Today I have the pleasure of hosting Sherry Fowler Chancellor, a fellow Black Opal Books author.
Many thanks, Ronnie Allen for hosting me today.
Please tell us about your book.
Cowboy Boots on the Ground is a romantic suspense/thriller set in Texas and New York City. I was inspired by the song by Olivia Newton John called “Please Mr. Please.”
New York heiress Olivia Jacobs flees from her stepfather who’s trying to kill her in order to obtain her trust funds. Eventually landing in Texas where she buys a country bar she names Ollie’s, Olivia believes herself safe. Then one night in the bar, some thugs decide to rob the place. Olivia pulls out her Stillson wrench and ends their plans. Unfortunately, the event goes viral on the internet, and the media surrounds her home the next day. Her cover is blown and her face is all over the tabloids. Now she must run again. Rocky, a rancher living in the same town, offers to help her escape. Not quite trusting him, or the attraction she feels for him, she’s reluctant—that is, until her stepfather’s minions show up and she realizes she’s out of options. Now both she and Rocky are on the run from one of the most powerful men in New York, and things are about to get ugly…
He wanted to help, and he probably could—if she could trust him…
Olivia picked her chair up and sat. Sipping her coffee, she watched him a few seconds. “Okay then. Talk,” she finally said.
“I was military intelligence for a number of years, so if it’s something where you need help in that direction, I’m your man. If you need someone with weapons skills, I’m your guy there, too.”
“Why would you think I need that type of help?”
“Since you got so offended when I made the comment about your mother’s illness, my training tells me there’s something else going on here than a mere fear by a daughter of being held back by her mother’s issues. Why don’t you tell me what is going on and let me see if there’s any way for me to assist you.”
“Answer one question first.”
“Why? Why are you so gung-ho to help me? We’ve never really hit it off and, all of a sudden, you’re being kind and want to act like the Boy Scout who helps the old lady across the street.”
The phone started ringing again. They let it play out. Rocky picked up where they left off. “I want to help you because I’m a nice guy, no matter what you might think, and I see you need it. There’s a mob outside your door who would eat you alive if given half a chance. You could call Sharon to assist you but I’m quite sure my skill-set is a bit better at handling those people out there than hers.”
“You’re probably right, but can you blame me for doubting your motives?”
He shook his head. This was getting ridiculous. “You’re right. I’m done. Have a nice life.” Rocky rose from his seat, shoved the chair under the table, and turned toward the back door.
In the moment his hand touched the knob, she said, “Okay. Okay. Sorry. I do need help. Please come and sit. I’ll tell you everything.”
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