Montana Dad by Jeannie Watt and a Give Away!

I’m so excited that my next book will be out on February 1st, three short days from now!

Montana Dad is the second of my Sweet Home Montana series about the Callahan family, which is part of the wholesome Harlequin Heartwarming line. 

Before I tell you about the story, I want to mention that Harlequin has updated their covers starting this month, and Montana Dad is among the first in the re-brand. I’m thrilled with this cover, which really speaks to the special relationship Nick Callahan has with his two little girls.

Nick Callahan is a widowed dad who recently moved back home to the Callahan ranch so that his daughters will be closer to his mom and sister. Alexandra Ryan has moved across the country to live in her aunt’s isolated house next to the Callahan ranch because she believes she’s being stalked by associates of her former boss, who absconded with a great deal of money. Things come to head when Nick asks for access across her land while his bridge is being repaired. Alex says no, then discovers that the locals don’t take it well when someone messes with their neighbors.

Here is an excerpt:

Alex Ryan climbed out of her car and stalked toward Nick with murder in her eyes. Apparently he had something to answer for, which was odd, because wasn’t he the one getting screwed over in this deal? Wasn’t he the one who quite literally had to traverse ten miles of bad road to get home?

She came to a stop a few feet away and pointed a finger at him. “You had me blackballed at the lumber store.”

“Cooper’s Building Supply?”

“Yes.”

“I didn’t.”

She gave him a puh-leeze look as her green gaze burned into him. “I’ll drive to Missoula to get what I need. And you can enjoy the fact that you’re putting me out, but remember this—petty revenge is bad for the soul.”

“I’ll remember that when I take the ten-mile detour to my ranch.” He folded his arms over his chest and looked down at her. Steam was practically coming out of her ears. “And if I engaged in vengeful behavior, it’d be a lot more creative than having someone blackballed at Cooper’s.” His voice was little more than a growl, but it must have carried, because he heard the wheels of a grocery cart come to an abrupt halt behind him, then start moving again.

“People are looking,” Alex said in a hissing whisper.

“Of course they’re looking. Wouldn’t you?” He glanced over to see Mary Watkins and her three kids staring at them as they loaded their SUV with groceries. And the cart that had stopped so abruptly behind him was being pushed by Lester Granger, who would totally enjoy spreading this tale at the co-op coffee klatch. Nick smiled tightly and raised a hand at his neighbors.

Nothing to see here, folks.

Mary waved back.

When Nick shifted his attention back to Alex, she let out a breath that seemed to come from her toes. “I need to go.”

The expression she’d worn when he’d come to her ranch that first day was back. Half cautious, half defiant. Fully self-protective. What was this woman running from? Was she a criminal? An abused wife on the run? His gaze strayed to her ring finger, which was bare and showed no signs of a ring having been recently removed. Okay, probably not married, but one didn’t need to be married to be abused, and she was as jumpy as he would expect an abuse victim to be. She’d asked him not to judge until he knew her circumstances. Fair enough. Of course, it’d be nice if she explained her circumstances, but he didn’t see that happening anytime soon.

“I’ll talk to Emmie at the building-supply store.”

“I…” She swallowed, obviously not expecting the gesture. “Thank you.” It was as if politeness was so deeply engrained in her that now that her anger had faded, she couldn’t simply get in the car and slam the door like she so obviously wanted to.

“You’re welcome,” he replied. She was there, living on the property he’d wanted, and avoiding her wasn’t going to change the situation. “What did you need at the building supply?”

“A hinge. I’m fostering a dog. I have to have a secure enclosure.”

If you would like to win a copy–print or digital–of the first book in the series A RANCH BETWEEN THEM, just let me know in the comments. I’ll announce a winner on Friday.

Jeannie Watt
Jeannie Watt raises cattle in Montana and loves all things western. When she's not writing, Jeannie enjoys sewing, making mosaic mirrors, riding her horses and buying hay. Lots and lots of hay.

39 Comments

  1. Wonderful excerpt. Love the new Harlequin cover designs.

    1. Thank you, Denise. I love the covers, too. The colors are so soft.

  2. Love the cover. It does speak to a special, sweet relationship between the girls and their dad. Small towns can be hard on strangers. You don’t mess with well liked friends and neighbors. I can understand Alexandra’s wanting to keep people away, not wanting them to “trespass.” It must be frightening not knowing when trouble will or might descend upon you. I look forward to reading their story.

    1. Thank you, Patricia. Small towns can be challenging at times, but I love them!

  3. Hi, Jeannie. Nice meeting you! Montana Dad sounds like a great story. I would love to read it.

    1. Thank you, Sharon! Nice to meet you, too!

  4. Enjoyed the excerpt.

  5. Great sounding story! Would love to win a copy of your book.

  6. Great excerpt. The cover just speaks “love”. Looking forward to reading their story. Congrats on the release.

  7. Great cover on a great book!

    1. Thank you, Melanie. I just love it!

  8. What a wonderful read – love the new covers too!

  9. I would love to win a copy of the first book in the series. This sounds like a great series and I would love to get started reading it. Thanks for the chance.

  10. Congratulations on your upcoming book. After reading the excerpt, I definitely want to read it.

  11. Congrats onthe book. I would love to read the book.

  12. What a charming cover Jeannie! So sweet. Fun excerpt tp read from your book. Thanks for the update regarding this series.

  13. Sounds great.love the sweet picture on the cover. Could use this to read while I’m waiting to get my tire fixed. Dang nails

    1. Hugs, Elaine! I hate waiting for tire repairs. 🙂

  14. I really like the cover. Kudos to Harlequin
    The story sounds really good.

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    Love the excerpt. Thank you for sharing. The cover is super cute.

  16. Love the cover… it made me smile big time!

    1. Me, too. Thank you, Colleen!

  17. Would love to read this.

  18. That is an adorable cover! I would love the chance to win a print book.

  19. Great cover, and the book sounds great, too!!

  20. This sounds like something I need to read!

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