I just finished line edits for my next book, The Cowboy’s Secret Baby (Heartwarming, #7 in my Kansas Cowboys series, July 2020!), so naturally romance is on my mind. And this close to Valentine’s Day, why not? In this story, Dallas Maguire and Elizabeth Barnes get together…well, not so fast, but guiding them toward their HEA was certainly fun.
Elizabeth first appeared as a minor character in Her Cowboy Sheriff, and Dallas showed up more recently in Twins Under the Tree. These two are an unlikely pair. More fun. Dallas, a rodeo star, is in Barren, Kansas, to recover from a serious bull riding injury. He can’t wait to get back to the circuit, and he sure isn’t ready for a wife and family. His neighbor Elizabeth, newly divorced and with three children to raise, is trying to put her life together again. Neither of them is interested in romance, but love is in the air. Isn’t it always?
Years ago, I first fell in love—with reading. I love this little story about a successful, nineteenth-century poet who received some fan mail from another, as yet unknown writer. He greatly admired her poetry, and they began a correspondence—love letters, really. But conflict soon entered the picture. Her stern father didn’t want her to have an actual relationship. Increasingly tempted, however, one day she dared to venture outside the confines of her little world, and the romance truly began. The two poets married, honeymooned in Italy then lived happily ever after. Yes, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning were that happy couple. “How do I love thee…” is one of my favorite poems.
The Brownings certainly celebrated their love (sigh), probably with more poetry, but my Valentine’s Day present to my husband one year was this Bear (that's his name). I like his red bow!
Flowers are a favorite gift of mine, and sometimes we even give them to each other. They brighten up the month of February when I’m tired of cold temperatures and sometimes gloomy days, and a nice bouquet or single rose makes him feel loved too.
How do you enjoy Valentine’s Day? With chocolates, a night on the town, a romantic dinner…or would you rather sit by the fire and read a good romantic novel?
That always sounds good to me. Happy reading, always,