After thirteen historical novels and novellas, SLOW HAND marks my debut into contemporary romance. As a lifelong horse owner, it seemed natural for me to write about cowboys, but once I began, I quickly discovered how clueless I was about the real life struggles of those who make their living in the wide open spaces of Montana and Wyoming (the primary settings for my stories). Once I realized how little I actually knew, I set about writing in the only way I know how—I started researching.
I studied maps, Googled places for my settings, and then went about reading all I could find about cattle ranching. I quickly learned, however, that my best resources about ranchers and cowboys were actual ranchers and cowboys!
So, my adventure began…
Since my first and second stories take place in southwest Montana, last year I spend three weeks in a guest cabin at a private ranch in Three Fork Montana with people whose ranching roots are four generations deep. I made a similar trip to Wyoming to last May to learn about wolves and wild horses, the topics of my third and fourth books, SHARP SHOOTER and SILVER TONGUE.
Over the past eighteen months, I have gotten to know ranchers, rodeo cowboys, stock contractors. I’ve learned about raising and breeding cattle, wolf conservation, and wild horse gathering and training and rodeo (all of which is part of this series).
This has been one of the best experiences ever because I got to learn from the very people who live the life I am writing about. In getting to know the real people and their real struggles I found inspiration for the stories and for my characters.
Although SLOW HAND marks the beginning of a brand new journey for me, my historical readers will find that my trademarks still remain—well-researched, scorching hot, emotionally compelling, character-driven stories.
“Historical romance author Vane takes a detour into contemporary settings with this red-hot cowboy tale… Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter…” – Publishers Weekly
“For erotic passion and one-liners, the first book in Vane’s new series will satisfy… Vane’s latest gets a big yee-haw.” – RT Book Reviews
“With flirty dialogue, humorous moments, vivid imagery and sexy scenes, SLOW HAND goes into my favorites folder.” – Guilty Indulgence