≈ THE GRAND VALLEY SERIES ≈
FIRST STEP FORWARD
After eight seasons playing pro football, Cooper Lowry knows all the right answers.
Is he stubborn, short-tempered, and impatient? Yes. Are jersey chasers more trouble than they’re worth? Absolutely. Has he ever imagined a life beyond the game? Nope.
Cooper has built an enviable career—the result of staying focused, working hard, and keeping his head on straight—even as his body takes the brunt. So when a hard hit during a Sunday home game leaves him in a dazed heap on the field, it’s nothing more than another day at the office. The only thing that’s different about this Sunday, after this game, is a chance encounter with a certain fascinating, beautiful hippie girl he happens to meet.
Whitney Reed is a few months away from losing the organic fruit orchard she bought three years ago, in the tiny town of Hotchkiss, Colorado. At the time, she was just looking for a place to get lost in. Instead, she found a home, somewhere she could finally put down roots. Now foreclosure is knocking on her door—along with a grumpy, gorgeous football player who might be just what she needs.
AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE
SECOND CHANCE SEASON
Garrett Strickland is unapologetically country, fiercely loyal, and all about living in the present, not dwelling the past—even if he was once on his way to a lofty agricultural sciences degree that would guarantee the brightest of futures, only to end up back home when his old man died, leaving behind a debt-ridden family farm that was impossible to keep afloat. After that, it was easy to see why dreaming big isn’t worth the heartache of losing everything. And until he crosses paths with a city girl who’s hell bent on kick-starting her own future, he’s sure that good enough is just that.
Cara Cavanaugh is ready for more from life, even if that means changing everything. Including dumping her long-time boyfriend, turning down a lucrative job at a major newspaper, and leaving behind the upscale suburbs of Chicago where she grew up. Now, she just has to pray that temporarily relocating to the middle of nowhere Colorado will be the first step in building a career as a freelance writer—all she has to do is prove she has what it takes to make it happen. Unfortunately, her tony country day school is as close to country as she’s ever been. But when a goodhearted guy who looks like he just stumbled out of a country music video offers to help, she ends up falling hard and discovering that the perfect story is a love story. And it’s theirs.
(SIMON & SCHUSTER’S Pocket Books – Spring 2017)
AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE
READY FOR WILD
Braden Montgomery is certain about three things: one, luck is for suckers; two, time spent outdoors is what keeps him sane; and, three, when it comes to sharing his bed, there’s only one female he’s willing to put up with—his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Charley. Braden’s constructed his life on these beliefs, and he’s quite content with the status quo. But when a moment of bad luck lands Braden toe-to-toe with a blonde bombshell with her own television show, his stubbornly structured reality begins to unravel.
As for Amber Regan, her brand has been built on camo, cut-offs, and cleavage. With her own hunting show on the foremost sports channel and enough social media followers to garner her plenty of endorsement deals, Amber’s come a long way from the tomboy in a small Texas town she once was. Unfortunately, ratings are down and her contract for next season is in limbo, so she’s in desperate need of a reboot to save her show—and filming a rough and tough archery elk hunt in Colorado might be the way to do just that. Too bad the local game warden grunts more than he speaks, seems determined to despise her—and makes her heart race in all the most inconvenient ways.
(SIMON & SCHUSTER’s Pocket Books – Fall 2017)