Monday, August 15, 2022

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY - Carolina Cowboy by Becke Turner


Carolina Cowboy

Get a behind-the-scenes all-access pass to Becke Turner's Carolina Cowboy, book two of the A Clocktower Romance Series!


Carolina Cowboy like all Clocktower Romances is set in Sunberry, North Carolina. 

City girl Lil McGovern returns home to the family ranch after a ten-year absence to sell the ranch and take her ailing father home with her. Too bad, her estranged father and his new partner, the cowboy she left behind, refuse to listen to reason.


What is the sub-genre and trope? 

Southern small town, cowboy reunion story.


Did your characters lead you to this genre or was that decided before the story began?

This story depicted many of my experiences as a cattle rancher in Missouri.

Are you more character or plot driven?


With many main and secondary characters, how do you keep them separated in your mind?  Do you have a story/vision board above your workspace?

I use an XLS spreadsheet to record, characters, scenes, and details I’d never remember without help.

I know from previous interviews that characters take on a life of their own.  Were any of the characters in this series determined to take their own direction instead of where you initially wanted them to go?

The character who gave me the most heartburn was Lil’s dad. I wanted to depict the difficulties with caring for an aging parent, especially an estranged parent.


Are any of the male POVs based on anyone you know?

I tried to imagine my father, who was a force of nature, facing the debilitating effects of a stroke and worried he’d lose everything he’d spent a lifetime of building.

Are any of the female POVs based on anyone you know?

I think all of my female characters may have a little piece of me. The traits I try to overcome and the traits I aspire to learn.

Was there any one character/scene that was harder to write about than the other?

The ending was difficult because I wanted to depict a more realistic view of ranch life. And that’s all I can share without spoiling the read.

I know that we aren’t supposed to have “favorites” as far as our children, but seriously, who’s your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed writing Lil because she was compelled to overcome so much. In the end, it was her business sense over intense emotion that prevailed.

How do you get inside these character’s heads to find their perfect HEA?

Authors have to continually ask themselves based on what this character wants, how would they react and why.

What scene in this book/series sticks out the most for you?  Why?

The scenes depict the struggles of ranchers. Raising cattle is a 24-hour job and the people who do it endure many hardships.

Series - Were any of the books harder to write than others?

For me, every book is hard to write.

How long did it take you to write this book/series?

3 years to date

How did you come up with the title for your book?

Readers tend to think of cowboys only in the west. 

I wanted the title to indicate this isn’t a western book. It’s a rancher in the east. There are many cattle ranches in the east and Midwest. However, they are often smaller.

If you met these characters in real life would you get along?


Series question – Did you know in advance that you were going to write this as a series or did one of the characters in book one demand their own story?

This story was originally set in Missouri where our ranch was located. I revised to fit with the Clocktower Series.

Can you give us a hint as to what we can expect next?  Whether a new book and series or a sequel to an existing series?  Can you share a small tease?

I have two additional cowboy stories. 

However, I’m considering a new cowboy series. 

Considering. Who knows? It could happen.


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Becke Turner retired her healthcare data analyst hat to write contemporary romance full time. Her stories reflect her varied interests of anything medicine, animals, adventure, and family. To lend authenticity to her military characters/settings, Becke quizzes her son, a U.S. Navy pilot, and her son-in-law, a retired Marine Major. 

Although she spent a lifetime training, showing, and breeding horses, her four-year sabbatical to operate the family cattle ranch in Southern Missouri evolved into her cowboy stories. And yes, every state has its share of guys in boots and hats.

She writes contemporary romance revolving around her love of medicine, animals, adventure, and family. Her stories have finaled and won multiple contests including the national Golden Heart, and regional Maggie. She is a member of Forever Golden and Georgia Romance Writers.

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It was a really bad day for Lil McGovern when she rushed home to care for her estranged father. Then she got the rest of the story—he’s partnered with the cowboy who shattered her heart ten years ago. Worse, the duo is almost broke.

The day of his partner’s stroke, Cody Barnfield’s plans circle the manure pile. Then Lil proposes to sell the ranch to fund her dad’s therapy and torches the mess. She might as well trade her dad’s land for his heart and soul. Cody should know. She traded his heart for a fancy life in the city. But just because he has to work with her doesn’t mean he’ll fall for her again. This cowboy knows his limitations.

Standing six feet tall in ballet flats, Lil has shouldered her way through the corporate world, but her family problem has a three-week fuse and two bull-headed cowboys in her path. There’s certainly no time for physical attraction—like that matters to the stinking cows or her foolish heart.

If you like a second chance romance with a courageous woman willing to risk everything for her land and loved ones, you’ll enjoy Becke Turner’s award-winning romance 
CAROLINA COWBOY. Escape to the pastures outside of Sunberry, North Carolina and pick up your copy of CAROLINA COWBOY, today.

As with all Clocktower Romances, 
CAROLINA COWBOY is a complete story with a happily-ever-after.

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