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Guest Author Post: Leah Braemel on Slow Ride Home

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SlowRideHome Leah-BraemelToday, Leah Braemel stops by to talk about her latest release, Slow Ride Home, a contemporary romance set on a ranch. Read on to find out how to enter to win a gift card from Leah Braemel.

 

From Leah Braemel:

My latest book, Slow Ride Home, is once again set in Texas. Which causes a lot of questions about why a Canadian would write about a Texan cowboy when we have our own cowboys, most of whom live out west in Alberta. But when I think cowboys, I think Texans first, probably influenced by all the televisions I grew up watching, but especially since I visited Texas back in 2007.

 

 

 

I love listening to the speech patterns, and the slight twang—it’s not a drawl like those in south eastern states have. Often when I write, I speak the dialog aloud so I can get a feel for how the character says it, how it feels within as well. I must admit, my family (and probably my Twitter and Facebook followers) can tell when I’m writing a western because I start speaking with the relaxed speech, the dropping of the Gs (which I tend to do anyway, I don’t think it’s specifically a Texan speech pattern). I had heard the term ‘knock-down-drag-out’ fight before, but it really clung to me when I heard a friend’s husband actually say it when I was visiting them. When I wrote a scene about Allie and Ben walking along a path, past the fields of horses and cattle, I remembered riding a horse across the rough terrain of a friend of mine in Cleburne. And being aware of plants that I don’t have to worry about up here in Canada. Like the prickly pear—which I did not want to fall into. Or the shortness of the trees compared to what grow around my area, I marvelled at the different soil colors. Later when I’m writing I try to put those little details in my books, and sometimes it’s years later that I’ll remember, “Oh yeah” and be able to use some tidbit of memory.

 

Of course it has been a few years and I was limited to the Dallas area and as anyone in Texas can tell you, each area in Texas is unique, so my critique partners and other friends who live in various parts of Texas often get emails sent to them at 2 a.m. asking “Hey, what type of bird song might you hear at night? What else do you hear? Crickets, probably, right? Cicadas? Frogs?” or “What type of predators are in your area?” (meaning animals who might threaten their cattle or horses.)

 

Sure I can search the web and find the correct information, but I love hearing what people in the areas where my fictional characters live experience in real life.

 

One day I’ll get back to Texas, and do some more research. So if you see someone with a Maple Leaf on her purse sitting in a cafe in Texas (or a bar), it might just be me soaking up all those sayings the Texans say. Heck I do that right here in Toronto. In the meantime, I’ll have to keep bugging my friends as I write No Accounting for Cowboys, book 2 in The Grady Legacy.

 

Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O’Keefe. Ben’s never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.

Allie thought she’d moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she’s become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben’s sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories…

Allie has every intention of leaving Bull’s Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie’s lost her heart.

About the author: The only woman in a houseful of men (even the cat and dog are male), Leah Braemel loves hiding away from all the dust bunnies while she writes sexy heroes and heroines finding true love. To read more about Slow Ride Home or any of Leah’s other books, you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter, or on Facebook.

 

Buy Slow Ride Home from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Carina Press.

 

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