Nell's Cowboy [NOOK Book]

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Nell Bishop, widowed mother of two children, is turning Twin Canyons into a dude ranch. One of her first guests is Travis Grant, a celebrity of sorts, a wannabe cowboy, an Easterner known for his books about the West. Nell's kids are crazy about him, and Nell…she could fall for him herself. But it's too soon to be thinking of love and marriage again. Too soon! Not only that, Travis seems intent on stirring up the town—by uncovering the mystery in its past….

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Nell Bishop, widowed mother of two children, is turning Twin Canyons into a dude ranch. One of her first guests is Travis Grant, a celebrity of sorts, a wannabe cowboy, an Easterner known for his books about the West. Nell's kids are crazy about him, and Nell…she could fall for him herself. But it's too soon to be thinking of love and marriage again. Too soon! Not only that, Travis seems intent on stirring up the town—by uncovering the mystery in its past….

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460314463
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Series: Heart of Texas
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 33,661
  • File size: 803 KB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at DebbieMacomber.com.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    Nell's Cowboy is a must read!!

    Debbie Macomber- her name says it all. This book, Nell's Cowboy, has it all. The town is called Promise. The two main characters have a past they would rather forget. There is a ghost town, an unsolved mystery, a forgotten chest in the attic and true love.
    This is the 2nd book in a series. I would advise reading the books in order so you know what is going on. The first is Dr Texas and the 3rd book is Lone Star Baby. When you read the books in order you know who the characters are and can keep up with what is going on with them.
    Is it better to get to know someone without knowing what they do for a living? Have you been afraid but don't know why? Do you believe something but can't remember what happened? That is what this story is about. Bitter end was a town that was in existence before Promise. The only problem is, no one knows why the town came to an end. Writer Travis Gant is going to find out. Nell Bishop is opening a dude ranch and Travis is her first customer. He is staying at Nell's place to research the town. He is from the city and her family has been in Promise since the beginning. Come visit Promise and see how they confront their past, solve a mystery and best of all, see who they fall in love with!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Good read.

    This was a very good book. I have yet to read a Debbie Macomber book I did not like.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

    Just love this series!!!  Recommend Highly!!

    Just love this series!!!  Recommend Highly!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Recommended - Great Story and and Series

    Sweet story - fun to read. I have loved reading this series and could not wait to see what happened to all of the characters.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    very good read

    One of the books in the Texas series. I suggest reading all the books in the series.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Highly recommended

    I like the way Debbie had her characters being persisted in solving the mystery of Bitter End.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    As usual

    Excellent romance written by Debbie Macomber with a little mystery thrown in! Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    excellent read

    highly entertaining great series

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

    Wonderful series! Read from the beginning because Debbie Macomb

    Wonderful series! Read from the beginning because Debbie Macomber keeps the people from the previous books in each stroy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Short story

    Less then 145 pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Starryriver

    Sits and waits

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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