I’m in a western state of mind today. We sat around a campfire last night with friends, some of which might be mistaken for cowboys. We are in Arizona after all where cowboy hats, cowboy boots, and a certain southwest accent peppers the conversation. Since it’s Muse Monday, I thought I’d revisit my contemporary western.
When I wrote The Morning After, I was in a western state of mind all day long. And I have to say, I had a lot of fun writing this novella.
I’m a desert rat, born and raised in Arizona. Texas isn’t far away, and the country music I listened to while growing up in the west always had a nice Texan twang. Cowboys and the life they live hold a special place in my heart – even the contemporary ones who run their ranches like a corporation.
When I grew up in Phoenix, Rodeo Days were anticipated all year long. At school, we were allowed to wear western garb during rodeo week. This was back when girls had to wear dresses so slipping into tight jeans or western pants was a treat. We’d go shopping for a new western outfit every year to wear on the day of the parade and to the rodeo. At the end of the week, a school holiday, the Jaycee’s Rodeo of Rodeos Parade marched down Central Avenue. The parade would be led by the Arizona State Sun Devil band. We oohed and ahhed at the Rodeo Queen and the hunky television cowboy who would ride next to her on the float. For a city girl like me, cowboys were the ultimate fantasy prince charming, with the right amount of rugged that a prince didn’t possess.
If you have a hankering for some western fun, you’re going to love The Morning After. By the way, The Morning After is also part of a boxed set of books written by other Wild Rose Press authors. Honky Tonk Hearts has many stories for your contemporary western entertaining read.
The man rolled to his back, kicking off covers.
Abigail gasped. Her gentleman visitor wore only a bow tie and black socks.
She crept to the edge of the bed. His face was turned away, further hidden by red curls hanging down the nape of his neck and onto his cheek. A visual sweep of the attractive body brought a smile to her face when she paused on his more than ample endowments. A true redhead. An encounter of this magnitude should be easy to remember.
Abigail smiled in spite of her throbbing temples. Inching closer, she nudged his boots aside with her foot and leaned over to see his face. Mmm. He smelled good, like rich leather and fresh cut wood. As she bent to get a closer look, Kirby, her sixteen-pound Siamese cat, entered her room and announced his hunger.
The visitor stirred, grasped her arm, drawing her down across his hips.
He rose up on his elbows and looked at her. “So, Abby, you’re a morning person, are you?”
Abigail launched off the bed, trying not to come into contact with anymore of the warm body than she already had. Tripping over the boots, she ended up sprawled on the floor. “Who…” She gulped. “Who the hell are you?”
There is only one word to describe this novella — adorable! RT Book Reviews
If you like contemporary, down home western romances blended with laugh-out-loud humor, you simply must check out THE MORNING AFTER by Brenda Whiteside. – Coffee Time Romance
The Morning After is a story this reader absolutely enjoyed. I immediately fell in love with Abby and Bobby. – The Romance Reviews
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