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Cowboy Up
A Contemporary Western Romance Box Set
By: Allison Merritt, Vickie Taylor, Leslie Garcia, Melissa Keir,
Autumn Piper, Sara Walter Ellwood, & D’Ann Lindun


Seven men as tough as the west…
Seven women who know how to…
Cowboy Up

A boxed set of seven romantic novellas by seven award-winning authors experienced with writing about the men of the West.

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Always, Cowboy by Allison Merritt

The past is better left behind, unless it offers a brighter future.

Brody Longtree’s first love was bull riding, but he loved beauty queen Libby Dempsey equally as hard. When she turned down his marriage proposal, everything from his rodeo career to his love life went to hell. His love ran too deep for blame, so he made the best of what life threw at him. Things finally get back on track…and then she almost runs over his dog.

When her pageant dreams died in an embarrassing display of nerves, Libby made a new, cowboy-free life for herself. One where she could train other girls who want to be pageant princesses. One that doesn’t give her any reason to dwell on what might have been with Brody until his dog bounds into her heart. And she bounds into Brody’s bed.

Despite the differences in their lives, they mesh together, the way Brody always knew they would. No matter what, he’s waiting until he’s certain Libby is ready to get married before he asks again, but their relationship comes under fire when one of her friends reveals a secret about a little girl Libby is awfully attached to—a girl who’s the right age to be Brody’s daughter.

Allison Merritt
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Cowboys Don’t Cry by Vickie Taylor 

A broken cowboy with nothing left to lose…except his heart.

Dash Connaway is hell-bent down a highway to nowhere. But he can’t outrun fate. Just a few months ago, he’d had a new album shooting up the country music charts, a luxury tour bus prepped for gigs in 39 cities, and a live-in girl friend he’d been thinking of asking to marry him. Now he’s just another drifter with an old guitar, a beat-up pickup, and a dog named Bill for a bed mate…until he meets Maggie McCain.

Maggie isn’t your ordinary Oregon rancher. She’s more into organic gardening and hand-spinning yarn from the fleece of her prized alpacas than breeding stinky old cattle. She’s a nurturer, a giver, so when Dash steps into her life from nowhere, she’s ready to trade in her solitary existence on the farm in favor of a husband to grow old with and a passel of children to care for.

But when she learns the real reason for Dash’s commitment to life on the road, she’s faced with a difficult choice and a lesson in the fallacy behind the old saying “Cowboys don’t cry.” Only time will tell just how potent the healing power of love can really be.

Vickie Taylor
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A Cowboy’s Heart by Leslie Garcia

Teenage lovers torn apart by betrayal. Have seventeen years changed everything—or nothing?

Star-crossed lovers in their south Texas hill country high school, torn apart by a best friend’s lie, a mother’s cold hatred, and a father’s lack of trust…

High school junior Illy Kingston turns to varsity football star and cowboy in training Gil Salas when her father, a Border Patrol agent, is killed under suspicious circumstances.

Their hormone-fueled, all or nothing affair ends when betrayal tears them apart.

Years, later, Illy returns home, at loose ends after her disastrous marriage to a reality show rock star ends with an embarrassing photo gone viral and a divorce.

When Gil and his mounted Border Patrol make an unannounced civic call at a local elementary school, Gil is shocked to see Illy lurking in the shadows, threatening to upend his existence once again.

The old passion still burns—but neither can go back to the innocence of their high school affair. Illy swore never to love a man wearing a uniform that didn’t involve jeans, a western hat, and boots. Gil has a price on his head.

And star-crossed love doesn’t usually work for cowboys, either.

Leslie Garcia

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The Heartsong Cowboy by Melissa Keir 

Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?

Angela French blames herself for her daughter’s lack of voice. Determined to do anything to correct the situation, she seeks out Jake Kyncade, the owner of The Heartsong Ranch.

Jake Kyncade hides his own sorrows behind his no-nonsense demeanor. Helping children becomes one way to correct his past. Using equine therapy, he sets out to make a difference.

Can Jake help Angela’s dreams come true or will Jake’s past bring more heartache? Will love save them all?

Melissa Keir
Cowboy Trouble by Autumn Piper 

She’s decided to make some bad choices this weekend.

Susie Howell has always done what her family expects of her, but they don’t know about the divorce papers she’s just signed, or the secret torch she carries for sexy ranch hand Cash. When keeping the secret gets to her, she flees her brother’s wedding reception. Determined to live a little, she swipes the nearest truck from the ranch and heads to Sin City.

Cash Acosta has worked hard for everything he has, and nobody is taking off with his truck. When he sees it driving away, he jumps in—and becomes the unwilling passenger of a ready and willing woman he’s forbidden to touch. Hell-bent for trouble, the boss’s sister has already earmarked him as one of her “bad choices”.

And Susie intends to get what she wants.

Autumn Piper


It is my pleasure to welcome Autumn Piper to Room With Books!

