One of the most frequent questions any author is asked is, “Where do you get your ideas?” For my current series about the Hill Country Lawmen, the answer is two-fold. Firstly, I wanted to set a series in the Texas Hill Country, a lovely area I visited once upon a time. Secondly, several years ago, I wrote a series of erotic historical westerns set in the same area, and my sister suggested I ought to write a contemporary series about their descendants. And that’s what I’ve done.
The first book in the series is HUNTED and features pharmacist Abbie Fields and Los Marcos County Sheriff Vince Tate. Vince is descended from Sheriff Cordero Tate and Starlight Tyler of SEDUCING THE SHERIFF. Abbie is descended from Pinkerton Agent Jared Fields and Natalia Salcito of PLEASURING THE PINKERTON.
The second book in the Hill Country Lawmen series is THREATENED and features Texas Ranger Ben Rasmussen and Beth Wheaton, Co-owner of Wheaton’s Mercantile. Ben is descended from Billy Rasmussen who was a child in MASTERING THE MARSHAL. He later became a lawman and Texas Ranger, beginning the family tradition of serving and protecting the citizens of Texas. Beth is descended from the somewhat repugnant original owner of Wheaton’s Mercantile, but fortunately, while she inherited his business acumen, she didn’t receive any of his negative tendencies.
The third book in the series will be titled OUTLAWED (TBR in 2020) and will feature Stone Tyler and Luci Rasmussen Hendrix. Stone is descended from bank robber Tom Tyler in SEDUCING THE SHERIFF. While (spoiler alert) Tom Tyler died in that book, he apparently married and had a child before meeting his timely end. Luci is descended from Billy Rasmussen as well. I have to admit to a bit of a Robin Hood influence for this story.