Friday, September 05, 2014

COWBOY TO THE RESCUE - Louise Gouge - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I've loved reading Louise's books for a number of years. I was really interested in reading Cowboy to the Rescue. I loved this story told against a tapestry of beautiful Colorado with overtone remnants of the Civil war. The characters  grabbed my heart and held on. Trials and miracles added to the flavor of the story. You won't want to miss this one.

Bio: Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired imprint. In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for her 2005 historical novel, Hannah Rose (first place) and her 2011 Regency novella, The Gentleman Takes a Bride, (second place). Please visit her Web site at

Welcome back, Louise. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love to write about God’s grace and forgiveness. Too many people think they have to work hard to please the Lord, but all they have to do is accept the free gift of His salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. This message becomes more important as spiritual truths are shoved to the sides more and more in the public arena.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Cowboy Seeks a Bride, the second book in my Four Stones Ranch series, is set to release in January 2015. This is the story of Rand Northam, a former prodigal son who is trying to change his ways.

I also recently released in indie novella, Daughter of Destiny, the story of a missionary bride who returns to the South Pacific Island of her birth in 1822, where the islanders welcome her as a personification of their volcano goddess, Pele. Leah Smith’s greatest challenge is convincing the islanders that she is as human as they are and every bit as needy of God’s love and redemption as they are.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
This may sound funny, but I’d like to meet Dolly Parton. She seems very real and honest, and from what I’ve heard and read, she’s a Christian. I’d love to hear about her spiritual journey.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
So many come to mind that it’s hard to choose. Today I was thinking about Mary Magdalene and all the controversy surrounding her. Was she a harlot or a madwoman? What was her life like before she met Jesus and after she became His disciple?

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
For those who aspire to be published traditionally, the most important thing to remember is how many times some of our greatest writers were rejected. You must keep trying. No matter how many times you’ve heard “no,” the very next publisher you approach may say, “This is the book we’ve been looking for.” In the meantime, keep working on your craft and network as much as you can with other writers.

Tell us about the featured book.
This is my first western, and I’m very excited to be writing in this genre. During my childhood, I watched many western movies and television shows, so they’re a great love of mine. I set my series in the beautiful San Luis Valley of Colorado, where I lived for many years.

Here’s the blurb:
Though Georgia belle Susanna Anders agrees to accompany her father on a silver prospecting trip to Colorado, her heart belongs to the South. Then charming cowboy Nate Northam saves her father's life and gives them shelter at his ranch. Feeling gratitude is only natural, but falling for a Yankee? Both of their families would be outraged. 

While Susanna's father recovers at the Northams' home, Nate can't help being drawn to the sweet Southern beauty … and wishing he were free to think of courtship. That is until shocking revelations compel both Nate and Susanna to choose where their loyalties lie—fettered to the past or to the promise of a bold new love …. 

Four Stones Ranch: Love finds a home out West

Please give us the first page of the book.
June 1878
Daddy wouldn’t make it through another bitter-cold night. Susanna wasn’t even sure how she’d managed not to freeze to death on this Colorado mountainside over the past ten or so hours. Maybe her anger had kept her alive, a real rage like some folks back home in Georgia still felt toward the North and all Yankees. For the first time in all her nineteen years, she understood firsthand how they felt.

The only trouble was that she had no idea whom to hate. Still, if God brought them out of this predicament, she would see to it that justice was meted out on whoever robbed Daddy, beat him almost to death and left him to die amid their scattered belongings. If Susanna hadn’t been over the hill fetching water for their supper, she had no doubt those men would have done their worst to her, as well. Always the protector, Daddy had managed to tell her that when the villains had demanded to know who owned the female fripperies in the wagon, he’d told them his wife had been buried on the trail. Such a lie must have cost her truthful father dearly, but it had saved her from unknown horrors.

She placed a small log on the fire and used a poker to stir the flames she had somehow kept alive throughout the night. The sun had just begun to shed some light on La Veta Pass, so the day should soon warm up enough for her to make plans about how to get out of this mess. Daddy’s fever didn’t seem too high. Or maybe the cold just made his clammy skin seem cooler. No matter. She had to find a way to get them down into the San Luis Valley to a ranch house or town. One thing was sure. His silver prospecting would have to wait until he recovered.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Come visit me at

Thank you, Louise, for letting me share this new book with my readers.

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Cowboy to the Rescue -
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Melanie Backus said...

I would love to be the winner of your first western.....good luck with it!

Melanie Backus, TX

Diana Gardner said...

Portsmouth, VA

Louise M. Gouge said...

Thanks, Melanie. Living in Texas, I'll bet you see a lot of cowboys!

Anonymous said...

Love to win this book! Love trying new authors! Shelia from Mississippi

Unknown said...

Congrats on your very first western book! So excited and can't wait to read it. I love reading these kinds of books.
I am from California

Louise M. Gouge said...

Thank you, Ladies. I really enjoyed writing about the West.

Unknown said...

Looks like a good book!! Love learning about new authors!

scottsgal said...

Historical westerns are one of my favorite genres - and those puppies are adorable!

Cheryl in IL

Louise M. Gouge said...

Aren't those puppies cute? But they aren't just pets. They're on the ranch for another purpose. Can't tell you what, though. You have to read it. LOL!

Susan Johnson said...

I love to read books about cowboys.
Susan in Texas

Holly I. said...

OMGoodness, so excited! I love your other books and can't wait to read on set in the West!
~Holly I. in Morehead, KY

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! And the puppies on the cover are so adorable :)

D.L. Kamstra, Michigan

Louise M. Gouge said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind remarks. Thank you, Holly. I'm so glad you like my books. That's a huge encouragement!

Emma said...

Congrats on the book.I am looking forward to reading this book.I enjoy reading your books.Have a wonderful weekend.PA.

Mary Preston said...

Congrats on your first western. A genre I love.

Sweet cover!!

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

would love to win a copy.

Live in Indiana.

Smiles & blessings,
Cindy W.

Deanna Stevens said...
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Deanna Stevens said...

Great interview... to meet Dolly Parton would be a delight! Would enjoy reading your book :)
DKStevens from SE NEBR

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

What an interesting looking story, I absolutely love the cover of this book!!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway and God Bless you!!!

Sarah Richmond

Merry said...

Cowboy to the Rescue sounds great; romance, danger, a beautiful place! Please add me.
Merry in MN

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway, SC.

sm said...

We just vacationed in CO and were in the San Luis Valley. Love to win and read your book. sharon CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Unknown said...

Looks like a good story ! I love westerns and look forward to reading it soon.
Thank you from Ohio reader

Louise M. Gouge said...

Thank you all for your great comments. SM, I'm so jealous that you got to visit the San Luis Valley. I haven't been back for nine years and miss it like crazy. LOL!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks os much for the giveaway!
Sydney Harries GA

Anonymous said...

sounds interesting! Shelia from Mississippi

rubynreba said...

I also watched many westerns movies when I was a child. We are planning a trip to Colorado later this month. It is such a beautiful state. Congrats on writing your first western book!
Beth from IA