Spotlight & Giveaway: Rancher at Risk by Barbara White Daille

Posted January 14th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 70 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Barbara White Daille to HJ!


Hi Barbara, welcome to HJ!

Thanks so much to Sara for inviting me to chat with you here at Harlequin Junkie!

What is your favorite trope to read, one you will never get tired of?

Barbara-White-DailleLovers reunited. I love the idea that a hero and heroine can have a second chance. That they can right old wrongs and triumph over whatever it was that drove them away from each other the first time. As a romance writer and reader, I’m thrilled to see a couple resolve the conflicts that once kept them from their happy-ever-after.

Let’s talk about your newest release: Rancher at Risk

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here

In Rancher at Risk, Ryan Malloy is on the verge of losing everything—his job, his reputation, his self-respect. The only way to redeem himself is to successfully complete the job he has been given on his boss’s new ranch. But the minute he arrives in Flagman’s Folly, he gets in trouble with a woman he doesn’t yet know he’ll be supervising.

RARLianne Ward has just left a relationship with a controlling man who believed her deafness would keep her from succeeding in the hearing world. She’s determined to prove herself in her new job, but Ryan’s micro-managing and lack of faith in her is undermining her ability to get that job done. Living and working together brings them closer, yet their differences and conflicts keep them apart.

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

The accident that took his family’s life has left Ryan with question that may never be answered. His life has spun out of control and, desperate to pull things together again, he feels the need to control everything around him.

For her entire life, Lianne has been around people who look down upon and want to control her. She’s determined to prove she’s a capable, independent woman who can survive in both the deaf and the hearing worlds.

Was it love at first sight for your characters? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

It definitely was not love at first sight for Ryan and Lianne. In fact, just the opposite. They go head-to-head at their first meeting, and when they discover they’re going to be working with each other, as well as sharing a house, things only get worse.

As they get to know one another, their feelings change. The pivotal moment happens when they realize each is interested in the other but they’re both backing off from sharing a kiss.

If your characters could go back in time and change one thing what would it be? Why?

Lianne would have walked out on her ex-boyfriend the first time he put her down, because his lack of belief in her made her begin to doubt about herself.

The day of his wife’s doctor’s appointment, Ryan would have taken time off from work to take her and their son to the doctor’s office. If only he’d been with them that day, he would have been driving the car, and he could have done something to avoid the accident that took both their lives.

What scene did you have the most fun writing? Why?

One of the scenes I had the most fun writing was when Ryan and Lianne realize they’re stuck with each other, like it or not. At that point, they don’t like the idea—or each other—one bit. They also don’t realize their antagonism is making them push each other’s hot buttons.

“You don’t know a whole lot about ranching, do you?”

Her eyes narrowed. “Is that what you were getting at last night, when you asked what I knew about horses? Were you trying to put me in my place?”

So that’s what had her slamming drawers this morning.

“Did you already know Caleb’s plans?” she demanded.

“Hell, no.”

“Well, if there’s something I haven’t encountered yet, I’ll learn as I go. I’m a quick study.”

He laughed shortly. “Are you?”

“Yes, I am. And I may not know much about horses, but I can sure recognize a horse’s a—” She snapped her jaw closed. Her chest rose and fell with her deep breath.

He set his mug down and leaned over the desk. “Cussing out the boss won’t look so good in your personnel file, darlin’.”

“And I don’t see you winning supervisor of the month.”

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

I’ll share one of the early scenes from the story. It was a hard one to write because it forces Ryan to think of things he’s desperate to forget. From a writer’s standpoint, it was also hard to write because it includes quite a bit of description and I wanted it make it active for the reader. Here’s a clip:

Two hundred yards shy of the railroad crossing at the south end of town, the car swerved, painting black rainbows on the asphalt, straightened again, slid forward, and ended grill-first against an unyielding concrete fence. Fiberglass popped. Distressed metal collapsed, twisting and bending, folding in on itself like a beer can in the hands of a drunken man.

He could smell the rubber, hear the metal scream, feel the pounding in his temples.

But he wasn’t there….

He hadn’t been there the day of the accident. He didn’t know where he was now, other than sitting bolt upright in an inky darkness that stretched on into forever. His heart limped for a few beats as he sat waiting for his eyes to adjust.

Dead ahead, a thin, gold thread appeared, outlining a dark rectangle—light seeping around the edges of a window shade. Off to one side of him, bright-red LED numbers hovered in the dark like a candle flame. A bedside clock, reading 2:43 a.m.

The red images gave him his bearings: Caleb’s ranch house, the guest room on the second floor, the faint light from the porch fixture outside. A deep sleep after two days of no shut-eye. A nightmare he had hoped he’d left behind.

The screeching metal and shattering glass had only added sound effects to a bad dream.

Then why did they still echo inside his head?


