by RJ Scott
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Cover Art: Meredith Russell
About A Cowboy's Home
One burned and broken man finds his way home. Can he find peace in the arms of a man easy to love?
Justin made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, battling domestic terrorism, never the man he really was, using hate to avenge the death of his best friend. The friend he'd killed.
What he doesn’t count on is getting shot, and if he's going to die he wants it to be on Crooked Tree soil. Home.
Sam is as much a part of Crooked Tree as any of the families, and the offer to buy into the ranch is a dream come true. But falling for a hidden, secretive, injured man isn’t the way to keep his head in the game.
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About the Montana series
When a cowboy meets a guy from the city, he can't know how much things will change.
On the spur of the moment, with his life collapsing around him, Jay Sullivan answers an ad for a business manager with an expertise in marketing, on a dude ranch in Montana. With his sister, Ashley, niece, Kirsten and nephew, Josh, in tow, he moves lock stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life on Crooked Tree Ranch.
Foreman and part owner of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel "Nate" Todd has been running the dude ranch, for five years ever since his mentor Marcus Allen became ill. His brothers convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the business grow. He knows things have to change and but when the new guy turns up, with a troubled family in tow - he just isn't prepared for how much.
A man without memories, and the cop who never gave up hope.
When he wakes up in hospital, the victim of a brutal beating, John Doe has no memories of who he is or who hurt him. The cops can find nothing to identify him and he can't remember anything to help... except the name Ethan and one recurring place from his dreams. Two words, and they're not much, but it's a start. Crooked Tree.
Cop, Ethan Allens, has never stopped searching for the two boys who vanished. When a report lands on Ethan's desk that may give new leads he jumps at the chance to follow them up. The man he finds isn't his brother, but it's someone who could maybe help him discover what happened twelve years ago.
What neither man can know is that facing the very real demons of the past could very well destroy any kind of future they may think they have together.
RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.
RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.
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A Q&A with RJ Scott
The Montana series is one of my top favorites this year. How did the idea for it come about?
I have another series, the Texas series, a huge sprawling soap opera of a series set in Texas, and featuring everything from blackmailed into marriage, to murder, and love. I wanted to build another world, and I may just have a thing for the wild rugged terrain of Montana, and the cowboys that run ranches there. When I wanted to write another series set around a ranch, it had to be Montana really. I wanted to write about family, and love, and have this mystery weaving in and out of the three books.
One of my favorite things about this series was your use of the three founding families of Crooked Tree instead of the usual single family saga. What made you decide to go this route?
What I love about books, is not just the main characters, but the support network around them. Mostly I am a huge fan of featuring siblings, and friends, simply because I think this a wonderful way to show how a character reacts to certain situations – how kind he is to his brother, how he looks after a friend, that kind of thing. Now, with Montana there isn’t just one family, but three, all of whom have their lives entwined in the story. I just wanted to show how each family survived the hand they were played, and I think it makes the dynamic that much more interesting.
Which among the three books—Crooked Tree Ranch, The Rancher's Son, and A Cowboy's Home—was the easiest, the most fun, and the most challenging to write?
I think A Cowboy’s Home will end up being my most challenging, because I have to wrap up the mystery and still have a love story. Book 2 was the easiest AND hardest to write. I had the story fixed in my head, but the angst and emotion was incredibly hard. Crooked Tree Ranch was possibly the most fun, because I built the world, and I love doing that!
Be honest: Who was your favorite character in the series and why?
Is it wrong for me to say Gabe? He’s the middle Todd brother, not gay, but he has his own story. He was the one left behind, the one who finds love, the one who proposes… his journey is just as important to me as the other characters. Now, if we’re talking sexiest, it has to be Nate… yum, cowboy…
Who among the Todd brothers—Nate, Gabe, and Luke—would you marry, have a one-night stand with, and keep in the friend zone?
Marry, Gabe, because, sighs, he’s so sweet. Nate, I would have a one night stand with because I think Jay would kill me, and also, can you imagine how hot Nate would be in bed… LOL… Luke will always be way too young for me, so I’d keep him in the friend zone. 😉
If you were caught in a situation that required rescuing, who would you call, Ethan Allens or Cole Strachen?
Cole, no doubt. Ethan is clever, but Cole is all business, even if he did get taken down by… (can’t give too much away)
If you had to spend the day with someone doing only what they wanted, would you rather spend it with Adam Strachen or Justin Allens?
Oh god, that is hard. I want to know all about Justin… but, I have a soft spot for Adam, and I would want to be there when a beautiful memory hit him. ☺
Who would you go on a week-long vacation with, Sam Walter or Jay Sullivan?
Sam. On the back of his bike. For sure. He’s quirky, snarky, and determined. I think he’d be fun to be around.
What five things would you take with you if you had to spend five days alone in the Montana wilderness?
Nate. Jay. Cole. (Oh wait you don’t mean men… sighs… LOL) My kindle. My family. Chocolate. Wine, lots of wine… and I guess, food would be good. 😉
What advice would you give aspiring writers who look up to you as their inspiration?
Just keep writing. Don’t ever stop. Submit a book, and just carry on with your next book, get the stories down on paper and love what you do. ☺
Oh, and be nice to people. Always be nice to people.
Note: Thank you to RJ Scott for being so accommodating and for patiently answering all my questions. ♥
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