Have you ever had one of those book marathons that totally immerse you in a fictional world? Where you feel you know the place, you know the characters and feel quite at home?
I’ve just had one of those weeks. I’ve become a temporary resident of Cattle Valley.
I’ve met doctors, firemen, pastors, law enforcement officers, bakers, millionaires and cowboys (plus countless others). I’ve seen a new hotel built, a gym established, dined out at the local restaurants, watched bull riding, been stranded in blizzards, and seen terrible tragedy. Along with the tragedy there has been miraculous recovery and a great show of support for each other from all the townsfolk. My new friends are young and old, some have age differences in their relationships and some are parts of threesomes. They have been injured and rescued, struggled, had disagreements and of course fallen in love—because love (and lots of sex) is really what it’s all about.
Cattle Valley is a pretty extreme example—there are currently 31 books in the series and I’m only half way through—but there are many more places where I’ve been a visitor for a while.
I’d love to know your thoughts on long series and if you have any favourites? Or maybe you think I’m just plain crazy for having an obsessive compulsion to finish reading every series I start? 🙂
The Cattle Valley series by Carol Lynne
Welcome to Cattle Valley, an alternative, private community where your sexual preference isn’t an issue, it’s the size of your heart that counts.
The city of Cattle Valley was founded by millionaire Charles Beauregard on behalf of his only son and heir, Joshua Beauregard. The victim of a hate-crime, Joshua was murdered on April 13, 1972 in San Francisco, California. After the murder of his son, Charles began making plans to use his wealth and land to insure a safe haven for gays and their families to live in peace. Charles spent the remainder of his life working and seeing that his vision came to fruition.
Now, twenty-three years after its dedication, Cattle Valley, Wyoming is a thriving small town.
Drop by for a visit, and say hello to our sheriff, Ryan Blackfeather and his two partners, Nate Gills and Rio Adega. Or perhaps you’d rather have one of Kyle Brynn’s famous cinnamon rolls at Brynn’s Bakery. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here.
Check out Cattle Valley for yourself here. You can even go on a tour and meet all the townsfolk.
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