“NEVER HAVE I EVER WRITTEN A COWBOY ROMANCE–UNTIL NOW!” by DJ JAMISON
I’m super excited to be here celebrating the release of Wranging A Groom, Book 2 in my Marital Bliss series. Writing this book was different for me because Wrangling a Groom, as the title implies, is a cowboy romance. It’s set on a working cattle ranch in Texas. While I’m a Kansas girl, I’m also a city girl. I haven’t been on a ranch, much less actually experienced working a ranch. That meant I had my work cut out for me when it was time to research this novel.
For a little fun, I’ve created a NEVER HAVE I EVER game you can play to see how much you have in common with the characters in the book! To be honest, I don’t have a whole lot in common myself.
I did, however, have access to a Texas rancher in my Facebook group. Miracle of miracles! Maude offered to let me call her and ask dozens of questions about ranching in Texas, and she continued to patiently answer questions any time they popped into my head while I wrote Wrangling A Groom.
One of the things she told me right away: No longhorn cattle. They’re for show, not beef. Books and television often get this kind of thing wrong, she said. So, with her guidance, my ranch was developed to include breeds such as Brangus–an Angus mix–and Hereford cattle. But I still needed to figure out how large to make this ranch, how many head of cattle to include, and a whole host of other things.
You mentioned putting up hay, I’d ask. But what does that mean? What’s the process? (FYI: It’s basically cutting hay, spreading it out to dry, raking it into rows, then using a hay baler to roll it up.) When writing, you have to not only be able to paint an image with your words, but you need the proper vocabulary for ranch equipment and tasks to make that picture complete.
In addition to pestering Maude, I read articles — mostly too vague to tell me everything I wanted to know — and watched YouTube videos. I watched cowboys herd cattle from ATVs. I watched a rancher hook up a cattle feeder on a trailer. I watched some rodeo clips, and a tutorial on how to throw a lasso. I have never done so much research, and I feel like I could do heaps more and still not fully grasp the enormity that is cowboy life.
Writing about ranch work is hard! I messaged Maude. There’s so much involved in it!
It’s not an easy life, she replied.
Good point. Working a ranch is probably a little harder than writing about it. I’ll take my lap desk in bed over putting up hay or administering dewormer to cattle any day 😉
For those of you wondering, Maude did read Wrangling a Groom, and she said I’d captured the rancher spirit. Now, I hope to capture the love of MM romance readers as well!
In addition to being a cowboy romance, Wrangling a Groom is a marriage pact story, and ultimately, a friends to lovers story, though they have to get there by way of exes with a little resentment that spices up their first explosion of lust. And as you might have guessed from the NEVER HAVE I EVER game, there’s a whole lot of outdoor sexy times.
Title: Wrangling A Groom (Marital Bliss #2)
Author: DJ Jamison
Cover Art: Garrett Leigh
Release Date: October 10, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 305
Reviewed by: ParisDude, Tosha, and Bob-O-Link
Can two men keep a childhood promise for marital bliss?
Wyatt is overwhelmed after his grandfather dies, leaving him to take over the cattle ranch. The Triple J is floundering, vandals are targeting him, and his first and only love is finally within reach–and still holding a grudge. Wyatt has wanted to marry Diego since they made a childhood pact, but Diego isn’t back for their second chance.
When a funeral calls Diego back to Texas, he comes face-to-face with the cowboy who broke his heart. Resentment has burned inside him for years, but his anger wavers as he realizes just how much Wyatt is struggling to keep his head above water. The man he once loved is lonely and burdened, and Diego feels compelled to help him rediscover the strong, capable rancher he knows him to be.Hostility gives way to passion, then friendship as they fall into a rhythm of work and sex. Wyatt has renewed hope he might wrangle the man he wants to be his groom. But Diego has a life waiting for him one thousand miles away, and love may not be enough to prevent history from repeating itself.
Wrangling a Groom is Book 2 of the Marital Bliss series, but it can be read as a standalone.
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DJ Jamison is the author of more than a dozen m/m romances, including the Ashe Sentinel series and the Hearts and Health series. She writes a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual, with a focus on telling love stories that are more about common ground than lust at first sight. DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love. DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction. She spent a lifetime reading before that, and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors’ books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, two fish and, regrettably, one snake.