I’m a collector. Yes, I confess. I’d be a member of Collector’s Anonymous is there were such a thing. In fact, I’d probably be their president.
My collection tendencies involve coins minted in the U.S., rocks, postage stamps, books, and dust bunnies. You may think the last one funny but you should see the dust in my house. I can usually write my name on the furniture. But really, I’m way too busy to clean.
I have collecting to do and books to write and fun to be had.
I began collecting Morgan silver dollar coins way back when I was a teenager. I love holding them in my hand and imagining them being in the pocket of a cowboy or outlaw. It was the currency of choice in the West. My most prized are an 1883 minted in Carson City, Nevada and an 1881 that came from the mint in San Francisco. Over the years my collection has grown and it’s given me immense satisfaction. I’ve collected all the state quarters up to date and now I’m collecting the new president dollars. I also have the Sacagawea dollars, the Susan B. Anthony ones, and also the Kennedy half dollars. I guess I just like money.
Some of my postage stamp collection includes Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, and the presidents. Can’t list them all here.
And I love my rocks. I can’t go anywhere without picking up more. I’m just fascinated with stones of all kinds. I have several prehistoric ones that have small fish imbedded on their surface.
My books. . .you should see my shelves. But then maybe it’s a good thing you can’t. I have my prized autographed collection, my romance section, and then I have a good-sized portion of research books of every subject you can imagine. I wouldn’t take a million dollars for my books. It’s taken me years to get them. I have a 1930 copy of Little Women, a 1933 Zane Grey, a 1942 Emilie Loring romance called “Rainbow at Dusk,” and the second book Nora Roberts wrote called “Sacred Sins.” Plus, I have a ton of others by Jodi Thomas, Lorraine Heath, Sharon Sala, Pam Morsi, Johanna Lindsay, and on and on.
Research books take up two complete bookshelves. I have ones on life in the American West, a set of Time Life books on the West, books on ships, horses, birds, plants, clothing, and food. Most are used very often and they’re crucial in creating my stories.
But, I’m not the only collector out there.
Then, there’s the heroine in my new anthology, “Give Me a Cowboy.” Tempest LeDoux collects husbands. Yep, she’s had five and is looking for her sixth. All she wants in life is to find one good man to love who won’t up and die on her and she’ll use all the tools at her disposal to get him. She just never figured to run up against someone like McKenna Smith.
He wants no part of marriage. . .especially when the lovely widow has already buried five husbands. Makes a man real skittish.
But Tempest is bound and determined to get what she wants. And she wants McKenna Smith real bad. He’s not only the most handsome man she’s ever seen, he makes her feel like she’s the most desirable, the most beautiful woman in the world. My, how he can kiss!
But, back to collecting. . . .
Not only does Tempest LeDoux collect husbands, she also collects and surrounds herself with the finest of everything – expensive cut crystal glassware and chandeliers, buttery leather furniture, designer made clothing, and a ranch that is unequaled in the Texas Panhandle as she tries to prove she’s as good as anyone in Kasota Springs. She has everything she wants except a husband who won’t die on her. Go along on the journey and see how she remedies that.
My story in “Give Me a Cowboy” is titled Texas Tempest and it comes out in February.
Are you a collector? If so, what things do you collect? I’d like to know. You can borrow my collection of dust bunnies if you want ’em. They’re real easy to take care of.