Hello again and thanks for having me back for another visit! Seems like it wasn’t too long ago and I moseyed in for a chat – come to think of it, it was January and I chatted about my book One Dance With The Cowboy and the rescue ranch that my hero, Drew Laramie, set up.
Drew’s got a brother, you know. If you got a chance to read Drew’s story, you probably remember Noah getting a bit of a mention. Like Drew, Noah’s been away from home for many years. Drew never went too far from his ranching roots – he chose veterinary medicine for a career and coming back to Larch Valley and revitalizing the family ranch wasn’t a big leap. But Noah…well, Noah’s different.
Noah’s been a soldier for years. And Noah doesn’t choose to come either. He has to because he’s been wounded. Really wounded. Like losing the better part of his arm wounded. That’s really not something you can stitch up, take a couple of Tylenol and get right back out there in the field, you know? This is starting to sound like a soldier story, isn’t it. And you’d think so. I mean Noah’s unit has been his family. The military life is all he’s known, and missing that, getting back to that, is a good part of his conflict. His identity is wrapped up in being Captain Laramie, and now all of that is up in the air as he returns to Larch Valley to recover.
But before he was a soldier, Noah was brought up at Lazy L, and going back there is maybe a little easier than he expected. You see, one of the themes that seem to leak into all my books is the connection between character and place. I happen to believe really deeply in place connections so Noah coming home definitely is going to bring back memories and more importantly, feelings.
Maybe some of those feelings are nostalgic – in one scene he recalls working alongside his father and Drew and how he’s missed it. In another he looks out over the waving hay fields and feels more at home than he expected in the open space and farm land. The problem, of course, is facing all those things knowing that the time in between cannot be changed.
And then there’s Lily. Practical, beautiful, compassionate Lily.
So who is Noah? A soldier? A cowboy? A bit of both? I’ll admit that I really didn’t know which way he was going to choose until the book was well underway. What I do know is that Noah is a cowboy in the truest sense – hard work ethic, loyalty, dedication….
And he sure knows how to dance.
Happy reading! I’ll be giving away a copy of Her Lone Cowboy to one name drawn from today’s commenters!