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Also featured at http://bookstocurlupwiith.blogspot.com I am beyond thrilled. NOTE: apparently this gal lives in southern saskatchewan–that makes me feel even happier–Thank You to Patricia Stratham ! She loved the book.
 

Ok I fell in love with this book by just the cover alone . As I started to read , I got sucked into the story of second chances and falling in love. Set on a cattle ranch in South Western Saskatchewan . Where two broken souls come together , with misunderstandings and broken hearts . They find each other but will they survive and find their way back to each other .

Lets just say this , this book will make you laugh and cry and then laugh some more . The characters are so well written and complex. She writes such strong female characters . They are independent and not conceited at all. Frank fits that ideal to a tee. She is strong independent but doesn’t realize what kind of reaction she has over the men in her life . She has this inner spark that can’t be blown out. She has had hardships and is suffering from depression from the tragedy . But she doesn’t wallow and heads out to a new adventure. As she works at the ranch she grows stronger and we see the true Frank come out . The strong woman, with a tender side . She knows when to go after what she wants and knows when to step back when things aren’t going right . Even though it might mean heart break again. She is a fighter and fighting she does . Colt is the man she fights with. This man is hot and sexy and quite the alpha man , but also has the sweet sensitive side. He is there to help his family when they need him . But he is also holding onto a bunch of hurt . He is tough but tender and will protect what is his . He is the type of guy you want in your corner and take home to your mom . But like most men he jumps to conclusions and has a temper and he admits when he is wrong .

The supporting cast of characters are so fun to read . I won’t go into details but Ollie is my all time favorite characters, he like the comic relief / father figure to both the main characters . You really feel for the position he is put in and you can see he really wants to knock some heads together.

I absolutely fell in love with this book , like I said she has based the story on a ranch in South Western Saskatchewan. In the Cypress hills near Maple Creek and Swift Current . She paints a great picture of what Saskatchewan is about . The story blends right into the area and flows so well . I started reading it in the morning and finished in a day . I couldn’t put it down . I loved the characters and the story . I actually shed some tears and laughed a lot while reading this book. As soon as I finished book one I started book two. I just had to know what happened . I also like that the author brought the characters back in book two. I like to know what happens to them as you read . But they don’t take away from what is happening in the rest of the books . I adore this set of books for so many reasons . But most of all that they are great books written with such a passion and a love . So if you want a sweet contemporary romance with a cowboy flair . This is the series for you . So check them out. Colt and Frank will sweep you off your feet

 
Authors note: This  book can be purchased on Amazon.com and is now available on Smashwords.

CowboyI’m sharing my interview with Brad Johnson from Full Circle, Book Two of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series. 

Shhhhhh (I’ll let you in on a little secret! I have a huge crush on Brad. He is such a gentleman, and so caring and…just plain sexy in a way that has nothing to do with sex!! )

Gloria:  Good morning Brad.  I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to interview you. I’ve had a glimpse of your character in Full Circle, but there is nothing that equals meeting the real person.

Brad: (his gray eyes crease at the corners as he gives me a warm smile) I’m just an ordinary guy.

Gloria: You definitely have the look of a cowboy.

Brad: I love horses…always have. Give me a horse to ride, and I will be gone all day.  Some of my favorite memories are of when my dad and I would pack up and go hunting!  I love the majesty of the mountains and nature. We’d sit around the camp fire at night and talk like friends. Those were special times spent with my dad.  I go out to Belanger Creek Ranch and ride when they move cattle, but I have my own horses in the small acreage behind my house.  I’m a country boy at heart. 
 
Gloria: Tell me about you as a person, your family, and your business.

Brad: (he stretches out those long legs and leans back in his chair.) Okay…where do I start?  I was born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. My dad owns a Bulk Fuel Station there—he delivers diesel and gas to the local farmers and other industries in the area. He has a Cardlock on the site. That’s where people come in and fuel up…farmers, highway truckers, oil field, construction, mining and logging companies use them.  They have to set up an account to get a card, and then they can fuel up 24/7. If they are eligible for the bulk discount, they save a few cents a gallon, too, and every little bit counts.  He sells grease and oil and other related things to the industry.

