Monday, August 4, 2014

New Release: SHELTER ME by Catherine Mann (A Second Chance Ranch Romance) #MeetMikeKowalski #HeroProfile #Giveaway @BerkleyRomance

From the USA Today bestselling Catherine Mann comes this beautiful, heartwarming novel about a returning soldier, the daughter of his fallen commander, and a very special dog with a mission. For fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery.

Nestled in the sunny fields of Tennessee lies the McDaniel family’s Second Chance Ranch Animal Rescue. Two new arrivals are on their way, but only one is the four-legged kind. Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski wants only one thing after he gets home from Iraq: to sleep in a king-sized bed with clean sheets. But first, he has to hand off his fallen commander’s dog, Trooper, to his family without handing off his heart to Sierra.… 

Sierra McDaniel needs a break. Her family life is crazy, and when she’s not mucking out kennels, she’s slogging through grad school. Sierra certainly doesn’t want another dog, especially one that reminds her of her father. And she definitely doesn’t want to see Mike with that charming smile of his… But Trooper has a mission of his own. Before too long Mike is moving to the ranch to lend a hand—and hoping for his own second chance with Sierra.

Name: Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski

Age: Late 20s

Occupation: Army soldier

Physical Description: 
6 ft. 2 inches tall, lean but very muscular, dark hair, brown eyes. Charmer. Pushes boundaries. Battle hardened/weary. Late twenties. His father was military, but he was brought up by his grifter grandmother. Mike looks like actor Channing Tatum. Wears jeans, t-shirts and cowboy boots. Dog tags showing. Military short hair.

Playing the guitar. Gourmet cooking.


Relationship Status: 
Single – but already half in love with Sierra again.

Typical Friday Night: 
Playing his guitar or cooking a meal for Sierra.

Drink of Choice: 
Long neck beer. Domestic.

Favorite Food: 
Anything. Mike learned to cook early since his grandmother often left him on his own.

Favorite Song:
 “Shelter” by Ray LaMontagne. Makes him think of Sierra and her working helping her mother run the “Second Chance Ranch” animal rescue.

Choice of Transportation: 
Beat up old truck.

Boxers or Briefs: 
Boxer-briefs. Boxers. Always.

Best Memory to Date: 
Any memory of his time with Sierra before they broke up.

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Packed with emotion, Catherine Mann pulls out the big guns for SHELTER ME.

As if Sierra McDaniel's didn't have enough to deal with, helping her mother with the Dog Rescue, making sure her grandfather the general doesn't wander off, making sure her younger brother doesn't become one of those kids who goes to school one day and freaks out, and making sure the bills are paid by working hard at her job...but then Mike Kowalski had to come waltzing back into her life with Trooper, the pup that her father had found overseas before he was blown up saving his men...Oh yeah...her life was just going GREAT!

Sierra was great...and the emotion that SHELTER ME brought out was so powerful, my heart literally hurt when I finished reading this Second Chance Ranch Romance from Catherine Mann.  Not only do we get a chance to watch Sierra and Mike regain that love they lost, but we watch the family dynamic between the McDaniel's Family, how they are healing, or more like just getting through each day, after losing their father/husband/son to war.

I think my favorite parts were where we get to hear from Trooper.  I swear I was almost crying as I read the epilogue.  Darn dog!

Cant wait to see what is next for this fantastic new series!

USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann and RITA Award winner, Catherine writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, and Sourcebooks, With over two million books in print in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated five RITA finals, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. A former theater school director and university instructor, she holds a Master’s degree in Theater from UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts:Theater (with minors in both English and Education) from the College of Charleston. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). 

Catherine is an active volunteer with her local Humane Society, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering puppies and special needs dogs (she stopped counting at a hundred). She recently checked off a major item on her “bucket list” by completing the hands-on training for theFlorida State Animal Rescue Coalition. Catherine enjoys hearing from her readers and can be found online daily. To receive an autographed bookmark, send a SASE to: P.O. Box 6065, Navarre, FL 32566



denise smith said...

I have 6 awesome pets 4 cats and 2 dogs the cats names are salt, pepper, gizmo, grey, dogs names are princess and polly

denise smith said...

i need to give my email address its thanks again denise smith

jodi marinich said...

my pets name is jassy

Anonymous said...

Pets name is Meester Dog
Judith Kennedy

TrishJ said...

We had 2 cocker spaniels named Rocky and Biscuit. trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

Becky Frakes said...

I have two shelties, Sunny and Yadi, and one standard poodle, Bridget Bardawg.
Someday I will have a dog named Gracie.

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Kim said...

I LOVE hero bios!!!

I have four pets all have been rescued. Two dogs and two cats. But my oldest cat has my heart like no one else, including my kids. We found her when she was a day old, with her umbilical cord still attached. Everyone told us that we wouldn't be able to take care of her and that she would die.

My husband named her Angel, just in case. Seven years later, she's my greatest accomplishment. But she's the house overseer.

Kathie Craig said...

Lucy is our Chocolate Lab Retriever. We rescued her five years ago from the Humane Society and I am thankful for her every day.

Tasty Book Tours said...

Congrats Becky! You have won the print copy of SHELTER ME by Catherine Mann. I will email you tonight for your info!

Thank you to ALL who have entered!!