Maynard, Janice, Stranded with the Rancher (Texas Cattleman’s Club: After the Storm, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).
Title: Stranded with the Rancher (Texas Cattleman’s Club: After the Storm, Book 1)
Author: Janice Maynard
Issues: Self Esteem
For billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell, the day starts with the usual argument with ornery neighbor Beth Andrews. But within minutes, he and the irritating beauty are huddled together in a storm cellar praying for their lives. They call a truce…and seal it with an unexpected kiss.
They emerge to a scene of utter devastation. Their passion to rebuild is only rivaled by the very personal passion they’ve just discovered…until Beth’s past catches up with her, and a very different type of storm erupts…
In April of 2009, my husband and I traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to visit family for Easter weekend. Saturday, a hot and muggy day, we went out for lunch. The steakhouse we chose had a bank of televisions over the bar area.
As we ate our meal, we glanced again and again at the weather maps covered with yellow, orange and – most sinister of all – red areas. Storms were popping up all over the South.
At the time, however, nothing was happening exactly where we were…not even rain. After lunch, we planned to hit the grocery store to stock up on food for the next day’s lunch. The women said we should go home. The men said we had time to do our errand first.
We piled into the car, turned left out of the parking lot, and immediately saw something pretty darned terrifying. A funnel cloud dropped out of the sky.
Imagine a lot of yelling and throwing the car into Reverse. We, along with a crowd of other people, ran back into the restaurant and huddled in the restrooms. We stayed there a very long time, not really knowing when it was safe to head back outside.
Later, we saw the damage. An F4 tornado, half a mile wide, had stayed on the ground for twenty-two miles. Miraculously, there were fewer than five fatalities.
That memory was very much in my mind as I wrote Stranded with the Rancher. In the future, though, I’d rather not do my research quite so thoroughly!
Have fun with this first installment of Texas Cattleman’s Club: After the Storm. Thanks for reading. 🙂