Since beginning work on Under A Calico Moon, which is the sequel/companion book to New Prints in Old Calico, I’ve really re-discovered my love of western historical romance. Now I realize that what I’m writing is a bit more of a ‘romanticized’ version of reality, but heck, isn’t that what I’m supposed to do? Manly men who love and protect their womenfolk with every breath in their bodies, and women who love their men just as much. And what’s wrong with a handsome cowboy rushing to the rescue anyway? Not a darn thing.
The other night an old western came on, that I hadn’t seen in years. Pale Rider, which stars Clint Eastwood. Granted, it’s not your typical western romance, but it sure has a lot of action! I ended up staying up until 2 am to finish it, which is completely unlike me. I’m an ‘in bed, lights out by 11:30’ kinda gal. If I even make it to 11:30! So while I was watching the movie, an idea for another novella came to me, and I quickly plotted it out, using the beginnings of an old story I found on an old computer of mine. It’s going to be another story in my Love in Calico series, and I’m already itching to get to it.
In the meantime, I recently finished Wyoming Wild , which is a great little novella set in… you guessed it… Wyoming. “After Cora’s husband abandons her and their infant child in the wilds of Wyoming, she wonders if she’ll be able to cope, much less ever find love again.” Wyoming Wild isn’t what I’d call sweet, but it is a rather wholesome love story. It was very different for me to write because I had been used to writing contemporary romance on the steamy side of things but these characters were definitely in charge. Thomas and Cora did not want to share their intimate moments with anyone else. And you know what? I really enjoyed writing the emotion, rather than the physical intimacy. Definitely new territory for me.
Abandoned with an infant child, Cora Lane struggles with managing a farm and ranch on her own. The last thing she wants or needs is to get tangled up with another man who will probably just leave when he tires of her. No, it’s better to be alone.
Thomas Sanderson is a broken man. When his uncle invites him to Wyoming to heal, he jumps at the chance. Helping out a single mother on her ranch might be just the thing he needs to forget his tragic past. One look at Cora, though, and all he can think of is taking her in his arms and making her his own.
Cora doesn’t believe she is worthy of love, Thomas can’t stop wanting her. Things are about to get complicated.
Want a little teaser?
Throwing caution out the window, Thomas reached for her, framed her face with his hands and pulled her to him, eyes fixed on her lips. He wanted nothing more than to kiss her, and dammit, he was going to do just that. An urge beyond his control took over and the moment before their lips met, he let every reservation fall.
Her darkened gaze stayed on his, her mouth opening under his in a soft kiss that he felt all the way down to the pit of his belly.
Cora’s hands clutched at the fabric of his shirt, pulling him closer. The sensations tore through him. The feel of her soft body molded against his, every touch of her lips, the light suckling of his tongue was like tasting heaven. Thomas let out a groan, slid his hands behind her head, and thread his fingers into her hair.
She was soft in all the right places, the perfect counter to his harder frame. Time stood still as his lips and mouth devoured every bit of hers and she in return savored him. This, oh God yes, this is what a kiss should be like.
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