Jolene Navarro… A Texas Girl

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Hello, Jolene Navarro coming to you from the Hill Country of Texas and I’m so excited to be here.  When I say I’m from Texas, I’m talking seven generations of ranchers, horsemen and framers. I’m a Texas girl through and through. So I think it is safe to say that Texas is one of my strongest characters throughout all my stories. This land shaped who I am and it shapes the people in my books.

I took this picture of the stock tank and windmill on my way home the other day. I have driven past it for nineteen years, and thought I needed to take the time to enjoy the view and share it.

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Growing up, my dad was a commercial pilot, but he couldn’t help himself when it came to his roots of ranching. We had a small twenty-three-acre place in Bergheim Texas, population 12 if you counted the horses. Many days we would ride our horses to the general store to get an ice cold bottle of Dr. Pepper or Big Red. We couldn’t buy a chocolate bar because they melted too fast in the heat.

Many times we’d ride bareback. Tourists driving through Hwy 46 would stop and take pictures of us, which we thought was funny, because riding was just what we did. Now I wish I had at least one of us with the horses at the old limestone store.  The precious moments in life you take for granted because it’s so ordinary to you, that is until you get to look back and realize how blessed you were.

We always had animals. Sometimes rescued baby squirrels or bottle feed angora goats. We had horses, sheep, pigs, dogs and cats along with rabbits, chickens, a few deer and one duck. That duck sat on turkey eggs once. That was great fun.

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The one thing my father loved more than anything was his angora goat. Here’s one of my favorites with some kids and my little sister, Amanda Warren (who now lives on an exotic game ranch).

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Even though we live out in the country we don’t have goats or horses now – I leave that to my little sister, who still carries on the family tradition. Her family is on an exotic game ranch on the border and spends as much time at stock shows as anywhere else. But I do find many of my stories not only reflect the Texas I know and love, but they are also full of animals. I didn’t set out to do that, but it comes naturally to each story.

The book that was released September 1, The Soldier’s Surprise Family, has a menagerie of misfit farm animals and two dogs that are strong secondary characters. Dogs that are based on some real life companions I happen to know. Just like the people in my book, the dogs have full personalities all their own. Unlike the fictional people, the dogs are based on my family’s Catahoula Cattle dog and my other sister’s Yorkie. They took on starring roles.

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Former solider and lone wolf, Garrett Kincaid, had no plans for a family not even a dog, until he discovers he has a son he never knew existed. And his son has a baby sister with nowhere to go and a dog that he’s holding out judgment on until he proves himself. Now his child and his lively nanny he’s hired are quickly capturing his heart. Falling for Anjelica isn’t part of the plan. Yet even Garrett can’t deny that love has begun building a family of four right around him.

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Did you have unusual pets growing up? Maybe as an adult you finally got the pet you always wanted. I would love to hear about your furry (or not so furry) family members.

Since I’m so excited being here and want to hear from you – I will give one printed book copy of The Soldier’s Surprise Family – One ebook copy of The Soldiers’ Surprise Family and one ebook copy of A Texas Christmas Wish – that features my favorite horse.

Just leave a comment to have your name thrown in the Stetson.

 

Thanks so much for dropping by.

Bio:  A seventh generation Texan and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author, Jolene knows that, as much as the world changes, people stay the same. Good and evil. Vow-keepers and heart breakers. Jolene married a vow-keeper who showed her that dancing in the rain never gets old.

She uses her art degree to teach inner city kids about the world and they teach her about life.

She loves creating worlds of strong heroes and powerful heroines who find love in spite of the obstacles they face. She is currently working on her first Historical romance that will be out in June along with her fifth Clear Water Book for Harlequin’s Love Inspired that will arrive in bookstores in July.

