It’s my pleasure to welcome Carra Copelin to Ruby On Tuesday. She is one busy lady. Please leave a comment or answer to her reader question at the end of the post. Thanks Carra for sharing your story behind the story~~~
Thank you, Ruby, for having me today on Ruby On Tuesday. I appreciate you letting me talk for a bit about my new book, CODE OF HONOR, and how the idea for the Texas Code Series came about.
Families. Sometimes we love ’em, sometimes we hate ’em, but in the end, if we’re lucky, we all have ’em. There are a few sayings we throw around, Relatives and fish after three days . . . , You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family, or I can tease you and call you names, but I’ll punch anybody else in the nose if they try. In our formative years, the family unit is important in giving us a sense of place or belonging and forms our ideas of relationship, loyalty and honor to each other.
When our country was in its early years and expanding to the West and Southwest, family took on an even greater meaning. Farms and ranches were miles from town isolating people. Working the land and animals was impossible without someone to lend a hand. Limited funds or no money at all precluded hiring the number of hands needed. Large families helped because, by having many children, they provided their own workforce.
There are, unfortunately, children who for one reason or another are without family. They end up in the “system” as we call it, being raised by foster families. Set in North Central Texas in the fictitious town of McTiernan, Code of Honor touches on Bridey McTiernan Benning and her husband Andrew. Early on in their marriage, they wanted a large number of children to dote on and to whom they could pass on the family McTiernan and Benning ranches. They learned shortly after their first child, Wyatt, was born that he would be an only child. Bridey and Andrew became foster parents and found their niche.
Thus, the basis for the Texas Code Series was born. The books in the series touch on the current lives of each foster or adopted child raised by this couple. Each book will be complete in and of itself with the underlying connecting thread of being raised by a loving couple with deep Texas values. My next book in the series, CODE OF CONSCIENCE, takes place in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. It involves cartels, undercover agents, and romance. Then I have two historical romance novellas in the works that chronicle the Benning and McTiernan clans after they come from Ireland to Texas in 1875. Those titles are, KATIE AND THE IRISH TEXAN, and MATELYN AND THE TEXAS RANGER.
The following is a blurb and an excerpt for my first Texas Code Series, CODE OF HONOR.
Graeme McAlister has returned home to Texas to discover why his foster brother overdosed on morphine and crashed the company jet. The idea makes no sense, but the NTSB and coroner’s reports both confirm suicide. Graeme’s determined to unearth the truth and return to Washington, D.C. but, when he sees his brother’s widow, will he be able to handle the biggest revelation of all?
A widow at the age of twenty-eight, Maggie Benning, resolves to establish a successful and independent life for herself and her five-year-old son, Andy. Her initial goal is getting back her RN job at the hospital ER where she was accused of stealing the drugs that killed her husband ten months ago. She’s reconstructing her shattered life when Graeme McAlister comes back to McTiernan, Texas and stirs up old memories and feelings she thought long buried. Can she overcome past hurt and loss of trust to accept the possibility of a new love in her life?
Maggie held her breath and turned the key in the lock. The intense heat of the brass did little to warm her chilled fingers as she closed her hand around the door knob. She slowly exhaled and rested her forehead against the solid oak door.
“You can do this,” she muttered under her breath. “Just turn clockwise, push, and enter.”
This morning started out relatively normal for a Saturday. She and Dinah left at the same time but went their separate ways with Dinah promising to catch up with her here after lunch. First, she’d stopped by the hospital to speak with the administrator about getting her job back after being placed on suspension during an investigation into missing Morphine. Then, she’d gone by the bank to withdraw the last of her savings. Oh, and last, move back into the home she’d shared with Wyatt, until his death.
Normal? Who was she kidding?
She focused on her breathing to slow the anxiety that threatened to overtake her, when her hand froze on the brass knob. Weird, since it was the middle of August in Texas and more than a hundred degrees here on the porch. She shivered slightly in spite of this knowledge, fighting for control. You’re stronger than this.
After what seemed like an eternity, her world slowly righted itself, her tingling fingers fell away from the doorknob, and she slowly lowered herself to the porch floor. Covering her eyes with both hands, she massaged her temple and a sudden stabbing pain that felt like roughnecks drilling for oil. The sound of boots scraping on the steps diverted her attention away from the headache and she stiffened.~~~
I write contemporary and historical romances but, unlike so many other authors, I didn’t write from childhood or read long into the night beneath the covers with a flashlight. I found romance novels and authors like, Linda Lael Miller, Barbara Bretton, and Suzanne Brockman, as an adult. After reading about a million, I discovered numerous people residing in my head, all looking for a way onto the printed page.
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and Yellow Rose Romance Writers, plus I’m a regular contributor to a new blog, Smart Girls Read Romance.
My husband and I live in North Central Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where we enjoy our family and play with our grandchildren. In addition to writing and researching with my fabulous critique partners, I enjoy my Bridge group, crochet, and tracking down our relatives through genealogy. Find me on my website, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Wattpad.
I love to hear from readers at carra @ carracopelin (dot) com
Reader Question: The foster care system is said to have begun with orphan trains to the west between the years 1853-1929. Do you know someone who was a foster child? How were their lives affected?
CODE OF HONOR, Texas Code Series, Book One can be found in Kindle and print: Amazon