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The Texas Cattleman’s Club is a long-running series within the Harlequin line of Desires.  When my editor asked me to anchor and write the final book in a nine book series I almost turned him down.   The thought of tying up nine stories and concluding the entire series in my book, scared the dickens out of me.  I shared my thoughts with my editor, Charles and he convinced me I could do it.  I was up for the challenge, he said.  He had faith in me.  This wasn’t my first continuity, I’d written a few in the past, but never with so much riding on it.

As it turned out, I loved the story bible presented to me.  My hero, Alejandro del Toro had a dual identity.  He represented himself to the people of Royal, Texas as Alex Santiago and conducted business there for over a year, enabling him to become a member of the Cattleman’s Club.  But Alex had come to Royal from Mexico to spy on his father’s rival, Paul Windsor.   Little did he know he’d fall head over heels in love with Windsor’s daughter.  Before he could tell Cara the truth and put a stop to his duplicity, he disappears and is later found to have amnesia. (as written by other authors in the books prior)

That’s where my story begins:  Alex regains his memory, telling his secret to only a few and returns to Royal on a mission to win back Cara’s love and find the ones responsible for his kidnapping.

How could I resist writing a story laid out by the editors, with such intrigue?    And thus, The Texas Renegade Returns was born.  Honestly, it was fun and quite a challenge to write a hero with bad boy flaws and secrets. The one redeeming quality that makes Alex shine as a true hero is his unflinching, unyielding love for Cara.  He fights his father and his enemies to regain Cara’s trust and love.

The Texas Renegade Returns is a Romantic Times Book Review Magazine’s Top Pick!  Here’s the review:

Top Pick! (4-1/2)  The story that fans of the Texas Cattleman’s Club have been waiting for is finally here! The highly anticipated conclusion to Alex’s amnesia storyline is a crowd pleaser and readers will be glad to know that their patience has paid off. Sands does a great job of giving Alex and Cara a fitting conclusion.


To celebrate my new release here’s a Valentine’s Day gift from my heart to yours:

Free Today and Friday… Receive a Kindle copy of my small-town romance, Smooth-Talking the Hometown Girl absolutely free!     Click Here!

What do you think about Alex’s story of amnesia, revenge and retribution?  Do you enjoy reading continuity or series romance? 









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  1. Charlene, I think your story sounds great. As to series, I like them except when they make you wait so long like a year to read another one. This I don’t like.
    Thanksw for the Valentin Day gift. Maxie

  2. I love Alex’s story. I am just reading the book To Tame A Cowboy, so I am looking forward to his story with Cara. So looking forward to your book. Thank you for the Valentine free book.

  3. Thanks for Christy & Kyle’s free story! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to you!

    I’ve been a follower of the Texas Cattleman’s Club since it’s beginning with the baby found on the golf course.

    I do love series books. You feel like you know the inhabitants and belong to the community.

    I do like amnesia themed books. I’m glad that you were able to tie together all of the loose ends and bring Cara and Alex their HEA! Congrats!

  4. Charlene, Thank you so much for the Valentine surprise and Happy Valentine’s to you! I love a series. It is wonderful to get caught up in the first one and by the end you know the great story will continue.

    Congratulations on your book!

  5. Hi Charlene! Thanks so much for the wonderful Valentine gift! Hope you enjoy a very happy Valentine’s Day! I love a series and the Texas Cattleman’s Club sounds like a great one! I know you did a fantastic job of concluding this series. Congratulations!

  6. HUGE congrats, Charlene! I’m so glad this book is here. Bad boy heroes are my cup of tea and chocolate and cocoa!! They do make a story extra special in my opinion and I LOVE writing about them. This book is a must-have.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!!!!

  7. Hi Maxie
    I understand the wait can be a nuisance, but these books come out one month right after another. And some people wait until the entire series is finished and then buy all of them at once. That’s a good way to solve the problem! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Dear Laurie G – I’m happy you’re enjoying TCC, as we call it. It’s my favorite of all the continuities out there, because it’s about ranchers and cowboys! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  9. Wow, Charlene, what a wonderful tie-up to some great tales. What a terrific imagination you have. Congrats on the top pick but I’m not one bit surprised. Love and much success to you, my friend!

  10. Congratulations on being a top pick! I bet it can be tricky wrapping up all the stories. But, I know you did a fabulous job. I look forward to reading the story.

  11. I enjoy series books as long as I do not miss one that is needed… I remember a series that had different authors and never found out the murderer or who kidnapped the baby, because the story continued through multiple books along with the individual characters each author wrote.

  12. Hi Colleen – oh, that’s a bummer. I hope you give the TCC a chance. My book, is still a stand alone book though, meaning that you don’t lose the romance or the plot because you haven’t read the others. That’s the trick, to have the book make sense, regardless of the preceding books. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  13. Hi Charlene. Your story sounds good. I like the cover. I am a fan of series. You get to read secondary characters’ stories.

  14. Wow Charlene! It’s great the amazing support and confidence your editor has for you. (Of course, he should!)What a treat to finish up the series! Congratulations on being asked and also on the great RT Top Pick!

  15. It sounds like you have written yet another good book for us to enjoy. I will be looking for THE TEXAS RENEGADE RETURNS.

    I am a fan of series, but find it hard when they are more than 3 or 4 books long, mainly because they usually are released so far apart. Continuity series written by a variety of authors usually eliminate that problem.

    Thanks for the link to SMOOTH-TALKING THE HOMETOWN GIRL. It will be a pleasant read.

    Have a great Valentine’s Day.

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