Can you imagine if we woke tomorrow to find Prince Harry the new King of England? Who would be more surprised? England or Harry? J Although he’s a member of the royal family, he’s never actually believed he’d have to pick up the country’s reins—nor do I think he wants to!
Walking in Vogel State Park one day, I started thinking about how many people are in jobs or life situations not of their choosing, living a life that’s not what they want. Most of us can make a change—job, city, career. But what if you couldn’t?
Prince William is heir to the throne. No choice there. His first-born, male or female, will be heir. Again, no choice.
As I made my way around the lake, a story started brewing, an idea for a princess by default. She’d be of royal lineage, but like Harry she’s never meant to inherit the throne. What if, due to unforeseen circumstances, she finds herself with a coronation looming?
That’s where my head was when I came up with the idea for my latest book, Somebody Like You, the first in my Maverick Junction series. It didn’t take long, though, for my princess-by-default to morph into a Boston heiress headed to Texas—where all those incredible cowboys live. While a princess and an heiress seem so diverse at first blush, they share certain responsibilities. Both face enormous expectations; both often live a fish-bowl existence.
Annelise Montjoy, my heroine, tired of constant paparazzi and body guards, hops on a Harley in search of a long-lost relative and runs smack-dab into Cash Hardeman. Annelise is champagne and crystal flutes. Cash? Pure Texas cowboy in all his sexiness! The instant the two met on my computer monitor, I knew I had the right combination.
A store door opened and her breath caught. Go, Texas! Look at that cowboy. So different than any of the men in her life. So…intriguing. She slowed to nearly a standstill and watched as he swiped an arm across his forehead, then dumped a grocery bag in the back seat of the old Caddy.
Cracking open a bottle of water, he turned his head in her direction. Her breath hitched as his gaze ran lazily over her, her bike. Then he snagged a Styrofoam cup from inside his car and filled it before setting it on the blistering pavement for the dog waiting patiently beside him.
Leaning against the faded fender, he thumbed back his battered Stetson and chugged the rest of the water. Twisting the cap back on, he tossed the bottle into the recycling bin beside the grocer’s door.
Annelise pulled her bike into a parking space across the street, deliberately turning her back on the stranger. While his clothes might have been stereotypical cowboy–worn jeans, a faded tee-shirt, cowboy boots and hat—he took everything from simmer to boiling point. The jeans hugged long legs, while the shirt stretched taut across his muscled chest. There was something very alluring about him and that surprised her. He wasn’t the kind she was usually drawn to.
He shouldn’t appeal to her.
I had so much fun writing Cash and Annie’s story that I went back to Maverick Junction, Texas, for Nearest Thing to Heaven, releasing September 3rd, then again for Can’t Stop Loving You, coming out in February of 2013. Right now, I’m back in Texas, having a great time with Always On My Mind. I just can’t seem to get enough of these cowboys and their ladies.
I do hope you’ll stop by Maverick Junction. We can slip into Bubba’s Roadhouse for some finger-lickin’ good barbecue and a tall glass of sweet tea. Thanks so much for visiting today!
GIVEAWAY: In case you haven’t noticed, all my titles pay homage to great Country-Western songs. I made a CD of some of my favorites to play while I write my Maverick Junction books. What kind of music do you like? What’s your favorite song? Leave a comment for me. Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll enter you into a drawing for a digital copy of Somebody Like You.
The contest ends July 14th at 11:59 PM EDT.
You can find Somebody Like You at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in digital and print versions.
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