Monday, August 22, 2011
The Cassidy Family Tree, by Coleta Cassidy
I’ve never been good at keeping secrets, but lord allmighty, I’ve kept a doozie all these years. Only Thelma Louise and my other goats know the truth (I’m a goat whisperer, so we have us some good long talks).
Here’s the thing... most folks think the Cassidy family line was a straight shot. Butch Cassidy and the love of his life, Cressida Harlow, had Texana (who was born on the Texas/Louisianna border). Then Cressida had Loretta Mae, my mother. I had Tessa (her name is a blend of Texana and Cressida), and she had Harlow.
So imagine my surprise when when I found out Butch hadn’t been so loyal after all. Oh no, he’d had a little fun with Etta Place which created a whole new Cassidy line. And if you’ve read Harlow’s story in Pleating for Mercy, you know all about what that means. More charms.
Lordy, what to do with this information. It's wearing a hole in me. If I tell you, can you keep a secret? Tell me what to do. Keep it from Tessa and Harlow? Tell them? And what about the other Cassidy line? What to do, what to do...
Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.
She is the marketing director at Entangled Publishing, is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox and two romantic suspense novels to be released in 2012.