, Cowboy:
Itinerant farrier Noah Cavanagh has driven in some of the worst conditions in western Montana, yet this whiteout has him considering options for holing up until the storm passes. Then he spots a car that slid off the remote highway. A Good Samaritan like him can’t let the woman inside freeze to death out here on her own.
Taryn Bellamy’s unwelcome discovery had billowed her previous niggles about her fiancé into full-blown doubt, so she’d driven right on by the wedding venue. Instead of Hawaii-bound on her honeymoon, she’s now stuck — literally — in a spring blizzard. When a cowboy in a solid-looking truck stops and suggests she join him at a nearby ranch to wait out the storm, her spidey-senses are on full alert, but what choice does she have?
Can Noah constrain himself before he tries to rescue Taryn from everything else in her life, too? Because some things are beyond the help of a knight in shining armor.
Choose Me for Always, Cowboy released in August. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, it’s now available in paperback, ebook, and via Kindle Unlimited.
Noah’s brothers teased him about his rescuer complex. Tell me, if your friends or siblings were talking about you, what would they likely be bringing up?
Mine would say, “Oh, that Valerie! She’s got such a strange sense of humor…”
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