How would you describe BETTING ON TEXAS and HOME TO THE COWBOY to people on Twitter?
BETTING ON TEXAS City girl unknowingly steals a ranch from one surly cowboy & he’ll do anything to get it back-but it may cost him his heart
HOME TO THE COWBOY She came home to heal her heart – He wants to forget she broke his – One little girl changes their lives for…Ever.
Miranda Archer came to mind first because I could relate to being the new girl in a town completely different from the one you were used to.
Sometimes you make mistakes when you’re new in town, especially when there’s a strong cultural difference from what you’re used.
Having walked in Miranda’s shoes, she was easy to write. I had fun putting her through the ranch paces, especially in new, unbroken in boots. Been there, done that and it’s was a lesson I will never forget.
What’s your favourite moment in HOME TO THE COWBOY?
Where Tess first meets Ever, a precocious 4-year old girl with cerebral palsy, she’s instantly taken with the child and sees a side of Cole she didn’t know existed.
Tires crunched on the dry dirt parking lot as a faded powder-blue minivan drove up to the wheelchair accessible ramp. Cole left Tess’s side, a huge smile splayed across his face. He strode to the van and slid the door open, revealing a raven-haired beauty of a child with two ponytails tied with pink bows.
“CC!” Small arms stretched out toward him while Cole bent down to unfasten her seat belt. “I can walk, CC! Watch me!”
The girl reached beside her seat and pulled out two tiny crutches with forearm supports. When she swung herself around, Tess could see that braces encased her legs up to her knees.
“Slow down, Ever.” A woman came around to the van door. “All this child’s been able to prattle on about is showing you she can walk.”
“Hello, Lorraine.” Cole moved aside, allowing the woman to seat the girl on the floor of the minivan so her legs dangled over the edge.
“Look, CC!” With calculated precision, the child focused on Cole, who knelt down on the ground a few feet in front of her. She took one precarious step, followed by a much steadier one.
Tess covered her mouth to keep from gasping at the child’s determination and pride with each small movement. The entire staff watched the girl walk toward Cole. When she finally reached him, he wrapped his arms around her, lifting her up and swinging her around.
“I’m so proud of you, sweetie.” Cole hugged the girl, his eyes glassy, making Tess think a tear would spill over at any moment. “So proud.”
“I wanted to call and tell you, but I was told to wait and maybe you’d be here this week so I could show you.”
“Lorraine, you know you can call me anytime,” Cole said. Tess figured the woman must be Ever’s mother. “You still have my number, right?”
The woman nodded. “We didn’t want to bother you.”
Cole’s eyes narrowed, and Tess guessed he held his tongue due to the child’s presence. The conversation didn’t seem new, but rather a familiar one.
“I want you to meet a friend of mine,” Cole said. “Ever, this is Tess. Tess, meet Ever, my little cowgirl in the making.”
“Hi, Tess.” Ever’s twilight-blue eyes sparkled when she spoke. “CC has a girlfriend.”
Tess felt the heat rise to her cheeks at Ever’s reference. “It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m just a friend of Cole’s, though.”
“And you’re a girl.” Ever pulled at Cole’s hat until it came off his head, and placed it on top of hers, covering most of her face. “She’s pretty.”
“I can’t argue with you there.” Cole winked at Tess.
“Put me down, CC, I want to walk.”
“Well, look at you, Super Girl.” A woman with the name Caitlin embroidered on her shirt pocket approached. “Are you ready for your therapy?”
“Yes, ma’am,” Ever replied. “Will you watch me?”
“I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Cole said.
Tess had never seen Cole so intently fixated on someone as he was this moment with Ever. Bracing his arms on the round pen’s fence rail, Cole watched the slip of a girl astride a light bay-colored mare. Ever sat absolutely straight, holding on to the two side handles on the royal blue cloth like saddle.
“This is what it’s about, right here,” Cole said. “This was my father’s dream.”
It’s not so much cowboys as men who work with and around horses. Whether it’s a cowboy, a groom, equine vet, or your average rancher, there’s something raw and honest about a man who works with what I consider the most magnificent animal on earth.
And if you sit back and watch their interactions, you can see the trust and an unspoken bond between the two of them that is almost impossible for humans to match.
Do you write to music and/or with a plot sheet?
Usually there are episodes of I Love Lucy episodes playing in the background or else I write in silence. I have a rough outline based on the synopsis I used to contract the book, but I try to write as organically as possible.
I physically act out some of my dialogue scenes to try to capture the most accurate descriptions, movements and speech possible. My neighbors have all been forewarned and know not to call the psych ward on me 🙂
Will you be attending any conventions or book signings later this year?
Sadly not this year. I am hoping to attend RT in New Orleans and RWA in San Antonio next year.
Favourite snack while writing?
Freshly made tortilla crisps (chips) and pineapple salsa
Ideal way to relax?
Depending on my mood – A frozen rum concoction and Latin music, yoga or walking the beach
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