Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday, March 13- Holly Bush, Carolyn Brown, Sabine Starr

Welcome y'all to day three of our, "LADIES LOVE COUNTRY BOYS" CELEBRATION! 

This pic was taken at RT 2012 of the Cowboy round-up reader event. Have you ever seen so many fine lookin' boots? If you're at RT this year, be sure to stop in on 5/1/13 at 2:15 pm, Sheraton Inn, Crown Center--Kansas City, meet the authors of RT 2013 "Cowboy Corral"

We'd like to welcome Holly, Carolyn and Sabine to the front porch today! Three very different and very gifted women in their field. Come on up and find yourself a comfy place to sit. Don't worry about "Norm", my old black Lab, he's more bark than bite;)  So let's get started!! First up is Holly Bush!
We've not met, but my good friend, Kimberly loves your writing and I have to say, I am looking forward to picking these up myself! 

BIO: Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject. Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group. Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.


I was driving home from work one day and had what I call one of my ‘mental movies’ playing in my head. There was a petite young woman, fashionably dressed in a pale yellow dress with a high neckline, lace collar and a matching short jacket. The back of the skirt was tiered, ruffled and each row was held in place by bows. She wore a small, yellow felt hat atop her blond, nearly white, hair. She had pale, smooth, cream colored skin, and fine delicate bone structure. Her cheeks were pink and her eyes gray blue. She placed a glove covered hand on the offered arm of the conductor and took one step down onto a busy train platform. He pointed to her leather trunks being stacked beside her. She looked around and saw cowboys in chaps and women in calico dresses holding children’s hands.
I got home that evening and through dinner and laundry and spelling lessons with one of my daughters, I kept seeing this young woman. I pictured her in a navy blue velvet formal dress with a high bustle and a lace bodice. She was at a dressing table attaching earrings and speaking to another woman. When the other woman left, the young woman took a key and opened a small drawer on the table. She pulled out a letter, unfolded it and read.
The following day or days I tried to name her and see her story. Who was she? What was in the letter? Why would a fashionable dressed, wealthy young woman travel alone to a mid-west town? I sat down at my computer to begin on the novel journey of this woman. Those first few minutes are both exciting and terrifying but as I described what I saw happening in my head, Julia Crawford began to take shape as the central character and eventually the heroine. As I wrote, Julia’s motivations became clear and her story followed. 


Excerpt from Train Station Bride 1887

“Make love to me, Jake,” Julia said.
Jake held her face in his hands. Every fear, hope and dream was visible there. Their lovemaking was reassuring to her. It was a hell of a lot more than that to him. More than a man’s release, a symptom of him being born male. It offered more than physical comfort to him. This beautiful woman wanted him, needed him in a way no one else did. When Julia curled up to him, responded to him, he felt as if he was the biggest, smartest man God had ever graced the earth with. After years of wondering if he’d done the best by his family, by the legacy his parents left him, when Julia touched his chest as she was doing now, Jake was convinced he’d succeed against any obstacle. Was this love? Was this what Flossie was trying to tell him?
“I’d be happy to oblige you, Mrs. Shelling,” he said.
Jake carried her to their bedroom. Their clothes slipped to the floor in a heap until they both stood naked before each other.
“You are too beautiful to grace my bed, Julia,” Jake said as his eyes swept her head to toe.
Julia smiled softly and ran her hands up his wide arms. “I never thought in a hundred years I’d be married to a man as handsome and kind as you.”
Jake kissed her deeply and she inched up to him, her breasts touching his chest. He tilted her head back in his hands. “Don’t ever leave me, Julia,” he said.
“Why would I want to leave you, Jake?” Julia whispered against his mouth. “You make me forget I’m silly and clumsy and fat.”
Jake watched his hand run down the side of her breast and follow the curve of her waist and hip. “Don’t say that, Julia.” He stared into her eyes. “There isn’t an ounce of flesh on you I want to part with.”  

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Next we invite Carolyn Brown to tell us about herself and her books! 

