In just a few weeks, my last Archer brother story will be hitting the shelves. I have to admit that a part of me is sad to be saying goodbye to these proud, Texas men. All named for heroes from the Alamo – Travis, Crockett, Jim, and Neill have battled since their boyhood to protect their land and each other at all cost. . . until a woman found her way onto the secluded ranch and changed everything.
Travis and Jim found their happily ever after in Short-Straw Bride, Crockett found his with an outlaw’s daughter in Stealing the Preacher, and now it’s Neill’s turn as part of the novella collection, A Match Made in Texas.
In honor of the Archer brothers, I thought I’d share with you, the three sets of fictional brothers who most inspired the creation of the Archers.
First – The Pontipee brothers from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
This is one of my favorite musicals, and much of inspiration for Short-Straw Bride came from this movie and the brothers’ relationships.
Next – The Cartwright brothers from Bonanza!
I grew up watching reruns of this classic western series and had a huge crush on big brother, Adam Cartwright. He looks good all in black, doesn’t he?
Finally – The McMurray brothers from Jodi Thomas’s Whispering Mountain series.
Travis, Teagan, and Tobin McMurray are hard workin’, hard fightin’ Texas men who instantly won my heart. Their childhood struggles lent inspiration to the situation my Archer brothers faced.
- Who are some of your favorite fictional brothers – or perhaps men that are as close as brothers?
- Fellow Filly, Mary Connealy, has a fun story in the novella collection as well. Do you enjoy reading novella collections? Have you ever found a new favorite author by reading a collection?
Be looking for Neill Archer’s story January 1st!
Tired of living in the shadow of his older brothers, Neill Archer leaves the family ranch, determined to prove himself his own man. After two years of doing everything from laying railroad track to driving cattle, he’s nearly saved enough to purchase his own spread. While passing through a small town in the Texas panhandle, a handwritten ad literally falls into his lap during the local church service and convinces Neill that God is steering him toward his next job.
There are two things Clara Danvers cannot hide—her grandmother’s Comanche blood and her hugely pregnant stomach. After her husband got himself shot cheating at cards six months back, she has worked hard to make the shabby cabin he’d left behind truly hers. But there are some things a pregnant woman can’t repair, and a leaky roof is one of them. When a handsome cowboy shows up at her door with a tale about a nameless woman hiring him to fix her roof, she’s suspicious but desperate enough to let him work.
Scarred by the men who have failed her in the past, Clara is forced to trust the stranger when danger threatens her child. Neill might prove to be an able protector, but can she trust him with the battered remains of her heart?