A few years back, a young single woman from our church had to move out of her apartment on very short notice. The only new place she could find where she could move in quickly was in the country. The house belonged to another church member, but it was old and had been uninhabited for years. Every week at church, our city girl in the country would have a story that had me in stitches.
Her first few nights were spent with mouse traps snapping all night. When a mouse got its tail caught and squealed for all it was worth, she couldn’t bring herself to kill it. Instead she picked it up with pliers, took it outside, and let it go—so it could come back in.
One morning she got ready for work in her cute business attire and stepped outside to see her landlord’s cows surrounding her car. As they licked her windshield, she tried to shoo them away. Once they got out of the way, she couldn’t see out to drive because of the slimy tongue streaks.
Then the skunk got in her dryer vent under the house, sprayed, and died. She had to vacate the premises and stay in her landlord’s guest room for three days.
Another friend used to have a hobby farm where the rooster would flog her every time she stepped outside. No one else—only her. She also had pygmy goats, so I picked her brain for goat hi jinks as well.
Devree isn’t outdoorsy, hates getting dirty, isn’t fond of smelly farm animals, and I had fun tormenting her.
Award-winning author Shannon Taylor Vannatter writes contemporary Christian cowboy romance and has over a dozen published titles. A romance reader since her teens, she hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as she demonstrates that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does.
She gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo-announcing dad and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing craft projects. Connect with her: Shannon’s Website and Shannon’s Facebook
About Counting on the Cowboy: Texas Cowboy Brock McBride knows better than to fall for a city girl. She’ll leave and break his heart—just like his ex-fiancée did. But his job at a dude ranch requires working alongside Dallas wedding planner Devree Malone. And despite fierce resistance, he’s falling hard. With Devree’s business back in the city, can he convince her she’s found her home … with him?
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