Guest Leah Braemel – It’s All About Legacy

This lifestyle isn’t just about animals. It’s about beliefs and values passed down through generations. Ensuring things are left better for those yet to come.

It’s all about Legacy.

I found that quote on Pinterest a while back, almost year after I’d first submitted the proposal for The Grady Legacy. While I’ve searched on Google to give credit to whoever originally said it, I can’t find its origins.

I grew up in the country—in central Ontario, not Texas—but the idea of a family farm being a legacy was imprinted on me early. Usually in the sign of an Ontario Century farm plaque firmly planted on the lawns of the farms where my school stopped to pick up my fellow classmates. The signs meant the farm had been owned and operated by the same family for a minimum of a hundred to a hundred and fifty years. Almost all of my classmates had grown up knowing each other, many of them were related to each other, even distantly. And everyone had stories about Old Joe down the road who, fifty years ago, got a thorn in his foot and up and moved away from the family farm to establish own farm. (Joe’s “new” land was one line away—the county lines (or roads) were approximately a mile and a quarter apart—but you’d think that he’d moved around the world the way the stories were told.)

So when I was writing Slow Ride Home, it didn’t take much of a stretch of imagination to create a ranch that had been in the Grady family for generations too.  With Ben Grady who has been raised with those values and beliefs that have been handed down from generation to generation. And I could see how Allie, the heroine, would think this:

She jammed her elbows on the fence, staring at the mare who’d resumed grazing, rather than facing Ben. He was a Grady. This was Bull’s Hollow. The land, the cattle, they came first to him, over everything else.

But Allie’s been away from Ben and Bull’s Hollow for fifteen years, and she needs a reminder that the family legacy isn’t just about the land, it’s about protecting those Ben loved too. Without giving away too much of the story, Allie is convinced she doesn’t fall into the protected category.

Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O’Keefe. Ben’s never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.

Allie thought she’d moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she’s become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben’s sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories…

Allie has every intention of leaving Bull’s Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie’s lost her heart.

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Read more about Slow Ride Home, book 1 in The Grady Legacy trilogy on Leah’s website. Or buy the book from Amazon, B&N, or Carina Press. Or as an audio book from Audible

The only woman in a houseful of men (even the cat and dog are male), Leah Braemel loves hiding away from all the dust bunnies while she writes sexy heroes and heroines finding true love. To read more about Slow Ride Home or any of Leah’s other books, you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter, or on Facebook.

**Leah is giving away a digital copy of her backlist to a lucky commenter. Tell her what’s the longest your family has ever lived in one place.** She’ll start — her family lived on their tiny farm for 43 years.

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27 Responses to Guest Leah Braemel – It’s All About Legacy

  1. Molly Ann Wishlade says:

    This looks like a great novel! I love the idea of a farm as legacy and characters with an intimate past always have something to sizzle over! 😉 Happy Saturday!

  2. Clare O'Beara says:

    My parents bought their house when they married and lived there until my mother sold it a year after my father had died. By then we were all grown ups and ready to face the world. That’s a long stretch in anyone’s life and we have each got homes and families since.

    Love your quote!

    • Leah Braemel says:

      Flare, that’s why my mother had to sell their place too. It was just too hard for her to keep it up, and it wouldn’t have worked for my sister or I to take it over either. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. LorettaLynn says:

    Well my grandparents lived in the same place for 40 years. Me and my husband for 10 years and just moved into are own home this year 🙂 So now I hope for many years here.
    This sounds really good:)

  4. Kayla W says:

    At this point, it’s still Ohio (was born and raised there until I was just about 14). But I’ve been in the dc area for the last 11 and I’m not planning on going anywhere! Gotta say, I can’t imagine a property being in family hands for 100-150 years. But to have those roots so easily available and known would be great. I really do enjoy reading about a family business, ranch ect being passed down through generations. The roots and strength impress me…make me wonder what could be 100 years from now in my own family 🙂

    • Leah Braemel says:

      Hi Kayla — I love the idea of having such deep roots, but some of the people I grew up found them restrictive, so I guess there were good and bad perspectives, but I’ve always liked the idea of having somewhere to go home to. It’s weird now that my parents’ place has been sold knowing I’ll never be able to back to walk the fields, or see the trees I used to climb have grown even higher.

