Saturday, January 24, 2015

FEATURED BOOK AND INTERVIEW: Her Cowboy Hero by Carolyne Aarsen

Montana rodeo star Tanner Fortier is a good man. A man Keira Bannister never stopped loving. But when he shows up at Refuge Ranch looking to have his late brother's saddle repaired in time for the championships, he's the last person Keira wants to see. For years, she's kept hidden the real reason for breaking their engagement—and Tanner's heart. But now, with him at the ranch, she's tempted to reveal the truth— one that could destroy him. But she knows that to have a future with the man of her dreams, she has to settle the past… 
Refuge Ranch:  Where a Montana family comes home to love.

How exciting to have Tanner Fortier, the hero from Her Cowboy Hero written by Carolyne Aarsen, a January, 2015 release from Love Inspired Romance .

1. Tanner, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
Don’t know if it’s all that interesting to you all, but I qualified for NFR and am heading to Las Vegas for the Finals in beginning of December. I’ve been working toward this for years.
2.  What do you do for fun?
I like just going out on my horse, riding but I haven’t had much time for pleasure riding lately. Most of my time has been focussed on either keeping my mechanic business running and practicing for the NFR. I used to play Scrabble. With Keira, when we used to hang out, but that was a long time ago. We used to make up words.
3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?
Meeting Keira. You’d think I could have gotten over her breaking up with me, but I really loved her. I’ve got to bring her my brother’s saddle to get fixed and I can’t really put it off anymore. I need the saddle to ride in the NFR. I’m doing this all in honour of my dead half-brother, David.
4.  What are you afraid of most in life?
Disappointing people. Shouldn’t bug me as much as it does, but I always feel like I have to do the right thing, be the right guy. I was once afraid of losing Keira and then it happened. I guess I got through it, but I don’t want anything like that to happen to me again.
5.  What is the most important thing to you?
Right now, winning this NFR so I can bring the buckle and my brother’s saddle to my step-mom, David’s mom. I figure it’s a small way of making up for the fact that David died while we were together.
6.  Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?
Not much for reading. Too busy being on the move I guess.
7.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I think I would lose the feeling that I have to figure everything out. I know I need to trust that God will work out his will in my life, but it’s hard when I’m trying so hard to fix everything that happened - everything that went wrong.
8.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
Used to have a dog years ago, but since Dad died and left the ranch to my step-mom I don’t live there anymore. I don’t figure it’s fair to have a dog when you can’t be around enough to take care of him.
9. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I’d go back to that day that Keira took off without telling me why. I’d run after her this time and find out why. That’s what I’d do.


  1. Carolyn, congratulations on your newest release. What inspired this story for you?

  2. Love, love love, your cowboy. I am so glad to see Love Inspired displaying more manly cowboys on the cover and he's a good one!!

  3. LOL, I purchased this one the day before my RITA books arrived :(

  4. Hey Lisa, thanks for the congrats. This story came from a visit to a saddle maker. I thought it would be interesting to have a heroine who made and repaired saddles and then I started wondering, what could put her in contact and conflict with a hero - over saddles - so this story came together.

  5. Thanks, Linda. I do love my hero and I love the cover. It's perfect in very way.

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  7. Hey Pamela, hope you have time to read it. Her Cowboy Hero is the first in a series of three Refuge Ranch books. The second one comes out in April and the third one in June. And they all have amazing covers! If anyone wants to find out more about the books, head on over to my website, sign up for my author letter for a chance to win a copy of this book!

  8. Croolyne,
    Love the cover, and the interview made me want to read more! Congrats on your three book series!

  9. I enjoy hearing how the inspiration for the story arrives :)


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