Now, on to cowboys and more specifically cowboy stories. QUESTIONING THE HEIRESS is my latest Harlequin Intrigue and will be my 23rd published book. That includes two historicals, two romantic comedies and nineteen Intrigues. I have eight more books in the publishing queue that’ll be out this year and next. The one thing ALL those 31 books have in common? Texas cowboys and cowboy cops. Yup, cowboys are my passion. Take a look at this cover and you’ll see why. Sigh.
My love of cowboys started early because I lived on a working ranch/farm until I was eight. I wish I had grand stories of riding horses and helping with the cattle, but truth is, my brother and sister called me Prissy Pants. And hey, I worked very hard to earn and maintain that title. LOL I wasn’t much of a hands-on kid when it came to livestock (fear of stinky smells and poop) but I used to sit back and watch. Better yet, I remembered, and I think those early experiences add some authenticity to my stories. I hope so anyway.
Seven years ago right after I made my first sale to Harlequin, my cowboy passion went up a notch when I met several bona fide Texas Rangers in San Antonio. I asked so many questions and took so many notes that I’m pretty sure they considered slapping me with a restraining order. That day, my own Rangers were born. The result was the first Silver Star of Texas trilogy that I wrote with the easiest-going authors on earth, Rita Herron and Mallory Kane. Now, the second trilogy is out, and QUESTIONING THE HEIRESS is the second book in the trilogy. It’s the story of Sgt. Egan Caldwell, who has four dead bodies on his hands and live heiress who’s the killer’s next target. Egan’s married to the badge and has no room in his life for an heiress. (Or so he thinks.) And yes, he looks pretty darn good in that Stetson and wet shirt. Hubba hubba!
She’s a beautiful heiress with amnesia, and only one Texas Ranger could keep her safe…from everyone but himself.
It was just a day’s work for Texas Ranger Egan Caldwell. Except this time the victim of the crime was rich, beautiful heiress Caroline Stalllings. Egan and Caroline couldn’t be more different – she was upper crust, he was a lawman. Yet this woman stirred feelings in him that refused to be ignored. Problem was, Caroline’s memory had gone the way of Egan’s willpower and her amnesia had attracted a killer. Ensuring her safety was something he took very seriously.
But giving in to their distracting, combustible attraction was the only chance Egan had of uncovering the secrets hidden in Caroline’s mind…before someone else did.
To celebrate the release of “Questioning the Heiress,” I’d like to give away three copies of my March ’08 Intrigue, THE HORSEMAN’S SON. All you have to do is post and tell me if and why cowboys are your passion. Or if you prefer – take a long hard look at the cover for “Questioning the Heiress” and see if you can spot what’s wrong. (Don’t let that wet shirt distract you.) The winners will be chosen from the posts so I’ll be reading them all.