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and a RITA finalist. Her books include historical, contemporary, cowboys and country music mass market paperbacks. Billion Dollar Cowboy debuts the Cowboys & Brides series in June. It will be her 63rd published book and is her 14th cowboy romance for Sourcebooks. She and her husband live in Davis, Oklahoma. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

 What inspired you to write this story?

My last Spikes and Spurs was finished and it was time to think about a new series. Four cowboys were whispering in my ear telling me to write their stories so I started paying attention. I had four very, very rich cowboys who loved their ranches and land. But just how important was love to them? Was it more important than money? Was it more important than a ranch? Was it more important than pride? Was it more important than secrets? And could love ever overcome all of the above or would it falter?”

The first story went to Colton Nelson because he was whispering the loudest. Colton assured me (Billion Dollar Cowboy) that love was important but he was a billionaire so how could he ever trust a woman to marry him for love. Laura Baker didn’t even want to be on his ranch, but she needed money to bail her sister out of gambling debts…again…so she’d agreed to work for Colton’s best friend and financial adviser as a glorified ranch secretary. She was there, she was pretty; they needed a fake girlfriend for Colton so the women would stop plaguing him. Pretty soon, neither of them can figure out what’s fake and what’s real. 

It was just supper, for God’s sake; it wasn’t an inquisition. They weren’t going to take her out in the yard and stone her to death if she ate with the wrong fork. Andy had said they were just like family, and since she was his assistant she should meet them, but she didn’t want to get all friendly with the “family.” She just wanted to work off her debt and get out of Ambrose, Texas. She’d managed to avoid most of them for a whole week and thought she could do so for months, but oh, no, Andy decided it was time for her to break bread with them that very evening.
Laura sat up straighter in the chair and pushed her glasses up on her nose. She hated going back to glasses after years and years of wearing contacts. She could wear her contacts on special occasions, but not more than a couple of hours. Tonight didn’t qualify for that in her opinion.
“We are glad that you came to supper, Laura,” Maudie said.
Maudie was tall, thin, with salt-and-pepper hair, and not nearly enough wrinkles to be Colton’s grandmother. She’d never be worth a damn in a poker game because Laura could easily read her through her green eyes. She’d popped in and out of the office at least once a day, so Laura had met her, but saying a brief hello and sitting at the supper table with her was two different things.
Laura’s smile was strained at best. “Thank you.”
Andy clapped his hands once. Conversation stopped and all eyes were on Laura. She sincerely thought about crawling under the table and hiding, but she refused to let anyone intimidate her. Not even the people who lived in a house so big that it took her breath away when she first saw it. It had turrets and wings and tall windows, a deep wraparound porch, and would put Tara from Gone with the Wind to absolute shame.
“Introductions!” Andy said with a sweep of his hand. “Maudie is the only one who has met Laura, who has been getting settled into the apartment and the job this week. As you all know, she is my distant cousin so I’ve known her since we were both kids.”
Laura nodded at Maudie even though saying hello from behind a desk and computer was far different than knowing them.
“And,” Andy went on, “that feller over there with the platter of steaks in his hand
is Rusty. He’s the ranch foreman and the person who knows what’s going on in any corner of the ranch. The kid beside him is Roxie, our new resident teenager.”
Rusty smiled. “I’d begun to think you were just a figment of Andy’s imagination or that he’d hired a robot. Welcome to the ranch. If I can help you with anything, you just holler. The apartment suiting you all right?”
“Yes, sir. It’s great,” she said.
Roxie looked up and Laura’s heart went out to her. There was something in her blue eyes that said she wasn’t real sure of her place in the world or where she’d fit in if she figured out that she even had a place.
“Hello,” Roxie said in a soft Southern drawl.
Laura saw herself at sixteen when someone new came to dinner at Aunt Dotty’s ranch. Trying to remember her manners and not talking too much, but being friendly. It was an awkward age at best. Andy had already mentioned that Roxie had just recently come to the ranch on a full-time basis and was more than a little bit shy.
Andy pointed in the opposite direction. “The cowboy at the head of the table that looks like shit is Colton.” 

