I’ve written a lot of modern day cowboy books, but I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to write about cowgirls. When I was growing up in Texas, my parents raised cotton, corn and cattle. My dad was also the constable in our community and he drilled water wells so he was busy. My mom took care of the cattle. She knew every cow, calf and bull on the property. She knew when to cull the herd, when to sell calves and when to change pastures. So, yes, I thought I can write about cowgirls. A woman can do anything a man can, right? Maybe even better.
I came up with The Belles of Texas for Harlequin Super Romance, a trilogy about three sisters trying to save a rundown ranch. The sisters have the same father, but different mothers. Caitlyn’s mother died in childbirth so she was raised on the ranch. Madison and Skylar spend summers and Christmas on the High Five ranch with their father and Caitlyn. Even though they weren’t raised together, the sisters have a close bond.
Caitlyn, the responsible one, better known as Bossy, takes over running the ranch when their father becomes ill. The middle sister, Madison, sees the good in everyone and her sisters call her Betty Crocker Sweet. Skylar, the youngest, is known for speaking her mind. With a hair-trigger temper to match her personality, Sklyar’s nickname is Bitchy.
When their father passes away, Caitlyn finds his enormous gambling debts have left the High Five ranch in dire straits. And to make matters worse, there’s a codicil to the will that states if the ranch is not showing a profit in six months it has to be sold to Judd Calhoun, a neighboring rancher and the man Caitlyn jilted fourteen years earlier.
Caitlyn is fighting mad. She calls her sisters home to inform them of the situation and to ask for their help to save High Five from Judd Calhoun. Since her sisters weren’t raised on the ranch, they don’t share her point of view. It’s the fight of Caitlyn’s life. She sets out to prove that she can run High Five as effectively as any man.
If you want to find out what happens, pick up Caitlyn’s Prize in July. It’s also part of Cowboy Country month for Super Romance.
The second book, Madison’s Children, comes out in October and the third, Skylar’s Outlaw, in January 2010. A lot of the scenes in the books I took from my childhood. So if you need a good cowgirl read this summer, saddle up and head for Texas. The Belle sisters are waiting to entertain you.
So what’s your opinion? Can a woman do anything a man can?
2009 RITA® Finalist TEXAS HEIRCaitlyn’s Prize – July ‘09
Madison’s Children – Oct ‘09
Skylar’s Outlaw – Jan ‘10
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