Today Blade Masters from Ana Morgan’s historical Western romance Stormy Hawkins joins us for a Q&A.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
My mare Belinda and I traveled light and slept under the stars, always trying to outrun my memories. We kept to ourselves as we scouted for a ranch to call home. We didn’t need much: a barn for her and a place where I could bury my broken heart.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
My charm. By that, I mean a well-timed smile at a lady or a good-old-boy drink with a gent. This keeps trouble at bay and gets me what I want. Usually.
What do you like least about yourself?
That I was taken in by Candy, my ex-fiancée. I prided myself on being a good judge of character. She fooled me completely, and then fooled my family.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
She forced me to confront my past, to return to St. Louis and face my fear of being humiliated again. I’d vowed never to do that, and she left me with no other choice.
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
I’ve not argued with her, mostly, I think, because I’d run on bitterness for so long. When she showed me Stormy’s ranch, and introduced me to Stormy’s family, something snapped. I couldn’t run anymore. Now, this got me into more trouble, but at least I wasn’t alone anymore.
What is your greatest fear?
Starting out, I was afraid of finding love. After love found me, I was afraid of losing it. And I almost did.
What makes you happy?
Now? A million little things. The fire in Stormy’s eyes when I tease her. The desire in her eyes when we go to bed. Losing at chess to her father, Zed. Running Bear’s biscuits. Riding out to check fences every day. And knowing that that crazy bull Sultan will never hurt anyone again.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
Until I met Stormy, I’d always wished that I’d never shown Candy the mansion where I grew up. She changed after that day, turned conniving and greedy. But now, looking back, I wouldn’t have found Stormy if my past had been different.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
Jonathan Vance. I’ve never cottoned to men who hit women, and he did worse to Stormy. I just wish I’d told Stormy the truth about who I was and what I wanted right off. Would’ve saved everyone a lot of worry.
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
I’d love to trade places with Zed Hawkins for a short time. He homesteaded his ranch when free grazing was the norm, when the nearest neighbor was miles away. He raised Stormy to be a free spirit. But, as much as I admire Zed, I’d rather be Stormy’s husband. Did I tell you she’s expecting our first-born?
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Ana Morgan lives on a cattle farm in northwestern Minnesota, not far from where I live in Prosperity. She knows what it’s like to tend cattle, check fences, and soak in a hot bath on Saturday nights. She recorded my story, and now she’s focused on my sister Mary. Mary’s gotten herself into a heap of trouble.
What's next for you?
I was hoping to settle down. (Did I mention that Stormy’s expecting?) But something bad has happened to Mary. She’s missing, and I think she’s headed up the Missouri River toward Prosperity.
The Prairie Hearts Series, Book 1
Blade Masters has finally spotted his ideal Dakota Territory ranch, where he can live alone, forget his cheating ex-fiancée, and bury the shards of his shattered heart. All he needs to do is sweet-talk the ailing owner, and his spitfire daughter, into retiring.
If she weren’t desperate, Stormy would never hire a cowhand. She’s learned the hard way that she’s happier working her family’s ranch alone. But, the greedy banker who holds their mortgage just demanded payment in full—or her hand in marriage.
Will this handsome drifter protect her? Or does he have designs of his own?