TURNING A BRIT INTO A COWBOY – SORT OF
Hi everyone! Thanks so much for having me here today to talk about my new release, BEAUTY AND THE BRIT. I love this book because it’s got such a mix of characters and plots in it—and I got a chance to get to write about everyone from a gang member, to a teenager, to a tough-but-vulnerable inner city heroine, to an understated, handsome, soul-searching BRITISH hero!
It’s my yummy, accented hero David Pitts-Matherson I’d love you to meet today. I fell in love with David when he showed up in my second book RESCUED BY A STRANGER as the incongruous owner of a high-end horse stable in my small, Minnesota town, Kennison Falls. There he was in the middle of corn and soybean country with a duke’s accent, a crazy last name, a rather one-dimensional personality, but the protective wisdom of a hundred big brothers. Who the heck was this man? Was he really as mellow and easy-going as he seemed?
When he let me into his life and past I found the answer was a resounding . . . heck no , , , yes! David turned out to be an emotional enigma to say the least.
His background is anything but bland. David is an ex-soldier who served in Basra with the British Armed Forces. As a Boy Scout in his youth he took an interest in survival and tracking skills, and he’s a bit of a self-made expert. His CO in Iraq was more than happy to take advantage of his skills—until tragedy struck his unit, and David’s decision at a critical moment turned a routine scouting expedition into a life-changing disaster. Even though David made a correct assessment and choice, his military service ended in humiliation.
How that brought him to America and a life with horses has a lot to do with his father—a tough-minded ex-military man-turned-Olympic Equestrian—who couldn’t deal well with a son unable to toughen up for the Army. When he couldn’t live up to his father’s critical standards, David emigrated and found his home in the U.S.
But not exactly as a cowboy? He made himself into a mild-mannered, non-confrontational, businessman—and then he met Rio Montoya. And then he invited her and her teen-age sister to come and stay at his farm in order to protect them from a gang leader’s menacing threats. Rio—a product of the inner city—dreams of open spaces and hunky cowboys. What she gets as a safe haven is a stable where the riders where breeches and helmets, jump obstacles in English saddles, and are as far from cowboys as they can be.
Fortunately, steamy attraction for a strong-willed woman will lead a Brit to a Stetson faster than a dog to a steak. With a little help from a pair of chaps, a bareback ride and a secluded cabin—David found his inner cowboy. Along the way he found his inner strength, too..
I loved watching David learn to stand up for himself and accept his past. I loved hearing his accent and using subtle little turns of phrase to bring it alive on the pages. I loved the way he wore his jeans when he changed out of his sexy breeches I loved how Rio fell in love with her Brit just as hard and fast as I hoped she would!
So—that’s how I made my Brit into a cowboy. I might have stretched the cowboy promise a little—but I hope that you’ll read BEAUTY AND THE BRIT and think David looks just as good in a Stetson as any hard core cowboy out there!
Here’s a little taste from BEAUTY AND THE BRIT:
Now I’d like to ask you—what’s your favorite foreign accent? I wax on about British accents but there are so many sexy ones out there. I’d love to hear.
Thanks again for hosting me today!
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