Thursday, February 9, 2017

Blog Tour/Guest Post: A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

A Cowboy to Keep
by Karen Rock

Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 7th 2017 by Harlequin

Can't stop running from the past

Dani Crawford has a secret…and if bounty hunter Jackson Cade finds out, he could ruin everything. The scarred yet handsome cowboy has tracked a dangerous criminal to the dude ranch Dani manages, and to get rid of Jack she'll have to help him catch his man. But the closer they get to cornering their quarry the more Dani wants Jack to stay. Spending time with him is making her long for things she can never have thanks to a past mistake. And if the truth comes out she may be spending her future behind bars rather than safe in her cowboy's arms…

Guest Post:

Reasons to Vacation on a Dude Ranch

As a writer, we often set our books in places we’d love to visit ourselves. Sometimes we’ve gone there before and want to return. Other times, we’ve only read about them in books or seen them on TV or in the movies. The first time I learned about dude ranches was in a funny movie titled CITY SLICKERS with Jack Palance, playing a tough as nails cowboy, and a three city boys, comedians Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby and Daniel Stern, who are hopelessly out of their element after they sign on for a cattle drive. Watching the grandeur of the West, the freedom and sense of independence life on the range can give, I’ve always known two things: I would someday visit and/or live out west and I would write a book set here.

Well. I’ve accomplished one so far and, after setting a book in a dude ranch, I’m even more determined to visit one. The main reason to vacation on a dude ranch, of course, is to ride their beautiful horses along unparalleled trails. I modeled Mountain Sky Ranch after a real dude ranch in Colorado named North Fork Ranch. There, riders can view breathtaking scenery provided by the nearby Continental Divide, the Rocky Mountains, the South Platte river and the Pike National Forest. It’s a spot that allows guests to do many fun activities besides horseback riding. A few of them are ziplining, climbing Shawnee Mountain, hiking, white water rafting and fly fishing. Also, dude ranches hold nightly get togethers, some of which I used in the book, like barbeques, line-dancing, karaoke nights, and even rodeos complete with roping, barrel-racing and bull-riding performed by the wranglers. I can’t imagine a better vacation to spend with your family and friends! After reading A COWBOY TO KEEP, I hope you’ll book a stay like I have. ☺

— Karen

About the Author

In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn't wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she's now an author for Harlequin's Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She's loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother's Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she's not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen's upcoming books, check out her website.

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will win the above Prize Pack: 7 Paperbacks & a $50 Amazon Gift Card (US only)

- 1 winner will their choice of an ebook of one of Karen's backlisted titles (open internationally)

- Ends February 14th

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Karen Rock said...

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Mel! This was a fun blog to write :)

Melanie said...

You're welcome! It was fun to read, too, and now I want to visit a Dude Ranch, too!

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