by Carolyn Brown
Okay, folks you've all listened to me moan and groan and whine like a two year old in the cereal aisle at the grocery store the past two months about the heat in Oklahoma. But I now understand the problem with the whole record breaking summer which I intend to share with y'all if you will keep it a secret. I'm afraid the people will drag me outside the house, kick me off the curb and stone me to death if they find out this record-breaking summer is my fault.
H.E.A.T. stands for Happy Ever After Temperatures in this story.
Once upon a time a romance author started a book about a cowboy named Trace Coleman and a sassy Irish lass named Gemma O'Donnell. She typed in the first sentence and it became evident from page one that Trace was a damn hot cowboy and Gemma had a temper just as hot as his dreamy brown eyes.
And the temperature in Oklahoma shot up from the low nineties to over 100 degrees.
Then the author's fingers typed faster. Gemma and Trace were both saddle bronc riders in the Million Dollar Rodeo tour. Gemma wanted to win so she'd have the glory of being the second woman to ever win the title at the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Championship Association) finals in Las Vegas in December. Every time she showed the cowboys that a cowgirl had come to town and whipped their sexy little butts, she put a gold star on her green construction paper Christmas tree hanging on the door of her travel trailer. Come December she planned to put the biggest star right on top of that tree!
Trace had to keep his mind on the game plan: win every single event that he could and then the finals so he could buy the ranch from his Uncle Teamer before the first of the new year. He didn't have time for a sassy bit of Irish baggage who thought she could waltz right into the rodeo circuit and ride a mean bronc. But then he bit into the age old apple and kissed her! It must've been a hot-as-hell kiss because the mercury in the thermometer hanging on our garage climbed to 108 degrees.
No spoilers here folks but the author kept typing and pretty soon the temperature was 111 degrees. One day it even went to 117 in the shade and the big thermometer on the fence out by the patio which was in the sun said 122 degrees.
All this time the author was trying to get Gemma and Trace to their own H.E.A. and she was typing as fast and furious as she could. And then behold, the day arrived when the author finished the rough draft!
And for the first time in weeks, Oklahoma got rain...and the temperature dropped that day down to the high 80's.
What can I say?
Be careful what you write as you work toward that Happy Ever After because it damn sure will affect the temperatures. Now please gather up in my yard and help me carry those stones away from the curb. Now that it's rained twice in the past three days, no one around here believes a word of my HEAT story.
But I swear that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
And to celebrate finishing my 2012 cowboy Christmas book, I'm giving away a free ARC copy of this year's (2011) Christmas Cowboy book...Darn Good Cowboy Christmas book which will be out in October. Comment and your name goes in Pearl's red boot. I will draw one out tonight and mail your ARC tomorrow morning!
Meet Liz Hanson and get reacquainted with Raylen O'Donnell (Love Drunk Cowboy and Red's Hot Cowboy)!
All Liz ever wanted was a house with no wheels and a sexy cowboy for Christmas. Her Uncle Haskell left her the house and twenty acres. Will Raylen O'Donnell be the sexy cowboy?