Hi, reader friends! Today, it is my great pleasure to welcome back our author friend Ruth Logan Herne to celebrate new release, A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing, with a JustRead blitz! I invited Ruthy to take the blog and run with it so this will no doubt be an unforgettable post!
author guest post
Oh my stars, it’s always a pleasure to come over here and bother Beth Erin… oops, I mean talk books with Beth! 🙂
I love writing.
I absolutely, positively love writing stories, and I’ve published just about 50 novels and novellas in the past nine years, so I’m livin’ the dream… And I love a touch of good old-fashioned real-life drama in a story.
Life is a tough entity at times. I have stood in churches for baptisms and funerals… we have cheered at baseball games and cried at gravesites. We have watched in sadness as people malign one another, as family values disintegrate and we’ve leapt and cheered when soldiers come home to their families… And cried when they come home flag-draped.
No romance escapes pain. No life toddles along without the fall, because it’s the falls and stumbles that teach us how to catch ourselves. How to put our chins in the air and muster on. How to take examples from the Eleanor Roosevelts (“No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”), Ben Franklins (“Plenty of time for rest in the grave.”), and Yodas of this world (“There is no try. There is only do or do not.”) but while life is littered with unseen twists and turns, that sweet good Lord made us STRONG ENOUGH!!!
“I AM ME” from The Greatest Showman on YouTube
We are indeed glorious, and it’s up to us to stay that way. Our choices, the bricks we lay along that yellow brick road we trod toward happiness. So when I write a beautiful book like A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing, there are unexpected stumbling blocks just like the ones that happen in real life, because that’s how life is.
Our smokin’ hot cowboy hero Jace Middleton has resigned himself to a new path not by desire but by economic necessity. The last thing he wants to do is leave Shepherd’s Crossing, erasing the history his family brought to a rugged land a hundred years before, but there’s little opportunity to be found in the run-down town.
And then everything changes. In an instant, old secrets are revealed, secrets that don’t just change Jace’s choices: they change who he was. Who he thought he was. And therefore his very essence.
But the amazing workings of faith, love, and timing bring him to a host of new opportunities if he can come to terms with the new reality of being someone else. Someone else’s child, grandson, and heir. But first he must forgive the life of lies and he doesn’t know how to do that.
But he learns.
So much is put into Jace’s path that he has no choice but to learn… or walk away. And faced with the options before him, the choice to save two baby girls from foster care and raise them to be caring and wonderful young women or turn his back, he discovers that it’s not the biology of the situation that matters… it’s the example of the fine man and woman who raised him to be exactly what he is: A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing.
I hope you love this book.
I loved writing it, I love the entire series, and what fun it’s been to tuck three Southern ladies, true steel magnolias into the hills of Western Idaho and show how they can hold their own with the best of them… and how that Southern gentility really does hold an edge of steel, used only as needed, of course!
about the book
Series: Shepherd’s Crossing #2
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cowboy bachelor Jace Middleton was ready to leave Shepherd’s Crossing for good – until he learns his family’s unspoken secrets.
Now Jace finds himself not only caring for his twin baby nieces, but working with beautiful, strong-willed designer Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother’s run-down estate.
Love wasn’t part of the plan… but Jace soon finds himself wishing Melonie could become part of his unexpected family.
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about the author
Best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of nearly fifty novels and novellas through traditional publishers and her own independent works. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. And yet… they don’t. With over a million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read.
She lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York where they grow all kinds of cool things for fall from sumptuous squashes and veggies to gorgeous stacking pumpkins. Ruthy’s farm is quickly becoming the place to be every September and October!
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One winner will receive (US only): all 3 Shepherd’s Crossing books (Her Cowboy Reunion, A Cowboy Christmas, A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing), bookmarks, a Seekerville notepad, and a bag of chocolate!
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In my opinion, all good stories have conflict! What do y’all think about drama in your fiction, reader friends?
15 thoughts on “A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing: blog blitz”
Sounds like a fun and interesting book.
I enjoyed it, Vivian! It’s a wonderfully authentic story with relatable characters. I hope you get a chance to read it!
Vivian, it was a wonderful story to tell… just enough snark and humor to make it real and enough pathos to remind us that life gets tough sometimes… and we need to be just as tough and caring and compassionate. Thanks for stopping by!
Sounds good can’t wait to read this. Love the cover.
Are they the sweetest couple? It must be the body language or something. I love it too!
Nancy, I do, too! Jace has such a good heart and a good soul, he’s totally swoon-worthy hero material and Melonie… she’s in town because she has to be, no other reason and life has done a number on her and her two sisters and their former nanny “Corrie”…. Corrie became their nanny when the oldest was a baby and she’s here with her three girls, in Western Idaho, a far sight from the rolling horse pastures of Kentucky bluegrass country. She’s stayed with her girls throughout, long after the money ran out. Not because it was a job… because it was love. 🙂 A black nanny and three Steel Magnolias and all four are willing to forge their way in their new normal!
sometimes it’s nice to not have drama
It all depends on how much and what is going on in your life, in my opinion. When things get crazy in real life, I gravitate towards the light-hearted stories but I’d chose fictional drama over the real deal every time!
You know, with six kids and from a family of nine kids, and Farmer Dave’s family had five kids… And we live in a small town with LOTS OF FAMILY…. drama happens. Now some I can laugh at, some makes me sad, and some is just best left ignored, right? 🙂 But I love OVERCOMERS!!!! (Think Mandisa and that song!!!!) Overcomers are my favorite because they don’t let circumstances dictate their lives… they make things happen to re-take control. #mustloveovercomers. 🙂
I love Ruthy’s books! This one sounds like another fascinating one. Thanks for the fun post, Beth and Ruthy!
Winnie, so good to see you over here! You are so welcome. I think folks will love, love, love this story because you cannot help but fall in love with Jace and want him to Fix Everything That Needs Fixing…. Like Leave-it-to-Beaver’s Dad! 🙂
Hi Winnie! Hugs!
Thank you for being part of the blog bliz for “A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing” by Ruth Logan Herne. Really enjoyed reading the guest post learning more about both book and author. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book.
A book without conflict isn’t real. There is no such thing as smooth sailing. If you stay on the water you are bound to hit anything from a ripple to a hurricane. It’s how you ride through the storm that makes you worthy of making it.
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Would love to read and see how he handles these twins.
Bachelor cowboy rancher meets twins, it’s fabulous!