With times so hard and food as scarce as it was on the American frontier, being a vegan probably wasn’t heard of that often. But given people’s phobias I have a hard time believing they didn’t develop until the 1900s. People are people no matter what century you live in.
Carnophobia is the fear of meat.
And it’s not limited to vegans. It can apply to anyone who stopped eating meat because it wasn’t prepared well and made them sick.
Rayna Harper in my new book—FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE—is a carnophobic.
She stopped eating meat for a very horrific reason and it makes perfect sense. The only thing is, Brett has a hard time understanding it at first. He’s definitely a meat eater. Game is plentiful and provides critical protein that gives a person energy so it seems odd to him that someone stops eating it.
I’m not going to say what Rayna’s reason is because it’ll give away too much of the story, but she finds a champion in Brett.
Once he learns of her phobia, he makes sure to have plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts and eggs available for every meal.
No one understands inner pain better than Brett. When he learns hers, he folds his arms around her, vowing to protect her to the last breath.
I’m giving away a copy (winner’s choice of title and format) of one of my Bachelors of Battle Creek series. All you have to do is leave a comment.
Here’s a short excerpt from the book:
Rayna moved to the fire. Cooper handed her a pointed stick that had a rabbit skewered onto it and asked her to hold it over the flames. She looked as though she might retch. Still, she kept her head averted from the dead animal and did as he requested.
Funny thing though, as soon as Cooper relieved her of the rabbit, she rushed behind a tree and emptied her stomach.
Rand strolled over to Brett. “What’s wrong with Rayna?”
“I’m not sure. Maybe she got something bad in the jail. The food they served was little better than slop for the most part.”
When Rayna returned, Brett took her aside to ask if she was all right.
“I’m fine,” she said, not meeting his eyes.
He knew a fib when he saw one, but he didn’t press. She’d talk when she wanted. Or not. Being one who had never felt the need to do much conversing, he understood her desire for quiet.
His gaze followed her as she walked down to the stream. Suddenly, he remembered her refusal to eat the fried chicken the kind jailor had brought them. He suspected it wasn’t just chicken she didn’t eat. Without a word to anyone, he moved into the woods and found some wild berries, roots, and nuts. Wasn’t much, but it would keep her from getting too weak to travel.
Romantic Times gave a 4 star review, saying this:
“Broday’s Westerns always captivate with realistic settings, rugged cowboys and feisty heroines. Broday ends her Bachelors of Battle Creek trilogy with a bone-chilling thrill. Two lonely hearts came together against vigilantes determined to destroy all they hold dear.”
The whole series is available online and in bookstores everywhere.