Series…Love them or Avoid them?

Hola. Evidence of spring is in bloom on my morning walks. These were taken on the edge of downtown San Antonio.

Today I wanted to talk series. I love series. Revisiting the same town, the same family and touching base with favorite characters. Right now I’m listening to Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series. I’m on book 11. (side note..she lived in San Antonio for a time.)

 

Series.https://www.robyncarr.com/series/virgin-river/

 

I love writing series too. The Bergmann sisters of Clear Water, Texas have their own series.  There are three books. Texas Daddy, The Texan’s Twins and Lone Star Christmas.

Blank Facebook Page Cover Bergmann

Texas Daddy is the first in a  Lone Star Legacy. The story of four sisters raised by a single dad in a small town lumberyard.

Texas Daddy (Lone Star Legacy)
Texas Daddy (Lone Star Legacy)

In Texas Daddy one of my most popular secondary characters, Adrian De La Cruz finally gets his own story. With his identical twin brother, he walked onto the page in book one helping Pastor Levi restore an old historical ranch house. He shows back up as the first on the scene to look for two lost children. In book two he’s volunteering at the 4-H party and helping other single parents juggling kids and work. At seventeen he became a father and gave up bull riding to fully committed to raising her after her mother left them. That was ten years ago.

I started receiving massages from fans after book two, wanting his story. But as you can see he is such a great guy. A good hero has flaws. It’s dealing with those flaws that makes a good story. Once I knew the issues he was hiding, I went looking for the women that would challenge those issues.

And I did. His one sided high school crush returns to town. Navy officer and extreme adventurer, Nikki Bergmann needs to recover from an injury.

Oh, man! I love these two together and the fireworks are set off. She pushes him right out of his safe, overly controlled world and makes him face his worse fears.

Of course he does the same for her. He is hiding to avoid being hurt and she is running. Together they find that God has the perfect plan if they are willing to trust.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073P6FTL9
The Texan’s Twins Lone Star Legacy #2

Next is Danica’s story in The Texan’s Twins. All we know about Danica from the first story is she is the single mother of five year old twins and has a deeply wounded heart that she doesn’t talk about.

Between providing for her five-year-old twins and achieving her dream of running a wildlife sanctuary, Danica Bergmann has no room for anything—or anyone—else. So when the wildlife volunteer she’s taken on turns out to be Reid McAllister, her secret husband, who disappeared before she got a chance to reveal she was pregnant, it flips her world upside down.

He vanished  without a trace six years ago, before she knew they were expecting, now he’s back needing community service. While she was raising thier twin daughters, he had been in prison. The worse part? He’s still the only man she’s ever loved.

It’s a long road to redemption, but can Danica learn to trust Reid with their children…and their future?

 

Lone Star Christmas by Jolene Navarro
Lone Star Christmas Lone Star Legacy #3 by Jolene Navarro

The third book is Jackie’s, Danica’s twin sister. In Lone Star Christmas, she determined to restore the historic buildings in Clear Water, Texas, Jackie Bergmann needs permission from the property’s absent owner—her ex-boyfriend. After the death of his father Max Delgado is temporarily staying on the family ranch with his younger brothers. He agrees to give her access,  with one request: that she help him care for his orphaned brothers. But when she starts to fall for Max again, can she convince him not to sell his family’s ranch…and stay home for Christmas and forever?

 

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Do you enjoy reading series?

C – Cowboy Crazy

a to z challenge
a to z challenge

In the romance world there is crazy trends for cowboys. In my mind there are three types of cowboys.

Working Cowboy: This is a video from Zapata Texas – I like that a working cowboy will wear a pink shirt and pock-a-dot scarf.

Rodeo Cowboy (sometimes the same as the working sometimes, just rodeo)

Rodeo Cowboys at the Tejas Rodeo
Rodeo Cowboys at the Tejas Rodeo
a bull rider
a bull rider
Sterling Furr
Sterling Furr

Wannabe Cowboy along the lines of the Urban Cowboy, but some of them live in small towns)

These are the ones we might see on that sexy paper back – I have to say I have never seen a cowboy hang around horses and cattle without a shirt. When I Google cowboy I get a lot of these type of pictures and I found them funny. There was one and I can’t find it again – The guy is of course shirtless, with a rope over his shoulder and an English saddle in his hand…yes an English saddle!

Help! I've lost my shirt and horse.
Help! I’ve lost my shirt and horse.
Another poor cowboy not smart enough to keep his shirt or hourse
Another poor cowboy not smart enough to keep his shirt or horse
Oh good he found his horse, now if he can only locate that shirt.
Oh good he found his horse, now if he can only locate that shirt.

Even Nicholas Sparks has jumped on the cowboy bandwagon with his book The Longest Ride.  Ugh. I have boycotted Mr. Sparks ever since the movie Message in a Bottle. Killing people off and torturing them without giving the a happy ending is not romantic. He does not write romances. Okay rant over…what was I talking about? Oh yeah how we love cowboys.

I have to say The Longest Ride might force me to cross the Sparks picket line I set up for myself. I mean it has Scott Eastwood (yes the son of Clint) as a bull rider.

I love writing about cowboys myself and even have a bull rider in my future line up. They represent  down to earth honor and integrity along with hanging out with horses. What’s not to love? Both of my books have have cowboys on them..One to of them a Cowboy Preacher (Lone Star Holiday)

The love story of wild child Lorrie Ann Ortega and single father, Pastor John Levi
The love story of wild child Lorrie Ann Ortega and single father, Pastor John Levi

the other is the Texas Lawman (Lone Star Hero).

Second chance at love.
Second chance at love.

Here are some of my favorite cowboy pictures.

Kids and Cowboys
Kids and Cowboys
Photograph of operations and personnel at 44 Farms, near Cameron, TX
Photograph of operations and personnel at 44 Farms, near Cameron, TX
Jesse Wright in  Western Horseman Mag
Jesse Wright in Western Horseman Mag
Kenny Johannes Matador Ranch West Texas photo Matt Brockman
Kenny Johannes Matador Ranch West Texas photo Matt Brockman

Do you have a favorite cowboy? Do you love reading about cowboys?