Saying Howdy & A New Book by Victoria Bylin

Saying Howdy & Announcing a New Book

By Victoria Bylin

Vicki024_mediumIt’s pure pleasure to be back at Petticoats & Pistols. The Fillies are some of the finest ladies around, and I’m glad to be paying a call at my old stomping grounds. Who doesn’t love a cowboy? Or an outlaw . . . I’m more of an outlaw girl myself, which explains the rebellious streak that led me to jump from writing western historicals to contemporaries.

It’s been a wild ride, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Today I’m thrilled to say that Until I Found You (Bethany House Publishers, May 2014) is on the shelves. It’s the book I’ve always wanted to write . . . the story that wouldn’t go away.

Here’s the blurb:

Finding each other was only the beginning . . . 

When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.

It’s Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate’s rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She’s not planning to get involved with one of the locals.

Until I Found YouNick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn’t expect to be swept off his feet by the car’s occupant. He’s made a vow–no dating for a year–but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he’s met Kate Darby. . . .

I just love this story. It’s set in a fictionalized version of the mountain town where my family lived for about eight years. We were privileged to see rare California condors in the wild, and the road with the all cliffs is based on a road I drove about a million times.

What I love most, though, are the characters. Nick Sheridan could easily be called a modern day cowboy. He’s brave, honorable, bold when has to be, handsome, smart, and a bit of a rebel. No horses in the story, but he rides a Harley. No cowboy hat either, but he looks great in denim or tux. Kate thinks so too. She’s in the advertising business. If she’d been in one of my westerns, I’d have made her the owner of a newspaper and a woman with a cause.

You know the saying, “It’s the same but different”? That’s how I feel about this book. It’s the same as my westerns in tone and theme, but it’s also a little different.  I hope you all enjoy it!

To celebrate the release of Until I Found You, I’m giving away three copies. To enter the drawing, just leave a comment. It’s been great to be back at Petticoats and Pistols. Big hugs and waves to the Fillies and readers alike.


Link to Amazon:

Click HERE to find the book on Amazon

Victoria Bylin is a romance writer known for her realistic and relatable characters. Her books have finaled in multiple contests, including the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky, where their family and their crazy Jack Russell terrier keep them on the go. Learn more at



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39 thoughts on “Saying Howdy & A New Book by Victoria Bylin”

  1. Hello Victoria. That was my great-grandmother’s name. Been looking at this book. sounds really good. can’t imagine being in a car teetering on the edge of a cliff. But saw one on TV where it was the edge of a tall overpass. I have tried several times to get this. Congratulations. Thanks for a chance to win one of these books. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  2. Hi Maxie! The cliff scene is based on a road I drove at least twice a week when we lived in a town in the Los Padres National Forest. Definitely scary in the winter! The summer too! Good luck in the drawing!

  3. Hi Victoria,

    Welcome back! (Sounds like a song and a TV show from the 70’s)

    Years ago, when I was in Peru, I saw condors flying and I didn’t realize that I captured a picture of one flying in one the pictures I was taking until I was back.

    Good Luck on your book!

  4. Hi Lori! I know that TV show 🙂 It’s a real pleasure to be here today. The Fillies are just wonderful.

    Re: Condors . . . When biologists first attempted to reintroduce California condors into the wild, they released them with a couple of Andean condors with the hope the Andean condors would teach them how to survive. They’re amazing birds. Huge, too, with 9-foot wingspans.

  5. I have read great things about this book and would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. Hi Melanie, Hi Cathy. So glad you’re hearing good things about Until I Found You. It was definitely a leap of faith and big change. Good luck in the drawing 🙂

  7. Welcome home, Vicki!!!! I’m so excited for you and this new (same but different) direction in your writing. I can practically hear your passion and enthusiasm for this book. I’m reading it now. Whoop, whoop!!! YAY, you!!!!

  8. A while back I did that fun Bethany House “Which Character Are You” quiz of the new May releases, and I matched up with your Kate Darby – I think it’s time to see what my alter ego is up to!

  9. Hi Renee! It’s sooooo good to be here! I miss the Fillies and will always love cowboys, outlaws and the strong women who put the heart in the Old West.

    You’re so right about the new book being the “same but different.” Same kind of faith story, different setting. Cells phones instead of telegrams. Lots of changes but the characters are still searching for God, love and each other–even if they don’t it at first 🙂

  10. Hi Rachael! That quiz was so cool! I took it as my character, Kate Darby, to test it out, and it was spot on. When I took it as myself, I got the heroine in Nancy Mehl’s book. Fun stuff!

