Tanner, by Cheryl St John, introduces you to a determined Southern belle and a no-nonsense ex-Union army captain making peace to save a baby they both love.
Tanner by Cheryl St John
Genre historical western
Book heat level PG:
He’s focused on the future…
The past is all she knows…
Together they’re forced to face today…
His months in Salisbury prison taught Union Captain Tanner Bell to detest a southern drawl, and Widow Cranford’s exaggerated Dixie twang has him gritting his teeth. His plans for a ranch are threatened when his orphaned newborn niece is delivered to him, and he desperately needs the landlady’s help.
Raylene Cranford survived a Georgia winter living on acorns and scrawny rabbits before traveling sixteen-hundred miles to carve out a life in Colorado. She lost everything–except her dignity and hope. Her feminine Southern graces are her armor, but maintaining appearances could cost her love.
Can a Southern belle and a Union soldier change deeply-ingrained misconceptions about themselves for the sake of a child?
Know the Hero from Tanner
Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.
It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
Tanner is seldom bored, but when his animals are cared for, the baby is sleeping and he has time to himself, he enjoys reading.
What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?
He’s a meat and potatoes guy, but if he needed to eat on the road, he would probably buy sandwiches.
Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.
Tanner is usually found working in his trousers or denims and a loose cotton shirt. He likes nice clothing, however, and wears a white shirt, vest and tie to church. He adds a coat when weather permits.
Does he know how to fix things?
He knows how to do everything from shoeing horses to putting up fences and repairing porch floors and stairs.
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
His attempts to do nice things for his landlady are rebuffed, and he’s puzzled. She doesn’t want his help. He attempted to supply wood for the stove and fireplaces, but Raylene assured him she could take care of it herself. He fixed her front porch and she was offended that one of her tenants was working on her property.
How does he act around children he doesn’t know?
When his sister died and left him with a newborn, he didn’t know what to do, but he asked for help and figured it out. Feeling out of his element swiftly transitioned to adoring his infant niece and planning a future with her.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
He’s an early riser, waking to care for his infant niece, and then go feed and water horses at his livery. He enjoys coffee with his breakfast. He cooked simple meals for himself or ate at the hotel restaurant until moving into Raylene Cranford’s boarding house and enjoying her cooking.
How does he handle things when in a “proper” social situation?
Tanner was a captain in the Union Army, and early in the war, he attended dinners and parties at the commanding officer’s homes. He’s well-schooled in social graces.
Valet or takes care of himself?
In 1868 American west, he takes care of himself.
Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?
Or no shirt when the sun is radiating and he’s working iron on the forge.
Carriage or horseback?
This hero owns and operates a livery, so he’s around horses all day every day. He has a favorite strawberry roan he rides, but for taking others on outings, he outfits a buggy.
Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!
Where to buy Tanner
Publisher: Alexandrite Press
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Cheryl is the author of more than fifty historical and contemporary romances. Her stories have earned numerous RITA nominations, Romantic Times awards and are published in over a dozen languages. In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, “emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real-life situations.” Her bestselling non-fiction books, Writing With Emotion, Tension & Conflict and Write Smart, Write Happy by Writers Digest Books are available in print and digital.
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