Hi Victoria and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Cowboy for Hire!
Thank you so much for having me back, Sara!
Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:
A sheltered woman inherits the family ranch and hires a hard-working cowboy…and both get a lesson in trust and love.
Please share the opening lines of this book:
“Stop! You can’t go out there!”
Sarah Turner jolted back from the door, sending her coffee swishing over the rim of the
mug as her housekeeper, Edna Casey, burst into the office. The older woman was panting, clutching a folded newspaper to her small frame, her eyes as wide as the antique wagon wheels leaning against the barn.
Please share a few Fun facts about this book…
- The main song on repeat on my playlist was “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
- Cade, the hero appeared in the first Wishing River book and Sara is a new character
- Wishing River is a fictional town in Montana
What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?
They were both immediately attracted to each other, but knew they could only have a professional relationship. But the more time they spent together, the more they realize it is more than just a physical attraction…
Using just 5 words, how would you describe Hero and Heroine’s love affair?
Deeply emotional and sensual.
The First Kiss…
Her lips parted, and her hands slowly traveled up his chest in a light, torturously gentle motion
until one hand gripped the back of his head.
He clenched his teeth tightly, waiting until he felt that faintest tug; that’s when all bets were
off, all walls came down, and all sense of rules and boundaries shattered. His mouth came down
on hers, and he kissed her with every ounce of longing and desire that was in him. He kissed her
with an abandon and feeling he didn’t know he was capable of.
She tasted like candy and chocolate and better than anything in the world. Every
hollow and curve was pressed against his body, and he memorized it, knowing it couldn’t happen again.
Without revealing too much, what is your favorite scene in the book?
This is one of my favorite scenes because it’s when Sara and Cade really begin to lose the battle of keeping things platonic.
“Uh, this isn’t a game show. I’m not going to sit here guessing what you do for one hundred
points.” She grabbed a Peach Ring and carefully placed it on the tip of one finger, then continued
to do the same until each finger had a Peach Ring on the tip, just like she’d done when she was a kid.
He stared at her and then laughed again. She had never seen him laugh so much. He grabbed
her hand, and she stopped breathing as he dipped his head, pulled a Peach Ring off one of her fingers, and ate it. Dear God. Nothing in her life had prepared her for Cade’s mouth on her finger, and even though it happened so fast, she was pretty sure she’d never be the same. She was also pretty sure her face was as red as a tomato. “That was mine,” she managed to say, waiting for him to laugh.
“I’m not wasting my Friday night,” he said in a voice she hadn’t heard from him before; it was
deep and gravelly and stirred something unknown within her.
If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would be absolutely crucial to include?
The cattle drive scene where Sara finally feels like she’s contributing to her ranch. At this point she’s come a long way in gaining confidence and this is a huge step for her. Plus I think the scenery would be gorgeous in a movie!
They took off in the direction of the mountains. Sarah drew a long, deep breath and allowed
herself to acknowledge the magnitude of what she was accomplishing. The land that stretched around them wasn’t for the weak or the faint of heart; this was land that could break a person. But she was here, she was riding with the toughest men, and she was keeping up. This was only the beginning for her—she would keep learning and trying until she was just as valuable a team member as any of the cowboys.
She loved it.
Cade paused at the foothills of the mountain, his profile to her, his back straight. He looked as
though he belonged here. He was completely at home with his surroundings, his body as powerful as the rugged terrain that surrounded him.
Readers should read this book …
If they want a sweet and emotional journey with a well-deserved happy ending!
What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned?
The third book in my Wishing River, Montana series! I also have an upcoming Christmas book that will be a digital release that is the last book in my Shadow Creek, Montana series.
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Excerpt from Cowboy for Hire:
When she finally raised her
eyes, it was to witness the hottest man she’d ever
known punching his pillow before settling back
down on it, his back to her. Was it sad that she
really wanted him to say something? Anything
so that she wouldn’t feel so alone? She shoved
another Peach Ring in her mouth and stared out
the window into the parking lot.
“Are you also going to keep making that
smacking sound with your mouth?”
That was it. Hot or not, he was being a jerk.
“These are chewy candies,” she said, her words
garbled because of the amount of candy in her
mouth. She threw a Peach Ring at his head.
He flipped over, looking at her. “Did you just
throw candy at my head?”
She rolled her lips inward and started to slowly
shake her head and then turn it into a nod. He let
out an exasperated sigh.
“I think it’s rude of you to just check out on
our plans just because Carl is having marital
issues. If I had hired you as an escort, I would
have fired you by now. Also, I get that your Friday
nights are probably filled with lots of…lurid things
and this is really tame and boring for you, but you
should at least try and be polite.”
His eyes were wide, and for a second she didn’t
know what he was going to do. But he burst out
laughing. A really deep, throaty laugh that almost
made her smile. Except she didn’t because she was
mad at him and he was laughing at her. “Lurid?”
She shoved a few more Peach Rings in her
mouth and washed them down with whiskey. The
whiskey really did make everything better. “That’s
it? I tell you all that, and all you can do is point
out my vocabulary choice?”
“I haven’t heard that word since I watched a
black-and-white movie when the cable went out.”
“You’re funny, Cade. You know what I mean,”
she said, hating that she’d used the dated word.
This is what happens when your only friends are
over seventy-five, Sarah.
“Why don’t you tell me what you think I do on
“Uh, this isn’t a game show. I’m not going to
sit here guessing what you do for one hundred
points.” She grabbed a Peach Ring and carefully
placed it on the tip of one finger, then continued
to do the same until each finger had a Peach Ring
on the tip, just like she’d done when she was a kid.
He stared at her and then laughed again. She
had never seen him laugh so much. He grabbed
her hand, and she stopped breathing as he dipped
his head, pulled a Peach Ring off one of her fingers,
and ate it. Dear God. Nothing in her life had pre-
pared her for Cade’s mouth on her finger, and even
though it happened so fast, she was pretty sure
she’d never be the same. She was also pretty sure
her face was as red as a tomato. “That was mine,”
she managed to say, waiting for him to laugh.
“I’m not wasting my Friday night,” he said in
a voice she hadn’t heard from him before; it was
deep and gravelly and stirred something unknown
Excerpts. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
When a shy woman inherits a ranch, she’ll have to find an inner strength to succeed—and open herself up to love—in this heartwarming novel from New York Times bestselling author Victoria James.
Sarah Turner has led a very sheltered life. So when her parents pass away tragically, suddenly she’s left in charge of the family ranch with little know-how but plenty of will to keep it afloat. Determined not to lose her parents’ legacy or her newfound independence, she needs a hero fast—not to save her, but to show her how to save herself. But she’s unprepared for the ruggedly handsome cowboy who answers her ad.
“Cowboy for Hire,” the ad said, and Cade Walker is quick to respond. Betrayed as ranch manager by his former boss, he’s looking for a new place to put down roots—without the pressure to prove himself again. Except when he meets his new boss, it’s clear he’s not only there to run a ranch but to also teach Miss Independent how to run it. But as they struggle to make the ranch flourish, they’ll both need courage if they hope to find a family…together.
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Meet the Author:
Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.
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