Friday, January 4, 2019

Guest Post: Ruth Logan Herne (PLUS GIVEAWAY)

A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing blog blitz

Welcome to the blog blitz & giveaway for A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing by Ruth Logan Herne, hosted by JustRead Tours.


a cowboy in shepherd's crossing hires Title: A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing  

Series: Shepherd's Crossing #2  

Author: Ruth Logan Herne  

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: January 1, 2019  

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cowboy bachelor Jace Middleton was ready to leave Shepherd’s Crossing for good – until he learns his family’s unspoken secrets.
Now Jace finds himself not only caring for his twin baby nieces, but working with beautiful, strong-willed designer Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother’s run-down estate.
Love wasn’t part of the plan… but Jace soon finds himself wishing Melonie could become part of his unexpected family.  

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I'm so excited to have Ruth Logan Herne HERE, ON the blog today!! So without further ado...RUTHY!


Alysha, I’m so happy to be with you today!
I have had a wonderful 2018 in so many ways. I am blessed to do what I love, to write books that touch hearts and souls. The number of folks who get to do that are not many, so I am just praising God today for this opportunity because I told him…
Wait, make that I promised him!!!
That when I got published I would work my hardest and my best to bring a little more light and love into the world and with fifty novels and novellas to date, I have kept my promise.

But life isn’t about one particular aspect, is it? Balancing our lives isn’t easy, nor is it always predictable. Things happen. Our roads take sudden turns and twists. When a parent gets the phone call every parent dreads… when a pregnant couple is no longer pregnant… when you lose your job and your home due to unforeseen circumstance… when you walk in the door and you’re served with divorce papers… when the doctor looks you straight in the eye and tells you the tests came back positive.

Life embraces so many sides, good and bad, because that’s life. It’s how it rolls. Now we might not have control over what happens, but we have amazing control over our reactions. Our choices. How we handle it.

And that’s what writing a story is all about. Seeing those beloved characters make choices. Find their paths. Deal with the past and manage the present. If life was easy, we’d have little need for stories, but life is understandably messy at times and the way we handle the chaos shows a mark of our character and that’s what you want in a great book. Unforgettable characters and wonderful stories.

I love writing inspirational fiction. I am so grateful for the many opportunities that have come my way. I am totally blessed that readers are finding me, discovering my work and loving it… but mostly I’m blessed by the chance to use this God-given talent to help others.

Sales will come. They always do. Books hit shelves and people buy them and the economic world keeps turning, but the heart of the story and the author isn’t about the sales… it’s about the heart.
The reader’s heart. Whether they grab the book from the library or a used book store or from the hand of a friend who says “Oh my gosh, I just read this book and LOVED it! You’ve got to try this!”
Because building a readership isn’t about those first-stage sales. It’s about the excitement and enthusiasm for the author’s work and how that ripple becomes a wave.
I am so grateful for readers and bloggers and reviewers who take their time to share books and authors they love. We are blessed by your commitment!

So when I start crafting a story, I think of you, the readers, and how these words and choices might affect you. Will I make you laugh? Cry? (Both, I hope!)
But mostly I want you to be able to relate to the characters like they’re the folks next door or up the road a piece or a childhood friend or the kid who came to school with nothing to eat…
Our love for God and fiction don’t ever have to diverge. Jesus, the premier teller of stories, set the example that life, love and faith can be as one, so thank you!

Thank you for being here today as we show off “A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing”, this beautiful new Western novel from my “Shepherd’s Crossing” series with Love Inspired books.
This beautiful story isn’t about race or color or ethnicity. Jace and Melonie just happen to be a biracial couple. The story winds around what happens when our hero finds out his entire life has been a lie…

Jace Middleton isn’t who he thought he was, and two baby girls, born to an unwed mother aren’t just local kids. They’re his nieces, Ava and Annie.
This story doesn’t look at skin tone or hair color. It looks to the heart of the characters. Their pains, their successes, and how when one door closes, the Good Lord surely cracks open a window! We just don’t always recognize that window for what it could be: Our very own “road less traveled.”
This new book is on sale nationwide wherever mass market books are sold like Walmart, Kroger, Winn Dixie, or have your local bookstore or library order it! I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it!


Thank you so much for being here today Ruth, it was such an honor!

Keep scrolling for a chance to WIN Ruth's newest release.



Best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of nearly fifty novels and novellas through traditional publishers and her own independent works. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. And yet… they don’t. With over a million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read. She lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York where they grow all kinds of cool things for fall from sumptuous squashes and veggies to gorgeous stacking pumpkins. Ruthy’s farm is quickly becoming the place to be every September and October!  

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shepherd's crossing giveaway


(1) winner will receive (US only):
  • all 3 Shepherd's Crossing books (Her Cowboy Reunion, A Cowboy Christmas, A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing)
  • bookmarks
  • a Seekerville notepad
  • a bag of chocolate
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 4, 2019 and last through 11:59pm January 11, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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  1. Thank you for doing this post. It was very interesting to read. I look forward to reading the book.

  2. It always amazes me when I read how authors come up with their stories! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This entire post absolutely ROCKS! Thank you for all the hard work you put into it. It really shows. Love Status for Whatsapp