Friday, October 06 2023
During our marriage my husband and I have moved cross country four times, and locally five. What do I hate about it? Packing and unpacking. What do I love? The excitement of finding a new place to live, and the joy of making it ours.
Veterinarian Tess Gardner is moving to Laramie, Texas, the place where her family is rooted. She has an exciting new job. And she’s inherited a house that is a bit more than what she expected.
Enter CEO Noah Lockhart. He has also moved back to Laramie, in the wake of his wife’s death several years before, to be near his family. Life for him and his girls is finally settling down and getting back to normal. Or it will, he is certain, once the latest member of the ranch menagerie is born.
All Noah wants from Tess is help getting through the birth, and the first week or two of their new pet’s life. In exchange, he will give her a private guest suite and a place to live, rent free, while her house is renovated.
He doesn’t expect to get close to her. She doesn’t expect to fall for him. But you know what they say about ‘love’—it’s what happens when you are busy making other plans.
And thanks for reading! You, dear readers, are what make all the hard work, creating every fictional family and their stories, worthwhile!
Cathy Gillen Thacker
Wednesday, November 09 2022
Christmas is the season of unexpected miracles. Gift giving and receiving. Making impossible wishes and having them magically come true. And putting our hope and faith in the days and nights to come.
Freedom loving Travis Lockhart, however, doesn’t have anything in particular on his wish list. The part-time cowboy and full-time handyman has plenty of family in Laramie County to spend the yuletide with. He’s content helping clients make their holiday dreams come true. While keeping his own commitments and possessions to a minimum….
Twice orphaned Skye McPherson yearns to have a family of her own again. And a permanent home to go to. She’s given up on it ever happening, until a sudden inheritance, tied to an arranged marriage, is presented to her and Travis. All they have to do is enter into a 120 day marriage, and the Winding Creek ranch will be theirs! Skye sees this as a chance of a lifetime and wants to go for it. Travis says, “Not so fast.” Marriage was serious business, even one in name only.
Had it not been for their love of the couple who willed the property to them, they might have remained in a stalemate. But they did want to honor Walter and Willa Braeloch’s crazily romantic last wishes.
So Skye and Travis said “I do” and entered into a Christmas season neither would ever forget!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. And that all your yuletide dreams come true!
Tuesday, May 03 2022
People dream big in Texas. The bigger, the brasher the goal, the better. This is the case for Emma Lockhart and Tom Reid. United from childhood, they dated all through high school and college, and even planned to marry. After they finished business school at a prestigious Ivy League college.
Unfortunately, life happens when you are busy making other plans. Tragedy struck. Tom could no longer hold up his end of the bargain. Emma sympathized with her fiance’s plight, but not to the point she was willing to summarily give up all their mutual ambitions. Whereas Tom wanted new dreams. Unable to broker a solution, they broke up and went their separate ways.
Six and a half years later, Emma is back in Laramie County. Big degree and sought-after apprenticeship under her belt, she is no closer to fame and fortune than when she left. Tom, meanwhile, is living the dream. Sadly, he is a widower now, but he has three adorable four and a half year old sons. Two thriving businesses. The family ranch and commercial real estate.
For months, they are able to avoid each other, but when Tom becomes Emma’s landlord, and is tasked with possibly helping her achieve the pursuit that drove her out of his arms, he has a decision to make. As does she. For she has fallen in love with his triplet sons, and they want her for their mommy. What is a woman to do when she knows she can’t have it all? Or can she….?
I hope you enjoy this story as much as I loved writing it.