I met my lovely host, Desiree, several years ago at Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together, but this year’s gathering was the first time I’d had a chance to actually talk with her. So I was thrilled when Desiree offered to host me, and my newest contemporary romance on her blog. It’s authors like Desiree with her “you can do it” attitude who keep me writing even on the days when I’m staring at a page and wondering what the heck I’m doing.
I grew up in the country, surrounded by horses on one side and cattle the next field over, and corn on yet another, so I guess it’s only natural I love writing guys who are in love with the land. Who earned their muscles naturally with hard work as opposed to chemical enhancement. While Canada has its share of cowboys, although they tend to be in Alberta as opposed to Ontario, there’s something about the thought of these work-hardened cowboys crooning to a foal or a calf with a soft Texas twang that appeals to me more.
So when my editor at Carina invited me to submit a proposal for a new western story, I jumped at the chance. Within a few days, the concept of a family who has been working their ranch for generations, and are still having to battle not only the elements and Mother Nature, but a legal challenge too spurred the foundation for The Grady Legacy trilogy. Of Ben and Jake Grady and their beloved Bull’s Hollow ranch. Book one, Slow Ride Home, comes out today — it’s the eldest brother Ben Grady’s story, and how he must protect the ranch when someone else claims to have bought part of the ranch, and he learns there may be another relative with equal claim to Bull’s Hollow.