Thursday, February 17, 2022

*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Texas Cowboy by Linda Nightingale-GUEST POST


The Texas Cowboy

Return to Folly Book 1

by Linda Nightingale

Genre: Contemporary Western Romance 

When Ash Colter was twelve, his mother divorced his cattle baron father and whisked him away to raise in her native England. Sixteen years later, when his father dies, he inherits Marathon Ranch. Running a 1,000-acre spread famous for the best Black Angus cattle in the great state of Texas is the biggest challenge he’s ever faced...until he meets a pert, pretty, and sassy ranch hand who seems to have her own agenda for his ranch. Unfortunately, she makes his spurs go jingle-jangle-jingle like no one else ever has!

Trish Owens is a real cowgirl, a loner, and, though she’d never admit it, a little lonely. When the “English Cowboy” appears on the scene, her entire way of life is threatened, not only her job, but her beloved Quarter horses. She’s sure he plans to import his thoroughbred horses from England. Worst of all is the chemistry sizzling between them. He makes feelings she thought long dead awaken.

Can these two unwilling allies set aside their differences to put Marathon Ranch in the Winner’s Circle...and to fall in love?

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Linda Nightingale is an award-winning author, writing across the genres in romance from vampires to androids to angels. Among others, she won the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award for Excellence (the Maggie) and the SARA Merritt award. Her vampire books have been called the Anne Rice of paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she bred, trained, and showed the magnificent Andalusian horse and owned a national champion stallion, Bonito.

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What is something unique/quirky about you?

I think everyone thinks that the quirky/unique thing about me is everything. Seriously, I’m fairly normal. I just do weird things.

Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!

I was with a friend at a restaurant/bar at nearby Greenville. We were going to be seated, but two realtors, both men, stopped to talk with us. I’m in a turquoise camisole and a peacock colored skirt in layers of a thin, drifty material. There were enough layers of the fabric, you couldn’t see through it. But never fear that skirt had a death wish. Suddenly, my skirt is puddled on the floor—a dead peacock, and I’m standing there in my slip (thank goodness I was wearing one) and the cami, Too embarrassed too speak, I dived and retrieved my skirt. Let me tell you, it looked a long way down. The elastic at the waist had broken. We pinned it, went to dinner, and I drove home. The realtors? Oh, they were almost as shocked and red faced as I.

Where were you born/grew up at?

I was born and grew up in Anderson, South Carolina. At nineteen, I escaped Anderson and thought never to look back, but it seems that red clay of the Upstate area must have some effect in it. I later moved back to the area from Houston. Culture Shock.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

Sinners’ Opera would make an excellent movie. It’s a passionate book about a man and woman in love. She is his prize. Death is the price.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A white Andalusian stallion.

What can we expect from you in the future?

The Cowboy Duke, Cardinal Desires and Cardinal Sin (publisher chose Sin—I hope it changes)

Yes, there will be a sequel entitled The Cowboy Duke, taking two secondary characters from The Texas Cowboy, the cowboy Charlie and the duchess Dorothy. How can a cowboy make a duchess happy or should that be what can a duchess do to make a cowboy’s spurs go jingle jangle jingle?

Where did you come up with the names in the story?

Usually, they just come to me. The story plays like a movie in my head. The characters introduce themselves when they take the stage. If I’m not introduced, I have a handy, dandy names book.

How did you come up with the title of the book?

The Texas Cowboy was Return to Folly. The publisher didn’t like that name for the book, but said it was good for the series title. I sat down and simply wrote whatever titles popped into my head, probably about five, and zipped them off to my editor. They loved The Texas Cowboy. So, now Return to Folly is the series name.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

Only one—Morgan Gabriel D’Arcy, the hero of Sinners’ Opera—is a very strong character and voice. He is an English lord, a concert pianist…and a vampire. His love is Isabeau, a geneticist, and there is something he needs of her enough to risk his life and hers.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

I wrote it. I write books for my readers (who else?). I get paid a pittance. And I think The Texas Cowboy is a fun romance.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

Oh, yes, tons. I have a fantasy with an Elven hero, a centaur hero, and a couple starring the hero of Sinners’ Opera – all unfinished at the moment.

Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?'-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.

  1. The Texas Cowboy started life as a shorter novella, was published in an anthology, but when the publisher folded, the rights reverted to me.

  2. I lengthened it into a novel to send as a submission to my then publisher, The Wild Rose Press as a part of their Wylder West series of books.

  3. Magnolia Blossom Publishing picked it as part of a 4-book.

  4. The other three books are the sequel, The Cowboy Duke, and the last two are vampire novels—Cardinal Desires and Cardinal Sin.

What book do you think everyone should read?

The Fire and The Hammer, but I don’t remember the author’s name. I read this book when I was in my early teens yet I remember it now—a few years later. Haha The book features the Doan brothers, who were Quaker outlaws during the American Revolution. It’s a romance, and at the time I copied passages into my notebook. I still have them today. Here is one of the passages from The Fire and The Hammer:

November is a time for the old to look at the young and marvel and remember that season of love and the beauty of it all, for God has so ordered that it does not come twice to any man…since no man is strong enough to bear the wonder of it twice.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

Just one. I get too emotionally involved in my characters to attempt more than one at the time. Now, I may stop one and start another, then go back to number one.

What are you currently reading?

An Angel’s Unintentional Entanglement by Tena Stetler

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