Hola! Jolene Navarro checking in from the Texas Hill Country. The sun is shining and I’m writing outside, wishing I was on the coast. My latest release, The Texan’s Promise is the third book set on the fictional ranch Diamondback located on the Texas Coast.
Our visits to the beach, inspired my current series and now book three will be in your local Walmart around Feburay 18th (ebook is dropped March 1st).
I knew I wanted to add the sea turtles to the story. Texas is the nesting home to five species.
My hero Quinn Sinclair is a conservationist looking for ways to protect endangered marine life along the coastline and Belle De La Rosa’s ranch has a perfect spot. The only problem? She needs to sell that stip of beach to save that the rest of the ranch. Both are single parents and I loved their dynamic.
And I got to bring back the pirate ship from book one from The Texan’s Secret Daughter.
One of my favorite scenes is her conversation with a cupcake that happens to take place on a pirate ship. It might have been inspired by my own struggles. LOL
Belle held up the last cupcake. Should she? Should she not? “Come on,” she whispered to the sweet treat. “Stop tempting me. But then again. All the kids are gone and only one Jolly Roger left. Abandoned. It’s clear that you were meant for me, right?”
A hand landed on her shoulder and she gave a sharp scream. The cleanup crew stopped and looked at her. Heat rushed into her neck and face. She’d been caught deep in conversation with a jelly-filled cupcake.
Quinn’s hearty laughter didn’t ease her embarrassment. He held his hands up, palms as if to prove he was harmless. “Belle, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you.”
Lowering the cupcake, she grinned at her own ridiculousness. It didn’t matter what he thought of her eating habits or her hips, either. “You didn’t scare me.” She shrugged. “Just a guilty conscience.”
“Guilty? You don’t have a thing to be guilty about. I’m in your debt.” He placed his hand over his heart and bowed. “And still. After helping to plan all this you’re still here cleaning.”
She lifted the tiny cake and pulled at the paper lining. “I can’t take all the credit. My brother does own the pirate ship. That makes easy to have spectacular birthday parties.”
“Are you going to eat that or keep talking to it?”
We were having a meaningful conversation.”
He leaned against the mast and crossed his hands over his chest. “Really? So. what kind of philosophical conversations does one have with a miniature pirate cake?”
“How did it feel to watch his fellow pirates walk the plank one at a time, leaving him to stand guard alone?”
He took the cupcake and removed the rest of the paper and with a mid bow offered it back to her. “It is up to you to fulfill his life’s quest. She had to laugh at his silliness. His smile alone lightened her stupid negative talk.
That was the reason he was so dangerous to the life she had made for herself and her daughters.
Belle has fought to keep her family together and deserves to be loved for who she is. She has two daughters and Quinn has twin daughters and a five-year-old son. It was the first time I had this many kids in one family. Blending a family has it’s own challenges and was rewarding to write.
Maybe because I’m the mother of four and a teacher I find it easy to write real kids – do you enjoy stories that have children in them?
From the comments, I’ll pick a North American winner of an early release of The Texan’s Promise or one of the other books in the series if you haven’t read them. (ebook or print). I’ll be picking the winner Friday morning. :)
I would love for you to join me on an adventure with the cowboys of Diamondback Ranch.