June Harlequin Spotlight: Wed By Fortune by Judy Duarte



About Wed By Fortune: 

You are cordially invited to witness the courtship of

Graham Fortune Robinson 
Sasha-Marie Gibault Smith 

Graham has always thought of Sasha as his “little sister.”

Sasha has always considered the rugged rancher out of her league.

Now that Sasha is all grown up, there is nothing keeping them apart… Except she has a daughter. An ex-husband. And a very noticeable baby bump. And the always proper Graham suddenly finds himself thinking very sexy thoughts about the sweet single mom!

Perhaps Fortune is finally smiling on Graham—in the form of the true love this rich, unencumbered cowboy has always longed for!

Book links:

Amazon  |  B&N  |  Goodreads


Chapter One

Graham Robinson had spent the morning working up a good sweat, thanks to a drunken teenager who’d gotten behind the wheel of a Cadillac Escalade after a rowdy, unsupervised party last night.

The kid had apparently lost control of the expensive, late-model SUV and plowed through a large section of the fence at the Galloping G Ranch, where Graham lived. Then he left the vehicle behind and ran off.

Both Graham and the sheriff who’d been here earlier knew it had been a teenager because on the passenger seat a frayed backpack, as well as a catcher’s mitt, sat next to an invitation with directions to a ranch six miles down the road.

Sadly, the same thing could easily have happened to him, when he’d been seventeen. That’s why he and Roger Gibault, his friend and the owner of the ranch, were determined to turn the Galloping G into a place where troubled teenage boys could turn their lives around.

Back in the day, both Graham and Roger’s late son had what Roger called rebellious streaks. Graham’s dad, the patriarch of the famous Austin Robinsons—and an alleged member of the Fortune family—wasn’t so open minded.

But after Peter’s tragic death, things had changed. Graham had changed Now, instead of creating problems for others to clean up, Graham was digging out several damaged posts and replacing broken railings.


Movie Star Cast:

Graham would be Don Jeanes, the Budweiser Clydesdale guy.

And Sasha-Marie would be Kristen Bell, from Veronica Mars.


Maddie Smith, Sasha’s daughter, would be played by a wee bit younger Alyvia Alyn Lind (Blended).


Roger Gibault, Sasha’s uncle, would be Robert Duvall



Song Playlist:

I Can Love You Like That by John Michael Montgomery

Breathe by Faith Hill

I Cross My Heart by George Strait

Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis



Bon Appétit and a Book:

This is my favorite homemade dessert—and appropriate for my Texas characters.


2 sticks butter
1 c. water
4 tbsp. cocoa
2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sour cream 


6 tbsp. milk
4 tbsp. cocoa
1 stick butter
1 box powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. nuts (optional)

CAKE: Bring first 3 ingredients to boil. Remove from heat. Add hot to remaining ingredients. Pour into greased and floured jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Frost immediately upon removing from oven.

FROSTING: Bring first 3 ingredients to boil. Remove and beat in sugar and vanilla. Add nuts, if desired. Pour quickly over cake while both frosting and cake are hot. Let cool before cutting.


About the author:

When life threw Judy Duarte a curve twenty years ago, she did what many newly single mothers do. She pulled herself and her four kids together, became even more determined to come out on top, and decided to start following her dreams. What better role model could she provide her children than to show them that anything is possible? So, she returned to school, graduating from UC Irvine about the same time her oldest kids hit the teen years.

With her dream of getting her degree having come true, another dream presented itself by way of a new, perfect mate. Life was good again, but one dream still nagged at her:

“I always knew there was a book inside me, but since English was my least favorite subject in school, I never considered myself a writer.” … Read more of her amazing story on her website.



  1. Thanks for the introduction and review. Shelved on Goodreads.

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