I’m delighted to welcome my Lyrical Press/Kensington Books sister, Tera Shanely, back to my blog to share her newest release, AN UNWILLING HUSBAND. I love the idea behind this story and can’t wait to devour it from cover to cover. I’ve always had a soft spot for westerns. Today, I’m turning my blog over to Tera for a very cool guest post about friendship. Check it out!
A Closer Look at the Importance of Companionship in the Wild West
Hello all! My name is Tera Shanley and I’m the author of the brand new Historic Western Romance release, An Unwilling Husband. First off, a huge thank you to Mae for letting the unruly Wild West come to visit today!
Have you ever read a book where a secondary character stands out to you long after you’ve flipped the last page? For An Unwilling Husband, Lenny is that character.
Originally, when I started writing the book, Lenny and her uncle, Cookie, were only supposed to be in the background. But as the story started taking place, and the characters spoke their wants louder and softer as is natural in a writer’s head, Lenny catapulted herself into this position of significant friendship for our dear Maggie, heroine of the book. She ended up playing a huge part in helping Maggie to find her strength in a world that was determined to bring her to her knees. Lenny never looked at her as a silly proper lady in the wrong place, or as a fragile woman incapable of big things. From years of friendship with Garret, Lenny knew the high durability a woman had to have to secure our reluctant hero’s affection, and determined, she pressed Maggie to grow stronger for him.
She comforts Maggie through tragedy, teaches her the ropes around the ranch, and when Maggie’s life is on the line, it’s Lenny who finds help. With Lenny’s unwavering aid, Maggie learns to cook, shoot, and run a ranch, and all without a single word between the women, because they don’t speak the same language. She is Comanche, you see. But through the story, Lenny proves that true friendship trumps a language barrier any day.
She was a blast to write and research, and I loved the challenge of giving her a voice without really using her voice.
I hope you’ll check out An Unwilling Husband and read for yourself why Maggie and Lenny’s friendship is hitting such a sweet chord with reviewers.
5 Huge Stars –
“…I loved Cookie and Lenny, especially Lenny, she’s amazing and beautiful and just perfect for Maggie to have as a friend.” – Nanee of Up All Night, Read All Day
An Unwilling Husband
By Tera Shanley
Genre: Historic Western Romance
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation/Imprint: Lyrical Press
Length: 310 pages
For adventurous Margaret Flemming, arrived from Boston to be with her father, the Old West town of her childhood is a far cry from the drawing rooms and balls of the high society life she’s used to. Her fancy gowns and proper manners have no place in the dusty, cruel land inhabited by Indians and rough cowboys. And her fiercely independent streak constantly gets her in trouble. When tragedy strikes, there’s only one person she can turn to–her childhood friend, Garret Shaw–but he’s disgusted with her Society ways.
With his ranch under attack from the land-grabbing Jennings, the last thing Garret needs is to be saddled with a high-falutin’ lady. Even if she is his friend’s daughter and her kind ways tug at his hardened heart. Duty to her father forces them to wed, but he knows sure as anything, when the chance comes along, she’ll go back to Boston. No matter how much he wants her, loving her is not a risk he can take.
Will Maggie choose a life of luxury and ease over struggle and hardship with an ill-mannered cowboy? Only her heart can answer.
Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love! A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit www.terashanley.com.