I Invited a Friend to the Corral–Ann Roth!

This month Harlequin has re-released my novel The Rancher and the Vet and Ann Roth’s Montana Vet in a two in one book entitled A Cure for the Vet available in Wal-Mart and on Amazon. In honor of that, I’m doing something special. Today, you’re getting two blogs in one because Ann Roth has joined me to chat about her book.

From Ann:

My novel, Montana Vet, is actually book 3 of my Prosperity, Montana, miniseries. Books 1 and 2 will be out in January, in another 2 in 1 release. No worries—I wrote the books as stand-alone stories featuring siblings. They don’t have to be read in order.

Here’s a thumbnail sketch of Montana Vet.

Veterinarian Seth Pettit has been AWOL from Prosperity for some time. Now he’s come home… with a fourteen-year-old girl in tow.

I have a soft spot in my heart for foster kids. I feel the same tenderness and concern for abandoned and abused dogs, which is one reason I felt compelled to create heroine Emily Miles, who shares my sentiments and has founded a shelter for these animals. The other reason, of course, is that she’s the perfect match for Seth Pettit—even though neither of them is looking for romance.

How Seth and Emily get together and fall in love is a story you don’t want to miss!

A little about me:

My genre is contemporary romance. I love happy endings, don’t you? Especially when two characters are so right for each other, but don’t know it.

To date, I have published over 35 novels, and several short stories and novellas, both through New York publishers and as an indie author.

For a list of my novels and to sign up for my newsletter, click here to visit my website. I love to hear from readers! Email me at ann@annroth.net and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

From Julie:

Like Ann’s story, The Rancher and the Vet, features a veterinarian, but mine is the heroine, Avery McAlister. The hero is her first love, Reed Montgomery who returns to Estes Park to become a surrogate parent to his teenage niece.

I love writing old flame stories because there’s instant conflict, chemistry and sexual tension when they step on the page. But that wasn’t the only reason I enjoyed this story. Another was because I could have animals cause trouble throughout the book. Thor, Reed’s niece’s pet chihuahua, does his best to give Reed a proper welcome, complete with leaving him “presents.”

Tito available for adoption with Cody’s Friends Rescue

But I had the most fun with scenes between Reed and his niece. Making a bachelor caring for a teenage girl was more fun than should be legal. Talk about torturing a hero! One of my favorite scenes is when Reed takes Jess shopping for a school dance. Now that’s a man’s worst nightmare come to life. Thankfully for Reed when he’s in over his head, Avery comes to his rescue. At one point, I couldn’t get Avery and Reed alone without them sacrificing their pride. I groused that I wished I could lock them in a closet together. Thankfully Reed’s niece was happy to comply…

Thanks again to Ann Roth for joining me in the corral today. Since Ann’s book is set in Montana and mine is in Colorado, we want to know your favorite ranch location. Two randomly chosen commentators receive a copy of A Cure for the Vet. One signed by Ann and one by me. So, let’s hear what you think. If you could have a ranch anywhere, where would it be?

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Julie Benson
Julie Benson has written five novels for Harlequin American, and her Wishing, Texas series is available from Tule Publishing. Now that her three sons have left the nest in Dallas, when she isn't writing, Julie spends her time working on home improvement projects, rescuing dogs, and visiting Texas wineries with her husband. Visit her at www.juliebenson.net.
Updated: August 28, 2019 — 12:38 pm

55 Comments

  1. Texas is always fun for a ranch, but I think a ranch could work in most states.

    1. Denise, I always thought Texas, too. Then I saw the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. So now I’m nit so siure. Thanks for stopping by today,

    2. Denise, that’s a good point. It’d be fun to research ranches in various states…

  2. Being Texan, I gotta go with North Central Texas.

    1. Hi, Jerri Lynn- is very popular, and with good reason. Thanks for weighing in.

      1. Er… TEXAS is very popular.

    2. Jerri Lynn, I’m partial to North Central Texas, too. I’d love to have a ranch by Valley View, TX. That’s where I’d love to retire. Where in North Central Texas would you choose?

  3. I would want one either in Wyoming or Montana, I’m a Texan, but those 2 state truly fuel my love of the great outdoors.

    1. Tonya, I’ve always wanted to visit Montana. A dear friend moved their and the pictures she posts on FB are amazing. I’m just not sure I could handle the cold. I grew up in Iowa, but my blood has thinned living in Texas for so long. 🙂

    2. I hear that, Tonya. Both are beautiful places. So is Texas!

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    I’m a Texan through and through so I should say Texas but I have MS and I so need to be living in a cooler climate so after studying average summer temperatures I’m going with a ranch in Washington State that has an average summer high of 79°. That sounds so good to me! I’d love the opportunity to read your books!

    1. Hi, Stephanie– Texas is a great place for a ranch. I also like Montana, which is why I chose it for MONTANA VET.

    2. Stephanie, my friends Jennifer and Jeanne are from the Washington state area and love it. The older I get, the more our extreme Texas heat bothers me, so I can’t imagine how it must affect you since you have MS. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you the best battling MS.

  5. Being a Texan, I would want my ranch here. These sound like fun books. I love animals in stories.

    1. Janine, mine was a blast to write. The two dog characters, Thor and Baxter, wanted to take over the book at times, but I had to be firm with them.

