Today we’re going to check out oh-so-yummy cowboy Tucker in Elizabeth Otto’s latest Paint River Ranch novel, One Night with a Cowboy. Join me in welcoming Elizabeth as she gives us a little insight into what it took to get Tucker to his HEA.
The Cowboy Path to Love
Whenever I start writing a new book, I let the characters in my head take the lead. I have a basic idea of the plot and the action sequences that need to take place to (hopefully) make the story compelling. But when it comes to personal connections between the lead characters and getting them to the point where they fall hard for one another, I basically have no control.
Sometimes, the characters want to take the path to love slowly. They want to follow routine steps—getting to know each other, learning each other’s ticks, and dreams, and fears. Other times, as in the case of Tucker and Sophie from my new release ONE NIGHT WITH A COWBOY, they fall without needing any fluff. Tucker is the kind of cowboy who knows what he wants when he sees it, and after meeting Sophie, he knows, deep down, that she’s the one for him. He doesn’t need to have hours-long conversations with her to know his heart…he just knew. Now getting him to admit to himself and to Sophie that she was the woman for him was an entirely different struggle!
Sophie, I suppose, is a lot like me. She didn’t need any fanfare or wooing to know Tucker was her man. Instead, she falls for his character; his quiet strength and ability to make her feel like one-hundred percent sexy, cherished woman. Sometimes, my characters can say a lot with a few words. And their actions? Let’s just say Tucker and Sophie aren’t afraid to show their feelings for each other—in more ways than one. This is the path they chose, as crazy as it sounds, to get to their happily ever after! And as long as they get there while leaving behind a well-rounded, tear-jerking story, I’m happy, and I hope you will be, too.
A Paint River Ranch Novel (#2)
By Elizabeth Otto
One night is never enough…
Jobless, broke, and struggling to support herself and her invalid mother, paramedic Sophie Miller doesn’t have time or energy for a relationship. Especially with her mother’s clock ticking down. So when the sexy cowboy she meets at a carnival proposes a no-strings, one-night stand, she’s all over it. Until her one-night stand shows up again and turns out to be everything she’s ever wanted.
Tucker Haywood has his hands full running Paint River Ranch and trying to deal with all the changes pulling the rug out from under him. His past has taught him it’s better to keep women at arm’s length, for their sake. Stubborn and temperamental, Tucker doesn’t have a clue how to deal with a city girl who’s scared of squirrels and dirt.
So when Sophie gets under his skin, he has to do whatever it takes to push her away. Even if it means losing the part of himself he never thought he’d find.
Elizabeth Otto grew up in a Wisconsin town the size of a postage stamp, where riding your horse to the grocery store, and skinny dipping after school were perfectly acceptable. No surprise that she writes about small communities and country boys. She’s the author of paranormal romance, and hot, emotional, contemporary romance, and has no guilt over frequently making her readers cry. When not writing, she works full-time as an Emergency Medical Technician for a rural ambulance service. Elizabeth lives with her very own country boy and their three children in, shockingly, a small Midwestern town.
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