Springtime in the Country Blog Hop–My Country Springtime Memories

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Welcome to the Springtime in the Country Blog Hop!

With most of the country just staring to melt out from under an arctic winter… I decided it’s time to start thinking SPRING!

So… Cowboy lovers, what is your favorite springtime pleasure? Is it frolicking in the bluebells with your lover? Or is it rolling in the fresh hay with that cowboy after a long ride over the countryside? You tell me, because without a doubt there’s nothing like springtime in the country…


My Country Springtime Memories

I LOVE Spring. It’s my favorite season and in my contemporary western romance Gambling On A Secret, I really got the chance to explore what goes on during the spring on a working ranch.

Spring is the season when crops are planted—corn, soybean, and even hay (such as alfalfa and some grasses can be planted in the early spring). This is also the time of year most horses foal and cows calve. If a farmer or rancher buys caves, they do so in the spring. Fences are also mended in the spring. I used all of these elements in Gambling On A Secret to give it a “real” feel.

Charli buys a ranch that had not been worked for five years. She has to start from the ground up if she wants this place to be a working and productive ranch. I show her doing these things—with the help of her ruggedly handsome, ex-Special Forces Commander ranch manager.

When I wrote Gambling On A Secret, I drew on my memories of what springtime was like when I was a kid. I grew up on a farm. It wasn’t a ranch nor was it even in the West—unless you can count West Central Pennsylvania as the west. >grin< But some things are the same no matter what part of the US you are in. Growing up, spring was a time of constant activity. We didn’t have horses (much to my ever eternal disappointment), but we did have cows. My grandma raised Herefords and black Angus. She’d breed the cows in the summer and the calves would be born sometime between late February to early April.

We also raised chickens—both for meat and for eggs for our families (mine, Grandma and my aunt’s) to eat and to sell. Every April Grandma would get a hundred or so peeps. She’d keep them in a big wooden box on her built-in porch where she could keep them warm for about 2 weeks. Then once they started to get their wing and tail feathers, she’d put them in a coop. We also had ducks—I’ll never forget the one that thought I was his momma and followed me around from the day I helped him out of his shell in April to late summer when he decided to go on his own. Or the big ole tom turkey that liked to boss the chickens and ducks around at feeding time and was my best friend when I was little. Who needs dogs and cats when they have a turkey?

But the animals, wasn’t the only thing we raised. We also ran a small truck farm so this was the season of planting. Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, several kinds of beans and cucumbers made up most of our crops. There was always an excitement in the air as mid-May rolled around and planting time began. The harvests we shared among ourselves (my mom, Grandma and my aunt) for canning and freezing and sold what we didn’t use.

These are my treasured memories of Spingtime in the Country… What do you love about the springtime whether it’s in the country or not?


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Gambling On A Secret, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romanceGambling On A Secret

Book 1 of The Colton Gamblers


When Charli bets everything on a secret, will she find the deck stacked against her?

Former runaway-turned heiress Charli Monroe is hiding her sordid past and planning a future in Colton, Texas. Attending the local college for a degree in social work, she intends to raise cattle on her newly purchased ranch, which she plans to open as a home for troubled teens. Only a few glitches—the Victorian mansion is crumbling, the barn needs a roof, and her oilman neighbor wants more than friendship. When she meets Dylan Quinn, Charli is willing to take a chance on the town drunk to help her rebuild the rundown ranch.

Dylan has his demons, too. The former Special Forces commander can’t get past his ex-wife’s betrayal and the botched mission that left him with much more than a bad limp. Certain the greedy oilman next door to Charli wants much more than just her heart, Dylan’s even willing to stop drinking in order to protect her.

When things get dangerous and secrets of the past are revealed, is he only looking out for his new employer, or is she the new start he so desperately needs?

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Gambling On A HeartSara Walter Ellwood, Gambling On A Heart, contemporary western roamnce, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance,

Book 2 of The Colton Gamblers


She once lost his heart on a bluff. Will she risk everything to win it back?

