Guest author Barbara White Daile

The Rancher's Family

A big “thank you!” to Fran for inviting me to visit the blog!

I’m happy to be here and thrilled to share a peek at my latest release, The Rancher’s Family. This sweet/clean contemporary romance is part of the Hitching Post Hotel series and my first book from Harlequin Heartwarming.

From the back cover of The Rancher’s Family

“Are you my new mommy?”

She certainly hopes so…

After a devastating loss, Cara Leonetti’s dreams of a husband and children are on hold. But Cowboy Creek’s local matchmaker thinks otherwise! And Cara finds herself unexpectedly entangled in the day-to-day family chaos of widower Wes Daniels and his two small children. She’s falling hard, but the strong, silent rancher doesn’t trust in love. Can Cara put her own fears aside and show Wes that they’re stronger together?

 

An excerpt from The Rancher’s Family

Wes scuffed one foot on the floor, wanting to kick himself for blurting out that remark about charity. Why give the woman ideas?

“The Garlands are good friends. And I imagine Andi’s plans are on the level,” he admitted, “but I wouldn’t put it past Jed to… Never mind.” He would see Jed himself. From the time he was a child Mark’s age, he’d looked up to the man. That wouldn’t keep him from calling him out on his interference. Jed had a reputation for knowing everything that went on in Cowboy Creek. Not one-hundred-percent true. There were things his old friend didn’t—and would never—know about him.

“I’ll show you Patty’s craft stuff before I head out,” he told Cara. “We’ve got a spare bedroom. Patty converted it into her office and stored everything there. It’s at the far end of this hall.”

He hesitated at the office doorway. It had been more than a year since he’d set foot in here. If he had his choice, he wouldn’t enter it again. Coward.

As though someone had shoved him between the shoulder blades, he shot through the door and didn’t stop till he reached the center of the room.

When Cara followed, he gestured toward the multiple storage chests and dressers, the stacks of boxes, the closed but—as he well remembered—overflowing closet. “Everything’s packed full. But I don’t know much about what Patty stockpiled in here.”

Her eyes widened. “This is all inventory she’d planned to sell?”

He nodded. “As I said, she spent a lot of time on her crafts.”

“I can see that. Mind if I browse?”

“That’s why we’re here.” He leaned against the doorframe, watching her check out the contents of half a dozen boxes and bins.

“Amazing. If all the rest is like this, Andi should be thrilled to have it for her start-up stock, if you’re interested.”

“That’ll work.”

“Great. Then once I finish up in your bedroom, I’ll start making an inventory in here. It’s going to take time, though less of it if I can work from an existing list. I’d guess your wife made one.” She glanced around the room. “Do you have a computer?”

“Not me. Patty did. A laptop. I’ll get it out when you’re ready for it.”

“Since you said you’ll be gone most of the day, if you don’t mind, I’d like to take a look at it before you go. The sooner the better, don’t you think?”

“You read my mind,” he said truthfully. Just as he’d read the look in her steady gaze. Her eyes held the same sympathy they had the night before. He’d seen too much of that from too many people this year.

Somehow, last night, he’d imagined he could accept her help. That with her being a stranger, her sympathy wouldn’t bother him. Now he wished he’d never opened the door this morning.

 

Find The Rancher’s Family

Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Ranchers-Family-Hitching-Post-Hotel-ebook/dp/B07MW7JZZ1/

Barnes & Noble  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ranchers-family-barbara-white-daille/1130314948?ean=9781488039881

Books-A-Million  https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Ranchers-Family/Barbara-White-Daille/Q30646677?id=7571848599780

Harlequin  https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781488039881_the-ranchers-family.html

Kobo  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-rancher-s-family

 

Barbara White Daille

About Barbara

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too! Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life:  https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.

 

 

Q&A

Have you always written in your current genre?

I started writing when I was nine, and at that point, my stories were all in the mystery genre, because that’s what I loved to read. My favorite series were Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, and Encyclopedia Brown. But when I wrote my first novel—in eighth grade—both my female protagonists had major crushes. : ) Ever since then, I’ve written romance, usually sweet and what I call “sweeter” books, as even those with brief love scenes focus on the characters’ conflicts and emotions.

 

Do you get inspiration for your characters from real life?

I put characters together the way pieces fit into a jigsaw puzzle—a mannerism, a quirk, an occupation, and so on, all working together to form the whole picture. My characters are usually the sum of so many different pieces that, though they come to life for me and my readers, they’re no one I’ve ever met in my own life.

 

Who has been your most challenging character to write?

So far, that would be Lianne Ward, the heroine of Rancher at Risk, one of my Flagman’s Folly books. Lianne is deaf, and I wanted to show her as a woman like any other woman, who just happens to be deaf. I was thrilled when a fan wrote to tell me she has many deaf family members and that I “got it right.” Lianne makes her debut appearance in the first Flagman’s Folly story, A Rancher’s Pride, along with her four-year-old niece, Becky, who also is deaf.

