|Celia Yeary, Author|
By Celia Yeary
When I wrote the first Dime Novel, ANGEL AND THE COWBOY, someone suggested I put a Jimmy Thomas photo on it. What? Are you crazy? I wanted to reply with this retort because I have never wanted a gorgeous hunk with beautiful woman on my covers. My idea of covers ran toward the non-human kind; you know, sweeping vistas, sunsets, lakes, mountains, wildflowers, horses...and I do love all the covers for my novels. Those have worked very well.
Before I made this bold, perhaps slightly tacky remark, I had no idea about some male model named Jimmy Thomas. But I did look up his website, signed up, logged in, and was hooked. Right away, I found my Angel and her cowboy, and with the expert guidance from Karen Michelle Nutt, the first Dime Novel cover was a hit--with me, anyway.
The second one, ADDIE AND THE GUNSLINGER, was even easier. Right away I found the right cover, showing Addie sneaking Jude's pistols from the holster. The third novel, CHARLOTTE AND THE TENDERFOOT was a little more difficult, but Karen came through once again.
I have just submitted the fourth Dime Novel titled KAT AND THE U.S. MARSHAL. And even before I submitted it, I had selected the cover...a Jimmy Thomas, of course.
These covers work for the novellas, because the stories are slightly offbeat and fun. I'd never written anything exactly like these, but I am so pleased with the success of them, I know I made a very good choice. And the Jimmy Thomas covers are perfect.
P.S. I have since learned that Jimmy Thomas is not only a handsome man, he is truly a nice guy. That bit of knowledge makes it all the better.
ANGEL AND THE COWBOY:
He needs a wife…
Because the sheriff summons him, U.S. Marshal Max Garrison rides to town. He resents learning he must supervise a young man just out of prison who will work at his ranch for a time. But when he meets the beautiful young woman who owns the teashop, he knows his trip is not wasted. Max decides she's the one for him.
She faces more loneliness …
Daniella Sommers lives alone above the book and teashop her English parents left her. When U.S. Marshal Max Garrison walks in and asks for tea, she almost laughs. Soon, her merriment turns to hope. Then Daniella learns a shocking truth about herself. If she reveals her past, will Max still love her?
Is it time for miracles and hope?
ADDIE AND THE GUNSLINGER
Ex-gunslinger Jude Morgan lands in jail in a far-flung West Texas town. On the fourth day in his cell, the sheriff arrives with a beautiful woman dressed in men’s pants and toting her own six-shooter. Adriana Jones claims he is her worthless husband who married her but never came home.
The young woman makes a bargain with Jude in front of the sheriff. Jude is to come home where he belongs, and she will have him released. When they’re alone, she explains his job is to pose as her husband to thwart the marriage advances of her neighbor, wealthy rancher Horace Caruthers. The older man wants her ranch to join his, because the Pecos River runs through her property.
To seal the bargain, Jude wants a kiss. During the next few weeks, however, Jude and Addie learn that the kiss meant more than they meant it to be. Then, Addie's life is in danger. Will Jude rescue his Addie? Or will Addie save herself and her gunslinger?
CHARLOTTE AND THE TENDERFOOT
While driving home in her buggy, Charlotte Dewhurst discovers a man lying by the road. William Montgomery, an attorney, was passing through the area when accosted by two hoodlums. The resulting court case keeps Will in town. His attitudes confuse Charlotte as he seeks her company, yet proclaims he will soon be moving on. But Will may be the most confused one of all.
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Thanks to Celia for being my guest today. She and I are co-founders of the blog Sweethearts of the West. We have enough in common that we joke that we're cousins. She's a person to whom I'd love to be related.
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