26 January 2023

A Family for the Rancher | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Can the prodigal cowboy…

Teach her to hope again?

Horse trainer Mateo Pavlic wants to buy back his family’s ranch. But Haley Jansson isn’t interested in selling…or forgiving his twelve-year absence. Mateo has loved Haley since they were kids, and he feels a deep connection with her sweet son, Jonah. Soon, Mateo wants to be all in with Haley and her adorable baby. But can he convince her to risk her land, her child and her heart?

From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.

Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: January 24, 2023



He got out of the vehicle as if he had all the time in the world, took a good long gander around as if the Jansson homestead was a stop on some kind of tour. She slammed her door shut and came around the hood. “This is,” she said, “about the worst-possible time for you to pay a visit. Dad’s not here, the guy working for us can’t be reached and I’m heading to the hospital.”


She pointed to Bump. “Guess.”


“What does it look like to you?”

“I can give you a ride.”

“You can’t. I’ve got the car seat in this truck.”

“I’ll drive your truck, then.”

“Then how will you get back?”

He took in a bit more of the Jansson ranch, as if she’d pointed out interesting aspects of the house and yard he should note before he finally looked back to her. “Haley, consider it as a way of thanking you for the supper last night.”

Haley sucked in her breath. He had noticed. He had come back to his old home.

Mateo crossed to her and held out his hand. There were calluses along the pads, and the thumb jutted out as she remembered. She’d never held his hand, even though they’d kissed.

“Keys?” he prompted.

Of course. She was as stupid as they come. Looking to hold a man’s hand—the same man who’d treated their friendship like old chewing gum—while about to give birth to the child of a man who’d deserted her the day he discovered he was about to become a father. She sure knew how to pick them.

She slapped the keys into his hand. “Fine,” she said and jerked open the passenger door. “Let’s do this.”


M. K. Stelmack writes historical and contemporary romance. She is the author of Heartwarming’s A True North Hero series, the third of which, Coming Home to You was made into a movie called Love by Accident. She has also written ‘The Montgomerys of Spirit Lake’ series. A Family for the Rancher marks the first in her new series, A Ranch to Call Home. She lives in Alberta, Canada, close to a town that the fictional Spirit Lake of her stories is patterned after.

Connect with M. K. by visiting mkstelmack.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive a print copy of A Family for the Rancher and $20 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight January 25, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 1, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. thank you for the excerpt!!

  2. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, A Family for the Rancher is a must read for me. Thank you for sharing the author's info and book details

  3. I like the lovely book cover!