Spotlight & Giveaway: Court Me, Cowboy by Barbara White Daille

Posted October 29th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 84 comments

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

What would you say are the 5 best things about being a writer?


Working in sweats or pajamas.
Having easy access to chocolate.
Being able to get the stories out of my head and set them down on paper.
Bringing my characters to life, for me and for my readers.
Giving my readers a story that reels them in and keeps them hooked until the happy ending.

Let’s talk about your newest release: Court Me, Cowboy

If you had to summarize Court Me, Cowboy for the readers here

Court Me, Cowboy is the story of Gabe and Marissa, two very different people who married in haste and then thought they’d made a mistake. After their honeymoon and a short time on Gabe’s ranch, Marissa leaves him, but she’s soon back with startling news—they’ve got a baby on the way.
Court Me, Cowboy is one of my earlier books, which was just issued this month for the first time as a stand-alone e-book. I’m so happy those readers who have been looking for the book for their e-readers will now be able to find it.

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

CMCGabe is a likeable rancher, but also a loner who keeps himself to himself. While he’s friendly with everyone, past hurts make him guard his heart. He wants a child to inherit the ranch that has been in his family for generations. But Marissa has already deceived him, and he’s not sure he can trust she’s now telling the truth.
Marissa grew up with a mother who moved from man to man, dragging Marissa along like unwanted baggage. As a teen, she finally got up the courage to ask to live with her father, only to discover he was a rich, cold man who made it clear she could never live up to his expectations. All this has left Marissa wary of relationships, yet longing for love.
And, as in all my books, the hero and hero are involved with meddling matchmakers, interfering neighbors, and/or folks who are just plain interested in everything that goes on in town.

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

It absolutely was love at first sight for Gabe and Marissa, though they did wonder what the heck I’d been thinking, first bringing them together for a whirlwind relationship and then leaving them on their own in front of a Las Vegas wedding chapel! 🙂
They would probably tell you I’m not very nice for giving them glimpses of a happiness they don’t believe they can ever have. But of course, they’re meant for each other. They just need to work out a few issues keeping them apart. If they can…

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

As the story opens, the one thing they would want to change is the fact that they’d ever met. They’re feeling this way only because they’ve hurt each other so deeply, they would rather run than to try to work things out. But now there’s a baby on the way, running isn’t an option.

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

It’s hard to narrow this down to one scene, since I had so much fun—and felt so much heartache—while writing this book. But I do love this scene, where Gabe is determined to show Marissa off at a neighborhood Christmas party and she’s just as determined not to attend:

Gabe stood in the living room doorway, leaning against the frame.
In the two days since their trip to the market. . .since their kiss, she had seen more of him than in all the days following their wedding combined.
Now, in a manner of speaking, she saw even more.
Soft lamplight made his day’s growth of beard sparkle, his brown eyes shine. He had pulled his Western shirt out of the waistband of his jeans. Snaps undone, the shirtfront hung open, two panels of stark-white fabric teasing her with a glimpse of tanned skin and a sprinkling of dark hair.
“Wanted to talk to you about the party tomorrow,” he said.
Her hands on the afghan stilled. She couldn’t go to a party with him. No matter what agreement they had come to, she couldn’t socialize with his friends and neighbors for hours, with him standing by her side.
“At Doc’s,” he continued. “Remember?”
She remembered, all right–their farce in front of his former schoolteacher and a storefront filled with people.
And she remembered the way that trip to town had ended. With Gabe’s kiss. With him acting so. . .so “husbandly,” as he had called it. He had his role down pat, all right.
“Christmas party,” he added now.
Seeing a way out, she said, “We don’t have any gifts.”
He shrugged. “Don’t need any. It’s only a potluck.”
“I don’t have the ingredients for any of my specialties.”
“So tomorrow morning, you can visit the market again.”
“I don’t have anything to wear.”
“Jeans and a shirt.” He raised his arms, indicating his attire. The shirtfront spread apart, giving her an almost full view of his chiseled chest.
She felt herself blanch. From his suggestion, that was all. “It’s a Christmas party, Gabe. Jeans aren’t appropriate.”
He rolled his eyes. “City gals.”
“Meaning what?” She frowned. This wasn’t the first time he’d mentioned something about the city.
“Always wanting to dress up.”
“You seemed to like it in Las Vegas.”
“That was Vegas. This is Dillon, Texas, and out here, we don’t need to go putting on airs.”
“Putting on–” Standing, she threw down the afghan. “Are you trying to say I’m a snob?” Like her father.
“Then what? That I’m not good enough?” Second-class. Like her mother. True as the thought was, the unkindness of it made her wince. “That I won’t fit in with your friends?”
“Whoa. Easy, now–”
“I might be a city mouse, Gabe, but I’m as good as any country mouse, any day.”
“Mouse?” Eyes wide, he stared at her. “What the hell are you talking about?”

