Readers, I have another wonderful friend visiting JaneBlog today. Please give a warm welcome to USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera, who isn’t just a friend of mine, but was the 4th author to join Tule! When we realized we wanted some holiday stories I reached out to Katherine and she immediately agreed to write something for our new Marietta, Montana.
Please help me welcome the amazing, Katherine Garbera!
When Jane talked to me about Tule Publishing in Atlanta in 2013, I was immediately smitten with the idea of a publishing company that was run by authors. I immediately said, “Hell, yes, I want to be a part of it!” and went home to start working on my first novella for Tule. It was A Cowboy For Christmas. When I started writing the book I knew I wanted Carson to have a large family of brothers, in fact there was a dearth of women in the Scott brothers’ lives. But as I was crafting this five brothers one showed up fully formed inspired by an article I read. And that brother was Lane Scott.
I, like many authors, spend a good deal of my time when I’m not writing reading. It might be books, magazines or articles on the Internet and this one article showed up out of the blue of a couple’s engagement photo shoot. The groom was Jesse Cottle was a double-amputee who had been wounded in Afghanistan. His story of heroism was inspiring and a little kernel of my own character was born. But what really inspired me was when the photographer said that he wanted to get a shot of the couple in a field and the groom took off his prosthetics and the bride to be carried him out onto the field where they were going to take the photo. She gave him a piggy-back ride and it captured my heart and my imagination. You can read the article here.
It took me a long time to figure out the right heroine for Lane Scott. And over those three years, I was inspired by more stories of courage from everyday people who went off to fight for their countries and came back to a changed lifestyle. So Lane participates in the Invictus Games, he skis, he speaks at schools and veterans’ associations. He comforts others and finds comfort himself in sharing his story and his recovery. But he has also been searching for a home again and Christmas is really for me about home and family.
Lane has physically been based in Marietta but he hasn’t found a reason to stay until he gets knocked off his feet by Felicity Danvers. A sweet girl he knew in high school but had been too shy to do anything but smile at him. Together they face the holidays together and the holiday season works its magic on them.
Her Christmas Cowboy is a story that many readers have asked for and I’m really happy that it is finally here for you to read.
To celebrate I’m giving away a holiday gift pack which includes an autographed copy of Her Christmas Cowboy and some holiday goodies from the UK (including some chocolate, tea and recipes cards). To be entered to win tell me your favorite part of the holidays.
Mine snuggly under a blanket with my hubby, drinking hot chocolate while watching our favorite holiday movies. I have two ultimate favorites: Christmas Vacation and Elf!
Thanks so much for stopping by to share with us today, Kathy! Readers, be sure to add Kathy’s books to your tbr pile this holiday season and be sure to leave a comment for Kathy below so you can be entered to win the fun prize she’s offering! Contest ends on the 14th with winner announced on the 15th. Happy Reading!