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Farrier Fascination

Happy New Year and Happy early Valentine’s Day!

I’ve wanted to write a Valentine’s story for years, and was lucky enough to do so before my beloved Harlequin Western Romance line closes this year. WRANGLING CUPID’S COWBOY is not only a holiday romance, it has allowed me to share my fascination with the age-old art of farriering.

Many moons ago, I worked on a large reining horse ranch in Northern New Jersey. Up until that point I had always thought of farriers as people who trimmed hooves and put shoes on horses. I hadn’t realized that many farriers work alongside equine veterinarians and provide therapeutic and corrective shoeing to horses suffering from hoof disorders, trauma, neglect and other injuries.

The reddish orange glow of our resident farrier’s forge drew me in and I became captivated watching him precisely sculpt each shoe with what seemed like the most primitive of tools. From the first rise of steam when the shoe met the horse’s hoof, I knew I wanted to write a farrier story. Back then I had always assumed it would be about a male farrier because that’s all I had ever heard about. Years later, I moved to the deep south and discovered most of the farriers in my area are women. The story idea once again began to rattle around in my brain, but I hadn’t given it the attention it deserved until I stumbled across a photo of country singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves with her horse Mismo. The name Delta Grace immediately sprung to mind and I knew I had my female farrier. I just needed a rugged family man to round out my story…and like a sign from above, singer Luke Bryant began playing on the radio. The man epitomizes family and I had all the inspiration I needed to write WRANGLING CUPID’S COWBOY. While this is by far my most heart wrenching story to date, it was one of my favorites to write. I hope you enjoy reading it.

FALLING HEAD OVER BOOTS…

Farrier Delta Grace has a strict rule about not getting involved with clients. Rugged ranch owner Garrett Slade is exactly why. The attraction between them is instant. He’s also her biggest client and the epitome of complicated. A widowed father of two, he’s moved back to Saddle Ridge, Montana, for a fresh start.

Despite her better judgment, Delta can’t stay away from Garrett or his kids. And it’s not long before her heart melts completely, along with her rules. However, when life deals Delta a devastating blow, she needs to distance herself from Garrett—their family has already experienced too much heartache. All is not lost, though, because with Valentine’s Day around the corner, love may actually conquer all!

Want to win a copy of WRANGLING CUPID’S COWBOY?

Tell me what fascinates you most about ranch life in the comments section and one winner will be randomly chosen to receive a copy (your choice: digital or paperback).

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Amanda Renee was raised in the Northeast and now wriggles her toes in the warm coastal Carolina sands. Her career began when she was discovered through Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest. When not creating stories about love and laughter, she enjoys the company of her schnoodle—Duffy—camping, playing guitar and piano, photography and anything involving animals. You can visit her at amandarenee.com.

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  1. Oh my goodness, how could I not want to read this book when the male you based your story on was Luke Bryan! He’s such a wonderful man! Throw in Kelley as a farrier and a Valentine’s love story, what more could I ask for!?!? I love a strong woman main character and a cowboy that has a soft side when it comes to his family or the idea of having a family. I’m from Texas, Stephenville, Texas, the cowboy capital of the world and my family has had feedlots or been involved with feedlots and cattle auctions in Kentucky, Tennessee, New Mexico, Nevada, Mexico and Texas. I’m sure I’m forgetting somewhere. I love cowboys, cow dogs, horses, green pastures, a tank, a good corral and all that comes with ranch life. I really love it when you throw in roosters, chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits and all kinds of animals. I have not read one of your books and I would love the opportunity to read one! I’m always looking for a new author and one thats writing about a cowboy is huge! Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year, Stephanie! Wow! You’ve really been involved in all aspects of ranching! And isn’t it next to impossible to resist a man like Luke Bryan? Thank you for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway!

  2. I am a Texas girl who has never spent any time on a ranch or farm or anything. I have only rode a horse once in my life. But the ranch life has always been an interest to me. Everything about it fascinates me. I just hope one day I can meet someone who has a ranch so I can experience some part of it other than just reading about it in books.

    1. Hi, Janine! I hope you have the ranch experience someday too! I got my first ranch job my interning in breed management on the weekends. Essentially I was a volunteer. Check to see if there are any ranches in your area looking for people on the weekend. Even if you only do it one time, it’s a free way to really experience the lifestyle. 🙂

  3. This book sounds great! Will have to check it out. I’ve never been to a ranch, but everything about it fascinates me.

    1. Hi, Sally! I hope you enjoy the book. Ranches have something going on every second of the day. It’s definitely never boring. 🙂

  4. I always find new books to read around here!

    1. Hi, Minna! If you pick this one up…or win a copy…I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  5. Oh this sounds fabulous! I grew up on a farm and the country life is in my blood. I love the hard work and wide open spaces of it all.

