Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle eight years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.
Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit my website to read about new releases, learn about contests and other cool events!
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Five Things You Don’t Know About Cora Seton
1. I was a suburban girl long before I was a small town girl. Born in the Capitol District of upstate New York, I went to school in Philadelphia, and lived in California and Minneapolis before my first stint in a small town. I lived on a chicken farm for about a year and a half before setting out for the coast again, where I spent the next decade. It took a second run at small town life—this time here in northwestern British Columbia—for me to realize all the good things I was missing before. I’ve fallen in love with the easy pace of things here, the way the community pulls together for each other, the way the bank tellers all know me by name, and the fact that whatever I need, someone will know someone who will know someone who has it.
2. I wrote young adult fiction before I wrote romance. And all of those manuscripts are still sitting on my hard drive. Unpublished. But I did write a middle-grade cowboy novel. The only thing is, the “horses” in that story were lizards.
3. I read hundreds of Harlequins growing up. Didn’t we all? My favorite was about a normal working girl who decided that if she could pretend to be a blond, blue-eyed, mysterious heiress, and “bump into” a dashing playboy three separate times, he would fall for her. Totally fun.
4. I learned to fire rifles, shotguns and pistols in the name of research for my writing. Got my permits for them and everything. Very much fun.
5. I have never dated a cowboy. Sigh.
Bella Chatham will lose everything – her veterinary practice, her animal shelter, and even her home – if she can’t find another source of income, fast. So when her best friend signs her up for the hot new reality television show, Can You Beat a Billionaire, Bella accepts the challenge and hopes against hope she can win the ten million dollar prize. If she doesn’t, it’s bye-bye pet clinic and shelter, bye-bye Chance Creek, Montana, and hello to marriage to the billionaire for a year!
Evan Mortimer, billionaire, can’t believe he’s reduced to competing in a television contest to win a wife.
Unfortunately, it’s the only foolproof way to secure his position as head of Mortimer Innovations. At least he’ll be able to dump his “spouse” at the end of the year. He has no intention of getting hitched for life.
Bella doesn’t expect her adversary to be handsome – or funny, or compassionate – but Evan’s all three, and he’s proving a tough competitor, too. When they end up sharing a tent – and a sleeping-bag – her body betrays her with a longing so deep it cuts her to the core. Still, this cowgirl must stay strong. If Evan uncovers her secret fears, he’ll use them to win the contest – and then he’ll own her for a year. She’ll be out of luck, out of cash, and stuck being Mrs. Mortimer until he kicks her to the curb. Too bad she can’t decide which is worse – winning the show and losing Evan forever, or losing the show and only being his temporary wife.
Evan can’t believe he’s falling for the one woman who doesn’t want him. This cowgirl’s not impressed by his money, his name, or his inability to sleep in a tent with her for an entire night, but every look and touch she gives him sends his desire through the roof. With a director determined to use his claustrophobia to make him look like a fool, and an adversary so sexy he can hardly see straight, he’ll need all his savvy to come out on top. Too bad he’s going to lose no matter how this show turns out.
If he beats Bella, he’ll destroy the first woman he’s ever loved. If he doesn’t beat her, it’s bye-bye Mortimer Innovations. Will either of them remember in time that it’s not who wins or who loses – it’s how they play the game that really counts?