Blessings that is. I knew book two of my Hill Country Cowboys series was releasing in mid June and my backlist title, Counting on the Cowboy was re-releasing in a western collection in mid May. But I didn’t know the collection would be in Walmart. I didn’t even look. But my husband did. It was a fun surprise when he called me on my cell phone and told me to come to the book section. Though it will probably be gone from the shelves by the time you read this since Love Inspired books are only on shelves during their release month, I promise it was there. See the blurry picture for proof.
Counting on the Cowboy is book four in my Texas Cowboys series. But don’t let that put you off. Each book I write in my series is stand alone. You can read them in any order or even read only one book in the series and get a complete story. But you get the full picture with each story in chronological order if you read them in order.
Set in Bandera, Texas, close to where my husband’s family owns a ranch, Counting on the Cowboy was fun to write. I put all of my own city girl dumped in the country experience into my heroine, along with some fun stories from a former church member who’d experienced culture shock like me a few years back. Jill Lynn’s title, Her Texas Cowboy is set in Fredericksburg, which along with Bandera is in Texas Hill Country. The western collections are a great way for readers to try new to them authors. Two books by different authors for the price of one.
The Cowboy’s Missing Memory is set in Medina, Texas, where the family ranch is. I’ve written a lot of books with cowboys on the ranch and every ranch is based on the Vannatter family ranch, right down to the river across the back of the property. In the story, the hero is fresh off a rodeo injury. My heroine is an occupational therapist and was his dad’s therapist two years before. With a two year gap in his memory, there’s a lot of things the hero has forgotten, but he remembers the heroine being at his dad’s funeral. Though they never met. Until now.
I’ve long wanted to do an amnesia story and enjoyed finally getting to. Even though the hero spends a lot of time being frustrated, the heroine, along with his his adorable nephew and niece keep him striving for recovery. Here’s the back cover copy, along with where you can find the book:
The Cowboy’s Missing Memory
Can he reclaim his past…and build a future?
He needs to remember. She’s his best hope…
After a rodeo accident took away Clint Rawlins’s mobility and two years’ worth of memories, occupational therapist Lexie Parker is his only shot at recovering and regaining independence. Lexie is drawn to Clint…but she’s wary of the amnesiac’s all-too-vulnerable feelings. And with the possibility of him returning to his dangerous bull-riding side job, she refuses to risk her heart. But resisting her charming patient may be harder than she expected…
(Available in Walmart mid-June through mid-July)
Here’s the back cover copy for the western collection including my book and Jill Lynn’s title:
Counting on the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
Texas cowboy Brock McBride knows better than to fall for a city girl. She’ll leave and break his heart—just like his ex-fiancée did. But his job at Chasing Eden Dude Ranch requires working alongside Dallas wedding planner Devree Malone. And despite fierce resistance, he’s falling hard. Yet with Devree’s business back in the city, can he convince her she’s found her home…with him?
Her Texas Cowboy by Jill Lynn
When Rachel Maddox returns to her hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas, avoiding her ex is much easier said than done. Still nursing the broken heart Rachel caused years earlier, rancher Hunter McDermott figures he can be cordial for the brief time she’s in town—maybe they can even be friends. But how do you forge just a friendship with someone you’ve always pictured as your bride?
To celebrate my book blessings, I’m giving away a print copy of each, one copy of The Cowboy’s Missing Memory and one copy of the western collection including mine and Jill’s books. Two winners will each receive one book, international included. Tell me about your recent blessings to enter the drawings. Deadline June 11th.