SlowRideHome_Leah BraemelI met my lovely host, Desiree, several years ago at Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together, but this year’s gathering was the first time I’d had a chance to actually talk with her. So I was thrilled when Desiree offered to host me, and my newest contemporary romance on her blog. It’s authors like Desiree with her “you can do it” attitude who keep me writing even on the days when I’m staring at a page and wondering what the heck I’m doing.

 I grew up in the country, surrounded by horses on one side and cattle the next field over, and corn on yet another, so I guess it’s only natural I love writing guys who are in love with the land. Who earned their muscles naturally with hard work as opposed to chemical enhancement. While Canada has its share of cowboys, although they tend to be in Alberta as opposed to Ontario, there’s something about the thought of these work-hardened cowboys crooning to a foal or a calf with a soft Texas twang that appeals to me more.

So when my editor at Carina invited me to submit a proposal for a new western story, I jumped at the chance. Within a few days, the concept of a family who has been working their ranch for generations, and are still having to battle not only the elements and Mother Nature, but a legal challenge too spurred the foundation for The Grady Legacy trilogy. Of Ben and Jake Grady and their beloved Bull’s Hollow ranch. Book one, Slow Ride Home, comes out today — it’s the eldest brother Ben Grady’s story, and how he must protect the ranch when someone else claims to have bought part of the ranch, and he learns there may be another relative with equal claim to Bull’s Hollow.

The blurb:
Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O’Keefe. Ben’s never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.
Allie thought she’d moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she’s become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben’s sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories…
Allie has every intention of leaving Bull’s Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie’s lost her heart.
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Author bio:
Born in Montreal Canada and raised in Ontario, Leah Braemel loves writing about sexy heroes (and their heroines) as a way to avoid dealing with the dust bunnies prolifterating under her beds. The plot bunnies however are left free to attack. Which they often do.
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