Her Forbidden Cowboy   front coverHer Forbidden Cowboy was one of my very favorite books to write.  Why?  Because I’m a die-hard country western music fan and my hero Zane Williams, is a top-notch superstar and multi-Grammy Award winner.  He’s from Texas, another of my favorite places to write, and he’s healing up from an injury in a mansion on Moonlight Beach on the southern California shores. Need I say, this is right in this California girl’s wheelhouse?   I’m a year round beach girl and enjoy driving along the Pacific coastline whenever I have the opportunity.

I can’t lie, my inspiration for Zane and his heroine, Jessica Holcomb comes from the music I listen to.  At any given time, my radio is tuned exclusively to country music stations.  I love the stories behind the songs.  They spark my imagination, give me ideas and get my creative juices flowing.

Carrie Underwood is my all-time favorite artist.  Her songs resonate with me. Not only is her voice beautiful with a powerfully wide-range, but the lyrics touch me in ways that make me smile, laugh, sing along, and often put a tear or two in my eyes.  Mama’s Song is one such song. (Scroll to read those lyrics) It reminds me so much of my husband, and the way my parents both felt about him.  He is good, so good and they never worried about me.  Truly, those lyrics make me tear up every time.

So before I leave you with these inspirational lyrics from my favorite songs, (imagine the story behind each song) I’m  giving you an opportunity to meet the deadly handsome, and emotionally wounded Zane Williams and my heroine, Jessica Holcomb, his one-time sister-in-law:


“Do you know how incredibly perfect you are?”

 Zane’s hands wrapped around Jess’s waist, and

thrilling warmth heated her skin. “I’m not.”

 “You are. You can’t let what those two did to you

change who you are. That guy was the stupidest

man on earth. You have every right to feel hurt,

Jess. But don’t let what he did change the person

that you are.”

 “You think that’s what I’m doing?”

 “Isn’t it? You changed your hair, your eyes. You

dress differently now. Don’t get me wrong, you

look beautiful, sweetheart. But you were beautiful


 She shrugged. She found it hard to believe. “I needed the change.” Tears misted in her eyes.

 “I get that.” Zane took her into his arms and hugged

her, as a friend now. “But promise me one thing?”


 “Don’t try to find what you need with another man.

It makes me crazy.”

* * *

Her Forbidden Cowboy is book 1 and part of the

Moonlight Beach Bachelors series—

Three men living in paradise…and longing for more.


Releases everywhere February 1st. 

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SOMETHING IN THE WATER by Carrie Underwood (My favorite..Listen to it here)

He said, “I’ve been where you’ve been before.

Down every hallway’s a slamming door.
No way out, no one to come and save me.
Wasting a life that the Good Lord gave me.

Then somebody said what I’m saying to you,
Opened my eyes and told me the truth.”
They said, “Just a little faith, it’ll all get better.”
So I followed that preacher man down to the river and now I’m changed
And now I’m stronger

There must’ve been something in the water
Oh, there must’ve been something in the water

Well, I heard what he said and I went on my way
Didn’t think about it for a couple of days
Then it hit me like a lightning late one night
I was all out of hope and all out of fight

Couldn’t fight back the tears so I fell on my knees
Saying, “God, if you’re there come and rescue me.”
Felt love pouring down from above
Got washed in the water, washed in the blood and now I’m changed
And now I’m stronger

There must be something in the water
Oh, there must be something in the water

And now I’m singing along to amazing grace
Can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face
Got joy in my heart, angels on my side
Thank God almighty, I saw the light
Gonna look ahead, no turning back
Live every day, give it all that I have
Trust in someone bigger than me
Ever since the day that I believed I am changed
And now I’m stronger

There must be something in the water (amazing grace)
Oh, there must be something in the water (how sweet the sound)
Oh, there must be something in the water (that saved a wretch)
Oh, there must be something in the water (like me)
Oh, yeah

I am changed (I once was lost)
Stronger (but now I’m found)
(was blind but now I see)

Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood  (Puts tears in my eyes)

