Message From The Author

Molly O'Keefe

Genre: General Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance

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Author's Message

My parents were campers. When I was five, they started taking my brother and I backpacking in Montana and Wyoming. I spent a lot of my childhood sleeping in leaky tents, covered in mosquito bites and perfecting my s'mores techniques (burnt, totally burnt). But every night on these trips my mother would turn on the flashlight while we all curled up in our sleeping bags (trying to avoid the damp spots in those tents) and she read Louis L’Amour novels to us. Hondo, the Sacketts, Taggert, all those cowboys came to life in that tent, put together by imagination and my mother’s voice.

Ever since that introduction, I have wanted to write about cowboys and Eli Turnbull, my cowboy hero for Can’t Hurry Love has been thirty long years in the making. So, I really wanted to make him worth the wait.

There was a lot of the cowboy allure I wanted to keep: the strength, the code, the man of action and few words. But when I started to write him, I realized that the moral code and loyalty were really only interesting if it kept putting Eli on the other side of what would be considered right or good. I didn’t want him to be a bad guy; I wanted him to be a good guy doing bad things for reasons his loyalty and his code tell him are right.

And directly in his path is Victoria Schulman, a destitute widow who has nothing but her pride left to hold onto. Pride and the same acreage of land that Eli has spent his whole life trying to get back. If Eli is based on Louis L’Amour, than Victoria has her roots in Tennessee Williams. Victoria is a woman who has always relied on the kindness of strangers, and when she comes up against all of Eli’s hard edges (and I do mean all of them—waka waka), she’s knocked back on her heels because he gives her no quarter.

But it’s just what she needs to find out how strong she is.

The struggle between them is electric and empowering, for both of them. She gets tough, and he gets sweet.

Victoria’s struggle started in the first book of The Crooked Creek series Can’t Buy Me Love; through the course of the two books, I’ve been able to really drag poor Victoria through the mud. She starts off a woman believing that she needs a man to define her, but ends up…well, I won’t spoil it, but I will say, I’ve never created two characters who deserve their happy ending more than Eli and Victoria.

- Molly O'Keefe

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