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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Handling the Rancher by Sara Ohlin 💕 Fun Facts, Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway 💕 (Contemporary Western Romance)

What’s a sexy rancher to do when an uptight accountant falls into his lap?

Already reeling at having inherited the family farm on his father’s death, photojournalist Cruz Brockman returns home to the Oregon town of Graciella to receive another blow—accountant Miranda Jenks is there to audit the books because the IRS suspect his late father of tax fraud. To their astonishment, sparks fly between the passionate Cruz and the career-focused Miranda upon first meeting, and the heat rises with every encounter.

Threatened with losing everything his family has worked for, Cruz has no choice but to be completely open with the uptight Miranda, something that doesn’t come easily to him, just as focusing on her own needs is foreign to her. She’s buried her own desires all her life, but the longer she spends with the captivating rancher, the more she wants to dive into a passionate affair with him.

An intense, toe-curling physical connection is one thing, but exposing their hearts is another. As Miranda finishes her audit and the clock counts down to her leaving, can the reluctant rancher and the shy accountant conquer their fears and fight for their love?

I am so happy to be here on Lauren’s blog! Thank you so much for having me!

In Handling the Rancher, for their first date, Cruz takes Miranda out to dinner at his friends’ restaurant El Cielito Lindo where the music and the setting help seduce Miranda into falling in love with Cruz. It’s based on a real restaurant in Los Angeles called Cielito Lindo.

When I was in my mid-twenties, I lived in Los Angeles and fell in love with the land, the diversity, the sunshine and the people. A friend took me to Cielito Lindo for dinner one night and it was the first time I ever heard Mariachi music. I was blown away, overwhelmed, and floored by how amazing the musicians were. The entire experience was so wonderful and new. I felt as though I had stepped into a fantasy world. When I started writing this book years ago, that memory came back to me and wouldn’t let me go and it was so much fun to work it into one of my stories.

I may have embellished the starlit ceiling and Cruz translating the words of the songs to Miranda, but it seemed like the right direction to go in order to give Miranda and Cruz that intimate, romantic setting for their date that was also a bit unique, hopefully.

Two more tiny fun facts: Like Miranda, when I started writing this book, I had never seen an apple blossom or a brand new baby horse.

I hope you have as much fun reading Handling the Rancher as I had writing it. I love my job!

Shouldn’t things seem easier between us? He’d apologized. They’d cleared the air on that whatever-it-was that had happened in the library. ‘Kiss’ was too mild a word. He’d practically blown all the fuses in her brain. He’d devoured her. Nothing felt easier. Instead the space seemed to shrink and she felt as though someone had sucked all the oxygen out of the barn. She started walking backwards toward the barn door.

“I should go.”

“I need to get—”

They spoke at the same time. He laughed and let a breath out as he faced her. “Miranda.”

“Yes,” she said, caught in his gaze.

“I’m not sorry for that kiss,” Cruz said, his face serious again as he pinned her with that look of desire. He took a step toward her. “I’m sorry for being rude, for putting you in an awkward position.” He continued walking closer. “But I’m not sorry for that kiss, for feeling what I felt. You confuse me.”

“Bossy accountant not your type?” She tried to joke, but the words came out jagged.

His strides were long. In an instant he’d caught up to her so their bodies were almost touching. “I don’t know what my type is.” His voice deepened. “I haven’t been in one place long enough or spent enough time trying to figure out if I have a type. The only thing I’ve ever been sure of is my work and this land, the farm, the people.”

He tucked a stray hair behind her ear. The intimacy startled her more than his gaze. She felt raw inside with need. She only had to stretch up a little to meet him. Her lips could be on his again. That delicious fire could consume her, which was exactly why she took a large step back and kept going.


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Puget Sound based writer, Sara Ohlin is a mom, wannabe photographer, obsessive reader, ridiculous foodie, and the author of the upcoming contemporary romance novels, Handling the Rancher and Salvaging Love.

She has over fifteen years of creative non-fiction and memoir writing experience, and you can find her essays at, (, Feminine Collective (, Mothers Always Write (, Her View from Home (, and in anthologies such as Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak about Healthcare in America, Take Care: Tales, Tips, & Love from Women Caregivers, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Although she’s the author of many essays about life, grief, motherhood and the connections we make through delicious food and shared meals, Sara loves creating imaginary worlds with tight-knit communities in her romance novels. She credits her mother, Mary, Nora Roberts and Rosamunde Pilcher for her love of romance.

If she’s not reading or writing, you will most likely find her in the kitchen creating scrumptious meals with her two kids and amazing husband, or perhaps cooking up her next love story.

She once met a person who both “didn’t read books” and wasn’t “that into food” and it nearly broke her heart.


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  1. So happy to have gotten to know about your book. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. I am so happy to be here today!! Lauren, thank yo so, so much for hosting me!!!

  3. Such a fun book! It took me with them! I loved the premise, the characters and the way it leaves it open for all of them to have a “next book!”
    So impressed by this writer’s narrative!

    1. Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your support!

  4. This story sounds fun and I just adore the cover!

  5. Thank you, Sue!! Isn't the cover great!!

    1. It is! I want to be at that beach doing that! ;)

  6. I'm looking forward to reading this one :)

  7. Who is your favorite author that is still currently writing? Best of luck on the release.

    1. GAH!! So hard to answer that with one name! Erin Morgenstern, Penny Reid, Kristen Ashley, Markus Zusak, Rachel Joyce...

  8. This sounds like a very good book.

  9. Do you enjoy reading or writing any non-romance genres? If so, who are some of your favorite authors?

    1. I do!! Although since i took care of my mom through her battle with lung cancer, romance is my preferred genre to read. But I love memoir and food essays and anything that grabs me. Michael Perry writes great essays and memoir. Julie Orringer writes long, beautiful WWII epics, Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is one of the best, "quietest" books I have read in a long time. I also love YA, Rainbow Rowell and Jandy Nelso...amazing!!!! What about you?

    2. Thank you so much for responding. I will definitely be checking out some of these authors and titles.

  10. I like the cover. It’s very romantic. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Like the cover with the ocean in the back. Is that a ginormous sand dune they are leaning on? lol

  12. sounds like a fun one


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