Mama you taught me to do the right things
So now you have to let your baby fly
You’ve given me everything that I will need
To make it through this crazy thing called life

And I know you watched me grow up
And only want what’s best for me
And I think I found the answer to your prayers

And he is good, so good
He treats your little girl like a real man should
He is good, so good
He makes promises he keeps
No he’s never gonna leave
So don’t you worry about me
Don’t you worry about me

Mama there’s no way you’ll ever lose me
And giving me away is not goodbye
As you watch me walk down to my future
I hope tears of joy are in your eyes

Cause he is good, so good
And he treats your little girl like a real man should
He is good, so good
He makes promises he keeps
No he’s never gonna leave
So don’t you worry about me
Don’t you worry about me

And when I watch my baby grow up
I’ll only want what’s best for her
And I hope she’ll find the answer to my prayers
And that she’ll say

He is good, so good
And he treats your little girl like a real man should
He is good, so good
He makes promises he keeps
No he’s never gonna leave
So don’t you worry about me
Don’t you worry about me
Mama don’t you worry about me
Don’t you worry about me
Temporary Home by Carrie Underwood  (Sadly beautiful)


Little boy, six years old

A little too used to being alone

Another new mom and dad, another school
Another house that’ll never be home

When people ask him how he likes this place
He looks up and says with a smile upon his face

This is my temporary home
It’s not where I belong
Windows and rooms that I’m passing through
This is just a stop on the way to where I’m going
I’m not afraid because I know
This is my temporary home


A young mom on her own
She needs a little help, got no where to go
She’s looking for a job, looking for a way out
‘Cause a half-way house will never be a home

At night she whispers to her baby girl
Someday we’ll find our place here in this world

This is our temporary home
It’s not where we belong
Windows and rooms that we’re passing through
This is just a stop on the way to where we’re going
I’m not afraid because I know
This is our temporary home

Old man, hospital bed
The room is filled with people he loves
And he whispers, “don’t cry for me,
I’ll see you all someday”

He looks up and says,
“I can see God’s face”

This is my temporary home
It’s not where I belong
Windows and rooms that I’m passing through
This was just a stop on the way to where I’m going
I’m not afraid because I know
This was my temporary home


This is our temporary home

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20 thoughts on “SOMETHING IN THE LYRICS by Charlene Sands”

  1. This book and series sounds like it will warm us up here in the cold North…
    I love Carrie Underwood. I think she is a wonderful singer and her songs go straight to the heart… Reba is also one of my all time favs as is Martina McBride… But my all time fav is Patsy Cline. She was one of a kind.

  2. I am a 70 year old fan of Carrie Underwood fan for just the reasons you cite! Love country music. Will be looking for your series!

  3. Hi Kathleen! Oh I agree about Reba. I loved watching her TV shows too. One time, I saw her live on Jay Leno and another when she surprised the audience at the Brooks and Dunn concert and came out to sing with Ronnie Dunn. Martina is a powerhouse. Love her too. We have the same taste in country, don’t we?

  4. Hi Connie – I love Carrie too, voted and voted for her on Idol and now I have all of her music. Love Jesus Take The Wheel and so many other really inspirational songs. I hope one day to see her perform live. Thanks for your post!!

  5. I LOVE Country Music. My favorites are George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Reba and Lee Greenwood (his mom was a friend of mine & I got to know him pretty well). There are many many more out there as well but I gave you a short list. My favorite song by Carrie is “Temporary Home” and I do love her new one “Something in the Water”, and what about “I Told You So” or “Jesus Takes the Wheel”? Oh my, such a beautiful girl with a beautiful voice that makes beautiful music. Secret – my husband loves her too! 🙂

    Would love to win a copy of your book!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  6. First of all, I’m reading Zane & Jess’s emotional, endearing story. I’m about half way through the book. They’re going to Dylan’s party and the scene above occurred. Two years after his wife, Janie’s death, Zane is fighting jealousy and his emerging feelings for his down-to earth S-I-L, Jess. Jess is staying with Zane and working for him while she recovers from a broken engagement.
    I’m so pulling for both of them!

