Today we learn Five Secrets from Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
or as she calls them,"subtle secrets".
Have to tell you, a tear came to my eye as I read them.
She’s the author of four novels in the contemporary western romance genre with more books to come in each series. Two time-travel romance novels are now out of print. Some of her novels are emotional and compelling, and the characters don't have an easy time getting what they want, but their reward is sexy and sweet. In a lighter style she prefers to write more romantic and sensual love stories without all the conflict and drama.
Mary has two grown sons and an Australian Shepherd/ chow mix fur baby dog. She lives in the Great Lake state of Michigan, U.S.A. Her career job was in education working with children with learning disabilities—at elementary and middle school levels. She has taught creative writing for a college leisure program.
Mary loves photography, reading, going to the opera and dinner with friends, and also likes to travel. Loving books as a child, and growing up an avid reader, she is still inspired by other writers who have taught her to keep her eyes on the goal. Now she writes full-time—her dream come true.
Hi Mary, please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about Cowboy Boss and his Destiny or you, but will after today!
Hi, Leslie. Thanks for having me today. I have no major secrets to give away in this book. In fact, it was hard to come up with these five. Let’s call them subtle secrets. :)
1) Nora, Destiny, and Tristan star in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. When this book was planned, Destiny’s original age wasn’t what you see in the book. She’s four, but turns five shortly after the story begins. When I began planning, Destiny was sixteen-months old. She remained sixteen-months-old until about page two when she told me she wasn’t a baby. Our characters are almost always right. (I love it!) Why did I change her age? I wanted her to interact in her world, with her dad, and with the rest of the family. To have her own opinions. No doubt she has opinions, and she also has her own fun personality. Destiny adds to the story and it was a great decision to make her older. In the “bonus book” #1.5, a short novel I wrote as an addition to Cowboy Boss, I noticed a change in her attitude.
2) Tristan calls Destiny Baby Cakes. I’m a widow now, but when I met my husband his daughter had just turned eight. He called her Baby Cakes. I didn’t call her that, because it was special between her and her dad. In Cowboy Boss and his Destiny, Nora won’t call Destiny “Baby Cakes” for the same reason. In fact, no one else in Destiny’s family calls her by that nickname.
3) This one surprised me in the beginning. Nora uses the color teal or turquoise at times for her carpet, bedroom colors, or clothes. Most of my heroines mention something in this color. This goes all the way back to the first book I wrote. Teal is my favorite color. It wasn’t planned in the beginning, but once I realized some of my heroines liked the color, I went with it.
4) The reason Tristan drives a Dodge Ram pickup in this book? I had my very own Ram pickup and I loved that truck. I guess that was my adult Tomboy stage. :-0 This type of truck fits my hero. If it brings me good memories, heck, why not give one to a hero? Mine was red and your basic pickup. His isn’t basic in any way. He’s a rancher and his truck fits the need, plus he has fun with the built-up engine. Tristan’s isn’t red.
5) The original idea that I can contribute to Cowboy Boss and his Destiny is a post office box I used to have. Once, years ago, I’d often see the same guy picking up his mail when I picked up mine. My mind automatically saw this as a way for my characters to meet. Is this how Nora and Tristan meet? No, not exactly. But through the years I kept going back to that idea. When Tristan came to me, he also came to me with the same predicament he’s found in, in the beginning of the book. It happens to be at the post office in a roundabout way. They would have met inside like my imagination showed me, but the scenario changed when I realized Tristan was a single dad.
These are my Five Secrets about Cowboy Boss and his Destiny, the first book in the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight. It can be read as a standalone. Heartbreak’s Reward, book two is available. The “bonus book” #1.5 I mentioned above is coming late 2014. More books will follow.
Tristan Carlson does the best he can to raise his four-year-old daughter on his own. His mother remains on the Double Dutch to lend a hand—giving him the ability to maintain the ranch, tend to his horses, and keep up his small-time ranching magazine. His pretty, new assistant is everything he wants in a woman, including her ginger-red hair. But from his experience with women lately, he’s learned that some don’t want a ready-made family. This one seems different, and he’s falling hard. But, there’s his little blue-eyed girl, and he’ll protect Destiny’s heart with everything within him. Until he knows for sure…
Living the good life in a big city for many years, Nora Trinity ends up a statistic after the magazine she works for makes cutbacks. Despite a family betrayal from her past that still needs mending, she moves back home to the small town of Canyon Junction, Arizona, with forgiveness on her mind. When she is hired by a local rancher to help with his ranching magazine, she finds herself profoundly attracted to him. The thing is, her sexy boss comes as a package deal, and his little girl is immediately drawn to her. It’s not just about two hearts taking a chance now—or two people falling in love.