A Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal by Cathy McDavid (Guest Post & Giveaway)

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A Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal
(The Sweetheart Ranch #1)
By Cathy McDavid
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
November 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

At a magical time of year…

Can a cowboy help falling in love?

For single dad Owen Caufield, living and working at Sweetheart Ranch for a month is the perfect change of pace. While the cowboy turned wedding officiant can now spend more time with his children, Molly O’Malley, his new boss, is less thrilled. A wedding ranch isn’t the best place for three rambunctious youngsters. But amid the chaos—and the coming holidays—it may be the best place to fall in love…

About the Author

In the third grade, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathy McDavid made it her goal to read every Black Stallion book ever written. Who knew such an illustrious ambition would eventually lead to a lifelong love of all things western and a career writing contemporary romances for Harlequin? With over 1.2 million books sold, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll.


An “almost” Arizona native, she’s married to her own real-life sweetheart, whom she re-met a few years ago at a high school reunion. Her grown twins are out on their own and finding their happily-ever-afters. In 2014, Cathy retired from the corporate world to write full-time. She now spends her days penning stories about good looking cowboys riding the range, busting a bronc, and sweeping gals off their feet. It a tough job, but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

Guest Post: Believing in Santa Clause


Who here used to believe in Santa Clause as a child? Okay, spoiler alert, if you still do believe in him, don’t read the rest of this post J


When I was child, I believed in Santa Clause with an unshakeable conviction…up until I was nine years old when my mother broke the news to me. Her reasoning, she told me at the time, was she feared the other kids at school would tell me, and I’d be devastated. News flash, Mom. I was devastated anyway. Didn’t matter that you were to the one to crush my happy illusion.


I can still remember every detail. We were in the car driving somewhere, my older brother and I in the back seat (he was probably the one she really feared would reveal the truth about Santa). In those days, we—gasp—didn’t wear seatbelts, so I was leaning forward with my chin resting on the front seat, my stomach sinking at the news. Side note: thank goodness we weren’t in a wreck, I’d have been tossed about like a bean bag in a lawn game.


I suppose my firm believe in Santa stemmed from an incident when I was about five. My parents would tell us every Christmas Eve when they tucked us into bed that if we went downstairs and peeked at Santa while he was visiting our house, all our presents would turn to coal. Of course, I believed them. Nonetheless, temptation was too great the year I was five when I woke up in the middle of the night. Without making a sound, I crept down the stairs and into the living room. It was too dark for me to discern much, but I swear to you, Santa was standing by the fireplace. I could see his head in perfect profile.


Panicking, I ran up the stair, hurried back to bed, and cried myself to sleep. I’d seen Santa Clause. All my presents were going to turn to coal.


Fast forward to morning. My brother jumps on my bed, waking me up and announcing that there are presents under the tree. He pulled on my arm and dragged me downstairs. I didn’t want to go. Why would I? My presents were all coal. On the verge of tears, I slumped to the floor next to the tree and waited for my parents. Once they were settled on the couch with their coffee, my brother tore into his first gift. I slowly, reluctant, fearfully, opened a present…and, surprise, it wasn’t coal! I was in shock. Santa obviously hadn’t seen me.


Years later when I had my own two children, I wondered if we should pretend Santa Clause was real or tell them the truth from the beginning. I figured times had changed, and kids were smarter. The ruse wouldn’t last. ?But then I remembered how excited I was as a child anticipating Christmas morning and decided to keep with tradition.


I was right, however, they wised up at a considerably younger age than me. Truthfully, I can’t help thinking they missed out on something special. There is nothing quite so wonderful as the complete and unwavering belief in the magical. Another time, I’ll tell you about my tooth fairy story. Yeah, I bought into that one, too.


Warmest wishes to you and yours,


Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive their choice of two previously published Christmas stories by Cathy McDavid (print or ebook, winner’s choice), a small gift bag of promo bling, a holiday ornament, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card
US only
Ends November 23, 2018

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  1. Kathleen Newberry says

    Oh I did love Cathy’s Believing in Santa Clause post. The night before my parents told me that there was no Father Christmas, I lay awake and all of a sudden I heard Father Christmas sleigh and saw Rudolph red nose. I could hear reindeer hoofs, Then as They were leaving I saw the out line go around the wall of my bedroom.
    So ofcouse the next morning when my parents told me I didn’t believe them.
    I love the cover.

  2. Kay Garrett says

    Thank you for all the information on book and author and for being part of the book tour for “A Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal by Cathy McDavid. LOVE Harlequin Heartwarming books! LOVE this cover! LOVE Christmas stories! Can’t wait to explore this new to me author with the opportunity to read this book which has been put on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. nancy j burgess says

    Enjoyed the excerpt sounds good can’t wait to read this.

  4. It’s a great cover, very Christmasy! I love cowboy stories at anytime of the year, lol!

  5. sounds good and thanks for the chance in the giveaway ??

  6. Chris Martinez says

    I loved hearing about your holiday memories. I think Christmas + Cowboys is great!

  7. sarahpluto222gmailcom says

    I honestly don’t read “seasonal” stories at seasonal times. I just read what I feel I want to read, whenever, lol I don’t think I’ve read a cowboy story before.

  8. I ADORE stories that take place at Christmastime! Sounds great. ??

  9. Your story confirms that we lived in a kinder, more gentle time and that our innocence remained intact usually much longer than our grandchildren of today. It does make me reminisce about those days, and the year I learned there was no Santa (age 9).

  10. The cover is so sweet with the kiddos, and the story sounds like a good one. I love the Heartwarming books and would love to add this one to my bookshelf.

  11. Oh this sounds so good. Christmas romances are my favorites to read! Shh…dont tell but I read them all year! ?? Add a cowboy…nothing could be better!!!