Wishing for a Cowboy
Most of you know the DH and I are planning to move back to the Midwest next spring. My blog guest is Tracy Garrett, a member of Ozarks Romance Authors, the writers’ group I’ll be rejoining once we’re there. I’m so looking forward to renewing my friendship with her and all the authors of the ORA gang. But today, Tracy is here to share about her exciting new release Wishing for a Cowboy! Take it away, Tracy…
Hi, Mia, and thank you for the invitation to join you today. I’m so happy to join you here in your corner of cyberspace. And I come bearing news—my brand new story in a brand new Christmas anthology from a brand new publisher.
…and every single story has a cowboy in it!
Her Christmas Wish is one of eight novellas in the WISHING FOR A COWBOY anthology from Prairie Rose Publications. Each story has a recipe in it and those recipes will be in the book, too. Bonus content!
Before I go any further, let me make a small confession. I didn’t grow up with a burning desire to be a writer. I’m a classically trained musician, with two degrees to prove it. I’ve played flute for nearly 45 years and sung in front of an audience even longer. But I’ve always loved history. My maternal grandmother grew up on a remote wheat ranch in North Dakota, riding bareback, climbing the windmill and driving a buggy to church and school. Oh, the stories she would tell—and I couldn’t get enough.
I first considered trying my hand at writing because of a tall, dark and handsome lawman from Texas in the 1800s. He wouldn’t leave me alone. He showed up every night in my dreams, demanding to be heard. I decided, if I was going to get any sleep, I had to write down his story. Easy, right?
Uh, no. After that story came another. And another. And every one was a western historical romance. Before I knew what was happening I’d joined RWA and was learning the craft of being a writer. After all those stories from my grandmother, writing about the wild west, cowboys and strong women was a natural fit for me.
The Christmas anthology, Wishing For a Cowboy, hit the cyber-shelves on November 1. My novella, Her Christmas Wish, is my third release. My first published book was Touch of Texas, which was released in 2007, followed by Touched by Love in 2008.
By the way, Prairie Rose Publications is a new imprint dedicated to western historical romances written by women. Check it out at www.PrairieRosePublications.com.
I had such fun writing this story. Let me introduce you to Her Christmas Wish…
Her only wish for Christmas was the man who left her behind.
Even a woman capable of living on her own…
Kathryn McConnell is a widow celebrating a milestone birthday alone. Though she feels a woman should be able to mourn the passing of her thirtieth birthday any way she wants, she won’t turn away a cowboy in need of lodging—until she learns it’s the man she’d expected to marry thirteen years earlier.
…never forgets her first love.
Will O’Brien had challenged his father’s prejudice against the woman he loved only to discover he was unable to stand against his family’s wealth and connections. Without a way to support his bride, Will struck out for the west, determined to earn a living for them both. When he returned after two years with no word from Katie, he found she’d married another and moved away. Heartbroken, he returns to his work, but never stops hoping to find her.
When chance lands Will at the remote stagecoach station run by the widowed Kathryn, he grabs at the opportunity he’s been handed, hoping to win back the only woman he has ever loved.
“William Matthew O’Brien. You picked a fine time to finally make an appearance.”
His eyes widened in surprise. And no wonder. The last time she’d clapped eyes on him had been in Chicago and she’d been thinking he might propose.
Will dropped the reins of his mare and strode across the yard, not stopping until he’d backed her against the cabin wall. “My Katie.”
His kiss was masterful, reaching, and still irresistible. So much better than memories. She managed to remain stiff for one moment then melted against him as if thirteen years hadn’t passed since the last time she’d been in his arms.
“Happy birthday, Katie,” he breathed into her hair. It was enough to break the spell he wove around her.
“No!” She shoved him back a step. “You left me once and broke my heart. I’ll not be letting you draw me in so you can do it again.”
“I left? That must be why I arrived at your home only to discover you were gone. Married. And your father…” His jaw stiffened as he stopped the words, held back on giving voice to the reminder of why she’d finally had to leave the hopeless dreams of him behind.
“You thought I’d just wait? Waste my whole life when I hadn’t a word from you in… I won’t discuss this anymore. I’ve important things that need tending.”
For an instant she thought he’d refuse to let her go. It was in his eyes to hold her there. Thankfully, he took a step away from her, allowing her to escape into the yard.
“Katie, I never expected to see you way out here. Are you waiting on the next stage?”
“I’m through with waiting. I run this station.” The shock on his face gave her a measure of satisfaction.
The note of disbelief had her temper flaring again. “I’m not in the habit of lying. This place was my husband’s dream and I chose to make a go of it after he died.” She didn’t mention that she hadn’t wanted to come here in the first place. “If your horse needs tending, you’ll find what you need in the barn. A bed and three meals for you is seven cents a day, plus three for the horse.” His hesitation surprised her. He’d come from a wealthy family in Chicago, something his father had mentioned frequently.
“I’ll pay for my horse, Katie, but I’ll spread my bedroll in the barn or out here.”
As much as she wanted to let him sleep in the brush, just to keep him as far away as possible, she’d never refused hospitality to anyone. Besides, she knew how bad the storms here could be. “We’ll be having a storm by sundown tomorrow, maybe snow. If you’d rather work to pay your way, there’s plenty you can be helping with. You never feared work before.”
“I’m happy to help you while I’m here, Katie, but I don’t want your charity.”
“You have my offer, Mr. O’Brien.” Walking past him into the cabin, she tugged her husband’s heavy duster off a hook. “There’s hay, water and feed in the barn for the mare. You’ll find biscuits, bacon and coffee on the table. Put yourself into any empty room, preferably far from mine. I’ll be around when you’re ready to work.”
Thanks for visiting with me today. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win an electronic copy of the Christmas anthology, Wishing For a Cowboy, featuring Her Christmas Wish.
Award-winning multi-published author Tracy Garrett has always loved to disappear into the pages of a book. An accomplished musician, Tracy merged her need for creativity, love of history, and passion for reading when she began writing western historical romance. A member of Romance Writers of America, Missouri Romance Writers of America (MORWA), Ozarks Romance Authors (ORA), and Published Author Special Interest Chapter (PASIC). Tracy resides in Missouri with her husband and their fuzzy kid, Wrigley.
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