March 31, 2014

Interview: Katheryn Lane Author of The Texas Cowboy @KatherynLane #RLFblog #western

The Texas Cowboy 

About the Book

Title: The Texas Cowboy
Genre: contemporary cowboy romance, modern western
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Everything's bigger in Texas, including the problems.
When Vicky flies into Texas, she immediately falls for the charms of local cowboy, Jack Cassidy. However, her wealthy Dallas cousin, Laura, has other ideas and will do everything she can to steer Vicky away from Jack and into the arms of a rich oilman.
Jack is resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose only female company is his horses--that is, until he meets Vicky. However, Vicky isn't the only person with a claim on his heart. Jack wasn't always alone and his ex is about to make a dramatic comeback.
Every cowboy has a past and this cowboy's past is about to destroy his future.

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Interview with Katheryn Lane

Why did you write this book?
I love Texas and I've been lucky enough to visit it several times. The Texas Cowboy begins with Vicky seeing the cowboy, Jack, for the first time while she's out shopping with her cousin and this opening scene was inspired by something I saw one afternoon in Dallas. I was in Highland Park Village and across the road I saw a cowboy standing outside Hermes, holding one of their trademark boxes. Unlike Vicky, I didn't have the nerve to take a picture of him (I wish I had), and he didn't wink at me, but I did begin to wonder about who he was and who the orange box was for.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love to read a wide range of books, but my favorite has to be romance. I love classic authors, such as Jane Austen and Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet must be one of the greatest love stories of all time - but I also enjoy reading books by more modern romance writers, such as Nora Roberts and Jackie Collins. In addition, ever since I was a little girl I've loved reading fairy tales. I guess my love of romance started with stories like Sleeping Beauty and I have 'borrowed' several ideas from fairy tales for my own books. For example, the first part of my latest sheikh romance, A Bride For The Sheikh, is loosely based on Cinderella.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
That's a difficult question! There are so many wonderful characters in literature that it's like asking me to pick a favorite from a box of chocolates! However, a couple of people do stand out. I love Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Although they are from different eras and places, they are both witty, willful, beautiful women who are willing to stand up for themselves in a male dominated world. At the beginning of each book, they make the wrong choices and decisions, but in the end they discover who they are and what they really want in life.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I'm afraid I don't have much free time to watch TV as most of my time is taken up with work (I'm a high school teacher), looking after my children and writing. However, when I get the chance I do like to go to the cinema and see a good movie. I live in the Middle East, so the cinemas here only show a limited range of films and they're often heavily censored which can sometimes make it hard to follow the plot! However, we get cable and occasionally I'll find the time to watch a great movie on TV. I'm not sure if I have a favorite, but I always love watching anything with Antonio Banderas in it. He was a great sheikh in Day of the Falcon and gorgeous in Zorro. I also love Johnny Depp - so sexy!
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I have several things in the pipeline, including another possible sheikh romance, but the main thing I'm working on at the moment is a potential sequel to The Texas Cowboy. Although I originally wrote The Texas Cowboy as a stand-alone novel, several readers have started to ask me about the hero and heroine's future. I don't think I'd be giving too much away if I said that The Texas Cowboy ends, like all good fairy tales and romance novels, with the hero, Jack, and heroine, Vicky, overcoming the many obstacles that have confronted them and telling each other how much they love each other. As with many romance novels, it's implied that they will get married and live happily ever after. However, readers have been asking about their wedding and if Vicky's rich Dallas cousin will take over their wedding plans. Therefore, I might write a sequel and perhaps call it The Texas Bride.
Please tell us about your latest book.
The Texas Cowboy is my first cowboy romance; most of my other romances have been sheikh romances inspired by what I see and hear where I live in the Middle East. However, like my other novels, The Texas Cowboy has lots of action, unexpected twists and turns, and plenty of heartache, before the hero and heroine end up in each others arms, happily ever after.

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the problems.
When Vicky flies into Texas, she immediately falls for the charms of local cowboy, Jack Cassidy. However, her wealthy Dallas cousin, Laura, has other ideas and will do everything she can to steer Vicky away from Jack and into the arms of a rich oilman.
Jack is resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose only female company is his horses--that is, until he meets Vicky. However, Vicky isn't the only person with a claim on his heart. Jack wasn't always alone and his ex is about to make a dramatic comeback.
Every cowboy has a past and this cowboy's past is about to destroy his future.

