I was thrilled to be asked by the Love Inspired editors to take part in the second Lone Star Cowboy League contemporary continuity series—Boys Ranch. For those who may not know, a series continuity is six books plotted and outlined by the editor and written by six different authors. The romance in my book is complete from the meeting to the happily-ever-after, but there’s an interesting thread that runs through all six books, so be sure to catch them all!!! (Click the title to go straight to the buy link!)
THE RANCHER’S TEXAS MATCH by Brenda Minton
THE RANGER’S TEXAS PROPOSAL by Jessica Keller
THE NANNY’S TEXAS CHRISTMAS by Lee Tobin McClain
THE COWBOY’S TEXAS FAMILY by Margaret Daley
THE DOCTOR’S TEXAS BABY by Deb Kastner
THE RANCHER’S TEXAS TWINS by Allie Pleiter
And now, for the excerpt from THE DOCTOR’S TEXAS BABY:
“You were always very thoughtful,” Wyatt said.
Until she wasn’t.
“Not always.” Her mind darkened with the memory. This was a night for regrets.
He cleared his throat and turned toward her, his eyes a delicious dark chocolate. “I think we need to try to put the past behind us.”
“For Matty’s sake.”
Her whole being, heart and soul, leaned in to him, hoping beyond hope that there was something more. That he would tell her this wasn’t just about Matty.
He nodded slowly, never breaking eye contact with her. “Yes. For Matty.”
Her heart dropped like lead.
“But,” he continued as a tumble of emotion squeezed the air out of her lungs, “not just Matty.”
He paused and reached for her, framing her face with one hand. His work-worn hands were scratchy against her cheek, but Carolina thought she’d never felt anything nicer. The chemistry ricocheting between them was infinitely familiar and yet paradoxically brand-new.
They weren’t the same people they had been three years ago. They had both changed. Matured.
They had a son now.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek into my book. I’m going to be giving one copy away to a random commentator who answers the question: What was the last contemporary romance you read that truly grabbed your heart?
THE DOCTOR’S TEXAS BABY is available now online and wherever Harlequin books are sold.
Sounds like a good story. I actually just finished a story that really grabbed at my heart- it was called Armor for Orchids and is a powerful story of forgiveness, love and God’s power.
I’ve never heard of that one. I’ll have to look it up!
Jill Weatherholt says
I had no idea the series continuity are plotted and outlined by the editor…very interesting, Deb. Thanks for sharing the excerpt…I enjoyed it!
It’s a whole different kind of challenge, Jill. The characters and plot are all done by the editor!
Cool excerpt! :) The last comp romance I read that truly grabbed my heart was “Homestands” by Sally Bradley. So, so, so good! And this coming from a gal who usually reads historical romance. :)
Sounds great. Adding that one to my list.
Generally the book I’m reading currently grabs my interest. Especially if it is inspirational romance.
I’m with you, Diana. When someone asks me which is the favorite book I’ve written, I generally feel it’s the book I’m working on now!
Missy Tippens says
Thanks for sharing the excerpt, Deb! Sounds like a great story.
Gail Hollingsworth says
They Danced On by Carre Armstrong Gardner
A great love story of parents as they face what life throws at them.
Sounds intriguing. I love for the romance to go past the proposal and into “real life.”
Thanks for the exerpt. It’s in my TBR list. As for the last book that really grabbed my heart, I’d have to say Finding Love in Big Sky, Montana by Angela Ruth Strong. I started reading hoping for a light read and ended up really engaged in the story and crying with the characters’ pain and love.
Awesome! Sounds like a great book!
I read Blue Columbine and it’s a story that dragged out all you emotions. I thought it was a great read.
I’ve never heard of that one, Colleen. I’ll give it a look.
I’ve read that! GREAT story. An actual real romance that deals with real issues and yet is still romantic and captured my attention all the way through. :)
Jackie Smith says
I just finished Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble; loved it!! I am so anxious to read your book, Deb. Walmart sold out before I got there! Keep up the great writing; have had you in my prayers and hope all things are better.
That’s on my TBR pile. Glad to hear a positive endorsement. I’ll have to bump it up higher. Thanks for your prayers. Our family has been through the wringer the past six months in so many ways. Prayers are always appreciated.
Winnie Thomas says
I loved Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert. I really enjoy her books. Your story sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing your time and talents!
I love Candace’s covers and have always wanted to read one of her books. I’ll put it on my TBR.
You had me thinking there, Deb! I don’t read much contemporary, mostly historical or suspense. But the last one I read that grabbed my heart was Jessica Keller’s January Love Inspired released entitled “Apple Orchard Bride”, the fifth one in her Goose Harbor series. It reminded me how much God loves me regardless of what I’ve done or said in my life or past. Jessica gave us a story of hope and reassured her readers how much unconditional love God has for everyone of us! :-)
I’m wanting to collect every one of the Lone Star Cowboy League: The Boys Ranch books ever since I’ve read Jessica’s installment “The Ranger’s Texas Proposal”. She had me hooked! Thank you for the chance to win yours Deb, I’d love to win it!
I think that’s one of the most wonderful benefits of a continuity series. If you already read one of the authors, you may find some other favorites by reading the whole series. Jessica is wonderful!
Sally Shupe says
The Hero’s Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt. I’ve not read any in The Boys Ranch series, but would love to. They all sound like great books!
I love Cheryl’s books! She’s an awesome writer.
Silent Sabotage by Susan Sleeman
Susan is one of my favorite suspense authors. Great, isn’t she?
Linda Herold says
My last read was The Hero by .Donna Grant. Thanks for sharing on this blog today!!
I looked that up and it looks awesome. Love alpha heroes!
Mary Beth Cook says
I absolutely cant wait to read all of these!!!!
Mary Beth Cook says
I absolutely can’t wait to read all of these!