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Friday, July 15, 2016

Guest Post from author of Return to Marker Ranch, Claire McEwen plus $25 Amazon GC Giveaway

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Return to Marker Ranch (Sierra Legacy)Return to Marker Ranch
(Sierra Legacy #2)
by Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2016 by Harlequin Superromance

This is one reunion both of them could do without

This is the chance she's been waiting for to prove she can run her family's ranch. And despite her many doubters, Lori Allen knows she's doing a good job. Until the man who once broke her heart—Wade Hoffman—runs her well dry! And it turns out he's got as much to prove as she does. After serving his country, Wade's back to rebuild his family's reputation and win his battle with PTSD.

With so much to lose, neither can afford to give in to temptation. But to succeed they must let go of old heartache and face up to bringing out each other's worst, along with the best. And what doesn't kill them…

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The First Book in the Series

Wild HorsesWild Horses
(Sierra Legacy #1)
by Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin Superromance

This wild stallion can't be tamed 

Todd Williams is still the naive idealist he was in college. Only now he's endangering lives—Nora Hoffman's to be exact. Nora hasn't seen Todd since he decided that saving the rain forest was more important than their relationship. Until the night she's nearly crushed by the stampede he causes. Now Todd is determined to make amends, for everything. 

She may not agree with his methods, but even Nora can't deny the importance of his fight to save the wild horses. With the attraction between them still sizzling and the fate of the horses in the balance, Nora must decide just how much she's willing to risk.


Author Guest Post
Horses and Veterans


One of my favorite parts of writing Return to Marker Ranch was researching the way that animals can help heal people.  Specifically people suffering from PTSD.  My hero, Wade Hoffman, has PTSD from his tours in Afghanistan. If you read the first book in this series (and you don’t have to, each book stands alone) you’ll be very familiar with Wade’s troubles!

When we meet Wade again, at the beginning of Return to Marker Ranch, he’s not dealing with his PTSD very well. He’s still in a lot of denial and he has a lot of shame about his condition.  I knew it was going to take a lot to help Wade heal, and that the help wasn’t going to come from conventional places.  I just couldn’t really see him sitting down with a counselor —  at least not when the story first opens!

Fortunately for Wade, his sister and her fianc√© are involved in rescuing wild mustangs. And they have the perfect horse for him.  But there’s a catch. The horse needs training.  And Wade will have to do it himself. 

At that point in writing the story I started searching the Internet. I’d been going on instinct, knowing that Wade would need a horse, knowing that horse would be an animal that helped him heal.  But I didn’t know if it could actually happen in real life. I was thrilled to find a few articles about programs that are using horses to help veterans. From formal equine therapy to veterans working with formerly–abused horses, there are programs springing up all around our country.

And then, just last month, this article appeared in The Chicago Tribune. And I got chills!  Then I cried.  It’s exactly what I wrote about in this book. How gentling a traumatized, once-wild mustang could help a veteran practice being calm and centered. How it can help them find a purpose and heal.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-veteran-horse-therapy-health-0530-20160526-story.html

I hope you’ll take time to check out the article. And I hope you pick up a copy of Return to Marker Ranch. I am excited to share Wade’s story with the world! 

—Claire


Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb. 

Claire enjoys discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling, and reading, of course! She loves to write complex heroes and heroines, who grow and find themselves through their search for love.


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