Cowboy Country

I’m slightly mad at the moment, the kind of mad that requires straight jackets, as I juggle mom stuff, the upcoming book tour, and meeting my Sunday deadline for the Harlequin Presents I’m writing.

There honestly aren’t enough hours in the day.  Compounding the craziness is the fact that a week from tomorrow I leave for Auckland where I’m speaking at the New Zealand Romance Writers annual conference and then heading straight to San Francisco for the launch of She’s Gone Country.  I’ll be in California for four book events, Nevada for one and then back to Seattle for my Washington events.

But first I have to finish my book for Harlequin–and as I still have 3 to 4 chapters to go.   However, before I dash, let met announce a fun blog contest first.   In honor of great looking guys in fitted Wranglers and cowboy boots, I’m giving away 5 copies of my Cooper’s Corner cowboy story, The Secret, along with a bunch of fun reader goodies. Want to win this hard to find Jane Porter novel? Then enter to win by sharing what books are in your TBR pile, or if you don’t have a TBR pile, what are you reading now? The Cowboy Country contest runs through Thursday night and I’ll announce the 5 winners Friday morning. Good luck!!


  1. Hi Jane, I would love to win one of your books. My
    TBR pile is pretty high, but I have a couple of things going at once right now.

    I am reading and discussing, The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs…great read. I am in the middle of Carly Phillips’ Kiss Me if You Can and a third of the way through Kristan Higgins’ All I Ever Wanted. Other books on my list are your Easy on the Eyes…thank you for signing that one for me, and Demonfire by Kate Douglas. There’s more, but I don’t want to overwhelm you…LOL!!!

    You will make that deadline, because you are Jane Porter. It looks like you will be gone for a while. Safe travels, and I have my fingers crossed. Are you calmer now? LOLOLOLOL!!! Have a great rest of the day, Jane.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  2. In my tbr pile are the Host by Stephenie Meyer, Servant The Awakening by LL Foster and Better Than Bulletproof by Kay Thomas.
    Enjoy all your travelling!

  3. Hi Jane,

    Hope you’re able to get a few minutes peace in with all the chaos of deadlines, family, and book events!

    I just finished reading Little Face by Sophie Hannah. It was very engaging and tough to predict what would happen next. In my TBR pile are so many books, but next up is probably The Stepmother by Carrie Adams.

    I only have a few days of summer left before I start orientation for my new job so I’ve got to get as much reading in as I can!

    Good luck with finishing up the writing process and getting ready for the upcoming travels!


  4. Hey, Jane. Sounds like your life is crazy!! Ride the wave. It will level out soon.
    I’m reading Money, Honey by Susan Sey. It is her debut. I’m only about 100 pgs into it.
    I just finished Lisa Scottoline’s Think Twice. It was great!!
    Good luck on finishing your book. I look forward to reading it!!

  5. Amazingly, I’m on vacation this week in the mountains, TBR pile, er, piled high. Already, I’ve blown through Victoria Dahl’s A LITTLE BIT WILDE and Loretta Chase’s LAST NIGHT’S SCANDAL – two fantastic novels. I spent today on the deck writing and chatting on FB and Twitter and tonight, I’ll read some more of Anne Stuart’s RUTHLESS – followed by Joanna Bourne’s FORBIDDEN ROSE. Tessa Dare is after that. I’m on a historical roll here. I wasn’t kidding about the pile.

  6. I am reading Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner and then I will be reading looking for a Love story by Louise Shaffer then I will be ready for my pre-ordered copy of She’s Gone Country to arrive. I can’t wait!! Safe travels Jane!