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

So many of the scenes in this book were hard to write, because Gabe and Marissa are wounded by life, by the past, and by each other. Here’s just one little clip from early on in the story, when Gabe first sees Marissa on his ranch again:

“Easy, now.” Warren might’ve been talking to a skittish colt. He pulled the forgotten carton of eggs from Gabe’s hands. “Got it under control here, boss. I guess you got some business needs taking care of.”
“Yeah, right.” He looked through the window again, gritted his teeth and set his jaw.
He had something to take care of, all right.
Throwing his ex-wife off his land.
Flexing his suddenly unsteady fingers, he strode across the kitchen to yank open the wooden back door. His heavy breath hit the cold morning air, spewing white mist in front of him like some smoke-and-fire-breathing dragon.
Feeling afire himself, he trotted across the porch and down the steps and across the wide expanse of dirt between the house and the drive, powered by three months of misery and–worse–the badly disguised pity of his men, his neighbors, his friends.
Seduced by a pretty face. Shamed by one, too, going from like to love in thirty-five seconds, with a quick detour for lust in between.
Should’ve stopped at the road closure sign.
Then again, should’ve known better than to hook up with her at all. He didn’t have the kind of luck that went with loving a woman. Or having a woman love him. He’d lived with that knowledge for most of his life.
Marissa had made him forget it. For a very short time.

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

Gabe spent his week driving himself hard on his ranch, working with his men, and trying to forget his marriage.
Marissa spent the week trying to summon the courage to face Gabe again—and to break the news he’s going to be a daddy.

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


Thank you for asking!
I’m thrilled to say I’ll have another Flagman’s Folly book out next year. Rancher at Risk will be coming to you in January. It’s the story of Ryan Molloy, a rancher who lost his family in a tragic accident and is at risk of losing his job, his reputation and, worst of all, his respect for himself. He’s thrown into a close working relationship with Lianne Ward, a Deaf woman fighting to prove her ability to do her job—a fight that becomes even more desperate when Ryan is made her supervisor and doesn’t hide his doubts about her competence.
Rancher at Risk is available in both paper and e-book formats. You can find additional information about the book at your favorite online retailers.
I’m currently working on a book that will be out sometime in 2014 as part of the Harlequin American Romance line’s Texas Rodeo Barons continuity. This is my first time participating in a multi-author continuity, and I’m very excited about the project!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Giveaway: Barbara is giving away one autographed paper copy each of: Court Me, Cowboy,  Family Matters and A Rancher’s Pride