 

What are you currently working on?

My next Harlequin Heartwarming and another book in my sweet/clean Snowflake Valley series from Entangled Books.

 

Author Links

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Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-White-Daille/e/B002J6B0QQ

Harlequin  https://www.harlequin.com/shop/authors/23759_barbara-white-daille.html
Entangled  http://entangledpublishing.com/category/barbara-white-daille/

 

Charity Sunday: Calendar Girls Florida

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When I was a little girl (heck, even when I was a big girl), I loved to dance around the living room but was always too self-conscious to dance in public.

Then, about ten years ago, I signed up to take tap lessons at a local arts center. I found out that the teacher was also the choreographer for a dance team called the Calendar Girls made up of “senior” women, all over the age of 50. They raised money to provide service dogs for veterans through a program called Paws for Patriots. It happens my husband is a veteran and visually impaired. Was this a sign?

He and I went to a fund raising event where the Calendar Girls were performing so I could check them out. I was impressed, but I didn’t see them doing anything I didn’t think I could do. I screwed up my courage and went to one of their rehearsals. After a couple weeks of learning dances, they accepted me into the group.

I performed with them for more than two years until life intervened, but I will always treasure the memories I made.

As a result of this experience, I wrote a short story, Girls of the Month. As you can see by my headshot above and the cover of the book, dressing in outrageous costumes was a big part of the experience.

Best of all, I got to cross an item off my bucket list. If you have a dream you have hidden all your life, take the plunge. “It is never too late to be who you might have been.”

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Guest author Katy Eeten

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I want to thank Fran for hosting me on her blog! I’m excited to share a little about myself and my books, including my latest Christian romance, A Heart Held Captive.

Book blurb:

Physical therapist Cole Pearson has had his share of shallow relationships. But after a year spent soul searching, his eyes are opened to what he really wants in life—and in a relationship. When he learns that ER nurse Emily Jenkins has volunteered to pay for a foster child’s therapy, he is drawn to her generous spirit. If only he can convince her to take things beyond their casual conversations at the clinic.

Emily is a prisoner to her past mistakes and insists on paying a price God never asked her to pay. When she finally allows herself to grow closer to Cole, her flawed beliefs are exposed and her wounded heart begins to mend. But when tragedy strikes, Emily is sent into a tailspin. Can Cole help her move past the guilt and grasp the freedom of God’s grace, or will she revert back to the captivity of her old ways and shut Cole out of her life for good?

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Held-Captive-Katy-Eeten/dp/1947327534/ref

 

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Author Bio:

Katy Eeten lives with her husband, Jason, and their two school-age sons in southeast Wisconsin, despite her dislike of cold weather. She works full-time in the business world, but her true passion is writing. She has written three Christian romances published through Anaiah Press – Blast from Her Past, Christmas in Meadow Creek, and A Heart Held Captive. When she’s not working or writing, she enjoys taking walks or bike rides, baking, and spending time with her family.

Q&A:

  • What are three unusual things about you?

I type over 100 words per minute (which comes in handy when typing a manuscript!); I was on a club softball team growing up and we once played the Russian Olympic softball team; I don’t like seafood (an occasional tuna salad sandwich is about as close as I come to eating seafood. Ha!).

  • Other than being an author, if you could have any job in the world, what would you choose?

I would love to work behind the scenes for a gameshow – i.e. creating the puzzles, questions, challenges, etc. for a show like Wheel of Fortune or Family Feud. I’m a bit of a gameshow junky, so I think that would be awesome.

  • If you could travel anywhere and money was not an issue, where would you go and why?

Well, my brother and sister-in-law live in Singapore, so I would love the opportunity to visit them for free. But I’ve also never been to Europe, and there are many destinations there that intrigue me. Paris, London, Ireland, and Greece just to name a few.

  • What is your biggest weakness?

Chocolate … or desserts in general, really. I also find it hard to stay up late (sleep is just so darn attractive when you work full time in addition to writing and being a mom 😊).

  • What is your biggest accomplishment?

Another question that is too hard to give just one answer! Publishing a book had been on my unwritten bucket list since I was a kid, so that is definitely something I’m proud of. But being married to my husband for over 17 years and raising two boys in this crazy world, showing them what unconditional love is, guiding them through life’s ups and downs … That’s the stuff that’s hard and scary and amazingly rewarding. No one tells you it’s going to take every ounce of strength you have, so I feel quite accomplished—and grateful, and blessed—to be where I’m at.

  • What is your favorite book that you’ve written?