  7. You are the extraordinary one and will get it done because of you and your total dedication to everything you’re involved with. Book will be spectacular, trips will be a blast as the others and the Mom will always be just that….so relax, keep the suitcase loaded up and sleep when you can. I’d like to read ‘She’s Gone Country’ and any other JP specials. Just finished ‘Always Running’ by Luis Rodriguez. A great read to me being a long ago California girl that just wanted to understand that kind of life. Then in 1980, I went country to raise my kids in the quiet, quaint small community life in the Shenadoah Valley. Thanks for the updates and sharing with us, I know you mean alot to all of us fans and you will get through it all because you are amazing. Can’t wait to see the next batch of pictures from wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. Have fun, it’ll all come together and you will be the best! Take care….Ruth

  8. My TBR pile has hundreds of books, so I’ll spare you (this time, LOL)!

    Suffice to say, my “J” section (yes, I’m anal about alphabetical order by authors’ first names) starts with Jackie Kessler’s A RED HOT VALENTINE’S DAY, Jane Porter’s DUTY, DESIRE AND THE DESERT KING (funny that!), and Janice Lynn’s THE HEART SURGEON’S SECRET SON.

    Thanks for the visual of “great looking guys in fitted Wranglers and cowboy boots” and best of luck meeting your deadline. You can and you WILL do it, Jane! Keep the faith!

  9. Talk about busy, your life boggles the mind! I just finished Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth (not that good) and I am going to read a thriller Flower Net by Lisa See and Rocket Men by Craig Nelson, a non-fiction about the first men on the moon next. I saw the review in The Seattle TImes of She’s Gone Country and it was good and I need to add your book to the pile soon.

  10. Hi Jane! On my TBR pile is the last 2 books in Susan Wiggs’ series of The Lakeshore Chronicles, along with Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer and a few by Sheryl Woods. I’m saving a place for “She’s Gone Country”!! 🙂

  11. Well currently I’m reading a Blaze book Let It Ride by Jillian Burns. Just to name a couple of my TBR books Anywhere She Runs by Debra Webb, Lord Of Devil Isle by Connie Mason and The Missing by Shiloh Walker. Good luck with your deadline and have a fun and safe trip to New Zealand.

  12. Good luck finishing the book, Jane. I’m currently reading Susan Sey’s “Money, Honey.” Next up will be probably be Dee Davis’ “Desperate Deeds.”

  13. Like Laney, my TBR pile or shelves has hundreds of books waiting to be read. I can’t seem to get enough books! Some of the books I look forward to reading are; So Happy Together by Maryann McFadden, Beach Trip by Cathy Holton, The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand, The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh…the list goes on. However, once SGC is released, all other books will have to wait! By the way, I received my first e-mail from Amazon earlier in the week to pre-order SGC…I was so excited! Be safe in your travels.

  14. Right now I’m reading the Hunger Games/Catching Fire series by Suzanne Collins with my teenager as a required part of the summer reading. I had already read it, and enjoyed rereading it. Book 3, Mockingjay comes out end of August, and we’re pretty thrilled about it.

  15. Yucky chaos:( We just sold our house….on the last day it was on the market, and I have 30 days to find a new house….yikes! School stared this week, which helps, but my little girl started kindergarten, which hurts:(

    My to be read pile is a little high, becuase it’s been a crazy summer. Right now I am reading The Perfect Happiness by Santa Montefiore…very good. Next up will be one of these:

    Second Time Around by Beth Kendrick
    The Lies We told by Diane Chamberlin
    This One Is Mine by Maria Semple
    Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

    Once the book is done…you have fun stuff to look forward to, try to think of that:)! Can’t wait for She’s Gone Country!

  16. At the moment i am not reading anything…i need a new book 🙂
    Sounds like your life is crazy at the moment…but adventurous. good luck with finishing the book, you will do it and it will be amazing.

  17. On the top of my tbr pile I have five books in Rachel Vincent’s werecat series. My tbr pile is enormous. 🙂

  18. Hi Jane,

    My TBR pile is growing day by day but the one that is on the top is “a field guide to burying your parents” by Liza Palmer. I got the book from a very nice friend 🙂

  19. Hi Jane!

    Gosh your schedule is crazy. But you will do great. I try not to look too far ahead these days, just take one day at a time or one location, etc. in your case.

    I just finished Janet Evanovich’s Sizzing Sixteen. Her Stephanie Plum books always make me laugh. On my TBR pile I have White Heat by Brenda Novak and The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax. I haven’t read her before so will be curious to see how it is.