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Welcome now Sabine Starr with her new release Angel Gone Bad!

BIO:Sabine Starr rides the trails of her ancestors by horseback, four-wheeler, and jeep when she explores Wild West myths, legends, and mysteries to locate authentic excitement for her novels. She lives near the Old Shawnee Trail in Texas and in the Kiamichi Mountains of Oklahoma. Lady Gone Bad was a #1 Best Seller Amazon Western Romance and a Rhapsody Book Club Best Seller. Angel Gone Bad is a March release. Bride Gone Bad will be out in October.

What inspired me to write about a Viking Cowboy in the Old West?
A lightning storm made me think of mighty Thor throwing his Hammer across the sky . . . and that led to an irresistible urge to write about a Viking cowboy and the dime romance novelist who done him wrong. Well, he did put her out of sorts when he wouldn’t give her everything she wanted from a man, but in his defense, he was treating her like a lady. She got her revenge, but now he’s back and ready to mete out justice. He gives her no choice except “to do whatever I want, whenever I want, however I want.” And after all, she does need hands-on research for her novels.
Angel Gone Bad is second in my Gone Bad Series set during the 1880s in Texas and Indian Territory (Oklahoma). I was inspired by the fact that “G.T.T.” was once widely known to mean “Gone to Texas.” Those letters were frequently found scrawled on doors in the South, Midwest, and East, and those folks were simply gone. And many of them, gone bad. That idea led to the title for my Gone Bad Series. Another inspiration for this series was the paranormal interest that was part of society at that time. Native American mysticism was also still practiced in their cultures. In Lady Gone Bad, Sharlot hears danger warnings in her head. In Angel Gone Bad, Crystabelle is a card reader. In Bride Gone Bad, Tempest speaks with ghosts.

 Excerpt from Angel Gone Bad

“Angel, look at me.”
She didn’t want to open her eyes. She simply wanted to focus on his touch. But she did. In the dim light of the room, his eyes had turned from sky blue to deep, mysterious
“Tell me you want me as much as you did before.” He moved his hand in slow circles, gently massaging her hot, tender flesh.
She shivered, feeling a burning chill. “More. I want you more.”
“Kiss me.”
She realized that he needed her, too. He needed to know she still wanted him. He needed her to set aside the smart words, the games, the barbs. He’d made himself vulnerable to her. Could she do any less? 


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Leave a question or comment to be entered to win! The lucky winner will receive an eBook of Angel Gone Bad courtesy of Kensington Books. 


My thanks to each of you gals for stopping by! It's been great to visit with you and we'll be looking for more good reads from each of you!

Thursday join us here on the porch for a chat with two more "country boy " authors--Melissa Cutler and Jenna Kernan!  See y'all tomorrow!


Cheryl S. said...

Wow! These books sound amazing :) There's nothing better than a hot cowboy ;) Thank you for this great giveaway!

Holly Bush said...

Morning Carolyn and Sabine and welcome to Cheryl and all of Amanda's followers and visitors! Thanks for letting me stop by.

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Carolyn Brown said...

Good mornin' ladies! Cowboys and more cowboys...what fun?

Cheryl Hart said...

I get those 'mental movies' in my head too!

I enjoyed learning where you found the inspiration for your books. The Train Station Bride sounds especially interesting!. :)

Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books.

nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

leann said...

I absolutely loved 'Lady Gone Bad' from Ms. Sabine! Ms. Carolyn & Ms. Holly are new authors for me. Looking forward to some great reads. leann

Tracey Reid said...

Hello, Ladies! Carolyn, your books always make me smile! Do you plan all of your series out in advance before you write or do any characters pop up during your writing process that you just have to add to the mix? Thank you!

traveler said...

The Train Station Bride sounds fascinating and lovely. I am captivated with this wonderful novel. Love the characters and the era. Cowboys are my favorite heroes. These books are memorable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Learning about these enthralling books and the inspiration was interesting. The excerpts and posts from the authors was enjoyable. Best wishes and much success. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Carolyn Brown said...

