I’m the youngest of four children and the only girl. I grew up in a rowdy house filled with teasing, roughhousing (wrestling in any room on any surface at any time) and a lot of laughter (usually potty humor). My sense of humor took a while to hone – I wasn’t aware that teasing me to the point of tears was, in fact, fun for my brothers.
I have quite the list of stories about the pranks that my brothers played on me – my daughters love to hear the stories. However, when you are five and your brother puts your favorite stuffed animal- a rabbit – into the oven, turns on the oven so you can see the red light and then chants: “We’re having Rabbie for dinner.” Well, it is hard to laugh through your fear.
On the flip side, when I was also five, my middle brother let me crawl into bed with him on the nights that I was convinced the wicked witch was clawing her way into my bedroom. He never told me to go away, just lifted the covers and let me sleep there until it was safe to go back to my room. (We did discover the wicked witch was actually a large tree branch that scraped across the metal siding on the house during windy nights. So, I wasn’t completely wrong about something coming to get me 😊) My other brother let me stuff my vinyl red purse with his Match Box cars for church. I’d drive the cars all over the pew during mass. And I know, even now, that if I ever needed any of my brothers, they’d be by my side.
But I have to admit that I did ask my mom on more than one occasion if I had a sister somewhere. Anywhere. I had friends with sisters-they’d braid hair, paint nails and do each other’s make-up. My brothers pulled on my pony tail and reminded me often not to be one of those drama girls. (I have two teenage daughters in my house right now and I’m well-versed in drama. I appreciate my brothers and their lack of drama now.)
While I never did find that sister growing up, I have found sisters in Amy Vastine, Anna J. Stewart, Carol Ross and Melinda Curtis. They’re my writing tribe and dear friends. (Anna even helps me do my hair at conference.) There’s been laughter, whining, encouragement and tears with these women – sometimes in the very same conversation. Even better, there’s no judgment. They accept me for who I am (craziness and all) and I love each of them just as they are. They are family to me and I’m so blessed to be on this writing-and life-journey with them beside me.
When the idea for the continuity series, Return of the Blackwell Brothers came about, I was more than excited. Here was a chance to write a series with my writing sisters about brothers-something I know a little bit about. Family is so important to me and watching the Blackwell brothers rediscover the strength of family and find love was a heartwarming adventure.
So, who is in your tribe – who helps you get through the good days and the bad ones?
Here’s the cover and blurb for The Rancher’s Rescue – Book 2 in the Return of The Blackwell Brothers Series – coming September 1, 2018.
He isn’t home to stay.
Until a mother-to-be changes his mind.
Ethan Blackwell is back in Falcon Creek to save his family ranch after his grandfather disappears. When Grace Gardner reveals she’s pregnant with his child, she becomes Ethan’s top priority. But can he be the man he wants to be—preserving the Blackwell legacy and making a life with Grace—in a place he never planned to settle down?
Don’t forget to check out The Rancher’s Twins - Book 1 (Return of The Blackwell Brothers) by Carol Ross. Order here:
The Rancher’s Redemption – Book 3 (Return of The Blackwell Brothers) by Melinda Curtis can be pre-ordered here:
The Rancher’s Fake Fiancée – Book 4 (Return of The Blackwell Brothers) by Amy Vastine can be pre-ordered here:
The Rancher’s Homecoming – Book 5 (Return of The Blackwell Brothers) by Anna J. Stewart can be pre-ordered here:
Cari Lynn Webb
THE RANCHER’S RESCUE ~ Out September 2018
AVA’S PRIZE (City by the Bay Stories) ~ Out November 2018
THE DOCTOR’S RECOVERY (City by the Bay Stories) ~ Available Now!
THE CHARM OFFENSIVE (City by the Bay Stories)
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