They are all my favorite for different reasons. (Is that cheating? 😊) My first, Blast from Her Past, will always hold a special place in my heart since it’s what made me a published author. My small-town Christmas novella, Christmas in Meadow Creek, is super sweet, lighthearted, and was an absolute joy to write so it’s probably my overall favorite. But my latest, A Heart Held Captive, has the most sincere, heart-stopping relationship and a super convicting message. Plus, I feel my writing improves with each book I write. So if I’m in the mood for something deeper, this one is definitely my favorite.

Thanks again to Fran for hosting me today! It’s been a joy, and I encourage you all to leave comments, check out my social media, or preview my books on Amazon. Cheers!

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatyEeten/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KatyEeten

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/KatyEeten/

Website: https://katyeeten.wordpress.com/

 

One more reason to eat chocolate

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Here is some good news. A recent study has proven that chocolate is good for your skin.

I got this exciting information courtesy of Dr. Will Clower’s blog Mediterranean Wellness. There is, however, a stipulation. The chocolate must be the really dark kind with a high cocoa content. This type of chocolate helped protect skin from UV radiation.

The dark chocolate apparently increases circulation in the top layer of skin. It also is high in antioxidants, similar to green tea. Both of these properties protect skin.

Dr. Clower has long been a proponent of dark chocolate’s ability to help your heart and your mind. Better yet, he has written a book entitled Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight: New Science Proves You Should Eat Chocolate Every Day.  I encourage you to check out his other books.

What’s your favoirt chocolate brand?

 

Being in the moment at Winn-Dixie

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I am starting to develop a fear of Winn-Dixie.

I went grocery shopping yesterday and already had all my items on the conveyor belt when a problem developed. The cash register crumpled the check of the woman in line in front of me but refused to complete the transaction. The cashier tried to smooth the check and re-insert it a couple times before calling for assistance.

An assistant manager type woman came over and opened the machine. She removed the ink cartridge and went in search of a replacement. The first one she found wasn’t the right size or was for a different machine. Then she brought a second one. Success!

The woman in front of me apologized repeatedly, poor thing. It wasn’t her fault, and I tried, really I did, to keep a sour expression off my face.

On a grocery run last week, the cashier was a young, long-haired man (that description makes me sound like an old fogey, doesn’t it?) who was having a prolonged conversation with the woman in front of me. Mea culpa-I wasn’t watching as he rang up my groceries, so I was startled to see the total was more than $90. And I hadn’t even bought meat!

The youngster was befudded when I told him something was wrong. When I looked at the printed receipt, there were several items I hadn’t bought. Apparently, they were the groceries of the woman ahead of me with whom the kid was so busy talking that he hadn’t included all of her items.

Same assistant manager to the rescue. We ended up backing out the entire incorrect total  from my credit card and re-ringing the actual items I had in my cart. The resulting total this time was about half of the first one.

I guess I really have to be more vigilant in watching what the cashiers are doing. The Winn-Dixie is the only grocery on my little island.

Have you had similar problems at your grocert store?

 

Waiting for Tom Hanks review

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I haven’t posted any book reviews for a while, and I think it is high time I did. I read this one in a single day and enjoyed everything about it from this adorable cover right on through.

And really, who among us hasn’t dreamed of falling in love with a movie star?

The heroine in this book is a writer who is addicted to rom-coms because she used to watch them with her late mother. Then she finds herself in the middle of the filming of one with a devastatingly handsome leading man. Of course, sparks ensue.

I was charmed by the author’s voice and found myself laughing out loud a few times. I also bought the message: love rarely goes as planned but it’s our only hope. Oh, and did I mention the cast of quirky secondary characters and strong sense of community, two musts for me to make a book a favorite.

If you are a Hallmark fan, you will probably love this as much as I did, but be warned that it is not squeaky clean. I’d give it a solid PG-13.

Weekend fun

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Big doings on my little island this weekend. Friday night, my husband and I went to the VFW for pizza night. We got a supreme pizza for only $9, ate half of it there, and brought the rest home to freeze for another day.

Yesterday, back to the “V” as we call it. They held the first round of a karaoke contest. Apparently, this is something that goes on every year with a national final near Las Vegas. I had never heard of it before. This is the first  year anyone has had it locally. There are two more preliminaries next week and the week after. I am trying to gather enough nerve to enter. Even though I’ve sung my whole life in choruses, I’ve only done karaoke once in my life. Singing alone is a far cry from singing with 50 or 60 others.

Today, the Moose Lodge is holding a cooking contest: soups and stews. I entered last year but not this time. Desserts are in a couple weeks and comfort food two weeks later. Ethnic foods come next and chili is the last contest. I’m leaning toward entering the ethnic contest. I have a pierogie casserole I want to try.

How did you spend the weekend?