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Updated: September 7, 2016 — 9:49 am

49 Comments

  1. How very interesting. I am so glad I found this article.

    1. Thanks Ani. Glad you found it too. 🙂

  2. We don’t have any unusual pets and never have. Cats, gerbils, and fish. We do have other animals, but they are either for milk, eggs, meat, rodent control, or protection: Goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, dogs, and cats. 🙂

  3. 🙂 We had fish too, I forgot about those guys. They seemed like the most work. Keeping the tank clean and the fish alive were a chore. Once we won a couple of gold fish at a school carnival. When we got home we put them down in the concrete stock tank. We had a few long freezes that year and when the weather warmed up we found a hundred gold fish in the tank. That was fun. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Jolene, very good. You know me, I love you and your stories. Your childhood with horses was and is my dream. Although, at the age of 65 I finally got a pony. He’s feisty and cute and spirited.

      Everything I write always includes a horse and a dog. My childhood dog was a Border Collie I received for my 6th birthday. She was so patient. I used to dress her up, pull her around in wagons for block parades,vans tell her my secrets. She died when I was 20.

      Now, I’m off to Amazon to buy this new book.

      1. Thank you Winona. I love seeing pictures of your new pony. Every girl should have at least one horse in her life. Border Collies are some of the smartest dogs I know. My husband had a Border Collie on the ranch he grew up on – it would climb trees to scout an area or get a ball. Loved hanging out with that dog.

  4. Wonderful to see you here Jolene! And read your story again, well a story that I really know first hand, but I enjoy it again all the same. You and your family are wonderful and I have always felt honored to say that I know four generations of them! Your books are so awesome and I am so proud of you! Keep up the great work.

    1. I think it was your ranch where my dad bought some of his Angoras. If I have my memories correct you had big giant dogs that hung out with the herd and the biggest billy I have ever seen. I didn’t know Angora billies got that big. As a nod to that part of Texas culture, I gave my small town the Mascot of the Fighting Angoras. LOL but the color is purple. ove getting to make up stuff. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. When I was little I had pet horny toads, well I did until
    My parents found them in my room and made me turn them
    Loose so they could live.

    1. That is so funny. Once We found eggs buried in a sand pile my dad had in the back. A bunch of lizards were hatched. When my mom found out we had but the eggs in a empty tank – she had a fit – she told us they could have been snakes. lol

      1. Wow! That’s funny, thank goodness they were only lizards.

  6. We moved to the country when I was 10, and our “city dogs” thought thdy had become hunters. The dachsund and pekinese loved nothing better than to run outside and chase a possum. Often the possum played dead, and our dogs were satisfied they had killed the beast. Then one night, after a possum chase, they came inside and our Pekinese delivered a baby possum to us. The baby had fallen off its mom, and grabbed onto our pekinese.

    1. How funny. Did you raise it?

  7. Interesting story- yours and The Soldier’s Surprise Family. Can’t wait to read it!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Angela.

  8. Great article. I do so love animals but have to be careful because of allergies. It never stopped me from trying. I have had many pets.

    1. Allergies are not fun. That’s way my sister has the Yorkie. Less hair. Our cattle dog makes me sneeze sometimes and I don’t even have allergies. lol

  9. I loved your post! I grew up on a dairy farm so we had many cows and about 10 cats. Today my kids are in charge of one dog, two cats and 14 chickens. They love it!

    1. Thank you. I love chickens – they have crazy little personalities.

  10. Congratulations on your new book. No unusual pets here. I have always just had cats.

    1. Cats can be very unusual. At least the ones I know. Thanks for stopping by

  11. Jolene, very good. You know me, I love you and your stories. Your childhood with horses was and is my dream. Although, at the age of 65 I finally got a pony. He’s feisty and cute and spirited.

    Everything I write always includes a horse and a dog. My childhood dog was a Border Collie I received for my 6th birthday. She was so patient. I used to dress her up, pull her around in wagons for block parades,vans tell her my secrets. She died when I was 20.

    Now, I’m off to Amazon to buy this new book.

  12. I grew up on a farm with horses, cows, goats, sheep, cats and dogs. Occasionally we had a few deer thrown in.

    1. Sounds like a great childhood. Thanks for stopping by

  13. Just dogs, cats, gerbils, fish, nothing unusual. My parents wouldn’t allow it.
    Love your Texas story!

    1. LOL Mean parents. My own kids have had tarantula and mice. Until they put two tarantulas together and left the mouse lid open with the cat nearby….lesson of life. Thank you for stopping by.

