Looking for inspiration, artist Ella Langton rents a cabin in the isolated Porcupine Hills of Alberta, Canada. She didn’t count on having neighbors, but rancher Cord Walsh and his three children are just a stone’s throw away.
Still healing from a tragic accident, Ella has no plans of reaching out, but she’s having a hard time keeping them out of her yard—and her thoughts. And when little Suzy ropes Ella into helping her with an art project, she can’t help her growing feelings for the girl’s rugged daddy.
With three persistent children, Cord and Ella may find their fenced-off hearts opening up sooner than they thought!
CAROLYNE AARSEN lives in Northern Alberta where she was born, raised and married and has raised four children and numerous foster children. Her writing has been honed between being a stay-at-home mother, homemaker, gardener, crafter columnist and business partner with her husband in their cattle farm and logging business.
Bon Appétit and a Book: A delicious recipe to enjoy alongside the book with an image.
This is a sweet book and requires a sweet recipe
Here is Cream Cheese stuffed Carrot Cake
- 2 1/2 cups peeled and grated carrots
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup pecans, finely chopped (I use my food processor)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup Vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (regular or lowfat)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons orange extract
Cream Cheese Filling
- 8 oz full fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Orange Cream Cheese Glaze
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Optional Decorative Garnishes
- roasted pecans, roughly chopped orange zest
Song Playlist: A prepared playlist of songs that embodies the book’s characters and their love story.
Some of the songs aren’t particularly romantic but they caught some of what Cord and Ella dealt with.
The Weary Kind – by Ryan Bingham
Bring on the Wonder – Susan Enan
Landing in London – Three Doors Down
Fall at Your Feet – Jesse Cook
Home – Philip Phillips
How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers: Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.
It’s been said so many times that it’s almost a cliché. If you want to write for a certain genre then read extensively in that genre. If you want to write for Love Inspired, read Love Inspired. Don’t just read the words, examine the plot. Find out why the characters do what they do when they do it. Read how the book is paced and how the characters interact. I’ve read a number of books by aspiring writers who want to write for Love Inspired and I wonder if they’ve ever truly examined how Love Inspired books are written. You have to respect the genre and understand it if you want to write for it.
Writer’s Space: Photos and a brief description of the place where they do their writing.
I have a bedroom that was converted into my office years ago. There is a small couch in it, bookshelves and my writing desk of course. The best part is, for my birthday, my husband installed a bay window for me to look out when I’m writing. It’s amazing.
Love Lessons Learned: Real life romance lessons learned from the book.
To me this story, Courting the Cowboy, is about being vulnerable. Letting people see who you are and not being afraid to show that. I don’t’ know if I’ve learned any romance lessons per se, but I do think I’ve shown a part of how I think love works.
Movie Star Cast: The author picks movie stars to play the characters in a movie.
Cord has always been Scott Foley
Ella I think of as Rachel Portman
Suzie is Mia Talerico
Paul is a young Mackenzie Astin
Ollie is a very young Dylan or cole Sprouse
A Valentine’s Romance: The authors describe the perfect Valentine’s Day.
Dinner at the Neerlandia Co-op restaurant where, as my granddaughter who lives in a large city was surprised to discover, we know everybody!