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Give Me A Texan

DeWanna Pace, Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda

ISBN 9781420129533
Publish Date 2/1/2008
Format ePub
Categories Romance Anthology, Romance Historical

Roots that go deep...men who stand tall...and real women who have what it takes to love and be loved by them. Jodi Thomas, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, teams up with Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda, and DeWanna Pace to bring you four of the best Texas romances ever…

Give Me A Texan

Hank Harris wasn’t even looking for a woman when he ended up with a wife. Their hasty marriage is for appearances only: a capable, intelligent woman like Aggie is exactly who he needs as a business partner—if only she weren’t so damn beautiful, spirited—and in his bed… Payton McCord thought he was one tough cowboy until Amanda Lemmons made him mind his manners. And a woman of her caliber is worth the trouble she causes… Newspaperman Quinten Corbett wasn’t expecting his new apprentice to be female. Boston-born Kaira Renaulde is far too refined for a rough-and-tumble frontier town—and far too pretty for his peace of mind… Briar Duncan knows he needs someone to help him raise his headstrong little daughter. But Mina McCoy is more than he bargained for—much more! The woman has the face of an angel and a very definite mind of her own…

“The genuine characters, realistic emotions and true aura of the West propel Jodi Thomas's books out of the ordinary and straight into readers' hearts.”--Romantic Times

About DeWanna Pace:

DeWanna Pace is a multi-published author of western historical romances. She loves teaching children about books and being married to her own Texas hero.

About Jodi Thomas:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas is a perennial reader favorite, inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 2006.

About Linda Broday:

Linda Broday's first love has always been historical romances, especially tales of Texas. There's something about Stetsons, boots, and rugged men that gets her fired up.

About Phyliss Miranda:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Phyliss Miranda, a native Texan, lives in the Texas Panhandle with her husband Bob. With plans to write a cookbook, she took her first creative writing class in 2001. One of her favorite parts of being an author is teaching the craft and mentoring beginning writers. She enjoys sharing her love for the new frontier, the Civil War, quilting, and antiques; and still believes in the Code of the Old West.

Phyliss loves to hear from her readers and fellow authors and can be reached at her website, phylissmiranda.com. She can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter, or on the Petticoatsandpistols.com blog on Tuesdays.

Q&A

The Birth of Kasota Springs

I got the story idea for The Troubled Texan from following a horrific mass murder trial in California. Given my experience in the legal field, I wondered how the plaintiff’s attorney handled months, even years, of being in the head of a murderer. And what if she settles in a small town under an alias without knowing that her long-lost classmate and former professional football player was the sheriff? It doesn’t take her long to recognize the sexy, hard-nosed, hunk when he stops her for a traffic violation. But a small town isn’t big enough for the both of them...or is it just right? They both have secrets and deep seeded ones they’re not ready to share...not yet!

When I decided to bring Maressa to Texas, I had to pick a town for her to live. And after I completed The Tycoon and the Texan, I knew I wasn’t finished with Granny Johnson’s and Lola Ruth Hicks’s stories. (It might have been because I had a Granny Johnson, my mother’s name was Ruth and my mother-in-law’s maiden name was Lola Hicks Pennington, all gone to Heaven.)

Granny Johnson and McCall Johnson, the heroine of The Tycoon and the Texan, are co-owners of Jacks Bluff Ranch. Jacks Bluff is just outside of Kasota Springs, which first appeared in an anthology I was in with Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, and DeWanna Pace—all Texas gals living in the same town—called Give Me a Cowboy. The four of us returned to Kasota Springs for A Texas Christmas, an anthology of four stories that took place on the same snowy night. So what better place to revisit than Kasota Springs and the family lineage we had created?

Give Me a Cowboy is about a four day rodeo in the Texas Panhandle. One major problem we hit was that the first rodeo in Texas was in Pecos and the panhandle didn’t have one until much later. While driving along I-40, I noticed a railroad water-crossing...Kasota. Add Springs and it was the perfect name for a town. So, we wrote two anthologies that took place in Kasota Springs, Texas.

Well, plenty of decisions had to be made to develop this town. Who was the sheriff? Name of the saloon, the weather each day, and many more things that we needed to know to cover four stories taking place over four days!

The thing I had to face was I love the bull riding, but since it was a renegade event and there were only a few regular events, I had to think, so I selected wild cow milking because I thought it’d be easy to write! Wrong! This ended up, with research, a fun event and if you read Give Me a Cowboy you’ll remember it began to rain and my team ended up being my hero and heroine!

Research is really one of my favorite parts of writing, so I found out that the wild cow milking event was added because the ranches had to haul the mama cows with the calves for the calf roping event, so they decided to do something with the bawling mamas who weren’t all that happy being apart from their babies. So, our heroes and heroines won all of their events and of course the cowboy roped the heroine, but I will say the heroines probably didn’t run too fast. In Linda’s and my stories we had a mother and daughter team...the LeDoux women and they were like boot stoops and hardtack. In The Troubled Texan you’ll briefly meet Mesa LeDoux, fifth generation Kasotan and part owner of the Jacks Bluff Ranch. I am working on the next book in the series and more descendants of the founders of the small town of Kasota Springs will appear along with folks from The Troubled Texan. And, of course, you can expect some new characters moving to Kasota Springs, Texas.


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