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My name is Tessa Berkley and yes, I admit it, I'm a sucker for a man in denim, boots, and spurs.
I suppose, it comes from growing up with great shows like Bonanza, The Virginian, and The High Chaparral. These shows create characters bigger than life, who dominated the small screen. You know their characteristics by the end of the first episode. You knew they were going to prevail and all the answer solved by the end of the show. You knew they were going to get the girl, even if it ended in just happiness for now. It's this private code of hero, I tapped into when creating my hero U. S. Marshall Trace Castillo in my book Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose. In fact, there is one line that sums up his motto nicely.
"The words from his pledge, “to protect the citizens of Texas,” cut straight to his heart, giving his own personal creed deeper strength. For no one shot a woman on his watch and got away with it. After all, he was born a Texan, he had chosen to be a marshal,but he was first and always a man."
Trace embodies the best of Matt Dillon and the sassy male macho-ism of Manolito Montoya. I hope you'll enjoy meeting Trace Castillo and his heroine Mary Rose Thornton in the snippet I've left below. Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose is out now with Amazon and on May 24th it becomes available at other retail markets.
From Castillo's Fiery Texas Rose...
“Don’t you dare tell me it’s not my right to work,” she hissed. “My brother may be dead, but I own that freight company. It is my blood, my sweat, my life!”
“Your life,” he scoffed. “Your death, Miss Thornton, if you keep up with this foolhardy attempt.”
She flashed him a look of disdain. “You pompous windbag.” Her nostrils flared and color crept into her cheeks. “Don’t you preach to me! I intend to honor my brother’s memory by making Thornton’s the best freight company in Texas.”
Her fire set his blood aflame. Any other woman would have run in the opposite direction. In defiance, she stepped closer, glaring up at him, the color of her eyes deepening from blue to deep indigo. In their depths a sparkling of fire leaped and could not go unchallenged. Unable to control his movements, Trace reached out and grasped her by the waist, his broad hands nearly spanning her middle.
“Oh, yes.” His words tumbled over his lips, deep, throaty, and laced with desire. “You’ll make a name for yourself. Every unmarried man, every scoundrel, and every hot blood in southwest Texas will turn up on your doorstep. They will watch the tilt of your head, the sway of your skirts, and try to catch the shimmer of fire in that fine head of hair.”
Beneath his stare, her eyes widened. Not from fear, but with understanding of what his words meant. He searched her face but didn’t hold back. “They won’t stop there,” he continued, pulling her toward him. “Not until they have a taste of heaven.”
Sigh, I can't tell you how thrilled I was when The Wild Rose Press allowed Trace to come to life!If you enjoy this snippet, please stop by my website and join my newsletter for information about up coming releases. To purchase a copy of Castillo, please use the link below...
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