Home is Where the Heart is—Leah Braemel


People often ask why I like writing about cowboys and small town or rural settings like where No Accounting for Cowboys is set. It comes naturally. I grew up surrounded by a horse farm on one side, corn fields on the other, and forests in front and behind. Yup, I’m one of those people who talks about life with only two television stations and a party line on the telephone so everyone knew everyone else’s business. (Do people even know what they are anymore?) Many of the old farm houses I passed had “Century Farm” plaques on their front lawn—given out by the government to families who lived on the same farm their ancestors had first claim before Canada was officially Canada. Most of the people I grew up with were content with staying on their farms and had no ambitions to ever leave, even to travel on vacation. They couldn’t imagine moving away from the area, away from their family where everyone was related to everyone else. They knew where they belonged and were happy to stay right where they were. We learned that shortly after we moved in and met an old farmer who lived a couple farms up the road. Old Len used to lament how his brother was a restless type and how he got a thorn in his foot and moved away from home. (My family always had to hide our giggle because his “wandering” brother moved from the 5th line to the 6th line – approximately a mile and a quarter north.)

When you first meet Jake Grady, you discover he’s grown up on Bull’s Hollow ranch in Texas, one his family had lived on for a hundred and fifty years and while he’s had the opportunity to leave if he wanted, he was reluctant to because he really felt a tie to the land. And his family. He’s grown up with what he thought were the perfect parents, parents who were in love and supported both their sons. Oh sure, there was sibling rivalry with his brother Ben, but Jake had no doubts about where he belonged. Then the previous year, his father died and secrets that had long been buried started emerge. In order to protect his mother, he’s dragged into her drama, into keeping her secret in order to keep her safe. Even knowing it would damage his relationships with his brother and his best friend.

In No Accounting for Cowboys, to Jake’s dismay more secrets are unveiled. And the latest secret to be uncovered makes him question everything he’s always believed. And makes him question his love of Bull’s Hollow and his place on it. The only person who could keep him there is Paige Reynolds, the ranch’s accountant. A woman who believes in him, and grounds him…

What about you? Are you still living where you grew up? Or did you have a thorn in your foot? And what would keep you where you are?

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Jake Grady loves Bull’s Hollow ranch and all the challenges and hard work it entails. But the past year hasn’t been easy—his father’s good name has been tarnished, and new financial problems are threatening to destroy everything the Gradys have built. Performing live under a stage name has become his escape, a way of blowing off some serious steam.

Accountant Paige Reynolds found Jake’s guitar-playing alter ego intriguing, but her connection with the real Jake sends her attraction into overdrive. When she’s summoned to make order out of the chaotic paper trail at Bull’s Hollow, he sets her world a-rocking—both in bed and out. But Paige has a plan; she’s determined to create her own path for the future, but is soon left scrambling for firmer ground.

Good news about Jake’s potential singing career is followed by the revelation of another family secret, one that has him questioning whether he belongs at Bull’s Hollow at all. But leaving the ranch would mean leaving his family…and Paige. How much is he willing to give up for a real shot at fame?

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Leah is the only woman in a houseful of males that includes her college-sweetheart husband, two sons, a Shih Tzu named Seamus and Turtle the cat. She loves escaping the ever-multiplying dust bunnies by opening up her laptop to write about sexy heroes and the women who challenge them.

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