Feisty Lady Ranchers RULE!

It’s almost time for Over the Edge to release.

Over the Edge is book #3 in the Kincaid Brides series and it was my favorite one of the three to write. Of course the book I’m working on NOW is always my favorite so it’s not a fair test.

Two elements in Over the Edge made it fun.

1) A madman-Seth Kincaid

2) A feisty lady rancher Callie Kincaid with no patience for….guess what? MADMEN

So Seth was fun to write but Callie Kincaid is my wheelhouse.

A feisty lady rancher. A tough cookie. Those are the heroines I love. And Callie is exactly that. First of all, she grew up in Texas. And honestly, do I need to say more?

If I do then secondly, she grew up on a Texas ranch.

And thirdly, she grew up on a Texas Ranch and her mother died when she was young so she dogged her pa and big brother around most of her life and was raised more boy than girl.

All these elements add up to fun.

We’ve waded through Out of Control, book #1 with bossy Julie and tyrant Rafe.

Next we got In Too Deep with sweet, soft spoken Audra and shallow charmer Ethan.

Now we’re going Over the Edge with the wildman Seth Kincaid and he’s met his match. Callie doesn’t back up for anyone. Turns out, that’s exactly what Seth needs.

Julie and Rafe give orders? Guess who’s not taking them–in fact Callie’s got a few orders of her own.

Ethan and Audra try and sweet talk their way through life? Guess who’s not charmed.

Seth lapses into crazy-world about half the time? Guess who’s not putting up with any nonsense.

Callie Kincaid comes blasting her way into Kincaid’s world by fighting off a stagecoach robbery…with a rifle in one hand and a six-gun in the other. And before you know it, Seth not only has six 6 boot tracks on his face, but he’s begging her to stay and walk all over him some more.

Here’s a bit more about Over the Edge, coming August 1st from Bethany House Publishing.

Over the Edge 

 Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he’s never been the same. He was always a reckless youth, but now he’s gone over the edge. He ran off to the Civil War and came back crazier than ever. After the war, nearly dead from his injuries, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he’s got a lot of excuses, but his wife isn’t happy to find out Seth doesn’t remember her. Callie has searched, prayed, and worried. Now she’s come to the Kincaid family’s ranch in Colorado to find her lost husband. Callie isn’t a long-suffering woman. Once she knows her husband is alive, she wants to kill him. She’s not even close to forgiving him for abandoning her. Then more trouble shows up in the form of a secret Seth’s pa kept for years. The Kincaid brothers might lose their ranch if they can’t sort things out. It’s enough to drive a man insane–but somehow it’s all making Seth see things more clearly. And now that he knows what he wants, no one better stand in his way.

And here is a short bit of the opening scene.

Over the Edge

October 30, 1866

Chapter One

A bullet slammed through the door of the stagecoach, threading a needle to miss all four passengers.

“It’s a hold-up!” Callie grabbed her rifle. “Get down!”

The stage driver yelled and cracked his whip. More flying lead hit, higher on the stagecoach. The man riding shotgun got his rifle into action.

“Get on the floor.” The woman sitting across from Callie was frozen with fear. That endangered Connor and it made Callie furious.

The bullets came fast. They were going slow on a long uphill slope. With the driver’s shout the stage picked up speed. From the roof came a steady volley of deafening return fire.

Reaching across, Callie grabbed the woman by the ruffled front of her pink gingham dress and dragged her off the seat. The woman shrieked but didn’t put up a fight, which was smart of her. Callie would’ve won that fight.

Somewhat more gently, Callie picked Connor up from the seat beside her and set him on the woman’s lap. Eight-month-old Connor yelped, more a shout of anger than a cry. But crying would come soon enough. Her little wild man didn’t do anything quietly.

 “Can you shoot?” She shouted at the young man, hoping he’d snap out of whatever panic had seized him. He shook his head frantically. “Get on the floor.”

Callie used her whiplash voice and hoped it got the man moving. She threw herself across to the woman’s seat to face backward. With her Colt in her left hand and her Winchester in her right, she shoved the curtain aside. The flare of the orange and yellow aspen lining the road blocked any sign of the gunmen.

Callie didn’t bother to push the man to the floor. Let the idiot figure that out himself. She got a glimpse of the robbers riding around a curve. Bullets hailed on the coach. Callie held back, waiting for a clear shot.

Connor’s yelling turned to a cry. Callie was enraged that her son was in such terrible danger when he should have been safe on her father’s ranch in Texas.

The noise overhead said the driver’d slid off his high seat to use the stage as cover. She heard the man riding shotgun land flat on his belly on the roof. The driver’s shouting and the gunfire slashed like a sharp knife through the cool October morning.

“Try and calm Connor down.” Not much chance of that. Connor had been a whirlwind since birth. And the two caring for him were more upset than he was.

She counted four outlaws. The varmints had picked this uphill slope a few miles outside of Colorado City because the stage slowed to a crawl.

Callie had plenty of bullets but she was a conservative woman and she didn’t intend to fire blind and waste lead.

She was mighty low on money and she needed ammunition for when she finally tracked down that worthless Seth Kincaid.

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10 thoughts on “Feisty Lady Ranchers RULE!”

  1. Love this, Mary. Hmmm…it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Callie is a bit like you.
    Great excerpt and those cover’s–yummy! Where do they get those models? I’m there.

  2. My feisty lady ranchers are NOTHING like me. I think they’re the way I WISH I was.
    Me, I’m obsessively non-confrontational. I’m a peacemaker.
    Also, I never wear fringe.

  3. I’m in love with Callie already, Mary. All those old western TV shows are playing through my mind right now with Callie in the lead. Great stuff! I’ve had a soft spot for Seth since the first book, too, so I’m eager for my copy to arrive. It’s bound to be another wild romp! Love it. 🙂

  4. I just love fiesty heroines, especially from the wild west…Oh how I would like to be more like Callie.., I looking forward to reading this book…

  5. Sounds great. Just the type of woman who made the West the place it is. I am so glad this book will be out soon. I have been waiting to start the series until I had them all on hand. I know once I get started, I’ll want to read straight through. No patience to wait months for the next one.

    Best of luck with the release of OVER THE EDGE.

  6. I can hardly wait to read Over the Edge. I agree that all the covers are wonderful. My favorite is Rafe. I think it is the way he is looking over his shoulder; very swoonworthy, even for someone in definite middle age!

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