Sharing a little bit of a longer teaser today, from The Rancher’s Baby Proposal, set in the fictional town of Cowboy Creek, New Mexico. The book releases in e-book on Monday and in print on May 9th. Can you hear me squeezing from where you are? 😉
Reagan stood looking at her. Ally stared back, fighting to find something to say. In an instant, she had returned to being the gawky teenager dying for the older boy’s attention. She had never gotten it back then. Now that she had it, she didn’t know how to respond.
Pull yourself together, that’s how.
“Hi, Reagan,” she said, hoping he couldn’t hear the slight tremor of excitement in her voice. “I…I heard what you said to Jed. I’m sorry you’re thinking of selling your ranch.”
“Not thinking of it. Doing it. As soon as I can get the place cleared out enough to put it up for sale.”
His parents had lived their entire married lives in the house on that ranch. Reagan had lived there, too, until he had gone away to school. There must be so many memories wrapped up in the property…and so many personal items in the house. He would need a while to get it ready to sell. Meanwhile, would he spend that time here in Cowboy Creek? She crossed her fingers.
He gestured down the aisle. “Taking care of some shopping?”
“Oh. No. I’m not much of a do-it-yourselfer. I work here, have worked here since I graduated five years ago.” By that point, he had already left town. After getting his degree, rumor had it, he had accepted a fancy job in the big city of Houston, Texas. Smiling, she shrugged. “I’m still only a small-town girl who replaced school with a dead-end job paying barely above minimum wage. But who’s complaining?”
He looked at her thoughtfully. “Do you get any time off?”
Her stomach fluttered as if a dozen butterflies had taken wing inside her. Sad. She had just acknowledged she was no longer a schoolgirl. She should also no longer be prey to her feelings for the boy she had once loved. And yet, she couldn’t tamp down her excitement.
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