Chasing Dreams: Cloud Canyon Book 1

· Cloud Canyon Book 1 · Bailey Park Publishing
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The Sierra Nevada are just bumps standing between Laurel Tanner and her dream.

When artist Laurel Tanner is left broke and brokenhearted by her mother’s death and her ex’s desertion, her only chance to open her own studio and gallery depends on getting to Reno and snagging a fat commission. But a steep rocky mountain road, and a hot Forest Ranger, may have other plans for her in the first book in this new Small-Town Romantic Comedy Series from Bestselling Author JoMarie DeGioia.

A city girl stranded on a rocky mountain road.

The Forest Ranger who comes to her rescue.

An unexpected encounter at 5000 feet...

Should she chase a dream or find a new one?

Two months after her mother’s death, Laurel leaves San Francisco broke and brokenhearted. She heads for Reno to get a commission, hoping to earn enough to open her own art studio and gallery. With no opportunities behind her, this is her best shot. When she nearly runs into a deer, she swerves and hits a rock wall. Can her day get any worse?

The sound of a crash draws Forest Ranger Jack Butler from his off-duty hike, and he finds a gorgeous girl sitting by her crumpled convertible. He’s always been a sucker for a damsel in distress, and can’t ignore the attraction burning between them. They soon share a kiss hot enough to start a forest fire.

While her car is being fixed, the quaint town of Cloud Canyon welcomes Laurel. She finds herself surrounded by warm, meddlesome, well-meaning Butlers, and she’s tempted to put her studio on hold if it means she can have a new life with Jack. And maybe a new family too. Jack, still stinging from his failed marriage, doubts he’ll be enough for her to stay.

Will falling for Jack keep her from chasing her dream?

Or will she find a new one in Cloud Canyon?

Ratings and reviews

1 review
Margaret Watkins
September 2, 2020
Desperate to put her disappointments and pain behind her, Laurel heads for Reno with the purpose of earning enough money in order to fulfill her dreams. A Mule Deer halts her plans as she crashes into the mountainside, leaving her stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It may have been the bump on her head or shock, but Laurel acts completely out of character when she comes face to face with her rescuer, Jack Butler. Laurel is welcomed into the small community of Cloud Canyon and it would appear that everyone else can see a future for Laurel and Jack apart from themselves. With some inventiveness and well-meaning match-making, Jack and Laurel spend more and more time together, fuelling the fires of attraction. However, they never meant for their relationship to be anything but temporary, but saying goodbye proves to be more difficult than they thought. This well written small-town romance is entertaining and enjoyable and comes to a happy conclusion. There is obviously more to come, and I look forward to reading about the inhabitants of Cloud Canyon in the future. I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily post this review. This is my honest review.
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About the author

JoMarie DeGioia is a bestselling author of Historical and Contemporary Romance. She’s known Mickey Mouse from the “inside,” has been a copyeditor for her tiny town’s newspaper, and a bookseller. She is the author of over 40 Romances, and writes Young Adult Fantasy/Adventure stories and Paranormal Romance too. She gets lost in DIY projects around the house and works out plot ideas during long runs. She divides her time between Central Florida and New England, and you may contact her at

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