Tracey: Thank you for reading my books!
I do plan and plan and plan but it never happens the way I plan. I've descibed it like this before: I do the planning. I buy the jet airplane and load it up with amazing characters. I am the pilot and off we go into the sky to write...and then the characters hijack the plane and take us to a very different place with a different storyline where twists and turns almost make me dizzy. We have the most amazing journey from page one to the end! Sometimes we throw a few characters off the plane (with parachutes and sometimes promises to let them star in a future book). Sometimes we make a landing to pick up new ones but it's always so much more fun that all that plotting!

Kimberly Rocha said...

OOO It's so exciting to see 3 fabulously talented ladies here today!!! Congratulations on all your successes. You all work so hard!!!

LS said...

This sounds like fun, I love Carolyn and would love to read the others...thanks for the great

JeanMP said...

All three great excerpts, exciting sounding stories. It is always fun to find out how these stories come into being.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Carolyn Brown said...

Thank you BookObsessedChicks!

LS: Thank you for reading my books! Billion Dollar Cowboy is the debut of the Cowboys & Brides four book series about very rich cowboys, and it will be out in June!

Jean: Thank you!

Margie said...

All three of the authors today are making me want to add more cowboys and their stories to my life. Carolyn Brown, you are a definite "Must-Buy" and I can't wait to get my hands on your Billionaire Cowboy. And I want to thank you for your generous heart. Holly Bush, are you still in the Western PA area or visit the area? I was beginning to think that Western PA didn't have any romance readers until recently and I am finally starting to discover that there are romance writers who had their beginnings in Western PA. Sabine Starr, your idea for a Viking cowboy is a very intriguing one. I will definitely have to read your book. Thanks ladies.

Unknown said...

Oh my love my cowboys! I am always looking for more authors who write about them, now I have found two new ones! Thanks Holly, Sabine and Carolyn! I love all of Carolyn's books! Holly and Sabine your books sound really great too! Thanks for the giveaway!
zipstersclue04 at gmail dot com

Rita Wray said...

The books sound fabulous, thank you.


Babs Hightower said...

Oh my gosh these books are exciting. Where to begin. Thank you ladies for sharing. I am getting a lot of books added to my TBR pile this week.

babsbookbistro AT gmail DOT com

Carolyn Brown said...

Margie, ooooh, I do like that "must buy" attached to my name!

Zippy, thank you for your kind words. So glad that my books have made an impression on you!

Babs, happy reading and welcome to Ambrose, Texas, population less than 100!

Unknown said...

Sabine, this is a great series! I love it and can't wait to read what happens next :) Thank you for such an original and entertaining series :)

Unknown said...

Thanks to all you folks for stopping by. It's so much fun to be part of such a great gathering of Western writers. Looks like I'm discovering some new favorite writers, too!

Teresa said...

Hey Miz Carolyn! So excited for the next book in the Spikes and Spurs!! But I am sad that its gonna be the end! Do you think you would ever write a follow up book about all the characters??

Unknown said...

Carolyn, thanks so much for your words about plotting and characters. I was just telling my characters this morning that they were completely out of control. I felt like I should find a way to rein them in, but it didn't look like I was going to have much luck. Now I think I'll just them rip and roar!

leann said...

Ms. Sabine, I know that your paperbacks come out a few months after the ebooks. When should 'Angel Gone Bad'(paper) come out? Also, how many books have you planned for this series? Do you have a title for the next one? a fan in VA leann

Unknown said...

Leann, thanks for taking the time to stop by and chat. I don't have a release date on the paperback yet, but I'll let you know when I do. I haven't decided on an exact number of books for the series. I can say that interesting characters keep popping up and demanding attention, so I'm following their stories. Bride Gone Bad will be out in October. I'm writing Gone Bad #4 and it's scheduled for March 2014. I'm so delighted that you're enjoying my Gone Bad Series. I'm having a great time writing it.

Carolyn Brown said...