He crawled out of bed, grabbed his jeans and slid them on, all the while trying to identify the source and location of the racket that wasn’t in his head at all. And that had just ended as abruptly as if someone had pulled a plug.

How did your character spend the week just before the story starts?

Lianne was packing up the few belongings she owns and preparing to leave her life in Chicago to travel to Flagman’s Folly.

Ryan was struggling to do his job a ranch manager in Montana, deal with a troublesome ranch hand, and figure out how—or if—he could ever regain the respect of his boss and his men.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

This is always a tough question for me because I see my characters as themselves, not as anyone else. But I’ll take a stab at it and say that Kate Winslet could play the role of Lianne. And Gerard Butler would be a very nice stand-in for Ryan.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013 into 2014?

My next release is The Texan’s Little Secret in August, 2014. It’s the story of a heroine who has always felt lost in the middle of her family and upset by her mother’s abandonment. Her teenaged heart was broken years ago when the hero walked out on her, and she’s now back home again and struggling to hide a secret she can never share with him.

The hero is a single dad who wants to do the best he can for his baby girl. That includes giving her a mommy. He and the heroine are forced together, since he manages her dad’s ranch. Though he’s still half in love with the heroine, he knows she doesn’t want a family, which puts her off-limits to him forever.

I’m also working on a couple of other projects, including a three-book series. They’re still in the planning stages, so wish me luck with them!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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“Sounds like the workmen are keeping busy.” He gestured in the direction of the largest building. “I can hear them over there.”

And I can’t. Was that his point? “Nice to know they don’t wait till I’m walking through the door,” she said evenly.

She led him out to the small porch again and turned back.

Ryan braked to a stop within inches of her. She avoided his eyes, but couldn’t keep her glance from sweeping his face.

Years of reading lips and expressions had left her with no doubts about what she liked best when she looked at a man. And to her dismay, Ryan Molloy fulfilled every item on her wish list. Firm, wide mouth. Strong jaw. Chin with a tiny cleft in it. Tanned skin the perfect contrast to his five o’clock shadow. His changeable hazel eyes only made her add a brand-new item to the list.

Those eyes, stormy green again today, stared right at her…below dark brows raised in question.

Oh, please. He hadn’t said anything while she was staring, had he? She couldn’t have missed seeing those lips move.

She took a half-step back. “I’m sorry—”

He shook his head. “No, my mistake.” His rueful, one-sided smile put a deep groove into his cheek. “I said something on the way out. Forgot I should have waited, since you wouldn’t hear me.”

She wanted to shake her head, too—in confusion. At times, it didn’t seem to matter to Ryan that she was deaf.

But it was the other times she needed to watch out for.

Book Info:

Rancher at Risk

A Fresh Start

After the loss of his family in a tragic accident, Ryan Malloy has been given one last chance to change his life. His boss sends him to Flagman’s Folly, New Mexico, to run his ranch, but unfortunately, Ryan’s troubled attitude lands him in hot water with the locals, especially the ranch’s manager, Lianne Ward.

Deaf since birth, Lianne has never let her disability define who she is. But, she’s yet to meet a man who treats her as an equal. Ryan seems different…that is, when they’re not butting heads over the ranch’s new school for disadvantaged boys

Forced to work together, Lianne and Ryan discover an unexpected attraction beneath their quarreling. But will Ryan’s painful past drive them apart…permanently?
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Author Bio

Originally from the East Coast, award-winning author Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they love the lizards in the front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom.

Barbara’s newest title, Rancher at Risk, debuted this week in both paper and e-book formats. An earlier book, Court Me, Cowboy, has just been re-issued as a Cowboy at Heart Special Release, available as a standalone e-book (at your favorite retailer) and in Larger Print (exclusively at

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70 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Rancher at Risk by Barbara White Daille”

  1. Lindsey V.

    I love western romance, so one plot I never get tired of is a rancher hero falling in love with a city girl.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! This is a book I’d love to read, so fingers crossed. 🙂

  2. Justine

    Friends-to-lovers is my favorite trope because I like to think that romantic relationships have a significant and solid foundation of companionship and compatibility.

  3. EllenToo

    Like others have chosen I am a fan of the hero/heroine who are determined not to fall in love with someone and do so anyway.

  4. Diane Sallans

    I’ve always liked arranged marriage or marriage of convenience – that way we get to see the couple during the marriage.

  5. Tammy Y

    Friends to Lovers is my favorite trope. This is the third time I have tried to win this book.

  6. Chanpreet

    My favorite tropes are:opposites attract, best friends/sibling’s sibling/best friend (both younger and older), marriages of convenience, secret pregnancies, and so many more!

