Wednesday, June 21, 2017


By Cathy Gillen Thacker

All small towns have their secrets. No one in Laramie, Texas knows about Sage Lockhart’s friends-with-benefits relationship with the handsome cowboy, Nick Monroe. However, Sage wants something more from Nick—something that could change the very nature of their arrangement. She wants to have his baby.

Nick has always wanted to take things with Sage to the next level. Having a child wasn’t exactly what he had in mind, but it’s an adventure he can’t refuse. Of course, neither of them realized just how complicated things could get.

Now, with a baby on the way and all of their careful plans unraveling, Sage and Nick must face the one secret they’ve been hiding from themselves…and from each other.

CATHY GILLEN THACKER is a full-time wife, mother and author who began writing stories during “nap time” when her children were toddlers. She wrote seven books as she taught herself how to be an author, and her eighth attempt was published in 1982. Since then she has written and published more than 70 novels.

By Cathy Gillen Thacker
June 6, 2017
$5.75 US; 224 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-75761-9

Romance Reviews Today review:

WANTED: TEXAS DADDY – Cathy Gillen Thacker
Texas Legacies: The Lockharts, Book 4
Harlequin Western Romance
ISBN: 978-0-373-75761-9
June 2017
Contemporary Series Romance

Laramie, Texas – Present Day

Shortly after Sage Lockhart moved to Laramie, she began a not so secret friends-with-benefits arrangement with hunky cowboy Nick Monroe. Now Sage has decided she wants a baby and asks Nick to provide the sperm. In exchange, he wouldn’t have the responsibility of raising the baby, but they would remain friends, living separately. However, when she starts to show, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out Nick’s the daddy, but to family and friends they insist they’re only good friends. But the pressure is on for marriage after fifty-one percent of Nick’s family’s business is sold to another company and the new owners insist that Nick and Sage be married.

Sage and Nick get married, but vow it won’t change their friendship. The sex still remains good, but the marriage part takes some doing, especially after the person in charge of the takeover begins to meddle by keeping them apart. Even with the challenges facing them, Nick and Sage work hard to maintain their relationship, even as it soon becomes clear to each of them separately that maybe it’s love between them. Too bad neither will tell the other.

All Sage wants in WANTED: TEXAS DADDY is a child, and she thinks Nick will be the perfect dad. Nick isn’t ready to settle down and is agreeable to Sage’s plan to raise the child alone, with him remaining in the background. When the company that’s taking over the majority stock of Nick’s family’s company insist that he be married to the mother of his child, Sage is taken aback. She insists on continuing to live in her apartment, rather than at Nick’s ranch, which he agrees to. They pretend to others that they’re madly in love, while behind closed doors they maintain the friends-with-benefits relationship. They truly do like one another, but after being burned in the past by romantic entanglements, neither want to go down that road again.

WANTED: TEXAS DADDY takes us on a journey that begins from the moment Sage asks Nick to be her baby daddy, continues throughout her pregnancy, and finally, to the birth of the baby. It’s a rough road for both of them, but along the way they maintain their friendship and learn how to make a marriage work. Sage’s pregnancy isn’t an easy one, and both are finding out that love isn’t easy either. Part of the Texas Legacies: The Lockharts series by Cathy Gillen Thacker, WANTED: TEXAS DADDY can easily be read as a standalone.

A warmhearted and emotional tale of a couple finding love despite all the obstacles thrown in their path, I encourage you to pick up a copy of WANTED: TEXAS DADDY today.

Patti Fischer

WANTED: TEXAS DADDY by Cathy Gillen Thacker

1)      What was your favorite part about writing WANTED: TEXAS DADDY
I loved having a pregnant heroine, and doting daddy-to-be.

2)      What was challenging about writing this book? 
I covered the entire pregnancy, from the first mention of having a child together, to bringing baby home from the hospital.  A lot of ground to cover in 55,000 words!

3)      How would you describe the relationship between Sage and Nick? 
Committed.  They started out as great friends, became lovers and then finally husband and wife.

4)      How did you come up with their names? Do they mean anything specific? 
Nick is a guy’s guy, so I wanted him to have a name that was both masculine and accessible.  Sage is a popular girl’s name in the southwest—probably because the plant is both hardy and evergreen and beautifully blooming.  Sage really blossoms in response to Nick’s love and attention.
5)      When did you first realize that you wanted to be writer? 
I started dreaming up stories when I was eleven-adding details to the story was how I put myself to sleep most nights.  I got serious about putting words to page when my children were toddlers.

6)      If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

7)      What else do you love to do besides writing? 
Spend time with family.  Garden, read, listen to music, watch TV and movies to feed my voracious appetite for ‘story’.

8)      What is the biggest misconception about your genre? 
That the books are silly, pointless, or easily created.  A great love story stays with the reader long after the last page is read.  Creating a memorable story is a lot of work!

9)      What future projects are you working on? 
I just started a new six book series about the heroes and heroines of fictional Laramie County.

10)  Do you have any advice for new writers? 
Finish the book.  Taking the story from beginning all the way to the end teaches a writer more about craft, than anything else.  Then, while trying to sell the first book, start another, and finish that, too!

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