Hi. Thanks so much for having me.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Well…when I’m not being the bookkeeper for my husband’s electrical contracting business, or being a mom, or freelance editing… I collect scrapbooking materials (and seriously, one day I will begin scrapbooking. I’m sure of it), of course I read (lots of Nora Roberts—almost a full-time job in and of itself, right?) and grow really big plants. The foliage and blooming kind, not the other really big, now-legal-in-Colorado plants.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

My grandma introduced me to Phyllis Whitney and Jude Deveraux when I was young, and I totally fell for the romance in the Clan of the Cave Bear series, so those had a huge influence in what I love to read and write. But I also really enjoy Stephen King. His style, his characters, his worlds…and I gobble up any advice he gives on writing. Books, interviews, etc. I think he’s a genius.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

Lord. I spent 3 years querying and submitting to agents and Big 6 publishers, before I discovered smaller presses. Now I take advantage of the better business deals with small presses and also have hybridized with indie publishing. It’s a much better world for authors today than it was 8 years ago!

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

I’d love the power to “MUTE” somebody when they start saying something idiotic, or lying. Then maybe keep rewinding them until they say something appropriate… Kind of a combo of the magic in “Click” and “Groundhog Day”. Not that most normal people consider anything from those movies to be superheroic. Lol But hey. It’s my job to think outside the box.

What was your first job?

Nothing exciting there—I went to work at McDonald’s the day I turned 16. But since then I’ve had lots of jobs. Among the more interesting: Electrician, retail merchandiser for Hallmark (yes, I was the card lady who straightened out all those glittery greetings, lol, and I can grab the right size envelope for any card with my eyes closed), and Teacher Stunt Double (aka substitute teacher). I still sub at a preschool now and then and it’s always an adventure.

Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?

Kiersten Day, the heroine in Lone Star Trouble. (We’re at her wedding in the opening of Cowboy Trouble.) Kiersten is a real spitfire, totally capable of taking care of herself and those she loves. She’s got an attitude and isn’t afraid to use it. So the hardest thing she’s ever had to do is admitting she needs Cleve—son of her sworn enemy.

What does your writing schedule look like?

Well, honestly, there’ve been times when I wished it looked something like this scene (language warning, f-bombs dropped):

Alas, though, I’m not that mean, or that good at claiming my time as private. So it varies, greatly.

Do you use your OWN experiences?

I have used locations, names of places, and I’ve used people I know or meet as characters—especially “bad” characters. But otherwise, no. Purely manufactured.

Was it easy to pick the title for your book?

I’m the world’s worst at choosing titles. But this time it was easy. I’m sticking with a “trouble” theme in all my books for now, and for this boxed set we all had “cowboy” in our title. Thus… Cowboy Trouble.

If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be? Why does it appeal to you?

I choose… Ellen Degeneres. She gets to make people happy every day. What could be better?

What are you currently working on?

Oh! Oh! We’re working on a follow-up for Cowboy Up, so I’m dreaming up my contribution.


What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Daiquiri Ice, from Baskin Robbins

Night owl, or early bird? Neither. I need my sleep.

Coffee or tea? Tea.

Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Both.

Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Ocean.

Walking or fitness club? Walking.

Any last words?

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Chasing a Cowboy by Sara Walter Ellwood 

He’s running from heartbreak. She’s chasing after love… Their hearts will never be the same.

Paige Morgan has lived her entire life in the glare of her fraternal twin sister’s star. Although the sisters are as different as sun is from the moon, Paige fell in love with the same man as her famous swimsuit model sister. When country superstar Chase Jordan is dumped at the altar by her twin, Paige sees an opportunity to go after the one thing of her sister’s she’s always wanted.

She finds Chase in Cabo San Lucas nursing his broken heart in the true country song fashion—with a bottle of Jose Cuervo—and reminds him of the desire he once felt for her. Will this singing cowboy change his tune as they set the tropical nights on fire? Or will Paige be the one singing the blues when her sister shows up wanting her man back?
Sara Walter Ellwood
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Cowboy Bred, Cowboy Born by D’Ann Lindun

Freedom or family? Only love can make the choice.

Photographer Alannah Murphy refuses to be tied down. She watched her parents struggle to hold onto their dairy farm until it killed them. The mere thought of the same fate makes her shudder. When she meets rancher Sterling Gentry she has to face her fears, or lose him.

Sterling Gentry longs for someone to hand his ranch down to. Like his father before him, he has sacrificed everything to hold onto the land his ancestors settled. But finding Ms. Right proves harder than he imagined. Then he meets Alannah Murphy with her big city ways. How he can ever take a chance with a woman exactly like his mother, who abandoned him when he was a child?

Despite their determination to stay the course they’ve each chosen, attraction pulls them together as steadily as a nail to a magnet. Can these two find a way to mesh Alannah’s need for freedom and Gentry’s desire to hold onto his land?

D’Ann Lindun

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