On Writing

Three Short Stories with Western Flair

Wendy Cohan
4 min readSep 30, 2023
Photo of the author and her pup, Birdie, by Susanna Cole

This summer I’ve been busy promoting my new women’s fiction series, set in northern New Mexico, “The Inn at Verde Springs.” Book one, The Renaissance Sisters, came out on May 23. Now, book two, Love Child, is set to be released on October 3. Book three will follow on April 3, 2024, completing the trilogy.

I’ve dearly loved giving the coastal beach read a twist, by setting a women’s fiction/contemporary romance novel in a decidedly more rugged setting. Thirty-something sisters Harper and Paige Crawley inherit a neglected former chicken ranch an hour south of Santa Fe — and both needing a fresh start in life, they repurpose their 56-acre property into a wedding and special-event venue, finding love and community along the way in the Verde Springs, New Mexico. It’s small-town romance, but you won’t find any sea shells or white-washed gazebos in these stories. They’re set firmly in the sagebrush-filled high desert. Instead of indulging in cozy tea-times and pumpkin-spiced mayhem, the Crawley sisters will be slinging back margaritas, while chowing down on Maggie’s cheese enchiladas after a hard day’s work on the ranch. I think you’ll like these intrepid sisters, and enjoy following their adventures in life and love — with or without a side of Maggie’s chips and salsa.

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Wendy Cohan

Author of character-driven women's fiction, short stories, and essays. Her contemporary romance, The Renaissance Sisters, debuted May 23, 2023.