    We leave for Michigan next week so I am hoping to have more time to read then. I also am hpoing to find She’s Gone Country up there too! I didn’t want to pre order it knowing we would be out of state when it was released. I know I cannot wait until we get home to have it!

    Safe and fun travels to you.

  20. The Courtesan’s Daughter (Claudia Dain)
    Bookplate Special (Lorna Barrett)
    Meridon (Philippa Gregory)
    Silent in the Grave (Deanna Raybourn)
    The Secret Garden (Frances Burnett)
    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Barbara Kingsolver)
    The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
    Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)

    Some of these are what my kiddos will be reading this year and I am enjoying re-reading them. I want to mention two of my all-time favorite childhood books too, just for fun:

    Mandy by Julie Andrews
    Jessamy by Barbara Sleigh

    Take care and happy reading to all!

    1. Mandy is definitely one of the best children’s books around. It doesn’t seem to be widely known, but it was one of my favorites when I was younger. We even had the audiotapes to listen to when we went to bed.

  21. I am all caught up with my TBR pile. I can’t believe it. I just finished reading Lori Wilde’s The True Love Quilting Club. I really enjoyed reading that book.

    Sounds like you are really going to be racking up the frequent flyer miles.

  22. Jane, you are truly a “woman on wheels”. You go, girl : ) Congratualtions on all the good things going on for you! “She’s Gone Country” is on my TBB list. My TBR cache, aka “The Avalanche”, is overflowing with good reads. Just a few:

    “Easy on the Eyes” by Jane Porter : )

    “Raeliksen” by Renee Vincent

    “Courting Morrow Little” by Laura Frantz

    “When Blood Calls” by J.K. Beck

    “Enemy Lover” by Karin Harlow

    “Once in a Blue Moon” by Leanna Ellis

    “The Cradle” by Patrick Somerville

    “The Falcon Prince” by Karen Kelley

  23. Wow my TBR pile is HUGE. lol I’ll tell you what i just finished this past week. I read The Search by Nora Roberts and Christine Feehan’s new book Water Bound. The heroine has high functioning autism. You don’t see that in books. It’s the first of a new series called Sisters of the Heart but takes place is Sea Haven and has the characters from the Drake sisters in it as well. HIGHLY recommend this book. I really enjoyed it but i love all her writing so it wasn’t a surprise that i liked it.

    Coming up on my TBR pile JR Ward Lover Mine that i’ve had for a while but haven’t had a chance to read.I’ve been spending some time re reading books lately.

    Lisa B

  24. Directly in front of me, among my TBR pile is:

    A Lady of Persuasion by Tessa Dare
    The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen
    Nothing but Trouble by Rachel Gibson
    According to Jane by Marilyn Brant

  25. What wonderful events you have approaching. I would love to visit New Zealand.

    My TBR pile, contains:
    The Symbol
    American Wives
    Yes, your teen is crazy

    A little of everything, and after reading the first chapter of She’s Gone Country, can’t wait to read more, so come on release!

    Be safe and have a wonderful time with your adventures.

  26. Enjoy your trip and best of luck on your projects. I am reading Still Alice and have Drawing in the Dust, Shanghai Girls, The Doctor’s Wife and The Secret of Everything in my TBR pile.

  27. Can’t wait to see you in California 🙂

    In my TBR pile are Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson, and Insatiable by Meg Cabot. Now the only challenge is finding the time to read them 🙂

  28. Enjoy all your travels!

    Just finished Hank Phillippi Ryan’s series – Face Time, Air Time and Drive Time. Next is Allison Brennan’s Sudden Death.

  29. I am just about to finish Easy on the Eyes – I have enjoyed it tremendously, thank you again for entertaining me!
    On my TBR pile are The Postmistress by Sarah Blake and Dream When You’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg.

  30. Yikes, Jane, I thought my August was busy…safe and happy travels. In my TBR pile is the newest Catherine Coulter (Whiplash), Mary Balogh (Matter of Class) and an author I’ve never read before: Brad Thor (The Apostle. Can’t wait for She’s Gone Country; have a feeling that this is gonna be my fav.

