by C.J. Carmichael
Colton, A Change Of Hart: After years of tearing up the rodeo circuit—and shirking his family duties—Colton Hart shouldn’t be surprised that his return to Thunder Ranch has been a bit thorny. His plan to put the Harts' prize stallion, Midnight, back into dangerous rodeo competition doesn’t help.
Colt’s stirring up trouble off the ranch as well, especially in Leah Stockton’s heart. Recently divorced, Leah is determined to make a new life for her two kids. The last thing she needs is a man who acts like a child himself. And Leah doesn’t even know about the biggest mistake of Colt’s life. When his shameful secret is revealed, she'll never look at him the same again. But Colt also realizes it’s past time he acts like the man Leah deserves...whether she wants him or not.
Colt & Leah talk Love and Romance...
Sara: What is your greatest accomplishment?
Colt: Hell, there’ve been quite a few. Maybe qualifying for the world championships four years running. Then there was the year I took five all-arounds in just two months. No, wait, my greatest accomplishment has to be winning my Dodge Truck this spring at the National Circuit Finals. Have you seen my truck? It’s a real beauty.
Leah: My greatest accomplishment is helping Colt stuff his head inside his cowboy hat every morning.
Sara: What do you most enjoy about rodeo?
Colt: Is there anything not to enjoy about rodeo?
Leah: What about rain, Colt?
Colt: You’re right, honey. Rain really sucks. You’re not too fond of it either, are you?
Leah: Especially not flash floods. (She shudders)
Sara: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Leah: I’d regret my first marriage, but if I hadn’t married Jackson then I wouldn’t have my incredible kids Jill and Davey.
Colt: I regret not stepping up to my responsibilities right from the get-go. There are lost years that I will never get back.
Sara: What is your most treasured possession?
Colt: If we’re talking things and not people, I’d have to say my truck.
Leah: I’m pretty fond of Colt’s truck, too. Just kidding! Jill and Davey’s baby pictures beat out that hunk of metal any day.
Sara: What do you dream of?
Colt: Building Leah a house where we can raise our children and grow old together.
Leah: Growing old with Colt. Being with him every day, if possible.
Sara: If you could change one thing about your family what would it be?
Colt: It would sure be nice if my older brother Ace could become my younger brother. I’d like to try ordering him around for a decade or two.
Leah: I wish my Mom and I had talked more, about the things in life that really matter. On the other hand, I probably wasn’t ready to listen to her until I’d grown up and had children of my own.
Sara: What was the most serendipitous moment of your life?
Colt: When I walked into the Open Range Saloon this spring and saw the love of my life sitting right there on the bar stool.
Leah: Yes. That was a good moment, all right.
Calgary author, CJ Carmichael, gave up the thrills of double entry bookkeeping when she sold her first book in 1998. She has now written over 30 novels for Harlequin, and been nominated twice for a RITA and Romantic Times Career Achievement in Romantic Suspense. C.J. invites you to learn more about her books, see photos of her hiking exploits, and enter her Contests at: http://cjcarmichael.com.