HAPPY FRIDAY ALL! WELCOME TO DAY 4 OF KIMMIE'S HOLIDAY BLOG BASH!
PLEASE WELCOME MY FRIEND AND TALENTED AUTHOR, LINDA MCMAKEN TO THE BOC!
I had the great pleasure of meeting Linda at my very first Lori Foster's Reader's Appreciation Weekend in Ohio back in June of 2012. Linda is one of the warmest ladies I have ever met, with such a great personality. She always has people laughing. That great sense of humor is what grabs the reader with her The Baers Books, it's what totally got me stuck on her and I hope if you haven't read this series, it will get you stuck too! Linda has such a great way with words, I pretty much let her have at it here with today's blog post!
All About "Baers"
Ideas for books come from the strangest places. Joe Baer and the Baer Brothers sort of sneaked up on me one summer day. My family and I were taking a trip to the western U.S. with tickets in hand for the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne Wyoming. We'd never been that far west before, so for us Easterners it was quite the adventure with long stretches of prairie, mighty rivers, and vast cattle ranches.
Thousands of cattle dotted the hillsides and we were stunned by how many. Most of us never realize how many of those four-legged critters it takes to feed a nation all those hamburgers!
As conversations tend to get a bit weird when we travel, my kids began telling awful cow jokes and my husband started naming cows that were close to the road; "That brown and white one, that's Mrs. Sirloin, over there is Mr. T-bone and that large black one, well, that would be Mr. Roast."
My thoughts however went to the ranchers and the families that lived there. I wondered who they were, and what their story was. Then I made the mistake of letting my muse actually speak aloud; (a rare thing, as her thoughts are well, weird) "I wonder what would happen if one of these cattle ranching cowboys fell in love with a vegetarian?"
Well, after an hour of horrendous "where's the beef" jokes, my Baer brothers saga began to take shape. All it took to finish the idea was the rodeo and a few hundred absolutely delicious cowboys attired in chaps, spurs, and hats. The Baer's became a family and my imagination dropped one vegetarian named Abby Clark into their world.
In book one, Baer Truth you meet Joe Baer and Abby Clark, they seem to be such opposites. She's a vegetarian rocker with neon-streaked hair, tattoos, and a hot temper. Joe is a no-nonsense beef rancher, with a jaded heart, and a ranch in jeopardy, but he still believes in the cowboy code of honor. Outwards appearances aren't all they seem, and inside, they are surprisingly alike. They both have family issues that have burdened their hearts, both want a place to call home in the deepest sense of the word, both value family, and want to be part of a family.
Of course, they are different and that is where the fun comes in. The realities of ranch life are vastly different from Hollywood's version – but there's still magic in "riding off into the sunset" and that keeps these hearts together even after they discover the Baer Truth.
Baer Necessities features Connor Baer, the eldest brother that left the ranch after a nasty disagreement. He returned to help younger brother Joe save the ranch and in the process has a run in with the hard-headed and stubborn Jesse McIvey.
They’d been an item way back in high school before both of them ran from the small burg of Sentinel the first chance they got. What they find is that sometimes what you want most is right in front of you. Of course, that will require moving a wayward grizzly, her current boyfriend, and a stolen satellite.
Baer Facts gives Matt Baer, (a newly discovered brother) the chance he has always wanted, to live life his way. Becoming the newest sheriff of Sentinel should be easy, is should have been a western version of Mayberry. Then he found himself on the business end of Callenda’s sword. She’s a ragin’ Cajun that has been put into the Witness Protection Program, and he has been charged with protecting her. Between Russian mobsters, a group of Renaissance Faire performers, and a sister from hell, these two have really got to move some mountains to follow their hearts.
Linda also writes humorous mysteries as Jocie McKade. Jocie’s latest release is High Frequency, book one of The Between the Lines series.
Website – www.linda-mcmaken.com
Blog – www.makenwords.blogspot.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/makenwords
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/makenwords
|Linda McMaken, Margie Hager and Myself at RAGT in June 2013|
LINDA'S LATEST WRITING VENTURE HAS BROUGHT HER TO THE WORLD OF MYSTERY WITH
HIGH FREQUENCY BY JOCIE MCKADE