Beautician Tracy Quinn spends her days making the women of Colton, Texas beautiful, while living down the nickname of Olive Oyl, given to her by the only man she has ever loved—Zack Cartwright. She spends her nights alone, despite what her ex husband wants their friends and neighbors to think.

Ex-rodeo cowboy. Ex-bad-boy. Ex-Marine. Widower and single dad Sheriff Zack Cartwright can describe his life in exes. One ex in particular reminds him of what’s missing in his workaholic life: Tracy Quinn. For years since she broke his heart, he’s practically made avoiding her a second job. He still wants her, but can never go after her.

When cattle rustlers target her brother’s ranch, Tracy and Zack are stuck working together. Her son could use a positive male role model, and his daughter is wild for a chance at a “substitute” mom. But Tracy’s ex threatens to sue if she lets Zack near her son, and the Colton grapevine is abuzz with rumors about their past relationship. Is it worth the gamble to see if what they have is more than lust?

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Sara Walter Ellwood, ccontemporary western romance, cowboy romance, Texas romance, Native American romance, country music singer romanceHeartstrings


He’s determined to set things right, no matter the cost.

The last person Abby Crawford wants to face down is country music superstar Seth Kendall. Last time she did, she flat-out lied so he’d go to Nashville without her. She’s never understood why their mutual best friend proposed, but she went with it so her baby wouldn’t be fatherless. Now she’s a divorced mother of a teenager, and secretly Seth’s biggest fan.

Seth is home in McAllister, Texas for his father’s funeral…and a chance to meet the daughter he’s never known. He’s willing to face the music of his own making and admit he’s known about his little girl all along. For fifteen years he’s kept his distance because Abby told him to follow his dreams without her, insisting she didn’t love him. But now he won’t leave until he knows his daughter and she knows him, even if it means facing the woman who broke his heart for good.

Confessing she’s lied about her daughter’s paternity all these years won’t be easy for Abby, especially with her ex blackmailing her to keep the secret. And Seth doesn’t know the hardest truth of all: Every love song he plays on his guitar still plucks her heartstrings.

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Andrea Downing: My World, My Word, My Work


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Romancing The West with Jacquie Rogers


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  1. D'Ann says:

    I think you grew up on a ranch! Sounds great to me!

  2. missy l says:

    I love when all the flowers and trees start to grow!

  3. JeanMP says:

    I like seeing all the flowers and plants pushing through the ground and greening up.

  4. I love seeing the trees budding/leafing and the flowers blooming! More color in Spring than bleak midWinter. Country or not. 🙂

  5. cmucha319 says:

    I love seeing flowers breaking through the dirt and hearing the baby birds. Most favorite is when it gets warm enough for the mushrooms to start coming up.
    cmucha319 AT yahoo DOT com

  6. Virginia H says:

    I love the flowers in bloom and trees budding out. Love taking long walks in the spring.

  7. Andrea I says:

    I like the jonquils and tulips coming up.

  8. kgagnon2013 says:

    I love that the days are longer! 🙂

  9. bn100 says:

    the flowers

  10. Cathy Brockman says:

    I love spring on grampas farm I liked the baby cows and pigs. now I like planting seedlings for the garden. cathybrockmanromance@gmail.com

  11. I love the sounds and smells as everything comes back to life

  12. Heather B says:

    My favorite part of spring is watching my lilac come back to life!

  13. froggarita says:

    Fresh fruits and veggies from farmer markets!


  14. Thank you all for coming out and making this blog hop a great success… Sorry that I wasn’t more active, but I’ve been sick these past 2 weeks… I know what a drag… But hey, we have a winner!!! Well two winners to be exact.

    For the prize that I’m offering of the treasure box of goodies………

    Congrats Virginia Horton!!!! You are the winner!!!

    For the overall grand prize of the gift card………

    Congrats goes out to Melissa Mcentyre!

    You both should be getting your emails about right now, so watch those inboxes……

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