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I especially love the scenes with the meddling matchmakers and the interfering townsfolk. Let me leave you with one of them:
“Time to act like the perfect couple. We dressed for the parts, all right.” Gabe caught her left hand and lifted it to his lips. His gaze refused to let hers go, forced her to watch him as he pressed a kiss against her wedding band.
Then he turned her hand over to kiss her palm.
Her heart gave a sickening lurch.
Wrong. All wrong. Acting like her loving husband was just that for Gabe—an act—while she hadn’t the performance skill to hide her reaction to his every glance, his every touch.
To her dismay, he wrapped his other arm around her, bringing their bodies close together.
“Hey, Miller,” shouted one of the men in the crowd, “ain’t your honeymoon finished yet?”
Looking over her shoulder, Gabe called back, “Heck, Charlie, it’s just getting started.”
“The mistletoe’s over yonder,” a woman called.
“See,” he murmured in her ear, “it’s working already.” He took her by the elbow and moved forward.
Unless she wanted to make a scene in front of all these people she already liked and who already seemed to like her, unless she wanted to look like Mrs. Scrooge instead of Gabe’s blushing bride, she had no choice but to move with him.
He stopped beneath the small green sprig dangling from the overhead light in the middle of the room. Amid laughter and loud hoots, he took her in his arms again.
She glanced up, then blurted in a whisper, “Wait. That’s not mistletoe, it’s holl—”
Too late. Gabe’s lips had claimed hers.
As always, the chemistry sparked between them, bright and shiny as the flashing twinklers on the Christmas tree. The attraction was too strong to fight, too overwhelming to ignore. Too good to miss. So she didn’t.
She accepted Gabe’s lingering kiss. Matched him, move for tantalizing move.
And gave a darned good show for the cheering crowd.

Book Info:

The End…or Just the Beginning?
Gabe Miller’s marriage ended so fast it had hardly begun. Which is why he couldn’t quite believe his luck—or his “ex”—when she returned a few months later with the news that legally they were still husband and wife. And that the child she was carrying was his son.
Gabe feared Marissa would bolt again, making a custody battle his only option—unless he could turn back the clock and woo her the way he should have during their whirlwind romance. But even with his boy’s future at stake, mending fences with a woman—especially the one he loved—wasn’t something the strong, silent type found easy to do….


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Author Bio

From the time she was a toddler, Barbara White Daille found herself fascinated by those things her mom called “books.” Once she learned the words between the covers held the magic of storytelling, she wanted to see her words in print so she could weave that spell for others.
She hopes you will enjoy reading her stories and will find your own storytelling magic in them!
Barbara’s thrilled that folks who love their e-readers can now find Court Me, Cowboy, one of her earlier books, as a stand-alone e-book.
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84 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Court Me, Cowboy by Barbara White Daille”

  1. Mimi Bennett Lovell

    Mine was super lame… Even though it wasn’t for me. I met my hubs thru my cousin. My cousin was dating someone and we all met up one night. Sparks and the rest is history.

  2. Debra A.

    When I was younger I met my husband at a bar. Yeah I know, but true. I was celebrating my divorce from a cheating man. He walks in the bar I saw him and thought “Oh Sh–, wish I was not drunk. I could go for him”. Low and behold that he was the man my BFF had set me up with to forget the other. We have been married 29 years Dec.

  3. BethRe

    I met my husband at a lake my friend wanted to go swimming I didn’t really want to go and we set our blanket down hill from his towel

  4. Jennifer F

    I don’t have a story yet but my friend met her husband playing volleyball and everyone thought they were perfect so they set them up on a date that they didn’t know about. They both showed up and the rest is history. It was really cute.

  5. Tonda Stockwell

    I met my hubby at the gas station my boyfriend at the time worked at. I’m super shy and hate talking to new people but the second I met him I hugged him. I knew there was something about him that was calling to me. Apparently he went home and told his mom the same thing and after my boyfriend and I broke up we got together.

  6. Marcy Shuler

    I met my hubby on a locked Psych unit. LOL He wasn’t a patient, we both worked there. Since I was technically his boss he wasn’t going to ask me out because he figured I would say no. Thankfully another nurse told him that he had to give me the chance to say yes or no. I said yes.

  7. Lori P

    I met my hubby at our church youth group bible study 29 years ago. There was a def connection which bothered the girl that he was dating at the time 🙂

  8. DebraG

    NO one my hubby and I to get together. There were so many road blocks but we over came them.

  9. denise

    met my husband and was attracted right away, but we didn’t date for several years–been together ever since

  10. Leanna

    I don’t know any good love stories. My parents grew up on the same block which is kind of cute.

  11. Donna D

    Met my husband at a dance. He dated my roommate and I dated someone else — double dates sometimes – for 3 or 4 months. Then he asked me to the movie when she wasn’t there to go. We were married 4 months later — and that was 46 1/2 years ago! Not sure if we were in lust or love back then, but it’s certainly lasted!

