Sunday, November 7, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Cowboy's Christmas Retreat (Top Dog Dude Ranch #2) by Catherine Mann

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Cowboy's Christmas Retreat by Catherine Mann. This tour was organized by Lola's Blog Tours. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a print copy of the book with a special autograph. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Cowboy's Christmas Retreat
Series: Top Dog Dude Ranch #2
Author: Catherine Mann
Publication Date: October 26th 2021
Print Length: 222 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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After they’ve opened gifts, maybe he’ll unwrap her heart…

Instead of his winter wonderland wedding, Riley Stewart has been jilted. This rodeo champ needs an understanding shoulder, so Riley invites his best friend, Lucy Snyder, her son and their scruffy pooch on his “honeymoon.” But moonlit doggy walks, romantic fires, the glow of Christmas lights—everything is conspiring against their “just friends” resolve. Will this fake honeymoon ignite the real spark Riley and Lucy have denied for so long?

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EXCERPT:
A bloodcurdling shriek split the air.

Riley bolted from the elevator, recognizing that scream all too well. The same scream Lucy had let loose the one and only time he’d managed to get her to ride a horse.

He hoped this shout didn’t end in stitches.

Charging ahead past his apartment to hers, he embraced the distraction from mess he’d made of his own life. He rang the doorbell once as a courtesy only, before pulling out his key to her place. He pushed the door open to…mayhem.

Pickles was running in circles, barking up a storm. George sat in the middle of a pile of Christmas tree lights and ornaments, tinsel in his red curls. Lucy scooped up the dog, both of them covered in frosting. Tears sheened in her green eyes as Pickles licked icing from her cheek.

Her chin quivered.

Oh man. He wrapped her in a hug, his chin resting on the top of her head. “What happened, Lucy?”

“Nothing. I’m fine.” Dog smooshed between them, she held on tight, whispering against his chest in a rambling litany. “I don’t want George to see me upset. He knocked over the tree and I thought he was hurt, but he’s okay and Pickles ate half of the cake and I don’t have time or ingredients to make another one and—”

“Okay, Lucy. Take a moment to step back and catch your breath. I’ve got this.” He took Pickles from her, the back of his hand brushing her breast.

He froze. Her eyes shot up to his. Pink crept up her cheeks until her freckles almost disappeared.

And just that fast he was blindsided by a deluge of sensations: the scent of Lucy’s wavy red hair, the soft feel of her body. A whiff of her cinnamon perfume.

Sure, he’d harbored a crush on her long ago, but it was just that. An infatuation. He valued her friendship too much to risk acting on something as transient as sex…
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ABOUT THE SERIES:
Welcome to Moonlight Ridge, Tennessee, home to the Top Dog Dude Ranch, renowned for family-friendly rustic retreats that heal broken hearts. Some say it’s the majestic mountain vistas. Others vow there’s magic in the hot springs. All agree, there’s something special about the four-legged creatures at the Top Dog Dude Ranch that give guests a “new leash on love.”
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FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES:
Last-Chance Marriage rescue
Title: Last-Chance Marriage Rescue
Series: Top Dog Dude Ranch #1
Author: Catherine Mann
Publication Date: August 24th 2021
Print Length: 169 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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They’re about to step into a parent trap of their twins’ making!

Nina and Douglas Archer are on the verge of divorce. He’s retreated from her since his brother’s death, and their dairy ranch is on the brink of bankruptcy. But they’re both determined to keep it together for one last family vacation, planned by their devious ten-year-old twins. They’re surprised to find themselves giving in to the romance of evening hikes and family cookouts. Still, Nina knows she needs an emotionally available husband. Will a once-in-a-lifetime trip show them the way back to each other?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann writes contemporary romance for Harlequin, Tule, Berkley, and Sourcebooks. With over seventy-five books released in more than twenty countries, she has won a RITA Award, the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award, and the Bookseller’s Best Award. She’s also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. After years moving around the country bringing up four children, Catherine has settled back in her home state of South Carolina where she lives with her husband. The nest didn’t stay empty long though as they are both active in animal rescue. Catherine enjoys hearing from her readers and can be found online frequently on Facebook. She can also be reached via mail at: PO Box 290762, Columbia SC 29229. (For a free bookmark, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope.)

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GUEST POST:
“Best Christmas Gift Ever!”
By Catherine Mann


Welcome! And thank you for joining in the celebration of my newest “Top Dog Dude Ranch” novel – THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS RETREAT. For this blog, I was asked what’s the most unique gift I’ve ever received – an easy question to answer!

A goat.

Yes, my family and I once received a goat for Christmas.

The kids and I had traveled to my parents’ house for the holidays. My mom always went all out with gifts, so my kids were super excited to see what Nana had in store for them.

The time came to unwrap presents and my mother passed out hers. But first, each of my four kids were told to read aloud what she’d written on the outside about the spirit of giving at Christmas. By the time everyone had taken their turn, the anticipation was buzzing.

And then we opened our packages, envelopes actually, the size that would likely contain a check or cash. We’d each been given a certificate for…

A goat.

My mom had bought goats in our honor to provide milk to families in an impoverished region.

After only a moment of stunned silence, my four awesome kids were full of excitement and questions about the details. My mother then commended each of them for personifying the true spirit of Christmas giving. She was proud of them for not showing disappointment at the lack of gifts for themselves. She then proceeded to give them presents after all (that she’d hidden in the closet).

To this day, we can’t recall what gifts were in the closet. But we’ve all never forgotten about receiving a goat!

What are some ways you’ve considered to give back to those struggling during the holidays – overseas or closer to home?
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GIVEAWAY:
Win a print copy of Last Chance Marriage Rescue by Catherine Mann with a PAW-tograph (autograph) from the author’s dog Biscuit - three winners!
(US Only.)

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Lola's Blog Tours assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)


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