    1. Hi, Susan! Wide. Open. Spaces. Those three words define so much of what I love about farming and ranching. The work is hard and dirty, but there is something freeing about doing it outside…even in the rain. 🙂

  6. Grew up on a farm and started riding at 4 – cannot stand not seeing a horse in the pasture!! Life is not worth living without one in my life! Don’t enter I have the book already!

    1. Hi, Teresa! It’s wonderful seeing you here today! Thank you for always reading my books! 🙂

  7. What is not to like about ranch life? I grew up on a farm and experienced a lot of ranch life.

  8. Hi Amanda, the book sounds wonderful. I visited a ranch when I was about ten. Many, many years ago. I loved watching the horses, such beautiful animals. I enjoyed reading how you ended up writing Wrangling Cupid’s Cowboy. And just to let you know that here in New Jersey the only thing we can wiggle are toes in is lots of snow. lol. Waiting for Spring. Desperately .

    1. Thank you, Carol! I miss the snow. We had some ice here a week ago, but sadly no snow. I hope you thaw out soon!
      NJ has some of the most beautiful horses in the world. I miss the ranches up there.

  9. The work is never done on a ranch whether it’s building or mending fences, counting and feeding livestock, or hunting that new baby that got lost from his mama. Although ranch work is hard, it’s always rewarding and worth every drop of sweat.

    1. Absolutely, Melanie! It’s extremely rewarding.

  10. We were a farm family for many years in Kentucky and even had a horse for awhile but our emphasis was dairy cattle, grains and tobacco so I’ve never seen a large ranch. Your story sounds great! Thanks for your giveaway.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. There is some gorgeous land in Kentucky. I’ve contemplated setting a series there for a while now. Good luck in the giveaway!

  11. There is some gorgeous land in Kentucky. I’ve contemplated setting a series there for a while now. Good luck in the giveaway!

  12. Open space, sunrises, sunsets, we’re our own boss (except for all the regulations we have to contend with), fresh air, family working together, a sense of community with the neighbors —and much more.

    1. Hi, Alice! I love your response! ?

  13. Being a city girl moved to the country, I am a wanna be ranch woman. The lifestyle intrigues me. The work ethic is so strong and connected to the land and animals on it. The men and women care deeply about what they have in their care and the people in their lives. City folks just do not get it. Try and get folks in the city to support one another like ranchers do and a lot of problems would not exist anymore.

    1. Hi, Jerri Lynn! It’s a very honest lifestyle and I totally agree with you.

  14. Hi, Alice! I love your response! 🙂

  15. I love the idea of wide open spaces and horses…

    1. Hi, Colleen! I agree…there is something majestically beautiful about watching horses run across the land.

  16. How man and beast survive winter out in the open.

  17. Ranch life is a lot of hard work and dependent on weather, markets, and Mother Nature. For all that, working outside, partnering with nature, and having the ability to add in a bit of environmental work on the land it would be more than worth it. It takes strong, hardworking people who care about each other and what they do to ranch.
    My daughter trained to be a farrier. Unfortunately, she was thrown from a horse and injured her hip. She was told it was bruised and sent back to work. Years later x-rays showed it had been a small break, not a bruise. At any rate, she could no longer support the weight of the horse or stay bent over, both of which are necessary for the job. Her forge and tools didn’t go to waste. Her younger brother started “playing” with them and has become a pretty good blacksmith.
    WRANGLING CUPID’S COWBOY sounds like a book I will definitely enjoy. I’ll pass it along to my daughter who has already found her cowboy and does miss working with horses. They have moved on to llamas and sheep.

    1. Hi, Patricia! I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s farrier fate. It’s definitely a grueling job. I love that your son has taken up blacksmithing. It’s a trade and artform steeped in rich history. I hope you enjoy the book!

  18. I’ve been around farming with different family members, so a ranch always seemed like a step up when I was a kid and saw it glamorized in TV and movies. I know ranch work is hard work, but every little girl’s dream is to own a horse, so it was always a fascination.

    I learned the difference in a farrier and a blacksmith a long time ago.

    1. Hi, Denise! I agree with you about TV and movies glamourizing ranch life. I love giving my characters that open the door, see a horse in a pasture view. I think there’s a sense of tranquility that goes along with the hard work. Wide open spaces and the scent of fresh hay brings a smile to my face every time. 🙂

  19. What an absolutely stunning cover. No need to enter me..I am on my way to get that book asap!

  20. I just finished this book yesterday. I loved the idea of a female farrier and all the information you imparted about the work they do in the book.

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