Teresa, you never know when one of those sexy O'Donnell cowboys might show up again. Matter of fact you will meet Sawyer in Cowboy Seeks Bride (August) and there's a very good possibility you'll see him again about Christmas time 2014! Meanwhile enjoy the Cowboys & Brides!

Carolyn Brown said...

Sabine, characters are like that...just go ahead and turn 'em loose darlin' and let 'em roar! It's so much more fun that ropin' them down. Your series sounds like something that needs a lot of rippin' and roarin' fun. Love the titles and the premise on them!

Unknown said...

Carolyn, thanks so much for you encouragement. The characters will love you for it. I'll just have to hang on for the ride! I have to admit that I told my agent and editor that I just couldn't see much point in writing if I couldn't have fun and be bad. They both said, "Yay!"

Quilt Lady said...

Well ladies it is really nice to meet you. Carolyn I have read your work before and really enjoyed it. Holly and Sabine I have not read your work so you are new authors to me. I didn't realize there was so many western writers. I love the western romances. They are my favorite read. My question is for all of you. What genre do you read most? Do your read westerns or something else?

Unknown said...

I love Western romances, too! I'll read almost anything and everything because it's so much fun and so interestisng to see what other authors are thinking about and pursuing in their work. I've already seen terrific ideas just this week on this blog. Carolyn's Billion Dollar Cowboy is such a compelling concept. I look forward to reading about Melissa Cutler and Jenna Kernan tomorrow.

Unknown said...

Forgot to mention Holly's Train Station Bride. I love trains and the whole mystique that goes with them. I definitely want to read this book!

Carolyn Brown said...

Quilt Lady, there's just something about those tight fittin' jeans, hats and boots, and the way they drawl out, "yes, ma'am" or "darlin'"!

Sabine: Your readers will appreciate you letting those characters loose! It doesn't matter if the cowboy is on a train, in a paranormal or out on a trail run for a reality show reinactment of Chisholm Trail (Cowboy Seeks Bride, August), they're all fun and sexy!

Holly Bush said...

Cheryl - It's great when I find someone else that sees 'mental movies'. Good to know that I've got company!

Margie - I am originally from Latrobe, in western PA, southeast of Pittsburgh. I moved east to Lancaster County about 10 years ago but still have tons of connections in the western half of the state. Are you from that area?

So glad to join Sabine and Carolyn here today and what great excerpts! Can't wait to start those books! And so nice to meet so many new readers who love a cowboy just as much as I do!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ladies,
I am from Texas, so love to read well written, well researched Westerns.
Sabine I really enjoy your use of local landmarks in the Gone Bad series. The mystical springs, box canyon and incredible stone formations you have mentioned so intrigued me I am planning a day trip to go see. Tell me more about your writing process when it comes to choosing settings. Can't wait to see what's next.
Donna from Dallas

Unknown said...

Carolyn, you sure know your cowboys. And you're encouraging me to give my characters their heads? No telling how bad my series will get now, or how much fun we'll have. Cowboy Seeks Bride. Another clever concept. It's on my to be read list.

Unknown said...

Donna, thanks for asking such a great question. I view my settings as characters in their own right. I like to set scenes in important historical places. Fun examples in Oklahoma are Robber's Cave, the Heavener Runestone, and Spiro Mounds. I spent last Winter Solstice on a guided tour of Spiro Mounds for a pivotal scene in Bride Gone Bad. I list the places you can visit today in the back of each book. Hope you enjoy seeing them.

Verna Clay said...

All the excerpts were wonderful! I can't decide which book to read first. I always enjoy "behind the scenes" info, so it was great reading about what inspired each of you to write your story (mental movie; a plane that gets hijacked by its characters; a lightening storm and Thor). I love this stuff! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Mathis said...

oh there is a few more books going on my tbr list now :)

Linda Lou said...

You sure know your cowboys, and I'm so pleased you keep them coming in your great books, 'cause I love 'em--those cowboys in their tight-fittin' jeans, cowboy hats, and cowboy boots climbing those horses, fences, and haylofts! I'm excited to find out about your two books coming out. When will Billion Dollar Cowboy be released? Did you watch Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies (back in the day)? How did your love for writing cowboy romance come about? I'm such a fan of your books--can't get enough of them!!!

