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Best days are always when I get a chance to be with my editor and dear friend, Sinclair Jane Sawhney and today’s a best day because she is in the Spotlight with her new book, Marry Me, Please, Cowboy! It just landed on my Kindle and I can’t wait to dig into this new story by one of my very favorite authors (and my very favorite editor!). Be sure to check out her giveaway at the bottom of this post–it’s pretty awesome!!
Sinclair Sawhney is a former journalist and middle school teacher who holds a BA in Political Science and K-8 teaching certificate from the University of California, Irvine and a MS in Education with an emphasis in teaching writing from the University of Washington. She has worked as Senior Editor with Tule Publishing for over nine years. Writing as Sinclair Jayne she’s published fifteen short contemporary romances with Tule Publishing with another four books being released in 2021. Married for over twenty-four years, she has two children, and when she isn’t writing or editing, she and her husband, Deepak, are hosting wine tastings of their pinot noir and pinot noir rose at their vineyard Roshni, which is a Hindi word for light-filled, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Shaandaar!
I love how Nan always greets her readers and fans as ‘mes amies.’ It has such a lovely ring to it, more glamorous than my friends–and also makes me wish I’d studied French in college instead of German (but that was fun too), especially as my daughter speaks French and studied in Aix en Provence her junior year of college.
I had a chance to meet Nan in person when she and her husband, Jim, visited our vineyard, Roshni, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley this past summer. It was a blast to taste wine, talk, and sit outside and enjoy the music and vineyard views for a few days. It’s so much easier to chat and let down our guard in person than in Zoom or on conference calls. Nan and I linked up again at a Tule Publishing retreat about a month later, and there was so much comradery that I never wanted to retreat to end. I hadn’t realized how easy it is to become lonely and how reuniting with friend and colleagues is like a long, cool, tasty sip of spring water.
I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship a lot this year as I wrote Marry Me Please, Cowboy. First, because the whole point of my series, the Montana Coyote Cowboys was about exploring the intensely deep and loyal friendship my five heroes have with each other. They are brothers-in-arms, and then when they each peel out of the military and travel to Marietta, Montana to fulfill a task for their fallen commanding officer, they continue to build their friendship over the course of the series—helping each other, teasing each other, and working towards building a business together. I wanted to explore male friendship—the ride or die type. I wanted to test my heroes and the bonds of their friendship so that they would understand that they are accepted and do belong even when they become ‘civies’ or make a mistake.
Second, I was lucky enough to score a spot in this multi-author 85th Copper Mountain Rodeo series with my bestie, Jane Porter, and also two other talented authors, Megan Crane and CJ Carmichael, who have become great friends. Working with friends was a new experience for me. I have not been on a lot of author retreats nor attended conferences with other authors often so to visit the shockingly beautiful and cold Canmore in Alberta Canada and immerse myself in the creative process with women who had worked and plotted and played together for years was inspiring and beautiful. Working with Carla and Megan and Jane felt right and safe and made me want to dig deep and work hard to measure up to their wide open hearts, fierce intelligence and incredible skills.
And third, I wanted to explore friendship between a couple—not just the sexual pull and magical zing of a new romance, but to build characters who could and would become true friends and lovers. Both Huck and Willow are accustomed to only relying on themselves. They both had childhoods where they felt adrift and isolated. They are both strong, determined and independent, especially Willow, a barrel racer. Huck is accustomed to working with others to achieve a goal. Willow only trusts herself, and I wanted explore the push and pull struggle that pits an alpha, get stuff done cowboy hero with competitive cowboy girl who’s loathe to trust or ask for help.
Writing can often be a lonely process. It’s me in my head with my characters, and I’m happy there—not always as in control as I’d imagined, but often in a zone–but at some point I have to come out and rejoin the world. My friendships are critical for my mental health. Even if I’m too busy to hang out, I try to text or send a picture with a personal message. Now that my kids have mostly launched, it’s harder than ever to keep in touch with my friends. They’re working, traveling, creating, taking care of parents or college age kids. Spending time with Jane, Meghan and Carla for a few days in the icy splendor or Canada reminded me of how much I value my friends, and how they are always worth my best efforts every day.
I hope that you get a chance to read Huck and Willow’s love story. And there are three other wonderful rodeo-based romances in Tule Publishing’s 10th anniversary that are a bit of a shout out to the original four novella rodeo romances Tule Published: Take Me Please, Cowboy, Tempt Me Please, Cowboy and Promise Me, Please Cowboy.
Thanks for hanging out with me today and best wishes,
GIVEAWAY: Sinclair has a fun prize package for one commenter (Continental US only). Check out this fun collection of goodies! Just tell her what are some ways that you like to connect with friends? We’ll draw a winner at random on Saturday morning.
Marry Me Please, Cowboy
Former soldier, now rodeo cowboy, Huck Jones doesn’t believe in love or marriage. Still, a promise is a promise, and he’s prepared to honor his fallen team leader’s wish to walk his sister down the aisle in Marietta, Montana. When the groom bolts moments before the ceremony, Huck offers himself as her alternative groom.
Barrel racer Willow McBride hates the cowboy code, and the soldier code is even more annoying. She’s pregnant, not helpless, so when her late brother’s sexy friend offers himself as a sacrificial husband, the answer is a resounding no. She wants love not duty. Plus, the 85th Copper Mountain Rodeo is looking to be her last as a competitor, and she intends to win.
Huck may no longer be a soldier, but he still believes no man—or woman—should be left behind. He’ll need to woo the beautiful, stubbornly independent cowgirl and change her mind. Failure is never an option.