Cowboys…just saying the word conjures up images of Stetsons, Wranglers, horses, rope. Oh and the smells—hay, manure, leather. Add to that, strong men who work hard and care for their land and animals and you have a winning combination.
Growing up in a small Midwestern town, we didn’t have many cowboys. After all, Ohio isn’t really the Wild West. I was more likely to run into a football star than a cowboy in my hometown. However, two of my good friends from high school were honest to goodness cowboys. They worked at Dude Ranches out West, each summer. They were the real deal to me. One of them went on to own his own ranch and raises and trains horses. His horses and riders have won numerous awards for jumping and barrel racing.
It was Scott and Rob that I drew on when I created the character of Jake Kyncade for The Heartsong Cowboy. They are the kind of guys who would go out of their way to help someone and have been my biggest supporters. Who doesn’t want friends like that?
I’m sure in the book bundle “Cowboy Up” you will find a cowboy that will touch your heart. After all, you can’t go wrong with a guy in Wranglers and smelling like horses and leather.
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The Heartsong Cowboy by Melissa Keir
Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?
Angela French blames herself for her daughter’s lack of voice. Determined to do anything to correct the situation, she seeks out Jake Kyncade, the owner of The Heartsong Ranch.
Jake Kyncade hides his own sorrows behind his no-nonsense demeanor. Helping children becomes one way to correct his past. Using equine therapy, he sets out to make a difference.
Can Jake help Angela’s dreams come true or will Jake’s past bring more heartache? Will love save them all?
With Taylor asleep on the couch, Angela snuck the magazine out of her daughter’s sleeping hands before carrying her to her bed. After making sure her baby was tucked in, she turned out the lights and went to the kitchen. She sat down at the table to study the article about the horse whisperer. The photos gave off a peaceful feeling—so much so, she longed to jump into the images. Along with the horses, there were shots of children laughing and petting the animals. The article mentioned a little boy with Down’s Syndrome whose language increased after a week of animal therapy. The Heartsong Ranch. Even the name sounds encouraging. Dare I get my hopes up?
One photo in particular captured her attention. The owner, Jake Kyncade, wore jeans and a cowboy hat as he stood next to the ranch sign. She took a deep breath as butterflies circled in her abdomen. He’s sexy. Very different from Mike. Mr. Kyncade has this wounded look in his eyes. I wonder what his trauma was. I’ve gotten better at noticing it in others. Still, he’s good looking. Probably married with his own children.