New York Cowboy is the prequel to a Christmas short I wrote the year before last, Too Much Christmas Spirit. Other projects got in the way and when I eventually started it, New York was supposed to be a twenty thousand word short showing how Vance and Adam met.
Unfortunately, while I was writing, my friend Keith, my best friend's husband, lost his long battle with cancer and I decided I wanted to lengthen the story and dedicate it to him. He was unfailingly brave and never gave up. His determination to beat this disease, even up to the very end, was awe inspiring, and he was definitely cowboy material—although he would have been a lot happier astride a motorcycle than a horse, lol.
I also decided to donate 20% of the royalties received for each copy of New York Cowboy sold, to the hospice, the Friends of Roxburghe House, who cared for Keith in his last weeks and who continue to care for those still waging their war with this awful disease.
All donations will be made to their Just Giving page,in Keith's memory and after quick calculations, we have already raised over £150 in the few days since New York Cowboy's release. That in itself is mind-blowing and I want to thank everyone who has or intends to buy the book.
It's been six months since Vance Wolf buried his father. Driven to an early grave by the constant harassment of the new owner of the neighboring property, Andrew Blackwell. Now Vance's cattle are disappearing faster than he can replace them and their cash flow has been wiped out by the new barn they had to build after the other one mysteriously caught fire. The local sheriff's pockets are being lined by Blackwell, so Vance knows they're on their own and is at his wits end. Then his mother suggests they open up the ranch to business types as a cowboy camp.
Adam Prentiss arrives at Wolf Creek Ranch on a team-building exercise with the four colleagues in his department. He is not the cowboy type, but has no choice as his boss, and father, has sent him to Wolf Creek with instructions to delve into the financial status of the ranch and report back to him. Falling for Vance Wolf had not been part of the plan, but the connection between them had been instant. But what was he more afraid of? Disobeying his boss or Vance finding out Adam's father was in fact Andrew Blackwell and he'd been sent to help him appropriate Vance's land by any means necessary?
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