Excerpt

Chapter One
"You can't take his picture, Victoria!" Laura whispered.
"Please, call me Vicky," Laura's cousin replied. She held up her phone and clicked. There on the screen was a picture of the man opposite them, captured forever for Vicky to look at as much as she pleased, whether Laura liked it or not.
"I don't know how people behave where you come from in England, Victoria, but here in Dallas, we don't go around taking pictures of strangers, especially cowboys." Laura lifted up her iced tea with her perfectly manicured fingers and took a small sip.
"But look at him. It's such a great image." Vicky pointed directly at the man standing across the street from the cafe where they had stopped for a drink. He was wearing faded jeans, boots, and a large cowboy hat, which was tilted slightly over his left eye. In his arm he was holding an orange Hermes box tied up with a brown ribbon. "It just seems to sum up Dallas, doesn't it? A tall, sexy cowboy, holding an expensive, designer box."
"Victoria, I don't see what's so interesting about him. He's probably just some ranch hand on an errand. I would never have suggested sitting outside, if I thought you were going to take photographs of strange men." Laura signaled to one of the waiters for the bill.
"I'm sorry, but my friends back home will just love this picture. I had to take it." Vicky looked up from the image on her phone to the flesh-and-blood version that was waiting on the other side of the road. The cowboy caught her eye and winked at her. Vicky looked at her cousin. She was looking for change in her purse. Vicky looked across the road and winked back. She could feel her cheeks turning scarlet. She wasn't sure whether it was because she was embarrassed about defying her cousin, or because she had just made a pass at a complete stranger. She would never have done something like that back home in England, so what made her do it here in Dallas?
"I don't believe it," Laura said. "It looks like he's coming over. Drink up. We're leaving." Laura stood to go, but it was too late. The cowboy had already crossed the road and was striding towards them.
"Howdy, ma'am," he said with a long, slow drawl that sounded like molasses pouring from a spoon. He held out his hand to Vicky and she took it firmly in her own. She glanced over at Laura, but Laura kept both her hands tightly clasped around her Prada purse.
"Please excuse us. We were just leaving," Laura said, looking around for the waiter.
"Well, that's a real pity. I was going to offer to buy you ladies a drink." The cowboy smiled at both of them, showing off a set of perfect teeth that shone white against his tanned skin.
"No, thank you," Laura replied, pulling a twenty dollar bill out of her purse and securing it under the sugar bowl on the cafe table.
"Another time maybe. My name's Jack, Jack Cassidy. Give me a call next time you're free." He pulled out a card from his shirt pocket and handed it to them. Laura shrank back as if he were trying to give her a rattlesnake.
"Thank you, Jack." Vicky took the card and looked at it. His name, Jack Cassidy, was printed across the middle and there was a phone number in the bottom left-hand corner. It didn't give much away. "I'm Vicky Baker and this is my cousin, Laura Hanson."
"We really must be going, Victoria," Laura said through pursed lips.
"You ain't from around here, are you, Vicky?" Jack replied, ignoring Laura's glares.
"No, I'm from Gloucester, in England. I'm just here in Texas for a few weeks visiting my cousin."
"I've never been to England, but they say it's real pretty. Welcome to Texas, Vicky. Give me a call sometime and I'll show you the sights. I might even be able to show you a few things that your cousin doesn't know about." He gave her another broad wink and tipped his hat.

Author Bio

I'm a wife, teacher, author and mother of two boisterous boys, so most of my days are taken up with finding lost school shoes, getting stuck in traffic and wondering why I always join the queue that doesn't move in the supermarket. However, I try to forget these daily problems (and the fact that I burnt the toast again this morning) by losing myself in a good book and writing novels that give readers a break from everyday life.
Open one of my books and escape on a romantic adventure, because it's easier to buy a book than it is to book an air ticket.
Have a break, read a book!

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Katheryn-Lane/e/B0056NJRZ0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1389103864&sr=8-2-ent

2 comments:

  1. Excellent interview! Gotta love those cowboys. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Thank you Lorraine! Nothing sexier than a cowboy, except perhaps a sheikh :)

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