Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vaquero Blog Tour: Guest post



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Vaquero by D'Ann Lindun
Contemporary romance*Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Siren Publishing

When Cordero Ybarra and Aspen O’Hare meet, there is an immediate attraction. But he holds his secrets close, refusing to open up about the night racial prejudice almost killed him. 

Aspen refuses to trust Cord—or any man. She’s been abandoned one too many times. When another woman lies and says Cord wouldn’t take responsibility for a child they created together, Aspen believes Cord is a deadbeat just like her father. It is only after she uncovers the truth that Aspen realizes Cord is nothing like the men who’ve deserted her  before.

When an immigrant worker is hanged by the same two crazies who branded him, Cord sees the truth. The shame he’s carried about being the victim of a hate crime is going to cost him the woman he loves if he can’t let go of his past.

by D'Ann Lindun

For more than five years, my dad was the cowboss on a large cattle ranch, in charge of more than 350 cows and calves. To my immense delight, I got to help him.

Moving the cattle to the summer range was my favorite event. Starting at the ranch, we would gather around 200 cow/calf pairs in the ranch pastures and take them to the high range. I’m a writer, but I can’t describe the feeling of riding a good horse and working cowdogs. The sun gets hot, even in May. I’m fair skinned and I would finish the day beet red, no matter how much sunscreen I applied. My throat would get raw from yelling at the cattle and calling the dogs over the cows’ bawling. And the dust, mountains of it. Two, three showers to get it all off. But the satisfaction of seeing those black Angus spread over that green grass made it all worth it.

I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.

This is the same life Cordero Ybarra loves and doesn’t want to give up. Like me, he loves cattle, good horses and the artistry of working ropers. He is a saddle bum, not owning much more than a couple of horses, a beat-up truck and a real good saddle. When his boss dies, and leaves him half a ranch, with the stipulation he has to live with a woman he doesn’t know, or want to know, Cord is torn.

Agree, and get to live the life he loves? Or, turn away and lose it all?

What would you do?

About the Author: 

Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there's just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, eight ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories! 

Tommorrow's stop:

19 comments:

  1. How do you keep up with yourself, D'Ann. Vaquero sounds great.

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  2. I love the sound of moving the cattle to the summer ranch, just what I dreamed of growing up in a small country. Book sounds fab, D'Ann, congrats.

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    1. I live to move cattle! YOu'll have to come someday!

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  3. How interesting you being a cowgirl. That's just cool. I love that kind of life adventure.

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    1. Hi, Vicki! Yes, I am the real thing!

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  4. This story sounds charged and raw and sexy! Congratulations on the release.

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  5. Yee-haw! Love me a cowboy!! Congratulations on Vaquero :)

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  6. love, love, LOVE cowboys - and you write some of the best, D'Ann! Congrats on your new book. I read it and I loved it - can't wait for more.

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  7. Love this book! Love this author!! Congrat's D'Ann!!

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  8. A true cow girl writes about cowboys. No wonder they are so good.

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  9. Congrats D'Ann! You can tell that your life experience comes out in this book and that will only make it even richer as a story. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  10. I love it when you describe growing up with the cattle and the horses. I can picture it so perfectly. Great post!

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  11. I tried to comment to each of you, but the computer keeps timing out. Thanks, all, for coming by! Love ya!

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