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Q&A with LORI WILDE!!!

 

Q: You're a Texan born and raised. Are there any real cowboys/girls in your family?

A: On both sides, my family members were farmers so in that regard everyone is familiar with cows and horses and other farm "critters". We favor boots and blue jeans and we've been known to wear cowboy hats. I was raised on chicken fried steak and biscuits and gravy. But as far as "real" cowboys go, that's my sister's husband who was involved with team roping, worked as a farrier and still raises horses even though he's also a high school history teacher. My husband's mother was a "real" cowgirl woho could do handstands on the back of a horse and had her own pet bull. She was raised on  the King Ranch in South, Teaxas, and still fills my ears with colorful stories of her girlhood.

 

Q: The fictional town of Juliee, Texas, is billed as "the horse cutting capital of the world." Is there  such a place?

A: Yep, it's my hometown, but I changed the name to protect the guilty.

 

Q: You make small town Texas seem like an amazing place to live. The whole town welcomed Mariah (from The Cowboy Takes a Bride ) as family, whether she wanted it or not. Is Texas really that friendly? Would you ever consider moving somewhere else?

A: Texas is a friendly place. My sister-in-law moved here from California seventeen years ago and still comments on what a friendly place this is. Texas can be a harsh land. We have tornadoes and hailstorms, sizzling summer temperatures that regularly shoot over 100 degrees, frequent droughts and grass fires, grassburs, briars, thorns and sting bull nettles, rattlesnakes and snapping turtles. My theory is that folks are so welcoming here because the land is not. My roots run deep in Texas soil. I'm fifth generation Texan. So I haven't ever really thouhght about moving away from home. Plus, we don't have a state income tax.

 

Q: Joe Daniel's (also from The Cowboy Takes a Bride ) horse Miracle is inured after a car accident. Miracle is physically healed, but our new leading cowboy, Brady Talmadge is a "horse whisperer" brought in to heal him mentally. What exactly is a horse whisperer? Is this a real occupation?

A: Yes, poor Miracle goes through quite a trauma. Horse Whisperer is a real occupation. Although "horse listener" might be a better term. Horse whisperers are people who instinctively know how to observe horse behavior and draw conclusions from it. They speak the language of horses and because of this talent they are able to heal psychologically damaged horses where others cannot. Two famous horse whisperers are Monty Roberts and Buck Brannaman.

 

Q: What do you think makes cowboys so appealing as heroes in romance?

A: Cowboys are strong, stalwart, and possess a code of honor. While they are loners, by and large, they are also natural caretakers and protectors. What's not to love?

 

Q: Princess Annabella's favorite movie is Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn playing Princess Anne who escapes for a brief interlude of common life. Did you draw inspiration from any other classic stories, or fairy tales?

A: Every fairy tale ever told! I cut my teeth on Grimm's fairy tales and what little girl doesn't dream of being a princess? I do turn the princess mystique on its head a bit with Annabella, as she dreams of being an ordinary girl.

 

Q: Next up for Jubilee, Texas, is a A Cowboy for Christmas . Can you give us an insider's sneak peak at who's falling in love next?

A: After the death of her husband in Afghanistan, Lissette gets an unexpected second chance at love.


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The third Texas-set book I read this week is....

 

drumroll...

 

True Blue  by Diana Palmer. This Harlequin edition came out at the end of last year, and it's been sitting on my desk along with a growing collection of Palmer titles. I was so wrapped up in Texas that I finally picked one up - a book that was billed as part of the "Long, Tall Texans" series was just what I was looking for!

 

Set in San Antonio, this is the story of Detective Rick Marquez, who has many friendships with women but hasn't been able to find the right one. There's one woman who catches his eye, Detective Gwen Cassaway, but they work together, and, to Rick, that means hands off.

 

Of course, you know, it's a romance. Hands off doesn't last very long. However, this is what you'd call a sweet book. Rick and Gwen's courtship is pure and romantic, and if you like a story where the sensuality level is on the light side, then this one is for you.

 

I enjoyed it. I wish all the men in Connecticut look the way they do in romance-land Texas.

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I've read all of the Whispering Mountain books, and they're all really good. Jodi thomas is amazing at capturing the historical West. I can't wait to read it. But, for reference, Do you know if this is Duck's story? the one who the brothers took in from an outlaw gang?

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Cheyenne_Catina wrote:

I've read all of the Whispering Mountain books, and they're all really good. Jodi thomas is amazing at capturing the historical West. I can't wait to read it. But, for reference, Do you know if this is Duck's story? the one who the brothers took in from an outlaw gang?


Yes: it's Duck's story.

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That makes me so much more anxious! ever since she started on the next generation I've been waiting for his book.

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