Monday, April 7, 2014

Sweet Callahan Homecoming by Tina Leonard: Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway! (International)

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Sweet Callahan Homecoming (Callahan Cowboys #15)
Tina Leonard

Will Ashlyn Callahan finally find her magic? The last Callahan rides in the exciting conclusion to the bestselling series, The Callahan Cowboys.

Four Babies—and Her Whole Family—to Protect

Ashlyn Callahan has always known that her fate can only bring danger to those she loves. That's why she flees Rancho Diablo—and the ornery cowboy she loves—to hide out in Texas Hill Country. But all hell breaks loose when Xavier Phillips finds her... and her four newborn babies.

Xav finally tracks down his warrior woman—only to discover she's the mother of two perfect little boys and two perfect little girls. And he's the father! Now Ash has to marry him. With the future of Ash's entire clan at stake, Xav is ready to lay his life on the line to safeguard the family legacy. Not to mention create a homecoming—and a wedding!—worthy of his Chacon Callahan bride.


Ash Callahan wasn’t easy to track. She used only cash. There were no phone calls, no computer emails to track. It was as if she’d disappeared—which she’d obviously intended to do. In the end, he’d gone to Running Bear for direction, only to be amazed that Running Bear hadn’t heard from Ash, either. Those two shared the same untamed spirit.

But Xav got a pointer or two from Running Bear that sent him on a path to find her. Now he shifted on the white-painted porch, hearing footsteps inside, hoping his journey wasn’t a dead end. It had been too many months since he’d held the love of his life in his arms.

A middle-aged woman opened the door, a questioning frown on her face. “Yes?”

“Hi.” He gave her his most friendly smile. “I’m Xav Phillips, from Diablo, New Mexico. I’m looking for a woman named Ashlyn Callahan.”

The woman shook her head, glancing over her shoulder when a baby’s cry burst in the background. “I’m sorry, no. I’ve never heard of her.”

He couldn’t say what made him linger on the porch. Maybe it was because he’d come so far and was so disappointed to find his search turning up a dead end again. Another baby’s cries joined the first, sending up a wail of epic proportions between them, which made the woman anxiously begin to back away.

“Excuse me,” she said, “good luck finding whomever you’re looking for.”

She closed the door. Xav hesitated, then leaned his ear against the wood. He heard soft voices inside comforting the babies, and then unbelievably, he heard a voice he’d know any day, any night, whether he was awake, asleep or even in a coma.

“Sweet baby, don’t fuss. My little prince,” he heard Ash say, and in a flash, he slid over to the enormous glass window framing the Christmas tree so he could peer cautiously inside the house.

Behind the large, ruffle-branched Christmas tree, four white bassinets lay together in a room decorated for the holidays amid beautifully wrapped gifts. He held his breath, watching Ash comfort a tiny infant boy. Ash’s shock of pale hair had grown into a waterfall of silver liquid she wore in a ponytail. Xav grew warm all over despite the cold, and Cupid’s arrow shot right into his heart, the same way it had every time he’d ever gotten within two miles of her.

He was head over heels in love with her, and nine long months apart had done nothing to diminish those emotions. The ring in his pocket practically burned, reminding him how long he’d waited to ask her to marry him.

She put the baby down and picked up another, a sweet, pink-pajamaed little girl, and Xav’s heart felt like it splatted on the ground. She acted as if these were her children, so loving and gentle was she as she held them. Xav was poleaxed with new thoughts of making Ash a mother. Motherhood and Ash weren’t a combination he’d ever really put together in his head, but watching her with these children made him realize his original proposal wasn’t the one he wanted to offer her.

He didn’t want to fall back on a business arrangement to save his ego.

No, he was going all in. He was going to tell her the truth about the shot she’d allegedly fired at Wolf, because clearly that was why she was hiding out here, helping the older lady babysit her family’s babies. Or maybe she ran a babysitting service. It didn’t matter. The point was, Ash was in hiding and he was going to tell her the truth: She was not the hunted one. She was not destined to bring destruction to Rancho Diablo and her family. And then he was going to ask her to be his wife.

About the Author



USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Tina Leonard has sold over 2.6 million copies of her titles. She has made the USA Today Bestseller, Waldenbooks, Bookscan, and Ingrambook lists, and has written and contracted seventy-one books and special projects. Her work has been published by Harlequin, Samhain Publishing, Robinson Scarlet, and most recently Random House Loveswept contracted for a single title trilogy project, Hell’s Outlaws.

Leonard was chosen to be among the first authors published for Robinson’s Scarlet line, writing four single title novels for that imprint. Not long after, she sold on proposal to Harlequin American, where she has since written several popular series, most notably the Cowboys By The Dozen, Morgan Men, and Callahan Cowboys series.

Leonard's schedule keeps her very busy creating independent heroines and the irresistible heroes who love them. She is known for her fun sense of humor, endearing communities, snappy dialogue, and memorable characters.



Giveaway!

We are giving away two $25 Amazon gift cards as part of the Super Book Blast hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions—that's two winners tour-wide. Yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is answer this question:
What do you like about Harlequin's American Romance line? Any favorite book or author in particular? If you haven't tried it before, tell me: why do you want to read Sweet Callahan Homecoming?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Tina and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Remember, since this is a tour-wide giveaway, the more comments you make, the more entries you get. To see which other blogs are participating and leave more comments/entries, check out the book blast schedule.

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the tour publicist and author—a huge thank you to Goddess Fish and Tina!
Giveaway ends April 9th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open internationally—woohoo! This means anyone in the world can enter, as long as you can redeem Amazon US gift cards.
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
As this is a tour-wide giveaway, I have no say in the selected winners and am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

14 comments:

  1. I'd love to read the whole Callahan Cowboys series since I fell in love with Tina's writing after finishing 3 first books in Cowboys by the Dozen series. Totally hooked! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Great to see you back on tour Tina, and with an awesome new book to promote! I loved the excerpt~ this may be the most exciting ride yet. Thanks for sharing your work with us again :)

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  3. What I enjoy the most about Harlequin's American Romance line is the small town feel to the stories. Love the cowboys and how the communities seem to look out and care for each other.

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  4. What I enjoy is the down-to-earth vibe the stories bring. There is a sense of community, of belonging, in small towns, that just doesn't happen in bigger cities. I've read one book in the series, and am looking forward to this one!

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  5. First I love to read so finding any new authors or series or publishers I like is awesome to me I am not sure of names of books I have read in this line or if I have I think I would like it and would love to read it once I am a fan I am a fan for life!! Thats why I love finding new book lines to read! Thank u

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  6. I have read Harlequin books in the pass. But not the Harlequin 's American Romance . Need to check it out.
    Plus a gunshot wedding can be a lot of fun. Deb P
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  7. Ummm... I want to read about how she hid quadruplets b/c... that boggles the mind!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I want to read it because I want to know why she is hiding from him. :D Thank you!

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  9. I want to read it because I want to know why she is hiding from him. :D Thank you!

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  10. I want to read it because I love secret baby stories, but the fact that there are FOUR!? that is incredibly interesting!

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  11. I would love to read this because I want to see what happens to Ash and Xav. I feel like I can relate to this book a little and I want to see where it goes. Thank you for the chance!
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  12. I've never read the American Romance line but now after reading that excerpt I'm curious what's the deal with the babies.


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  13. I've never read the American Romance line but now after reading that excerpt I'm curious what's the deal with the babies.
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