  5. Cindy Hamilton says:

    My parents bought a bar/bowling alley 49 years ago, unfortunately my dad has passed away but my mother is still running the bar part! Even though I don’t live there anymore it is still home!!

    • Leah Braemel says:

      Sorry to hear about your father, Cindy, but that is so cool that your mother is still running the bar. And I know exactly what you mean about it still being home even though you don’t live there anymore. I felt that way about my parents’ place.

  6. Lea says:

    My family seems to move a lot, the longest my parents have lived in a house is 15 years (for their current home) but my husband’s grandparents lived in the same house in Ballard (a neighborhood in Seattle) for 55 years (give or take a year or two). I don’t think I’ve lived in the same house for more than 8 years, my husband and I bought our first house just over three years ago, we’ll see how long we stay here.

    • Leah Braemel says:

      Lea, While my parents lived in the same spot for 43 years, the longest my hubby and I have stayed in one place is 11 years, the place we’re in now. But with the industry my hubby is in, we don’t have the choice when they’ve moved his office but to follow. A little different for farmers. Except in my area where so many are getting pushed out due to urban sprawl. 😦

      • Lea says:

        I know what you mean about moving for hubby’s job. My husband is a pilot and while we have been very lucky about finding jobs in the greater Seattle area which allows us to be close to both our families, when he moves on to the airlines (hopefully some time in the next year or so) there is a very good chance we’ll have to uproot our family to another area (we were looking at the possibility of Florida last spring) it’ll be interesting to see what happens when we get there.

  7. wyndwhisper says:

    we moved around a lot when i was growing up but in my teens/twenties we lived in Wyoming for about 10 years. I loved it there.

    Tammy Ramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

  8. Linda says:

    My mom has lived in the same place in a city for the last 42 years, of which the last 25 years as a widow. As she gets older, our family is worried whether she continue to handle living by herself. I’ve lived in the same place for the last 11 years but we are looking at moving in two years depending on where our kids want to go to high school. I’ve always lived in urban areas so the idea of a family farm/ranch is intriguing.

    • Leah Braemel says:

      Hi Linda — your mom sounds similar to mine — my mom continued to live on the farm after my dad died–she hated having to move out, especially since they’d built the place themselves, but she ended up having to when she had a stroke and her license was taken away. 😦 When I was a teen, I hated living in the country, there was so little to do, but now I’m older, I like the idea of being out in the country, away from neighbors again.

  9. Terri says:

    I’d say the house my mom lives in is the one that anyone in the family has lived in the longest…..about 43 years. I’ve lived in the spot I’m living in about 20 years……spot, not house as the house burnt down in ’96 and had to be rebuilt. However, I grew up in a rural area where families have lived on family farms for over 300 years. Multiple generations live in the same area and have ties to many similar families in the area which brought about the term SMIB—-Southern Maryland In Bred. BTW you aren’t a local until 3 generations are born here so even though I was born here the family wasn’t really local until my grandkids were. When I say I’m local, the first thing another local will ask is what was your maiden name because my married name is definitely not local. Got to love small town living!

    • Leah Braemel says:

      SMIB – I’m definitely storing that away to use in one of the Hauberk stories that take place in the Maryland area. And OMG How did I forget the 3 generations before you’re local phenomenon–our area was totally like that too! (My parents’ families in England look at me funny when I talk about these type of time frames — especially at my aunt who lives in the house that has been in her family since it was built in the 1700s.)

  10. Ashley says:

    Military girl so the longest we lived anywhere was 3 or 4 years. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Leah Braemel says:

      I thought I’d moved around — having lived in 8 places in 30 years, but those moves were as an adult. It must have been more of a challenge making friendships etc as a kid. Thanks for dropping by, Ashley, and good luck!

  11. Mary Preston says:

    My Father’s people were farmers, so they were on the land for generations.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  12. Kristi says:

    My dad’s family have been on the same farm since 1904 and he is still there. I even have a window frame from the original farmhouse decorating my house 900 miles away!

  13. Leah Braemel says:

    I’ll be picking a winner tomorrow!

  14. Randi Alexander says:

    Leah chose a winner! Random .org has chosen commenter #3 — Loretta Lynn! Congratulations, Loretta. Go through Leah’s booklist on her website and then email me with the title of the book you’d like, along with what format (epub or Kindle) at Contest @ leahbraemel DOT com. Congratulations, and thank you to everyone for stopping by!

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