Book excerpt for The Cowboys of Copper Mountain Christmas anthology by Tule Publishing Group

Today’s focus is The Cowboys of Copper Mountain
Series
by Jane Porter, Melissa McClone, and Katherine Garbera.

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Blurb:
Three
novellas and an unforgettable short story, now available together in one
festive package!
A Cowboy for
Christmas
by Katherine Garbera
Annie Prudhomme never
expected to be back in Marietta, MT and her family is fond of reminding her
that she left them and the town behind in search of better things. A
humiliating divorce that cost her everything she’d gained has driven her back
home and her family isn’t about to welcome her back into the fold. She’s in
town to rebuild the old home that she inherited and to move on once again.
Carson Scott never
forgot Annie or the way she left. Now that she’s back in town he’s realizing
that the old flame still burns hot but he can’t risk his heart the way he did
last time now that he has his son to think about it. Being trapped together
during a December snowstorm gives them a chance to rekindle their romance but
is Annie back for good or is she just looking for a cowboy for Christmas?
Christmas at Copper
Mountain
by Jane Porter
Since the loss of her
family in a plane crash, Harley Diekerhoff has led a quiet life and keeps to
herself. Taking the temporary job at the Copper Mountain Ranch as widower Brock
Sheenan’s housekeeper seems perfect for her. But her calm cocoon is invaded
with the arrival of Brock’s pre-teen twins, Mack and Molly who’ve never
experienced a proper Christmas and before she knows it, Harley’s determined to
make their holiday perfect.
Annoyed at first by
Harley’s interference, Brock is secretly pleased she’s changed Mack and Molly’s
world. It doesn’t hurt that he finds Harley incredibly attractive, fierce,
smart and passionate. It’s also an added bonus that she’s not afraid to
challenge him and get his blood heated! But when sparks fly and the attractions
sizzles between them, Harley’s not so sure she can handle something permanent
with this dark, taciturn cowboy who doesn’t know how to let her in. But Brock
is determined to hold on to her and praying for a Christmas miracle…
Home for Christmas by Melissa McClone
Ginger, nutmeg and
cinnamon.
Rachel Murphy loves
the scent of gingerbread baking almost as much as she enjoys creating custom
edible houses at Christmastime. But she needs a bigger kitchen if she wants to
make the most of her impromptu holiday business.
Enter Nate Vaughn,
handsome venture capitalist turned Montana dude ranch owner and her brother’s
boss. Nate’s commercial kitchen is perfect for the baker. And he thinks she
might be perfect for him…as a business partner.
After being burned by
a celebrity baker, Rachel’s wary of Nate’s interest in her gingerbread houses,
not to mention his mistletoe kisses. She should leave the Bar V5 ranch and
return to Arizona. Or can Nate convince her she’s already home?
Mistletoe Magic by Melissa McClone
Spending a quiet
Christmas housesitting and reading novels about hot cowboys sounds perfect to
Caitlin. Until a stray kitten brings her face-to-face with Noah, her crush from
college. Watching the handsome vet in action melts Caitlin’s heart and brings
back long-forgotten emotion. She would be safer back at the house lost in the
pages of a book. But a toe-curling mistletoe kiss tempts her to stay. Maybe she
won’t be spending this Christmas… alone.
Veterinarian Noah
Sullivan isn’t a Scrooge, but the Christmas Eve tradition of hanging mistletoe
in the clinic’s waiting room annoys him. Kissing doesn’t belong at the Copper
Mountain Animal Hospital. Noah rethinks his position when Caitlin Butler
arrives with a stray kitten she found freezing in the snow. All he wants now is
to maneuver the pretty preschool teacher under the mistletoe. If he’s not
careful, he’ll wind up on Santa’s naughty list.
Excerpt for Christmas at Copper Mountain:
“You
okay, Miss Diekerhoff?”
Turning
quickly, potato skins still dripping, Harley blinked back tears as she spotted
Brock Sheenan standing by the fireplace, warming his hands.
Brock
was a big man.  He was tall–six one or
two—with broad shoulders, a wide muscular chest, and shaggy black hair.
Harley’s
late husband, David, was Portuguese and darkly handsome, but David was always
groomed and polished while the Montana rancher seemed disinclined to comb his
hair, or bother with a morning shave.
The
truth was, Brock Sheenan looked like a pirate, and never more so than now, with
tiny snowflakes clinging to his wild hair and shadowed jaw.
“I’m
fine,” she said breathlessly, embarrassed. 
“I didn’t hear you come in.”
 “The faucet was on.” He rubbed his hands
together, the skin red and raw.  “You’re
not….crying…are you?”
She
heard the uncomfortable note in his voice and cringed a little.  “No,” she said quickly, straightening and
squaring her shoulders as she dumped the potato peels into the garbage.  “Everything’s wonderful.”
“So
you’re not crying?”
“No,”
she repeated crisply, drying her hands. 
“Just peeling potatoes for dinner.”
Her
gaze swept his big frame, seeing the powdered snow still clinging to the hem of
his wrangler jeans peeking beneath his leather chaps and white glitter dusting
his black brows.  His supple leather
