Two Hearts, Once Stone
by Leslie Scott Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Boots and Babies
Horse trainer Stone Dempsey’s life is all about the ride—with horses and women. He uses his equine talents to impress the country club set and earn money for Smoky Mountain Reining Horses. When his drug-addicted sister deposits her sick baby on his doorstep, he’s suddenly saddled with real responsibility.
Dr. Emmersyn Cole’s goal of starting a practice in her favorite place on earth is finally coming to fruition and she is not going to be sidetracked. Everything is going great until Stone swaggers into her life, half-dressed with a smile that could melt her insides. She's determined to keep her distance…until he rushes into her grandfather’s home, clutching a feverish baby, terrified and vulnerable, and her heart’s hard shell begins to crack.
In only a few short weeks, Stone’s wayward heart suddenly relies on two women—one who needs him—and one that he might not be able to live without.
“Of all the trainers in the state of Georgia, you go and hire the biggest man-whore to ever live?” A gorgeous one, at that. More than six feet of lean, corded muscle, topped with dark golden hair that looked especially sexy when tousled. Why did the really attractive ones have to know the effect they had on women?
Pop coughed and covered his mouth, choking on the bite he’d been swallowing. When he finally cleared his throat, his eyes watery, she met his gaze with a pointed stare. The years of med-school, sleepless nights, and internship didn’t mean she hadn’t kept up with the sport she loved so much. Stone Dempsey was as well known in the world of quarter horses as Hollywood Dun It and had probably studded himself out just as many times.
After a silent moment, he grunted and wiped his mouth with his napkin. “I wasn’t too concerned with his personal life when I hired him. You were off living your life, my trainer retired, and I needed a new one.”
There was no reason she should be annoyed with her grandfather. Dempsey was a well-respected trainer. Then again, in a world where your name was your brand, though, he might not have been the wisest choice.
He cut her off before she could argue, tossing his fork with a clank onto the plate. “Emmy, don’t you Pop me. You’ve found your calling—you’re a damn fine doctor. I’ve seen what Stone can do. The stock he can produce will put this farm firmly into the black before I die.”
“Don’t be dramatic. You’re not dying.”
“But I ain’t getting no younger. Stone Dempsey is the best damn horse trainer I’ve ever seen. I don’t give two shits where he casts his fishing line.”
That had been that.
Leslie Scott is an avid romance reader and writer, a PAN member of RWA, and a homeschool mom to one gifted eleven year old. Her debut novel was released in December of 2017. She spends her days (and most nights) crafting sexy, drool worth heroes and sassy, opinionated heroines.
I’m not a blogger at heart, truly I’m not. If you look at my website you’ll see I’m long overdue on updates. I’d much rather be writing fiction. There it is, nothing fancy or nefarious. I like writing about make-believe people in fantastical places doing things I’d only dreamed of.
It’s usually my standard assumption that all of you would rather read about my make-believe worlds than my real one. Which, to be honest, is rather boring. Eat. Sleep. Write. Homeschool/teach. Write. Eat again. Sleep—you get the picture.
That being said, here before me sits a list of blogging topics to pique your interest in my newest release from The Wild Rose Press, Two Hearts, One Stone. My first ever Cowboy Contemporary. And also, because I would much rather be different—it’s set in a part of the world where most people don’t know the different between ranching and farming so we raise all our horses on, you guessed it, horse farms. My apologies in advance, take it up with the Alabama and Georgia cowboys, not the writer.
One of the senior editors at my publisher hosted a chat one night about contemporary westerns and their popularity. She was talking about how those who wrote such stories should try to be different. Newbie writer over here went, “Oh, me, I can be different!” And thus spawned the idea for this little project of mine.
Which is strange, because Two Hearts, One Stone is much more modern romance-like than my debut novel (the New Adult Romance, The Finish Line also from The Wild Rose Press). But it’s different because I based the characters and lifestyle off of people I know, that I’ve met.
I had a friend whose last name takes prominence in this story (he’ll know if he reads it). He made his living for a long time, teaching the country club set how to show their expensive horses. He was attractive, funny, and nothing like the cowboys in the romance novels I’d read—yet exactly the same. And thus, from him, was born my idea for Stone Dempsey.
A Georgia bred horse trainer, who has more cowboy in his little finger than my bestie who lives in Montana (okay so she’s a girl and married to a Special Agent—that’s a completely different story, isn’t it?). But still, Stone for me is a representation of the cowboys I grew I up and the ones who taught me to ride.
So much so, that if I could spend a day with any character in this book, it would be my hero. Every day I sat down to write I took a ride with Stone Dempsey, each day made me happier than the day before. I hope after reading this you feel the same.
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