Cowboy In The Making Reissued

I’m excited to announce that Harlequin is reissuing my book Cowboy in the Making, along with USA Today bestselling author Angi Morgan’s The Renegade Rancher. If you’re like me and occasionally enjoy having a traditional book to hold, here’s your chance to get two great books in one! Look for Home on the Ranch: Family Ties this July.

In Cowboy in the Making, I wove together two of my favorite themes—tackling career struggles/obstacles and exploring the definition of family. After high school Emma Donovan headed for Nashville, her head filled with dreams of a country music career, but life didn’t go as planned. She returned to Colorado both older  and wiser. A freak accident sends Jamie Westland to his grandfather’s Colorado ranch to clear his head and sort out his life. But Jamie’s grandfather has a plan of his own—to play matchmaker between Jamie and his best friend’s granddaughter Emma by throwing them together any chance he can.

Both these characters have been touched by adoption, but from opposite sides of the issue. They both wonder where they belong, and wonder what it means to be family. What matters more nature or nuture? What makes us who we are and what are the ties that bind us together?

Here’s an excerpt:

Emma decided she was done fighting what she felt for him. She was tired of being strong, focused and directed all the time. More important, she was tired of being alone.

Not that she thought she’d found her soul mate or anything crazy like that. She believed the soul mate thing was as real as Big Foot—but Jamie made her laugh, something she hadn’t done enough of since her mother got sick, and for right now, that was enough. No harm. No foul. That became her motto.

From that night on, she and Jamie went out to eat after rehearsals and talked about whatever came to mind. Music, their childhoods. She learned he’d secretly listened to country music in high school. Sometimes they worked on music and had even started writing some songs together. A couple of times they went hiking or horseback riding. Nothing special, and yet their time together fed her soul.

Now today Emma stood in the parking lot at Stanley Park unloading tables and chairs from the shelter van for the Pet Walk when Jamie pulled up. He’d been such a rock for her when she found out about Andrew. It would have been so easy to fall apart, and she probably would have if it hadn’t been for Jamie.

He got out of Mick’s battered Chevy truck, looking way too good for this early in the morning, wearing one of the shirts he’d bought when they went shopping. As it happened her favorite, the tan-and-brown plaid that matched his coffee-colored eyes.

Before when he was dressed in khakis and a polo shirt, he’d looked… She searched for the right word. Restrained. Reserved. Almost as if he was apart from everyone and everything around him. Now a relaxed air surrounded him. He appeared at ease. Almost as if she was seeing the inner man for the first time. He looked as though he’d been here his entire life. As though he belonged.

She nodded toward his feet. “Good-looking boots.”

“Do I pass muster?”

“You’ll do.”


Thanks for stopping by today. Leave a comment and be entered to win the plastic, light-up wineglass from my favorite winery Firelight and a copy of Home on the Ranch:  FamilyTies, perfect for an afternoon on the patio or by the pool.




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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

23 thoughts on “Cowboy In The Making Reissued”

  1. Good morning Julie- your book sounds amazing. I hope you’ve had a wonderful May. I certainly did. I’m ready for June. Have a blessed day.

    • I’m ready for June, too, Tonya! I’m a substitute teacher and am ready to be done with teaching for the summer. Though, I’m not ready for the heat. It’s supposed to hit 100 here in Dallas this week. I’m afraid we’re in for a long, hot summer.

  2. Thanks for the great post. I love collecting wine glasses from different wineries. Well maybe I love to visit wineries.

    • Debra, I collect wine glasses from all the wineries I visit, too! Some time I’ll have post a picture of how I have them displayed in my kitchen window nook. 🙂 My favorite winery is Firelight Vineyards in Valley View, Texas. (I did one of my first Petticoats and Pistols blogs on the town.) Valley View is a small about an hour north of Dallas. Firelight is small winery that’s only been open three years, but I love their sangria and Dolcetto wines. Plus, they have live music every Saturday night. If you’re ever in the area, you should check it out.

  3. Thanks. Julie for your post and the amazing excerpt. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m actually in the middle of To Love A Texas Cowboy right now. Loving it !

    • Carol, I’m so glad you’re enjoying To Love A Texas Cowboy. That series has a special place in my heart because the inspiration came from my oldest son’s days in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. I’m working on book three, Cooper’s story, right now. It’s been giving me fits! It should’ve been done ages ago, but I can’t get it right. I’m the only author I know who can right 60,000 and can’t get the blasted ending done. Thanks for stopping by today.

      • I just finished Ty’s and Carrie’s story. Loved it ! I’m excited to read AJ’s story now. Thank you for such a wonderful read.

  4. This book sounds really good. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win your prize too. I’ll have to look for wine from that winery next time I go to the store.

    • Janine, unfortunately Firelight Vineyards’s wines aren’t in stores. They are a new winery. They will have been in business three years (I think) this summer. It’s owned by a couple and they’re in their working hard, like all small business owners have to in order to make the business survive. Check out their page on Facebook. I’m not sure if they’re able to ship wine or not.

      Thanks for stopping by to chat today.

    • Thank you so much for the congratulations, Jerri. This story is about how being a cowboy is an attitude and a way of thinking, not so much about roping cows. 🙂

  5. I love reissues… it is a second chance for us readers to enjoy a story we might have missed the first time around! 🙂

    • Plus, this reissue has two books. It’s a great opportunity to try a new author. I’m so grateful to be included with USA Today bestselling author Angi Morgan.

  6. I like finding books with two books in one. I have found new to me authors this way. I’ll have to look for This one.

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