  31. Wow! You’ve got a lot on. Hope it will all work out for you. I know you’ll be great at it all! Hang in there.

    I’m reading Venus in Blue Jeans: Konigsburg, Texas Book 1 by
    Meg Benjamin. I’m only a few pages into it but seems like it will be pretty good.

    Take care….

  32. Oh wow Jane you are one busy lady maybe things will slack up soon! I do love me some cowboys, so please enter me! Here is the top five in my TBR pile. Kristan Higgins ALL I EVER WANTED,Laura Griffin, UNSPEAKABLE, Nora Roberts BLACK HILLS, Vanessa Kelly, SEX AND THE SINGLE EARL, and Mary Wine’s TO CONQUER A HIGHLANDER, as you can see I read a little of everything! Try to take it easy sometimes!

  33. My best friend is bugging me to read The Hunger Games and then as I buy She’s Gone Country that moves to the top and I don’t even know what other books are in there because I have so many….he he he Happy Wednesday!

  34. I’m reading Bring on the Night by Jeri Smith Ready now.
    And i have some TBR pile ; Ecstasy unveiled, Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare .

    it always great to read your books, Jane !

  35. Jane, you make me tired just listening to all you have to do! 🙂
    In my TBR list I have: The Host by Stephanie Meyer, Eat Pray Love By Elizabeth Gilbert, Seeing Me Naked by Lisa Palmer, A thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini,and Table Manners by Mia King. I would LOVE to add The Secret to that list!! 🙂 I love your books the most…so it’d be my 1st read for sure!

  36. Jane,

    My TBR pile also consist of a TBW (to be watched) pile. You see, I enjoy books and movies. My true love is writing screenplays. Everytime a movie comes out that was an adapted screenplay from a novel, I will purchase all three. That way I get to read the novel, read the script, and then enjoy the movie. I currently have several Nicholas Sparks novels such as A Bend in the Road, Message in a Bottle, and Nights in Rodanthe to read. I’ve seen the movies but not read the books. I also have your Flirting With Forty in my TBR pile even though I’ve read it I’m so looking forward to reading it again. Can’t wait to match it up to the script and DVD.

  37. I’m still working on Baby 411 since it has been 10 years since my last child. It’s amazing how many things have changed!

    I would so love to sit down and read for pleasure, but no time. In fact, I should be paying bills, doing laundry, and writing Thank You notes, but I finally have a few ME minutes and well, to heck with the rest!! 🙂

  38. Enjoy all you travels!

    My TBR list is Huge and Mighty!

    Among them are:
    She’s Gone Country (when I can get it)
    Unspeakable by Laura Griffin
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    False Mermaid by Erin Hart
    Spider Bones by Karen Reich (when it’s released)
    The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
    The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
    Ghost Walk by Heather Graham
    The Whisper by Carla Neggers
    Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr
    Honeysuckle Summer by Sherryl Woods
    Original Sin by Allison Brennan

    This has been a busy summer for us. Tomorrow my one and only son graduates from the police academy and will be working in one of the most dangerous cities there is. I pray and wish him the best of luck. Will everyone else please send prayers and good blessings his way, thanks.

  39. Just finished reading The Island, waiting to get She’s gone Country!
    Have Unchartered Territori, and A Strong West Wind.
    Good luck with your book tours! Have fun and enjoy!

  40. I hope you enjoy your travels, Jane. You are one very busy woman! Unfortunately I don’t have any TBR books at my house. I need to make a visit to B&N and change that! I can’t wait to read “She’s Gone Country” and I would also love to read “The Secret!” I am getting a ton of ideas on what to buy next from all of these posts…love it!!

  41. Hey kiddo travel safe and take d e e p breaths…. lol And just remember…. “Who are you to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?!” Thanks for all you sacrifice for your readers Janie.

