Dear Readers, Molly is a really long-time writing friend. She’s also a fellow Texan. I was privileged to read this book for endorsement. Here’s what I said:
Molly Noble Bull produces another western novel that is so authentic I felt as if I were there in south
. I've been there a number of times,
and she has the setting perfect. I loved the characters who tugged at my
heartstrings throughout the story, and I kept turning pages to find out how it
would all end. Texas
Lena Nelson Dooley -
award-winning, best-selling author of over 30 books. Her latest releases are a
novella in the Christmas collection Warm Mulled Kisses and one in A
Welcome back, Molly. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love to tell the Good News of Jesus Christ in my novels, and I often use verses from the Bible as the premise of my novels. I also like to weave Biblical principals within the pages of my books, and I do that by having my characters ask each other questions on these topics. In Gatehaven, my scary Gothic historical, I had the hero, a pastor in training, ask his Christian mentor questions on witchcraft and the occult according to the Bible, and the mentor provided answers. Some of my readers said they learned Bible truths right along with the hero of Gatehaven.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Thanks for asking. The Secret Place, my long adventure story set in
Scotland, and ending in the
state of South Carolina
in 1784, was published by Hartline Literary as an e-book and in paperback about
three weeks ago, but The Secret Place
was first published under the title of Sanctuary.
Sanctuary won the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award in the
inspirational category and also tied for first place in another national
contest for published authors that year. So if you read Sanctuary, you read The Secret
Place. Nothing was changed but the title. The reason I changed the title in
the new version is because the original publisher went out of business and
because there are too many novels titled Sanctuary.
If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn without a doubt. Jonathan wrote The Harbinger and other books, and I was given the honor of interviewing him for my blog before he became so well known. He talks like an Old Testament Prophet, and I would love to sit down and spend hours just asking him questions about the Bible from the point of view of a Jew who found Jesus and made him his Messiah and listening to his answers.
How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
If they like to write, there is a good chance it is because God gave them the desire and ability to write for a reason. Keep writing and never give up.
Tell us about the featured book.
I might be called a Genre Jumper because I write everything from sweet romances to historical novels set in Europe to scary Christian Gothic novels to westerns to books and stories for children to non-fiction, but today, I want to introduce When the Cowboy Rides Away, my western with a touch of romance set in
in 1880. I have a special love for westerns because I have a Texas ranch background.
My late father and my grandfather were real
Texas cowboys, and I spent part of my growing up years on
a sixty thousand acre cattle ranch in South Texas where When the Cowboy Rides Away
takes place, and all three of our grown sons are involved in ranching in Texas today.
What makes When the Cowboy Rides Away different from most Christian westerns? Jeanette Pierce, a retired English teacher, wrote study guides for home school families based on When the Cowboy Rides Away—one for teachers and one for students.
And now for the blurb.
Maggie Galagher, twenty-one, runs the Gallagher Ranch in
South Texas and has raised her little sister and orphaned
nephew since her parents and older sister died. No wonder she can’t find time
When the Cowboy Rides Away by Molly Noble Bull opens two years after Maggie loses her family members. Out for a ride with her sister, she discovers Alex Lancaster, a handsome cowboy, shot and seriously wounded on her land. Kind-hearted and a Christian, Maggie nurses him back to health despite all her other chores. How could she know that Alex had a secret that could break her heart?
Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Early May 1880
Somebody was coming.
Maggie Gallagher slowed her sorrel mare. A small dust cloud hung over the north pasture like a puff of smoke. As she continued to eye the trail of sand and dust, it grew larger.
She glanced back at her younger sister. “Hurry up, Sarah. A rider’s headed this way. See if you can get ole Short Legs to trot.”
The little red-haired girl covered a yawn with the back of her hand. “I said I was coming.”
“Well, can you get that pony of yours to move a little faster? We need to go on out to the cemetery, leave our flowers, and rush right home. A caller will probably be waiting for us at the house when we get back.”
The main house was over a mile from the ranch cemetery and a mere twenty miles from the
Gulf of Mexico—and
it was almost always windy there. In fact wind and South
Texas were like many married couples—together, but sometimes
The morning breeze felt cool on Maggie’s face, but that wouldn’t last long. By noon the temperature could reach 100 degrees. Her aunt often said that
South Texas was the only spot
on earth where the wind could be hot, even in the shade.
She loosened the bow under her chin and pushed back her blue-flowered bonnet. She might as well sit back in the saddle and enjoy herself. It was obvious Sarah was in no hurry.
Maggie thought about the dust cloud she’d seen. She wasn’t expecting visitors. But since company appeared to be on the way, she hoped it was Roger. He’d said he might ride into town. On the way back to his place, he often stopped by the Gallagher Ranch to leave Maggie the mail he picked up for her, and she was hoping for a letter from Aunt Violet.
He’d watered his horse in a creek with only a trickle of water in it and crossed a bridge. Now, Alex Lancaster guided his black stallion through thick brush, leaving a trail of dust and sand behind. He had to find
Dee. Until he did, nothing else mattered.
But his horse needed rest. The animal wouldn’t hold up much longer without it, and he’d pushed him relentlessly since he rode north from the border, stopping at creeks and lakes when he found them, sleeping and then moving on again.
Now he wasn’t sure exactly where he was. The entry gate said Ranch Headquarters, One Mile, but it didn’t include the name of the ranch.
He thought the ranch he was searching for was at least fifty or so miles north of here, but as long as he was in the area, he might as well stop and check. At the least he could water his horse again, and maybe the ranch owner would give him directions.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
My web address is http://www.mollynoblebull.com and my blog at Writers Rest is
To find When the Cowboy Rides Away at Amazon, click
To find The Secret Place, click http://bit.ly/secretplacebook.
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