  7. Marina Marinova

    I think I love the best stories in which the main characters (or at least one of them) are determined not to fall in love for some reason (their marriage is of convenience, they are competitors, etc or there is just something from their past which stops them). In any case, no matter what the reason is I think this type of stories are just hot 🙂

    • Barbara White Daille

      Marina – I agree, and I think (for me) it’s partly what I said to Justine. I love that the character keeps fighting, for whatever reason, until the realization of that happy-ever-after.

  8. Brenda Rumsey

    Variety is wonderful….but I really love when the two are attracted and fight it tooth and nail. I really want to read this book. You don’t see many with a deaf character, especially as heroine, and I would love to see how the story plays out. I’ve worked with the deaf for 38 years and will let my friends know that this book is out.

    • Barbara White Daille

      Hi, Brenda – I like heroes and heroines who fight their attraction, too, yet don’t go over the line and get too combative with it. 😉 I hope I’ve managed to do Ryan and Lianne justice.

      If you pick up the book, I hope you’ll enjoy it, and I appreciate that you’ll spread the word to your friends. Thank you so much!

    • Barbara White Daille

      Margaret – yes, the second chance/reunited lover story is my favorite! And really, since it can include so many of the other tropes along with it, we get the best of many stories.

      As for the little brother/sister trope – often, when it results in the hero’s protectiveness over the girl he’s got a crush on (hello, Ben! LOL) it just MELTS my heart! <3

  9. Amy Hart

    I love historical romance…western is probably the one I’ll never tire of because there are so many scenarios. You have Indian romance, journey west, wagon trains, ranches, gold rush. Also, the fact that I did not live in that era makes it ideal to take me out of my own era and reality.

    • Barbara White Daille

      Amy – the historical subgenre is huge and can encompass so many tropes we all love.

      The history is a great bonus, and really does help sweep us into the stories. And, historical OR contemporary, who can pass up a hunky cowboy?

  10. Kathleen O

    I love those stories where a baby is involved.. especially if it is an Aunt who is fighting to take care of said baby from her sister or brother having passed away and the Uncle on the other side of the family wanting the said child. Always makes for a great story.

  11. Barbara White Daille

    Here we go – though I have to tell you up front many of my answers will be along the lines of “yes, yes, yes” – since I love so many of the romance tropes you all do! 😉

    Mary & Diane – marriage of convenience is a good one! I love when the characters get boxed in and don’t have a choice. I’ve written one, although technically it might be a marriage of INconvenience, since Gabe and Marissa are already married at the start of the book. 😉

    Marcy – Beauty and the Beast and especially wounded warriors are a couple of my faves. Most of the heroes from Flagman’s Folly fit the wounded warrior trope. Caleb is hurt physically, so badly he almost lost his life.

    Enemies to lovers:

    Christine, Debra, & Ellen – that trope does have that extra layer of conflict to deal with, which can really spice up a story–especially when they’re unable to resist each other!

    Lindsey – you are very welcome for the giveaway book. And I love that rancher-country boy/city girl combination, too! I’m always holding my breath hoping they’ll find their happy medium.

    Best friends to lovers:

    Carocress – that’s a fabulous one, also. And I’ve written a couple of those, too–you see why it’s so hard for me to pick and choose?. 😉

    And LOL about adding the baby into the mix. Definitely adds interest.

    Justine – great points, and I think this knowledge adds to the reader’s enjoyment. In so many cases (as with one of my heroes, Ben), one of the characters knows they’re destined to be together, and that character–and the reader–needs to hang in there till the other character finally comes to her/his senses! LOL

    Tori and kp, you’re in with a big group here!

    Carolyn, Casie, & Msrhonda – that’s pretty much where I’m at, too, loving almost any type of romance trope.

    Okay, folks, I’m going back up and will start responding individually, since I don’t want to skip anyone!

  12. Suzanne Edwards

    I enjoy almost all contemporary romance. But my favorite couples are the b.a. guys and the inexperienced gals. I don’t think I could EVER get tired of romances! I’ll find my fairy tale romance one of these days!

  13. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    Enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, second chance at love. I love them all. Thanks for the chance.

  14. Christine Kochanowski

    I love them all but especially Beauty and the Beast, there is something about overcoming emotional and physical obstacles that shows the true spirit of love and humanity. Thanks for the chance at winning this book it sounds great and I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  15. ndluebke

    I have to choose? I like second chance but I really like all kinds. In fact, I usually won’t read 2 books from the same author once after the other just to switch it up a little bit.

  16. Barbara White Daille

    Hi, Christine – you’re very welcome, and thanks for the kind comments about Rancher at Risk.

    You’re so right about Beauty and the Beast stories! I also think that’s partly why we love any hero or heroine with “baggage” – each has his or her own chance to overcome those obstances.

    Thanks for commenting!

  17. Barbara White Daille

    d – you’re in a good group there!

    And I’m caught up with my responses, but don’t be shy about leaving comments. I’ll be back to check in.

    Thanks to everyone who has joined in on the discussion so far.

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