Be Mine, Cowboy!

Today over at Harlequin’s page on Facebook, they’re unveiling the gorgeous cover for Tanya Michaels and my Valentine anthology, My Cowboy Valentine, which goes on sale February 5th.  I love both of our novellas and am so happy to be part of this very romantic anthology.   Tanya is an amazing writer and loved by readers and writers alike and I know you’ll enjoy her story, Hill Country Cupid, as I really did.

My novella is called Be Mine, Cowboy and its a reunion romance (which is one of my favorite kinds!).

Years ago, Rachel James gave Cade King an ultimatum, and he walked. Heartbroken, Rachel moved on. Life is tough as a single mom, but Rachel is doing just fine.

Now Cade’s back after burning up the rodeo circuit, and things are different. He’s sober, but with one burning regret. He has some work to do to show Rachel he’s changed-but he’s up to the challenge.

Writing Cade and Rachel’s story made me remember how much I love writing about small towns, ranchers, cowboys, and community.   This story also allowed me to revisit one of my favorite parts of the country–Parker County and Palo Pinto County in Texas.  I used Weatherford and Mineral Wells as part of the setting in She’s Gone Country, and I’m back there again in Cowboy, Be Mine.  But this is nothing new.  I used Palo Pinto County and Parker County as the setting of  All-Around Cowboy, the story I wrote in 1997 that won the GH in 1998 for best long contemporary series novel.

Why am I so drawn to this part of Texas?   For one, it’s rodeo cowboy country.  For another, it feels right to me…familiar.   With a Texan grandfather who owned three cattle ranches, I love ranch land, and oak trees, and this part of Texas just feels like home.   But then, I feel this way about Texas in general.

Because I loved writing Be Mine, Cowboy so much, I’ve decided to write more cowboy heroes in the future with more ranch stories, more small town settings that have a lot of heart as well as community. I’ve also decided to give away a three copies in a special cowboy contest. How to enter? In the comments section below, tell me about your Christmas, or the favorite gift you received, or one sweet moment that just felt like Christmas this year, and you’re entered. The contest will run through Dec 30th and I’ll announce the winners on New Year’s Eve.

But wait! As part of the prize, you’ll also receive a copy of She’s Gone Country, and Colton: Rodeo Cowboy by my good friend, CJ Carmichael. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know CJ’s a very dear friend of mine and we go back a long way, back to 1997, before either of us were published, and we met at a writer’s conference in Victoria, BC (where we also met Barb Dunlop, today an award winning, bestselling author for Desire). I’m a huge fan of CJ’s cowboys and her August release, Colton: Rodeo Cowboy is a fantastic story. And because I do believe sometimes that more is more, I will also tuck a Starbucks drink card, some chocolate, and JP reader goodies into the box of books so talk to me and you might one of my three winners!

I’m going to be turning my attention back to the Brennans now, but I can’t wait to hear from you. Fill me in when you can!

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