Hi, everyone. Louise M. Gouge here, your guest blogger today. Thank you for inviting me! I love western stories, so I always enjoy visiting the lovely ladies at Petticoats and Pistols.
As I’ve said before, here and in other places, my love for westerns began when I was growing up watching John Wayne westerns with my father. We also watched Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Rifleman, and many others. If there was a western showing at the theater or on television, we’d be there to see it. Add to that my twenty years of living in cowboy country in Colorado, you can see it’s natural for me to write westerns myself.
My latest release, A Family for the Rancher (LIH August 2106), is a special endeavor. It’s my first book set in Texas, even though two of my grandchildren were born there. They said, “Grammy, what took you so long?” I confess I was so busy writing my Four Stones Ranch Colorado series that it required a special invitation from the wonderful editors at Love Inspired Historicals for me to “go” to Texas. They asked me to be part of a continuity with Renee Ryan (Stand-in Rancher Daddy July 2016) and Regina Scott (A Rancher of Convenience September 2016). You probably know that a continuity is a series of books that tag-teams three or more books to tell a longer story about an issue troubling a community of good people. In this case, it’s the Lone Star Cowboy League set in the fictional town of Little Horn, Texas. Each book concentrates on a particular couple’s love story. This was my first continuity, and I had a blast working with Renee and Regina, two authors I love and admire. Oh, the details we had to coordinate! But such fun doing so. As a bonus to our three-book series, we have a FREE Lone Star Cowboy League: The Founding Years Sampler coming out in September. It includes some delicious old-time recipes we three ladies prepared to share with you. Be watching for it!
While I was developing my characters, I often thought of John Wayne and his favorite costar, Maureen O’Hara. And because I like to visualize my characters, I found two other more contemporary movie stars who would personify my perfect couple. For Edmund McKay, I chose the very hunky Aussie Chris Hemsworth. For my spunky heroine Lula May Barlow, beautiful Amy Adams is the perfect choice. Now if Hollywood would just make a movie of the story, I’d be thrilled. Hey, an author can dream, can’t she?
Through it all, my love for westerns was reinforced. The people of the Old West were intrepid pioneers who did so much to help create communities where God, family, and hard work laid a foundation for our entire country.
I’d love to give away a copy of A Family for the Rancher to one U. S. resident. To be entered in the drawing, answer this question: Why do you enjoy western stories? Be sure to leave your email address!
Here’s my story:
From Neighbor to Daddy:
Rancher Edmund McKay likes his life simple and quiet—everything feisty neighbor Lula May Barlow is not! But with a cattle rustler on the loose, he’s duty-bound to protect the widowed mother, even without her approval. Yet he never expected to enjoy her company. And he certainly never thought her crowded, bustling house would be the first place he’d ever feel at home…
After a harsh childhood, Lula May knows how to stand on her own two feet. She doesn’t need Edmund’s help—but she’s starting to want it, all the same. So are her children, who clearly have matchmaking in mind. And when a threat from the past resurfaces, she realizes all that’s at stake…including her chance for a lifetime of love.
Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical Romances. She received the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in 2005 and placed in 2011, 2015, and 2016; and placed in the Laurel Wreath in 2012. When she isn’t writing, she and David, her husband of fifty years, enjoy visiting historical sites and museums.
Please visit her Web site at http://blog.Louisemgouge.com