Friday, July 26, 2013


What’s you favorite type fictional hero? I don’t go for strictly alpha or beta—I prefer a happy blend of the two. That is the type hero I write—strong yet not afraid to let a woman know he loves her, protective without being a control freak. My newly released boxed set, MEN OF STONE MOUNTAIN: MICAH, ZACH, AND JOEL unites the stories of these three brothers for a reduced price. Let’s meet the Men of Stone Mountain. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do.

Brazos River near Mineral Wells, Texas
with Palo Pinto Mountains in background
This Stone Mountain is in North Central Texas in the Palo Pinto Mountains. Mountains in this area are not like the Rockies. Caves, ravines, springs, and cedar brakes riddle the land through which the Brazos River weaves. Small oaks that gave the land its name dominate the hillsides, but there also are cedar, live oaks, cottonwood, willows, hackberry and other trees. In current times, mesquite trees are a threat to ranchers, but those only appeared a couple of hundred years ago.

Comanche warriors
courtesy of Dover
Comanche, Apache, and Kiowa hunted and summered here. Living near springs and creeks, the Comanche grew crops and hunted game.  Families returned to the same spot year after year. But then the anglos arrived. A time of unrest resulted and continued up to the 1870’s.

This brings us to the arrival of Micah, Zach, and Joel Stone. These boys are brothers in the best sense of the word—closely knit, loyal, and supportive of one another. They grew up in Johnson County, south of Fort Worth.  During the Civil War, all three brothers bore arms. Although their father wanted them to remain home, Zach and Joel joined the Confederate Army. A year later, Micah joined the Union Army. Even fighting on different sides did not cause discord when the War ended.  After their parents’ death, Zach moved west. He discovered a beautiful valley halfway up an unnamed mountain. He named it Stone Mountain and built a sturdy cabin. 

In BRAZOS BRIDE, the youngest brother, Micah, homesteaded nearby in the (fictional) Radford Springs area and then bought the adjoining homestead. When Micah was accused of murdering his neighbor over water rights, Joel and Zach stayed with him. Joel defended his brother in court and obtained a “not guilty” verdict. Many in the county still thought Micah guilty. His having fought for the Union did not win friends either. Zach and Joel determined to help him discover the real murderer and clear his name. Two former soldiers stay with Micah also.Slim and Bert are loyal to Micah and depend on him to guide them, yet they'd do anything to help him..
Micah has met the woman for him, but knows she is way out of his league. She's wealthy, he is strapped for cash. What could he possibly offer her? He can think of nothing about him she'd want, but he can't keep her out of his thoughts and dreams. 

In HIGH STAKES BRIDE, Zach had moved back to his valley. Before many months had passed, Comanche raided nearby farms and kidnapped three children. The Warren parents approached Zach to rescue their son, David. Zach joined forces with a local freighter and a Paneteka Comanche to obtain the children’s release. By this time, the two boys and girl had been traded to the Kiowa, the fiercest of the area tribes, and taken to Indian Territory. Zach traded for the children and returned them to their families. In gratitude, the Warrens offered to sell Zach their large home and ranch at pennies on the dollar. He accepted and the grateful couple took their son back to Kentucky. With his new ranch and home, Zach believed himself the luckiest man in Texas. Now, if he only had a wife and children to share his good fortune.

Joel Stone is the eldest and his book is BLUEBONNET BRIDE. His time defending Micah forced him to realize he was a lawman rather than a rancher. He let his foreman manage his small ranch and became Radford County Sheriff. Using his previous Army training and Ranger skills, he kept Radford Springs a clean, orderly town. To accomplish this, he needed to live in town where he could remain vigilant, but he hated lodging at the local boarding house. He craved privacy and quiet. A departing family offered the largest house in town for sale. The place was complete on the outside, but the family ran out of money before the inside was completed, coupled with the father’s poor workmanship on the interior sections he constructed. Joel had admired that wreck of a house, and he bought it. Joel’s hobby was working with wood, and this converted to great carpenter skills for his new home. Working on one room at a time, Joel started remodeling the previous owner’s mistakes and oversights. He figured in only a few years, he’d have the grandest home in the county—if his body withstood the hard work in addition to keeping the town safe. Yet, he often wondered why, as the eldest, he hadn't married and settled down to build his own family. 

This background gets you to where each book opens. I enjoyed writing each of these stories. I hope you are intrigued enough to read the entire trilogy of MEN OF STONE MOUNTAIN

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