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  • Paula Altenburg

It's That Time Again

THE MONTANA DOCTOR, the fifth book set in Grand, Montana, releases on April 25th.

Dallas Tucker is the second newly minted billionaire and co-owner of the Endeavour Ranch. He pairs up with Hannah Brand, who made a brief appearance in BRANDED BY THE COWBOY, the third book in the Brands of Montana series.

Moving on is never easy… Small-town doctor and Endeavour Ranch co-owner Dr. Dallas Tucker has very few problems in life—other than a shortage of time and an inheritance he doesn’t believe he deserves. He loves volunteering at the local nursing home and is planning to open a clinic on the ranch. But when he discovers the woman who loved and left him has moved to Grand, Montana, he sets out to win her back. Brewmaster Hannah Brand still regrets her impulsive mistake at her sister’s wedding. After discovering her high school sweetheart had cheated on her, she had a passionate one-night stand with a charming doctor and left town. Determined to pursue her dream of opening her own brewery, Hannah moves back to Grand and is determined to move on with her life—single. But when the same handsome doctor walks through her door—and clearly makes house calls—Hannah’s past comes flying back. When old doubts resurface, Hannah wonders if time really can heal all wounds…

I also introduce a new business, the Grand Master Brewery and Taproom. It’s a work-in-progress for Hannah, shown in this excerpt through Dallas’s POV, who’s unimpressed with the location:

The truck wouldn’t start.

Hannah, obviously more interested in its inner workings than the safety of her surroundings, had her head under the hood. Dallas aimed the flashlight for her and eyeballed the tiny parking lot behind the brewery with disapproval and mounting concern.

The Grand Master Brewery sat at the wrong end of an okay neighborhood. The parking lot had been crammed as an afterthought into the leftover space between the brewery on the front, an appliance store in behind, and the backside of a squat, ugly laundromat. The tight narrow driveway between the brewery and the laundromat posed an impromptu but highly effective sobriety test for anyone considering drinking and driving. The lone pole lamp didn’t work, meaning the lot was a breeding ground for drug deals and other clandestine activities that generally took place in the shadows. Nine of the ten parking spaces were empty.

The garbage bins, however, were full, and judging by the smell, aged to a compostable state. A low-hanging, yeasty, fermented grain odor further enhanced their appeal. The patches of grass peering through the cracked asphalt were plain to be seen thanks to the brilliance of the Montana night sky. Not even this parking lot could dim such magnificence.

“Love what you’ve done with the backyard,” he remarked, leaning against the truck’s rust-speckled cab and speaking to the back of her head. “Add a barbecue, some patio furniture, a few potted plants, and you’ve got yourself your own private oasis.” Because why not make the drug dealers and rapists feel right at home.

THE MONTANA DOCTOR coming April 25th. You can pre-order here.

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