Linda said...

I'm loving your book cover for Train Station Bride 1887. The storyline is great. I love cowboy/western romances above any other books. Do you own western wear and southwest/native American jewelry to tie in with your books and wear it to book signings? I think you've written a best-seller for sure--that cover alone is a real eye-grabber...LOVE IT!\

Rebecca said...

Holly -- I love reading stories about mail order brides. This sounds like an amazing book.

Carolyn -- This sounds like a great book. I can't wait to see what happens. The title intrigues me.

Sabine -- I love the idea of a viking cowboy in the old west. This is an amazing idea. I can't wait to read this.

Thanks for the chance to win.


bookworm54 said...

Hi! I love reading about cowboys and Carolyn Brown's are really good, haven't ever read any of the authors that were interviewed today but their books sound really good! love to win anyone's for I love to read about cowboys and its super to find new authors...the cover Billion Dollar Cowboy is one hot cowboy-love'

Linda said...

A Viking Cowboy in the Old West sounds like a new twist. I'm up for reading something new like this. Sounds great! I love the horse you're riding--is it yours? What a great photo! I'm anxious to read your Gone Bad Series and will have to look for the first one and read it!

Carolyn Brown said...

Linda Lou, THANK YOU!!! Yes, ma'am, I watched all those old westerns when I was young. Loved them. Lineup looks like this:
Billion Dollar Cowboy, June
Cowboy Seeks Bride, August (this is Dewar's story and the last of the Spikes & Spurs series)
The Cowboy's Christmas Baby, October
The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride, February
The Cowboy's Runaway Bride (TBD later in 2014)

Rebecca: It's a matter of trust. Colton has trouble believing any woman could love him for himself instead of his big fat bank account. Laura hasn't ever had money and can't be bought but she has commitment issues. Trust and more can't buy either.

Unknown said...

Linda, I'm glad to hear you like the idea of my Viking Cowboy. I had lots of fun writing about him! That's Silver. She's a big, strong mare and a mama now. I'm glad you like the photo. My cousin took it on the ranch in the Kiamichi Mountains. Hope you enjoy my Gone Bad Series.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I loved all three excerpts. Nothing better than a cowboy.

Marcy Shuler

Holly Bush said...

Linda - So glad you like Train Station Bride's cover. I do actually own some western wear and will be wearing some at the RT Convention this year.

What a nice chat this was today!

BookLady said...

Love these cowboy stories! Thanks for the giveaway.

Kimberly Rocha said...

Ithink it's so great that you've all stopped by and supported one another!

Amanda McIntyre said...

I agree!! I am having a great time reading these excerpts, and your responses! I love getting to know you all better! And you're most welcome to my front porch any ol' time!;)

Martha Lawson said...

Hi Ladies,

I must say, all your books sound really great and I'm putting them on the wish list! Thanks for the giveaway.

Margie said...

Holly, I am happy to hear about a Southwestern PA area romance writer. Well at least originally. I was born in Pittsburgh and now live just north of Washington, PA. I just found out this evening at my first book club meeting that there are actually a number of romance writers who live in the area. I had only known of Gaelen Foley before tonight.

Mary Preston said...

I'm loving the boots & the books. I've added authors to my list. It's all good actually.

Unknown said...

Amanda, thanks so much for inviting me to your front porch. I've had a great time talking with folks and catching up with great authors. I look forward to returnng for rocking, reading, and sipping sweet tea.

RC said...

Holly, I enjoyed reading about what inspired you to write this story, Train Station Bride and how detailed your thoughts are. This is one book I'm looking forward to reading, and after I do, I'm certain I'll be reading your other books.

RC said...

Carolyn, you're new Cowboys & Brides Series sounds like another great one to follow Spikes & Spurs. I'll be looking for them and wrote down release dates you listed above. So glad you keep writing your fantastic cowboy romances and haven't changed horses! Thanks!

bn100 said...

Nice inspiration