Wednesday, January 26, 2011

meet Barb Harrison aka Leann Harris

Today is a double header! Don't miss this week's winners and our COTT interview with Tiffany Amber Stockton!

When Barbara was first introduced to her husband in college she knew she would never date the man. He was a graduate student getting a PhD in physics, and Barbara had purposely taken a second year of biology in high school to avoid taking physics. So much for first impressions. They have been married forty years and still approach life from very different angles.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Barbara taught math and science to deaf high school students for a couple of years until the birth of her first child. When her youngest child started school, Barbara decided to fulfill a life-long dream and began writing. After both her children left home, she went back to teaching.

She is a former president of the Dallas Area Romance Writers and the program director for Ready Writers, D/FW ACRW chapter. Barbara presently lives in Plano, Texas with her husband. Her thirteenth novel, Second Chance Ranch, is a Jan ‘11 release.

You can find Barbara online at www.leannharis.com, www.barbharrison.com. Characters in Second Chance Ranch are blogging now.

Second Chance Ranch
Former soldier and rodeo rider Zachary McClure's war injuries are far deeper than physical. Skeptical that anyone can reach the dark place in his soul, he visits an Albuquerque equine therapy ranch with no expectations. How can horses mend the physical and emotional injures when nothing--and no one--else has? He finds the answer when he meets Sophie Powell, an ex-army medic with a sunny smile, gentle touch and a determination to help other through horse therapy. But behind her big hopes and cheerful attitude lurks pain--and Zachary is just the man to change that. He can make Sophie's dreams a reality...and she may be the woman to heal this wounded hero's heart.


FIRST PAGE

Second Chance Ranch
Zachary McClure closed his eyes and breathed in the calming and familiar smells of the barn--horses, grains, leather and liniment. He hadn’t smelled anything that comforting in the last four years. Dust, diesel, and fear had filled his days in Iraq. Disinfectant, moans, and sickness had filled his last year in the hospital. The smell of horses took him back to pre-Army days. That was before—-
He stopped the thought. He couldn’t change the past.

“You all right?”

Zach opened his eyes and looked into his sister’s concerned face. Beth had always looked up to him, but lately they argued a lot. He hadn’t wanted to come today, didn’t want to face the ghosts of his past and the limitations of today, but she kept badgering him with calls and coming by his apartment, telling him he needed to start riding again. He tried sending her home, but somehow she got him to agree to come once here to the New Hope Ranch.



You can purchase Second Chance Ranch from Amazon.

Barbara is giving away a copy of Second Chance Ranch. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

25 comments:

Marianne said...

i love the idea of Second Chance Ranch - we all need Second Chances! please enter my name to win this book. thanks for posting it! mitzi_wanham[at]yaoo[dot]com

lgm52 said...

Love the title: Second Chance Ranch. It implies hope for everyone!
Would love to read this book.
lgm52@hotmail.com

CarlybirdK said...

I love the cover art for this book. I would love to win a copy. It sounds wonderful. Thank you.
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Leann said...

Good to be here with y'all. Patty has a wonderful site and I love being here. I also find a lot of interesting books I want to read.

windycindy said...

I have dreamed of places like this
ranch...
Many thanks, Cindi
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apple blossom said...

cover looks so peaceful

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apple blossom said...

gfc follower

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apple blossom said...

email subscriber

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Charity said...

Please enter me in this great giveaway! Thanks.

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Charity U said...

Ah, I'm hooked by the first page. :) Please enter me!

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Charity U said...

I'm subscribed via email.

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Charity U said...

And I follow through GFC.

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Leanne said...

I'd love to win this book!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Linda said...

Everyone needs a second chance, particularly those returning with PTSD issues. Please enter me.

I follow via GFC.

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PriviesAndPrims said...

Love a good love story! Please enter my name in the drawing.

Doreen
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dunlizzie said...

Please count me in!
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Edna said...

I follow you please enter me


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Trinity Rose said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.
Blessings,
Trinity Rose
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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Meredith said...

Sounds like a good book that deals with a increasingly common issue (vets returning from Iraq and trying to find their place again).

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JenT said...

This sounds like a really good book. I would love to read it.
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Patty Wysong said...

I just started reading Second Chance Ranch and it's excellent!! I'm very hard pressed to work and not just check out for the day and read. LoL. Loving this book! Thanks, Barb! =]

debijackson said...

I would love to read this. Thanks for the great giveaway.
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Lisa said...

I would love to read this!! Thanks!
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