Teaching the Rancher His L-O-V-E’s!

By Marie Ferrarella, author of A Maverick and a Half 

One of the very first things I remember as a kid newly transplanted to these shores were westerns (my parents and I came to this country when I was four). The movie theaters and TV airwaves were littered with them (don’t forget, there were only three major networks at the time and they all went to sleep after about midnight). I credit John Wayne westerns for teaching me how to speak English (granted, I twanged back then but people did understand me). I knew the name of every single TV western series, what time it was on, who starred in it and the show’s theme song (one of the first in that category, coincidentally, was Maverick who traveled from “Natchez to New Orleans, livin’ on Jacks and Queens”—loved that man). To this day, two of my very favorite things in the whole world are cowboys and babies—and here they both are, wrapped up in one neat little package for me to present to you.

Over the years, I have been extremely privileged to have been asked to take part in several of the Montana Mavericks continuities. This one almost wrote itself (I had to type fast to keep up). We have a little baby (the heroine’s) as a result of one intoxicated encounter at a Fourth of July wedding where, unbeknownst to the attendees, the punch was heavily spiked by a prankster, causing many inhibitions to be temporarily dropped. The end result of prank was a sudden spike in the population of Rust Creek Falls. We also have a “secret” baby, now almost a pre-teen, come to light when our hero discovers that his one night stand eleven years ago resulted in an off-spring. Now that he knows about him, he is determined to get to know his son better.

As luck would have it, his son’s teacher is the brand new mom who is trying to cope with making a life for herself and her daughter.

We get to watch these two new parents learn how to actually be parents. Along with all the new trials and tribulations associated with single parenthood, these two protagonists find they also have to figure out how to handle this growing attraction to one another!

It seems like an awful lot of things to juggle, but like the true westerners that they are, they manage to make everything work. I hope you enjoy reading how they do it. I know I had fun going along for the ride.

All my best,

Marie

About A Maverick and a Half:

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Readers, it’s back-to-school time in Rust Creek Falls, and new single mama Marina Laramie has returned to her classroom for the first time since baby Sydney was born. Did you hear about her parent-teacher conference with handsome ranching dad Anderson Dalton? Seems they bonded over his young son, Jake, and now we here at theGazette are hearing there is a marriage in the works!

A rancher, a schoolteacher, a grade-schooler and a baby: it does paint a lovely picture. But is it too good to be true? Those in the know whisper this is a marriage of convenience to help Anderson gain custody of his son. We, however, are rooting for something more. Raise your hands, hopeful romantics, if you think Marina and Anderson’s “arrangement” has the makings of a grade-A love match!

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  1. Lynn B
    September 13, 2016 at 10:28 am
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    I love the memories you shared Marie! 🙂 There’s just something about those shows where family was strong that warms your heart. I remember watching several of them myself as a kid and always think back fondly when I stumble across one on TV these days. Gunsmoke, Bonanza .. and even the Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. Good times!

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