If you’ve ever dreamed of a modern-day country romance with a Pride and Prejudice twist, this month’s Big Library Read on OverDrive is just the wild-west-head-over-heels romance you have been waiting for.
The Big Library Read is a program facilitated by OverDrive (a digital library collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks hosted by your local library) that connects readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time without wait lists or holds. OverDrive is available as an app or from a computer internet browser. To login to OverDrive, Metro Library customers simply find their library on OverDrive and type in their card number and last name. The Cowboy Pride Library Big Read runs from July 9-23, 2018. Readers can join in on an online discussion until July 30, 2018.
Big Library Read, Cowboy Pride, tells the story of Liza Bennett and Rob Darcy as they fall in love despite Darcy's poor first impression. Meanwhile, Liza works to keep her family's shop afloat and help her shy sister, Janie Bennett, find love. Janie finds herself falling for the charming Nathan Bingley, but after a spring storm leaves her injured, Liza and Janie soon find out if first impressions are lasting.
The bestselling author of Cowboy Pride Oklahoman Lacy Williams, said she always knew she was destined to be a writer but earned a bachelor’s in accounting at her parent's request. After graduation and marriage, she came back to writing and sold her first book to Harlequin in 2010.
Williams has since written over 30 books, inspired by her deep-rooted love for cowboys that started with her dad reading Louis L’Amour to her as a child on the family farm.
“It just seems natural for me to love cowboys and write about them,” Williams said.
Williams is now married with four children and she said as soon as she gets the kids off to school she's writing.
“I typically write a fast first draft, then revise, and then send the manuscript on to my editing team. The total time from draft to publication usually takes a couple of months,” she said.
Williams uses the library as a resource for her research while writing historical fiction and as a place for inspiration during the writing process.
“The online catalog search and the ability to place holds on items is invaluable for me while I write with little kids underfoot,” she said.
She suggests that writers early in their career find a writing group or mentor and never stop learning.
Williams was a finalist in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards (2012, 2013, & 2014), the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, ALLi, and Novelists Inc.
Check out the Big Library Read and other titles from author Lacy Williams on OverDrive below
Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams
First impressions count. Liza Bennett has two missions in life: keep the family’s shop afloat, and ensure her shy sister finds love. Sparks fly when she meets rancher Rob Darcy at a town dance, but when she overhears him insult her, she vows to put the man out of her mind. Rob Darcy is instantly attracted to the vivacious Liza but a lack of social graces and the promise he’s keeping ruin his chances of winning her.
Counterfeit Cowboy by Lacy Williams
Jesse Baker is two days out of prison with no prospects and trying to fulfill a promise made to his dying cellmate. He's vowed not to return to the life that landed him in prison, but when he crashes into an easy mark on the Boston train platform, he grabs the opportunity to escape the city that took everything from him. She's stronger than anyone knows. Erin O'Grady has something to prove. There's more to her than the spoiled socialite her father sees and she'll journey West alone for Christmas to prove it. It's providence that she meets Jesse and his little brother Pete and she's always been good at making friends...Jesse's lies keep piling up as the journey continues.
Courted by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams
Former cowboy Sam Castlerock has been a disappointment to his father his whole life. Until now. Sam's father is giving him one chance to join the family business and turn around the Bear Creek Bank. Should be easy. Except times have been hard in Bear Creek and some of the folks who're behind on their loans deserve a second chance—or a third. Folks like the pretty Emily Sands, the one woman Sam has never been able to forget...This novella was originally published in 2013 by Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical series line.
Marrying Miss Marshal by Lacy Williams
She's no lady...Danna Carpenter is town marshal. And a darn good one. Even if she has to handle saloon brawls and rustlers alone. Who needs deputies anyway? All right, she'd welcome the help if any of the men in town would offer it. When a bank robbery goes bad, she has no choice but to accept the help of a city slicker...He's on a quest for revenge. Chas O'Grady came West in search of cattle rustlers and found himself on the trail of a killer—one who took everything from him. Crossing paths with the pretty marshal was happenstance, but he can't leave her deputy-less when she's facing such grave danger. Everything changes when Chas and Danna are stranded together in a snowstorm.