I am pleased to introduce a new author with the Soul Mate family. Today she is here to talk about her novel, “The Ranch Hand‘, available with Wild Rose Press.
Jason Haverty is looking forward to the fall horse drive, until his boss and uncle informs him one of the new cowboys coming in to help will be riding his favorite horse. His annoyance is furthered when the cowboy turns out to be a cowgirl—a quick-witted and confident blonde beauty. Trying to avoid her doesn’t work. The more time he spends with her, the more an unexpected protectiveness toward her grows.
Bobby Jo’s Texas upbringing taught her to give just as good as she gets, a quality Jason finds frustrating and all the more endearing in this Southern Belle. When an accident on the trail places her in possible danger, Jason realizes she means more to him than he thought. The question is, does she feel the same?
Erin, that sounds great. What inspired you to write this story? I received an email for a chance to enter a short story for a Cowboy Anthology for women. I quickly wrote a story, but it was rejected. I decided since I had spent some time on this story, I might as well mold it and make it what I wanted it to be, so that’s what I did. I deleted several scenes and made the ones I had deeper point of view and added new scenes. The Ranch Hand is much better now because it got rejected the first time.
That makes sense. Most of us do that at least once. So that leads me to, what is your general writing style? My writing style? I’m not really sure. I think it’s still changing. I love first person point of view, and eventually I’ll write something in first person, but my main goal is to write like I’m talking to you. I’m not sure if my stories come across that way yet, but I hope that eventually they will. I’m still learning!
We’ve all heard it said It Takes Time and Practice to Be the Best Writer We Can Be. So, in that vein, what is next for you? Next for me is another cowboy story called Wedding Day. I’m currently in the very final stages of editing. Once I finish the final read through and make the appropriate changes, I will send it off for chances at publication. Wedding Day has been a work in progress for two years. I’ll do a major happy dance when it get’s picked up. (notice, I said when and not if. I’m trying to send good vibes out into the world!)
Yes, think positive and send good vibes. It sure can’t hurt. Now, what has surprised you about being a published author? What surprises did I encounter? I don’t know about surprises per say, I’ll just say that it was hard for me to hon in on these characters. Why? I can’t really tell you. I think it’s because this was my first piece to be edited by a real editor. She asked me questions about the characters and what they were thinking and I honestly couldn’t provide answers at the time. She was an awesome editor and she helped me possess the skills to ask the right questions at the right times in my story and future stories. Like I said, I’m still learning!
His throat tightened as he gave her a quick once
over. Long golden strands covered her shoulders, and her eyes were blue like a clear Montana sky. Her smile penetrated his chest like the stilettos on her heels, and the curve of her hips made his pants constrict.
“Yes, ma’am, can I help you?” he drawled.
“Are you Jason Haverty?” the beauty asked in a
“Yes, I am.”
“Oh, thank goodness.” She turned. “Mike, over
here. I found him,” she hollered as she waved her arm in the air. The fire engine red handbag she held was some high-priced designer brand, Couch or Nada, something like that, and her luggage had the letters LV all over it.
Maybe those were her initials.
He stood just as a young guy wearing a navy blue T-shirt and skin-tight jeans made his way over to them. This kid was long and lean, had celery stalks for legs, and a zit on the tip of his nose. Hell, she was probably the kid’s girlfriend, which meant she was young, too.
Too young for him.
A damn shame.
“Hey, man, nice to meet you. I’m Mike.” The boy
tipped his hat and held out a calloused hand. Jason shook it.
“Umm…I was told there were only two guys: Mike and Bobby. There wasn’t any mention of bringing a girlfriend.”
Pimples and the beauty both looked at each other and laughed. He didn’t see what was so damn funny.
The girl shifted her black coat to her left arm. “I’m Bobby. Bobby Jo Turner.” She extended her hand.
The Ranch Hand has all the ingredients of a great read. There are horses and a ranch, a disgruntled handsome cowboy, a protective brother and a beautiful tomboy named Bobby Jo plus a dangerous accident on the trail. The mixture promises to be exciting all the way.
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Erin, thank you so much for stopping in today and bringing ‘The Ranch Hand’. It sounds like an absolutely wonderful and fun read. Best wishes.