~ LEAH BRAEMEL ~
What do you do when you get stressed out? I imagine since we’re all readers, we probably grab a book and hope it’ll spirit us away to a different world with characters whose obstacles are tougher than our own. Or maybe give us hope that we too shall overcome adversity. I’ll bet some of you lose yourself in video games too. Or gardening. Or knitting or crocheting. Or pinning plans of your future garden or knitting project on Pinterest.
For me, in addition to reading, I used to spend hours doing embroidery, taking comfort in the rhythm of needle pulling thread through the linen fabric. But back in May 2003, I stopped sewing. I just couldn’t face it anymore. I had been sitting in my living room in our brand new home on a beautiful spring day, the magnolia tree just outside the window in full bloom. Everything was right in the world. Until the phone rang delivering bad news to my husband and our lives as we knew them changed forever. To this day, I’ve not been able to pick up needle and thread and find the peace I had from embroidering before that phone call. Now it just reminds me of how life got really ugly for a while.
For Jake Grady, my hero in my upcoming release No Accounting for Cowboys, when he’s feeling stressed, he loses himself in music, both singing it and writing it. The youngest son of a powerful ranching family he felt smothered under his judgmental grandfather’s eye and needed something all his own. So that need to sing has always been in his soul, and because he worries that his brother might judge him the same way as their grandfather, he has kept his music separate from his ranching life. The last year he’s been clinging to his music as a way to deal with stress caused by his father’s death and the subsequent drama his mother dragged him into in Slow Ride Home.
Being in a band has been a fun hobby and a great stress reliever, yet he never considered that the rest of his band might have bigger plans. Plans that may take him away from his family and his home. Now that hobby might be a blessing or a curse, as he’s faced with trying to figure out where he belongs.
And for me? I doubt I’ll ever go back to doing that fine embroidery work—I will always associate it with bad news, though mainly these days my eyes just aren’t up to that type of detailed work. I turned to writing as a way to work out my frustrations…and torture my characters. 😉
What’s No Accounting for Cowboys about?
Jake Grady loves Bull’s Hollow ranch and all the challenges and hard work it entails. But the past year hasn’t been easy—his father’s good name has been tarnished, and new financial problems are threatening to destroy everything the Gradys have built. Performing live under a stage name has become his escape, a way of blowing off some serious steam.
Accountant Paige Reynolds found Jake’s guitar-playing alter ego intriguing, but her connection with the real Jake sends her attraction into overdrive. When she’s summoned to make order out of the chaotic paper trail at Bull’s Hollow, he sets her world a-rocking—both in bed and out. But Paige has a plan; she’s determined to create her own path for the future, but is soon left scrambling for firmer ground.
Good news about Jake’s potential singing career is followed by the revelation of another family secret, one that has him questioning whether he belongs at Bull’s Hollow at all. But leaving the ranch would mean leaving his family…and Paige. How much is he willing to give up for a real shot at fame?