Monday, May 8, 2017

Wild Women Focus: Barbara White Daille

For the next few days, Wild Women Authors is pleased to focus on The Rancher's Baby Proposal, a contemporary romance from the Harlequin Western line by Barbara White Daille. 

  . . . Ally Martinez has always been known as a fun and flirty kind of gal. But deep down she’s never forgotten the cowboy who left town. When her crush Reagan Chase comes home after a five-year absence, Ally knows this is her big chance. The guy I’ve always wanted. Only Reagan has something different in mind…

. . . Still reeling from his last relationship, Reagan needs a babysitter for his month-old son. With Ally’s help, he can get his family’s ranch ready for sale and get out of Cowboy Creek. The problem? Ally is one seriously cute distraction. But Reagan will do whatever it takes to keep his heart safe. Even if it means losing the only place—and the only woman—he can call home.

Let’s meet today’s featured author:
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed "The End" to her first novel many years later...in the eighth grade. Now she's writing contemporary romance on a daily basis.

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 Now for an excerpt from The Rancher’s Baby Proposal:

Reagan Chase had grown up to become a man who looked ten times better than he had in high school.

And that man wanted her help.

“Of course,” she said brightly, trying to hide her elation. “I’d be happy to give you a hand. Since you haven’t been home since…since your mama and then your father died, I’m sure there’s a lot to be done at the house. I’m sorry about your parents, Reagan,” she said in a softer tone, “and sorry I never had the chance to tell you before today.”

How could she—or anyone else in Cowboy Creek—have told him? He hadn’t been home since before his mama died.

He nodded.

She hesitated, then said, “It’s been over a year since your father passed. What brings you home now?”

He looked down at his glass. She felt sure he wouldn’t answer. Too late, she realized maybe she shouldn’t have asked.

Finally, he said, “The right way to phrase that question probably is why haven’t I come back before now.” He shrugged. “This was the first chance I had to get here.”

“Well, I’m glad you’re back. Everyone else will be, too. And I’m happy to help you empty closets, sort through cabinets, do some cleaning.”

But not clearing out. Now you’re here, tell me you’re going to stay.

“Thanks,” he said, “but that’s not the kind of help I need.”

Because you are planning to stay.

Her heart nearly jumped from joy. She couldn’t help the reaction. She’d had years of history behind her when it came to caring about Reagan.

“That’s fine, too,” she assured him. “If it’s anything to do with paperwork, I can help. I do some of the parts orders and the filing at the store. And Tina’s a bookkeeper. She’ll help me out if you need to do anything with financial paperwork or taxes. So…what can I do for you?”

He smiled, and her heart gave an extra thump.

“While I’m in town,” he said, “I need a babysitter.”

To purchase The Cowboy’s Baby Proposal, go to:
Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Ranchers-Baby-Proposal-Hitching-Hotel-ebook/dp/B01LLPCDXY/






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14 comments:

  1. What a hook! Enjoyed the excerpt. Best wishes and congrats!

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    1. Hi, Alicia - the revelation's a bit of a shock to Ally. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt and hope other readers will, too.

      Thanks so much for the good wishes. It's always such fun to celebrate a book birthday, isn't it!

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  2. Thanks so much for inviting me to stop by and hang out for a few days!

    I love to chat, so feel free to jump in with a comment or question.

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  3. What a cutie! You get the best story ideas. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Kayelle. I smile every time I see him. ;)

      It's taken me many years to finally find the type of stories I should have been writing all along. Proof positive of the benefits of perseverance! :)

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  4. Oh dear I could never get used to scorpions anywhere! Yuck! Lizards in the front yard, I'm ok with but.... That's why I live in Colorado! LOL Anyway, loved the excerpt and good luck with Rancher's Baby Proposal.

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    1. Hi, Tena - I'm so with you on that. I still struggle with the thought but try to tell myself they were here long before I was. Does that work? Well, as you saw in the intro... lol

      Thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes. I'm thrilled to have brought this little guy into the world.

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  5. Barbara, great blurb and that excerpt left me wanting more, more, more. Sounds like a must read for sure. I adore westerns--cowboys or just set in the west and I guess that's why I write western historicals. Wishing you the best and much success with The Rancher's Baby Proposal and all upcoming ones. So nice to meet you here.

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    1. Hi, Beverly - so nice to meet you, too! Thanks for the kind words about the book and the good wishes. You made my morning. And best of luck to you, also. Gotta love those westerns!

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  6. Great excerpt. I love love "easy" dialog with character thoughts. Also love (and write) western historicals with romantic suspense at WRP.) Congrats on the book!!

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  7. Hi, Cj - I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I like trying to find a good dialogue/thought balance in all my books - though I sometimes run up against characters who are less than comfortable with sharing one or the other of them!

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