Wishing for a Cowboy

ORAMost 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.

Wishing for a CowboyThe 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.

Mia here. You might get lucky, but why take the chance? Here are the buy links for Wishing For a Cowboy:
Amazon | Kindle | Nook | Smashwords | Prairie Rose

Tracy GarrettAward-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.

To learn more about Tracy and her books, visit her website, http://www.tracygarrett.com/. And stop in at her regular blog spot, www.PetticoatsAndPistols.com.


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Plaid to the BoneMy publisher just let me know that Plaid to the Bone, the prequel for Plaid Tidings will be available FREE for a limited time starting tomorrow, November 12th.

Find it for: Nook | iBooks | Sony

Plaid to the Bone and the Spirit of the Highlands series by Mia Marlowe is the perfect read-a little humor, a little romance, a little sex and a little mystery all rolled into a tale of the Scottish Highlands.” ~ The Reading Cafe


 Now, be sure to leave a comment or question to be entered in Tracy’s giveaway! We look forward to hearing from YOU!

28 thoughts on “Wishing for a Cowboy

  1. Glenda says:

    Loved the excerpt! This looks like a geeat book! I can’t believe I’ve never readnany of your books. Thanks Tracy! And thanks for having Tracy on, Mia!

    1. Glenda says:

      Opps! Meant to say ‘read any of your books.’

  2. Mary Shuler—we put out excerpts for just that reason. lol Hope you like the rest of the story!

    1. Oops, I mean MARCY! Sorry.

      1. Marcy Shuler says:

        Trust me, I’ve been called much worse. LOL

  3. Mary Anne, I’m so glad you found me and PRP. Our next anthology is out in February, 2014. Lots more cowboys so mark your calendar!

  4. Hi, Sarah! I’m so glad you’re a part of the anthology, too. I hope you enjoy Her Christmas Wish.

  5. Quilt Lady! Thanks for stopping by. I understand the dirth of cowboys–not many in the middle of Missouri, either. lol

  6. Cheryl Pierson says:

    Tracy, I am so glad you decided to throw in with us at PRP and join us in this anthology. I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed your story, Her Christmas Wish. Will and Kate just seem to come to life, and that is a true gift you have with your characters. I enjoyed this story very much, and look forward to seeing what you have in store for HEARTS AND SPURS!

    1. Cheryl, our readers are going to come to love Prairie Rose Publications–its western, historical, and romance all rolled into one.

  7. Thank you, Tracy. I really appreciate your calling attention not only to this anthology, but also to Prairie Rose Publishing. This the the first time I’ve heard about it. Sounds like a great idea. There are plenty of us out here who go for cowboy romances. And cowboys, period! The best of luck to you.

  8. I’m presently reading the stories in Wishing for a Cowboy and I haven’t read yours yet, but I am so looking forward to it.
    I enjoyed reading about you here. All the best to you.

  9. Marcy Shuler says:

    Hi Tracy! I can’t wait to see how your story continues. I both like and dislike excerpts for this very reason. LOL And a book that has bonus recipes is a winner in my eyes!

  10. Quilt Lady says:

    Yep I am still Wishing for a Cowboy but there isn’t any around here. Love the sound of this book, looks really good.

  11. Hi, Allie! Katie is such a strong character–I loved writing her story.

    Next up is another short western in the anthology, HEARTS & SPURS, coming out February 14, 2014. This time there will be NINE cowboys to fall in love with. :)

  12. Hi, S.D.! Thanks for stopping by.

    And Chris (waving!)–great to see you, and I appreciate the FB and Tweet mentions!

  13. Tanya Hanson says:

    Hi Tracy, I love your story! I know the romance world will enjoy it as much as I did/do! xox

  14. Allie Burton says:

    Congratulations on your release Tracy! Absolutely love Katie’s determination. What else are you working on because I can’t wait to read more of your stories?

  15. Chris Cannon says:

    Great interview. I tweeted and FB’d.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Chris. I appreciate the tweet & FB. Glad you could drop by.

  16. It sounds like a great story!

  17. Good morning, Kathleen! You’re right. Even after fourteen years of writing, I’m not always ready for the characters to “show up”. Thanks for stopping in–and I loved “Peaches,” your story in the anthology. Talk about a tough cowboy!

    1. LOL! Yeah, as we say in Texas, “He’s a mess.” ;-)

  18. Tracy, “Her Christmas Wish” is a delightful story. I loved all the stories in this anthology.

    It’s both frightening and exciting when characters get ahold of us and won’t turn loose, isn’t it? When an author can make her story people as real for readers as they are for her, she has a gift. You’re one of those authors.

    HUGS, sweetie!

  19. Hi, Sandy! Should have known you’d be up this early. lol Thanks for dropping in.

  20. Sandy Blair says:

    Great interview, Tracy! (I learned something new about you.) Love your “voice” and wishing you the best.

  21. Good morning! I wanted to pop in and say “Wishing For a Cowboy” is also out in paperback. So, if we draw your name and you prefer a paperback copy of the anthology, I can do that, too.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I have to say, I love that cover, Tracy!

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