    I’m looking forward to reading the other two books in this series featuring Dylan, the movie star, and Adam, the reclusive architect’s stories!

    I’m not a fan of country music. I do like John Denver Annie’s Song, Take Me Home, Fly Away. I do like a few songs by Willie Nelson Always On My Mind and On the Road Again. I enjoy the pop version of crossover singers Shania Twain and Faith Hill.

    I prefer classic rock: Eric Clapton, The Beatles, The Moody Blues, Bon Jovi, The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Jethro Tull, Bad Company, some pop and alternative music: Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, Passenger, John Legend, Chris DeBurgh

  7. I love Carrie Underwood too. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music but find myself enjoying country more and more every day.

  8. Hi Cindy – Oh, I love all those songs you mentioned. I have all of them on my playlist by Carrie Underwood. Yes, and my hubby loves Carrie’s music too. I love when she and Brad Paisley host awards, they are too funny together! Be sure to sign up for my NL. I’m not giving away a book, but a fabulous necklace you could win instantly!!

  9. Hi Laurie – great to hear you are enjoying Zane’s story. It was fun to write and emotional, if you’ve ever lost someone close to you, those feelings come back. I was a John Denver fan back in the day and I love both Faith and Shania. Beatles and Beach Boys, of course!!!!

    • I usually only listen when I’m in the car. At home, I like it really quiet (especially when I’m reading). I know once my husband gets off work, the tv comes on and there is no more relaxing.

  10. I love country music. My favorite is Vince Gill but I love all the singers from Oklahoma since I live there (76 years). I have ordered Her Forbidden Cowboy from Harlequin. Wal Mart does not always sell these books so I order them from Harlequin.

  11. Hi Goldie – I hope you enjoy the book! Let me know what you think of it? And thanks for blogging today. I wish I would see more of Vince Gill, love his voice. He pops up on Award shows sometimes. I liked it when he would host them.

  12. Hi Charlene, was a great story and excerpt..another winner for you! I can’t wait. I as you know, share you adoration of country music. Jesus Take The Wheel is my favorite Carrie song; it resonates with me. And I love country music in general for the stories it tells. John Denver…having lived in Denver for a while, well, he was just The Man. And still is, having gone to Colorado not long ago. I miss him. Sigh.

    We need to go to another concert some time, girlfriend. Hugs and prayers for continued success to you.

  13. Hi Tanya – Yes, Jesus Takes the Wheel, was her first big hit and I love it. I listen to it everyday. Just love, love, love her. I haven’t been to a concert, since the last one we attended, I believe, except for Christmas concerts, but nothing professional. Those were fun times!
    Someday we will get there!

  14. Hi Charlene! What a great post! I’m a big country music fan too. I remember living in San Diego and being a bit of an anomaly with my crowd because no one else liked it. This was back about twenty-five years now. I could only find one station there in San Diego. I’m so glad times have changed and it has made inroads everywhere. Along with the artists that have been mentioned here,I like Toby Keith. He has such “attitude” with his lyrics. They’re fun.

    Your book sounds like a fun read!

  15. Hi Kathryn,

    Frankly, I’m a born again country lover. I just got into it about 10 years ago and now I’m a die-hard. I like country rock most of all, Toby and Carrie and Faith and Tim and Luke and Blake and Taylor Swift before she drifted to POP. But I do remember liking the Mandrels and their motto: They were country before country was cool…how true!
    Thanks for stopping by today!

  16. hello Charleen. I have always loved westerns too. At one time that was about all I read. And, I love all of John Wayne’s western movies. I even watched him making a movie one time tho it wasn’t a western. 🙁 I even got to eat lunch with them. How exciting. About the potbelly stoves. I remember many times when I was growing up daddy putting up the potbelly stove in the living room for heating our house. And, was always fussing at me for getting too close. And nearly always I would get a burn. We would jump out of a bed in a cold room and run to that stove. I have some western pictures too. Had two large ones that were mod-poged onto wood that a sister made. Then they got ruined in a move. I would love to win one of your books, even tho I love prints better. Take care. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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