Gloria: Did you work there when you were a kid?

Brad: Yeah. My brother and I were around the place on Saturdays and school holidays.  It was good for us…we learned a good work ethic and how to deal with the public.

Gloria: So you have a brother; do you have any sisters.

Brad: grins. Yeah—we were the “perfect” family—well, not literally perfect—but there were four of us…two girls and two boys.

Gloria: What is your mother like?

Brad: My mom is a sweetheart.  She was a school teacher, but she is retired now.

Gloria: You are a long way from home.

Brad: It’s about a 16 hour drive…roughly 1300 km from here to Dawson Creek.  But home is in Swift Current, now.

Gloria: How did you decide to become a wind turbine specialist?

Brad: I’m conscious of the environment and wind energy fascinated me.  I love to see those big generators with their forty-nine meter blades moving steadily in the air, knowing that we are using a natural energy to make them work.  The Bear Mountain Wind Park was the first one in British Columbia. You watch them working from town, and the sight still mesmerizes me. Capital Power has set up a different project near Tumbler Ridge.  Quality Wind is just 45 minutes away from Dawson Creek.  If you are interested in learning more about it, you can check those projects out online at Green Energy Futures
 
Gloria: I’ll do that. I can see how passionate you are about this!

Brad:  I digress.  You asked how I got into the business I have now.  I took the Wind Turbine Maintenance Program at Northern Lights College, in Dawson Creek.  Then I started looking for a position that I’d be comfortable in.  You can make good money working for a large company, but I’m an entrepreneur—I like being my own boss.  I love to see those big turbines, but I also learned that there was room for small wind turbine generators in outlying communities. I was always fascinated by the derelict old-fashioned windmills that exist on abandoned prairie farm site sites. When I discovered the product I handle I knew I’d found my niche. It was perfect…they are relatively inexpensive compared to the big ones, and something that a farmer or a business could use. Now even a few small towns are using multiples of them to supplement power. They are simple to install and require little maintenance.  I knew that was my future.  The manufacturer was looking for a distributor in Swift Current, and I grabbed the opportunity.

I moved to Swift Current and bought a house.  I want to settle down, get married and have a family now. The house is what my dad refers to as a bird house: I just need to find a bird to live in it with me now.

Gloria: I’ve heard about the “Tweety Bird” thing—that’s what you call Shauna Lee isn’t it?

Brad: (his eyes light up) Shauna Lee…yes! That girl has captured my heart, but she is a tough woman to convince.

Gloria: I interviewed her yesterday.  She said you are very patient and persistent. She says you should have run the other way when you first met her.

Brad: I’ll admit, what happened that night wasn’t pretty.  Colt and I were at The Steakhouse eating supper before we went to an agriculture seminar at the Best Western.  She stopped by our table to say hello. I was struck by her beauty, and she hit on me right away. Colt just watched with amusement. Then her date, Josh Kendall walked in. He immediately got territorial and told me that I was out of luck because she was his for the night. He made her sound like a hooker with those last three words and it embarrassed her. She got really red in the face.

Later they got into a fight in the parking lot and Colt intervened, but the whole situation got a lot worse.  Colt called the police, and then Kendall’s mouth ran wild…he made her sound like the town whore. I was relieved when Colt suggested I go to the Best Western and set up for my presentation. Then he unexpectedly ended up bringing her to the meeting, because the police didn’t want her to go home before they talked to Kendall.  He put her in the chair I’d saved for him, and sitting next to her made me very uncomfortable.  I was embarrassingly aware of everything about her and it was killing me: but I knew the woman was TROUBLE.  

When I got up to give my presentation, I saw another side of her.  She was interested and paid attention.  During the break, I realized that the people in the community, as well as the business people in town, treated her with respect. It was like seeing two different people in one body—mind blowing.

