Wedding Vows (collection of the following three novellas)
With This Ring
I Thee Wed
To Have and to Hold
* Sweet Reads # An Amazon exclusive (Written in Debra Holland's Montana Sky series)
Do authors fall in love with their characters? Absolutely! If we didn't we couldn't write the stories that we do. But don't expect my characters to be prefect people. Put twenty women in a room and what are the odds any of them would be cover girl material? Do the same thing with men and how many would have washboard abs? So what makes someone handsome or pretty? It's all in the eyes of the beholder. Do you want a blonde with blue eyes or a redhead with freckles? Maybe it's the dark hair and dark eyes that that draw you into them? Sometimes it just doesn't matter. Do we really notice the flaws? Isn't it be nice to be loved for who we are and not for what we have or don't have?
While we're at it, who is today's prince charming? The answer is quite simple. It's today's businessman. He might own a plumbing business, be a stock broker, a computer programmer, or maybe he makes his living off the land. Don't you dare think that a farmer or a rancher isn't a businessman. They have to be! Gone are the castles as they've been replaced with beautiful homes overlooking the water or fancy condos, and for some it's an old Victorian house.
What does everyone strive for these days? A good life and someone wonderful to share it. But don't always expect that prince charming is going to be the one making the most money. In today's world sharing the financial responsibilities and the chores are important. Some men don't know the difference between a hammer and a screw driver, or how to put laundry into the washer, while others can whip up a gourmet meal, or sit patiently and explain what happened to the computer file that has vanished. Some won't take a bubble bath, but others think it's fun. Everyone is different and that's what makes life interesting.
As for those cowboy stories, I don't write them. Cowboys were boys! The job was populated with boys often as young as nine and ten. They were illiterate, frequently orphaned or runaways, and they did highly dangerous jobs that the adults didn't want. Most had either moved up to supervisory jobs on the ranch, found other jobs, or were dead before their twentieth birthday. Today, we use the term cowboy almost as an endearment, and I'm not certain why. My historical westerns, so far, have focused on ranchers and those trying to start ranches. It was a hard life, but the lure of land and profits sent men west. Those willing to make the sacrifices, withstand the elements, and cope with the fluctuating cattle markets survived. Some were lucky, but most were men who had the wisdom and intelligence to make something of themselves. Even my contemporary westerns have primarily focused on ranchers. Like today's farmers, ranching has become high tech. The sons of the ranchers go to colleges and universities to study subjects such as biology and chemistry as it applies to ranching. And breeding is no longer left to the bull in the field taking a shining to a cute cow. Things have changed dramatically in the last 150+ years of ranching.