After a Christmas nod with my previous post, today let’s give the hot US Southwest its dues. Cowboy in Charge is a Harlequin Western romance, featuring a gorgeous cowboy who finally sets his goals straight. This post is part of the #RomanticIdea author exchange where authors present their latest releases and also give out, well, romantic ideas. Here’s what Barbara advises:
Readers, thanks for stopping in, and MM, a big thank you for hosting me today.
Here’s my take on a romantic idea for you to enjoy this summer:
When is the last time you and your significant other had a night alone together, without the kids, the checkbook, chauffeur duties, or the to-do list competing for your attention?
I suggest you pick a night, send the kids (if you have them) to a sitter, and turn off all electronics except the television…and okay, in case the sitter calls with an emergency, maybe have one cell phone on but out of reach in the next room.
Then snuggle up on the couch with your significant other to watch television. Popcorn is optional, and I strongly recommend kisses during the commercials!
Thank you, Barbara! Now, read on for all the book details and a tantalizing excerpt.
by Barbara White Daille
From the cover of Cowboy in Charge, July 2016
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Single mom Layne Slater thought she’d seen the last of Jason McAndry when he chose the rodeo over her and their unborn son. Now Jason’s back in Cowboy Creek and just as handsome as ever. But Layne can’t give in to those feelings again. She has to protect her children…and her heart.
Jason wants to try to make up for the pain he caused when he left. The least he can do is help Layne while he’s home. Before long, Jason realizes he’s finally ready to be the husband, father and man his family deserves. But can Jason prove to Layne that this time, their love is forever?
With a young child and a new baby, single-mom Layne never has free time on her hands. Her life is hectic enough even before her ex-husband returns to town and claims her young son’s attention. Things only get worse when Jed Garland, the elderly local matchmaker, drops by for a visit:
“Jason’s been watching out for you all,” Jed told her. “Sounds like a step in the right direction.”
“A step too little, too late.” Even as she said the words, she flushed, thinking of all Jason had done for her in the past few days. And all they had both said in their argument at the Big Dipper.
“If that’s what you’ve set your mind to, that’s what you’ll tend to believe. It doesn’t mean it’s the truth. But my point is, you can’t handle everything on your own, especially when you’re recovering from the flu. Whether or not he’s laid out his thoughts about the future, he’s proven his good intentions for now, hasn’t he?”
She stared down at her mug.
“Layne,” he said gently, “whatever happened between you two, whatever might be going to happen, he is your boy’s father, after all.”
For all the contact you’ve had with him, you could have been a sperm donor.
She winced at the memory of what she had told Jason. “On paper, Jed, but not the way it counts.”
“No. Not legally, since you two never went that route. But morally, now that’s a different story.”
She heard the heavy footsteps out in the hallway then a knock at the door.
Scott scrambled to his feet. To her dismay he had learned to recognize that quick-tap, too. “Jason’s home!” he yelled.
She almost choked on the lump in her throat. What would happen when Jason left “home” again…for good?
About the Author
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.
A larger print reissue of A Rancher’s Pride, book one in Barbara’s popular Flagman’s Folly series, is now available exclusively from Harlequin, while the e-book version is available everywhere. Cowboy in Charge, the next book in The Hitching Post Hotel series (July), is now available for pre-order, with other books in the series to follow. At the end of 2016, she begins a new sweet romance series for Entangled Bliss.