My love affair with cowboys began before my interest in the male species developed. In all actuality, infatuation with cowboys grew out of my love for horses; a love that began before I could walk. Combine a love for horses with a love for reading and you wind up with a cowboy fanatic. After all, a cowboy without a horse is not really a cowboy, now is he?
Hi! My name is Pamela S Thibodeaux. I write “Inspirational with an Edge!” romantic fiction and I’d like to tell you a little about my favorite cowboys, but, before we get into the cowboys, let me tell you about the setting for my ‘Tempered’ series.
Self proclaimed as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” Bandera, Texas is one of the most visited cities in the United States where tourism is concerned. Located fifty miles north/west of San Antonio, Bandera County is dotted with working ranches as well as dude ranches. The town itself is pretty and quaint, the people are friendly and the décor doesn’t appear to have changed much since its inception in 1852. What better place to set a series of contemporary cowboy stories than in a West-Texas town which is stuck somewhere in time between two centuries?
One of my favorite childhood memories is when my grandparents took me with them to Bandera to visit a family friend. The thing I remember the most (other than the horses) is when we sat on the porch in the evenings, counted stars, and listened to the coyotes.
Now about those cowboys…..
Craig Harris, owner/operator of the Rockin’ H Ranch in Bandera, Texas tops the list in Tempered Hearts, book 1 of the series. Mix an arrogant, chauvinistic ranch owner and a feisty veterinarian and you get a recipe for disaster…or a flaming love affair.
Blurb: Rancher Craig Harris and veterinarian Tamera Collins clash from the moment they meet. Innocence is pitted against arrogance as tempers rise and passions ignite to form a love as pure as the finest gold, fresh from the crucible and as strong as steel. Thrown together amid tragedy and unsated passion, Tamera and Craig share a strong attraction that neither accepts as the first stages of love. Torn between desire and dislike, they must make peace with their pasts and God in order to open up to the love blossoming between them. It is a love that nothing can destroy when they come to understand that only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.
Next in line, Dr. Scott Hensley. More than a cowboy, Scott is the ultimate cowboy doctor and the perfect hero to heal the battered heart of heroine Katrina Simmons in book 2, Tempered Dreams. Although Scott is raised in Bandera, TX, this story takes place in Lafayette, Louisiana where he moved after the death of his wife and parents. His life-long friendship with Craig Harris–as well as the question as to whether or not the two are actually blood relatives–keeps the connection alive.
Blurb: Dr. Scott Hensley (introduced in Tempered Hearts) has built a wall around his heart since the death of his wife and parents. Katrina Simmons is recovering from scars inflicted on her as a battered wife. Can dreams be renewed and faith strengthened? Can they find joy and peace in God’s love and in love for one another?
Third in line is Stanley Morrison, a horseman with the unique, God-given talent to pick, break and train horses into loyal creatures. His subtle, gentle approach can tame the wildest of beasts but can he prove himself worthy and gain the acceptance of wealthy ranch owner Craig Harris while winning the hand of his daughter? Find out in Tempered Fire, book 3.
Blurb: Amber Harris is a good girl on the brink of womanhood. Stanley Morrison is a young man at the start of his life. For each other, they have always felt the fireworks that two people in love should feel. But the questions about his past, his pride, and Amber’s father might be the end of what could be a strong relationship. As the two try to protect their budding romance, some unlikely but powerful forces conspire to keep them apart. Will they survive the wishes of everyone around them with their relationship intact?
Last but certainly not least is All-Around-Cowboy, Ace Harris. The only son of Craig and Tamera Harris, Ace is more than a cowboy; he’s a champion bull rider. But Ace is determined not to fall in love. The death of his mother leaves a hole in his heart and emptiness in his soul. Along comes Lexie Morgan (Scott & Katrina’s adopted daughter) who thinks rodeo cowboys have “rocks for brains and a death wish for a soul.” Can these two young people who clash from the onset learn to trust in the healing power of God and find love and happiness amidst tragedy and grief? Find out in Tempered Joy, book 4.
Tempered Joy will be released this year.
Well folks, now that you know about 4 of my favorite cowboys, I’d love to hear more about yours!
Until later remember….only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.
“Inspirational with an Edge!”
PS: One lucky commenter will receive a .pdf of Tempered Hearts, book 1 in the series!