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Friday, April 13, 2018

Her Cowboy's Promise & The Cowboy's Homecoming Surprise by Jennifer Hoopes - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Reviews by Suze

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Emily moved to Fly Creek because she needed a fresh start. She's still grieving and can't heal from the loss of her fiancĂ© Drew. She's existing, but living is out of the question. After three years she's still not ready to let anyone in. That changes when gorgeous cowboy Adam moves into town and shows an interest. Emily doesn't know Drew was Adam's cousin and she also has no idea he is on a mission. What will happen when she finds out?

Adam promised Drew he'll make sure Emily will find happiness again. His stay in Fly Creek is temporary until he's fulfilled his cousin's last wish. He doesn't like small towns because they remind him of his past too much. He planned to befriend Emily, help her and move on, but never counted on falling in love with her. Drew was keeping secrets and now Adam isn't telling Emily the truth either. She deserves more, but will there be a right time to explain everything? Adam doesn't intend to do anything with his feelings, but the attraction is strong. Can he resist it?

Her Cowboy's Promise is a wonderful romantic story. Emily went through something incredibly traumatic that made her lose everything she held dear. Fly Creek offers her some comfort, but she can't get over Drew's death. She's a talented and kindhearted woman and deserves happiness after everything that happened to her. That immediately made me care about her and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to discover if Adam would keep his promise to his cousin and light up her world. There's plenty of chemistry between them, but Emily is far from ready to love again and that made incredibly interesting reading.

Jennifer Hoopes's writing has a nice easy flow. I loved her detailed descriptions of Fly Creek and its inhabitants. She makes the town come to life in a great dynamic way. Even though Her Cowboy's Promise is a story about sadness and trying to move on after a terrible loss it isn't a heavy story. Because of the attraction between the main characters there's plenty of lightness. The story has many different sides and I was intrigued by the secrets Adam is keeping. Her Cowboy's Promise is charming, sweet, captivating and enchanting. I really liked this amazing story.

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Peyton's life evolves around Mel, her daughter. She's a single mother living in the small Fly Creek, where everyone knows her. Ryder, Mel's father, left town ten years ago, just before Peyton found out she was pregnant and Peyton never managed to track him down. She's finally happy and ready to embrace life again, when during her first night out with a friend Ryder walks back into her life. Peyton is angry with him for leaving, but she also still has feelings for the man who broke her heart and left her pregnant and alone. Where did Ryder go and why did he stay away all this time?

Ryder is ready to move back to Fly Creek. He's a successful business owner and can show his family that he's made something of himself. There's no time to feel proud though, because Peyton has a surprise for him, Ryder has a daughter. Ryder is devastated because he missed so much time with his little girl and the woman he still loves. He never stopped thinking about Peyton and regrets hurting her. He had his reasons, but leaving everything behind wasn't without consequences. Will he be able to make amends and will Peyton and Mel give him a second chance?

The Cowboy's Homecoming Surprise is a beautiful story about true love, family, hope and regrets. Peyton is a strong woman. Taking care of Mel is her main priority and she's doing a good job. She works, but always has time for Mel and she makes sure her daughter is well loved. Peyton is glad Mel can finally get to know her father. Ryder instantly loves his daughter, but that doesn't bring immediate happiness, because he has plenty of issues to deal with. His father's constant harsh words have left deep wounds that aren't easily healed. He's finally back in his hometown, but being there doesn't feel glorious like he expected. Ryder had no idea he had a child and would have loved to be part of Mel's life from the start. He has to learn to live with the results of his choices. He might have left with a reason, but has hurt others in the process. While processing this information Ryder grows as a person and that was interesting to witness. It's clear from the start that he and Peyton belong together and I kept hoping he'd be able to make things right between them.

