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This month, as TEXAS BLUE is released, I’m thinking back a few years ago when I was reading a story about a Texas Ranger special force that was organized to go in after outlaws who raided ranches then crossed the border into Mexico. In my mind history and fiction mixed and my character, Duncan ‘Duck’ McMurray joined the fight.
Only, he was hurt in the night raid and didn’t make it back with the others. When the stampede and the firing stopped Duncan was alone, wounded and without his horse.
I opened my story in Austin one night with two good friends saying farewell. Both knew the danger the rangers faced. Duncan was a wild Texan who loved adventure almost as much as he loved Texas, and Lewt Patterson wanted nothing more than to find a nice, preferably rich, lady to marry so he could settle down. Unfortunately, Lewt was a gambler and gamblers rarely met women like his friend Duncan’s cousins.
Gambling man Lewton Paterson wants to marry into a respectable family, even if it costs him his friendship with Duncan McMurray. After fleecing a train ticket from one of the three gentlemen picked to call on Duncan’s cousins, Lewt makes his way to Whispering Mountain. But seducing a well-bred woman is harder than Lewt thought, and he realizes that to entice a McMurray sister, he’ll need to learn a thing or two about ranching—and love.
As Lewt says good-bye to his friend, he decides to meet the ladies while Duncan is gone. He knows he’s good looking and all the saloon girls like him, so how hard could it be to make a rich girl fall in love.
As Duncan fights on the border, Lewt discovers that not all women fall at his feet. He decides to learn a little about ranching so he can at least talk to them. Unfortunately, the only girl who’ll teach him, Emily McMurray, may get him killed first.
I loved blending two stories together. Both men have a great deal to learn about who they are and about what is worth risking your life to keep. Since this is the fifth in my series about Whispering Mountain, it was fun to see the children, Duck and the girls, grow up to be strong independent adults. If you’ve never read any in this series, TEXAS BLUE would be a great place to start. For those of you who love series, you might want to go back to the beginning and start with TEXAS RAIN. I promise you’ll fall in love with the men of Whispering Mountain.
Some books fly and all I can do is hang on for the ride. TEXAS BLUE was such a book. It was great fun and I hope you’ll come along on the adventure through Texas with me. This story will touch your heart… it touched mine. So tell me, what weakness in a hero do you consider adorable?