The release of a new book is always a cause for celebration, but especially so when it is the start of a new venture—in this case, my first historical novella for Tule. A company which, as readers know, puts out some of the best stories by the best authors ever, which means I’m even more honored to join them. And for the cherry on top of the celebration, the release day is my birthday!
It’s also a parallel of sorts. Just before my birthday in 1998, Margaret Marbury with Harlequin called to say she wanted to buy my Golden Heart-winning Regency Romance. For all of my career since (25+ books and counting) I’ve set my stories in the English Regency. So it seems especially fitting that my debut into a new historical time period with a new publisher will occur, once again, on my birthday.
Ronan “Booze” Kelly, the hero of SCANDAL WITH THE RANCHER, is also looking to start a new venture. Having built a trading empire, founded a town, and earned a reputation as the most dynamic and charming man in the Hill Country, Booze decides to try cattle ranching. The ideal land for his ranch belongs to a beautiful widow, Marguerite McMasters. After the tragic death of her husband, she’s stubbornly hanging on to their dream of establishing a horse breeding farm. Despite her attraction to Booze, she won’t be charmed out of her land—or into his bed.
Or so she thinks.
What happens when an irresistible force like Booze meets the unmovable determination of a Marguerite? Throw in a highly-combustible passion, and the result is bound to be explosive!
As a birth marks the beginning of a new life waiting to unfold, I’m hoping my journey into the historical American West will bring fun, surprises, unexpected twists and lots of enjoyment for me and for readers. Thank you again, Tule, for giving me the most wonderful birthday present!
Have you had any special milestones occur on your birthday? Please share!
After writing more than twenty-five novels and novellas set in the English Regency, award-winning historical author Julia Justiss expanded her focus to pen stories that take place on the frontier of the Texas Hill Country, near where she lives with her native-born Texas husband. An avid reader who began jotting down plot ideas for…