So, what’s with the cowboys? I’ve had a few readers question my “sudden” move into a new sub-genre of Christian contemporary romance, often known as CCR. It seems to be a large departure from my usual fare of rural or urban farms. But… is it, really?
It doesn’t feel like it to me. It is still based in agriculture. My characters still enjoy caring for animals and gardens, only now the animals are horses and cows, with fewer goats and chickens! The characters are similar to all my others — a wide range of personalities, struggling with their faith and other issues while they seek love. Or it sneaks up on them. The same engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith that you’ve always expected in a Valerie Comer romance are still there.
Two major differences, though, can be found in the cover above. One, I’m experimenting with keyword titles for this series. Many of my titles, like in the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series, are more ethereal, like Secrets of Sunbeams. The Montana Ranches Christian Romance Series titles will all start with The Cowboy’s… and carry on with words carefully chosen to demonstrate the tropes in that particular story.
The other difference is experimenting with photo covers featuring cowboys and barns, rather than illustrated covers. My illustrator and daughter, Hanna Sandvig of Book Cover Bakery, will continue to do my Urban Farm Fresh Romance covers, but she doesn’t enjoy creating covers from stock photos. So, I’ve hired someone else for this series.
When Kade Delgado joins his buddies in a Cowboy Santa program to shower Christmas blessings on old folks and single moms, he doesn’t expect his former fiancée to return to Saddle Springs, in need and with a child in tow. Does God really expect him to treat Cheri the same as the others on his new Christmas list?
Cheri Mackenzie has never forgiven herself for the pain she caused Kade by fleeing a week before their wedding, but undoing the past is impossible. Circumstances force her back to her aging grandparents’ Montana ranch, where Kade, now a widower with a toddler, is making himself cheerfully indispensable. When she receives kindness instead of the hostility she surely deserves, she can’t help but pray for a Christmas reunion with the cowboy she’s never stopped loving.
Is there any hope for a second chance at love?
The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion first released in A Christmas to Remember, a multi-author box set, in the fall of 2018. It is now available in paperback (everywhere) and in ebook on Amazon, where it is currently part of the Kindle Unlimited program.
You’ll find a bit of background on this novel in my Inspy Romance post, Cowboys, Christmas, and Second Chances.