POSTED BY: Genie Gabriel <www.GenieGabriel.com>

Including animals as part of my stories comes naturally to me. This continued when I wrote the books of that I’ve come to call New West Legends. Just as my own life isn’t complete without dogs, the lives of my characters are enriched by their pets. And, in the case of Phoenix in LEGACY REBORN, she enjoys a farm that a number of animals with distinct personalities call home.


Once more dressed in jeans and her well-worn cowboy boots, with a jacket thrown on to ward off the chill evening air, Phoenix walked.

Against a backdrop of blue-green mountain peaks and the lightly wooded hillsides closer to the farm, the hens were settling in their coop, with only an occasional soft clucking.

Inside the boldly painted red barn, horses whickered in their stalls. Phoenix breathed deeply of the scents of horse and hay as she ambled through the dusty structure, then opened the side door and walked into the llama’s pasture.

The male immediately approached her and nuzzled her cheek as she slung her arm around him. “I love you too, Romeo.”

She closed her eyes and relaxed against the animal’s woolly neck. Her relaxation ended abruptly when the animal stiffened and emitted a shrill cry.

Following the animal’s gaze, Phoenix saw CJ standing on the other side of the corral–still wearing eighteen-hundreds formal wear–with his arms folded on the top board. “Will your llama spit in my face?”


And now, a Christmas party–I mean duty :)–is calling me. However, I wanted to post this excerpt and my wrap-up bonus giveaway before I left my own doggie herd to their afternoon naps. If you’d like to be entered in a drawing for a free ebook download of one of my New West Legends, please leave a comment. I’ll be back later today to respond to comments.

Happy holidays to all!

-Genie Gabriel


  1. Laurie P says:

    I love you put a llama in this story, how different!
    Laurie P

  2. And, of course, a llama with a unique personality!

  3. Larissa Palma says:

    How exotic and Interesting a llama. Love the excerpt, thank you!

  4. Thanks, Larissa! Glad you stopped by!

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