Jan 16 2018
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Falling for a Cowboy by Karen Rock – Excerpt and Giveaway

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Falling for a Cowboy
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #2)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Doesn’t he get that she’s blind?

Barrel racer Amberley James wants to join the premier rodeo circuit more than anything, but she faces the ultimate hurdle when she loses her eyesight to a rare genetic condition. All she’d ever wanted seems out of reach. Giving up is the only option…until her best friend and local hero Jared Cade steps in. The last thing she wants is Jared’s help. But his persistence at encouraging her to get back in the saddle is ridiculously annoying. And undeniably inspiring…


Excerpt
A half hour later, Amberley and Jared finished the games designed to help Emily’s coordination and strength.

“How do I fly?” she asked as they led her and Harley around the ring.

“Close your eyes and stretch your arms out to the sides.” Jared moved, imitating the pose, Amberley guessed.

“I’ll fall off.”

“I won’t let you.”

The firmness of Jared’s voice had the desired effect. “Okay, I’m ready.”

“Now say, ‘Harley, fly!’” Jared boomed, theatrical and dramatic enough to make the crazy thought seem possible.

“But he can’t really, right?”

“Sure he can. You can do anything in your imagination.”

“Fly, Harley!” Emily shouted.

Amberley made a smooching sound that kicked up Harley’s gait so he high-stepped it around the ring.

“We’re crossing over the treetops now,” Jared said, his voice so full of wonder he nearly convinced Amberley this was really happening. “It looks like a green sea down there. The leaves are rustling, moving together like waves. Can you hear them?”

“I can hear them!”

They completed one go-round, and Amberley signaled Harley to pick up the pace.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” Jared said in a comical imitation of a pilot’s voice, “we’re cruising at an altitude of ten thousand feet and blasting through the clouds.”

“What’s it look like?” Emily asked, eager.

“White. Everywhere,” Jared answered. “Like spun sugar. If you stick out your tongue maybe you can taste it.”

“I can!”

“Good!” Jared crowed. “You’re using your imagination. The sun’s just ahead. It’s getting warmer. Can you feel it?”

A trickle of sweat wound down Amberley’s cheek at the exertion. She’d lost her stamina if this activity tired her.

“It’s hot!”

“But not too hot. Remember, Harley can protect you,” Amberley assured her.

“But he’s not a real Pegasus.”

They neared the dismount stairs and Amberley pulled Harley to a stop.

“Just because he lost his wings doesn’t mean he’s not a Pegasus anymore.” Jared helped Emily off the saddle and down the stairs.

Emily threw her arms around Harley’s neck. “You’re a real Pegasus, Harley. You are.”

Harley’s head bobbed in a flash of black and silver, and Amberley smiled through the tears that sprang to her eyes.

Jared was right. Wings didn’t make a Pegasus. Working limbs, perfect eyesight…they didn’t make a human either. What we imagined and strived to be counted. Real strength rooted itself inside, where it mattered most.

Other Books in the Series

Christmas at Cade Ranch
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 7th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
The Christmas they never had.
James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother’s death. With Jesse’s ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn’t save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he’s betraying Jesse. Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.

About the Author

In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn’t wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she’s now an author for Harlequin’s Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She’s loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother’s Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen’s upcoming books, check out her website.

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Tour Giveaway


1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card along with print copies of HIS KIND OF COWGIRL, A COWBOY TO KEEP, and CHRISTMAS AT CADE RANCH by Karen Rock
– US Only

– Ends January 24th

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