When I returned to Silhouette Special to write IN CARE OF SAM BEAUDRY about three years ago I wasn’t thinking of writing a series of connected stories. I tend to come up with one idea at a time and become thoroughly engrossed in making a story of it. But Sam Beaudry had a brother whose pickup broke down at the Double D Wild Horse Sanctuary. And that brother had a friend. And the friend had a friend. And that friend had two sons. And soon I had a whole community of people who were interested in seeing the Double D Wild Horse Sanctuary live long and prosper. With THE PRODIGAL COWBOY—on sale August 21 in paperback and a few weeks later in ebook format—I’m up to the seventh book, which has to be lucky for Logan Wolf Track’s younger son, Ethan, because that cowboy needs all the luck he can get.
I love a good bad boy, and that’s exactly who Ethan is. He’s been in touch with his brother—rodeo cowboy Trace Wolf Track (COWBOY, TAKE ME AWAY), and he ran into his father, Logan briefly at the Double D in ONCE A FATHER. But his relationship with Logan has been strained in recent years. Sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, this former hometown hero has become a man apart from his family and friends.
But at least one of his old friends hasn’t forgotten him. Bella Primeaux was a smart, shy high school underclassman when she last saw Ethan, and she’s the first to admit she had a secret crush on him. But carrying a torch was never her style. Now that Ethan’s a free man and Bella’s an independent professional woman—a local celebrity as a TV news reporter—what could they possibly have in common? Covering the wild horse training competition gives Bella access to people who could help her uncover a political scandal she believes to be brewing under the South Dakota sun, but putting the pieces of the puzzle together gets complicated when Ethan suddenly appears to be one of them.
Do you remember your first schoolgirl (or boy) crush? The one who was too old, too cool, too hot, too wild, too far out of reach? ‘Fess up, friends, and I’ll draw one name from among the comments and send that person a copy of ONCE A FATHER, which features all three Wolf Track men.