When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a Texas Ranger. Actually, I just wanted to wear a shiny badge and ride a horse so I suppose any type of cowboy cop would have suited me. That probably came from watching too many episodes of Bonanza and Gunsmoke. Ah, Little Joe and Matt Dillon. They were my heroes. I was in love with cowboys and cowboy cops before I was old enough to appreciate just how good they looked in their western duds.
While my sister was doing her normal tomboy stuff as a kid, I would investigate things. All right, there really wasn’t much to investigate on our family’s small ranch—though I did find a missing cat a time or two. I remember lifting fingerprints from glasses with Scotch tape. I remember failing at it as well. And I eavesdropped on conversations. (Boring conversation, I might add.) Yeah, I was a spooky kid, lol, but I was a very sad kid the day my mom told me that girls couldn’t be Texas Rangers. At that time, it was very much a big boys’ club, and there’s was no hope of a girl wearing that famous silver peso badge anytime soon. I cried for a week.
Fast forward a couple of decades, and I decided if I couldn’t be a Texas Ranger, then I’d write about them and plenty of other cowboy cops, too. It was a natural fit for me because I love making up those stories of cowboy lawmen, their way of their life, code of conduct and their fights for justice.
There’s also something else at the heart of all my stories—family. I come from a big one, and we’re loud and messy, probably crazy, too, but above all else, we love each other. Well, most of the time. If you have brothers and sisters, you know exactly what I mean. Still, that family bond has stayed with me even when we’re miles apart, and now I have a big family of my own. Four children!
There are plenty of cowboy cops and family in my new series, Sweetwater Ranch, from Harlequin Intrigue, and the series starts this month. In the first story, MAVERICK SHERIFF, Texas sheriff Cooper McKinnon is faced with saving a toddler who might turn out to be his own missing son. He also has to deal with the child’s adoptive mother, Jessa Wells, who’d anything to protect and keep the little boy, not only from danger but perhaps also from Cooper. Even though both Cooper and Jessa have painful pasts, they have to put that aside and “cowboy up” for the sake of the child they both love.
There are seven more books in the Sweetwater Ranch series, and they’ll all be released within the next eleven months. The next one out will be COWBOY BEHIND THE BADGE, the story of Cooper’s younger brother, Tucker, who’s a Texas Ranger. Cooper, Tucker and all their lawmen siblings have their turns at showdowns with danger while finding love and their own happily ever after’s. Those are my kind of stories.
So, do I miss not becoming a Texas Ranger? Not really. Even when I get those pangs of what might have been, I just remember that sometimes life gives you something much better than what you ever expected—I’ve got plenty of that. Love and family. A career I’m blessed to have. And I’ve got a decent shot at that happily ever after part, too, even though I didn’t grow up to be a real Texas Ranger.
Three winners will be chosen to receive a copy of Delores Fossen’s MAVERICK SHERIFF, book 1 of the Sweetwater Ranch series from Harlequin Intrigue.
Delores Fossen kicks off her new series, Sweetwater Ranch, with a Texas lawman, a beautiful district attorney…and the child they’ll risk everything to protect
Saving a little boy’s life reopens painful wounds for Texas sheriff Cooper McKinnon. This could be his son, whose loss has haunted him for two years. But Cooper has a formidable adversary in Jessa Wells. She’s the adoptive mother—and she’ll do anything to hold on to Liam.
It’s cruel justice that the man who shares Liam’s rare blood type has an unsolved murder in his own family. And the danger’s far from over. Fighting her desire for Cooper, Jessa has no choice but to join forces with the maverick cowboy. Jessa knows working together is their best shot at keeping the child safe. But it’s the possibility of a future alone that breaks Jessa’s heart.
USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers Best and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines. You can contact the author through her webpage at www.dfossen.net.