Guest Post with Giveaway ~ How To Wrangle A Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy


Cowboys and Other Passions

Over the years, my cowboy books have allowed me to write about all my passions—and there are many! Cowboys, for starters. I’m as crazy about those Wrangler-clad, Stetson-wearing, spur-jangling heroes as any of my readers.

But every book highlights a different topic, usually something I’m also passionate about. In One Fine Cowboy, I wrote about wild horses and mustang adoption. In Cowboy Fever, it was equine therapy for children with autism. Cowboy Crazy showed how our small towns suffer from the boom and bust cycles of the oil business, as they’re wrecked and left behind by the companies that pull fistfuls of dollars from the ground around them.

As I finish the Cowboys of Decker Ranch series with How to Wrangle a Cowboy, I’m closing out the love stories of  Ridge, Brady, and Shane—three foster brothers adopted by one generous old rancher who taught them the cowboy way of life. They’re giving back by helping out kids at the group home in Wynott, Wyoming, making sure the boys have strong role models in their lives. Foster kids are another passion of mine.

If there’s a theme that unites all my books, it’s “the left behind”—homeless horses, abandoned towns, foster kids, and now, with How to Wrangle a Cowboy, neglected and abused animals.

When Lindsey Ward inherits the Lazy Q ranch, she longs to fulfill her childhood dream of turning the place into an animal sanctuary—but the ranch’s practical, all-business foreman, Shane Lockhart, dismisses her idea without even considering it.

Lindsey would like to dismiss Shane himself, but her granddad’s will forces her to keep him on for at least a year. Besides, his little boy, with big brown eyes filled with longing—for a mother, for a puppy, for anything that will love him—tugs at Lindsey’s heart. Shane himself has a quite different effect on a few of her other body parts, but Lindsey does her best to shut down her attraction to the difficult, dream-busting cowboy.

She has bigger problems than Shane Lockhart anyway. For one thing, her grandmother often has breakfast with her late husband on the porch, carrying on spirited conversations with a man who’s been dead for a month. To make matters worse, a man claiming to be her grandfather’s son from a long-ago affair is threatening to talk unless Lindsey pays him off with a generous cut of the ranch’s value. Lindsey can’t allow him to destroy her grandmother’s memories, so she’ll have to sell the ranch—but she can’t tell anyone why. Shane is convinced she’s nothing more than a spoiled city girl who only cares about money.

But when Lindsey discovers a puppy mill next door, where breeding dogs and their pupppies are caged in a dank, filthy basement, she can’t walk away. She’s determined to save the dogs and bring the owners to justice—just as soon as she solves her own problems.

You’d think inheriting a million-dollar ranch would make life easier, but for Lindsey Ward, the complications keep growing—kind of like her attraction to that dream-busting cowboy and his motherless son…

What would you do with a ranch if you inherited it? Raise horses? Run cattle? Or would you find some other purpose for all that land?

post-divider rightcowboySeries: Cowboys of Decker Ranch (Book 3)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 2, 2016)
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
ISBN-10: 1402283725
ISBN-13: 978-1402283727
ASIN: B0169AK28Y
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The last thing this cowboy expected

Inner-city veterinarian Lindsey Ward always loved visiting her grandfather's Wyoming ranch, so it breaks her heart to have to sell it. She'll miss the scent of hay and sagebrush under the wide-open sky, but at least the sale will help fund the clinic she's always dreamed of.

Was to get roped by a city girl

Ruggedly handsome foreman Shane Lockhart and his adorable son aren't making it any easier for Lindsey to focus on what has to be done. It's exhilarating going toe to toe with a rough, tough cowboy whose stubborn idealism matches her own, but it's Shane's tenderness that might tip Lindsey's heart over the fence.

post-divider leftjoanneA transplanted Easterner, Joanne Kennedy is the author of six contemporary Western romances published by Sourcebooks Casablanca: Cowboy Trouble, , Cowboy Fever, Tall, Dark and Cowboy, Cowboy Crazy, Cowboy Tough, and RITA finalist One Fine Cowboy. The first volume of her new series, The Cowboys of Decker Ranch, was released in April 2014.

Joanne ran away from home to the West at the advanced age of 32 and was delighted to discover that cowboys still walk the streets of Cheyenne. Her fascination with Wyoming’s unique blend of past and present leads her to write contemporary Western romances with traditional ranch settings.

At various times, Joanne dabbled in horse training, chicken farming, and bridezilla wrangling at a department store wedding registry. Themes that have remained constant throughout her life are Jack Russell terriers, a tendency to confuse fiction with real life, and a fascination with literature that led to careers in bookselling and writing. She lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with a Jack Russell terrier and a retired fighter pilot. The dog is relatively well-behaved.

A member of Romance Writers of America and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Joanne loves to hear from readers and can be reached by email at Joanne@JoanneKennedyBooks

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  1. I'd probably want to raise horses but in the end I'd hire the right people to teach me and to help run a ranch like that. Definitely looking forward to reading How To Wrangle A Cowboy and How To Kiss A Cowboy both.

    Carol L


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