We’re only a couple of days away from Christmas. The stores are packed. The aisles torn apart as the stock wanes in the final hours of shopping frenzy. The house has to be cleaned and the food needs to be cooked and there are gifts that still need to be wrapped.
But in the world I created in small town Oklahoma, things are very different. Midnight Wrangler takes place over a few weeks during the summer while Bonnie, a teacher, is on break and back in her hometown to settle her father’s estate. But I’m the author so I can leap ahead in time. Let me give you a glimpse of how I think this December week is playing out in the world of my Midnight Cowboys series. Particularly for Rohn and Bonnie, high school sweethearts separated for a quarter of a century and just recently reunited …
Rohn, being the boss, would have sent his three ranch hands, Tyler, Justin and Colton, out to cut down the Christmas tree as a surprise for Bonnie. Tyler would have grumbled about the work, because that’s what he does, even though he’d do anything for Rohn and Bonnie. Meanwhile Bonnie would likely be a little sad to find the chore of cutting the tree already done. After all, she’s lived in Phoenix for the past twenty-five years. Now she’s back in Oklahoma, and living on the ranch with Rohn, she wants to experience it all.
Bonnie’s been busy too. She’s happy to have ranch hands to bake for, and while she sings to the festive songs on the radio, she and her mother are elbow-deep in cookie dough and sprinkles. Bonnie’s even bought herself a big, possibly tacky but she doesn’t care, Christmas sweater—another thing she didn’t own in Arizona.
It comes time to put up the tree in the living room, but Rohn’s ornaments are from the fifteen years he celebrated with his wife before she died. Bonnie’s are from her life with her mother and grandmother for all those painful years when she’d been apart from Rohn. She wants to make new memories for them and now is the perfect time to start new traditions.
A guy in town grows grapes on his property. He’s trimmed the vines and piled them up to be burned when Bonnie spots them. Though Rohn is skeptical, Bonnie insists these grapevines would make the perfect garland for their tree. When she goes for a Mexican patterned horse blanket from the barn as the tree skirt, he decides to let her do her thing. He loves her too much to fight it.
Some old spur rowels make pretty good ornaments hung with bailing twine. A couple of boxes of antique glass ornaments that possibly belonged to the original owner of the house are found in the attic to finish off the tree. When she’s done Rohn has to admit the tree is perfect, just like his and Bonnie’s new life together.
(Midnight Cowboys) by Cat Johnson
rancher. He’s old enough to know what he likes, and still young
enough to enjoy it. But losing his wife five years ago wore him thin.
He’s not ready to date, but he needs someone to share a meal with
as badly as someone to warm his bed.
home years ago, leaving behind her abusive father, and Rohn, the lost
love she never forgot. Now she’s back to settle her father’s
estate, but she has no idea that she’s about to bump into Rohn or
that they’ll fall for each other all over again.
Today bestselling contemporary romance author, Cat Johnson is
known for her creative marketing practices. Cat has sponsored
bull-riding cowboys, promoted romance using bologna and owns a
collection of cowboy boots and camouflage for book signings. A fair
number of her research consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a