  14. Loved the profile. We certainly have to let our backgrounds be characters and influence our writing. Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

    1. Thank you. Can be hard to separate the two at times, isn’t it?

  15. Hi Jolene! Welcome to our neck of the woods. We’re so happy to have you here on P&P. I sat in on a workshop you did about ranching at RWA — in San Antonio I believe. I loved it and you provided great insight on a lot of aspects of ranching. You had a cowboy with you and he became very uncomfortable when some of the ladies asked about his clothing. You also had an older woman with you and she was interesting too. I think a menagerie of animals just comes with that kind of living. I often wish I had grown up in the country. Too old for that now. Now, I look for the creature comforts….and being close to hospitals and doctors. LOL!!

    Congratulations on your new book! It looks great.

    1. Creature comforts are good! LOL Yes, that was me and Mike Furr was the bull-rider and Linda Kirkpptrick was the lady rancher. SHe is the one my father bought some of his Angoras from. That was a great panel. Mike was blown away by all the authors interested in the type of jeans he wore. LOL Thank you for being there and for stopping by.

  16. I have always had pets… I have had dogs, cats, birds, fish, hermit crabs, lizards, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, bunnies, etc. I love seeing each ones personalities shine through!

    1. They do all have their own personalities.

  17. An exotic game ranch, how fun!! Do you live close enough to your sister to visit?
    I love animals, though I’ve never lived on a ranch. We’ve always adopted our pets from the animal shelters. Right now, we only have one dog; she’s about 18yrs old chihuahua/terrier mix that we’ve had since she was about 2. We had 2 cats before also…one we adopted as a 6 week old kitten and she passed away at 12. The most recent cat was about 2 and we had her for about 4-5 years; unfortunately we had to put her to sleep just a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving last year. She had cancer and her health declined rapidly. Both were very devastating to lose, they were a beloved family member.

    Thanks for the fun post today, Jolene! Loved learning about your growing up years. Those goats are so cute!! Sounds like you had an adventurous childhood!

    1. Trixi, so sorry about your kitty. It is hard to let a sweet member of the family go. My sister has would host family get-togethers. The kids love going out into the pasture and seeing all the animals. Thank you for stopping by.

  18. As an adult I have 2 Persian cats who think they are dogs. They follow us around from room to room not wanting to be by themselves. One chews on everything. He also meows for attention and will not stop until it is given. The other one picks his paw up and puts it on your arm when he wants to be petted. Love them both. They have different personalities.

    1. Aww – I can see them in my mind following you around, so sweet. Love that. People think cats are stand offish – yours sound lovely. Thank you for stopping by.

  19. Thanks for the post! I have had a dog or dogs my whole life. Special four legged friends!

    1. They are special and enrich our lives. Thanks for being hete.

  20. The only pets we have ever had are dogs. I am passionate about dogs.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. Dogs make life better. Thank you for stopping by.

  21. I loved reading your post. I am also a Texas girl. Probably not as far back as you, though. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of one of your books.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and good luck!

  22. My maternal grandparents lived in San Antonio Texas for almost 30 years. I did get to visit a few times huge state and interesting city.

    1. I live in the Hill Country but I get to work downtown San Antonio (about an hour drive each way) It is the best of both worlds. San Antonio is a great city, as big aas it is it still has a small town feel. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  23. I think at one time I had a pet wild rabbit that we found injured by the side of the road. We fixed it up and even tried to dress it in doll clothes! Mostly my pets have been dogs.

    1. Oh I forgot about our rabbits. When my own kids where ittle we got them a rabbit. They make great pets.

  24. I love reading books with pet characters! I have a West Highland terrier who thinks she’s a farm dog (we have free range chickens). Suzie loves to dig and bark at the ground, the chickens mostly ignore her and she doesn’t like to share her dirt with them.

    1. LOL – sounds entertaining to watch. In this story I have an encounter with the Yorkie and the chickens that are grazing. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your pet story – It made me smile.

  25. mever had an unusual pet (epub format or print)

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