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Why Marie-Nicole Ryan Wrote Mastering the Marshal

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Truly? You really want to know why I wrote Mastering the Marshal, a historical western romance? Okay, then I’ll tell you. I needed a third book to end my Loving the Lawman series, and that’s what I wrote. But why did I write a historical western series in the first place might be a better question.

I was looking for a change in genres. Most of my books are contemporary romantic suspense, like mine in the Love on the Edge, romantic suspense box set, Love Me if You Can. My editor just wasn’t feeling my romantic suspense submissions for some strange reason. So what else did I want to write? Vampires—nah! Shifters—nah!

Well, now, I’ve always loved cowboys from my early obsessions with Roy Rogers and Lash LaRue. It’s all right if you don’t know who they were, but Roy was hot hot hot with those tight jeans, and Lash was sexy dressed in black and waving that whip around.

Okay, so I didn’t think in terms of hot and sexy when I was a mere five-year-old fan girl, but I do now. And later, when the HBO series Deadwood took my fancy, I envisioned a lawman like the one played by Timothy Olyphant in that series and his later series, Justified.

Frankly, that actor is too hot for mere words like hot. He sizzles across the screen, battling bad guys and loving his way from one woman to the next whether as Deadwood’s Sheriff Seth Bullard or Justified’s U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens.

The hero of Mastering the Marshal, Sam Dunaway, is the closest to Seth and Raylan. He’s tall and lean hipped and intends to follow the law. He sees the law in black and white. No, he’s not a man who sees any shades of gray.

Not even when it comes to the object of his heart’s desires.

Mastering the Marshal follows Seducing the Sheriff and Taming Talia, which was originally called Pleasuring the Pinkerton, but the publisher didn’t like that title much and wanted it changed. And so it was.

And I must add that my publisher, Samhain Publishing, is running a sale on the first book in the Loving the Lawman series. Seducing the Sheriff is 99 cents from now through September, so get this historical western romance while it’s on sale.

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photo of Marie-Nicole RyanBio:

Marie-Nicole Ryan was born in a small western Kentucky town, but she said “Good bye” to small town life after college and marriage. After spending three years as an army wife, she landed in Nashville, TN, where she spent many years working as an R.N., but in 2002 achieved her dream of becoming a published author.
She loves reading mysteries and writes romantic suspense, sometimes very erotic romantic suspense, one of which, TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, won a 2008 EPPIE for erotic romantic suspense.

She’s an active member of RWA® and has returned to her hometown in Kentucky. When she’s not slaving away at her current work in progress, you might find her walking her dog Cassie, a Sheltie rescue, or at the Y. But you won’t ever find her in an airplane. No, not ever.


I’d like to thank, Marie-Nicole for visiting today! It’s been fun to be “in” a boxed set with her, well, our books are in a boxed set together. I hope everyone will make her welcome here on the blog. Remember, all comments are entered into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). I announce a winner the first blog post of the new month, and you know, this month is almost over (thank goodness! August hates me! Oh, sorry.)

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Perilously yours,


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