Thursday, March 20, 2014

Springtime in the Country Blog Hop

Thank you, Sara Walter Ellwood, for organizing this blog hop! 
The Grand Prize is a $100 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barns and Noble (winner's choice)

And I'm also holding a smaller giveaway, too! 
So, there are 2 Rafflecopters here!  Scroll down!

Welcome! How exciting that we get to talk about cowboys and springtime today!  

One of my favorite things about spring in the country is that hope and joy are everywhere!

Special things happen in the spring. Babies are born, prairie crocuses litter the native grasslands, and we all rejoice that another winter is over. Yay!

Since it is Thursday, I decided to share a "throwback" image from when I was a little blonde girl. 
I admit that my memory of the events leading to this photo is from the perspective of a child, but as I recall the story: We had an unexpectedly harsh cold spell hit right when a calf was born. Alberta weather in any season, but particularly in spring, can be a little undependable. (As if to prove the point, it is snowing today!) To save the calf, it was brought into the house to stay warm. A temporary pen was jury-rigged in the basement -- and it was quite a novelty! 

Here I am posing with the calf in the basement!
Don't you love my great 70's style? I'm rockin' it. ;)

On the other hand, my sexy former bull-rider from Devin's Second Chance, doesn't need to come into the house to heat things up. Here is an excerpt with Devin and Claire in the barn ...

Devin's Second Chance is available at: | Smashwords |All Romance eBooks | Kobo | CreateSpace
Be sure to check out the other bloggers participating in the Springtime in the Country Blog Hop for more chances to win! Click here to explore more blogs! 

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I am also holding another Rafflecopter giveaway! 

Lorraine's Rafflecopter giveaway


What do you love about spring in the country? 


Mary Magdeline said...

Hi Lorraine. Devin is an excellent cowboy. I fell in love. :-)

patonlorraine said...

Mary - Aw, thanks! I love Devin, too! :)

Anonymous said...

What a cute pic! And what a novelty to have a calf in the basement. Well, for me it would be a novelty to even have a calf in the barn . . . or have a barn. It must have been so cool growing up with all of that.

And Devin is definitely a hottie. Happy Spring! :) (just ignore the snow)

patonlorraine said...

Mae - a calf in the house was unusual, even for us. LOL. And, I'm glad you enjoyed Devin! He was a lot of fun to get to know. :) Happy Spring to you too! :)

Andrea I said...

I enjoyed your story and have added your book to my wish list.

wyndwhisper said...

what i like best about spring is all of the new life that is happening around me. all of the new babies being born, all the new baby animals being born, the new flowers coming up and the trees getting their new leaves. it's a wonderful time of rebirth and reminds me that life is a thing to be celebrated. :)

tammy ramey

patonlorraine said...

Andrea - I'm so happy you enjoyed the excerpt! And thank you for adding my book to your wish list! :)

patonlorraine said...

Tammy - I agree! The hard times of winter are behind us and it is time to enjoy a renewal. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

JeanMP said...

I look forward to spring, because everything starts greening up, finally being able to open the windows and enjoy the fresh air.

Cathy Brockman said...

ilove the flowers springing up!

patonlorraine said...

Jean - Yes! That sounds wonderful! :)

patonlorraine said...

Cathy - I love that, too! I keep circling my yard looking for signs of the flowers I planted in the fall. :)

From Head To Tale said...

You are definitely rocking that 70's style!

I love the flowers and birds during spring in the country. Winter can get really drab.

Devin sounds like trouble. The good kind...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Fingers crossed to win.

Unknown said...

What a great picture of you with the calf, Lorraine!