Hi everyone. Maddie James here, coming to you from Kentucky bluegrass horse country! Even though the Kentucky Derby is a couple of months away, we’re all gearing up here for the big horse race. The festival, the parties, the food… April will soon be here and once it hits, it’s Derby time, all day, every day.
Kentucky is known for its thoroughbred horses, the jockeys, and outrageously expensive horse barns. A far cry from western riding, quarter horses, and dusty old barns.
We’ve all heard of the cowboy code–and if you google it, you’ll find a lot of different lists that represent what that code means. Whether it’s called the Cowboy Code of Ethics, The Code of the West, Cowboy Ettiquette, or a Code of Conduct–it all boils down to similar things.
Cowboys are loyal, honest, and hard working. They help others, are respectful, and never take unfair advantage of anyone. They can be all of these things and more, while also exhibiting strong-willed, Alpha characteristics balanced with a kind and caring spirit.
The hero in my latest release, Collin Kramer, is like that, too. He’s not a cowboy in the traditional sense of the word, but he embodies many traits of the cowboy code–hard working, loyal, caring, and would do anything for the people he loves. Instead of wearing western jeans and boots, however, he wears the jodhpurs and boots of a Kentucky blue-blood, fox hunter.
Intrigued? Here’s the book description for WIND RIDGE:
Rebekah McCauley is back home after ten long years of living and working in New York City. She left the Big Apple under circumstances she’d rather not share with her family—not yet, anyway—and all she really wants is time to heal and recover from the mess she’d made of her life. Luckily, her grandparents’ Kentucky bluegrass farm, Wind Ridge, provides the safe haven she craves, and the solitude she needs to heal.
Collin Kramer, the fox hunter next door, seems determined to infiltrate that peace and quiet, and invade her safe haven—not only with his noisy hounds running amok over her land, but with his Alpha male, take-charge attitude running roughshod over her wounded heart.
But as Bekah softens to Collin’s conquest, he realizes his own toughened heart needs mending. And just when he thinks he has that conquered, as well, all hell breaks loose. Poisoned horses, a gutted dog, and a barn fire are only the beginning. When Bekah’s farmhouse burns to the ground too, they know someone means business. But who? And whose past, Bekah’s or Collin’s, has come back to haunt them?