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Series: River Ranch #1
Title: Cowboy Stole My Heart by Soraya Lane
Author: Soraya Lane
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks, St Martin’s Press
Published: January 2nd, 2018
This is the first book in a new series – and I loved it! I can’t wait to read more in this heartwarming series.
Mia Ford is a hard working, determined young lady and not the pampered princess that Sam Mendes initially assumed. He’s a horse whisperer and has been called in by her father to try to help a stallion that is proving too much to handle, despite previously being a talented show jumper. Despite many inaccurate negative assumptions, the two humans are drawn to each other as they strive to rehabilitate the horse.
This is a delightful, well-written, emotional story of love helping heal heartbreak and more. It has great human and animal characters who are brought vividly to life within the pages of the story. It is a tale of following your heart and daring to dream, a journey of discovery with love and redemption as the end goal. I look forward to reading more in this series and have no hesitation in recommending this story to anyone who enjoys emotive cowboy romances.
I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
It takes true grit to build a billion-dollar dynasty like the Ford family ranch. But when it comes to finding love, all it takes is one handsome cowboy to steal a woman’s heart in Cowboy Stole My Heart by Soraya Lane.
SHE’S RIDING SOLO
As one of the heirs to the River Ranch fortune, Mia Ford is practically Texas royalty. But that doesn’t mean she’s some pampered princess. She can saddle up and ride a horse as well as any man, even a hard-working cowboy like Sam Mendes. For years, she’s harbored a crush on the strong, silent horseman. But how can she make a move when she’s his boss?
HE’S TAKING THE REINS
Sam Mendes is through with love—or so he thought. Still recovering from a breakup, he’s doing everything in his power to resist Mia Ford. It’s bad enough she’s the kind of beauty who drives men wild with desire. It’s even worse she’s got him so worked up, aching to kiss her lips, when he’s supposed to be working her ranch. Is this lovestruck cowboy willing to risk losing his job—and breaking his heart—to win the girl of his dreams?
“Lane warms hearts of readers across the globe.”
—RT Book Reviews
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
My previously published series, Texas Kings, was a cowboy series set in Texas, and I absolutely loved writing it. As soon as I’d finished those books I immediately started brainstorming another cowboy series, and River Ranch was born! I love horses and have grown up horseback riding, so it’s very natural for me to write about horse-loving cowboys and cowgirls.
What is your writing process?
I very much treat my writing as a business, and by that I mean that I work every day and commit to writing a certain number of words. My usual target is 2,000 words per day, but I’m also a full time mom so sometimes I will have interruptions and not make that target. In that case, I will usually work that night as well – I’m very hard on myself and very motivated! I love what I do and even on hard days I just try to push through and get the words on the page.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
In the past I always wrote on paper to start with, however I started to develop trigger finger and tendonitis, so I always write on my laptop now. I later edit on my big desktop computer. Back then I was also working full time as a freelance journalist, so my hands were in really bad shape! Typing is still hard on my hands, wrists and arms, but I try to be really careful about not over-doing it.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Asking me that is like asking me who my favorite child is! I usually love the character I’m working on at any given time, so right now I’m super in love with the characters in my second River Ranch novel – Tanner and Lauren! You’ll meet Tanner in this book…
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Well I’d have to be Mia – who wouldn’t want to fall in love with gorgeous cowboy Sam?!
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
Choosing character names is something I used to find really hard, but the more I write the easier I find it. To be honest I usually just brainstorm a few names, write them down, and I’ll think about them as I start to sketch out the story in my notebook. I like strong, masculine names for my heroes, and for my heroines it’s usually a name that I personally like.
As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as “the best career in the world”, and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.
Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.
For more information about Soraya, her books and her writing life, visit sorayalane.com or www.facebook.com/SorayaLaneAuthor, or follow her on twitter @Soraya_Lane. She would love to hear from you.
Many thanks to Soraya Lane for kindly answering my questions and agreeing to me sharing her responses with you and to Meghan Harrington at St Martin’s Press for arranging this!