Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Release--Showdown in Southfork

Greetings: This Wednesday is a wonderful day. My newest release is on the main page of The Wild Rose Press--title: Showdown in Southfork. This is a 100-page novel and part of the Wayback, Texas rodeo series--"Where a cowboy falls in love every eight seconds." When I first signed on with Wild Rose, the Wayback series caught my attention. The editors had created an entire fictional town named Wayback, Texas--located somewhere out in West Texas in a triangle sided by Abilene, Lubbock, and Odessa, or something like that. The creators of this little town intentionally kept the exact location a mystery--actually they had no idea because they made it up--which added to the intrigue.

Early in my getting-acquainted period with the Wild Rose authors, two very wonderful ladies helped me learn the ropes. They became my first on-line friends.

One is Rita Thetford, a West Texas girl herself, and she wrote the very first Wayback story, titled Hot Night at the Blue Bug Saloon. Now, doesn't that sound intriguing? And the little story was as hot as Rita herself! Rita has a personality that knocks your socks off. She is a little outspoken, a little naughty, and a whole lot of "pure-d-Texas good ol' girl!" Love the woman!

The other lovely lady is Judith Rochelle, another Texas girl by way of Michigan. Her home is not too many miles from mine. She is an amazing writer, extremely prolific, and dedicated not only to her craft, but to her Texan husband--she married him so she could live in Texas! She wrote the second Wayback story, titled Shadow of the Hawk. I am honored to know her.

If any of you buy the book, please read the dedication page. You'll never guess who!

Now, you know a little history of Wayback, Texas. I've lost count of the number of novels in the series--more than a dozen, I think. The idea for this series was a stroke of genius, and I'm not certain exactly who thought up the plan. Can anyone give us an answer?

Here is a short excerpt from Showdown in Southfork.


Smiling lazily, he looked her up and down, at her short white shorts, pink stretch T, and red flip-flops. With that salacious grin, he continued back to her hair, hanging to her shoulders in a tangled mass of curls, but right now, there was no time to brush it properly. Some day she would just get it all whacked off and stop worrying about it.

“Stop staring,” she demanded.

“Well, I can hardly keep from it since you’re standing right in front of me.”

“Oh,” she muttered, straightened, and moved to the side.

He kept staring at her even though she’d moved out of his direct line of vision.

“You know, if there’s anything I like in this world, it’s a woman with red hair.”

“It is not red. And if there’s anything I hate in this world, it’s a man saying my hair’s red. For your information, it’s strawberry blond.”

“Strawberry blond. Whadda you know? Now, I like that even better.”

Narrowing her eyes at him, she said, “Well, I’m just as pleased as punch.”

Celia Yeary

ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS-a Texas Historical
Available in eBook: The Wild Rose Press
Available in print:, B&N
Showdown in Southfork--


  1. CONGRATULATIONS Celia on the release of Showdown in Southfork. The excerpt is so cute. I can't wait to read your new book. BTW I agree with you, Rita and Judith are two special ladies and incredible authors. Southfork sounds so typically Texan. It reminds of the famous show Dallas and the infamous JR.

  2. MONA--thank you! When I selected the title, I Googled South Fork (two words)--and found dozens of places named South Fork--from J.R.'s ranch in Dallas, to trailer parks to shopping centers. I made it one word, because the fictional area is near the Southfork of the Brazos River--branches of rivers are one word. Celia

  3. Hey Doll! Happy happy joy joy on your RELEASE. YAY! I've been thinking about Wayback a lot lately and I can't recall having more fun than during the writing of Hot Night at the Blue Bug Saloon and I honestly think EVERYONE had a great time writing for the series and building the town. For what it's worth, I love knowing you too, honey!

  4. Oops. This says I'm Regina but I'm Rita, too. Snicker.

  5. Hi, Regina--I mean Rita--I'm so happy you stopped by! I'm just a little thrilled with the Wayback book--for some reason, it just seems special--you know, one of the Wayback crowd--Love you and keep writing and making those big bucks--I know a little about your success. Celia

  6. Hey! I put you on my Regina blog. Hope you don't mind cause I just barreled right in, copied the cover/blurb etc. LOL. This is a book worth reading and I just had to share to looooove.

  7. Celia, CONGRATS on your release. Best of luck with it!

  8. RITA (Regina)--my gosh, sweetie! Thank you, thank you--I'll be sure to take a look! Love you, Celia

  9. Loraine--Thank you. there's nothing like a new release to perk up a person! Celia

  10. Celia,

    I'm running a day late and dollar short, but wanted to pop in and say CONGRATULATIONS! Hope you sell a million copies!


  11. Downloaded the book last night & read it straight through from beginning to end. Lurved it, especially the "mice" scene. ( - ;

  12. CHERYL--that's fine--I know how busy you are right now--you take care, now, you hear? Celia

  13. Crystal--well, thank you. You may be the first person to read it--I don't know. but you're the first to comment! and I do appreciate it. Celia

  14. Congrats on the release date. And I love the excerpt.

  15. You're #9 on the 10 bestsellers on the site right now!!! Go, girl!!!