Big Sky Country Excerpt:
“Would you mind stopping by the office once or twice, just in case someone drops in wanting to look at a property? Slade Barlow has a habit of coming over to ask if the Kingman place has sold.”
The name registered in an instant, like a sharp dart to the esophagus, and Joslyn had to swallow before she could nod. As kids, she and Slade had lived in different worlds, her rich, his poor. Back then, she’d been his brother Hutch’s girl, which hadn’t helped, either. Although Slade had never actually come out and said as much—he’d barely spoken to her at all, in fact—she’d known what he thought of her: that she was spoiled, self-centered and shallow.
Worse, he’d been right.
When the financial roof had caved in and all those honest, hardworking people realized they’d been cheated out of their savings by the town’s onetime favorite son—Joslyn’s stepfather, Elliott—her charmed life was over.
Tomorrow's excerpt will be at: Tammilee Tips (on June 28)
...and if you missed it, yesterday's excerpt was at: Books That Leave You Breathless (on June 26).
Guest Blog: Do you prefer Slade or Hutch? - Linda Lael Miller
Well, heck, that’s a hard one, because I’m crazy about both of them. Slade is the strong, silent type, physically patterned after a young Rob Lowe (I had his shirtless Vanity Fair cover framed and kept it on my desk throughout.) He’s big on honor and integrity, and he’s really gun-shy because of a love gone wrong. Hutch is strong, too, but he’s outspoken and reckless. Where Slade will examine an issue from all angles, Hutch tends to jump right in and worry about the details later. Because they’re both LLM heroes, they have certain qualities in common: they want a woman who is an equal, and a partner, they love kids, they love animals, and they will always try to do the right thing. Like “real” people, they sometimes get it wrong, despite all their good intentions. They both have a sense of humor, Slade’s being dry and understated, while Hutch’s is more wisecrack dependent. They never look for a fight, but they never run away from one, either. I’m often asked if I wish real men were like my heroes—truth be told, I think there are a lot of very fine men out there, doing their jobs, loving their women, raising their children to be good citizens.
About Big Sky Country:
The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father…until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn’t sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody—including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen, whom Slade has never forgotten.
But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect, plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter, Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she’s responsible only for her own actions—such as her effect on this lawman’s guarded heart.
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So, what do you think??
Does Big Sky Country sound like a book you'd want to read? Are you a fan of Swoon-worthy Cowboys (as the series is named ;D)?