  11. Hi Vicki!!!! It’s so great to have you visit us. We sure miss you something awful. But all we’re all so proud of you and wish you only the best of everything.

    Your new book looks wonderful! I LOVE that cover. The way they’re holding hands you know they’re in love. Nick Sheridan sounds like the kind of hero I love to read.

    Good luck and don’t forget the way to P&P!! We’ve left you a trail of breadcrumbs just in case.

  12. Compassion, intelligence and integrity are essential to any relationship in any time period. I enjoy your Old West books and I know I will enjoy your latest New West book featuring Nick and Kate. Congrats on your latest release and leap of faith!

    I’ve driven numerous mountain roads and I find them petrifying. We had to turn around on a narrow road in Olympic National Park due to snow. I had to get out of the car and pray! On the same trip,we were almost rear ended by a logging truck we had to take evasive action and get out of it’s way. Luckily nothing was coming the other direction. Same trip, we took the coastal highway/scenic route down the Pacific coast all the way to Laguana Beach. On one hairpin turn my husband went to fast and we just misses a car coming the other way.

  13. Hi Linda, Hi Margaret! Visiting P&P is like sitting around a campfire with old friends and a pot of cowboy coffee on the coals. I miss y’all!

    About the cover for Until I Found You. I love it too. The colors, the h/h/, the landscape. It’s spot-on.

    Margaret, being in California you might know the setting. The town of Meadows is a fictionalized version of the Frazier Park / Gorman / Pine Mountain Club area aka “Condor Country.”

  14. Oh my, Laurie G! You’ve practically lived the opening scene in Until I Found You. The logging truck incident had to be terrifying. So glad you were able to get out of the way. Highway 1 in California is gorgeous . . . if you can keep your eyes open. Some of the cliffs are HUGE.

  15. I like the sound of Nick… you have me curious about his and Kate’s story! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Hello anon101! Thank you for the welcome! It’s good to be here with the Fillies 🙂

    Hi Colleen! Nick’s an interesting guy. Good looking too. But what I love most about him is that he commits 100% to everything he does.

  17. Enjoyed reading the article. Your book sounds really good.
    I have a Jack Russell terrier also and have really enjoyed him and his antics. I will admit he is high maintenance. Nothing like my previous dog.

  18. Hello Joye! Our little JRT-mix is hilarious. Definitely high maintenance and more than a little OCD. He has a checklist, and there’s no way he’ll let us skip a thing on it. We love him to pieces just like he is.

    Hi Rebecca! Good luck in the drawing!!! So glad you’re looking forward to meeting Nick and Kate.

  19. Congratulations on the release of UNTIL I FOUND YOU! I can’t wait to read Nick and Kate’s story; it sounds wonderful! Thank you for your generous giveaway!

  20. Hi Victoria! It’s so great to see you here. Congratulations on your release.
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  21. Good afternoon ladies a little late in getting here today. My sister and I are having to clean out our mothers apartment. She is no longer able to take care of herself so she moved in with my sister who has people around the clock there.

    I love your stories and can’t wait to read this one. Love a man who rides a harley as much as a horse.

  22. Congrats on your new release! It sounds like an awesome read. I can’t wait to read more of the story. Thanks for sharing with us today.

  23. Hello to AmyC! Good luck in the drawing!

    Hi Sherry, Sounds like you’ve had a very full day. Here’s hoping you can relax a bit and enjoy a good book, one with either horses or Harleys.

    Hello Quilt Lady! Definitely a familiar name to this former Filly 🙂 Thank you for the kind words.

  24. Hi, Vicki!! I loved your historicals and can’t wait to read your contemporary novels. UNTIL I FOUND YOU sounds wonderful!

  25. I love the premise of your book and thank you so much for the chance to win a copy! You have done a great job of describing the characters here in your post and I am excited to read your book.

  26. Welcome back, even if it is just for a visit. The essence of the West holds true whether it is 1870 or 2014. It is in the character of the people, the land, and the values of the culture. That is what draws us to both the historical and contemporary stories. The fact you are a good author guarantees the story will be good no matter which category it falls into.

    Best wishes for the success of UNTIL I FOUND YOU.

  27. It sounds great and I hope to find it soon. Would love to win it. Great post and It is the same but different.

  28. I am looking forward to reading Until I Found You. Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a wonderful week.

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