Howdy, y’all! Let me begin by saying I am honored to join two top-notch authors—Jillian Hart and Cheryl St. John—for a western holiday anthology. I am pleased SNOWFLAKES AND STETSONS has received complimentary reviews. I hope readers will enjoy the stories featuring community, family, friends and romance.
In thirty years, as an author of one hundred books, I have written the DEAD IN mystery series under my real name, Connie Feddersen. Also, I’ve written historicals about medieval England, Revolutionary America, War of 1812, the frontiersmen, mountain men and Antebellum eras, Indian Mystics and westerns—under the pen names of Carol Finch, Gina Robins, Debra Falcon and Connie Drake. I added time travel, vampire romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense and category romance along the way. But creating “Christmas at Cahill Crossing” for the anthology was a new experience for me. Harlequin asked me to do this particular holiday tale as a PREQUEL for the 4-book Continuity Westerns that I will launch in November.
“Christmas at Cahill Crossing” introduces the upstart Texas community, its founding family and its citizens that work as shopkeepers, tracklayers, soldiers, ranchers and law enforcement officers. The community itself is a prominent character because it plays an important role in all four books. I thought it might be difficult to incorporate information and settings used throughout the next four books without overshadowing Rosa Greer and Lucas Burnett in the holiday story. But Rosa and Lucas insisted—loud and clear—they had a story to tell so I fretted for nothing. In fact, the outspoken couple kept me awake at night. (Yes, I’m sorry to report that I heard voices quite often.) I had to climb from bed to write down their rapid-fire conversations so I could type them verbatim the next morning.
In “Christmas at Cahill Crossing”, the Yuletide season blasts across Texas ranch country as a blizzard that strands Rosa Greer—talented clothing designer and boutique owner—in a snowdrift with her wagonload of supplies. What she needs is a guardian angel to rescue her. What she gets is a snarly wolfdog and a hard-bitten ex-Texas Ranger—that needs thawing out a lot more than she does.
The real question is who saved whom at Christmas.
Lucas Burnett has seen the worst folks can do to each other. He prefers to live in isolation on his horse ranch. But Rosa is determined to repay him—like it or not, and he doesn’t!—for saving her life by including him in the community activities she has organized for the holidays. Lucas complains and drags his feet, but he is helplessly drawn to the lively but persistent woman who is hiding secrets from the world—and only he has discovered what they are.
I’ll be back next month to re-introduce Quin Cahill, THE LONE RANCHER, and explain what caused the rift between his two brothers and sister that sent them tramping off to chase their own dreams, leaving him to manage the sprawling ranch alone. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy meeting Rosa, Lucas and Dog. They will return next month to help Quin sort out his problems with Rosa’s Boston-born cousin.
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Enjoy the upcoming holidays! Carol Finch