    2. I think my dream ranch would be in Montana.

      1. Hi, Pam- I live in Washington State, and Montana is only a drive away. (Okay, a LONG drive.) Big Sky country! I like that a lot, and that’s one reason all my ranching books are in Montana.

      2. Pam. visiting Montana is going on my bucket list along with the Grand Canyon! Thanks for stopping by to chat.

    3. Janine, just think–you get two books featuring animals and ranches in one volume! Enjoy!

  6. Since I am not a Texan as everyone so far I am happy with either place in a book I am not that picky.

    1. That’s the fun thing about writing, I can set different series in different places and it gives me an excuse to travel to do research.

    2. Quilt Lady, I like your attitude!

  7. It is always nice to have company visit. Thanks for the great post.

    1. Thanks, Debra! Glad you stopped by.

    2. Debra, I appreciate your kind words. Thanks so much for sharing that.

  8. Texas is my home so Texas is where my ranch is.

    1. Melanie, do you have a ranch? Is it cattle or horses? I’m so jealous!

    2. You actually have a ranch, Melanie? That’s so cool!

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    I have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon so I would choose for my ranch to be in Arizona.
    Thanks for your giveaway!
    Blessings,
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Connie, I’ve never been to Arizona, but the pictures I’ve seen are beautiful. I need to put visiting the Grand Canyon on my bucket list!

  10. Julie, love your post. The two stories sound amazing. I love anything with animals in it. They add another layer of depth to the story and characters. I would put my ranch in Wyoming in the foothills of the Teton Mountains. That would be heaven. Wishing you much success and happiness.

    1. Thanks Linda. I love having animals play key parts of my stories. My next book in my Wishing Texas series has dogs as crucial characters. A service dog is what brings my hero and heroine together initially.

    2. Linda, Wyoming would make a terrific setting! Lots of great ranches there, and your suggestion to put the ranch in the foothills of the Teton Mountains sounds perfect!

  11. I sure enjoyed your writings today. Having driven through Montana and Colorado this year, I would have a tough time telling you just one ranch location. However, the Colorado Rockies were impressive and I could see a ranch nestled between two Mountains with a large green and lush valley. I love when horses are given names in books. It just touches my heart. Best wishes to both of you and your releases. Enjoyed.

    1. Kathy, my first book Bic City Cowboy, the book about Avery’s oldest brother, came about after I visited Estes Park, Colorado for a wedding. I feel in love with the area and had to set a story there. Turned out I wrote five! I’d love to have a ranch there. Thanks for weighting in today.

    2. Thanks so much, Kathy. I’m smiling…

  12. I’d pick Colorado. My in-laws have a home in the mountains in southwest Colorado and we drive through some beautiful land there when we go to visit.

    1. Carrie, you can’t go wrong choosing Colorado!

    2. You and Julie chose a great setting!

  13. How fun to have Ann join you today, Julie! Howdy, Ann!! We’re so glad to have you here at P&P!

    I love veterinary stories – not only in books, but on TV, too. (Dr. Pol, anyone? Dr. Jeff? I’ve watched almost every episode of their shows!)

    Thanks for a fun blog, ladies!

    1. Thanks, Pam! I’m having fun too!

  14. I’ve always thought of Texas, but I love mountains and winter so I’d probably rather have in Montana. But after being in Scotland and seeing their farms I’d love to have a ranch there with their highlands and hills!!

    1. Susan, I’ve never been to Scotland but I hear it’s beautiful. What a great suggestion.

    2. Wow- Scotland. Great idea. Also a good suggestion for a trip out of the country. Ooh…

  15. Anywhere scenic… not picky 🙂

    1. Colleen, there have been so many great places suggested today, it is hard to choose!

  16. I like ranches set in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. However, we have some down here in Florida, too!! If I was going to have one, I’d want it to be in Georgia!!

    1. Trudy, I never considered Florida or Georgia. Great suggestions!

    2. Trudy, thanks for suggesting two other great settings!

  17. First of all your book sounds like a very good read, sounds like it is a tender story. I Love the book cover! I Love dogs, we had a dog all our growing up years at home. I enjoyed reading this blog, and I enjoyed looking at the very nice pictures. I would have a ranch either here in Texas or in Cloudcroft New Mexico in the woods in the middle of the forest and the house of course would be a cabin, I think that would be a perfect place for a ranch. Have a Great rest of the week. God Bless you.

    1. Alicia, thank you for your comment. I’ve always had dogs and can’t imagine my life without them. I believe dogs and horses can help us heal in so many ways. We haven’t even begun to explore them.

      Your setting for a Ranch sounds so relaxing and beautiful. Thank you for stopping by to chat today.

  18. Julie, I enjoyed your post! I’d love to own a ranch in Israel.

  19. Montana or Colorado? No one should have to choose between two such wonderful states. We lived in Colorado Springs for 3 years. My husband was in the Air Force and stationed at Cheyenne Mountain. It was the best of all our assignments. We loved the Rocky Mountains. Our house sat on a hill on the what was the eastern edge of town and we had a wonderful view of the plains. Now it is all developed. We have traveled to Montana several times, most recently this past July. I love the wide open spaces and mountains.
    I think I would pick Colorado. My heart is there still. Thank you both for the pictures.

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