Jennifer Hoopes has written a wonderful story about love in many forms. I liked the open way she writes about her characters' feelings. There's plenty of room for forgiveness and she shows that making mistakes isn't the end of the world. I really loved that message. She combines an emotional reunion with plenty of sparks and a beautiful deep connection that can overcome all obstacles. The Cowboy's Homecoming Surprise is a fantastic romantic story.


If you love small town romance you will definitely like the Fly Creek stories. The books can easily be read as standalones.

About Jennifer Hoopes

Jennifer grew up in Maryland as the baby of nine, (a yours, mine, and ours love story) but today hangs her apron in a small town in Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

When not writing contemporary romance, she can usually be found elbow deep in flour, entrenched on the bleachers as she cheers her daughter on at a swim meet, or planning the next school party.

She loves caramel and roller coasters, cries at Disney movies, and cannot live without coffee and Jane Austen.

Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers (CPRW.)


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Story Ideas
Guest post by Jennifer Hoopes

Thank you so much for having me. I love meeting new readers.

Ask any author how they come up with ideas for their books and the answers will be as varied as the stories they write, but I bet every one of us has some type of file (real or electronic) with enough ideas to last a lifetime. I never know when inspiration will strike, and maybe those kernels of a story will never be fleshed out, but I horde them all like a squirrel with acorns.

The idea for Her Cowboy’s Promise came while listening to a news story about a river rescue. Sadly, it was not a happy ending for all parties, but I got to thinking about how someone dealt with a traumatic event like that. How would one move on from being a couple to being single? What steps would one take to get their life back? In the case of Emily White, it meant traveling cross country leaving behind friends and family for a town she knew nothing about. She cocooned herself in her business for three years until a dimple-sporting cowboy came into her store and upended her life.

The town of Fly Creek evolved as the story went along. I needed it small enough that characters knew a lot about one another (hello, gossip) but also large enough to support the tourist industry that would flow from Sky Lake ranch. I will admit creating fictional locations is almost as fun as creating fictional characters. My favorite place in Fly Creek is Garden Grows, the tea house that sits on the river. Incidentally, the one scene that took place there got cut very early on in revisions.

As with any book, and especially one destined to be part of a series, secondary characters (at least for me) just appear, and when Peyton Brooks and her “I have a plan for everything” demeanor, popped into Emily’s store, I knew this woman had become the planner she was

because there was a time in her past when she’d been faced with a lot of uncertainty. Enter Peyton’s precocious daughter, Mel, and her not in the picture father, Ryder. Their journey in The Cowboy’s Homecoming Surprise is a hard and emotional one. Even I wasn’t sure I could get them the happy ending they deserved.

The third book in the Fly Creek series flowed from a secondary character that appears briefly in book 1 and more often in book 2. Let’s just say Dan Rigby broke my heart, and I absolutely had to give him a happy ending, complete with a little Christmas spirit.

I know many authors who plot out their books and series in elaborate detail, I, however, am not one of them. I build things from a simple snippet. A news story A song lyric. A picture. A conversation overheard. And then from there the secondary characters pull and tug at me until I relent and give them their own brand of Happy Ever After.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed a little peek into how I develop story ideas. Happy Reading!


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  1. The Fly Creek series sounds like sweet, emotional, contemporary romances.

  2. Sounds like a lovely romance.I love cowboy characters.

  3. You are a new to me author but I do enjoy related books and cowboy stories so I'll definitely be looking for this series.

  4. Love a good Cowboy romance, reminds me of books I used to read as a teen, and a George Michael song, oh and the album Bon Jovi made that i LOVED! xx

  5. I love cowboy stories, so I will definitely think about reading your book.

  6. Thank you everyone for stopping by and commenting. I hope you all get a chance to visit Fly Creek. Happy Reading!

  7. Sounds good, thanks for the reviews and giveaway!

  8. These books look great, fingers crossed

  9. A lovely guest post. Amazing how you can put together a novel, I admire authors for being about to do just that pure imagination triggered by a small thing turns into a wonderful novel to give all the readers a lot of pleasure.