The Wrangler and the Orphan by Jackie North

A big welcome to Jackie North as part of her release of The Wrangler and the Orphan, book 4 of her Farthingdale Ranch series.

When I came up with the concept of doing a series of m/m romances set on a guest ranch, I already knew I wanted a brooding loner cowboy (Brody) who would find his one true love in the least likely of places.

Brody’s background is rough, full of scenes that were difficult to write—but his reward is the orphan, Kit, who loves Brody with all his heart and soul.

I have a thing about orphans, always have, as my own kidhood was somewhat rugged. I know what it’s like to have someone hold out their hand to pull you to your feet, to have someone care that maybe you didn’t get enough to eat that day or perhaps for several days.

I was also inspired by the movie “Buck,” which tells the story of Buck Brannaman, and how he came to be a horse whisperer.

Buck Brannaman was, in fact, part of the inspiration for the novel “The Horse Whisperer,” by Nicholas Sparks, and main inspiration for the 1998 movie “The Horse Whisperer,” directed by and starring Robert Redford. Buck Brannaman served as consultant for the movie.

I have not seen the movie or read the book, but just watched “Buck,” almost moved to tears by him talking so levelly about his kidhood, which was far worse than mine.

I wanted to write a story about how someone with such a horrible, miserable time growing up could find love and happiness. The Result is The Wrangler and the Orphan.

“Some scars run soul-deep. Some scars only love can heal.”
Brody is the wrangler at Farthingdale Ranch. He knows a lot about horses, but not a whole lot about people.

He is so broken, he cannot imagine anyone would want to love him. Then along comes Kit, a young man in need of shelter, searching for a forever home.

In Kit, Brody sees the scared young man he used to be. In caring for Kit, Brody is in over his head.

But as Brody makes room in his heart for Kit, both their lives begin to change.

A gay m/m cowboy romance with hurt/comfort, rescue, age gap, fish out of water, opposites attract, midnight rendezvous. A little sweet, a little steamy, with a guaranteed HEA.

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Countdown DealThe Foreman and the Drifter!

The Foreman and the Drifter is on a countdown deal on Amazon in the US and in the UK! From October 25th to October 31st, the first book in my Farthingdale Ranch series is on sale!

Price begins at 99 cents/pence and then goes up each day, so grab your copy at the lowest price possible!

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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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