chaps weren’t for show.  It was frigid
outside and he’d spent the week in the saddle driving the last herds of cattle
from the back country to the valley down below so the cows could take shelter
beneath trees.  “Can I get you
something?”
“You
don’t happen to have any coffee left from this morning that you could heat up?”
“I
can make a fresh pot,” she said, grabbing the glass carafe to fill it with
water.  “Want regular or decaf?”
He
glanced at the clock mounted on the wall above the door and then out the window
where the snow flurries were thickening, making it almost impossible to see the
tall pine trees marking one corner of the yard. “Leaded,” he said.  “Make it strong, too.  It’s going to be a late night for me.”
She
added the coffee grounds, and then hit the brew button.  “You’re heading back out?”
“I’m
going to ride back up as soon as I get something warm in me.  Thought I’d take some of the breakfast coffee
cake with me.  If there was anything
left.”
“There
is.”  She’d already wrapped the remaining
slices in foil.  He wasn’t one to linger
over meals, and he didn’t like asking for snacks between meals, either.   If he wanted something now, it meant he
wouldn’t be back anytime soon.   But it
was already after four.  It’d be dark within
the hour.  “It’s snowing hard.”
“I
won’t be able to sleep tonight if I don’t do a last check. The boys said we’ve
got them all but I keep thinking we’re missing one or two of the young
ones.  Have to be sure before I call it a
night.”
Harley
reached into a cupboard for one of the thermoses she sent with Brick on his
early mornings.  “What time will you want
dinner?”
“Don’t
know when I’ll be back.  Could be fairly
late, so just leave a plate in the oven for me. 
No need for you to stay up.”  He
bundled his big arms across his even bigger chest, a lock of thick black hair
falling down over his forehead to shadow an equally dark eye.
There
was nothing friendly or approachable about Brock when he stood like that.  His wild black hair, square jaw, and dark
piercing gaze that gave him a slightly threatening air, but Harley knew better.  Men, even the most dangerous men, were still
mortal.  They had goals, dreams,
needs.  They tried, they failed.  They made mistakes.  Fatal mistakes.
 “Any of the boys going with you?” she asked,
trying to sound casual as she wrapped a generous wedge of cheddar cheese in
foil, and a hunk of the summer sausage he liked, so he’d have something more
substantial than coffee cake for his ride.
He
shook his head, then dragged a large calloused hand through the glossy black
strands in a half-hearted attempt to comb the tangled strands smooth.  “No.”
 She gave him a swift, troubled look.
He
shrugged.  “No point in putting the
others in harm’s way.”
Her
frown deepened. “What if you get into trouble?”
“I
won’t.”
She
arched her brows.
She
ought to be intimidated by this shaggy beast of a man, but she wasn’t.  She’d had a husband—a daring, risk taking
husband of her own—and his lapse in judgment had cost them all.  Dearly.
 “It’s dangerous out there,” she said
quietly.  “You shouldn’t go alone.”
Authors’ bios and links:
Jane Porter’s bio:
USA
Today, and New York Times bestselling author of 47 romances and women’s fiction
titles, Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award five
times, with her Tule Publishing novella, Take Me, Cowboy, winning the Novella
Category July 2014. Jane today has over 12 million copies in print, including
her wildly popular Flirting with Forty, a novel picked by Redbook Magazine as
it’s Red Hot Summer Read in 2006 before being turned into a Lifetime movie in
2008 starring Heather Locklear.
Jane
holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home
in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband three sons, and two dogs. 

Katherine Garbera’s
bio:
USA
Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has
written more than 65 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her
family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is
reading other authors.  She is a frequent
speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with
anyone who’ll listen. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe,
Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two
children and a very spoiled miniature dachshund.
Melissa McClone’s bio:
Melissa
McClone has published over thirty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule
Publishing Group. She’s also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s
RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her
minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. She also
sends care packages to deployed service members and fosters cats through a
local no-kill animal shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her
husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats
who think they rule the house. They do!


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4 thoughts on “Book excerpt for The Cowboys of Copper Mountain Christmas anthology by Tule Publishing Group

  1. barbara macaskill says:

    LOVE the excerpts and am going to start reading these on my Kindle this weekend!!! Thanks for the chance to win hard copies of these books!! There is nothing quite like a real book in your hands!

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