    OK my TBR books –
    Just finishing Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo – fantastic mystery writer, highly recommend her.
    Sizziling Sixteen – Janet Evanovich (I love a book that makes me literally laugh out loud)
    Hot Pursuit – Suzanne Brockmann (does GREAT military romance,I highly recommend her as well)
    The Liar’s Lullaby – Meg Gardiner (another amazing mystery writer)
    Savor the Moment – Nora Roberts
    A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents – Liza Palmer

    For those who love their cowboys – Linda Lael Miller does wonderful cowboy romances set in modern days and the past.

    take care
    peace out

  42. Wonderful blog post! Right now, I have “A Scattered Life” in my TBR pile. Can’t wait to get to it!

    Have a wonderful day,

  43. Just finished reading Al Capone Does My Shirts with my son and I’m hoping to start She’s Gone Country this afternoon!

  44. My TBR pile is more like TBR boxes. It’s out of control. I am currently reading What a Westmoreland Wants by Brenda Jackson.

  45. Hi Jane ~ My TBR is embarrassingly high, but I did make a dent in it this week with Stay, by Allie Larkin. I’d love to add any of your books to it (before it topples over and kills one of the cats).

  46. I have a huge stack I got at the RWA Literacy event and I recently won White Heat by Brenda Novak. I also have Harlequins in my stack. Ther are too many to list.

  47. I’m so jealous that you got to go to New Zeland (post some pictures on Facebook ). I will have to see where in California you will be. I would love the chance to get to see you.

    My TBR pile:
    Fly Away Home Jennifer Weiner
    Lover Mine J.R. Ward
    Frog Prince Jane Porter

    Oh and right now I just finished
    Half Broke Horses Jeannette Walls(great story)
    And right now I’m reading
    Heart of the Matter Emily Giffin

  48. I’m currently reading Debbie Macomber’s latest Cedar Cove novel, 1022 Evergreen Place. I have a Kiss at Midnight in my TBR along with more books than I can list! I also have Sandra Brown and Linda Howard’s latest on their way to me from the Literary Guild. Happy Traveling!

  49. My TBR pile keeps on growing!
    I just got “She’s Gone Country” today (Thanks Amazon/UPS) and it two stepped it’s way to the top of the TBR pile!
    Other books on the pile are Erica Spindler’s “Breakneck”, EC “Jewels Of The Nile book II”, “Almost Fabulous by Michelle Radford and sooo many others I hope the pile doesn’t crush me yet.

    Mindy 🙂

  50. Hi! I’d love to win this book, I love cowboy books, I’m juggling work, school and trying to get my daughter ready for school, which byt the way started today! I’m reading Finding Perfect, finished it and now reading 1022Evergreen Place.Its been awhile that I’ve picked to win, would love it…anyways have a safe trip and fun and the conference. Your the best ever…

  51. Hi Jane,

    Excited to get your next book, can’t wait for its release. Just today Ive finished McKettricks of Texas: Austin by Linda Lael Miller. And Im needing books for my TBR pile as the kids will be going back to school and I will have more time for some reading! Thanks!!

  52. Right now, I’m reading “The Loop” by Nicholas Evans. The next book up is “Wench” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. Hi Jane! My TBR list is pretty short right now. In it is: Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, Belly Laughs by jennie McCarthy, and I ordered She’s Gone Country today! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    Have safe travels and enjoy yourself!

  54. Hi all,

    Sorry I’m late posting the winners name for the Cowboy contest! But I’m here now and I’ve got 5 winners and 1 bonus winner:

    1 Paula R
    11 Linda Henderson
    21 Gigi
    31 Bluegrassnash
    41 Kim
    51 Arlene
    and bonus winner – 52 Carole

    Will all 6 of you email me privately with your address ASAP and I’ll get your book out to you with some great other goodies pronto!!

    Congrats and Happy Reading!


  55. Thanks for choosing me Jane. I am uberexcited. YAY!!!!! This has been a very good day. Now finding out I won is icing on the cake. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend, okay. I will check back tomorrow. Happy writing.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  56. I’m reading Burnt Toast by Teri Hatcher. It’s a great book and must read for every woman who’s ever doubted herself and not taken care of herself. Hope things are well with you, Jane.

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