I’m thrilled to welcome another Love Historicals author to my blog, proud Texan, Adrienne deWolfe.
I don’t think any writer can live in Texas and not get caught up in the “romance” of the Old West. To this day, Texas legislators battle over water rights. CEOs wear cowboy boots at board meetings. Property owners get tax breaks if they graze livestock in their yards. Images of longhorns and bluebonnets dominate the walls of swanky hotels and shopping malls.
Just last week, while I was driving along a major Austin street — between skyscrapers — I had to slam on the brakes, because a rider in Western attire was fearlessly trotting two horses across my lane. (Actually, he kind of freaked me out.)
I want to ASSURE you that most Austin folks drive real cars – or real pickup trucks – in downtown traffic. Nevertheless, living in Texas is like living a part of history! It’s the perfect place for a Western Historical Romance author, like me.
My Wild Texas Nights series features two lawmen and a cowboy. Devil in Texas (Book 1, The Gunslinger & the Redheaded Sleuth) will feature an outlaw and his wily nemesis, a Lady Pinkerton, who must work together to stop a corrupt Texas Senator.
Researching Old West lawmen for my books was a hoot. Texas Rangers are especially fascinating. I learned that they adhere to a VERY strict dress code:
- They can only wear white or gray cowboy hats. (That’s right. No black Stetsons for the good guys.)
- They MUST pin their badges over their hearts. (Many a Ranger’s noble tin star has stopped a bullet and saved a lawman.)
- And — get this – modern-day Rangers still track and collar livestock rustlers! (Apparently, emu thefts have been on the rise in the Austin area.)
Now I know that rustling isn’t funny to modern-day ranchers, who lose hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars in livestock every year. But the idea of emu-rustling makes me snicker: can you picture a big, brawny, pistol-packing Ranger, rounding up a giant bird that looks like an ostrich with orange eyes?
I get lots of email from folks about my Wild Texas Nights series. The biggest debate appears to be which of the heroes is more lovable. I probably shouldn’t confess that I have a favorite Rawlins brother. (I mean, they’re ALL children whom I slaved to give birth to, you know what I mean?) But one of them sings. AND cooks. AND has red hair.
Wes (sitting astride his horse): “Are you planning to shoot me?”
Rorie (her hands trembling on the revolver:) “If I must.”
Wes: “Then you’ll have to aim a bit higher, ma’am.”
Wes (speaking to 9-year-old Topher, who hates school:) “What’s wrong with history?”
Topher: “It’s about old dead people.”
“I knew it!” Rorie slammed the book closed. “You don’t need reading lessons!”
Undaunted, Wes sidled closer, his breaths warm and wicked by her ear. “Reading is powerful hard work.” His gaze trailed provocatively from her eyes to her lips. “Why don’t we rest for a spell?”
You can read more about Wes, Rorie and the whole Wild Texas Nights gang at http://WildTexasNights.com)
About Adrienne deWolfe
Adrienne deWolfe is a #1 bestselling author of action-packed Historical Romance novels, where feisty Heroines buck the conventions and true Heroes must be wickedly funny. Currently, she is writing the first book in her new Romantic Suspense series, The Gunslinger and the Redheaded Sleuth. For sneak peeks of her sassy ladies and sizzling rogues, visit http://ebookdiscovery.com.p8.hostingprod.com/AdrienneDeWolfe
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