I ran into her at the Eliminators Car Club’s show at Riverside Park. She was wandering around looking at the old cars, and we spent an hour walking and talking while we looked.  She was real eye candy, but she was intelligent and easy to be with as well. I was drawn to her in spite of myself…and then her date showed up.  I should have known that wherever she was, another man wouldn’t be far away. I could see that she knew what I must be thinking, and she was embarrassed. Almost immediately, the poor guy got called home for a family emergency. He apologized and asked me to look after her. I suggested we have supper together before I took her home; eating alone is the pits when you do it all the time. She said she’d find her own ride, but I persuaded her to come with me.

That girl oozed sex appeal, and it was like she couldn’t help herself; she stalked me all night.  I knew what she was doing, but I was drawn to her anyway. I swore to myself that I would never play her game…but I wanted to get to know her better.

After we ate she suggested we go to her place for coffee…damn, I could see where she was headed with that.  It was like the spider and the fly.  We went to her place, but even though I desperately wanted to go to bed with her, I made it clear that it wasn’t going to happen.  I bet no man had ever done that before: she looked stunned. As I was leaving, I told her I had enjoyed her company and I’d enjoyed having supper with her, and I was interested in getting to know her, but I was looking for a serious relationship.  I also told her that I thought she needed to figure out who she was and that her bed hopping with a ‘nothing serious, no strings attached, no risk,’ attitude was never going get her there. (he chuckles)  I heard something smash against the door just after I closed it behind me.

Gloria: But you must have worked things out.  You are seeing each other now aren’t you?

Brad: We are…and I love that woman.  But nothing is easy with her. We sleep in the same bed, we cuddle, we kiss and hug, we do things together…heck she stays at my place most of the time.  We are like a couple, but so far, I’ve managed to hold out on the sex part of our relationship.  I’ve taken a lot of cold showers and it makes her furious.  Just this morning she lashed out and told me that I must be gay…it pissed me off. I want to know that she loves me, but more and more, I realize how much the past has damaged her emotionally. And I know that she may never be able to say…or acknowledge, that she loves me.

Gloria: Then what will you do?

Brad: (looking very sober) I love her unconditionally…I’m not giving up on her.

Gloria:You are an amazing man.

Brad: (looking serious) For me, there’s nothing amazing about loving Shauna Lee. It’s like I’ve been waiting for her all my life.  If there is such a thing as soul mates, then I’m convinced we are.  There’s no other explanation for how I’m drawn to her.
She is a paradox. The professional woman in her has fought hard to get her independence and she isn’t going to allow anything to jeopardize it, but beneath the facade of confidence and self-assurance, I’d swear a troubled teenager still lingers in her subconscious, scared to death to let anyone get close, afraid she’ll get hurt again.  It’s damn tough to watch.

Gloria: Thanks for your time Brad. You are an amazing man, and I believe your unconditional love will prevail. I can’t imagine some of the twists and turns that it may take to make Shauna Lee realize that she loves you. I’m anxiously waiting to read Full Circle, to discover what does happen.

This character interview stuff is too much fun! Here is the interview I had with … be still my heart… sexy cowboy, Colt Thompson. From my book “The Second Time Around” Book I of the Belanger Creek Ranch series.

Gloria: What is your current state of mind?

cowboy coltColt: Do you mean how do I feel about life? I’m a workaholic. In my heart, I want to live at Belanger Creek Ranch, but since my Dad had a heart attack, I’ve returned to the farm at Cantaur, and I’m running it now and trying to keep my dad out of trouble. It’s not how I imagined my life being, but I’ve learned the hard way that life doesn’t go the way you imagined.

Gloria: Why do you say that?

Colt: Well, I’m cured of any illusions about love and romance. I was married once and I worshipped that woman. I loved her with a passion … until I found out that she was cheating on me. I would have tried to work around any problems we might have been having in the marriage, but that wasn’t her final betrayal. The last one cut me to the bone. I hated her for that one, and I filed for divorce immediately. She left me with nothing but the clothes on my back, and a mountain of debt…a painful lesson well learned! I will never lay myself open to a repeat performance. Love, romance and happy marriages are an illusion. Even if I thought I could fall in love with someone again, I’d do everything possible to make sure it didn’t happen. It simply isn’t worth the pain.

Gloria: Do your parent’s have a happy marriage?

