July 17, 2014
By Laura Drake
Why, oh why? I know better. I really do. You know, when you’re righteously smug about the fact that others do such and such, but YOU would never . . .
I know that’s waving red flag in front of the universe.
See, I’ve always been proud of how much I can accomplish.
You want something done? Ask a busy woman.
The impossible just takes a little longer.
Press on regardless…
I’ve got a million stupid, irritating, ignorant slogans.
My multi-published author friends told me that when I retired that I wouldn’t get any more words in a day than I did when I worked full time. I laughed (behind my hand). Oh sure, they wouldn’t get more done. But I loved to write. If I got 500 words written every day in two hours before, I’d be writing 6 books a year, now! Visions of multiple book contracts with multiple publishers danced in my dreams.
After all, it should be easy. Especially since we’re home bodies and I have no life. No, really. Alpha Dog is the lowest maintenance guy on the planet – leave him to his 1950’s Westerns, toss him a sandwich at mealtime, and he’s happy as a pig in mud. Okay, not a flattering analogy, but you know what I mean.
Well, fast forward 18 months. I knew this deadline was coming. Of course I did. I just forgot the proposal that’s due in two weeks. And that RWA National is next week, and the kids are coming for a visit.
And you know the really maddening part? I can’t tell you what I did with all that time. Mostly I was sitting at the computer, and my Bejeweled scores have shot up, but . . . I don’t have much to show for all that time!
Now I’m staring at the headlight, bearing down on me.
And I really did know better than to gloat. I really did.
RT August 2014 – 4 ½ Stars TOP PICK!
Drake does it again, with a terrific contemporary western. She takes this time-honored format and injects such fully formed characters and realistic scenarios that you might think it is nonfiction dealing with everything from PTSD to the aging athlete, all while giving us a wonderful romance. Just top notch. While this is part of a series, the Sweet on a Cowboy books are completely independent of each other.
SUMMARY: Army medic Katya Smith is unable to get past the experience of losing a fellow soldier. She can’t go back to her unit until she can keep from melting down, so she takes a job as a medic for the pro bull riding circuit in an effort to recover her mojo. She doesn’t expect to become attached to the sport or the riders, especially the king rider of them all, Cam Cahill. Cam is a two-time world champion, but those years have taken a toll. It is time to retire, but he can’t imagine himself off the circuit. Katya does wonderful things for his body, but he is not certain he is ready for the things she does for his heart. She has made it plain this is a temp job, but if he could get her to stay, he can see a whole new future.