  12. Cari White

    I met my husband at a bar in Savannah. It was not love at first sight for me, but it was for him. :-). But he brought me around quickly. We were engaged 9 months later. We waited to get married a couple of years, but we’re coming up on 27 years since that night we met. Praise God!

  13. EllenToo

    My parents met in an unusual manner many, many years ago. My parents parents (my grandparents) had been friends forever but they had never introduced my parents to each other until one day my mother was sent to my father’s house with a casserole and saw my father on the roof of his parents house watching the stars in the sky and that’s how they met and things progressed from there.

  14. Cindy Hamilton

    Well when I met my husband he told me he was going to marry me and of course I did not believe him for he was drunk at the time, well 4 1/2 years later after a long distance relationship we got married.

  15. Jenn McElroy

    No real story! My husband and I met online (he was the only person I ever spoke to/met) and married 6 months later. We’re celebrating our tenth anniversary in a couple of weeks :-). Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Lily B

    Met my hubby playing an online game, never actually saw his picture but one day was meeting my other online friends for the first time and he told me he was going to come out and make sure i am safe. It was cute, but when I saw him approach me I was a little blown away, far exceeded my expectations heh

  17. Justine

    When he asked me out, I ran up five flights of stairs and then told him yes from the top of the stairwell. It worked out because we’re still together a decade later.

  18. Aline

    I don’t have a story of my own but my parents told me their story once. They live in the same neighborhood. My Dad was quite popular at the time but my Mom was just an ordinary girl. Dad said he attracted to her because she is the only girl who didn’t chase after him LOL

  19. Andra Dalton

    Unfortunately I haven’t been lucky in love as of yet but guess there’s still hope for me yet which’s probably why I enjoy love story books so much. My parents had a group of friends that always hung out at the local soda shop together and at the time they were all dating the other friends not knowing that each was sweet on the other. It all worked out few months later though when each couple broke up allowing my parents to get together along with their ex’s making a match. To this day nearly 50 years later both couples are atill happily married and still long time friends lol!!! As a child always loved hearing the story of how my parents got together and still hope to one day have my own happily ever after. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to all!!!

    • Barbara White Daille

      Andra – I can see why we all love romances, too. What a sweet story! And who would believe they’d all be friends to this day.

      Good luck in finding your happily ever after.

      You’re very welcome for the giveaway, and good luck to you, too!

  20. Linda

    My brother in law hear my sister singing karaoke. Isn’t it romantic that he was attracted by the sound of her singing?

  21. Michelle - Snarky Mom

    I’d just come off a really whacked out “benefits” “relationship” and was REALLY leery of being around ANY man. To say I was skittish is putting it lightly… and my (now) husband was in full-fledge hunt mode! I remember totally freaking out & calling my friend and asking how rude it would be if I just didn’t answer the door when he came to pick me up for our first date LOL! Thankfully he realized how nervous I was & was soooo sweet – he didn’t even try to KISS me for a MONTH just to get me used to him & the fact that he was serious about it being a relationship… and 14 months later we were married! (And have been for 22 years now & going strong!)

  22. Josette Schaber

    It wasn’t love at first sight, seeing as years before we had been at the same party and couldn’t remember seeing each other, but when the time was right, when I saw my husband I knew he was the one. Over 20 years later we are still together and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    • Barbara White Daille

      Josette – that’s so important–for the timing to be right. I went out with my husband for a year before I said yes. But when the time was right, I knew I meant it.

      Congrats on the wonderful happily ever after.

    • Barbara White Daille

      Amy – back to those BFF stories! They seem to have a good track record for happy endings. LOL

      I’m always fascinated by twin stories, too, and wonder if those people who date a twin ever got their boy/girlfriend mixed up with the other twin.

  23. Barbara White Daille

    Barbara, here – thanks for your comments and all the responses to the question about true love!

    I’m looking forward to reading them and will be popping in and out to respond to you all.