Colt: Yeah, my parents are great. My mom is a saint. Dad has his faults—he’s stubborn like me. He’s always been a farmer and a workaholic, I guess I get some of my traits from him. Yeah, I would have to say that basically, my parents have a great marriage. I’ve noticed nowadays most women aren’t like my mom. They don’t commit to a relationship the way she has. They are too busy doing their own thing.


Gloria:
You sound a bit bitter, even chauvinistic.

Colt: I am bitter and I think I have a reason to be. I’ve been called chauvinistic before…yeah I’ve even been called an ass. But I am what I am, because a woman taught me the realities of life.

Gloria: You are a good looking man and you are relatively young, are you in a relationship with anyone now?

Colt: No, nothing romantic or too serious. I’ve been seeing a woman in Swift Current called Shauna Lee Holt. We are and friends,,, (he quirks an eyebrow) with benefits. We both have needs that we satisfy for each other, but we are not in love, so no one is going to get hurt if the other walks away. Neither one of us will try to abscond with half of the other person’s life’s work. She owns the firm that does our accounting work, so financially she is secure. Dad and I are partners in Thompson Holdings: Cantaur Farm, and Belanger Creek Ranch are both entities of it.

Gloria: Do you always feel you need to play it safe?

Colt: I got royally screwed over emotionally and financially once; it isn’t going to happen again!

Gloria: What is the trait you most despise in others?

Colt: Dishonesty… betrayal!

Gloria: What is the quality you like most in a woman?

Colt: I’m surprised you would ask me that.

 Gloria: Seriously, before you were hurt, what did you look for in a woman?

Colt: If I were looking for a woman now, it would be different from what I looked for back then. When I was young looks and a great body meant a lot. And the woman I married loved horses and the rodeo life, and so did I. I thought we were a perfect match, but it was all a fantasy. I was so besotted, I forgot that we had a farm and a ranch to run, until Dad jerked me up short and made it clear that if I was part of the business, I had to pull my weight with the work.

If I were to look for a woman now looks wouldn’t be as important… yeah, I know… every man likes to wake up to a good looking face on the pillow and a slender strong body snuggled into your arms. But seriously, honesty, loyalty, a sense of humor, someone who cares as much about you as she does herself, a woman who enjoys what you do—especially when your business is a ranch or farming. The ideal woman for me is someone who will work beside you through the long days, and the good times and bad. I’d want a woman who loved kids. I always wanted a family until…well that’s another story. We’d both have to be considerate and respect each others moods—everyone has a shitty day once in a while. She’d have to understand that there is a time to play—although I seldom do that; but work has to come first around here. I’m not saying she’d have to be a clone of me. I know we’d both have to give and take. But since I’m NOT looking for another woman to be part of my life, none of that matters.

Gloria: What if you met a woman with all of those qualities, what would you do?

Colt: Run as fast as I could. I’d marry a horse (I love them) before I’d ever let myself get addled brained enough to get involved with another woman. I’d never count on getting it right the second time around. Believe me… once was enough!

 Image credit for cowboy photo

 

 

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 Nice and smooth April 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have seen this book and author around on several blogs and sites, but each time I looked at the cover, something just kept me from buying it. I’m a visual person right off the bat, and the cover never really called to me. However, I finally looked past the cover to see what the story was really about. This was one case where I am glad that I looked beyond just the visual and took a leap.This book was a very good read, very smoothly written and well edited. I loved Frankie the lead female in the story. I could relate to her strength and her insecurities. The depth of the character was strong and really filled you in. While I liked Colt, I felt that sometimes we didn’t always see the complete side of him and I would have liked to see a bit more about how he ticked.

The storyline moved along very nicely and I enjoyed how it grew and how it ended. I would have liked to see a final conversation with Ollie, the boss at the ranch, when all the news broke at the end because I believed it played a vital role in the story, but the way it ended worked well. The sexual nature of the book is very calm and clean, leaving your to visualize how much you want to, or not.

I am very glad that I picked up this book and gave it a chance. It was a great quick read – took me just about 4 hours to read cover to cover. I will definitely be reading more of this author.