The title of my latest release, Texas Blue, was conceived when I learned my heroine, Marilee Weston, and her little daughter, Josie, had sky-blue eyes—or bluebonnet blue eyes. How did this knowledge come about? Because the hero, Buck Cameron looked into the young woman’s eyes, and…
Buck paused, hoping she would speak soon so he would know where he stood. He could now see her eyes. They were a striking blue, yet round with terror. Her fear tore at his heart.
Buck hunkered down in front of her to be on her eye level. “Look at those pretty blue eyes, just like a bluebonnet.”
“My mama sings ‘Put on your pretty blue bonnet.’ I like that song.”
Buck had to think about that statement a minute. Then, he threw his head back and laughed. “I meant a flower called a bluebonnet. You’ve never seen one?”
“No.” Josie told him, “but I have seen sunflowers, Johnny-Jump-Ups, and dandelions, here and on the road to Mrs. Eggers’s farm.”
At the end of the story, Buck and Marilee are married and now have another baby girl. He stands on the porch and gazes at his ranchland.
The pastureland, carpeted in large patches of blue, was interspersed with bright, green grass, groves of oak trees, and clumps of mesquite trees. The Texas bluebonnet, the herald of spring, bloomed in a glorious show of color, and its faithful companion, the coral-tipped Indian paintbrush, appeared in patches among the blue. Buck smiled to himself. This must be the most beautiful place on the face of the earth.
“What’re we gonna name her?”
“Well, I don’t know, yet. Let’s look at her and see if we can figure out a proper name.”
Josie looked closely into the infant’s tiny face, and as she did so, the baby opened her eyes, blinked, and looked right at Josie.
“Her eyes are blue. A real blue.”
Buck asked, “You mean a true blue?”
“Yes, a truly blue. So, we’ll name her Tru-ly Cameron.” Josie announced.
“Oh, well, I don’t know, sweetie,” said Marilee.
But Buck motioned to Marilee, the name seemed right. He said to Josie, “Then you mean her name will be True Lee Cameron?”
“Yes!” Josie jumped up and down, then leaned over and kissed the baby’s cheek. “Hello, True, I’m your big sister, Josie.”
NOTE: all the photos were taken in Central Texas, and some right here in my own neighborhood. I hope you enjoyed the post.
Romance…and a little bit o' Texas
TEXAS BLUE-eBook and Print
SHOWDOWN IN SOUTHFORK—eBook
ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS-eBook and Print
Published by: The Wild Rose Press