Meet Roxie, the heroine of Stepping Out Of Line, a contemporary western romance that’s one of my backlist titles.
How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?
My birth name was Liberty Star Nolan but I got used to Roxie Starr, the stage name I used for a decade as a Las Vegas showgirl, and that’s what I still go by.
Where were you raised?
This small town in northern Texas named Wayback.
Daddy lit out ages ago, chasing his rodeo dream. Mama Argie lives in the family house with my younger sister, Felicity, and my aunties Branwyn and Clarine. A whole lot of estrogen under one roof.
Did you attend college?
Nope, I couldn’t wait to see the city fade in my rearview mirror as soon as I graduated high school. I headed for Los Angeles because I knew I would be the next go-to actress.Turns out getting this Texas twang out of my voice was harder work than I’d imagined.
Are you athletic?
Being athletic became my profession when I started as a dancer in a chorus line in Vegas. Now I do yoga and love to swim in the summer.
What’s your favorite sport to watch?
I love watching ice dancing in the Olympics.
Did you always want to be a beautician?
Never had a thought about it until I’d been performing for several years. Then I realized I needed to learn skills that I could use after my body gave out. While in Vegas, I learned tips and styles from so many dancer and performer friends that opening a beauty salon seemed like a natural second career.
What do you like most about being a beautician?
Helping customers gain a style that boosts their self-confidence.
Are you a pet person?
I have a soft spot in my heart for dogs of all kinds, especially strays.
Where did you go for your most recent vacation?
Being a small-business owner doesn’t allow for many vacations but I did manage to attend the last ballroom dance championship. [shrugs] What can I say? Dancing’s in my blood.
Talk about your favorite setting for a date.
Now that I’ve seen the glitz and glamour of Vegas, I appreciate the specialness of laid-back events like the town’s Founder Day celebration, the lighting of the town square Christmas tree or the Fourth of July fireworks.
What attracts you first to a man?
His smile. And filling out a set of Wranglers just right doesn’t hurt.
Are you talking about a particular man?
[eyes gleaming] Oh, yeah.
Two years ago Roxie Starr left behind her life as a Vegas showgirl and came home to Wayback, Texas to open a styling salon. She claims she’s there to help with her younger sister, but the truth is age was catching up to her body and the time had come to step out of the chorus line.
Fighting against a nagging injury, Dev Laredo is determined to finish one last rodeo. He won’t return to his Oklahoma ranch until he’s won enough to cover his brother’s college tuition. The sight of a sassy redhead sparks his interest, but her tender ministrations to his injury touch his lonely heart. Can two bruised souls put aside their differences and give love a fighting chance?