  24. Barbara White Daille

    BethRe – I guess now you’re happy you went along, huh? 😉 Sometimes it’s a good thing we have friends who push us to do what we don’t want to do. (Although don’t try to tell Gabe and Marissa that–they’re a bit fed up with the matchmakers in their lives. LOL)

  25. Barbara White Daille

    Tonda – it’s amazing, isn’t it, that two people can get hit at the same time? Cupid must have been working near the gas station that day. 😉

    I love that your hubby even told his mom!

  26. Barbara White Daille

    Marcy – WOW, what a great opening line that was! LOL You had me going there for a minute. 😉

    I love hearing yet another story about a friend who knows best. And about a man who can listen to reason. LOL

    Thanks for sharing.

  27. Barbara White Daille

    Denise – that’s such a nice story–to know that when the time is right, it’ll happen.

    I was actually seeing someone else steadily when my future DH asked me out. So, of course I had to turn him down. But luckily, when I was free, so was he. 🙂

  28. Barbara White Daille

    Hi, Leanna – love your name! The heroine of my January book is Lianne. Not too far off, and I love her name, too.

    Your parents’ story IS cute–and one of my favorite romance plots to read–and write :)–the boy-next-door book. (Honorable Rancher is one mine. The hero’s had a crush on the heroine since KINDERGARTEN!)

    There’s something so sweet (IMHO) about love lasting from childhood or teenaged years on.

  29. Barbara White Daille

    Thanks, Bonnie Traher! If you do take a look at the book, I hope you like it.

    Don’t tell anyone…’cause all my other heroes and heroines would be upset if word got back to them ;)…but I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Court Me, Cowboy.

  30. Barbara White Daille

    Thanks again for all the comments and the great love stories, everyone. Keep ’em coming! I promise to respond to you all.

    But duty calls and I’m on a tight deadline. I’ll be popping in and out of here as my reward for getting some work done. 😉

    See you later!

  31. Barbara White Daille

    Donna D – oh, my gosh! Did I read that correctly? 46 and 1/2 years?! What a wonderful happy ending this is! And another great sign of a romance that was meant to be.

    Thanks for sharing!

  32. Barbara White Daille

    Cari – gotta love a hero who knows what he wants! 😉

    When it comes to love at first sight, I think it might be one-sided more often than not. Nice to know everything can still work out.

    Congratulations on your almost-27 years together!

  33. Margaret

    I knew my husband from work for a couple of years and never even considered him as dating material until my best friend (who happens to be a guy) said – hey, what do you think about Kevin…and almost 20 years later (just shy of 17 married), the rest is history!

  34. Barbara White Daille

    Jenn – the online success stories happen more often than they did in the beginning, but it’s still a “new” way to meet. And that’s a wonderful happy ending to yours!

    Congrats on 10 years together.

    And you’re very welcome about the giveaway. Good luck!

  35. Barbara White Daille

    Justine – all I could think when I first read that was, I wouldn’t have had any breath left to say yes! I’ll bet you surprised him with the way you accepted.

    Congrats on your years together.

  36. ndluebke

    I met my husband through the Red Cross Volunteer Groop tha went out to Ft. Benjamin Harrison outside of Indianapolis. Long story short, we got married 6 months later.That was about 40 years ago.

    • Barbara White Daille

      ndluebke – many congrats on your 40 years together!

      One thing these stories are sure proving: how long people know each other before they marry doesn’t seem to matter if they’ve found the Right One.

  37. Tammy Y

    I met my husband at work, We were friends first and the more time we spent together, the closer we got.

  38. Barbara White Daille

    I believe I’ve responded to everyone. If I accidentally missed you, please holler!

    And keep those stories coming. I’m loving them, and I’m sure the readers are, too.

    See you tomorrow.

  39. DJ Sakata

    I met my husband when I started working in his department – he was my boss. There is more than one way to make probation on a new job 😉

  40. Texas Book Lover

    I met my husband on at blind date when we were 16. His best friend was dating my best friend so they set us up and we doubled with them. They actually broke up 2 weeks later but we have been together nearly 21 years now and married for 16 of those.

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