Do You Love Western Stories?

by Linda Warren, author of Texas Rebels: Egan

As an author the question I get asked the most is: Where do I get my ideas from? Anything can trigger an idea, something on television, a scene in a movie, an article in a newspaper or an incident in everyday life. Once I have the idea, my mind runs with it. I’m weird that way.

For my new series for Harlequin American Romance, Texas Rebels, the story came to me in a completely different way. I dreamed it. Yes! I loved that. My husband and I enjoyed the saga of the Hatfields & McCoys and we didn’t miss an episode. I told him I would love to write a modern day type Western similar to that, but not so gritty. I guess it was heavily on my mind because one night I dreamed about two families in Texas. I had the names of both families and why they were feuding and a lot of details. The moment I woke up I went to my office and wrote everything down before it faded from my mind.

Kate Rebel had seven sons and I kept their names just as I’d dreamed them. Then I created the women who would tame the wild Rebels and that took several weeks of brainstorming. When the series starts, John Rebel has passed away. The stories are about how the sons deal with their father’s death and how it effects each of them today. The first book is Egan. He was unjustly sent to prison by an overzealous judge. His family quickly got him out, but it scarred him emotionally. He’s the loner in the family until Rachel Hollister, the daughter of the man who sent him to prison, needs his help. Although Egan is attracted to Rachel, he could never be with her because of what her father did to his life. Or so he thinks. Egan’s stubbornness gave me a few headaches. But that’s what l like about this series, all the tension and conflict set against the backdrop of Texas and the feuding Rebels and McCrays.

I love Westerns and I grew up watching them. It was always a treat on Sunday afternoons when my brothers and I would pile into the Oldsmobile and go to the movies with our parents. It was always a Western because that was just about all my dad would watch. On the way home my brothers would make a gun out of their thumb and forefinger and play shoot-’em-up cowboy while I would be sitting in the corner dreaming of when the cowboy kissed the girl. Even back then I was dreaming romance-western style.

How about you? Do you like Western-type stories?

Love,

Linda

About Texas Rebels: Egan:

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Big-city art instructor Rachel Hollister isn’t back home in Horseshoe, Texas, for more than a few hours before she’s lost and stranded in the woods surrounding Rebel Ranch. But Rachel’s bad luck takes a sudden turn for the better when a ruggedly handsome cowboy manages to save her life, not just once, but twice, in the same day.

Rancher Egan Rebel can’t resist helping someone in need, even an enemy—or the daughter of one. It was Rachel’s father who unjustly sentenced Egan to prison years ago. As attracted as he is to Rachel and her bright, creative energy, Egan can’t forgive the man who stole his freedom. Can Egan let go of the past, or will he turn his back on the only woman he’s ever loved?

 

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Comments ( 18 )
  1. Christie Craig
    April 3, 2015 at 11:21 am
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    I love any story where the hero is tough on the outside and tender on the inside.

  2. Linda (Booklover) Chilson
    April 3, 2015 at 11:23 am
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    I love westerns. I love reading them and love watching them. This series sounds like it’s going to be great, can’t wait to read it.

  3. Kathleen O
    April 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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    I adore westerns. I grew up watching so many great TV Westerns. Some of my favs were The Big Valley and Bonanza. All those fine looking Cowboys… turns a young girls head. And I especially like to read western romance. Can’t wait to read this series.

  4. carole
    April 3, 2015 at 12:49 pm
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    I love westerns on TV. and reading them-I have ordered your book can’t wait to read it!

  5. Linda Warren
    April 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm
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    Thank you, Linda, Kathleen and Carole! We love the same things. Yay! I absolutely love Westerns.

    Happy Easter!!

  6. Kaelee
    April 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm
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    I love Westerns but I love them more when you are the author. Looking forward to this series.

  7. Linda Ferrell
    April 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm
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    Love reading about cowboys. All of them. Should a been a cowgirl.

  8. Linda Warren
    April 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm
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    Ah, Kaelee. Thank you so much!

  9. Linda Warren
    April 3, 2015 at 3:24 pm
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    Linda, me too. Thanks!

  10. Marcia
    April 3, 2015 at 5:36 pm
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    Love reading westerns…grew up on Louis L’Amour. Love reading your westerns, too! Next trip out, your book is mine! Thanks for taking the time to write them.

  11. Shirley
    April 3, 2015 at 8:58 pm
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    bred and born in Texas. Of course, I love cowboys love stories the best!!!!!

  12. Linda Warren
    April 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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    Marcia, I love Louis L’Amour. I had a huge stack of his books, but I got rid of them when we moved. Now I wish I had kept them. Thank you!

  13. Sue Stewart
    April 4, 2015 at 9:55 am
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    Love Westerns! Watched them all on TV when I was younger! This sounds like a great series.

  14. Linda Warren
    April 4, 2015 at 8:27 pm
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    Shirley, if you’re born in Texas, you gotta love cowboys. Right?

  15. Linda Warren
    April 4, 2015 at 8:30 pm
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    Thank you, Sue. I love all those old westerns.

  16. Suzanne A Ellis
    April 8, 2015 at 10:47 am
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    Did you know that Walmart hasn’t carried ANY Harlequin Historical (only bought the westerns) for over a year now? The only place I can find them is online or at Barnes & Noble, which is an hour drive over the state line. Love my westerns, so do the drive & order online in winter.

  17. Nancy Rudy
    April 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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    Did you know that Walmart hasn’t carried American Romance for two months. I enjoy them the most.

  18. Amy
    April 13, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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    Hi Suzanne and Nancy,
    Sorry to hear you’re having difficulties locating your favorite books! If possible you could try asking your local store to carry them again.
    ~Amy

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