Thursday, May 31, 2018

Excerpt & Release Blitz: Cowboy Bold by Carolyn Brown

With her sassy humor and sexy cowboys, USA Today bestseller Carolyn Brown launches her new Longhorn Canyon series.

One city girl, one die-hard rancher, and eight mischievous kids. What could go wrong?

Every summer Cade Maguire looks forward to opening his Longhorn Canyon Ranch to underprivileged city kids. But this year, he's having no luck finding a counselor for the children-until Retta Palmer walks through his door.

Flat broke after selling everything she owns to pay her father's medical bills, Retta is thrilled to hear of an opening for a counselor position. She's not as thrilled about the ranching part, or the sexy cowboy with beautiful blue eyes who's her new boss.

After being left at the altar two years before by his fiancée, Cade isn't sure he can take another heartbreak. And Retta isn't even sure she wants to stay. But the sparks between them are absolutely undeniable. And with a couple of lovable kids and two elderly folks playing matchmaker, Cade and Retta may find that the best way to heal is with each other.

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It’s good day to start a brand-new adventure, Retta thought as she stepped out onto the porch. The sun was peeking up over the horizon. No clouds hung in the sky. Beau was sprawled out on the porch and she’d slept better the night before than she had in ages. All in all, the promise of a bright, fun day lay ahead.

“Good mornin’.”

The voice startled her and she whipped around to find Skip coming around the end of the porch. “You had coffee yet?”

“Yes, sir. I brewed a pot when I first got up. You want some?” she asked.

“Thanks, but I already had two cups. I was about to go up to the house for some breakfast. You goin’ that way, too.”

“I can’t ever turn down a good breakfast,” Retta said.

“Then I reckon we can walk that way together. We ain’t had time to talk much since you got here. So where do you hail from, Miz Retta?”

“Waurika, Oklahoma, but I lived down near Dallas before that and I’m hoping to go back that way when this job is done.” With her long legs, it wasn’t difficult to keep up with his stride. “You must like kids to do this for Cade.”

“Truth is I miss Levi livin’ with us, and this makes me and Mavis both happy to have kids around for a few weeks. Never could have any of our own, so we take what we can get. How about you? You like kids?”

“I do but I’m not plannin’ on havin’ any kids anytime soon, so this will be my dose of little girls,” she answered.

Skip stood to the side to let her go ahead of him on the porch. “These younguns come from the hard city life and the first week ain’t a bit easy. Except with Benjy. Now that boy is a real joy. He’s different but he’s got a heart of gold. I look forward to seeing him every year.”

“Has he formed a bond with anyone here?” she asked.

“I know he likes me, but I don’t try to hug him. Sometimes he hugs Mavis, but mostly she waits for him to come to her. He loves Levi and he really likes the animals, especially Beau and Gussie, but he’s pretty much of a loner.”

He opened the door for her and took a deep breath. “Ain’t nothing better than the smell of bacon and coffee in the morning. Hello!” he called out. “Where is everyone?”

“In the kitchen,” Mavis yelled. “And if another one of these pesky boys try to steal a piece of bacon, I’m going to stab him with a fork.”

“Ah, come on, darlin’, you know you love us,” Cade teased.

“Forget the fork. I’ll get out a steak knife if y’all don’t leave the food alone until it’s on the table,” Mavis said.

“You wouldn’t stick a knife in any of us,” Cade said.

“Didn’t say I’d stab a one of you with it, but I could take it to each of your bedrooms when I change the sheets today and do some damage on those things you keep in your nightstand,” Mavis threatened.

“Mavis Roberts!” Skip crossed the room and slapped her playfully on the butt.

Mavis laughed and tiptoed to kiss Skip on the cheek. “Mornin’, Retta. You ready for this?”

“What? Breakfast or what you’re going to do in these guys’ bedrooms?” Retta grinned.

“Either one.” Mavis giggled.

About Carolyn: 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown was born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma. These days she and her husband make their home in Davis, Oklahoma, a small town of less than three thousand people where everyone knows everyone, knows what they are doing and with whom, and read the weekly newspaper to see who got caught.

A plaque hangs on her office wall that says I know the voices are not real but they have such great ideas. That is her motto and muse as she goes through the days with quirky characters in her head, telling their stories, one by one, and loving her job.

She has been married almost half a century to a retired English teacher that she calls Mr. B and he does not read her books before they are published because she cannot afford a divorce. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them busy and young.

When Carolyn is not writing she likes to sit in the back yard and watch the two tom cats protect the yard from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, other cats, spiders and blue jays.


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