Book of the Month, part 2. Talking about my first published novel, The Cowboy’s Baby. Loosely wrapped around the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, this contemporary Texas romance has a baby of a different sort as well. Took me a long time to figure it out. And I do mean long.
This was the original cover for The Cowboy’s Baby. Photo is by my sister Roxanne from a local site in between Lockhart and Martindale, and the design is by me and a friend who helped us out. We liked it a lot back then, but it really didn’t say anything about the story other than it’s set in Central Texas.
We’ve still got two copies left of the original. Anyone interested in buying one of them before I sell them locally?
I patterned the setting of the book after Hide-Away Lake in Texas where my parents lived. Golf course and cemetery, all real.
But when I relocated to Central Texas, I took the setting down here with me. Wish I’d placed it right outside Kyle or Buda, but I made up a name instead.
And here’s the revised cover by Streetlight Graphics. See the golf clubs? See the golf course flag?
Originally The Cowboy’s Baby had a prologue. I thought it was damned good, too. Right now I’m wondering if I still have it in my files. (Just looked. Yes, I do. Maybe I’ll put it up here for everyone to read next week.) Anyway, I took it out because the tone of the prologue was nothing like the tone of the book.
Photos by Roxanne Rix
WHAT I READ THIS WEEK: Come To Grief by Dick Francis. Never Go Back by Lee Child.